A pastor from the state of Virginia has died after being infected with the corona virus. The pastor, aged 66, fell ill after a ministry trip to New Orleans with his wife.
While travelling home, the pastor and his family stopped in North Carolina. His wife tried to pull him from the car, but “when I got his feet on the ground they crumpled” she said.
The pastor was taken by emergency services to the hospital where he was placed in a ventilator.
It was in hospitals that he was diagnosed with double pneumonia. He also tested positive for corona virus while in hospital, and sadly passed away on the 25th of March after spending a week on a ventilator.
The pastor had shared a facebook post just days before he fell ill, which accused the media of “manipulating” people with “mass hysteria” because Donald Trump is President during this corona virus pandemic.
The same facebook post also claimed that the media was “totally chill” during the H1N1 swine flu outbreak, while posting statistics from that outbreak and comparing them to a very early stage of the corona virus outbreak in the USA, when the COVID-19 pandemic had only infected just over 1 000 people in the USA at that stage.
Thus the post falsely suggested that the swine flu was deadlier than corona virus, when all of the research has shown the opposite.
As of the writing of this article, the USA now has over 123 000 corona virus infections and over 2 200 deaths, while seeing the largest increase in infections in any single country to date, with over 19 400 new infections in a single day.
The H1N1 swine flu is estimated by the CDC to have infected 60.8 million people in the USA, and killing 12 469 people, giving it a death rate of 0.02%
In comparison, the death rate from corona virus in the USA is currently at 1.8%, meaning that at the moment with available data, the corona virus is 87 times more deadly than the swine flu. However, these statistics may change depending on the number of tests being performed.
Researchers from Imperial College in London estimated that the world could be facing around 40 million deaths from corona virus this year, unless social distancing is practiced.
If social contacts in the general population is reduced by 40% and 60% among the elderly and vulnerable, the number of dead could be roughly cut in half.
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