By Jon Dougherty @TheNatSent

(TNS) To say that a lot of the media coverage surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak has been needlessly hyped is an understatement, but nothing about that really surprises us because that’s what the mainstream media does.

One of the media’s narratives has been to portray the virus as so deadly serious that there would no way with our country’s current hospital capacity we’d be able to deal with the vast number of coronavirus patients.

Now, to be fair, there are parts of the country where hospitals are certainly being challenged, no question about it.

But strangely, in places like California where the first coronavirus cases surfaced, there is no real strain being put on hospitals and healthcare systems.

In fact, the hashtag #EmptyHospitals is now beginning to trend on social media.

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Americans who may have been concerned or motivated by stories of perpetually crammed emergency rooms and orders for 100,000 body bags began driving around to check the status of their local hospitals. And what they’re finding certainly does not match all of the breathless reporting.

Again, there are places in the country right now that are being deluged with coronavirus patients — New York City being the most obvious.

But as you can see, there is no coronavirus holocaust at the moment. And in fact, based on some interviews we did with emergency room staff in our region, the biggest problem is boredom from a lack of patients (which is a good thing in this instance).



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