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Do not dismiss this entirely, keep a level head about this. People have died from it.

Can't have that!

Let's put the COVID-19 death in perspective. Here's some data for the period Feb 23 thru Oct 4 from Clark County, WA, where I live (population: 496,587):

Total Deaths All causes: 2,365
Total Deaths COVID-19: 62
#9 cause of death
Top 10 causes of total deaths: 1,921
COVID-19 % of top 10 causes of death: 3.3%
# of Deaths due to Accidents: 135
# of Suicide deaths: 51
# Opioid deaths, unintentional: 22
COVID-19 is #36 cause of death for those under age 60

COVID-19 Cases/Hospitalizations/Deaths by age group Feb 23 - Oct 4, 2020:

0-19: 501/0/0
20-39: 1,294/44/2
40-59: 1,003/76/5
60-79: 505/117/22
80+: 143/56/38


Average age of death from COVID-19 virus: 78 yrs
Average life expectancy: 78.6 yrs

Date of State mandate to wear mask and social distance: June 26
Slope of regression line of "New Cases" June 21-Oct 4: Flat to slightly negative
Slope of regression line of COVID-19 deaths June 21 - Oct 4: Sharp decline to avg 1 to 2/week X 5 weeks
No deaths under age 60 since August 2

These data suggest, but certainly do not prove, masking and social distancing are minimal to not effective in significantly reducing COVID-19 New Cases and deaths. The COVID-19 virus has no negative health effects on children and the most negative health effects are on those near the end of life.

So, let's do so thinking..........

Were preventable deaths to be managed as COVID-19 is being managed, these would be the Governor's mandates:

1. All automobiles must be mechanically modified to not allow them to exceed 25 MPH
2. All automobiles must be retrofitted with mandatory 5-point seat belts
3. All opioids, including Buprenorphine, Butorphanol, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Meperidine, Methdadone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, and Tramadol are banned except for in-hospital administration
4. All ladders exceeding 2 feet are banned
5. All swimming pools cannot exceed 1 foot in depth
6. Swimming is forbidden in any natural body of water
7. No person may be allowed to exist outside of prison except that they are in the company of at least one adult

We must keep a level head about the deaths due to these causes, specifically preventable causes in Clark Co. By following these restrictions, the goal is to reduce preventable deaths from the current rate of 409 per year (2020 projection) to 0.

As to chronic disease deaths, the Governor's office is currently in the process of development of mandates that will forbid the sale or consumption of any food containing trans fats, cholesterol or sugar/sodium above 1mg/liter, mandatory annual cardiovascular testing, mandatory exercise programs administered by age, mandatory monthly blood pressure checks, mandatory monthly cancer screenings for lung/breast/uterus/liver/skin/prostate/colon cancer. Violations will receive a $10,000 fine and stern warning. Continued violations will result in the guilty party(ies) being incarcerated in re-education camps until the guilty are properly educated. And there will be no functioning schools, from K-College, allowed to convene until these goals have been achieved.

And henceforth, the state governor shall no longer be referred to as 'governor'. Instead, all residents of the state and any outside visitors must refer to him/her as 'The Great Leader'. Open weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth, howling, sobbing, rending of clothing and all gestures of grieving and subservience must be made whenever the Great One is ill or merely having a bad day.

Deaths must be managed so no one dies of anything! Repeated failures of a citizen to follow these rules following re-education will result in the death penalty.

So I think that covers it......

BruceM
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