- Joined Mar 1, 2017
People are alarmed and concerned about the number of deaths associated with this virus. However, the problem flows from the fact that the death rate of this virus was exaggerated and consequently, so was the reaction of just about every government in the Western Hemisphere.At present local government is requiring me to wear gloves and a mask while at work (in the grocery store) I find myself changing my gloves at least 15 times during my shift. We require customers to wear them while shopping and only allow 3 people in to the store at a time.
This virus is sickening and killing people. I don't understand why some people don't seem to be alarmed or concerned about this.
Let me put this into context.
There are 330 million people in the US. Of that population, 1.45 million people are reportedly infected with the virus. However, that data is changing by leaps and bounds on a daily basis as testing becomes more and more prevalent. Because of the increasingly widespread testing, no less than 26 studies have been performed in the US by local and state governments in conjunction with multiple universities and medical institutions that prove millions more people were actually infected with the virus than the 1.45 that have been confirmed. That means the death rate is literally a fraction of what it was said to be. Estimates place that death rate at around one half of one percent; which is about on par with some strains of influenza.
In 2017-18, the flu virus, which is a close kin to Covid 19, infected more than 34 million people and resulted between 41,000 and 79,000 deaths. It generated more than 17 million doctor visits and just under 1 million hospitalizations. By Covid standards, that's a pandemic and a basis for lock downs and social distancing. But, no such orders have ever been issued.
Right now, the Covid 19 death count in the US about 84,000. The problem is that at least 60% of those who are counted as Covid related deaths were never tested. Now that testing has become more widespread, we are not only learning that far more were infected than previously thought at around 14% of the population, we are also finding that nearly half of all suspected Covid cases that are tested come back negative. So, if we apply that simple math to the death count for the sake of argument, that cuts the number in half. Instead of 84,000, the number becomes 42,000, probably less. 14% of the US population is around 46 million. Even if the death count remains at 84,000, that a death rate than is a fraction of 1%.
Next, we have to factor in the number of Covid related deaths that really had nothing to do with Covid. We will never know that true figure. Just a short while ago, Pennsylvania was reported to have removed quite a few deaths that were reported as Covid related. In Philly, for example, what triggered the investigation was a car accident victim that died from massive head trauma (he was literally decapitated) and was counted as a Covid related death. Officials discovered that people who died of strokes, heart attacks or who were listed as terminal for any one of a variety of reasons were being counted among the Covid related deaths for no other reason than they showed some of the symptoms of Covid. Never mind the fact that conditions such as pneumonia are often a consequence of many serious or otherwise terminal conditions, especially cancer, COPD, emphysema, diabetes and so on. Even people who died of strokes and heart attacks were reportedly counted among the Covid related deaths. This is what they found in just one city in one state. What would be the results if every city, especially New York City, were to undergo the same audit?
What strikes me as particularly strange is the fact that every year between October and May, every country in the Western Hemisphere deals with an influenza outbreak. Some worse than others. In the US, we call it "flu season." Tens of thousands die every year from flu and complications directly related to it (mostly the same high risk demographics as Covid). Tens of millions are infected. Millions are hospitalized and yet, we have never experienced such a reaction as we have in the last 2 to 3 months in relation to Covid.
There comes a time when sober, intelligent, rational people must start asking questions that are not "popular" starting with the question "why?" Why is Covid being treated so differently when in effect, its really no worse than a nasty flu season? Why are people being told to wear masks that do not provide any protection against the virus whatsoever? Why are people being told to stay in their homes where it has been proven that such close contact actually facilitates the spread of the virus rather than prevents it?
We are all properly trained professionals when it comes to the practice of safe food handling, especially when it comes to sanitation and bacteria control. What is happening and what we are being told and how to deal with it simply doesn't pass the smell test for a variety of reasons yet, few people are raising their hands and asking the right questions.
My first question is "Cui Bono?"
Stay well, everyone.