COVID-19 Pandemic Myths Debunked Amid Reported Spike In Cases

Almost all states announced reopening plans in March to help save the U.S. economy. But that gave people a false sense of security or the idea that the country was winning the fight against COVID-19. 

As states slowly reopened, allowing businesses to resume operations and certain outdoor activities, many people were seen abandoning safety measures, such as wearing face masks and social distancing. These changes led to a sudden spike in new cases of COVID-19.

To avoid the resurgence of coronavirus infections, several states decided to shut down businesses again, close beaches and enforce some forms of lockdowns. However, new COVID-19 cases have been growing in the past weeks, indicating that even a short reopening could contribute to the rapid spread of infections. 

The reopening of states created misconceptions that encouraged people to let their guard down early. Experts said that affected their actions and possibly gave the coronavirus an opportunity to infect more people.

COVID-19 Pandemic Misconceptions You Should Know

Reopening For Economy Means Pandemic Is Getting Better

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that despite many countries making progress in managing COVID-19, the world is far from the end of the pandemic. Health experts also believe that the worst is yet to come.  

Reopening efforts also fed people the idea that the U.S. was close to achieving herd immunity. But only 5 percent to 8 percent of the population has been infected.

The country needs 70 percent to 90 percent of the people to get COVID-19 for herd immunity to occur. 

Herd Immunity Will Save Everyone

Some people believe that herd immunity is the key to end the fight against the coronavirus. But the road to it can be dangerous.  

Hospitals are already facing challenges in accommodating all patients with COVID-19. Imagine the majority of the population being hospitalized at the same time combined with other diseases or conditions that would also require intensive care. 

Reopening Means Face Masks Are No Longer Necessary

People in Arizona, Florida and Texas are not required to wear face masks. These states now have the highest cases of COVID-19 in the country, CNN reported Monday.

"As economies open up more, masks become more important, not less important," Jeremy Howard, a research scientist at the University of San Francisco, said. 

If 95 percent of people in the U.S. wear face masks in public places, the country could avoid 33,000 deaths by Oct. 1, according to estimates from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Temperature Check Finds Who Has COVID-19

Temperature screenings cannot determine asymptomatic people infected with coronavirus. They do not feel sick or experience fever but are still contagious. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 40 percent of transmissions happen without any symptoms of COVID-19.

Young People Should Be Less Worried

In the early days of the pandemic, experts reported that only older adults and people with weaker immune systems have a high risk of catching the coronavirus. But there have been a growing number of people from Gen Z and millennial groups getting the virus in the past months.   

Many young patients have also been suffering from serious complications of COVID-19. New Jersey-based physician Jen Caudle said the strokes, shortness of breath, fatigue and the inability to smell and taste because of the disease have been affecting more young people.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said 18- to 35-year-old age groups covered the recent surge of infections in the state. 

Testing Negative Again Means You're Safe

Penn Medicine warned that some coronavirus testing provides false negatives, which means “you have the disease but the test doesn't detect it.” People with COVID-19 can still get a negative result.

Face mask and COVID-19 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear face masks in public spaces to help reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, especially in closed spaces like grocery stores, clinics, and hospitals. Pixabay

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