If you are alarmed at the seemingly meteoric rise in coronavirus cases and deaths, you’re not alone.
Tens of millions of Americans are glued to the TV and to their online news feeds taking in any and all information they can about the pandemic, how it’s affecting our country, and what lies ahead.
But is that ‘meteoric rise’ accurate? Or are we being exposed to artificially inflated numbers, perhaps for political purposes or to justify the harsh isolation measures being foisted upon us, which are now contributing to massive job losses and a collapse in the stock market?
One former New York Times reporter is questioning the ‘official’ numbers of coronavirus sick and dead after discovering that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition is extremely broad, which some of equated with fraud.
“Morning folks. Wondering why @CDCgov is using such aggressive rules for death counts? Look – there’s considerable evidence #COVID infections have peaked in the US. Even the POTUS comments last night warning about this being the “toughest week” suggest as much (deaths lag),” Alex Berenson wrote in a Twitter thread on Sunday.
He also noted that according to the most recent data, warmer parts of the country are experiencing a downward trend in infection rates, suggesting that coronavirus — like other viruses — cannot survive in heat.
“And the emerging data out of Florida, Southern California, etc suggest that this virus – like most respiratory viruses – doesn’t do well when the weather warms and UV rays get stronger. Great news! Right? Right? Well… we’re at under 9,000 deaths now,” Berenson added.
“Suppose the president is right. And this is the ‘toughest week.’ And we average 1,500 deaths a day. That gets us to almost 20,000 deaths by April 12, By then the trend should clearly be down, I don’t think it will be arguable,” he continued.
“20,000 deaths, with perhaps that many more coming in the next month (deaths lag). That’s terrible! Yeah. It is. But @CDCgov is estimating 24,000-63,000 flu deaths this year.
“No wonder @CDCgov is desperately trying to count every #COVID death. Because when people put those two figures together with what we have done to our economy, our kids, and society in the last month… So as you watch the ‘toughest week’ hysteria, remember what’s coming next,” Berenson noted.
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