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There are several websites in our sphere of the internet which are spreading fake news and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus in order to pander to conservatives and libertarians. I won’t bother to name them. I will just point out how easy it is to refute them.
The coronavirus IS NOT “literally just the flu.” The CDC has a helpful tool which tracks annual and weekly deaths from influenza and pneumonia. We can look directly at the data and see how many people die on a weekly basis in New York State from the flu and pnuemonia, how many died in total in a week and what percentage of deaths are from the flu and pneumonia.
In the worst flu season in recent years, 63 people died in a week in New York State from influenza and 243 died from pneumonia, which at the very peak was about 9 a day from influenza and 34 a day from pneumonia. This was the week that ended on January 20, 2018 in the middle of a brutal winter. The flu and pnuemonia accounted for 9.8% of all deaths that week.
The graph above shows weekly deaths in New York State from influenza and pneumonia. The absolute worst it gets is slightly below 300 deaths in a week. Since last night, New York State has reported 253 new deaths. The day isn’t even over yet. There will be another update this evening.
The medical system can easily handle flu and pneumonia deaths which are seasonal and peak and follow a familiar predicable curve. Homicides are also seasonal and follow a familiar predicable curve. This is not anything like the flu. 253 people just don’t die in 12 hours in New York State from influenza.
Note: BTW, the flu and regular cases of pneumonia that derive from it don’t take out hospital workers and the police either or crash the global economy or cause global chaos.