Bjorn Lomborg: “Save Lives,” End the Hostage Crisis

Guest “We gotta get out of this place” by Eric Burden and the Animals David Middleton

Apr 9, 2020
Save Lives And Avoid A Catastrophic Recession
Bjorn Lomborg
Getting the facts straight on how to make the world a better place.

The potential impact of the corona pandemic is enormous. But draconian policies to tackle the virus also have colossal costs. Ignoring the trade-offs could land us with one of the worst possible outcomes.

An Imperial College landmark study on death impacts from different policies helped change the minds of both President Donald Trump and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson toward the implementation of lockdown policies. It showed that without any policies, the coronavirus would kill half a million people in the UK and 2.2 million in the US.


Unfortunately, the study also shows that such a successful reduction in infection means few people have gained immunity. So if restrictions are lifted in September, a second wave of infections will once again overwhelm society and kill almost as many.


Look at the costs first. Most of the early predictions were moderate. But the world’s much more severe policies have exploded the costs. According to JP Morgan, China’s economy will shrink by an unheard-of 40 percent in the first quarter of 2020. For the US, Goldman Sachs envisages a 24 percent second-quarter GDP reduction and Morgan Stanley a 30 percent drop. More than 16 million Americans or 10 percent of the workforce have lost their jobs over the past three weeks.

Moreover, most governments seem to have committed to draconian policies to avoid most deaths over the long term. These will cost much, much more. Economists are now suggesting the costs of continued extreme policies could be comparable to Germany in the 1920s or the US in the 1930s, with massive economic costs, a third of the workforce unemployed and a generational loss of opportunities.


As weeks of shutdown turn into months, this will get much worse. With many more people at home, this will likely lead to higher levels of domestic violence and substance abuse


Long-term shut-down policies can similarly lead to devastation: first destroying the economy, and then with their support withering and health regulations unravelling by September, a huge secondary wave of corona killing indiscriminately.


This middle ground is more like what Sweden has been doing — recommending people to work from home if possible, and asking those who are sick and over 70 to avoid social contacts. But most people still work, children go to school, most of society is still running. This is long-term sustainable. Shutting everything down is not.

We need to map a middle course that both saves most lives and avoids a catastrophic recession.


Bjorn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist should be on everyone’s reading list.

As I stated in my previous post, the ChiCom-19 Hostage Crisis will kill more people than the Kung Flu itself. An economic collapse of this magnitude will elevate the suicide rate, it has already started. And suicide is not the only way “high rates of unemployment, poverty and homelessness” kill people and entire communties.

Add all of that to this:

Unfortunately, the study also shows that such a successful reduction in infection means few people have gained immunity. So if restrictions are lifted in September, a second wave of infections will once again overwhelm society and kill almost as many.


The much vaunted Imperial College study, says that the lockdown has to last for two years to work. That would kill more people than The Green New Deal as if it was managed by Rachel Carson.

Day 25 of America Held Hostage by ChiCom-19

Our pet T Rex, Teddy, has been social distancing since the end of the Cretaceous Period…

ChiCom-19 cases in Dallas County is now above the Dean Wormer Line (0.0%)… However, the Dallas County Mendoza Line crossing has now been pushed back to March 22, 2034…

Dallas CountyCHICOM-19
% of population with0.0583%0.00095%
% wth, rounded0.1%0.00%
% without99.9417%99.9991%
% without, rounded99.9%100.00%
Menodoza Line (.200)22-Mar-20340.200

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Nick Schroeder
April 10, 2020 7:06 pm

WHO data shows that 90% of US cases are asymptomatic, i.e. did not wind up in the hospital or morgue.

That suggest to me that 90% of the herd already had immunity ’cause they had seen it or its second cousin before (even though the “experts” hadn’t seen one exactly like it.) and/or were healthy enough to beat it.

So, lift all the economic nonsense, turn the economy loose, practice good hygiene as you should anyway and bring it on!

If it gets you it gets you.

Last I checked, nobody gets out of this party alive.

Reply to  David Middleton
April 10, 2020 7:22 pm

LOL. In what way? “This is the end my friend”?

Wayne Milligan
Reply to  David Middleton
April 11, 2020 8:07 am

“I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” is a song written by Fred Rose and American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams, released by Williams in 1952. The last single to be released during Williams’ lifetime, it reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart posthumously in January 1953.

Reply to  David Middleton
April 11, 2020 7:52 pm

Or perhaps you should quote him as saying:
‘You’re all a bunch of slaves’

Big Al
Reply to  David Middleton
April 10, 2020 9:52 pm

Sorry about Jimmy. Punished because of something bad Daddy said. Rest in peace Jim. Justice will be raining holy hell upon the fake mocking bird media soon. President TRUMP has so declared. Patriots in control. Let the indictments begin !!! he who controls the media controls (weak) mind

Janice Moore
Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 10, 2020 7:34 pm

Nick: +1!

Gunga Din
Reply to  Janice Moore
April 11, 2020 11:08 am

Yes, err on the side caution but not paranoia.

PS Hi, Janice!

Janice Moore
Reply to  Gunga Din
April 11, 2020 12:29 pm

Hi, Gunga Din 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to brighten my day.

Jim in WNC
Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 10, 2020 8:32 pm

Nick’s correct. Let’s get on with it. I’m 68, but I’ll take my chances.

Reply to  Jim in WNC
April 11, 2020 6:03 am

Unfortunately most of the rest of the population aren’t gamblers, so being a minority what do you want to do now?

Derek in PDX
Reply to  LdB
April 11, 2020 8:06 am

The people that want to stay home and self-isolate can continue to do so and we could use just a tiny fraction of the money being spent right now to prop up the economy on delivering groceries and other necessities to those people. Also, from the sentiment I’m hearing from the people around me, Jim in WNC is not a minority.

Reply to  Derek in PDX
April 11, 2020 9:39 am

Needless to say, all you right wing geniuses are ignoring the fact that stopping the shutdown will overwhelm the hospitals that are already straining to keep up with the caseload. If you don’t mind the sight of dead bodies in the hospital corridors, people gasping for air while they drown in their own lung fluid (you possibly being one of them) then yes, opening up the economy right now is a great idea. What the experts are trying to do is flatten the curve, not eliminate the infections. By the way, the Swedish experiment? What could possibly go wrong with that? Let’s wait and see.

Reply to  LdB
April 11, 2020 8:25 am

Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13. Two days out, calamity struck and the mission was in dire emergency. The capsule life-support system needed urgent repair due to a “novel” accident.

Thank God Flight Director Gene Kranz and Director of Crew Operations Deke Slayton acted as they did to solve the problem. “Failure is not an option” was only in the movie, but it was clearly the NASA attitude that led to success and miraculous, safe return of the crew.

Dr Grouchy Fauci is facing his “Apollo 13 moment” and is failing miserably. He wants to slow everything down and start a study – to determine how to study the COVID problem. Time for him to be “jettisoned”.

The numbers of infected, hospitalized, and dead are turning out far below the “model” projections. Clearly, the models are wrong and are actually producing harmful results – through panic, misallocation of resources, draconian stay-home orders, and economic collapse.

Pray for the return of sanity this Easter

Reply to  LdB
April 11, 2020 9:03 am

“so being a minority what do you want to do now?”

Right, so you’ve done a poll and found that the majority of people want to be under house arrest, lose their jobs and stay at , while they still own one.

Could you post a link to your results and method please, I must have missed this seminal work.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  LdB
April 12, 2020 3:46 pm

Complete hogwash. People gamble with their lives every day. Just living is taking risks, whether it is risking death on the roads, risking death from medical procedures, risking death from workplace accidents, etc. And like it or not, getting sick is just another one of those risks that you can reduce and sometimes avoid, but not eliminate. Nobody has a “right” to be safe from every threat and governments have no responsibility to guarantee safety.

Robert W. Turner
Reply to  Jim in WNC
April 11, 2020 7:57 am

My plan has been to end all of this nonsense and get back to business as usual starting tomorrow. Right now would be the ideal time to catch this cold anyways, considering we aren’t going to extinct this virus by hiding in caves and it will be back next season.

Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 11, 2020 3:40 am

Agreed. But also get rid of the legal liabilities which turn the FDA and CDC into murderous procrastinators by holding back of dozens of therapies, vaccinations and even cures – making the perfect the enemy of the good.
And let doctors sort out what works. We have the info-tech sharing capability to do the “testing” real time.

Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 11, 2020 5:54 am

“WHO data shows that 90% of US cases are asymptomatic”

Source please.

Jeffery P
Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 11, 2020 7:00 am

I believe this virus is widespread. New evidence suggests the first US cases happened in November 2019.

We don’t know how many have been infected and we don’t know how much, if any, a prior infection provides for immunity against new infections.

Russ R.
Reply to  Jeffery P
April 11, 2020 9:45 am

What you believe is what you want to believe. It has no requirement to be reality because it is convenient to short circuit reality with emotions.
Patient 0 occurred in Wuhan. At the end of November 2019. If you don’t know who that is, you are not looking for, it and prefer to ignore reality to spread disinformation.
There is no immunity to Wuhan Plague, except from those that had it this year. There will be many people that will have it and never know. They think they are fine, and spread it through the workplace and community.
So how many of you will participate in spreading this around?
There are many that will be sick for a week to ten days. They will get off easy as well.
The numbers say that is how it works. The majority gets to walk away as the previous generation dies of viral pneumonia in large numbers. The generation that provided the lifestyle we take for granted, snuffed out by the reckless actions of a government we should have never trusted. And a government that would like to kill two birds with one stone. One of the birds has no say in the matter. The other does.
China is lying to us. They either are lying about the numbers, or they have a solution to this virus that they are not sharing. Nobody seems curious about why that is, or what it means. I am, and I don’t like what it says about them, and this virus they exported to the rest of the world.

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  Jeffery P
April 11, 2020 1:50 pm

The only to find that out is by large-scale testing for antibodies. If you’re right, then a significant fraction of any given sample of people should have antibodies, meaning they were infected whether they knew it or not.

That’s the only way, IMHO, that we can make rational decisions with respect to this virus and, our strategy for dealing with it in the fall.

Russ R.
Reply to  Michael S. Kelly
April 11, 2020 4:48 pm

It is not currently a large-scale percentage of immunity because this was spreading much faster before the social distancing and stay at home directives went out. Those helped slow down the spread but it is still spreading. We will try to manage a slow burn, instead of a wild fire.
Early detection and quarantine is the only way to stop the spread without wide scale prophylactic medicine distribution. Current confirmed US cases is 500K. Hard to imagine unconfirmed cases would be more than 10x. That gets us to 5 million. Add a million for easy math and you only get 2% of the public.
So that is where we are at. Antibody testing will confirm where we are at, but it is unlikely to help us very much. Think of all the urban centers that have not had NYC type problems. That is what is coming. We can only try to manage it without prophylactic medicine. Social distancing and mask wearing are way more effective than not doing that. But we can’t live like that until a vaccine is ready. We really need a safe treatment that will give us temporary immunity until we have a vaccine. Right now doctors that I know think Hydroxychloroquin is the best chance, but not the only one.

Steven Miller
Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 11, 2020 8:18 am

“WHO data shows that 90% of US cases are asymptomatic, i.e. did not wind up in the hospital or morgue.”

