You have likely heard a lot about ‘flattening the curve’ lately and it seems like many are trying to get on board with the terminology. People are sharing tweets, posts, and articles showing all these dire predictions and supporting anything that will help flatten the curve.
We do need to flatten the curve. We need to flatten the curve of viral, fake news induced panic. From the beginning of this pandemic, before it was declared as such, people in the media were accusing our government of approaching this outbreak too aggressively.
Yes, President Trump was accused of being xenophobic and racist for stopping travel to China. He was instructed by the ‘experts’ that this travel ban was unnecessary. How did that age?
Here’s something you wouldn’t know from watching the mainstream media every day: According to a Gallup poll, 60% of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus. His overall job approval sits at a tie for the Gallup high of 49 %.
Yet there is fear abound that he’s NOT DOING ANYTHING and EVERYONE KNOWS IT!
It’s simply not true.
Dr Fauci was asked about the media’s apparent attempts to create a rift, or the appearance of a rift, between him and President Trump.
"That is really unfortunate," Dr. Fauci responded. "I would wish that would stop because we have a much bigger problem here than trying to point out differences. They're really fundamentally at the core when you look at things, they are not differences."
It is really unfortunate. Most Americans do trust the experts and the media, to a certain extent, in times of crisis and we're seeing that today.
For example, the Imperial College of London gave a prediction that went viral and was shared and/or used by Congressman/women and Senators, by World Health Organization members and even folks at the CDC. It has been all over the media.
Literally, people have been terrified of these numbers. It warned that 2.2 million Americans could die. The media ran with it like the last leg of a 4x100 meter relay.
“Even if all patients were able to be treated, we predict there would still be in the order of 250,000 deaths in (Great Britain), and 1.1 to 1.2 million in the U.S.” This was, they wrote, “the more optimistic scenario.”
That IS terrifying.
However, they've now revised that expectation to up to 20,000 deaths in the UK and up to 84,000 in the U.S. That's a lot of deaths but that is also a huge difference. Sure, it's easier to make predictions now with more data but do you see where this is heading? For at least a month or two now people have been thinking millions are going to die from this disease, based on these terrifying charts and graphs that went viral in the media.
Economies all over the world have tanked because of these extremely dire predictions. The US economy dropped like we've never seen before, all from this panic that the world was virtually ending.
But it's not ending. The death rate seems to be nowhere near the 8-10% that media was shelling out on an hourly basis in the beginning. Currently, as of 3/26/20 The U.S. is at 68,095 cases and 1,037 deaths. That's a death rate of about 1.5% and we estimate there are many times more cases that haven't been reported.
But that's good news, in a sense. That means it's likely that the death rate is even lower than what we see now.
To make matters worse we have politicians telling people that President Trump is lying to them and they should be terrified. They shouldn't listen to him. They're encouraging this panic.
So, in the end, if we don't see hundreds of thousands of deaths we should consider this a huge win. However, there is going to be financial hell to pay all across the world, including the U.S., that will also cause death and hardship.
The damage is done and some are complicit in doing more. Governors restricting the use of drugs that have been saving lives from the disease and the media calling Trump a liar for telling people there's hope. He's been accused of giving 'false hope' as well.
Meanwhile, those in the media are cashing in on the hysteria. They have more viewers, because they're sitting at home watching 24 hr news cycles, and their click dollars are skyrocketing with every panic-inducing story they publish.
When you think about it, that's a darn efficient weapon. It didn't cost them anything to create. In fact, they're making money hand over fist from the panic. And whadaya know, it's an election year.