Well, it so happens that the U.S. death rate from the Spanish Flu was 655 per 100,000 persons (675,000 deaths in a population of 103 million). That’s obviously orders of magnitude larger than the 39 per 100,000 deaths to date from the Covid.
In fact, the impact of the Spanish Flu was not only 17X greater in terms of the overall mortality rate, but it was also a true Grim Reaper in the sense that it struck across the entire age spectrum of the population
Accordingly, among the 191 million Americans under the age of 45 years, there have been only 1.5 WITH-Covid deaths per 100,000, while for the elderly, the opposite is true. Nearly 70,000 or more than 60% of all WITH-Covid death have been among the 75 years and older population, resulting in mortality rates as follows:
- 85 years & Over: 581 per 100,000 persons;
- 75-84 years: 200 per 100,000 persons;
Now, you don’t need to take a single class in epidemiology to understand a core truth: That is, when nearly 60% of the population under 45 years accounts for only 2.5% of the reported WITH-Covid deaths and has a rounding error mortality rate, while the 6.5% of the population 75 years and older accounts for 60% of the deaths – you don’t fight the disease with a one-size-fits all strategy of generic lockdowns, quarantines, and social regimentation.