where have they gone? right out the door along with common sense and perspective, it seems to me.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
truth: The CDC estimates there have been so far this season (2019-2020) at least 15 million flu illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 flu deaths in the U. S. just this season.
How do I know this? I had to look this information up for myself. I certainly am not being told on my morning, midday and evening newscasts these numbers for this year’s influenza. But I am being told by the news media every time ONE case of corona virus is identified. This does not mean hospitalization is needed, just that the person has this virus.
And I am being told every time someone dies from the corona virus. That number is now at 38 for the United States. Why aren’t I alerted with “breaking news” every time one of those 14,000 souls who has already died from this season’s flu, passed on? Don’t I need to know that as well?
I am given continuous news updates on the spread of the corona virus here and abroad. Why aren’t I getting those same updates for the much more deadly flu that goes around every year and is still going around right now?
“Influenza is easier to pick up and there are far, far more cases,” said Dr. Alan Taege, an infectious disease physician at the Cleveland Clinic. “It’s already much larger than coronavirus has been so far in the whole world, in our own country alone.”
“It’s easy to forget the clear and present danger posed by influenza because it’s always there, sickening millions and killing thousands every year during flu season,” said Dr. Bernard Camins, medical director for infection prevention at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.
In doing some research I just learned that influenza killed about 80,000 people in the 2017-2018 flu season. That was just two years ago. Yet I don’t remember universities closing, schools closing, libraries closing, churches suspending Sunday services and closing altogether, the NBA cancelling games and the NCAA cancelling the college basketball tournament known to all as “March Madness.”
Well, it is March and there is “madness” alright, but it is of a different kind. It is a mad frenzy brought on by fear. We are told to be afraid and our fear is fed by constant updates bringing us an over abundance of incomplete or misinformation. We have not been told to fear influenza in the past, like we are now being told to fear this new coronavirus. (which is a flu)
Events are being cancelled. We are being told to stay home and to have things delivered to us. (so how many other people is my delivery person delivering to, where has he/she been and have they been tested? I think I would rather shop for my own groceries, thank you)
Wall street is panicking and politicians are attempting to capitalize by seizing more control over our everyday lives than ever before. 80,000 deaths and no one blinks? 38 deaths and our economy and daily lives go into a tail spin? The only way this happens is when we are filled with fear because we believe what the media wants us to believe. The antidote for fear is truth. (plus a little common sense)
Truth will give us the needed perspective with which to view these current events. The labels that we put on things are very telling and very important. They determine how we make sense of our circumstances. How we label them determines how we think about them.
Is this an insurmountable crisis or another outbreak of something new like SARS or MERS or swine flu (H1N1) or ebola all were when they first appeared? We met each of those challenges without our economy and our lives unraveling.
And we have the ability to do this again. We have dedicated doctors and scientists who can meet this challenge. We do not need to be filled with fear and told to stay home when we are healthy. If the media gave the same kind of coverage to this year’s flu (which you just read the statistics on that) as it is now giving to COVID-19, we would never get out of bed in the morning!
Hopefully, we can overcome our fear, wash our hands, walk out into our wonderful world and go about our daily business of living. A little truth and a little perspective can go a long way in setting us free from the fear that will otherwise control our decisions and our days.
Hopefully, those in positions of power and leadership will not be ruled by fear, including the fear of not being politically correct, but instead will allow the truth to set them free to do what is right and what is best for everyone, not just those in power who want to grab more power for themselves while people aren’t looking because they are so focused on the impending doom we are constantly told is just around the corner.
Let the truth set us all free, free to live our lives without fear.
“But God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
sincerely, Grace Day