raphaelseptien1 t1_iwt29yf wrote

A quick search of Google regarding car accidents yielded data from the CDC... https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db410.htm. According to their data, in 2017-18, car accidents resulted in a hospitalization rate of 5.3 hospital visits per 1000 persons, so just over half of one percent. That's a pretty low bar for you to cite. Also, seatbelt wearing is pretty much the norm today, not that everyone does it, but it's not much of a burden to pull your seat belt over and click it. Takes all of 3 seconds. I'm not sure how that compares to someone living in fear of COVID several variants down the line, with a 1.3% overall death rate (since early 2020). I suspect that the death rate is appreciably lower than that if you just looked at the last 12 months.


raphaelseptien1 t1_iwsyyr8 wrote

That's an interesting statistic; would you mind sharing the source with me? I'm also curious how it compares with the flu and other viruses currently going around. In my area, adenovirus warrants far more concern right now, as it hits young children the hardest and can easily result in an overnight or multi-night stay at the hospital. Yet we all continue to let our kids go to school and daycare, and society continues to function.

The current COVID death rate sits at 1.3%, which is very comparable to the flu. As someone who's had his ass kicked by the flu previously, I take precautions such as getting my flu shot, not licking door handles, etc. But I can't say I let my concern about the flu weigh on me very heavily. I feel sorry for people who become consumed with such fear.


raphaelseptien1 t1_iwsvmp2 wrote

I'm sorry you're experiencing that, and I don't doubt that you are. Given the gigantic number of people who have had COVID, I'm curious what percentage of people are suffering from long-haul... there are a lot of other diseases out there in this world that can cause long-term issues as well. I feel bad for folks who are still losing sleep over this stuff. Bad things can happen to any of us at any time.