Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by bit-tech, 18 Mar 2020.
Coronavirus so far 8000 dead in 3 months
in the same 3 months 14.5 million dead from other stuff
so 0.055% of deaths. Sure this may go up a fair bit.
we don't have much of a reaction to the other stuff that causes way more deaths than this...
If we kept our economic behaviour steady despite virus spreading and used the trillions of $$ saved to tackle bigger diseases / poverty.... we'd save way more lives / lessen suffering.
That comparison is stupid. Car crashes, industrial accidents, heart attacks, etc are not transmissible by contact or proximity. Ignoring a pandemic and hoping it just goes away is notoriously ineffective.
It worked for the Spanish Flu. Oh, hang on.
Nope. As Edz says, this is a pointless comparison and trying to downplay the impact of a pandemic isn't the best idea.
Also, that 8,000 deaths will increase dramatically, even with fully realised control measures in place. If we just ignore it, however, that number will increase even further. If 75% of people catch it and 1% of those die, that's half a million people in the UK alone and nearly 60 million worldwide.
If you think economy is bad now, try imagining how it would be if majority wouldn't be able to work even remotely, because they are sick/taking care of sick family/burying said family?
While I agree with your point, I think car crashes can be argued to be transmitted EXCLUSIVELY by contact.
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