Stop the Coronavirus Fear-Porn; We’ve Had 10 Straight Weeks of Declining Deaths

I don’t know why almost everywhere you look in the media, no one is focused on the single most important datapoint right now: deaths.

Overall, the number of deaths has plummeted.  On Saturday, the U.S. hit 10 straight weeks of declining deaths since late April.

This past Saturday, the U.S. recorded a new low of 254 deaths. On Sunday, we went even lower with 209 deaths.

The overall trend line for 10 straight weeks and it looks like it could be 11 straight — we’ll have to wait and see — is for deaths to continue to decline.

This is a big deal.

There are roughly 7,500 people who die in the United States every day. I wish that didn’t happen.

On Sunday, 2.8% of everyone who died, died with the coronavirus.  I said died “with” the coronavirus because if you have the coronavirus, it doesn’t mean that’s what killed you.

Most of the people who have died from the coronavirus had massive amounts of co-morbidities, were unhealthy, or were older.  Or all of the above.

I don’t know if it is going to continue to go down. But at some point, we have to learn to live with it. It’s not going to completely disappear until some latter day when we have a vaccine.

And that’s presuming that the vaccine is going to be 100% healthy which oftentimes is not the case.

Young and healthy people need to get back to work, live their lives, and protect people who are in nursing homes.

Another important point: Even if you get the coronavirus and you don’t live in a nursing home — you have a 99.8 or 99.9% recovery rate.

That’s if you don’t live in a nursing home or if you aren’t over the age of 80.

I have family members who are over the age of 80. I love them. We need to protect them from this virus.

But this idea that everyone is in danger right now is insane.

There is no way imaginable that we shouldn’t all be at work right now based on the data.

There is a lot of fear-porn out there about Texas, Florida, Arizona, California.  There’s no doubt rates are increasing in these states. But most of these people are in their 20s and 30s.

Inevitably, if you are in social media, someone says, “This person was 100% healthy and they ended up dying of the coronavirus.”  This happens all the time.

But that’s not normal.  Bad things unfortunately happen.  But if you are under the age of 50, you are more likely to die driving to and from work than you are dying from the coronavirus.

Data matters.

The overall death rate has declined for 10 straight weeks.  This should be the number one story today.

Written by OutKick Support

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  1. If deaths are down, they look at cases in hot spots. When those are down, it is the threat of a second wave. The metrics will shift based on what will scare people the most. Any nuanced analysis is off limits.

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