COVID Hysteria Is the Disease and It Comes from Dirty Politics

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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COVID hysteria, the second round at least, is a political disease and it’s being fueled by a compromised media and unethical politicians looking for an edge.

It’s frightening how many ordinary people are being sucked into the whirlwind of COVID hysteria. We see it every hour of every day now as a biased media hoping to score points for their favorite pols and against those they hate hype the data on news cases, while ignoring the reality of the deaths and who is most responsible for them.

Yesterday, on Facebook, I happened to see a commenter extolling the Governor of Pennsylvania and trashing the Governor of Florida because the cases have risen recently in the latter. It was as if Florida was the epitome of recklessness and danger and Pennsylvania was a model of reason. Really? Florida has a population of 21,477,000 and has had 3,731 deaths to date or 17 per 100,000 people. Pennsylvania has a population of 12,801,000 and has had 6,753 deaths or 53 per 100,000 people. Pennsylvania’s death rate across the entire population is over three times that of Florida.

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Florida’s is also testing at more twice the rate of Pennsylvania. It’s testing 212 people per 100,000 versus 77 per 100,000 persons, so it’s obviously picking up more cases as a result. But, the mortality rate for those tested positive is only 1.9% in Florida and it is 7.2% in Pennsylvania. If you get COVID in the Keystone State, in other words, you are 3.8 times as likely to die.

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Yes, Florida has had more cases and a higher rate of positives, but so what if your chances of dying from it are roughly one-fourth what they are in Pennsylvania? The idea was to “flatten the curve,” not eliminate it and if younger people are getting it and survive with few symptoms and contribute to community immunity, isn’t that good thing? Of course it is, although there will always be tragic exceptions. That’s the case with the flu, too, but we don’t go into COVID hysteria over the flu; just the WuFlu. 

The real danger exists among those who reside in nursing and personal care homes. And, once again, we see why Florida excels compared to Pennsylvania. Floridas has had 1,884 deaths in such facilities or 43 per 100,000 persons of aged 65 year or more. Pennsylvania has had 197 per 100,000 persons of aged 65 year or more. If you’re comparing, that suggests you are, if you’re 65+ like me, and your risks from COVID are 4.7 times greater in Pennsylvania than the Sunshine State. More than two-thirds of Pennsylvania COVID deaths have been in long-term care facilities, in fact, and this accounts for our high death numbers.

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The reason, of course, is simple. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf followed the example set by his apparent mentor, Andrew Cuomo, who steered the Empire State into 32,206 deaths to date and an 8.1% mortality rate by insanely pushing COVID patients into nursing homes when he had plenty of hospital beds supplied by the Federal government. Meanwhile, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis immediately focused on protecting the most vulnerable; the state’s long-term care residents. Notwithstanding COVID hysteria in the media and among self-serving politicians such as Cuomo, the Florida response has been far superior to Pennsylvania’s, New York’s or New Jersey’s. The Texas and Arizona numbers are also far superior to Pennsylvania; the entire media narrative being

How long will the COVID hysteria continue? As long as the media and politicians arming themselves with it continue to benefit. Sadly, that’s a simple fact. The only cure for this disease is to spread the facts, which is the point of this post.

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3 thoughts on “COVID Hysteria Is the Disease and It Comes from Dirty Politics

  1. Florida, due to its seasonal and permanent population of the elderly is sometimes called “God’s Waiting Room”. If medical centers and/or health agencies can get additional funding for Covid vs. an underlying condition, they are going to check Covid as the cause of death. Of course someone who lived a full life of 90+ is expected to die of “old age” when the body starts to break down naturally. It is twofold, one is to condition people to live in fear and the other is for financial gains which perpetuates the initial one of control.
    Very few people nowadays wish to think for themselves and the rest want to be sheep because they can blame someone else for their bad decisions. They will continue to virtue signal their way to the Slaughterhouses because it’s easy to do so. That is why they like to Parrot the MSM and never question it.

  2. It is well known that Florida’s governor has mis- and under- reported the Covid 19 statistics to support his move to “open” the state. Here are some items from a story of the recently fired Florida DOH employee, Rebekah Jones, that maintained the DOH Covid-19 website.

    npr.org/2020/06/29/884551391/florida-scientist-says-she-was-fired-for-not-manipulating-covid-19-data

    JONES: I was asked by DOH leadership to manually change numbers. This was a week before the reopening plan officially kicked off into phase one. I was asked to do the analysis and present the findings about which counties met the criteria for reopening. … As soon as I presented the results, they were essentially the opposite of what they had anticipated. The whole day while we’re having this kind of back and forth changing this, not showing that, the plan was being printed and stapled right in front of me. So it was very clear at that point that the science behind the supposedly science-driven plan didn’t matter because the plan was already made.

    MARTIN: Rebekah Jones says that was the beginning of a pattern, health department officials requesting changes to information on the site. …

    JONES: So even when I did that, it still didn’t meet what they were expecting. So they, the next night, hired a vendor, and the vendor magically in less than a day came up with this final result that perfectly matched what the pre-written plan had prescribed.

    dailykos.com/stories/2020/5/28/1948035/-More-evidence-emerges-that-DeSantis-has-been-deliberately-under-reporting-COVID-19-deaths-in-Florida

    ” … Florida’s relatively light death toll seemed somewhat miraculous, and DeSantis has been bragging both about the “success” of his policies and sneering at pundits that warned of potential disaster from his refusal to enforce social distancing guidelines.”

    “But there’s still more evidence that “miracle” isn’t the right word. The correct word is “con.” Because it looks like DeSantis has been taking COVID-19 deaths out of one column and inserting them into another.

    ” … On April 17, the Sun Sentinel warned that there was a spike in “pneumonia deaths” indicating that COVID-19 was already present and active in the state at a time when the official test results were showing a handful of cases. Even though flu cases were winding down in mid-March, pneumonia deaths had continued to head straight up.”

    “On May 7, the Miami Herald called on DeSantis to stop hiding the true toll of deaths from the novel coronavirus. In particular, that paper pointed out that DeSantis “continues to keep Floridians in the dark about what is—and isn’t—happening in the state’s 3,800 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.” And on Wednesday, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that in spite of DeSantis’ claims about his actions in Florida, the “whack-a-mole approach” to dealing with nursing homes was failing.”

    “Multiple tweets have pointed out that Florida is one of several states where a particular category of deaths that have happened in 2020 represents a sharp increase over past years. That category is deaths due to “flu or pneumonia.” As compiled by the CDC, in the first six months of 2020, Florida has logged 5,248 deaths due to pneumonia. Of those deaths, 960 were identified as being connected to COVID-19. That leaves 4,288 pneumonia deaths which were reported, but not logged against the COVID-19 deaths. Looking at the period between 2014 and 2018, Florida has averaged 2,870 deaths from pneumonia … over an entire year. ”

    What so many southern and midwestern governors are finding out is you can’t paper over the cracks for long to cover bad political policy. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley

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