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Governments have ‘overreacted’ to COVID-19 to eliminate the elderly.
False. There is no treatment for COVID-19 and governments are acting to save lives.
Amongst other things, the YouTube video claims that governments around the world have purposefully overreacted to the coronavirus outbreak, creating unnecessary hysteria in order to promote ‘hidden agendas’. It argues that the most significant of these agendas is to ‘demonise’ the elderly population so that they are marginalised by society, and that the virus will ensure health systems are under so much pressure that older people don’t receive the treatment they require, whether it be for COVID-19 or other health issues. The video claims that the reason governments are doing this is because the elderly are costing governments vast amounts of money.
This claim is false. Whilst the video does use legitimate information from the WHO and various governments, it manipulates the data to a point where it is not only misleading, but untrue. For example, whilst plausible links are made between the rate of common flu in comparison to COVID-19 death toll figures, it is highly illogical to suggest this means governments are killing off the elderly population in an attempt to reduce the cost of state care they provide. In fact, the UK Government has issued multiple sets of guidance to ensure the elderly population are especially protected from the virus.
Furthermore, the video claims countries are excluding deaths of over-70s in COVID-19 statistics. This is also false with recent Office for National Statistics revealing one in five deaths in the UK were in age group 80 to 84 years.