To the editor:
The mass media (not Lagniappe) has been guilty of creating fear during this time. We are constantly bombarded, if you watch, with how many cases there have been and we need to lockdown and take other non-scientific steps to halt/flatten the curve, et al. There has been little printed or discussed about many other aspects of COVID.
There has been little to no discussion of the positive effects of vitamin D. The mass media buried any chance for a fair hearing for some alternative drugs. A paranoid person might see conspiracy. Interesting when you look at world maps of COVID infections and find that the African continent is fairing well — I guess it’s just coincidental that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine is widely used.
The mass media has not covered the horrible fallout around the world from the shutdowns. We cannot do anything about the global issues.
When this first started, Dr. Birx said that COVID needs to be managed locally. I think Mobile County is doing fairly well in all of that. Week ending 11/22 (last week available) from MCHD shows a decrease in cases. Data from Bamatracker.com does show a significant increase for the state of Alabama, but only a small increase in cases for Mobile County. The rate of deaths has been about flat since 8/1. Hospitalizations in Mobile County are on a downward trend for the last week per MCHD.
The point of this rambling is to point out the utter failure of the media to look at some of the less negative points of COVID. For example, a study I read said that 70% of those hospitalized had a vitamin D deficiency. Media likes to report that Mobile has had about 21,000 cases — but fails to report that 20,500 have recovered.
We should continue to wear masks, wash hands (I hope that habit continues) and be careful about going out if we are ill. Those who are more susceptible should take personal responsibility and be careful who they see, where they go, etc.
The govt should not lock us down. I have not seen any proof lockdown works and there is lots of proof of the damage of lockdown, from student development to job loss.
W.P. “Tink” Wilkinson
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