Washington, D.C. – The Center for Disease Control estimates that over the last decade, between 12,000 and 61,000 people die annually in the US from flu or flu related symptoms.
Hospitalizations for the disease flu related cases are between 14,000 and 810,000.
Cases of illness range from 9.3 million to 45 million. The high end of those numbers come as a result of the 2017-2018 flu season, which was extremely severe.
Yet many in the mainstream media caution us not to fear. The Huffington Post even wrote an article telling us not to believe everything we read about the flu.
Flu results in “about 250,000 to 500,000 yearly deaths” worldwide, Wikipedia tells us. “The typical estimate is 36,000 [deaths] a year in the United States,” reports NBC, citing the Centers for Disease Control.
“Somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians a year die of influenza and its related complications, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada,” the Globe and Mail says, adding that “Those numbers are controversial because they are estimates.”
According to the National Vital Statistics System in the U.S., for example, annual flu deaths in 2010 amounted to just 500 per year — fewer than deaths from ulcers (2,977), hernias (1,832) and pregnancy and childbirth (825), and a far cry from the big killers such as heart disease (597,689) and cancers (574,743).
But now, that same media wants us to buy into the panic of the coronavirus. Oh, by the way, they are seemingly looking for ways to pin the ‘outbreak’ on the President.
Editor Note: We are not making light of the spread of this virus. We hope it can be contained and eradicated. We do not wish illness or death on anyone.
But I, as an individual, have to ask: Is it really an outbreak of apocalyptic proportions when Lysol Wipes have listed it on the back of their containers as one of the viruses that it is effective in fighting, killing 99.99% of the germs that cause it.
The New England Journal of Medicine is now speculating that the coronavirus could be no worse than a severe flu season.
The authors of the editorial say that coronavirus looks to be much less severe than other recent outbreaks of respiratory illnesses:
The overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.
Citing Breitbart, the authors go on to say that the vast majority of patients recover, and among those who are hospitalized, the median stay thus far is 12 days.
Coronavirus, they note, does spread easily, and the average infected person has infected two other people. That means the U.S. should expect the illness to gain a “foothold.”
But they note travel restrictions on China (imposed by President Donald Trump over the objections of some critics) “may have helped slow the spread of the virus.”
As such, many are wondering just what role the media is playing and what exactly they are trying to accomplish. The President’s son, Don Jr., has never been one to pull any punches. Here is what he had to say on the matter.
“For them to take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people so that they can end Donald Trump’s streak of winning is a new level of sickness,” he said on Friday.
In the Fox and Friends segment, the hosts open by saying that 83,000 cases have been reported worldwide, but that isn’t stopping Democrats or the media from blaming President Trump.
Trump Jr. was reacting to an editorial posted in the mouthpiece of liberalism, The New York Times, entitled:
Let’s Call It Trumpvirus: If you’re feeling awful, you know who to blame.
I bet you can see where this is going.
The Times editorial attacked Trump for appointing a “pointless’ czar, all while ignoring the fact that his predecessor appointed 38 of them. This was Trump’s first. In fact, Democrats have appointed 68 czars to Republicans 42.
She then went on to ridicule that czar, Vice President Mike Pence. She quickly pointed out that his only qualification was that he ran Indiana. The reality for Pence is that he spent 12 years in Congress before leading his home state for 4 years.
Again, she fails to point out that the previous President himself, had never run anything, having only been a freshmen Senator for 3 years, with much of that time being spent on the Presidential campaign trail.
Meanwhile, the President stated clearly that his administration was working diligently and effectively to handle any crisis here in the US from coronavirus. He also referenced the fact that the media would not give them credit for doing so.
In fact, they are doing what the Times did in the article we referenced: blaming Trump for everything.
“I don’t know if this is coronavirus or Trump Derangement Syndrome, but these people are infected badly,” Don Jr. said.
The irony, has he pointed out in the interview, the mainstream media attacked the President in January for enacting a travel ban on people coming from China in an effort to decrease the likelihood of an outbreak in the US. Now, they are on the warpath because they don’t think he is doing enough.
“They can have it both ways because no one in the media will ever cover themselves honestly,” he said.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that some in the media and many on the left described Trump’s decision to ban travel from China a month ago as racist.
“We were accused by some on the left of being racist for doing that,” Mulvaney said. “True. I’m not making this up. That was in the press, that this was an anti-Asian policy that we were doing this.”
So, why is the media reacting the way they are?
“The reason you’re seeing so much attention to it today, they think that this is what’s going to bring down the president,” Mulvaney said.
Meanwhile, Democrats in DC aren’t easing up on the absurdity of their arguments, blasting the President for not spending enough money on the virus. He asked for $2.5 billion to aid in the fight against it.
So, obviously the Democrats planned to introduce verbiage to get more funding, right?
Here is what they did bring to the floor of the house this week: a bill banning flavored tobacco.
Democrats all week: “Trump isn’t proposing enough money for coronavirus! We want more!”
Me: great let’s see what they propose.
Dems: “We propose a bill to ban flavored tobacco!”
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 28, 2020
And in a response to that tweet from the former Navy Seal and current Congressman from Texas, it was pointed out that the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is sitting on the funding that Trump requested until mid-March.
Each day Pelosi blocks coronavirus funding lives are at risk. We can't wait until March 12th to act. We need test kits, treatments, and vaccines NOW. We don't have time to wait for the Speaker's pork-barrel. pic.twitter.com/B3n3jEf6ct
— Alexander Muse (@amuse) February 28, 2020
Crenshaw was on Fox News Wednesday, addressing this very topic.
The lies being told by Democrat members of Congress and candidates about the Coronavirus management are baffling. (Bloomberg actually claimed CDC funding had been cut, which is patently false)
It’s a shame these people have to politicize everything. There’s no reason to. pic.twitter.com/AlMiHo61b3
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) February 27, 2020
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