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This is a very misinformed comment.
1. From available data, coronavirus has an estimated mortality rate of between about 1.4 and 2.5 percent. This might be exaggerated, but we really don't know. Seasonal flu has a mortality rate of about 0.1 percent. So from available data, coronavirus is 14 to 25 times as deadly as seasonal flu.
2. Coronavirus is also more contagious than seasonal flu. Again, there's some uncertainty there, but at the least there's a lot of reason to be concerned.
3. The measles is highly contagious and almost certainly more contagious than coronavirus, but its also less deadly, with a mortality rate of about 0.2 percent. Also, a measles outbreak would be huge reason for concern, so not a great comparison regardless.
4. As others have mentioned, there are vaccines for seasonal flu and the measles. Even if scientists discovered a vaccine for coronavirus tomorrow, it would take about a year to bring it to market with any sort of widespread supply. And even then, we won't know how effective it'll be until its widely administered. It's possible that the virus will have evolved enough by then that the vaccine is obsolete before most people get.
To give some perspective on these numbers, in a bad year for seasonal flu, about 45 million Americans are affected. If there's a full-on breakout, that'd be a *very* conservative estimate for how many people would get coronavirus (since it's more contagious and there's no vaccine). At 2 percent mortality that would kill 900,000 people, compared to 61,000 for a bad year of seasonal flu. And chances are that number would really be much, *much* higher; well into the millions.
I get that it's trendy to hate on the media for overhyping things, but this is something we really do need to take seriously. It might not end up being *that* bad, but there's a good chance it will be and we all need to prepare for that. Spreading misinformation like this is incredibly dangerous. Please think hard before posting something like this in the future.
Do you believe that your opinions on this are more qualified than those of the professionals at the WHO? You’re correct in that, from a mortality rate standpoint, COVID-19 isn’t particularly scary. But a virus spreading rapidly throughout the world is always cause for alarm even if the mortality rate is .0001%.