The Welsh Government is desperate, today, to let me know that 3,115 people have died of Covid-19 so far this year. Unfortunately we have no idea if that figure is true or not as the PCR test is riddled with false positives and there is a complete lack of standardisation.
Anyway I digress, this is almost broadly the same figure as I estimate have died from air pollution in Wales this year using the figures for the UK as a whole from the European Heart Journal and adjusting for population (64,000 deaths per year in the UK thus Wales with a population of 3.15 million (64,000 x 3,150,000/66,000,000) will have around 3054 deaths per annum.
These air pollution deaths have been happening year on year, affecting a younger demographic than Covid-19 (childrens’ immature lungs are often affected worse). Filling hospital beds just the same as CV19, people gasping for breath just the same, relatives mourning the loss of family members just the same but no panic, no hysteria, no trashed economy just a price we have all accepted we are happy to pay. But people are dying just the same and you dear reader are still no doubt driving your car and ordering you parcels online (that come all the way from China).
Seems some deaths are more ‘worthy’ than others. Presumably as the hysterical rush around shouting for someone to save them from Covid 19, whilst handing away their hard won civil liberties they did not bat an eyelid whilst the parents of Ella Kissi-Debrah wept for their child?
She was first taken to hospital in 2010 after a coughing fit that followed a spike in air pollution levels.
She was subsequently admitted to hospital 27 times over three years. Many of these coincided with recorded peaks in air pollution.
Her mother, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, said she had resuscitated Ella between 20 and 30 times while waiting for an ambulance. She said that Ella had been treated in five separate hospitals. Thick mucus clogged Ella’s lungs and eventually killed her.