Ortiz & Gray: Flatten the COVID-19 Fear

Ortiz & Gray: Flatten the COVID-19 Fear

In many states, nursing homes and assisted living facilities account for far more than half of all deaths—81 percent in Minnesota and 70 percent in Ohio.

If governments pursued a tailored Covid response moving forward, protecting nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and the most vulnerable, we could dramatically reduce the Covid death rate while letting the vast majority of Americans resume something akin to a normal life.

According to the most recent CDC data, more than 80 percent of all Covid deaths are among those over 65 years old.

With this accomplished, government officials, business leaders, and the media must now flatten the fear—the consequences of which are just as dire as the disease.

Covid poses a low risk to ordinary Americans, yet Covid fear poses an enormous risk to our society.

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