The Daily Mail ran a highly irresponsible headline on Saturday declaring that 500,000 people in the US are currently infected with coronavirus.
This was in fact a prediction by Dr. Marty Makary, professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, and has no factual validity based on current testing data.
There are several doomsday predictions by respected medical luminaries floating around and other countries have seen cases explode in a matter of weeks, but these are still just predictions.
Some statistical models project that COVID-19 could kill a million Americans if the nation does not act quickly to limit the spread and the country must prepare without unnecessary panic.
Many people only read headlines and may be unnecessarily triggered into a state of anxiety by this bold, deliberately-misleading fearstormfest.
Makary dismissed the current estimate of 2,351 Americans infected with coronavirus as incorrect in an interview with Yahoo News show On the Move on Friday, advising that the true number is likely far more.
The health policy expert has advised the Obama and Trump administrations on health care, including surprise medical bills. His greatest concern is that most intensive care units are already operating near full capacity.
“We only have 100,000 ICU beds in the United States. We could see 200,000 new patients that need critical care up to 2 million,” he said.
‘I’m concerned when I hear a neighbor or a friend say that they’re planning to go to a kid’s swim meet in three weeks or going on vacation next week.
“No — we’re about to experience the worst public health epidemic since polio,” he said.
“Don’t believe the numbers when you see, even on our Johns Hopkins website, that 1,600 Americans have the virus. No, that means 1,600 got the test, tested positive” said Markey.
‘There are probably 25 to 50 people who have the virus for every one person who is confirmed.”
“I think we have between 50,000 and half a million cases right now walking around in the United States,” he advised.
A widespread outbreak that overwhelms our healthcare system would be a dream come true for Democrats and their media allies. It would give them the opportunity to ratchet up their already incessant bashing of President Donald Trump. They have latched on to the coronavirus pandemic as the Democrats’ golden ticket to the White House.
Early in March Democrats were pushing a talking point in the media that the president said coronavirus was a hoax, a statement he never made. Former vice president Joe Biden even tweeted a campaign ad which included manipulated footage of the president on March 3 to back up the claim.
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace could hardly contain her joy while discussing the outbreak with a panel of Trump bashers some weeks ago. She dubbed the virus ‘Trump’s Katrina,’ referencing the political fallout after Hurricane Katrina landed in 2005 while her former boss President George W. Bush was in office. The hurricane killed almost 2,000 people.
“But I was thinking about this in terms of politics,” said Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. “We talked about the business community finally not, kind of, sticking with Donald Trump … but this may be Donald Trump’s Katrina.”
“And if there’s any a moment that would shake that 40 percent, the folks that would allow him to shoot someone right down fifth — if there’s any a moment, it’s this one because it’s babies, it’s friends, it’s loved ones,” said Glaude Jr. “And so it seems to me that this is an event that could take down the president.”