What happened on CNN is the perfect example of gaslighting.
Forget the good news in the sunbelt that coronavirus cases have peaked and that the death toll hasn’t skyrocketed the panic porn from CNN has moved on to children.
Here’s some data on the sunbelt:
Florida: 223,000 positive #SARSCoV2 tests in three weeks – 10,000 a day – and ~NO CHANGE in hospitalizations or ICU occupancy statewide. You say epidemic, I say a lot of people getting colds, let’s call the whole thing off. (We’ll see if Florida has any excess mortality in July.) pic.twitter.com/DQgyexjtMy
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) July 26, 2020
Meanwhile, in Houston: fewest new hospitalizations in almost a month, total hospitalizations down 9% week-over-week, discharges up 16%. ALL THE HOSPITALS ARE (so not) FULL, amirite, @charlesornstein? Don’t worry, there’s no penalty for shouting fire in a crowded city. You do you! pic.twitter.com/NCXcOuAwZz
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) July 25, 2020
Arizona shows a directionally nice decline in new cases per 100,000 people and a drop in ICU space used by COVID. This site always extrapolates to the worst case. A little alarmist, but the new case count has been going down for TWO WEEKS. Better news, better markets. pic.twitter.com/CNcX2jA1Zb
— Brian Wesbury (@wesbury) July 27, 2020
Get ready for the next “disaster” according to CNN, high schoolers. Mind you CNN has been wrong about, well, just about everything.
JUST NOW: whoa. “There’s very little difference between the way the virus spreads in young baseball players, & how it is going to spread in high schools….We’re about to have a disaster on top of a disaster. ”
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) July 28, 2020
However, according to reports, 22 countries in Europe resumed classes in May and have had no major outbreaks.
On June 10th Politico reported:
Denmark, where the first children began returning in mid-April, when the country had just under 200 new cases a day. As of June 8, Denmark had just 14 daily new cases. And while the reproduction rate of the virus increased after the country began reopening, it has since dropped.
The head of experimental virology at Copenhagen University’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Allan Randrup Thomsen, was initially hesitant about the move. But now he notes that, since reopening, there “hasn’t been any effect that we can see.”
Denmark health officials were astounded to learn that they observed less spread than the “statistical models predicted.”
“Opening the schools has really not been translated into any imprint in the transmission numbers,” Soren Riis Paludan, professor on virology at Aarhus University said.
In Austria, schools reopened in May with little problems.
“Based on the scientific evidence alone, I would say that’s not a good reason for closing the schools,” said Riis Paludan. Instead, he believes, the key is to protect the elderly.
Randrup Thomsen is similarly hopeful.
“If we came to a situation where we had to lock down again, because of research in the epidemic, we should very seriously consider whether closing the schools is actually necessary,” he said.