Plastic surgery pending
Mortality rates for the flu are very low, that said someone I truly cared for died a couple years back from catching (seemingly) two different strains of the flu within 1.25 weeks or so. She was 41 and healthy.I've never had a flu shot and I haven't had the flu for as long as I can remember. This coronavirus though, I don't want it. Symptoms don't show up for 5 days to 2 weeks. If I see my parents or my sister, I could infect them and all 3 of them have underlying conditions and could die. I couldn't live with myself if that happened. So I believe this is a whole hell of a lot more serious then the flu.
The mortality rate by comparison for this is WAY higher, and holy shit it is spreading quick. A week ago there was one confirmed case in my entire county. Two days ago, one confirmed two blocks away. I'm young and healthy, but I'm worried for the people around me.
Outside of my database admin on my team, everyone else in either development or gov't project ownership/management is over 50. Outside my team (but in my group) there are lots of people (civilian, enlisted, contractor) who are NOT healthy, a bit older, etc.
Right now the Maryland strategy is flattening the curve, meaning we expect most people to catch it at some point. The goal is to not overwhelm the healthcare system all at once, minimizing fatalities.