I'm sorry in advance if this has already been discussed, but I'm curious, does anyone ever hear of people who downplay the severity of this pandemic citing these points as argument?
- "About 40% of U.S. coronavirus deaths are linked to nursing homes"
- "Elderly Americans who moved to a nursing home for their final months or years of life, 65% died there within one year"
So this guy is basically arguing that letting old and sick folks live the rest of their lives aren't worth tanking the economy over. That among more than 217,000 died "were going to die anyway", which is… ugh.
For added context, this guy also intentionally uses CDC's "6%" number to downplay the pandemic even further. He went on and on about how hospitalization rates are down (no citation), therefore mission accomplished and we should open up already. The guy is also anti-masker and part of those who believe "get it and get it over with" when it comes to COVID-19, even though he hasn't admitted to catching it.
If there's a nuanced counter-argument on this, I'm all eyes and ears, because it felt like I was arguing with a sociopath…