Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Coronavirus in the driver's seat





Did you know that more than 38,000 people die in car crashes in the U.S. every year? This is roughly the same number as the annual average deaths by Coronavirus over the last seven years. 

Yes, I know that Coronavirus only started this year, but look:


2014: Zero Deaths

2015: Zero Deaths

2016: Zero Deaths

2017: Zero Deaths

2018: Zero Deaths

2019: Zero Deaths

2020: 248,000 Deaths

Seven year average of deaths: 35,428 deaths per year.


Yes, 35,428 is not 38,000 but trust me, the math will work out perfectly on this before too long, and then it won't match because it will be too big going the other way.

"But, hey, what's the point of all this?" Someone out there is asking. "Are you suggesting that people die all the time in car crashes and we don't ask people to stop driving! So maybe we shouldn't be asking people to stop dying of Coronavirus!"

That wasn't my point, but fair enough: 

Anyone who wants to die of Coronavirus is free to do so.

But if they cause anyone else to get sick or die along with them they will be subjected to...

A fine!

Yes, our Coronavirus rules are very strict here in America.

I have been noticing that coronavirus safety is a lot like driving. The people who are going much faster than you all seem completely crazy and reckless. Whereas the people going much slower than you are all overcautious hazards of the road. 

I think this driving analogy is the perfect analogy for Coronavirus as long as we add the following details:

1. Everyone who is driving in this scenario has had three stiff drinks before getting in their car.

2. There is a major ice storm going on at the time of the scenario.

3. While there are some mildly suggested speed limits we don't have any Highway Patrol.

I don't mean to paint such a grim picture though. It's looking very good for unusually effective vaccines being on the way! Plus, it should be noted, since the dawn of humankind, less than one person a year has died on average from Covid-19. 

And, most importantly, at press time, we're all still alive.



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