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29 MARCH, 2020 - OVER ONE BILLION STAY-AT-HOMES (double left click to open)
Over one billion people are on lockdown in their homes, schools are closed, businesses are shutting down, pubs, bars, and restaurants are closed, campgrounds, beaches, amusement parks, theaters, concert halls, sports stadiums and arenas, neighborhood playgrounds and tennis, basketball courts, track and field, auto races, airline travel, ship cruises, railroad-subway, busses, and in some places even going fishing, boating, jogging, and to church is prohibited ... life is at a standstill.
Three months ago, we looked at, and celebrated the New Years & Holidays with a different perspective, a booming economy was to take us to travel and upcoming events, plans were laid out, and this election year promised to be great.
Putting this in perspective: TheCDC estimates that last year in the U.S. alone, influenza resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths !
Globally... (per day)
So, you can see from the chart above that the worst day of coronavirus deaths (686) is still lower than Flu, Swine Flu, Malaria, AIDS, Pneumonia, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, even Malaria. (even at 1,000 a day covid19 only matches regular Flu). But, when we talk potential, and ease of contagion, and look at rapidity.... COVID19 is really ugly, fast-moving and lethal, plus highly contagious. Once we start to "watch" anything, it possesses us, (a watched pot never boils), we can become alarmist, and cease to be scientific in thought very easily with panic and overreaction, we do not know how crazy COVID19 daily numbers will go, but this graph should help align it... just remember all of those rating higher per day are known-curable (sorta')- slow- and have a battery of medicines, vaccinations, and experience in dealing with. THAT.. is the difference with COVID19, it kills quickly, and is mostly an unknown with no pharmaceutical remedies. So, do the research, spend the time... be aware of the slowly oozing out and changing information... this is "old", known stuff, that started to as "not" being communicable, then went to stay three feet apart, then six feet apart, then stay-at-home... from mail being absolutely safe dangerous, from..... on and on.