Something about this Coronavirus, its effects, timing, government responses, media focus, public reaction does not add up. We also won’t forget the latest Coronavirus prevention tips and symptoms compared to a cold and the flu. Here is some good news too.
Morning’s Good News: China and Cuba Are Leading the World Fight Against The Coronavirus.
Beijing is mounting a humanitarian aid blitz in countries struggling with their own outbreaks. China is sending more medical experts to Italy this week, on the same day Beijing sent 2,000 rapid diagnostic tests to the Philippines. From Japan to Iraq, Spain to Peru, it has provided or pledged humanitarian assistance in the form of donations or medical expertise. As Cuba sends doctors around the world to help fight coronavirus, a Cuban antiviral drug, Interferon Alpha 2b, is helping countries like China stem the tide of the outbreak. Despite confirming its own first cases, the island is continuing to export medical professionals to the rest of the world.[1.1]
Some things about this situation do not make sense. These are the questions of which I am wondering.
1. Why did the outbreak start now at the stock market peak? Why just before the U.S. presidential election?
2. If this virus came from bats in China and roughly three percent of local citizens tested carried antibodies against the coronaviruses, what kept it from spreading until now?
3. Why aren’t governments cooperating, sharing knowledge, publishing findings for vaccine development and best treatments? President Trump is offering large sums of money to German scientists working on a vaccine so it would be exclusive to the USA. Instead of working together, the U.S. and China are engaged in a war of words over blame. Recent U.S. initiated trade wars with China and Europe plus British exit from the EU already stressed international ties. Why is Australia starting cure drug trials and the U.S. is playing catchup?
4. If this virus is similar to SARS and MERS, why has it evolved differently to spread so quickly by not killing its host unlike MERS or SARS? These viruses did not expand as widely because they lacked something COVID-19 and because of their higher mortality rate literally killing its host so it could not spread as quickly.
5. Why is the media obsessed with this outbreak when 100x more people die from cancer or heart disease? 7,500 people have died from COVID-19 while 1,350,000 (yes million) people die from traffic accidents per year Why does the media and government strive to divide and separate us?
6. Why is America sitting on its butt in fear while China is able to ramp up mask production from 20 million to over 100 million in just a few weeks? As of March 11, only 25,000 people had been tested in the U.S. While South Korea has tested 247,000 people. South Korea has 15 percent of the population that the U.S. does but has test 10x more people.
7. Why are no early-onset home-based treatments published by the government, health institutions or media? Why are medicinal herb treatments ignored while some may be effective treatments early on?
8. Why is our government failing to support working people living pay check to pay check during this crisis? Why did the Republicans gut paid sick leave in the Coronavirus Bill? Why isn’t our government guaranteeing free medical care to all people who test positive? Where is the guarantee of unemployment insurance if you are laid off because of a shut down?
9. How can the Federal Reserve inject 1.5 trillion dollars to prevent a financial crisis but we cannot make enough test kits to prevent a human crisis? Why does the government seem to care more about the stock market of the wealthy than the suffering of everyone else?
10. Why aren’t all eyes on Taiwan? Taiwan has a population of 23 million, is only 81 miles from China, and has 400,000 people working in China. But, Taiwan has less than 100-200 cases. We can learn a lot from Taiwan’s response to the outbreak and their use of their national health system.
11. With reaction to the virus shutting down the economy, just how are households and business going to pay their bills and debt? With oil and gas prices now below U.S. Shale producer’s costs what is going to happen to domestic energy production? At what point will the federal government become insolvent? The patchwork 2 trillion stimulus doubles the federal budget.
12. Why do the developed countries have the most cases per capita?
How far will the stock market fall? Companies with negative profits have no value other than the cash on hand and the near-zero auction value of other assets. Subtract their immense debts and they have negative net worth, and therefore the market value of their stock is zero.
13. One million people infected but no one can agree on the best treatment. Many out-patients with lung infections and difficulty breathing are only being prescribed Paracetamol to reduce fever. No anti-virals, no immune system boosting. For example, from The New Yorker. A New Study Questions the Effectiveness of a Potential “Game Changer” Against the Coronavirus.
Not Only Are the Poor and the Elderly the Primary Victims, But Capitalism and the World as We Have Known it, As Well
If one wanted to take down modern society, a virus may be the best way to do it. The real test to watch for is not only the spread of the Coronavirus, but also the survival of capital. Will the markets stabilize and recover or will wealth evaporate? Most of the world’s financial wealth is fake and concentrated in the hands of very few people. The government-forced closures affect working families and small businesses disproportionately with no safety net given beyond a free Coronavirus test.
Until an effective vaccination becomes widely available, nothing will stop this virus. Government quarantine and media scare efforts are buying more time. But this virus is more virulent than the common flu. Influenza infects 3-5 million people per year and results in up to 650,000 deaths per year. In just two months COVID-19 has infected 190,000 people and caused 7,500 deaths. The threat is particularly higher for older people. COVID-19 is up to 10 times deadlier for people over age 60 than influenza, but more comparable in younger age groups.
It has now been discovered that the Coronavirus has mutated into two strains; one which appears to be far more aggressive than the other. Scientists say this new discovery could hinder attempts to develop a vaccine. Researchers at Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, discovered the virus has evolved into two major lineages – dubbed ‘L’ and ‘S’ types. The older ‘S-type’ appears to be milder and less infectious, while the ‘L-type’ which emerged later, spreads quickly and currently accounts for around 70 per cent of cases. Genetic analysis of a man in the US who tested positive on January 21, also showed it is possible to be infected with both types. The finding comes just days after government health experts warned that the virus could hit Britain in ‘multiple waves’, and led to fears that some vaccines might not work on mutated strains.
