Horowitz: The young and the healthy are not dying from COVID-19. Here’s why that’s vitally important

A police officer wears a protective mask while listening to Carlos Gimenez, mayor of Miami-Dade County, not pictured, speak during a news conference in Miami, Florida, U.S., on Monday, April 27, 2020. On Wednesday Miami-Dade's six-week closure order for parks will officially end, replaced by a new set of rules aimed at limiting close encounters during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Miami Herald. Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Conservative Review | 1 May 2020

Why is our approach to the virus the same for all people, when the virus itself is so overwhelmingly biased toward a defined group of people?

Understanding that this virus only kills the elderly and sick in statistically significant numbers does not diminish their lives or even the seriousness of the virus. This understanding magnifies the need for a strategy that lets out healthier and younger people keeping the country running while shielding the vulnerable population until the virus burns out.

According to Minnesota’s health department, 99.24% of all statewide COVID-19 deaths have occurred either in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, or among people with significant underlying health conditions, with the overwhelming majority (78%) of decedents in the former category. That would mean just three individuals who died of COVID-19 in Minnesota were outside a nursing home and had no underlying condition. That is a 0.05% fatality rate just out of the known cases, and we’ve seen from serology tests that the true number of cases is exponentially greater than the number who tested positive. This fact should change our entire approach to the virus.

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