Countries are already paying the price after laying low their guard amid the pandemic. It is at this time that the novel virus might exceedingly spread. The daily upsurge in corona infections can reverse the positive progress countries made when corona first hit the globe.
Governments have surrendered the fate of coronavirus to citizens. The latter are now obligated to control the corona infection. Failure to which both them and the economy will suffer. The following misconceptions play a role in increasing COVID -19 cases:
Upsurge in Corona Cases
The head of the World Health Organization states the pandemic is not ending soon. Countries that have recorded numerous cases have only about 5 to 8% of the population infected. The data shows the outbreak is still far from its peak. We are, therefore, far from herd immunity since not even 70% of people are immune to the virus. Research institutions have also not yet discovered a suitable vaccine. It remains unclear when the pandemic will end.
Since there is no cure for the virus, personal behavior is the only way to prevent its spread. Sanitizing, wearing face masks and, social distancing are some of the actions to adopt.
“We all must take the personal responsibility to slow the transmission of Covid-19 and embrace the universal use of face coverings,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday.
In less than six months, the total death toll in America has exceeded 127000.
I am young and healthy, so am not worried
There has been an increase in a new wave of infections in younger generations. While they tend not to die easily from the virus, they suffer from numerous long-term effects. Shortness of breath, inability to smell and taste are some of the side effects. Since young generations believe they aren’t so vulnerable to the virus, most of them ignore the policies in place.
People ranging from 18 to early 30s are now carriers, spreading the virus. During a night out, a group of teenagers attended an event without wearing masks. They later tested positive for corona. Those who are informed should educate those who are not.
Besides, the idea of ignoring corona because one hasn’t witnessed anybody die from it should stop.
We are checking the temperatures of all employees, customers, party guests
Checking of temperatures and screening doesn’t provide accurate results for asymptomatic and pre asymptomatic carriers. Instead, they spread the virus-like wildfire. According to the CDC, up to 40% of corona infections occur without symptoms.
Often, especially the adults who have corona don’t have the symptoms like fever.
I don’t need to wear a mask
Since economies started opening, the number of people using masks has reduced. Masks are important as it’s an effective way to stay safe from asymptomatic carriers.
States are issuing an executive order urging citizens to wear masks. For instance, in Florida, because they do not wear masks, the upsurge in corona cases is rampant. They have been forced to close bars, gyms, and other businesses to deal with the crisis.
The rate of deaths is decreasing so things are getting better right?
The new corona cases in the US have increased following the mass testing they conducted. Health experts say the upsurge is because of states reopening as people let down their guard. The health officials say deaths usually lag when they discover new cases.
Most of the people infected are young generations who do not die rampantly. However, they can spread the virus since it is highly contagious.
I have already tested negative so I don’t need to worry
Testing negative doesn’t mean one shouldn’t follow the precautions. Sometimes the negative tests are false hence we should take precautions.
According to Penn medicine, it is possible to test negative even when one is positive. Sometimes the test doesn’t detect the virus.
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