Coronavirus: Just the Facts, Ma'am
Part 1

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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
March 7, 2020

Last Updated :
February 27, 2021

NOTE: Be advised that due to the ongoing situation regarding the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the stats in part 1 of this series will be updated frequently, as my time permits, until world health officials determine that the virus has peaked, and is on a steady downward trend worldwide.

Invitation To Share The Series, Initial Reactions To COVID-19, How This Series Came About, Definitions: Coronavirus COVID-19 And SARS-CoV-2, Lysol Misinformation And Conspiracy Theorists, COVID-19 Vaccine Is Many Months Away, Common Symptoms Of The COVID-19 Disease, Some Helpful Tips And Preventative Measures, Masks/Respirators: Price-Gauging And Unscrupulous Companies, The Danger Of Asymptomatic Carriers: Rapid Undetected Spread, Failures Of CDC: Limited Test Kits And A Few Authorized Labs, Ridiculous Recommendation To Not Use Face Masks, Some People Are More Vulnerable To COVID-19 Disease, My Medical Situation, Despite Many Recent Viral Threats World Is Still Unprepared For Major Pandemic, 1918 Spanish Flu, Irony Of China, Class Warfare: We All Have Right To Protect Ourselves From COVID-19, Purchase High-Quality Face Masks, Practice Common Sense Health Habits, More Tests Conducted = More COVID-19 Cases Revealed, Huge Spike In Cases Is Expected, Current COVID-19 Statistics, Top Ten Affected Nations, We Are In A Pandemic, Downplaying The Truth Regarding Seriousness And Extent Of COVID-19, The Real Actions Of National Governments Belie Their Actual Words, The Ongoing Global Effects Of The Current COVID-19 Pandemic

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Over the past few months since the coronavirus (COVID-19) first came to the world's attention, I have seen a lot of comments being made on the social networks, in the comments section on a variety of news websites, and elsewhere. These comments have ranged from those people who are taking the potential threat very seriously, to more laid-back folks who are laughing it off as nothing to worry about. Some people are chalking it up to a hoax being perpetrated by the mass media for the sake of increasing their profits and expanding their viewership/readership. Others are referring to it as just another false flag situation created by the globalists and the New World Order advocates as a means to implement their devious plans for world domination. And yet others are delving into even wilder conspiracy theories regarding the origin of the virus. Quite frankly, it is enough to confuse and frighten anybody.

In recent weeks, I myself have also posted six informative commentaries on my Facebook timeline. In fact, I was in the process of preparing another commentary when it occurred to me that rather than do that, I should consolidate all of the information I have shared thus far, along with the personal comments I have made regarding the current situation, and present everything in a unified format for all of my friends and readers. Thus, this present series will allow me to do exactly that, as well as share my latest thoughts regarding the COVID-19 threat.

The first thing I would like to point out is that the word "coronavirus" actually applies to a GROUP of viruses which can affect both birds and mammals, including human beings. It is NOT just a single virus. There are different strains of the virus which continually mutate. The current strain of coronavirus which has been making the news in recent months has been named "SARS-CoV-2". Furthermore, the disease which SARS-CoV-2 causes has been named "coronavirus disease 2019", which is abbreviated as "COVID-19".

One reason why I mention this point regarding "coronavirus" being the name of a group of viruses, is because currently, a lot of people are being misled by erroneous information which is being circulated on the web regarding a well-known cleaning and disinfectant product known as "Lysol". The problem is that because the word "coronavirus" appears on a can of Lysol, some people are claiming that the current strain of coronavirus is not new, and that we are being lied to. They are in fact using this point to add legitimacy to and propagate their misguided conspiracy theories, which are helping no one, and which only serve to generate fear and paranoia.

