This virus cannot be taken for granted, especially in winter, Dr. Ryan insisted.
“It’s still a cruel virus,” he said. “We continue to lose 5,000 people a day because of Covid’s confirmed deaths. That doesn’t count people who may die because they’ve never been tested, maybe it doesn’t count all the other causes of death because health services were disrupted.”
Even with so-called “mild” infections, “we just don’t know what the long-term impact of this is,” he stressed. Not everyone, even young people, has a complete recovery from this virus.
“We do not have the answers for everything. We are working very hard to share what we know and what we don̵7;t know, ”said Dr. Kerkhove.
However, “one thing we are looking at is not just the number of deaths from reported cases, but what is the estimated number of deaths from infections? That estimate is 0.6%,” he said.
“This may not sound like much, but if you think about a virus that has the potential to spread widely … it’s a pretty high number. And that percentage of infection increases dramatically with age.”
“This is a significant problem,” Dr. Ryan said as he reissued his reminder, “These numbers sound very small until you calculate this for all of us and see what the impact is.”
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