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1 out of 426 Pima residents dead from COVID — officials renew call to wear masks in public

COVID-19 continues to spread in Pima County, where one out of 426 residents is dead from the virus, and health officials are "strongly recommending" that everyone wear face masks in public indoor settings — even those who've been fully vaccinated. ... Read more»

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Jul 29, 2021, 3:53 pm
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So Covid was ok when 1 in 427 were dead but not 426? 

Look. I’m done.  I had I Covid. I had the vax. My risk of serious disease is 0.003 out of 0.00098.  I don’t give a crap about the unvaccinated.  You made that choice. I’m done.

None of these health officials asked me what my risk tolerance is.  My risk tolerance is what it was last week.

If people have decided to take a different risk.  Good for them. Don’t involve me.

Jul 31, 2021, 11:52 pm
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1 in 426 dead from COVID-19.  This is about 2500 out of the Pima County population of 1,000,000.
No time frame is defined, so let’s say it’s from March 2020 to March 2021, when COVID was claiming the mot lives. In the same time frame the preceding year, 1700 died of coronary issues, and 1550 of cancers, 500 ofunintentional injuries’ (Data from Pima County), the latter being mostly poisonings, falls, and traffic accidents.  Upshot?  COVID is indeed often fatal, joining coronaries and cancer in the top causes of death.
But keep in mind that most COVID deaths were in the 75+ age group, where 1 of 10 deaths (10%) were attributed to COVID.  Compare that to 1-17 age group, where COVID resulted in 1 of 200 deaths (0.5%).  What does 0.5% mean? Yes, 1-17 year olds can die of COVID, but of the 34,000 deaths nationwide in this age group, only 200 died of COVID.  The other 33,800 (99.5%) died in a car crash, suicide, homicide, and other ways that should occupy our conversation when it comes to opening schools and protecting youth.  COVID is a threat to oldsters, for sure, and those in poor physical condition or simply susceptible to flu-like disease, with the latter including otherwise healthy folks.  But simply stating that 1 in 426 dead from COVID-19 is poor journalism.  I did this research with the web and some beer – you can do better.

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The Pima County Health Department is following the CDC in recommending that the people mask up indoors, especially kids and teachers returning school as the COVID cases begin to spike again and students return to classes. (Cullen during a December 2020 meeting.)


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