On March 17, 2020, The Gateway Pundit first reported on the controversial Ethiopian politician and Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and his irresponsible and completely inaccurate fear-mongering over the coronavirus.
Tedros claimed in a press conference in early March that the fatality rate for the coronavirus was 3.4% — many multiples that of the fatality rate of the common flu which is estimated to be around 0.1%.
This egregiously false premise led to the greatest global pandemic panic in world history.
The Gateway Pundit reported at the time that the coronavirus fatality rate reported by the liberal mainstream media was completely inaccurate and the actual rate was more like a typical seasonal flu – the media was lying again.
The false reporting of the coronavirus fatality rate at 3.4% in the media started with the statements made by the WHO in early March.
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The Gateway Pundit reported, according to CDC numbers, in the US in the 2019-2020 flu season, there were 222,552 confirmed cases of the flu from testing and an estimated 36 million flu cases in the United States.
Note that the number of deaths from the flu in the US are based on actual data.
The number of individuals who contracted the flu is an estimated number.
There is no way to know how many people in the US had the flu in a given flu season because many cases are not severe and people do not take a test taken to confirm they had the flu. They believe their symptoms are minor and go on with their normal lives thinking they had a cold or something similar. Because of this, the CDC estimated 36 million people had the flu in this past flu season.
The rate of the number of individuals who died from the flu to the number of individuals who were estimated to have had the flu is 0.1% (22,552 / 36 million). This is an estimate and the amount used above by the Director General of the WHO as the mortality rate for the flu.
Then US medical elites at the time, including Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, used ridiculous and fraudulent models to lock down the record Trump economy.
In October, more than a half a year after our initial report in March, the WHO released new numbers that indicate that the China coronavirus has mortality similar to the flu.
The WHO estimated that 750,000,000 people had the coronavirus by last October. With one million global deaths that put the mortality rate at 0.13%.
Alex Berenson tweeted this out:
Umm what? The @who now estimates that 750,000,000 people have gotten the ro? Which, at 1 million death, would put the death rate at 1 in 750 (even with overcounting, etc) – or 0.13%. That’s the lowest estimate I’ve ever seen. Say it with me: IT’S THE FLU. pic.twitter.com/tDzHsTVw78
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) October 3, 2020
Obviously, that news should have changed the reality on the ground tremendously.
Earlier in 2020 we reported on how coronavirus compares to other global pandemics since the Spanish flu in 1918.
In October we updated our comparison of the worst flu pandemics in US history.
The Coronavirus, with an overall mortality rate per population of 0.13%, was then ranked as the 4th worst pandemic in the US in the last 110 years based on global numbers.
The global COVID-19 mortality rate in October was then a bit higher than the 2018 US flu season.
Correction: The Spanish flu had a 0.9% mortality rate from some sources.
* Note the Coronavirus numbers are based on latest WHO data.
** Also note that over half of Hong Kong Flu victims, were under age 50 including thousands of children and pregnant women
*** Mortality rate via Online MedEd.
Here is the updated comparison:
*Note the Coronavirus numbers are based on latest WHO data – https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/right-march-provided-evidence-coronavirus-mortality-rate-grossly-overstated-today-finally-came-conclusion/
** Also note that over half of Hong Kong Flu victims and Spanish Flu victims were under age 50
*** Mortality rate via Online MedEd – https://blog.onlinemeded.org/history-repeats-the-forgotten-story-of-the-1968-hong-kong-flu-pandemic/