Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply:
Mark asks: According to The Gateway Pundit, which is hardly a mainstream site, a young Congressman-elect died from COVID. The article said that there were no known issues, no co-morbidities. Do you think this death is legit? Why or why not? Some commenters thought it was the Deep State sending a message for all noob Congress Critters to toe the line. Your thoughts?
My reply: Absent facts about this case, one can’t really do more than speculate. I am betting this guy – like Daisy Luther – did have some underlying (perhaps undiagnosed) condition.
But the fact remains that an extremely small number of young, otherwise healthy people have died from Corona. Therefore, one young/healthy person’s death from Corona doesn’t mean it is a deadly threat to most or even many young/healthy people.
The fact is that in any given year there are some young/healthy people who die of the ordinary flu. It happens, just as good swimmers occasionally drown. It does not mean swimming is a high-risk activity for people who can swim.
At what cost to other people’s lives?
There is also this business of collectivizing what ought to be individual decisions. I can still decide for myself whether to swim – or not. I think I have the right to decide for myself whether my risk of dying from Corona is high enough to justify my deciding to stay home, avoid people and wear a Face Diaper. And I think others have exactly the same right and that none of us have the right to force our risk-aversion calculations on others.
I’d rather live than live in fear of death. Others may differ – and that is their choice and their right, but applied to themselves only.
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