Containment of the coronavirus is proving to be an impossible task, not just here in America, but all over the world. Why is coronavirus containment impossible? It has been widely reported almost from the very beginning of the coronavirus outbreak that “asymptomatic” people have been able to infect others with the virus. What does that mean? It means there are people all over the world spreading the virus that are completely unaware that they even have the virus or that they are spreading it to others. You don’t M.D. behind your name to figure out there is no way to contain a virus that is being transmitted in this manner.
W.H.O. still pushing for containment
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been (and still is) encouraging world leaders to keep plowing resources into containment efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The containment approach has done nothing but put most of the world into a panic and has yielded zero results in preventing the spread of the virus. Instead of plunging the entire world into panic and potential economic distress with fruitless attempts at coronavirus containment, which has proven impossible, officials need to focus their efforts on saving those who are most at risk of dying.
Which people are at most risk of having severe symptoms and which people are not?
It has been widely documented since the outbreak of the coronavirus was first reported who is most at risk of having severe symptoms and who is not. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is reporting the same statistics that are being reported in other areas of the world, state that approximately 16% of the people develop serious symptoms, including resulting in death. Those most at risk for developing serious symptoms related to the coronavirus are older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.
The other 84% of people who get coronavirus experience very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. That means healthy adults and children are most likely contracting the coronavirus (and spreading it) in large numbers, but because their symptoms are so mild, or even non-existent, they fall way outside the current criteria for testing and will not seek or be in need of medical attention.
It is time to stop this containment madness
Efforts around the world and here in America to contain the coronavirus and slow the spread of the virus have only resulted in panic and severe economic disruptions. As long as there are people who are experiencing mild or no symptoms, the coronavirus will continue to spread unabated regardless of what containment efforts are put in place.
Everyone wants to be tested, travel has been restricted, businesses are closing or are having people work from home that can, schools are closing, major sporting events have been suspended, gatherings of large groups of people are being prohibited, etc. and the list goes on and on and on. This is the result of panic, not a well-planned approach based on the known science and data.
The focus needs to change from containment to saving those who are at most risk of developing severe symptoms
It is logistically impossible to test the entire population, just as it is impossible to contain the virus. There needs to be a drastic change in focus in order to change the outcome of this pandemic. Instead of focusing on trying to prevent the coronavirus from spreading throughout the entire population, which cannot be done, our time, effort, and resources should be directed towards just those people who are at the highest risk of having severe symptoms that can result in death.
We know who the people are in America who are at the highest risk of developing severe symptoms. Rather than bringing the entire country to its knees by focusing on the entire population of the United States, an estimated 327 million people, most of whom will have little to no risk at all of developing severe symptoms even if they do get the coronavirus, concentrate on just those people in our population who are at the highest risk.
According the Census Bureau there are approximately 48 million people in the United States age 65 and over. This accounts for roughly 15% of the U.S. population. Add in another 5-10% for people who are under age 65, but have serious health conditions like heart and lung disease and you have about 20-25% of the U.S. population that is at high risk of developing severe symptoms from the coronavirus.
Assume everyone will eventually get coronavirus
We should assume that everyone will eventually get the coronavirus due to the fact it cannot be contained. The people who are at highest risk of developing severe symptoms get put at the front of line for aggressive monitoring, testing, and treatment of symptoms, so their lives can be saved. Everyone else in the country, who will at most, experience mild or no symptoms at all need to stop panicking, stop hoarding supplies, and get the hell back to work and put your children back in school.
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ABC News. “What we know and don’t about the Americans who died from coronavirus.” March 14, 2020.
NPR. “WHO Official Says Containment Remains Possible.” March 8, 2020.
Healthline. “Here’s what older at-risk people should know about the coronavirus.” March 6, 2020.
NBC News. “We simply do not understand why: Coronavirus is sparing children, puzzling experts.” March 4, 2020.