Despite the government’s frightening warnings, this pandemic may not be as bad as predicted. There were more U.S. deaths (80,000) during 2017-18 winter flu. From another perspective, 740 people died daily in California before the coronavirus, which was expected to add three more.

And while a temporary lockdown seemed prudent, Drexel University reminds us that unemployment also raises our death rate, and cowering in our houses carries its own risks.

RICHARD MERLO,

Elkin, N.C.

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