I’ve given you these numbers before, but I’m going to do it again just in case you have forgotten amidst all of the noise.
2017-2018 COLD AND FLU SEASON: According to research done by Susan Scutti of CNN, it was the worst cold and flu season in over forty years. 900,000 people were hospitalized, 80,000 of them died. A total of 180 children were lost to the flu that year. For three weeks the entire United States was affected at a very high infection rate, which is unprecedented. Not a single business or school was shut down. It wasn’t even mentioned. I don’t remember seeing anyone wearing gloves or masks.
CORONA VIRUS ( AKA COVID-19 ): Extremely contagious, more so than the common flu, or so they say. I’m beginning to believe that a great deal of this information is supposition. However, they are discovering that thousands of people in large metropolitan areas were infected and didn’t know it. They probably had mild symptoms and went about their business as usual, and thus infecting others. Which brings up the subject of “herd immunity”. In hindsight, that was probably the best way to have handled this, while protecting the vulnerable, so the virus could go through the otherwise healthy population. That method would have insured against a “second wave”.
So, looking at the numbers, our worst year for hospitalizations and deaths, were the previous year. Why did everything go off the rails over this virus? In my opinion, it was the fact that it showed up all over the world, within a relatively short time span, and nobody had any credible information on it. There wasn’t any question about where it originated, but the Chinese deliberately withheld critical information about it’s nature. Panic set in, and everyone feared a pandemic in the magnitude of the famous “Spanish Flu” that occurred in 1917-18.
Engaging in some “Monday morning quarterbacking”, President Trump absolutely made the right call in banning flights from China, but should have banned flights from Europe and England simultaneously. If he had done that it would have greatly reduced the impact on New York City, and New Jersey. However, China perpetrated a sinister act, allowing Wuhan residents to fan out all over the world on their Chinese holiday, while banning them from travel inside China. The fact that China did that, classifies it as a “surprise attack” on the Western World, and it’s economies.
The United States and the world rushed into a mass quarantine that was uncalled for. Everyone should have taken a step back and allowed the medical world to better analyze what the actual impact was likely going to be. When you take the time to actually think about this, taking a little more time to understand the nature of the virus would have been the wiser choice. It became evident very quickly, that the most vulnerable were the old and afflicted, and they could have taken steps to protect them, and allowed everyone else to live normal lives. Had we taken the action I just described, this whole thing would be pretty much over by now.
Another very obvious thing to avoid in the future, is letting so called experts start creating models of likely outcomes, when they have no knowledge in real time, they are only speculating. As soon as a so called expert from a prestigious University puts something on poster board, it becomes gospel, and everyone feels obligated to obey. We have a huge amount of historical data over the past 100 years to look at. In my opinion, history trumps models every time. History combined with common sense is marvelous.
If I listed all of the really dumb stuff our leaders are currently engaged in, I would be sitting at my keyboard for at least two more days, and you would never take the time to read it anyway. Let’s just say, I’m amazed that this country works as well as it does considering the ineptitude of those in charge. The fact that these people were able to convince people to vote for them ain’t sayin’ a lot for the voters either. Just stop and think about how stupid you would have to be to vote for Adam Schiff, or Maxine Waters. The voters have been putting dear old Maxine back in office since 1991. That my friend is the true definition of insanity, and that’s the tip of the iceberg.
So to sum up this latest rant, God help us if we ever have a real crisis to deal with. These people are like a monkey screwing a football. America, a country founded by geniuses, ran by idiots.
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