This is seriously getting out of hand. I’m getting tired of people saying that this is not a big deal because flu kills more people or because SARS had a higher mortality rate – so here are some facts:
We don’t decide how deadly a disease is by comparing it to another – if it is capable of killing someone, it’s taken seriously and rightly so
Flu kills more people because it infects more people. If this spreads as much as the flu does – this would kill the same if not more people
We do not have a vaccine for this – we do for the flu
We do not have a curative treatment that works across the board – for flu we have specific anti-virals known to work
There is a reason why the CDC and WHO are working this hard to contain this – please listen to what they say and not some random keyboard warrior that wants to feel superior by telling everyone “it’s no big deal – flu kills thousands”. By that logic, you don’t need a cage when going cage diving with sharks because thousands of people die in car crashes. And I’d like to see these guys say this is not a big deal to the family members who already watched their loved ones die.
So when I hear these people talk about how it’s not a big deal, it just irks me, given that you literally have the CDC say:
On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC).
I’m not saying this is time to panic, that’s not helpful under any circumstance – but let’s just be prepared and start practicing good hand hygiene and some common sense.
I’ve linked the first video I found on Youtube when I searched for hygiene practices from WHO, so I presume it’s available to all and is not country blocked. It’s also got the little youtube description about Coronavirus under it, so I guess it’s legit. If not just follow CDC and WHO directly for the up to date advice.
Following this advice will also reduce the transmission of normal flu, since it’s flu season in many parts of the world and so naturally this will also help save lives that would have been lost to the usual annual flu.
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