Peter Diamandis: Fear vs. Reality – Coronavirus

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Fear vs. Reality – Coronavirus

On one of the worst days for Coronavirus in China (February 10, 2020), 108 people died. But on a given day, globally:

  • 26,283 people die of cancer;
  • 49,041 people die of cardiovascular diseases;
  • 4,383 people die of diabetes.

Meanwhile, suicide takes on average 2,191 lives….

Mosquitoes take the lives of over 2,740 people, and….

And HUMANS kill an average of 1,287 fellow people, every single day.

Part 1: The Numbers… Let’s look at the data

So let’s look first at the numbers.

During the 2017-2018 flu season, CDC figures put U.S. influenza deaths at roughly 80,000. Meanwhile, global estimates indicated anywhere between 290,000 – 650,000 influenza-associated deaths from respiratory causes alone.

And in terms of deaths from influenza-induced lower respiratory tract infections, a 2019 study estimated 99,000 – 200,000 deaths for the 2017-2018 flu season.

While the fatality rate of Coronavirus now appears to be slightly higher than that of typical influenza (estimates range from 1.4% to the WHO’s 3.4%), the toll of the common flu is staggeringly higher than that of COVID-19.

Click to read rest of Part 1.

Part 2: Infectious Disease Doctor: What Does (And Doesn’t) Scare Me About The Coronavirus

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