Coronavirus and the Nation Within

Way too early to know the implications – if any – of this story, but something to keep an eye on. As for the total picture – something we’re totally unqualified to comment on – we are keeping calm. Partly because not keeping calm usually has a bad outcome, but mostly because we suspect the mortality rate is low. To calculate it they divide the number of deaths (probably a fairly accurate stat) by the number of cases – and that number has to be much larger than the number they’re using, for several reasons: some people are infected but asymptomatic and therefore unreported; some have mild cases and think it’s flu or a cold; some are afraid to identify themselves; some are known but unreported due to government incompetence or conniving. But the point: the bigger the divisor, the lower the mortality rate. Just the thoughts of a know-little – feel free to ignore.


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6 Responses to “Coronavirus and the Nation Within”

  1. B. Stover
    10:51 am on February 28th, 2020

    Remaining calm is a good idea.

    Good morning all.

  2. Charlie from The Other Side of the Bridge
    11:30 am on February 28th, 2020

    Keep calm and eat Slim Jims. That’s my motto. B, I can loan you a Slim Jim if you don’t have any on paw.

  3. B. Stover
    12:52 pm on February 28th, 2020

    Thank you Charlie.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on February 28th, 2020

    Calm!…I’m calm but then I am not going anywhere soon…wheeze!

    Dear Mr Abrahams!…If things get “iffy” I would suggest you post-pug-pone any tour events until this thing is snorted. Uh sorted…snorkel!

  5. Hobbit
    10:52 pm on February 28th, 2020

    The higher rate of death from the Coronavirus seems to be age related. The statistics below are from the Chinese Center of Disease Control and Prevention based on 45,000 initial cases (posted by a colleague of mine who teaches science). Another American scientist assured his panicky daughter in published texts a couple of days ago that she will be fine–most people who die are older and usually not in good health.
    This may or may not calm people down. Take serious precautions. Wash your hands a lot. Stay hydrated. Be as healthy as you can. I don’t see a reason to panic at the moment. It may become a pandemic but it is not a death sentence. Articles are also saying that don’t buy a mask unless you are sick. Masks keep the sick people from infecting others but don’t keep healthy people from being exposed.

    Note: death from regular flu is .1%. Here is the Coronavirus stats by age:
    0-4 is 0.47%
    5-24 is 0.5%
    25-49 is 1.03%
    50-64 is 1.69%
    65 and older is 1.02%
    Overall, that averages to 0.97%

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:08 pm on February 28th, 2020

    China!…I don’t believe a word coming from China…grunt!…Load of Crapola!

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