7 Myths Fueling Coronavirus Surges Around the U.S.
July 7, 2020
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According to CNN, there are seven coronavirus myths that are helping to fuel the recent surge of infections slamming states across the U.S. Here they are, and what actually needs to happen to save the economy and lives:
- Myth #1: If the economy is open, the pandemic is getting better, right? "This is not even close to being over," the head of the World Health Organization said. Only about 5 percent to 8 percent of the US population has been infected with this new coronavirus, meaning we have a long way to go before reaching herd immunity."
- Myth #2: I'm young and healthy, so I'm not worried. "New Covid-19 infections have skyrocketed in the Gen Z and millennial age groups. And while the death rate is lower among young adults, many are struggling with long-term effects from the disease." They can also spread them to more vulnerable populations.
- Myth #3: We're checking the temperatures of all employees / customers / party guests. Temperature screenings will not catch anyone who is asymptomatic or presymptomatic, and an estimated 40 percent of transmissions happen without any symptoms. Many older adults, who are most at risk of severe Covid-19 complications, don't get a fever at all.
- Myth #4: I don't need to wear a mask. Texas and Arizona residents stopped wearing masks when their states opened up, and the result is that both states have been hit as hard as any. Experts say that if 95 percent of Americans wore masks, it could save over 33,000 lives by October, and countless infections. "As economies open up more, masks become more important, not less important," said researcher Jeremy Howard.
- Myth #5: The rate of deaths is decreasing, so things are getting better, right? Deaths from COVID-19 often lag weeks behind new infections. It can take up to two weeks for symptoms to appear. Experts are concerned with the death rate taking off again after the recent surge.
- Myth #6: I've already tested negative, so I'm fine. You could have had a false negative, or been infected since you took the test.
- Myth #7: Maybe we should just let nature take its course and get herd immunity. "People are being admitted to hospital beds and being admitted to ICU (intensive care unit) beds faster than they're being discharged" due to the coronavirus said expert Will Humble. Also, nobody knows yet if being sick actually means you can't get sick again.