This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 22, 2020:
As The New American reported on Sunday, the fatality rate of the coronavirus is less than one-tenth of original predictions, according to a study by 17 medical professionals, most of whom are affiliated with Stanford University. They tentatively concluded that the real mortality rate is between 0.12 percent and 0.2 percent — between 12 and 20 deaths per 10,000 population — instead of the scary and now highly questionable 200 to 400 per 10,000.
A new study — this one from University of Southern California (USC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health — said that its results (also tentative) show the fatality rate from the coronavirus is “much lower than originally thought.” Instead of the 2.0- to 4.0-percent death rate, which was used to justify government restrictions on citizens’ freedoms, the rate is closer to one-tenth of one percent (10 per 10,000 population).
Neeraj Sood, a USC professor and one of the authors of the study, said“the estimates … suggest that we might have to … rethink public health strategies.”
As this writer originally noted, “If additional studies now underway confirm [the first] study’s conclusions, then it is hoped that the American people will discover that they have not only been lied to but have also been manipulated in such a way as to give government vastly more control over their lives than few could have imagined.”
Regaining freedoms lost is much more difficult than protecting freedoms previously won. Governors relishing the feeling of power and rejoicing in their ability to manipulate and control their populations using false narratives and assumptions are going to be very reluctant to give up such power, even when they are shown their errors.