Every week, it seems like we find out something new about the coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) is constantly releasing new guidelines. Scientists and doctors continue to perform clinical trials on vaccines and therapeutics.
While there is still much to learn, there is no question of COVID-19’s enormous impact. Over two million people worldwide have tested positive for the coronavirus. Tragically, there have been over 1.12 million deaths due to COVID-19.
In spite of the massive death toll, the world economy is starting to reopen. Read on to learn about common myths associated with COVID-19. Dispel these seven myths to help your workforce feel comfortable upon their return to work.
1. Contact Tracing Is a Violation of Privacy
There has been a lot of noise that contact tracing is a government spy program. People believe that world governments are keeping tabs on everywhere they go. In addition, these conspiracy theorists think that the government is logging their citizens’ personal contacts.
World governments are not interested in where you get morning coffee and who you talked to. Contact tracing is a temporary measure designed for coronavirus protection.
The concept behind contact tracing is the widespread notification of COVID-19 exposure. If a person tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracing allows reaching back to any person that you interacted with.
The end result is that people who were exposed can self-quarantine or get tested. This helps limit the spread of coronavirus.
Your business can mitigate COVID-19 risk by implementing contact tracing. Many companies are bringing in technical services companies to implement a contact tracing program. You can help protect employees and customers alike by doing so.
2. Masks Cause Oxygen Deficiency
Many people object to wearing a mask in public. They believe that the masks made it harder for them to breathe. There is also a concern that they may faint due to oxygen deficiency.
These concerns are simply untrue. While wearing a mask may feel uncomfortable at first, you are not in any health risk by wearing it for extended periods of time.
3. Coronavirus Is Like the Flu
COVID-19 is often compared to the seasonal flu. However, the coronavirus is far more lethal than the flu.
In the United States, the current infection fatality rate is 5.5%. Meanwhile, the fatality rate for the seasonal flu is 0.1%.
There are a number of other differences between COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. For starters, there are already vaccines developed and tested to protect against the flu. This is not true for the coronavirus.
There are also effective therapeutics designed to minimize the impact of the flu. Currently, there are no approved therapeutics to fight COVID-19.
4. Your Pay Is in Jeopardy
Some employees fear to return to work. They have little accrued sick leave and are afraid to test positive with the coronavirus. In their mind, this would force them to take leave without pay.
There are a number of private and public options to prevent this from happening. On the private side, many employers are looking to upgrade their workers’ compensation plans. This would provide protection in the event that the coronavirus spreads throughout a work environment.
On the public side, many world governments have passed legislation to offer paid sick leave for those with COVID-19. The CARES Act passed by the United States Congress is one such example.
This bill provides 100% paid sick leave for those who are in quarantine or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, the bill pays partial sick leave for those caring for a family member with the coronavirus. The CARES Act provides up to 80 hours of benefit to employees.
5. Only Sick People Need to Get Tested
At first, there were strict testing limitations in many countries. Medical professionals would only administer a COVID-19 test if the patient had symptoms, such as a high fever.
However, these limitations were only in place due to a shortage of tests. Many people misconstrued this testing criterion to mean that only sick people needed to get a test.
The truth is that asymptomatic individuals can also transmit the virus. They can pass it along to coworkers or friends that are more at risk of the virus.
This is why it is important for you to get tested if you have been exposed to the coronavirus. Testing is highly recommended. even if you are a low-risk individual with no symptoms present.
6. Ibuprofen Worsens a Coronavirus Infection
When the virus first started to spread across the globe, there was some concern about using ibuprofen. There were premature reports that using ibuprofen-based products, like Advil, could exacerbate your situation.
However, after several medical studies and reports, this early report was debunked. Even the French Ministry of Health contributed to this myth. The truth is that there is no data to suggest that using ibuprofen to treat fevers caused by COVID-19 is dangerous.
7. Only Older People Are at Risk
There is a widespread belief that only older people are at risk. Many people believe that you are not vulnerable unless you have a pre-existing condition. For these reasons, we have seen large gatherings of young people partying in Florida or Missouri.
While it is true that young people have less risk of dying, they are still being hospitalized in significant numbers. Also, scientists are unclear about the long-term health implications of coronavirus infection.
In the United States, more than 2100 people aged 25-44 have died of COVID-19. An even greater number has been hospitalized. In the 45-54 age demographic, more than 4200 Americans died. These are all working-age people and are still facing some risk.
Dispelling Common Myths About Coronavirus
Hopefully, this article was informative and helped dispel myths about the coronavirus. The spread of false information puts everyone at greater risk.
Unfortunately, people are refusing to wear masks or get tested due to the proliferation of false information. They also look skeptically upon beneficial programs like contact tracing.
If you want to learn more about these common myths, contact us today about contact tracing for additional information.