Coronavirus: take a look at the numbers!

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While I understand the need to impose controls to prevent the spread of the
infection, aren’t we going just a little overboard with the latest restrictions? At the time of writing this, there were about 7,000 deaths from Coronavirus worldwide.
Why have people gone into panic mode stocking up on items like toilet paper?

While I understand the need to impose controls to prevent the spread of the
infection, aren’t we going just a little overboard with the latest restrictions? At the time of writing this, there were about 7,000 deaths from Coronavirus worldwide.
Why have people gone into panic mode stocking up on items like toilet paper?
Let’s step back in sanity for a moment and look at some figures of other diseases.
At this point in the season, the Centre for Disease Control estimates there has been 13 million influenza illnesses, 120,000 hospitalizations, and 6,600 flu-related deaths in the USA 2019-2020.
I didn’t see any line-ups for flu injections or panic buying of tissue.
According to the latest World malaria report, released in December 2019, there were 405,000 deaths in 2018, compared to 41,000 in 2017.
Between 128,000 to 161,000 typhoid-related deaths occur annually worldwide.
Researchers estimate that each year there are 1.3 to 4 million cases of cholera, and 21,000 to 143,000 deaths worldwide.
Between 3 and 4 million people are infected each year with measles. Among the cases reported each year, 400 to 500 people die, 48,000 are hospitalized, and 1,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain).
Yet, some people resist vaccinations despite the figures.
Cigarette smoking causes about one in every five deaths in the United States
each year with more than 480,000 deaths annually. About 88,000 people die from
alcohol-related causes every year in the US and obesity has reached epidemic
proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. About 647,000
Americans die from it each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
The leap in cases of STDs over the last few years is truly eye-popping, but
there have been no reports of a shortage of condoms.
Many of these conditions are entirely preventable, yet little is done to curb them. It’s time to get our heads in order!

Robin Hamblin Fuller
CLARENDON