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If the Covid threat deniers had their way...

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Wandering Monk, May 20, 2020.

  1. Wandering Monk

    Wandering Monk Well-Known Member

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    So, for those who advocate just letting this virus rip and achieving herd immunity naturally, consider this:

    Herd immunity can be achieved by exposing 60 to 80% of the population to the virus. Assuming that the 60% number will do it, let's have a look at the math.

    America's population today is about 331 million. Sixty percent of that is 198 million.

    If we take the mantra that this is no worse than a bad flu year, with a case mortality of 0.16% (2017-2018), that means 322,000 Americans will die from this virus.

    Not exactly like a bad flu year is it. The worst flu season in the last 20 years (2017-2018) killed about 79,000 Americans.
     
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  2. Father Heathen

    Father Heathen Veteran Member

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    "Fake news!" *h'yuk*
     
  3. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Rival's Wife

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    Too bad things like proofs and theorems are meaningless to the Trumpeters. Basic, elementary math destroys the "little flu" bs. "But [x reason for the economy], [y reason based on bad information about covid and because [insert random **** about Hillary or Obama], so we have to reopen because now the poor and mental health all of sudden matter and it's not just all in the head and get over it but it's all sensitive stuff and **** those bootstraps."
     
  4. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Rival's Wife

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    Maybe for flu, but for Covid may likely see a death toll of over 300,000 by the end of the year, possibly as high as over a million.
     
  5. sun rise

    sun rise "Let there be peace and love among all"
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    True, facts don't matter to fact deniers like those who refuse to take the pandemic seriously. They are terrorists who spread fear and death not with the gun but with the virus.
     
  6. Shadow Wolf

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    They are worse: They have betrayed their country and endangered their neighbors, their fellow countrymen. Those who adhere to Red, White, (and isn't a color) Blue True Patriots, who scream it and display it the most, they are making us sick, they are killing us, and they are demanding we all die for their god.
    (though I have to admit, if I still lived in Indiana I doubt I'd wear a mask because I don't know if I would have necessarily cared if I made people there sick (asides from my mom), but people here are so much better and I feel it more as doing my part to help take care of my home. It's also a fun way to blaspheme that other god they talk about. :D).
     
  7. viole

    viole Metaphysical Naturalist
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    Well, sooner or later you will get herd immunity, if the virus does not magically disappear. Unless we are ready to lockdown the world for a possibly unbounded amount of time.

    Ciao

    - viole
     
  8. exchemist

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    Indeed. That's because, unlike with flu, nobody has any pre-existing immunity so everybody catches it...until we get to herd immunity.
     
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