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Coronavirus has upended the world. Reading about a disease that can make the lungs drown in fluid and put the body into septic shock is utterly terrifying. I think everyone has now imagined the horror imagery of being connected to a breathing machine, gasping for the last breaths of life. This pandemic has me afraid for my life and my friends and families life. For the life of society as we knew it. At times though I go into a state of denial and my mind wanders into the "flu hoax". Let me share some of that perspective.

There is another global pandemic and it has been going on for a long time. Almost 150 years. Not influenza (the flu), which kills 250 to 500 thousand people in the world per year. Tuberculosis. Know anyone who has died from it? Probably not. Do American's get vaccinated for it or something? No. We test for it and only have an incidence of 2-3 per 100k people. For some perspective, in 2018, over two hundred thousand children died of Tuberculosis. Yes, 200,000 children in one year. The World Health Organization (everyone is familiar with them now) reports 1.5 million people die per year of tuberculosis. That's an average of over four thousand people dying per day, every day of the year. As of today 22 thousand people have died from Coronavirus worldwide.


We just passed world tuberculosis day, March 24. Nobody cared. So why don't we care about tuberculosis? Because it's not prevalent in America anymore. Or Europe. It's actually estimated that 1/4 of the worlds population has tuberculosis. Ironically from what I have read I believe that will likely be very similar to the global infection rate of coronavirus. Tuberculosis is also coincidentally a respiratory disease. It is most often spread person to person through respiratory droplets (coughing and sneezing). The death also being similar - respiratory distress. The difference being that SARS-CoV2 (coronavirus) kills much quicker. Not that a more drawn out death is more appealing.

I don't want to minimize the threat of coronavirus, but I think it helps to have some perspective. There is always pain and death in the world. It's always lurking right around the corner. I hope if you read this you will take a break from reading death counts and hospital supplies and capacity horror stories and enjoy the health, happiness, and loved ones you have.

Both Tuburculosis and eventually Covid

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