You can’t take this virus for granted, especially coming into winter, insisted Dr Ryan.
“It is still a vicious virus,” he said. “We’re still losing 5,000 people a day from confirmed Covid deaths. That doesn’t count people who may die because they were never tested, it may not count all the other causes of death because health services were interrupted.”
Even with so-called ‘mild’ infections, “we simply do not know what the long term impact of this,” he stressed. Not everyone, even young people, have a complete recovery from this virus.
“We don’t have the answers for everything. We’re working very hard to share what we know, what we don’t know,” agreed 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 the infections? That estimate is 0.6 per cent,” she said.
“That may not sound like a lot, but if you think of a virus that has the potential to spread widely… that’s a pretty high number. And that infection per cent increases dramatically by age.”
“This is a significant issue,” said Dr Ryan as he reissued his stark reminder: “These numbers sound really small until you calculate that up for all of us and see what the impact has.”
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