Posted by Walt Flanagan's Dog on May 04, 2020 at 13:11:32:
In Reply to: Re: The real problem for restarting sports in high schools posted by Let's Get Real on May 04, 2020 at 09:11:16:
: Another ad hominem response, Walt? I'm disappointed. I'm beginning to think you're an attorney.
***I didn't attack you, I attacked your question because it is indeed idiotic.
: Also, my figures are not annual, they are over a period of 5 years. (You would know this if you had bothered to look at the link I posted, but hey - never let the facts get in the way of a good argument.)
**I did, and now it appears that while you may have read it, you didn't understand that those rates were annual.
:But percentages do not increase over time - they stay the same. That's why they are useful for analysis. In other words, if 2% of people who contracted coronavirus die within a given month, that doesn't meant 4% will die over a two month period.
**No, but there will be an additive effect. You seem to be making the mistake of thinking that the deaths would be occurring anyway. That simply isn't true. While there would be an intersection between those who died of the virus and those who would have died anyway, you still will have those who would have only died of the virus.
And you know what, those people count as actual human beings. "That's what old people do; they die" was a funny line in Old School, but it's really not a good way to base public policy.
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