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Please correct my errors.

This new outbreak so-called a pandemic is growing in prominence thanks to the media. There are nearly 448,000 infected people and fewer than 20,000 fatalities. Those figures are insignificant compared to the number of casualties in war, global famine or even deaths by natural causes. World leaders overlook these issues because they don't personally affect them. They command armies from unassailable locations knowing they are heavily protected and invulnerable. The difference with this outbreak lies in that those who govern the world, mainly affluent and elderly people, view this pathogen as a threat to themselves, since it is invisible and targets anyone regardless of sex, social status and ethnicity.

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EnchantressPlease correct my errors.

Your post is deeply offensive.

This crises has been officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), and is affecting every country in the world. Attributing it with "so-called" is either uninformed and ignorant; insensitive and heartless; or reprehensible and detestable. I can't tell which of these three positions you are coming from.

This is from the WHO briefing of March 11:

https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19---11-march-2020

WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.

We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.
EnchantressThose figures are insignificant

Oh good grief! This shows your complete ignorance of what a pandemic is.

The outbreak is in its very early stages, and will wreak havoc on all nations, particularly the poorest strata of society in underdeveloped nations, and those displaced persons and refugees in camps who have no defense mechanism whatsoever. The worst may come in war zones such as Syria where the government has bombed hospitals and civilian populations, leaving no medical facilities at all. The most affluent people in the world have the least concern because of their immediate access to private doctors and the best medical equipment.

EnchantressThere are nearly 448,000 infected people and fewer than 20,000 fatalities.

Your numbers are wrong now. One day later, the toll is over 529,000 and increasing. And that is only the "confirmed" cases. With the lack of test kits, and uncertain reporting conditions in remote areas, the actual number is likely much much higher.


Again, this is from WHO (March 26):

https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-remarks-at-the-g20-extraordinary-leaders-summit-on-covid-19---26-march-2020

The pandemic is accelerating at an exponential rate.

The first 100 thousand cases took 67 days. The second 100 thousand took 11 days, the third 100 thousand took just 4 days and the fourth 100 thousand just 2 days.

Without aggressive action in all countries, millions could die.

This exponential increase can be immediately seen on the plot in the lower right corner (link here)


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Thanks for the info, which I am very well aware of. I still reassert my post above (updating the figures of course). Take the case of China. There is no longer a pandemic there. They adopted appropriate measures, which drastically reduced the number of cases to 45 per day. China has practically overcame this "pandemic". I suggest that you check this website. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ . On the same site, you can see the number of deaths in a day is approximately 140,000. That number is not even close to the 31,000 fatalities (right now) since the outbreak occurred.

I assume I didn't make any grammatical mistakes.

EnchantressThere is no longer a pandemic there.

It is still a pandemic, by definition:

(of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area.

Etymology: from Greek pandemos "pertaining to all people; public, common," from pan- "all" (see pan- ) + dēmos "people"

The disease continues unabated in much of the world, so it is still a pandemic.

Fortunately (ironically) China, where the virus originated, has a very effective dictatorship that can quickly enforce an entire city or region to be quarantined and virtually control the movements of their citizens.

On December 31, an alert was issued by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, a rapid response team was sent to Wuhan by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), and a notification was made to the World Health Organization (WHO)

It was identified as a new viral strain on January 7 and measures were taken to quarantine the source.

On January 20, China’s “National Infectious Diseases Law” was amended to make 2019-novel coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) a Class B notifiable disease and its “Frontier Health and Quarantine Law” was amended to support the COVID-19 outbreak response effort. Then, on January 23, the Chinese Government began to limit movement of people in and out of Wuhan, and two days later, it announced its highest-level commitment and mobilized all sectors to respond to the epidemic and prevent further spread of COVID-19. 

http://weekly.chinacdc.cn/en/article/id/e53946e2-c6c4-41e9-9a9b-fea8db1a8f51

That is the reason they have been able to control the epidemic spread within their country (This was long before it spread to other countries and was formally declared a "pandemic" by the World Health Organization.

Of course, if they relax their watch, they can be reinfected. In early March "Beijing’s city government said that anyone from countries that have been “severely affected” by the virus will now have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine."

South Korea has been able to control the infection, because they were quick to react to make public announcements and put extensive testing in place.

But the rest of the world, especially those countries with a high poverty rate, is struggling to control the pandemic within their borders.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/world/asia/coronavirus-india-migrants.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

This is a plot from the website you linked: