• Hoping for the Worst: Doomsayer Media Twists COVID-19 Facts

    Surge Summary: There is the truth concerning coronavirus details … and then there is the mainstream media’s daily, baleful spin, encouraging another lockdown and feeding people’s minds with maximum pessimism. Indicators are the hysterics are succeeding to duping multitudes into thinking things are much worse than numbers demonstrate they actually are.

    When it comes to Covid-19 — perhaps the single most important public health, public policy, economic issue of the past six months — the media are grossly failing in their obligation to report the facts.  Instead, they have given Americans a daily diet of fear and hysteria.

    And it is obvious because what most people think they know about the coronavirus is completely wrong.

    Researchers at Franklin Templeton and Gallup recently teamed up to study “the behavioral response to the COVID-19 pandemic and implications for the recovery.”  Here are two key points they discovered:

    • “Americans still misperceive the risks of death from COVID-19 for different age cohorts—to a shocking extent.”
    • “The misperception is greater for those who identify as Democrats, and for those who rely more on social media for information.”

    Now, here are the specific findings:

    • Most Americans believe that people over 55 account for half of all COVID-19 deaths.  The actual figure is 92%.
    • Americans believe that people under 45 account for 30% of total deaths.  The actual figure is 2.7%.
    • Americans grossly overestimate the risk of death for those under 25 by a factor of 50. Conversely, they seriously underestimate the risk for those 65 and older.  They think it is just 40% when it is in fact 80%.

    Here’s more analysis from the Franklin Templeton-Gallup report:

    “The discrepancy with the actual mortality data is staggering: for people aged 18–24, the share of those worried about serious health consequences is 400 times higher than the share of total COVID deaths; for those age 25–34 it is 90 times higher.”

    It’s difficult to fathom how so many people could be so confused.  But this is what happens when progressive politicians and their left-wing media allies insist that kids can’t go to school and churches must be closed while we ignore the unforgiveable disaster that took place in New York’s nursing homes.

    Don’t dismiss this study as a fluke.  We have reported on other research finding similar results, including one survey that found most Americans believed that 9% of the country – roughly 30 million people – had died from Covid.  That’s nearly 200 times the number of confirmed deaths.

    The Facts

    Based on figures released by the Covid Tracking Project:

    • 406 people died from Covid-19 on Monday.  Monday figures are always low, but that was the lowest number of deaths since mid-July.
    • At the peak of the virus in April, the daily death total was more than 2,400.  So Monday’s figure was 83% below the peak death totals.
    • Daily hospitalizations were at their lowest level since early July.
    • More than two dozen states appear to have a declining number of cases.  More states are plateauing and will likely see their numbers decline.  Only eight states appear to be “hot spots,” reporting more than 1,000 new daily cases.

    Regardless of what has been tried by various governors and the CDC, the virus seems to have a “mind of its own.”  It spreads into a geographic area, infects certain people, most of whom have mild cases, and then runs its course.

    Some experts now believe that the threshold for herd immunity may be as low as 50% or less, potentially ending the pandemic much sooner than originally thought.

    Just days ago, virtually every headline was about how the disease was out of control.  A Federal Reserve Bank president, who presumably understands the economic consequences, called for another six-week shutdown of the economy.  That would be disastrous.

    Don’t get me wrong.  I am not anti-science.  Covid-19 is a very infectious disease that can be serious for some people.  But one way or another, either through herd immunity, a vaccine or both, the virus will essentially go away.

    Life will never be risk free.  Every choice has consequences and potential risks.  Life is about balancing those risks, and life must go on.

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

    Originally posted here.

    Image: by Alex Strachan from Pixabay

    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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