So what about that question? Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a hoax? Well, there are people using that expression. Yet we are quite dumb, not as clever as we either fear others might be, or we like to think we are. There are opportunists who see any crisis as an opportunity to press their agendas (Global Warming and Socialism for example). To explain their actions, their efforts to frighten people, make the Coronavirus (COVID-19) appear more monstrous than it is, we don’t need to assume they created it. That said, some of the happenings in recent years have given us cause to be suspicious. No doubt everyone has their favorites. Here are just a few of mine.
- Candidate Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid for that now thoroughly discredited Golden Showers dossier, the excuse used to spy on Trump’s campaign and latter to launch a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration. General Michael Flynn probably suffered as much as anyone. See Lindsey Graham asks DOJ for documents that ‘undercut’ Steele dossier source (washingtonexaminer.com), I helped write FISA. Let’s destroy it. (bizpacreview.com), and Flynn Attorney on Explosive New Documents: There’s More Coming and It Gets Worse (townhall.com).
- H. Clinton stole the nomination from B. Sanders. See Leaked emails show how Democrats screwed Sanders (nypost.com) and Leaked Democratic Party Emails Show Members Tried To Undercut Sanders (npr.org). What is positively weird is that the Democrats connived even more flagrantly to prevent Sanders from getting the nomination this year. Except for Sanders, all the other candidates dropped out and conceded the nomination to Joe Biden. Yet Biden clearly has something wrong with him. So, at this point no one really knows who will get the Democratic Party’s nomination. We just know lots of states are canceling the Democratic Party’s primary elections using the pandemic as an excuse, making it quite unlikely that Sanders will gain many more delegates.
So, should we be alarmed? Well, we ought to be more careful about protecting each others rights. That includes thanking God for the good news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and getting our economy back to normal so that everyone can provide for themselves. Dependent people are just to easy to frighten and to push around.
Consider some of that news.
COVID-19 Lethality Not Much Different Than Flu, Says New Study (reason.com) reports this.
In the new study, the researchers sought residents through Facebook to whom they could administer the antibody tests. The results were an unadjusted prevalence of coronavirus antibodies of 1.5 percent. After making various statistical and demographic adjustments, researchers calculated the likely prevalence ranged from 2.49 to 4.16 percent. At the time that these tests were administered, there were about 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 32* deaths from the disease in Santa Clara County. The upshot is that “these prevalence estimates represent a range between 48,000 and 81,000 people infected in Santa Clara County by early April, 50- 85-fold more than the number of confirmed cases.”
Using these data, the researchers calculated the infection fatality rate, that is, the percent of people infected with the disease who die: “A hundred deaths out of 48,000-81,000 infections corresponds to an infection fatality rate of 0.12-0.2%,” they report.* That’s about the same infection fatality rate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates for seasonal influenza. (from here (reason.com))
New York releases antibody testing data: 14% of population may be infected with coronavirus (usatoday.com) reports this.
New York may have 13.9% of its population infected with coronavirus, meaning 2.7 million residents could have had the virus, preliminary state results Thursday showed.
New York heath officials conducted an antibody test of a sample of 3,000 people in recent days. The immediate results, released Thursday, suggested a death rate of about 0.5% of those infected because about 15,500 New Yorkers have died of confirmed COVID-19 cases. (continued here (usatoday.com))
We keep getting more and more reason to believe the virus is not as dangerous as we first feared. What we have confirmed instead is that that nasty virus is highly contagious. Fortunately, as Table 2 shows here, Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (cdc.gov), the virus mostly kills the elderly. Therefore, younger people can continue to go to school and to work, practicing some social distancing, while the elderly practice more severe forms social distancing (which may do some good if it works as well as we think).
Consider how many people the flu kills. See 2019-2020 U.S. Flu Season: Preliminary Burden Estimates (cdc.gov). To slow its spread, we wash our hands and cover our mouths when we cough and sneeze. When we are sick, we avoid the elderly and vulnerable. We may even stay at home. But we cannot completely halt the spread of the flu. All we can do is stop everyone from getting the flu at the same time, which would cause lots of problems.
- Trump Didn’t See It Coming: Coronavirus Deaths Increased Tenfold This Month (npr.org)
- Where can I get a COVID-19 antibody test and is it reliable? Here’s everything you need to know. (usatoday.com)
- What’s A Coronavirus Antibody Test? (forbes.com)
- Coronavirus: what do scientists know about Covid-19 so far? (theguardian.com)
- Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history and YouTube yanks doctors’ warning of constitutional crisis of COVID-19 (washingtontimes.com)