I decided to download Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies just to check if I’m crazy. I’m pleased to see that it clearly states that there are only two ways to defeat a virus: natural immunity and vaccines.
The book completely left out the option that almost the entire world embraced in March: destroy businesses, force everyone to hide in their homes, and make sure that no one gets close to anyone else. The reason that the text leaves that out is that the idea is essentially ridiculous, so much so that it was initially sold as a strategy to preserve hospital space and only later mutated into a general principle that the way to beat a virus is to avoid people and wear a mini-hazmat suit.
Is America giving up on the pandemic? Some journalists want you to think so.
“[T]he US is not going to beat the coronavirus,” Madrigal and Meyer groan in unison in the article’s key paragraph. “Collectively, we slowly seem to be giving up.” Now there’s a specimen of doublethink even Orwell missed: victory is surrender; lockdown is safety; hysteria is virtue.
No, dears. America is not giving up on the pandemic. America is giving up on lockdowns. The difference may seem subtle to you two, but in the real world the difference means something. Opening up the economy with sensible precautions means getting busy living. Continuing the lockdowns means getting busy panicking — which is a form of slow death.
Mortality Rates are the Important Thing, Not Cases
As testing expands, expect to see a lot more cases.
We see the disconnect between the number of daily cases and deaths in Florida. The state relaxed its stay-at-home orders in mid-May. Two weeks later, at the start of June—and about the time that one would expect to see increasing cases if the lifting of stay-at-home orders had an impact on transmission—the number of new cases started growing day-over-day. Since then, the number of daily cases has continued to grow; but over the same period, the number of daily deaths has dropped by more than half. __ CJ
It is the deaths and serious morbidity that matter. Most cases do not go on to spread infection to others. Most cases are asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic, with no serious residual effects. It is those most vulnerable who should be protected most carefully. That is why the old and sick should wear masks, and why those who work and/or live closely with the old and sick should use strict precautions against possible contagion.
We should also be aware that the number of deaths attributable to coronavirus is inflated by official government policy.
“The case definition is very simplistic,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health, explains. “It means, at the time of death, it was a COVID positive diagnosis. That means, that if you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means, technically even if you died of [a] clear alternative cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death.”
Medical examiners from Colorado to Michigan use the same definition. In Macomb and Oakland counties in Michigan, where most of the deaths in that state occurred, medical examiners classify any death as a coronavirus death when the postmortem test is positive. Even people who died in suicides and automobile accidents meet that definition.
Overstating the death tolls causes panicked over-reactions by governments at all levels.
Democrats and some news organizations are pushing a narrative about a “second wave” of the virus.
The claim of a “second wave” is because of increases in newly reported cases of COVID-19 in some states that reopen. Of course, an increase in cases was to be expected as more people began leaving their homes, particularly in light of recent protests.
Many businesses have taken steps to protect consumers through the use of face masks, mitigating the risk of infections. States should continue moving forward with reopening their economies, and those of us who are healthy and can return to work can and should do so. __ https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/todaysdebate/2020/06/18/increase-coronavirus-cases-expected-editorials-debates/3219286001/
The news media is intolerant toward any suggestion that it contributed to unreasoning panic and disastrous political choices by many politicians. But throughout the pandemic from China, the news media has acted in a manner to maximize destruction to economies and personal freedoms.
Reopening remains a success, with the positive case rate flattened, hospitalizations falling in most of the country, and deaths significantly reduced. That’s the positive story that the media should tell. Even if it won’t get as many clicks.
There is a lot more going on than dumbed down over-politicized journalists in the media can comprehend, with their lack of meaningful knowledge.
Proponents of “lockdown to flatten the curve” should acknowledge that this gains time for hospital preparedness but that most, if not all, covid-19 deaths will still happen when measures are relaxed—unless effective treatments and/or vaccines emerge. Moreover, the lockdown-to-flatten-the-curve rationale ignores seasonality and espouses 100 year old observational data from a 1918 pandemic with an infection fatality rate 100 times higher than covid-19.
Lockdowns have multiple components. Some, such as avoiding mass gatherings, may work; others may not. Some may even increase the number of covid-19 deaths—for instance, school closures may increase frail relatives’ exposure to children. But, regardless of the combination, lockdowns bring multifarious harms beyond those related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, such as the consequences of health system dysfunction and extended harms eroding health, the economy, and society at large.
Lockdowns implemented during high infectious activity will force infective people to spend more time with frail relatives in cramped spaces. Low wage, essential workers adopt higher risks, and shelters for vulnerable homeless people become infection hotspots, while wealthy, healthy citizens get to stay at home. Stress may also affect our immune responses to respiratory infections. And, with the added horror spread by various media sources, lockdowns represent uniquely stressful experiences. __ https://fee.org/articles/world-leading-infectious-disease-expert-government-lockdowns-must-end/
Ratio of Deaths to Case by Nation
Being exposed to the Chinese virus from Wuhan has not been beneficial to any country. Having been engineered to be highly infectious, the Wuhan virus has wreaked havoc among the old and sick — even before taking into account the disastrous lockdown choices.
Thanks to China, this virus is an ongoing problem for the world. But it is not the biggest problem the world faces. We should not focus on this virus so obsessively that we find ourselves unable to deal with bigger problems.
Labs around the globe have been creating synthetic viruses like CoV2 for years. And no, its genome would not necessarily contain hallmarks of human manipulation: modern genetic engineering tools permit cutting and pasting genomic fragments without leaving a trace. It can be done quickly, too: it took a Swiss team less than a month to create a synthetic clone of CoV2. __ Source