We live east of Seattle in the part of Western Washington that had the first cases and fatalities in the USA. My wife is a retired nurse and department head, we have both done volunteer work and been paid by the ill fated Life Care Center in Kirkland WA.

On the fire department that I retired from 11 people tested positive. 10 had no symptoms and 1 had symptoms so mild that he was still coming to work.

Reply to  Steven Miller
April 11, 2020 8:33 am

Tested positive for the rare CVD-19 virus or for the very common Corona virus?

Russ R.
Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 11, 2020 9:14 am

WHO believes anything the WHO says at this point. Certainly not a skeptic.
I hear a lot of macho bravado when it is other peoples lives you are gambling with.
Nick are you going to go down to the hospital and help out when it is overwhelmed?
Anyone want to help out the elderly that will die alone, with no one to care for them?
Anyone want risk their own safety for the suffering of their neighbors?
It is all fine and good when it is theoretical, that is how it works in China. They got what they wanted out of the workers, and now they are disposable.
We are better than that.
We have a few more weeks to go. Lets make the best of that time preparing for the unknown. Clamoring to let the beast out of it’s cage, because you think you won’t die from it shows a lack of understanding of basic math, and a lack of compassion for those more vulnerable.

Charles Higley
Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 11, 2020 5:54 pm

“and then with their support withering and health regulations unravelling by September, a huge secondary wave of corona killing indiscriminately.”

I call BS here. Where is the “killing indiscriminately” part? This virus is only really effective if the victim is already seriously compromised. It is patent is fear-mongering to pretend it will suddenly or is an indiscriminate killer. BS!!!!!

We do have to seriously question the test we are using The faster tests simply cannot be doing PCR, which means they must be detecting something less unique to C-19. This means that most tests are simply looking for certain levels of coronaviruses of which there are many out there at any given time, most of them harmless. This is why we come up with 15–50% positive asymptomatic “cases”, because we are not really detecting anything special.

It beggars our intelligence to think that that many people would be Typhoid Maries and should make people wonder what is really being detected. For that matter, they started testing on a Navy ship and suddenly 400+ sailors are Covid positive and few of them have any symptoms at all. As everybody on board are young and healthy, they are not in any danger. However, this morphed quickly into people considering that all 400+ are severely ill. Wow, talk about imagination. Oh, my what a contagion, NOT.

Richard Greene
Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 11, 2020 6:27 pm

WHO data is an oxymoron – almost always wrong.

Data in the article are speculation NOT based on random testing.

The article is worthless.

Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 12, 2020 5:51 pm

“That suggest to me that 90% of the herd already had immunity ’cause they had seen it or its second cousin before ”

Or maybe, these people had LESS “immunity” (immunity reaction programs) as they had less flu vaccines in their lives?

I wouldn’t be the first case where a vaccine makes you more likely to catch an infection.

If that’s so, Americans are very at risk because they LOVE the flu vaccine. Which may explain why they consider the “pandemic” (was not so) “pig” (no pig had it) A H1N1 flu so terrible, and why in Europe it was a joke.

D Cage
Reply to  Nick Schroeder
April 12, 2020 10:24 pm

This ignores the old and well tested notion of viral dose. We needed lock down for around one month but we equally well now need a steady reduction in the measures to keep viral load dosage low so people are exposed to low doses of the virus and recover quickly with no long term effects. When over half the intensive beds are free we need to start on the highest value most essential jobs and highest value is far from the highest paid ones which are often of little real social or provision value. NO do not turn the economy loose. Lead it out gently and ensure there is no return of the problem.

April 10, 2020 7:09 pm

Is this going to be death of the blind faith in models?

Read this but replace the models of Wuhan-19 with the climate models which have a worse accuracy than the virus models

tsk tsk
Reply to  Yooper
April 10, 2020 7:38 pm

No. Religion can never be disproved.

Reply to  Yooper
April 10, 2020 7:39 pm

Among many people, YES. But I suspect that they’re the same people who are already skeptical OR who have a lot of common sense. These people also tend to be the people most impacted by the economic shutdown; small business owners, farmers, builders, blue collar producing class people, people who work with their hands instead of a laptop or smartphone, people who can’t “work from home.” This will at least ensure that the GOP remains emboldened and fighting on this issue. These people will be a much larger share of the GOP primary vote the next time around. That’s the realignment.

Reply to  Yooper
April 10, 2020 8:19 pm

And the end of the faith in China?

Jim in WNC
Reply to  niceguy
April 10, 2020 8:39 pm

Never forget. They spread this to the world. Wittingly or unwittingly. And they could have warned us.

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  niceguy
April 11, 2020 9:45 am

Actions have consequences. We simply cannot allow the free people of Taiwan to be swallowed up by the murderous Communists on the mainland. That stupid treaty was signed in a different time. The earth belongs to the living. The Communists have already shown in Hong Kong they are not only unqualified to rule a free people, they are disqualified from it.

Reply to  Matthew Schilling
April 12, 2020 8:14 pm

In the past decades, before that crisis, China’s actions had precisely zero negative consequences internationally.

If anything, historically, the more China lies and cheats, the nicer the MSM is with China.

Another Ian
Reply to  Yooper
April 11, 2020 1:50 am

“Delingpole: ‘Trust the Experts on Coronavirus’. Sure. Which Experts?”

D Cage
Reply to  Yooper
April 12, 2020 10:32 pm

As a chip computer modeller some of us examined models from other fields. Among them were models on viral distribution and on viral load as well as climate ones. I remember these well for two opposing reasons. The viral ones were solid well done and showed clear cut examples of high prediction success rates a good understanding of the limitations of the study and the models and a totally professional standard. The climate ones were the other extreme. Sloppy data collection with far lower accuracy than the claimed end result. Weather stations at far too widely spaced intervals to be accurate to even one degree let alone the fraction of one needed. No recognition of the extent of the ignored factors in the models and last but not least never even asking the question of whether computer models were relevant any longer given we now have different zones of fossil fuel use and warming for comparison.

April 10, 2020 7:20 pm

The professional forecasters all projected that beds would be a multiple of the beds actually needed.

PS. How is Belarus doing? I’m not saying ignore it and drink vodka but if their death rate is the same as everyone else’s then there will be trillion dollar egg on everyone’s face who advocated a shutdown.

April 10, 2020 7:27 pm

This is lockdown is ridiculous. Simply lock down people over 60 and let the others develop herd immunity. Some under 60 will die but no more than say car accidents, likely far less. This lockdown is totally ridiculous considering we have an easy alternative. I would like to know Mortality per infection ( NOT per confirmed case ) of those under 60. It appears very low.

Reply to  Stevek
April 10, 2020 8:45 pm

“This is lockdown is ridiculous.”

I think the lockdown as it continues, “could be” fatal.
But we needed the lockdown that we already, got.
New York city probably didn’t lockdown quick enough.
Other places, I lack enough data to say whether they needed
the lockdown measures which they have taken, but considering
the Fog of war and other factors, I don’t think any have been wrong
Or it’s in the future where the problem could be.
It could be useful to get models of what happens if certain lockdown
measures could lifted, and different ways they could be lifted.
And we need these models, quickly.
DON’T aspect that the government will support or fund such models.
I am no good with making models- but others can do it- and should do it quickly.

Jim in WNC
Reply to  Stevek
April 10, 2020 8:45 pm

How about quarantining the sick and letting each state decide beyond that.

William Astley
Reply to  Jim in WNC
April 11, 2020 12:29 pm


We can change the odds. We can change rules. But we need to work together. Both sides of the climate change issue are going to get together. We are the brains, they have connections and money.

If we are almost immune to virus, then breaking quarantine would be something everyone would look forward to.

Our half of the climate change groups has found ….

1) A Natural Method to Stop the Virus from replicating

In order for the virus to replicate, it must connect to a specific molecule in our cells.

A tiny amount of Zinc (Z+2) in our cells, makes a specific molecule in our cells, slightly positive which stops the virus from connecting to the specific molecule which stops it from replicating.

This has been proven by in vitro tests (tests in the laboratory with live virus).

And in addition, this is the natural microbiological solution and it is a permanent solution.

A natural virus cannot evolve to defeat the Zinc’s effect on the specific molecule it requires, as the Zinc stops the virus from replicating. The virus normally fights our immune system.

This is also the natural solution as the amount of Zinc required in our bodies is very close to the optimum amount of Zinc, our optimum body requires to function.

i.e. The entire population would need to take Zinc supplements but the amount is slightly more than is currently found in a multivitamin.

2) How to get the Zinc into our cells.

The problem is our cells are slightly negative so to enable the Zinc to get into our cells we need a chemical that has been used for 30 years by millions and millions of people for a range of illness.

The chemical ‘Chloroquine’ have been proven, in vitro, to be a Zinc Ionophore. Chloroquine makes a path that enables a tiny amount of zinc into our cells.

The amount of that Chloroquine we would need to take, to get the micro amount of zinc into our cells, is at the lower range of its prescribed range.

Later we will develop a side effect free method of getting the zinc into our body.

Bill Murphy
Reply to  William Astley
April 11, 2020 10:37 pm

According to this blog from St Luke’s clinic —
Chloroquine is not the only magic Ionophore. Quercitin, an OTC supplement, and phosphatidylcholine, contained in the widely available OTC supplement Lecithin is also effective as a Zn Ionophore. I have been using Lecithin for years and have slightly upped my Zn supplementation since this Covid 19 scare started. I just started retirement and would like to get back at least a good chunk of the few hundred grand of SS money I and my various employers over the years have paid out. Herd immunity sounds good in statistical jargon and theory, but leaves a lot to be desired if you personally happen to be in the part of the herd getting culled.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Stevek
April 10, 2020 8:59 pm

“Simply lock down people over 60 . . .”

Additional song lyrics apply:
“‘Cause if you mind your business, then you won’t be mindin’ mine”
Hank Williams, 1949

Jeffery P
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
April 11, 2020 7:06 am

The elderly typically have weaker immune systems. Isolating the most vulnerable and letting others go on with their lives while observing reasonable precautions is the right thing to do.

Personally, I’m 2 years shy of 60 and no longer see 60 as particularly old.

Rich Davis
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
April 11, 2020 8:20 am

If you have underlying conditions putting you at risk and you live alone, or with others (truly informed) who agree with you, then I wholeheartedly support your demand for liberty and self-determination.

But if you live in a community with a large at-risk population, such as a private or public nursing home where “your business” is also impacting many others who do not want to accept the risk, then I’d even go so far as to suggest that you should be allowed to transfer to a temporary government facility where everyone has made the same informed decision.

You would need to have signed forms that acknowledge that you won’t receive care if there is a waiting list of patients who did not opt out of protective quarantine, and will be subject to discontinuation of care if resources you may use become needed for patients who did not opt out of protective quarantine.

Fair enough?

To the extent we need to quarantine anyone, it needs to be first those actually infected, and then those most likely to be at risk of dying. We must stop isolating the healthy population!

Ron Long
Reply to  Stevek
April 11, 2020 3:37 am

Stevek, where do you get the right to “Simply lock down people over 60…”? I am a very healthy 74, with none of the enhanced morbidity factors, I exercise every day (now treadmill and weights in house), play golf when allowed, continue advising political aspects of modern mining permitting, have active gold exploration interests, have accumulated more than enough savings and investments to take care of me and my family under any circumstances, and practice social distancing etc. Maybe you should advocate persons with identified morbidity factors should be quarantined? One clear truth in the above posting is that an economy must remain sufficiently healthy to pay for mitigation activities, and shutting the economy down for extended periods won’t allow that. Stay safe.

