Former Bachelor Tim Robards has made extraordinary claims about the corona virus and said that the global health crisis – which has killed more than 2500 people and is about to be called a pandemic – is simply “clickbait.”
The 37-year-old chiropractor and reality star spoke about the outbreak, which so far has infected 22 people in Australia and 80,000 worldwide during an Instagram Q&A on Tuesday evening.
A fan asked him: “In your opinion, has the corona virus damned us?” Tim, who is not a doctor, responded by saying that he believed the main problem was media sensationalism.
Former Bachelor Tim Robards (photo) has made extraordinary claims about the corona virus and said that the global health crisis that has claimed more than 2500 lives is just ‘clickbait’
“So first, look, I’ll just say that my heart goes out to everyone who is affected,” he said.
“But at the same time we have to ask ourselves how much we buy in the media, when it is their job to make clickbait and create headlines and raise their ratings.”
Tim’s qualifications include a physics degree, a Bachelor of medical sciences and a master of chiropractic.
He worked as a chiropractor for seven years before being cast as Australia’s first bachelor in 2013 and now has a permanent role in neighboring countries.
The 37-year-old chiropractor spoke about the outbreak – which so far has infected 22 people in Australia and 80,000 worldwide – during an Instagram Q&A on Tuesday evening
A fan asked: “In your opinion, has the corona virus damned us?” Tim, who is not a doctor but has trained chiropractic, said he believed the biggest problem was media sensationalism
Tim is not a doctor, but has the right to use the term “doctor” because of his chiropractic education.
On Monday, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the world must prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic.
Tedros Ghebreyesus said that the spread of the virus around the world is not yet at a pandemic stage, but acknowledged that it could be potential.
The WHO no longer uses an official scale to explain a pandemic, although spokeswoman Margaret Harris said it will use the term in communication if she believes a pandemic has been achieved.
Dr. Ghebreyesus said in Geneva that the focus should still be on containing the virus in individual countries, and adds that the world does not yet see “large-scale serious illness or death.”
He said the WHO “was encouraged by the continuing decline in the number of cases in China,” although more than 77,362 cases have been reported there, including 2,618 deaths.
On Monday, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the world must prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic. On the photo: paramedics wearing personal protective equipment on 23 February carrying a stretcher from an ambulance
A specialized team sent to China discovered that the epidemic peaked and flattened between January 23 and February 2 and has been steadily declining since then, he said.
Dr. Ghebreyesus said the death rate is between 2 percent and 4 percent in the city of Wuhan, where the virus originated, and 0.7 percent outside of Wuhan.
The massive outbreak prompted the government to introduce a ban on direct flights from China to Australia.
Seven people died and 229 were infected in Italy, which is fighting the first major coronavirus outbreak in Europe. On the photo: tourists wearing a central face mask on 24 February
“We continue to advise Australians not to travel to China because of the new coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV),” says an update on the government’s travel website.
On the website there is advice for all Australians in the infection zone: “If you are currently in China, leave with commercial means as quickly as possible.”
As flights to Australia are canceled, anyone who wants to fly from China must travel to another country and wait 14 days before coming home.
Fourteen days is considered the maximum period that coronavirus can be present in a person before they show symptoms.
AUSTRALIA WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
NEW SOUTH WALES: 4
- Three men, 43, 53 and 35 years old who had recently traveled to China, have confirmed that they have contracted the disease.
- Two flew in from Wuhan, while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, South China.
- They were treated isolated at Westmead Hospital
- A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person who tested positive for the disease in NSW.
- The woman, a student at UNSW, flew on flight MU749 to Sydney International Airport on January 23 and presented 24 hours later to the emergency department after developing flu-like symptoms.
- A Chinese citizen aged fifty will be the first confirmed case of the corona virus in Australia.
- The man flew from Wuhan via Guangzhou to Melbourne on January 19 on the Southern Southern flight CZ321.
- He was quarantined at the Monash Hospital in Clayton in the east of Melbourne.
- A Victorian man in his sixties is diagnosed with the corona virus.
- He became unwell on January 23 – two days after his return from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
- The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Center.
- A woman in her forties has a corona virus.
- She was visiting from China and mainly spent time with her family.
- She is being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
- A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus
- Two passengers left positively from the Diamond Princess cruise ship test
QUEEN COUNTRY: 8
- Queensland confirms its first case after the virus was diagnosed with a 44-year-old Chinese national. He is being treated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- A 42-year-old Chinese woman who traveled in the same Wuhan travel group as the 44-year-old man tested positive. She is in stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- The corona virus has been diagnosed in an eight-year-old boy. He also comes from the travel group where the other Queensland cases came from
- The case was found in a 37-year-old man who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast
- A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with the corona virus of the same travel group that flew from Melbourne to Queensland on January 27
- Two Queensland women, 54 and 55 years old, tested positive for COVID-19 and are flown to Brisbane for further treatment.
- A 57-year-old woman from Queensland also tests positive for the virus
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 3
- A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives have been confirmed to have a corona virus.
- A 24-year-old woman from South Australia has been transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 1
- A 78-year-old man from Western Australia was transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth
- From 15 February, 47 Australians will belong to 219 confirmed cases of the corona virus contracted aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.
- Two more Australians on board tested positive after being evacuated to Darwin on February 22
How to minimize the risk of infection
Avoid all risky areas such as farms, markets for live animals and areas where animals are slaughtered, including fish and seafood
Avoid contact with animals (live or dead), including pigs, chickens, ducks and wild birds – surfaces with animal excrements or secretions on them
If you come into contact with animals or animal products, do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth until you have thoroughly cleaned your hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, before and after eating and after using the toilet
Avoid contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging and other intimate contact), especially if they are sick
Keep a close eye on your health.
If you develop symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath), you should consult a doctor for an urgent assessment. Follow the advice of the local authorities.
Contact your airline or travel company for information about changes to flight services
You do not need to wear a face mask if you feel well.
Surgical masks in the community are only useful to prevent people infected with coronavirus spreading to others.
However, if you travel in an affected country, you must follow the advice of local authorities
Source: Smart traveler