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Widespread fear-mongering propaganda centering the pandemic PART-2

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Widespread fear-mongering propaganda centering the pandemic PART-2

Widespread fear-mongering propaganda centering the pandemic PART-2

What is next for the world after the pandemic is over? According to Professor Joëlle Rollo-Koster: “Be ready for social changes, and a call for a leveling of social stratifications. These calls will be quickly forgotten once a vaccine is developed [now vaccine already is rolling] – until the next one. The rich always survive better than the poor. So, knowing that, try to change the state of things”.

What does that mean? The world has forgotten the Spanish Flu as well as the Black Death pandemic. It will also forget Covid-19.

We need to remember – the catastrophic pandemic of 1918 had killed tens of millions of people. How many people have until now died of Covid-19? Not even two million. Still, we are possibly a thousand folds more scared than those people of the Spanish Flu or Black Death pandemic. Long ago, medical experts have already predicted – no pandemic such as the Spanish Flu or Black Death would ever recur in the world. About the 1918 pandemic, they said: “Ignorance about influenza in 1918, the lack of effective vaccines or antibacterial and antiviral drugs, and the social disruption caused by World War-I also contributed heavily to the lethality, and it is unlikely that influenza of similar destructiveness will recur”.

They further said:

“The stupefying publicity over the threat of influenza has been generated partly by those, such as the pharmaceutical industry and influenza researchers, who benefit from the increased expenditures the publicity provokes. It is, in effect, disease mongering, the promotion of disease or dread of disease for one’s own gain. Huge expenditures on influenza preparedness have produced little demonstrable benefit and some harm, independent of the wasted resources. Disease mongering, including spreading fear of influenza, is widespread and unhealthy and should be vigorously opposed”.

Commenting about the ongoing fear-mongering propaganda in the media as well as some scientists and researchers, and even those bosses in the World Health Organization, a friend of mine said:

Fear is an insidious emotion. Fear gets a foothold and can cause us to feel increasingly vulnerable; it can play off other circumstances and make us feel as though everything we do puts us at risk. Fear can lead to anger and emotional outbursts. A fearful person is often an angry person.

The thing about fear is that it is not dependent on facts, and sometimes – even in the face of facts – fear will continue on, demanding that it has a place in our lives. Think about it… the person who is deadly afraid of spiders doesn’t care that most spiders are not poisonous, or how big the spider is, or factor in that we can easily outrun or smash a spider. Fear is like an electrical jolt that causes an immediate reaction.

This is why the campaign of fear-based reporting on the COVID-19 virus makes me so frustrated. Our media, and even our government, lead every story with the most dramatic/most fearful/most detrimental possibility. We don’t hear much about the very real/very statistical low death rate (in relation to other illnesses) – what we hear about is how quickly and easily this virus spreads. We don’t hear much about the things we can do to strengthen our immune function which would benefit every citizen (the low risk and especially the high-risk individuals) – what we hear is that if we don’t continue to severely limit our daily activities and stay apart from other people, we will get the virus or unwittingly spread it to others. We don’t hear specific statistics on COVID cases – how many are asymptomatic? (no symptoms at all), how many are mild, how many are able to convalesce at home, how many actually need to be hospitalized? – these statistics would greatly reduce the panic and fear that many people are feeling.

To be continued …

An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, research-scholar, counter-terrorism specialist, and editor of Blitz. Follow his on Twitter Salah_Shoaib

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