In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines to clarify that while COVID-19 spreads easily among speakers and sneezers in close encounters, touching a surface “isn’t thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has sickened more than 16.5 million people across six continents. It is raging in countries that never contained the virus. It is resurging in many of the ones that did. If there was ever a time when this coronavirus could be contained, it has probably passed. One outcome is now looking almost certain: This virus is never going away.
The United States is once again at risk of outstripping its COVID-19 testing capacity, an ominous development that would deny the country a crucial tool to understand its pandemic in real time.
“When two or more diseases cluster, interact, and are driven by some bigger phenomenon,” they are known as “syndemics,”
says Emily Mendenhall, a medical anthropologist at Georgetown
University. COVID-19, for example, disproportionately affects people
with heart disease and diabetes, but all of these illnesses are affected
Great read. According to this post one in 5 people who are tested for coronavirus have it. That is an infection rate of 20%. This is very high according to Jason Andrews, an infectious-disease professor at Stanford. Scientist use a metric called "prevalence" to measure a better estimate for the number of infected and dead due to the virus.