CORONAVIRUS CZAR ADDRESS COVID-19 MISCONCEPTIONS
During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Justice and West Virginia Coronavirus
Czar, Dr. Clay Marsh, took time to discuss common misconceptions about
the dangers associated with COVID-19, particularly when it comes to its
“It’s really, really important that we get the most accurate data,” Gov.
Justice said. “I’ve had people call me and claim, incorrectly, that 99.93
percent of the people who get this disease don’t die.
“That is a total error,” Gov. Justice said.
Dr. Marsh elaborated that the worldwide mortality rate associated with
COVID-19 is approximately 4 percent.
“Also, I’m getting people that are incorrectly saying that COVID-19 is
just like the flu,” Gov. Justice said.
“That is untrue,” Dr. Marsh said. “The flu has a mortality rate, at the most,
of 0.1 percent.
“With COVID-19, the long-term manifestations that we’re seeing with brain
functioning and other problems, even from people who get better, are
substantial,” Dr. Marsh continued. “It’s much, much worse than the flu.”
“West Virginia, you’ve got to understand that you are among the oldest
states, the most chronically ill, and you’re located right in the middle
of several hotspots across the region,” Gov. Justice said. “I’ve asked
you to wear a mask. I don’t like the masks. But I’m telling you they’re
the only thing we have right now to protect us.”