No, it is not about Corona beer, this is about the Coronavirus! Newspapers, Magazines, TV, Internet, and of course the Socialist/Communist are intent on striking fear into the hearts of Americans as they do anytime there is a crisis and they have no answers. Just scare everyone by making death, and illness a political issue.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus is now spreading globally and will undoubtedly be declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization(WHO)very soon. It was first reported in Wuhan, China back in December, 2019. Its ascendance has already rattled stock markets, disrupted the daily lives of millions, and resulted in the heartbreaking deaths of nearly 3,000 people around the world. Cases now being reported in at least 60 countries and new cases are rising almost every day. We can expect its outbreak to get worse before it gets better.
This is a grave pathogenic threat which must be taken seriously, according to the Centers for Disease Control(CDC). More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the U.S. Widespread transmission of this virus would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, workplaces and other places for mass gatherings may experience more absenteeism. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other systems such as transportation, law enforcement, may also be affected.
The CDC’s warning is frank and unnerving. It is an impetus for sober and reasoned action. Stock up on a weeks worth of frozen/canned food. Restock your medicine cabinet. Practice proper hygiene. Stay home if you are feeling sick. There is no need however to panic. If you’re feeling in any way anxious about the outbreak, here are 5 facts to help you.
- The number of cases in China is already falling significantly. China was reporting 3,000 new cases per day just 3 weeks ago, and today they are reporting fewer than 500, with the number still dropping. Businesses are resuming normal practices and factories are now open.
- The vast majority of cases are mild, and death rate is lower than expected. A large study of 72,000 confirmed cases in China found that 81% of cases were mild, another 14% were severe(characterized by difficulty breathing), and 5% were critical. Overall death rate was 2.3%. For comparison purposes, the U.S. death rate from 2019-2020 annual flu outbreak is between .6% to .1%. SARS a similar virus to Coronavirus had a death rate of 9.6%.
- Only 1 out of every 1,000 people in Huwan area has contracted the virus. Keep in mind that this area of China is slightly smaller than Nebraska but has population of 59,170,000. This population density makes it easier for the virus to spread, but in less densely populated areas, countries it will have a much harder time spreading.
- There have been no reported deaths in young children. Outbreak now entering 9+weeks and still no child fatalities in children under age 9. Only 2.4% of total cases are individuals under the age of 18. Kids and teenagers have been surprisingly resistant to the virus. The death rate for people aged 80 and up have a 14.8% to 21.9% chance of dying if infected.
- The world already survived another pandemic just 10 years ago. Remember Swine Flu? This is the most recent pandemic. It began in early 2009 and lasted through late 2010. Between April 2009 and April 2010, there were approximately 60.8 million cases, 274,304 hospitalizations, and 12,469 deaths in the U.S. alone. Globally, it likely infected between 700 million and 1.4 Billion people, resulting in 150,000 to 575,000 fatalities. While this loss of life was tragic, more than a decade later, many scarcely remember Swine Flu. The same will hopefully happen with Coronavirus.