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Buffalo Bob

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Understood. Just giving reason for hope. All viruses are novel at first..

When H1N1 was projected we had no idea what the total death rates would be. It was a novel flu virus at the time, yet we didn't take these precautions. 1 in 5 people were infected. Imagine how much higher the death rate would have looked if we didn't know the total number of infected persons? Millions were infected and hundreds of thousands died.

I am not at all excited about a vaccine for this. In a good year - a very good year, the efficacy rate of the flu vaccine is 60% - and far lower in the people who really need it - the elderly. Even that is probably way over-stated due to the shear # of unreported cases of vaccinated people who don't report their illness because they don't get tested. Getting a match for the specific strain is like finding a needle in a hay-stack. As covid mutates, hopefully it is not as bad next year, and we will be a little less frightened about controlling it without having to close down school and other public institutions.

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Posted: 03/18/2020 at 11:25AM


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