Disinfo: The matriarchal societies of the West have reacted hysterically to the coronavirus imposing unnecessary mass quarantines

Summary

The US and other Western countries are matriarchal societies. This is because a very high percentage of families in these countries are governed by single mothers. The social and political ideas of this large population of single mothers exert a strong influence on the West’s political decision-makers. As a result, Western societies are weakened because single mothers tend to hysterically embrace new and unverified ideas and are highly risk-averse. The matriarchal nature of the US and of other Western countries explains why Western governments have exaggerated the coronavirus epidemic, reacting in a hysterical and panic-stricken manner to the epidemic and imposing excessive and unnecessary mass quarantines. Patriarchal societies such as China, Iran, Vietnam and other nations have clearly outperformed the matriarchal West in dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Western governments have exaggerated the dangers of  COVID-19 and have reacted hysterically to the pandemic. This narrative seeks to discredit actions taken by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and by national governments to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The article’s message is also consistent with gender stereotypes and the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative portraying Western societies as decadent and morally weak, having lost their traditional values and breaking down under the weight of feminism. This narrative claims that the cultures and governments of non-Western countries based on traditional patriarchal values are superior to those of the West.

The dangers to public health related to the coronavirus pandemic have not been exaggerated by Western governments. Whe  the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March 2020, there were more than 118,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in 114 countries. Before that date, the situation was being described as an epidemic, illustrating that the virus had already spread to many people, and many communities, at the same time. Globally, as of 7 June 2020, there have been 6,750,521 confirmed COVID-19 cases and the number of COVID-19 global deaths has reached 395,779.  An updated situation report from WHO on the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.

Emergency measures adopted by many governments around the world, such as quarantines and social distancing, were not an expression of “panic and hysteria” and had nothing to do with the influence of single mothers: they were necessary measures to slow the spread of the virus and to rapidly and effectively protect the public health of citizens

Read similar cases claiming that the WHO deliberately tries to sow fear and panic about the coronavirus, and that governments are exaggerating the death tolls from it.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: China, Iran, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Western values, European values, LGBT

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Disproof

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