Busting 12 Covid-19 Myths That Could Kill

We have underestimated the force that is SARS-CoV-2 and its impact on global society since the beginning. Our miscalculation of everything from how the virus spreads to how much it can adapt and change has led to the loss of millions of lives worldwide, with infections and deaths still on the rise to this day. You think we would have learned our lesson by now—and yet in the face of increasingly dangerous variants, a rhetoric of relentless optimism undergirded by complacency and inaction continues to cloud our better judgment.

Last year, neither the first appearance of the virus in Wuhan in late 2019 nor the dire situation that capsized Italy in March and April 2020 constituted a wake up call. Only after the first waves of Covid-19 cases hit Europe and the United States hard did either population begin to take the pandemic more seriously. This year, once again, the catastrophic outbreaks that slammed through India this past spring didn’t seem to be a sufficient warning that worse was to come. Instead many countries, the US among them, began to systematically dismantle the web of protective measures they spent the better part of last year building. Until now.

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Originally published on Forbes (August 11, 2021)

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