It is no secret that the Coronavirus epidemic has been amplified by mainstream media outlets, and Democrats on Capitol Hill have despicably used Coronavirus to fault President Trump. Of course, reasonable fear and caution are necessary during a medical pandemic. Irrational panic will do little to alleviate the epidemic, though.
Mainstream media will always find an avenue to criticize President Trump. In this case, the president even received criticism for calling the pandemic the “Wuhan virus:”
Media are bashing Trump for calling COVID-19 a "foreign virus," even tho it's accurate. This coronavirus came from China. So did the Asian Flu. So did the Hong Kong Flu. So did the SARS virus. China & its "wet markets" remain the main source of zoonotic influenza virus pandemics.— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) March 12, 2020
Lyme disease is named after Lyme, CT.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 10, 2020
Ebola is named after a river in Africa.
Zika virus is named for a place in Africa.
West Nile… guess. Guess about St Louis encephalitis virus too. Why is Wuhan virus racist other than Trump's team used it and you hate Trump?
The faux outrage from the media, coupled with fear mongering rhetoric, is counterproductive to fighting Coronavirus. The American economy also feels the effects of panic, as we have seen this week. The Trump Administration and legislators on Capitol Hill are doing their part to properly handle the epidemic; Leader McConnell canceled the Senate’s recess in order to work with Democrats on a Coronavirus package:
Notwithstanding the scheduled state work period, the Senate will be in session next week. I am glad talks are ongoing between the Administration and Speaker Pelosi. I hope Congress can pass bipartisan legislation to continue combating the coronavirus and keep our economy strong.— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 12, 2020
The most important factor is, once again, to not subscribe to the outrage. Take precautions and monitor your health. Work remotely if possible, and practice social hibernation. If you do experience symptoms, seek medical attention and notify your colleagues, family and friends.
Q: what if I was in contact w someone who was in contact w/a #COVID19 patient (indirect exposure) & HAVE symptoms?— Michelle Lin (@DrMichelleLin) March 11, 2020
A: Isolate yourself. If ur contact was asymptomatic, ur still low risk for COVID. You *may* be tested if available, even if negative, isolate until symptoms resolve
One of these lines looks much steeper than the others. Remember this on a logarithmic (exponential) scale— Michelle Lin (@DrMichelleLin) March 11, 2020
We need to be doing more #SocialDistancing & out-of-hospital testing
This all may seem like basic, common-sense advice but the mainstream media, the largest contributor to the unmitigated outrage surrounding the Wuhan virus epidemic, seems to be in need of a refresher on crisis management.