whatever, most of the information i've received comes from the hospitals themselves, especially the ones closest to where i live, including from a couple of people i know personally.
i'm not saying that the government doesn't manipulate, of course i know they do. and trump, well, enough said about him already. but none of that explains why localities have suddenly full icu beds. in the places i know about specifically, the hospital beds have gone from less than half full to 100% full, with overflow beds being created.
in many places, like arizona and florida, the state politicians downplay the virus, while doctors at hospitals are saying they're completely inundated with patients, the likes of which they've never seen before. i have no reason to think the nurses and doctors are trying to scare people. on the contrary, i can see why the politicians want to minimize the virus so that shopping and the economy can continue.
so my perception of the virus doesn't come from any media outlets, whether supported more by one political party or the other, but rather from people i know, what i've seen personally, and the reports coming from the hospitals themselves.
of course, the numbers are still relatively low in terms of likelihood of knowing many people who have the virus. 1 out of 100 in the u.s. since the whole thing began according to the reporting. and as before this virus, i try to stay as healthy as i can, and rarely go into large crowds anyway. so not much has changed in my daily life, nor do i feel panicked at all, but i do see the virus affecting people where i live, and know that the spread of it has a lot to do with the way humans have lived under a world of authority and monetary "growth". i'm actually surprised the politicians have taken as many steps as they have to "shutdown" places in terms of economic activity.
like funky and dot mentioned....as far as becoming polarized from political views, i think there's zero chance any of us posting on this thread have fallen into that. you're not talking with liberals and conservatives here...we're anarchists and nihilists! :)