The only reliable data is number of deaths as compared to recent years.
Also good to keep in mind the fear profit of media. (These links are mainly about the US)
"We analyze the tone of COVID-19 related English-language news articles written since January
1, 2020. Ninety one percent of stories by U.S. major media outlets are negative in tone versus
fifty four percent for non-U.S. major sources and sixty five percent for scientific journals. The
negativity of the U.S. major media is notable even in areas with positive scientific developments
including school re-openings and vaccine trials. Media negativity is unresponsive to changing
trends in new COVID-19 cases or the political leanings of the audience. U.S. major media readers
strongly prefer negative stories about COVID-19, and negative stories in general. Stories of
increasing COVID-19 cases outnumber stories of decreasing cases by a factor of 5.5 even during
periods when new cases are declining. Among U.S. major media outlets, stories discussing
President Donald Trump and hydroxychloroquine are more numerous than all stories combined
that cover companies and individual researchers working on COVID-19 vaccines."
US media coverage of coronavirus skews overwhelmingly negative compared to international sources:
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