20 Facts About COVID-19

Some mythbusting for the end of the year, with references

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Pictured: Honestly, just a stunning photo. This caption is just here to celebrate greatness. Source: Retha Ferguson, Pexels
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Ah, the halcyon days of yesteryear, when I could check facts about hair dye instead of COVID-19. Source: Me

FACT 1: COVID-19 IFR IS HIGH

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The IFR of COVID-19, by age. Source: Us

FACT 2: COVID-19 IS MORE LETHAL THAN INFLUENZA

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A great graphic showing the difference in IFR between influenza and COVID-19 by Marc Bevand on twitter.

FACT 3: PCR TESTING FOR COVID-19 HAS A VERY LOW RATE OF FALSE POSITIVES

FACT 4: MOST DEATHS ATTRIBUTED TO COVID-19 WERE CAUSED BY COVID-19 (AT LEAST IN THE U.S. AND MOST DEVELOPED NATIONS)

FACT 5: COVID-19 IS A REAL DISEASE CAUSED BY SARS-COV-2

FACT 6: EVIDENCE PUBLISHED THUS FAR SHOWS NO INCREASE IN SUICIDES ASSOCIATED WITH LOCKDOWNS

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This is, as they say, good news. Source: Pexels

FACT 7: THE IMPACT OF GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ON COVID-19 IS COMPLEX

FACT 8: COVID-19 CAN BE SPREAD ASYMPTOMATICALLY

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Pictured: Symptoms, probably. Source: Pexels

FACT 9: PRE-EXISTING IMMUNITY BECAUSE OF T-CELLS IS NOT A THING

FACT 10: MOST PLACES IN THE WORLD ARE STILL WELL BELOW HERD IMMUNITY THRESHOLDS

FACT 11: COVID-19 IS PROBABLY LESS LETHAL NOW THAN IN MARCH 2020 BUT IT IS VERY HARD TO KNOW HOW MUCH

FACT 12: THE CYCLE THRESHOLD OF PCR TESTS IS LARGELY NOT AN ISSUE FOR FALSE POSITIVES

FACT 13: YOU CANNOT COMPARE GOVERNMENT ACTION ON COVID-19 TO “LIFE AS USUAL”

FACT 14: LOCKDOWNS REDUCE CASE NUMBERS. GOVERNMENT ACTION CAN KEEP CASE NUMBERS LOW LONG-TERM

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The excess mortality for Taiwan vs the United States tells a story all on its own. Source: Our World In Data

FACT 15: COVID-19 WAS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES TOWARDS THE END OF 2020

FACT 16: THE LONG-TERM CHRONIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 IS UNKNOWN, BUT NON-TRIVIAL

FACT 17: NEW ZEALAND RECORDED FEWER ALL-CAUSE DEATHS IN 2020 THAN IN PREVIOUS YEARS

FACT 18: THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR AN 80 YEAR OLD IS ~9 YEARS

FACT 19: COVID-19 REINFECTIONS OCCUR

FACT 20: THERE ARE STILL MANY UNKNOWNS

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Pictured: What we know about COVID-19, to a great extent. Source: Pexels

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