the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Trenton NJ, COVID looks to be nearly over thanks to the vaccine. Now we can look back over the past year and see the damage. More than 500,000 deaths is a terrible toll. The data compiled and analyzed by economist Richard Rahn shows that seniors were five times more likely to die than the overall population and 5,000 times more likely to die than Americans under the age of 25.
This data underscores what a true catastrophe our policy response was to COVID. How many lives could have been saved if we had protected the vulnerable (the elderly and the sick)? How much human misery could have been spared if we not shut down businesses, stores, churches, and factories? How much damage have we done to the social development of our children by sheltering them at home from a virus that did not affect them?
Will the politicians learn from these mistakes? Probably not!