The Coronavirus Strikes Again Hyattsville
The Coronavirus Strikes Again
A most powerful villain, the arch enemy of our society and a nemesis to life itself hit the DC Metro area before anyone truly knew what it was. Yes; we speak wearily of COVID-19.
Though reasonable concern must be had, most of what's been displayed in The U.S. amounts to hysteria, or, in the least, a paranoia-driven panic attack. This latest outbreak is only one in a series of Superbugs to come along since SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) surfaced in 2002. Much of the world (although almost exclusively the Asian segment) ran around in face masks... and given the crowding in the average Chinese city that's understandable.
Remembered is the horrible H1-N1 or Swine Flu of 2009, a virus so virulent from personal recall / experience that it would live on surfaces for 7-10 days or more, and reinfect the same sufferer with the same strain over and over again. One of its chief symptoms was full-blown pneumonia. A liberal use of Mucinex was made then due to cloudy lungs. Wikipedia reports H1-N1's death toll as "18,500 laboratory-confirmed deaths with an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 deaths total by August of 2010". ( See the article of abstraction here - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influenza_A_virus_subtype_H1N1 )
Now, it would never ever be the intention of a conscientious person to dismiss or downplay the deaths of fellow human beings. No one's demise is trivial to me. However, the rate of infection and number of fatal cases of COVID-19 (especially stateside) pale in comparison to the statistics on both H1-N1 and SARS, with the latter having an anounced prognosis of fatality at 9.5% in all countries. As 10 is 1/10th of 100 it translates to 9.5 out of every 100 persons falling. ( See the related article here - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severe_acute_respiratory_syndrome )
As an aside, The 1300s' Black Plague of Europe and Asia (also called The Black Death), a bacterial pandemic, decimated the overseas population by an estimated 75 to 200 million people over the course of a decade. ( See the report here - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death )
We have and will continue to effectively manage this current virus just as we dealt with all the others in recent times. In fact, have much more in our arsenal to fight them than we did before. The flu comes around every year in some new variation. Just wipe your nose, cover your mouth, wash your hands and carry on.