Ron Long
Reply to  David Middleton
April 11, 2020 6:11 am

Staying sane? I have a variety of issues to entertain me on a daily basis, and they include visiting Anthony Watts excellent website and refining gold prospect targeting utilizing Google Earth tm and a lifetime of note collecting. I Skype tm with my twin brother daily and we are pretty certain that between us we have figured out the answer to all important questions. Quarantine is social distance for the challenged amongst us. By the way, my two dogs have proven themselves to be great caddies for the foam golf balls I hit in my backyard, and they work for table scraps. Press on AND stay safe.

Reply to  Ron Long
April 11, 2020 5:28 am

Ron , yes that was too much to force a lockdown on those over 60. Instead just let everyone know of the risks and suggest to people in high risk groups to stay home and be very careful.

I would say those high risk that still work that govt would pay them to stay home until vaccine.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Stevek
April 11, 2020 8:44 am

Please consider my comments above. Paying people to say they will stay home is certain to result in many people lining up at the trough to get free money and claim to have imaginary underlying conditions. Twenty years ago I had mild asthma symptoms. Gimme money.

If people want rights, they must also accept responsibilities. You can’t choose to put yourself at risk and then demand that others provide you with care. If there is a need to quarantine to protect the general public, that need not violate anyone’s rights. They just need to accept the consequences of their choices, if their choices don’t go as expected.

Reply to  Stevek
April 11, 2020 5:47 am

Lockdown in rural remote communities has made no sense at all. The harm to small businesses is completely unnecessary.
Was this intentional?

Reply to  Sommer
April 11, 2020 11:59 am

“Lockdown in rural remote communities has made no sense at all. The harm to small businesses is completely unnecessary.
Was this intentional?”
The big question.
Who pushed the horrors of Covid?
Compared it with HK Flu of ’68-69 – which left about 80,000 dead in the UK []population then about 56 million; now about 66-67 million].

Will the inevitable inquiry address that?


Reply to  Stevek
April 11, 2020 6:01 am

“Simply lock down people over 60 and let the others develop herd immunity”

That is what Sweden has tried to do, and failed utterly. Old people are dying like flies in Stockholm just now. And nobody under 70 (at the moment) can get any treatment, because the hospitals are filled to overflowing with younger people busily “developing herd immunity”.

Swedish per capita COVID-19 mortality is currently more than 50% higher than the US.

Derek in PDX
Reply to  tty
April 11, 2020 8:56 am

As of today there have been 887 COVID-19 related deaths in Sweden ( How does that constitute “dying like flies”? Also, I did some web searching for articles on Swedish hospitals being overflowing with COVID-19 patients and came up with nothing. Where did you get that info?

Reply to  Stevek
April 11, 2020 6:15 am

The mortality per infection is probably 1-2%. There is at least one town in Italy with a mortality of 1.4 %, of all inhabitants and even there it is doubtful if everybody have really been infected, and also many are still in a critical condition. The figure for the city of Bergamo (120,000 inhabitants) is above 0.5 %.

Ocean Princess also had a 1.5 % mortality per infection, admittedly on a population over aveage age, but in reasonably good health and with exceptional access to medical care.

D Cage
Reply to  Stevek
April 12, 2020 10:42 pm

Stevek this ignores well tried and tested viral load models which unlike climate change ones have proof by match of prediction with actual real world to back it. Remember the well known words of Richard Feynman “nature cannot be fooled”. With low numbers of infected only the old and unwell get stuffed. As higher percentages get infected people get multiple doses of the virus from contacts so as the number increase so does the dosage and as we see in the UK with high dosage the next tier like our PM get is seriously badly. As poorly protected medics have proved with really high doses no one is safe. If I remember correctly when you are down to 50% care capacity you start slow release and check the case severity does not increase to include stronger people.

Juan Slayton
April 10, 2020 7:36 pm

The cost side of cost/benefit analysis should be measured in lives, not dollars: Suicides have been mentioned. Here’s another cost:

We examine how deaths and emergency department (ED) visits related to use of opioid analgesics…. As the county unemployment rate increases by one percentage point, the opioid death rate per 100,000 rises by 0.19 (3.6%) and the opioid overdose ED visit rate per 100,000 increases by 0.95 (7.0%).

tsk tsk
April 10, 2020 7:39 pm

Once you understand Progressivism is a death cult, it’s really not hard to understand what’s going on.

Unfortunately the governors have all the power they need to make this happen.

Michael Lemaire
April 10, 2020 7:40 pm

According to Worldometers’ figures, the average incubation period is 5 days and the average time from 1st symptom to death (when it occurs) is 14 days. So, if a lockdown were totally effective, the deaths figures should show a huge drop, close to zero deaths, in around 19 days after the lockdown. If the lockdown is not effective, the graph should show a “normal” bell curve. After checking the deaths graphs for Italy on March 28, Spain on April 2, and France on April 5, the latter seems to be the case.

Aaron Watters
Reply to  Michael Lemaire
April 11, 2020 6:08 am

Of course, we Worldometer shows something in between the two extremes of “complete success” and “ineffective” because not everybody is locked down, like health workers and people working in grocery stores. We are seeing an abrupt flattening of the curve in Italy, Spain, and France at least — no to mention the amazing success of control policies in South Korea. Just because Trump waited about two months too long to recommend restrictions (among other errors) is not a good reason to give up early. We certainly don’t want to see what we have seen in NYC recently in the rest of the country.

When transmission is down and there is a coherent testing strategy and sufficient tests available we can loosen up the restrictions.

Reply to  Michael Lemaire
April 11, 2020 8:19 am

Modern medicine can keep people alive for a long time, however very few of these people will ever recover.

April 10, 2020 7:44 pm

“Pro science” (codename for anti Trump) people tell us to listen to the experts. THEIR experts. Or Fauci. Who changed his tune. And the WHO. Who changed its tune ever more.

They tell us to do nothing medically without a randomized study. They also tell us that those who don’t vaccinate their babies (even against STDs) with vaccines that were never proved as useful in any randomized study, should be jailed.

Now they tell that police state measures should be done according to the recommandations (or oukases) of experts. Measures that have not been proven in either randomized studies, or any scientific study whatsoever.

Reply to  David Middleton
April 11, 2020 5:45 am

My God what a band!!!

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  niceguy
April 11, 2020 10:25 am
Reply to  niceguy
April 11, 2020 11:49 am

Funnily enough in the UK there has been a resurgence of measals amongst the unvaccinated population. Measals has a very high R0 of about 16. It spreads very easily. Some of the unvaccinated have other conditions so can’t be vaccinated and rely on the herd immunity of everyone else. Antivaxxers have caused a problem. There is no need for any randomized study. Just for the unvaccinated to get vaccinated.

April 10, 2020 7:48 pm

If you don’t agree with early loosening of lock down then keep doing what you’re doing. You won’t be forced to shed your protectants. I will keep mine until I think it’s safe for my situation.

Jeffery P
Reply to  David Middleton
April 11, 2020 7:20 am

I reckon I have enough guns & ammo I don’t need to stock up on anything else. 😉

Gunga Din
Reply to  David Middleton
April 11, 2020 10:51 am

A Smith and Wesson … Python?
Mine’s a Ruger GP-100.

Gunga Din
Reply to  David Middleton
April 11, 2020 1:05 pm

(Insert picture of Homer slapping his head) 😎

Gunga Dad
Reply to  David Middleton
April 11, 2020 4:29 pm

The head slap fur sure.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Gunga Dad
April 11, 2020 5:33 pm

Taurus Raging Bull 454 Casull, among others.

Reply to  Gunga Din
April 11, 2020 12:39 pm

Python was/is made by Colt.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Craig
April 11, 2020 1:15 pm

See my reply to David above.
“The only people it’s safe to ignore are those who won’t admit to maling a mistake.” – Me

Gunga Din
Reply to  Craig
April 11, 2020 1:16 pm

That should be “making”, not “maling”.

Reply to  Craig
April 11, 2020 3:21 pm

@Gunga Din

The only people it’s safe to ignore are those who won’t admit to maling a mistake.

Dang! I thought you were being cleverly ironic!

Gunga Din
Reply to  Craig
April 11, 2020 4:26 pm

Well, trying to be.
Guess I made a mistake.

Patrick MJD
April 10, 2020 7:53 pm

I was out in my local town today and absolutely no-one, especially Asians, was observing social distancing other than store keepers. Sure, may were wearing masks but none of them look like the N95 variety and thus completely useless.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 10, 2020 10:44 pm

“……completely useless…”
A mask made out of an old T-shirt stops flying sneeze mucous, and droplets from speaking. Let’s do a test….lick your lips, hold your hand a couple of inches from your mouth….say “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”…you can feel the droplets on your hand…..that’s why saliva spewing strangers should wear a face-mask around YOU…and of course vice-versa…any cloth bandana that your breathe passes through instead of around, will do the job. And it will work better than sneezing into your elbow.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
April 11, 2020 5:10 am

Bingo. It may not be perfect but better than nothing is what I hear from contacts in China and Eastern Europe. I wear a mask to protect the grocery store workers and I keep my f-king yap shut when in public. Meanwhile the average moron is out there yelling in aisle 4, spraying spit everywhere…

April 10, 2020 7:56 pm

Some developing countries have followed blindly the western lock down models. The number of unwanted pregnancies are expected to go up. Confirmation should be available from November 2020 to february 2021 births.

Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 8:02 pm

Hi David,
You need to state explicitly what value you place on a human life before you can ever start to claim
that the cure is worse than the disease. According to economists and insurance companies the average
value of a human life in the US is about $10 million dollars. So a quick ballpark figure suggests that
2.2 million deaths in the worse case scenario would cost US society upwards of 20 trillion dollars
(less if age adjusted statistics are used). This is the potential cost of doing nothing. In contrast the US
stimulus package was around 2 trillion dollars.

So again what value do you place on a life? What is your estimate of the number of deaths if we do nothing?
And how does that compare to the current economic cost of the lockdown?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 8:21 pm

When a child is killed by a vaccine, the insurance gives $10 million dollars?

Reply to  niceguy
April 11, 2020 9:05 am

In the US $500,000 for a no fault claim via National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
However you are generally talking about adverse outcomes … deaths are actually very very rare … look up the number rather than me tell you 🙂

Reply to  LdB
April 17, 2020 6:39 pm

Death of babies happen all the time; almost by definition, these babies were vaccinated. Was a vaccine the cause? Nobody knows. And it’s a medical taboo.

Because of that, I fear medical pro more than the virus.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 8:34 pm

Your serious error is that most deaths are very old people who frankly don’t add any value to GDP because they don’t work or produce. In fact from a cold hard economic viewpoint their lives are worth a negative amount to economy.

Henry Pool
Reply to  Stevek
April 10, 2020 9:28 pm

You are 100% correct Stevek. Donald Trump is a very old person who frankly doesn’t add any value to GDP because he doesn’t work or produce. His life is worth a negative amount to economy.

