A reader sent in the following regarding Corona Fever:
Enjoy your columns, though I’m not particularly a car guy. I guess I’m mostly a mind my own business/ libertarian guy. With the flurry of testing, we’re finding new “cases,” but no big bump up in deaths. Is the increased testing loaded with false positives? And/or asymptomatic folks with positive results—are they actually ill or just bumping stats up?
Some of us are at risk—at 70 with diabetes, I’ll self distance, I’ll choose to wear a mask, I’ll manage my risk by taking protective measures on my own. I don’t believe others should be compelled by AGWs to completely rearrange their lives to accommodate me. Like secondhand smoke avoidance, I can avoid some of the risk without inflicting further restrictions on others.
No elected official will say What needs to be said: My fellow Americans, this Corona stuff will kill a bunch of you and your gov’t can’t stop it. We shut down for a while to make sure the ER wasn’t overrun and so I’ve decided to not further compound the problems by inflicting poverty on younger healthier people, who are feeding their children paycheck to now-missed paycheck. I’m reopening (this jurisdiction) 9 AM tomorrow. Git yer asses back to work. Geezers-most of you didn’t live to draw SS by being stupid or careless. You took care of yourself to get here so don’t stop now. Stay home if you are scared. Wear a mask at church or bingo. Stop recreational shopping maybe. Be kind to each other. Remember and accept that some of us will miss Thanksgiving dinner.
My reply: I will amen and second all of that, with the exception of “this Corona stuff will kill a bunch of you.”
In fact, the mortality rate for WuFlu is less than 1 percent – almost all of that less-than-1-percent being people who probably would have died anyway – or soon – from some combination of old age/underlying problems pushed over the edge by a bug that, for 99 percent of the rest of us, will not result in death.
This whole sick business has been used to neuroticize the populace and shame those not neurotic; probably, soon, an effort will be made to criminalize those who “deny” that “cases” constitute a justification for turning the country into a Face-Diapered prison.
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