The media scares the public

Daraja McDonald, Staff Writer

We all know the only thing on everyone’s mind right now is the notorious novel Coronavirus. As you may know, the Coronavirus, or the COVID-19 virus, has caused a worldwide scare to all of humanity. It has been ruled a pandemic, meaning a virus that has spread globally. 

The virus is said to be a new strain of Coronavirus that we have not seen before, that contains flu-like symptoms such as fever, dry cough, runny nose and shortage of breath. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “people over the age of 65 years or older or individuals with weak immune systems and pre-existing medical conditions are unfortunately more likely to die from the virus.” 

Nations across the world have been taking evasive actions to ensure the wellness of its people. 

Italy ordered a lock down of the whole country, ordering no one to go outside. South Korea has tested over 130,000 people and as a result have a low death rate at 0.60 percent. 

Canada has set up an emergency loan program offering citizens $5,000 for global flights to help people who need to fly back home. They are also locking down all airlines, not allowing people to come to Canada in hopes to contain the virus. 

Meanwhile the United States government has informed its citizens not to be in any spaces with more than 10 people and also demanded that we stay in a shelter in place until further notice. 

It is nice to see countries taking action and trying to stop this pandemic that we are facing, but it just seems kind of strange how long it took the U.S. to react to this crisis. 

Think about it, the first confirmed case was in December, three months ago, and the U.S. decided to quarantine multiple weeks after other countries had taken immediate action. 

Why is this, one may ask? Well, I have two conspiracy theories in mind that may give a little food for thought. My first theory about the COVID-19 virus is that the government created this virus in an attempt to control the population. 

As we all know the virus started in Wuhan, China, so they say, but China has been well overpopulated for a number of years and has even had to implement a one child policy to ensure that they wouldn’t get further over populated and run out of  resources. 

I believe that it could be possible that the Chinese government created this virus and released it in small areas where they felt it was necessary to experiment on people who they thought lives didn’t matter, and then the virus eventually got out of control and spread across the world. 

 My next theory may sound a little far fetched but I mean, hey, all conspiracies sound that way until they are proven true. 

The presidential election is coming up in November and ever since this virus hit, to me it seems like Americans have lost track of what’s going on in the election. If you pay attention to Trump’s twitter posts, he hints toward how he is aiming for a dictatorship in the U.S. 

I know it sounds a little strange to gather evidence based off social media, but it would not be right for me to turn a blind eye when it is presented in front of me. 

Don’t get me wrong I am not saying the virus is totally fake, there may be a virus that is going around, but I definitely do not think it is as deadly as the government and media are portraying it to be. 

According to Worldometer, there have been about 10,341 deaths from this virus and this world wide pandemic has been going around since December. According to the same site, there have been 104,773 deaths due to the flu since the beginning of this year and this number continues to increase by the second. 

The number of deaths due to the Influenza is ten times as much than current deaths due to the COVID-19 virus. Taking personal health and hygiene seriously is essential to help prevent illnesses from getting out of hand, but do not let fear lead you to ignorance.