2020 May 15, 8:36am
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I am steeped in dread. I foresee months, if not years, of inane gesturing towards ‘safety’ that makes no appreciable difference to the nation’s health.Should our future permit an occupation so frivolous, historians years from now will make a big mistake if they blame the nauseating plummet of global GDP in 2020 directly on a novel coronavirus. After all — forgive the repetition, but certain figures bear revisiting — COVID’s roughly 290,000 deaths wouldn’t raise a blip on a graph of worldwide mortality (reminder: 58 million global deaths in 2019). COVID deaths will barely register in the big picture even if their total multiplies by several times.For maintaining a precious sense of proportion, check out some other annual global fatalities: influenza, up to 650,000. Typhoid fever, up to 160,000. Cholera, up to 140,000. Malaria, 620,000 in 2017, almost all in Africa (so who cares, right?). In 2018, tuberculosis, developing treacherous antibiotic resistance, killed 1.5 million people. Why haven’t we closed down the whole world for TB?What is destroying lives and livelihoods is not predominantly the illness. The UK economy is not in a tailspin because it can’t survive without the labor of the 32,000-plus fatalities, however much we may miss them as individuals. This is not a natural disaster but a manmade one.I’ll not bore you with the data (that’s what Toby Young is for), but evidence abounds that lockdowns have had a negligible effect on the arc of national infections. (In a recent sampling, the majority of COVID patients admitted to New York hospitals were sickened while ‘sheltering in place’. A growing number of New York doctors want restrictions lifted.) ...Politics, as opposed to science, does not reward the correction of mistakes, given that correcting a mistake also entails admitting to having made one. Worse, the bigger the mistake, the greater the political urgency of defending it at all costs.
NO! We must continue to panic, the California death toll climbed above 3,000 today. That is 0.007%!https://www.sfgate.com/news/editorspicks/article/coronavir-California-death-toll-Los-Angeles-3-000-15272550.php
And shutting down a $3 trillion+ economy?
Just a few more Americans dead,who cares?
Deaths 1.5 million (2018) ...A person with active but untreated tuberculosis may infect 10–15 (or more) other people per year.
Dr. Ferrer has also served as Director of Health Promotion &Chronic Disease Prevention and Director of the Division...
... of the Maternal &Child Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As a headmaster at a district high school in Boston, she led efforts to significantly improve high school graduation rates and ensure thatevery graduating senior was accepted to college. Dr. Ferrer received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Public Health from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis Yet we never shut down the world for something that kills far more people
She doesn't look too healthy. Would you really want to be taking her advice?
I went to the store the other day. Deliberately didn’t wear a mask. Still got served. Felt like a boss!
Patrick saysShe doesn't look too healthy. Would you really want to be taking her advice?Damm she is ugly.
Thanks @georgeliberteCivilizational decline is very interesting. I still need to really read The Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon, and the Muqqadimah by Ibn Khaldun.
Two things: 1. wish she was wearing the mask. 2. Is there not an overweight black Latino transgendered person with purple hair who they could have hired to do this job? I mean come on she reeks of self entitled normo-heteroprivilege. Shame on you LA bigots for hiring another good ol’ boy.