Comparing COVID-19 with SARS and MERs — 2 Comments

  1. I’ve been pretty fascinated about how the concern over this virus is so dependent on our first-world perspective. Globally, about 40,000 people will die from dengue fever this year, far more than are likely to die from COVID-19. Yet since those deaths are mostly in third world countries and it happens every year, dengue isn’t significant news.

    My take is that the world reaction to COVID-19 is hugely out of proportion to the actual threat, largely driven by media hype and grandstanding politicians.

  2. Well, we in the U.S. are in a first-world that acts like a Third World… This could have been (probably) curbed by taking drastic measures immediately like China has done. In the U.S. it shouldn’t have even gotten here. But NO measures were taken, and many still aren’t. It’s each man for himself. Especially older people (like me) will be in the group to fall first. I am holed up in my home, but am disgusted by the lack of protocol here. Others may disagree.

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