Reply to  Henry Pool
April 11, 2020 2:42 am

Henry Trump is old and adds tremendous value to the economy. His reversal of Obama’s low gear policies proved it.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Stevek
April 10, 2020 11:11 pm

The discussion is about how much society values a life. Not their contribution to GDP.
Try killing a very old person and then tell the judge they were worth a negative amount
to society. I doubt anyone would listen to you.

If you want to provide a different estimate for the value of a human life please do so
but make sure you can justify it.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 11, 2020 11:45 am

Izaak, no it’s not. Not really.
“If it saves one life!” is often used as the justification for actions that end up costing more lives.
My particular job is deemed “essential”. If they went paranoid on all these precautions and made my coworkers and I all self-isolate, then the water that would come out of their taps would eventually kill more people than COVID-19. (And if the wasterwater plants shut down? Nobody picked up your garbage?) Yet we are exposed to each other everyday. We are exposed to the drivers that deliver the chemicals we use to treat the water so it is safe when you turn on your tap. What are our lives worth?
Now I work for a Government entity. They spend money like water.
Many have their water supplied by water plants run by private companies. They can’t spend money like water. What are their workers’ lives worth?
We all need a healthy economy to pay for stuff so we can save lives. (Just as we’ve done before Corona popped up.)
A healthy economy saves lives.

PS I’ll be 66 next month. High risk group. I’ll still be reporting for work.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 11, 2020 4:05 pm

@ Izk W: Try getting that judge to hold for you when you offer zero evidence to prove that not doing a COVID19 lockdown (pick any locality where it has not been done to any significant degree) proximately caused a death.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc won’t cut it.

Neither will “it just must have done it.” (even if shouted while pounding the table)


Note: using your risk management reasoning, no one would drive down the road
or ride the bus
or pedal their bicycle out of their driveway
or take a Tylenol
or eat at a restaurant
or fire up their lawn mower and mow the lawn
or use a step ladder
or turn on their gas stove to boil water for tea
or … well, just about anything but stay in bed and die — TOO RISKY**

**People have died from doing all of those things. Fact (not assumption as is your bogus IF no lockdown THEN death from COVID19 argument).

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 8:48 pm

The average American earns less than $3 million in their lifetime. So I don’t know where your $10 million comes from. Second, any “average” number you arrive it is for someone with an “average” lifespan remaining. The bulk of the people dying are in their 80’s and 90’s, so if you’re going to go through the absurd process of calculating the value of a human life, you’re going to have to downsize your numbers substantially.

Further, I think that trying to put a human cost on fighting a war is an exercise in futility. If we’d calculated the cost in human lives to fight WW2, the obvious outcome would be to surrender and learn to speak German. The question is not how much are the lives lost worth. The question is what’s the best way to win the war because losing is unthinkable.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  davidmhoffer
April 10, 2020 10:24 pm

Have a look at
which discusses how much value society puts on a life in the USA. Feel free to suggest a
different value but you need to justify it.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 11:49 pm

It is clear from the article that you link to that the value being spoken of is how much people are willing to pay to insure their own lives, and for how much. Willing to insure and economic value are two different things. If you’re going to go to the absurd exercise of putting a value on human life in order to compare it to the economic cost, you have to use the same metric from one end to the other.

If you want to go look at it from the insurance perspective, insuring a 90 year old for a million dollars costs WAY more per year than insuring a 20 year old. See the problem with putting a value on a human life from an insurance perspective?

None of which changes the fact that the average person makes less than $3 million per lifetime, and almost all of that in almost all cases well before they are in their 80’s or 90’s.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  davidmhoffer
April 11, 2020 1:22 am

Surely the relevant quantity is how much people produce not what they earn?
The average lifetime earnings might be less than 3 million but their economic output
is considerably more. Currently the US GDP is about 22 trillion dollars a year and there
are 155 million people employed. So over a typical lifetime one worker would produce about 10 million dollars of output on average, 3 million of which is kept by the worker
and the other 7 goes to running costs of the business etc. Which is a figure that seems
reasonable — for example at a resturant raw ingredients typically amount to about 1/3 of the cost of a meal. All of which suggests that the economic value of a worker in the
USA should be around 10 million dollars on average.

Again feel free to suggest some other figure. If you want to claim the lockdown costs more
than it saves in terms of lives lost then you need to say what price you put on a life.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
April 11, 2020 4:29 am

–None of which changes the fact that the average person makes less than $3 million per lifetime, and almost all of that in almost all cases well before they are in their 80’s or 90’s.

Izaak Walton April 11, 2020 at 1:22 am
Surely the relevant quantity is how much people produce not what they earn?–

It seems both ways are assuming an average person is a slave.
It seems if average person or a person is killed by accident it’s a pretty low cost counted.
But if there deliberate or malice “intent” the costs go thru the roof.
Or free person can make there own decision, and that includes the chance of death as a result. But if do something that interferes with free person choice- saying one thing when it’s known to something else, one has wandered into a “intention” to possibly kill a random person- and a jury will punish you monetarily for doing that.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
April 11, 2020 11:10 am

3 million of which is kept by the worker and the other 7 goes to running costs of the business etc.

And the 7 million adds to the value of the business. You can’t count that money twice.

But since you want to calculate it that way, let’s use your numbers. How much of that $10 million gets produced by workers after the age of 80? Take all the money made by all the workers active after the age of 80, divide by the total number of people over the age 80, round off to the nearest two decimal places…. 0.00

Janice Moore
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 8:55 pm

Mr. Walton:

Please see the Breitbart article linked above by Yooper on April 10, 2020 at 7:09PM.

2.2 million is no longer the generally accepted worse case scenario and, as it turned out, it never was. It was never based on data. It was, EXACTLY like the assumptions behind the failed, unskilled, climate-and CO2 computer simulations,

a drive-down-the-freeway-blindfolded GUESS.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Janice Moore
April 10, 2020 10:39 pm

the number appears to be in reasonable as a plausible worse case. Suppose 20% of the US
population get COVID-19 (in line with values from cruise ships) then there will be 60 million
cases in the US. Then if the fatality rate is 5% (which is the current average rate worldwide according to the WHO and half that of Italy and the UK) that would 3 million deaths. Now
of course you can make much better estimates using differential equations to model the spread
of the epidemic (the SIR model for example) but they produce a similar result.

Again this is the worst case. Not the most probably case. And this is what the government should
be trying to prevent. The expected number of deaths is a lot less because people are self-isolating which dramatically cuts the rate of infection.

mario lento
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 11:54 pm

Except you are ignorant of the 5% being a mortality rate for the general public. The world is only testing people sick enough to go to the hospital. I caught covid 19 and was never tested, I know. I just signed up to donate my blood plasma. If they accept my offer, I will get antibodies tested and find out if I can donate them.

You should heed the post by davidmhoffer April 10, 2020 at 8:48 pm. Think instead of trying to be right. You just may learn something.

Juan Slayton
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 8:56 pm

You need to state explicitly what value you place on a human life before you can ever start to claim
that the cure is worse than the disease.

Not so. See my comment at 7:36.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Juan Slayton
April 10, 2020 10:14 pm

Hi Juan,
If you want to count in lives, then do you have an estimate for the number of deaths that
would result from doing nothing? And how that compare with your estimates from the
number of deaths due to the lockdown? Estimates I have seen for the worse case scenario
are in excess of one million. Do you reall think a short term drop in GDP will kill more people?

Juan Slayton
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 11, 2020 4:45 am

…do you have an estimate for the number of deaths that
would result from doing nothing?

No. Such an estimate would be a questionable extrapolation from limited and unreliable data. As are the estimates for doing nothing. Estimates so far have been all over the map.

But who says we should do nothing? Certainly not Willis. What is questionable is full scale lockdown. Let me share how it is affecting me.

1. Last month my dentist started to replace crowns on my lower incisers. We got to the point of installing temporaries, which have a limited life span and which would normally be replaced without delay. But his office has been closed do to the Kungflu scare. They say they will call me when they can reschedule.

2. Years ago I had a melanoma surgically removed. Ever since I have had periodic referrals to follow up. This was year’s was scheduled for April 15. But they have called and rescheduled for June 16. Could that be a problem? Well, the wife has been bugging me about a lesion that I really can’t get a good look at. Letting it possibly grow for another two months is a bit worrying. I suppose I could push the matter and get in sooner. The real question is why all these medical practitioners should be shut down.

3. A couple of weeks ago, somebody stole my car. It was quickly recovered by the Alhambra police and returned to me–without license plates. I drove it directly to the Pasadena DMV, where I discovered that all the DMV offices are closed. Best I could do was download an application for new plates and mail it in. So the car is now parked on the HOA property. If I didn’t have a second car, I would be dependent on public transportation for anything out of bicycle range. And that wouldbe a health risk. : >)

There are, after all, options between doing nothing or destroying our economic system that is our ultimate life support.

Apologies for this overly long comment.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 9:08 pm

Izaak and “economists and insurance companies”

Value these:
A well educated 20 year old starting on her first job.
An 88 year old man with congestive heart disease.
A 66 year old neighbor with her own small business, now with zero income.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
April 10, 2020 11:05 pm

that is easy. I am catholic and not an economist and I believe that all people have an immortal soul that is priceless.

So I am lucky that I am not a politician who has to make those calculations every day. The
government choose how to value lives all the time. What should speed limits be for example?
The faster they are set the more pedestrians die so you end up putting a higher value on the
lives of drivers than the lives of pedestrians. So how do you choose?

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 11:36 pm

I believe that all people have an immortal soul that is priceless.

Well, it’s a good job that this immortal soul you believe in will survive death, bring immortal and all, eh? So no actual cost on the life, it’s all god’s will…

Susan D Harms
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
April 11, 2020 3:11 am

and value these:
sewage plant worker
trash collector

Because if we don’t have these, we are all dead of Cholera in 2 weeks.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 10, 2020 9:11 pm

Lockdown is not intended to save lives. Its intended purpose is to spread out the deaths over time.
Elderly people with chronic disease are the ones who die from this virus. They are already in the process of dying. That is the nature of progressive disease. If they do not get the Wuhan, they might die with the flu next fall, or next year, or the year after that. Social distancing will not give them eternal life. If that is what you want go to Jesus or Mohammed.
Your value of life rhetoric is just nonsense. Are you virtue signalling?
Metabolic syndrome, aka diabetes2 is the weak point here. It causes the low immunity and fatal complications. If you really care about lives, get people to change their diet. Reverse chronic disease. Either Ketogenic or low fat vegan.
Lockdown does not save any lives. It is an argument of misdirection. The virus will have to go through the population eventually.

Reply to  Billy
April 10, 2020 9:35 pm

My prediction at the beginning of this pandemic is that it would wipe out an entire generation of people wasting away in nursing homes. Statistics seem to bear this out.

I have another prediction. A majority of Americans have already been exposed to this virus and were either asymptotic or had a significantly milder reaction than full on Covid 19. Nursing homes were not where the virus originated. These were the most segregated members of society. They are the last to be exposed. Just my theory. This pandemic has already passed.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Billy
April 11, 2020 12:18 am

A lockdown buys time. If it takes one year to develop a vaccine and a lockdown can prevent
a widespread epidemic until after that time then it could save millions of lives. Or alternatively
if you maintain a lockdown worldwide (almost certainly impossible) then the disease would
be completely elimiated and again would save countless lives. But having a localised lockdown
while the disease is widespread elsewhere is unlikely to save lives except but preventing an
overload of the medical system.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 11, 2020 1:06 pm

I stated that it buys time.
The US was already infected before the lockdown. It was too late.
The medical treatment of severe cases is of very limited effectiveness. Overload of the medical system is normal in an epidemic and makes little difference as the treatment doesn’t save the lives of the class of people who are dying. Eighty year old obese diabetic smokers are about to die any time even without an epidemic. The do not enjoy eternal life, lockdown or no.
Dr Fauchi has been working on a vaccine for sars for 17 years. Herd immunity will come before that. Nothing in nature procedes exponentially forever. The death rates are already declining on their own.

