This commentary starts with a disclaimer. I’m not a medical professional – just a singer in a rock and roll band. This op-ed does not necessarily express the views of any organization that publishes me, although it should. What you do with my commentary, up to and including lining your bird cage, is your business.
The national media has managed to sensationalize a new strain of a common cold bug - coronavirus (COVID 19) - which was born from a butcher shop in China, and not in the Oval Office. The fear-mongering has gotten to the point it has become responsible for a stock market plunge, spreading fear and angst around the world. (Plummeting oil prices amidst an argument with Russia and OPEC are also part of the problem, but not a sensational story.)
Coronaviruses are actually a large family of viruses, including everything from the common cold to SARS, according to the World Health Organization. It predominately affects the elderly, particularly those with underlying medical issues, just like the flu does.
Many people are swallowing this hysterical pandemonium, hook-line-and-sinker. Ford is requiring vendors to fill out questionnaires about their medical history in order to enter their business. I have to wonder how they are getting around HIPPA on this. Would that have worked with our Lefty buddies when AIDS was initially scaring the bejeezus out of the country? Such is life in the Age of Wokeness.
As of March 11, 8,400 people have died of the flu in the US. Last year, 34,000 died of the flu. At the time I am typing these words, there are 1,016 Americans inflicted with the virus and 31 people have passed away. All deaths were elderly and/or had underlying medical issues. Sadly, more people die violently on a warm holiday weekend on the south side of Chicago.
Worldwide, there are 124,916 cases, of which 4,585 have died. 3,158 deaths have been in China, the epicenter. What the media doesn’t tell you there have been 67,050 people that have recovered from the virus – perhaps a little more important number.
And yet, the news frenzy continues 24/7, causing other fears throughout the country:
But the real joy of the market plunge and pandemonium for the media is that it will reflect badly on President Trump, as it wipes out recent gains in our 401K’s. It has also managed to empty our stores of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. For this reason alone, I’m not shaking hands with anybody. Clorox stock is up though if you’re looking to park some money other than a worthless CD.
According to the Left, Trump should have sensed this coming and been more prepared for it. Incidentally, he declared the coronavirus a national emergency on January 31, before anyone was infected, but the media never informed us.
This didn’t prevent her Imperial Heinous, Nancy Pelosi from ramping up anti-Trump rhetoric, which will eventually lead to someone with the intellectual level of a Maxine-Waters-type blaming Trump for unleashing the bug on hapless people. Remember when George W. Bush created Hurricane Katrina? Conversely, there were about 12,000 deaths of Swine Flu in the US, but did you hear the press blame Obama?
I understand the coronavirus is something of which to be aware, and to protect oneself. If you are elderly and have medical issues, then you probably should heed the warnings. But for most people, you have a bigger chance of dying from the flu or an unexpected heart attack than the coronavirus. The media is making a big deal out of this for no other reason than a desire for ratings and a change of president in November.
In the meantime, anybody know where I can get one of those face masks?