“PURVEYORS OF PANIC”
Just a few days ago, we were told that there will be as many as 240,000 COVID deaths during the first two weeks of April. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said it would be a “Pearl Harbor and 9/11 moment” for the nation.
This figure is now projected to be one-third as high (81,766), according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s model — which is oft cited by Drs. Fauci and Birx during the Coronavirus Task Force daily briefings.
No doubt, the number of deaths will continue to be revised downward during what was supposed to be an apocalyptic period.
These projections about healthcare capacity at the peak of the pandemic have also been revised downward in the latest IHME model:
* Total hospital beds: 121,269, down from 140,823
* ICU beds: 10,517, down from 29,210
* Ventilators: 18,992, down from 31,782
Less than a month ago, Gov. Cuomo was screaming that NY *alone* would need 40,000 vents. At this juncture, the entire country is estimated to need less than half that number.
Of course, each death is a terrible loss for a family and for a community. But if the total number of COVID deaths turns out to be lower than the average flu season, the Purveyors of Panic in the media and public health agencies need to be held accountable. Starting with the Surgeon General, who also tried to convince Americans that masks are useless in preventing people from getting or spreading COVID.
We have bankrupted tens of thousands of businesses and millions of employees, and have mortgaged our economic future by adding trillions of dollars to the national debt.
By mid-month, if there isn’t a plan and a timetable to put out the “Open for Business” sign, people will no longer consent to be held captive by models that are wild guesstimates. And then what are our elected going to do with their “emergency” powers to quell the uprising?