WHEN DID IT START?
As of the first week in February, 34,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported worldwide with 700 deaths. Meanwhile, over 600 patients have recovered so far and have been discharged from the hospital in just China alone. As with most viruses, those who have died have been the elderly due to already compromised immune systems. The first case was reported at the epicenter of the virus, Wuhan City, Hubei Province in China on December 21, 2019. Remember that date as you will discover some perplexing coincidences in part two of the newsletter.
WHAT IS IT?
Coronavirus (dubbed 2019-nCoV), is suspected of being zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted between animals and humans. The disease itself has been named “novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia” or NCIP (the clinical manifestations of NCIP are consistent with viral pneumonia). This means that once the virus is in humans, it goes through a series of genetic mutations that allow it to infect and multiply inside humans. Then this virus can be transmitted from person to person. The virus was reported to have started in the Wuhan Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market from snakes and bats purchased there. They also sold poultry, donkeys, sheep, pigs, camels, foxes, badgers, bamboo rats, hedgehogs and reptiles. There is only one problem with this theory…as of the release of this newsletter, none of the animals sold at this market or anywhere else have been shown to carry the virus !.
ARE MY CHILDREN SAFE?
According to the Foreign Policy Journal:
“One puzzling aspect so far is the thankful lack of child victims. Usually, children, with less developed immune systems than adults, come down with one illness after another. Yet few children have yet been reported with coronavirus. A similar pattern (with a lack of) disease in children was seen in SARS and MERS. SARS had a mortality rate averaging 10 percent. Yet no children died, while those older than 50 had a 65 percent risk of dying.” As of right now, it looks like children are immune to this viral infection.
IS THERE A VACCINE?
On January 23, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announced a coronavirus vaccine is in the pipeline, with human trials set to start in about three months. The Washington Examiner reported that this alone could cost more lives than the virus itself, however: “Sending out coronavirus vaccines won’t make sense unless the spread gets worse … The bare facts, at least as far as anyone knows them yet, are that a global rollout of a coronavirus vaccine would kill some 7,000 people or so.” Then there is the inevitable annual money grab for drug manufacturers who produce these vaccines. Stock prices surged for makers of a potential coronavirus vaccine in response to the press hysteria.
FEAR AND BUDGETS
When fear of an unknown microbe is heightened by the press, drug companies (with the help of the government) rush an expensive drug or vaccine to the rescue. This is a well-worn pattern that goes back as far as 15 years ago in predicting mass casualties from diseases. Here are the actual results of worldwide deaths from some epidemics you may remember:
- SARS- 774 deaths
- Avian Bird Flu- 360 deaths
- Zika- (estimate in the single digits)
- Measles (2 deaths in the U.S. since 2008)
All of these outbreaks were considered cataclysmic events at the time by the press and the government. In truth, they were grossly exaggerated but we don’t seem to learn our lesson. If you look at most of these viruses, it is usually January and February that the scare tactics begin. The first Monday in February is when the president sends to Congress their budget for the next fiscal year (10/1/20 – 9/30/21). When there is a public health scare, big pharmaceutical companies and public health lobbyists fight for the largest slice of that financial pie.
The press is also in on the hype. Nielsen ratings determine how many people are reading, watching, and listening to media to determine how much they can charge advertisers based on their ratings. The months of FEBRUARY, May, July, and November are used for collecting data. With no one around but a cameraman, a CNN reporter broadcasted a report wearing a blue surgical mask! Why, would he do that? To make you tune in to their coverage on a daily basis because of the fear they are creating. Now Amazon has run out of blue surgical masks. Panic sells!
At the beginning of this newsletter, I told you about some perplexing coincidences that were bothering me. Part two will focus on answers to your questions and some of them may surprise you.