I don’t know Dr. Drew from a hole in the wall. I’ve heard his name now and again. He has had a national radio show and been a public personality (I looked it up) for a very long time. He’s also an Internist so being a Doctor and in Media, he has some advice about (guess what?).
If you said Coronavirus, you’re a winner. You’ll also be a winner if you watch what he has to say about pandemic math, commons sense response, and media malfeasance (1min 40sec).
“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 problem 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. The panic must stop. And the Press, they really..somehow need to be held accountable because they are hurting people.”
The video is below, but I want to add; is it possible that we could see significantly fewer ordinary flu deaths as a result of the behavioral response to the coronavirus. He says we’ve seen only 18,000 ordinary flu deaths this year. That number is usually much higher.
When the dust settles what if more people survived the flu season in the US because of the coronavirus. And by what if, I mean, how hard would the media have to ignore that, were it to happen? After all the fearmongering and panic they sewed?
Here’s to hoping we save more lives, in the long run, thanks to Clorox wipes in the subways and an ocean of hand sanitizer.
Here’s Dr. Drew.