The media and the Chicken Little virus

At the end of my post on the Chicken Little virus I wrote this:

You can also read more on this here: SHOCK REPORT: This Week CDC Quietly Updated COVID-19 Numbers – Only 9,210 Americans Died From COVID-19 Alone – Rest Had Different Other Serious Illnesses, and here: Remember that thing called the Covid Pandemic? You just won’t read it in The Age or see it mentioned on our ABC.

Turns out the media may be even worse than I thought. They did report it, in a way, but you also have to see how they reported it. This is from The Age/SMH: Twitter barrage: Trump embraces fringe theories on protests and the coronavirus where you find:

Trump likewise reposted messages asserting that the real death toll from the coronavirus is only around 9000 — not nearly 183,000 — because the others who died also had other health issues and most were of an advanced age.

“So get this straight — based on the recommendation of doctors Fauci and Birx the US shut down the entire economy based on 9000 American deaths to the China coronavirus,” said the summary of an article by the hard-line conservative website Gateway Pundit that was retweeted by the President, denigrating his own health advisers, Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx.

The post was a distortion of data available on the website of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which reports that 6 per cent of coronavirus fatalities list only the virus on the death certificates. For other deaths, the patients had an average of 2.6 other conditions or causes of death. The statistics do not mean that they did not die because of the virus, but help explain who is most vulnerable to it.

Let me therefore take you to the post at Small Dead Animals which I cited before: Remember that thing called the Covid Pandemic?. Allow me to quote what you will never read in the Age or see on the ABC.

In last night’s Reader Tips, SDA regular Deplorable Me posted a link to this page on the CDC website. It leads to some interesting reading and very enlightening data (emphaseses mine):

Comorbidities

Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The number of deaths with each condition or cause is shown for all deaths and by age groups. For data on comorbidities,

A little more digging will take you to this page showing the cumulative deaths in America involving Covid-19. Here’s a screenshot of the data shown today. Furthermore you can go to this page to download a slightly older dataset which breaks down Covid-19 related deaths by age range. Here’s a screenshot of this dataset’s breakdown by age range.

For those, like most journalists, for whom #MathIsHard, let’s take a look at the numbers:

  • 2020 Covid-19 related deaths in America: 167,558
  • Percentage of Covid-19 related deaths for ages 0 – 54: 8.16%
  • Percentage of these deaths purely caused by Covid-19: 6%
  • Number of Covid-19 related deaths for ages 0 – 54: 13,673
  • Number of deaths for ages 0 – 54, where Covid-19 was the only apparent cause: 820
  • Current US Population: 330,209,500

One can only wonder what historians will think, looking back at these minuscule Covid-19 death numbers of healthy people under 55 years old, asking why on earth much of our working activities were shut down? While one could offer politicians the benefit of the doubt in March and April, now that September is about to begin, why is anything still shut down?

To trust the people who report the news to understand what they are reporting and to get the story straight and explain what they are saying honestly may be the largest act of faith in the world today.

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16 Responses to The media and the Chicken Little virus

  1. bollux

    This was all done to wedge Trump. no question. It is so important for China and the U.N to get rid of him. don’t know what Australias reason is. Just piss weak I guess.

  2. Chris M

    Hey Steve (slightly OT), I intend to apply to the passport office for free extensions on all family passports for the period we are forbidden to travel. AU has the most expensive passports in the world and I would urge everyone in the country that has one to do this – free extension for the period of XX months (to be determined when we are free to travel again).

  3. bollux
    #3566892, posted on August 31, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    This was all done to wedge Trump. no question.

    Absolutely.

  4. kingsley

    It would be interesting to see these figures contrasted with a bad flu season. It would not surprise me if the flu kills significantly larger numbers of the 0-54 demographic.,

  5. NuThink

    There are the proverbial “calls” for Richard Colbeck to be sacked for not knowing how many cases of COVID there were in Victoria, yet lo and behold, today – if I understand the random MSM reporting – suddenly 33 more cases were added that were not counted few weeks ago.
    I do not know if Colbeck is competent or not, but to me the actual number of COVID cases is not that important, but more importantly is does the Victorian government know what it is doing. Numbers can be rubberized and revived, like those 33 magic numbers.

    Does anyone remember the comic strip Desperate Dan. Popular when I was a kid. Just google ‘Desperate Dan Comics’ – lots of pictures – and note the similarities, Desperate Dan was a larger than life character that used wire cutters to trim his beard.

  6. Wallace

    Today in Victoriastan, desperate Dan said in his daily ego trip, that there were eight new cases today, despite forty three being reported. The rest were cases not reported previously, could have been a week ago.
    Further down the column, the official Victorian government report stated that we had forty three new cases, but only nineteen of them were really of today, the rest being other numbers caught up in the system.
    Who was correct? Desperate Dan with eight, or the official report of nineteen.
    The narrative from desperate Dan was that he was on top of it with only eight deaths today!
    Who would you believe?

  7. David

    While I agree with the underlying message of the post re unreliable statistics, it isn’t necessarily proven by the data given. A number of the other listed medical causes of death could in fact be terminal effects of WuFlu. Obviously cardiac arrest (not usually given as a cause of death) does not mean death was not due to WuFlu and the same could be said for heart failure, pneumonia and others – particularly as many times these are educated guesses in the terminal setting. What you can’t tell, and what is most important, is how sick these people were before the infection. I think it is likely many of them were very unwell, but you can’t say that from the statistics provided

  8. Chris M

    it isn’t necessarily proven by the data given

    I agree David. It comes down to contribution levels for various conditions. Something like half the US population has a degree of diabetes and / or heart disease (ie co-morbidity) but at a level that would have no bearing on a Wuhan virus death, while at the more severe end of the spectrum such could fairly easily die when Wuhan is added to the brew of existing chronic conditions. If you investigate enough we all have some existing ailments, they great majority of which would be minor (insert lefties missing brain joke here).

  9. nb

    ‘To trust the people who report the news … may be the largest act of faith in the world today.’
    Indeed. Or foolishness. MSM provides so little of value it is insulting. Reading, listening, or watching is merely an exercise in spotting the agenda. That is the only information of value. ‘What do they want us to believe.’

  10. mareeS

    I had a cold this winter, I stayed at home for a few days, a bit sick, but am well now

    Our daughter has lost her hotel/tourism career, and she didn’t even have a cough.

  11. Æthelred

    To find out what really happened you need to wait for the calculation of excess deaths.

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm#dashboard

    In New York City there were a substantial number of excess deaths, around 6,000/week at the peak. If these people were at deaths door then one would expect lower than average numbers of deaths in the next couple of months.

  12. egg_

    The media and the Chicken Little virus

    The little virus that could!

  13. Bruce in WA

    Our daughter has lost her hotel/tourism career, and she didn’t even have a cough.

    Sad, MareeS! 🙁

  14. Rossini

    Dan the man has dug himself into such a deep hole that he cannot change course now
    as he has too much to lose

  15. Gavin R Putland

    No, Æthelred, please don’t mention excess-death stats. They’re much too objective and reliable.

  16. Biota

    “When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)
    Looking like this already.

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