Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Another Deadly Milestone

This week we hit that mark … Covid-19 is now officially the deadliest outbreak in recent American history, surpassing the US fatalities from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. You know, when we had no vaccines and access to health care was far worse than today.

Now over eighteen months into this thing deaths due to Covid in America alone crossed the 675,000 mark on Monday and are rising at an average of more than 1,900 fatalities each and every day, due to the fast-spreading Delta Variant.

The 1918 flu—which came in three waves, from the spring of 1918, the fall of 1918, and the winter and spring of 1919—killed an estimated 675,000 Americans in total, so now a 100 years later with modern technologies and treatments and new science available, we are still watching Americans die.

But by all means, please tell me masks don’t work and vaccines don’t work, because these new deaths and new cases fall squarely at the feet of those who don’t mask up and didn’t get the prick because … because.

Let’s compare that flu in 1918 and 1919, and COVID in 2020 and 2021:

In 1918 the US population was an estimated 103 million people; in 2020 the population was roughly 330 million. That means the 1918 flu killed about 1 in every 150 Americans, while COVID has taken the lives of 1 in 500.

Sure, there were fewer people in this country in 1918, so the percentages of those who died then are greater than today but think about healthcare and vaccines and treatments that we have today that were mere dreams to medical professionals a century ago. Unlike today, there was no vaccine for the 1918 flu; unlike today there was no CDC or national public health department; there were no antibiotics, intensive care units, ventilators or IV fluids.

And yet now more of us are dying than died then … some 2,000 a day.

The greatest country on Earth with the most stupid people who are more concerned with vacations and bars and football games than they are with helping save their fellow men and women.

And children.

CNBC

16 comments:

Mistress Maddie said...

Meanwhile, for them that refuse the vaccine, maybe we can put the vaccines in liquor, recreational drugs and Hot Pockets. Goddess knows, no one cares what's in those.

Dave R said...

At present, Covid is becoming the most efficient means of eliminating the Republican Part, other then voting them out of office.

the dogs' mother said...

:-(

xoxo

Marcia LaRue said...

Yup ... saw all this info on Morning Joe this morning on MSNBC ... over 680,000 dead here in the USA. Those that refuse, due to their own ignorance will cause that number to rise! I'm sorry, but I simply cannot feel too sorry for the adults who add to the number ... but ūüė≠ for the babies who have no say!!

Steve Reed said...

I read so much crazy misinformation about Covid online, it blows my mind. And people BELIEVE it!

Helen Lashbrook said...

I see that covid has created 120,000+ orphans - like @Marciaq they are the ones I feel sympathy for

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Thanks for the info about the comparative size of the US population then and now. I was wondering about that.

Bob said...

@Maddie
When my Dida told me my brother wouldn’t take the vaccine because he didn’t trust what was in it, I asked my brother about hot dogs.
It was silence from him.

@Dave
Ignorance kills.

@TDM
Staggering news in 20-effing-21.

@Macia
I got banned from Facebook for 24 hours earlier this year for saying this:
“We’re in this mess because Americans are stupid.”
But I stand by it!
Thank you for being one of the Americans with common sense.

@Steve
I have a brother who believes the nonsense and who now has COVID. Sad and scary.

@Helen
The children have no choice because their moronic parents are the ones making deadly decisions.

@Debra
And even though there are more of us, the numbers are still staggering given all the advances in medicine and science in 100 years!

Moving with Mitchell said...

And there’s no reasoning with them. It would be easier to argue with a rock.

krayolakris said...

I keep thinking it’s nature’s way, but that doesn’t help the innocent kids.

uptonking said...

Hmm. It seems this hoax has overstayed it's welcome. This is rather tragic... considering this is 2021. 2021! We don't seem to be evolving very much...

Agnes Goldberg-DeWoofs said...

I lost any train of thought after the Mistress's answer.Had me laughing. And not untrue. We eat drink and do drugs and we never worry what in that stuff.

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

It's sad. And tragic.
Did you read Breitbart accused the Liberals to trick the MAGAts into not taking the vaccine?
Yes, we have reached that level of self-destructive delusion.

XOXO

Bohemian said...

What Dave and Maddie said. It is sobering tho', isn't it? Another big difference between then and now is access to transportation... in the 1800's you weren't exposed to people flying in from other Countries and States in a matter of Hours and people generally stayed Locally most of their lives. Now the exposure is much more significant and the populations more transient and diverse, from everywhere and anywhere. So eliminating it in one region would be virtually impossible unless and until the entire World gains access to the Vaccines really. Tho', here in American we really did cock it up mitigating this from the Jump and some will never even try to protect themselves or others.

Bob said...

@Mitchell
Or throw that rock at these fools.

@krayolakris
Not when those kids have asshats for parents!

@upton
It’s like I said about my brother: he didn’t get COVID, he got the hoax.

@Agnes
Maddie is sooo right; goddess only knows what actually in a Hot Pocket!

@Six
You shouldn’t have to trick people into trying to save their lives or the lives of others. One would think the good Christian party or the party of family values, would actually try to vale Christian principles.

@Bohemian
So true about visitors and immigrants form other countries today versus 1918.

Janie Junebug said...

The vaccine should be put in Ivermectin, the dewormer.

Love,
Janie