Question of the Day
If 240,000 people in the U.S. ultimately die from Covid-19, will the disease destroy more years of human life than accidents?
If 240,000 Covid-19 deaths ultimately occur in the United States, the virus will rob about 2.9 million years of life from all Americans who were alive at the outset of 2020, while accidents will rob them of 409 million years. In other words, accidents would be about 140 times more lethal to Americans than Covid-19. Accidents kill around 170,000 Americans per year at an average age of 53, while C-19 has thus far killed about 126,000 Americans at an average age of 77. Accidents kill droves of people every year, but this is unlikely for C-19 because genetic and immunological research has shown that the virus that causes it is "very vulnerable to antibody neutralization" and has limited capacity to mutate because of "a proof-reading function" in its genetics. Thus, vaccines and treatments for it are likely to be very effective in the long run.