Why should we all care & deeply worry about New South Wales, Australia‘s 171 #COVID19 cases? Because it is the MIDDLE OF SUMMER THERE!!! This virus will not be die out when summer comes to Northern Hemisphere. Forget that fantasy. We are stuck with it until vaccine arrives! Eric Feigl-Ding, Epidemiologist / Health Economist / Senior Fellow @FAScientists / V.Scientist @Harvard
The estimated average annual total economic burden of influenza to the healthcare system and society was $11.2 billion ($6.3-$25.3 billion). Direct medical costs were estimated to be $3.2 billion ($1.5-$11.7 billion) and indirect costs $8.0 billion ($4.8-$13.6 billion). These total costs were based on the estimated average numbers of
(1) ill-non medically attended patients (21.6 million),
(2) office-based outpatient visits (3.7 million),
(3) emergency department visit (0.65 million)
(4) hospitalizations (247.0 thousand),
(5) deaths (36.3 thousand) and
(6) days of productivity lost (20.1 million).
UPDATE: What happens with the flu during warm weather? And Why We Shouldn’t Hope COVID-19 Is Seasonal Like The Flu
It's an informative discussion that brings in the example of SARS--important, because Covid-19 is a SARS-like virus. BTW, SARS infected people tend to show symptoms right away, so that's a help for public health people.