Corona को Rona ... करो ना
From what is known:
Corona “outbreak” happened in November 2019. It became news in January 2020. We are now in March.
The worldwide figure in 4 Months –
About 150,000 people contracted Corona virus …. So what % of population? How fast spreading is it really? Obviously it is not spreading at that kind of pace which needs all the measures that are being taken.
About 6000 deaths – There is no data that reveals how many of these 6000 were just because of Corona. … So what % of cases turned fatal?
Is it really as alarming as is being projected?
How did Corona Virus start?
From some scientific experiment gone wrong giving rise to a new virus to pharma sector working on it for their commercial benefits to a nation spreading it as a biological war; there are many theories being speculated. Nobody knows for sure.
How does Corona Virus spread?
Really? You really want to know how it spread? Check the numbers above. Corona virus has hardly spread; it’s JUST the news of Corona spreading has spread.
And how? May have started with a few people making jokes on social media that circulated and proved to have the potential of becoming viral. Maybe the media (were paid to help make it viral); or maybe they figured that a panic situation will fetch eyeballs for this news. Some media succeeds in doing so; others want a piece of this pie. Experts get called for opinions, and old terms resurface and new words / abbreviations get created or “coined”. Corona Virus – Covid 19, - Novel Corona etc. Contagious - Epidemic – Pandemic. Not using these words is unfashionable. Keeping updates to new terms is cool. The newsreader has to be updated and use them to prove his knowledge and capability. The public sentiment and panic starts when followed people start using these “new” terms. Now, someone pointing out the reality will be considered insensitive and get shunned. Everybody has to be politically correct and least minimum has to warn people to be “careful”. Really? Is there anything about hygiene that anybody should be careless about?
Who benefits and how?
Governments – Encash on the panic sentiments of people. Start acting on “containing” the evil “fast spreading” virus from spreading. Skip other important / unimportant matters that make then uncomfortable, blame it on Corona. Open testing labs, have emergency meetings, consult experts, give funding to bring in vaccines. Kickbacks everywhere + appreciation to action being taken as reported by media.
Opposition to Government – Criticize Government for “enough” not being done. Get media attention for criticizing / cooperating with Govt, and a cut from the kickbacks.
Service providers (pharma / labs / NGOs that Govts favors) – More business, more revenue
Capitalists – Earn by shorting markets during sharp fall and again when markets recover at a good pace due to many reasons; including Govt stimulus for something that really was not required. When markets fall somebody is buying from those people selling it. Money does not evaporate, just changes to hands of those “in the know”.
Media – twisting reports to favor those that compensate + TRPs + advrts from those selling products relevant to the situation.
Hospitals – Higher the panic, better for the business. Govts anyway making people go for tests. The fear will make people do all tests pertaining to Covid 19 even in case of common cold or flu. Many will prefer private hospitals to Govt facilities.
Many public figures – The need of being in news compels them to react in certain ways. For this, they will thank God for them not contracting the “evil spreading” Corona virus. They will actually spread panic under the pretext of telling people to be cautious, but will be perceived as doing good deeds of caring about society. For some that may have contracted the virus, it is actually Ok. It will fetch higher publicity. There is actually no reason to worry as fatality is less than 5% (still no real data establishing if cause was only Corona even in these 5%).
Who ultimately loose?
We, the common people. It’s an endless list. With panic created, our businesses suffer, many things will get postponed. Those in service will have to compensate the lost working hours later. Loss in business for the establishment will slow down growth that directly affects increments. Many businesses may even face shut downs. Govt will have spent tax money on something that was not required at the magnitude it was spent / siphoned off under that pretext.
What is really alarming?
Though there will be doubts and discussions on conspiracy theories; though investigative agencies can easily (within a matter of days) establish some facts and proofs, nothing will be done or made public. Nobody will care how and where it came from. Nobody will worry if this virus was created on purpose, or came up because of a mistake. Nobody will be punished or penalized. It is practically a non-event, so will be off news sooner than later. Whatever the case may be, when this all goes off news, Corona virus scare will be forgotten like Bird flu and Swine flu scare. A few years later something different will come up.
The Bottom line
Corona Virus is just another infection that is mildly contagious.
It is not wise to believe that Corona is a FAST spreading virus; less than 0.001% have contracted it in 4 months.
It is not wise to consider it as dangerous; less than 5% of those unfortunate patients have succumbed. This much happens in case for almost all infections.
Being careful and follow simple basic hygienic habits; applies for everything….Corona Virus simply does not call for all the measures that are being taken. It does reek of a conspiracy of some kind; or Govts and some people having everybody worried are simply overreacting.