Happy New Year... Kind Of
Happy New Year and all, but why is it that I had to manually check the CDC website to discover that as of December 22, a total of 242 children age four and under had died from COVID — since the beginning of 2020! — whereas a total of 347 children the same age died from the regular flu in just one recent season (2019-2020)? Shouldn’t this figure be prominently displayed in every frantic media report about the alleged risk to children not yet eligible for vaccination? You know — that COVID is less of a mortality threat to them than than the flu was two years ago?
Maybe it would be worth emphasizing that unless you were locking down and quadruple-masking your four-year-olds in 2019 to prevent them from getting the flu, taking such extreme measures to safeguard them today makes no sense? I know parents can be overly-sensitive about protecting their offspring, but the numbers — coming straight from the horse’s mouth at the CDC — speak for themselves.
Shouldn’t this information also be relayed to the legions of online activists currently issuing demands that society single-mindedly order itself around preventing their young children from contracting the virus?
While I’m posing plaintive questions on this New Year’s Eve, do medical doctors affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and the FDA have any responsibility to refrain from rattling off the most dire possible speculative pronouncements in public? And if their pronouncements don’t come to fruition… then what? We all just move on to the next thing, and hope the Twitter screenshot brigades forget about it? (I set myself a reminder to revisit this matter on March 1, 2022.)
Glancing out my window this afternoon, I’m seeing a “surge” of people walking their dogs alone in the park, fully masked. How joyful.
Will 2022 be less ridiculous? Possibly. Even probably. But I can guarantee you there’ll be more than enough ridiculousness lingering out there within certain segments of society that somebody will have to cover it. Major universities are already declaring new “shelter in place” orders, for pete’s sake!
I don’t even particularly want to write about this stuff all the time, as it can indeed be wearying — or “exhausting” in the contemporary jargon. But I also don’t want to live in a “Permanent Emergency,” and that takes priority.
Happy New Year, though! 😀