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"More than 90% of the population remains susceptible" to Covid-19

For over six months the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the world. Social interactions, events, and the way we conduct business have been seemingly turned upside down. As 2020 enters its final quarter, many hope life will resume to “normal” -what ever it will look like from now on. Unfortunately, that is not the case- well any time soon.

 

90% of Americans are still susceptible to the virus  

According to CDC director Dr.Robert Redfield, 90% of Americans are still susceptible to the virus. During an appearance before the Senate, Dr.Redfield stated that the CDC is currently conducting a study to estimate the amount of the population that has been exposed to COVID-19. Based on preliminary antibody results, approximately 90% of the US population has been exposed and remains susceptible to the virus. Antibody tests, otherwise known as serology testing among researchers, look for the presence of antibodies, which are specific proteins made in response to infections. These tests are incredibly important when it comes to those who may have carried the virus but did not show symptoms. The CDC plans on finalizing the results next week; however, based on the current results they predict a vast majority of Americans remain at risk.

John Hopkins University recently published data in regards to the impact COVID-19 has had on the United States. The amount of reported cases has soared to 7 million nationwide; surprisingly, a quarter of recent cases are being reported in individuals between 16 and 25 years of age. Since the outbreak earlier this year, there have been over 200,000 reported deaths in the US alone due to the virus. Although a vaccine is being tested, it will most likely be November or December before the public will know if it is effective, according to coronavirus expert,  Dr. Anthony Fauci. Experts are recommending families get the vaccination as soon as it is released by the FDA; the new vaccine should be received in addition to annual flu shots.

So what does this mean for Americans right now?

Although many states are continuing to announce phase reopenings and lifted requirements, it is absolutely essential that people still protect themselves. Masks do not appear to be going away any time soon and it is best that way, based on the current statistics. It is still recommended that Americans stay vigilant and keep their guards up - now more than ever. Staying supplied with safety necessities such as masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant should remain a priority, especially when traveling. 
While these items are still difficult to find in stores, online kits are a smart investment. For instance, services like LifeBox offer kits that include masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and even masks. Kits specializing in travel and back-to-school safety are available as well.  If you are simply looking to buy PPE items in bulk, LifeBox also offers masks and hand sanitizer in large quantities. 
 
In addition to safety supplies, individuals should also maintain social distancing when possible. Avoiding large crowds and contact with others will aid in preventing illness. Flu season is quickly approaching, so safety precautions should be set to an even higher standard.

 

Health experts are not quite sure what will come of the 2020 flu season. Some are hopeful that the current health restrictions and practices will aid in lowering flu numbers.

On the other hand, some experts fear for the worst; it is possible that the flu and COVID-19 could collide. Hospitals around the nations are preparing for the less desirable outcome, just in case. This new threat is something families must keep in mind when traveling and conducting daily activities.

 
As cases continue to go down, it is more important than ever to take certain precautions. The more seriously this pandemic is taken by the public, the sooner we will find ourselves out of this difficult situation. Considering the new data that suggests those in their 20s are accounting for more reported cases, hopefully the younger population will continue to take the global pandemic seriously and avoid partying or going to bars and most importantly, wear a mask. During challenging times like so, it is important to work together to achieve a similar goal, that being the health and wellness of our population. 
As the popular saying at the moment goes: Just because you are over it, doesn't mean it's over