covid 19

The Healthy Facts Update: Coronavirus (Covid-19) vs. The Flu or Cold Virus

covid-19 launched into 2020 like a bat out of hell!

Many stories have been published on this covid-19/novel coronavirus.

We all spent January 2020, watching the various news media outlets report on what was happening in Wuhan, China. Watching their response and praying it never gets to our country. Well, now we see that ‘the corona’ is spreading faster than a tornado through Tennessee and supposedly doing more damage than a category five hurricane racing through the Caribbean and up the coast of Florida!

Where is the Coronavirus?

Over 90 countries are grappling to find resources to fight covid-19.

South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran, the United Kingdom and now the United States.  Every continent is said to be impacted by this plague, except Antarctica. I guess no one has been evacuated to there yet!

places affected by covid-19

CDC: Places affected by covid-19

About 19 states, including Washington State, Oregon, California, New York, and even Maryland most recently, had its first cases. And in the last couple of days, many more have been added to this list of affected States.

US confirmed cases at the start of March 5, 2020 US cases at the start of March 5, 2020

Here’s CNN’s breakdown of the cases across states, updated October 14, 2020:

Location Cases …per 100K people Deaths …per 100K people
California 862,237 2,182 16,659 42
Texas 826,816 2,851 17,078 59
Florida 738,749 3,440 15,531 72
New York 476,708 2,450 33,306 171
Georgia 333,304 3,139 7,454 70
Illinois 327,771 2,587 9,273 73
North Carolina 234,481 2,236 3,816 36
Arizona 226,734 3,115 5,767 79
Tennessee 218,829 3,204 2,797 41
New Jersey 215,085 2,422 16,182 182
Pennsylvania 179,651 1,403 8,361 65
Louisiana 172,801 3,717 5,679 122
Ohio 171,626 1,468 5,017 43
Alabama 167,193 3,410 2,665 54
Virginia 160,447 1,880 3,369 39
South Carolina 158,883 3,086 3,576 69
Wisconsin 155,471 2,670 1,508 26
Michigan 152,862 1,531 7,255 73
Missouri 146,359 2,385 2,424 39
Massachusetts 140,412 2,037 9,630 140
Indiana 138,104 2,051 3,822 57
Maryland 132,343 2,189 4,012 66
Minnesota 114,574 2,032 2,204 39
Mississippi 105,941 3,560 3,115 105
Iowa 101,531 3,218 1,491 47
Oklahoma 101,493 2,565 1,119 28
Washington 94,775 1,245 2,211 29
Arkansas 94,167 3,120 1,611 53
Utah 87,819 2,739 522 16
Nevada 86,835 2,819 1,674 54
Kentucky 81,691 1,828 1,269 28
Colorado 80,061 1,390 2,153 37
Kansas 66,860 2,295 799 27
Connecticut 61,697 1,730 4,533 127
Puerto Rico 54,540 1,708 738 23
Nebraska 53,543 2,768 527 27
Idaho 49,247 2,756 512 29
Oregon 37,780 896 605 14
New Mexico 33,713 1,608 918 44
South Dakota 29,339 3,316 288 33
North Dakota 28,947 3,799 365 48
Rhode Island 26,960 2,545 1,139 108
Delaware 22,394 2,300 659 68
Montana 19,611 1,835 217 20
West Virginia 18,557 1,035 390 22
District of Columbia 16,068 2,277 637 90
Hawaii 13,575 959 173 12
Alaska 10,028 1,371 60 8
New Hampshire 9,279 682 456 34
Wyoming 7,964 1,376 57 10
Maine 5,780 430 143 11
Guam 3,266 61
Vermont 1,886 302 58 9
US Virgin Islands 1,328 20
Other 152 3
Northern Mariana Islands 77 2

Total Covid Cases = 7,858,344
Total Covid Deaths = 215,910

What Should We Believe About the Coronavirus?

Cruise ships are being denied safe harbor in many countries. One was turned away from docking in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Another Princess cruise now sits out at sea off the coast of California.

But how many people have died or have contracted the coronavirus?

Is the response enough?

Should we believe the hype or should we look closer to the data?

Let’s explore the facts, to see how the coronavirus vs. the flu and cold virus really impacts the world and/or the United States.

Coronavirus vs. The Flu or Cold Virus

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the coronavirus “has a higher case-fatality ratio and a higher reproduction number than influenza – meaning it could spread more widely.”

The BBC reports that “as of March 2, a total of 88,913 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) – and 90% of those are in China, mostly in one province. In China, a total of 2,912 people have died, whereas, outside China, there have been 127 deaths, among 8,739 cases in 61 countries. More than 130 countries haven’t detected a case yet.”

The disease has upped the anti has is now being transmitted through community spread in the United States. Before it was through direct contact or person-to-person spread.

According to the CDC, “Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.”

What is the Death Rate of Coronavirus (Covid-19) vs. The Flu?

Winter is on its way out, with just a few weeks to go. But the US has had millions of flu cases. In fact, the WEF surmises that “32 million flu illnesses and 18,000 deaths from flu” have occurred.

So, as of March 6, 2020:

  • Flu kills 18,000/32,000,000
  • Coronavirus kills 3,300/98,000
Worldometers: Coronavirus deaths by March 2020

Worldometers: Coronavirus deaths by March 2020

Important Facts to Remember ABOUT COVID-19

According to the CDC, the “novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19.”

The BBC says only 2% to 5% of those infected dies from the illness and these figures are showing up largely in people 60 years and older. During the course of any year, the flu kills over 400,000 or has a death rate of 0.1%in the US.

The CDC puts this number at about 0.06%.

So far, the coronavirus has a percentage death rate of approximately “1.4% outside China – to 3.4% if you include the China figures.”

You Decide Which Kills More People Coronavirus (Covid-19) or The Flu or Cold Virus?

As of March 6, 2020, there have been 3,387 coronavirus fatalities. In the United States, 228 coronavirus cases, but only 14 deaths. (Update: As of October 13, 2020, there are over 210,000 deaths attributed to the covid virus in the United States alone.)

During the same period, there have been over 86,700 seasonal flu deaths. This figure is expected to grow to an average of 290,000 and estimated to above 650,000 globally.

In the space of the time it took for me to write this section, 11 more persons have died. 😦

That means over 1700 people dying of the flu each day.

How to Protect Yourself from the Coronavirus

We can look to the World Health Organization for some insight on how to protect ourselves and practice good hygiene habits.

  1. Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  2. When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  3. Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough.
  4. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your healthcare provider.
  5. When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals.
  6. The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

For constant updates on this outbreak of covid-19, check out the situational reports on the WHO website.

October 2020 Update: By now we have learned that the Covid-19 virus is far deadlier than any flu virus. Experts say 10 times more deadly.


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