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Go ahead, I will wait.
Done? Yeah, it is middlin' long, but it is worth the read.
Sweden has, apparently, run the gauntlet and is now on the other side.
The numbers in the article are pretty solid. The approach Sweden took is much more sensible. And it has worked much better that the "Flatten the Curve" strategy (that was originally supposed to be for just TWO WEEKS) and has now stretched on for more than 150 days, with no real end in sight.....at least until a vaccine is tested and shown to be efficacious (and safe)).
Every time people interact, we have the chance to transmit this (or lots of others) disease. Only "slightly" letting people interact simply kills us slowly...if it will kill us at all. Thinking that the current "Lockdown" or limited social interaction will prevent people from getting the disease at all is foolish, it simply spreads out the (very small) infection rate over time.....and doesn't really solve the problem. To think otherwise is to abandon logic.
Allowing protests with no "Social Distancing" but preventing people from congregating elsewhere is foolish and illogical. If Distancing is a requirement for safety, then is is required everywhere, not only outside of a political protest....If it is safe to walk shoulder to shoulder with a bunch of strangers, then it is safe to attend a wedding or funeral with your friends and relatives.....or at a high school football game...or on a beach or at a party.... If it is safe to eat in a restaurant with no masks but forcing the patrons to wear the masks while walking TO the table is idiocy. To release prisoners is another example of foolish, poorly thought out prevention. If masks really work, then they should work as well in a prison as at a store or other place of business. Releasing prisoners harms society, the entity that the imprisonment of the prisoner is supposed to protect....and if the measure required to keep those same members of society work in public, they should work in a prison as well To think that the Social Distancing spacing of 6 feet makes a difference when there is no allowance for airflow or other factors is also foolish. (and there is no evidence that "6 Feet" is any more efficacious than 1 meter or 4 feet or 5 feet. It was just a number that was picked)
Yet we persist in these poorly thought out practices when we have an example, imperfect perhaps, but valid, that shows what a mostly urban population experiences with little or no "Covid safety" practices as we here in the United States are following, to the detriment of our society and our economy.. Sweden is fully operational, and has been, yet they have, effectively, no current "Pandemic" of Covid-19 in their borders.
Yet we persist in following a poorly thought out and proven ineffective policy, enforced by our government entities, to the detriment of our population....WHY?
Until either well over 70% of the population has been exposed, or until a vaccine is found and distributed, Covid 19 will be specter that will hang over us. And the measures we are taking aren't fixing the problem...Nor, oddly, are our hospitals even close to overwhelmed....
When you see the statistics on the morning news tomorrow, or the evening news, ask yourself....why don't they tell us the positivity rate for the massive amounts of testing.....oddly, they leave out that statistic. Also, why don't they give us the death RATE for those folks who HAVE Covid?
The data is massaged and presented to give the recipient the impression that this is a massive "Pandemic"...when it really isn't...but they don't want you to know that. The highest rate of death is currently New Jersey...at 178 people dying per 100,000 people.....that is a death rate of 0.00178, or less than two-tenths of a percent. And that is the HIGHEST of all the states in the country. Yet we re told to cower in fear and wear a mask so we won't all die.....When in reality, the chance of dying from Covid is really very, very low.