Is there any cost too great to “stop the spread” of the Coronavirus? Some – – including, apparently, Trump’s Health Decider Tony Fauci as well as the governors of almost all the states in the country – seem to think no.
There is talk of not lifting the “lock down” for a year – even indefinitely. Until a vaccine – injected at gunpoint, probably – is ready. Which is going to cost millions everything, including very possibly their lives – though not from Corona.
This is curious given the costs not being paid to stop worse things – in terms of the actual (rather than projected) body count, which is much higher than the actual Corona Count . Which is also a disingenuous count in that it counts people who die with but not necessarily of Corona, such as those who were already on the fast-track to the Slumber Room before anyone had even heard of Corona, such as people in their 80s and 90s and people with compromised immune systems and other such that rendered them much more vulnerable to any bug, not just this Corona bug.
At any rate, let’s do some corpse-counting and cost-benefitting.
The Corona Count is about 13,000 people so far. Let’s triple it – to accommodate some of the dire projections being made. This works out to about 39,000 people. Let’s leave aside that probably a fourth of these are very elderly people and another fourth probably people with serious previous conditions that made them much more likely to die from something else, Corona notwithstanding.
This is about the number of people Slumber-roomed by motor vehicle accidents each year. If it turns out that 39,000 people are Slumber-roomed by Corona, it means your risk of being Corona’d is is about the same as your risk of being dressed in your Sunday best – one last time – by going for a drive.
Are you going to give up driving? Demand that everyone else give up driving, too? If not, why?
If not, why demand the same Because Corona?
How about going to the hospital? Statistically, this is very risky in that about 250,000 people are Slumber-roomed each year by medical malpractice, misdiagnosis and catching bugs they didn’t have when admitted such as SARS and MERSA.
The hospitals remain open – and people are encouraged to go there. Meanwhile, heathy people are being ordered to stay home, in spite of the fact that for healthy people, going outside – and socializing with other people – is a much lower risk than setting foot in a hospital and given the fact that 96-plus percent of the healthy people who get/have/had Corona don’t get Slumber-roomed by it.
A fact, not a projection. In Italy, which has more people Corona’ per capita than the United States, only 1 percent of the Slumber Roomed were not elderly or otherwise and previously sick with something else.
It would save about 40,000 lives each year to outlaw motor vehicles and force everyone to walk or ride a bicycle – but even then, “lives” would still be lost since it’s certain someone will fall off their bike, or run into something while riding their bike – and end up in the Slumber Room on account of it. Shall we also outlaw bicycles?
How about walking?
How about getting out of bed?
Both entail risk; everything entails risk. The degree varying of course – – but the principle is the same.
This country – and millions of healthy people who will not be Slumber Roomed by Corona – have been Corona’d by risk aversion driven to a pathological hysteria that makes the Red Scare of the ‘50s seem like a minor aberration. Instead of a Communist under every bed, a virus in every breath – and nothing is too extreme to “combat the spread.”
The problem there, of course, is that there is no stopping the spread – without stopping life. Forever. Viruses can’t be eliminated. Polio still exists. The flu comes back every year – and so will Corona. Some will inevitably get sick; but almost all will not die.
But for the first time, life is being killed because a few will die.
It is as though we have forgotten that people die, no matter what we do. Because we are mortal and there is risk to living. This includes driving as well as going to the hospital and pretty much everything else that comes with life.
Death can’t be avoided – just delayed. And in the meanwhile, we take risks in order to live. Cringing in fear of a virus that may end up killing about as many as are killed in motor vehicle accidents or by quacks is as neurotic as refusing to get near a car or see a doctor when you need to.
And demanding that others practice such fear paralysis is a sickness all is own.
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