[ 26/10/20 Response to a facebook Ad – on Swedish statistics]
Whoever wrote this seems to have an agenda that does not value human life very highly.
Sweden has taken measures to slow the spread of Covid. As yet only a little over 1% of the population has caught it, and 5,933 have died.
Had they taken no measures, then by now about 500,000 people would have died from it – which would be 5 times their normal annual death toll from all causes.
Sweden is a country where most people care about others, and most are responsible, and most heed advice, so that they haven’t needed to make stuff mandatory as most people do actually follow the advice. And even with that, they have a higher than average death toll.
This story is seriously misleading, by saying things that are true in a way that gives a false impression.
This is a real pandemic – with serious consequences.
It is a relatively mild serious pandemic, only about 2% of the population actually die from it, but if it got away then maybe up to 5% of the population would die, for a bunch of complex reasons.
How many people do you know. Now imagine 1 in 50 of them dead, Now try 1 in 20, mostly over 60 (like me) but not all by any means. A lot of younger people would die and many more would carry life long injuries to organs (particularly heart and lungs) that would severely restrict the options available to them.
A virus with a death rate of 50% would be much worse. The second round of the 1918 influenza pandemic did have that sort of death rate, and people took it seriously.
It seems to me to be beyond any shadow of reasonable doubt that this is a serious pandemic.
We need to treat it as such.
We need to stop with this sort of misleading propoganda.