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The graph above was generated by Dr. Peter Attia, a medical doctor focused on the applied science of longevity and host of The Drive podcast. He wanted to see COVID-19 in the context of other leading causes of death.

In the heated debate over vaccine mandates,
science and logic have often been lost amid politics and fear.
~ Peter Attia

The graph above compares death rates from motor vehicle accidents, suicide, homicide, and drug overdose to COVID-19. For example, youth between the ages of 25-34 are 6.6 times more likely to die of a drug overdose than COVID-19.

This graph shows that youth aged 15-24 are about nine times more likely to die of suicide than COVID-19 and nearly 10 times more likely to die of a drug overdose.

Certain health departments around the world are mandating masks, lockdowns, and vaccines for young people who have a 2 in a million risk of dying from COVID-19 (Nature, July 21, 2021).

These data beg for answers to the following questions:

  • “How is the response to COVID-19 contributing to children’s deaths by suicide, drug overdose, and homicide?”
  • “What are public health authorities doing to prevent these other deaths?”

According to Heidi Ledford, author of DEATHS FROM COVID ‘INCREDIBLY RARE’ AMONG CHILDREN that appeared in Nature, July 21, 2021:

“Of 3,105 deaths from all causes among the 12 million or so people under 18 in England
between March 2020 and February 2021, 25 were attributable to COVID-19 — a rate of about 2 for every million people in this age range. None had asthma or type-1 diabetes, the authors note, and about half had conditions that put them at a higher risk than healthy children of dying from any cause.

“In some cases, efforts to shield children thought to be vulnerable to severe complications from COVID-19 might have “caused more stress and anxiety for families than benefit”, says Elizabeth Whittaker, an infectious-disease specialist at Imperial College London.”

Read Peter Attia’s essay: Why I’m for COVID vaccines, but against vaccine mandates.

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