Re: to Monday’s letter to the editor “Oh, by the way, the 2017-2018 flu season resulted in about 45,000,000 people catching the flu. With 60,000 deaths, that’s 0.13% of those with the flu who died.”
The COVID-19 death rate is over 3%. If we should end up with 45 million cases, that would result in over 1.3 million deaths. That’s why there is such a dire response to coronavirus.
The media and our government are a day late and a dollar short in their response to this virus, which would have been flagged much earlier had the Trump administration not axed the health adviser as reported by Reuters:
Until July 2019, the United States had a resident health adviser in China that consulted with Chinese health officials. That position was scrapped, Reuters reported, amid a chill in U.S.-Chinese relations.
Several U.S. health experts told Reuters that the U.S. could have gotten an early jump on the new coronavirus outbreak if the role still existed.
On top of that, Trump repeatedly told us there was nothing to worry about, until the facts caught up with him. Also, check out the 2015 TED Talk by Bill Gates, when he said the next big disaster would be a virus epidemic – apparently, no one believed him.