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The Coronavirus Pandemic — Is This A Fake Main Stream Media Crisis?

Updated on April 25, 2020
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This article was origially published 3-3-2020 before I was asked to delete it. I am re-posting it here as a historical reference to my other articles.

I have been hearing and reading so much about the coronavirus I thought we were facing something akin to a Zombie apocalypse. I did my own research and of course decided to write about what I found. I believe we are in more danger from the hysteria being generated by the news and politicians talking up a coronavirus pandemic than by the coronavirus itself.

New England Journal of Medicine

Let’s get to some facts. Recently the New England Journal of Medicine release a report [1] citing that the Coronavirus appears to be no worse than the our seasonal flu with a fatality rate of 2% at most, but more likely less than 1%.

Flu = 61,000 Deaths (2017–2018)
Flu = 34,000 Deaths (2018–2019)

To keep the coronavirus crisis in perspective, last year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates there were 34,000 deaths in the U.S. due to influenza [2 ].

Coronavirus = 6 Deaths and counting

The coronavirus which as of 03–03–2020 has only 6 fatalities in the United States and these fatalities are from mostly elderly people who were medically high-risk.

Can anyone explain why 34,000 deaths wasn’t a pandemic, but 6 deaths are?

In The Meantime

The News Media Breathlessly Counts each New Coronavirus Infection and Death.

Facts do not stand in the way of the news media and politicians who hope to make gains from generating a crisis. Politicians hope to gain some political advanced over their opponent, in this case President Trump. The news wants a larger audience that stays interested in the news. The truth be damned.

Oh How the Politicians Lie

Politicians lie, that’s a truism, but I less appreciate their lies when it concerns public safety. During the Democratic primary debate on Feb. 25 the candidates made false allegations that funding to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institute of Health (NIH) were cut. When in reality their funding had increased.

AP Fact Check

The Associate Press published an article on February 26 “AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort coronavirus readiness.” [3]

The AP article points out that Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden both falsely claimed that President Trump cut funding to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Bloomberg doubled down on his false allegations the next day by launching a 30 second ad, title “Pandemic” claiming the United States was underprepared for the coronavirus due to Trump cuts.

Bernie Sanders Mocks President Trump

Bernie Sanders during the primary debate mocked President Trump as a ‘Self-Described Great Genius’ because Trump said the coronavirus outbreak will most likely dissipate in April. Meaning as the warmer weather in April moves in, new cases of coronavirus flu will dissipate, which is the case with most influenza viruses.

If I Had Bernie Sander’s Ear, I’d Whisper “Flu Season”

While the flu virus circulates year round, the prevalence of flu occurs during the colder half of the year, fall and winter. Flu infections peak between December and February.

According to Dr. Fauci the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) who has advised six presidents on domestic and global health issues, said this in an interview.

Dr. Fauci, “This history of respiratory viruses and other coronaviruses tend to diminish and almost disappear as you get into summer, its just something that happens every year.”

Dr. Fauci also stated that 80% of the people infected with Covid-19 have a full recovery without any medical intervention.

Is Bernie Sanders the genius who has greater medical knowledge and information than all the doctors at the CDC, NIH, NIAID who are advising President Trump?

Emergency Funding

Trump has requested 2.5 billion dollars in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus. Why 2.5 billion? Because that’s what the CDC and NIH requested to handle the coronavirus outbreak.

Well, not to be outdone in combating a crisis, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) requested to increase emergency funding to 8.5 billion. Why? Who whispered in Schumer’s ear that 2.5 billion wasn’t enough? It wasn’t the CDC or NIH.

Let Me Get This Straight

So, let’s see if I got this straight. When President Trump issued a travel ban for China in January 2020 to curtail the spreading of the coronavirus into our country, he was over-reacting. But now 2.5 billion dollars in funding, he’s not doing enough.

Is The Coronavirus Being Politicized?

You need to make that determination for yourself. Here are a few more facts.

Democratic Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca

When a person on social media stated that if they were to come down with the coronavirus, they’re “attending every MAGA rally I can” to spread the infection to Trump supporters.
Democratic Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca tweeted her support “#solidarity Yaaaas!!


Minuscule Risk of Catching COVID-19

In the U.S. public health officials stated, we have a minuscule risk of catching the Covid-19 coronavirus flu.

The U.S. is prepared and is funding the research for a vaccine.

Even though we do not have a vaccine for the Covid-19 coronavirus, doesn’t mean someone who catches this particular flu bug can’t be treated. Remember the Covid-19 coronavirus is just another flu virus, and can be treated with anti-viral drugs.

In the meantime someone’s making a fortune selling face masks.

Face Mask Off

The coronavirus is highly contagious. But if you aren’t dealing with people infected with the flu, washing your hands often may be a better precaution than a face mask.

The CDC does NOT recommend people who are well to wear a face mask as a preventative.

Face mask On

Of course, if you’re a health care worker treating patients who are sick with the flu, a face mask is mandatory. A face mask is also necessary for anyone taking care of a sick person at home as well.

If you are the one sick with the flu, you should wear a face mask that will help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been used to decrease the severity of colds and flu.[4]

As a preventative vitamin C reduces susceptibility to viral infections. The U.S. government will begin testing Vitamin C against the coronavirus as was posted on Feb 11, 2020, [5]


Don’t Panic

Listen, I hate catching a cold, I hate catching the flu even more. But the chances of catching the Covid-19 coronavirus flu are teeny-tiny. There are only 22 confirmed cases of coronavirus flu in the U.S., [6] as of Feb. 29, 2020 and one fatality.

If by some fluke, I caught the Covid-19 coronavirus flu, (and I have a better chance of winning the lottery at this point), according to the New England Journal of Medicine I probably have better than a 99 percent chance of a full recovery, and so do you.

Don’t Be Taken In By The Hysteria

I feel and it is my opinion that the pandemic associated with the Covid-19 coronavirus are grossly exaggerated and appears to be politically motivated. Let’s be smarter than this.

Here is the next article in this series.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 John Iovine


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    • John Iovine profile imageAUTHOR

      John Iovine 

      12 months ago from NY

    • John Iovine profile imageAUTHOR

      John Iovine 

      12 months ago from NY

      Thank you, I have 3 more articles to post as long as I am not asked to delete them.

      Here is the next article in this series.

    • abwilliams profile image

      A B Williams 

      12 months ago from Central Florida

      Great job on this, I've nothing else to add (on a break, no time, maybe later)

      Giving you a follow.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ecoli is another case study. Less than 1% mortality rate is something I can live with. Or in this case if you call it living.

      My first thought on seeing this title was that it would be in the not published pile of HP. Amazing they now let you publish it. I think our death totals now for the USA is around 50K. That is bad. But again not as bad as our worst flu years. It will be.

      Personally I like social distancing and my cool masks. I hug close friends and family but like some distance with strangers.


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