I feel obligated with some of the debate in Brevard County to give a little straight talk. This isn't political, and isn't necessarily what some will want to hear. And it isn't my opinion. It's something I'm actually good at -- math.
Last flu season, 34,000 Americans died of the flu. That works out to 93 a day. If we assume the flu is seasonal, lets assume it only kills people during six months of the year. That works out to a little less than 200 a day. And that is with us living life the way we always have -- going to work, to school, to parties, etc. No social distancing.
On Tuesday, just in New York, 779 people died of COVID-19. That's not in America -- that total TUESDAY was more than 1800. And that is with us still moving up the curve and completely changing how we live with all of this social distancing. Imagine what it would be without those lifestyle changes!
So with this radical clampdown on our cities and country,
four times as many people died in New York from coronavirus as die from the flu nationwide in one day
where we take zero precautions. Folks, this ain't the flu.
We are "lucky" in Brevard in that we have "only" had two deaths. But there was a time that was the case in New York as well. So tell me this -- what is so special about Brevard County that we will somehow avoid this fate if we do not take appropriate precautions?
These are serious times, and they deserve serious leadership.
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