I was rather astonished The Herald published Gregory Kovsky’s commentary (“For sake of all, move on with state’s phased reopening,” The Herald, July 26).
With no additional or opposing article to act as a counter-balance, people may be deluded into believing the plethora of public health misinformation it contained, upon which the writer bases his opinions and conclusions.
Mr. Kovsky is correct in stating: ”this is not the grave threat that we feared six months ago.” True. It is far worse. Within four months Washington state’s Coronavirus cases have increased from 2,000 to 50,000. Mr. Kovsky additionally states the virus is not as deadly as originally thought. Tell that to the 150,000 families who have lost loved ones in the United States, including 1,500 Washington State families.
Mr. Kovsky further promotes an often repeated falsehood: “Given that the coronavirus was already barely more dangerous than the seasonal flu in terms of the fatality rate, the novel virus is not a major threat to the overwhelming majority of Washingtonians.”
According to a May 28, 2020 article in Infectious Diseases Today, when comparing seasonal flu mortality to the mortality rate of COVID-19:
There were 15,455 COVID-19 deaths reported in the US during the week ending April 21.
There were 1,626 flu deaths during the peak week (week 3 of 2018) of the flu season in 2018-19.
This virus is a threat to every Washingtonian at every age. There is no immunity. And to deny the medical science to promote one’s own economic agenda shows careless disregard for human life, a lack of scientific information and data, disrespect for our medical professionals, and the health and safety of every person within this state.
The economy will or won’t bounce back, but it should never be at the expense of human life, suffering, illness, or long-term health consequences. The coronavirus is no flu. It is a killer. And the suggestion to promote anything other than following public health policy is complete lunacy.