The Four Cities-(KWQC)-Four Cities Covid-19 Coalition said on Tuesday that over time, people are tired of the coronavirus and may start to accept some misunderstandings about it.
The alliance bluntly raised these misunderstandings and released information based on expert advice.
Public health officials admit that as people learn more about the new coronavirus, the situation has changed, but they want to make it clear on this point of the pandemic:
Misunderstanding #1: Most people with COVID-1
- First, it is difficult to know how many people have COVID-19.
- Some people may have it, but don’t know it.
- Some people may have mild symptoms so that they do not regard COVID-19 as the cause and therefore will not be tested.
- Then, we still have a group of people we know to have COVID-19 because they were tested. The symptoms of this group range from mild to severe to severe but require hospitalization.
- Among those who are more seriously ill, we have heard reports that people have long-term lung disease, far beyond the time they actually recover from the virus. Others end up using ventilators in the ICU. There are others who have died of illness.
- Keep in mind that the severity of symptoms of individuals infected with COVID-19 will eventually fall into this range.
- There is no magic indicator to indicate whether someone will have a mild disease or a more serious disease.
- As the virus continues to spread, it makes more vulnerable people (such as older people or people with underlying health conditions) more likely to contract the virus and suffer serious illness.
Myth 2: Approximately 99.9% of people are not at risk of dying from COVID-19
- This is a statement we recently read in the community.
- Since we do not fully understand the response of someone’s body and immune system to the coronavirus, 100% of people are at risk of dying from COVID-19.
- You must hear the story of a healthy young adult dying from the virus before you can open the news. In our own community, we have experienced personal deaths in their 30s to 80s.
- The virus itself cannot be distinguished.
Myth 3: The PCR test (used to identify the current COVID-19 infection) does not even tell us who can spread the virus to other people at the moment.
- The PCR test is currently used to determine whether an individual is currently infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (also known as the coronavirus).
- It can detect whether the genetic material RNA of the SARS-CoV-2 virus currently exists.
- The test is considered very reliable.
Misunderstanding 4: The entire virus has been blown out of proportion and will become news after the presidential election.
- Since March 21, when residents of Scott County confirmed the first COVID-19 case and confirmed for residents of Rock Island County on March 22, contact tracing personnel of the two health departments were on 90% of the 8,000 people The above conducted in-depth interview and tested positive in our county.
- These people were tested voluntarily based on people showing signs of illness or close contact with COVID-19.
- These people are real. Their story is true. Their symptoms are real. This virus is real.
- Although politics may determine the federal government’s response to the virus, the virus will not magically disappear after the election.
- I can guarantee that after the presidential election results are confirmed, we will continue to spread the virus, people will continue to show symptoms of the virus, people will continue to test positive for the virus, and we will continue to contact and follow up to help stop it.
Myth 5: We should let everyone get COVID-19, and then we don’t have to worry about it anymore.
- Herd immunity is a real thing, in this case, it is indeed a terrible thing.
- When a large part of the community is immune to a certain disease (whether through immunization or previous disease), herd immunization occurs.
- Attempts to achieve “herd immunity” by exposing people to viruses are scientifically problematic and unethical.
- Letting COVID-19 spread among people of any age or health condition will cause unnecessary infection, suffering and death. Most of the burden of infection, suffering, and death will be disproportionately borne by the most vulnerable people in our community: the elderly, people with basic health conditions, low-income people, and the few people who work on the front line. Risk of exposure to the spreading virus .
Misunderstanding #6: If I already have COVID-19, I don’t need to wear a mask.
- Every day, we learn more about this new virus circulating in the community.
- Current data tell us that COVID-19 antibodies can last for a short time in individuals infected with the coronavirus, although we don’t know how long it will last.
- This means that over time, if the individual comes into contact with an individual who is currently infectious, he may be at risk of being infected by the coronavirus again.
- Conversely, individuals may be infected again by the virus, or even spread without knowing that they are infected.
- It is still very important for everyone to wear masks when they are sick, maintain social distancing and stay at home to reduce the spread of this virus.
Myth 7: I do not have a fever, so I cannot have COVID-19.
- If you haven’t noticed, the symptoms of COVID-19 are very extensive and similar to the symptoms of many respiratory diseases and certain gastrointestinal diseases.
- Unfortunately, there is no independent symptom that can clearly tell others that they have COVID.
- When we talked to all the contacts we interviewed with individuals who tested positive for COVID, many did not actually have a fever. Their symptoms may be as mild as mimicking seasonal allergies or mild sinus infections.
- The only way you know if you have Covid is to test.
- Many employers and other groups set to check the temperature when entering. This is not because fever is a general sign of COVID, but because it is a symptom that can be monitored externally. We encourage everyone who monitors temperature to also ask if the individual also has other symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of new taste or smell, diarrhea, severe headache or muscle pain.
- Individuals experiencing any symptoms should stay home and consider getting tested.
Myth #8: I am not worried about catching up with COVID-19 at parties (house parties, weddings) because people will not come when they are sick.
- Boy, do we hope this is true?
- In these types of events, you may encounter any of the following situations:
- Individuals who have COVID but don’t know. (No symptoms)
- Individuals with mild symptoms do not regard COVID-19 as the cause, but engage in their own business.
- People who know they have COVID and are still participating
- Unfortunately, we have heard too many stories about individuals consciously interacting when they test positive for COVID-19
- You can know someone, love someone, trust someone, and that person may still have COVID without knowing it.
- Our first recommendation is not to attend these types of gatherings, especially when they enter indoors because of the high risk of spreading COVID-19.
- If you must attend a party, always wear a mask. Keep at least 6 feet away from other people who do not live at home.
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