Chet Ruminski Wrote:
Here are flu numbers for this season:
Overall, the CDC estimates 29 million people have gotten sick, 280,000 have been hospitalized and 16,000 have died.
So why are we letting Trump destroy the country over a tiny number of Covid-cases to hide his tanking economy ???
This is very, very dangerous thinking.
The season flu death rate is 0.1% while the Covid-19 death rate is anywhere between 1 and 2.9%. That may not seem like a big difference, but it is massive.
Secondly, the seasonal flu has a virus transmission/reproduction rate (R0/R-nought) of 1.3. That means every person who has the flu is expected to transmit it to 1.3 people. Covid-19 has an R0 value between 2 and 3. And unlike the seasonal flu, there is no vaccine or (currently known and accepted) treatments for Covid-19.
Social distancing isn't meant to be the cure all. It is meant to prevent hospitals from being overrun with patients at the same time. Hospitals aren't equipped to care for 10% of a city's population all at once. Hell, they aren't equipped to care for 2% of a city's population all at once. Social distancing and "flattening the curve" helps prevent that from happening.
If Donald insists on easing social distancing restrictions too early then he will have the blood of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of American citizens on his hands.