However, what they fail to understand is that what is now spreading across the world is actually a new strain of the virus. That is precisely why it is called novel coronavirus; the word "novel" meaning "new". And, because it is a new strain of coronavirus, there is presently -- March, 2020 -- no vaccine for it as of yet. Furthermore, despite all of the online hype, and the boasts which are being made by some nations and medical facilities regarding creating a vaccine, from everything I've read to date, a safe, effective vaccine won't be available for at least six to eighteen months. Why so long? Because any new vaccine must undergo extensive test phases to determine its efficacy and safety to the public. In the meantime, we all just have to do whatever we can to remain safe, by taking common sense precautions and engaging in healthy practices.

One of the first questions that most people will want to be answered is how they will know whether or not they have been infected by coronavirus disease 2019, a.k.a. COVID-19. The CDC -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA -- explains that "Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death." Furthermore, they state that the following symptoms may appear in an infected person two to fourteen days after first being exposed to the current strain of coronavirus:

• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath

According to online sources, the following additional info regarding COVID-19 was provided by an unnamed doctor who worked in the Shenzhen Hospital in Guangdong Providence, China. This information appears to be verified by multiple websites. This doctor states that an infected person will display the following symptoms. Please note that I have edited and expanded his comments to some degree in order to make them more readable to English speakers. I have also added a few of my personal comments based on other material I have read online:

1. The coronavirus first infects the throat. As such, as occurs with any other cold or flu, you will have a sore throat which will last for three or four days. At this point, you won't even know that it is specifically the COVID-19 disease.

2. The virus then blends into a pus-like nasal fluid that enters the trachea -- a.k.a. the windpipe -- and then the bronchial tubes which feed air into your lungs. This will result in pneumonia developing. This takes an additional five or six days to occur.

3. Once pneumonia sets in, it will be accompanied by a high fever, as well as by noticeable difficulty in breathing.

4. The nasal congestion is different from what you would experience with a normal cold or regular strain of the flu. You will in fact feel like you are drowning due to the build-up of fluid/pus in the nodes of your lungs. At this point, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention.

This same Chinese doctor also provided the following info which explains the difference between a regular cold or flu and COVID-19. Also included below are some helpful tips and preventative measures which can be taken so that a person can hopefully avoid coming in contact with this strain of the coronavirus:

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum -- a mixture of saliva and mucus coughed up from the respiratory tract -- you have a common cold, and not COVID-19. Please note that I have seen a few contrary opinions which state that this is not always the case.

2. In contrast, coronavirus-associated pneumonia consists of a dry cough which is NOT accompanied by a runny nose. Again, there have been a few contradictory opinions regarding this particular point.

3. The novel coronavirus is not heat-resistant. As such, it will be killed when exposed to a temperature of just 26 to 27 degrees Centigrade, or 78 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit . It also hates direct sunlight, so soak in some sun if you can.

4. If a coronavirus-infected person sneezes, it takes about ten feet before the droplets fall to the ground and are no longer airborne. My personal physician confirmed this point to me when I last saw him in February of this present year.

5. If the droplets fall on a metal surface, they will live for at least twelve hours. So if you come into contact with any metal surface, wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you can with a bacterial soap, if one is available.

6. On fabric, the coronavirus can survive for approximately six to twelve hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.

7. Drinking warm water is effective against all viruses, so keep up your water intake so that your body remains properly hydrated at all times. However, try not to drink liquids which contain ice. To reiterate, drink plenty of water!

8. Wash your hands frequently, being as the coronavirus can only live on your hands for five to ten minutes. However, please note that a lot can happen during that brief period. For example, you may rub your eyes, pick your nose, place your fingers near or in your mouth, etc. It is also a good idea to constantly have alcohol-based hand swipes on hand in case soap and water are not available.

9. It is also smart to gargle frequently as a preventative measure. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.

10. If for some unavoidable reason you are forced to be out amongst large groups of people, such as at your place of work, in hospitals or clinics, on buses, subways, planes or trains, or in similar situations, wear a well-fitting face mask, also known as a respirator. Be aware of the fact that many respirators are not reusable, and must be discarded after a certain number of hours. This can quickly cut into your pocketbook, given how expensive high quality masks have become in recent months.

