Saturday, April 04, 2020

Covid Reflections 4, Global deaths from previous pandemics

As of yesterday, global deaths from the China virus or Covid-19 is 54,000+.

Now some context. The estimated global deaths from previous pandemics, from this article,

Here’s How COVID-19 Compares to Past Outbreaks

1. Spanish flu 1918, 50 M.
2. Regular annual flu, 291,000 to 646,000, pandemics not included.
3. H1N1 Swin flue 2009-10 pandemic: 284,000.

From this article, it cites the US CDC estimate of H1N1 2009 pandemic global deaths at 152,000 to 575,000.

Compare: 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Versus the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic
Published: Mar 19, 2020 By Mark Terry

For daily updates of deaths from the China virus,

Naming of viruses – these are among the known killer viruses:

Spanish flu, Russian flu, German measles, Middle East virus/MERS, Ebola virus from Ebola River Congo, West Nile virus from West Nile region Uganda, Zika virus from Zika Forest Uganda, Marburg virus from Marburg Germany, Hanta virus from Hantan S. Korea, etc. 

All used by the WHO but WHO doesn't want to call the current pandemic as China virus or Wuhan virus, only Covid-19 because the China Communist Party will get angry. SARS in 2002 should actually be called Guangdong virus or China virus 1.

If there is big politics in naming the virus, big politics in under reporting damage of the virus, there is also big politics in continuing hysteria and endless lockdowns.

Just notice the many prohibitions -- in businesses, work, public transportation, people mobility, etc.

Notice also many new spending, which will require new taxes soon.

See also:
Covid-19, Some reflections, February 29, 2020 
Covid reflections, Part 2, March 11, 2020 

Covid Reflections 3, Economic hysteria getting worse, March 26, 2020.

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