Perspective Reply

“Here are some recent figures from the Italian National Health Institute (ISS), dealing with the type of people in Italy who have died as a result of the virus. Firstly, the average age of those who have tested positive and subsequently died currently stands at around 81 years of age. Note that 10% of the deceased are over 90, whilst 90% are over 70. Secondly, it should be noted that 80% of the deceased had already been suffering from two or more chronic diseases and that 50% had suffered from three or more chronic diseases. These include cardiovascular problems, diabetes, respiratory problems and various forms of cancer. Thirdly, less than 1% of the deceased were healthy, i.e. persons without pre-existing chronic diseases. The report also states that Italian hospitals are struggling due to the number of people in intensive care, rather than the number of patients being accepted into the normal wards. It has also been suggested that the high number of deaths is due to the fact that Italy has the worst air quality in Europe and that this was itself the cause of existing respiratory problems. I’m sure you’ll agree that there is nothing like a bit of perspective, however grim the subject matter.

When you consider that 4,000 people have died in Spain and the country has a population of 46 million, it works out in the region of 0.008695652 %. Again, whilst I do not wish to trivialise the suffering of those who are most at risk this figure hardly justifies the apocalyptic hysteria we are getting from the mass media.” – Troy Southgate

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