Corona virus vs flu

Many are saying that the response to the corona virus is disproportionate when compared to the flu. These are the statistics comparing the two per John Hopkins Medicine. Keep in mind the length of time the corona virus has been in existence.


COVID-19 - Approximately 435,000 cases worldwide; 55,225 cases in the US as of yesterday.
FLU - Estimated 1 billion cases worldwide; 9.3 million to 45 million cases in the US per year.


COVID-19 - Approximately 19,625 deaths reported worldwide; 802 deaths in the US as of yesterday.
FLU - 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the US per year.


Many should know better. The people who do know better, and are inciting the many to foolish disbelief, have blood on their hands.

It’s not a useful comparison – a long-established disease with a brand-new one with different characteristics. Covid-19 is more communicable, at least twenty times as fatal, and ties up enormous resources because recovery takes so long. With a billion cases of Covid-19 in the world we would have around ten million deaths vs half a million. Actually many more than that, because the death rate rises considerably when facilities are overwhelmed.

Right now the US remains on track for seventy million cases thirty days from now.


That’s what I was trying to point out. The ratio of deaths in the US using the corona numbers to the low end of the flu numbers is already at 1/15 for a disease that’s only been around for 3 months.
70 million corona virus cases in a month? You can do the math.

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Many, many health care workers, as well the resources needed are already showing the strain. It’s all but certain to become much worse.

Health care workers are risking their lives on the front lines and deserve our utmost support.