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COVID-2019 Coronavirus

Folks, the best way to learn the latest about the coronavirus COVID-2019 is to put down your newspapers (I'd strongly encourage you to put them down permanently) and go directly to the World Health Organisation's website. They have a page set up for daily SitReps where you can get the facts and figures.

For example, from the latest (yesterday's) SitRep...

A world map showing Countries, territories or areas with reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, 23 February 2020

A bar graph showing Epidemic curve of COVID-19 cases (n=284) identified outside of China, by date of onset of symptoms and
              likely exposure location, 23 February 2020

A bar graph showing Epidemic curve of COVID-19 cases (n=1769) identified outside of China, by date of report and likely
              exposure location, 23 February 2020

These are the real data (I make no apology for accurately using data as a plural, the singular is datum), and they are updated every day.

Context

Let's put this in context - also from the WHO:

Tobacco

The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 8 million people a year around the world. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
Around 80% of the 1.1 billion smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest. Tobacco use contributes to poverty by diverting household spending from basic needs such as food and shelter to tobacco. This spending behaviour is difficult to curb because tobacco is so addictive.

Road Traffic Accidents

Every year the lives of approximately 1.35 million people are cut short as a result of a road traffic crash. Between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury.
Road traffic injuries cause considerable economic losses to individuals, their families, and to nations as a whole. These losses arise from the cost of treatment as well as lost productivity for those killed or disabled by their injuries, and for family members who need to take time off work or school to care for the injured. Road traffic crashes cost most countries 3% of their gross domestic product.

Drowning

In 2016, an estimated 320 000 people died from drowning, making drowning a major public health problem worldwide. In 2015, injuries accounted for over 9% of total global mortality. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.
The global burden and death from drowning is found in all economies and regions, however:
low- and middle-income countries account for over 90% of unintentional drowning deaths;
over half of the world's drowning occurs in the WHO Western Pacific Region and WHO South-East Asia Region;
drowning death rates are highest in the WHO African Region, and are 15-20 times higher than those seen in Germany or the United Kingdom, respectively.

Alcohol

And, to my ex-lover:

Key Facts
  • Worldwide, 3 million deaths every year result from harmful use of alcohol, this represent 5.3 % of all deaths.
  • The harmful use of alcohol is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions.
  • Overall 5.1 % of the global burden of disease and injury is attributable to alcohol, as measured in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs).
  • Alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life. In the age group 20–39 years approximately 13.5 % of the total deaths are alcohol-attributable.
  • There is a causal relationship between harmful use of alcohol and a range of mental and behavioural disorders, other non-communicable conditions as well as injuries.
  • The latest causal relationships have been established between harmful drinking and incidence of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis as well as the course of HIV/AIDS.
  • Beyond health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large.

It's hard to admit, but most of my past health problems, if I'm honest with myself, are attributable to alcohol. I've been sober for a long time now, and I feel so much better.

Change the things you can change. It's difficult ‑ god, it's difficult ‑ but it's very, very worth it

And do keep alert about COVID-2019, but look at the facts and be mindful that the media is only there to sell more media ‑ and hysteria is a sure-fire way of selling media...



On a lighter note

Correct Punctuation is Important

A meme showing a picture of a can of "Oh! Boy Syrup" with the caption, "I'm not saying that the punctuation is wrong, I just hope the punctuation is wrong."

I am so making this and leaving it in hotels...

A photo of a bath towel folded into a creature sitting on a toilet reading a newspaper
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