Despite all of the public health warnings, many people are still ignoring instructions to socially distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many influential people are downplaying the severity of the virus, and convincing others that coronavirus is not as serious as health professionals would have us believe. In light of this, researchers discuss why some people stick to their beliefs and act with skepticism, despite overwhelming contradictory evidence.
Study explores the wide-ranging, negative effects of social isolation on both psychological and physiological well-being.
New coronavirus model finds case spread is concave, meaning the impact of one more infected person diminishes as more people become infected.
Researchers urge health officials to recognize and inform the public that airborne transmission of COVID-19 from droplets expelled by an infected person can spread beyond six feet. The study reports ventilation systems in cruises could have spread the virus between passengers. Measures to reduce indoor viral airborne transmission are proposed.
While introverts may be more accustomed to spending time alone, extroverts may have a slight edge in coping with current COVID-19 distancing measures. Researchers say using the term physical distancing rather than social distancing may be more appropriate, as we all need social interactions for our general mental wellbeing.
With COVID-19 testing limited, we don't have enough data on the virus to know how widespread the diseases will ultimately become, or how long social distancing measures will last.
The misconception that young people are more immune to COVID-19 is dangerous, and ignoring social distancing measures means the virus is more likely to spread among the young.
Intermittent social distancing may have to be employed to reduce the burden on the health care system as a result of COVID-19. If COVID-19 is a seasonal ailment, like the flu, a new model shows physical distancing occurring between 25 and 75% of the time would help build up herd immunity and prevent health system overload.
With the peak of COVID-19 cases occurring between 3.5 to four weeks after controlled interventions were put into place in China, US researchers are urging the public to ramp up social distancing efforts and increase testing immediately.
Increasing COVID-19 testing to include those who are asymptomatic is key to combatting the spread of coronavirus.