Elderberry wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:26 pm
... But it's not much different than the flu. A bit of precaution, hand washing, avoiding crowds in contained spaces, not shaking hands, washing you hands (repeated because it's the most important) and we'll all survive
. Especially if you're under 60. At 72 I'm pretty healthy, so even if I get exposed I'm optimistic that I'll survive... As most everyone will. Now stop the panic and start thinking positive.
It is similar to the flu, in that it shares the same Transmission paths.
And yes, the precautions you list - adding don't touch your face
- are a start, but no. No you won't all survive
The science shows it is significantly more fatal than the flu.
And it is significantly more contagious than the flu.
Thinking positive will not change that.
It didn't change it for China. It didn't change it for Iran. It didn't change it for Italy. It isn't changing things for all of the other various countries facing significantly increasing cases and hospitalized and deaths. Nor will it change it for the U.S., nor anywhere else.
And given the significant population of the United States that is informed about how to avoid the flu, yet still catch it, if those same people don't step up their prevention measures to an effective level
, then take that 20,000 deaths number and multiply it by twenty to get a starting point for U.S. deaths. And flu had the benefit of lessening symptoms for many with the flu vaccine. There is nothing for Covid-19 available yet. Then that number would get increased by the increased number of people who would catch Covid-19, as it is significantly more contagious.
Do not all of the precautions taking place that are announced on the news and by Public Health sources not provide you with a clue that something different is taking place? Have you not seen the reports of what is continuing to happen in Italy, even with all of the measures they've taken? Do you think that 'thinking positive' is going to make the measures so many countries have taken irrelevant? Unnecessary? Stop imitating an ostrich or acting like you've gone senile before your time, or you may find you end life before your time. Spreading the myth that Covid-19 is just like the flu misinforms others and can lead them into unknowingly risk losing their life before their time.
As Tedros Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization said, "This is not a drill. NOT the time to give up. NOT a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops.".
In addition to the percentage that present with Severe symptoms, some critical and some facing death, what the WHO determined includes that previously healthy individuals with Covid-19 of Mild or Moderate severity, will suddenly have their immune system crash, go critical and many die. This includes those under 50
, and it includes individuals with no prior conditions
"Now stop the panic and start thinking positive" will not do a damn thing to prevent catching the disease and facing what your outcome will be.
Lies that it is "not much different from the flu" encourages people to ignore the warnings from Public Health, and from taking appropriate precautions. It is a disservice that could cost the lives of anyone stupid enough to be mislead.
The only thing available right now, is to prepare yourself by educating yourself on what should be done to prevent catching it.
Start with the CDC website.
- Read up on prevention.
- Read up on how to wash your hands adequately with soap (alcohol based cleaners are a distant second, for use when washing with soap is not available).
- Read up on its Transmission Paths.
- Read up on cleaning Frequent-Touch Surfaces.
- Read up on Social Distancing.
- Read up on providing home-care for someone with mild or moderate symptoms who has to isolate at home.
Be prepared to stay at home while providing entirely for yourself for a period of time, to prevent exposure during a local outbreak.
Want to know more? Many scientific papers are published, and most are NOT behind a paywall. So many that I gave up keeping up with them two weeks ago. Go read some, instead of propagating myths that are factually incorrect and may lead people to their death.