Experts predicted a veritable holocaust. But even with the wholesale over-counting of deaths, the Wuhan coronavirus is just a blip on top of expected deaths we see every year.
There have been 27 million deaths from all causes this year, globally. About 400,000 have come from the Wuhan virus. Whatever kills you, it isn’t likely to be SARS CoV-2.
Totalitarian lockdowns have been a disaster.
Massive unemployment, recession, a million businesses at risk of never re-opening. And in New York, 66% of COVID hospital patients had sheltered at home! The Wuhan virus spreads readily in closed-in spaces, but not so much in the out of doors. It is a deadly microbe for the old and frail, but not so much for the vigorous young.
The evidence shows how virus responses can and should be targeted. Half of all counties in the U.S. didn’t have a single death from the virus as of mid-May, and nearly two-thirds had only one, according to a new paper by co-author Doug Badger and Norbert Michel of Heritage. More than 53% of COVID-19 deaths are concentrated in just 30 counties where just 15% of Americans live. Of those counties, 24 are in the congested Northeast corridor between Philadelphia and Boston.
A separate analysis by Gregg Girvan and Avik Roy for the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity finds that 42% of COVID-19 deaths are concentrated in nursing home facilities that house just 0.62% of the population. Excluding New York State, more than half of COVID-19 deaths are nursing home related.
We know where the problem is and where officials should be concentrating their efforts. __ The Lockdown Calamity
We cannot trust the numbers, which are inflated for political — not medical — purposes.
Medical examiners from Colorado to Michigan use the same definition. In Macomb and Oakland counties in Michigan, where most of the deaths in that state occurred, medical examiners classify any death as a coronavirus death when the postmortem test is positive. Even people who died in suicides and automobile accidents meet that definition.
… Beyond including people with the virus who clearly didn’t die from it, the numbers are inflated by counting people who don’t even have the virus. New York has classified many cases as coronavirus deaths even when postmortem tests have been negative. The diagnosis can be based on symptoms, even though the symptoms are often similar to those of the seasonal flu. __ Real Clear Covid
Lockdowns are for the Little People
When leftists want to protest, they say “to hell with the lockdowns!”
Public health academics from the University of Washington, which created the virus forecasting model widely used by governors and the President’s Task Force, are circulating a public letter declaring the marches a higher priority than containing the virus.
… These public health experts hardly blinked at the economic loss these lockdowns caused. Anyone who even expressed these concerns was denounced for putting dollars ahead of lives. __ Boston Herald
Such people are not acting as public health officials, but as political advocates. As such, their advice should be totally ignored.
As leftist riots lead to widespread looting and burning down of homes and businesses, these “experts” should be called to a harsh accounting. Particularly if the rioting is associated with a rise in infection deaths.
What About the New Cases?
Testing for the virus has ramped up significantly. It is expected to add significant numbers of new cases to the cumulative total as many more people are tested. Much smarter to watch the numbers for new mortality and new significant morbidity.
As therapies improve for treating the virus and for treating the secondary “cytokine storm” we will see a higher proportion of recovery from even severe infections. It is likely that the rules for proper respiratory therapy management of this virus were in need of revision, with the high numbers of deaths for patients on ventilators.
Old Frail People Will Die
Your old and frail will die regardless of what you do. They die with lockdowns and they die without them. There is no need to destroy your national economies with lockdowns.
Instead, why not let your young and vigorous people go about their work and school, and maintain barriers between the old and frail and most of the population and most of the economy. That way, you will have a more targeted and more rational response to the actual threat.
As with any endemic communicable virus that elicits immunity, the population of immune individuals will grow as the population of susceptible individuals shrinks.
It is true that politicans, journalists, academics, and media celebrities do not tend to think that way. But what idiot decided to give them control of the world?