You can not take this virus for granted, especially when you come in the winter, insisted Dr. Ryan.
“It’s still a vicious virus,” he said. “We are still losing 5,000 people a day from confirmed Covid deaths. It does not count people who may die because they were never tested, it may not count all the other causes of death because health care was discontinued. ”
Even with so-called ‘mild’ infections, “we simply do not know what the long-term effect of this is,” he stressed. Not everyone, even young people, has complete recovery from this virus.
“We do not have the answers to everything. We work very hard to share what we know, what we do not know, ”said Dr. Kerkhove.
But “one thing we are looking at is not only the number of deaths from reported cases, but what is the estimated number of deaths from the infections? That estimate is 0.6 percent,”
“It may not sound like much, but if you think of a virus that has the potential to spread widely … it’s a pretty high number. And this infection increases dramatically with age. ”
“This is a significant problem,” said Dr. Ryan, as he reissued his sharp reminder, “These numbers sound really small until you calculate it for all of us and see what the impact is.”
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