Steve Case
Reply to  Billy
April 11, 2020 2:27 am

Lockdown does not save any lives. It is an argument of misdirection. The virus will have to go through the population eventually.

Exactly. The only advantage to putting that eventuality off is gaining time to build up the medical response to it. Pit that against the economic damage and do a cost benefit study to figure out if it’s worth it or not. The longer this goes on the more likely the “…or not…” answer becomes.

The country world needs to go back to work.

Reply to  Steve Case
April 11, 2020 2:46 am

Exactly Steve

Reply to  Steve Case
April 11, 2020 7:11 am

Cannot do a cost/benefit analysis on this website. Those kinds of things are verboten. How dare you claim that a life might not be worth $200,000,000.
This will likely get censored too.

Gunga Din
Reply to  astonerii
April 11, 2020 12:18 pm

I read it.
Guess it wasn’t censored.

George Daddis
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 11, 2020 11:11 am

There is a branch of economics called Welfare Economics, started centuries ago by old friend Pareto (many are familiar with his 80 – 20 rule of thumb). It deals with the problem of trade offs in situations where one side can be defined in money terms and the other valued differently.

“We” currently explicitly or implicitly make trade offs between spending and lives every day, even our own. We know for a fact that if the government mandated all interstate highways reduce speed limits to 45 mph we would certainly save lives (how many would be up for debate). Where and how many intersections do we protect with traffic lights? Did you buy that expensive automobile that had every available safety feature? (Which back in the day, used to be a big Volvo. If governments in 1960 mandated everyone drive a Volvo there would have been fewer traffic fatalities.)

In the question you pose, “insurance value” of a human life is worthless in these calculations (unless you are a National Health Service or Ezekiel Emanuel – excuse the snark).
On the other side the cost of the stimulus package is also worthless. It and it’s successors are filled with spending that has nothing to do either reducing the virus or it’s direct impact, or what is necessary for an economic recovery. (Kennedy Center millions is only one example.)

How do you evaluate the health cost of a prolonged lock down? If it drives the US into a depression with massive unemployment there are clearly going to be situations where more people will die compared to a pre-virus economy. All involve subjective estimates of one side of the trade off or the other.

There is no “formula” that will give you a black and white, numerical answer. It comes down to the knowledge and judgement of those we chose (or will choose) as leaders. In my opinion the US has been doing very well so far.

Dave Fair
Reply to  George Daddis
April 11, 2020 1:16 pm

👍, George. Why is such common sense in short supply?

President Trump has been making a steady series of good (not perfect) decisions as situations and facts evolve. He will soon be making major decisions relating to opening up our society and economy. The decisions will be the result of a supremely complex agglomeration of facts, supposition, politics, mindset and intuition.

Given the prevalence of TDS in our major media outlets, there will be loud wailing and gnashing of teeth, no matter what. The Democrats in Congress will criticize, hold kangaroo court hearings and generally obstruct the President.

Given our Republican form of government, the States and localities will continue to implement any Federal guidance in various haphazard and politicized methods. Meanwhile, they will continue screaming to high heaven that the Federal government is not giving them enough.

History will tell; we can but grope around in finding the path, while ignoring the certitudes and nonsensical questions of the Izaacs among us.

David S
April 10, 2020 8:05 pm

Prior to the coronavirus our economy was doing very well. Trump was proud of that. When the virus showed up the medical experts told the president he would have to do things that would crush the economy or many many Americans would die. I’m sure he hated to squelch the economy but he opted to save lives instead of the economy. I don’t think I can fault him for that.

Also if an effective treatment or cure is found soon then the second wave will never happen.

April 10, 2020 8:14 pm

One. … More. … Time. …

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University

Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, Internist, Pneumologist, Social medicine expert, MD of Hygiene, environmental clinicist and former head of a German Health administration

Professor Knut Wittkowski, for twenty years head of The Rockefeller University’s Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design

Jim in WNC
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 10, 2020 9:03 pm

Fascinating! Thanks.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 10, 2020 9:10 pm

One. … More. … Time. …


Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  sycomputing
April 10, 2020 11:38 pm

He didn’t say ‘only’ one more time. Sorry…

Reply to  sycomputing
April 11, 2020 9:54 am


When people refuse to hear the other side, multiple repetitions are in order, in various contexts.

Some might be tired of the other side, because they have already considered it, but, frankly, I’m tired of the fearmongering, so I’d like people to promise to get off THAT wagon.

If fear can have its multiple reps, then so can skepticism. I’m ill from the stupidity, NOT the virus.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 11, 2020 11:01 am

I’m ill from the stupidity, NOT the virus.

Now see there, that’s just what I’m getting at Kernoodle. You’re all wound up . . . I can tell . . . and if I can tell, being me and all, well I’m sure the smart readers of WUWT can tell.

I’m worried about you, that’s all. No, “we” are worried about you. That’s why I said something.


Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 10, 2020 10:11 pm

The “Perspectives on the Pandemic” series is very good. Different view points and it doesn’t matter if you agree or not with them. It is important to be aware of different views. It is healthy.

My main contention with all the views is that they are relying on what I consider unreliable data. Fudging the numbers, plus or minus, is done with the governments agenda in mind. All governments do it. I trust none of the data.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  TRM
April 10, 2020 11:39 pm

I fully agree

Reply to  TRM
April 11, 2020 10:08 am

Oh, I trust the data. I just don’t trust what many people seem to think that the data means.

The data seems to be a very good record of the growth rate of testing.

Hey, I’m gonna start testing for people who have blue eyes. The first day, I do five tests, and I find 0 people with blue eyes. The second day, I do 20 tests — no blue eyes. The third day, I do 60 tests — low and behold, I find three people with blue eyes. CONCLUSION: A virus is causing people’s eyes to turn blue. Fourth day, 190 tests — oh God, seven people with blue eyes. CONCLUSION: The blue-eye virus is spreading. By the tenth day, I’m doing 500 tests, and I have found forty people with blue eyes. CONCLUSION: The virus that caused the first three people to have blue eyes has now spread to infect forty people.

Could it be that blue eyes already existed throughout the population, and the increased rate of testing merely showed an increased RATE OF DETECTION of something that was wider spread than the test could possibly reveal? In other words, rate-of-growth-of-detection does not indicate rate-of-growth-of-occurrence.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 11, 2020 2:48 am

Do you have transcripts?

Big Bubba
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 11, 2020 2:09 pm

Best links by far and Prof Knut Wittkowski gives the clearest summation of the situation. But few listen (even on this site.)
This has to be the biggest ‘Extraordinary Popular Delusion and the Madness of Crowds’( read the book by Charles Mackay) ever witnessed in human history.
Thanks you Robert Kernodle

Flight Level
April 10, 2020 8:31 pm

French Prof. Didier Raoult, a french politically incorrect scientist with sizable experience on the topic concludes that “so far in mankind history, no flu epidemics have survived summer”.

Which, given the colossal political and economic agendas involved in the process, could explain, alike in climate hysteria, the creation of urgency and consequently the need for on-the spot immediate binding decisions.

It’s like the “deal of the day” pre-owned car that would be there 2 weeks later at the back of the parking lot with an even a deeper “sale” price-tag.

Now, I’m not a medical doctor but what I know is that when “stuff hits the fan”, Aviate(keep fifi in the air), Navigate(keep going in the right direction), Communicate(self-explanatory) saves lives when performed in that specific order while panic surely kills all on board and some below.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Flight Level
April 10, 2020 11:42 pm

“so far in mankind history, no flu epidemics have survived summer”

It even slightly true. They all come back. I believe the Spanish flu pandemic came back twice, and worse than the first time, having mutated.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
April 11, 2020 12:43 pm

The Spanish Flu came back twice and worse than the first time?
I’d never heard that before. Was the 1918 (or so) the last time?
I don’t mean to sound like I’m questioning you personally but I do question.

PS A question for anyone that knows, how closely is the Spanish Flu to COVID-19?
(That is, the virus itself, not the effects.)

Henry Pool
April 10, 2020 8:34 pm

Dear Mr. Middleton,
Dallas is not representative of the United States of America.

Friday recorded 1953 deaths in the USA.

Elon Musk might need to hire an unemployed geologist for his Boring Company.

Reply to  Henry Pool
April 10, 2020 9:40 pm

Dallas is not representative of the United States of America.

Thank goodness . . .

Gunga Din
Reply to  David Middleton
April 11, 2020 12:57 pm

Anybody else notice that the further an urban population becomes from the ground that actually produces their food and their energy and minerals their cell phones are made of, the more they want the Government to “Save the Earth”?

Henry Pool
April 10, 2020 8:40 pm

I think it would be a good idea to make an exception to the large crowd gatherings in Texas when it comes to churches and/or religious services. That way, the virus can spread among the faithful.

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Henry Pool
April 10, 2020 10:01 pm

Henry, thanks for the drive-by bigotry and death wishes. Do you really consider that a “contribution” to the discussion?

May you have a blessed Easter.

Reply to  Henry Pool
April 10, 2020 10:30 pm

That way, the virus can spread among the faithful.

Hey now! Look at the Hate on Henry!

Now doncha look super skeery in yer red onesie and multi-horned hat?

Looks like the “joke” is on you bubba, you’ve been infected with Middleton Derangement Syndrome for some time now . . . and it really shows.

Mike Dubrasich
Reply to  Henry Pool
April 10, 2020 10:34 pm

Dear Mr. Pool,

On average 10,000 people die in this country every day, 365 days per year. Most of them are aged with a variety of ailments (although 2,300 per day are pre-born babies who get aborted). Most of the aged infirm who die have one or more common respiratory viruses present, which may or may not contribute to their final expiration.

This is just a fact of life and death in humanity. Respiratory viruses are ever present. Humans have evolved a host of defenses, and most healthy humans are quite resistant to the viruses. You yourself have had many colds and flus, each a different strain, and here you are, not dead yet.

Your desire to kill off church goers is perverse and disgusting, but in fact exposure to respiratory viruses is constant anyway, builds herd immunity, and would benefit those church goers and the community.

Conversely, acquiescence to authoritarian lockdown social distancing dictats will extend the “pandemic”, and the business collapse will do serious harm to the US and entire world economy. The virus won’t kill you, but the Coming Great Depression will screw your life up royally. You fool.

April 10, 2020 8:49 pm

Most or at least many of the Worlds leaders are in the most susceptible groupings.
Older , travel more, high society socialising with similar people , even the serfs that serve them .
No wonder they want to close everyting down and protect themselves .

