The First Round of the Wuhan CoV-19 Pandemic is Approaching Aftermath Stage
Update: Everything else is locked down, making riots the only game in town
Leftist lockdowns destroyed their businesses, took their jobs, closed their schools, closed their pools and sports, closed bars and recreations of all kinds. But leftist politicians are praising the riots.
Consider who really died from Wuhan CoV-19:
Between 40% and 50% of US dead from the Wuhan virus, lived in nursing home or assisted living facilities.
Nursing homes. Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities or SNFs, include 24-hour supervision, nursing care, three meals a day, and assistance with activities of daily living. Nursing home residents are usually people with long-term physical, medical, or mental conditions requiring 24-hour supervision, but can also include patients recently discharged from a hospital who need such care temporarily. Assisted living facilities. Assisted living facilities, sometimes called residential care homes or personal care homes, are similar to nursing homes, but for individuals who don’t require full-time medical care on-site. They offer meals and assistance with activities of daily living.
The U.S. is not an outlier in terms of its nursing home-related COVID-19 fatalities. A study by researchers at the International Long Term Care Policy Network of fatalities in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom found that 40.8 percent of reported COVID-19 fatalities took place in nursing homes.
The policy implications of these figures are significant, and suggest substantial flaws in the way that we have managed the COVID-19 pandemic. Much more attention must be paid to the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in nursing homes, especially through nursing home staff who work at multiple facilities.
Did China Intentionally Target Democratic States?
Perhaps it is only the natural incompetence of Democratic politicians, but the Chinese virus of suspicious origins tended to settle in their jurisdictions — and do the most harm.
Even though it looks as if the mortality numbers have been significantly inflated, the excess deaths among nursing home residents, the elderly in general, and the infirm, have spread a great deal of pain and misery within particular clustered districts of the US and the world.
Given the CCP’s culpability in the spread of the virus — and its likely culpability in its creation — it is past time for the US and other nations of the Anglosphere (and nations of Europe) to begin decoupling from the diseased dragon in earnest.
China should cease to be a primary source of U.S. medical supplies and lifesaving drugs. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, China currently makes half the world’s masks. Ninety-five percent of U.S. ibuprofen, 70% of acetaminophen, and 40% of penicillin imports all come from one source: China.
I am working on practical policy prescriptions to address this issue. Senate Republicans and Democrats alike see a clear need for reforms.
First, we need to encourage companies to produce more medical supplies in the U.S. If another pandemic strikes, the public wants the assurance that we have the necessary supplies. It’s common sense.
This will take the commitment of the private sector as well as the government. Manufacturers of protective equipment, including 3M, Honeywell, and Kimberly-Clark, should commit to bringing manufacturing home.
Distributors such as AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson will need to adjust supply chains and routes to get critical supplies to where they are needed quickly. That will help our medical providers to stand up more beds, get more staff, and provide critical capabilities.
The response by all of these sectors has been good. It needs to be seamless. We know how to prepare quickly for hurricanes and natural disasters. Our preparation for a pandemic must be just as good.
Increased domestic manufacturing will require better distribution. We must continue robust investments in the National Strategic Stockpile — America’s repository of antibiotics and other critical medical supplies. Once supplies are produced at home, we must hold enough in reserve for a sudden surge in demand.
Hospitals cannot go without vital supplies. They are under enormous financial pressure. Unopened boxes on a shelf may seem like wasted money, yet supplies become priceless on the day they are needed.
We can dramatically improve flexibility by better communication with the states regarding the status of supplies. In an emergency, the government should be able to pinpoint immediately where supplies are located and in what quantity. This will ensure swift and transparent distribution to meet urgent needs.
America cannot be dependent on foreign suppliers. Not again, not ever. Restoring our nation’s medical supply chain must be our top priority.
North America and the rest of the advanced world needs to cut its lifelines to mainland China for both medical supplies and any other type of vital supplies.
And we need to face the culpability of politicians who enforced mass lockdowns on an innocent population.
If we allow the use of violence against innocent people because they are a potential risk or threat to others, then there will be virtually no limit to the coercion that can be justified. For instance, in World War II the US government interned Japanese people and US citizens of Japanese ancestry in concentration camps, because these citizens were assumed to be a threat. They were expected to commit acts of sabotage killing innocent people. Possibly these acts of sabotage would encourage others to copy these acts, leading to more and more acts of sabotage and the loss of the war. Even if we grant that there was a higher risk that US citizens of Japanese ancestry would commit such acts, this does not justify the internment of innocent people. One must prove that someone is planning to commit an act of sabotage. The proof must be presented for each individual. Responsibility is individual, never collective. If we allow violence based on collective guilt, there is no limit to violence.
Why not, as a preemptive measure, lock up ethnic groups that have had a higher probability of committing crimes in the past than other groups? When we allow violence against someone who is considered a threat based on statistics, there is no limit to violence.
And what about other infectious diseases? If infecting others with the coronavirus is an aggressive act, what about infecting others with the flu or a mild cold. A mild cold can develop into a severe problem for someone with a weak immune system. These are just differences of degree. If one of these instances is an aggression and immoral, the others are, too. What is a fair punishment for someone who spreads a cold? Shall we quarantine the whole population every winter because thousands die from the flu? If we follow this reasoning, there is no limit to violence.
Why not confine the whole population all the time? It saves lives (or could save at least some lives in the short run). There always exists a risk that someone will catch a new, unknown virus, let’s say COVID-20, and will infect others, becoming an “aggressor.” Following this reasoning, anyone is a potential threat to anyone else—just by being alive and in contact with others, because he may spread bacteria and viruses. There is no limit to this reasoning.
We have a lot of information to compile, and a lot of deliberation to do. The current pandemic is far from over, and there is a potentially infinite number of future pandemics that could hit us at any time — given the belligerent frame of mind of the originator of the current plague.
This pandemic was botched by political leaders around the world with their Nazi lockdown tactics. They were aided and abetted in their inexcusable abuses by the media and by academic malpractice from the US to the UK and beyond. There is a lot to consider, as the pandemic slowly declines and we approach the aftermath.
A society terrified of germs? Yes, but even worse, a society afraid of its own shadow.
After the lockdowns, riots everywhere? For the Minnesota riots Antifa thugs were bussed in from out of town. It is certain that there is Democracy Alliance/Soros money in the scrum and plenty more if this riot pays dividends.