A recent article in the New York Times raised an important question about “How deadly is the Corona Virus?”. We have all had the opportunity to review enumerable statistics which have not necessarily brought clarity to the question. We know now that cases are rising rapidly, that hospitalizations are increasing (in many places to capacity), and deaths are significantly lower than prior experience would indicate. The authors of the article did an in-depth analysis and touched on a couple of points that I think are important. First, who’s currently being infected, and what impact does age and overall health have in either having a mild, if not asymptomatic case, will those who are infected transmit it to others so that the more vulnerable population is again attacked by the virus, and ultimately, the question becomes what, if anything, can we do to stop the spread? We have all heard the mantra of mask, social distancing, washing hands and avoiding large, particularly indoor groups. If the public is going to persist in going unmasked, failing to social distance and attending large indoor events, then the likelihood is that the rate of contagion will continue. Ultimately, the question that the public has to ask itself is, are they prepared to go into the unknown without any protection, it seems like a large number of people are and we are going to have to wait and see how many of the people that they care about become significantly ill, and possibly die. The authors concluded that statistically the worldwide rate of deaths is less than 1%, but if you multiply that percentage times the people in the world or in the United States, it is a very large number, well into the millions in the United States and the tens of millions in the world. Are we prepared for that outcome?