Yes, it is sad to say that certain unscrupulous individuals and companies won't hesitate to take financial advantage of people's suffering in situations such as this. Price-gauging has already become rampant, and face masks are becoming more and more difficult to find. If you are unable to obtain any respirators and find yourself needing to cough or sneeze, at the very least, do it in a handkerchief or in a tissue. If you do not have one available, then cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm in order to mitigate the spread of the droplets in the surrounding air.

Regarding COVID-19 symptoms, please notice that I said "may appear". You see, that is precisely the problem, because a lot of infected people are asymptomatic. This means that even though they may be carrying the virus in their bodies, they may never display any of the usual outward symptoms. The end result is that they could potentially infect tens, dozens or even hundreds of people for weeks or longer, and not even realize that they are COVID-19 carriers. This point is of great concern to medical professionals and facilities all around the world. It is in fact one of the primary ways in which COVID-19 has been able to spread so rapidly around the world, from one nation -- China -- barely three months ago, to over one hundred countries as of this writing.

In short, the SARS-CoV-2 virus basically sneaks into nations undetected, unless a country is well prepared to carefully examine every single individual who crosses their border. At this current time, most countries are not capable of doing this. Furthermore, if we consider how porous some national borders are, it pretty much becomes an impossible task to test everyone. Infected people will get through one way or another.

This leads us to our next point. In addition to the fact that there are so many individuals who remain asymptomatic, the reality is that there currently exists only a limited number of COVID-19 test kits and laboratories which are even authorized to perform the required tests. Obviously, this compounds the problem even further. In fact, a recent Time Magazine article stated that prior to the end of February, 2020, in the United States, only two labs which are operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- or CDC -- and a few other state labs, were authorized to test for the coronavirus. While the situation has improved since that time because the CDC has loosened up its requirements, it still remains quite dismal and inadequate compared to what other nations around the world are able to accomplish, insofar as COVID-19 lab testing is concerned.

I was also reading that some American doctors have called the current situation regarding COVID-19 testing an outright embarrassment, due to the fact that the United States is one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world. How could the CDC and other health-related institutions drop the ball in this manner? In fact, according to online info, initially, the CDC was being so stringent in regards to its testing requirements, that even though certain individuals met all of the symptoms for having COVID-19, they were still not tested, because they had not recently visited a foreign country, or been exposed to an individual who had visited a foreign nation.

According to the latest news reports -- from both liberal as well as conservative news sources -- despite the fact that President Trump has stated that any person who desires to be tested will be tested, this still is not actually happening due to the stringent testing requirements, the shortage of labs, and the shortage of test kits. In fact, in an exchange before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Doctor Anthony Fauci -- who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases -- stated the following:

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"The system is not really geared to what we need right now, what you are asking for. That is a failing. It is a failing. I mean, let's admit it . . . The idea of anybody getting it [ meaning a test] easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we are not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes. But we are not."

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Given the current dismal situation in regards to testing, and until it actually improves, as President Trump promised it would in his national emergency declaration speech, let me put this into proper perspective for you. In a word, with an American population of more than three hundred million citizens, it will take a very long time to test all of the people who may still require testing. As such, I would not hold my breath if I were you.

Directly related to this is another issue which I discovered a few days ago while scanning my Facebook news feed. I came across a post in which one of my friends stated that certain German doctors are claiming that wearing face masks -- or respirators, as they are called in the medical profession -- is pointless. Their recommendation was for one to simply wash their hands continuously. In fact, as I dug deeper into this issue, I discovered that other doctors and health-related institutions in other countries were recommending the very same thing, including in the United States.

Well, when I read that piece of advice, I have to say that my jaw dropped in disbelief. While I am no conspiracy theorist, I have to say that it almost sounds like some of those folks actually WANT us to get sick. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might even begin to think that this is some kind of crazy population control scheme. I considered that perhaps my friend had simply misunderstood, being as English is not her native language, or German, for that matter. But as I said, it turned out to be true. In fact, one of the reasons which has been given for making this suggestion is that at this current time, due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 disease, there is a serious shortage of medical supplies, such as test kits and face masks.

