The coronavirus pandemic is now over in the United States I would say. The last of the major restrictions was lifted on or shortly after April 18, 2022 when U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle invalidated the nationwide mask mandate on public transportation. You could also say that the pandemic ended on March 26, 2022 when the excess deaths went to zero, when the number of people dying in the United States was no longer above normal.
The Omicron variant is to thank for this good news; finally there is enough natural immunity that high numbers of people are no longer dying from the virus anymore.
The total dead from the virus in the United States is about 1 million. This is about half as bad on a per capita basis as the 1918 Flu Pandemic which killed 675,000 people in the United States. In 1918 the U.S. population was 103 million while in 2020 the U.S. population was 330 million. You have to remember though, in 1918 there was no flu vaccine and there weren’t even antibiotics to treat the secondary infections that often killed people with influenza. It seems quite reasonable to me that another million people could have died in the United States if we had no vaccines or antibiotics to treat secondary infections like in 1918.
The main good thing about the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 to 2022 as compared to the Spanish Flu from 1918 to 1920 is that there was no great risk of death for young people from coronavirus unlike the Spanish Flu that killed a high number of young adults 20 to 40 years old. As of May 11, 2022 of the 998,698 total deaths in the United States from coronavirus only 68,411 (6.9%) occurred in people under 50 years old. In 2019, the year before the pandemic, the total number of deaths in the United States was 2,854,838 of which 265,768 (9.3%) were under 50 years old.
Most of the time I don’t worry about dying; I assume this also being true for the great majority of people the great majority of the time. The coronavirus then came along and increased everyone’s chance of dying by about 15% for the 2 years of the pandemic. For this all of the lockdowns were done and all of the social distancing and all of the mandatory and also voluntary mask wearing. I am impressed how many people are still voluntarily wearing masks in my area; even young people even outside.
I am most bothered what was done to school children during the pandemic when they were never at serious risk from the virus and their parents in general weren’t at much risk either. I suppose the reason for all the restrictions placed upon children was to protect the kids’ grandparents?
There must be something about the psychology of abnormal deaths. A young man dying in war is definitely an abnormal death. Dying in a car accident is an abnormal death but people still drive cars. Dying from the flu is normal as long as it is a normal flu year that only kills say 50,000 people. But once every 100 years apparently an extra bad flu comes along and kills 10 times as many people as normal before this new kind of virus becomes endemic in the population and turns into the regular seasonal flu.
So, if someone dies from this new flu is that an abnormal death? Is it worth all the lockdowns and social distancing and mask wearing?
In my mind vaccines are a different story. Vaccines are easy and highly effective, a miracle of modern medicine, vaccines have saved millions of lives ridding the world of all sorts of terrible diseases, in particular smallpox. Why people have shunned the coronavirus vaccine is very strange to me. I got the vaccine as soon as it was available to me. In the manosphere community Donovan Sharpe probably would have died from coronavirus if he hadn’t gotten vaccinated first.
Social distancing probably saved a lot of lives, mask wearing probably saved a lot of lives, definitely the vaccine saved a lot of lives. I could take a wild guess and say social distancing may have saved 200,000 lives, mask wearing may have saved 200,000 lives, and the vaccine may have saved another 500,000 lives. Definitely the vaccine was worth it because it involves no cost or difficulty to save the lives that it saved. The mask wearing and the social distancing, I am not so sure, except definitely it was not worth it for children and young adults.
And of course there was all the political conflict that the coronavirus brought out. The Democrats were in favor of collectivist mandates and the Republicans were for personal freedom and against restrictions and often anti-vax. My thinking regarding personal freedom and the coronavirus is that I doubt the harsh restrictions are worth it but definitely an infectious disease is a community problem where an individual’s actions have an effect on the people around them.
In regards to the family the biggest hope was that it would push women out of the workforce to care for their children who couldn’t go to school or that women would be more dependent upon men with large parts of the economy being shut down. Maybe women being driven away from their jobs would encourage positive habits in women more suited to domestic life. It is true the workforce participation of married women declined from 58.6% in 2019 to 56.9% in 2021 but the problem is that the workforce participation of married men went down from 73.0% to 70.9%. This isn’t an indication that women left the workforce more than men during the pandemic.
Now today we are dealing with the lingering economic effects of all the economic disruptions caused by the lockdowns and the restrictions placed on the economy and the different kinds of subsidies the government spent money on to keep people financially supported during all of this. Inflation got started in February 2021 when it was at 1.7% y-o-y (year over year), it now being 8.3% y-o-y for April 2022. On March 2, 2020 the total national debt held by the public was $17.446 trillion, this rising to $23.762 trillion 2 years later on March 2, 2022.
We have all lived through a great historical event, the worst flu pandemic in 100 years. I look forward to life returning to normal. We aren’t there yet but at least the excess deaths are in the past so we just have to deal with the lingering paranoia, trusting that the crisis is truly behind us now, and trying to recover from the economic damage we inflicted on ourselves in an attempt to save lives.
Looking at the Coronavirus Crisis
The Democratic versus Republican Split over the Coronavirus
The Disappearing Deaths from Coronavirus