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If a million people in the U.S. ultimately die from Covid-19, will this disease destroy more years of human life than accidents?

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If a million Covid-19 deaths ultimately occur in the United States, the virus will rob a maximum of 13.2 million years of life from all Americans who were alive at the outset of 2020. In comparison, accidents will rob them of about 409 million years. Thus, accidents would be at least 30 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 killed about 600,000 Americans at an average age of 75. 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 naturally acquired immunity are highly likely to prevent C-19 deaths over the long run.

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