CNN had their daily death clock, the economy was shut down, and trillions were spent in dealing with a virus — so, what are we doing for another looming lethal threat?
Since it won’t make anyone billions in money from patents, medical research, or fear-based sales, and since nobody can exploit it to achieve political power . . . we’ll probably do nothing. Nothing at all.
If this story is not a mirror reflecting our priorities back to us, it would be hard to imagine what is.
In San Francisco, a total of 300 people died from the Coronavirus. We aren’t diminishing those 300 lives, each one of them left someone behind whose life is forever changed because of it. But effective policies are driven by statistics, not anecdotes. As important as those 300 individual lives are, what claimed their lives needs to be understood in its wider context.
For example, overdose deaths are through the roof, killing more than twice as many people as COVID, and that number seems to be on the upswing.
San Francisco suffered an epidemic in 2020 that was more deadly than COVID-19. Drug overdoses resulted in more than 700 deaths last year, while the communicable disease declared a global pandemic killed fewer than 300 — and 2021 looks to be even worse.
This year’s preliminary tally of 252 accidental overdose deaths from January to April, which is the latest available through the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, suggests San Francisco is on track to surpass 2020 in overdose deaths, which was a record-breaking year itself — 181 people fatally overdosed over the same time period in 2021. –SFChronicle
And the comparison might be even worse than it seems, since there is reporting like this Politico story that reminds us about the controversy in how the death count was sorted between the ‘with’ COVID or ‘from’ COVID.
A Santa Clara County woman who is the earliest recorded death from Covid-19 in the United States died of a massive heart attack, according to an autopsy conducted by the county’s medical examiner and obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.
The 57-year-old woman, who died Feb. 6, had evidence of the coronavirus infection in her heart, trachea, lungs and intestines, according to an autopsy report posted Saturday by the Chronicle that was completed Feb. 7, but not signed until April 23. —Politico
Surely Biden, will champion the fight against this serious threat against American life, right?
Don’t bet on it.
Fentanyl, often manufactured in China, often enters the U.S. illegally through the southern border, where the Biden administration has relaxed law enforcement.
Nonetheless, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said earlier this month that the amount of fentanyl caught at the border had risen 800% in the past year.
In January, President Joe Biden rescinded an executive order signed by President Donald Trump to allow almost all doctors to prescribe buprenorphine, a treatment for opioid addiction. –Breitbart
VERY related (and not of the faint of heart) story: Sex Slavery On The Southern Border (Language Warning)
But don’t worry. Joe put Kamala on the case for the border crisis.
What could possibly go wrong?
Heaven help us.