Perspective

Dear Editor:

We are now about five months into the COVID-19 virus in this Country. We have found out a lot about it. First that it is not a massive killer, similar to the Spanish flu or the Black Death, as we had feared. Only about 5% of the people that get it succumb, and most are old and/or otherwise health impaired. According to the CDC, about one third of COVID deaths are 85 or older, and some 80% are 65 or older, even though the over 65 group only accounts for 17% of our population. In other words, less than 1% of working age people that are infected, die.

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This story was posted on July 9, 2020.