What Does Make Sense About This Coronavirus
Greed and the Control System probably would have kept civilization chugging along its merry way of denial for a while longer. But, Mother Nature always bats last. A virus probably took down the Neanderthals that coexisted with Humans for millennia. Smallpox killed millions of Native Americans without firing a single shot.
Planes, trains, automobiles are biologically unnatural and are the cause of this virus’s rapid spread. The internet is the perfect conduit to fan fear. Civilization’s greed and corporate political system prevent planning for the public’s best interest and of course for all other species. If there isn’t money in it, government resists it. There is money in the military but less in public expenses such as schools and hospitals. Thank goodness most of the youth of the future get this and overwhelmingly support Bernie Sander’s liberal agenda.
We may not fully recover from the economic fallout of shutting down the world’s economy and broken supply chains. We have too much debt that cannot be serviced when the GDP stops growing. Pensions cannot survive if half their assets disappear overnight.
It should be said that this is in a way is similar to, but not as fatal, as the smallpox epidemic the Europeans unleashed on Native Americans. Maybe this will give some pause for what civilization has done to Indigenous people and wild species as it spread around the world.
COVID-19 Prevention Tips And a Bit More
This is not medical advice. Please consult with your medical professional.
1. If someone with the virus sneezes, it takes about 10-14 feet before it drops to the ground. It can remain in the air for up to 3 hours. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that while wearing a mask can help to limit the spread of some respiratory diseases, it is not enough to stop all infections. The best precautions are simple: wash your hands for 20 seconds frequently, try not to touch your face, avoid crowded places and try to stay a meter from other people. Here is WHO advice on when and how to use a mask.
2. The research, which was carried out by scientists from the National Institutes of Health, Princeton University and UCLA, suggests it’s possible for the virus to spread through the air as well as through the touching of contaminated surfaces. For the study, scientists used a nebulizer to spray the coronavirus into the air in a manner similar to a cough. The virus could be detected in the air up to 3 hours later. Researchers also placed samples on a variety of surfaces. They found the virus could survive for up to 4 hours on copper, as many as 24 hours on cardboard, and two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The new coronavirus can be killed using a range of disinfectants, including rubbing alcohol and diluted hydrogen peroxide. The Environmental Protection Agency has a complete list of the commercially available cleaning products that can kill the virus.
3. Coronavirus is sensitive to high temperatures, but don’t bank on summer killing it off. Head of WHO’s health emergencies program says it is a false hope to think COVID-19 will just disappear like the flu.
4. However, experience from the 1918 Influenza pandemic suggests fresh air aids treatment vs. bad ventilation environments. As the current crisis unfolds, governments are enforcing quarantine and isolation, and public gatherings are being discouraged. Health officials took the same approach 100 years ago, when influenza was spreading around the world. The results were mixed. But records from the 1918 pandemic suggest one technique for dealing with influenza, little-known today, was effective. Put simply, medics found that severely ill flu patients nursed outdoors recovered better than those treated indoors. A combination of fresh air and sunlight seems to have prevented deaths among patients, as well as infections among medical staff. Maybe this is why cruise ship quarantines have proved to be such good incubators of the virus.
The Symptoms Compared
Some infected people do not show any symptoms, while for others the symptoms can be severe, even fatal. Children under two years old and people aged over 65, or with weak immune systems are particularly susceptible to developing severe complications such as pneumonia.
If you can take a deep breath and hold it for more than 10 seconds without coughing or discomfort it may indicate your lungs are healthy. However, anxiety or congestion however may make you cough. My father died of pulmonary fibrosis from either un-filtered aluminum fibers at his window manufacturing plant or from asbestos. It would have been hard for him to hold his breath the 10 years of his life. Fibrosis is like velcro in your lungs. A doctor can tell some with their stethoscope and more with an x-ray. Because of my father’s experience, I personally trail-run hills 10-20 miles a week, do Bikram hot yoga or rock climb 500-1000 feet to keep healthy and my mind clear. If you are or care for an elder, especially one with existing ailments, keep healthy and away from this virus.
In severe cases, the coronavirus may also attack the central nervous system. Previous studies on SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) have also shown that the coronaviruses that cause these two diseases also cause cases of central nervous system damage. This has not been confirmed by WHO.
Turn to The Light
Maybe things that are not natural, true, spiritual and real will also be victims? Maybe a better world will emerge from this great suffering. Maybe Americans will finally get health care for all. Maybe we put down our electronics and get back to the garden.
Stick together everyone. Resist the urge to divide. Smile when you see a stranger. A great many of us are suffering. Take care of family, friends and community. Be courteous, be supportive, go the extra mile, be a leader, be well. This too shall pass.
Thoughts From Our Editor Beth Brown
This virus is truly symbolic of how the sickness of the “we” mentality has led us to this point. We are interconnected beings in the web of life…and when one strand of the web “vibrates” it effects all of the other strands in the web. Just look at a map of the spread of the Vir-US…it can be seen clearly. Come together as a collective…for the sake of us all….because we are truly ONE. The panic we are seeing is an indication that people are interested in “living.” Fear is natural when we feel as though our lives are in danger. This virus is a 5-alarm wakeup call for those who have been walking around in the “dead-zone”…on remote control…looking at others “in control” to tell them what to do. And as the patriarchy continues to crumble…and I do believe this struggle for control by the Patriarchy does play a huge part in all of this…this is also a time for us to rise as our own leaders. The main thing is…more heart, soul, emotion of coming together. No one’s coming to save us. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Post Editor, Beth Brown.
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