The Coronavirus is nothing to take lightly. It is also nothing to panic about. Or perhaps we should. The unprecedented restrictions on the movement of people, unimaginable only two weeks ago, is bringing life in Europe to a virtual standstill. Today they are doing their best to close New York City. However, the “social distancing” measures so far have not slowed the spread of the disease; approximately half of all confirmed cases in Italy were diagnosed since the restrictions entered into effect on March 10. Some specialists are saying that the worse is happening in Italy because they were taking Iboprufeno for fever. Anti-inflammatory drugs are a known risk for people with infectious illnesses because they can decrease the response of the body’s immune system.
Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest social distancing would be an effective way to limit exposure to the fast-spreading virus and perhaps they are correct. Taiwan has only 50 coronavirus cases despite being next door to China. Its response to the crisis showed that swift action and widespread health-care can prevent an outbreak.
Given that most forms of social distancing will be
useless if sick people cannot get treated—or
afford to stay away from work when they are sick.
Governments are taking all the measures that can be taken to slow down the growth in infections mostly because they are afraid that medical systems and hospitals will be overwhelmed, like they are already being in Italy. ‘Healthcare is on the brink of collapsing there, so wherever you are it is best to be prepared to care for oneself and one’s loved ones at home. In Denmark, new laws give authorities the right to force people “suspected of carrying a disease” into treatment and vaccination, making it a breach of the law to resist being tested for the virus.
A USA TODAY analysis shows there
could be six seriously ill patients for every
existing US hospital bed. No state is prepared.
The collective behavior of earthlings is changing fast. Regardless of whether you believe the pandemic is real or not, the reaction to it is real and is having real consequences in finance, economics and human behavior. We are being forced to change like it or not.
No more theater, sports, public movies, shopping, meetings, travel, vacations. No more working in public either. In the states, if health officials have their way, one will not even be able to visit one’s parents if they are in nursing homes. In Italy the death toll from coronavirus has jumped by 250 in the last 24 hours, the biggest daily increase ever recorded by any country, as the worst-affected Lombardy region asked for a complete shutdown of factories and offices.
Bradley Mattes, associate nurse leader at Central Maine Medical Center. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)
CDC tells people over 60 or who have chronic
illnesses like diabetes to stock up on goods
and buckle down for a lengthy stay at home.
Look at the phase change in attitude that has happened in just the past 2 weeks. The public went from complacent to panicked. The markets tipped from greed to extreme fear. Johns Hopkins University Professor of Public Health Dr. Marty Makary says, “I think we have between 50,000 and half a million cases right now walking around in the United States.” His guess creates a lot of fear and anxiety so it should be no one’s surprise if Americans start flocking to supermarkets as panic grips the public. Top health officials want us to be very afraid and for everyone to think and believe as they do.
And they make a good case for it. COVID-19 is spreading extremely fast: roughly 40,000 of the cases (95% of all cases) in Europe were confirmed during just the first 14 days of March.
Do not be in fear of the coronavirus for fear
and stress make our immune systems weaker.
Economic and Financial Consequences
“I can’t think of too many other things that could trigger an economic collapse faster than a global pandemic could. We had better pray that life will get back to normal in a few weeks, because a complete and utter economic nightmare is ahead if that does not happen,” writes Michael Snyder. Central bankers are now in a race to save an 11-year expansion from the coronavirus, which has wreaked havoc across financial markets and threatens to tip the U.S. into recession too — if it hasn’t done so already.
Actually we will probably skip right over the recession business and go right into a depression as everything gets closed down. Yesterday, on Sunday, March 15, 2020 the Federal Reserve dropped interest rates by a full point and launched a massive $700 billion quantitative easing program to shelter the economy from the effects of the virus. Stocks dropped like a stone.
Not Everyone Agrees
These strict containment measures now familiar around most of the planet—population lock-downs, prohibition of mass gatherings, and travel bans—are not on the drawing board in Britain. Johnson’s government has diverged with the rest of the world and decided to take a much less draconian approach.
The fact is we have been dealt a hand, and it is what it is. We have no choice but to play the cards we are being dealt. The authorities have decided to pull the plug on life as we know it. “It looks like an apocalypse has struck, there is no one around,” said Mario Monfreda, who runs Larys restaurant in a smart Rome residential area. Under the government order, all bars and restaurants will now have to close at 6.00 p.m. “It is a total disaster. This will reduce us to nothing. More people are going to die as a result of the economic crisis that this lockdown is going to cause than the virus itself.” Every Major Event Canceled or Postponed Worldwide Due to Coronavirus.
Cancel Everything is the title of a piece from The Atlantic, which insists, “Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus. We must start immediately.” That is exactly what is happening. Everything is being canceled, life is coming to a full stop for hundreds of millions and that number could soon become billions. Social distancing is already leaving utter destruction in its wake in an economic sense, something an already weakened world economy is not going to be strong enough to take.
All of this is being done to save lives. But in the
process, it is going to absolutely kill the economy.
The Atlantic take a firm stand that, “The coronavirus could spread with frightening rapidity, overburdening our health-care system and claiming lives, until we adopt serious forms of social distancing. This suggests that anyone in a position of power or authority, instead of downplaying the dangers of the coronavirus, should ask people to stay away from public places, cancel big gatherings, and restrict most forms of nonessential travel.” If the entire world follows this prescription we might be saving lives but we will not save the world economy, which was probably doomed anyway because of the mountain ranges of debt.
COVID-19 is now officially classified as a pandemic, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday during a press conference. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled,” Dr. Tedros said. “In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher,” he continued.
The coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. could grow to be as serious as it is in Wuhan, China, Johns Hopkins University Dr. Marty Makary told CNBC on Tuesday. “What happened in Wuhan could happen here. Why do we think otherwise?” “U.S. Coronavirus Cases Double In Less Than 48 Hours, And “Everyone Else Will Be Italy In 9-14 Days Time” is another headline in an essay written by Michael Snyder.
Dr. Jeffrey Smith, chief operating officer for Cedars-Sinai emphasized that, “The social engineering methods that we’re putting in place — canceling schools, canceling large gatherings — to decrease the rate of spread, that’s really important to avoid a big rapid spike in cases, including critically ill cases that could tax our entire health system, including the availability of ventilators, patient rooms and critical-care resources.” We must save the medical system at all costs is the message even if it means crashing the economy.
The Official story from AP on the 14th of March seems to betray the need for such drastic measures:
“For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to be over it.”
According to research from the WHO, while many patients experience nothing more than a mild cold, one in seven patients develops difficulty breathing and other “severe” complications, while 6% become critically ill and require hospitalization to stabilize their condition, risking death if they can’t receive the highest level of care. Unfortunately for patients the highest level of care is astonishingly poor because health officials refuse to look at the best treatments (that already exist in the best ICU departments) that address the fundamental physiological threats the virus brings.
There are layers of issues of concern. There are our preconditions that could threaten us with death by the virus, and the causes of these preconditions like nutritional deficiencies and toxic exposures. Then there is the virus itself, which kids can laugh off because it does not affect them. Then there is the forced medical response and the financial and economic consequences, which can kill many more than the virus itself.
The coronavirus by itself is not a problem for the majority but the governmental and medical response to it will hurt everyone. The coronavirus has many unknown properties and effects different people and age groups differently. So far it seems most of the deaths have been among people whose health was already sorely compromised, and that even without the coronavirus, they might have died of the underlying health issue sooner rather than later. However, we have dire reports that suggest the situation is much worse than many of us believe with the potential collapse of hospitals world wide in the offering.
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