Kaiserschmarrn wrote:I'm not going to restart this conversation with you,
I haven't even started this conversation yet, I've barely begun to look into it. There's a lot more on the way.
but I have to say that I'm amused that the above is coming from somebody who routinely dismisses the most highly respected authorities on any subject imaginable.
I don't do that, every position I hold on some particular question of science is backed up not just by experts, but by the most highly respected experts from the most prestigious institutions on earth. The people I rely on are the top academics and regulators in the Western world, the people who have literally written the book for their field.
The stupidity really boggles the mind.
It truly does.
If I had problems with my cardiovascular system which made it harder for me to stay alive while this virus wreaks havoc in my lungs and die as a result, some people are apparently unhappy that I'd show up in the Covid death count. Never mind that people who can't breathe won't care how we count them, but they *will* show up at hospitals or phone ambulances or simply die at home and this will happen in massive numbers if we don't stop this virus from spreading, with all the knock-on effects that will have as well.
Well that's just a bullshit straw man. The claim isn't that every death with a comorbidity wasn't caused by corona, the claim is that corona hasn't been confirmed as the cause of death in the vast majority of cases and that since the vast majority of deaths are in people over the age of 65 with multiple comorbidities it's a virtual certainty that a great many deaths are being incorrectly attributed to the virus.
At best this is an academic ivory tower debate and at worst it's callous stupidity.
Yeah, it's not important to know how many deaths are actually being caused by the virus, it doesn't matter if the count is way off, it's not like the consequences of a wildly inflated death count would be disastrous for the global economy or anything...