As COVID-19 continues to rapidly and aggressively spread throughout the U.S, it is more than important than ever to stay home.
On March 20th, The Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard reported 14,250 cases and 150 deaths in the U.S.
As a response to the virus, self-isolation and quarantine have been ordered across the states. In the case of California, Governor Gavin Newsom issued on March 19th a statewide "stay at home" order, urging Californians to self-isolate.
It is now time to take these health measures seriously and to collectively do our part to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
As of today, the safety and health measures issued are not fully respected. The "stay at home" measure is particularly important to reduce the spread of the virus and it needs to be taken fully seriously.
European countries such as Italy and Spain, that have been reporting a total of 3,405 deaths in Italy, and over 1000 deaths in Spain, are urging people all across the world to strictly follow the self-isolation and quarantine guidelines.
The coronavirus is very contagious. Even when infected people have few symptoms.
Why ? First, because researchers are unanimous on this subject: in the absence of real treatment, in the absence of vaccine, social distancing is to date, the only effective way to curb this pandemic.
We now know that even people that don't exhibit symptoms can spread the virus.
Staying at home only if you experience symptoms is therefore not enough. You just have to stay at home now.
Especially since this coronavirus is particularly contagious. Its reproduction rate appears relatively high - it is somewhere between 2 and 3 - compared to that of the seasonal flu - which is around 1.5.
Thus, if no measure of social distancing is taken, we risk overwhelming hospitals and healthcare workers.
According to the Times of San Diego: "Projections by state health officials have indicated that California hospitals could handle a surge — right now, statewide — of about 10,000 patients.". However, given how fast the virus has spread, some models project that the state will need up to 20,000 beds.
The coronavirus is very contagious.
Even when infected people have few symptoms.
In the absence of specific treatments and vaccines, experts assure that the only effective way to fight this pandemic is social distancing.
It is therefore more important than ever to… stay at home!