February 29, 2020
Doctor WHO just elevated Coronavirus to its most serious threat category.
World Health Organization officials said Friday they are increasing the risk assessment of the coronavirus, which has spread to at least 49 countries in a matter of weeks, to “very high” at a global level.
“We are on the highest level of alert or highest level of risk assessment in terms of spread and in terms of impact,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program. The group isn’t trying to alarm or scare people, he said. “This is a reality check for every government on the planet: Wake up. Get ready. This virus may be on its way and you need to be ready. You have a duty to your citizens, you have a duty to the world to be ready.”
The world can still avoid “the worst of it,” but the increased risk assessment means the WHO’s “level of concern is at its highest,” he said at a press conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva.
Despite this dire warning, what you actually need to be worried about is Russian hackers telling you you should be worried. Because they are trying to meddle in the election.
Internet trolls backed by foreign governments interested in meddling in the U.S. election could try to exaggerate the threat of the coronavirus to keep Americans from going to the polls in upcoming elections, according to government officials and experts.
The coronavirus has infected more than 83,000 people around the world and caused nearly 3,000 deaths, mostly in China. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that it expected the virus would spread further in the United States.
But while public concerns about the coronavirus are legitimate, they’re also an extremely ripe target for disinformation campaigns. Russia-linked accounts have been pushing coronavirus conspiracy theories online, the Department of State said in a rare public attribution earlier this week, with false claims that the U.S. created the virus.
Yes, those claims are false.
We know because the US Government has said straightforwardly that they didn’t create the virus. And they wouldn’t lie about something so serious.
“I think it’s possible that Russia would use any pandemic event or any fears on Election Day to try to dampen turnout,” said Nina Jankowicz, a disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, a nonprofit policy research organization. “If coronavirus is still active in November, Russia doesn’t even necessarily need to spread fears about coronavirus on Election Day. It could just spread this information ahead of the elections about coronavirus in locations like polling places or other public places.”
The possibility that fears about a pandemic could be weaponized to keep voters at home is “one of a number of scenarios” that federal election security officials are considering, Chris Krebs, the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division, told NBC News.
In a warning sent to election officials in the fall, the FBI specifically cautioned that Russia “might seek to covertly discourage or suppress U.S. voters from participating in next year’s election.”
So now you know.
There is nothing to fear from Coronavirus. If you read information that seems scary, understand that this is just the Russians who want to make you afraid.
What you need to think about 24 hours a day is the threat of Russian hackers, which unlike the virus rapidly spreading across the planet and killing tens of thousands of people, is a legitimate thing to fear.
Every second of every day, you need to be on full alert about Russian hackers controlling your thoughts. Always be looking over your shoulder, because they could be on your trail. Every time you have a thought, you need to stop and ask yourself: did Russian hackers make me think that thought? If you find that the answer is “yes,” you need to stop thinking immediately.
And remember: Russian hackers are supporting both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, so if you are compelled to support either of those candidates, you need to realize that that compulsion is coming directly from the Russian hackers. If you are truly committed to America and the fundamental ideas that make this country great – diversity, immigration and homosexuality – you need to vote for Mike Bloomberg.
The main agenda of Russian hackers is to make you think the policies of the US Government are bad. In fact, every single policy of the US government is our true democracy values. Trump and Sanders want to change these policies, because they are Russians.
Bloomberg is the only one that we know for sure is not a Russian.
For Coronavirus may kill the body. But Russian hackers can kill true democracy.
Facebook and Twitter have said this is a hoax.
Social media titans Twitter and Facebook have poured cold water on the State Department’s latest conspiracy theory, insisting they’d seen no sign “Russian operatives” were spreading falsehoods about COVID-19 on their platforms.
Weighing in after a number of senior State Department officials told AFP that thousands of “Russian malign actors” were hawking “disinformation about coronavirus” on social media, two of the largest networks have cast serious doubt on the assertion.
“In general, our investigation hasn’t substantiated this claim,” Twitter’s head of site integrity Yoel Roth said this week at the RSA cyber security conference in San Francisco, adding “Our experience thus far is no – we haven’t identified anything like that.”
Though US officials stated the supposed disinfo op had been running since mid-January – which they said included baseless claims that the lethal coronavirus gripping China was an American effort to “wage economic war” on Beijing – the State Department has yet to offer any backing for its theory, even when explicitly asked for it.
“We have asked [the State Department] for any evidence that they have to support this, and we haven’t received anything yet,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said at the same tech conference.
“When you don’t share the evidence behind it, but you make a broad claim, it becomes incredibly difficult to understand if anything is there. But the theory that something is there is off to the races.”
It is obviously a hoax, and maybe it is good for them to say it is a hoax. But my worry is that by saying this instance is fake, they are just bolstering the claim that sometimes it isn’t fake, when the actual fact is that none of this “Russian meddling” bullshit has ever been proven with actual evidence, and is always just a baseless claim.