Twice every day, the Florida Department is updating information on the coronavirus pandemic at the local, state, national and world level. Twice a day, you hear the updated number of active cases, the COVID-19 attributed deaths, the amount of testing and percentage of positive tests — we at Positively Osceola have been committed to bringing

One item that has not been included in any of the state’s reports: how many people in Florida have recovered from the coronavirus, since those who came down with the state’s earliest cases over three weeks ago who rehabbed at home rather than in a hospital are now symptom-free and, in general, fully recovered.

So where is the data about recovery cases? The state is not measuring that statistic, and don’t expect to have such a designation anytime in the near future.

“Recovery can mean a lot of things – some countries say you’re recovered 14 days from infection even if you are still sick, or even dead, based on a computer algorithm that calculates the amount of time passed since a case is first reported,” the Department noted on one of its many COVID-19 information pages. “The very definition of recovery is a contested issue – are you recovered once you’re no longer symptomatic, or contagious, once you get a negative test result, or no longer require hospitalization? Are you ever ‘recovered’ if you suffer long-term effects from having the virus? Until some of these issues and definitions are worked out at the local, state and national level, we will not be providing a metric for recovery.”

So that is the official word on coronavirus recovery statistic from the official source. The easiest way not to be a statistic is to continue doing what the CDC is preaching — stay at home as much as possible, wear a mask and practice social distancing went out at grocery stores or pharmacies, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer as often as possible.