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There’s 132K people that live in Blackhawk county alone and as sad as it is we’ve had 12 deaths so far. The article seems to push the end of the world scenario. How many people have died from just the Flu every year in the county.
I wasn't able to find county-level statistics, but if you look at reports published on the Iowa Department of Public Health's website, you can find the statewide deaths from influenza over the past several seasons. (https://idph.iowa.gov/influenza/reports)
Flu deaths are reported over the course of the flu season, which is not the same as the calendar year. Flu seasons seem typically to run from October - May, based on what is published, so these numbers cover about 8 months per year.
Flu season 2014-2015: 175 deaths
Flu season 2015-2016: 44 deaths
Flu season 2016-2017: 135 deaths
Flu season 2017-2018: 270 deaths
Flu season 2018-2019: 84 deaths (? - this comes from a weekly report, rather than an annual one. I'm not certain if it was the final number for that season)
Flu season 2019-2020: 96 deaths. (The most recently published report on the website - Visit https://bit.ly/3cQxHOq to view it yourself).
Although Black Hawk County only has 12 coronavirus deaths currently, the state has 127. This is over the course of only about 2 months of disease reporting, and the number of Iowa cases hasn't peeked yet.
If the trend continues, it is likely this is more lethal than the flu.
It's also not the same comparison, as if our AM radyo edurcated person would think of this, simply because we've taken preventative measures in this case, whereas with the flu, bidnesses still operate, schools, stay open, etc. Imagine how many more infections and deaths we'd have if we didn't take these measures.
I thought I heard this on XM radyo though Rush!
Because the transmissibility and the morbidity of COVID-19 is much higher than the flu, and the fact that there is no vaccine for the Coronavirus makes this a very different situation than the flu.
As the infection rates rise, you will overwhelm the healthcare system (something the flu rarely would do), hitting healthcare workers particularly hard. Once you've overwhelmed the healthcare system, people will die alone in their homes, or alone in the hallway of a hospital, or alone in a nursing home.
For them, it is indeed the end of the world.
Have some compassion and stay home.
hospitals are in the thick of it, yet not one piece of relevant data in the article on how many patients in the hospital. Is near capacity or not? Are the hospitals taking the necessary steps to protect their most at risk staff? etc....
This statement shows why it's important to stay at home and continue to self quarantine. People are still going to die from the flu and every other malady but Covid will add millions more sick to what hospitals have to deal with already nation-wide and will strain the entire health system, if not break it. Take covid seriously, it's going to be here for awhile. If NYC ran out of supplies and ventilators, do you think Iowa is ready for this pandemic?
Oh, ok, Rush. Nothing like an AM radyo eggakashun, eh, folks?
I never heard anything on AM radyo yet, you sure you got the right station Tweety Bonesnaps?
Speaking of not wearing masks, every time I go to the grocery store (Fareway) my wife and I are wearing masks. But none of the employees including cashiers and stockers are wearing masks. Management needs to institute some safety and health measures.
No longer a hoax or a coup attempt then, eh, Iceberg?
It never has been Rush, stop listening to FM radyo.
Gotta keep that fear going but ,yes, every single year the flu goes around IA and the facilities. get hit. The flu was pretty bad in 2017/2018 but we heard nothing.
Baloney, and nor can you compare the two, Rushette.
Please just the facts and the news pages. Personal and/or emotional thoughts belong on the editorial page. Facts, daily statistics could be given in a graph similar to the health department daily charts
I understand the pain the frontline workers go through. It takes a toll on their emotions.
A criminal lack of leadership by our Governor and by our President.
Hey Reynolds, I have to ask -- whose so de are you on? The voter's side? Or covid's side? Because you sure don't seem to care about the voters.
i've got to believe the author doesn't know how to quote someone.
i work at mercyone. there are no raincoats being wore. and you dont wear cloth masks over N95 masks. there's no point. the point of the cloth masks is because of a shortage of N95 masks.
all this article is doing, is putting more fear out than already is, and it's doing it by misquotes and misleading information.
and the author supposedly has won awards for articles?
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