ER Editor: Here is the link to the KEKST CNC Research Report discussed below, titled COVID-19 Opinion Tracker, in which 1,000 people deemed representative from each of 6 countries (US, Japan, UK, Germany, France and Sweden) were interviewed about the COVID-19 situation. This is the 4th edition of the survey.
Below are the 6 main findings, in summary form. No.5, concerning the increasing popularity of mask-wearing, is depressing for those of us concerned with actual viral risk, actual science concerning masks, and the suppression of basic liberties. No. 4, however, perception of the extent and lethality of the virus, is what is truly disturbing and what is discussed below by Norman Lewis. Project Fear is truly winning.
The CDC has given a case fatality ratio of .26% (a mere two and a half tenths of one percent), which some believe is a high estimate, where the true rate may be around .1%. Not a huge difference. Bearing in mind that most people don’t seem to suffer from the virus at all, it means only a tiny fraction die WITH the virus from what is already a relatively small pool of sick people (i.e. actual cases of the disease). Below we will see that the public is overestimating the % of deaths, from 100 to 300 times.
It’s hardly surprising, however, given the deliberate obfuscation of what a ‘case’ of covid is, what a true covid death is, what a PCR test actually measures, etc. The propaganda campaign has relied upon these elements being fraudulently reported and entirely misunderstood.
Here are those survey findings:
Main findings: executive summary
1. We are entering a new phase of the crisis, with people expecting to have to live with coronavirus for a long time to come
2. Returning to work has been a good experience for those employees back at the workplace
3. But fear of a second spike is growing and, as cases rise, the focus is swinging back to health in some countries
4. People think coronavirus is more widespread, and more deadly, than official figures show
5. Compulsory mask-wearing is popular in almost all countries, and political and corporate leadership on masks has a big impact
6. The public’s view of business is showing signs of deteriorating – business brands are in a delicate position as the focus shifts to lay-offs and economic damage
People have been so spooked by the state-sanctioned Project Fear that they believe TENS OF MILLIONS have died from Covid-19
The perception of the risks of the Covid-19 crisis are now so exaggerated that it demonstrates how fear has become the only true enduring reality of the pandemic.
The gap between the reality and perception around Covid risks – almost a factor of 100 – shows how state-sanctioned “fake news” – Project Fear – has come to dominate the public imagination and is negatively impacting how we manage the crisis.
A Research Report, “Covid-19 Opinion Tracker, edition”, published on 27 July 2020, by Kekst CNC, a global strategic communications company which is part of the Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest communications group, has almost passed the world’s media by. Yet it contains one truly remarkable section on the perception versus the reality of impact of Covid-19 on the public.
The report shows that across the five countries in which the survey was conducted, people, without exception, think that the risks from Coronavirus are far more widespread and dangerous than official figures show.
The survey was conducted between 10-15 July 2020. In the perception-versus-reality section of the survey, 1,000 adults were questioned in the UK, USA, Germany, Sweden, and France.
Two questions were posed which required people filling in percentages:
- How many people in your country have had coronavirus?
- How many people in your country have died from coronavirus?
The results are astonishing: to the first question relating to the numbers who have contracted C-19: people in the UK answered 22 per cent (4 times higher than official figures); in the USA, the answer was 20 per cent (20 times greater than confirmed cases); in Germany, the answer was 11 per cent (46 times greater than confirmed cases); in Sweden, the answer was 16 per cent (20 times confirmed cases) and in France, the answers was 12 per cent (46 times confirmed cases).
On the numbers of deaths, the figures are even more exaggerated: in the UK, the response was 7 per cent (100 times greater than confirmed deaths); in the US, the answer was 9 per cent (225 times greater than the confirmed deaths); in Germany, the answer was 3 per cent (300 times greater than confirmed deaths); in Sweden, the answer was 6 per cent (100 times greater than confirmed deaths); and in France, the answer was 5 per cent (100 times greater than confirmed deaths).
So in real terms, the public in the UK think 4.6 MILLION people have died of Covid there, rather than the actual 46,000. In the US, people believe 29.5 MILLION have died from it, rather than 155,000.
One might argue that these figures reveal people in these countries need some educating about statistics and percentages. But the truth is that the pattern is unmistakable – the perception of the risk and danger is far greater than reality.
This is the reality of society today. It is the outcome not of ‘fake news’ or an expression of that equally vacuous and fallacious invention, ‘post-truth’ society. This is an outcome of state-backed ‘fake news’, where the threat of the Coronavirus and steps taken to deal with it have institutionalised an exaggerated sense of uncertainty and fear among millions of citizens around the world.
On one level, many experts and governments, particularly behavioural ‘scientists,’ will welcome this revelation. The idea that striking fear into people as a sure way to get them to change their behaviour (which I wrote about here recently), suggests for those who uphold this diminished view of the masses, that this is not only justified, but that it works.
But there is a huge price to pay for stoking such fears and misconceptions about the real threat posed by the Coronavirus. For example, the survey has another revealing insight: compulsory mask-wearing, despite having no scientific basis whatsoever, is now popular in almost all countries, and political and corporate leadership on masks has a big impact. This might increase political opportunism and have a short-term benefit for unpopular politicians, but what it is eroding is a longer-term nuanced ability to manage the risk posed by Covid-19.
A manmade crisis is morphing into a “natural” disaster where fear now trumps truth, a reality from which we all stand to lose.