The coronavirus pandemic has grown out of proportion. And I believe all the negative news has caused this unbelievable epidemic or pandemic hysteria. The definition of a pandemic is: A disease epidemic that has spread across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or worldwide.
A widespread endemic disease that is stable in terms of how many people are getting sick from it is not a pandemic. Further, flu pandemics generally exclude recurrences of seasonal flu. But, isn’t this probably what the COVID-19 will turn out to be, very possibly a seasonal flu?
Around two-thirds of global cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in China’s central Hubei province, where the virus first emerged in December.
Hours after the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic after the announcement by the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic, saying the number of affected countries tripled in two weeks, with more than 118,000 cases and 4,290 deaths worldwide.
Americans were flooded with announcements from what seemed like every corner of the country. The President announced a sweeping ban on travel into the U.S. and the NCAA barred fans from its annual tournament. The NBA suspended its season, altogether. Hundreds of public schools have suspended classes, colleges are sending students home after shutting down campuses and sporting events, concerts and festivals have come to a halt. Shouldn’t we ask ourselves what’s really going on with this outrage of the Coronavirus.
Currently there are over 1,300 confirmed cases in the U.S. All but six states have reported coronavirus cases. At least 38 Americans have died: 30 in Washington state, four in California, two in Florida, one in New Jersey and one in South Dakota.
In comparison, Estimates from CDC/WHO show that the seasonal flu in the United States for the 2018-2019 had 35.5 million cases with 34,200 deaths with 136 of those being children.
I believe we need to react and do all the preventable things such as washing our hands, not touching our face, staying away from unnecessary crowds, staying out of Emergency Rooms unless it is a real emergency, among other precautions, and just using good common sense. But, with all this going on it seems most of us lack that sense.