We are often warned that we should not confuse correlation with causation.
The fact that there is a correlation between two events does not mean that one necessarily caused the other.
Coincidence may be the reason even if there is a strong correlation.
Correlation, causation and coincidence have gotten a lot of attention in the Covid world we live in today.
At times we are told there is correlation and causation when there is none. At other times, when it appears that there could be correlation and causation, it is dismissed as coincidence. It makes everything much harder to understand when facts are manipulated or data that does not fit the narrative is dismissed.
For example, why has the seasonal flu almost completely disappeared this year?
Flu cases are down 98% compared to the average of the last five years.
Hospitalizations are down 98.4% compared to last year.
Thankfully, there has just been one pediatric death from the flu this year. Deaths from flu for children have averaged 176 annually over the last three years.
|Pediatric Flu Deaths for last 4 years|
When Dr. Tony Fauci was recently asked why the seasonal flu has almost completely disappeared this year his explanation was that it was due to people wearing masks and social distancing.
Fauci seems to have made a correlation and attributed causation without anything to support his conclusion.
If what Fauci says is true, why have the masks and social distancing not had the same effect on Covid? It is also a respiratory virus that is transmitted in the same manner as the flu.
You may also recall that Fauci and other "experts" were predicting last Fall that we were likely heading into a "twindemic" this winter as we would be dealing with both a tough Covid and flu season.
Healthcare experts are urging citizens to get the flu shot this year due to fears of a “twindemic” – surging COVID-19 cases and a severe flu season. With a twindemic looming, it is more important than ever to get your flu shot – especially for seniors and children. Getting the flu shot can “blunt the effect of one of those two potential respiratory infections,” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
I questioned that prediction in these pages in October based on data that suggested that the flu had all but disappeared during the winter season in the Southern Hemisphere. That data suggested to me that in some way Covid may be blocking the flu virus from replicating in the population. It is almost as if Covid is bigger and stronger so that the flu cannot get established in the community when Covid is present.
In response to questions about the Kentucky cluster, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said its experts noted “no pattern … among the [Kentucky] cases that would indicate a concern for the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.”
The same thing was said when a 78-year old woman in California died a few minutes after she received the vaccine on Friday.
She died of "something else" according to health officials.