COVID is killing an average of 0.83 percent of the people who catch it. So why are we hearing about families with 6 dead in 3 weeks? The odds against this are astronomical.

This smells.

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roadgeek · September 19, 2021 at 9:59 pm

Whoever provided this TV station with their talking points also doesn’t care for monoclonal antibody treatment; that must mean it works.

Eric Wilner · September 20, 2021 at 6:07 am

Susceptibility has a genetic component?
Some comorbidities tend to run in families?
Sensation-mongers are always on the lookout for improbable events that, given a large enough population, are nigh-inevitable?
All of the above?

Therefore · September 20, 2021 at 6:48 am

You will also note that many of those front page stories about multiple deaths in a single family include that one or more of the family members was unvaccinated and talking about why they made that decision.

“Anti-vax mom and dad die in the same week from COVID-19, now daughter is begging everyone to get vaccinated…”

We use to call them “dead baby” stories. “Baby dies after opening oven and crawling in, mom is demanding child safety locks for all ovens”

It is why we have warnings on every plastic bag and every 5gal pail but mom’s still let their young kids play with balloons.

By the by, in looking for the above link I found that there was a big push about this in the late ’80s which is why I remember it. But the numbers are much smaller than I thought. Ie I might be a victim of a dead baby story

Jonathan · September 20, 2021 at 9:34 am

I note her skin color isn’t mentioned, but from the names it is more than likely she is Black… As mentioned above, what comorbidities did they have? I suspect overweight, probably with diabetes, and possibly smoking or drinking heavily also

    Divemedic · September 20, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Yes, the family is black. My feeling is that this is a “dead baby” story (hat tip to Therefore) that is targeting blacks to convince them to get vaccinated, what with that demographic being the most resistant to vaccination.

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