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How dumb do you have to be to look at a static snapshot of current infection stats as if that is at all descriptive of the danger. If Russia was launching a nuke, would we sit around and conclude at that moment that guns are more of a threat because they kill countless thousands more Americans than any nuke ever has?
The characteristics of this virus are such that it brings the potential for exponential growth and the overwhelming of health care systems, and that is just an indisuputable fact that is being demonstrated in real time.
Whether the death rate ends up being 0.6% or 2.6% is not really determinative of how bad it can be, the potential for overwhelming hospitals is independent from that. A higher death rate is obviously worse, the upper estimates are horrifying and hopefully that's not the case, but that's not the major risk factor from a societal perspective. You want to be able to go to your hospital if you get in a car accident and not find that the OR and ICU can't help you because they're already beyond capacity.
You have to be a goddamn moron not to be able to see why this necessitates preventative action. If we froze the outbreak right now of course it would pale in comparison to the flu, but that's not at all the point.
Did you just compare the corona virus to nuclear war?
Seems like you did.
I was using an example to illustrate the difference between looking at the present as a moment frozen in time, and considering the potential for things to change. Seems very difficult for some people to think and reason ahead. Analogies, how do they work.