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By M. Samuel Anderson
AWN Contributing Editor / News Perspective
During a recent trip to Washington D.C., where this AWN writer covered the passage of the Land and Water Conservation Act, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt (Missouri) talked about the coronavirus and noted, comparatively speaking, that about 30,000 people die of the regular flu every year in America—roughly a tenth of those that die from influenza each year worldwide.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), who’s a medical doctor, added that he was hanging his hopes on a vaccine that will save the day, even though the approval of a vaccine could perhaps take 18 months.
But amid all the talk on the Senate floor, no one mentioned Coronavirus recoveries. In fact, recoveries are barely mentioned in government or by the media. If they are mentioned, it’s only in passing.
For example, when U.S. President Donald Trump gave his daily Coronavirus press conference on March 26, ABC News, which broadcast the press conference live, quickly flashed the deaths, the cases and the approximately 122,000 worldwide recoveries on the screen before Trump spoke. However, neither Trump nor anyone else among his cabinet members (nor the media people at the press conference) ever mentioned the all-important number of recoveries.
That’s a huge omission. Large numbers of recoveries indicate that most of those who get sick get better, meaning that testing “positive” for the COVID-19, which evidently is what defines a “case,” is not a death sentence for most people. As with most non-terminal illnesses, people get sick to varying degrees, from mild, to moderate, to severe symptoms, but most get well.
Even the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, hailed as the most trusted source on Earth by the media and the government officials influenced by the media, lists nothing about recoveries on the CDC’s website link that’s constantly plugged on television: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Think about it: If all you see are “cases” and “deaths,” but you’re not told that most cases are mild and that recoveries are common, then you’re going to get a skewed picture of reality with which to take action. Hoarding of food, water and supplies and other anti-social behaviors will be especially “viral” whenever information is incomplete or misleading.
UK DOWNGRADED CORONA THREAT ON MARCH 19
Furthermore, beyond North America’s shores, the government of the UK downgraded the COVID-19 threat when it determined, as of March 19 no less, that “COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) in the UK.”
The same UK government press release which said COVID-19 is no longer a high consequence infectious disease added that “the 4 Nations public health HCID group made an interim recommendation in January 2020 to classify COVID-19 as an HCID. This was based on consideration of the UK HCID criteria about the virus and the disease with information available during the early stages of the outbreak. Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall), and there is now greater clinical awareness and a specific and sensitive laboratory test, the availability of which continues to increase.”
Moreover, a special panel, the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP), “is also of the opinion that COVID-19 should no longer be classified as an HCID. The need to have a national, coordinated response remains, but this is being met by the UK government’s COVID-19 response.”
THE SUPPRESSED RECOVERY DATA
Meanwhile, while AWN is certainly not minimizing the death count, we do need to get real before we crash the world economy and induce the demoralized lower classes to engage in various crimes (looting, home invasions, suicides etc.)
The fact is that, in the vast majority of affected countries, the recoveries are outpacing the deaths that are largely limited to the elderly and to those who are otherwise vulnerable due to fragile underlying health conditions.
As of March 26, according to Wikipedia—which provides data from various sources that even the vaunted CDC generally avoids—there were 121,454 recoveries worldwide, alongside 23,714 total deaths and 529,614 total cases worldwide that are attributed to COVID-19. [EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s unclear whether there has been a careful enough accounting to confirm that all of those deaths worldwide can be certifiably connected to the COVID-19 virus at a time when the regular flu still kills far more people every year].
At any rate, worldwide that means there’s 5.10 times more recoveries than deaths as of March 26, 2020.
On March 12, Italian Pastor Matteo Brozzi told AWN via Skype that citizens there cannot go anywhere without specially signed papers. Those who break the rules are fined 250 euros per incident. Thus, Italy has been locked down into a police state, with the usually bustling cafes in Rome shuttered and churches only allowing one person in to pray at a time.
Yet, Italy’s recoveries (which were 2,941 as of March 17) jumped to 10,361 by March 26, while the reported deaths there increased from 2,503 around March 17 to 8,215 by March 26.
Thus, over that timespan in Italy, the recoveries increased by 7,420, compared to an increase of 5,712 in deaths.
Also, according to Pastor Brozzi, who’s an officially registered government chaplain, Italy’s “testing” to detect infections sometimes is limited to just looking at a person’s symptoms, not necessarily using an actual test. Thus, the regular flu could conceivably be confused with the “novel” Coronavirus.
Also consider the following figures:
- CHINA: The mainland where the whole COVID-19 reportedly started showed 74,051 recoveries and 3,287 reported deaths, amid 81,285 cases, as of March 26.
- IRAN: As of March 17, Iran was bouncing back with 5,389 recoveries compared to 988 reported deaths. By March 26, the reported death count was 2,234 and the recoveries shot up to 10,457.
- SPAIN: And while Spain’s 1,028 recoveries as of March 17 (up from 530 just one day before that) was impressive, the recovery count there as of March 26 was 7,015 compared to 4,145 reported deaths.
- SOUTH KOREA: South Korea’s 1,401 recoveries as of March 17 (up from 1,137 the day before) dwarfed its 81 deaths around that time, yet as of March 26, the deaths climbed by 50, totaling 131 but the recoveries around March 26 reached 4,144.
- UNITED STATES: As of March 17, the U.S. reportedly had 5,711 confirmed cases (but the number of cases allegedly surged all the way up to 83,545 by March 26, surpassing China). Notably, in early March, the U.S. showed just nine recoveries. By middle March, U.S. recoveries jumped to 73, compared to 70 reported deaths. But while the reported deaths in the U.S. did reportedly spike to 1,201 as of March 26, the recoveries shot up faster, reaching 1,864.
- CANADA: Canada as of March 26 showed 228 recoveries versus 39 deaths (amid 4,043 cases). That’s nearly six times as many recoveries as there are deaths.
So, while it’s at least possible that the worst is already over, and even though we certainly need to take commonsense health and hygiene precautions and develop a solid battle plan within and among nations, we also need to call out the mainline news media. AWN suggests that readers call or write their area’s network news affiliates, newspapers, etc., and ask questions about their general suppression or downplaying of recoveries. Yes, in terms of data, we require the “the good, the bad and the ugly,” as the saying goes, but outright hysteria driven by media omission is not the “medicine” that we need.
The table below shows (L to R) the numbers of cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.