Has the world gone mad? I think so, and I believe it’s going to get worse. Our health system is now actively looking for the Coronavirus in America. I think they will find it, and they could find lots of it. It’s reported that about 80% do not even know they have the virus; they don’t even know they’re sick. Perhaps they have minor symptoms like a cold, and it passes – only about 20% of those infected get really sick – and they are mostly those who are already frail or ill.
Oh my God! 10 people died of the virus in America! Compare that to the number of people who have died from seasonal flu in America just this year – at least 30,000, and it could be as high as 46,000 or more.
In America so far, there have been about 100 cases of the Coronavirus. (They’ll find lots more now that they’ve gone looking.) Compare that to the number who’ve gotten regular influenza in America just this year – the CDC reports 32 million to 45 million cases of flu illnesses. Yes, that’s millions!! I wonder how many of those millions will be found to really be the Coronavirus rather than the regular flu virus.
The Coronavirus is a flu-like virus (it is not a flu virus, and Tamiflu, etc., will not help). I wonder if the Coronavirus has not been dormant in America and other countries, and now that people are looking for it, they’ll discover that it’s been here but not identified.
Politicians go to extremes to “safeguard the public”. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the amount of panic and misinformation is astounding. The medical officials and mad media are providing misleading, frightening headlines and information, which is grossly irresponsible.
Real epidemics/pandemics are terribly serious. Remember that in 1917/1918, worldwide, up to 100 million people died (many more than all the people who died in World War I) from the Spanish flu, which was a horrific disease.
Today, there are extensive protocols in place that have been tested in earlier outbreaks. We’ve never been in a better position to deal with such an epidemic – or, even if it turns into a pandemic. Let’s keep in mind that this is probably no worse than regular flu (there are signs that it has the same mortality rate), and apparently quite a bit less in terms of the number of people who get really sick.
Meanwhile, the world’s economy is melting down. The American stock market has lost an estimated $3.6 trillion (yes, that’s trillions) just last week. And I think it’s going to get worse because of the crazy panic, the political ineptitude, and demagoguery.
Economically, the world is being stress-tested. It’s being shaken up. I think it’s going to get worse; though, ultimately, I think it will have a silver lining. Nietzsche famously said: “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” In this case, the world economy will not be killed; and, when it rebounds, I think it will rebound strongly because the economic panic is not causing fundamental or essential damage. It’s putting things on hold, which can be quickly recovered.
As for me, I will continue to take the same precautions as I do during flu season.