Originally Posted by

**Mark Rippetoe**
I have pointed out several times that the Case Rate and the Infection Rate are two different numbers, the CR being completely dependent on testing rates -- you acknowledge this by saying the death rate will come down. Your "covid fatality rate" is the number of confirmed cases that die, and this is absolutely and completely a bullshit statistic, and you should know this. In the absence of a true estimate of the number of *infections*, the number of *cases *is useful only as propaganda -- and it's being used that way every minute of every day. The "Death rate from COVID-19" is the only number of any value, the DRC19, the number of people dead __of __COVID-19 as a percentage of the population. Even that is bullshit, since we know about the games being played with death coding and the incentives in place for doing so. So, in a nation of 328.2 million people, ~159,000 have died "__of __COVID-19." This is 0.048%. Same with the flu -- we don't know how many had it, so we don't know the death rate from the disease, we only know how many who died from it and what % of the population this constitutes. It's about 0.018%, about 1/3 as deadly as COVID-19 so far, even if you believe their numbers.

So, compare 0.048% and 0.018%, and then compare the responses by the government to each number. Remember that between 2.5 and 3 million people die in the US every year, which is ~0.837% of the population, headed towards 1%. Bigger picture, sully.