Coronavirus misbeliefs: Who should we trust

Coronavirus misbeliefs: Who should we trust

The general belief in the first countries hit by the virus was that COVID-19 is not worse than the flu and we should be more concerned about that. However, it is now obvious that coronavirus spreads more rapidly and more easily and causes pneumonia while flu makes you more susceptible to pneumonia.

In the united states, President trump has misled people several times. People have been calling the emergency hotlines to ask about injecting or ingesting bleach and disinfectants to combat coronavirus after trump’s remarks at a press briefing about it being a good idea and worse of studies. He also had wondered before, if exposing inside of the body to sunlight and heat could kill the coronavirus and had pushed uncertain solutions to treat the disease with drugs such as hydroxychloroquine which is an anti-malaria drug.

The press has led to people drinking bleach and an increase in the number of poisoning cases due to ingesting disinfectants.

In the UK people have been receiving incorrect and out-of-date information from the government on being in high-risk groups and isolating themselves and not going out of the house for 12 weeks. On the other hand, some people with pre-existing conditions who are in priority groups haven’t received any instructions. This has led to an increased number of calls to GPs concerning these texts and letters.

So, who can we trust if even governments are making mistakes? You can always ask a physician about the accuracy of the data you are receiving. It is safe to say that department of health is the most reliable source of information in all countries.

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What is the coronavirus quarantine situation

Despite these mistakes, the situation in Europe is getting better and countries are starting to lift the lockdown gradually or plan for that.

According to UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his first appearance after recovering from COVID-19, the first phase of the disease is ending in this country. However, it is still risky to ease quarantine measures.

Italy experienced its lowest number of daily cases of COVID-19 patients since March 10 and plans to ease the restrictions in detailed steps.

The Czech Republic and Switzerland, have also eased lockdown restrictions further on Monday.

Germany has started to loosen lockdown measures gradually. Some small stores and car dealerships reopened their business and, in some states, students are back to school while following social distancing measures and wearing masks. Wearing masks is mandatory in Germany’s states and it is available to citizens. The government has stated that wearing cloth masks is acceptable. Germany has been the most successful country in Europe in controlling the spread of the virus and has the lowest death proportion.

In total, it can be seen that the disease is getting under control and is manageable by using systemic thinking.

You can read about last week COVID-19 quarantine situation in NEW HOPE FOR EUROPE : DECREASE IN COVID-19 DEATH RATE.




Author: Effat Fazel
Date: 4/29/2020

2020 April 29