NoTime wrote:GDB wrote:NoTime wrote:
Exactly, which is why they shouldn't be locked down at all. The vast majority of people under 50 that get the virus will experience very little in the way of symptoms. Why lock those people down? We are locking down 100% of our population (minus essential workers, of course) for the sake of the oldest 15%. There is a much smarter way to go about this, that doesn't cripple our economy.
Hate to break it to you, however there are plenty of tragic accounts of people under 50, not all with underlying health problems, who have died. Medics being very prominent. (Or as TTT as his ilk call them, 'actors').
Of course the elderly and those with underlying conditions are more likely to die, it just isn't as simple as that.
Actually, it is that simple. Go look at the data - not the media hysteria, but the actual data. The CDC makes it available, and other groups (usually universities) make their data available, too. Just looking at the CDC's cumulative hospitalization rate data, you'll see that the 18-49 year old group has a rate of 0.015%. The 5-17 year old group has a cumulative rate of hospitalization of 0.0004%.
If that's just the hospitalization rate, imagine what the ICU and death rates are. Actually, you don't have to imagine - a lot of the data is out there and freely available. And, the majority of deaths, even in the elderly, are people with pre-existing conditions - often multiple pre-existing conditions.
Aside from a few edge cases, the fact remains, and the data backs it up - if you're under 50 (really, even under 60) and relatively healthy, you've got very, very little to worry about. If you're over 60 and relatively healthy, the odds are still stacked overwhelmingly in your favor.And who is to say a second wave would not be more dangerous to a wider group?
The last great worldwide pandemic, of 1918/19, came in two waves, the latter in the fall was worse.
Sure, but the second waves of MERS and SARS weren't. So, who's to say? And we can't destroy our economy based on what-ifs. Let's get more data and take the necessary steps, instead of running scared.
We do not have the testing kits. We don't know who has it and who does not. People can be asymptomatic and still transmit. That has already been proven. Covid does not care about your feelings or your "need" to drinkin' down the pub or sitting in Chili's or your age. If you are willing to take that chance, if you are willing to sit next to someone you do not know because you need to spend money and risk getting sick and possibly dying, go for it. Georgia is opening. Let us know how that turns out.