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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Marshall, Feb 27, 2020.
...stirring up anxiousness about Corona virus?
I think so - normal 'flu is worse.
I would definitely agree, Marshall. I read very interesting statistics-based thread on Twitter about it earlier today - https://twitter.com/DawnXianaMoon/status/1232788550787227655?s=20
So much spread could be prevented by people simply practicing good hygiene and washing their hands regularly and thoroughly!
Just what I was saying, a colleague popped into boots to get some hand sanitizer ( works in early years, kids coughing/ sneezing on you constantly) and they'd run out!
That's the trouble with boots. It runs out the lace holes.
They seem to be and if so that's very wrong. On the other hand so many mixed messages and different actions from different governments. In my opinion the leaders of the world need to start singing from the same page over this,be up front about the situation and regulate the press in order to stop unnecessary panic,if that's what it takes.
I've had a think about 'stocking up', today. What's the point? Stocking up for what, exactly? You can get online deliveries, even out in the sticks. There won't be any blockades.
Even the shops in China are open again, and people are going back to work.
Stripping supermarkets bare in Northern Italy... Why? I don't get it.
Panic buying is silly. It will cause problems. Just say no.
Absolutely - but that is what they're good at!
Don't get me started on man flu
The Chinese are the worst. All that closing off cities and building emergency hospitals makes people really anxious, especially those that live there.
Italians are at it too.
Yep. And I wonder why?
It does seem to be reporting each outbreak or case as if it's a Hollywood disaster movie.
An approach necessitated by 24 hour rolling news... Ideally we'd go back to evening news and newspapers but the genie is out of the bottle.
I hadn't realised we had our own 'in house' virologist.
It would seem likely we probably have, since we have experts in economics, politics, law; and every subject under the sun including onansim, apart from how best to educate kids.
The mortality rate (how many died from all infections) of the flu virus last year was about 0.05%
Spanish flu had a mortality rate of around 2.5%
Corona virus seems to have a mortality rate of 2%-4%.
It is much worse than seasonal flu and spreads almost as easily
I was interested to hear someone on R4 saying that no one under 7 years old had been reported as dying from Coronavirus. The mortality is almost all at the other end of the age spectrum.
Indeed. Data from a few days ago showed this
80+ years old
70-79 years old
60-69 years old
50-59 years old
40-49 years old
30-39 years old
20-29 years old
10-19 years old
0-9 years old
It has been reported that there are people with the virus in my county. Our local MP has posted saying that he has access to the appropriate information and this is absolutely not true. Just rumours.
It's much more fun if you just let people make their own facts up. We are blessed to have so many experts here from so many fields.
I've heard much worse from the epidemiologists and medical experts that have been interviewed, than I have from the general media.
Given that the WHO is warning governments that they must take necessary precautions to prevent a pandemic, I think the media are right to raise public awareness to ensure that as many of us as possible adopt the necessary hygiene practices to limit the spread of the virus.
Comparisons with the flu are difficult, as the Covid19 virus is so new. What makes it so potentially worse than flu is that nobody has any immunity to it. At least with the flu there are vaccines, so those most at risk are offered some protection. Should this virus take hold within the general population, because it appears to be more highly contagious than the flu those most at risk would have no defence if the virus claims them. We don't hear of doctors treating flu victims in hospital actually succumbing to the flu themselves and dying of it, as has happened so far with Covid19. Current US estimates reckon that mortality from the flu virus in the US is at 0.05% of those affected, whereas based on deaths in China the mortality rate for Covid19 appears to be 2.3%.
In view of the WHO's fears and the continued unknown quantity that is Covid19, I feel that the media are right to be focusing so much attention on it.