by Ryan McMaken
In the early days of the COVID-19 panic—about three weeks ago—it was common to hear both of these phrases often repeated:
— “The fatality rate of this virus is very high!”
— “There are far more cases of this out there than we know about!”
The strategy of insisting that both these statements are true at the same time has been used by politicians to implement “lockdowns” that have forced business to close and millions to lose their jobs. For instance, on March 12, Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton insisted that “over 100,000” people are “carrying this virus in Ohio today.” The state began to implement “stay-at-home” lockdown orders that day.