Dallas, T.X. – As we continue to learn more about the coronavirus, a more optimistic picture is coming into view. The latest comes courtesy of Dr. Deborah Birx. On Saturday night, she said that the deaths associated with the virus along with the hospitalizations are expected to decrease throughout May.
The comments were made on Saturday night on Fox News with Jesse Watters. While she expects hospital cases and deaths to decrease, she expects cases of the virus to continue. She states that increased testing will show additional cases of the virus.
These new comments should be reassuring to Americans as we start into the summer. Many had hoped that warm weather and summertime would help calm the virus, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Experts warn that they expect the virus to continue its spread throughout the summer.
As we continue to receive new data, the coronavirus has not been as bad as suggested. New data out of California and New York show the death rate much lower than initially thought. The general consensus is the virus has spread more than anyone had believed.
I would expect that Dr Birx would come under attack in the coming days. Media outlets and some health experts have already attacked many who have spoken out against coronavirus measures or downplayed its severity.
Take for example the case of Dr. John Ioannidis from Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Ionnidis has been quick to call out the errors of the initial estimates. Based on what we are currently learning, his estimates were very accurate. He suggests that much of the data has been dismissed for mathematical speculation, which caused “a very heavily panic-driven, horror-driven, death-reality-show type of situation.“
One author from The Hill states that we should look at targeted protection measures than such broad measures. I happen to agree with him.
We have put so much effort into controlling the overwhelming majority of the population. Now, we can really focus on protecting those who need it. We know this virus has a greater affect on the elderly and those with underlying conditions. Let’s focus on protecting those people, rather than punishing everyone else.
States are relaxing orders, but that’s not enough. We need those orders to be lifted and allow the economy to open. The media has instilled a sense of panic all across the country. It is a fear that will take some time, but we can overcome.
People have fear a strong sense of fear anytime their personal health is at risk. Disease phobias are common according to the American Psychological Association. Another author said that the only way out of fear is to go through fear.
As humans, we face hundreds of viruses every day. Some are good, some bad, but they all exist including the coronavirus. We cannot continue to live our lives in fear of being out in public. We must face the fear and go through it.