by Susan

May 14, 2020

Today on a coaching call for my investment club, a student asked…

Don’t you think it’s crazy that we allowed a guy like Fauci to crash the economy when this virus isn’t nearly as deadly as everyone says it is?

I try to make like Sweden and stay neutral on these calls but this one for some reason got me.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t had my hair or brows done in two months due to quarantine.

Maybe it’s because today is the 8th anniversary of my soul dog, Dexter’s death.

I dunno.

But I feel the need to really get on the record with this one.

Because covidiots (idiots who think they are virologists) are making up some dangerous crap that’s going to get (more) people killed.

So, here we go.

The Numbers

This covidiot talking point sets me off like no other.

‘I heard they didn’t die from COVID-19, they died from a heart attack but they were positive so they called it COVID-19 to boost the numbers and scare people.’ 

Let’s do this, people.

You know how many people died specifically from AIDS?

Zero.

AIDS patients die from pneumonia or some other illness healthy people fight off because the AIDS virus destroyed their immune system and they couldn’t fight off the infection.

But at the heart of it, they died because of AIDS.

And since the beginning of the epidemic, 32 million people have died because of AIDS.

It killed 4 of my very close friends back in the 80’s.

The coronavirus attacks the respiratory system.

The respiratory system is pretty important to staying alive.

It also has a huge impact on how other organ systems, like the heart, work.

Guess what?

When your lungs don’t work because they’re basically filling up with concrete as the virus is attacking them, it puts a bit of a strain on your heart and other organs and can cause them to fail.

So, unless you have a basic understanding of how interconnected organ systems are and how the body fundamentally functions, then you really need to stop spewing your bullshit on the internet.

If your leader is downplaying the ‘numbers’ this way to try to justify scaling back preventative measure, you need a new leader.

Not As Deadly

Yes, COVID-19 is actually as deadly as we think know it is.

Here are the latest numbers.

The worldwide death rate is 6.8%.

The US death rate is 6%.

The California (my home state) death rate is 4.1%

The Riverside County (my home county) death rate is 4.3%.

Seasonal flu has a death rate of 0.01%.

This is what’s known as the case fatality rate, which is determined by dividing the number of deaths by the total number of confirmed cases.

But the case fatality rate is limited for a few reasons.

First, not everyone with COVID-19 is being diagnosed with the disease — this is in part due to testing limitations in the U.S. and the fact that people who experience mild or moderate symptoms may not be eligible for or seek out testing.

As the number of confirmed cases goes up, the fatality rate may decrease.

Researchers from Columbia University recently estimated that only 1 in 12 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are documented, which they said would translate to an infection fatality rate of about 0.6%, according to The Washington Post. But even this lower estimate is still at least six times higher than that of the flu.

So, people are dying from COVID-19. Lots of them.

And no matter how you try to spin it, this virus is much deadlier than the flu.

Also, it’s not the flu so this is really an apples to oranges comparison but hey, this is unfortunately a covidiot talking point.

Is It Worth It?

So, back to the crux of the question my student asked… is it worth it to shut down the economy to save lives?

My answer is a resounding YES.

If your answer is different, you have a bigger problem to deal with than a virus or the economy.

About the author 

Susan

Susan Lassiter-Lyons is an investor, entrepreneur, author, and marketer. When she's not working poolside, you'll find her on the tennis court.

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