In short, they want us regular folks to stop purchasing the masks, so that there are enough to go around for the medical professionals who need them in order to be able to safely treat the sick. While that seems reasonable enough, there is another way of looking at this, and that is this: If I wear a respirator in order to prevent myself from becoming infected with the coronavirus, then I will have no need to visit my doctor to begin with. Not only that, but even the current COVID-19 literature makes it clear that some people are more vulnerable to the virus than others. This is particularly true of the elderly, and people who have underlying medical conditions.

Well, in my case, I qualify to wear a respirator in several ways. First of all, yes, I am elderly, being in my late 60s. Second, I also have underlying serious medical conditions. For example, since 2017, I have been hospitalized twice for DVT -- or Deep Vein Thrombosis -- and for Acute Bilateral Pulmonary Emboli. In layman's terms, this means that I have had multiple blood clots form in my legs, which have then broken off and traveled to every node of my lungs. This is a very dangerous, life-threatening situation; because if a blood clot reaches my heart, or my brain, it can kill me on the spot. As a result, I am now forced to take a daily dose of Warfarin -- a.k.a. Coumadin -- for the rest of my life. Warfarin is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, as such drugs are commonly known.

I am also concerned about my daughter. She has a compromised immune system, and has been a Type 1 diabetic for just under twenty years now. Likewise, my granddaughter suffers from certain allergies as well. Are these medical professionals trying to tell me that we have to forego wearing respirators so they can have more for themselves? In my view, the real solution here isn't to rob Peter to pay Paul, it's to simply start manufacturing a lot more face masks, which is exactly what a number of countries are now doing.

Yet still, in my personal opinion, this situation regarding the respirator shortage makes a very loud statement, and that is this: Despite how many times the world has been threatened by different deadly viruses and contagions in recent decades, it is evident that national governments, global and national health care institutions, hospitals and clinics, and doctors of various persuasions are still not prepared for the "Big One". I am of course referring to a superbug which will kill millions of people across the globe, similar to the deadly 1918 influenza pandemic, which is commonly referred to as the Spanish flu. The Wikipedia website notes the following regarding the 1918 Spanish flu:

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"It infected 500 million people around the world, or about 27% of the then world population of between 1.8 and 1.9 billion, including people on isolated Pacific islands and in the Arctic. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history."

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Ironically, while in our modern day China has thus far been one of the nations most devastated by SARS-CoV-2, during the Spanish flu of 1918, it was one of the countries least affected, for reasons which remain hypothetical at best. At any rate, as I told my Facebook friend, insofar as not wearing face masks is concerned, I most certainly disagree with those doctors' advice. Furthermore, I think that it is both ludicrous and irresponsible for any medical professional to convey such a message to the public. We have a right to be protected just as much as they do. Or is this yet another manifestation of the haves versus the have-nots, the rich versus the poor, and the elite versus the oppressed working class?

Now, to add a degree of balance to my previous statement, I will say that if they are cheap, loose-fitting face masks, such as you might find at a dentist's office, then, yes, I would tend to agree with them when they say that the masks probably offer very little real protection from the current strain of the coronavirus which is obviously quite virulent. At the same time, while I am not a medical professional by any means, in my opinion, common sense dictates that a high-quality, good-fitting respirator, in conjunction with washing one's hands regularly, eating properly, resting properly, avoiding large crowds if at all possible, etc., is the best approach to take to remaining free of the current strain of the coronavirus. Let me also add that if you are using face masks, it is important to remember to keep your hands away from your face while wearing one. Likewise, when you go to dispose of a used respirator, be very careful how you handle it, being as it may be laden with the virus you are trying to avoid.

