Most of us, after the “war on Coronavirus” is over, will probably debate endlessly if the lockdowns imposed on the world population were needed. There are people out there who are genuinely concerned about their own well-being and that of their loved ones, who would much rather stay home for months on end, than risk going outside. No matter what science says, even told to us by the Coronavirus Task Force a few weeks back relative to how sunlight and heat exposure along with soap and detergent kill the virus, these folks are scared to death to go outside and help their immune system do its job.
But for most of us, the real concern is the people being affected by the lockdowns – suicide rates going up, no healthcare for patients that have not tested positive for Coronavirus, no income for the 33 million people who have lost their jobs or the millions who are in the process of losing their small businesses. To most of us, unless this virus was a coordinated attack against humanity, none of the lockdowns make any sense. From early on I have contended that we quarantine the sick, not the healthy. We’ve been doing this for millennia – you read about quarantining the sick in the Bible!
But rather than using common sense and tested medical procedures, we all, including our President, keep talking about the 1917 Spanish Flu pandemic, which claimed the lives of 50-100 million people world wide and compare that terrible pandemic to today’s Coronavirus. As we do this, we tend to think that the 1917 flu is the measure against which we must compare COVID-19. Up until now, I didn’t have a problem with this comparison, but that’s because I didn’t know that in 1969, when Woodstock took place, we were in the middle of a flu pandemic that was also quite significant, though not as deadly as the 1917 Spanish flu pandemic.
The 1968 flu pandemic, also known as Hong Kong Flu (way back when it wasn’t “racist” to call it that – you will still see it in Wikipedia called that way), began in Hong Kong and arrived in the US sometime in September 1968 and lasted through 1969-70. The estimated number of deaths, according to the CDC, was 1 million worldwide and 100,000 in the US. Most of those deaths were people 65 years and older.
Now, unless you’re over 60 years old chances are you have no memory or knowledge of this pandemic ever happening. And even if you’re over 60 years of age, you probably don’t remember much either. But shouldn’t you? After all, 100,000 deaths is a significant number, and considering that back then the population of the US was about 200 million with a life expectancy of 70 years old and without the problems of obesity we have today, if that number were extrapolated to today , we would be looking at about 250,000 deaths! If you lived through it, this must have been news all over the place!
Except that it probably wasn’t.
You see, there were no lockdowns, no millions upon millions of people losing their jobs or businesses, no media hysteria and Trump wasn’t the President.
Nathaniel Moir of National Interest writes:
“In 1968, the H3N2 pandemic killed more individuals in the U.S. than the combined total number of American fatalities during both the Vietnam and Korean Wars.”
So why is this Coronavirus such a big deal?
I know, I know – it’s an election year and the activists in the media and the Democrat Party want to hurt President Trump as much as they can to win the WH and the Senate back. And if hurting you, destroying your livelihood and your dreams is the path of least resistance for them, that’s what they’re going to do!
People in 1969 didn’t expect the government to run their lives, they expected physicians to take the primary responsibility to mitigate the disease. People didn’t end up in jail because they reopened their hair salons in Dallas, nor were they forced to wear masks to go to the grocery store. Government was not expected to dictate every detail of our lives – whether we can go to the beach or ride our bikes – without risking being arrested. It was assumed that doctors, not politicians, were the ones responsible for bringing medical solutions to medical problems.
Woodstock was a 3-day music festival that took place in August 1968 and attracted about 400,000 people – all while “people were dying!” of the Hong Kong flu. Today not only would you not be able to attend this concert, but you cannot even go to church!
This lockdown needs to end. It makes no sense. The SAFEST place is outside – 66% of new cases in NY are people who stayed at home! It’s not working! And it prevents “herd immunity” and prolongs the problem. It’s NOT designed to prevent coronavirus spread - it’s designed to hurt the American people if doing so hurts Trump.
We need to vote every Democrat out of office, particularly those governors who are imposing draconian measures imposed by these tyrants.
“Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!”
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