John Stossel Commenting On Coronavirus Over-reach

Governments around the world pass more restrictive rules ever in the name of saving us from coronavirus pandemic. Are these rules an overkill? You’ll decide.

Protests against the coronavirus lock-down measures are growing. As much as we understand social distancing, and the need to wear a mask or washing hands, we don’t understand how listening to church service in a car via radio in the parking lot is putting either us or others in danger of being infected with COVID-19.

Some politicians push even farther into the kingdom of nonsense. Governor of Michigan is a great example.

Big box stores will also have to close areas off the store that are dedicated to things like carpet, or flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan

I don’t understand the reasoning for preventing people from buying home improvement articles. One would think that repainting your living room or installing a new carpet in your bedroom would be a good way of keeping yourself sane during the lock-down. But what do I know?

$1000 ticket for being alone?

Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2019
by John Stossel.

As usual, John Stossel does a great job taking a down-to-earth approach when presenting facts. He points to Sweden, the only country which decided to opt-out of global COVID-19 madness and let citizens live their lives with as little restrictions as possible.

Sweden is not on lock-down, but it is not “business as usual,” either.

  • There is a voluntary lock-down in place.
  • People are advised to work from home.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • They are told not to visit elderly relatives.

But,

  • The primary schools are operating normally.
  • Gatherings of up to 50 people are still permitted.
  • Restaurants, shops, cafes, and gyms remain open.

Dr. Anders Tegnell —the country’s chief epidemiologist — explains:

We prefer voluntary measures, and there is a high level of trust here between the population and the authorities, so we are able to avoid coercive restrictions.

Simply speaking, the Swedish government doesn’t arrest people for sitting in their cars watching the sunset.

Interestingly, despite very unintrusive policies of the Swedish government when it comes to its reaction to COVID-19 pandemic, statistics per capita look better than those of countries with way more strict regulations. Swedes allow some exposure to the virus among the general population while protecting high-risk groups like the elderly, creating this way something that could be very important if the virus reappears with the next flu season — herd immunity.

As of April 23. 2020

Total Cases of Coronavirus per 1M Population
Spain 4,556
Belgium 3,693
Ireland 3,566
Switzerland 3,293
Italy 3,142
USA 2,655
France 2,423
Portugal 2,192
Netherlands 2,085
UK 2,034
Germany 1,828
Sweden 1,659
Denmark 1,394
Norway 1,358
Turkey 1,207
Total Deaths per 1M Population
Belgium 560
Spain 474
Italy 423
France 335
UK 276
Netherlands 244
Sweden 200
Switzerland 179
Ireland 161
USA 160
Portugal 80
Denmark 68
Germany 67
Austria 58
Canada 57

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