Sunday, April 26, 2020
CORONA MYOPIA (published 4-26-2020)
My 4/19/2020 post still stands: COVID-19, UNCONSTITUTIONAL ‘GOVRMINT’ RESTRICTIONS, AND FACTS. (By the way, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I continue to stand, sit, and sleep, at least six feet apart at home, since we “fear” “govrmint” spies! I carry a tape measure, at six-foot extension, to ensure compliance.)
My COVID-19 approved friend, “Anonymous,” who is known well to me, made two fine comments, on 4/23/2020! He and I are kindred spirits in thought on “Corona Myopia” (as I, now, have coined the phrase) and on many other subjects. “Good show, as always,” Mr. “Anonymous!” (The Fox News folks, in the evenings, pass from one show to the other, using the same wording.) By the way, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, close family and friends (whom I will determine), and “Anonymous” are the only ones permitted to use “Corona Myopia,” without my expressed written permission. No, on second thought, y’all use the phrase widely, as long as you give me credit for having coined it. Okay, let’s get back on track here!
Myopia secondary meaning: “a lack of foresight or discernment: a narrow view of something” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myopia). (The Greek is muōps, by my education in Koine Greek: muein ‘to shut’ and ōps ‘eye.’ When you blink your eyes, literally, you are myopic.)
Corona is of Latin root. The word has many uses. The root meaning is crown, such as in garland or crown on one’s head, the northern lights, the circle around the sun, the crown or top of a tooth, etc. Coronavirus refers to a family of cold viruses. COVID-19 virus is in the coronavirus family of cold viruses. (I don’t need to add references, as this should be common knowledge.)
Corona Myopia Defined
I, now, define my term. I have coined it by my entry today.
Corona Myopia, by definition, is: “the incorrect and blindingly narrow focus on the COVID-19 cold virus that causes a lack of discernment, judgment, and wisdom and leads to the failure to apply common sense.”
(Mr. Webster has my written permission to place my definition in his dictionary.)
Corona Myopia Number Crunching (Stay with Me!)
(1) My 4/19/2020 post, COVID-19, UNCONSTITUTIONAL ‘GOVRMINT’ RESTRICTIONS, AND FACTS, is a good starting point.
Today, I offer more number crunching. The following numbers are from 1/1/2020 to 4/26/2020, at approximately 3 PM EDST.
(2) 2020 USA 5.5825% DAILY COVID-19 Deaths of TOTAL Deaths:
USA number of deaths (NOT including COVID-19 deaths) per day: 7,755. Note: 4,842 deaths today, so far, showed at my check. The number went up, during the time I was on the website.
I assume that the total DAILY death count, minus COVID-19 deaths, of 7,755 is based on 1/1/2020 to 4/25/2020 DAILY numbers. This is a total of 116 days. On EACH day, of the 116 days so far, 7,755 people died in the USA, by various causes that do NOT include COVID-19 deaths.
899,580 deaths are 7,755 daily (minus COVID-19 deaths) deaths times 116 days so far, in 2020 (1/1/2020 to 4/25/2020). (Information is via https://www.indexmundi.com/clocks/indicator/deaths/united-states.)
NOTE: Tennessee TOTAL deaths, from 1/1/2020 to 4/25/2020: 21,721, which divided by 116 days is 187.25 per DAY. (Information is via the same website. This, apparently, does NOT include COVID-19 daily deaths.)
The website (stated previously) has: “Note: Numbers on this page do not include deaths due to COVID-19. Our estimates are based on deaths reported before the pandemic started. Check our coronavirus section for information about daily and total deaths caused by the virus.”
Their Coronavirus Section (as of 4/26/2020, approximately 3:15 PM EDST):
Total 1/1/2020 to 4/26/2020 (approximately 3:15 PM) COVID-19 (Coronavirus) deaths:
USA: 53,189 divided by 116 full days (1/1/2020 to 4/25/2020) is 458.52 daily. (Again, how does .52 of a person die? I still don’t round my calculations.)
Note: The USA deaths are NOT broken down by state.
The mathematics, by factoring from 1/1/2020 to 4/25/2020, establish:
USA DAILY deaths 7,755 (not including COVID-19 deaths) plus 458.52 calculated COVID-19 DAILY deaths total 8,213.52 daily deaths. 458.52 USA daily COVID-19 deaths divided by 8,213.52 daily USA deaths indicates that 5.5825% of all USA DAILY deaths are by COVID-19.
