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March 7, 2020

THIS WEEK IN NEWS: The Overcomes of Outbreak & Hoax

A lot of news lately makes us think that something really bad is happening, well we can’t be in a position that’s always fun right? Somehow people write a lot of news about what’s happening right now, most of which are hoax news, just to get more followers, even money or fame! This is really unsettling, as we know Covid-19 is true but what most people really know about this may be partial, so instead of spreading hoaxes, we have gathered a number of reliable sources that might provide some insight. You may like the article above about what’s really happening right now and you may uncancelled your holiday plan with lots of Infos in your hand.
Quoted from Bali.com, According to the latest Press Statement No. 44/SP/II/BKIP/2020 from the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, all tourists from the People’s Republic of China will have to return home by Wednesday 5th February 2020, 00:00 WITA. “Therefore, we would like to express our deepest sympathy and sending out prayers to everyone who has been affected by the Corona outbreak”, the government stated.
Because of the Corona Virus Outbreak, all flights between China and Bali will be suspended as per February, 5th 2020 at 00:00, for an undetermined time, until the next review from the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation will be officially published. The only passenger holding a valid ticket is requested to go to the airport.
With almost 6 million foreign tourists coming to Bali every year, Chinese tourists are the second largest group right after Australians. Almost 100,000 Chinese visitors come to Bali every month. Many local businesses are very dependent on this tourism segment. So far the government has recorded already 50-60% cancellations after the travel warning has been released.
The Corona Virus outbreak surely will have a massive impact on many tourism businesses all over Bali. However, the face masks are also here in Bali already difficult to find, since many shops are sold out.
The Indonesian authorities have ordered preventative procedures to prevent an outbreak of the Corona Virus in Bali and actually all over Indonesia, which will have to be carried out at 135 entry and exit points including international airports, seaports, and border areas. The government installed thermal scanners and medical check-up posts to examine travelers who might be infected with the coronavirus.
According to the Indonesian Health Ministry, dozens of suspected carriers of the Corona Virus had been already clinically tested in major hospitals throughout Indonesia, including 3 tourists in Bali who were sent to Sanglah General Hospital. All of the tests returned negative, no patient as infected with the Corona Virus as of Monday, February 2nd.

Quoted from Spectator.co.uk,
If you have just canceled your trip to Venice and ordered your £19.99 surgical face mask from Amazon, how about this for a terrifying vision: by the time we get to April, 50,000 Britons will have succumbed to a combination of infectious disease and adverse weather. Frightened? If you are, don’t worry: you survived. It was two years ago. In 2017-18 the Office for National Statistics recorded 50,100 ‘excess winter deaths’. The explanation, according to the ONS, was probably ‘the predominant strain of flu, the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine, and below-average winter temperatures’.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a pretty virulent virus all right, but not in the way you might imagine. It is less our respiratory tracts it has infected than our inner sense of angst. By last Monday there were 79,331 confirmed cases worldwide, all but 2,069 of which were in China. There have been 2,595 deaths in China and 23 elsewhere in the world. And seasonal flu? According to an estimate by the US-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it has caused between 291,000 and 646,000 deaths globally a year. To put it another way, if the number of deaths from coronavirus rises a hundredfold in the next few weeks or months, it will only have reached the lower bound of the estimate for existing strains of flu.

How many of us wear face masks because of the winter flu? How many planes and trains are canceled? Does the stock market slump? There is some justification for being more wary of Covid-19 than the flu. The former is an unknown quantity and we don’t yet have a vaccine. But we know more about it by the day. Its death rate is now around 1 percent or less and it is mostly killing people with pre-existing health conditions; anyone else would be unlucky to die from it.
Coronavirus hysteria occurs because we confuse precautions with risk. We see Chinese cities being cut off, people being quarantined, factories closed, the streets emptying (save for a few people in face masks) and we interpret this as a sign of grave and imminent danger. If China had not taken such dramatic steps to stop the disease, we wouldn’t be half as worried.

There seems to be a distinct strain of Sino-phobia in our attitude towards the infectious disease. Every novel disease that comes out of China instantly seems to gain the description ‘pandemic’ — even when diseases such as Sars and H5N1 avian flu hardly justify being called an ‘epidemic’. Covid-19 seems to fit neatly with our fears about Huawei spying on our phones and Chinese manufacturers stealing our jobs. Diseases from elsewhere don’t excite the imagination nearly so much. There was a brief flurry of concern in 2014 when Ebola, vastly more lethal than Covid-19, emerged in West Africa (it has since killed 11,310 people globally). But if we are going to worry about any infectious disease, it ought to be tuberculosis. The World Health Organization reports there were ten million new cases worldwide in 2018, 1.45 million deaths, and 4,672 cases in England. But no one ever bought a face mask because of that. How many people even know that the epicenter of tuberculosis in India, with 27 percent of cases globally?

