“From the start of the coronavirus outbreak, media reports have emphasized that most of the deaths occur among the elderly. These reports have badly misrepresented the reality of a savage disease that is in fact flooding intensive care units with adults of all ages: according to the CDC, 48 percent of coronavirus admissions to ICUs in the United States are between the ages of 20-64. True, these younger adults are more likely to survive the disease, but that’s only if there’s an ICU bed available to treat them, often for a period of more than 15 days. In northern Italy, hospitals have reportedly been refusing treatment to patients over 60 years old—precisely because they are inundated by younger adults undergoing respiratory failure.
Eventually, commentators will wake up and stop spreading the dangerous falsehood that COVID-19 is mostly dangerous for the elderly. But in the meantime, the belief that younger individuals aren’t really at risk is revealing some unpleasant facts about the way too many of us, and especially “conservatives,” think about the older members of society. …”
Just two months ago, Yoram Hazony was excluding people like me from the “National Conservatism” conference in Rome while including the “mainstream” conservatives who preferred to sacrifice the elderly for the sake of the Jewish private equity titans and hedge fund managers who finance Trump and who preferred to “ride it out” over “spooking the markets.”
Note: Rod Dreher deserves credit for taking the virus seriously.