Economy An ECONOMIC DEPRESSION does not automatically lead to an increased mortality rate

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  1. Rum

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    One of the lines we keep seeing trotted out by opponents of demands by medical professionals for lockdowns is that an economic depression would kill far more than Covid-19 would.

    Anything's possible of course, but it's worth noting that during the 8 years of the Great Depression not only did the mortality rate not increase, it actually FELL.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scie...on-had-little-effect-on-death-rates-46713514/
    https://jech.bmj.com/content/66/5/410.abstract?sid=5c77edc9-6cfa-4154-be20-8272b1ca03b4


    Ironically enough given the present situation, several of the mortality rates which decreased during the GD were deaths due to respiratory diseases (FLU, pneumonia, TB).
     
  2. nostradumbass

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    Well then maybe Bernie and the other "democratic socialists" should STFU with pretending poor people are starving to death all over the country. If poverty is no big deal and doesn't even affect a person's health, then let's put it to bed with blaming poverty for crime and obesity.

    Suicides were up quite a bit during the depression and fertility rates dropped by almost 20%, but nobody could afford to go anywhere so there were fewer car crashes. Yay!
     
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  3. Raptac

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    Honestly Im willing to risk it. If others aren't then they should stay the fuck inside.

    Gimmi the choice. Hell make me sick on purpose and let's get it over with. Controlled infections mignt be best way to go.
     
  4. Chest Rockwell

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    Mortality rates fell because dangerous factory work fell. Lung disease was especially rampant among industrial workers of the era.

    The simple fact of asking people to stay inside right as Spring hits will unequivocally kill more people by continuing to suppress the immune system at a time of natural recharge.

    Maybe we should ask the bears to continue hibernation and have the plants sprout a couple months later.
     
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  5. Renard

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    So you're OK with the next decade of your life being absolute garbage and your future being stolen from you to save a few more baby boomers with very limited lifespans - who've already benefited more than any other generation alive today?

    Don't act like a depression is a joke. It's extremely serious and should be avoided at all costs.
     
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    It's almost mind-boggling that we're this far into the pandemic response and reporting and there are still tons of people who don't understand the lethal threat that overwhelmed hospitals pose to Americans in all age groups with diseases that have fuck all to do with COVID-19.

    And, of course, almost all of the ignoramuses I've encountered who somehow can't wrap their heads around this virtually self-evident fact are Trump supporters. :rolleyes:
     
  7. SBJJ

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    Well, that solves it

    Bring on the depression!!
     
  8. K1levelgrappler

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    America can do better. There's gonna be a depression AND a high mortality rate!

    USA USA USA!
     
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  9. RetiredSlave

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    Bootleggin' fuh the speakeasy pahtna.
     
  10. xcvbn

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    Are you ever not a hysterical mess?

    You’re worse to be around than a menstruating woman- at least their hissy fits end after a week.
     
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  11. nostradumbass

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    You've never been around me, genius. Skyrocketing unemployment wouldn't be any change for you anyway.
     
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    Nope

    I’m essential
     
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  13. SBJJ

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    Oh man. This exchange was classic

    Props to both of you
     
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    Don't get your knickers in a twist goofus, even in places on level 4 lockdown you can go out in the yard or work your garden or go for a walk or a run as long as you stay 2m away from anyone else.

    This isn't a swarm of killer bees we're dealing with here, it's a virus.

    @SBJJ @The XL
     
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    As of now, on average, the United States hospital system has never been SLOWER. With all elective procedures cancelled or postponed, a vast majority of the hospital networks are at all time lows. Which further shows how much profit is driven from non life saving procedures...but that's a whole nother thread.

    Obviuosly certain hot spots are overrun with patients and in dire need of particular supplies. But in general that argument holds no merit, at least of yet.
     
  16. SBJJ

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    They closed down the reservoir I was running at.

    Big brother is trying his damn best to turn me into a fat sweet nacho eating Murican
     
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  17. KONG-D'SNT-TAP

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    The family values right wingers are willing to sacrifice all you old folks to the Mayan gods of late stage capitalism.


    Have at it moral right wing
     
  18. Rum

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    Better start loving doing burpees and star jumps out in the yard under the lovely sunny spring skies then bro!

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  19. SBJJ

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    Fuck it. I choose the Nachos
     
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    Probably because people without jobs aren't as clean and isolated and don't worry as much about germs, so they develop better immune systems.
     

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