I’ve been following the local news on Coronavirus and I just want to point out a couple of stories in our local Salt Lake Tribune, which demonstrate what is clearly lacking in the coverage.
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We have a story about how nationwide many of Latin Americans are getting the Wuhan Virus. And we also know that 100,000 people have now died.
And no disrespect to those who have died, but I want to know who are these people who are dying? I am more interested in the following two things completely ignored by the media, than in the ethnicity of the victims:
- Their age
- Their weight and preexisting conditions
I’m bothered that there hasn’t been a single story in my local media providing these key statistics. Why should age and pre-existing conditions matter so much?
Because if we had clear access to these two statistics then we could determine the risk factor for ourselves. Understanding the risk is what allows us to make good decisions.
So let’s say the newspaper was proving to me what I actually want to know. Then I would be able to put in my preexisting conditions, my weight and my age and then I could get a risk factor for COVID-19. Instead what I’m getting is that a lot of Latinos are contracting coronavirus and a lot of people who were in long-term care facilities are dying, primarily because these people aren’t being properly protected. For example, out of the 100,000 that have died from Coronavirus, over 30,000 have died from New York City alone. And 42% of all the Coronavirus victims have been from long-term care facilities. We are failing to protect our most vulnerable because, in places like New York, those who had contracted COVID were sent back to their facilities rather than being quarantined.
Our news media is not giving us rational logical facts. Instead, they are comparing this death toll to that of two of our most recent bloody wars. This is not equivalent. Americans have always been able to make rational risk assessments on their own. America transforming into a totalitarian state, removing our Civil Liberties, and locking down our economy and population is a huge mistake.
So what this chart shows from the Center for Disease control is that a huge number of the victims that died, passed away a couple of weeks ago and the spike that you see here happened right around April 23rd. We had a spike in deaths of people over the age of 85. I believe this mostly represents what happened in New York. As of May 8th, nearly 30,000 Americans died of Coronavirus who were in long-term care facilities. This is because Andrew Como was telling people in these facilities to go back to their facilities if they had the virus. Can you believe how ignorant this was?
Rather than protect our most vulnerable, we put them into harm’s way.
But let’s go back to this graph. Let’s examine how many people have died who are within ten years of my own age. How is my age bracket looking?
And is it the virus so deadly as most of the media wants to make you believe?
Take a few minutes to watch the video where Professor Hendrick Streeck, University of Bonn director of the Institute of Virology and Institute for HIV Research discusses the university’s antibody study and what it means for the coronavirus pandemic.
This is a paragraph from Stat’s news:
The death toll skews old even more strongly. Overall, China CDC found, 2.3% of confirmed cases died. But the fatality rate was 14.8% in people 80 or older, likely reflecting the presence of other diseases, a weaker immune system, or simply worse overall health. By contrast, the fatality rate was 1.3% in 50-somethings, 0.4% in 40-somethings, and 0.2% in people 10 to 39.
The age-related death risk probably reflects the strength, or weakness, of the respiratory system. About half of the 109 Covid-19 patients (ages 22 to 94) treated at Central Hospital of Wuhan, researchers there reported, developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), in which fluid builds up in the small air sacs of the lungs. That restricts how much air the lungs can take in, reducing the oxygen supply to vital organs, sometimes fatally; half of the ARDS patients died, compared to 9% of patients who did not develop the syndrome.
This from ABC news 4:
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