RALEIGH – Step out into the void; suggest that the lockdowns may not be necessary, possibly harmful; and, prepare to be savaged by Karens that translate your reasonable concerns into, ‘You must want people to die.’
Even worse, the pro-shutdown Karens with medical education and/or training that insist your opinion about current public health policy means less than nothing because you are not an expert, and your questioning of the consensus dogma regarding COVID-19 is irresponsible because, ‘this is about saving lives.’
And if you cite an expert, or someone otherwise qualified to warrant attention in this debate, that disagrees with the consensus view, then they must be a crackpot Trump supporter.
We’ll take our chances with the Karens, then, and highlight an op-ed from Stanford Dr. Scott W. Atlas, published in The Hill, that calls for an end to total isolation policies because the data doesn’t support them.
Dr. Atlas as published in The Hill:
“The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering the containment phase. Tens of thousands of Americans have died, and Americans are now desperate for sensible policymakers who have the courage to ignore the panic and rely on facts. Leaders must examine accumulated data to see what has actually happened, rather than keep emphasizing hypothetical projections; combine that empirical evidence with fundamental principles of biology established for decades; and then thoughtfully restore the country to function.
Five key facts are being ignored by those calling for continuing the near-total lockdown.
Fact 1: The overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19.
The recent Stanford University antibody study now estimates that the fatality rate if infected is likely 0.1 to 0.2 percent, a risk far lower than previous World Health Organization estimates that were 20 to 30 times higher and that motivated isolation policies.
In New York City, an epicenter of the pandemic with more than one-third of all U.S. deaths, the rate of death for people 18 to 45 years old is 0.01 percent, or 11 per 100,000 in the population. On the other hand, people aged 75 and over have a death rate 80 times that. For people under 18 years old, the rate of death is zero per 100,000.
Of all fatal cases in New York state, two-thirds were in patients over 70 years of age; more than 95 percent were over 50 years of age; and about 90 percent of all fatal cases had an underlying illness. Of 6,570 confirmed COVID-19 deaths fully investigated for underlying conditions to date, 6,520, or 99.2 percent, had an underlying illness. If you do not already have an underlying chronic condition, your chances of dying are small, regardless of age. And young adults and children in normal health have almost no risk of any serious illness from COVID-19.
Fact 2: Protecting older, at-risk people eliminates hospital overcrowding.