(Tea Party PAC) – Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, you’ve likely been hearing non-stop news coverage concerning the coronavirus outbreak that has swept the world, and the massive panic that has followed closely at its heels.
This is double true if you’ve attempted to go the grocery store and buy supplies — particularly toilet paper — and been greeted by nothing more than empty shelves. As you can probably already guess, the left-wing mainstream media in America has wasted no time or effort in blaming President Trump for the pandemic hitting U.S. shores, stating he didn’t take enough action early on.
Yet, when this first started exploding in China and the president closed down travel to the country, everyone got angry at him and called him a racist. You can’t win with liberals.
However, new reports contain evidence that might actually have pinpointed who is really to blame for the panic around the globe.
Here’s more from Gateway Pundit:
The controversial Ethiopian politician and Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, claimed in a press conference in early March that the fatality rate for the coronavirus was many multiples that of the fatality rate of the common flu.
This egregiously false premise has led to the greatest panic in world history.
The Director General of the WHO spoke on March 3, 2020 and shared this related to the coronavirus:
While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.
Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.
This statement led to the greatest panic in world history as the media all over the world shared and repeated that the coronavirus was many, many times more deadly than the common flu.
The problem is his statement is false. It was not accurate!
The Gateway Pundit reported yesterday, that the coronavirus fatality rate reported by the media was completely inaccurate and the actual rate is less than the current seasonal flu – the media was lying again. The false reporting of the coronavirus fatality rate of 3.4% in the media started with the statements made by the WHO in early March.
Take a look at this recent summary that actually proves the Director General’s statement was materially false, though you’ll not hear mainstream media talking about this at all:
You see, the media has a lot to gain by exploiting the current pandemic for political purposes, especially since it is an election year and the Democratic Party would do anything, and we do mean anything that would aid them in their attempts to defeat Donald Trump and ensure he doesn’t have a second term in office.
1. The fatality rate of the coronavirus was based on current data available of known positive cases and known deaths.
Oftentimes estimates have to be made because data is just not yet available. The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, used the fatality rate of coronavirus with known numbers and used this as his prediction of eventual mortality rate. This was a faulty assumption. Estimates usually involve obtaining information that is available and making estimates on what is not. We cannot tell the future but we can make educated guesses based on information available. This is what has been done with the coronavirus because this type of virus has apparently never been seen before.
2. Sometimes estimates are reasonable and sometimes they are wrong, and even way off.
The point is that whenever estimates are made of large unknown values they are always wrong because no one can tell the future. Sometimes estimates end up close and sometimes they are not and sometimes they are way off.
This is a factor that simply cannot be overstated. There was a massive lack of information available at the time when this whole situation kicked off. People seem to take every single thing reported by the WHO as the absolute, accurate truth without taking other factors into consideration.
3. The current “estimate” for the coronavirus fatality rate according to the WHO is about 3.4%.
The estimate used most often is from the WHO based on the Director General’s comments. The WHO estimates the mortality rate of the coronavirus to be around 3.4%:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated the mortality rate from Covid-19 is about 3.4%. That is higher than seasonal flu and is cause for concern – but even if it is correct, more than 96% of people who become infected with the coronavirus will recover.
4. The same rate for this year’s seasonal flu is 10% if you use known cases and known deaths (but the media tells you it’s .1%).
As The Gateway Pundit reported earlier, according to CDC numbers, in the US in the 2019-2020 flu season, there were 222,552 confirmed cases of the flu from testing and an estimated 36 million flu cases in the United States. There were 22,000 estimated deaths from the flu (via the CDC).
The big difference between coronavirus and influenza numbers is that the number of deaths and confirmed cases for flu are based on actual numbers. It’s also hard to know exactly how many folks had the flu this season in the United States because not everyone who contracts it has a severe case and ends up getting tested for it.
For most folks, the symptoms are minor and they more or less continue on with life as usual. This is what has led the CDC to estimate that 36 million people had the flu this past season.
The rate of the number of individuals who died from the flu to the number of individuals who were estimated to have had the flu is .1% (22,552 / 36 million). This is an estimate and the amount used above by the Director General of the WHO.
However, the rate of individuals who died from the flu to the number of individuals who were confirmed to have had the flu is around 10% (22,000/ 222,552). This is based on actual data similar to the rate for the coronavirus above.
Another critical piece of evidence not being discussed is the fact that the actual results of coronavirus testing are lower than that of the flu.
With the numbers noted above, the death rate for those confirmed to have coronavirus is somewhere around 3.4 percent. The mortality rate for individuals confirmed to have the flu are around 10 percent.
The same individuals at risk for complications from the coronavirus are the elderly and immunocompromised, the same as those who are susceptible to death from the flu as well.
The average age of death from the coronavirus in Italy is 81-years-old. This has been a consistent finding the whole world over. At this point, there have been no known fatalities for children who are ages 0 to 10.
To summarize, Trump was right on the money when he said that WHO’s numbers for the coronavirus death rate were much too high.
Despite what the media is reporting, the vast majority of folks who contract this virus are going to survive it and recover. In fact, the evidence at this point suggests that coronavirus may not be nearly as deadly as the WHO made it out to be.
If this information is totally accurate, then the elderly and immunocompromised are at risk of complications from this illness and ought to take precautions to prevent contracting it. Others not in that category don’t seem to have as much to worry about.
This doesn’t mean we should just shrug our shoulders at this pandemic. We all need to take common sense precautions to ensure that we don’t spread this to those who are high risk from the disease. However, there’s no reason at all to panic so severely.
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