Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
If I told you that scientists had discovered a new virus which was
guaranteed to kill one guy living in Schenectady, New York unless the
entire nation went into super-strict lock-down, should we do it?
No, because public policy isn’t made for one guy, or ten, or 100, or
1,000 or even 10,000, which is more than the number of confirmed deaths
due to Covid-19, according to newly revised figures from the CDC.
Liberals are scrambling to explain that the new number doesn’t mean what
it says it means. To them, ‘died of’ and ‘died with’ are the same. If
Covid is listed as a ‘contributing factor,’ then it’s still a deadly
disease and we should still be in lock-down.
Nonsense. When I die, the cause of death will be heart failure and the
contributing causes of death will be obesity, diabetes, high blood
pressure, high cholesterol and cirrhosis of the liver. But I didn’t die
of any of those contributing cases. You don’t pick and choose which of
the underlying causes is the scariest. You pick the cause that killed me.
The existence of the virus is not a hoax. The panic response is a
hoax. And this is proof.
This is one of those areas where I thing both sides are putting out terrible information.
If someone who’s 100 pounds overweight and has hypertension and diabetes gets Covid and dies, what killed her? You could say all the comorbidities were at fault . You might not be wrong, per se – but if she’d have hypothetically lived another ten years but for the Covid, what then?
Medicine involves a lot of ambiguity. Politics – at least, political messaging – doesn’t.