As a public health emergency, Covid-19 (a.k.a. Wuhan Virus) is no longer a state public health emergency. That's the message from the Oklahoma House of Representatives, who voted nearly unanimously to end the state of emergency, yesterday morning.
In fact, the data from the State Health Dept shows that the worst of the health emergency was about 6 weeks ago.
While the virus is still a current cause of sickness & even death, it's not significant to a level of special rules and certainly does not justify abusing citizens of their civil rights.
Hepatitis, annual flu, cancer, heart disease; they are far more deadly to Oklahomans. Auto accidents, occupational hazards, criminal violence; are far more deserving of public safety focus with state & local resources.
We went to the special website of the Oklahoma Health Dept. to see the latest details. The graph to the right was not readily accessible to our observation. It was only by selectively turning off some user controls that we could see the daily death reports and capture that screen. In fact, the website designers seem to attempt to shift our focus to the cumulative data, so as to subtly suggest that the situation is worse today than at any other time?
The Oklahoma Health Dept. does a great disservice by not breaking down the fatalities by age demographic.
We had to go to the US CDC to find data. Our suspicions are confirmed that the virus is most harmful to aging lungs. It's only when the 55+ age range is revealed, that we see a big statistical spike.
This calls into serious question whether it makes any sense to cancel public education or higher education facilities?
Nationally, the Wuhan Virus had it's peak at around Easter Sunday, in mid April.
The total national fatality of people under 55 years of age, is 1583, out of the nearly 96,000 who have succumbed to the virus as of last Wednesday. That's 1.7% of the total. Only 1.7 young or middle aged person in 100,000 is dead because of the Wuhan Virus. By contrast, 12.4 deaths per 100,000 are killed in traffic accidents each year. And traffic fatalities have been dropping constantly since the 1980s.
Have we restricted auto travel because of accidents? No! Americans are free to travel in autos as long as basic safety protocols are met.
In total, 9 Oklahomans have died in May, from the Wuhan Virus, with or without other health complications.
During the same month, 22 Oklahomans have died in Oklahoma auto accidents.
Our summary point is that life has thousands of risks and a successful society needs to come to terms with the risks, yet continue living responsibly. this obsession with state-promoted fear is hideous and paralyzing. Some say it was designed to harm our society to the point of ushering in socialist policies when our economy is destroyed by the govt. restrictions.
CDC National Data..