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2020 will be remembered as the year America cured influenza. Previously between 140k-800K Americans were hospitalized and 12K-80K Americans died from the flu each year. This year there have been almost no flu hospitalizations or deaths. How did we do it? Money!

It turns out if the government agrees to reimburse hospitals 20% more for Covid-19 patients than Flu patients almost everyone will have Covid-19. The rules don't require a positive test only a probable case (i.e. use your judgement).

What does this mean? It means we have no idea how many people are being hospitalized for Covid-19 and no idea how many people actually die from the virus.