As I understand it there is no cure nor preventative treatment for any flu virus, whether ordinary or this new zoonotic variant. The only treatment is to go home, rest, drink fluids, keep warm, etc. The same applies to this SARS-CoV-2 virus. Hundreds of thousand get it, experience mild flu symptoms and recover. Just like ordinary flu. Many thousands don't, suffer complications and die. Just like with flu.Alonso wrote: ↑Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:44 pmI don't think that comparison is meaningful. The influenza has existed around the world forever (centuries, millenia or something like that) with no isolation measure taken against it. The new virus has existed only for months, it's just starting to spread around the world, and huge prevention measure are being taken.been-there wrote: ↑Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:14 pmSo far there have been 5,083 reported deaths wordwide RELATED to complications arising from infection with the Coronavirus.
So that is far, far less than the annual deaths from ordinary influenza!
This amount of Coronavirus fatalities is less than 1% of what is considered normal from the flu.
[It's 0.782% to 1.7%]
It's still just a flu pandemic.
Ordinary flu viruses don't get the mass-panic, mass-media treatment, not even when they are also pandemics. Because the medical profession believe they know what it is and how it will behave.
So... I believe it's the unknowing that is the distinguishing factor. Thus the response in my view is more to do with psychological issues than anything else.
Now of course we DO have to take extra precautions. Because we really do not know how this will progress. No-one does. But this isn't the thirteenth, seventeenth or 20th century. This isn't 1918!
Well... Yes and no. Flu is the primary cause that affects pre-existing conditions, or frailties. So even if it is a heart attack or a pre-existing pulmonary condition that was the cause of death, it WAS the flu virus (corona or otherwise) that DID exacerbate it.Alonso wrote: ↑Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:44 pmHowever, it is clear that the media is constantly lying about this. The most obvious lie is the mortality rate. They constantly make headlines about scary mortality rates up to 8% or 9%, and they only tell us in a small footnote that those rates are for confirmed cases, which might be 10 or even 100 times less than actual cases, meaning that the actual mortality rate of this virus could easily be lower than the mortality rate of the flu. So yes, this is scaremongering.
There is one stat here that I don't understand, though. You say that the reported deaths are RELATED to the Coronavirus. Does it mean that they are including in the death toll deaths of people who were infected but actually died of something else, like a heart attack? If that's the case, it would mean that the actual mortality rate is even lower.