- Heart disease: 647,457
- Cancer: 599,108
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
- Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
- Diabetes: 83,564
- Influenza and pneumonia: 55,672
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,633
- Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173
It is sometimes said that a locale's positivity rate (percentage of those tested who test as being positive for the virus) not higher than 5% is sufficient to open up schools, for example. That means that the statistics suggest that one in twenty untested children in a classroom, even withouth symptoms, might conceivably spread the virus to the other nineteen, who can take it home. Is that good enough for you? That is why Covid19 is different from other causes of death.
That is why wearing masks, washing hands, avoiding close contact with crowds and other such precautions may become a permanent part of our way of life. Covid19 is contagious while cancer and heart disease, for example, are not.
Writing to government officials and newspapers about this really doesn't work. All it does is make you feel good. You can, however, help change things when you vote for a President and your Congressperson in November.
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I personally conclude that Trumpublicans (there is no longer a Republican Party) are attempting to, and succeeding, in putting democracy in America on the defensive, and are well on their way to destroying it. Their emphasis on "law and order" is just a distraction to avoid facing up to Trump's abject failure in dealing with the Covid19 pandemic which some rightwingers say has killed only 9,000 . (See above article and Professor Richardson's newsletter.)
A vote for Trump, or anyone still calling themselves Republicans (they are his "enablers,") is a vote against democracy in America.