In early 2020, the world was taken hostage by a man-made, Chinese-engineered virus. The evidence that this virus was purposely created in a laboratory is clear and has been published in this paper. (For a summary of the paper, click here.) At this point, anyone who thinks that this virus is naturally occurring just isn’t very smart.
The same can be said for people who continue to over-hype the impacts of COVID-19. On this page, I am going to post links to data and research that puts COVID-19 in perspective, as well as the irrational over-reaction by many governments at every level.
One of the biggest tragedies of this over-reaction is the damage it is doing to school age children whose education is being irreparably harmed by “virtual learning” which, let’s be honest, isn’t really “learning” at all. Data from the CDC shows that more school age children have died from the flu than from COVID-19. And yet, we continue the continue the hoax that it is somehow unsafe for our children to return to school. In doing so, we are ruining our children’s education.
According to the CDC, “for children (0-17), cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rates are MUCH lower than cumulative influenza hospitalization rates at comparable time points during recent influenza seasons.” (see chart) This is simply NOT a virus that young people need to be concerned about.
But, because of the insane media hype and extreme government over-reaction, we see that most people below the age of 64 have a grossly over-inflated belief of how dangerous this virus is.
Even with a mortality rate of less than 0.02% for anyone under 50, there is an irrational fear that has nearly every age group over-estimating their chances of death by an order of magnitude.
The reality is that the economic impact of the lock downs disproportionately harm the youngest of the working population. There is existing research on workforce entrants and recent graduates entering a market marred by an economic recession that can estimate life-years lost. Further, extensive research on job displacement can be used to estimate the economic impact in life-years of starkly increased unemployment for mid-to-late career workers.
Combining these analyses, research has found an estimated 18.7 million life-years will be lost in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 lock downs.
Comparative data analysis between nations shows that the lock downs in the U.S. had a minimal effect in saving life-years. (Not surprising since COVID-19 deaths disproportionately impact the oldest members of the population.) Using two different comparison groups, the research estimated that the COVID-19 lock downs in the U.S. saved between a quarter to three-quarters of a million life-years.
The result: the COVID-19 lock downs are 10-times more deadly than the pandemic itself.
We need to follow the science, do the math, get back to work, get the kids back to school, and stop living in fear.