Updates to COVID-19 FAQ July 18th, 2020

I’ve made the following updates to the COVID-19 FAQ:

  • More detail in comparisons between COVID-19 and flu fatality rates
  • A citation documenting a potential long-term effect of COVID-19 on male fertility
  • More detailed information on the risks of SARS-CoV-2 in children including an estimate of the mortality rate (less than 0.1%) and a range of reported ICU needs among children (0.6%-2%).
  • Additional links to articles that address two pieces of misinformation about masks that I’ve encountered (a miscommunicated scientific article and a forged CDC letter)
  • A link to a video from PBS discussing the science of masks and showing a visualization of how masks influence emission of particles (https://www.pbs.org/video/how-well-do-masks-work-ke2qje/)
  • An example of a recent outbreak of COVID-19 that appears to have been spread by a young child at a daycare, calling into question previous reports of limited spread by children. The evidence on this topic is currently far from conclusive.

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