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Pandemic Data

•, By George Giles

CNN has a totally morbid and incorrect 'scoreboard' of cases and deaths. I look at it everyday in the hope that it will eventually stopped being displayed. It is meaningless and scary, especially scary for the statistically disinclined. This is updated regularly. The table we will discuss is for 'Deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), pneumonia reported to National Center for Health Sciences (NCHS) by jurisdiction of occurrence, United States. Week ending 2/1/2020 to 4/25/2020. I highly recommend every American look at this data as it is not very difficult to understand. Here is a summary of data from the CDC website. You can download this as an Excel spreadsheet for ease of manipulation right here. These are government statistics so take them with a grain of salt they are really order of magnitude datums as the columns do not exactly total up, but you get the idea.

Looking at the numbers in red it is clearly obvious that this is an old age disease. The young out of a population over a hundred million are not dying in great numbers. There is an axiom in healthcare that if you make it through your fifties in good health it is highly probable that you will see old age. The simple reason for this is accumulated bad habits as adults and even multiples of them start to wear you down after thirty years; think of smoking, alcoholism, morbid obesity and drug abuse as good starters. The young and healthy are not dropping dead in droves in spite of the fearmongers. Bureaucrats will want to take the credit for the social distancing orders of questionable legality have handed down, but whether or not that is true will only be known retrospectively.