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.
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.
A new model finds that, if left unchecked, the COVID-19 virus could have infected 7 billion people and caused around 40 million deaths this year.
If strong social distancing measures are adopted by at least 80% of the population, COVID-19 could be curbed within 13 weeks, a new model reveals. However, if 70% or less of the population practice social distancing, the pandemic may not be curbed.
Despite talk of re-opening the country to boost the economy, public health officials are urging the public to remain at home and socially distance to slow the spread of COVID-19. They warn that if we don't, the spread will get worse, and death rates will rise.
Singapore model indicates quarantining people infected with COVID-19 and their family members, closing schools, and distancing, in that order, are effective at reducing transmission of the virus.
Many of us feel obligated to perform acts for loved ones, such as calling more frequently or running an errand for an elderly friend, during this time of social distancing. Researchers report low-level obligations and acts of kindness can help strengthen relationships, while more substantive obligations can put a strain on relationships.
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.
Researchers have analyzed the potential outcomes of public health measures on slowing and suppressing the spread of COVID-19.
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.