Why is COVID-19 more dangerous than swine flu when 60 million Americans were infected and 300,000 were hospitalized? There was no where near this amount of panic back then.
We don't have exact data to compare and numbers might be completely off, but, based on what we have, I can break it down quickly:
Mortality: for swine flu (in the US) was about 4k/22 million and preliminary data from Italy and Spain is that it's somewhere between 2-5%
Acute Care necessity: around 0.2% for swine flue and about 10-15% for COVID-19.
Hospitalizations: about 1-2% for swine flu, about 25% for COVID
Again, the numbers might be completely different as we know more, but it seems reasonable to be prepared.
25% needing hospitalization is of....
What is the current status of COVID-19 in Canada?
As of late Thursday, there are at least 179 confirmed and presumed cases of COVID-19 in Canada.
Seventy-nine of those cases are in Ontario, mainly concentrated throughout the GTA. The total includes a new case that was reported late Thursday — in Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the prime minister's wife.
The new cases include men and woman ranging in age from their 20s to 80s. One man, in his 80s, has been hospitalized while the rest — in Toronto, York Region, Peel Region, Ottawa, Niagara, and Waterloo — are in self-isolation.
The situation is fluid and more updates from public health officials across the country are expected throughout today.
Some of the first dedicated coronavirus screening centres were set-up at six hospitals and health centres throughout the province yesterday.