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However, the total number of COVID-19 cases is not known. When media outlets claim to report the ‘number of cases’ they are not being precise and omit to say that it is the number of confirmed cases they speak about. The total number of cases is not known, not by us at Our World in Data, nor by any other research, governmental or reporting institution.
originally posted by: choos
originally posted by: trollz
So, can someone tell me again why we're panicking and shutting everything down?
because it has the potential to overwhelm the medical system.. imagine if you needed emergency treatment due to an accident.. you need intensive care.. but there are none..
what if you had a stroke completely unrelated to the virus and needed an ICU bed, but there are none..
originally posted by: oriondc
originally posted by: Imhere
There’s a few reasons.
One is slow down the rate of cases and don’t overwhelm the hospitals with a big portion of the population not getting it at once. As it’s highly contagious.
There's no need to lock down the world to prevent overwhelming hospitals. Good handwashing techniques and social distancing (without quarantining entire states, countries) can accomplish this.
originally posted by: Sillyolme
And if you think I can't tell that it's completely political you are wrong. That's as obvious as the nose on Mel Brooks face.
originally posted by: KKLOCO
a reply to: trollz
Looks like you got a thread full of people that still buy the propaganda....
Most the deaths were from a major pre existing disease — not the coronavirus.