A new study from the Los Angeles County Public Health suggests that approximately 221,000 to 442,000 adults have already had COVID19.
With under 1,100 confirmed deaths, this suggests that the actual morbidity rate for COVID19 is somewhere between 0.0048% and 0.0024%, far less deadly than projected. During the April 20th Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing at the White House, there was a hot mic moment.
Fox News’ John Roberts can be seen and heard discussing this new study openly with other members of the press. Shocked upon hearing these new coronavirus statistics, one voice can clearly be heard asking “so it was a hoax?”
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The CDC estimates that 61,000 Americans died from the flu during the 2017–18 flu season (with a range of 46,000 to 95,000 deaths). Few of us even remember that event. Stores stayed open, folks met and worked, and everyone lived as normal.
Taking sixty-one thousand deaths as our baseline, how deadly does a virus have to be to justify the destruction of our livelihoods and economy in general?
Half as deadly? No that wouldn’t make sense. But neither would “as deadly,” either.