And here you have it, folks. The biggest “I TOLD YOU SO” in my 10-year history writing for this Page. Straight from the CDC’s own “Current Best Estimate” of COVID-19’s “Infection Fatality Ratio”:
0-19 years: 0.00003 = 99.997% survivability
20-49 years: 0.0002 = 99.98% survivability
50-69 years: 0.005 = 99.5% survivability
70+ years: 0.054 = 94.6 survivability
Add in “natural immunity” and “cross-immunity,” and the final total population survivability rate is even much greater.
And don’t EVEN say “the number is this low only because of closures, masks, and social distancing.” The “IFR” has NOTHING to do with those precautionary measures. These figures are based on those who GOT INFECTED! Not those who are cowering away at home with a 20-year supply of sanitizers and disinfectants, (and toilet paper), or wearing hazmat suits to the grocery store.
“But . . . but . . . over 200,000 Americans have already died from this disease!”
I’ve got news for you: Once the truth behind the difference between those who’ve died “of” and those who’ve died “with” COVID-19 is fully revealed, your blood is going to boil. Remember, by the CDC’s own published data, 94% of those deaths were accompanied by an average of “2.6 additional comorbidities” per patient. This unresolved discrepancy in the data is going to additionally lower the final IFR to typical seasonal flu rates.
Here’s the link to the included screenshot, from the CDC website:
Congratulations, America. You bought the lie . . . hook, line, and sinker. You closed down our economy and destroyed lives for a typically bad flu season. (I’ve said before that it really blows to have another flu running at the same time as our other seasonal bugs, but it looks like that’s what we got.) The next time your governor says they are only following “the science and the data,” they are LYING. What they have done is create an epidemic in cases of depression, anxiety, suicides, intra-family violence, and child abuse.
Take off your masks, reopen your schools and businesses to 100% capacity, protect the elderly and most at-risk, then get on with your life!