AirWorthy99 wrote:Some common sense based on facts not flawed models from a Doctor from Stanford university:
The data is in — stop the panic and end the total isolation
The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering the containment phase. Tens of thousands of Americans have died, and Americans are now desperate for sensible policymakers who have the courage to ignore the panic and rely on facts. Leaders must examine accumulated data to see what has actually happened, rather than keep emphasizing hypothetical projections; combine that empirical evidence with fundamental principles of biology established for decades; and then thoughtfully restore the country to function.
Five key facts are being ignored by those calling for continuing the near-total lockdown.
Fact 1: The overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19....... (expands on the link)
Fact 2: Protecting older, at-risk people eliminates hospital overcrowding....
Fact 3: Vital population immunity is prevented by total isolation policies, prolonging the problem.....
Fact 4: People are dying because other medical care is not getting done due to hypothetical projections....
Fact 5: We have a clearly defined population at risk who can be protected with targeted measures....
https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/ ... -isolation
Common sense in these times of panic and misinformation. I hope these over the top measures are reduced to common sense measures soon.
While this is an extraordinary disease causing a lot of deaths, it seems to me that its effect has been largely amplified by the constant media tapage. This has made it hard for people to take a step back and consider the reality of the situation. There has been an incredible level of overreaction (although some of it was warranted as some nations were much too late in taking measures).
And the reality is that we are fighting a new virus which, while highly survivable, is causing a spike in the death rate among the most fragile of us. While it is regrettable, it is now a fact of life that we have to live with. And when I say 'live with' I mean that we need to learn to live our lives as normally as possible until it passes or a vaccine/cure is found, while using appropriate attenuating measures.
The damage done to our society is enormous. Yet even if the amount of deaths was 10 times higher than currently, it would pale in comparison to other catastrophes the World has gone through of late, such as wars and famines, during which barely anyone in the developed World bat an eyelid. But hey, poor people, right?
We may have to learn to not get scared out of our minds every time a new threat appears among our societies. We are a very emotional species, but there is always an inherent risk to living, which we seem to either forget or accept in many other cases.
There are hundreds of millions of people living in polluted cities and regions around the World even though we know polluted air causes around 7 million deaths a year. There are millions of people living near fault lines and volcanoes menacing to destroy their entire cities at anytime, yet in full knowledge of this fact (looking at you, SF ...).
Yes, I am aware that I might die if I catch it. I might also be diagnosed with terminal cancer tomorrow or be run over by a bus as I cross the street playing candy crush... The multitude of threats around us has never stopped us from living our lives. If we were as keenly aware of every single of those threats as we are constantly being made aware of this one, we'd never leave home.
There are ways to minimize the effects of this disease without locking everybody home and cowering in fear.
We can protect the fragile by isolating them from the disease. The complete lack of measures taken to protect the elderly, especially in care homes, has honestly verged on criminal negligence.
As soon as the threat was known (and it has been since before it started wildly spreading outside of China), those who care for the elderly should have taken strict measures to protect their clients: stopping relatives from visiting, checking every employee for symptoms, minimizing contact, using protective equipment and increasing cleaning/disinfecting schedules. This care home tragedy should have never happened.
The rest of us can follow simple rules to prevent spreading the virus to others as much as possible. Hoping to achieve a null transmission rate at this stage is utopic, even with a crippling lockdown.