By Allan Wall, October 8, 2021
The COVID-19 coronavirus has dominated the news since early 2020. The virus and the ways it’s been handled have greatly affected our lives.
You might say that public health shouldn’t be politicized, but how can you avoid it?
There have been controversies over COVID-19’s origins, its treatment, and the way civil liberties have been impacted by COVID policies.
Consider the lockdowns, mask enforcement and vaccine mandates.
Look how lockdowns affected the economy. What about other health problems exacerbated by lockdowns?
COVID policy seems to have brought out the inner dictator in some American governors.
For an even more extreme case, look at the Land Down Under, Australia, where the military enforces draconian lockdowns.
COVID-19 policies even influenced the 2020 election, during which the spread of coronavirus was used as a justification for sketchy ballot procedures.
Our media doesn’t seem too interested in coronavirus news outside the United States.
Some other countries have seen big protests against COVID-19 policy.
Also, medicines condemned by the U.S. media have been widely used in some other countries.
Rates of infection rise and fall. That would happen no matter what is done.
The Mainstream Media/Big Tech complex has not allowed a free discussion of these many issues, censoring what doesn’t fit the official narrative.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was lionized as a great public health leader for his COVID policies, that is, until he was driven out of the governorship and replaced.
In contrast, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been portrayed as handling the virus badly.
Yet, if you look at the COVID-19 death rates per million for the two states, they’re not that different. In fact, New York’s is higher (2886 vs. 2626).
There are doubtless problems with coronavirus statistics, especially international comparisons. Some may be undercounts, some overcounts. But the existing statistics are what we have to work with right now.
A source I have found useful is Worldometer, which publishes COVID-19 statistics by country, updated daily. It has stats on COVID-19 cases, deaths, as well as cases and deaths per million.
In order to compare and contrast stats among different countries, it’s really necessary to have data like that, given the vast differences in population among the countries of the world.
Examining deaths per million, one can see that the United States does not have the highest COVID-19 death rate.
That distinction belongs to Peru, a South American country with a COVID death rate of 5948 per million.
This question was asked in a June 1st BBC article.
Was it because they didn’t have a lockdown? Well, no.
The BBC reported, “Peru imposed one of the earliest and strictest lockdowns in Latin America back in March 2020 – before the UK and some other European countries.”
According to the BBC, Peru had problems in its medical service. It has social and economic problems, such as cramped housing and the fact that over 40% of households don’t have a refrigerator.
The truth is, it’s probably due to a variety of factors.
After Peru, number 2 is Bosnia and Herzegovina, with 3,328 deaths per million, followed by North Macedonia (3256), Hungary (3142), Montenegro (3139), Bulgaria (3125), Gibraltar (2880) and Czechia (2841).
Brazil is in ninth place with 2797 deaths per million, followed by European microstate San Marino (2675), then Argentina (2524), Slovakia (2326), Georgia (the country, not the U.S. state) with 2302, followed by Paraguay (2237).
Slovenia and French Polynesia are tied at 2212 COVID deaths per million, followed by Belgium at 2202.
The United States is in 18th place, with 2190 COVID-19 deaths per million.
All the countries with higher death rates than the U.S. are in Latin America and Europe, with the exceptions of Georgia in the Middle East and French Polynesia in the Pacific.
Of course, these statistics continue to change.
In September, the New York Times reported that infection rates are dropping in most of South America.
One thing we ought to be able to agree on is that we shouldn’t be bringing in more foreigners with COVID-19.
But with the current state of President Biden’s southern border, we can’t even take that for granted!
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