“In July, a Franklin Templeton-Gallup poll found Americans had a poor understanding of the risk of Covid-19 death for different age cohorts:
- Participants said people aged 55+ accounted for a little over half of the deaths, when the actual share was 92%.
- Those under age 25 accounted for just 0.2% of deaths—participants overestimated the share by a factor of 50.
The results aren’t surprising, given the media’s compulsion to accentuate rare occasions when teens and twentysomethings fall victim to the virus.
In June, CNN served up a particularly flagrant example of Covid scaremongering: an article titled “Healthy teenager who took precautions died suddenly of Covid-19.”
The many who skimmed the headline received an anecdotal infusion of fearful misinformation. The minority who made it to the tenth paragraph would finally learn that doctors treating the purportedly “healthy” yet visibly obese teen found he had Type 1 diabetes with a blood sugar level 10 times the norm.” starkrealities
Comment: The COVID pandemic has shown today’s Americans to be “the sheeple.” Easily herded, easily intimidated by people like Fauci the Great, easily made into serfs by dimwits like Biden and K. Harris. Americans are not the people their ancestors were. You are undoubtedly tired of hearing about SWMBO’s genealogical labors, but she keeps discovering more and more about my New England colonist forebears and insists on telling me about them. They were a very tough lot. My ancestors had money, position and status in England but they left home to make a trans-Atlantic crossing in a leaky wooden boat. Then they got off the boat on a hostile shore where they found a rotten climate, stony soil and forests full of Indians not keen on their ever growing presence. I can only wonder what those folks would have thought of us today. pl
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