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Study: ‘Very small’ risk of death from COVID for those under 65

A study published by Britain’s National Library of Medicine on the risk of COVID to non-elderly individuals and non-elderly individuals without underlying health conditions in 14 countries concluded that those under the age of 65 had very little to fear from COVID.

The study’s author, Stanford professor John P A Ioannidis et al., further described the deaths of people under the age of 65 with no underlying health conditions as “remarkably uncommon.”

People <65 years old have very small risks of COVID-19 death even in pandemic epicenters and deaths for people <65 years without underlying predisposing conditions are remarkably uncommon. Strategies focusing specifically on protecting high-risk elderly individuals should be considered in managing the pandemic.”

Dr Ioannidis suggested that instead of obsessing about locking down whole countries and states, politicians and health officials should focus their attention on protecting those actually vulnerable to the virus, the elderly, particularly those in nursing homes, and those with underlying health conditions.

READ: Population-level COVID-19 mortality risk for non-elderly individuals overall and for non-elderly individuals without underlying diseases in pandemic epicenters

I have previously reported that in Canada, more people under the age of 65 died of car accidents in a typical year than died of COVID during the pandemic. So, if governments are forcing those under 65 to stay at home because of the virus, maybe we should also be banning them from driving cars. READ: More people under 65 die from car accidents than COVID

And as health officials hit the panic button in the Canadian province of Ontario due to the rising number of COVID cases, we have this chart comparing the number of COVID cases in Ontario to the declining COVID death rate:

If we are just going to use the number of people catching the virus, and not the number of people who are dying, as the ultimate determiner of when we should institute a lockdown, then what’s next.

Will the country be locked down when people start catching the common cold?

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