I want to start with a couple of notes in regard to Sweden. First, Minnesota’s deaths per million are at 665. Sweden is at 692. So let’s don’t pretend that they are doing much worse than we are. They are doing much better by that measure than almost every US state and the US as a whole. There has been a suggestion lately that they are moving away from their relatively restrained approach and that this approach was some kind of failure. Sweden has seen a renewed case wave, as has most of Europe, and that wave is stronger in less populated areas, as is tending to be in other countries and the US. The notion that Sweden’s approach has failed is absurd, they are in better shape than most European countries, just look at the numbers. And their population has endured much less stress. Their children have been able to have pretty normal lives. There clearly is some tension in the country, and pressure on it by other countries, around putting more restrictive measures in place, and some have been put in place, apparently over the objection of the public health authorities. So much for following the science and the experts. The kind of balance which actually considers the interests of the whole population is what should be foremost everywhere, and it would be a shame if Sweden abandoned that notion and if every country doesn’t move more in that direction.
I mentioned that Scott Johnson at the Powerline Blog had to sue to get the DOH to be allowed to participate in briefings and ask questions. The answers to the questions are illuminating. This week, here are some highlights. Scott asked about excess deaths outside of CV-19, which the states and the CDC are doing their best to ensure people don’t see. The state said that while they are doing very rapid reporting of CV-19 deaths, they just couldn’t possibly do the same for other causes of death, it would just take too many resources. Let me rephrase that for DOH–we like to report as many CV-19 deaths as possible, whether they have anything to do with CV-19 or not, as fast as we can to feed hysteria and panic, but we don’t want people to have a clue how many we are killing with our lockdown, school closing and other orders and our general terrorization of the population.
Asked why don’t you report by date of death, here is the non-response response “Our current practice provides the most up-to-date information with the least lag time to help track the course of the epidemic.” What does that have to do with anything. You can report just as fast but maybe give people the actual date of death, so they have a better sense that 101 deaths didn’t actually occur on one date. This is typical gibberish from DOH.
Even worse are the responses on questions about hospitalizations. They claimed not to know a) how many hospitalized people first tested positive in the hospital; b) how many people listed under hospitalized for CV-19 were actually hospitalized for a different reason; or c) how many people acquired CV-19 in the hospital. All lies, they have all of that information, and again, they hide it because it doesn’t fit the doomsday messaging. They also claimed not to know how many people listed as CV-19 hospitalizations died in the hospital.
And here is my favorite bizarro answer. How do you calculate the positivity rate? Answer: “Positivity rate is the percent of tests positive out of the total number of tests.” They then acknowledge that it includes duplicate positives on the same person. So one of the main numbers they claim to be tracking is completely bogus, has nothing to do with actual cases and is grossly overstated. Now tell us how many of the positives are duplicates.
This is simply unbelievable and a reflection of the complete, and I mean really complete, incompetence of the dunces supposedly managing our response to this epidemic. And of course they are led by a head buffoon, a completely clueless, panic-stricken lemming who just does what everyone else does instead of thinking, actually thinking about the consequences of some of his actions. Keep it up Guv, next week we will pass Sweden in per capita deaths and soon Florida, where people live like people and students get to go to real school so they don’t feel like killing themselves.