Wednesday, February 26, 2020

How Coronavirus Has Played Out So Far

Coronavirus is a highly contagious illness. I am not sure that it produces more deaths than the usual annual flu, though. That remains to be seen.

Why do I say that?


  • 'While the new coronavirus ravages much of China and world leaders rush to close their borders to protect citizens from the outbreak, the flu has quietly killed 10,000 in the U.S. so far this influenza season. 'At least 19 million people have come down with the flu in the U.S. with 180,000 ending up in the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu season, which started in September and can run until May, is currently at its peak and poses a greater health threat to the U.S. than the new coronavirus, physicians say. The new virus, which first emerged in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31, has sickened roughly 17,400 and killed 362 people mostly in that country as of Monday morning...' 
  • Regular Flu, USA: 19 million sick, 10 thousand dead 
  • Coronavirus, globally >18 thousand sick, 362 dead

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