Why you should never compare  Covid19 with cancer, malaria and other killer diseases. 

There has been a circulation of messages inferring that the media are hyping up coronavirus for an agenda. The widespread propaganda message circulating via WhatsApp and social media platforms is not just misleading and false, it undermines the effort being made the various body to educate people on the dangers of this pandemic also makes it difficult to convince people to isolate and observe social distancing. 

The message compares annual deaths from HIV, Common cold and flu, suicide, alcohol, drugs and domestic violence, smoking, cancer. And it ends with the question – then do you think Coronavirus is dangerous? Is the purpose of the media campaign to settle the trade war between China and America? And many other questions to trigger propaganda to cause distraction from the coronavirus campaign.  

If you are one of those thinking in this direction, please allow me to help you understand why there is a huge focus on coronavirus pandemic and perhaps this will save your life and those of your loved ones and people around you. 

Coronavirus is getting all the media attention it is getting because:

  1. It is a pandemic infectious disease – A disease is said to be pandemic when the epidemic of such disease has spread across a large region, such as multiple continents, or worldwide. 
  2. Coronavirus is highly contagious and can spread to anyone unlike any of the other cases. As you can see, coronavirus is a pandemic while the other diseases may have been of epidemic nature, they are now stable and their epidemiology is now known and controllable.
  3. Coronavirus has no cure or prevention at the moment – all the others have been in the study for a while and in some cases are based on choices and lifestyle. But coronavirus has no respect for your lifestyle.
  4.  The figures/data for the coronavirus disease is still in its most active form and is spreading like wildfire, therefore, whatever data you collect today for comparison with any other disease is bound to be obsolete in a flash as dynamics for coronavirus outbreak is continually changing and are not yet completely understood.

There have been outbreaks throughout the history of man. Even in the bible, we remember when the Egyptians were plagued. Both in this modern time and centuries past, there have been a number of pandemics of diseases such as smallpox and tuberculosis. One of the most devastating pandemics was the Black Death (also known as The Plague), which killed an estimated 75–200 million people in the 14th century. Other notable pandemics include the 1918 influenza pandemic (Spanish flu) and the 2009 flu pandemic (H1N1). Current pandemics include HIV/AIDS and now the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic is the worst in recorded history; it was estimated to be responsible for the deaths of 50–100 million people and the most recent, the 2009 flu pandemic, resulted in under a million deaths and was considered relatively mild. This coronavirus Covid19 has the capacity to kill more than that if not tackled. Also against the spread of that era, movement and global relationships in this modern globalised world mean this covid19 will spread to every nook and cranny.

Also, the coronavirus has the ability to spread through the air, droplets as well as contact. Which means it could wipe out humanity in a short space of time if it is not stopped, somehow.

Against all spiritual and technological speculations in connection to the covid19 pandemic, respiratory disease pandemics occur when a new strain of a virus is transmitted to humans from other animal species. The Species being suspected at the moment in the emergence of the new human strains of coronavirus, covid19 is the bat. This novel strain is unaffected by any immunity people may have to older strains of human coronavirus and can, therefore, spread extremely rapidly and infect very large numbers of people within a short space of time. The coronavirus is extremely dangerous because of its high death rate, ease of transmission and the long term damage to the lungs on some of those who may survive it.