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COVID-19 by the Numbers: Is it Really the Apocalypse?

COVID-19 by the Numbers: Is it Really the Apocalypse?

(Disclaimer: Although I may adopt a sarcastic, snarky, or lighthearted tone at points, I am in no way arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic should not be taken seriously. We at Punching Bag strongly urge you to take all recommended precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.)

No news station, newspaper, or news website can stop talking about the Coronavirus pandemic. Heck, no person in the nation can stop talking about it! As the numbers keep climbing, the public grows increasingly terrified. With 52,921 confirmed cases in the United States, and 684 deaths (at the time I write this—by the time you read this, who knows?), I can see why!

But what do these numbers really tell us? Is the situation truly as dire as it seems? Let’s take a look at the numbers, considering a few things I have yet to see addressed in the mainstream media.

Let’s start with a city of 10,000 people. I’ll call this city “Realville.” Let’s say that of those 10,000 people, 100 have tested positive for COVID-19. These 100 unfortunate folks are what the media refers to as “confirmed cases.” Of course, the key word in that sentence is confirmed.

Why is “confirmed” the keyword? Because, like every other city, town, or village in our nation, Realville does not have an unlimited quantity of COVID-19 tests just lying around in a broom closet somewhere. No. They have a very limited number of tests at their disposal, and they have no idea when they’re getting more. So Realville isn’t testing everybody and their brother who’s got a bit of a cough. The only people in Realville who are getting a COVID-19 test are those who are both symptomatic and either (a) already seriously ill, (b) part of a vulnerable population, such as the elderly or the immunocompromised—who are highly likely to become seriously ill, or (c) have shown up in the ER with all the right symptoms.

In short, Realville is only even testing people who are majorly sick. This is true all across the country, from the smallest town to the biggest city. You can’t just waltz into any old Urgent Care center and grab a COVID-19 test on the fly as if it’s strep throat. So who isn’t getting the test? A lot of people who do, in fact, have the dreaded COVID-19, but are at home with a bottle of cough syrup, some tissues, and—if they’re very lucky—some homemade chicken noodle soup.

Oh, and we also aren’t testing those who are carrying the virus in their bodies but are experiencing absolutely no symptoms. For the sake of argument, let’s say that for each denizen of Realville who has gotten their sweaty, feverish hands on a COVID-19 test that came back positive, there are two more sitting on their couches thinking they’ve got a cold.

“Gee,” Couch-COVID-Guy is thinking, “being sick stinks, but at least I don’t have COVID-19! That would be terrible!” He does not suspect a thing. In all likelihood, he will never know. Like many infected persons, Couch-COVID-Guy will have mild-to-moderate flu-like symptoms for a few days. Then he will be fine.

Let’s also say that for each Realville confirmed case, there are two more people walking around who are entirely oblivious to the fact that they have any infection at all, because they will never feel so much as a scratchy throat. These are the asymptomatic carriers the media talks about. (Note: It is estimated that as many as 1 in 6 may be carrying the virus. Asymptomatic carriers can still pass on the virus to others, who may become sick, which is why it’s a good idea to use extreme caution if you’re going to have contact with vulnerable people. Read: Don’t sneeze on Grandma.)

Returning to Realville, this brings the total number of infected persons to 500. Remember, only 100 of these 500 are confirmed cases. The 100 confirmed COVID-19 patients are quite sick or likely to become so. The other 400 are fine.

Although this is much higher than the actual fatality rate (which is well under 1% globally), let’s say that of the 100 confirmed COVID-19 patients, ten have died. (Perhaps Realville has an unusually high percentage of senior citizens, or HIV patients, or something—roll with me here, it’s a hypothetical.) Further, let’s say fifty of those 100 confirmed cases are hospitalized.

Exclusively considering the number of confirmed cases, as the mainstream media insists on doing, COVID-19 appears rather deadly. After all, one out of every ten people who have contracted COVID-19 lost their battle to the virus! Fully half the people with COVID-19 needed hospitalization! Realville is doomed!

