Coronavirus, Paranoiavirus or what?


By Konstantinos St. Deriziotis

Here’s some data concerning coronavirus:

  • Coronavirus: 83.704 cases, 2859 deaths and 36.654 have been treated successfully
  • Flu: there were 1.071 deaths only in Greece, while in Europe, only this year there are going to be more than 60.000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization

In fact, there are several conspiracy theories going around, which I hate to reproduce, but I’m surprised this whole situation looks like the end of the world.

On the one hand, there are those who think that this is to harm Chinese economy, as well as that of Germany, since they have close relationships between them. On the other hand, there are those who hold mass media and social media responsible for his panic.

To be honest, I do not know the right answer

As far as tourism is concerned, things are simple.

By the end of February, one more early booking period expires and, normally, for 15 -20 days, pre-bookings freeze until there are some offers etc.

This year, however, for psychological reasons, I think there will be an extension to this period, and that’s it. As soon as the temperature goes up, according to scientists, spread of the virus will be restricted or the virus will disappear altogether. And if there is no dramatic change, everything will go according to plan.


  • I will travel to Berlin as scheduled, and refuse to change my life for a reason like this. Cancelling ITB Berlin would be unprofessional; we cannot encourage tourists to keep traveling while tourism professionals cancel the event.
  • Also read: «Until recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated the annual mortality burden of influenza to be 250 000 to 500 000 all-cause deaths globally; however, a 2017 study indicated a substantially higher mortality burden, at 290 000-650 000 influenza-associated deaths from respiratory causes alone, and a 2019 study estimated 99 000-200 000 deaths from lower respiratory tract infections directly caused by influenza. Here we revisit global and regional estimates of influenza mortality burden and explore mortality trends over time and geography».
    For the entire study, press here.
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