Letter: It’s not just like the flu

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune). Motorists get tested for Covid-19 at the Redwood Testing Center in Salt Lake City, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

Just like the flu?
No. COVID-19 is three times deadlier than the flu. Of those with the flu, about 0.1% die. Of those with COVID, about 3.1% die.
No. COVID makes folks far sicker, and for many, leave lingering effects on their lungs, brains and cardiovascular systems.
No. Herd immunity only works if there is a vaccine or if you accept the deaths of millions of Americans.
No. We know immunity from the flu can be achieved if people either get the flu or the vaccine. And that immunity is only for a particular strain or strains of flu. We have no idea if that’s the case for COVID.

So, please stop claiming health care professionals’ response to this virus is overly alarming. If anything, it’s been far too meek and measured, given the consequences of coronavirus infection. And, remember, these are the people who will have to decide who lives and who dies. Death panels, if you will. We shouldn’t be willing to put them in that position.
Help them out by following the guidelines. It’s the least we can do.
Lynn Martinez, Brigham City
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