2600 bro wrote:
You have it backwards. He is here primary to call people names. COVID idiocy is just the medium for it.
I strongly disagree about COVID lives beings overpriced though. No country can tolerate the shock of 1-2% of it's population dying in a single wave - it causes civil and economic chaos. We can argue about the steps to prevent this situation, but claiming mitigation "overprices" lives seems reductive and ignorant of nonlinear risk.
Well.. first of all: Overpriced, with that I mean what we are willing as a society to cough up to prevent lifes compared to saving other preventable deaths...
How many people die from air-pollution each year? 7 million each year according to WHO.
(If we say statistics only pick up half of covid deaths and that as many will die from it as have died from it so far, that's still above the number of coivd deaths the world will likely face)
Had we invested as much (in $$$ trillions) as we do to tackle the covid crisis we wouldn't have any air pollution to talk of and that is just out of many types of deaths that we invest pretty much pocket change in preventing compared to Covid, so there is definately a point to be made that covid-19 lifes are priced at a premium of other lifes..
And 1-2%? Interesting guesstimate.
As we speak New York is the single worst hit area in the world and less than 0,2% of the population have died there. When it's all over, I doubt that 0,5% of any area in the world will have died (more likely it will be 0,3% in the hardest hits areas of the world)..
For the world as a whoe we are still less than 0.002% of the population that has died.
For me, throwing numbers like 1-2% around only fuels the covidiots that say it's a scamdemic.
Can the world handle it? Fair question. From an economic point of view, the world certainly handled the spanish flue that was more than 10x as lethal.
All of the above said: I am very much in favor of mitigiation in the form of advice, local lockdowns when neccecary and mask mandates when neccecary, but that doesn't mean I don't see problems with how these lockdowns are handled, because I am very much against those mandates being so harsh that they overrule human rights unneccecarily.
In Denmark you have had disabled people being fined for waiting on a bus in a "forbidden zone".
15 million minks were exterminated (initially even lacking the legal basis to do so)
In certain areas of Norway it's now illegal for a family of 5 to have their old neighbor over for a cup of coffee even if there is no spread to talk of in some of these counties.
Any criticism of those rules are being met with: "Shut up, be loyal and do what your government say, we can complain when it's over..."