The world is still searching for a solution as the Coronavirus continues to devastate the globe—bringing symptoms and even death in its wake.
The reality is that more than tens of thousands of people have been affected in dozens of countries, including China, Iran, and Italy, and more than 2,000 have died:
- As of February 24, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports more than 76,000 have been infected with 2,462 deaths reported.
- CNBC reports, as of March 8, these numbers have risen to at least 89,000 people infected and 3,000 deaths.
- “Italy’s government has placed more than 16 million people — a quarter of the population — under lockdown, in a drastic bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” NBC News reports.
Today for the first time 100 countries are reporting #COVID19 cases. This comes after the 🌍 reached 100,000 cases yesterday. While very serious, this should not discourage us. There are many things everyone, everywhere can and should do now. #coronavirushttps://t.co/7olb7FXEZ7
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 8, 2020
While these figures appear daunting, the mortality rate for the most infected place in the world, China, is only 2 percent. Click here to learn more.
While the outbreak is still within the first four months, the Coronavirus is incomparable to even the most common diseases. In the U.S. alone, the CDC reports over 55,600 people died to influenza and pneumonia in 2017. That would equate to over 18,500 deaths in the same span for the Coronavirus.
But the potentiality of the Coronavirus is what is really worrying people.
The American stock market has wavered since the Coronavirus outbreak began, bringing one of the worst weeks for the markets in more than a decade. And, the uncertainty for how the Coronavirus is causing uncertainty in market investors.
One of these investors, Seth Bannon, founder of Fifty Years, Amicus, and Impact Tech, is preparing for the worst. He took to Twitter with what he claimed was the American Hospital Association’s “Best Guess Epidemiology” for how the Coronavirus will pan out.
According to the prediction he shared, more than 480,000 people will die from the Coronavirus over the next month—in the U.S. alone!
American Hospital Association "Best Guess Epidemiology" for #codiv19 over next 2 months:
1,900,000 ICU admissions
vs flu in 2019:
49,000 ICU admissions
34,200 deaths pic.twitter.com/GDAADwmg4n
— Seth Bannon 👨🔬 (@sethbannon) March 7, 2020
The claim seems to be more hysteria than fact, however, as the report he cites is not confirmed by the AHA.
“You’re spreading disinformation,” one user responded, noting the AHA allows individuals to provide their own respective views that are not necessarily endorsed by the page.
Twitchy reports: “Guess tweeting out that SOME GUY in a webinar claimed the hospitals would totally and completely FAIL because of the coronavirus doesn’t have quite the impact as claiming the American Hospital Association said it. Seriously, we’re not sure what’s more dangerous at this point, the virus itself or the melodramatic idiots trying to panic an entire country.”
And other people who responded to the post shared those thoughts:
This dude didn't even read the article he cited. It was just one person that made that slide and the AHA said it's not to be attributed to them:
"The slides you shared reflect the various perspectives of field experts and should not be attributed to the AHA." https://t.co/NnAvAnFoOQ
— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) March 8, 2020
This is disinformation, this is not reality.
— Nickarama (@Nickarama1) March 8, 2020
Were these figures calculated using the Iowa caucus app?
— Beyond My Wuhan ¯_(ツ)_/¯ 🍸 (@OverpaidA) March 8, 2020
480,000 deaths? In two months? For the coronavirus or all deaths pertaining to unicorns? In the US, or is this all over the galaxy? #YouPeopleGotTooMuchTimeOnYourHands
— TheHero 🙏🇺🇸⚾️ (@PhilosopherSto6) March 8, 2020
Fake news as usual. One dude. Not the AHA. Delete this.
— Grateful_Mom (@mom_grateful) March 8, 2020
This is just flat out dishonest
— MayaHockey (@MNHockey17) March 7, 2020
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
"The American Hospital Association said the webinar reflects the views of the experts who spoke on it, not its own."
— Rather Notsay (@rathernotsay) March 8, 2020