Written by William Balcerski - Podcast Host
There has been a lot of talk lately about the COVID-19 other wise known as the "Coronavirus." More recently, as it relates to theme parks around the world and here in Central Florida. Everyone is on high alert as Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong’s theme parks have all closed as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus.
Now, here in Central Florida, our theme parks are being called into question, with a couple of Walt Disney World workers being sent home with the flu. On the surface, it's pretty scary stuff, if you think about it. Confined areas, tons of people, (In 2018, Magic Kingdom had over 20 million visitors alone), riding the same rides, and we all don't have the same hygiene standards. I get it. Moreover, It doesn't help that the media is “fear mongering” this down our throats everyday.
With anything, there is "Perception" and there is “Reality.” but, before you cancel your trip to Central Florida, let's do some math, shall we?. According to the World Census Bureau, there are roughly 7.7 billion people that inherit the earth. Currently, according to Worldometers.info, The current "Outbreak" is at 85,705 confirmed cases with 2,933 deaths (majority of them elderly or people with low immune systems) reported and 39,783 people that have recovered from the virus. If we crunch the numbers, that percentage is so small, that it cannot be quantifiable mathematically. (Note: That is confirmed cases. I acknowledge that there are many more unconfirmed cases out there).
But, let's bring it closer to home - America. According to the U.S. Census board, there are approximately 327.2 million people in the United States. Of those millions of people, there are 15 confirmed cases of this virus. If we do the math, that means there is 0.000000045 percent of the U.S. population that have confirmed cases of the virus. (not even in the zip code of 1 percent). Another perspective: According to the lotto.net website, the odds of winning the Florida Lotto is 1 in 22,957,480. (yes, that says 22 million) that calculates out to 0.0000000043 odds that you will get 6 out of 6 numbers and win the jackpot. By rate of comparison, (and rounding up) That means you only have a 0.0000000002 percent greater chance of catching this virus (in the U.S.) over winning the Florida lottery. Let this sink in. We are talking not even in the Stratosphere of 1 percent.
Now, welcome to Central Florida - where we have sunshine, Mickey, and Harry Potter. Oh, and no confirmed or reported cases at all. I understand that it's easy to watch the news and social media and fear the worst; But, as previously stated, there is perspective, and then there is reality. By all means, take precautions to protect yourself and your family. But do not buy into this media scare. because that is all it is. Come to Central Florida, Enjoy the theme parks. Make memories. Rest easy knowing that you are safe to do so. If it makes you feel any better, bring some hand sanitizer with you.
Stay woke people.