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Is it really that deadly? Global Lessons learned

UK average age of COVID-19 deaths is 82

A study published by the Oxford Univerity’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine shows that the average age of people who died from COVID-19 in England and Wales since the beginning of the pandemic is 82. This is slightly higher than the median age of those who died of other causes over the same period, which is recorded at 81.5 years.

Furthermore, the study suggests that only six people per 1,000 who get the coronavirus are likely to die from it – a huge drop from the 30 per 1,000 in June.

Other important findings of the study include the following: 40% of those who die from COVID-19 are over 84 years, 33% are between 75 and 84 years, and barely 1% are below 44 years.

Another study, conducted by scientists at King’s College London shows that frail, elderly people, or those who are defined to be having “a clinical condition signified by a loss of reserves, energy and wellbeing” were more likely to be hospitalized and die compared to more robust individuals who are of the same age.

Editor’s Note: The studies mentioned by the Daily Mail article cited below supports the various points raised by the Great Barrington Declaration [see The Great Barrington Declaration: Life must return to normal for the healthy, the vulnerable must be protected].

Though the researches mentioned in the Daily Mail article are from the UK, their findings have global implications as the vulnerable population from the early days of the pandemic remain the same as today. It is clear that a focused approach must be utilized [early in April, Nicanor also recommended a similar approach which he called Precision Quarantine and Immunity Approach, see COVID-19 Pandemic: The Philippine Experience]. There is no sense in locking down an entire population and causing unnecessary damage when it is clear who are most vulnerable of COVID-19. The rest of the population must be allowed to live their lives normally, while the frail elderly and the ill are given all sorts of support to ensure that they are protected.

Unfortunately, governments continue to ignore the evidences for the lifting of all coronavirus restrictions. Just this week, the UK government has reimposed new lockdowns guidelines for various cities. This, despite their own health advisors and scientists saying that lockdowns are no longer necessary [see Mark Woolhouse: UK lockdown a monumental mistake, Mark Woolhouse: We must follow the Swedish model and Prof. Sunetra Gupta: Let children be exposed to viruses]. This then raises the question: what are governments basing their decisions on?

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