Media Gaslighting Edition
Everywhere you look the mainstream media (MSM) is hysterically reporting on the recent significant increase in COVID-19 cases. The unstated assumption is that there is a direct relationship between cases and deaths (with a time delay). The above figure shows daily COVID-19 cases and deaths on a linear scale. While it’s easy to see the increase in cases after June 9, it’s virtually impossible to see what’s happening to deaths because they are so low. Thus, even if the MSM showed the above plot their customers would be unable to see what is happening to deaths.
However, if we plot the same case and death data using a Log scale (see below) we can see the plot details for both.
Note that the death plot is clearly showing that the number of fatalities has been consistently falling since mid-April. Thus, while the number of COVID-19 cases has recently significantly increased, the number of deaths has continued to fall. This trend is confirmed using data from ourworldindata.org data.
The blue plot is the raw number of COVID-19 deaths per day. Since the raw daily data is highly variable I have included a moving seven-day average (see the dotted red plot). Note that this weekly average peaks at just over 2,500 on April 21 and generally decreases after that, with just over 500 deaths on July 7.
This result (i.e., increasing cases but decreasing deaths) seems counter-intuitive until we recall the following figure from an earlier post on this topic. Note the drastic decrease in number of deaths per 100,000 cases as age decreases.
Thus, the mechanism by which cases can increase while deaths decreases can be posited, that being the average age of the recent cases is lower than in the past. Of course the treatment protocols have likely also improved over time, thus also lowering the death rate.
maintaining and intensifying an incessant stream of lies and coercions, the gaslighter keeps the gaslightees in a constant state of insecurity, doubt, and fear.
Remember how, at the beginning of all this the goal was to “flatten the curve” for a few weeks so that hospitals would not be overwhelmed? Then the goalposts were repeatedly moved to extend the scope, depth and length of the lockdown.
But something had to give, as keeping a nation of 330 million inhabitants in their homes indefinitely is an impossible task (at least in a somewhat free society). So states began reopening at different rates, resulting in people congregating in bars and beaches (among other places). We also had the massive protests (and riots) where generally young people mixed in large crowds without social distancing.
Thus there could be no other logical consequence of these events than an increase in cases. Only a group of “experts” as ideologically lobotomized as our public health officials could imagine that the virus’ spread was ideologically dependent.
However, since the average age of these cases is likely lower, the number of deaths per case has also continued to decline (as well as from improved treatment protocols). Obviously past performance is no guarantee of future results. But this highly selective use of information to maintain hysteria about the threat of COVID-19 is without doubt part of the gaslighting campaign that occurs constantly and on many fronts in the United States.