Tag: coronavirus vs flu
Both are contagious viruses and causes respiratory illnesses. Flu is very much predictable and patient can get well in less than two weeks. Also, death rate is really low. 0.1% in the US according to the New York Times.
For coronavirus (COVID-19), doctors are still trying to understand the full picture of disease symptoms and severity. Reported symptoms in patients have varied from mild to severe, and can include fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. For the death rate, trend shows that it can get from 1.4% - 2.9% maximum so far in China, especially in the epicenter of the outbreak.
Things are going about the direction I figured they would weeks ago. Two weeks ago, I wondered how our liberties would fare when laid up against the coronavirus. This was pre-Italy, mind you. The writing, as it were, was on the wall.
At this point, the question of whether or not we are going to go draconian is moot. The only question now is of degree. What I would have preferred was an evidence based approach which zeroed in on the most vulnerable communities–the old folks.
It isn’t that I didn’t perceive a threat to everyone else, or that … continue reading...