- - Wednesday, October 7, 2020

It is interesting how the mainstream media and the Democrats have reduced themselves to COVID-19 shaming. In other words, it is all your fault because you did not wear a mask and hide in your basement. This behavior is reminiscent of the reaction in the ‘80s and ‘90s to people infected with HIV.

I wonder how all of those of modest income feel about COVID-19 shaming, given that many of them had to work face-to-face with people all the way through the pandemic. Vital retail stayed open. These workers are not part of the privileged elite who could work from hom. Death rates in the U.S. peaked back in April, and the testing rate is generating a casedemic, which is largely a fraud because positives without symptoms are classified as cases. Death rates, which are very low, have barely budged going into the fall. However, those rates look similar, if not identical, to what normally occurs every year.

Public health is viewed in terms of a spectrum of diseases, not the myopic view which has been taken with this virus. Some scientists are beginning to complain, especially about the tens of millions who will die because of the financial shutdown in the third world. The infection mortality rate between 15-year-olds and 75-year-olds differs by a factor of 1,000, which means that societal lockdowns are basically unethical and nonsensical.

Herd immunity is not a policy; it is a biological fact. Whether people get infected by the virus directly or end up being infected by a vaccine, the herd will end up immune. This is the science, and apparently the only country that followed it was Sweden.

SAMUEL BURKEEN



Reston, Va.

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