I cant imagine the majority of Aussies wearing masks and walking down the street.
Face masks offer some protection. About 5 fold protection.Guardian said:Wearing a face mask is not an iron clad guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can still penetrate masks. However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is the main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly five-fold protection versus no barrier.
Its not the flu. Preliminary estimates are that its 10 times more than the flu. If it become prevalent in the general population like the flu is, that's trouble.Seems that the flu is more of a threat...
So that's 61,000 out of 42 million flu cases in the USA, compared to 3000 out of 85,000 for confirmed corona cases. A statistically significant difference. There may be millions of unconfirmed/untested corona cases, but we just don't know yet. Going just by available data, corona is far more dangerous to the elderly than the flu.Time said:In total, the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died.
I have had the flu ,took two days off,avoided the monthly,meet with parents and church until I'm at full strength ,etcI got the flu twice this year...not just once.
Both were type A.
I took tamiflu (generic version) and got better.
I wasn't the only one.
No hospitalization...I self quarantined. (I felt like dirt)
A bunch of other people had it and didn't bother going to the doctor to seek treatment.
So.... Corona viruses are similar in that they make you sick and there are many strains.
Even if they had a vaccine it might not be effective against the strain you catch. I know a guy here in TN that had it...he thought that it was flu...it wasn't. It was a Corona strain different from the one in China...so it doesn't get reported.
But he went through three weeks of being sick and now is all better and back at work.
I got my testing for both bouts of flu at a Walgreens "Doc-in-a-Box" so...who knows whether it gets reported or not.
But there are definitely more cases of flu than 650,000 every year. Dunno where you got that statistic.
CDC reports about 29 Million people have gotten the flu so far this year. LINK
That sounds much more appropriate.
If it weren't for people going to work, school or church sick... wouldn't be such an issue. But that's the primary reason it spreads. Church is the biggest risk. Church holds a huge contingent of elderly people and children...it's a nightmare waiting to happen.
Everyone whines about doctor bills and medication costs. But then they go to the most expensive thing possible by going to the emergency room. Makes no sense to me.
$200 for a flu visit or a $10 flu shot. Financially I know exactly what choice to make. But I had the flu and got super busy before I had a chance to get the stupid shot this year.
This next fall I'm going to try and get it done by September/October. While it's still hot outside. Maybe I can dodge the bullet next year.