Viral

Quarantine has led many to buy into crackpot theories like, spread of infections via 5G cell phone towers. Now, those that are rational are seeking legit sources of information…but more and more people are losing it. Feel free to use the information in this story to educate your friends. The pandemic is stressful enough without people believing nonsense!

The links below are public and I recommend for you to read them. In no particular order here are some common themes of misinformation:

  1. NUMBERS and MODELS are not deliberately misleading people This is a new virus and nothing was known about it prior to Dec 2019. The good news is that it is similar to the previously known coronaviruses SARS and MERS. But infectivity and mortality were completely unknown. Scientists use models to refine their ideas but no one model is correct. You’re seeing discrepancy in models/projections precisely because science isn’t magic…the more we know about the virus and how it works, infects people etc the better the model.                                          https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/mathematics-life-and-death-how-disease-models-shape-national-shutdowns-and-other 

Conversely, epidemiologists can study past and current data to INFER what will happen in the future. All models point to social distancing as a means to stop spread and indeed this is working.

https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/09/social-distancing-controlling-covid-19-which-measures-are-most-effective/ 

So no, there’s no conspiracy by scientists to “control the numbers”. While governments might be producing their own propaganda on how they are dealing with the pandemic, there are legit sources of data that are impartial to politics (eg. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/ and https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest).

 

2.  COVID is not the flu! By now, I hope most are convinced. But, here’s a representation of the worst case scenario happening in NYC right now (with updated numbers 4/16) and it’s scary !

https://reason.com/2020/04/09/as-more-death-data-becomes-available-covid-19-looks-less-and-less-like-the-flu/?fbclid=IwAR2F1kU_qxigPhs-TMsWPJWnESr_MBBhRy8_bufLEJU7g264U0zjVElCxRs

The weekly COVID numbers are compiled from the daily Johns Hopkins numbers pulled from their GITHUB repository. The CDC flu, pneumonia and total death numbers are downloaded from the FluView site here: https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/mortality.html.

The CDC flu, pneumonia and total death numbers are downloaded from the FluView site here: https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/mortality.html 

 

3.  Bill Gates. When he announced that he was going to help develop a COVID vaccine, people went nuts. People started asserting that: Gates wants to kill people with the vaccine; Gates patented the new virus; Gates knew about the virus before the Chinese. WTF people, let’s try and use critical thinking skills?! The richest man on earth gave up running a company to devote all his time to a foundation that is dedicated to public health (https://www.gatesfoundation.org/). Go check out their website. No, Gates won’t profit off of a new vaccine, no he doesn’t want to kill off people with it and NO he isn’t orchestrating some sort of grand plan to take over the world like a Bond villain!

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/bill-gates-vaccinations-depopulation/?fbclid=IwAR2i9sgsTdjEGFzANqrRAikV84EnnicE7YFaXKnwinPwEyFyEr25-i4q1VQ

4.  The claim — virus is spread by 5G cell phone towers. OMFG! First, 5G is just as safe as 4G. And 4G is just as safe as your home microwave. Second, a virus cannot be spread by cell phone towers because viruses, you know, only infect living things. So please don’t go and destroy cell phone towers.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/4/21207927/5g-towers-burning-uk-coronavirus-conspiracy-theory-link?fbclid=IwAR1WtHpYLRnYdqNBHg3FMTEfIcYvXXU5Dkab5hGAWiXHp48EDeFFl5EAmHc

Cell phones use radio wave frequencies to transmit. If you remember your HS physics, electromagnetic waves include visible light, radio and X-rays. Radio waves carry less energy and are long-forms, X-rays much more energy and shorter. The latter is called ionizing radiation and are dangerous as we all know. The milli- and microwaves are safe, except for the generation of heat (which is how microwaves heat up food).

So, 5G has a little more energy than 4G but has orders of magnitude less energy/harm than visible light. You should be WAY more worried about UV rays from the sun. For more info, see here:

https://www.wired.com/story/worried-5g-health-effects-dont-be/

5.  Herd immunity. I’m loving that anti-vaxxers are now claiming that herd immunity is better than having a vaccine. Well, crap…did you know that vaccines actually WORK by accelerating herd immunity? Yes, that’s right..herd immunity is when enough people have recovered from the virus to then be immune and cannot reinfect other people or get sick. Now, there’s a lot of uncertainty of how well or how long people recovering from COVID will be immune, but ultimately the only way to control the pandemic is through herd immunity. BUT, natural herd immunity will need at least 70% of the total population to be immune. If this is done by just letting the virus spread unchecked, we are talking about millions of people dying world-wide over the next few years. Vaccines accelerate herd immunity without killing people by inducing antibody production that can kill the virus, the same kind of antibody response people achieve after recovering from an infection .

https://www.jhsph.edu/covid-19/articles/achieving-herd-immunity-with-covid19.html?fbclid=IwAR11KBkRMfGCEiLZ72uNb-Z-KyCC4OGnT4S8_i5G6ih-IPnvcIQmUn1Vwhw 

We all have been impacted by COVID-19 & We all must think before spreading misinformation.

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