The talk of every major news outlet is the Coronavirus and how it’s spreading around the world. A vibration of fear is sweeping the planet. Is it really the end of the world? Or is all of this fear being incited and manipulated by major news outlets to boost views, clicks, internet traffic and ad revenue?
Most reliable news sources confirm the Coronavirus has indeed spread from China to every continent on planet earth.
However, people seemed to take this information out of context. The words “global pandemic” are often used to describe the nature of this virus. When the average person hears this they probably think of the beginning of a zombie movie. Like some scientist had an accident in a lab, and the “T-virus” spread quickly around the world and turned everyone into flesh-eating zombies. This is definitely not the case.
The Coronavirus has killed people, but not at the rate the fear-mongering news media outlets are enthusiastically emphasizing. In other words, even if it has spread around the world that doesn’t mean everyone is going to die or turn into zombies.
According to a recent report by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):
“An outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, and has spread throughout China and to 31 other countries and territories, including the United States. As of February 23, 2020, there were 76,936 reported cases in mainland China and 1,875 cases in locations outside mainland China. There have been 2,462 associated deaths worldwide; no deaths have been reported in the United States. Fourteen cases have been diagnosed in the United States, and an additional 39 cases have occurred among repatriated persons from high-risk settings, for a current total of 53 cases within the United States.“
That won’t stop news outlets from trying to convince you the end is near.
They will exploit your fears to get views, clicks, subscriptions, etc. Of course it’s good to be informed, but you don’t need to have an emotional response before you analyze the data.
It doesn’t matter if they have big fancy maps with all the continents highlighted in bright red. Or video clips of people of people panicking and preparing for the global pandemic. Look at the actual information they give you, the data. Then compare that data with other sources and see what you come up with.
The more you learn the more you’ll understand that most of the major news outlets are inducing pandemonium about the Coronavirus because your fear is a cash cow. Your fear translates into internet traffic, streams, shares, and views.