Putting The Reaction Of COVID-19 Into Perspective

Without trying to downplay the severity of this novel virus, it is worth comparing this epidemic to other antagonists that we consider perennials. Rush Limbaugh made some observations yesterday on his show by listing what has caused the most deaths in 2020 so far.

Coronavirus: 21,000 deaths.

Seasonal flu: 113,000.

Malaria: 228,000.

Suicide: 249,000.

Traffic fatalities, 313, almost 314,000 deaths.

HIV/AIDS, 391,000 deaths.

Alcohol related deaths, 581,000.

Smoking-related deaths, 1,162,000.

Cancer deaths, 1,909,000 deaths.

Deaths attributed to starvation, 2,382,000 deaths.

And death by abortion, 9,900,000.


There are all sorts of observations that could be drawn from this data and qualifications that could be added to it. I’ll make simply a few.

The coronavirus is far from finished with its death toll. I’m not sure where Rush was deriving his stats, but as of this morning the number of deaths are about to surpass 50,000. Without pretending to know what the exact number will be, but considering that the US has not reached it’s peak death rate yet, I think it reasonable to assume that number of people who will perish from the coronavirus will be comparable to the seasonal flu, which is in the 250,000-500,000 range. However, we don’t quarantine for influenza whereas the entire world shut down for Wuflu.

We’re still too early in the game to make a judgment on whether the world acted to strongly or not strongly enough to this virus.

From a logical perspective, what we did was simply ridiculous. We delayed the inevitable. We shutdown the world to save a tiny fraction of the population, most of whom were going to die in the near future anyway. What tends to go unnoticed to the normies crying about the perils of this virus is that 150,000 people in the world die everyday. That’s just the standard. There is probably a 99% correlation between the demographics of the Corona casualties and this 150,000 that was going to die regardless. That’s because the dead were always going to be the old and the vulnerable.

On the other hand, from a Christian perspective, the battle against the virus is our battle against this fallen world, and an assault against one of our chief adversaries: Death. Apathy against suffering, however unavoidable, is inexcusable for Christians. Jesus preserved life. We are to do the same.

So, which is it? For you, the answer likely depends on if you know someone who suffered from this terrible disease. For me, I lean towards the side that says we overreacted and are delaying certain inevitabilities. Then again, my family is healthy and whole. God forbid that my pregnant wife or two year-old son were to contract the virus. My answer would be drastically different if that becomes the case.

Pray for our leaders. Pray for everyone.

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