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How much did SARS impact HT? What about MERS after that? How does COVID-19 compare to them? Because, from what I've read, it's less deadly, but more easily spread. So, while I get it (I know how to multiply percentages, lol), I'm still unsure that the insanity is warranted (given what we actually know to this point).
MERS, with a 30% mortailty rate, would have only had to reach 4.6% of the planet to have the same impact as COVID-19 at its (currently estimated) 2% mortality rate (assuming the prediction that 70% of the world's populous will get it is correct). We had a right to be scared to death about MERS! So, while this spreads fast, it kills less, and our reaction must be a combination of all aspects of the virus, not just its infection rate.
Fortunately, we have survived two other coronavirus epidemics, learned from them, and (provided we can work with health officials and stay reasonable) we'll get through this, too.
Me, bring it on, I want immunity (created by my body not some vaccine in a year); I'm not scared. If I die, at least it will be living my g-d life instead of balling myself up in a corner and worrying about something I can't control unless I want to 100% sever my relationships with the world. I suppose I'll take that 2% chance, especially given my health and how the 2% is skewed in the population (towards, as usual, the elderly or otherwise already immunocompromised folks).
This isn't MERS, folks; let's analyze it for what it is using what we know about it. Freaking out, well, that's good for people who like to short the stock market or have cash to invest. In that vein, though, freak out, more, a lot, tons, please! I have money sitting around waiting to get invested, if the market tanks 30% I'll be THRILLED when it recovers and I laugh...all the way to the Keith Yates for my dream theater design!
Last edited by DreamWarrior; 03-12-2020 at 12:49 PM.