On March 26th, Dr. Fauci and two other doctors published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine that reviews the mortality rate of COVID. Here's a screenshot of the article:
Here's what that means. First, we already know that COVID is most dangerous for people who are elderly or who have coexisting conditions, similar to the seasonal flu. (Side note, our doctors did a recent video on prevention to eliminate or reduce coexisting conditions as key to staying healthy. Watch that video here.)
Second, Dr. Fauci and coauthors go on to say that COVID death rates are LOWER than pneumonia death rates. This information is huge. It means that a more measured approach to dealing with COVID would be similar to how we act during every other flu season: cover our mouths, wash our hands, don't touch your face, and stay home if you're feeling sick.
Additionally, the death rate may be EVEN LOWER than the currently reported rate of 1.4%. Here's how: in this article speculates that there are many individuals that have been exposed to the disease and had symptoms so mild that it escaped detection, especially in children. (blue highlighted area). A healthy individual is routinely exposed to new viruses each year and mounts an immune response without ever knowing that the process is taking place in their body. Sometimes a healthy person might fee nothing at all, they might feel sluggish or tired for a few days, or they might have a "24-hour bug" that their body quickly and efficiently neutralized.
Let's look at the rest of the article:
If we assume that the actual infection rate is much larger than what we currently have reported then the actual death rate reduces to "considerably less than 1%" of those who are infected. Please note that this is not 1% of the total population, this means that if you get sick you have a considerably higher than 99% probability of fully recovering. And, you might not even know that you were "sick" in the first place.
This article also discusses when the virus is spread. One person, on average, spreads the virus to two other people and they could spread the virus to others when they have minimal symptoms. Here's another research article which shows that people are most contagious in the first week of symptoms. This research highlights the need for people to stay at home when they're feeling sick but does not support any fear that you might be an "asymptomatic carrier" who is spreading the illness without any signs or symptoms.
A measured and logical approach to staying well is encouraged. Prevention is key, staying healthy all year long will stack the deck in your favor when it comes time for your body to mount an immune response to this or any other virus. Bottom line is to focus on prevention by working to improve or prevent coexisting conditions, wash your hands, cover your mouth, don't touch your face, and stay home when you're sick.
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