For perspective

Not to make too much out of this, but other things kill more people (so far) than COVID-19. For example: Canada had 2,100 deaths in 2016 (the most recent year in the Wikipedia article) from car crashes. That’s 5.8 per 100,000 residents. The U.S. had something like 39,000 road deaths in 2018 – 12.8 per 100,000. China reported 256,000 road-related fatalities in that same year, or 18 per 100,000. India was even more deadly: just under 300,000 deaths in 2018, or 22 per 100,000. Worst of all are several African countries, where road deaths per 100,000 is up around 30.

The point worth making, probably, is that like car crashes, there is a lot we can do to keep the virus casualty numbers down. It’s a matter of understanding and acting accordingly.

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