Ten questions media should ask and bureaucrats should answer about COVID-19

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If you read news daily, you may come to a conclusion I’ve come to. Most media are so busy doing ‘gotcha’ clickbait stories, it’s hard to find useful information about the Coronavirus aka COVID-19. For instance, one thing that bugs me involves the testing.

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Image: Indie Art South

I included a question about this in my list. If a person has previously had a COVID virus, is there potential for a positive that may relate to that instead of the current pandemic version?

Why aren’t media asking vital questions about the Coronavirus? Why aren’t bureaucracies at various levels giving us information that might shed light on this, instead of issuing smarmy PSA’s that tell us we’re not alone and to wash our hands, etc.?

I compiled a list of 10 questions I wish someone would answer:

*What is the top means of transmission (airborne projection, kissing, sexual intercourse without barrier method, etc.)?

*What are the criteria for each state on reporting cases? Are re-tests counted as new cases? Are those test results showing antibodies to Coronavirus counted as a positive even if the person has recovered or is showing no symptoms?

*What is the false positive or false negative rate average for these tests? Is there a risk of false positivity if an individual has had a previous type of COVID? Explain the difference in the testing paradigm for COVID-19 compared to other COVID viruses.

*What are the preferred treatment protocols in our area or state? What treatment programs are demonstrating the best results in our area or state? May a patient ask for specific treatments?

*Will anyone hold the Communist Party of China and WHO accountable for their significant lapse in warning the world about this virus?

*How did the virus originate? Some physicians in China were silenced when they tried to warn about the virus. What do we actually know?

*In what US cities are hospitals overwhelmed?

*Are nursing homes, schools, churches, and other places for congregating using special air filtration systems that aren’t cost prohibitive but might impede the spread?

*Has anyone in the country actually tracked the transmission rate from protests or other large outdoor gatherings?

*Why have federal agencies in the US issued often conflicting information? Are these agencies being impacted by politics?

Media seem obsessed with the dustup between mask enthusiasts and mask naysayers. Media are obsessed with daily reportage on figures from local, state, and federal agencies.

What media aren’t obsessed with is publishing information that might enlighten us and help us make good decisions. That’s nothing new, by the way. I can’t think of a time in my life when media warned us about pending disasters unless there was potential for political theatrics.

Finally, for the life of me, I can’t understand why US and UK media have been so willing to defend the Communist Party of China when all of us know where COVID-19 originated, regardless of how it began to spread.

~~Featured Image: Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (Image by Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

(Kay B. Day/July 16, 2020)

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