[ExI] COVID-19 has killed more Americans than the Vietnam War

robot at ultimax.com robot at ultimax.com
Wed Apr 29 19:58:38 UTC 2020

I was one day off this sad milestone.  I was not expecting the daily 
death rate to spike again to a near-9/11-equivalent per day.  Granted, 
these curves are squirrelly.

Spike, you gotta stop saying "this is like the flu".  It is not flu.  
You are going to get people killed with that advice.


On 2020-04-29 15:07, extropy-chat-request at lists.extropy.org wrote:
> Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 16:08:49 -0400
> From: John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com>
> To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
> Subject: [ExI] COVID-19 has killed more Americans than the Vietnam War
> It took the Vietnam War 12 years to kill 47,424 Americans in combat, 
> 58,209
> if you include non combat deaths. As of today April 28 at 19:52 GMT
> COVID-19 has killed 58,269 Americans and it did it in less than 2 
> months.
> The US only has 4% of the world's population but, even though it is a 
> rich
> technologically advanced country and had a month more time to prepare 
> for
> the virus than other nations, it has 33% of the world's COVID-19 cases.
> There is a reason the US squandered those advantages, and if you're 
> honest
> with yourself you know what that reason is. That reason thinks Clorox
> injections and sticking a UV flashlight up your ass can cure disease, 
> and
> that's why I'm not a big fan of enablers of that reason, like Julian
> Assange for example.
> By the way, the official death numbers I gave above are almost 
> certainly
> way too low. The Yale School of Public Health found that between March 
> 1
> and April 4 15,000 more Americans died than what you'd expect
> statistically, but only 8,000 officially had the word "COVID-19" on the
> death certificate, and the discrepancy was largest in places that were 
> hit
> the hardest with COVID-19.
> Estimating the early death toll of COVID-19 in the United States
> <https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.15.20066431v1.full.pdf>

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