Prez wrote on Mar 1, 2020, 13:19:
I think the level of fear that this has generated is not proportional to the actual threat. It just seems everyone is grossly overreacting. I shudder to think of the mass hysteria that would occur if a virus that was actually a real global, high-lethality viral threat were to come along.
Cue the inevitable "Prez wants old people to die!" comments.
Perhaps, but it does have the potential of being quite bad. The 2% mortality figure (20x greater than the standard flu) is based on active medical intervention. Those requiring hospitalization is in the 15% to 20% range. So the goal is delaying it as much as possible to prevent hospital over-run in any one area at any given time.
For people in America this could potentially be a perfect storm. For-profit healthcare that is priced above the reach of the uninsured or those with budget insurance. The inability to quarantine due to a host of budgetary reasons, coupled with a fed that won’t provide assistance to those in need. And the virulence, longevity, and asymptomatic nature of the virus. This, in a lot of ways, is worse than the conditions in 1918.
Luckily progress is being made on treating and screening. The drive-through clinics in South Korea are a genius idea. I just suspect that this is not how it’s going to go in the US. I heard a quote last week regarding people in the current administration.. “Even if they wanted to do the right thing, they just don’t have the bandwidth”.
I hope this is all wrong and that something changes for the better.