The World Is Gripped In Fear Of Coronavirus…But Is It Really Necessary? Top Virologist Doesn’t Think So

(Tea Party 247) – The coronavirus has turned the world literally upside-down causing global hysteria and panic like we have never seen before. Here in the United States, cities and towns are being shut down and hundreds of millions of Americans are being told to stay home for weeks. While there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight, one leading virologist from Israel asserts that all of the measures being taken are way over the top.

The Times of Israel reports on what leading virologist Professor Jihad Bishara, director of the Infectious Disease Unit at Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital, has to say about the “unnecessary” panic and the facts about the actual virus:

“I’ve been in this business for 30 years,” Bishara said in a Channel 12 interview. “I’ve been through MERS, SARS, Ebola, the first Gulf war and the second, and I don’t recall anything like this. There’s unnecessary, exaggerated panic. We have to calm people down.

“People are thinking that there’s a kind of virus, it’s in the air, it’s going to attack every one of us, and whoever is attacked is going to die,” he said.

“That’s not the way it is at all. It’s not in the air. Not everyone [who is infected] dies; most of them will get better and won’t even know they were sick, or will have a bit of mucus.”

But in Israel and around the world, “everybody is whipping everybody else up into panic — the leaders, via the media, and the wider public — who then in turn start to stress out the leaders. We’ve entered some kind of vicious cycle.”

He urged the public to internalize that “we’re talking about a virus that is not airborne. Infection is via droplet transmission… Only if you are close to someone who has the virus, and you get the saliva when he sneezes or coughs, can you get ill. And if you don’t then maintain personal hygiene,” primarily by washing hands.

He said the virus did not appear to be “too intelligent” — unlike flu, “which is very intelligent, it changes, adapts, and it infects people via their airway passages.”

Bishara said some of the harsh steps taken in Israel — which has essentially closed its borders, limited gatherings to no more than 10 people, closed all educational facilities, and shut down malls, restaurants and places of entertainment and culture — were motivated by the leaders’ acknowledged awareness that the Israeli health system will buckle under any further strain.

Home quarantine has been ordered for “everyone who has passed by someone who may have been infected by someone else,” he protested, “because they know that our health system cannot withstand coming under any more strain, because we are perennially stretched to the limit.”

He went on to say that while we can shut entire country’s down, there are “other means” to stopping the spread of the mostly benign virus.

People can die from the coronavirus just like people die every year from the flu and other respiratory illnesses but that doesn’t mean everyone who gets it will die. As a matter of fact, most people will recover and move on with their lives just fine.

The mass panic and shutting down of society is truly way over done. It boggles the mind.

56 COMMENTS

  1. Global warming is the biggest lie every told and people like mr shit believes it it was started with little Al Gore and his cronies as for this virus it is all political the Chinese lie about how bad it true is and what I am seeing is people with head up their ass running scared stop the bs get a grip I haven’t stopped working and I will not sucome to this fear of stupidity

  2. The coronavirus will self-isolate itself for the next two weeks. It’s afraid it may have come into contact with Joy Behar!

  3. thanks for someone telling the truth. all this hype is the fake news, democraps, libturds, socialist and commies spreading fear and panic. the russian hoax didn’t work, ukraine didn’t work, the impeachment didn’t work now we have the coronavirus. it’s a virus and it’s nothing new. read the back of a can of lysol. it’s listed on the back. quit buying toilet paper by the cases, scott towels, soap, food, water in excess. some people will have enough food in their freezer to feed a small third world country. people need to realize this is what socialism looks like. empty grocery stores, people out of work and hospital with a shortage of beds. wake up and see this for what it is. people that have respiratory problems use care and common sense.

  4. Welcome to the globalist world run at controlling all nations. Just short of Martial Law with wide spread shut downs and restricted travel. Or could you go as far to say that this is China’s retribution against President Trump’s trade deal. Just a couple of things to ponder over.

  5. Crusty Old Geezer CONTROL? The CDC said between October 2019 and February 2020, 12,000 cases of flu that killed was reported, but the CDC also said, probably the figure is 30,000. I live in Costa Rica and yesterday we had 89 people with the virus. ALL of the super markets are sold out! ALL of the churches, schools, bars cinemas and some restaurants are closed. Thank God, the market is open Sunday. This is with 1 death, a doctor in his 80’s!

  6. There is no panic, fear to some, yes. But all measures so far is to prevent more spread of the virus. It is better to be cautious than the usual free movements we had been practicing. Some are listening, some are not. The US is doing all they can to protect citizens. Businesses are loosing income, the economy is suffering, that is what I fear. We will overcome, I have faith in our system of government.

  7. Poor ‘wittle Johnny Smith!
    He is an “expert” and can’t abide not having eveyone bow down to his statements.
    Also a, most likely. Communist Atheist since he mocks religion even although Atheism is a religion with its own set of beliefs.
    Yep, poor ‘wittle’ Johnny.

  8. john smith I wear a USA hat and many people ask me what the number 45 on the hat stands for. My response is the number stands for the combined intelligence quotient of the entire democratic party of AMERICA. You are definitly the poster BOY of that reality.

