IN this article, we ask some of Medi cal News Today’s experts what they want the public to know about the COVID-19 pandemic. The answers are insightful and direct. What do medical professionals want us to know about COVID-19? It stands, almost 420,000 people around the world have contracted SARS-CoV-2, and there have been more than 17,000 deaths. The volume of publicly available information about SARS-CoV2 is staggering. However, not all of this information is trustworthy, and it is during challenging times, such as these that we need expert guidance. The importance of social distancing Many of our experts fear that people are not implementing social distancing. For instance, Dr. Matt Coward, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, explains. “I wish that patients knew that they can be asymptomatic and can still have it and spread it. I wish they knew that social distancing was more about slowing the spread in the community than it is about getting exposed and contracting it yourself.” We do not know precisely how many people who have the virus do not display symptoms. However, research suggests that only 1–3% of people with the infection will have no symptoms. Additionally, 80% might have what experts class as a mild case of COVID-19. Although to be clear, a mild case will still involve a cough and fever. It is not just ‘bad flu’ Some of our experts are concerned that some people might not be taking COVID-19 seriously enough. Dr. Alana Biggers, an expert in internal medicine for adults and older adults at the University of Illinois Hospital, told MNT, “I wish my patients knew that coronavirus is not just a “bad flu.” It is a major respiratory infection that can cause detrimental health effects on people of all ages.” Older adults are indeed more likely to die as a result of COVID-19, but anyone of any age can become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published an analysis using case records from the United States; they provided the fatality rates broken down by age group: Over 85 years: 10%–27% 65–84 years: 3%–11% 55–64 years: 1%–3% 20–54 years: less than 1% If a younger person does contract COVID-19, they are less likely to die, but if they do not follow guidelines about social distancing, they are more likely to pass the virus on to more vulnerable people.