Source of fear is what we didn’t, or don’t, know about COVID-19

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedI have read and re-read the updated World Health Organization step-by-step best practices guide for clinicians from diagnosis through treating the worst cases of COVID-19.

It appears that COVID-19 works similar to influenza and other respiratory viruses in that people with co-morbidity issues, other underlying disease or immune system weakness, can easily end up with pneumonia which then, in the worst cases, turns septic which is a regular progression of pneumonia.

None of this makes me a medical expert but I do understand what I have read at a general level and what the CDC and WHO information leads me to believe is that COVID-19 is not deserving of the full level of panic many, especially in the media and those informed by that reporting, have for it save that COVID-19 spreads fast.

Other coronavirus colds as well as influenza strains spread in a similar manner at varying rates.

 “This virus … is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.”

From the CDC FAQ section “How does the virus spread?

The trepidation that epidemiologists and health professionals have appears to be come from not having data about the disease which would help us know when this new strain is likely to peak, subside, and ultimately how high of a fatality rate it will have.

The trepidation that epidemiologists and health professionals have appears to be come from not having data about the disease…

In other words, COVID-19 is deadly but maybe not so much different from other widely spread viral disease we see regularly. However with those known viruses, we have enough data through experience to well predict rates of infection, how serious such is in different groups, and what to expect as a general fatality rate. The trepidation experts show about COVID-19 appears to come from fear of what is not known* combined with it being very easily transmitted.

* Want more evidence I’m right? The day after I wrote this this statement was in the press: “It’s necessary because we can’t clearly see the trajectory that COVID-19 will follow if not effectively combated,” Hellerstedt [Texas’ top doc] said. “We must change the course of COVID-19 before it impacts our state with maximum effect.”

See the WHO COVID-19 world situation dashboard map here.


  1. Dave Burke says

    It’s really hard to believe anything you hear from the media because for the last few years they have ran several scams and lied to us daily in order to change public opinion because they didn’t like the results of the last presidential election, as for me I’ll probably never believe much of anything I hear from the news. If you think I’m wrong I believe you’re being fooled.

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