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MARCH 4th CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: It's much DEADLIER than previously thought but let's keep it in context

The mortality rate was previously thought to be hovering around 2% but they are now finding it's over 3%. It's believed by researchers to most likely end up around 1% which is still 10 times higher than the seasonal flu. Watch this clip to keep things in context, however. Glenn and Stu discuss the random things that have a much higher chance of killing you, ladders and chainsaws are just a couple.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases 94,293 (up 2,018 from 92,275 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths 3,219 (up 89 from 3,130 yesterday)
  • 81 Countries Have Confirmed Cases (up from 77 yesterday), 9 more have Suspected cases
  • 17% of Active Cases are considered Serious (Requiring Hospitalization, down from 18% yesterday) including 5% that Require ICU treatment
  • US has 128 Confirmed Cases, and now 9 Deaths (all deaths in Washington State)
  • US Cases include 2nd confirmed case in LA County, 2 New Cases in New Hampshire, 2 new cases in New York
  • CDC Website no longer directly reporting total # of US Citizens tested since regional hospitals can now directly test
World Health Organization Reports Case Fatality Rate is Actually 3.4%, not 2.0% https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/03/who-says-coronavirus-death-rate-is-3point4percent-globally-higher-than-previously-thought.html
  • Previous WHO estimates had been 2.0% to 2.3%
  • Case Fatality Rate of 3.4% is expected to go lower over time as testing increases in the US and we identify more and more infected cases who don't die
  • However, the current Case Fatality Rate is 34 times higher than Seasonal Flu
  • Most analysts and the head of the US CDC expect the final Case Fatality Rate to be around 1%, still about 10 times more deadly than Seasonal Flu https://nypost.com/2020/03/03/top-us-doctor-says-coronavirus-now-an-outbreak-possibly-a-pandemic/
Mutation: There May Be Two Distinct Strains of SARS-CoV-2, One More Deadly https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8073543/TWO-strains-killer-coronavirus-spreading-study-claims.html
  • Note: a limited study from China of 103 random blood samples from confirmed infected COVID-19 patients
  • Researchers designated the two strains L & S, one a mutation of the other
  • L is the more deadly strain, and 70% of fatalities are patients who carry the L strain. The L strain appears to be more Virulent and contagious.
  • Scientists indicated the two strains may explain why some patients have mild cases like the Flu, and other patients have severe reactions
  • Globally, scientists are tracking 72 separate mutations of SARS-CoV-2, most of which are extremely minor https://nextstrain.org/ncov?c=country&l=radial&m=div
  • There is a small risk of further mutation of the virus into something more dangerous, all the more reason to avoid the spread of the Virus: more infected bodies = more chance the Virus can mutate
Schools Closed in Washington, New York https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/03/new-york-city-high-school-reportedly-closes-after-suspected-coronavirus-case-in-its-community.html, https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/coronavirus-prompts-dozen-schools-washington-state-close-others-weigh-options-n1145496
  • More than a dozen schools are closed for the rest of the week in Washington state
  • Two high schools and a private Jewish high school closed in New York
  • Additional school closings are expected in Washington this week
  • This despite the fact that COVID-19 hasn't killed a single child under the age of 10 and almost none under the age of 18 https://www.businessinsider.com/no-children-under-10-died-from-coronavirus-2020-2
San Antonio Texas Major Declares Emergency to Gain Extra Powers to Quarantine https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-sanantonio/texas-mayor-declares-emergency-in-bid-to-keep-cruise-passengers-in-quarantine-idUSKBN20P36J
  • The emergency declaration was to activate his powers to keep Diamond Princes Cruise passengers in Quarantine past the 14 days mandated by the CDC
  • Mayor wants 2 Negative COVID-19 tests for each person before they are allowed to leave Quarantine
Bernie Sanders Supporting Councilwoman Retweets Threat to Purposely Infect Trump Supporters https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/03/03/denver-candi-cdebaca-coronavirus-maga-rally/
  • Meme read "For the record, if I do get the Coronavirus, I'm attending every MAGA rally I can"
  • Denver City Councilwoman named Candi CdeBaca retweeted with the phrase "#Solidarity YAAAS!"
  • The Colorado Republican Party has called for her immediate resignation
Shortages Across the Country for Toiletpaper https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-03/coronavirus-panic-buying-and-hoarding
  • Many stores rationing Hand Sanitizer, Toilet Paper, Surgical Masks, Handsoap, Paper Towels and Bottled Water
  • Walmart, Target, CVS and Walgreens have all capped sales of certain items to any individual buyer (e.g. 1 bottle hand sanitizer per customer at CVS stores)
  • Images and videos of Panic buying have come from across the country
  • Similar reports of panic-buying have come from Australia, The UK, France, Italy, and Canada
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