Virus Hype vs. Facts

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY MAY 6, 2020

           ARE YOU TIRED OF HEARING ALL THE DIRE PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE COVID-19 VIRUS? I KNOW I AM. SOME NETWORKS ARE SEEING RATINGS DECLINE AND ARE GOING BACK TO WHAT THEY CALL REGULAR PROGRAMMING.

         HERE’S SOME PERSPECTIVE. THE AVERAGE DAILY DEATH TOLL FROM THE VIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES IS 870. THAT’S SINCE THE FIRST DEATH RECORDED ON FEBRUARY 15TH.

         NOW HEAR THIS. BASED ON DATA FROM 2019, NEARLY EIGHT THOUSAND PEOPLE DIE EVERY DAY IN THE U.S. FROM ALL CAUSES. DURING THE INFLUENZA SEASON BETWEEN LATE 2018 AND EARLY 2019, ABOUT 161 PEOPLE DIED DAILY ON AVERAGE FROM INFLUENZA.

         AGAIN, THE AVERAGE DAILY DEATH TOLL FROM COVID-19 IS ABOUT 870 AND THE DAILY DEATHS FROM ALL CAUSES IS EIGHT THOUSAND. BUT THE MEDIA HYPE THE MUCH SMALLER DEATH RATE FROM THE VIRUS BECAUSE FEAR SELLS. LOOK HOW THEY COVER HURRICANES, SOMETIMES DAYS IN ADVANCE WITH APOCALYPTIC PREDICTIONS. OFTEN THE WORST DOESN’T HAPPEN BUT THAT DOESN’T STOP THEM FROM REPEATING THE HYSTERIA NEXT TIME AROUND.

         THE LEFT DOESN’T WANT A RECOVERY BEFORE THE ELECTION, BUT A GOOD ECONOMY IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING LIBERALS. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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