Many steps can be taken to reduce the chances of getting the Coronavirus, but they are done at a psychological cost to almost everyone’s personal sense of liberty, control, and well-being.
Some of the steps are self-isolation, 6-ft social spacing, no physical contact with others, wearing masks, constant awareness of the threat of one’s actions to oneself and others, changing habits, not shaking hands, no hugging, no person to person physical contact, not touching one’s mouth, face or eyes, disinfecting hands and surfaces that are touched, and so on. Some factors increase one’s chances of getting the Coronavirus, including any association with people, which includes the number of people in one’s living facility, around one’s living facility, and with whom you and they have contact with other people and the touching of surfaces touched in common with other people. Although one can reduce the chances of getting the Coronavirus you can’t be assured of not getting it from another person unless you ere to live in a sealed self-contained environment.
If one gets the Coronavirus, then how serious will the illness be and what are one’s chances of dying from Covid-19? The answers to these questions are directly related to one’s immune system, which deteriorates with age and is affected by other health issues. Many (not all) of the other health issues are also related to one’s age. So, the seriousness of a Coronavirus infection is related to one’s age which is reflected in one’s life expectancy. This statistical correlation is quite close, as verified by the 266,119 Florida resident cases. Using one’s age group, if one were to get the Coronavirus, then one can approximate one’s percentage of chances of serious complications (hospitalization) and one’s percentage chance of dying.
Note: There is a concern about the accuracy of the listed cause of death versus the actual cause of death. The following chart lists the COVID19 death statistic next to normal death statistics. Subtracting the normal deaths from the Covid-19 deaths, one gets the minimum increase that the Covid-19 is causing; whereas, adding the two gives the maximum up-to number that could die if none of the Covid-19 deaths would have died if not infected with Covid-19. Both the combined and subtracted percentages accurately reflect different aspects of the impact of the Covid-19, but one inflates the image of the seriousness of Covid-19 and the other minimizes it and the real truth lies somewhere in between them.