No monster under the bed



The horror writer Stephen King lives in terror of a monster under his bed. His stories grow out of that illusion. No way he’s going to risk a peek and discover the monster doesn’t exist.

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The COVID monster: could it likewise be an illusion? We only have to do the math. Chances of a child being gobbled up by the monster are 0.00%. Anyone under 40 – more likely to kill themselves than become a COVID fatality. Under 60 – a better chance you’ll get hit by lightning. Over 70 – yes, be careful, stay healthy.

We know more about the epidemic than we did three months ago. People are doing the math and discovering lockdown’s collateral damage to be more lethal. Garden variety respiratory ailments kill 10 times more people in B.C. than this latest virus, which is proving only marginally more morbid than the flu.

The data keep coming in, and yet the monster continues to terrify us. Ignorance thrives on not being clearly seen. So, unlike Stephen King, let’s be scientific about it. Let’s see for ourselves. Check the data. Look under the bed.

PJ Reece, Gibsons

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