Maybe this was all predictable. If you were writing a novel about a pandemic, you could not a write better story. There are many unknowns, which causes uncertainty and agitation. We can't even agree on the death rate of the disease, because the numbers people come up with are all over the place. There are a great many numbers that seem way optimistic. I have seen multiple people, some of which I know, claim that they would not take the vaccine when and if it becomes available. People are protesting having to wear masks and social distance. I regularly see people claim that wearing a mask is a sign that you have been brainwashed. Some scientists are saying that it is safe for children to return to school, while others are saying the opposite. In parts of the country, some teachers are saying that they won't teach if the schools reopen.
The problem is that nobody is on the same page. I thought that a crisis like this would bring us together, but it is more like it split us apart.
I do not consider wearing a face mask an infringement on my freedom. It is the equivalent of wearing a hard hat at a construction site. The danger is real, and we have to act accordingly. Masks provide a small amount of protection for us, which is far better than not wearing a mask, and a greater protection for others.
This disease is not done with us yet. Almost exactly 1% of the state has been infected. The number of cases has doubled since the beginning of June. Does that mean that 2% will be infected by the beginning of October? I don't know, but two months ago we were having 500 new cases per day, and now it is closer to a thousand.
I don't know why, but the death rate in Utah compared to Indiana is several times less.
We can beat this disease by having everyone wear a mask in public and take precautions. This is not like the flu. COVID-19 attacks your organs and your heart. Be careful.
Some people can't help doing stupid and the have a total disregard for black lives.
Unfortunately, there are a great many people, mostly in conservative media, who are claiming that the death rate is only 0.3%. They are constantly saying that this isn't much different than the seasonal flu. This number is being quoted so frequently that I tried to find some information to verify it, but I can't find anything. Even Bill Gates said that the death rate is less than 1%, but I can't find anything to back that either.
I think that this idea of a low death rate comes from a California study a couple of months ago that found that there were ten times as many positive tested cases in a sample population than what was predicted. So the argument was made that if there were ten times as many cases then the real death is ten times less. The problem is that the California study was criticized for its methodology. They did not do random sampling but instead asked for volunteers to be tested. The problem is that volunteers probably don't represent the population as a whole, and likely include many people who think that they may be infected.
It has also been pointed out that unknown cases could mean unknown deaths from COVID-19. Just because you have unknown cases doesn't necessarily mean that the death rate is lower.
So there seems to be much discussion about asymptomatic people because the argument seems to be that if there are a large number of asymptomatic cases then the death rate must be lower. However, studies from Wuhan and Italy both indicate that the number of asymptomatic cases is only around 40%. In addition, there are articles all over the place saying that asymptomatic people can still spread the disease.
In regard to unknown cases, I'm going to argue that it really doesn't matter. The number of *known* cases is still growing at apparently an ever-increasing rate, and those people are still dying at a rate of around 4%. About 3 days ago I noticed from official numbers that 100,000 people had died from COVID-19 worldwide in 12 days. That is around 34 times the number of deaths from 9-11, and we spent trillions of dollars fighting wars because of 9-11. As long as the number of known cases keeps increasing and those people keep dying at a significant rate, then this pandemic is a still serious problem.
There seems to be some resistance to mandates to wear masks. I don't consider wearing a mask to be an infringement on my freedom. It is the equivalent of wearing a hard hat in a construction zone.
I am appalled at how many people are espousing conspiracy theories in regard to COVID-19, especially in regard to a potential vaccine. A small part of the problem is that many politicians are trying to politicize the pandemic, so this contributes to people distrusting public officials and their motives.