  9. Don’t panic, take the necessary precautions . . . and LIVE life! God is in control. After all, someone has to “argue” politics – HMMM? I rode my bicycle this morning, and it was great (I had to work on my floor tiles afterwards . . . NOT so great! It looks too much like work, but it looks good). Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  10. john smith; I have a USA hat and many people ask me what the number 45 on my hat stands for. Itell them it is the combined intelligent quotient of the ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. You are the poster BOY of that statement.

  11. The death rate from influenza is 10 times that of coronavirus. This panic is just another government and media bullshit. I for one refuse to change my life in any way. The people should demand the government stop this hysteria and allow them to live their life as they please.

  12. I for one totally agree with you. This is just another strain of the cold, or caronavirus! I’ve done a private study of viruses. A good parasite will not kill its host. This virus will eventually burn itself out. What scares me isn’t the virus; but the mass hysteria. People see what they perceive to be a threat; and they go into either self destruct us or wild survival mode. I pray HASHEM brings shalom and sense into us all. Amen.

    • Scared of people overbuying TP? There is no mass hysteria except possibly in your mind, and the mainstream media zealots who are hysterically, maniacally anti-Trump and anti-USA constitution. What is happening now has helped to avoid mass hysteria, so far. Even in Italy, there is no mass hysteria….but there IS overwhelming death. Get off the delusion. This is no ordinary strain of coronavirus. Listen to Dr. Fauci, and I suspect he knows more than he can say right now. Stay tuned.

  13. Yes they are both real. Since you mention it, John, Global warming, global cooling, global temperature stabilization, all have existed for millions of years, long before we were breathing on Earth. The orbit around the sun is very stable, still, and if we can just keep the trees and rain forests growing and add a few more perhaps, we’ll be fine. Carbon is needed for life, and trees eat CO2, and produce O2 – the stuff we need to live. Lets chill and stop beating each other up over fake-science of people who have agenda to control and lie to non-scientists who cannot differentiate between facts and BS. But this was about pandemics so I apologize for the digression. You got me going. 😉

  14. To all: This is a very interesting paradigm from Israel’s medical authority. For me, it gets me to thinking that they could be correct in we’re over reacting. When the Coronavirus was first announced, I truly thought that this so called pandemic was not only over reacting to the media, but I thought this was designed and started by the left wings who were out to destroy our president Donald Trump. But! When all the other talking heads started saying the Coronavirus was real and it was of a different type and more dangerous than we’ve experienced before, I changed my opinion. Now I must confess I’m confused. As it stands at present, even if I thought it is a major threat to the world, I/we can’t do anything about it because the GOVERNMENT is in control and anyone should know what that means once they get their fingers involved. They’re relentless!
    God help us all & God speed,
    Gary G. Cramer, Tmc

  15. for John Smith: do you really have to attack and name call to state your point? Global Warming: how do you explain the several ice ages followed by warning — I do not think humans had a darned thing to do with it. Have you seen the thousand year old Piri Reis Map of Antartica — with no ice covering, and which more recent sonar-type imaging has validated? We humans are so egocentric, we think every nature event is because of us. What is your scientific literacy?

  16. It is sad, that a flu can so stymie everyone to the brink of insanity. Look up the statistics on how many people die every year from a common flu. Virtually the sa
    me amount. What makes this different? The news media and the Democrats, this is an election year and they have nothing. So they peddle the narrative, it’s Trump’s fault. Are we going to wake up?

  17. A circle ⭕️ Is not complete until the go around comes around.
    Is it possible, this is/ was a biological warfare in retaliation for President Trump’s successful trade impact on the economy of communist China 🇨🇳?
    Is there evidence of support from the AmeriKan Soviet Socialist (ASS) mule party communists and their propaganda arm’s of the medias. (Trump’s the cause of this virus! Trump’s delay in action action caused the spread and deaths!
    You may be lQQking through the wrong end of the funnel!
    After the failure of the ASS party to impeach came the immediate demands to destroy President Trump’s economy!
    This is certainly perpetuated by the media and elected AmeriKan Soviet Socialist (ASS) party “OFFICIALS!”
    “Let us test the submissiveness of the American people with a mandated domestic residential quarantine. Let us see what they will tolerate, and how obedient they are to WE THE GODZ OF GOVERNMENT!
    We The People should not need to be told: wash your hands! Avoid people who are sick! Cough, sneeze into your elbow – 🧐 what? Really? Can you say (wait for it) – – wait – – handkerchief? DUH😡🤡 Do you really need to be told to stay home if sick? Really?
    Are we to believe people no longer die (tens of thousands per year) from the flu?
    Are we to believe the godz have stopped the alarming death rates (100+) per day from opioids?
    Are we to believe the godz have eliminated DUI deaths?
    Are we to believe the godz have reduced the death rate of “STUPID?”
    IS THIS A SUBLIMINAL TEST OF THE WORLDS SUBMISSION!
    Clearly obvious and obviously clear the world is past fue for their weekly CRANIAL COLON OSCOPY! Remember: STOOL SOFTENERS ARE TO BE TAKEN ORALLY!

