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Italy recorded nearly 3,000 deaths related to the coronavirus outbreak, as the number of cases detected passed 35,000, authorities announced on Wednesday 18/3. Italy had just recorded the highest one day death toll of any one nation since the COVID-19 outbreak began with 475 deaths, with more than 35,700 people infected and close to 3000 people have died.

With entire countries now on lock down, borders closed, flights cancelled and ‘social distancing’ becoming the new norm, it seems a lot of people are wondering, what is it that makes COVID-19 so much more deadly than SARS or H1N1? “For COVID-19, [transmissibility] is at a two or three. That

means one person can give the virus to two or three other people,” explains Dr. Chen Liang, an associate professor with McGill University’s department of medicine in Montreal, Canada.

Younger adults are large percentage of COVID-19 hospitalisations in US, according to new CDC data: The CDC report looked at 4,226 Covid-19 cases, with much of the data coming from the outbreaks among older adults in assisted living facilities. As in China, the highest percentage of severe outcomes were among the elderly. About 80 percent of people who died were older than 65.

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There was more encouraging news about children in the US. Those age 19 and younger who were tested appear to have milder illness with almost no hospitalizations. A larger sample of children in China, detailed in journal Pediatrics this week, found that most children had mild to moderate illness.

2009 N1Hi Pandemic in Australia    Click to enlarge

As at 22 November 2009, the WHO had received reports of over 622,000 confirmed cases in the (H1N1) pandemic which included over 7,820 deaths, a rate of about 1.250 %. These reports were regarded as significantly underestimated re the actual number of cases and deaths that had occurred. Australia fared much better because of its isolation. There were a total of 37,269 reported cases of which 4,855 (13%) people were Hospitalised with only 190 recorded deaths.

The H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009 is thought to have infected 11% -21% of the world’s population. It resulted in between 151,000 and 575,000 deaths but had a CFR of less than 0.1%. The pandemic began in early 2009 and started to taper off by May 2010  before it ended on 10 August 2010.

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  1. Les Marinko says:

    Italy announced another 627 deaths on Friday, 21/3/20 it is the biggest day-to-day increase in the country’s four-week epidemic, a day after surpassing China’s death toll. The total number of deaths in Italy has now reached 4,032. Spain’s death toll has also increased to more than 1,300, while in Iran, the number on fatalities hit another grim milestone of more than 1,500, as the country marks the beginning of the Persian New Year.
    I am 85 years old and have been given the all clear but not my wife who is recovering in hospital.

  2. Peter Nolan says:

    Unlike the Covid-19, where older people are more vulnerable, the 2009 version of H1N1 was very different from previous strains of H1N1 virises circulating at the time of the pandemic. This resulted in older people being less affected due to the accumulation of antibodies against previous H1N1 virises after being exposed to it in earlier stages of their lives.
    The Covid-19 could last up to 18 months depending on how quickly we can manufacture a vaccine.

  3. Della says:

    I had no doubt there would be problems if we didn’t address climate change and it has happened. This killer viris which has been made worse with warmer world temperatures.

  4. Anonyme says:

    If there is a silver lining it will be the end of this fraudulent ratbag climate change scare. The world will recover and will need fossil fuels for the energy needed to get industry moving again. Its over and time for these lunatics to get out of the way.

  5. Talford says:

    A contagion has always been, short of a meteor on the scale of what wiped out the Dinosours, the real dooms day fear. The ozone layer, acid rain, ice age cometh, global cooling/warming etc.. have all been a con proposed by scientists seeking grants. If we were to redirect the Trillions allocated to the BS climate change fraud, towards creating prosperity in developing countries we could control the their burgeoning populations.

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