Coronavirus: Just the Facts, Ma'am
Part 1

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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
March 7, 2020

Last Updated :
July 14, 2020

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 daily, 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: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Last Updated At: 06:20 PM ChST (Chamorro Standard Time/GMT+10)
Total Countries Infected: 188

Nations With 1000+ Confirmed Cases:

Note: To see a complete list, please go to

Country Confirmed Active Deaths Recovered
Total 13,113,181 5,271,871 573,288 7,268,022
USA 3,364,547 2,196,993 135,615 1,031,939
Brazil 1,884,967 520,883 72,833 1,291,251
India 906,752 311,565 23,727 571,460
Russia 738,787 215,232 11,597 511,958
Peru 330,123 97,061 12,054 221,008
Chile 317,657 24,077 7,024 286,556
Mexico 304,435 28,843 35,491 240,101
United Kingdom 291,691 245,392 44,915 1,384
South Africa 287,796 145,383 4,172 138,241
Iran 259,652 24,081 13,032 222,539
Spain 255,953 77,171 28,406 150,376
Pakistan 253,604 77,628 5,320 170,656
Italy 243,230 13,157 34,967 195,106
Saudi Arabia 235,111 63,026 2,243 169,842
Turkey 214,001 12,948 5,382 195,671
France 209,640 100,886 30,032 78,722
Germany 200,440 6,263 9,077 185,100
Bangladesh 186,894 86,186 2,391 98,317
Colombia 150,445 81,360 5,634 63,451
Canada 110,046 27,790 8,836 73,420
Qatar 104,016 3,240 149 100,627
Argentina 103,265 57,189 1,903 44,173
China 85,117 569 4,641 79,907
Egypt 83,001 54,091 3,935 24,975
Iraq 79,735 29,487 3,250 46,998
Indonesia 76,981 36,636 3,656 36,689
Sweden 75,826 70,290 5,536 None
Ecuador 68,459 33,027 5,063 30,369
Belarus 65,114 9,154 468 55,492
Belgium 62,781 35,771 9,787 17,223
Kazakhstan 61,755 25,469 375 35,911
Oman 58,179 20,663 259 37,257
Philippines 57,006 35,036 1,599 20,371
Ukraine 55,931 26,481 1,429 28,021
Kuwait 55,508 9,759 393 45,356
United Arab Emirates 55,198 9,351 334 45,513
Netherlands 51,308 44,959 6,156 193
Bolivia 49,250 32,090 1,866 15,294
Panama 47,173 22,322 932 23,919
Portugal 46,818 14,091 1,662 31,065
Singapore 46,283 3,716 26 42,541
Dominican Republic 45,506 22,162 903 22,441
Israel 40,632 20,872 365 19,395
Poland 38,190 9,099 1,576 27,515
Afghanistan 34,730 12,275 1,038 21,417
Bahrain 33,476 4,268 109 29,099
Nigeria 33,153 18,738 744 13,671
Romania 32,948 9,355 1,901 21,692
Switzerland 32,946 1,378 1,968 29,600
Armenia 32,490 11,180 581 20,729
Guatemala 29,742 24,177 1,244 4,321
Honduras 28,579 24,667 789 3,123
Ireland 25,638 528 1,746 23,364
Ghana 24,988 3,782 139 21,067
Azerbaijan 24,570 8,617 313 15,640
Japan 22,289 3,247 984 18,058
Algeria 19,689 4,652 1,018 14,019
Moldova 19,439 5,997 649 12,793
Austria 18,948 1,240 708 17,000
Serbia 18,639 4,294 405 13,940
Nepal 16,945 6,613 38 10,294
Morocco 15,936 2,747 255 12,934
Cameroon 15,173 2,886 359 11,928
Uzbekistan 13,872 5,778 64 8,030
Korea, South 13,512 941 289 12,282
Czechia 13,238 4,512 353 8,373
Denmark 13,238 297 610 12,331
Cote d'Ivoire 12,872 5,978 84 6,810
Kyrgyzstan 11,444 7,757 149 3,538
Sudan 10,316 4,256 657 5,403
Kenya 10,294 7,151 197 2,946
Australia 10,251 2,306 110 7,835
El Salvador 9,978 3,950 267 5,761
Venezuela 9,707 6,943 93 2,671
Norway 8,984 593 253 8,138
Malaysia 8,725 83 122 8,520
Senegal 8,198 2,534 150 5,514
North Macedonia 8,197 3,486 385 4,326
Congo (Kinshasa) 8,075 4,265 190 3,620
Costa Rica 8,036 5,698 34 2,304
Ethiopia 7,766 5,208 128 2,430
Bulgaria 7,411 3,618 276 3,517
Finland 7,295 166 329 6,800
Bosnia and Herzegovina 6,981 3,576 226 3,179
Haiti 6,727 3,564 141 3,022
Tajikistan 6,596 1,263 55 5,278
West Bank and Gaza 6,579 5,453 42 1,084
Guinea 6,141 1,242 37 4,862
Gabon 6,026 2,505 46 3,475
Mauritania 5,446 2,798 147 2,501
Kosovo 5,118 2,640 108 2,370
Madagascar 5,080 2,549 37 2,494
Djibouti 4,977 192 56 4,729
Luxembourg 4,956 662 111 4,183
Central African Republic 4,321 3,060 53 1,208
Hungary 4,258 557 595 3,106
Greece 3,826 2,259 193 1,374
Croatia 3,775 1,142 119 2,514
Albania 3,571 1,462 95 2,014
Thailand 3,227 78 58 3,091
Somalia 3,072 1,636 93 1,343
Equatorial Guinea 3,071 2,178 51 842
Paraguay 2,980 1,662 25 1,293
Nicaragua 2,846 762 91 1,993
Maldives 2,762 459 13 2,290
Sri Lanka 2,646 654 11 1,981
Malawi 2,430 1,644 39 747
Cuba 2,428 73 87 2,268
Lebanon 2,419 960 36 1,423
Mali 2,412 561 121 1,730
South Sudan 2,148 1,774 41 333
Congo (Brazzaville) 2,028 1,392 47 589
Estonia 2,014 50 69 1,895
Slovakia 1,902 381 28 1,493
Iceland 1,900 19 10 1,871
Zambia 1,895 441 42 1,412
Lithuania 1,874 224 79 1,571
Slovenia 1,849 265 111 1,473
Guinea-Bissau 1,842 1,043 26 773
Cabo Verde 1,722 931 19 772
Sierra Leone 1,642 404 63 1,175
New Zealand 1,545 25 22 1,498
Libya 1,512 1,105 40 367
Yemen 1,498 399 424 675
Eswatini 1,389 681 20 688
Rwanda 1,378 664 4 710
Benin 1,378 795 26 557
Tunisia 1,302 170 50 1,082
Montenegro 1,287 933 24 330
Mozambique 1,219 841 9 369
Jordan 1,183 165 10 1,008
Latvia 1,174 121 31 1,022
Niger 1,099 39 68 992
Burkina Faso 1,036 114 53 869
Zimbabwe 1,034 672 19 343
Uganda 1,029 52 0 977
Liberia 1,024 534 51 439
Cyprus 1,022 164 19 839
Georgia 999 114 15 870
Uruguay 989 55 31 903

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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