Saw on the "news" yesterday that Covid 19 had so far infected 1.5 million people in the US. and I understand that to be a true statement.
What the news media don't and won't say is that, with 324 million people in the US, 1.5 million is less than 0.005% of the total. That is an accurate statement. But that news wouldn't be quite as sensational. It just doesn't inspire panic.
I agree with the news media that Covid is very serious and can be deadly. But I wish they wouldn't mislead us as to it's scope. Truth and accuracy or not always exactly the same. A statement can very well be true but in order to be accurate it should be put into context.
AMEN! I've been griping and complaining about the Media and Scientists since day one. They have done nothing more than throw fuel on the flames of panic and fear that was already sparking among the general population. Yes it's a serious disease, yes it's very deadly, but name one seasonal influenza-like virus that isn't serious and deadly, especially for the elderly and those with autoimmune issues pre-existing.
We shut down the world economy (at least most of it) and started a fear mongering campaign that kicked off a mass hysteria panic buying of crap paper and disinfectants like never seen before. Old folks (my in-laws included) are terrified of leaving their houses and sit inside all day every day glued to the darn news channels. It's asinine.
Don't get me wrong, folks should take safety precautions during any viral outbreak. We should have been doing that for years now. Social distancing, proper hygiene, and overall just be smart about your decisions during flu season and outbreaks. However, we don't need to punish the healthy and the small business owners for the sake of making everyone "feel safer".
Scientists should NOT be leading the fight, nor should they be in charge of the "task forces". They should have started those so called task forces with some of the nations best viral doctors, and they should have directed the media openly not to stir the panic buying and fear of the public. At least that way we would have had folks with real boots on ground experience leading the effort, and if the media insighted panic, the FED could have said "told you so".
I have several close friends that are young and healthy, but are now facing a very imminent possibility of closing down their small businesses for good, when they could have at least been doing some work. Even a little would have stopped the bleeding of their budgets compared to stimulus bandaids and bailout buckets. It's sad to think of how many are drowning in debt right now because of the whole ordeal. How many will turn to any number of nasty alternatives to the hardships, like drugs, alcohol, and even suicide.
Sorry for the rant. I've been trying to keep quiet as I don't like discussing politics or religion unless we can have a civil conversation face to face. But in this case I suppose so many reckless mistakes were made by all sides, it doesn't really matter. After all it's just a van forum rant in the end.