Here’s something you might be interested to know: Among 1.3 million active duty US military service members, there has been one death from COVID-19, … one! Our military services never shut down, they continued to serve as they always do. Yes, masks and all that, but no shutdown of military functions and no reduction in readiness, they continued doing their jobs and yet, only one death. If you include the 800,000 reserves and National Guard, who spend a lot of time in the civilian world, then from a total of 2.1 million military personnel (active, reserve and guard) there were 38,500 total cases and 7 deaths!
Think about that amazing statistic and then recall we noted a few days ago, across 30 or so colleges, there were almost 26,000 cases of COVID-19 found among the students, but none of them were hospitalized. They weren’t sick!
But, but … cases!
In both instances, there were tens of thousands of cases, but deaths were either non-existent or incredibly low. You probably didn’t see these stories in the local news, either.
Governor Wolf wants you to be afraid of COVID-19, so does County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, it’s why they always cite case numbers when talking about the virus, but case numbers don’t seem to matter. Unfortunately, the only possible way they can make you believe we’re still in a crisis is to focus on case numbers instead of looking at hospitalizations and deaths, the statistic that really tells us how we’re doing, because if tens of thousands of people have the virus, but are not sick and never get sick, then the fear and panic our government officials are promoting are unnecessary and so are the restrictions imposed by the government. Awkward, huh?
Personal responsibility and care for the vulnerable
We need to protect the vulnerable residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities, but the young and healthy need to resume normal activities. If you’re elderly or suffering from numerous underlying conditions, take personal precautions and be responsible. Adults don’t need paternalism from the government, we can look out for ourselves and we certainly don’t need the random and arbitrary restrictions imposed without any data to back them up.
The most important action we can take is to fully open our businesses and schools, right now. Let’s get back to work.
Source article on military statistics