POLL: What are people saying about coronavirus?

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BY TEAM DML / MAY 23, 2020 /

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At the outbreak of the coronavirus, many seemed willing to do their part to “slow the spread” and keep their neighbors safe. But now, more and more people seem to be frustrated, wondering if it was much ado about nothing.

President Donald J.Trump and members of his administration “have begun questioning the official coronavirus death toll, suggesting the numbers are inflated,” the New York Times reports.

From the Times:

In White House meetings, conversations with health officials have returned to similar suspicions: that the data compiled by state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include people who have died with the coronavirus but of other conditions.

Last Friday, Mr. Trump told reporters that he accepted the current death toll, but that the figures could be “lower than” the official count, which now totals more than 95,000.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its estimates downward for future infections and deaths from the coronavirus.

“The CDC expects hospitals to see millions fewer COVID-19 patients than the agency expected in mid-April, according to a comparison between a new modeling document and earlier, internal versions obtained by the Center for Public Integrity in April. The agency, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, also expects roughly 100,000 fewer deaths over the course of the pandemic,” NPR reports.

A recent study said, “The infection fatality rate of COVID-19 can vary substantially across different locations and this may reflect differences in population age structure and case-mix of infected and deceased patients as well as multiple other factors. Estimates of infection fatality rates inferred from seroprevalence studies tend to be much lower than original speculations made in the early days of the pandemic.”

Even as questions mount about the death toll and the infection rate of the virus, Americans are debating wearing face masks and continued social distancing amid warnings about compromising our immune systems.

All of this prompts us to ask you:

What are people you know saying about coronavirus?

 

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