• Covid Panic May End Up Being a Greater Threat Than Virus Itself

    Surge Summary: No doubt Covid-19 is legitimate health concern – but is the hysterical reaction to the pandemic creating an even more destructive problem: the economic ruin of the nation and all the attendant consequences that go with it?

    by Gary Bauer

    Some things are becoming clear in the midst of this crisis.  For example, I think it is clear that two things are really hurting the country.  One is Covid-19.  We’ve been reporting on the challenges faced by hospitals, healthcare workers and those in places like New York City.

    But there is growing evidence that the “coronavirus panic,” stoked by the left, their media allies and the advocates of big government, is also hurting the country, perhaps even more than the disease itself.

    I have no doubt that there is a growing epidemic of despair — drug addiction, depression, domestic violence and suicide — caused by the economic ruin that is occurring right now.  I fear the grim toll from this panic is going to be much greater than the toll from this virus.

    According to Johns Hopkins University, we passed 22,000 deaths in the United States today.  That’s close to the toll from an average flu season.  I want to remind you again that just two years ago, the U.S. flu season resulted in 60,000 deaths, which at this point we may not hit with the coronavirus.

    So how worried are you about getting the virus?  I know my anxiety level is up.  But when we look at reality, should the average American be as afraid as most appear to be?

    My old friend and colleague Bill Bennett said this morning that he reviewed the statistics and they showed that the average American has a two-tenths of one percent chance of getting the virus.  And if you do, you have 98% chance of recovering.  For this we shut down the entire country?!

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

    Originally posted here.

    Image:  John – Flickr: Panic button, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12802766

    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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