Weirfan Our Chief Medical officer of Health did and published a big Q and A here reassuring the public and said that the risk is very low and to practice common sense , good hand washing Etc just as one would during flu season.
Toulon Weirfan This is reportedly less serious a strain than SARS. SARS killed < 800 people worldwide. To put that in perspective, between 2000 and 6000 people die annually from lightning strikes.
Last year 80,000 people died in the US alone from the flu. .....100x more than SARS killed globally.
long winded way of saying zero concern
Weirfan The media unfortunately does a disservice to the public with their sensationalization of events and they need to be criticized for fear mongering . Social media is worse as there is so much misinformation ( most is) and people believe anything they read on it. Stick to credible medically backed publications.
Weirfan "So far, experts say, concerns that the Wuhan coronavirus is the next SARS are overblown. The two virus' symptoms and origins may be comparable, but their severity is not.
The new coronavirus appears to be less severe than the SARS, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday. It might be more contagious, however, given that the outbreak is spreading faster than SARS did"
Weirfan SARS, as far as I recall did not kill anyone in the USA and the handful of cases reported were people who had travelled to where the outbreak was located. While chances are good that things will worsen with this virus before getting better, there should be little concern at this point in time. Take the precautions that you would normally take during flu season.
Weirfan the flu infects 25-50 million people in the US annually, it kills ~ 0.1% of them.
Ebola killed 44% of those infected
SARS killed ~ 10% of those infected
This new coronavirus ~ 3% of those infected
Simple math question, which is milder ?
Weirfan Tracking the carnage as of the end of Feb 6 2020
Flu deaths in the USA = >10,000
Documented Gun Deaths in the USA = 4004
Coronavirus CASES in the USA 12, deaths 0.
"The flu remains a higher threat to U.S. public health than the new coronavirus.
This flu season alone has sickened at least 19 million across the U.S. and led to 10,000 deaths and 180,000 hospitalizations.
Roughly a dozen cases of the deadly coronavirus have been identified in the U.S."