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Coronavirus 1: How much has Coronavirus spread?

We are in the middle of a pandemic, but there is no need to panic!  Our office has still had only a couple of patients that I’ve diagnosed with COVID-19, as of this writing.  Except for cases of known exposure, all the tests we’ve ordered on our patients have been negative.

But epidemiologists believe that well over 80% of the population is still susceptible.  Even now, 4 months in, we have a long way to go before we see “herd immunity.”

Eventually, I expect over the next couple of years that most of the population will contract the virus and develop immunity (or eventually get a vaccine when it’s developed), just as most of us have had “mono” and other childhood illnesses.

However, we’re seeing kids with ordinary illnesses every day!  Even though everyone is trying to isolate, kids are still getting ordinary respiratory and intestinal viruses.  Most of our patients with fever still have an illness other than coronavirus.

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