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The sky is not falling

March 27, 2020
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

The coronavirus according to CDC has so far killed at least 155 people and sickened more than 9,400 across the United States, forcing schools, churches to close, professional sports to suspend or end their seasons and many workers are told to work from home. Why aren't we quarantining the most vulnerable people with underlining conditions?

The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 22,000 deaths, 36 million flu illnesses, 370,000 hospitalizations. Where are the crazed reports and mainstream media? The media and politicians seems to be causing an information overload on the coronavirus.

Did the sports world shut down, the stock market crush due to the SARS 9.6% fatal, MERS 35% fatal illness? These viruses are all related and COVID-19 apparently has the lowest mortality rate, more lethal then the seasonal flu but closer to the flu than other viruses when you review and look at the present statistics and when more people tested the rate seems to be getting lower

Why are people rushing the grocery stores and going into gladiator mode over bottled water, toilet paper? We have been through worse with the 2009 swine flu, Ebola and most people don't remember those epidemics. I am not saying people should be complacent. People should take precautionary measures -- wash hands, stay home if sick. Try not to get overly stressed and don't panic!

But is it more important in a free society to have people's lives disrupted for longer periods of time with less chance of lifestyle and financial recovery than if you happen to contracted the disease, got sick and recover like the flu? Time will tell

I probably will get criticized about this article because I am not following "Community Standards"and not crying the sky is falling.

Lou Walker

Cape Coral



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