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George Stebbins
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In the last 9 months, over 200,000 Americans have died from Covid-19.  That’s between 4 and 6 times more than typically die from the flu in a given year.  And it clearly isn’t over.

There haven’t been this many deaths from an infectious disease in a single year in the US in over 100 years.

As for if it is “more deadly” than the flu or not, consider this:  The vast majority of the populace has some immunity to the flu.  We’ve been exposed year after year, and a significant percentage of people get the flu vaccine.  And there is some carry over immunity from strain to strain.  That is not true for Covid-19.  It is different enough from other corona viruses that there is very little, if any, cross immunity.  Thus, many more people will get it without precautions.  The evidence shows that also, not just reasoning.  So even if Covid-19 was only as deadly as the flu, assuming no precautions, there still would be far more deaths from it just because a higher percentage of people would get it.

Even with precautions, we’ve seen the results:   200,000+ dead in the US alone, in just 9 months.  And it isn’t over yet.

When it comes to infectious diseases, I’ll listen to the scientists, epidemiologists etc., not hang glider pilots or politicians.

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”– Neil deGrasse Tyson