Coronavirus Snippets

In last week’s column, I discussed the existence of Coronavirus politics within America, how both sides had unsurprisingly divided themselves on the issue, and what that divide meant for the future of the country. Today, I just decided to write some snippets about this global catastrophe.


The Initiator, And President Trump’s Response

Whether or not the Coronavirus originated from a wet-market in Wuhan, or if it escaped from the pathogen lab next door to it, it still came from somewhere in China. If we know who the original initiator is of this virus (China), then we must also understand what the initiator did in response to their own virus, and then we can begin to comprehend how it is that we got here.

On Jan. 11th, the first known Coronavirus death was reported by the Chinese State Media, and merely 10 days later, the first case of Coronavirus was confirmed in America. It wasn’t until the 23rd that China finally decided to close its borders and halt all international flights. Was this just simply incompetence on their part, or could this be marked as intentional?

Then on Jan. 30th, the WHO (World Health Organization) declared that Coronavirus was “a global health emergency” as the number of cases globally continued to spike. The day following this declaration (Jan. 31st), President Trump also made a declaration, saying that the Coronavirus was a “national emergency” and immediately implemented a travel ban on people going to and from China. Democrats like former Vice President Joe Biden responded to this move by labeling it, “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.”

Five days later, on Feb. 4th, President Trump gave the last SOTU (State of The Union) address of his first term. During this widely viewed historical address, he mentioned the Coronavirus saying,

“Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”

Americans Respond To The News Media

It wasn’t the case that Americans responded to the Coronavirus, rather It was this, “that Americans responded to the media.” As the virus spread throughout America, our news media continuously spread alarmism and fear.

Millions of people went out and “panic-bought” enormous amounts of toilet paper, disinfectants, and other various cleaning supplies. Why? Because the news media decided that it would be a great time to broadcast a couple of pictures of some empty store shelves. Though these empty shelves could only be found in some stores at the time when these pictures were broadcasted, they soon-after could be found in almost every store throughout the country. Did Americans really believe that toilet paper would eventually become nonexistent, or was this action simply an impulsive desire driven by induced collective hysteria? The world may never know.

In addition to indirectly promoting hoarding, our news media did a fabulous job at inviting doctors and medial experts on their programs to discuss the potential effects of the Coronavirus. Their predictions and blithering comments ranged from “Oh my God, this is going to be the next Black Death!” To ; “People that label this virus the Chinese Flu are racist!”

Science Makes People Tyrants

As I scrolled through my news feed this morning, I came across a headline that said, “SCIENCE, NOT POLITICS MUST BE THE GUIDE.” These words (now a headline) were uttered yesterday by my state Governor, Gavin Newsom (D), as he introduced a new “4 point” Coronavirus recovery plan for the state of California. In a state with 40 million people, with roughly 45,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases, 3 million people have filed for unemployment. Newsom said that the state is aiming to open up some schools, gyms, and churches by late July/early August. Translation : whenever they say so!

What Needs To Happen Next

With more than 30 million people unemployed in American right now, the political left and many Democrats want to continue to stick with science, data, and fallible government recovery plans. These things won’t work. Just like the “Stay-at-Home-Orders”, and the closure of businesses deemed “non-essential”, and the hundreds of computer generated predictions haven’t worked!

It is time for the American people to stand up and fight to get their livelihoods back. The government has severely overreached throughout this pandemic, and the responsibility needs to be relocated once again into the hands of the people, they will make good decisions, and I have faith they will be prosperous in bringing this country back to normal.

Lastly, let us not forget the wise words of Benjamin Franklin which read, “He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.” We are Americans, not citizens of some other country, let’s act like Americans.

Dylan Shetler is a freelancing self-taught journalist and Christian apologist. He owns and operates his personal blog The Onlookers Publication :

You can follow him on Twitter @shetler_dylan


  1. All right, amazing job writing this post. I’ve got a couple rants I’m going to write out, here, adding on to what you said….
    You said:
    “It wasn’t the case that Americans responded to the Coronavirus, rather It was this, “that Americans responded to the media.’”
    I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve talked to multiple doctors and nurses on this topic, and they all will say that this coronavirus should be taken seriously, but that the media has blown it way out of proportion. I wish that we, as a people, could learn to think for ourselves for once, and not be continually dependent upon the media and others higher up in society than us, to give us our opinions.
    Secondly, you said that you read a headline which stated:
    I wish that people would stop trying to be guided by a man-made government, the media, or science, because God is the One who we need to be dependent on, to guide us.
    Anyways, I’m sorry for those two very long rants. I can get worked up about this sort of thing pretty easily.
    But, I shall be writing on this topic for my blog shortly enough, so you could read more then, when I post it.
    Anyways, amazing job writing!! I enjoy your deep thoughts and writings. Keep up the good work!
    – Keziah

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    1. Hello Keziah,

      Thank you for the comment, I appreciate to hear other bloggers thoughts, and yours are spot on.

      In America, the media is our sense making mechanism. It always has been, and probably always will be, so long as enough Americans continue to prefer “freedom of the press”, as opposed to something contrary. The primary reason I believe so many people – generally Conservatives & Republicans – dislike the mainstream media (and you made note of this in your comment), is because they comprehend that the objective/goal for the “media” is not just to cover the factual news, but to provide “certain” facts to their viewers, conflated with the “certain” personal biases of their pundits. Simply watch five minutes of Anderson Cooper on CNN, or Sean Hannity on Fox News, you’ll get the just of it.

      So what does it mean when large amounts of people are hooked on sensationalistic biased news coverage? To your point, it means we have stopped thinking. We have sacrificed our ability to thoroughly contemplate different ideas, for other peoples worthless political ideologies and dogmas. It’s an unfortunate thing, and I’m glad that you recognize its force, because then It can’t manipulate your thoughts so lucidly.

      I can’t wait to read your next post on this topic!



      1. Hey,
        Thanks for your great thoughts. I most definitely agree.
        Yep, my post should be published on Saturday. 🙂
        Have a great day and stay safe.
        – Keziah

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