Even “fake news” CNN, which is known for its pro-government bias and pushing the official narrative, is calling the coronavirus a pandemic. The World Health Organization has still refused to designate this viral infection as a pandemic, despite it meeting the criteria.
Many epidemiologists and public health experts argue the world is already experiencing a pandemic because of the novel coronavirus, according to CNN. Even though the WHO and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are not dubbing this a pandemic, many have decided to take matters into their own hands. This shouldn’t be alarming, however, as we all knew this virus was floating around out there and close to (if not completely) meeting the criteria for a global pandemic declaration.
There are now over 100,000 cases and over 3,000 deaths attributed to this new virus. In one day last week, the number of new cases outside of China, where the virus originated, was nearly 9 times higher than the number of new cases in China. This virus has found a foothold on every continent except for Antarctica. In several countries, the number of cases continues to climb. –CNN
Some of those countries “have had sustained community transmission of a substantial sort,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University professor and longtime adviser to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Put that together, that spells pandemic.”
But because this is CNN, it’s difficult to trust that they aren’t just continuing to shove an official narrative down our throats.
CNN‘s motives have been far from helpful for too long, making it incredibly difficult to trust the news outlets.
While the specific criteria for a pandemic are not universally defined, there are three general criteria that an outbreak should meet. First, a virus that can cause illness or death. Second, the outbreak must have sustained person-to-person transmission of that virus; and evidence of spread throughout the world. And third, the CDC says a pandemic is “an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people,” while an epidemic is “an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area.”
“I think we’re there,” said Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch of calling the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. “I think the definition you have there … an epidemic that’s in multiple locations affecting a large number of people — is the basic issue. And I might add, that’s not under control in those places. I think all of those criteria are met.”
By those criteria, CNN isn’t wrong in labeling the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. But is it just some sort of propaganda in order to push an official narrative? The news outlet is hardly trustworthy. So what’s the end game here?