The initial, blaring, bright-red headlines over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus appear to be slowing down. Maybe it won't be apocalyptic after all.
While the number of cases continues to rise, the mortality rate is dropping. Nearly 6000 reported patients have resulted, at the time of writing, in only 106 deaths. A mortality rate of 2.2%.
However, [the reported death rate] is likely to be an overestimate since there may be a far larger pool of people who have been infected by the virus but who have not suffered severe enough symptoms to attend hospital and so have not been counted in the data.
It is a good point. One to remember.
Elsewhere in the media though, the outbreak is already being transformed into fuel for the two biggest on-going agendas of the Western Deep State: Authoritarian social control, and a crackdown on free speech on the internet.
"In 20 years of working on epidemic preparedness, I can't say that I've been more concerned than I am about the current virus."
The CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations says "most global public health leaders are very concerned" about the coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/wxv28BKBVz
In a bizarre, hysterical, interview with Channel 4 News, Richard Hatchett - CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations - claimed that he was "very concerned" and the best way to combat the "epidemic" was what he calls "non-pharmaceutical interventions".
By that he means
As John Rappaport wrote on his blog:
John has done great work on this, and encourage you all to read his archive of articles on the subject.SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP
One aspect of this we haven't yet discussed is the "misinformation" angle.
Last year, Google responded to calls to "combat disinformation" with a pledge to, essentially,real-time censor breaking news by altering their algorithm to "boost authority".