A paper tiger is an English phrase used to ironically describe a situation or event perceived as dangerous but has no substance. COVID-19 seems to be turning into one.
Don’t get me wrong. For those that contracted it and passed away, the tragedy for their families is immeasurable, and every one of those families is in my prayers. Any death is tragic, and I daresay not how things are supposed to be. However, with a global death rate of about 7.5% of people who contracted it (numbers are WHO totals), this is not the black death it was first said to be.
Using today’s numbers from WHO, approximately 202,000 people have lost their lives from the virus. There will doubtless be more, but to put this into perspective, that represents a little less than 0.3% of the global population. By comparison, the black death, also known as the bubonic plague, killed 25 million people, wiping out a whole third of the population of Europe. As tragic as the death toll is of this virus, it has not approached anything like that, nor has anyone reliably demonstrated it will, or in fact would have with the real numbers we have now. China’s numbers must be included, but they contribute a large uncertainty to the reliability of the math.
We should understand that China is a Communist nation, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hold information with iron control, and plausible evidence of their fake numbers has already been presented by regular news services. Sadly, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been also reliably demonstrated by regular news services to be in the back pocket of the CCP. This makes it difficult to trust the information at the root of the whole affair.
My point here is that COVID-19 and all the negative effects of the virus are real – but the panic, largely created by disinformation of a corrupt and self-serving government is nothing but a tempest in a teapot – and one we should now disregard with proper precautions, not the draconian and useless lockdown in which we find ourselves.
I mean whoever heard of quarantining the well WITH the infected? Yeah, that’s going to work well…