I have better things to do than start my day off writing about my thoughts on the Coronavirus. But after receiving a text from my mom this morning laden with panic about what astrologers predict, I just can’t help myself. In fact, when my friends start talking about how terrible the world is today between Trump and this friendly new pathogen, I check out altogether. I refuse to get sucked into the negative dialogue. I’ll leave the topic of presidential candidates off the table for the time being and just share some simple facts worth considering on the Coronavirus, if only to allay some fears and provide food for thought:
To date, and according to WorldoMeter.com, there have been 82,588 cases of the Coronavirus worldwide, with 78,514 (95%) reported in China. So of China’s 1.4 billion population, .0056 of people reported cases of it. Of China’s reported cases, 2,727 people have died or .0002 of the total population. Let’s compare that to some other fun facts worth considering:
- According to WebMed, approximately five to 20 percent of the U.S. population will get the flu each year. Approximately 200,000 Americans are hospitalized with the flu annually or .06 of our country’s total 328 million population. Between 8,200 and 20,000 people in America die of the flu each year or at least .0025 of the total U.S. population. So at this rate, Americans are at least 10 times more likely to get the flu and at least 12 times more likely to die from it. Seriously.
- Let’s talk about your chances of getting hit by a car while walking down the street in America. According to the Center for Disease Control on the subject of Pedestrian Traffic, almost 5,987 people were killed in traffic accidents in the United States in 2016 or .002 of the total U.S. population. So Americans have almost the same chance of dying from the flu and a 10 times greater chance of dying as a result of a pedestrian accident than those in China do of dying from the Coronavirus. Seriously.
You can hate me all you’d like, but I’m definitely one of those people who thinks it’s awfully interesting that a vaccine for the Coronavirus is already almost ready for public consumption. CBS News reported this week that drugmaker Moderna already has a vaccine that’s available for human testing. “News of the coming vaccine test sent Moderna’s stock price up 19% Tuesday to about $22 a share. Despite that jump, the vaccine’s efficacy is unknown. Other drugmakers also are racing to develop vaccines against the Coronavirus, including Sanofi, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Novavax and Johnson & Johnson. Gilead Sciences is also exploring whether one of its existing drugs could work against the disease.” A later report on MSN cited an increase inasmuch as 30 percent of Modern’s stock. CEO Stephane Bancel saw a gain of $41 million in his stock value. He also owns significant equity in some of the nine other Moderna stakeholders who each saw gains of between $50 and $300 million as a result of recent news of Moderna’s vaccine testing. Seriously.
Of valuable consideration is this: The Coronavirus first presented in China this past December 2019, according to a detailed chronological report published on Wikipedia. So pharma companies are all ready to run with vaccines for the Coronavirus less than three months later? When did they first start working on these vaccines? When, out of all of the diseases in the world that we have to consider on a daily basis, did they stop to say, “You know what? Let’s start working on a vaccine for the Coronavirus.” Seriously.
I can’t help but be reminded of the time everyone I knew was running out for a prophylactic prescription for Cipro because of the Anthrax incidents. I’m just not interested in playing this game, so please do not engage in a conversation with me about Trump or the Coronavirus unless you want me to share some other fun facts.
Let’s keep our feet on the ground, friends. Every business needs a solid marketing campaign prior to launch.