A lot of rational people are saying they are more fearful of the PANIC than they are of COVID-19 coronavirus itself. And I am in total agreement with that. The panic is sickening, and it is being driven by the idiots in the media, many of whom hate Donald Trump, and that is probably their main motivation to incite panic and elicit people to rush to Walmart to hoard toilet paper.
What is this obsession with toilet paper? COVID-19 is mainly a respiratory disease and it doesn’t really affect your digestive system or cause diarrhea or excessive number of BMs, supposedly. Is that what the panic-stricken sheeple are worried about out there?
“Fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath.” Those are the CDC’s official known symptoms of COVID-19. More severe cases involve the lungs being filled with excess fluid and people “drowning” that way. Those more severe cases are the ones who need the ICU.
But much of this panic is media driven, and based on political motivations. Some people are linking to a Rush Limbaugh episode last week in which he compares this epidemic to the 2009-2010 H1N1 “swine flu” epidemic. Limbaugh says, “60 million people infected, 300,000 hospitalized.” But where was the panic at that time? There wasn’t any panic. At least, I don’t remember any panic.
The difference is that OBAMA was President then, and the hated Trump is President now!
And some of the government and media’s panic-incitement is also to do with their exploiting the crisis to sneak in their little government programs like paid sick leave or whatever the CONgress just voted for. The bill supposedly is for “emergency” sick leave, but language in the bill shows that they are putting permanent changes in the law. That is why those 40 Republicans voted against the bill. Rep. Louis Gohmert explains the details.
Politicians of both major parties, which make up the one Big Government racket, love to exploit crises to insert their own pet legislation into emergency bills. They are criminals.
Related in some way: Tyler Curtis with a Mises Institute article on Bernie Sanders’s socialism vs. Donald Trump’s socialism. They are all criminals.
But the panic now is unnecessary, and it really is frightening, and we can blame the government-media complex for this, including Upchuck Todd a.k.a. Chuck Toady and George Snuffleupagus whose respective shows are on today.
And I’m not sure about the “social distancing” recommendation. It’s probably good for the more vulnerable people such as elderly and those with serious medical conditions or illnesses. But is it really necessary for everybody else?
Actually social isolation can cause people additional stress, and stress affects the immune system. Just some food for thought there.
I have heard that someone could be healthy and may even have contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus but isn’t experiencing any symptoms because his immune system is strong. But he could be a “carrier” and could give it to someone who is more vulnerable. But if someone is more vulnerable, then really it is that person who should be practicing “social distancing.”
And in that case, why doesn’t everyone just stay in and not go out and practice “social distancing” during the regular flu season, to protect the elderly and other vulnerable people from the flu which kills 10-12,000 Americans ever year?
No, we’re not going to do that. With the seasonal flu we are not going crazy, hysterical, hoarding toilet paper, and isolating ourselves out of fear and panic, are we? Nope.
At least 15 million people have gotten the flu this season, including my wonderful mother, who is over 80 and now she’s all better, as are my brother and sister-in-law, and my 82-year-old uncle, who also all had the flu this season. And they’re all good now. Yep.
Try to “chill,” everyone. Be careful, wash your hands, don’t touch your face if you have handled doorknobs and other publicly accessible objects. But there’s no reason to be HYSTERICAL about it!!
And then there are the fascist governors and mayors giving orders banning gatherings of “more than 250 people” and all that. That includes the “liberal” northeast states of Massachusetts and Connecticut with their fascist governors. And what about New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die” state? Will Gov. Chris Sunununu impose the same kind of fascist orders on the people of New Hampshire? I loathe and detest fascists. Especially Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Half-Baker.
But all the school closings, events being shut down, concerts canceled. The St. Patrick’s Day parades canceled and the Boston Marathon postponed. Is all that really necessary? Let’s end everyday life because a virus with a less-than-1% mortality rate is going around. I don’t remember seeing this kind of hysteria and panic with the Ebola scare of 2014. Or at any time in all my life. And I’m in my mid-50s, so, I’m no “spring chicken.” I thought I’d seen everything, but apparently not.
The unprofessional, politics-motivated media should be ashamed of themselves for inciting panic.