Comparisons are being made between the number of Wuhan Flu deaths under mandatory shutdowns, compared to the number of WuFlu deaths in countries that avoided shutdowns: Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan etc. It is the wrong comparison.
The discussion should be a little more serious. What about: is any death rate, no matter how high, worth the shutdown of the economy with all the capital destruction, technology loss, civil-disturbance, hunger, poverty, services’ breakdown, disease and death, that will entail?
The Bubonic Plague killed approximately 50 million people – about 45% of the European population. Infected people were isolated, otherwise life went on. No one was sufficiently delusional to even suggest closing down the economy.
A better comparison would be: the number of people killed by Wuhan Flu compared to the number killed by destroying the economy and, which will have the longer lasting effect?
I do not downplay the seriousness of WuFlu, but it is a ‘made in China’ bug, so it won’t work for more than a few months. My prediction is that the world’s death toll from the shutdown of economies will exceed the fatalities (hopefully in numerical terms only) of the Bubonic Plague and that the effects will drag on for a generation, at least.
In relation to this pandemic, the government had one job and one job only – defence. The borders should have been immediately shut down. The compensation for the lack of that one correct action is the destruction of the livelihood of a generation of Australian battlers..
What a dismal bunch of turds our politicians are.