Ian Coleman
April 10, 2020 8:53 pm

The single most critical metric, which is mostly absent from all the stories I have read about the pandemic so far, is, what is the median age of the dead? In Italy it was 78. Why is this statistic being left out of the stories about the pandemic? Because then the story would be, novel strain of pneumonia kills causes minor increase in mortality among elderly people. But no, the story has become, new disease threatens to kill millions of people in {your country.}

In my hometown (Edmonton, Alberta) a woman of 20 died of COVID-19. The medical officer who announced the death said that the young victim had no known co-morbidities. That is of course a long way from saying that she had no co-morbidities. The next question from journalists should have been, why don’t you know if she had no co-morbidities?

One 20 year-old dying of the disease is the anomaly that proves the rule that COVID-19 is fatal in the elderly, but only rarely in the young or the middle-aged. Of course, most people (who can be counted on to be innumerate) will think, see, anybody can die of COVID-19. Which is what the people fomenting the panic want everybody to think.

The only way to restore some measure of economic security to whole populations after this panic has passed will be increased applications of socialism. Look for abrupt rises in marginal taxation rates, for example. It’s not just that draconian shutdowns of commerce will cause economic contraction. The dumping of billions of dollars of gift money into people’s bank accounts will cause hyperinflation. It is not just income that will be destroyed. It will be accumulated wealth.

And what about the unemployed young? Bright, energetic young people just getting out of school will enter a society that has severely reduced opportunities for employment. What will they do? No one is giving that any thought right now.

Greta Thunberg must be loving this. “I want you to panic.” Well we are. She despise fairy tales of endless economic growth. Well, economic growth has been ended, perhaps for years. The coronavirus panic has made Greta’s fondest dreams a reality.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Ian Coleman
April 10, 2020 11:28 pm

There is no reason to think dumping “billions of dollars” will cause hyperinflation. After the
financial crisis of 2008 the US federal reserve printed trillions of dollars and gave them to the
banks, otherwise known as quantitive easing. The UK did the same and neither country experienced
any significance inflation and in fact the main problem was a lack of inflation. So printing a few
billions is not going to cause a problem.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 11, 2020 5:57 am

The problem it will cause, and we’ve seen this before, is an over-valued stock market (bubble) that is crash-prone.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 11, 2020 1:26 pm

Nobody believes you anymore, Izaak. STFU.

Reply to  Ian Coleman
April 11, 2020 4:01 am

Lifestyle factors need to be considered when examining cases of young people. Vaping, smoking, drug use can and do cause severe respiratory illness by themselves, and possibly more so with Corona-chan.

April 10, 2020 9:00 pm

These existential crises will be the death of us.

April 10, 2020 9:08 pm

Lomborg has a poignant point that the economic imperative will at some stage overwhelm the pandemic problem for which we were hopelessly unprepared-

Lockdown at present is essentially sacrificing the well being of the fit young and productive to save the aged and frail but it’s a double whammy for the former killing off their valuable medicos they need in normal times again. As a grandparent of a 3 year old and a 9 month old along with their parents generation I feel the price is too high and I’m not for mortgaging their future right here and now. OK boomers?

April 10, 2020 9:49 pm

It brings out the ‘looney’ in many people. We currently have some woman going shopping with a plastic bag over her head. The police are more interested in breaking up groups of two than anything else. Reminds me of the song ‘the brave gendarmes’. There will be a reckoning for all politicians after this nonsense is over. A month before reelection is a good time to remind people of the politicians who were complicit in this chaos.
I’m ok in all of this because I own everything I have and am on an age pension with money in the bank, but as a misanthropist (more ‘don’t like’ people rather than hate them), I understand the pain that people feel from losing their jobs,freedom of movement, freedom of association. etc..

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Alex
April 10, 2020 11:46 pm

Alex, you are in the same situation as myself, and seem to have a similar mindset, and I agree.

April 10, 2020 10:08 pm

One of the problems with ‘flattening the curve’ and delaying transmission right now is that this will give the virus a chance to mutate and perhaps come back next season with a vengeance, and maybe this time for the young. Just like the Spanish Flu did in 1918-1919. All my grandparents got the first first version of the Spanish Flu and when version 2 came the following fall they were immune, while normal healthy young people were dying left and right.

Virus’ tend to evolve to resistance and being more lethal until they burn out due to lack of new hosts to infect. Since this first version of the Wuhan Virus was relatively minor to normal young healthy folk, not allowing them to buildup herd immunity may come back to to bite us, really hard. This story hasn’t had the end written yet, and there is probably more to come, including major political upheaval and major civil unrest, globally. This is a major paradigm shift how the world works. We are still in shock with the economy locked down, and the cure is already much, much worse than the disease.

I feel sorry for President Trump who got bamboozled with models showing excess mortality in the millions. Of course, his out will be that the ‘experts’ said so, and while he would be right, I think he was more right a month ago when he said his gut feeling that killing the economy would be a major mistake. Many of us said here a month ago, isolate the old and infirm with some dignity, and let things unfold as they will. I don’t think we can justify delaying the inevitable, and the inevitable is yet to come. Unless we find a miracle treatment, and stop this beast in its tracks soon. Maybe, maybe not.

terry bixler
April 10, 2020 10:33 pm

It is easy to say lock down and whine that I know that it hurts but it is really best for you. Mean while government the whiners seem to be unwilling to do the hard work of analyzing what works as a treatment for the virus. Write some SQL against a database that has the data regarding patient outcomes and treatments. Show the results realtime! Continuous Feed. Filter anyway the user would like. Certainly this could be accomplished with some portion of a trillion dollars and might indeed save some lives. Blindly locking down not so much.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  terry bixler
April 10, 2020 11:48 pm

You can write as much SQL as you like, but if the data are flawed, it’s useless.

Terry R Bixler
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
April 11, 2020 7:29 am

Flawed? Try no data. So far the answer is to wring hands and suggest the sky is falling. At the price that hospitals get from Medicaid one would at least expect a requirement would be a treatment scorecard. So far not a hint of professional management.

Rod Evans
April 10, 2020 11:13 pm

Here is an option to remove the dichotomy of whether to save lives or save the economy.
Present data that shows how many people under the normal retirement age let’s say 65 for want of a cut off age, have died from the Sars cov 2 aska Covid 19 virus.
If that data shows the number in the working population who have succumbed is very low, let’s say less than 0.01% of the working population, then remove the lock down, restart the economy and save lives in both the short and the long term.
Those in the over 65 age group and mostly in retirement, can be advised they are at an increased risk if they contract the virus, as per normal with any virus, so they should practice self isolation if they feel anxious. As the vast majority over 65 are not economically active, that self isolation will have a small, probably immeasurable impact on the active economy.
We have climbed onto the back of the Tiger thanks to political “expert based” decisions, we have to find a way of climbing off. The sooner we take that risky but necessary decision, the better it will be for everyone.

Reply to  Rod Evans
April 10, 2020 11:58 pm

Really the question is at what point will we save more lives by opening the economy than we will by continuing what we’re doing now. A dead economy kills just as surely as this pathogen. Despondency, suicides, drug and alcohol use, and crime all increase where there is no hope.

Ron Balsys
April 10, 2020 11:52 pm

Actually one problem with all numbers about corona virus is that one important number is missing. That is the number of people already have been exposed to the virus. What number is possible here? Consider just a simple doubling every day. Today 1, tomorrow 2, then 4 then 8 and so on. This is exponential growth at 2^x were x is days. In just 100 days 2^100 is more than the population of the earth! So theoretically everyone could have caught this cold (its a cold not a flu virus). To determine this you need an anti-body test for covid, not a infection test (+ve or -ve) as is currently done.
Antibody tests are only just being done. An early report out of Germany on a random test of 1000 people gave 15% positive, 15% having a response that is indicitive of a non-specific response (ie exposed to similar but not the same virus). So 30% of the population in Germany may already have had the virus! For many they may have never got sick enough to even know they got sick in the first place. The number of people with antibodies to covid is an important data point that has not even been measured often enough to get a feeling for. It makes a big difference to what we do in the future if 2% or 30% of the population has had the disease and we don’t even know which.
The people who get really sick or die with this virus is a number that would have been even greater with no action, so some lockdown was waranted, but this needs to be limited so that the cure is not worse than the disease.
We still do not have enough information to make clear decisions, but with new testing and a bit more time the way out of this mess should be made clearer.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Ron Balsys
April 11, 2020 1:30 am

But seriously, rah, thank you for your, and all the other truckers’, service. In this loony situation, you guys and gals are keeping us alive.

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
April 11, 2020 4:50 am

Just doing my job and thankful that I still have a job. Everyone working in the supply chains that provide the necessities we all need is vital and part of a thin line that is preventing this situation from descending into chaos. Last week while in a store my wife met a guy stocking that said he was working his third consecutive shift. Grocery store employees have to have a considerably greater chance of being infected than I do.

April 10, 2020 11:52 pm

I’m with you. Let my people go!
Now a little report from the road and other stuff:

500 drivers at the company I drive for have taken voluntary layoff and about 1/2 of the dispatchers are laid off. I am in a position where I would be one of the last drivers to go and I don’t see that happening.

On Thursday on the way home from Pottstown, PA with a 14,000 lb load of catalyst and ceramic filters for vehicle exhaust systems I encountered about every kind of precipitation one normally sees. Heavy rain and small hail while being loaded in Pottstown. Sleet, freezing rain, and snow at the highest elevations along the PA turnpike. The wispy kind of snow that blows over the road service at the highest elevations. The winds made me work and would have liked a heavier load. Got to stay right on top of it and can’t relax in heavy winds. One learns to take their cues from the blowing grass or trees as to where a gust will be hitting your rig. Took my break at the big rest area just east of Columbus, OH and then on the way home the next morning saw the heavy frost that had been deposited the night before. It was 34 F when I fueled the truck when I got back.

The governor of PA is a total A-hole. Service areas along the PA turnpike are for parking only. No restroom access and I didn’t see any portapotties. Most of them have a drive through for some kind of fast food that is open but trucks can’t go through it and it is illegal to walk up to one. I don’t know what the hell they expect drivers to do! Earlier last week during a run to Milton, PA up along I-80 and then up I-180 heading up towards the Buffalo, NY area only about 1/2 of the rest areas were open in PA. Anyone that tells you they’re all open doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

Now what is hilarious is that they’ve closed the toll booths in PA. They have signs saying “drive through, we’ll bill you”. It doesn’t matter to me since I have EZ-PASS but for years I’ve pointed out that there is no reason for the state to waste money having all the people working in the toll booths they do. Both PA and NY have tons of toll collectors working normally and it’s a waste of tax payer dollars.

As usual, when something goes wrong or something occurs where it would have been good for me to be home; I wasn’t. Serious heavy winds hit at my place Wednesday night. 80+ mph. stuff. Scared my girls. We’ve lived here since 2001 and my wife said it was the worst she had seen here. Power was out all night. A few good sized limbs came down.

Don’t know if there was a weak tornado near here or not, but at Menards a couple miles always, their lumber was blown out onto Hwy 109 blocking the road and forcing them to close it for a few hours. I’d say the lumber yard is about 150 yards from the highway and it’s surrounded by a wooden fence that is 8 or 10 feet high (or at least was) That seems to me to be something more than what 80 mph straight line winds would have done.

And on the bright side. No damage I can find to house or garage or sheds. My girls had raked leaves that day and put them in the fire ring but hadn’t burned them yet and we never will. They’re all gone!

