If you thought that three simple steps you practiced every day could help stop the spread of coronavirus, would you do them? Would it really matter if you did? Based on recent study results, the answer is a resounding yes. Coronavirus researchers are finding that the personal responsibility we practice could make a life-saving difference for public health.
According to a study in PLOS Medicine journal, it takes just three simple steps by at least 50% of the population for “mitigating and delaying a COVID-19 epidemic.” Those steps are hand washing, physical distancing, and wearing face masks.
8. Why Does 50% Make a Significant Difference?
Lowering the number of coronavirus cases depends on protective measures used by a large percentage of people. Based on this COVID-19 study’s model, the authors estimate that at least 50% of a population would need to practice hand washing, physical distancing and wearing masks consistently to slow peak coronavirus spread.
SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19, is proving to be highly contagious. The PLOS study shows that people who achieve a state of “disease awareness” are essential to stopping coronavirus spread.
7. What Is Disease Awareness and Why Is It Important?
First, as explained in the PLOS study, having disease awareness is when a person is educated about COVID-19 and quickly recognizes when they have symptoms. A disease-aware person will also take immediate steps to get tested and receive medical care.
Second, a person with disease awareness is more likely to practice the three self-imposed protective steps of hand washing, wearing face masks, and physical distancing.
Individuals who are not disease-aware and don’t take personal steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 could pose an infection risk to their own health and to those around them.