You do realize that the way your article is written, it reads as if you’re implying that you’re on the same level as Darwin and Dyson. But I’m also certain that such was not at all your intent — it’s just a comment on how it reads.

That being said, there’s a few problems with your article. Let’s start with Sweden. I suspect you never checked the death rates per capita. As of today, COVID-19 deaths in Sweden are 213 per million. The rates in its next-door neighbors Norway and Finland are 35 and 31 per million, respectively. Here’s the source, using data from the CDC.

In other words, I don’t think Sweden’s experience can objectively called a success story by any means.

Second, you stated, “covid-19 is a minor, unimportant challenge.” Then please explain how it is that ALL ICU’s in NYC were filled to overflowing with patients? How is it that hospitals in NYC had to rent refrigerated trucks to store corpses from the overfull morgues?

There’s been only two times in NYC’s history that their morgues overflowed like this. Once was 9/11. The other was during the 1918 H1N1 pandemic. And it’s not just NYC. Did you not pay attention to the horror Italy and Spain were going through with overflowing ICU’s and morgues?

But wait — Sweden’s was only a couple hundred per million, right? What the hell’s the big deal, you ask? How about asking Tyson foods when 180 of their workers at one plant tested positive (among the ones who were given tests, mind you) and two died…and many of the workers started staying home to keep from infecting their own families.

FYI, it’s happening at a lot more than just one plant.

Third, you claimed (when referring to the dead in Sweden), “And those have been the old and the sick, who would have died within weeks anyway, covid-19 or no covid-19.” Really? Shame on you.

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Your claim was wildly inaccurate. Shamefully inaccurate. One could even call it Trumpian. Yeah. Really. Shame on you.

I live across the street from a police station. A policeman there died from COVID-19. My son knew him. But according to you, he “would have died within weeks anyway.”

Looking at your profile picture, you look relatively young, probably not a grandfather. When you get older, you’ll realize something: you’re still young. You’ll realize when you’re in your sixties that you’ve still got a lot of years of life left. Remember, nearly half of people sixty and older are STILL in the workforce earning a paycheck…and many of them are still providing for their families. I’m just three years shy of 60, and there’s quite a few who depend on the money I earn. And if you’ve ever spent much time with the truly old inside a nursing home, you’d realize that as old and frail as they are, they still want to live.

Who the hell are you to so cavalierly write them off?

Lastly, sir, let me remind of an earlier article you wrote on February 1st wherein you essentially pooh-poohed the coming pandemic. I quickly gave a response informing you of how ill-considered your article was. Here was your response to me:

Perhaps four months from now when the scare is over and the media has moved onto a new sensation, and when the total death toll from the current coronavirus has topped out at under 5,000 people, you’ll kindly explain why, nevertheless, I was wrong and you were right? (boldface mine)

Ahem. That reply really didn’t age well, did it?

Getting older has been described as a process of learning just how much there is that one doesn’t know. Like I said, you still seem young. You still have time to learn.

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