• About That Spike in COVID-19 Numbers … Context Is Vital

    Surge Summary: The media is reporting alarmingly on the uptick in those testing positive for COVID-19 – but as more and more information comes to light on the virus, those stats need to be kept in perspective. The percentage of those infected who become so ill they require hospitalization? That number is comparable to the annual flu. Meanwhile, lockdown restrictions continue to inflict catastrophe on global economies – and on individuals.

    by Gary Bauer

    As you know, the media are panicking over the rising number of Covid infections right now.  CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield added to the alarm [Thursday] when he said that “for every [Covid] case reported there were actually 10 other infections.”

    Just to be clear, Dr. Redfield is not saying that tens of millions of Americans currently have coronavirus.  He’s saying that many more people have already had the virus than known tests would suggest.  We reported weeks ago on various studies indicating that was likely the case.

    What that means is that based on current figures of 2.5 million confirmed cases, as many as 25 million people have already had the disease.

    We currently have 126,000 confirmed Covid-related deaths.  Based on 25 million cases, that gives you a death rate of 0.5%.

    The bottom line is that the disease is very contagious, which is why it periodically surges in a particular area.  But the percentage of people who become so ill that they require hospitalization is comparable to the annual flu.

    Meanwhile, the economic devastation that is being inflicted upon global economies is almost incomprehensible.  Tremendous progress has been made in recent decades in alleviating extreme poverty around the world, but much of that is being undone right now due to various pandemic restrictions.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/; Adapted from: https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=82911&picture=business-chart-collection

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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