- Donald Trump held a press conference on Wednesday addressing the coronavirus outbreak.
- Media outlets criticized the president for downplaying the threat of the virus.
- Recent reports show that the coronavirus is not as deadly as we might think.
Donald Trump is facing backlash for downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus. While many Americans trust their local pan-handler over the president, in this case, Trump might be right.
None of us know the potential fallout of the coronavirus, but data shows us that even when infection occurs, the odds of it becoming life-threatening are relatively low.
Trump’s Questionable Stance
To be clear, Trump made some questionable claims, saying things like:
We could be just one or two people over the next short period of time.
He also said the virus is “very much under control.”
While His own scientists have refuted many of his claims,
Trump might be right to downplay the virus in general. People across the world have worked themselves into a frenzy, but the actual threat to their lives might be exaggerated.
Coronavirus Fear is More Intense Than the Actual Coronavirus
The vast majority of those infected so far have only mild symptoms and make full recoveries.
They quot Dr. Jin Dongyan, a virology expert at the University of Hong Kong, saying:
Many people are now panicking, and some actually are exaggerating the risks.
according to a study by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only 2.3% of the , coronavirus cases reported in China as of February 20 have been fatal.
The study continues:
Among the 1, 26 deaths, a majority have been ≥ years of age and / or have had pre-existing, comorbid conditio ns such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
As of Thursday, % of confirmed coronavirus patients in China have already been released from the hospital, (according to the Chinese Health Commission.
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