Spoiler: It's young people.
It's a Covid day, and this story from the Epoch Times (which I picked up through Zerohedge) is rather fascinating. The article is based off a YouGov poll that you can read about here. What the Epoch Times author did was to inquire into what lies behind the seemingly contra indicated results of the YouGov poll:
Back when I was in the waning years of my working life, we old timers (I was in my 50s then) were constantly being told that the Bureau would be hiring large numbers of "computer savvy young people" to lead the FBI into the brave new digital world of law enforcement. I was pretty unimpressed with these supposedly "computer savvy" youngsters--their savviness usually extended to using electronic gadgets like cell phones, but did not extend to critical analysis of the vast amounts of data made available on the internet. Nor was I able to see much interest in learning. It was old timers who seemed more interested in the implications of understanding how data is collected and used.
Sorry if I bored you with that, but it seems to play into the YouGov results. Here's what YouGov found:
Do you or do you not feel nervous about the prospect of interacting with people socially again? (%):
Overall, most (54%) Americans are not feeling anxious about the prospect of returning to social interactions. Those who are 55 or older are especially likely (65%) to say they’re not nervous.
Women (43%) are slightly more likely than men (34%) to say they’re feeling nervous about the prospect of social interaction.
What's up with this? As Dr. John Ioannidis pointed out long ago (July, 2020), Coronavirus fatality rate for people under 45 'almost 0%':
Comorbidities, of course, play a major role--if you're already at death's door, Covid may well push you over into the Great Beyond, as will other respiratory diseases. Andrew Cuomo somehow didn't get that memo, or his dog ate it. Or something.
The clever Epoch Times author, Jonathan Miltimore, went looking for an explanation for this discrepancy, this inverse relationship between actual risk and subjective fear. He places the blame on the media:
Interestingly, the author confirms this overwhelming negativity by citing his own Google searches for articles using the search string: ‘Young People Less Likely to Die From Covid’. Try it yourself--you come up with stories that suggest the exact opposite, which probably means that, well, "91% percent of US articles in major media" say exactly that. I tried that search with both Startpage and DuckDuckGo, and the results were the same, so it doesn't appear to be Google manipulating the results.
What this means, of course, is that if you want to find out the truth of these matters, you need to do a fair amount of determined digging. My experience from work was that young people tend to absorb digital media in a rather credulous way. In fairness, many people do--the constant bombardment by the MSM leads many to assume that, where there's smoke there's fire. All those news readers can't be wrong, can they? Try to suggest that to people, and the reactions is likely to be: C'mon, Man! My government would never lie to me or mislead me! CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky wouldn't be warning us of “impending doom” if doom weren't actually impending, would she? But all this credulousness comes with a significant price:
And the drumbeat of alarmism continues. It's high time that more people asked, Who's benefiting from the alarmism?