So what happened? When states reopened to try to save the economy, the fate of this pandemic shifted from government mandates to personal responsibility.
But many do not follow that responsibility, instead dropping the guard too soon because of popular misconceptions:
Herd immunity usually occurs when 70% to 90% of the population becomes immune to an infectious disease – either because people have been infected and recovered, or because they have been vaccinated.
There is also no cure for the new coronavirus. So the only way to control this deadly pandemic is through personal behavior – like keeping 6 feet away from others, including social settings, and wearing a face mask.
“It is crucial that we all take personal responsibility to slow down the transmission of Covid-19 and embrace the universal use of face wraps,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday.
I’m young and healthy, so I don’t worry
“In particular, I am addressing the younger members of our society, millennials and Generation Z,” Redfield said, referring to the cover-ups. “I beg those who listen to spread the word.”
In Florida, the middle age group for those infected in March were people in their 60s. But in recent weeks, that middle age has fallen on young adults in their early 30s, government Ron DeSantis said in late June.
During their night out, the virus seemed “out of sight, out of mind” because they didn’t know anyone who had infected it, Crisp said. The group also had a false sense of security, she said, because their governor said it was safe to reopen.
“I feel stupid. It’s too early,” Crisp said.
Days before his diagnosis, Gobert referred to the pandemic when he jokingly touched every microphone at a news conference.
He later publicly apologized and urged the public not to fall into a false sense of security like he did.
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I don’t have to wear a mask
“As economies open up more, masks become more important, not less important,” said Jeremy Howard, a scientist at the University of San Francisco.
Howard spent most of the last four months in Texas, noticing face masks falling as the state began to reopen.
U.S. General Surgeon Dr. Jerome Adams said that if you want more companies to open up and stay open, wear a mask.
“Face covers → less asymptomatic spread of the virus → more places will open sooner! Practice and promote your freedom by choosing to wear a face cover!”
The death rate is declining, so things are getting better, right?
“Our daily case / new infection rate has really jumped to over 40,000,” said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor at George Washington University School of Medicine.
First, deaths from Covid-19 often lag behind new infections. The onset of symptoms can take up to two weeks. After that, people can’t be tested right away. It can then take even longer for severe cases to require hospitalization.
“It’s going to take about a week after someone gets infected until they get sick enough to be hospitalized, and often about a week after that until you start seeing death,” Reiner said.
“Somehow we ranked so that the death rate fluctuates between 600 and 800 deaths a day … It’s obvious that everyone is worried that the death rate would start to break out again.”
With the current transmission rate, “we will reach 100,000 cases a day” in the United States, said internal medicine specialist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez.
With this virus, “one person – on average – infects three people, and we already have 40,000” new cases reported daily, Rodriguez said on Tuesday.
I’ve already tested the negatives, so I’m fine
This is not an excuse to stop taking precautions.
“Since it is possible to get a negative result even when you have a coronavirus, it is important to be careful when you receive a negative result.”
Even if a negative test result is correct, you may be infected since that test was taken.
Maybe we should just let nature go its own way and gain immunity to the herd
It’s not a good idea because some intensive care units are already in capacity or close, Rodriguez said.
And that could diminish the concern for everyone else who needs it – like car wreck victims or people suffering from a heart attack.
“People are admitted to hospital beds and admitted to the ICU (intensive care unit) faster than discharged” because of the coronavirus, said Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association.
Humble said he worries that hospitals will enter “crisis standards of care,” which basically means “less care for everyone, not just people with Covid-19.”
But the CDC director said anyone can help stop this deadly pandemic. It just takes personal responsibility.
“We have powerful tools at our disposal – social distancing, wearing face covers in public and being disciplined because of frequent hand washing,” Redfield said.
“We are not helpless against this disease.”
CNN’s Zachary B. Wolf, Alicia Lee and Amanda Watts contributed to this report.