Also of interest is the fact that one reason why the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has grown so rapidly in recent weeks and days is because more tests are now being conducted. Not just by the United States, but by other nations as well. As a result, what we currently know regarding the extent of the novel coronavirus pandemic may still just be the tip of the ice berg. In other words, the more testing that is done, the bigger the problem becomes as more confirmed cases are revealed. Thus, it is no surprise that medical professionals around the world -- including in the United States -- are now warning that we should expect to see a spike in the number of cases as the weeks and months progress. New hot spots will continue to appear on the global map. In fact, just in the time that it has taken me to write this series over the past few days, I have had to change the statistics I include in it multiple times, because the numbers just keep rising, sometimes by the hour.

Another point worth mentioning is the fact that we may never know the actual mortality rate of COVID-19, due to the fact that there is now information on public record that a number of people have died from it, before the coronavirus was even identified as the cause of their death. In other words, such people were misdiagnosed, and were thought to have died from influenza. However, a posthumous examination revealed that such people had actually died from COVID-19. This point was revealed during a House Oversight Committee hearing on March 11, 2020 in an exchange between U.S. Representative Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) and Dr. Robert Redfield, who is the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In that discussion, Rouda asked Redfield if it was possible that certain flu patients could have been misdiagnosed with influenza, when in reality they had died from COVID-19. Dr. Redfield responded "The standard practice is the first thing you do is test for influenza, so if they had influenza they would be positive." Rep. Rouda then inquired if they were conducting posthumous testing, to which Redfield responded that there has been "a surveillance system of deaths from pneumonia, that the CDC has. It's not in every city, every state, every hospital." Rep. Rouda then pressed Dr. Redfield further and asked him "So we could have some people in the United States dying for what appears to be influenza, when in fact it could be the coronavirus?" Redfield answered in the affirmative stating that "some cases have actually been diagnosed that way in the United States today." While it is water under the bridge, the point remains that due to this unintentional oversight, we may never have a truly accurate figure regarding the total number of deaths which are/were caused by the coronavirus.

So exactly where does the world stand at this point in time? The following COVID-19 pandemic stats make it rather clear. Be advised that the accuracy of the figures below is based on two things:

1. The honesty and accuracy of the governments and health institutions which are submitting these statistics to the global database.

2. The level of testing which is being conducted by each nation which contributes statistics to this list.

Having said that, because some nations have been very slow to conduct tests, and/or have a very limited number of test kits in their possession, it is most probable that the figures listed below are far below reality. In short, the more tests each nation conducts, the more accurate these statistics will become over time. However, they will never be completely accurate due to these and a variety of other reasons.


Last Updated On: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Last Updated At: 01:24 PM ChST (Chamorro Standard Time/GMT+10)
Total Countries Infected: 192

Nations With 1000+ Confirmed Cases:

