The whole world may very well be in the grip of a Pandemic but isn’t the fearmongering by the media making things worse?
So, as the days and weeks roll on the number of the infected does to, as does the death rate of those who are sadly dying from the virus. However, this has got me asking something; what’s causing more worried with anxiety, the Coronavirus as it’s spreading or the panic that’s been generated by various news and media outlets?
Whilst many people are going to say that it’s the virus, I am just going to answer with an answer that I believe is more realistic; the various new and media outlets. As with every passing day all we seem to be hearing is how many more people seem to be coming down with the virus, and along with that, how many sadly die from it.
Going back many years ago now to the Swine-flu epidemic in 2009 which seemed to be getting everyone down, apart from the recession obviously. But let’s face it that for some it did temporarily distract people from the financial doom and gloom if not for a while.
But let’s cast our minds back to how the media and news outlets behaved shall we, how they reported it. Everytime looked at various reports on the newsfeeds they would always be something saying how some unfortunate soul had contracted it or how some other unfortunate soul had died from it.
One of the only things that went through my mind was why we weren’t getting any updates who were recovering. I mean let’s be realistic, it would’ve done more for public confidence to know that people were getting better. Yes, by all means you should be washing your hands whenever you blow your nose but surly it would’ve occurred to someone that news of recovery rates were better.
I remember back in my previous job when the Ebola virus was making the headlines every day I was at work and I’d been using sanitiser to clean my hands. I had just been blowing my nose. Now what annoyed me was how the odd customer I served make some ridiculous remake that I was spreading the bug. I just reminded them to get real and by telling them how it really spread; interaction of bodily fluids like saliva or blood and not by sneezing or coughing. What I found the most annoying though was that how so many people just seemed to be getting caught up in the whole paranoia of it all.
If you think about it properly, I mean we’ve had the Swine-flu epidemic back in 2009, there was the Zika-virus in 2016 around the same time as the Olympic Games in Brazil (the one that caused defects in unborn babies). Now the Swine-flu only stuck around for a few months and the Zika-virus was around for the same amount of time. Incidentally you only got it if you were bitten by a mosquito. Oddly enough the only thing that I found a bit weird was how some men were getting their sperm frozen in case it affected their fertility if they got infected.
Whether that ever actually happened or not I don’t actually know and ironically the media chose not to go all crazy over it like they did with the virus.
But this is what I am saying though, I mean yes, it’s bad when you catch a virus that causes respiratory problems but it’s probably no different when you get a cold. Everybody can suffer from it differently.
I caught chest infection twice, a different type of bug completely, but it did cause me some respiratory issues but at no point did I ever go ‘oh my god I’m going to die’. Mainly cos I knew other people who had it before me and that they recovered and I knew that I was also going to get over it as well.
Whenever I hear newsfeed updates about the Coronavirus what I am always asking is why they never seem to give us any updates on those have it and how their recoveries are going. For one thing that’s going to do more wonders for public confidence that being told to wash your hands and carry a small bottle of sanitiser wherever you go.
I know it would for me and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one thinking it as well