Everyday I try to scour not just some of the most popular sources of information but some of those not so well known yet very informative. I take these stories and then look at the constantly updating data statistics on the virus itself, using both the Johns Hopkins worldwide site and the State of Florida's site on the virus. Johns Hopkins gives a good overview which, if watched regularly, shows some of the trends developing and where. The Florida Department of Health site covers Florida, the state where I live and one that offers a good model to follow for trends. Florida is not only a large state, the third most populous state in the country, but also one with lots of visitors and that give great indications of many of the sources for the virus. And when I look at both the Johns Hopkins site and the Florida site, it becomes quite obvious that the data trends don't make sense unless we look at some of the information gleaned by other sources of information. What do I mean? Well, I now will turn in that direction and I will do so with frank honesty from the point of view of what I can find.
The virus was first discovered, of course, in Wuhan, China, a city of some eleven million residents in November 2019 and was not reported outside of the country. When the government realized they had a problem, they opted to keep it quiet, even threatening some medical doctors who were alarmed if they didn't remain silent. And only when the word began to somehow get out, did they put out advisories. The lag time allowed human transmission since five million from Wuhan got out of their city in province and were free to travel about the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) stayed largely silent to long and recommended no closures and left Europe's borders open. There were some classified documents floating about indicating that things needed to be watched, but none really carried urgency and only when the travel of some many Chinese in and out of the United States did it trigger real alarm, resulting in the President banning travel to the United States from China despite the media and many politicians screaming that it wasn't necessary and even equating it in some quarters to racism. It's truly amazing how quickly they can change their narrative and never remember what they previously said, don't you think.
In the case of Italy, the nation has by far the highest number of cases and deaths in Europe, but there is an easy explanation. Italy is the only European nation that has openly welcomed China's ambitious Belt and Road, or the Silk Road project. The Chinese government is funding development of better internal roadways and improved port facilities to facilitate better trade between Italy and China. The workforce for the project includes Chinese national who were shipped to Italy. And then, in the midst of the growing crisis back home that China knew about, they allowed their workers to return home for the big Chinese New Year celebrations, only to be shipped back to Italy after the heavy contact with crowds that was sure to include infected celebrants. As a result, Italy's health crisis was born.
So, as I look at the most recent statistics on the virus, with an as of date and time of this morning at 9:40 a.m. (EDT), another little tidbit of information has emerged which makes things look sinister. Reports in recent days have come out of Wuhan, leaked by courageous humanitarians who despise the secrecy from truth, that in recent days truck loads of up to 500 funeral urns have been delivered to up to 7 funeral parlors, with other urns being removed. The claim is that some 3,500 bodies per day are being removed from the facility after being incinerated. With this covering an extended number of days, some respected China sleuths are claiming that the death toll in Wuhan is likely more like 40,000 than 3,000800 and what about the rest of China? No one knows. With that in mind, let's consider the statistics. China halted its count at approximately 3800 dead nationwide when they announced that the virus deaths were over. Not long after that, they banned most Western journalists from remaining in the country and why? If something doesn't smell right here it's likely because it isn't.
So, if we look at those recent statistics with the above in mind, here's what we find. On a world scale, we show the global death toll at 35,000 with a total infection total of 737,00. But even this is deceptive since the media doesn't include in its pronouncements that of that total, approximately 21% of the number are now cured, or 157,000. Why don't they report that. And with the much more open reporting system of the United States, in a world of over 7 billion people, I find it nearly impossible to believe that our nation of 330 million has 19% of the world's total of infected citizens. I find it hard to believe that third world nations and other who don't want to let the world know about the gravity of their problems are performing at the same level. And even in the worst case scenario, the doomsday theorists warning of million and millions of Americans dying is far from a fair assessment. The best advice is to pay attention but don't try to make something worse that it is. Follow the personal hygiene and avoid crowds guidance but also realize that the sun will come up again tomorrow and this will end as well, not tomorrow or next week, but sooner than we think. Be safe out there. When all is said and done, that will be the time to make sure that the lessons learned are followed and those who defrauded the world either on purpose or by their lack of attention can be required to pay the appropriate penalty for what they have done.