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Country Confirmed Active Deaths Recovered
USA 28,484,429 27,974,106 510,323 None
India 11,063,491 155,986 156,825 10,750,680
Brazil 10,455,630 922,787 252,835 9,280,008
Russia 4,175,757 350,799 83,900 3,741,058
United Kingdom 4,175,315 4,041,088 122,648 11,579
France 3,746,707 3,399,320 85,738 261,649
Spain 3,188,553 2,969,035 69,142 150,376
Italy 2,888,923 404,664 97,227 2,387,032
Turkey 2,683,971 98,754 28,432 2,556,785
Germany 2,436,506 126,155 69,750 2,240,601
Colombia 2,244,792 43,400 59,518 2,141,874
Argentina 2,098,728 154,007 51,887 1,892,834
Mexico 2,069,370 265,670 183,692 1,620,008
Poland 1,684,788 235,883 43,353 1,405,552
Iran 1,615,184 175,363 59,899 1,379,922
South Africa 1,510,778 34,577 49,784 1,426,417
Ukraine 1,381,273 148,244 27,146 1,205,883
Indonesia 1,322,866 158,408 35,786 1,128,672
Peru 1,308,722 52,070 45,903 1,210,749
Czechia 1,212,780 137,698 19,999 1,055,083
Netherlands 1,093,899 1,063,943 15,626 14,330
Canada 866,735 30,261 21,915 814,559
Chile 816,929 23,578 20,400 772,951
Portugal 802,773 72,037 16,243 714,493
Romania 795,732 39,479 20,233 736,020
Israel 770,780 39,356 5,697 725,727
Belgium 763,885 741,879 22,006 None
Iraq 688,698 45,155 13,365 630,178
Sweden 657,309 644,483 12,826 None
Pakistan 577,482 22,285 12,804 542,393
Philippines 571,327 34,498 12,247 524,582
Switzerland 554,932 227,371 9,961 317,600
Bangladesh 545,424 41,531 8,395 495,498
Morocco 482,994 5,999 8,608 468,387
Austria 454,860 19,088 8,515 427,257
Serbia 453,240 448,826 4,414 None
Japan 429,860 15,614 7,818 406,428
Hungary 419,182 86,488 14,795 317,899
United Arab Emirates 385,160 6,425 1,198 377,537
Jordan 383,912 35,422 4,650 343,840
Saudi Arabia 376,723 2,549 6,483 367,691
Lebanon 369,692 80,032 4,610 285,050
Panama 339,781 9,125 5,820 324,836
Slovakia 303,420 41,154 6,966 255,300
Malaysia 295,951 27,994 1,111 266,846
Belarus 284,500 7,800 1,957 274,743
Ecuador 282,599 28,069 15,713 238,817
Nepal 273,984 936 2,771 270,277
Georgia 270,137 2,605 3,485 264,047
Kazakhstan 260,384 20,470 3,160 236,754
Bolivia 246,822 44,164 11,577 191,081
Bulgaria 245,627 32,005 10,128 203,494
Croatia 242,097 3,046 5,503 233,548
Dominican Republic 238,205 45,960 3,082 189,163
Azerbaijan 233,989 2,297 3,213 228,479
Tunisia 231,964 27,077 7,942 196,945
Ireland 218,251 190,587 4,300 23,364
Denmark 210,900 6,328 2,354 202,218
Costa Rica 204,341 24,442 2,800 177,099
Lithuania 196,690 11,202 3,225 182,263
Kuwait 189,046 10,841 1,072 177,133
Slovenia 188,676 12,948 3,823 171,905
Greece 188,201 87,998 6,439 93,764
Moldova 183,338 14,551 3,899 164,888
Egypt 181,241 30,724 10,590 139,927
West Bank and Gaza 180,848 13,624 2,019 165,205
Guatemala 173,814 6,890 6,348 160,576
Armenia 171,510 5,162 3,183 163,165
Honduras 168,243 98,719 4,099 65,425
Qatar 162,737 9,673 257 152,807
Paraguay 157,603 22,990 3,152 131,461
Ethiopia 157,047 20,146 2,340 134,561
Nigeria 155,076 20,630 1,902 132,544
Burma 141,875 7,242 3,198 131,435
Oman 140,588 7,342 1,562 131,684
Venezuela 138,295 6,578 1,338 130,379
