Robert Barholomew warns us not to be blinded by the panicky news coverage and even more panicky “social” media “shares” about the Coronavirus. Here’s some excerpts:
It’s important to put the risk into perspective. The Coronavirus does not appear any worse than the annual flu. The key difference is that there is no vaccine, and one will likely take months to develop.
During the 2018-2019 flu season in the United States, about 75% of all deaths were age 65+. Roughly 17% were between 50-64. These two categories comprise 91% of all deaths. But look closer and you will see that many of them had an array of pre-existing conditions that left them with weakened immune systems. Early reports from China back this up, most of those who have died were already in poor health.
There is a real danger that social media will spread fear and confusion.
Read the whole thing and inoculate yourself against hysterical hype.