“What we don’t want to do, if more of us were to get it, is to get it all at once and overwhelm our healthcare systems. And that’s what flattening the curve is all about. If we have 100 people get it and they get it all at once, the hospital can’t take care of them. If we have 100 people get it and they get it over 12 months, then the hospital system can take care of them”
Dr. Adams continued, “ I want people to know real numbers. The attack rate in Italy, the percentage of people getting the virus is 1 in one thousand. That is not all of us are going to get it. Still, we have the potential to make sure a lot of people don’t get this disease until we can get therapeutics until we can get a vaccine and actually protect people.”
Dr. Adams went on to tell Zeoli how the messaging problem has been one of the main hurdles in reaching people about how serious the pandemic is and will be if people do not listen to experts.
“I know the New Jersey health commissioner, this is a difficult messaging situation. Because you have about a third of people who are doing the right thing, you got about a third of the people panicking and stabbing each other over hand sanitizer and you got about a third of the people who don’t take this seriously at all. So, we’re trying to target our messages and help people understand that they can either do the right thing to protect their society.”
Adams concluded, “I think the New Jersey health commissioner was, just as I was earlier this Monday, trying to appropriately ring the alarm to folks and help them understand if we don’t get serious right now, then people are going to unnecessarily die.”
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