As an #Epidemiologist, I often hear questions like: Can I visit with friends if I’m symptom-free? Or see my grandmother if I’ve been isolating for 14-days? Short answer: NO. 2/8
Here’s why I don’t think a risk reduction approach to #SocialDistancing will work for #COVID19: 3/8
1. Person-to-person transmission. Every close contact with someone, even if they don’t show symptoms yet, risks transmitting #SARSCoV2. 4/8
2. Population vs. individual risk. In the overall population, it’s mostly older adults and those with underlying health problems getting sick. But at an individual level, everyone is vulnerable to #COVID19. 5/8
3. Community-wide spread. As we get more cases in the community, our #publichealth strategy must transition to broad population-wide measures like #SocialDistancing to #FlattenTheCurve. 6/8
4. Burden of disease. There is a high probability that LOTS OF PEOPLE will get very sick or die from this infection without specific treatments and with an IFR of about 1-2%. 7/8
#SocialDistancing is not about having less frequent or “less risky” social encounters with friends and family, but rather redefining what those social interactions look like for #COVID19. 8/8
In fact, this @ConversationCA article is a great example of #Collaboration that can come out of virtual meetups over wine! 🍷 9/8
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