So I thought I’d lay out the pattern the media use time after time, with these “epidemics.”
One: An outbreak is announced.
Two: Early on, a virus is named as the cause. H1N1. The coronavirus. Zika.
Three: The press uses statements like these: “The (virus) infection is spreading.” “New cases have been found.” “Transmission by sex is confirmed.” “Highly contagious.” “The World Health Organization has declared a state of emergency.” “A traveler from X, arriving at Y, was found to be infected.” “Carriers of the virus.”