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I think the distinction is that the flu has a fatality rate of ~0.1% and kills mostly elderly and immunocompromized folks, where Covid19 has a fatality rate at least 20x that (hard to get realistic numbers from China) and kills healthy people as well.

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SARS had an initially calculated death rate of 7%. Later - after accounting for a huge number of undocumented infections, it was corrected down to 0.1%.
It is likely, that The latest corona death rate highly overstated, especially as many infections come with few or even no symptoms.

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We also have a vaccine for the flu every year. We don't have any such protection for the corona virus.

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Right, but the fact that there is something we can do about the flu, even if it isn't supper effective, helps to mitigate the fear. People are afraid of the unknown.

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Isn't a majority of the fear that people don't show signs in the first 2 weeks yet it can be spread and that there is no known vaccine yet?

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So basically, let’s chill out on the coronavirus here in the US and most other nations outside of China, because influenza this year is one of the worst and should deserve more attention. Wash hands, cover your coughs, and stay home if not feeling well.

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Come on people. You can’t compare viruses already in the annual global rotation with a virus that is still potentially containable. The latter you can’t do anything about and shouldn’t worry — the former is still worth thinking about.

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“In the 2017-2018 flu season, as many as 61,000 people died, and 45 million were sickened.”

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“The 2019-2020 flu season, which began September 29, is projected to be one of the worst in a decade, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.”

“In the 2019-2020 season SO FAR, at least 26 million people in the US have gotten the flu and at least 14,000 people have died from it...”

R0 of covid 19 is also 4-6

Containment period is passed.... we are in mitigation per CDC and WHO

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