What The COVID-19 Downturn Means For You

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If you’re elderly or caring for someone who is, you might be curious to know about some new developments regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. All data points to the virus now dropping off after reaching a climatic peak that has claimed many lives and infected millions more. However, it’s important to realize that the crisis may soon be over, even if that means you’ll have to exercise extra caution, moving forward.

 

If you’re of advanced years and/or have pre-existing medical conditions, you’re still classed as being most at risk to the Coronavirus pandemic. The predominant majority of fatalities that took place in New York City involved those who had multiple pre-existing conditions, already. Even if you’re relatively healthy, you should still remain careful that you don’t contract the virus, at least until a vaccine is produced.

 

Speaking of which, the University of Oxford announced a few days ago that they might have millions of coronavirus vaccines ready by September. This would effectively mean that a vaccine will be produced within 6 months of a major pandemic outbreak; a historic feat for mankind, and something to get excited about. More news will follow, but if it’s true, the world will be able to return to normalcy far quicker than previously thought. Until that time, social distancing measures should remain in effect, and those most vulnerable should be kept isolated to prevent any harm from coming to them.

 

With the announcement of an economic restart in the States and Canada (as well as other countries around the world), more people will be mingling with each other. Some have suggested that this is dangerous, and will lead to more deaths, but the same could be said of anything from car accidents, to deaths from other illnesses. Isolation will always lower the death rate for anything. The objective of the economic restart is to prevent the collapse of the global economy and supply chains, which would effectively kill millions upon millions, if left unchecked. Unfortunately, there’s no perfect solution, but a mixture of cautious social distancing and responsible behavior should be enough to stem the tide of the virus until a vaccine is produced.

 

For that reason, it may be necessary to forego seeing the grandkids a little while longer. As they mingle with friends, they run the risk of catching Covid-19 and spreading it to others. Children so far have shown near-invulnerability to the virus (though there will always be exceptions), but they will act as carriers to spread the disease to others. Early antibody tests have suggested that Coronavirus may have infected many millions more than previously thought. This might sound alarming, but it’s actually excellent news, as it means more people contracted it, but never showed any symptoms or problems. This has effectively lowered the once-projected 3.8% mortality rate of Covid-19 down to approximately 0.4% to 0.6%. This is a massive change in the data set that should offer some relief for people wondering about how insidious the disease actually is.

Which is not to say it isn’t, as Covid-19 is far more transmissible than the common flu, and could be approximately four to five times as deadly. Still, this is a far cry from the projected 2 million deaths just in the United States, alone. By all indications, the overall number of deaths from Covid-19 may not exceed the H1N1 outbreak that occurred a decade ago, which infected 1.4 billion people (20% of the Earth’s population) and killed an estimated 575,000 people, maximum. Covid-19 is a different kind of virus, altogether. It spreads differently, as well. That’s why it’s important to know how the facts relate to you, moving forward.

 

Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before friends, family and the grandkids are all over you, but for now, we have a ways to go before we’re in the clear. Make sure to keep potential carriers away from you if you are vulnerable to the disease. Wash your hands regularly with appropriate sanitizer, and wear appropriate face masks to limit your exposure to the virus. With a little caution and a lot of optimism, this nightmare may soon be over. 

 

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