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      03-02-2020, 01:02 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
It is not fatal for young/healthy for the most part, but there is still a large part of that population that will have complications. For the elderly/high risk it is a completely different story. Fatality rates are 8%+ in those populations.

Really the goal is to slow the spread so that the healthcare system does not get completely overloaded. They know it will run a full course and we can't stop it now, but if it takes 6 months instead of 6 weeks then the systems in place will be able to handle the load much better. I fully expect to see shutdowns on a large scale here in the next few weeks. Large events all over the world are being shut down and there are even discussions about cancelling the Olympics in Tokyo.
I don't want to underplay it, for old age and anyone with existing condition it can be fatal (and 1~2% death rate is "high", especially relative to <0.1% on flu) but the people who run to costco for most part are healthy youngs...