Runs next week:
Sunday 12:00 depart with broker load to Conagra/Treehouse foods in Tonawanda, NY ( close to Niagara Falls). Deliver 11:00 Monday then pick up customer freight in Tonawanda, High temperature insulation at UniFrax where I was earlier this week. Bring that back to Anderson, IN. Should get back in at about 21:00 Monday night.

Tuesday 12:00 depart with Nestles product from their Plant in Anderson, IN for Nestles DC in Breinigsville, PA (West of Allentown). Same place I delivered at Thursday morning this week. It’s a drop & hook so I drop the empty trailer, hook to an empty, then take a 10 hour break, then they’ll be sending me a broker load from somewhere to pick up on Wednesday.

Got to restock the truck so a trip to the grocery store is necessary. Been using up my food and drink I keep in it faster than usual because I’m doing my best to stay out of truck stops.

Reply to  rah
April 11, 2020 12:06 am

Drop the loaded trailer and hook to an empty at Breinigsville.

Janice Moore
Reply to  rah
April 11, 2020 10:34 am

Praying for you, rah.

(almost every morning, for years, now)

Hope your wife is doing okay (praying for her about the health issue you mentioned about a week ago).

Really enjoyed reading your account above. You should write a book, Road Warrior’s Log, or something like that.

Take care out there.

Reply to  Janice Moore
April 11, 2020 12:10 pm

Thank you so much for your prayers. My wife is ok though she always has a migraine when there are sudden changes in pressure. Just spent 1 1/2 hours picking up sticks from the yard and am going out to hit it again. Half of the stuff is from my neighbors trees across the street. I had mine trimmed about 4 years ago but he never has. Can’t blame him really. Young guy with a family and I reckon it would cost him over $10,000 to get all of his trees trimmed. Anyway, I’m going to mow my yard today before the grass gets so high the dog gets lost in it.

Janice Moore
Reply to  rah
April 11, 2020 3:28 pm


Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  rah
April 11, 2020 1:26 am

I encountered about every kind of precipitation one normally sees. Heavy rain and small hail while being loaded in Pottstown. Sleet, freezing rain, and snow at the highest elevations along the PA turnpike. The wispy kind of snow that blows over the road service at the highest elevations.

Rob McKenna, is that you…?
(h/t Douglas Adams)

Reply to  rah
April 11, 2020 6:01 am

The problem is if it came to a vote you would lose.

Reply to  LdB
April 11, 2020 9:15 am

Of course I would lose in a vote. The sensationalism over this thing, including some fake news, has known no bounds. It won’t be long though before the side effects of cure is going to be worse than the disease however. And I’m sure a significant number of other people will start changing their minds once their money starts running short. And to be quite frank, I doubt that this could go on another 30 days without a significant segment of the population starting to revolt in one way or another.

I’m not saying that COVID-19 is not all it’s cracked up to be. I am saying though that the projections being made by the “experts” are wrong and obviously have been wrong from the beginning and I’m not buying the line that the lockdowns are the sole or even the primary reason for that.

April 11, 2020 12:06 am

Youtube: 41m31s: 3 April: Perspectives on the Pandemic | Professor Knut Wittkowski | Episode 2
posted by Journeyman Pictures
In this explosive second edition of Perspectives on the Pandemic, Professor Knut Wittkowski, for twenty years head of The Rockefeller University’s Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design, says that social distancing and lockdown is the absolutely worst way to deal with an airborne respiratory virus.

Further, he offers data to show that China and South Korea had already reached their peak number of cases when they instituted their containment measures. In other words, nature had already achieved, or nearly achieved, herd immunity.

April 11, 2020 12:09 am

Youtube: 17:34 – 6 Apr: Montana physician Dr. Annie Bukacek discusses how COVID 19 death certificates are being manipulated
Dr. Bukacek is a longtime Montana physician with over 30 years’ experience practicing medicine. Signing death certificates is a routine part of her job.
In this brief video, Dr. Bukacek blows the whistle on the way the CDC is instructing physicians to exaggerate COVID 19 deaths on death certificates

Janice Moore
Reply to  pat
April 11, 2020 11:14 am

pat: Thank you. That powerful expert witness testimony should be run on every news channel every hour, every day, until everyone has heard it.

It resoundingly exposes the fact:

To die WITH is not to die OF.

“The truth [about COVID19] will set you free.”

Leo Smith
April 11, 2020 12:12 am

Eric Burdon, and the Animals

April 11, 2020 12:16 am

for those who missed seeing this:

Youtube: 1h2m: 26 Mar: Perspectives on the Pandemic | Dr John Ioannidis of Stanford University | Episode 1
Perspectives on the Pandemic Episode 1: Dealing with Coronavirus, a fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data.
Interview highlights: …

Ben Vorlich
April 11, 2020 12:28 am

I’m still waiting for the headline. “CV19 has killed more than any Flu Epidemic since WW2”.

It may be more deadly than an average Flu but the Diamond Princess, Vo Euganeo, San Miguel County suggest that it’s not as bad as modelled. France has had problems with infections in Senior Citizen Care Homes with about a third of deaths occurring in these homes. But even in a location with a population of the most vulnerable, over 70 at least one pre-existing condition there are, as far as I know, no examples of nearly all residents dieing.

Over half the Care Homes in Scotland have been infected with similar results as France, using the limited data from news headlines

April 11, 2020 12:55 am

I am one of the most important people in the world .{disagreement means incarceration}
Sorry Xi and others .
I have decided life is of greater value than money .
Anyone who wishes to disagree can bet their house or life on it.
How many houses do you have vs a life ?

April 11, 2020 12:56 am


My take is our young fit and productive won’t take lockdown for more than a month and who could blame them eh boomers?
I’ll wear the rules for as long as my offspring and theirs tolerate it but then my boomer peers can get stuffed and go hide in their homes because it’s been a good life whatever happens. Tossed the smoking 5 years ago but I’m not giving up the vaping now for the grim reaper. LOL.

Michael Carter
April 11, 2020 1:02 am

” Lomborg has a poignant point that the economic imperative will at some stage overwhelm the pandemic problem ”

I agree entirely. Sooner or later authorities will have to make the inevitable decision. It will probably be not so difficult for you in the North should the changing season have its typical effect.

The Southern Hemisphere countries have death:case ratios much lower than the Northern but for us winter is coming. If we don’t nail this virus within 4 weeks then we will have on our hands the worst of both the condition and the control.

There is only one concrete conclusion to be made from this mess. Nearly all countries were totally unprepared for this outbreak. Why? Surely there was plenty of warning. Enjoy prosperity now, pay and pray later.

Which economy will come out of this the best? Japan, I betcha.

April 11, 2020 1:13 am

The decision by a country about the timing of breakouts from total lockdown may be dictated not simply by the position on the bell – curve of cases and deaths , but by that country’s relative situation compared to economic rivals and partners.
Take the case of US v China. The latter has recovered from the economic shutdown of PART of the country and will be powering ahead, especially in contacts with the relatively untouched SE Asia and Africa. By contrast the US has wrestled itself to the ground and the country’s bureaucrats seem determined to keep it there indefinitely.
The case of the UK is even worse : whilst Sweden, Germany and probably very soon Spain and Italy are resuming normal economic activity , the UK has no such plans for months ahead , and it is supposed to be negotiating our Brexit deal when most of our Govt ministers are either sick or distracted by the virus issues and the “opponents” are fighting fit.
Destroying your economy in order to save the lives (for a handful of years ) of those of us who have already enjoyed a fairly full and active life might just be acceptable if all countries were doing it in sync , but when some are seen to be taking of an early escape from lockdown then a light might come on in even the dimmest brains in Washington and London . Or am I too optimistic?

Reply to  mikewaite
April 11, 2020 2:31 am

“taking ADVANTAGE of an early escape…..”

April 11, 2020 1:51 am

There’s a helluva lot we don’t know. History may tell a different story. But I would like a little more sympathy shown for the very hard decisions that western governments are having to make. Neither Donald Trump, nor Boris Johnson, nor Angela Merkel would have contemplated any of this when they offered themselves and their prospectuses up to the electorate. But now they have to deal with it. It may well define their term of office. And, as is normal in politics, none of them have any real grasp of science.

Bjorn Lomborg is, as usual, talking a lot of sense. Reminding us of facts that get lost in the highly-charged and virus-laden atmosphere of the present. Yes, as a libertarian and vehement free-marketeer, I can see that a long, retrospective analysis of the effects of lockdown may show that it does, in fact, cost many more lives than allowing the virus to take its course with little adjustment to our daily lives. There are good reasons, epidemiologically and economically, why this is likely true.

But we are human. Despite some doubters, I can assure that DJT and BJ are human too. Faced with very large and immediate consequences, the desire to slow the spread of the virus by means of government action, and by actual laws curtailing liberties, is overwhelming. It would be a very brave and perhaps foolhardy executive that rowed against the tide on this one. The deaths that occur in ITU, with Covid-19 on the certificates, are obvious and immediate. The cries of the relatives and friends are loud and desperate for action. The media hover above, waiting to pounce. The deaths that occur over a very long period due to the lockdowns will be varied and diffuse, and the death certificates will not bear witness to what has gone before. They will not be recognised for what they are – in the west at least.

It is fascinating to see so many eminent epidemiologists saying different things about this. There are many different opinions on the best course of action – or inaction. We won’t know how to judge this until a lot more work has been done and a lot more good data is available. The argument over masks may be crucial. But I would suggest that these only modify the detail of the reaction – the length and severity of lockdowns. Do any of you who propose no action (even if history proves you right) think it really possible that any government in the west could follow your advice? I think not. We are human. Work within that limit.

Reply to  mothcatcher
April 11, 2020 3:45 am

“But we are human. Despite some doubters, I can assure that DJT and BJ are human too. Faced with very large and immediate consequences, the desire to slow the spread of the virus by means of government action, and by actual laws curtailing liberties, is overwhelming.”

Agreed and they have to try the China lockdown road Western democratic style but fast developing news is threating to overwhelm that and why leaders like Trump and their inner circle are now talking about the most momentous decision they ever have to make-
and that’s on top of the South Korea news that Covid19 could reappear in the rcovered.

It may simply be beyond any Govt intervention to halt a global pandemic running its course and survival of the fittest now. That will certainly smash globalism if it hasn’t already as you watch national borders being closed and even states within them circling the wagons. Streuth even over Easter in Oz with tourist towns they don’t want city slickers coming to occupy their own holiday homes and Chinese Australians are feeling the heat.

If you’re an EU or UN bureaucrat (WHO?) you’re about to face the dole queue as general populations everywhere come to understand Big Gummint can’t solve all their problems all the time or print their way out of them. The latter is Econ101 for Lomborg. Don’t know about your money but our plastic stuff makes lousy toilet paper sanitary wipes or N95 face masks when you can’t exchange it for the real deal.

April 11, 2020 3:03 am

This argument makes the sa,me mistake arguments about global waming makes : i.e. that noting changes, which is not only wrong, but totally preposterous. We have 39 treaments being tested, many quite promising and we’ll have an effective tretment long before we have a vaccine, which is the ONLY way the poplation can obtain long term resistance. These treatments are also very likely to offer prophylactic protection, which is, in effect, a short term vaccine. Technology will conquer the virus. Sweden is about as similar to the U.S. as Borneo and offers no practical method of conquering the virus. Also there will be tests available to determine who has contrated the virus and is therefore immune – these people can retur to their normal lives.

