Business Insider lures scared people with a tweet of a “leaked document that estimates 96 million US coronavirus cases and 480,000 deaths” and then locks it with a paywall.


Of all the ways the current coronavirus crisis has changed unusual routines — such as cutting international tourist flights and forcing online marketplaces to keep an eye on mask prices — one of the most positive is how it demonstrates the value of open access to scientific research.

More than 100 academic journals, institutes, web-sites and companies agreed to make research and data on coronavirus freely available, at least for the duration of the outbreak.

But not the Business Insider. For BI money comes first.


And if you are wondering what is going on in that article and if this is the kind of information you should know about, read on.

According to BI the webinar, titled “What healthcare leaders need to know: Preparing for the COVID-19” happened February 26 and it was organized by The American Hospital Association.

Business Insider obtained the presentation and in one of the slides they saw the info on “best guess” estimates. The estimates come from Dr. James Lawler, a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. According to his estimates there could be as many as:

-4.8 million hospitalizations associated with the novel coronavirus
-96 million cases overall in the US and some 480,000 deaths

Here is the slide in question with all the numbers.

Sounds bleak indeed.