“Get a grippe, America. The flu is a much bigger threat than coronavirus, for now,” chides the Washington Post.
Oh yeah, America. If we’re wrong we’ll just blame Donald Trump….yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket. Oh, and by the way, the Flu has only “killed 25,000 so far” which is not so “extraordinary” and it “clearly poses a bigger and more pressing peril” than the “new coronavirus from China.”
Washington Post – The rapidly spreading virus has closed schools in Knoxville, Tenn., cut blood donations to dangerous levels in Cleveland and prompted limits on hospital visitors in Wilson, N.C. More ominously, it has infected as many as 26 million people in the United States in just four months, killing up to 25,000 so far.
In other words, a difficult but not extraordinary flu season in the United States, the kind most people shrug off each winter or handle with rest, fluids and pain relievers if they contract the illness.
But this year, a new coronavirus from China has focused attention on diseases that can sweep through an entire population, rattling the public despite the current magnitude of the threat. Clearly, the flu poses the bigger and more pressing peril; a handful of cases of the new respiratory illness have been reported in the United States, none of them fatal or apparently even life-threatening.