Pandemics & Fear Mongering

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At the time of this writing, the Coronavirus is taking over the media with death tolls reaching over 170 people and over 7,000 confirmed cases in a population of 1.4 BILLION people. The virus is spreading quickly around the world with supposed cases reaching over 15 countries.

If we break down the numbers it will look like this:

1.4 Billion people with 170 deaths and 7,000 confirmed cases.  The percentage of people this has reached is 0.00001% deaths and 0.0005% of the population is ‘infected’.

By comparison, let’s look at some stats from the USA from the CDC. This list is the cause of death in 2017:

  • Heart disease: 647,457
  • Cancer: 599,108
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
  • Diabetes: 83,564
  • Influenza and pneumonia: 55,672
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,633
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173

What isn’t on this list is the number of gun deaths which is 39,773 which you can find here.  Of that 23,854 is suicide, of which 18,759 are white men. 50% of the suicide deaths are from a gun.

The population of the USA in 2017 is 325 Million. Based on the stats above, heart disease & stroke kill 2.4% of the population at almost 800,000 IN ONE YEAR. More people died of the flu in one year than the entire duration of the War on Terrorism.

With numbers like the above, I’m wondering why there aren’t more news about the pandemics of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or even methods of suicide prevention. Yet we sit here on our gadgets listening/watching to the drivel of the news about how SARS, Ebola, or the latest coronavirus is sweeping the world during the ‘flu season’.

Maybe, just maybe, this is a distraction for something worse and sinister than we’re not allowed to know.

For the meantime, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, don’t shake anybody’s hand, and wash your hands with soap and water. Maybe take some vitamin D, and get some rest.

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