By Tank Murdoch

(TNS) It’s hard to know exactly how to feel about government officials and elected leaders who are pushing our society into shutdown mode over a so-far limited outbreak of a common form of virus.

We’re told by every single immunologist and health expert that COVID-19 creates mild to moderate symptoms in more than 80 percent of people who catch it.

And yet, our country is on the verge of government-mandated lockdowns.

Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t saying the virus is ‘nothing to worry about.’ Very professional people with a lot of knowledge appear to be concerned about the virus’ spread. Got it.

But that said, did Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, really have to say Sunday that “millions” of Americans could die from coronavirus?

Really? Millions?

The reason we question this is two-fold.

First, Fauci is sending dual messages. On the one hand, he’s attempting to get across the seriousness of the virus, but at the same time, he and the rest of the Trump administration are trying to calm the public and stop Americans from panic-buying and other forms of irrational behavior.

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Again, we don’t doubt that coronavirus can infect and kill. We’ve seen it already.

But in China, where the outbreak began, even there the numbers of dead were not grossly out of proportion or even large, especially given China’s massive population.

True, the Chinese government did employ mass quarantines, but Wuhan city, where the virus originated, is densely populated (11 million people). If the virus was as contagious and deadly as Fauci appears to believe it may be, how come less than a couple hundred thousand Chinese were sickened and fewer than 6,500 died from it?

Here’s our dilemma: If the people who are hyping the supposed seriousness of coronavirus turn out to have wildly exaggerated its impact on Americans, that’s going to be a problem in the future if a really virile and potent virus pandemic strikes.

Asked Sunday if the U.S. government should impose a sort of two-week national shutdown like some European countries have, Fauci said, “I would prefer as much as we possibly could. I think we should really be overly aggressive and get criticized for overreacting.

But won’t that lead to massive distrust should the world face a much more serious threat the next time?

Few Americans really trust the mainstream media anymore, so those fools don’t have any credibility left anyway. But a guy like Fauci does, and frankly, we’d hate to see him lose it.

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While we don’t want to see mass infections and deaths, we would like to see a little more responsibility in reporting and ‘forecasting’ this virus. Even if Fauci was quoting a worst-case scenario, and he was, most reports in the wake of his statement focused only on the numbers, not the facts on the ground.

Americans have a serious trust issue with government too, especially after the way the deep state attempted to depose a duly-elected President Trump. The fallout from that will last years as it is.

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But if government officials think overhyping coronavirus so they can get ‘criticized for overreacting’ later is a better strategy, we’d have to disagree.

There has to be a better way to balance public health and strategy this time around so that Americans are protected and the government is believed for the next time we have an emergency.

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Otherwise, what’s left of credibility and trust will simply vanish. And the next time, if the virus or bacteria is particularly lethal but that credibility factor is gone, then scores of Americans will dismiss the warnings as hype and pay for that with their lives.


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