In response to our social media post our firm sent out yesterday afternoon, we received a question from a very valued client who appreciated our advice, but wanted some clarification on the facts mentioned regarding children, lightning strikes, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. First, we want our clients to know that we are a faith-based, conservative firm; and anytime our firm makes a statement, it is factual – and while certainly rooted in our worldview, is never intended to advance a political agenda. Facts are facts, and we state our advice, thoughts, and beliefs accordingly. Our discussion about COVID-19, and COVID-19 government policies, relate 100% to the effect these policies have on our client’s financial/investment future, how they affect our nation’s freedom, and our children’s future.

Please note the information presented below supports our point, but clearly disagrees with the misleading information being hurled upon the public by the media and CDC, as they continue to awfulize data to induce fear – and they have done a damn good job! The CDC and media version of the situation, trumpets D variant fear, although the actual CDC data clearly shows the D variant holds no significant risk to our children, community, or country. We mentioned in yesterday’s social media post that “In fact, CDC statistics show that our children have a much higher chance of dying from a lightning strike than experiencing a COVID-19 death!” Were we correct? Let’s see!

OUR SOURCE OF DATA

A recent article in the Washington Post states that, “According to the CDC, as of July 19, a grand total of 4,072 vaccinated Americans had been hospitalized with symptomatic breakthrough infections, out of more than 161 million who have been fully vaccinated. That is a breakthrough hospitalization rate of less than 0.003 percent. Better still, of those hospitalized, only 849 have died of COVID-19. That means the death rate from those breakthrough infections is 0.0005 percent. To put that in perspective, your chance of dying from a lightning strike is .0007 percent, and your chance of dying from a seasonal flu is 0.1 percent.”

Further, in the area of our kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association are collaborating to collect and share all publicly available data from states on child COVID-19 cases. The age distribution of reported COVID-19 cases was provided from the health department websites of 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Since the pandemic began, children represented 14.3% of total cumulated cases. For the week ending August 5, children were only 15.0% of reported weekly COVID-19 cases – NOT THE HUGE INCREASE THE MEDIA, AND CDC, ARE LEADING US TO BELIEVE. The available data indicate that COVID-19-associated hospitalization, and death, is very uncommon in children. Among states reporting mortality rates (43 states, NYC, PR, and GU reported), children were 0.00%-0.26% of all COVID-19 deaths, and seven states actually reported zero child deaths. In states reporting, only 0.00%-0.03% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death! Therefore, THE CHANCE OF A CHILD DYING FROM A LIGHTNING STRIKE IS 0.0007% AND, IN WORST CASE, THE CHANCE OF A CHILD DYING FROM ANY FORM OF COVID-19 VARIANT IS LESS AT 0.000225%!

In short, the COVID-19 D variant is nothing to fear! The COVID-19 vaccine does not prevent you from getting the virus. It only helps you overcome the virus’s effects. Like with any other vaccine, some vaccine breakthrough cases will occur. However, the vaccination is very likely to make the illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and still get sick. MOST IMPORTANTLY, COVID-19 DEATHS ARE NOT FOLLOWING CASES (as the D variant emerges) AS THEY HAVE SO CLOSELY IN THE PAST – EVEN IN AREAS LIKE FLORIDA AND MISSISSIPPI! COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 deaths are actually de-linking! While the number of detected COVID-19 cases are increasing, hospitalization rates are in no way close to capacity (you can see the charts here https://bit.ly/3AEhRCs), and death rates are flat to declining overall!

8/11/2021 Social Media Post: https://bit.ly/3AxsAym

SOURCE: Washington Post – https://wapo.st/3sozaEN.

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association- https://bit.ly/3AFPTpF.

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