Beijing’s Fear-Mongering About COVID-19 Must Be Countered

November 17, 2021 Updated: November 18, 2021


Beijing’s fear-mongering about COVID-19 is relentless, but can be countered through focused efforts. The international community shouldn’t buy China’s claims to leadership in combating the pandemic.

Chinese state-run media are relentless in conveying the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda narratives about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including the supposedly effective containment and treatment methods, while continuing to propagate fear-mongering and authoritarian actions such as lockdowns.

For example, below are some of the propaganda points published by Beijing’s mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, on Nov. 15:

  • “China has successfully contained dozens of sporadic COVID-19 resurgences over the past year or so, ensuring a balance between epidemic prevention and economic development.”
  • “The COVID-19 pandemic situation across the world remains grave with increasing virus mutations, and there hasn’t been any significant drop in the mortality rate associated with the disease.”
  • “Inadequate preventive measures will lead to a resurgence of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the number of severely ill patients and deaths will continue to increase, which was seen in several countries.”
  • “China should stick to its current strategy of clearing COVID-19 infections in a timely manner.”

Let us dissect and correct each of those four propaganda points.

The first claim cannot be proven, as China has refused to report virus-related clinical data and statistics to the outside world since early 2020. And this claim would seem to be contradicted by state-run Chinese media reporting of new outbreaks of COVID-19 in Northeast China in recent weeks.

“The current round of COVID-19 outbreaks has affected 21 provincial-level regions. … The Chinese mainland reported 70 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in six provinces, including Liaoning, Hebei and Heilongjiang, on Saturday, the National Health Commission said on Sunday,” China Daily reported on Nov. 15.

Below is a graphical depiction of the spread of the so-called “Delta variant” in Northern China. This does not appear to be “successful containment” at all.

Epoch Times Photo

The second point is sheer fear-mongering without context (“the pandemic situation remains grave” and “no mortality rate drop”). Except for specific demographic groups, such as people over the age of 70 and those with comorbidities, the COVID-19 mortality rate approaches zero—and is less than the mortality rate for seasonal influenza. And, of course, there is no mention of the high recovery rates for people treated early with therapeutic drugs such as Ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, quercetin, and monoclonal antibodies (Regeneron)—with Indonesia and India being but two examples among many countries that effectively administered Ivermectin to infected citizens.

The third point is also fear-mongering (“Inadequate preventive measures will lead to a resurgence of the COVID-19 outbreak”). The article naturally does not summarize what those “effective measures” supposedly are, with the implication that lockdowns and forced injections will somehow solve the problem. Never mind that the effectiveness of the vaccines has not been as originally advertised by governments and the pharmaceutical industry, as increasingly people who have received the full complement of shots/boosters are being infected and hospitalized (see here and here). None of the Chinese state-run media ever discuss the use of therapeutic drugs for prophylaxis and preventative measures, including daily doses of vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, and quercetin—with hydroxychloroquine recommended for high-risk patients (the “Zelenko protocols”). All they do is push “vaccines.”

The fourth point argues that China should maintain its current strategy of “containing the virus.” The CCP containment measures involve forced vaccinations, “swift response” to newly detected cases, targeted containment (lockdowns), and strict contact tracing—including the use of social monitoring applications and vaccine passports to track the movements of Chinese citizens. But those measures apparently do not include the early administration of the anti-viral drugs noted above. Much has been learned around the world about the effectiveness of the early administration of Ivermectin in particular, yet Chinese state-run media have never commented on this topic. Why?

The answer is the continuation of CCP psychological warfare against the United States in particular. The constant fear-mongering narrative reinforces authoritarian lockdowns and vaccination mandates around the world and enables the CCP to claim, without evidence or proof, that China is leading the world in responding to COVID-19. In reality, the most damaging effect of the pandemic is its weaponization and use in forwarding the CCP goal of the enslavement of average citizens everywhere as psychological conditioning for future totalitarian rule by the communists.

According to data from Worldometers, as of Nov. 15, there have been 5,118,809 deaths caused by COVID-19. The data includes the grossly underreported total of 4,636 deaths in communist China—a number that has remained unchanged since May 2020. Chinese deaths are amazingly less than those reported by countries such as Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Armenia, Moldova, and Ireland—all of which have tiny populations compared to China’s 1.4 billion souls.

How is it possible that no new Chinese deaths are reported as a result of the recent spread of the Delta variant as noted above?

The reason is because that fixed number of deaths reinforces the false narrative that “CCP health measures defeated the virus.” And that propaganda is part of the relentless psychological warfare aimed at convincing the world of CCP “benevolence and magnanimity” as China offers its “virus leadership” to other countries—for a heavy price!

Medical staff members conduct nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 in Zhangye in China’s northwestern Gansu Province, on Oct. 23, 2021. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

What is desperately needed is a coordinated counter-propaganda offensive against the CCP narrative, in which the message is a clear statement of facts and lessons learned, targeted to counter the fear-mongering initiated in Chinese media and repeated endlessly in Western media.

Below are a few points that need to be made as part of that effort:

  • There should be maximum public discussion of the proven effectiveness of preventative measures focused on improving autoimmune system response, for example, the Zelenko protocol.
  • There should be maximum public discussion of the efficacy of early treatment with therapeutic drugs such as Ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies.
  • Forensic analysis of all deaths attributed to COVID-19 needs to be conducted to sort out those who died “from” the disease as opposed to those who died from other causes, but were reported to have died “with” the disease. Italy appears to have done this with surprising results. The numbers are almost certainly exaggerated elsewhere, too.
  • To counter efforts to force experimental vaccinations on individuals, a much more widespread discussion of adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines, especially to young and otherwise healthy individuals, needs to be made. The statistics reported here, including 18,461 deaths, are shocking and require wide dissemination.
  • Citizen pressure should be made for an end of immunity for pharmaceutical companies for the COVID-19 vaccines; governments and companies should also be held liable for adverse reactions due to mandated vaccinations.
  • There needs to be an expanded public discussion about the Nuremburg Code and the forced use of experimental “vaccines.” The first point of the statement reads: “The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion, and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.”
  • There needs to be maximum public discussion of the meaning of and adherence by doctors and physicians to the Hippocratic Oath, as applied to treating patients infected with the SAR-CoV-2 virus. Federal and state medical regulatory boards need to reassess their ongoing interventions between patient and doctor in prescribing/authorizing virus treatment protocols.
  • There needs to be a complete public reexamination of medical ethics as a result of the authoritarian practices mandated by federal, state, and local governments that have been blindly followed by doctors and physicians, especially in large hospitals and medical institutions.
  • The deleterious effects of long-term lockdowns on people’s lives, including the increased rates of suicides, drug use, and business failures. These issues need to be widely discussed in the context of a virus whose survival rate for those below retirement age and without comorbidities is greater than 99.9 percent.
  • Finally, the simple fact remains that the SARS-CoV-2 virus—like other coronaviruses such as the common cold virus—cannot be eradicated or contained, but its harmful effects can be effectively mitigated and prevented for the vast majority of people through improving one’s autoimmune response system and early treatment after infection with proven anti-viral therapeutic drugs.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Stu Cvrk
Stu Cvrk retired as a captain after serving 30 years in the U.S. Navy in a variety of active and reserve capacities, with considerable operational experience in the Middle East and the Western Pacific. Through education and experience as an oceanographer and systems analyst, Cvrk is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a classical liberal education that serves as the key foundation for his political commentary.