DATA and SCIENCE comparing INFLUENZA and COVID 19
Wed, Mar 18 at 10:42 AM
This Doctor is telling you you have the panic pandemic not the reality based influenza normal threat that is much more totally important.
Any death and sickness is too much. But what should the USA prioritize?
See Johns Hopkins web sites.
C19 world cases: 207,000. Deaths 8,000 = 3.8% of diagnosed cases. Data is of poor quality confounded by testing rates, selection of tested subjects etc. Not good science guys.
Numbers of undiagnosed & mild infections, just like influenza, presenting as a sniffle or common cold or URI. There is no such thing as a ‘flu” as the word is commonly used. Untested folks and numbers do not enter into statistics that would LOWER the death rate computations. 1,000s more with limited symptoms and Influenza than C19.
C19 US cases: 7,000. Deaths 55 = 0.07% Data and scientific reliability issues equally suspect.
INFLUENZA USA Cases: 26-29,000,000 (millions not thousands) cases in above average year. Deaths 24,-14,000. Death rate = 0.09% Per CDC.
Influenza deaths / C19 deaths = 24,-14,000 / 55.
Influenza vaccine is available and safe despite anti vax hysteria. Ask any real doctor if they give influenza vaccine to their own kids and families- vast majority will say yes. Yet only 50% of USA gets influenza vaccine that, this year, is 45-55% effective per CDC. So 7,000-12,000 preventable annual USA influenza deaths vs 55 from C19- if there was a C19 vaccine. All of this noise is about precisely the wrong thing per real scientific data and social/personal impact.
We don’t waste billions and execute our economy and social /personal lives based on the every year event of Influenza, which is much worse for deaths, real costs, and morbidity. C19 is a pimple on a log. Please don’t make it a PANICDEMIC.
By not providing this background rate. Yahoo is only actively spreading disinformation, putting emotion before reality. Yes, keep reporting on C19, but you are overlooking a much bigger but less flashy issue!!! PLEASE!!!
I am a Board Certified Pediatrician with 39 years experience including private, group and state government practice as well as Senior Medical Director roles for multi-state private and public insurers, hospital sytems and HMOs. Licensed in 6 states, now retired.
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J S commented
Ask why have heart disease, lung cancer and other illnesses, decreased, while covid19 related deaths increase? Everything is being blamed on covid19; unless they have found a cure for heart disease
linda morgan commented
With all the reports across the nation, I've been wondering how the Amish and Menninite communities are doing?
linda morgan commented
How are the Amish and Menninite communities doing through this pandemic?