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Is the media...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Marshall, Feb 27, 2020.

  1. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    ...stirring up anxiousness about Corona virus?

    I think so - normal 'flu is worse.
    mothorchid, a1976, artboyusa and 6 others like this.
  2. loranp

    loranp New commenter

  3. ms honey

    ms honey Occasional commenter

    Just what I was saying, a colleague popped into boots to get some hand sanitizer ( works in early years, kids coughing/ sneezing on you constantly) and they'd run out!
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  4. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    That's the trouble with boots. It runs out the lace holes.
    Lalad likes this.
  5. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    They seem to be and if so that's very wrong. On the other hand so many mixed messages and different actions from different governments. In my opinion the leaders of the world need to start singing from the same page over this,be up front about the situation and regulate the press in order to stop unnecessary panic,if that's what it takes.
    peter12171 and Marshall like this.
  6. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter


    I've had a think about 'stocking up', today. What's the point? Stocking up for what, exactly? You can get online deliveries, even out in the sticks. There won't be any blockades.

    Even the shops in China are open again, and people are going back to work.

    Stripping supermarkets bare in Northern Italy... Why? I don't get it.
    Panic buying is silly. It will cause problems. Just say no.
  7. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    Absolutely - but that is what they're good at!

    Don't get me started on man flu :rolleyes:
    Marshall and towncryer like this.
  8. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    The Chinese are the worst. All that closing off cities and building emergency hospitals makes people really anxious, especially those that live there.
    Italians are at it too.
    towncryer likes this.
  9. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Yep. And I wonder why?
  10. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

  11. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    It does seem to be reporting each outbreak or case as if it's a Hollywood disaster movie.

    An approach necessitated by 24 hour rolling news... Ideally we'd go back to evening news and newspapers but the genie is out of the bottle.
  12. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    I hadn't realised we had our own 'in house' virologist.
    gruoch and Scintillant like this.
  13. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    It would seem likely we probably have, since we have experts in economics, politics, law; and every subject under the sun including onansim, apart from how best to educate kids.
    border_walker and smoothnewt like this.
  14. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    The mortality rate (how many died from all infections) of the flu virus last year was about 0.05%
    Spanish flu had a mortality rate of around 2.5%
    Corona virus seems to have a mortality rate of 2%-4%.
    It is much worse than seasonal flu and spreads almost as easily
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  15. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    I was interested to hear someone on R4 saying that no one under 7 years old had been reported as dying from Coronavirus. The mortality is almost all at the other end of the age spectrum.
  16. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Indeed. Data from a few days ago showed this

    80+ years old
    70-79 years old
    60-69 years old
    50-59 years old
    40-49 years old
    30-39 years old
    20-29 years old
    10-19 years old
    0-9 years old
    no fatalities
    harsh-but-fair likes this.
  17. smilingisgoodforyou

    smilingisgoodforyou Occasional commenter

    It has been reported that there are people with the virus in my county. Our local MP has posted saying that he has access to the appropriate information and this is absolutely not true. Just rumours.
  18. smilingisgoodforyou

    smilingisgoodforyou Occasional commenter

    Bit harsh.
    Marshall likes this.
  19. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    It's much more fun if you just let people make their own facts up. We are blessed to have so many experts here from so many fields.

    I've heard much worse from the epidemiologists and medical experts that have been interviewed, than I have from the general media.
  20. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    Given that the WHO is warning governments that they must take necessary precautions to prevent a pandemic, I think the media are right to raise public awareness to ensure that as many of us as possible adopt the necessary hygiene practices to limit the spread of the virus.

    Comparisons with the flu are difficult, as the Covid19 virus is so new. What makes it so potentially worse than flu is that nobody has any immunity to it. At least with the flu there are vaccines, so those most at risk are offered some protection. Should this virus take hold within the general population, because it appears to be more highly contagious than the flu those most at risk would have no defence if the virus claims them. We don't hear of doctors treating flu victims in hospital actually succumbing to the flu themselves and dying of it, as has happened so far with Covid19. Current US estimates reckon that mortality from the flu virus in the US is at 0.05% of those affected, whereas based on deaths in China the mortality rate for Covid19 appears to be 2.3%.

    In view of the WHO's fears and the continued unknown quantity that is Covid19, I feel that the media are right to be focusing so much attention on it.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2020

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