There is so much that I don’t understand

Here’s what is on my mind, and heart, tonight...


I have been reading several articles, from all different sources, in order to get today’s awareness of the COVID situation. I decided to take a fresh look at the situation with a completely open mind so that I could learn where we are at with this on July 17, 2020.


Here is what I have learned so far:

There are as many points of view as there are statistics. As we all know, you can pick and choose which statistics you want to compare in order to make them support your point. One article was not clear on a very significant point. They spoke (at length) of how many deaths there have been per each million people in various regions of the country, but they did not say if it was a million who had tested positive for the virus, or simply out of every million who live in that area. If it was cases, as in 1100 people out of one million *WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS*, then the survival rate of the virus is 99.9%. If this is true, then you have a greater chance of getting diabetes or heart disease and dying long before you would have to worry about this virus killing you, and you would be prudent to stop eating chemical-laden crap long before you worry if someone standing next to you is wearing a mask. 🤦🏼‍♀️


On the other hand, if the 1100 deaths per one million people was simply 1100 people in the population of an area, tested or not, then yes, this *could* be a much more serious issue. However, we would still need actual facts, such as how many people tested positive, in order to determine if the 1100 deaths were 1%, 10%, 40%, etc. OF those who tested positive. 


So this particular article was throwing big numbers around and using ambiguity to frighten people into believing this was something horrifying without actually giving any concrete factual information. And this has been happening all over the place since the beginning. Hence, why so many thinking people have been paying attention and realizing that something just isn’t right about this whole mess. 


The end of this particular article summed up their point by stating that we *COULD* end up with as many as 800,000 deaths by the time this is over, and how horrible that would be. Yes, it definitely is sad to imagine losing 800,000 people out of 331,000,000 to ANY cause. And yet, we lose more than that EVERY YEAR from a multitude of causes and no one cares at all. No one stays home. No one wears masks. No one stops walking in nature, or getting fresh air and sunshine for any of the other actual causes of death that kill as many people and have been around much longer. We don’t shut down businesses and destroy sources of income for millions of people over all of the other ways that almost a million people die in the U.S. EVERY YEAR. 


That is the part that has me so confused. That is why I personally have had a very hard time taking any of this seriously since the beginning. For example, I have never seen anyone get so upset that, according to  cdc.gov, “about 647,000 people die every year from heart disease”. Most people just decide that it’s up to themselves to take care of their own health, or not, and go on about their day. 


So why is this different? It certainly makes me think 🤔 


And then, because I don’t blindly follow the programming of the moment, I must be horrible and not care if people die. Wow. That’s quite a leap. Apparently in 2020 thinking for yourself is a mental illness, or a sign of not belonging to the right political party. I guess I’m in trouble then, because my voter card clearly states “no party affiliation.” Oops. 


Seriously. It really has gotten that bad. And I wanted to know why. That’s what made me look at these articles in the first place. A true desire to understand what the heck is happening in my country, and to my friends. 


All I learned was that I’m supposedly heartless and crazy for having a rational mind and not centering my entire existence around death, and not blindly believing every word I am spoon fed by corporate owned media. 


Ok, then. I think I have learned enough for one night.


If anyone needs me I’ll be on a mountain, making Art. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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