We know this stuff! And the rising numbers of new cases of COVID infections across the nation are not a cause for alarm.
Yes, the cases of coronavirus are on the rise! We knew it would happen! Testing has been ramping up, and people have been getting out and about and mingling.
But… In response to the increase in the number of cases, people are doing exactly the opposite of what they should be doing: they’re reshutting down states and businesses and outdoor activities! They should be re-opening everything, and ramping up everything. Then, they should engage in some good ol’-fashioned discrimination against older folks, and keep them out of sporting events and concerts and theaters and the like.
We know these things! The virus is highly discriminatory! The only ones who are in any danger at all from this thing are the very elderly and those with other conditions that have weakened them or their respiratory systems.
The median age of those who have died from COVID is… north of 84 years old!
Look at this:
Source: CDC (link)
If you’re under the age of 55 years, you have almost no chance of having a severe case of COVID. You have an even lower chance of dying from it.
You really have very little chance of dying from COVID even if you are older or sicker.
Here’s the way we should have responded to COVID from the get-go:
- Quarantine everyone 60 years old and older.
- Quarantine those who are sick, especially those with respiratory ailments.
- Let the rest of the country act completely normally. Let them live their lives completely normally except for one thing: They can’t come into direct contact with the elderly and the sick. For however long it takes for this thing to pass on by.
Simple as that.
We knew that the number of cases would rise, and rise rapidly, as testing ramped up even more, and as “social distancing” guidelines relaxed.
Furthermore, given what we know about the virus, the “number of cases” is perfectly unimportant.
The truly important thing to know is: has the rate of infection changed among the now well-known vulnerable populations: the elderly and the infirm? If those numbers are staying about the same, or diminishing, then the rising number of “new cases” is not even the tiniest bit worrisome. Guess what: the important stuff about COVID is all going in the right direction: down. Things like: Death rates, hospitalization rates, infection rates among vulnerable populations.
Here’s what’s really mysterious: My above prescribed course of action, should have been at least the default course of action from the beginning. Why? Easy: the things we did know were very, very simple, and we knew them from the very beginning:
- It’s a respiratory ailment.
- All older people are more vulnerable to all illnesses.
- All people with other conditions — especially respiratory ailments — are more vulnerable to other respiratory ailments.
There were some governors who reacted correctly to this thing: Governor DeSantis of Florida acted immediately and aggressively to quarantine older folks, and to keep them away from anyone who might be either a carrier or who actively had COVID.
Of course! That’s exactly what anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together would have done! Talk about “Duh!”
So, here’s the real mystery: Why didn’t the governor of the state of New York do the same thing? Why did the governor of New York issue an executive order to force nursing homes — chock full of old and sick people! — to take in COVID positive people?!?
Why didn’t the governors of all the 50 states together do at least what I mentioned. What Andrew Cuomo did in New York State was the thing guaranteed to kill thousands of people.
They did the same thing in Washington State, and old folks died by the thousands.
Serious question: Why on earth?!? Again, anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together would have known for certain that such an order would kill untold numbers of people! As it did.
As for the governor of New York State, Andrew Cuoma, either he doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together, or he did know that he’d be killing untold numbers of elderly people in his state.
Now, the best possible interpretation of this is, of course, that Andrew Cuomo is a complete idiot, not that he’s a mass-murdering maniac.
Of course, we didn’t know the details of all this when it all was just starting up, but there were some obvious things that we should have known from the get-go. All the really basic stuff that we knew as soon as we understood that this was a respiratory illness.
I’m not really a conspiracy theory kind of guy, but the executive orders by the Democrat governors of Washington State and New York State were so obviously designed to kill older and sicker folks, that it seems almost as if they were trying to thin their populations a bit.
I wonder whether their states’ budgets for the care of elderly people were running low, and what a great thing it would be if there were maybe fewer older people… That’s how it worked out, anyway.
Here’s the deal: if and when something like COVID pops up again, and if the various state and governmental authorities do the same damn things, then there’ll be no other possible conclusions: #1: our elected authorities are complete idiots, or #2: our elected authorities are deeply evil, or #3: Both.