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The flu death toll rose to 207 in California during the week ending Feb. 9, according to the latest report from the state Department of Public Health. In the same period a year ago, the number of flu-related deaths stood at 185.
Last year’s flu season was considered one of the worst in 10 years. Roughly 329 death certificates listed flu as the cause of death in the season ending Aug. 18. Public health officials say the actual number of deaths related to influenza is far greater than what is reported.
Italian operators kicked off commercial 5G offerings in parts of the country’s main cities during the second half of 2019 and have already announced plans to rapidly expand coverage during 2020.
Vodafone was the first operator to offer commercial 5G services in Italy. The telco, owned by UK telecommunications group Vodafone Group, launched the technology in five cities across the country in June 2019.
Initially, the 5G service was available in Milan, Turin, Bologna, Rome and Naples. The company used equipment from Nokia and Huawei for the deployment of commercial 5G.
originally posted by: Crosswinds
And one more question to add to my OP thoughts:
What happens if it DOESN'T go away for quite some time? Say, the vaccine takes a long time, etc.
How will the healthcare systems globally deal with it?
There are a lot of what ifs and hows. It seems this virus has far greater implications than its actual physical effects indeed.
States, like mine, have ordered dentists to close their doors except for emergency cases. My sister is a dentist and she says emergency cases make up a very small portion of her office income and she won't last long having to shut down. If they close, I am sure there will be many others, too. If my sister can't afford to reopen and has to let her staff go, 16 families will be out half or all of their income, too.
Silvio Brusaferro, the president of Italy’s Higher Institute of Health, said on Friday that the average age of coronavirus victims was 80.3, with the majority having suffered underlying illnesses. The most common additional health issue was arterial hypertension followed by chronic heart disease, atrial fibrillation and cancer.
More than 70% of those who have died were men. The two 39-year-old victims were a man with diabetes and a woman with cancer. The vast majority of deaths have been in the northern Lombardy region (1,420 as of Monday night), followed by Emilia-Romagna (346) and Veneto (69).
'This is like a war': view from Italy's coronavirus frontline
Plenty has already been written about how the population of Italy differs from much of the world. According to a UN report in 2015, 28.6% of the Italian population was 60 years old or older (second in the world after Japan at 33%). This compares to South Korea, where 18.5% of the population is at least 60 years of age, ranking 53rd globally. The impact of this disparity is quickly shown in the analysis of coronavirus deaths in each county. In Italy, 90% of the more than 1,000 deaths occur in those 70 or older.
Why South Korea has so few coronavirus deaths while Italy has so many
3. Herd immunity. This is the strategy the Dutch government has decided to take. It means that 40 -- 80 percent of the people will get this decease. The government will attempt to guide it in such a manner that "the curve of infections is flattened," meaning that there are never too many infections in one week for our hospitals to handle. The idea is that young, strong and healthy people have to get the virus because they are least at risk of dying from it. Once they recover from it, they'll be immune to it. If enough people are immune to it, herd immunity theory holds, and society as a whole will be immune.
1. Leading virologist Roberto Burioni says that he is "shocked" by Rutte's statement that "herd immunity" is based on strong scientific evidence. "There is no scientific basis to speak about herd immunity," Burioni told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "The Dutch government is taking an incredibly big risk. We don't even know whether people can become immune to this virus... Besides, there's no vaccine available yet."
2. Taking the herd immunity strategy means that, as said, 40% to 80% of Dutch people have to get the virus. If you take a low death rate of 0,6%, this means that tens of thousands (possibly more) people will die. Here is the math: 40% of 17,000,000 is 6,800,000 and 0.6% of that is 40,800.
3. At this moment, more than half of those in intensive care are aged 50 or below. Yes, it's true that elderly people are more likely to die from this coronavirus from hell. That's only because it's somewhat easier for doctors to pull younger and stronger people back from the brink of death. It's not because these younger people's lives aren't in danger.
Now realize that in the entire country, there are only 1,100 intensive care beds available. They'll undoubtedly increase that amount, but even if you double it to 2,200 there won't be nearly enough beds to help all those who need to be treated.
1. For a visur with an RO of 2.35 you need 43% of the population to go through the disease/be immune.
2. This means that we're talking about 7,493,610 individuals.
3. Since the Dutch health institute believes only 1 in 6 people with the virus are tested, 1,248,935 people have to test positive.
4. If we assume a hospitalization rate of 12% (which is low) we end up with 149,872 people who need hospitalization.
5. Note: we have 332 beds per 100,000 people. In other words: 56,440. Coronavirus patients alone will need triple that amount.
6. 5% will need critical care, meaning 62,447 people.
7. There are now... 1,100 ICU beds available.
8. If we assume a time to recovery of 3 weeks (which is indeed the case), all hospital beds in the Netherlands will be occupied for 8 weeks, and all ICU beds are occupied for 170 weeks.
170 weeks? But we're supposed to do this in one year's time. That's 52 weeks. Can you imagine what will happen? The ICU will send people -- often the elderly -- away to die at home instead of receiving the care they need to save their lives.
Worse virus behind it than what's already spreading? What?
originally posted by: jtma508
Current mortality estimates are 7%.
originally posted by: KKLOCO
originally posted by: dainfamusgc
a reply to: YouAreLiedTo
why is this so hard for people to understand?!? the health care system will crumble....
Why is this so hard for people to understand — our economy just crumbled in the process.
originally posted by: Crosswinds
Just wondering why it wasn't like that with H1N1.
Is is simply the fact that it spreads SO rapidly? That's basically all?
Extremely rapid spread coupled with a high percentage of hospital-requiring cases?
They talk about death rate but what is the hospitalization rate?