(3) “Pneumonia and Influenza (P&I) Mortality Surveillance”
“Based on National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) mortality surveillance data available on April 23, 2020, 11.4% of the deaths occurring during the week ending April 18, 2020 (week 16) were due to P&I. This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.9% for week 16.” (Exact header and comments are via https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/ - S2.)
Note: 11.4% of all USA deaths, from 4/12-18/2020, were from pneumonia and influenza. (Where have the media been on this topic?)
(4) 1/1/2020 to 4/23/2020 Total USA Deaths: 876,585 by reason:
NOTE: it is very hard to find a 2020 to date list on the Interweb that does NOT focus on COVID-19 ONLY.
I found what I could (via https://www.pameas.org/deaths; Last Update: April 23, 2020, 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time). The information appears to be valid sufficiently.
Total USA Deaths: 876,585
Heart Disease: 199,898. (22.8% of deaths.)
Cancer: 184,971. (21.1% of deaths.)
All Medical Errors: 77,186. (8.8% of deaths.)
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases: 49,461. (5.6% of deaths.)
COVID-19: 48,868 deaths (866,148 cases, 5.6% mortality rate of cases; 5.5% of total deaths.)
Strokes: 45,195. (5.15% of deaths.)
Alzheimer’s Disease: 37,483. (4.27% of deaths.)
Influenza: 34,377. (3.9% of deaths.)
Diabetes: 25,800. (NOTE: I’ll stop here. You can do the rest of the math!)
Non-Opioid illicit Drug-Induced Deaths: 22,844
Accidental Poisoning: 20,005
Kidney Disease: 15,633
Suicides: 14,564Motor Vehicle Accidents: 12,421
Deaths from Firearms: 12,280Septicemia: 12,022
Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis: 11,785
Accidental Falls: 11,219
Alcohol-Induced Deaths: 11,060
Parkinson Disease: 9,868
Medication Errors: 2,779
Obesity-Related Deaths: 2,390
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): 1,759
Accidental Drownings: 1,145
Deaths during Pregnancy, Childbirth, or the Puerperium: 373
Train Accidents 235
Boat Accidents: 214
Surgical Errors: 123
All Natural Disasters: 110
Lightning Strikes: 16
The daily, often repeated and updated, tally of COVID-19 cases, recoveries, and deaths, by world, nation, state, and city have created Corona Myopia! Where is the daily report of cases, recoveries, and deaths, for heart disease, cancer, influenza, pneumonia, etc., etc.? I rest my case!
Corona Myopia Logic
Whew! All that number crunching takes time. Again, I am not unsympathetic to the family and friends of ALL those who have died this year, by ANY means, including COVID-19.
Mr. “Anonymous” made good points in his two comments. The reasoning is by logical association, which is an inductive form of reasoning that is often valid. My 4/19/2020 post used the same reasoning. Since the political powers that be have stifled to a great degree our God given human rights, in many ways, due to the COVID-19 cold virus, then the political powers that be could continue to stifle our God given human rights to various degrees, due to many other reasons.
For example, many (they could give you the daily number counts) are dying from driving, over eating, smoking, not exercising, heart disease, cancer, pneumonia, influenza, etc., etc. They (i.e., political powers that be) could, or even should, by the argument from association, restrict many other God given human rights. Let’s enumerate a few:
1. No one drives, except for ‘govrmint’ approved and regulated purposes.
2. The speed limit, as Mr. “Anonymous” says, is reduced to 20 miles per hour.
3. The over weight folks who don’t exercise are required to follow a strict ‘govrmint’ approved and regulated diet and exercise program, which is monitored by ‘govrmint’ bureaucrats.
4. Everyone stops smoking and drinking alcohol, as regulated (according to my prior statements).
5. Stop murdering unborn children. Now, this measure MUST be taken! We shutdown the nation, to save lives, but it is okay to kill unborn children in the context (i.e., by abortion)? It’s insanity, of course! The USA 2020 total is 276,502 to date, 6:38 PM, murders of unborn children (i.e., abortion), via http://www.numberofabortions.com/, which is a rate of 20.8% (via https://worldpopulationreview.com/).
6. Etc., etc., ad nauseam.
Do you understand my point? I thought so. I know that I have convinced even the most skeptical of my readers! The Corona Myopia glasses are off!
By the way, read https://coronavirustruths.godaddysites.com/, if you want to find some other good reading on this topic.
To future readers, wake up, America! Join the others, who have taken off their Corona Myopia glasses, before the nation kills itself economically!