Happy Independence Day, and happy herd immunity. Yes, I know our betters keep harping on us to get a COVID shot, keep haranguing us about variants, and keep the hysteria going. They loved knowing better than the rest of us and telling everyone what to do. But going by all-cause mortality rates and actual science, their fifteen minutes of fame needs to fizzle out. Yes, a virulent new variant could emerge later, but it looks like it's time to enjoy some normalcy and have the coronabros go back into obscurity.
|Hoping you're healthy as a horse! Picture from Pixabay.|
All-cause mortality rates are now at or below the 2015-2019 average for all age groups in the US. They've been close to that average for months in both the US and UK, even though the delta variant accounts for almost all cases in the UK. Click to enlarge images.
|Weekly number of deaths by age in the US. Source: CDC.|
Dr. Makary predicted herd immunity by April in the US and he may have called it.
But the variants! I know India and a few other countries struggled with variants--partly because they ran out of supplies for the patients. But this chart from the Spectator UK doesn't indicate such a scenario in Scotland, at least:
Another chart shows daily COVID deaths for the entire UK in low double digits, down 98.8% below peak.