The mortality rate (death rate) is higher than some, such as Influenza A, but lower than other viral pandemic/epidemics we have encountered.
Influenza A: .1%. (1 person out of 1000 people who contract Influenza A will die).
COVID-19: currently estimated at 2.5-4.5% (25-45 out of 1000 people who contract COVID-19 will die)—(This number may be inflated due to lack of testing. A large number of asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic people who are infected are not tested).
Other recent viral pandemic/epidemics have higher mortality rates or case fatality rates (CFR) For example:
Panic buying behavior occurs when the brain switches into survival mode. Panic overrides rational decision making. According to Dr. Ali Fenwick, human behavior expert at Nyenrode Business University, there are 4 main reasons why people behave in this fashion:
This virus is easily transmitted from person to person, without the infected person even knowing they areinfected. As such, it is critical for everyone create and maintain a 6ft buffer (social distancing) around them. This is impossible in a packed bar. Think of the environment in most bars: lots of people, music or other noise so you are forced to move closer to a person in order to talk; the sharing of drinks, and maybe even physical contact on a good night. Simply ordering your drink forces you to lean in so there is less than 2 feet between you and the bartender. All these actions create the absolute perfect scenario to spread COVID-19.
The current store recommendations are that anyone over 65 years of age should remain indoors. This is important because research has concluded that anyone you encounter could be capable of transmitting the virus, even if they’re not showing any signs, such as coughing. You are also at risk of picking up the virus when you touch a shopping cart, handles in the refrigerator/freezer section and countertops that virus filled droplets have fallen upon, then inadvertently touching your mouth nose or eyes. If at all possible, take advantage of grocery delivery services, or have family, friends, neighbors to do your shopping. As a last resort, if you must shop for yourself, many stores have set up special hours for seniors.
There isn’t any truth in this at all. Alcohol will not kill the virus. While it may have a short-term uplifting effect, more likely it will proceed to depression and hopelessness.
Current data does indicate that the younger population (less than 30y/o) is better able tolerate the coronavirus infection. Less than 2% of symptomatic young people require hospitalization. This does NOT mean that young people are less likely to become infected. Since most young people have mild or no symptoms even if they are infected, they are rarely tested.
Emerging data from Europe shows an increase in hospital admissions in the 20-50 year old age group, as high as 40% of new admissions. We are not sure why. It is important to understand that even though you do not feel ill, or have symptoms, you may still be infected with the virus, and are able to infect others. We need our young population to understand that they are extremely important in curbing the virus. This is why social distancing in all age groups is so important.