(Tea Party 247) – The country has been on virtual lockdown for the last two weeks due to the novel coronavirus’ spread within our borders.
Schools have been cancelled, millions are out of work as businesses close down, and the whole country is being advised to social distance and avoid gatherings of 10 or more.
California and New York are on complete, actual lockdown, as residents are banned from leaving their home for anything other than groceries, medical care, or to attend essential jobs.
When these states first announced these draconian measures to stop the spread, there had been, as The Gateway Pundit notes, “16,067 cases of the coronavirus reported in the US at the time,” and “219 deaths in the US due to coronavirus at that time.”
These numbers have dramatically increased, of course, and the United States has surpassed every other nation in total number of cases.
But not deaths.
When New York and California first announced their shutdowns, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House coronavirus task force told reporters at a briefing, “I strongly agree” with the measures taken by these states to stop the spread.
This was, however, based on the “highly flawed models on the coronavirus that were being peddled at that time,” TGP reports.
However, this week, Dr. Fauci has appeared to change his tune.
He has co-authored a report on the COVID-19 virus in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In the report, Dr. Fauci asserts that the mortality rate of the virus may be much closer to a bad flu.
This has been asserted by many for months.
From BlackJack on Twitter:
Dr Fauci authored article in NEJM today supports contention below that COVID fatality rate may be much closer to very bad flu. H/t @mizdonna @Barnes_Law @ITGuy1959 @ScottAdamsSays @theconservador https://t.co/4hQZR8DvZb https://t.co/d4wvZzgctS pic.twitter.com/9x59TsVEKk
— BlackJack (@BlackJackBoGre1) March 26, 2020
On the basis of a case definition requiring a diagnosis of pneumonia, the currently reported case fatality rate is approximately 2%.4 In another article in the Journal, Guan et al.5 report mortality of 1.4% among 1099 patients with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19; these patients had a wide spectrum of disease severity. If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.2