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General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Why Coronavirus is More Dangerous than the Flu

There are many myths surrounding coronavirus.

One myth states flu kills more people than the coronavirus. This may be true for some countries. However in the US
— 62,000 people died from the flu between October 1 and April 4, that means the US had an average of about 331 flu deaths a day
— February 6 through April 30, an average of more than 739 coronavirus deaths per day
–Different times frame, but if we get the second wave of COVID-19 infections, we could get continue to get more coronavirus deaths than flu deaths even during the peak of flu season (December-February).

Other myth busters about the danger of the coronavirus
Coronavirus is much more contagious than the flu
— Research shows a person with the flu infects an average of about 1.28 other people
–a person with the COVID-19 virus infects an average of about 2 to 3 other people. This includes people who show no symptoms.

Coronavirus can be spread for many days without symptoms
— People show flu symptoms often within two days according to the CDC
— People show COVID-19 symptoms within four or five days after exposure,” according to Harvard Medical Schoo, if you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus And many people
never show symptoms, but can still spread the virus.

You can get a flu vaccine but not a coronavirus vaccine
The earliest a COVID-19 vaccine will be available will be December of this year

Critics said the flu kills more than coronavirus. Why that’s not a fair comparison — and now, it’s not even true (CNN)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Mythbusters (WHO)

If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus (Harvard Medical Letter)

Get the Facts About Coronavirus (CDC)

Debunking COVID-19 (coronavirus) myths (Mayo Clinic)

7 Dangerous Myths About The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

21 Myths About Coronavirus You Need to Stop Believing Now

And for anyone trying to convince anyone that this virus is real and precautions are necessary, here is a good read.

I’ve been talking to conspiracy theorists for 20 years – here are my six rules of engagement
Great closing thought…
“6. Finally, be realistic
There is, of course, no guarantee that this advice will be effective. There are no incontestable arguments or fail-proof strategies that will always convert a conspiracy theorist to scepticism. Therefore, set realistic expectations. The aim of talking to conspiracy theorists is not to convert them, but to sow doubt about an argument, and hopefully enable them to gradually build up resistance to its seductive appeal.”

August 15, 2020 Posted by | Consumer Health, Medical and Health Research News, Public Health | , | Leave a comment

How talking about the coronavirus as an enemy combatant can backfire

From the July 10, 2020 article at The Conversation

“Research shows that military metaphors lead to negative behaviors in other health situations. People may become more likely to take risksovertreat themselves and be less likely to engage in preventive activities. For example, some people may not want to appear afraid of sun exposure, and this can make them less likely to use sunscreen. Others may continue seeking treatments for terminal diseases – despite the debilitating side effects – because they don’t want to be seen as having “given up.”

The way war metaphors emphasize strength can also stigmatize those who do become sick: They’re now seen as weak.”

Read the entire article here

August 13, 2020 Posted by | Consumer Health, Medical and Health Research News | , , | Leave a comment

Mouthwashes could reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission

From the August 10 2020 Medicalxpress article

“The use of mouthwashes that are effective against Sars-Cov-2 could…help to reduce the viral load and possibly the risk of coronavirus transmission over the short term. This could be useful, for example, prior to dental treatments. However, mouth rinses are not suitable for treating Covid-19 infections or protecting yourself against catching the virus.”

Go to the PDF, table 1 to see the effectiveness of 8 different mouthwashes available at stores along with the full text of the scientific article.

August 11, 2020 Posted by | Consumer Health, Health News Items | , , | Leave a comment

What We Know About Possible COVID-19 Treatments And Vaccines So Far

Confused about the current science regarding drugs as hydroxychloroquine and Remesivir? Treatments as convalescence plasma? If Vitamin C works?

The Huffington Post has a good overview of a few treatments and vaccines recently in the news.

Additional Resources

June 12, 2020 Posted by | Consumer Health, Health Education (General Public), Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment


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