Reply to  ColMosby
April 11, 2020 7:13 am

Normal lives? LOL, not while the rest of the nation is in lockdown. How is that NORMAL to you?

Dave Fair
Reply to  astonerii
April 11, 2020 1:44 pm

Actually, I assume that people that can PROVE they are immune will head to the front of the hiring line.

April 11, 2020 3:31 am

for some reason the links to transcripts for the videos featuring Dr. Knut Wittkowski and Dr John Ioannidis are no longer working.

however, I located them at the following:

TRANSCRIPT & PDF: Perspectives on the Pandemic II:
A Conversation with Dr. Knut Wittkowski
Interviewed by John Kirby, Libby Handros and Lee Davis
The Press & The Public Project
New York City, April 1 & 2, 2020
[41:02.18] WITTKOWSKI: I think people in the United States and maybe other countries as well are more docile than they should be. People should talk with their politicians, question them, ask them to explain, because if people don’t stand up to their rights, their rights will be forgotten. I’m Knut Wittkowski. I was at the Rockefeller University, I have been an epidemiologist for 35 years, and I have been modeling epidemics for 35 years. It’s a pleasure to have the ability to help people to understand, but it’s a struggle to get heard.

TRANSCRIPT: The Press and the Public: Perspectives on the Pandemic
A Conversation with Dr. John Ioanniddis, Stanford University, March 23rd, 2020

john cooknell
April 11, 2020 4:17 am

Fed up with all the speculation, the truth is nobody knows because there is yet no widely available anti body test.

In UK the chief medical officer has no information to go on, so he has to make a call, what would you do?

Reply to  john cooknell
April 11, 2020 4:43 am

Determine a way to get better data and tell the people how you will do it.

Tim Bidie
Reply to  john cooknell
April 11, 2020 7:26 am

I would do what the independent health authority in Sweden did: ignore wacky models based on little if any hard data, and, most particularly, ignore the hopelessly politicised world health organisation.

And, with a resulting situation in voluntarily mildly locked down Sweden looking very little different to that of near neighbour, compulsorily locked down, Denmark, that not only looks to have been an outstanding exemplary decision, but also an extremely embarrassing one for the politicised health services of the supposedly rest of ‘liberal, democratic and free’ Europe

April 11, 2020 4:48 am

Weird, this is the website that deleted my post about how costly this lockdown was because it is so invested in maintaining the lockdown at all costs. And here it is allowing an article that suggests ending the lockdown. Very weird.

Rich Davis
Reply to  astonerii
April 11, 2020 9:24 am

Are you confused about which website you are posting on?

This is WUWT where there are guest authors posting that there never should have been any lockdown or at least the benefit of that has passed, as well as those who accuse the other guest authors of wanting to let the elderly die to save a buck.

Maybe you messed up trying to post. Try again. It’s very unlikely that mods would delete any comments here unless you threatened violence or went completely off the rails promoting some off-topic theory like @nti-v@x or chemtra!ls.

Reply to  Rich Davis
April 12, 2020 8:05 pm

Can you provide evidence that any vaccine which is mandatory somewhere in the US is useful somewhere in the US?

Wim Röst
April 11, 2020 7:06 am

Bjorn Lomborg is a very smart guy. His words should be read well, all of them. (see full article:

As soon as numbers will go down our countries and states will have had more time to prepare for the future. A lot is to be learned from the better pupils in the classroom. South Korea is perhaps the best example. Mass testing, the use of intelligent apps, transparency and putting the ‘public health’ and ‘the common economy’ above individual wishes are important ingredients.

After a false start for example Sweden and the Netherlands are figuring out other intelligent strategies. For the Netherlands (more densely populated than Sweden) social distancing of 1.5 meter plays a main role. In the very near future ‘smart apps’ are supposed to play an important role as well, suggesting that ‘public health’ is more important than some individual rights. ‘Public interest’ always has been important in both the Netherlands and Sweden, something that is quite handy in case of an epidemic.

In all countries the economic costs are weighing heavily. Therefore it is smart to reconsider ‘old [individual] rights’ to find appropriate solutions for this virus that is damaging societies and economies.

The virus was able to spread quickly thanks to our modern and interconnected world. Let us use the maximum of opportunities provided by this modern world to minimize the damage for economy and society. We are all dependend on both.

Let’s quickly accept reasonable changes in order to avoid further economic costs. There is not so much choice.

Jeffery P
April 11, 2020 7:17 am

Remember the American general in Vietnam stating we “had to destroy Hue City in order to save it?” That’s what we’re doing with the lock-down.

It’s impossible to lock down the US long enough for this pandemic to die out. We are only delaying Covid-19 infections and deaths. Assuming an infection provides future immunity, we are also delaying achieving herd immunity.

Given at least 18 months to develop effective vaccines and additional months to get enough people inoculated, we’re looking at 2 years before we develop herd immunity.

April 11, 2020 7:20 am

“As I stated in my previous post, the ChiCom-19 Hostage Crisis will kill more people than the Kung Flu itself. ”

I wondered how many MBL baseball players got the Coronavirus.
So googled it.
And found this:
Apparently, they going to play baseball this year.
Which is cool because I thought they should do this.
Anyhow, all I saw was some minor league player got it, maybe others have,
but the news of planning to start season, was my actual question.

April 11, 2020 8:53 am

The second wave will be much less of an emergency.

Our testing is now rammed up so we can find and react to outbreaks very early. We have much more equipment to use in intervention. Methods that didn’t work have been discarded. Methods that do work (like prone respiration) will be used from day one. Treatments of all kinds are being tested right now and will be ready for immediate use. If overflow capacity is needed experienced workers will build and supply it much more quickly. And on and on.

As long as the second wave does not overwhelm the health care system. Life will go on as usual. The USA daily death rate is about 8,000 a day. At its worst the Coronavirus adds 2,000 a day. A second wave should be lower and more spread out causing much less disruption. The key is immediate response to hot spots with pockets of mitigation in these localize areas.

Reply to  Dave
April 12, 2020 8:03 pm

But “think of the virus mutation”!!! Which is the new “think of the children”.

April 11, 2020 10:27 am

“Moreover, most governments seem to have committed to draconian policies to avoid most deaths over the long term.”

Wrong. Governments have committed to draconian policies to avoid near-term, visible deaths in Group A – those from coronavirus – at the expense of less visible, later deaths in Group B – deaths from poverty, lack of societal resources, and innovations not achieved during the coming Great Depression. It is not known whether these policies will result in fewer total deaths, more total deaths, or about the same number of deaths “over the long term” (meaning, generations).

It is known that people in richer nations live longer and live healthier than people in poorer nations, so the cost in lives is REAL, but HIDDEN. Perfect for politicians who can pretend to rescue “A” by surreptitiously murdering “B.”

Piling on misery, the Republic-of-Oprah “here’s a check for everyone” pacifier will further indebt future generations, sapping their depleted resources even more. A perfect storm of ignorance, arrogance and power.

Reply to  damp
April 12, 2020 7:19 pm

Not only that, the noisy anti Raoult anti Trump crowd is saying that any other choice is CRIMINAL, and also that the Raoult protocol can only be validated with a pure and perfect comparison between the treatment and no drug.

James F. Evans
April 11, 2020 10:45 am

Texas governor Abbott has stated next week he will announce a plan for opening the economy & getting people working again.


I’m sure many Texans contacted governor Abbott to express their desire to get working.

The People of the several states need to contact their governor with the same message: Open the economy, “Let me go to work so I can support & protect my family.”

Governors are politicians, they keep track of how many phone calls, emails, text messages, and gov. website messages they receive.

This is how it’s gets done across the country: contact your governor, let them know what you think.

We are a democracy!

Janice Moore
Reply to  James F. Evans
April 11, 2020 11:36 am

Good news, James!


Sigh. In my state (WA), the governor is merely the ventriloquist’s dummy for the “renewables” racket which runs our state. If it benefits them to keep kids out of school, etc., he will do it.

“Don’t worry. The government will pay for it,” would be his stiff-jawed, mildly (ever since they fixed the rolling eyeballs problem, only mildly) disturbingly stilted, response.

Reply to  James F. Evans
April 11, 2020 11:37 am

I saw the US charts for Covid this afternoon. The cases are rising exponentially. How could you reasonably reduce restrictions as opposed to increase them?

Janice Moore
Reply to  son of mulder
April 11, 2020 3:38 pm


“The cases are rising”


Check out the “charts” for Italy (no, I am not going to find them for you). Roughly 98% of those who died from COVID19 had serious underlying healthy issues.


Thus, the exponential rise in “cases” (granting that your assertion is correct) is a big — fat — SO WHAT.

Restrictions on our liberty should end now.

Abolition Man
April 11, 2020 11:22 am

David, your T. rex needs a sign proudly proclaiming: “I thrived with CO2 at 1,000ppm!”

Maybe someone can start a program where the children like Henry and Izaak can put their money to help those whose lives are being destroyed by the lockdown! I would think about 50% of their total wealth would be apropos, what say you? If they want to go full on Socialist they could give 75-90% just to save the lives of others! Anything less in juvenile selfishness!

April 11, 2020 11:32 am

In the UK the objective has been to reduce transmission so that our NHS system is not overwhelmed and that those who need treatment get appropriate treatment and lives that can be saved are saved. The picture is complicated because of the associated need for treatment for other conditions and risks of mental illness and poverty associated with our level of lockdown. …a complex balance. I have heard that the R0 value in the UK is now 0.6 down from 2.7 so new cases should start to decrease with a 2-3 week lag in reduction of deaths. But with an R0 of 0.6 the number of new cases under the current regime should quickly reduce over the next say 4 weeks.

Then there can be some well planned loosening of lockdown to start the journey to normality as long as R0 doesn’t rise above 1.

One day there may be a vaccine or effective drugs but until then a slow process of normalisation enabling economic growth has to be the rational approach as long as it minimises unnecessary deaths.

That’s how we live under normal conditions other wise we’d shut everything down to stop flu spreading.

April 11, 2020 12:20 pm

“In the UK the objective has been to reduce transmission so that our NHS system is not overwhelmed and that those who need treatment get appropriate treatment and lives that can be saved are saved. ”

That is exactly what flattening the curve is all about. Not saving lives directly but by extending the time over which a given number of cases occur there by trying to stop the health care system from being overwhelmed. The thing is though that here in the US we have not come anywhere close to overwhelming the existing health care system except in a very few urban hot spots. And yet pretty much all of us are being locked down like we are living in a hot spot. It’s already obvious that the doomsday projections were way off. It is just as obvious that it’s time to start backing off the restrictions in my areas with low case loads. This shut down is not economically sustainable and every day it goes on it causes more damage. Damage that will be felt for generations in some cases.

Gunga Din
April 11, 2020 1:31 pm

That should be “making”, not “maling”.

April 12, 2020 9:02 am

While I agree that the lockdown isn’t the best solution overall – although probably necessary in New York, New Jersey, Louisiana – the mortality impact of major economic depression isn’t that high.
I looked at Russia’s mortality when it was going through its early 90s “shock therapy”. The Russian economy fell 50% over 5 years. Mortality impact was measurable but 25 times smaller than what nCOV is already doing – much less what it will end up being.

Reply to  c1ue
April 12, 2020 6:18 pm

Maybe you are looking at Western pro reform propaganda?

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