COVID-19 Perspective

Everyone else in the world is writing about COVID-19, mainly in panic-stricken tones. I might as well, too. Especially since I’ve been neglecting this blog (partly work for TTAG, partly some other distractions). Here goes.


  • Cases WORLDWIDE: 100,347
  • Deaths WORLDWIDE: 3,408


  • Cases: 233
  • Deaths: 12

As of 2/22/2020, 2019-2020 US (alone) flu season:

  • Cases: 32,000,000 – 45,000,000
  • Medical visits: 14,000,000 – 21,000,000
  • Hospitalizations: 310,000 – 560,000
  • Deaths: 18,000 – 46,000

Further perspective:

In the US-alone flu season, we saw at LEAST 220,690 new cases per day, on average. Over TWO-HUNDRED THOUSAND.

The peak day WORLDWIDE for COVID-19 was 15,100. Just 6.8% of the US AVERAGE for flu. (That day was an extreme outlier, because it represented China changing reporting standards from confirmed-by-testing to diagnosed-by-symptoms.)

As of 3/5/2020, new COVID-19 cases WORLDWIDE: 2,800. 1.3% of the average US flu cases.

If you truly believe you’re going to die from COVID-19, you either 1) have some extremely high risk factors like being an 80 year old man with diabetes and a bum ticker, who’s been french-kissing your girlfriend from Wuhan; or 2) you already died from the frickin’ flu.

Sure things could change. The virus could mutate again. We could import a bunch more infected people and turn them loose. But as things stand…

1. Eat decent food.
2. Wash your hands often.
3. Avoid sick people.

Sound familiar? Yes, it’s the same basic precautions you be be taking to avoid the flu and common cold (which I’ll remind you is often yet another coronavirus, too; and for most people COVID-19 is amounting to a common cold).

People need to stop losing their shit.

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