I just saw this on Scott J. Pierson’s Facebook page, and, with his kind permission, I’m sharing it here for your consideration:
I saw a statistic yesterday that indicated Australia’s normal seasonal range for the flu hovers in the low to mid 200,000 clinically confirmed cases. Last year it was about 240,000. In this just-ending season, there were about 21,000 cases.
That is more than a 90 percent drop. And to what do we owe this massive reduction?
Masking, social distancing, and temporary lockdowns of commerce. We now have a known statistical barometer by which to definitively gauge this intervention and it proves that these measures work.
Just to put this into perspective, assuming the U.S. is as successful at these measures as Ausie land (we aren’t), and reverse engineering our own stats by assuming no interventions had taken place, we would be sitting atop more than 2.5 million dead in this country right now, with even more on the way.
It would actually be higher, because with our healthcare system utterly overwhelmed, many more people who have, or would have, been saved would have died.
That’s right. That’s what the cold, hard data in Australia strongly indicates.
Wearing your mask is a selfless, and patriotic act. It is not virtue signaling or making a statement. It is smart. And decent.
Happily, some of our distant cousins know how to take care of each other: