- Nov 18, 2014
According to Manisha Juthani, MD, a Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist. “Based on symptoms alone, COVID-19 and flu are very difficult to distinguish.” Saying COVID-19 is ten times more contagious and deadly is an hysterical exaggeration. The sky is not falling. The end of the world is not nigh. We are not all gonna die.
The fact that two viruses have similar symptoms has NO BEARING on their respective rates of transmission. When it is all said and done, 10X more contagious might be an overstatement but there is no question that corona is more contagious than the flu (that is a big reason why everything is shutting down. Do you think the NCAA and other sports would walk away from millions, maybe billions, of revenue without good reason?)
For that very reason, Dr. Juthani also retweeted this statement from the WHO.
PS. The concern over corona is not that "we are all gonna die" or that it is "the end of the world." The actual concern is two-fold- corona has an alarmingly high mortality for vulnerable populations and 2) in conjunction with the on going flu season, the rapid spread of corona virus could quickly overwhelm the medical system. We are in a world of damage control precautions not panic.
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