Toilet paper brawls. Hand sanitizer shortages. “Masked” mania.
You should think the world is ending or an apocalypse is happening throughout the country and the world. You should think that we all are in serious danger of dying or being infected by a severe virus that will inflict pain, torture, and eventual death upon us all. You should believe that staying in your home is the only way to survive the CoronaVirus pandemic crippling our world and causing widespread destruction and death.
The media has warned you and now it is your duty to stock up on hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and canned goods, because that is the ONLY WAY you will survive the latest, greatest, and most imminent danger to our homefront and the world.
You should believe it because I told you so!
Rush to the store, fight for the toilet paper, and then lock yourselves in your homes and don’t come out unless you’re prepared to DIE.
Once you do all that you’ll be safe, secure, have plenty of toilet paper, nowhere to go and plenty of spare time. Now it’s time to sit back, take a deep breath and read the rest of this piece.
Currently there are more than 1,000 cases of the CoronaVirus in America with 32 reported deaths nationwide. There are 120,000 cases of the CoronaVirus worldwide and at least 4,300 people have died.
These deaths are tragic and the CoronaVirus pandemic is a national issue that needs to be confronted and handled, but it’s important to put these numbers into perspective.
Currently, nearly 49,000 people have suffered from the flu this season in America, with an estimated 16,000 deaths nationwide. There are 5 million cases of the flu worldwide each year and 650,000 people die annually.
There are 6 million car accidents per year in America with over 90 deaths per day. On average 3,287 people die in the world per day from car accidents and 1.25 million people die per year.
On average there are 123 people in America that commit suicide per day, with an estimated 44,895 deaths by suicide nationwide. One person committs suicide every 40 seconds in the world, with over 800,000 deaths by suicide every year.
These numbers are shocking and upsetting but they provide us with a necessary comparison in order to determine the severity of the CoronaVirus and our individual risk. The flu is killing more people, cars are killing more people, and we are killing ourselves at a higher rate than the CoronaVirus.
With widespread panic and fear over this deadly virus it is important to be clear and precise. It is important to understand the likelihood of death, the likelihood of contracting the virus, and the severity of coming into contact with someone who has already contracted the virus.
First, the United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams made it clear that “If you are a child or young adult, you are more likely to die from the flu, if you get it, than you are to die from coronaVirus.”
Despite the Surgeon General’s report, colleges across the country are preparing to shut down campuses and begin classwork online.
Second, the average age of death for the CoronaVirus is 80 years old, revealing that the majority of people who have died suffered from weaker immune systems and or chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
Further, no one younger than 40 has died from the disease in the U.S. And even the one person in their 40s who did die had an underlying medical condition (Kxan).
Despite these facts, the media has obsessed over the CoronaVirus scare. They’ve covered it nonstop for weeks causing the stock market to crash, Americans to panic, and governments around the world to react.
The CoronaVirus is not as serious as the press wants you to believe. Their obsession over each death, each new case, and the spread of the virus throughout America is disproportionate to the severity of the virus’s risk for our lives.
Imagine if the media each day reported how many people died of a car accident with each accident given in detail with live alerts and body count numbers down to the minute. Imagine if the media covered the seasonal flu the same as they have covered the CoronaVirus. Right now we all would be hiding in our homes fearful to interact or engage in any public activity. We would have sold our cars, purchased hazmat suits and lived as if the world was ending right before our very eyes.
The power of the media to incite fear and cause mass hysteria is very real and has been made evident through the media’s CoronaVirus coverage.
While the virus is without question a significant issue taking place in our world today, it is not by any means a reason to live in fear inside our homes. Each day we take risks that put our life in jeopardy. We drive our cars, we go outside, we interact, we live.
The CoronaVirus is yet another risk we will have to take as we choose to live each day. But let’s be clear the CoronaVirus remains a “low risk” for the average American.
Despite the minimal risk of the CoronaVirus for American’s we still should take necessary precautions just like we do for the seasonal flu and when driving a vehicle.
If your sick stay at home and don’t go to work or school. Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. These precautions are simple and shouldn't come as a surprise, yet somehow the media is alerting the public as if these precautions are breaking news.
The majority of individuals that have been diagnosed with the CoronaVirus have recovered quickly and completely, yet most media agencies have not allowed them to come forward and share their experience.
A woman in Singapore who recovered from the CoronaVirus spoke out recently to BBC about her experience fighting the virus. The woman suffered common flu symptoms such as fever and difficulty breathing but in just 9 days she completely recovered and was able to leave the hospital’s isolation room.
When reflecting on the world’s widespread panic and fear over the virus the woman said, “I just think this is a flu that is in the global limelight. And people are worried. Because they know nothing at this point in time, they know very little. And I think when you have fear, whether it is individual or on a large scale, it breeds a lot of ignorance and prejudice.”
This ignorance stems from the media’s horrific coverage of the virus. The media only reports on the deaths and spread of the virus. They have failed to share with the public the minimal likelihood of contracting the virus and the quick recovery of the majority of those who have contracted the virus.
The media has manipulated the public’s emotions and created mass hysteria over an illness that is no more of a risk than driving a vehicle or getting the flu. It’s time to calm down, remember basic sanitary principles, and get on with our lives!!!