Testing: At this point, testing is old news in Europe. In 5-10 days time, in many areas (I have only been monitoring Massachusetts), testing will become SUPERFLUOUS and OBSOLETE. Those with suspected symptoms will be told to self-quarantine. Those with fever will be prescribed paracetamol/Tylenol, fluids and lots of TV/a good book. You will be told NOT TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL unless you have dyspnea/chest pain.
In 5-10 days time, testing will only be used for patients with pneumonia in order to identify the pathogen and treat accordingly. Forget about the testing. Only the most serious cases need it, and hospitals need the kits.
Confinement: Everyone needs to be prepared to confine for several weeks, if not months. In 5-10 days time, only essential workers will be allowed on the streets. Offices will be closed, banks will be closed, workers will be sent home. You Will still be able to go to the supermarket and pharmacy. In certain cities, you might be lucky enough to be able to walk your dog. Stop worrying about your rent, your mortgage, your car payment. If you are healthy, your family is healthy, your animals are healthy and you have enough food to feed them all, DING, DING, DING, you're a pandemic winner!!!
Children, teens and youth are asymptomatic carriers.
Dry cough is a fallacy. There are many patients with sputum/wet cough.
The death rate among those over the age of 60 is 6%. (Oxford study)
Infected healthcare professionals are a given. If they are young, they will not know they are infected. The older ones, with the constant exposure to high viral loads, exhaustion and any morbidities, will have increased risk of death.
Mean viral shedding in survivors is 20 days, so the 15-day quarantine is not long enough. (Wuhan study in The Lancet published on the 11th)
Hypertension and systemic corticosteroid use are associated with death. (same study as above)
Incubation before presentation of symptoms can be up to 27 days.
Fever may not appear until days 2-8