At the beginning of the Great Coronavirus Panic of 2020 some medical professionals quietly doubted the unlikely predictions of mass death and overwhelmed healthcare infrastructure. These doubts were mostly based on the impact of previous viral outbreaks like SARS, MERS and H1N1 which, while significant, never overwhelmed America's medical capacity.
The problem was these sober assessments were swamped by the intense public panic and hyperventilation about "flattening the curve" by government experts with shocking models of the destruction about to overwhelm the U.S. population. There was an unspoken atmosphere that doubting the hyperbole was insensitive considering the impending death and destruction.
As the infections, hospitalizations, ventilator use and death rate all turned out to be dramatically lower than predicted, it's obvious the early doubters were right. Hospitals across America are largely empty, healthcare workers are furloughed, the Navy hospital ships and Army field hospitals dispatched to take on the promised tidal wave of patients sit empty and doctors and nurses are so bored they've spent their time in hospitals choreographing and recording ridiculous group dance videos on TikTok and silly recreations of the Titanic movie or the Last Supper portraying themselves as Jesus and the Apostles. The hysterical reporting about ventilator shortages in the beginning has turned into a massive over-stock of unused equipment. The state of New York this week reporting only 5,000 ventilators used of 30,000 on hand. Meanwhile, the models keep adjusting their scary numbers downward.
The taboo of pointing out the obvious overreaction is losing its grip among your friends, neighbors and family members who work in healthcare.
Several weeks of data and specific research is now coming out calling to question the draconian, unconstitutional shutdowns of private businesses and indefinite house arrest of law-abiding people.
disputing any medical need for a lockdown of the American population. The political correctness fallout was swift and YouTube banned video of the press conference.
Now, heralded health researcher and epidemiologist John Ioannidis of Stanford University (honored in 2019 for outstanding professional achievements) writes the entire COVID-19 panic and government response "may be a once-in-a-century evidence fiasco", with policymakers relying on "meaningless" statistics based on unreliable samples. He goes on to lambaste the panicked media and health officials' eagerness to make dramatic, unrealistic projections from tiny samples onto entire populations and then categorizing deaths from other causes as due to COVID-19. Ioannidis' believes the mortality rate for COVID-19 could be reasonably estimated at 0.05%. He writes:
"A population-wide case fatality rate of 0.05% is lower than seasonal influenza. If that is the true rate, locking down the world with potentially tremendous social and financial consequences may be totally irrational. It’s like an elephant being attacked by a house cat. Frustrated and trying to avoid the cat, the elephant accidentally jumps off a cliff and dies."
The Great Coronavirus Panic of 2020 is beginning to look like a completely unnecessary and catastrophic overreaction on a nationwide scale. Like a community sent into a hysterical panic by a predicted snowstorm that never arrives. Only with the Chinese coronavirus, it's been governments at every level stoking panic, encouraging citizens to hoard supplies and locking us in our homes.
Rational people and actual science were shoved aside in favor of completely wrong computer models weilded by government bureaucrat "experts" with no accountability and who will pay no price for the social and economic destruction they've caused.