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Dr. Drew: Coronavirus Panic Will Cause More Damage Than the Disease

In an interview with CBS’s DJ Sixsmith on Monday, celebrity physician Dr. Drew Pinsky said he was more concerned about the country’s reaction to the coronavirus than he was about the ramifications of the disease itself. While Pinsky didn’t attempt to downplay the severity of COVID-19 or its potential for widespread destruction, Pinsky said that the panicked quality of the media’s coverage was likely to do at least as much harm to the American public.

“A bad flu season is 80,000 dead,” Pinsky reminded Sixsmith. “We’ve got about 18,000 dead from influenza this year; we have 100 from corona.”

Pinsky said it was important to keep things in perspective.

“Which should you be worried about, influenza or corona?” he asked. “100 versus 18,000, it’s not a trick question. Look, everything that’s going on, with New York cleaning the subways and everyone using Clorox wipes, and get your flu shot, which should be the other message, that’s good, that’s a good thing. So I have no problems with the behaviors.

“What I have a problem with is the panic and the fact that businesses are getting destroyed and people’s lives are being upended. Not by the virus, but by the panic,” he continued. “The panic must stop, and the press, they really, somehow, need to be held accountable, because they are hurting people.”

Pinsky’s cautious and responsible take on the coronavirus is shared by Dr. Abdu Sharkawy of the University of Toronto. Sharkawy wrote Friday that while the coronavirus is clearly deadly among certain vulnerable populations, attempts to clamp down on the spread could prove more harmful than the disease itself.

“I am not scared of COVID-19,” Sharkawy wrote. “What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world.”

It would be “nice” – if that’s the right word for it – to blame the media’s coronavirus panic on the usual suspects: Ratings, money, etc. Unfortunately, there is another, even more sinister reason for the abject glee with which news networks and national papers are promoting this story. Quite simply, they see it as the last, best chance to tank the market and turn Donald Trump into a one-term president. They are literally willing to send this country spiraling into a deep recession if it means they can install another globalist shill in the White House.

There’s a way the media can cover this virus without resorting to hyperbolic tricks and cheap sensationalism. It’s called: Report the facts. This would have been an excellent opportunity for them to go back to that basic premise.

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  1. Dr drew your a liberal / Democrat you know that the liberals/ democrat want everyone to look anic. They want people to suffer. The more suffering the better chance the democrats have of winning.

    Demo rats / liberals dont care about people, suffering, poverty, or other people dying. They just want power. They want to win. Winning is all that is impirtant.

    Democrats / liberals dont even c as re about M their ideals / concepts. They know they are BS they just care about power. So on with the panic. The liberals need you to panic.

    I am just glad the first cities hit by covid19 are all liberal controlled cities.

  2. Liberals really are the most intolerant people on earth. The gays are prejudice against non gays : even calling heterosexuals breeders with a distant reserved for nazi’s and communists in times passed. Feminists hate men’s, and many liberals dispise white males or whites in general. Any christian is completely hated by liberals. Liberals would like to see all Jews dead while at the same time calling others nazi’s. You can go on and on with the list of groups, ideas and individuals liberals hate.

    Yup liberals hate a lot. They are happy to see people lose e everything as long as it give them more power.

  3. I have to agree with both of you. The whole liberal and democrat movement has changed. Of course this is nothing new for the democrats. They started as the party of the KKK and plantation owners. In the 1930s they managed to attract the unions with their slightly pro communist slant but strongly maintained their KKK relationship. In the early 1960’s they started to move to the hippy party and then moved more and more communist.

  4. Dr. Drew is not a big Trump fan. However, he is not a political hack either. He is still objective enough to give Trump Credit where it is due. I agree with both Doctors. Both recognize the panic setting in. They also recognize it was started by the media and is being fanned into a global fire by that same media. This effectively helps Globalists. I have no problem believing that the Chinese would sacrifice their own to start a Global panic that would sink world economies. Unrest leads to regime change and they think they have the leverage to affect that. To the Democrats…This is a Chinese Disease. To America, calm down, be more hygienic and don’t stress out. Trump is doing more than anyone else on the planet and in the end, we will be safer and bounce back faster than everyone else. Especially when we open our own pharmaceutical labs back here again and re-start an industry gutted by the Chinese for the last decade.

  5. With the protection of the First Amendment, the media can say just about anything they want and if confronted hide behind the Constitution. I have heard a number of reporters on NBC during Lester Holts show, I call it a show because it is obviously not a News Program, state that people should stock up on gloves, masks, over the counter meds and bottled water. My question is why? Over the counter meds don’t prevent or cure a common cold, so what chance does it have against the Coronavirus? To the best of my knowledge, at least in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, no one has stated that our water supply has been compromised, so for other than convenience why can’t we drink water straight from the tap? Unless you are buying the N95 respirators you are wasting your money the regular surgical masks do nothing to prevent even the common cold. In fact, doctors have stated that people touch their faces more when wearing masks then when they are not wearing masks. I recently bought toilet paper from Costco, the package consisted of five smaller packages which each contained 6 rolls, that’s 30 rolls of toilet paper. I was in Costco a few days ago and met some friends of my wife. They had 3 of these 6 packages, 30 roll bundles of toilet paper. When asked they said that they didn’t want to run out, by the way, it is just the husband and wife who will be using this toilet paper. The media is causing more problems then they are solving all for the sake of ratings. Their actions are not only irresponsible but dangerous. I have no doubt that out there somewhere are hundreds if not thousands of people who have stocked up on Tylenol Cold and Flu and who think they are safe and don’t need to see a doctor if the develop systems because they have their gloves and surgical masks as well as a lifetime supply of toilet paper. There should be ramifications for this panic that the media is pushing out to the public.

  6. Dr. Drew Pinsky is no fan of President Trump so there is no reason not to believe he’s telling it like it is. One hundred people have died from corona virus and 18,000 deaths from standard everyday influenza. There has not been a single word about the 18,000 deceased souls in any of the news reports I’ve seen but the drumbeat is continuous regarding the 100 who have died from corona. I personally think the Demorrhoids and the media have shown their true faces and it isn’t a pretty thing. Both groups should be made to pay for the damage they are doing to the country, all in a last lame attempt to get Trump out of the White House. The Demorrhoids can be made to pay at the ballot box and the media can be made to pay by their financial losses and we have the ability to do both. If the combined fraud of these two devil worshiping groups don’t allow the reasonable result, thank God for the second amendment.

  7. I am happy to know American people feel like me. This is down right absurd! Thank God for you all against this crap. ♥️

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