Charlotte, N.C. – How accurate are the coronavirus numbers that we are seeing? That truly is up to your own discretion. For example, we know for a fact that there are reporting inconsistencies across all of China. We assume that the numbers of infections are drastically unreported in that alone. But that is far from the only situation.
In the United States, there is approximately 75,000 reported cases (as of the time of this writing). This does not consider the number of cases that did not receive testing. Many sites were prioritizing testing to at risk or individuals with significant complications for the first couple weeks. I am positive there are several thousand cases that were not listed as part of this.
The media has made it a priority to drive fear into everyone about potentially leaving their homes. From gut wrenching stories to fear-mongering, we have all read at least a story or two about the need to stay home. They have even pushed the narrative of asymptomatic individuals driving infections as well. I’m not discounting the fact that I think everyone should be cautious, we always should be. But can we believe the numbers we are being told?
It was reported out of the Los Angeles area about a teen that died from coronavirus. Now, they question this and are just not sure. We read the stories of others who have died or had complications, but buried in the print or absent is the stories of their underlying or complicating conditions. Yes, this virus causes issues for those with respiratory diseases, immunity suppression. But so do many other viruses as well.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Dr Deborah Birx talked about the staggering numbers and projections. She indicates that the numbers being put out by the media are insanely exaggerated. She suggests that even with the normal figures, the number of infected individuals may only be 600,000 out of 80 million people. This is less than 1% of the entire population if accurate. You can see her comments below.
Dr. Deborah Birx suggests the media is irresponsibly presenting distorted coronavirus numbers to the American people in an effort to frighten them pic.twitter.com/igxmS07xeS
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) March 26, 2020
Yet, we continue to hear the left to call for Trump to shut down the country. We hear the criticisms about the potential of opening the economy by the Easter season. The left and media have said this is absurd and will result in the deaths of millions. This continues to drive the fear as Dr Birx describes above.
In the United States, the death rate that you hear published is around 1.4%. The media has hyped that they feel this number is low based on reports from doctors and nurses. Essentially, they want to test every person who dies, attempting to attribute it to COVID-19. It’s just another way the media is continuing to push the agenda. If you consider the fact of how many infections are going unreported, the death rate is well below 1%.
Over at The Dailywire, Amanda Prestigiacomo has a great article talking about how the epidemiologist who made the projection models has changed his model. The epidemiologist says that his projections were off by a great magnitude due to misconceptions about the number of people already having the virus. He lowered death projection in the UK from 500,000 to just 20,000. If you do similar math in the US, that would drop the projected deaths from 2.2 million to under 100,000.
This certainly does not line up well with the agenda of the left. In the end, President Trump may very well be correct that we will be back open in most areas by Easter. As reported at Fox News, the doubling rate has slowed. These could be great indications of where we are going. Just as with any other virus, you want to wash your hands, keep a safe distance and be smart. But don’t panic just because you read some of these crazy numbers.
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