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CDC model: 74k dead by August The Killer Birthday Party

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday that seven recent computer models show COVID-19-related deaths will indeed rise in coming months. How many people will succumb depends largely on how well the general public practices “contact reduction,” AKA, no hugs, no kisses, no handshakes, while maintaining a six-foot distance from all but your immediate family. Computer models that include strong contact reduction “suggests deaths will continue to occur over the coming months, but will slow substantially over the next four weeks,” according to the CDC. Even the good news (with strong contact reduction) shows the death rate at approximately 74,000 by this August. As of Tuesday afternoon, April 28, COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. stood at 57,962. That model is the same one that is often used by the White House coronavirus task force. (Source: Time.com.) The August death toll was tagged at 67,641 last week, but was adjusted higher as it became clear that more states are starting to relax curfews, allow more businesses to open, no longer require that the public don facemasks, and require social distancing at all times, with bars destined to maybe open up later this month. Besides Texas, those states include Georgia (bars already open), Michigan, Hawaii, and Alaska. Fact or Fiction? Are you one of those people who believes that this COVID-19 global pandemic is a “hoax?” Do you think being forced to wear some sort of facemask in public is a violation of your constitutional rights? Do you think that the media has blown this “thing” all out of proportion and because of the “hysteria” tied to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the disease COVID-19), not only has the local economy – your business, your job -- been torpedoed, but so have the Texas, U.S., and global economies? In other words, do you agree or disagree that the solution (business lockdowns, shelter-in-place directives) will prove worse for us in the long run than the problem (the virus) and the deaths associated with it? Or do you believe that states like Texas, with 25,297 reported COVID-19 cases as of late Monday and 663 fatalities, had no choice but to lock down businesses March 19 th and then extend and expand that order April through the entire month? Texas, by the way, if it were its own country would constitute the world’s 11 th largest economy. That, of course, was before the collapse of world oil prices.

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