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Viewpoint: When All About You are Losing Their Head
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ďParanoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when youíre always afraid, step out of line, the men come and take you away.Ē For What Itís Worth- Buffalo Springfield Ė 1967

The most recent statistics I could find indicate nearly 8,000 people world-wide have died from the coronavirus. That number in the United States is 97 of the 5,723 reported cases, or 1.7%.

In 2017 the United States had a population of 325.7 million people. The number one killer that year was heart disease which killed 647,457 members of the population.

Cancer killed 599,108 and respiratory problems proved the demise of 160,201. Letís at least finish out the top five. The fourth largest killer of Americans in 2017 were strokes, which killed 146,383, and Alzheimerís, which was responsible for the deaths of 121,404 Americans. The seventh largest killer in 2017 was flu/pneumonia at 55,672.

The coronavirus would have to kill 152.5 people a day to match the total killed in 2017 by the flu and pneumonia.

My point? Letís keep the coronavirus in perspective.

There is some rationale for fear. The SARS outbreak of 2002 also came from China. It spread to 26 countries and was contained by July 2003. Like the coronavirus it was thought to have spread from bats. Of the 8,098 cases reported, 774 caused death. Thatís a mortality rate of 9.63%.

In 2012, the Middle East Respiratory (MERS) syndrome spread from Saudi Arabia to 27 countries. It is believed to have originated in dromedary camels. Of the 2,494 cases reported, 858 deaths occurred. Thatís a mortality rate of 34.45%.

Covid19 (coronavirus) is believed to have originated in bats. The numbers are bigger. So far it has sickened 90,000 people (mostly in China) and killed more than 3,000. It has already spread to 60 countries. The fatality rate is much lower, but it has spread further and much more quickly than the other two.

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