• Coronavirus Reminds Us: Some People Don’t Want Any Good News Right Now

    Surge Summary: Another conflict in America that is becoming increasingly apparent is that between those who are hopeful and those who are determined to not be so. There is much good news and inspiring responses coming forth related to the coronavirus situation, but the media is largely ignoring it; and many others don’t want to hear it.

    by Gary Bauer  

    Hope vs. Despair

    Along with the left/right divide in America and around the world, another split is becoming evident.  It’s between those who choose hope and optimism and those, particularly in the media and on the left, who seem to have a vested interest in despair, panic and pessimism.

    That split has been evident in the last 24 hours as some emerging good news was generally ignored by the major media.

    For example, researchers at the Imperial College in Great Britain initially predicted that the coronavirus would kill 500,000 people in the UK and more than 2 million in the United States.  It was big news at the time.

    But as more information comes out, it became obvious that the model was wrong.  An update released yesterday had dramatically different results.  The predicted death toll is now exponentially lower.

    Referring to these new results yesterday, Dr. Deborah Birx, a key member of the president’s Coronavirus Task Force, said this:

    “The predictions of the model don’t match the reality on the ground in China, South Korea or Italy. . . Models are models. There is enough data of the real experience with the coronavirus on the ground to really make these predictions much more sound.”

    Dr. Birx noted that in the major nations dealing the outbreak, the infection rate has never hit 1 in 1,000 people.  It could, but that hasn’t happened yet, and in some nations, it has peaked and infections are going down.

    She also rejected something else that has been hyped by the media lately — the notion that universal do-not-resuscitate orders are becoming necessary.  “There is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion,” Dr. Birx said.

    This is still a fluid situation.  Many early assumptions were based on a large number of infections.  But Dr. Birx reiterated that there is no scenario in which “60% to 70% of Americans are going to get infected in the next six to eight weeks.”

    You can watch her remarks here.

    In related news:

    • The Army Corps of Engineers is creating thousands of potential hospital beds by converting empty facilities such as hotels, stadiums and convention centers.
    • Dozens of drugs are being tested to combat the coronavirus, including those that the media mocked President Trump for suggesting might hold some promise.  He may well be proven right, but I’m not holding my breath that the media will report it.
    • Executives of major corporations like DeltaMarriott and Texas Roadhouse have announced that they are giving up their salaries to ensure their workers are paid.  I know many small business owners are making similar sacrifices.
    • Dr. Anthony Fauci said it was likely that Covid-19 would behave like a regular virus, meaning it will wane over the summer and likely return in the fall.  But he added that we will be ready for it with drugs that we know work and many more testing kits; we will also be well on our way to a vaccine.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: adapted from: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en; https://www.peakpx.com/59641/gray-statue

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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