Monday News & Comments 08 24 20

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Today’s Issue: Epicenter of Covid-19

Welcome to Monday News & Comments.

This morning I read an article that was critical of the way Florida has been handling Covid-19. To read that article you would think that Florida is the Epicenter of Covid-19 in the United States. That is not true!

What is true is that Florida cases peaked higher than New York, but the real story is in the deaths. In New York you saw body bags being stacked and stored, but in Florida there’s been nothing like that.

In SE Florida you have what we call the epicenter for Florida. It includes Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach. That area leads the nation in cases per capita. Another area is the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area. And as mentioned above Florida surpassed New York in cases per capita. This has caused experts to label Florida the new epicenter of Covid-19. But let’s take a deeper look.

Florida has had 600,571 cases and 10,462 deaths for a Death Rate of 1.74%.

New York has had 460,460 cases and 32,967 deaths for a Death Rate of 7.16%.

Again, experts keep warning us that the numbers of deaths lag the case rise. Let’s assume they are correct, after all they are the experts. But New York’s numbers of deaths to cases has been extremely high from the beginning! Remember the body bags? They were hit early and hard.

In Florida’s situation the case load has been high for awhile now. There is no doubt the case load is much higher than New York’s, but it has not been nearly as deadly. When you compare the two states by death count you discover that Florida is less than 1/3 New York’s death count (10,462 / 32,967 = 31.7%) yet Florida’s cases are much higher (600,571-460,460 = 140,111 or 30.4% higher).

I contend that while cases per capita may be helpful to the experts, it is misleading to us average folks. It creates panic. It should raise concern because even 1 death is tragic, but the truth is that Florida is considerably safer than New York. You might get sicker down here, but your chances of survival are higher.

This throwing numbers around belongs in the lab not the newspaper or local news. It creates unnecessary panic. Getting sick (and they say for young adults it’s equivalent to a bad case of flu) is not to be feared. No one wants to get sick which is a good argument for wearing masks and practicing social distancing. But the death rate is encouraging news, especially since the time span now covers almost eight months!

But broadcasting these numbers on national TV is almost criminal. It creates a problem that is bigger than the facts, creates panic, keeps businesses shut down, and makes it hard for people to return to a more normal life.

We need more responsible reporting and less finger pointing.  

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Coronavirus

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Coronavirus.

In the interest of transparency, I am not a doctor, nurse, or in anyway associated with medical degrees or work. But I am concerned about the reporting done on this virus. While it may contain a great deal of facts, it is misleading.

When you turn on TV news or read the newspaper you are hit with the rise in cases and deaths which, in my opinion, creates a false narrative. Yes, the cases and deaths are rising, but is that where the focus should be?

The fact is that it has been weeks since the cases started its new surge, and the death rate, the most important stat, has plummeted. From a high of 5.8% it is now 3.8%. Another fact. Do you remember the body bags in New York? We don’t see them anymore.

Could it change for the worse? Perhaps, but consider this:

This pandemic didn’t go away and then return, it shifted from older folks to younger, more resilient people, such as young adults, teens, and children. The news media either ignores this fact or dismisses it as not relevant.

Any disease is important, so I am not dismissing Covid-19, but the overblown coverage of it is disturbing. While any death is terrible, the death rate due to Covid-19 has been going down since the end of May. Actually, it plunged. Yet the media is still in panic mode and misleading people about the masks (see blog Masks or No Masks). Local media does a better job, but national media is atrocious.

 I think it is time for less urgency and more calmness. Yes, encourage social distancing and wearing of masks, but get off the mandate train. Let’s take a a calmer, saner approach.

Tip of the Day: Be calm. This too shall go away.

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