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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Covid v influenza

President Trump has been vilified (yet again) for urging people not to fear Covid19. Should we fear this contagion or should we treat it in the same way we treat influenza? This is how the World Health Organisation reported flu deaths in 2017:

'Up to 650 000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), the World Health Organization and global health partners.'

In 1918 it is thought that 50 million people died of Spanish flu, globally. Compare this with recent figures for covid related deaths of 1.038,000.

Isn't POTUS correct to say that we need to accept that Covid is with us, like the flu, and get on with life. Politicians are afraid of being accused of being reckless with people's lives, afraid of being so judged at the polls, to the extent that they run their Country into the financial gutter. Some people will suffer in the same way that common flu can cause complications and lead to death. It's time for all political parties to rally behind governments with the aim of getting their Countries working again rather than sniping for political gain.

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