Rep. Phil Lyman, who thinks the governor has overreacted by implementing COVID-19 cautionary prevention measures, is not well known for this ability to consider the long-term consequences of his actions (like being prosecuted for leading a motorized drive-thru of protected state lands). Not someone we should be taking cues from.
One of my own relatives (distant, fortunately) has noted that over 30,000 people a year die from the flu in the U.S., but that we don't see the kind of freak-out (his words, not mine) we're currently seeing. But he, like others, doesn't consider that a lot of those victims are people who don't vaccinate. What would the flu death rate be if there were no vaccine? Uh, like, COVID-19?
The current mortality rate of the seasonal flu is around 0.1%. A low-end estimate for the mortality rate for COVID-19 is 2%. That's 20 times higher. Applied to the flu, that would be 600,000 dead people instead of 30,000. Is that worth a nationwide effort?
Without the emergency measures currently being put in place for COVID-19 and no vaccine for more than a year, could that 2% mortality rate rise even higher? Are a million people worth the effort?
Humans aren't well known for their ability to prepare for the long-term. Something to do with passing more time during our evolutionary development dodging short-term dangers like lions and tigers and bears. Oh, my.
Maybe now would be a good time to consider temporarily dedicating the Trib's sports section to COVID-19 coverage and preparedness.
Bunnie Keen, Salt Lake City