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[–] MisterScratch [S] 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago  (edited ago)

The media is doing their usual thing where they dial up the hysteria as much as possible, if you listen to them we're staring down the barrel of an unprecedented catastrophe. They're throwing around "pandemic" like it's going out of style, the official numbers paint a far less calamitous picture.

The symptoms seem akin to the flu, and nearly all of the casualties were either elderly or already in poor health.

China already has tons of air pollution and they're packed in like sardines so it makes sense that a virus that presents as a respiratory illness would be uniquely deadly there, that doesn't mean it's a major threat to the rest of the world .. there has been little impact outside of China.

However China is responding to the virus like it's much worse than the flu, they've locked down tens--maybe even hundreds--of millions of people and built extra hospitals almost overnight. Entire supply chains are down United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta have suspended all air travel to China through the end of April.

That doesn't seem like a reasonable response compared to the official numbers that have been released so far. So why is the media dialing up the hysteria while uncritically passing along the (relatively mild) official numbers? If it's as bad as they say it is, where's the evidence?

Someone is lying .. probably multiple someones which means someone is trying to get you to do something you wouldn't otherwise want to do. So keep your eyes open and your ear to the ground, but be careful believing anything you read. Jason Stapleton.

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[–] lemon11 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I only listened to the very beginning, but the media angle doesn't work for me. They weren't read-in to it. They lagged for over a month in reporting factual infections, as if they were afraid to. Their hysteria is only after they were forced to react, because it's the only way they know how to react. They were well behind the "happening" excitement online going on all around them which they weren't willing to be blamed for.

That doesn't mean that it isn't all an excuse to exterminate China's surplus population while making their industries' customers suffer, but China kept those plans at a higher level.

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