  18. Precaution is necessary but not over-reaction to the point of media mania stoking this contagion crisis.
    Reality-people die daily, mostly the vulnerable infirmed & 20% aged. In US 7500 pass away every day,
    2+ million a year & globally 120 million annually, the life to death cycle.
    With this virus spreading, stringent mitigating measures have to be implemented now.

  19. Smart man. It’s the limited health care system and the politicians carreers that are at stake- “weak links in the chain.” General immunity of the public is also a problem relating to diet and environment.

  20. Why shut down corporations and businesses in areas not infected…this hysteria will collapse the economy and with out food and shelter what is to come will be far worse.

    • Sorry that you are too stupid to understand that people travel and this disease is asymptomatic.

    • Yes it is asymptomatic and got a head start. Plus maybe more to it than meets the eye….and noise and mouth! Take a break Charlie and a much needed vacation maybe.

  21. I had wanted to believe that people were making a mountain out of a mole hill when it came down to the general overall effects of the corona virus, but not having a medical background convinced me to keep THAT opinion to myself! I, too, am grateful to Dr. Bishara for more-or-less confirming what I already suspected! I DO, however, sincerely hope that he is correct in his analysis of the severity of the current pandemic!

  22. I agree with this Israeli doctor. This is vastly over blown, and has gotten out of control. The common flu is actually worse, and the common cold can kill people as well. Taking precautions is good, but to the ends we are having forced on us now, it is going to far. This could be seen as a means of kknowing how to control a population considering how uninformed most people are. People react, as opposed to thinking and reasoning out a situation at hand.

    • FUc* off moron. It’s screwing up the whole planet’s hospitals. Just because you are dumb right wing idiot that listens to stupid Trump. “There will be a miracle and it won’t be a problem.”

    • I do agree with you John except for your broad strokes about Trump supporters. I don’t believe in the “conspiracy miracle” and I know Trump can take a hit. Beats the anti-USA creep we had before him for 8 devastating years. Trump is a 70+ year old white man from New York….He’s going to rub people the wrong way now and then. 😉

    • Mr. Shit, I mean Smith, are you a doctor? It seems you know everything, but I have found it best to listen to the experts.

  23. If what he’s saying is true and more people who know what they are talking about agree. We need to step back and revaluate what we are doing. Because at this point in time we appear to be just killing every countries economy, and this may have a much larger impact on the world than the actual virus. Just my opinion.

    • CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States. In addition to CDC, many public health laboratories are now testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.

      COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*
      Total cases: 10,442
      Total deaths: 150

      150 dead in a population of 330,000,000 in the 60 days since the first report of the illness in the US is NOT a ‘pandemic’, epidemic’, or as bad as the common Flu.

      SO… WHY IS THE MEDIA AND LEFTIST POLITICIANS DEMANDING FULL TOTALITARIANISM?

  24. Plain and simple…..loons never miss an opportunity to try and take this president down…fear mongering won’t work!…as did all the other attempts!….could you imagine if the chosen one was in charge?

    • First off – the name is fantastic! Secondly – totally agree. I read that when UNC decided to stop trying to vamp up this virus (thinking it was just too dangerous) that Obama approved the sale of it to China’s labs. Plan in place for future use?

    • Suede, Thanks. Please see my long post. There is a lot of background leading up to this, and we should have stopped this nefarious activity long before. Sadly, it was not addressed by the previous Presidents in the USA, the UN, nor the worldwide ethics community, if one exists anymore! The USA passed a law against such research and under-the- radar developments in 1989. So much for law in the new world of “globalization” with Communists in the club now.

    • yes italy seems the hardest hit , I have an aquaintance whose son works and lives in china near wuhan , he states as much as he hates a communist type govt that their forced quarantine has done a lot to quell further rises in this, of course we go back to why they let it get away in the first place? there is a lot of thought that it had much to do with protesters in hong kong , that got quiet rather quickly hmmm what better way to eliminate a problem than by using germ warfare , I have told people the road to this november is going to be interesting and it looks like it has already begun

  25. Yup. I have the sniffles and sore throat. Is it Corona virus? I don’t know because I’m at home and won’t be tested. It doesn’t seem that bad and I plan on surviving but will this and countless other positive outcomes be logged into the statistics of this bug? No.

    • Yes – why don’t you go to your stupid church and hug a load of people. I’m sure prayer will fix everything.

  26. I agree, this is just another hype from the media, I’ve listened for years to the hype on weather; mostly wrong.
    Now my distrust of the media and government entities has grown. What they should be doing is giving the, honest reports!!!!!!

    • Look stupid global warming is real and pandemics are real. You are just too scientifically illiterate.

    • Yes they are both real. Since you mention it, John, Global warming, global cooling, global temperature stabilization, all have existed for millions of years, long before we were breathing on Earth. The orbit around the sun is very stable, still, and if we can just keep the trees and rain forests growing and add a few more perhaps, we’ll be fine. Carbon is needed for life, and trees eat CO2, and produce O2 – the stuff we need to live. Lets chill and stop beating each other up over fake-science of people who have agenda to control and lie to non-scientists who cannot differentiate between facts and BS. But this was about pandemics so I apologize for the digression. You got me going. 😉

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