Despite the relentless media drum-banging around the alarmist COVID-19 narrative, this virus is not the Black Death. Official numbers have the Canadian death count so far just over 14,000, bad for sure, but not hugely off the yearly flu toll in Canada that kills 6,500 to 8,000 people.
The average age of those people who suffer COVID-19 deaths is in the mid-80s – which is higher than the average life expectancy in Canada (82 in 2017). This particular bug is dangerous to seniors with immune systems compromised by chronic health conditions (co-morbidities like dementia, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity).
In Alberta, 76 per cent of Covid deaths have been of very sick people (typically with three co-morbidities). Only 2.3 per cent of deaths have affected known healthy people. These are the unremarkable numbers, sad as they are, underlying the panic narrative.