Except, we know that isn’t the case. Actually, only one in ten Realville-dwellers with the virus ended up hospitalized. Only one in fifty (again, this is much, much higher than the actual COVID-19 fatality rate—I’m beginning to think that something seriously strange is going on in Realville…) COVID-19 patients have died. It is well worth noting here that the vast majority of COVID-19 fatalities were people who were either elderly or immunocompromised.

So perhaps, before we all panic, let’s take a step back and think things all the way through. Next time you see a frightening statistic, question it. That 52,921 confirmed cases in the U.S. I mentioned at the beginning of the article was pretty scary, right? Now consider that there are roughly 327,000,000 people in this country. Not quite as scary now, right?

Isn’t lying with numbers fun?

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10 Comments

  1. Ruby Stewart

    What about the elderly (like me-85 years old) what kind of deal do they get? We live on social security, (less than $16,000 per year for me and I don’t get enough retirement to file an income tax).What are we going to do about groceries and necessities?

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    • Knobby

      In a perfect world, some of those laid-off types would get off the couch and volunteer to go out and get your groceries for you and bring them to your home, wearing gloves and a mask to help protect you. Way back in the 60s when I grew up, we knew our neighbors and their families, and would have done just this. Selfishness is the new paradigm. Sports and video game are the new national religion. It is sad but true.

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  2. Lorenzo

    Hey Hannah! Thanks for the breakdown of the numbers! Have your readers checkout: worldometers.info
    This gives real time stats globally of everything. There’s also a link for coronavirus and gives numbers MSM & left politicians doesn’t want the public to know: number of mild vs serious cases and numbers of RECOVERED and CLOSED cases. The hysteria and pandemonium this has caused is crazy. Governors and mayors who are pushing a false narrative should be arrested and tried fir crimes against humanity. If this is done, politicians would think twice about tanking the economy!

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    • Ralph williams

      Figfigures don’t lie but liars figure. My prediction…@fter the emocrat election year fly is over we will have the real truth. Mane then we can get backing solving the JFK killing, who is really responsible for 911.

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  3. Wynn Sands

    Lying with numbers? That’s what the Demos are
    EXPERTS at!!!!

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  4. Karen K

    I look at it this way: How many deaths are occuring from Abortions? Every day? Guarantee it is waaaay more than this virus and yet nothing is ever said about these poor babies being torn apart and murdered. I believe this outbreak is a wake up call to get people to turn back to God. There have been too many that have turned their backs on him.

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    • stingray77

      When you look at the small, small number who have died, compared to the large amount across the Globe that you rarely see mentioned on the MSM alphabet soup conglomerates, it makes you wonder if the whole fucking World has lost it’s collective minds because of all the BS flying around from the Fake News Corporations…JMHO

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    • stingray77

      When you look at the small, small number who have died, compared to the large amount across the Globe that you rarely see mentioned on the MSM alphabet soup conglomerates, it makes you wonder if the whole darn World has lost it’s collective minds because of all the BS flying around from the Fake News Corporations…JMHO

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  5. Raymond King

    This virus is not the end people are told, the bible tells us if you will read it these things will happen in the last days and we are living in those days now
    read Matthew 24 and Jesus in His own words tells us what will come to pass.
    The media has hyped this up to scare people and they are doing a great job of it, listen we have had viruses before some worse than this but then again
    here come the media with their propaganda selling the bad news they love to do. Don’t believe every news article you read or hear but trust the word of God
    it will give you peace. I say this prayer for all who are fearful today, Almighty and Holy God I come to you this day in the mighty name of your only begotten Son Jesus Christ on behalf of all who read this prayer that you will releave the fear that has griped their minds and restore the peace.

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  6. Russell Bateman

    You mean immunocompromised because elderly. Or, would you have us believe the elderly die from COVID-19 just because they’re elderly?

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