1.) Tucker Carlson argues that the Chinese response to the virus was “extreme” and “utterly inhumane.” Meanwhile, the current death count in this country is 72,271 because Donald Trump chose to “ride it out” after deferring to private equity and hedge fund billionaires.
2.) Mr. Humanity has been agitating for weeks on FOX News to Reopen America in the middle of an epidemic. The models are now predicting anywhere from 92,000 to 110,000 deaths by June. By this point, it should clear to anyone who isn’t an idiot that COVID-19 IS NOT THE FLU!
3.) The flu doesn’t skyrocket in mid-March and kill 50,000 people in April. Flu season ended a month ago. This virus IS STILL going! It might even SURGE as we head into the summer!
4.) Neil Ferguson was right to compare COVID-19 to the Spanish Flu. The first wave of that virus also came in the spring. The relative lack of seasonality of the virus as the weather has warmed is a telltale sign that we are dealing with a pandemic.
“Pandemics do not behave the same way seasonal outbreaks do. For the National Academies’ report, researchers looked at the history of flu pandemics as an example. “There have been 10 influenza pandemics in the past 250-plus years — two started in the Northern Hemisphere winter, three in the spring, two in the summer and three in the fall,” the report said. “All had a peak second wave approximately six months after emergence of the virus in the human population, regardless of when the initial introduction occurred.”
History strongly suggests the peak will come in September or October.
5.) Neil Ferguson isn’t a hypocrite. He was infected by COVID-19 and recovered from it.
6.) There is no proof that Neil Ferguson was wrong about a 0.9% IFR. The original Imperial College study also said half of cases were asymptomatic and that the death rate varied by age group.