On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global epidemic. The virus, which originated from Wuhan China, has by the numbers via the CDC, left 50 Dead and 2,340 Infected in the United States, versus the 2019 Flu, which left 22,000 Dead and 36 Million Infected.
And now some think the panic over the coronavirus is overblown and could potentially do more damage to citizens and overburden our already fragile healthcare systems.
Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, an MIT scientist and researcher on the human immune system, is one the most respected experts who think the media and the "Deep State" are exaggerating the impact of the virus. He said it's time to stop scaring people and start talking about immune health.
In a response to a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump, Dr. Shiva said: "As an MIT PhD in Biological Engineering who studies & does research nearly every day on the Immune System, the coronavirus fear mongering by the Deep State will go down in history as one of the biggest frauds to manipulate economies, suppress dissent, & push MANDATED Medicine!"
As expected, his tweet sparked controversy, but Dr. Shiva may be right. Back in October 2009, the H1N1 killed 1,000 people in the United States, including almost 100 children before President Obama later declared national emergency for the virus.
At the time, the media driven hysteria was not nearly as high as it is today. Dr. Shiva is not alone. Earlier today, we also published a story using data from CDC and WHO, that tells a different story from what the media has been saying.
Dr. Shiva graduated from MIT in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. After selling his company he went to the MIT Media Lab and got a master's degree in animation, focusing on how to present scientific data visually.
He also holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. In 2004, Ayyadurai returned to MIT to work on a Ph.D. in systems biology, a relatively new field that integrates biology, engineering and computer science.