It’s Time to Do Your Homework: Poll Reveals American’s Staggering Lack of Knowledge About the Zika Virus
I feel like I see news about the Zika virus blasted all over the internet everyday, but apparently not many people are actually reading it. A poll of over 1,000 Americans conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that most of us are seriously mistaken in our knowledge about the Zika virus.
Let’s take a look at what kind of results the researchers found. When asked whether there was a link between the Zika virus and birth defects, one in four people seem to be completely unaware that the virus causes microcephaly in infants. Do you know whether there is a vaccine for the Zika virus? Well, if you said yes, first of all just know now that your wrong, and you’ve got plenty of company. Twenty percent of the people polled also thought we already had a vaccine for the virus.
Here’s a fun one. How is the Zika virus transmitted? Let’s see what pollers thought. Hmm…31 percent thought it could be transmitted by coughing and sneezing…that one is just sad. 42 percent didn’t know that the virus could be sexually transmitted. 29 percent didn’t realize that you could catch it through a blood transfusion. Let me officially announce that the Zika virus is mostly transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. That’s an important one to remember.
I think this clearly shows that not enough of us are reading the news or doing our homework on this massive outbreak that has spread to at least 41 countries or territories. Come on people. It’s time to pay attention.
Did you have any of these misconceptions? Did you realize how many people were misinformed about the Zika virus?