Illiterate Listeners – The Kansan

John Richard Shrock

John Richard Shrock has been training biology teachers in Kansas for over 30 years. He has also lectured at 27 universities on 20 trips to China. He has a “Honored Faculty” rating from Emporia State University.

Scientists are being punished for talking badly to citizens about this pandemic. But two sides are involved in communication: a clear speaker and a literate listener. And the biggest problem of the last few years is the illiteracy of listeners.

It has become clear that camouflage efforts in 2020, although only partially accepted, have drastically reduced the number of flu cases. But a large number of the public dismissed the news, arguing that health officials were simply counting flu cases as COVID-19. But the percentage of U.S. respiratory specifications filed with the CDC that tested positive for influenza dropped from more than 20 percent to 2.3 percent. However, a large number of illiterate American scientists still believe that there is no way to distinguish between influenza and COVID-19.

The full explanation has long been available on the CDC website: “Multiple CDC analysis for SARS-CoV-2 (Flu SC2) Influenza is a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test that detects and distinguishes RNA from SARS-CoV-2, influenza A virus and influenza B virus in samples from the upper or lower respiratory tract ”. But despite having such accurate information, the reader must have some understanding of what “PCR” and “RNA” mean. In the United States, few, other than health professionals, have a clue.

All people want to know how “dangerous” a new disease agent will be. But this is an inaccurate word. This includes more specific factors, such as how “contagious” it is or how “virulent” it will be, and whether people can proceed asymptomatically but still be carriers. In this pandemic, each of these differences was important. But much of our population does not understand these concepts.

Many citizens think we wear masks to protect ourselves. But at the beginning of this pandemic, researchers analyzed three scenarios: masks as “source control” when an infected person wears a mask and aerosol particles are filtered on exhalation; “User protection” when an uninfected person wears a mask to filter out particles. inhalation, and “universal camouflage” when both wear masks. The study was clear. Properly wearing a mask on an infected person is much more important to reduce transmission to others than a mask prevents infecting an uninfected person. And the lowest level of transmission – if both wear masks. The concept is simple and is taught in physics lessons: diffusion. But few citizens understand diffusion. And just talking about “one-sided camouflage” does not notice this critical difference.

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