The coronavirus killed more Americans in the last 17 days than the regular flu kills in an entire year… today’s US deaths hit 2,800
04/21/2020 // Mike Adams // Views

In the last 17 days, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed more Americans (35,087) than the regular flu kills in an entire year (34,157 for the last year). It obliterates any last shred of the argument -- still heard across the independent media -- that the coronavirus is "no worse than the flu."

The coronavirus remains the No. 1 cause of death in America on a day-to-day basis, clocking in at 2,804 deaths just today. Total deaths in the USA will exceed 46,000 tomorrow, confirming our earlier projection that estimated 46,000 to 93,000 deaths from coronavirus in the USA by the end of July. It's not even the end of April, and we're already beyond 45,000. (At the time we made the projection, it was dismissed as "crazy" by the very same people who still claim the coronavirus is "no worse than the flu." Those are the people who can't do math.)

According to "fact-challenged" publishers such as the Wall Street Journal, the coronavirus is less lethal than the regular flu and only kills 1 in 10,000 people. That bizarre claim -- which has now been exhaustively debunked by a rigorous analysis of the WSJ's fake news -- falls apart on its own when looking at the raw numbers of coronavirus deaths: Today the virus killed 2,804 Americans, and it's been killing more than 2,000 Americans per day for most of the days across the last two weeks. Via

In comparison, the regular flu kills about 94 Americans per day on average. Here's how covid-19 deaths compare to cancer, heart disease, the regular flu and other causes of death: (this infographic was updated when today's deaths were 2,660. It later went up to 2,804.)


Deaths in the USA were on track to reach 80,000 per day if the lockdowns hadn't been initiated in March

Now that our mathematical projection model has been proven correct yet again, it's time to look at where America was headed if not for the lockdowns. Had the coronavirus been allowed to replicate with no social distancing, no lockdowns and no wearing of masks, the nation would have seen daily deaths continue rising far beyond 2,800 per day. By July, our projections show, they would have reached 80,000 deaths per day.

The fact that we began the lockdowns allowed the USA to avert over 2 million deaths by July. Yet because the lockdowns worked, scientifically illiterate people (mostly pro-Trump conservatives) have declared the lockdowns weren't necessary. This includes Ron Paul, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and other prominent conservatives who don't understand exponential curves:

Thank goodness President Trump and many governors across America had the sense to initiate the lockdowns in mid-March. Now, the question comes to ending those lockdowns without re-igniting the exponential spread yet again. The answer to that, it is now abundantly clear, is mandatory masks in public for at least the next several months.

Yet it is pro-Trump conservatives who reject masks, claiming they are a symbol of oppression against what many on the right now believe is a "hoax" virus that isn't really killing anyone, they claim. That's part of the reason why ending the lockdowns is now impossible: Because conservatives refuse to act responsibly and wear masks in public.

Thus, the lockdowns will need to continue for a much longer period, it seems, since half of America refuses to take a simple action (wearing masks in public) that will significantly halt the spread of the virus.

The very people protesting the lockdowns are ensuring they continue even longer

It's ironic, isn't it? The very people claiming they want to end the lockdowns won't do the very thing that would help end the lockdowns: Wearing masks.

Masks allow us to restore freedom and re-open society. Combined with zinc, vitamin D and vitamin C -- plus widespread testing -- I believe we can end the lockdowns and restart the economy without initiating an explosion in new infections.

Yet I hear a lot of protesters right now shouting things like, "Give me liberty or give me death!" Why not get both liberty and life by responsibly wearing masks in public to help make sure asymptomatic carriers don't infect others?

Because if people across America are truly going to be stupid about this by refusing to wear masks, the coronavirus is more than happy to oblige their demand to "Give me death." And I hope I don't need to remind anyone that you're not free if you're a corpse.

Want to defend freedom and beat the virus? Wear a mask when in public areas such as public transportation, retail stores or workplaces. That's how we beat the virus and restore freedom in America.

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Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of, a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on called "Food Forensics"), an environmental scientist, a patent holder for a cesium radioactive isotope elimination invention, a multiple award winner for outstanding journalism, a science news publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science and medicine to culture and politics.

Mike Adams also serves as the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

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