Some Covid thoughts: Protect the elderly, forget locking life down, check the data

One of several excellent Covid links from Cafe Hayek:

Members of the Editorial Board of Wall Street Journal continue to write sanely, sensibly, and far more informatively than most other media about Covid-19. A slice:

This is why the epidemiologists who wrote the Great Barrington Declaration, which has been signed by tens of thousands of doctors and scientists, advise a focus on protecting the elderly. They also warn that government lockdowns lead to worsening heart-disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and more mental illness.

Nearly a third of the so-called excess deaths in the U.S. this year have been attributed to causes other than Covid, including cardiovascular disease and uncontrolled diabetes. Covid has accounted for less than 10% of deaths among those over 65 this year, and a much smaller share among younger people.

We don’t have to go through the bad lockdown strategy.

Priests ‘face prison’ for saying Mass in public

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Where? Ireland.

A priest could be imprisoned or fined for saying Mass in public under new restrictions passed into Irish law last week, a politician who chairs the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee has warned.

Has to be something here about reaction from decades of clergy dominance.

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Cafe Hayek vs. “economy” as heartless

Economist-blogger Matt Yglesias made the accusation. Don Boudreaux replies:

The economy is people – people producing, trading, cooperating, and consuming. Yet your wording conveys the impression that lockdown opponents wish to sacrifice lives to a non-sentient entity that is separate from people. In fact, however, to worry about the condition of the economy is to worry about the ability of people – actual flesh-and-blood-and-bone human beings – to continue to meet their basic needs, including putting food on their tables, roofs over their heads, winter coats on their backs, and knowledge into their children’s minds.

To worry about the economy is also to understand that people are not provided for simply by being handed government checks. And it is further to realize that economic output – output of real goods and services – is not miraculously maintained by “stimulus” funds if workers are locked out of their places of employment.

Government pumping of funds is at issue here, but it’s also a commentary on the wisdom or lack of it in locking an economy down, as if opposing it were to value commerce over human beings.

Catholic priest threatens mother of seven with arrest if she enters church without a mask

And where does the archdiocesan pastor, the cardinal, step in?

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Rare case when you might say the county is more forgiving than the Church.

Cook County, where the parish is located, has no mandatory masking policy. The county’s public health guidelines issued in July urge, but do not demand, that “everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”

The county allows for exceptions to this policy for children under two and “anyone who has trouble breathing.” The Archdiocese of Chicago, where the parish is located, goes further than the county, telling the faithful in guidelines issued in May that they are “required to wear masks during any services/ceremonies.”

We may hope, at least, that the cardinal is in touch with the pastor, and that he was not in touch with him on the matter before the pastor…

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