The fear about the corona virus is overblown

My friend shared a Facebook post from a university professor in South Korea. He said that he exercised daily at the gym and wash his hands several times a day. He still caught the corona virus. It was a mild infection, so he recovered and told his story.

Many fear mongers shared the story to suggest how dangerous the corona virus is. They are sending the wrong message.

The real message is that the professor caught the virus and it was a mild infection. He recovered from it quite easily. There is no need to panic when one is infected.

According to the medical reports, 80% of the people who were hospitalized for treatment were discharged after a few days. The infection was mild and the virus was removed after treatment. 20% had to be treated under intensive care. Of this 20%, only 20% die from the virus. The fatality rate is around 4%.

There is another statistic that is not captured. Many people may have already been infected by the virus, but it does not even appear as symptoms. Their body was able to get rid of the virus, so they do not even appear as being infected.

Most of the fatal cases were the elderly or had pre-existing medical conditions. A few were somehow more susceptible to the virus. Many of them could probably have died from pneumonia caused by other germs, if it was not caused by the corona virus.

Each year, 3 million people die from pneumonia globally. Those caused by the corona virus represents only a small percentage of these deaths.

The fear about the corona virus is overblown. Nevertheless, it is good to take precautions and follow good personal hygiene.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

 

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17 Responses to “The fear about the corona virus is overblown”

  • Mr Tan ah

    Both you and me in the same age group of senior patients that may never survive a Covid-19 infection one, don’t play play hor.

    Last week just pass 70+ birthday liao why the suddenly garang no scare death you?

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  • opposition dude:

    It may be overblown but human psychology is like that. No one wants to be infected and have to be quarantined like a prisoner after all. Plus the fact that there hasn’t been a vaccine sounds scary too.

    The elderly may not have strong immune systems but come on, who wants to die like that right?

    Saying the fatality rate is a mere 4% is just cold and callous. You may not have died but other people have lost a loved one.

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  • Overblown my foot:

    4% death rate is overblown?

    Toto chance is one in many many millions, and people form super long queue just for that chance to get the first prize.

    And you call 4% death rate very low?

    An entire family in Wuhan was wiped out (4 deaths, 1 ICU at that time).

    Tell that to the Italians. Their obitruary page jumps from the usual 1-page to 10 pages.
    https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/italy-high-death-toll-results-in-10-page-obituaries.html

    TKL says,
    “Each year, 3 million people die from pneumonia globally. Those caused by the corona virus represents only a small percentage of these deaths.”

    Some estimate is that COVID-19 will kill many many millions if it is not contained.
    https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/iran-warns-virus-could-kill-millions-in-islamic-republic-1.4856085

    https://nypost.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-could-kill-10-times-more-americans-than-cancer-in-2020/

    Globally, we are still are the early stage of this pandemic.
    Don’t play play.
    Better pray pray.

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  • Good example:

    @TKL is a good example of a bad analyst. He forgot to emphasize that the korean professor is a health fanatic who exercises regularly & yet still contracted the virus. Without the strong physics & health foundation as prerequisite to fight the virus, the professor could be like the 4% underground.

    Why don’t @TKL ask his elite friends to join him and put themselves infected to prove his point???

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  • take precaution:

    Better to take precaution.
    Wash hand with soap often and Don’t touch your face.
    Wear a mask if possible.
    Everybody needs to do its part to reduce the community spread.
    Every death is not OK. Everyone matters to somebody.

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  • oxygen:

    AH TAN IS BACK TO HIS COMICAL SHOW – displaying the intellect of a tap-pole in a well.

    If it is not serious matter, how come all those central banks unleashed a tsunami of liquidity flood into financial market including the US Fed last Sunday of desperation – to counter the demand disruptions in the global economy?

    Ah Tan ah, your touted investment background public posturing in HLP on U-tube is a bit shaky for my comfort and trusts.

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  • uselesstankinl:

    STOP TALKING RUBBISH TAN.

    Better you get it n then talk.

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  • Steven:

    For a former CEO, TKL is definitely stupidity personified.

    The death toll is about 8000 worldwide. If he thinks this is not worrying, I hope none of his loved ones will add to this number.

