So How Dangerous Is This Virus?

“At present, most data are still unreliable, seeing how “suspected” cases are lumped into mortality statistics. But two situations for which we have more complete data suggest the risk from SARS-CoV-2 is minimal.

For example, of the roughly 4,800 crew on the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, 840 tested positive, but 60% were asymptomatic, meaning they had no symptoms. Only one crew member died.

Similarly, among the 3,711 passengers and crew onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, 712 (19.2%) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, and of these 46.5% were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Of those showing symptoms, only 9.7% required intensive care and 1.3% (nine) died.

Military personnel, as you would expect, tend to be healthier than the general population. Still, the data from these two incidents reveal several important points to consider. First of all, it suggests that even when living in close, crowded quarters, the infection rate is low.

Only 17.5% of the USS Theodore Roosevelt crew got infected — slightly lower than the 19.2% of those onboard the Diamond Princess, which had a greater ratio of older people.

Second, fit and healthy individuals are more likely to be asymptomatic than not — 60% of naval personnel compared to 46.5% of civilians onboard the Diamond Princess had no symptoms despite testing positive.”

Having read this would you agree that house arrest and enforced vaccination is actually necessary? If not then what’s really going on do you think?

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on June 4, 2020, in Not A Poem At All and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. It does make you wonder….it is all so conflicting, right?

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  2. Fear is highly contagious and running rampant … no one wants to become a statistic regardless of the stat spread … those most susceptible are wise to be most cautious!

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  3. Once a vaccine is developed, I’ll submit to it as a precaution, just as I do for the flu. That should be an individual decision, just as for the flu.

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  4. From my point of view, what’s going on is 60,000 excess deaths in the U.K. which would be far more without the lockdown. Statistically, this may be relatively low in a population of 60 million, but try telling that to the bereaved families? The flu comparison Is I fear misleading – this is much nastier than flu. The idea of compulsory vaccination is a very tricky one – at what level of lethal illness might it be justified? The foolish anti-vax lobby has already done great harm to many people with the resurgence of measles – other people’s freedom is putting public health at risk. But freedom is a precious thing so no easy answers I think.

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  5. theburningheart

    Is something that has been pointed by not a few sources, it makes you wonder, however what it seems cannot be denied its the high risk elderly population has, however in Spanish we have a saying:
    “Diciembre y Enero el desviejadero!”
    translated as:
    “December, and January, it’s the time for older people to die.”
    Which by itself confirms when pandemic situations arise, the elderly, and the weak are the most vulnerable.
    And speaking of myself, I am right in that group, today. 🙂

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  6. After all that disabling us with fear, lockdown, and social distancing, doctors, politicians, media
    are all going hoarse that we have to live with it, there is no medicine. It’s all very confusing for common people like me. Only the pharma business is flourishing.

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  7. After having experienced first hand a mild but frightening case of the virus last month I wish that everyone would do everything in their power to help prevent the spread of this scary disease. I don’t like the idea of enforced vaccines or house arrest but believe it should be voluntary to protect others if not ourselves. I’m reminded of the polio epidemic and how we were able to eradicate it with a vaccine, which most everyone was happy to get. (Too late for my big brother, who died from that disease. )
    A thoughtful article, Ben.

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    • To my mind there remain many answered questions which of course breeds all kinds of theories and speculations. As I understand it the “new virus” itself has yet to be isolated. Another interesting thought. Plenty of deaths are occurring. That’s one thing that cannot be denied. 😦


      • Indeed – re: the many deaths. (This coronavirus is definitely not just another flu bug as some have suggested. Symptoms were unlike anything I’ve ever experienced – and am still having off and on.)

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      • I think there’s been a lot of misdiagnoses too. My aunt was aunt diagnosed but given that she says it was not as bad as past ‘flu’s she’s had I suspect it wasn’t actually the cv. If you’re still having symptoms do look after yourself. Plenty of vitamin C, onions, garlic, lots of rest etc. etc. You know the drill I’m sure. I’ll be sending you positive thoughts.

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      • Thank you, Ben, I appreciate that. The shortness of breath comes and goes but getting better. Still waiting to get my taste buds back, but that’s no biggie. 😊

        I hope you’re taking good care and staying well, my friend. ❤

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      • No one around here seems to have been affected to date and all the staff from the food shop and chemist I use are all fine too. Hopefully things will carry on that way. You are the only WP friend I know who has had it, although there is another who has some symptoms but her test came out as clear.

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      • Just sent you an email on the subject, Ben.

        Re: the tests – from what I’ve heard they aren’t very accurate. I imagine the numbers of those who actually have it are way higher than we’ll ever know.

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      • I was looking for a review on a German report about the cv to send you and came across this:

        On reflection I decided to make it into a post.

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