Libya 132,458 10,792 2,174 119,492
Bosnia and Herzegovina 130,979 10,061 5,071 115,847
Bahrain 121,127 6,886 442 113,799
Algeria 112,805 31,986 2,977 77,842
Kenya 105,467 17,093 1,853 86,521
Albania 105,229 35,466 1,756 68,007
North Macedonia 101,762 7,748 3,119 90,895
China 100,885 490 4,834 95,561
Korea, South 89,321 7,393 1,595 80,333
Kyrgyzstan 86,142 1,618 1,463 83,061
Latvia 84,983 9,304 1,601 74,078
Ghana 82,586 5,419 594 76,573
Sri Lanka 82,430 4,346 459 77,625
Uzbekistan 79,804 849 622 78,333
Zambia 77,639 3,938 1,066 72,635
Montenegro 74,789 8,544 994 65,251
Norway 70,564 51,944 622 17,998
Kosovo 68,451 7,419 1,592 59,440
Estonia 62,830 13,764 575 48,491
Singapore 59,913 81 29 59,803
El Salvador 59,866 2,713 1,841 55,312
Mozambique 58,218 17,799 613 39,806
Uruguay 56,542 6,929 601 49,012
Finland 56,407 15,665 742 40,000
Afghanistan 55,696 3,969 2,442 49,285
Luxembourg 55,110 2,986 637 51,487
Cuba 48,441 4,392 314 43,735
Uganda 40,322 25,372 334 14,616
Namibia 38,424 2,012 418 35,994
Zimbabwe 36,044 2,042 1,463 32,539
Cameroon 35,714 2,569 551 32,594
Cyprus 34,181 31,893 231 2,057
Senegal 34,031 4,797 857 28,377
Cote d'Ivoire 32,478 857 190 31,431
Malawi 31,675 12,455 1,037 18,183
Sudan 30,284 5,543 1,878 22,863
Australia 28,965 5,154 909 22,902
Botswana 28,371 4,817 310 23,244
Thailand 25,809 774 83 24,952
Congo (Kinshasa) 25,691 6,698 707 18,286
Jamaica 22,471 8,827 413 13,231
Malta 21,982 2,582 313 19,087
Angola 20,759 948 504 19,307
Madagascar 19,831 238 297 19,296
Maldives 19,479 2,417 60 17,002
Rwanda 18,689 1,129 258 17,302
Mauritania 17,187 214 439 16,534
Eswatini 16,972 2,081 650 14,241
Guinea 15,894 926 89 14,879
Syria 15,467 4,812 1,018 9,637
Cabo Verde 15,253 353 146 14,754
Gabon 14,564 1,338 83 13,143
Tajikistan 13,308 0 90 13,218
Haiti 12,352 2,426 247 9,679
Belize 12,293 142 315 11,836
Burkina Faso 11,939 393 142 11,404
Andorra 10,822 318 110 10,394
Lesotho 10,491 6,454 292 3,745
Suriname 8,913 352 170 8,391
Congo (Brazzaville) 8,820 1,673 128 7,019
Bahamas 8,519 1,031 179 7,309
Guyana 8,513 373 195 7,945
Mali 8,358 1,653 350 6,355
Trinidad and Tobago 7,704 120 139 7,445
South Sudan 7,597 3,400 90 4,107
Togo 6,730 1,126 82 5,522
Somalia 6,687 2,680 223 3,784
Nicaragua 6,445 2,047 173 4,225
Djibouti 6,062 105 63 5,894
Iceland 6,049 14 29 6,006
Equatorial Guinea 5,957 261 91 5,605
Benin 5,434 1,116 70 4,248
Central African Republic 5,004 21 63 4,920
Niger 4,740 318 172 4,250
Gambia 4,691 454 148 4,089
Chad 3,957 369 138 3,450
Sierra Leone 3,884 1,193 79 2,612
San Marino 3,671 374 73 3,224
Comoros 3,558 159 144 3,255
Saint Lucia 3,356 409 35 2,912
Guinea-Bissau 3,241 596 48 2,597
Barbados 2,994 691 33 2,270
Eritrea 2,847 587 7 2,253
Mongolia 2,831 679 2 2,150
Seychelles 2,592 318 11 2,263
Liechtenstein 2,564 26 54 2,484
Vietnam 2,426 552 35 1,839
New Zealand 2,372 66 26 2,280
Yemen 2,267 206 627 1,434
Burundi 2,143 1,367 3 773
Liberia 2,010 41 85 1,884
Monaco 1,942 227 23 1,692
Sao Tome and Principe 1,745 381 28 1,336
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1,519 665 6 848
Papua New Guinea 1,228 370 12 846

