The World Is Freaked Out By The Coronavirus Pandemic, But The Coronavirus Pales In Comparison To The Over 26,000 Deaths Caused Each Day By The Cancer Pandemic
The Coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside-down. Entire countries are locking their citizens inside, people are being arrested for breaking quarantine, businesses are being forced to close and people are losing their source of income en-masse, all in the name of stopping the Coronavirus.
The fear is that the Coronavirus has an R0 of 2-2.5, meaning for every person infected just over 2 more people get infected, leading to exponential growth in cases. Also, the mortality rate of the Coronavirus appears to be anywhere between 1-4%. The worst case scenario assumption is that the entire world will be infected, and for each 1% of mortality rate that would be 77 million people dead.
That being said, these worst case scenarios are assumptions. Based on data from Johns Hopkins University, the total worldwide death count due to the Coronavirus is just now hitting 10,000, and that’s after 3 months of the Coronavirus running rampant worldwide. It is likely that the death count will climb a lot, but the worst case scenarios that are leading to the government and media frenzy are just assumptions.
Now compare the Coronavirus to the Cancer pandemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Cancer killed 9.6 million people in 2018. This means Cancer kills over 26,000 people each day, 1,100 people each hour, and 18 people each minute.
Further, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) forecasts that Cancer deaths will grow to 16.3 million deaths per year by 2040. So not only is Cancer killing an unimaginable 26,000 people each day, but that rate is inexorably growing.
This article of course cannot claim that the Coronavirus will not be as bad as the worst case scenarios being painted, but it remains to be seen if the Coronavirus death rate will ever get close to the 26,000 deaths per day caused by Cancer. If it does, God forbid, there will be pandemonium.
I am not saying the world’s response to the Coronavirus is bad either. It is good that tons of scientists, money, and governments are coming together to fight the Coronavirus pandemic and find a cure.
However, just like the world’s scientists and governments are in a frenzied state trying to fight and cure the Coronavirus, that same motivation, passion, and fear should be used to fight the Cancer pandemic as well.
The fact of the matter is that the Coronavirus pandemic will definitely end at some point. In-fact the peak should go by in the next 1-3 months, and about 1.5 years from now it will be totally over, no matter how bad it gets. However, Cancer will continue killing 26,000 people and even more every single day long after the Coronavirus ceases to be a threat, and the world needs to take Cancer just as seriously as the Coronavirus.