Lets talk about this god damn virus.
SO. We have in quite recent times seen to a massive epidemic and widespread hysteria in the media haven´t we? And now, having just come home from an international airport travel between Hampshire England, and Drammen Norway. it has become rather obvious that people truly aren´t reading enough up on what exactly that this thing is.
And With that, i have decided to write something up on it to dispel some things, to criticise some things, and to make sense of this ridiculous epidemic in terms everyone should be able to understand.
I made the mistake earlier today of sharing what i thought to be a sensical post on this on my personal facebook profile, and was quickly asked my source on it. Seen as I had merely shared it from someone else who didn’t have a source. But then instead of taking down the post, i went and looked for a source. And finally, for the first time since this entire idiocy began spreading like wildfire, i decided to do my own research and come to a conclusion with valid and credible sources to back it up. and feasibly, what source would be better on personal health than WHO?
Thats not a rhetorical question, thats the acronym for World Health Organization.
They have written quite a bit on this and ill go through some bits here and there and provide links for further reading.
First of all. What the fuck is Coronavirus?
“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.” COVID-19 because its COrona VIrus Disease and was discovered in 2019. while we blanket it as coronavirus. the variety everyone is hooting and hollarin about is called covid-19 specifically.
Ok so with that we can determine safely that its akin to a flu or cold. keep that in mind as you keep reading because it will be important for context.
What sets this one apart is that it kills people! :O
According to Worldometer. as of writing there are around 118 000 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide as of today. of which 4264 people have died, and 65,040 have recovered from the virus.
A rough number to be true, and it is truly sad that people are dying from this disease, and this post is in no form trying to negate or undermine the sorrow that people are feeling over the loss of relatives and friends as a result of this. But do you know something that kills more people on average per week than COVID-19 has in its entire lifespan? REGULAR FLU!
An average of 291000 up to 646000 people die from the flu every year. so if the number is 291000, your average death toll per week is 5596 people. If you take the higher part of that number, 646000, you end up with a whopping death toll of 12423 people per week that die from the flu.
A key question then is. Why don’t you see that in the news? Why aren’t you in constant fear for your life over THIS thing that you catch the very same way as COVID-19 and just like Coronavirus. there is no one true cure for it.
You know another thing we have no cure for that is predicted to kill about 1660 people per day in 2020? Cancer. in all its various forms is predicted to kill 605900 people…. IN THE U.S ALONE.
Yet we are all living in chaos and hysteria over this one disease that has gained some notoriety in the past 5-6 months?
The Medias role in this.
Now that you are fearing for your life beyond whats normal and whats more likely to end you than any of this is a stress-endused cardiac arrest. Lets talk about the Media, in all its facets and its influence. Because thats sure to take your stress levels down.
If you look at any news medium recently. be it through your radio reports, your television evening news, the 24 hour news cycle. The newspapers front pages, the social media pages for anyone covering news, any god damn where you go or where you consume news, This virus has found foothold. What this seems to have done for the absolute most part however, is to create panic. Media is the single largest influencer in why this even is a topic now, and why i am now guilty of talking about it on my own platform. But rarely have i seen, yo this is how to avoid the disease. rather, just a number posts and articles with grim numbers that are ever increasing like its a republican majority in any given election. i might just be in my own bubble on that and the media has done their job well.
We the People…
HOWEVER, if the media truly did such a good job in telling the world how to deal with this disease. You would have not only seen people coming to the cashier with 500 masks for one person hoarding it for themselves and leaving none for the rest of the public. You wouldn’t have the transport and travel industries suffering to the extent it now is. Because people would know from hearing their valid and factual information about COVID-19 that beyond sanitizing your hands, not standing within 3 feet of someone sneezing. and just normal hygienic principles that they have grown up with. that they could carry on their normal lives without morbid fear for their life. Thats what i’m basing this on. People are hoarding essential items for themselves to keep themselves and their person safe. Heres a thought for all you, How do you suggest we stop the spreading and subsequent deaths of people from this illness if all the resources to keep everyone safe is kept up in a cupboard and made completely unavailable to them? The hand sanitizer has been named as a key item for people to have in regards to this, or just generally good hygiene. Washing your hands as you should and such, its now completely unavailable and is about as popular as a black friday sale and the 90 inch televisions go with a 70% discount. You won’t get one unless you are there before opening hours and bumrush any motherfucker in your way to get one.
Specifically on necessary items however. The masks. This is the true testament as to whether the media has gotten a concise message across with all their coverage on this disease. They have not. Because people are buying up the masks like hotcakes to hoard and stockpile. I have a relative that works at a hardware store, who told me how one single person came in and bought every mask they had left. about 250 of them strictly for himself. Meaning anyone who came to her store looking for a mask to protect themselves from the paint fumes of doing redecorating at home, were shit out of luck.
Had the media actually done their job well on this however. People would know that the circumstances where you, as a still healthy human being should wear the mask, according to WHO, is actually when you are care taking for someone who has contracted the disease. If you still decide to wear one, it should come in relation with good hand hygiene. not just be the only safety measure you take.
WHO’s post on wearing masks for the virus.
But again, and this is important. So long as you maintain good personal hygiene, that you wash your hands after visits to the toilet, that you take care to wash your hands after touching surfaces and objects outside your home, That you don’t stand all up in someones business as they are getting ready to sneeze. essentially COMMON FUCKING SENSE. and you’ll live to tell the tale to your grandkids and other relatives how you survived the media created hysterias such as Ebola, World War 3 (Which was premature at the time where i write this), Brexit. And last but not least. Coronavirus COVID-19.
Thanks for reading.