August 3, 2020 11:48:11 AM
Numbers and percentages tell different stories
Many people complain about our pandemic response by pointing out that the mortality rate is below one percent of infections, and that less than two percent of the population has become infected. They feel that such rates do not support the actions we have taken. In raw numbers, though, the disease looks different.
Almost three times as many Americans have died of COVID-19 in seven months as died in the entire Viet Nam war, all sixteen years of it. The World Trade Center would have to be destroyed thirteen times to kill as many people.