The Coronavirus Hype

I feel the media is spreading fear and building ratings by the use of hype around the coronavirus…..

Does anyone remember the word “Ebola”?

Just a few years ago the media hyped the Ebola crisis without shame….

The current Ebola outbreak is “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times,” Ian Smith, the World Health Organization’s executive director, announced at a mid-October press conference.

Huh? Worse than the “Spanish flu” of 1918-19? Extrapolated to today’s world population, that would mean 60 million to 150 million deaths. Worse than AIDS, with its 35 million deaths?

But the media weren’t asking skeptical questions. The next day, reporting on a separate WHO conference, a New York Times headline blared: “New Ebola Cases May Soon Reach 10,000 a Week, Officials Predict.”

The “soon” in that warning from the WHO’s Bruce Aylward was “by the first week in December.”

https://nypost.com/2014/12/14/the-great-ebola-lie-outbreak-hyped-for-funding-media-attention/

I am not saying that there is nothing to worry about and that we should not prepare….just that we have been lied to before by the media……think Ebola……

It can be difficult to survey the health status of a world with 7 billion people. News organizations play the role of information curators and provide portals through which to stay in step with world affairs. Yet the realities of health are often be distorted by media bias, bringing dangerous consequences for global health projects.

Reporters and editors filter events taking place across the globe into presentations of selected reports. What gets published then goes on to shape how readers and viewers perceive the world — precisely why media organizations occupy a position of immense responsibility — and why a better job needs to be done.

The equation is straightforward: the media informs the public, the public is presented with a skewed set of information on the state of public health, they draw from that skewed conclusions about public health.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chentim/2017/04/06/the-ebola-effect-how-media-hype-distracts-from-silent-epidemics/#690fd14a55e9

Be prepared!

Another thought about the White House response by putting Pence in charge…..not a good idea with his track record…..

Vice President Mike Pence is now leading the administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak—but critics say his record shows he isn’t the right person for the job. Early in his career, Pence wrote an op-ed claiming “smoking doesn’t kill,” and, as governor of Indiana, he was strongly criticized for his response to an HIV outbreak in 2015, the Guardian reports. Pence, who had slashed public health funding, resisted efforts to set up needle exchanges. Trump appointed “someone absolutely not up to the task to this crucial position,” tweeted Gregg Gonsalves, assistant professor of epidemiology at Yale University. Pence won bipartisan praise Thursday, however, for appointing AIDS expert Debbie Birx as the coronavirus coordinator, the Washington Post reports.

Government officials and scientists have been told to coordinate all statements with Pence’s office, the New York Times reports, though administration officials say the vice president is seeking to avoid confusion and contradictory statements, not control what people say. Sources tell the Times that Trump chose Pence because he felt Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, who had been leading the effort, was too “alarmist.” Pence said Thursday that Azar will continue to play a major role in the response. “I’m leading the task force, will continue to rely on the secretary’s role as chairman of the task force and the leader of Health and Human Services,” he said in a meeting at HHS headquarters.

Pence is the perfect choice to lead the operation……Trump will need someone to blame if it goes to Hell.

Please use common sense and be prepared……please do not buy the hype or the fear mongering….check for yourself on these reports.

If you have no idea how to prepare then go to this link for hurricanes and replace the term “hurricane” with “virus”…..https://www.southernliving.com/travel/hurricane-survival-kit

Be Calm!

Be Prepared!

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

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“lego ergo scribo”

16 thoughts on “The Coronavirus Hype

  1. Although the new virus has to be taken seriously, especially at my age, the media still seems to be overlooking the fact that many thousands more die EVERY year from the ‘regular’ flu virus.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Yeah I think I understand what Pete is saying here …. “It is more likely that people will die from something else other than coronavirus …. That might be true but it does not in any way reduce the importance of being prepared for the new plague which is different than anything that has gone before.

    2. That is probably because the coronavirus is not yet as well established as the regular flu. Once it really gets up to speed it may far surpass the regular flu in fatalities.

  2. I had the same thought about Pence — Trump is setting him up as the fall guy if this all goes sideways.

  3. You are behind the times on the Pence thing here because Pence appointed career health official and Obama-era State Department appointee Deborah Birx to coordinate the response, seeking to soothe concerns over his own lack of public health expertise.

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