I keep wondering why people don’t take all viruses as seriously as covid-19. We (the public in general) treat the many influenza, pneumonia, and cold viruses, and other bio-organisms, as they are mere annoyances. They are very dangerous to the elderly or people with other conditions. People would be appalled if the media gave a daily death count concerning these. Covid-19 is scary because it’s new, not because it’s introducing a type of threat we’ve never seen before. We need to address covid-19, but be aware of collateral damage. What we do should be rooted in our knowledge of the virus, how it threatens, and who it threatens. Surgical strikes are needed, not a blanket approach that could throw society into chaos that make the past week or two look normal. Then we will see the medical system, and much more, collapse. What will the death toll be then?
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I found it odd when a school said it was going to disinfect their rooms and buildings over the weekend. I was wondering, “Why don’t schools take those precautions all through flu season? Why do we just choose to suffer through yearly flu and cold outbreaks?”
We stopped taking influenza serious (and viruses in general) even though most influenza strains are dangerous to people whose immune system are compromised by other factors, or if they are elderly (much like the current corona virus strain). Our anti-viral medications are no where near the level of advancement they should be. One would think these would be high-profit drugs for companies to produce. With all the money politicians take from Big Pharma, maybe they should expect more out of them than vacation junkets?
Having said all that, I think the many people quoting high mortality rates for the corona virus (covid-19 or SARS-CoV-2), may be causing unnecessary panic.
First, don’t get me wrong, we should be taking steps to squash this disease outbreak. Would our efforts be so drastic had we already had a more serious perspective on diseases as I mentioned? No, probably not. Certainly not with the economic and social havoc that has been occurring.