    He should also consider the economic impact to almost every country. Several countries are on lock down and many countries are pushing out stimulus packages.

    And nobody is able to predict when this pandemic will end.

    Many heads of state have expressed concern on the impact of the virus both socially and economically. Here, we have an idiot who says this virus is nothing to worry about!

    I think he deliberately provokes backlash with his many stupid input to try to remain relevant.

    If he thinks that with such a “high profile” he can try to win a seat in the forthcoming election, he should desist from this thought – he will very likely lose his deposit again

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  • NS have its merits:

    @ He forgot to emphasize that the korean professor is a health fanatic who exercises regularly & yet still contracted the virus. Without the strong physics & health foundation as prerequisite to fight the virus, the professor could be like the 4% underground.

    Precisely! NS have its merits.

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  • the next chair election:

    //The real message is that the professor caught the virus and it was a mild infection. He recovered from it quite easily. There is no need to panic when one is infected.//

    yar ? yar lor, the author’s friend may be a professional boxer, so minimum damage from a punch from the legendary MT ? any other average daft sinkie, it may be a deadly punch ???

    maybe the author should advise all the health or important institutions throughout the world to just relax and do away with all the expensive quarantine, all the travel restrictions (cross border or within own border) and all the ICU rooms specially prepared for this virus ??

    before this crisis, many did not even know the face of the WHO chair ? the author should bid for the next chair election as he stands a very a good chance given his calm demeanour and astute observation ????

    //According to the medical reports, 80% of the people who were hospitalized for treatment were discharged after a few days. The infection was mild and the virus was removed after treatment. 20% had to be treated under intensive care. Of this 20%, only 20% die from the virus. The fatality rate is around 4%.//

    yar lor, in fact it is also ok even at 20% fatality rate as long as one is lucky enough not to be part of the 4% or 20% fatality rate hor ? anyway, just statistics hor as long as one is not part of the statistical short end hor ???

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Tan Ahhhh!!! you need NOT CONFIRM your Idiocity @TRE weekly…we are well AWARE of it…please don’t stop on my account TRE needs your donation leh!!!

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  • pap has the mandate:

    TKL, you have no clues. You can recover but what is the irrevesible damage to your lungs that Singapore PAP Government is not telling the people.

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  • 573168b7s:

    ” Many fear mongers shared the story to suggest how dangerous the corona virus is. They are sending the wrong message.
    ……………………….
    According to the medical reports, 80% of the people who were hospitalized for treatment were discharged after a few days. The infection was mild and the virus was removed after treatment. 20% had to be treated under intensive care. Of this 20%, only 20% die from the virus. The fatality rate is around 4%.”

    Tell me Tan Kin Lian, how do you know you’ll not fall within the ” Of this 20%, only 20% die from the virus ” group. Your life is not worth a dime, Where Angels Fear to Tread, stupid fools rush in.

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  • It is overblown:

    Online many news or interviews of people who recover from Covid19.

    Many of the 30% cry babies here never bother to check.

    Any sickness even a simple fever, some people some how will never make it.

    Many people eat fish ball. Majority enjoy it but a small fraction choke resulting death.

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  • Ronald Trump:

    The fear about the corona virus is overblown. Nevertheless, it is good to take precautions and follow good personal hygiene.

    Mr. Tan, I thought it was a hoax too!

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  • Case by case:

    First of all.

    Lets not instill unnecessary fear and encourage people to live like a hermit.

    Compare to genocide face by Jews or Japs occupation. This is nothing.

    Long time ago kena chicken pox time, 2 weeks stay at home how f***ing boring.

    Worst.
    My time no internet, no mobile, no porn ( except blue tape where unless u have the source to buy ), only lousy basic primitive type of PC games, no ps4 Nintendo x box, TV programs sucks ( only ch5 and 8 plus malaysia channel ), ….

    Food wise only can eat vegetables if dont want to leave skin complexity issues. Not sure currently people still follow this traditional way. Probably not.

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  • TruBlu:

    i dont know how you were made CEO OF NTUC INCOME,TKL?

    by apple-polishing or by talent?

    for a former INSURANCE CEO to talk like this,its rather stupid and thats that!

    you are a confirmed clown’s clown.

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