I’ve taken a strong stand on the coronavirus.
In doing so, I upset a lot of people who bought into all the misinformation being peddled by conservatives, libertarians and conspiracy theorists. They all said it was just the flu.
Feel free to check our archives. I made up my mind about the virus in January. I saw everything that I needed to know about it when it first broke out in China. I’ve stood by my position ever since. It is now May and we are still dealing with the virus because it isn’t the flu. 72,000 people are now dead.
Dr. Bill Mitchell compared the virus to deaths from falling off ladders. Dr. Zman compared the virus to deaths from lightning strikes. Dr. Ramzpaul is now comparing the virus to bee stings. None of these things are highly contagious and capable of exponential growth like COVID-19 with its R0 of 3.
[OC] Mortality in Sweden each day compared to previous 6 years (1st Jan – 26th April) from r/dataisbeautiful
We nearly went down this road with SARS in 2003.
“SARS? I knew of it only as a bad viral disease that, in 2003, came out of southern China and killed people in Toronto, Singapore, and a few other cities. The acronym stands for “severe acute respiratory syndrome.” It’s an ugly illness that can lead to lethal pneumonia. A little more than eight thousand people were infected, of whom about ten per cent died, and then the outbreak ended. “Why SARS?” I asked.
“Because it was so contagious, and so lethal,” he said. “And we were very lucky to stop it.” SARS was the bullet that went whistling past humanity’s ear. This was on our lunch break, I had stopped taking notes, and it was fourteen years ago, so I can’t swear that Khan mentioned the other thing that is most relevant about SARS: It was caused by a novel coronavirus. …
Some people loosely say that SARS “burned out,” having killed only seven hundred and seventy-four people worldwide. It didn’t burn out. As Ali Khan told me, it was stopped.
“What are you most concerned about now?” I asked Brenda Ang, at Tan Tock Seng, six years later.
She laughed in frustration. “Complacency,” she said. “And apathy.” Mundane but crucial infection-control measures—the assiduous hand washing and wiping of doorknobs with alcohol—can lapse after a crisis. “People become complacent.”
What do you think?
Do you think they will still be at this when we blow past 100,000 deaths?