The coronavirus in numerical perspective

This was posted recently on Facebook by a Wisconsin woman who is president and CEO of her own consulting firm:

Our almighty leader (Gov. Evers) is closing all the schools?

So now he’s extolling the virtues of homeschooling?

50,000 people died of DRUG OVERDOSES last year!

Let’s talk about other causes of preventable death and see how much significantly greater they are than Coronavirus is likely ever to be.

  • The following are the most recent figures that I pulled from reputable internet sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control.
  • People killed in car accidents each year in the United States: 35,000.
  • People killed by influenza last year in the United States: 35,000. The year before that 61,000 people died from the flu.
  • Number of people that die of heart disease in the United States each year: 650,000.
  • Number of people that die of cancer each year: 610,000.
  • Number of people that die from smoking each year: 485,000.
  • Number of people that die from alcohol-related deaths each year: 88,000.
  • Number of people killed by accidents and unintentional injuries each year in the United States: 170,000.

This also was posted on Facebook. Did our illustrious governor stop to think:

1. In Wisconsin of almost 6,000,000 people, there were 8 confirmed cases as of Friday.
2. The elderly and those with health concerns are among the high risk group.
3. Children are one of the least risk groups.
4. If you close schools, what are the high school students going to do? Do you think that they are going to confine themselves to their homes?
5. What are the parents going to do with their children who need supervision? Daycare – where there are lots of other children. Maybe elderly grandparents?
6. So a lot of these young kids will be taken care of by the elderly grandparents who are in the high risk group.
7. Yep, we aren’t over reacting. (sarcasm)

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