Five Covid-19 Misconceptions That Are Important To Know

9-25-20 5 common coronavirus misconceptions and the science you need to know– 4-minute video plus a short, well-written article with lots of references for more information Speaker: Dr. Sanjay Gupta CNN Chief Medical Correspondent. To watch the video and read the explanations, click here.


I have written about all of these topics in this blog and previous newsletters . This short video and article put the primary misconceptions in one place. I hear and read about them online a lot. These Five Covid-19 Misconceptions Are Very Important To Know

The 5 Misconceptions

  • Misconception No. 1: Only older people are impacted by the virus
  • Misconception No. 2: Masks don’t protect you against coronavirus
  • Misconception No. 3: You can only catch Covid-19 if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has symptoms
  • Misconception No. 4: This is like the flu
  • Misconception No. 5: Everyone can a get a vaccine this winter

Excerpts

Excerpt from No 1: “In fact, a new study published Wednesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that young adults age 20 to 29 accounted for more than 20% of all confirmed Covid-19 cases in the United States during June, July and August — the highest incidence rate of all age groups.”

Excerpt from No. 5: “If it’s shown efficacious in November or in December, we don’t have enough vaccine doses. We’d have a few million in November and maybe 10, 20 million of each in December. That will be enough to… start vaccinating certain populations but not the whole population,” Dr. Moncef Slaoui told me. Slaoui is head of Operation Warp Speed, the government’s vaccine initiative.”

My comments on what I rely on

Gupta has a very good, short podcast Monday through Friday. I listen to it every day. Coronavirus Fact vs. Fiction with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

For the “big picture” I rely on Dr. Anthony Fauci. But, he does not give a lot of details when he speaks, so I read the studies and commentaries on these issues.

I don’t always agree with Fauci of course. For example, he does not recommend mandatory wearing of face masks. I do recommend that. Why? I just look in the mirror. Until they were mandatory in my county April 17, I did not always wear one. After the mandate, within a few days everyone in my city, including myself, wore masks. My test is going to the same grocery store every Sunday. After a few days they had an employee outside checking for masks. Everyone wore them.

My county was one of the first counties in the country (along with 7 other Bay Area counties) to start shelter in place on March 17. We still don’t have indoor dining, gyms, theaters, etc.  I am used to everyone wearing masks.

Warning: President Trump is mentioned. You may or many not agree with what Gupta says. I always say that everyone chooses their level of risk. I try to keep my writing NPA – no politics allowed, but that is not always possible.

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