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Misleading comparisons


Car accidents and the seasonal flu differs significantly from COVID-19 that comparing the deaths from them is dangerously misleading. The two key differences are the time span during which they impact our healthcare system, and the second is how contagious they are.

First, car accidents happen throughout the year. Sure some long weekends increase car accidents and inclement weather increases the number, but generally it is below the capacity of our healthcare system. It is obvious, but must be stated in this comparison. Injuries from car accidents are not contagious.

Second, seasonal flu te...

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