Jan 29, 2020
Yes, we have a coronavirus pandemic. And yes, the counts of those stricken is rising exponentially with deaths sadly climbing as well. Currently there are nearly 4600 cases with 106 deaths worldwide.
But wait, we already have a serious pandemic, and we have it every year. Influenza infects one BILLION around the world every year, and it kills as many as half a million. For the US this season, the CDC estimates 140,000 hospitalizations and 8200 deaths. We control influenza only somewhat with vaccines and antivirals.
Like influenza, coronavirus is most dangerous for the young, old, frail, or immunocompromised. It’s estimated mortality rate is 4%. That for influenza is 6%. Relax.
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