Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans were suspicious of federal health claims of the “official” death toll from the virus, and as it turns out, their doubts were well-founded, if the results of a new Oxford University study hold up.
News of the study comes on the heels of a statement last week from President Joe Biden that was similar to one echoed by every other left-wing Democrat in the age of COVID: Unvaccinated Americans are a scourge on society and they must be purged from society in order for the country to survive. Or something like that.
“For the unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death for themselves, their families and the hospitals they’ll soon overwhelm,” Biden said in a ‘holiday’ message.
Granted, there have been a lot of deaths from COVID — but are all of the 800,000 listed COVID deaths actually from the virus? And to that end, just how ‘deadly’ is it?
“Democrats have maintained that COVID is the most dangerous thing we face on a daily basis. Or at least that’s been the timbre of their rhetoric. But that’s not what COVID is at all. COVID is a virus that can kill humans but is actually less likely to do so than many everyday things Dems and the media have hardly mentioned since 2020,” The Western Journal noted this week citing the Oxford study which was actually highlighted by The New York Times.
“The risks here for older people are frightening: A rate of 0.45 percent, for instance, translates into roughly a 1 in 220 chance of death for a vaccinated 75-year-old woman who contracts Covid. If the risks remain near these levels with Omicron, they could lead to tens of thousands of U.S. deaths, and many more hospitalizations,” The Times reported, citing the study.
The chances of dying for older people with health conditions such as those with an organ transplant or with lung cancer are even higher. But what about the majority of younger people?
Not nearly so much:
As you can see, a 25-year-old man had a 0.00 percent chance of dying from COVID, according to the Oxford research, while a 45 and a 55-year-old woman have a 0.01 percent and a 0.03 percent chance of dying, the chart indicated.
And, as The Western Journal notes, most of us have a much higher risk of dying from something else:
The National Safety Council calculates — and publishes annually — a person’s lifetime odds of dying from a preset list of ordinary causes. The latest data available is from 2019.
According to the NSC, it’s roughly 37 times more likely that an average U.S. citizen will die of heart disease, 1 in 6 odds, than a 75-year-old British woman will die of COVID.
An ordinary American reportedly has higher odds of dying from cancer (1 in 7), from suicide (1 in 88), from an opioid overdose (1 in 92), from a fall (1 in 106) or a motor-vehicle crash (1 in 107), than dying of COVID.
“I think the risk is not super high for relatively healthy and boosted people in their 70s,” Janet Baseman, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, told the Times, adding, “I think it’s moderate, at most.”
“I would guess that the mortality risk with Omicron is much smaller” than with earlier variants, Dr. George Rutherford of the University of California, San Francisco, says, according to the Times.
And let’s remember that COVID-19, the original strain, had a very high recovery and survivability rate as well — much higher than that last major deadly pandemic: The Spanish Influenza outbreak in 1918, that killed at least 50 million people around the world (right after some 20 million people were killed during World War I).
As for whether all of the “official” COVID deaths were actually from the virus, we’ll probably never know.