The Coronavirus is still the big-ticket news item, with confirmed cases now covering 11 countries. ELEVEN!
Most of the mainstream media are doing that, saying the number of
As of the time of writing, the real (or at least reportedly real) numbers stand at 1407 cases, 41 deaths. Which means the mortality rate is now actually below 3%.
For comparison's sake the death rate of the Ebola virus is 90%, Bubonic plague 40-60%, Smallpox was ~30%, and the 1918 Spanish flu between 10 and 20%. So we're hardly dealing with a big-hitter here.
Even the hysterical-nothing burger that was SARS had a (reported) death rate approaching 10%. [For more on the links between SARS and the Wuhan outbreak see John Rappoport's excellent work on the subject].
For anyone doubting that, whatever the truth of the situation on the ground, this is being hyped to spread fear:
China are building a whole new hospital, we're being told. There are "bodies in the streets", apparently:
Videos coming out of Wuhan, China bodies on the street and hospitals jam packed the Coronavirus epidemic is spreading
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If the disease carries on its current trajectory, by the end of that six months roughly 7200 people will have been infected, around 250 of whom will have died.
In the same timeframe, about 15,000 people will have been injured in car accidents, and around 900 of them will have died"in the UK alone.
Based on that, you could argue the resources poured into the "race against time" would be better spent inventing stronger seat-belts or funding an anti-drink driving campaign.
After all, any good this hypothetical vaccine might do needs to be off-set against the potential dangers of injecting thousands even millions of people with a vaccine that will have had
Of course, the