There is something more to the Covid-19 panic. It is the latest phenomenon to fulfill a weird and growing appetite for doom among the populations of developed countries. We are living in the healthiest, most peaceful time in history, yet we cannot seem to accept it. We constantly have to invent bogeymen, from climate alarmism, nuclear war and financial collapse to deadly diseases. Covid-19 has achieved such traction because it has emerged at just the right time. At the end of January, Brexit had just been completed without incident. The standoff between the US and Iran — which preposterously led the ‘Doomsday Clock’ to be advanced closer to midnight than during the Cuban missile crisis — fizzled into nothing. The Australian bush fires, which caused an explosion in climate doom-mongering (even though the global incidence of wildfires has fallen over the past two decades) had largely gone out. What more was there to worry about?

Then along came to a novel strain of the disease and the cycle of panic began again. But there are already strong signs that it has peaked. In the seven days before 24 February, the WHO recorded 6,398 new infections in China — down from 13,002 the previous week. On Monday it was 415. Very soon we are going to have to find another thing to agonize about. Asteroids? The next ‘freak’ weather incident, now the storms have died down? Who knows, but we will certainly find something.

Just like what related with these days on social media, Quoted from Vox.com,
Social media companies are increasing their vigilance about removing coronavirus conspiracies. Facebook, in particular, continues to update its policies as the outbreak — and corresponding disinformation — spreads.

On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg reiterated in a Facebook post that the platform was removing conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus that has been flagged by global health organizations, in addition to labeling coronavirus misinformation with “fact check” labels to let users know that such content had been rated false. Zuckerberg also said that Facebook is providing the World Health Organization (WHO) “as many free ads as they need.” At the same time, Zuckerberg said the company will block ads that try to exploit the situation, such as those that claim a product has a miracle cure for the Covid-19 disease.

It’s been more than two months since a novel strain of coronavirus popped up in Wuhan, China, and proceeded to spread to countries across the world. And as that’s happened, panic has continued to disseminate throughout social media, forcing tech platforms to grapple with what the World Health Organization is calling an “infodemic.”

As of March 4, the novel coronavirus linked to Wuhan, China, has infected nearly 95,000 people, mostly in mainland China, and there are cases popping up throughout the United States. More than 3,200 people have died, though researchers at Johns Hopkins tracking the disease also report more than 51,000 recoveries from the illness.

With more and more people searching online for information about the coronavirus outbreak, they can easily encounter a barrage of misleading and potentially dangerous information. And the WHO, which has also released its own “myth-busting” resources, is warning that misinformation about the novel coronavirus has caused harmful stigmatization and discrimination. In the US, for instance, there is a growing number of reports about misinformation fueling racism against Asian Americans.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok have all told Recode that they’ve been working to promote factual content and some are limiting the reach of posts with misinformation on their platforms. Twitter, for instance, has put a warning label linking to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when users search “coronavirus.” Meanwhile, the WHO has now joined TikTok in an effort to boost accurate information about the illness, and several of those companies met with the public health organization at Facebook back in February.
Still, efforts by these social media platforms have not managed to stop the spread of misleading or outright false hoaxes about the outbreak in the form of posts and videos that have racked up thousands of clicks, “Likes,” and shares. A significant amount of false information about the coronavirus is also spreading on private channels. Take WhatsApp, for instance. As the Washington Post reported, the encrypted platform has seen a flurry of wrong information about the coronavirus, creating panic among its users throughout the world.

Another problem involves politicians promoting the idea that the coronavirus is a hoax or spreading other conspiracy theories about the virus. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Recode that the company would remove false claims and conspiracy theories flagged by world health organizations that have been shared by politicians or elected officials.

While we’re seeing a wide variety of false coronavirus posts across these platforms, it’s still hard to say how widespread the misinformation problem is. But it’s significant enough that well-regarded institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, research centers in England, and even NASA have had to issue statements or comments debunking claims that have been floated online. Advocacy groups such as Media Matters have also been busy tracking down false and misleading posts.

It may be a lot of news that spreading it false, the point is kindly filtering shortly what is strongly must to believe, read much as possible, and be aware as always, less than that do not make you inner peacefulness disturbed, spread love and kindness, not a hoax is real. This is kinda important. Keep it healthy and correct!
Be Safe by following public health advice
Be Smart by being informed from accurate sources
Be Kind and support one another to fight.

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