Following on from our recent Q&A, we’ve complied the most recent data available to give you an overview of the statistics. Our first social media fact check! Swipe for our basic breakdown on 📊 age and sex stats, 🩺 incidence of pre-existing health conditions 🏥 and why COVID-19 cases wouldn’t have been misreported as flu.
As always send us your questions, comments and queries ❣️
Since making this infographic more information has come to light! Check out our blog post summarising a research article published in The BMJ here.
The evidence for public use of face masks is evolving. Different masks have different levels of efficacy and it is STILL of the utmost importance that surgical and N95 masks are saved for the healthcare workers who need them 👩⚕️ IF you decide that you are going to use a face mask, you MUST use it correctly – otherwise you are just putting yourself and others at more risk! 😷 So, how do I wear a mask correctly?
Donning and doffing your mask is a high risk portion of PPE wearing. You MUST NOT touch the front of your mask at ANY TIME!! This is the portion of the mask that is collecting droplets to protect you from the virus 😪 If your mask has a metal band, this should sit across your nose and be pressed down and moulded to shape 👃
Your mask MUST cover your nose and mouth completely, with no gaps! Even tiny gaps caused by facial hair reduce the efficacy of masks (this is why many healthcare workers have braved the shave!) 🧔
And finally, you should wash or dispose of your mask and clean your hands as frequently as possible. PPE does NOT make you invincible and does not replace social distancing or hygiene measures. It should only be used in addition to good practices already in place💧
Check out our infographics on how to wear a mask correctly:
Scientists are suggesting that the UK and USA are approaching, if not in, the peak of COVID-19 cases. 📊
Once this time comes, and infection and death rates go down it’s going to become very easy to argue that lockdowns and social distancing were never needed, because “see! It wasnt that bad after all!” 🚫
Remember ❗ the WHOLE REASON it “wasn’t that bad” is because we took these measures to stop the spread. Not to mention that thousands HAVE lost their lives, and it is unfair to write those people off into history with no second thoughts.
When you see arguments about reopening economies, the impact that shutdowns will have into the future, and questions about whether it was all worth it, remember that we NEEDED to flatten the curve of cases for our communities to survive. 👬👭👫
Please, continue to follow government advice on staying at home and reducing contact with other people. When we do ease restrictions, remember to continue being mindful of your interactions and behaviours.
🧼 Second waves of infections are a high risk, and could overwhelm the medical structures we have worked so hard to protect.🏥 Stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.
Recently we were asked why so many 5G-related conspiracies had been popping up. Such as, “Does 5G really cause coronavirus?”…
The short answer to this is we don’t know, because these conspiracies are not founded in science 🔬
However, new things can be scary when you don’t understand them❗ And the appearance of a brand new virus at the same time as an increase of new technology could understandably be confusing and frightening.
So here is our quick and easy breakdown of what 5G is! 📲 5G is just like 4G, 3G and 2G before it – they’re 𝕣𝕒𝕕𝕚𝕠 waves, a type of energy that isn’t known to cause damage that leads to cancer.
The potential impact of radio waves on cells would just be like a burn, but this would need energy FAR higher than your phone could ever reach! 🔥
COVID-19 is caused by a virus, a coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 🦠 which transmits through droplets that you let out when you sneeze and cough. Nothing to do with technology, just a bug passing between people the usual ways! 5G, does not cause coronavirus.
How long does coronavirus stay on a surface? Our infographic gives a quick overview to how long the virus is detectable on different surfaces. ‼️ There has been a lot of information circulating recently offering different answers to this question. A number of posts simply state ‘coronavirus’ of which there are many types ‼️ These posts may not be incorrect, but they may not be accurate and do not necessarily provide timescales applicable to SARS-CoV-2.
These infographics are based on information from an article published in the NEMJ found here.
A great question sent to us and answered by our virologist Ben Jones. ⏳ We just don’t have the data yet to answer the question in full. ⌛️ In influenza it has been shown that initial exposure to a higher infectious dose is more likely to cause severe disease. It is important however, to bear in mind that these are two entirely different viruses, so at the moment we just don’t know. Regardless, whilst scientists gather and analyse data, 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 that healthcare workers are adequately protected with appropriate PPE.
Social distancing is hard, isolating, and is impacting everyones lives. So is it worth it??
The Short Answer is YES.
New modelling data from the LSHTM suggests that social distancing in the UK is having the desired effect of slowing the spread of COVID-19.
But right now we need to focus on one thing: KEEPING IT GOING. Cases, and sadly deaths, will keep rising in the coming weeks due to delays in infections taking hold and reporting of cases.
🏡 But every day that we stick closely to the government rules – staying at home, only going out for ESSENTIAL trips, and only socialising with our household – brings us one step closer to defeating this virus.
When we look back on this time in 10 years, make sure that you are proud of the way you protected your loved ones and everyone around you. Sacrifices now will lead to success in the future for everyone. 💞
The Science Social exists to give you easy access to key information, so we wanted to give you an update regarding what’s currently available. We’ve had a number of queries relating to the different advisory bodies and which guidelines to follow. Swipe through for our breakdown ➡️ We love hearing from you! Feedback, comments and questions are always welcome. email us with them all: firstname.lastname@example.org
A hot topic at the moment and rightly so! The current crisis and global collaborative response have accelerated research like never before. Swipe through for our basic breakdown of clinical trials; how do they work and why do they take so long?! The drug development pipeline is a lengthy process… This means that drug repurposing may be crucial to fast-track treatments for COVID-19. More info on treatments here, and vaccines here.