Today’s Campaign Update, Part II (Because the Campaign Never Ends)
Can everybody please just calm down a little bit here? – The Democrat/media campaign to weaponize the Coronavirus against President Trump is now predictably causing all sorts of needless panic among the population.
Thanks to the very despicable, very false narrative being spread by the corrupt hacks at CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the rest of the fake news media, ordinary citizens are now hoarding things like anti-viral surgical masks and various food items. Sellers of the surgical masks on Amazon are attempting to hide their price-gouging activities by charging upwards of $200 or more for shipping and handling.
Even more damaging to the economy overall, though, we are now seeing an irrational rush to cancel major conferences that create hundreds of millions in economic activity in their host cities.
Facebook led the way, canceling its huge global marketing conference scheduled to take place in San Francisco. As reported by The Verge:
Facebook has canceled its upcoming global marketing conference out of caution for the coronavirus outbreak, according to Reuters. The conference was set to take place in March at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and 4,000 people were expected to attend.
“Our priority is the health and safety of our teams, so out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.
Facebook canceling its global marketing conference comes on the heels of this week’s cancellation of Mobile World Congress, also due to coronavirus concerns. In the days leading up to MWC’s cancellation, several vendors, including LG, Ericsson, Nvidia, Intel, Vivo, Sony, Amazon, NTT Docomo, Cisco, Nokia, BT, and HMD, all pulled out from the show over fears of endangering attendees.
On Friday, Google announced that it would cancel a big conference scheduled for Las Vegas, as reported by Fortune:
Google canceled a major internal gathering over concerns about the spread of coronavirus, the latest in a wave of events and conferences being called off around the world.
The internet giant’s sales and marketing event was set to take place in Las Vegas in March, a Google spokesman said. “In light of the evolving coronavirus situation we made the decision to cancel an internal event that would have brought thousands of employees together from across two continents,” the spokesman said.
Companies and event organizers are scrapping large gatherings of people out of fear they could foster the spread of the respiratory virus known as Covid-19, which has killed more than 2,800 people and spread to 55 countries and territories. Switzerland has banned any gathering of more than 1,000 people; a massive trade fair in Berlin was canceled last-minute; and Facebook on Thursday called off its May event for developers. The Game Developers Conference, set to open March 16 in San Fransisco, is also at risk after Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Sony all pulled out. Google’s biggest annual event—I/O—is still set for early May.
Meanwhile, in Houston, IHS Markit announced on Sunday the cancellation of its annual CERA Week conference, which brings more than 5,000 senior people affiliated with the oil and gas industry to Houston for a week every year. Here’s a cut from the Houston Chronicle story:
A major oil and gas industry conference that brings thousands of international visitors to Houston every March has been canceled amid elevated fears related to the growing number of coronavirus cases around the world.
CERAWeek by IHS Markit organizers canceled the event Sunday with “deep disappointment.”
With an audience that draws CEOs, Middle Eastern royalty and energy ministers from nations around the globe, the conference attracted 5,300 delegates last year. Although U.S. travel restrictions prevented Chinese delegates from attending this year’s conference, organizers were expecting delegates from 80 nations to arrive in Houston from March 9 through 13.
The impacts of the cancellations of these major events reverberates throughout the economy, and not just locally. Obviously, the loss of so many anticipated visitors will devastate local restaurants, hotels and other businesses for whom such conferences create so much of their business. But also think of the losses to airlines, rental car agencies and other travel-related businesses.
The big question here is why these decisions are being made? Thus far, the U.S. has 89 total confirmed cases of Coronavirus, most of which have been voluntarily imported into our country by the government. The number of organic cases thus far is almost a rounding error. Globally, the number of confirmed cases is 89,000, a miniscule number compared to the common flu, which kills 12,000 to 30,000 people each year in the United States alone.
So, why don’t these same companies cancel holding any conferences during flu season? Isn’t that a valid question?
For some context, here are the number of deaths by major cause in the U.S. during January and February of this year:
Heart disease: 104,400
Chronic lower Respiratory diseases: 25,380
Kidney disease: 8,220
For another bit of context, look at how the progression of the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus has leveled off in the past week:
Also, this morning brings this report out of the Wuhan Province in China, where the virus supposedly orginated:
Wuhan hospital discharges last patient amid drop in virus cases
The city at the center of China’s coronavirus epidemic has closed one of 16 hospitals built to respond to the illness after the medical facility discharged the last of its recovered patients.
The closure of the hospital in Wuhan accompanied a steep drop in the number of cases of the virus in Hubei province, Chinese officials said, Reuters reported.
“The rapid rising trend of virus cases in Wuhan has been controlled,” Mi Feng, a spokesman for China’s National Health Commission, told a briefing Monday. “Outbreaks in Hubei outside of Wuhan are curbed and provinces outside of Hubei are showing a positive trend.”
Make no mistake about this: The Democrats and their corrupt media toadies have been searching for a way to talk the U.S. economy into a recession for the better part of a year now. They have now succeeded in panicking a raft of major companies into cancelling major, economy-boosting conferences and in scaring a large number of Americans to start hoarding goods and hunkering down in their homes.
Personally, the little wifey and I are going to get on an American Airlines jet and fly out to Vegas on Wednesday for a four day bit of R&R. There, we will enjoy a concert by my favorite band, Chicago, leisurely gambling in the half-empty casino and dining anytime we want in the restaurants of our choice. We’ve never cancelled a trip during flu season – why cancel this one?
Calm down, everybody, and live your lives. 2 months from now, no one will be talking about the damn Coronavirus.
That is all.
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