COVID-19 death rate is 75% lower in states that didn’t lock down: WSJ
Limbaugh: Media ‘want you to think cases equals sickness, equals death’
A lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal reveals the per-capita death rate for the coronavirus is 75% lower in states that did not panic into lockdown mode.
“GOP governors have faced enormous media pressure to lock down their states in solidarity with Democrats, and some now are getting browbeaten to shut down again amid coronavirus flare-ups. So it’s worth pointing out that states that didn’t lock down this spring kept the virus under control and experienced fewer deaths than most [of the states] that did,” the Journal’s editors said on Wednesday.
The 75% lower fatality figure in open states caught the attention of radio host Rush Limbaugh.
“They (the media) still focus on the number of cases, right? As we discussed yesterday, that’s because they want you to think cases equals sickness, equals irreversible sickness, equals death. They don’t actually say it. They want you to conclude it. But, per-capita fatalities due to the COVID-19 virus were 75% lower in open states.”
Limbaugh continued: “You are being led to believe that the death rate is skyrocketing, and you’re being led to believe that it’s only a matter of time; we’re gonna have to shut down again. We’re gonna have to go back inside again, gonna have to shut down [the] economy.”
Limbaugh also commented on the coronavirus directive by Lincoln County, Oregon, to specifically exempt “people of color” from wearing face masks required of all other county residents.