MSNBC host Chris Hayes explained on April 17 why the coronavirus is more deadly than the flu and other illnesses, in response to Republicans and Fox News who insist the coronavirus is not that dangerous, so people should go back to work and kids should go back to school.
Hayes showed how the cornavirus has “in a matter of weeks almost become the leading cause of death in the U.S.,” topping 2017-2018 flu, 2017-2018 flu and pneumonia and cancer, when measured in the same amount of time.
The coronavirus is second only to heart disease, the number one killer in the U.S.
Hayes also noted that coronavirus numbers are shooting straight up because it is highly contagious, an important detail that right wingers always fail to mention.
Hayes pointed out there has also been a similar spike in coronavirus deaths — over other causes of death — in Wales and England.
Hayes said that on a typical day in April about 150 New Yorkers die, but on April 7 a whopping 519 New Yorkers died, due to the coronavirus.
Hayes added that more New Yorkers died the week before Easter than the number who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Hayes mentioned a Forbes report that showed coornavirus deaths have increased in Sweden, a country that did not shutdown schools and restaurants — which is exactly what right wingers in the U.S. are demanding.
The Atlantic notes its Tracking Project’s figures, which do not look good even with the limited testing in the U.S.:
[N[early one in five people who get tested for the coronavirus in the United States is found to have it. In other words, the country has what is called a “test-positivity rate” of nearly 20 percent...
The U.S. did almost 25 times as many tests on April 15 as on March 15, yet both the daily positive rate and the overall positive rate went up in that month. If the U.S. were a jar of 330 million jelly beans, then over the course of the outbreak, the health-care system has reached in with a bigger and bigger scoop…
[E]very day, 20 percent of the beans it pulls out are positive for COVID-19. If the outbreak were indeed under control, then we would expect more testing—that is, a larger scoop—to yield a smaller and smaller proportion of positives. So far, that hasn’t happened.