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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:58 PM

Coronavirus: time to admit that like flu, Covid-19 is here to stay?

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The drain on resources raises a question polarising public health experts and officials around the world: when is it time for the authorities to broaden their focus from emphasising containment of the virus and isolating all possible cases to limiting the damage it causes?

This switch, to what health experts call a mitigation-focused approach, would free up limited space in hospitals, as well as medical staff, equipment and supplies for treatment of the most severe cases.

But some experts say changing tack – which would mean those with milder symptoms recovering at home as they would from the common flu – is tantamount to giving up the fight and consigning society to the existence of a mild strain of Covid-19 in the long term.

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Public health experts said adopting a mitigation approach was a workable strategy only if officials could be sure that fatality rates of Covid-19 were low. But with the numbers of cases passing 44,000 and mainland China reporting 240 deaths on a single day this week, scientists have yet to pin it down.

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Feigl-Ding at Harvard said right now most cases of Covid-19 were unresolved: “In some cases, people have been sick for two or three weeks. When people are sick for that long, it really taxes the health care system.”
The CDC’s Redfield said it was highly likely the US would have to transition to mitigation as a public health strategy at some point.

California doctor Kaiser said the question of whether to allow mild cases to recover outside the hospital setting was incredibly difficult for governments and officials.

“What we’re really asking is how bad we should allow it to be – how many deaths are acceptable?” Kaiser said. “That’s not just a medical question, it’s a political question. It’s not a decision I’d like to be facing personally.”

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3050734/coronavirus-time-admit-flu-covid-19-here-stay

Best current estimate would be 2% or about 6.5 million dead Americans, mostly the old and chronically ill. But the estimates are pretty rough, particularly for when the healthcare systems become overloaded and supportive care for pneumonia patients is unavailable for the large majority.

This would probably cause an uproar here, probably much more than in cultures that are much more accepting of death due to cultural/religious views and/or recent experience with large numbers of deaths, e.g. recent famines.

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 09:32 PM

1. Engineered virus....perfect way to " Get rid of " the useless eaters....like the chronically ill,

the elderly...

Communist China is culling the herd.

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 09:52 PM

2. The liberals will say we have finally found a way to combat Global Warming. (n/t)

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