8:21 a.m. The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization says its “best estimates” indicate that roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus.
Dr. Michael Ryan, speaking Monday to a meeting of the WHO’s 34-member executive board focusing on COVID-19, said the figures vary from urban to rural, and between different groups, but that ultimately it means “the vast majority of the world remains at risk.”
The estimate — which would amount to more than 760 million people based on current world population of about 7.6 billion — far outstrips the number of confirmed cases as tallied by both WHO and Johns Hopkins University, now more than 35 million worldwide.
We’re almost at our first full year of COVID and I find these statements to be unnecessarily provocative. Fuck off with the “may” and “might” and “could”. There’s so much half-spoken “information” on this shit that people are burnt out. The numbers do not reflect what has been reported. Not even close. Could 759-million people be non-symptomatic carriers? Sure. But even then, let’s put this into context: 7 in 152 show serious flu-like symptoms and, of those, 1 in 35 have succumbed to the virus.
Somebody is embellishing. Either “the media”, the WHO, or the dissenting doctors. Yes, COVID is something to be cautious of. No, we are not all going to die. Yes, we should improve our unconscious hygiene practices. The scaremongering, however, has got to stop. Say what is or what will happen, as impossible as that may be. Cushion words are fucking cop-outs.