@Black-wolf said in Do we expect football again this year?:
For any anyone playing down this as flu.
Comparing relative infection rates & death rates between CV & other similar virus's isn't always "playing it down" & claiming it is often leads to stifling the genuine debate. Whilst CV a very serious viral infection that can prove deadly & currently has no cure it does share some typical epidemiological properties with other comparable diseases. Much is already known, can be reasonably supposed & some aspects are still unknown. Scientists, medics & the data all seem to agree it is very infectious so can spread quickly but is actually not very deadly with 99%+ recovery rates in all but the most vulnerable groups, namely the elderly & those with serious underlying health conditions.
Healthcare capacity & ITU capacity specifically (both beds & manpower to staff them) is a very valid concern & likely to be the most important bottleneck which is why the govt is going all out to increase that capacity whilst also trying to simultaneously reduce the demand side with social distancing. Those requiring such treatment may well die without it but they will still be a small % of the overall numbers infected but as soon as that seriously ill group tops 8-10 k at any one time they risk overwhelming the whole system, as seems to have happened in N Italy.
Encouraging mass hysteria, frightening the elderly into hiding & wall to wall media coverage of death & disaster could also be argued as being both unhelpful & creating as many problems as it solves such as panic buying, stockpiling & anxiety attacks which will have serious longer term mental health implications. This is a public health issue that can be successfully managed if calm heads make common sense decisions & ensure that the more draconian measures are clearly & honestly explained because if the population don't buy in to whatever strategy is decided it simply won't work.
We can take some solace in the fact that some of the Asian economies like China & S Korea do seem to getting some level of control, even if the official numbers might be taken with a pinch of salt, so perhaps 2-3 months with effective action may mean the worst is behind us. We live in uncertain & unprecedented times but should still be able to discuss & disagree if required in a respectful & polite manner.