Coronavirus update - March 12th

Coronavirus update - March 12th

Bottom Line: This daily update is designed to put everything in perspective with straight-forward facts. No hyperbole, no misinformation, no “bad math”. Here’s where we stand... 

A lot changed on Wednesday, including in ways that began to affect everyday life. This included President Trump’s address announcing a 30-day travel ban for people entering the United States from Europe (excluding England) and the postponing of the NBA season indefinitely. The news in Florida that senior care facilities are restricting access and polling places are being moved in advance of news week’s elections. There will almost certainly be more to come. Again, we’re early in the US for this virus. 

As a reminder, according to the Task Force, those over the age of 60 are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Officials stated that the symptoms are least severe with those who are youngest – with the effects being less severe than the common flu for children. This is different than most viruses which are most dangerous for those oldest and youngest. The task force also indicated the average age of death for someone due to the virus is 80. 

Here’s where we now stand in Florida: 

  • 29 instate cases – 2 deaths – 0 recovered


  • 1,336 cases – 38 deaths – 15 recovered


  • 126,483 – 4,636 deaths – 68,314 recovered

The United States remains 8th in the world in total cases. The most disconcerting aspect of the virus at this point remains the death/recovery rate based on closed cases. It’s remained static at 6% for eleven days. In the United States we’ve experienced more deaths than recoveries thus far by a greater than 2 to 1 margin. To put this in perspective – let’s say every American obtained the H1N1 flu virus. Based on its average death rate it’d kill 165,000 Americans. If the COVID-19 virus maintained its current death rate and every American contracted it, 19.8 million Americans would die. Again, I’m not at all trying to be an alarmist. Those are just the facts. Hopefully we begin to see progress with the death rate and the end of winter which is just around the corner.

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