Covid crisis's resulting in the shutdown of the economy over what is essentially just a flu.
According to Health Canada statistics, as of June 17, the mortality rate of COVID-19 in Canada is 22 deaths per 100,000 population.
The rate varies by province, with some provinces currently showing a rate of zero, while Quebec's current mortality rate is 62 per 100,000. (This number reflects deaths in the total population, including both sick and healthy people.)
By comparison, the death rate for influenza in Canada on an annual basis is usually between nine and 13 deaths per 100,000 people, depending on severity of the flu season, though that rate can be higher or lower.
But that's with us using a lot of vaccine, and vaccine has a very significant impact on mortality due to influenza.
Here in the Toronto area, the Long Term Care facilities had it much worse. One facility in Hagarsville had a mortality rate of almost half its 60 residents. The same up in Bobcaygeon. Half of the 60 people there died. Close to Niagara Falls, St. Catherines has a facility where 15 of the 40 people died.
These are isolated cases, though. The highest risk LTC facilities, oddly, are the "pay-for-stay" for-profit centers.
Because there is an annual Influenza vaccine, the mortality rate is lower than Covid 19. The current "flu" has no vaccine yet. And, the main reason this is NOT a typical flu is the lack of warning from its carriers. You can often have no symptoms and still be contageous. So, it's idiotic to run around without protection. Canada's rates of infection are to the point now where we are opening up our economy again.
As of 31 July, 2020, the United States, with a population of about 325 million people has an infection count of 4.5 million (about 1.3%) of which 155 thousand have died from it (just over 33% mortality rate.)
As of 31 July, 2020, Canada, with a population of about 37 million people has an infection count of 155 thousand (less than 0.3%) of which 8,900 people have died from it (just over 5% mortality rate.)
This shows what happens when you don't react safely (as a population) to the common flu. The U.S. is at the top of the country list for infections because its health care is in the pits right now. Only the rich can afford it. Here, with Canada's free health care, you see the difference.
Covid is just the common flu. Unchecked, it ain't the common flu. The U.S. versus Canada demonstrates that.