Second wave? Where was the first?

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedI pointed out last week that there was a full-court press in the Texas media aided by a few Democrat officials and their useful idiots to stopping any effort to get on with life, end the restrictions on economic and personal activity, and even go backwards into lockdowns and freedom.

San Antonio, Bexar County, Austin and Travis County are the epicenters of such with some media in those towns running exaggerated scare headlines about a “second wave” of Wuhan virus being upon us. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is begging Governor Abbott to allow him the authority to require mandatory mask wearing locally.

…when you realize that Travis County’s population is near 1.3 million, you are left scratching your head that a fatality rate of about 7.7 per 100,000 is thought of as apocalyptic.

Interestingly, when you read the hide-under-the-bed-we’re-all-going-to-die stories in the San Antonio Express-News and the Austin American-Statesman you find local data that doesn’t support the idea of a signficant first “wave” having hit much less a coming second wave.

“Travis County surpasses 100 coronavirus deaths amid spike in cases,” read a Statesman headline last week but when you realize that Travis County’s population is near 1.3 million, you are left scratching your head that a fatality rate of about 7.7 per 100,000 is thought of as apocalyptic. Lubbock County is only 310,000 and suffered 51 deaths which is about 17 deaths per 100,000, or well more than double that of Travis County (and in many places most, or a the largest plurality, of these fatalities were limited to nursing home environments.)

Many communicable disease outbreaks have fatality rates at this level include flu.

Many communicable disease outbreaks have fatality rates at this level include flu. “Second wave,” panic is not warranted as the so-called “first wave” never approached the seriousness used originally to justify restrictions on liberty imposed. The idea that we need such continued, renewed, or stepped-up is preposterous.

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