Cutting through the fog of misinformation about COVID-19 is imperative if we want to make rational decisions. In our quest to make rational decisions, this article is essential reading. Think of it as a call to rational thinking thanks to verifiable data from a trustworthy source. Let’s get started.

The article starts by saying “With nearly every news website, broadcast, blog, social media outlet and publication wallpapered with coronavirus coverage, information—and, sadly, misinformation—about it abounds. That slew of coverage is seemingly spawning fear, which makes focusing on facts currently known about the outbreak all the more urgent, in our view. Now, we aren’t epidemiologists or physicians. Neither of us studied medicine. We don’t even play doctors on TV. But part of what we do is analyze media—our team covers dozens of outlets daily from around the world. That means we have collectively read hundreds of articles on the subject—and found some significant overlap across various experts about what is true and what isn’t.”

What we know

As of March 6, Johns Hopkins University’s dashboard (which you can view here) cites 101,781 coronavirus diagnoses—260 in America. However, there are a few caveats to this. One, that doesn’t deduct the number of patients who have recovered or, tragically, died. Hopkins counts 55,866 patients as having recovered from the virus. 3,460 have died. Hence, these data show 42,455 persons currently known to have coronavirus globally—238 in the US.

This article was written on 3/6/2020 so its information is dated. Still, it’s worth reading through.

Limited testing worldwide means officials only identify those patients with the most severe symptoms. When Elisabeth (article co-author Elisabeth Dellinger) got swine flu in 2009, she was not part of the official tally because she stayed in bed and had fever dreams instead of checking in at a clinic. That the disease is likely more widespread than data suggest may seem frightening, but it brings us to another critical point to consider: The coronavirus death rate is likely overstated—potentially by a lot.

Some in the media, thankfully not all, have been irresponsible, by essentially hollering AIR RAID then whispering test. This misinformation has one main source: the anti-Trump political media.

I’m just saying

The misinformation coming from people with political motives shouldn’t be trusted. That isn’t to say it’s all misinformation. It’s just saying that the percentage of misinformation from these people is high. Let’s start with this information:

Wow! You mean that acting with common sense changes outcomes? That’s what Dr. Drew and Dr. Oz are telling us. Further, following the CDC’s guidelines is imperative. Think of that as our starting point. Let’s add that President Trump’s task force is doing an outstanding job with this. That isn’t what the politicized media is saying but that’s the truth. Vice President Pence is the right man to lead the task force even though he isn’t an MD. That’s why he’s got brilliant doctors on the task force. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Robert Redfield and Dr. Debbie Birx are brilliant doctors. Trust them. They don’t spew misinformation like Jim Acosta will.

This page should be the first page you read each day. It’s filled with information that’ll protect yourself and family. It’s filled with information about who’s most at risk, what you can do to mitigate the risks, what steps should be taken to reduce the odds of getting COVID-19. Follow these recommendations and you’ll likely have nothing to worry about.

If you do get COVID-19 symptoms, report them to your physician ASAP. When they give you instructions, follow them perfectly.

It’s time to stop panicking about COVID-19. Americans are a can-do people. We’ll get through this just like we’ve gotten through everything else that life’s thrown at us. If the liberal media want to panic, that’s their right. I’ve got more important things to do.

UPDATE: Chuck Schumer is spreading hysteria for purely partisan purposes. What’s needed is calm. Sen. Schumer is peddling panic. Apparently, he’s more interested in partisanship than he’s interested in statesmanship.

“I mean what was missing from the president’s talk is how he is actually going to deal with the spread of the coronavirus. That’s the bottom line,” Schumer said. “Well, what’s he going to do? So far we’ve seen statements belittling the problem, contradictory statements, statements that don’t address the problem.”

The CDC is putting out information that provide structure for people to follow. This is information that We The People need to act on.

If President Trump didn’t start thinking about the economic impact of COVID-19, Sen. Schumer wouldn’t hesitate in criticizing President Trump for not caring about the people. The simple truth is that Sen. Schumer is just a bitter partisan who hasn’t put the people first. That’s my definition of a total loser.

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