Something Joe L wrote a few days ago:
This “virus” has been in the media now for over three months, and we still don’t know anything about it. It seems like every time new information is released, it contradicts previously released information. We have no idea what to believe about this, and very little data with which to even draw our own conclusions. Honestly, the most consistent piece of information that I have been able to glean from actual studies is that tobacco smokers are far less likely to require hospitalization after contracting COVID-19.
The CFR varies widely from country to country depending on how strictly they classify deaths <i>from</i> the virus vs. deaths <i>with</i> the virus, and even something as basic as the list of common symptoms is still changing almost daily. We are under house arrest all across the world over something that nobody seems to understand at all, even after all this time. This is absolute insanity.
If it’s a new virus then I don’t see how they can possibly know anything about it. They must be on the same learning curve as everyone else. The reason you don’t know anything is because they don’t know anything. I think they’re just making a lot of assumptions about it from their experience with previous epidemics.
I still think that, when the dust settles, we’re likely to find that this epidemic won’t really be much worse than a standard flu epidemic. We don’t lock down for flu epidemics.
From 31 Jan, before the new coronavirus took over:
The current 2019-2020 flu season is on track to be one of the worst in a decade. According to the CDC, between 19-26 million people have caught the flu since October and between 10,000-25,000 people have died. But as bad as the seasonal flu is this year, it pales in comparison to some of the biggest flu pandemics in history.
Last I heard, about 40,000 people had died in the USA from Covid-19. That’s just twice the numbers they already thought had died from regular flu.
Imagine crashing an economy and imposing what is effectively a police state, with all the concomitant evils that will lead to, in order to deal with an illness with a case-fatality rate not significantly greater than a bad flu season. Is that rational? Is that proportional? Is that being led by the science?
Bearing in mind that I’ve just said that if this is a new virus then for sure they don’t know much about it, and “The Science” is just a bunch of half-educated guesses.
If the end result is an economic depression worse than the 1930s, the medical despots in the WHO and elsewhere are going to find that they’ve got no friends anywhere. People will wonder: “Why did we listen to these people? Why did we place so much trust in The Science, when it turned out not to be science at all? Didn’t anybody stop to ask a few questions?”