[Taxacom] COVID-19 disease (and "deadliest genera")

Kenneth Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 25 16:04:41 CDT 2020

Thank you Tony.  Yes, I was indeed wishing Prince Charles well (only a mild case) and that would help calm the panic we see in some locales.
And Erikjan, I agree that the U.S. has some bad-governance problems, and at all levels of government.  It always has to some degree.   But I hope those who practice good governance (federal, state, and local) will prevail in the end and manage to avert a disaster (deaths in the hundreds of thousands).   I guess at this juncture, less than 100,000 fatalities would be considered a success by those who predict a much larger number.   But I am optimistic that upcoming treatments and vaccines will turn the tide.

From: Erikjan Rijkers <er at xs4all.nl>
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2:35 PM
To: Kenneth Kinman <kinman at hotmail.com>
Cc: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] COVID-19 disease (and "deadliest genera")

On 2020-03-25 19:05, Kenneth Kinman via Taxacom wrote:
> Hi All,
>       I clearly underestimated the numbers of deaths that the world
> would probably suffer from COVID-19 disease, especially in Spain and
> Italy.  The U.S. will hopefully fare better (than southern Europe)
> with a lower rate of multi-generational households and lower rates of
> smoking.

But alas, the U.S. has a serious and chronic (multiyear) bad-governance
crisis that undoubtedly more than offsets all that.

> Betacoronavirus, causing COVID-19 disease (probably at least 50,000
> deaths in 2020)

Optimism is good. But I wouldn't be surprised to see > 1,000,000 deaths
in the USA under the current mismanagement.

I have no pleasure in saying all this.  It's been unsettling to see you
in the U.S. having the same slow reaction that we in Western Europe had
only 23 weeks ago.

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