by Donald J. Boudreaux
The American Institute for Economic Research
The ongoing debate over Covid-19 policies spawns many surprises. Among those that cause me to scratch my head most thoroughly is the claim that, for policymaking purposes, the steep age profile of Covid-19 fatalities ought to be ignored.
The age profile of these fatalities is indeed steep. According to the CDC, as of April 21st, 2021, 31 percent of all deaths in the U.S. “involving Covid-19” were of people 85 and older; 58 percent of these deaths were of people 75 and older; 80 percent of these deaths were of people 65 and older; and a whopping 96 percent of these deaths were of people 50 and older.