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Day 218: You too are expendable

herd immunity

Well after yesterday’s post there has been a huge shift in rhetoric, so either the GOP reads my blog and thought it would be great to apply the same principle to America in general, or I just happened to guess right. I have to say, being okay with mass murdering a large portion of Americans seems like a bad idea, but clearly we have only the “smartest” people working in our government and not just the wealthiest… right?  For posterity’s sake let me explain since (I hope) 10 years from now someone reading this will have no clue what I’m referring to.

Yesterday I said the government wants me dead. It was a big dramatic post and I wouldn’t blame anyone for thinking I was exaggerating. I wasn’t, if anything I’m understating the problem, but that is beside the point. I can’t say for sure when it happened yesterday, but the GOP said, “fuck it” and decided that profit was more important than people.

They are literally saying let’s kill off 1-2% (minimum) of the population so we can line our wallets. It’s an interesting time because as a veteran I am used to the government wanting me dead. Now they are saying the quiet part out loud and it’s just really interesting to see others get deemed an acceptable sacrifice to make a dollar. I mean one GOP member from texas said, and I fucking quote

“Those of us who are 70 plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in urging the country to “get back to work.”

That’s easy to say when you’re safely tucked away from the general public with the best medical care that money can buy. What about the rest of us who are living off the scraps? Yet people still vote for genocidal assholes like this and it just blows my mind.

Maybe the math is the problem, so let me break it down. Let’s say that conservatively just 1/4 of the US population gets the coronavirus. The US population is estimated to be roughly 327.2 million, so ~81 million would get the coronavirus. Assuming that the hospitals aren’t massively overwhelmed and we use the lower bound for the death rate of the coronavirus “only” about 1% of those people would die. That’s “just” 810,000 people. To put that in perspective, that is almost twice the US casualty rate of world war 2 (416,800).

Here’s the worst part, that is an ultra conservative number. If we wanted to have herd immunity to the virus, ~90% of the population would need to get it. Current estimates are ~2.5% of people who get the virus die from it, but that is assuming adequate healthcare. If we go back to business as usual, we are going to flood the hospitals with new cases, even if we assume hospital staff are somehow immune, there were no medical supply shortages (which there are even now), and no one else had any other sort of injury that required medical attention, the hospitals wouldn’t be able to keep up with the people coming in. In China for example the death rate jumped to >6% when hospitals couldn’t keep up with new cases.

All that to say, the ~2.5% death rate would end up much, much higher. Keep in mind, I assumed only 1/4 of the US population would contract the virus and only 1% would die from it, so I picked far, far lower numbers than even what the best case scenario would be if we stopped taking this seriously. It’s not hard to see the numbers are not in our favor and the government just doesn’t care. This is quickly becoming a genocide orchestrated by the people we elected to keep us safe. We wouldn’t accept this if another country decided that ~1% of its population should be killed, why should we accept it when it happens here?

All this to save the economy, but here is the kicker. Letting all those people die would be horrible for the economy. We the people, we are the economy, not some business. It’s our day to day transactions that drive the economy. Somewhere along the line, the American people forgot that we are the ones in charge, not the people we elect. They are there to serve us, not some huge company. Yet we need to make mass human sacrifices to the gods of wall street to appease corporations. All in the name of the American dream.

It’s called the American dream, but to paraphrase Shakespeare, there’s the rub.

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