“Every day there are more charts that undermine the “we have to stay home and cancel everything” narrative, and I have a couple of those for you today, but first I want to show you something else.
Someone I follow on Twitter just released a Tweet thread that sums up the inhuman COVID response so beautifully that I had to share it with you:
The East Coast is home to a little under 130,000,000 people. And 130 million is the number of people in the world that our global overreaction to COVID has pushed to the brink of starvation according to the World Health Organization.
Do you support lockdowns? You may think you’re being virtuous, but you’re being selfish. Imagine driving from Portland, Maine thru Boston, NYC, Philly, DC, Atlanta, Miami. Now imagine everybody you saw on your trip starving. All 130 million of them. Those are faces of lockdowns.
Add to that people right here at home so afraid of COVID they stay home while having strokes and heart attacks. They stay home or are delayed from chemo and other life-maintaining treatments. Some sit alone in despair, drinking alcohol or abusing drugs.
Some lash out at spouses and children who have no school or social life in which to find refuge or help — or detection.
Kids growing up spending formative chunks of their lives learning that being close to another human is dangerous and the very breathe we exhale is poison. You don’t think that’s going to have long-term effects?
Alzheimer’s patients confused, lost in their own fading world with no one working to keep them afloat — they drown in their isolation. Grandparents denied the joy of one of the definitive pleasures of life — hugging a grandchild or seeing the joy of their faces Christmas morning.
“But lockdowns save lives,” you cry. But denying human contact, scaring people to death, driving people to despair — is this “saving” lives? And how many lives does it save?
All through the US and Europe many places that locked down thought they stopped cases, but it wasn’t lockdowns. It was summer. And when summer was over, COVID returned. Masks, social distancing, lockdowns, all ripped through by COVID like a football team running through a paper banner.
No proms, no third-grade shows in a crowded gym, no science fairs, no big games, no school (that they used to say they didn’t like but now walk around like zombies pining for the interactions). Shortcomings in education lead to a lifetime of shortcomings, from career choices and earning power, to emotional development and family building.
Supply chains disrupted. Jobs lost. Production slowed. 130 million people in danger of starvation. It’s easy for many of us in the middle class to hunker down and work from home. Just buy a new computer for kids’ remote schooling and work from the den. Not everybody has that option.
I was originally going to close this issue here, but I can’t resist sharing two charts, courtesy of Ian Miller (@ianmSC).
Remember when Dr. Fauci said Florida was “asking for trouble” by fully reopening (the state had already been mostly open anyway for a while)? Sure you do.
And remember when he said New York was a model of how to handle the situation? Again, sure.
Now do you recall him saying anything recently about this?
How about California, where nobody can do anything?
They must be doing much better than Florida right now, right?
Let me remind you: there are no restrictions in Florida.
It’s almost like all the joy California is taking from its people, and all the ways it’s crushing and impoverishing them, is for nothing.”