Influenza Deaths Still Top COVID-19 Deaths in 2020

For months, we’ve been watching the death rates in Japan for COVID-19. In the end, it doesn’t matter how many people are ‘infected’, it’s all about how many people’s lives are impacted. In this case, it’s how many people died.

As businesses have been destroyed in 2020 due to virus fears, it’s important to keep our heads and keep everything in perspective. COVID has not killed as many people in Japan as has influenza in Japan, or even worst suicides, which have increased as people have been cooped up in their cramped homes. In October alone 2,153 people took their own lives in hopelessness Forbes reports.

If you do a bit of research, you will find cancer is one of the biggest causes of death in the land of the rising sun. However, add to that the various other causes such as traffic accidents, those who choke on traditional rice cakes (‘omochi’) during the new years holidays, and other causes of death to see that COVID is way overblown currently at 2,661 deaths in Japan. Will COVID deaths it catch up to the influenza death rate in the last few days of December 2020? Doubtful. Cancer was projected to take the lives of 222,500 males and 157,800 females in Japan by the Foundation for Promotion of Cancer Research here.