This one popped yesterday afternoon:

Holy crap! Bodies must be stacking up in the morgue!

Not really.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Williamson Medical Center sent out a message Monday encouraging non-vaccinated community members to get their vaccine amid rising COVID-19 cases.

WMC reported a 633% increase in COVID-19 patients over the past three weeks. Currently, WMC has 22 COVID-19 patients with seven requiring critical care.

Williamson Medical Center reports 633% increase in COVID-19 patients | WKRN News 2

I am not dismissing or ignoring the plight of those people who are truly affected, but why does the TV station leads with an out of context percentage and then reveals the raw numbers? They are part of the COVID Theater Of Fear in the belief they can scare people into getting the shots.

Are the professional communicators so bad at their jobs that they cannot simply address the need to play it safe and get the vaccine?  Or is it that they enjoy the little bit of tumescence they get by trying to influence people with their craft and access?

 

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

6 thoughts on “COVID Theater Of Fear: playing with percentages”
  1. Back in 9/11 times there was a huge fear of smallpox. Health care personal were getting the smallpox vaccine. The public started clamoring for the vaccine. Dotgov says no.

    The reason was math. Small number of deaths from vaccine times 100% of people getting the vaccine times the total number of people getting the jab gives a pretty solid number. That number was acceptably low for health workers given the high risk if there were a biological attack.

    The same number when multiplied by population of the US gives an unacceptably high number.

    I just skimmed an article that says that boys are 12-15 have a higher chance (6 times higher) of getting heart issues from being hospitalized from wu-flu then from the jab. “SO GET THE JAB!!!”

    But they leave out the other part of the math. 100% times small number of those getting the jab vs. Small percentage of boys getting wu-flu times small percentage of those being hospitalized times the small percentage of those getting heart issues.

    Even though a boy is more likely to have heart issues from getting a serious case of wu-flu then from getting the jab, after you do the math you find that comparing jabbed vs unjabbed that the numbers day don’t get jabbed if you want to avoid heart issues.

    Risk assessment is easy if you take your emotions out of the equation. What are the odds of the bad thing happening combined with how bad the bad thing is. The media is busy trying to shove emotion into the assessment.

  2. It’s been the same thing here in north Alabama. They report astronomical percentage increases in cases and hospitalizations. Then you see the actual numbers buried in the article and it was 50-60 patients system wide. It’s an area of 750,000+ people and a hospital system that’s 8 hospitals across 8 counties.

    But, by all means, burn up all the remaining credibility by sensationalizing the hell out of all of this.

  3. I’m not a math wiz, but a 633% increase in cases means there was a whopping 4 people infected/sick before this “surge”.

    I wonder how many people in the area have TB?

    1. Three people. Not four.

      But the point is made: a mild increase in small numbers looks huge when expressed as a percentage. It’s how a small town in Montana can have a 300% increase in homicides (scary!), but when you look at the year-over-year, they had one last year and four this year — and those four were all a single event: a man killed his family and then himself.

      Tragic, yes, but hardly the dramatic violent crime wave the media likes to portray.

      Now, back to the “633% increase”, my question is, has the medical center updated its tests to differentiate coronavirus from normal, seasonal flu and/or other viruses?

      Just wondering how many of those cases are the normal, non-coronavirus stuff that are being reported as “positive COVID tests”, because ZOMGCOVID!!!

  4. A couple of days ago Brett Baier did a long interview with Dr. W, the CDC head. Usually Brett is good, but he sure was off that evening. He led with a question about the numbers (the one that less than 0.1% who got the vaccine get sick, and less than 0.01% die). Dr. W said those weren’t the right numbers. Perfect opportunity for her to supply the actual numbers. She never did. Brett never asked, shame on him.
    In the entire half hour she did oodles of handwaving and fearmongering, but NOT ONCE did she quote a number. NOT ONCE.
    She may claim to have an MD, but she certainly isn’t a doctor, let alone a scientist. Scientists work from data, meaning numbers. Only politicians feed us handwaving bullshit — which is what she did. And somehow she got away with it.

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