Date: September 12, 2020 08:26AM
I mentioned a few months ago, when people were criticizing Sweden's more limited lockdown, you have to look at the long term.
U.S. policy went from flatten the curve, to prolong the pandemic.
Go to the chart listing all the countries and click on the arrows in the header "deaths/1M Pop". That will list the countries in order by death rate. Sweden is ranked 13, while U.S. is number 11.https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries
Also, click on each country and get more details. The graph of deaths is flat for Sweden, but still rising for the U.S. It is essentially over for Sweden. Sweden's health chief says "judge me in a year".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh9wso6bEAc
You also want to consider the lives lost from extending lockdown - those who didn't get medical care and died of cancer or heart attacks or whatever. Also suicides as businesses fail and unemployment rises.https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2020/06/09/how-many-more-will-die-from-fear-of-the-coronavirus/
In a New York Times op-ed today, Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., and Mayo Clinic President and CEO Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., write: “More than 100,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. Beyond those deaths are other casualties of the pandemic — Americans seriously ill with other ailments who avoided care because they feared contracting the coronavirus at hospitals and clinics. The toll from their deaths may be close to the toll from Covid-19.”
Drs. Mihaljevic and Farrugia point to “sizable decreases” in new cancer diagnoses (45 percent) and reports of heart attacks (38 percent) and strokes (30 percent).
“To prevent further harm, people with serious, complex and acute illnesses must now return to the doctor for care,” they write, adding, “The novel coronavirus will not go away soon, but its systemic side effects of fear and deferred care must.”
I've quoted many experts, but here again is Michael Osterholm's words from March:https://www.globalresearch.ca/12-experts-questioning-coronavirus-panic/5707532
Consider the effect of shutting down offices, schools, transportation systems, restaurants, hotels, stores, theaters, concert halls, sporting events and other venues indefinitely and leaving all of their workers unemployed and on the public dole. The likely result would be not just a depression but a complete economic breakdown, with countless permanently lost jobs, long before a vaccine is ready or natural immunity takes hold.
[T]he best alternative will probably entail letting those at low risk for serious disease continue to work, keep business and manufacturing operating, and “run” society, while at the same time advising higher-risk individuals to protect themselves through physical distancing and ramping up our health-care capacity as aggressively as possible. With this battle plan, we could gradually build up immunity without destroying the financial structure on which our lives are based.
Then there are these professors who question the general lockdown, and it's costs.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3plSbCbkSAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrTFXwLXUC8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcnQPInwVNQ&t=45s
This professor espouses zero covid, but has difficulty addressing questions. Near the end, she is asked if we should have a zero influenza policy, as it is now killing 5 times more than covid.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9D8qmGjki8
In one video above, the Nobel prize winning professor from Stanford says if we tested for influenza like we have covid, the death rate would be many times higher.
So it will be interesting to see how we handle future respiratory disease.
I do know the economic damage has been masked by government money, which we don't have - have to print it. Airlines are announcing big layoffs if they don't get more aid, 40,000 workers.