Based on the available evidence of all the nations which are now detecting one or more confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease -- and with those numbers certain to grow as we move forward -- while the major world health organizations were at first cautious, and initially were very hesitant to even use the word "pandemic", it became rather evident to many of us that this is precisely what we are in the midst of. However, as you may know, with the mounting evidence, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization -- or WHO -- was finally forced to acknowledge that COVID-19 has become a dangerous global pandemic. Furthermore, in the USA, Doctor Anthony Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, candidly admitted that unless world governments quickly contain and mitigate the situation, it could result in many millions of people becoming infected with the coronavirus. Newsweek magazine notes the following:

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The number of people that are infected with the new coronavirus is entirely dependent on how America responds to the outbreak, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

"If we are complacent and don't do really aggressive containment and mitigation, the number could go way up and be involved in many, many millions," Fauci told members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday.

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In all fairness, it should be pointed out that nobody wants to unnecessarily create a panic, even though buyers panic is already evident in a number of nations where store shelves have quickly been emptied of basic necessities. So from that perspective, the cautious position of medical professionals and government figures is understandable. Yet still, I must wonder how much we're actually being told the truth at this current time.

As my longtime friends will already know, I am not one for fear-mongering, rumor-mongering, and propagating conspiracy theories. I am very careful regarding what I write in my articles, as well as in my online commentaries on the social networks. I always strive to stick with the facts; both the Biblical facts, as well as the facts when it concerns some secular event. But as I am sure many of you have seen, until very recently, there appeared to be a concerted campaign to convince us that this COVID-19 pandemic is not really any worse than the viruses and flu strains which afflict people every year. At least that was the case.

As I said a moment ago, mounting evidence has forced public government and health officials to alter their story. Even the American president was singing that same tune, and was contradicting the statements which were being put out by the CDC and the WHO. In short, certain individuals and entities were purposely downplaying the current situation, and that just raised my personal suspicions even more. However, with thousands of confirmed cases in the United States, including many deaths in Washington state, it was simply no longer possible to downplay the severity of what is going on. Thus, on March 14 -- our local time -- President Trump declared a national emergency in order to more effectively fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

Like many of you, when it comes to national governments, I take everything they say -- and what the mass media says -- with a grain of salt. Yes, I have a trust issue. But let me ask you something. Should we just listen to what they say, or should we look more carefully at what they are actually doing at this current time? Now, if we do the latter, then insofar as the COVID-19 disease is concerned, there seemed to be a wide gap between what we were initially being told, and what is actually being done by different nations around the world. For example, on March 13th, Fox News reported the following:

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The U.S. Capitol and nearby congressional office buildings are being closed to the general public over coronavirus concerns, with Congress announcing Thursday that it is allowing access only to lawmakers, staff, press and official business visitors.

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In addition to the above, President Trump has now blocked all human traffic coming from twenty-six European nations. Even before the American government did this, there were clear signs that the world was already in serious trouble. For example, about a week ago, Moon Jae-in -- who is the current president of South Korea -- put his country on the highest possible alert in its fight against the coronavirus. By so doing, he empowered his government to lock down entire cities, and to take certain other sweeping measures in order to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. And with good reason. As we saw earlier, South Korea is reporting many thousands of confirmed cases, and quite a few deaths, and those numbers are continuing to rise by the day.

South Korea is not alone. Following China's example, other countries have also begun to take similar measures. They are locking down entire cities and regions where the coronavirus has surfaced. Some countries have temporarily closed their borders with other nations which have also been affected by COVID-19. As you have probably already heard, both Europe and the Middle East are on high alert. For example, in the United Kingdom, they have reportedly drafted plans to shut down the House of Commons as well as the House of Lords until September of this current year, in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a parliamentary insider.

In addition to the above, some nations are calling back and quarantining their citizens if they have been in an affected country. Hundreds of international flights have already been canceled. In some countries, school systems are being closed for a month. Likewise, certain large companies have begun to encourage their employees to start working from home for the time being. A lot of public events are also being canceled. Large public gatherings are likewise being prohibited.

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