As word of the virus spread, top experts began predicting what could happen across the globe. One major study from England claimed the very worst. This frequently-cited study was used as the basis for the extreme measures taken by the United States. But now the same expert has dramatically downgraded his projection. Could relief be in sight?
When news of the coronavirus first hit the airwaves, we were told it wasn’t much different than the seasonal flu. It seemed like it would only hit hard older folks or people with weakened immune systems. But over the early weeks of March, governments around the world took drastic measures. From Europe to the United States, countries virtually locked down their entire societies. All for the flu?
Part of the panic was sparked by Italy, who seemed to explode with cases overnight. But another contributing factor was a study from the Imperial College of London. It predicted massive deaths, if extreme measures were not put into place. The United States was one of many countries that implemented dictator-like measures to shut down businesses and force Americans to stay at home.
Well, guess what? The author of that same study has just downgraded his predictions. Can we go outside now?
Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, who created the highly-cited Imperial College London coronavirus model, which has been cited by organizations like The New York Times and has been instrumental in governmental policy decision-making, offered a massively downgraded projection of the potential deathtoll on Wednesday…
After just one day of ordered lockdowns in the U.K., Ferguson is presenting drastically downgraded estimates, crediting lockdown measures, but also revealing that far more people likely have the virus than his team figured…
Based on both those revised estimates and the lockdown measures taken by the British government, the epidemiologist predicts, hospitals will be just fine taking on COVID-19 patients and estimates 20,000 or far fewer people will die from the virus itself or from its agitation of other ailments. [Source: Daily Wire]
Our entire society has been shut down, with millions out of work. Largely thanks to one study. Despite numerous evidences that most people will face mild symptoms—and that a 50-year-old malaria drug can be the miracle cure—we are still forced to live like it’s the zombie apocalypse.
The doctor behind this study still claims lockdown measures are needed. But most experts agree that the disease will spread no matter what. The only thing that will get us into the clear is when it runs its course. As people catch it and recover, the risk declines. Many wonder if these strict measures are actually about saving lives, or just more government overreach?
As people get sick and go to the hospital, the media is right there to report it. Numerous websites are providing non-stop reporting on the number of cases. Would it make the government look very bad if it didn’t provide an extreme, overreaching response to this (especially during an election year)?
Make no mistake, this disease is a problem. And we need to take steps to protect our most vulnerable. But President Trump himself called the cure worse than the problem. Now, we are seeing top experts forced to revise their doomsday predictions.
Was this just a case of the world taking an “overabundance of caution” or more of government incompetence?
For now on, will we force society into caves to prevent even the rumor of risk? Will we try to cover the country in bubble wrap, over every problem?
Maybe we should actually work on planning ahead, so next time, we’re not thrown for such a loop?