Monthly Archives: February 2020

Spent All Evening Working . . .

On Getting The Month Closed Out At The Office

So no blog tonight.

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Cold vs Flu vs Coronavirus . . .

With all Coronavirus stuff in the news, I thought I post a couple of charts comparing the symptoms between the 3 illnesses.

cold vs flu chart

CoronaVirus vs Flu

One of the main identifiers is fever. It you have much of a fever it’s not a cold.

If you have achy muscles, it’s probably flu, Same goes with chills and headaches.

If you’re having shortness of breath or trouble breathing, now you can worry about Coronavirus.

Another thing to remember is that 80 to 90% of people who get the Coronavirus will have very mild symptoms. The people who are heavy smokers, have emphysema, or other lung problems are most at risk,

Remember 80,000 people died from the flu in the U.S. last year, which was a bad year. Normally it’s 50,000 to 60,000.

Although Coronavirus seems to have a mortality rate of about 2.3%, the MERS virus from a few years back had 10% mortality rate, and the SARS virus had a 34% mortality rate.

And even the 2.3% Coronavirus mortality rate may not really apply in the U.S. Compared to the flu mortality rate of 0.1% it looks bad, but you have to take into account that that rate comes from China where they have MUCH heavier air pollution than we do in the U.S., as well as almost 4 times the number of smokers per capita. Plus the Chinese population tends not to be as healthy in general as in the U.S. All of which contribute to the lethality of the Coronavirus in China.

And many of you will remember all the fuss about the Swine Flu, Bird Flu, Asian Flu, and the Hong Kong Flu in years past. All of which raised alarms and got a lot of scary press, but come to pretty much nothing here in the U.S.

So mellow out and wash your hands often.


Thought For The Day:

If a woman tells you that you’re right, that’s called sarcasm.

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