Fresh round of Covid hysteria

Flu season is upon us and in 2020 that means the COVID hysteria has been ramped up to a level not seen since April. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence this happened at the exact same moment the media called the election for Biden. No one has any time to question any of the seeming “irregularities” surrounding the voting in certain swing states. No, it’s all COVID, all the time. That’s all your allowed to concern yourself with. Avoiding the plague that Trump unleashed on the planet with his insufficiently authoritarian response.

But will the numbers allow the hysterics to pump this up to the levels we saw in the spring? Cases are “surging” but as more people have positive tests and live to tell the tail of mild or no symptoms, will the public continue to cower in fear? The answer is probably yes, but let’s take a fresh look at deaths anyway.

Here is the all-cause weekly death numbers for the last few years:

Still a bit higher than normal up through week 41. How much of that is due to COVID and how much the lockdowns, is up for debate. It remains to be seen if the “excess” deaths continue much longer. Remember, many of the most vulnerable died back in earlier outbreaks. Those may have been a lot of the same people that would have died during this flu season if they hadn’t been exposed to COVID earlier in the year.

But let’s look at excess death trends:

Seems like for most of the year, there were far more excess deaths than COVID deaths. This indicates that lockdowns may be causing deaths in their own right. Either that or COVID deaths are being undercounted which seems very unlikely, at least after the initial so-called “first wave.”

But in recent weeks it looks like maybe we’re starting to see more COVID deaths than excess deaths? Might be a time lag. COVID deaths getting reported quicker than others for some reason. Or is it that they’re slapping a COVID designation on deaths that would have happened anyway? Time will tell. Intensified lockdowns could cause more non-COVID deaths as well so it’s a real mess.

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