Given that so many people happily give away their private information on social media, why should anyone object to downloading the new COVIDSafe app? Do you really trust your government not to store your info?
The government intends to send a message if you’d been in the vicinity of someone that may catch it down the line so you can freak out that there is a 99.98% chance you probably haven’t got it. You have a 211x higher chance of dying of heart disease or 37x more likelihood to be killed by the flu. You’d have a 36x higher chance of dying from an accident such as falling off a ladder.
While the intention is good, is there a point to have it, statistically speaking?
0.027% of the population or 6,711 people have been identified with COVID19 after 500,000 tests.
0.00033% or 83 people have died from it. So in short, 99.973% haven’t knowingly caught coronavirus and 99.9997% haven’t died from it.
Even if we unrealistically annualized those COVID19 deaths we would get around 496 in total.
Compare that to the figures 158,000 deaths in Australia in 2018. We included the average age of those who died in brackets.
Heart disease claimed 17,533 (84.7)
Dementia/Altzheimer – 13,963 (89.0)
Ceberovascular disease – 9,972 (86.2)
Throat/Lung disease – 8,586 (73.6)
Respiratory disease – 7,889 (80.9)
COVID deaths in Australia average 79 years and we can imagine that comorbidity has been a driving factor than just coronavirus in isolation.
In essence, the COVIDSafe app would offer you next to no value added:
1) because if your neighbours didn’t download the app you wouldn’t know, much less have a guarantee they switched their Bluetooth on to activate the app.
2) if your fellow citizens did have coronavirus it is unlikely they’d be floating around Woolies or Coles until they’d recovered.
3) if a coronavirus carrier didn’t download the app you wouldn’t get a message.
We are already amazed at how many people are openly stating on their social media profiles that they’ve downloaded it. Why should the ability for the economy to reopen pend on an app which isn’t compulsory and won’t tell us much? How sheepish can people be without considering the data?
As we’ve contended for a while, the hysteria and reaction to the virus is disproportionate to the profound economic damage that it is creating.
Time to reopen the economy. People are already well on top of social distancing. Restaurants should be able to open as “reservation only” so they can adequately create distances between tables.
We think the app creates more fear mongering than actual output.
Remember 99.987% haven’t got it. Is it worth killing the economy? The JobKeeper program alone is costing $1.5 billion per death and $19 million per infected so far. That is false economics.