Separating the Facts From the Misinformation About COVID-19

The facts, the ethics, and the protective measures you should take

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Why are people freaking out about Covid-19 more than flu?

Even if you are not at high risk yourself, we still all have a public health obligation to take interventions that will prevent its spread.

Why should I even care if I get it? It doesn’t seem that lethal.

Covid-19 mortality rates go up dramatically with age, compared with flu.

If I’m likely to get it, why not just get on with my daily routines if it doesn’t seem that dangerous?

Aren’t other diseases like SARS, MERS, or H1N1 more lethal? So why freak out about this one?

How many people will be infected? Is this really a big deal?

How quickly will it spread?

Won’t this calm down in summer, with warmer temperatures, as the flu does?

When will a vaccine be available? Can’t we just stop this thing?

How should I protect myself? Should I stock up on hand sanitizer?

A slower spread will save many lives, because an overwhelmed health care system will not be able to provide care to all who need it.

China and South Korea proved this can be slowed and stopped. Can’t we just do what they did?

When will things be back to “normal”?

Panic seems worse than the disease itself. Should we really be worried about this? Why is there so much fear?

Why are conferences being canceled?

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