By Gary McCollum/Opinion
I want to put things in a little perspective for everyone. I learned a long time ago that figures don’t lie, but LIARS CAN FIGURE. If you EVER listened to a politician or an organization citing statistics you will know that. A little research goes a long way. So without further ado, let’s head down this rabbit hole.
Yes, the Wuhan, China Novel Corona Virus AKA Covid 19 is a bad virus. Especially deadly to people 60+ (I’m rounding down for the sake of argument) Yes, it should be taken seriously. Now comes the time for a little perspective:
Thousands of people die in this country each year. Yes, it is always tragic and sometimes avoidable.
Drunk Drivers: (2018 data) 10,511
Automobile accidents: (2019 data) 38,800 (side note: estimated 391,000 drivers were seriously injured in automotive accidents due to “distracted” driving)
Antibiotic – resistant deaths: 35,000
Alcohol-induced deaths: 35,823
Blood poisoning resulting in bacteria: 40,922
Flu and Pneumonia: 55,672 (has been as high as 80,000)
Accidental Poisoning: 64,795
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease: 160,201
All Accidental deaths: 169,936
Medical Errors: 250,000
Heart Disease: 647,457
Now going through this list, it seems fairly sobering. I don’t see us shutting down fast food restaurants, instituting a healthy eating or exercise mandate, no weight checks before entering the hospital. Speaking of hospitals, they alone are an Epidemic of death due to medical mistakes. Are we shutting them down?
We have had a Vaccine for the Flu for years, but each year 55,672 & up to 80,000 die of the Influenza. Did we keep all our kids out of school for that?
We have done a lot to curb drunk driving, but yet have attempted to REALLY put as much effort into curing Cancer as they have to finding a vaccine for the Wuhan China Corona Virus aka Covid 19
And just for a little topping on the cake.
Did you know that according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 800,000 children go missing EACH YEAR… IN THE UNITED STATES. EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND CHILDREN GO MISSING EACH AND EVERY YEAR.
So the next time you hear these scary COVID-19 numbers being broadcast daily from all angles of every news organization, know there are a lot more evils in this world. Keep things in perspective. Stay Safe, Stay Prepared.
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