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Virus Panic Reveals We're Our Own Worst Enemy

Virus Panic Reveals We're Our Own Worst Enemy
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By Wednesday, 13 May 2020 02:28 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The world has had its collective eyes rudely opened over the last months concerning COVID-19 (coronavirus).

What’s come into focus is fairly astounding.

For example, the mask has been removed from the leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO).

An organization seen to be concerned first with shielding the political agenda of the adversaries of the West and only secondarily interested in the health of any citizen anywhere.

Consequently, the U.S. has quite appropriately suspended funding this agency, stunned and dismayed at the charge that WHO has been dissembling from the very start of this crisis in order to protect China while leaving the other nations of the world to whatever fate that may cause.

Likewise, the missteps and back-pedaling of politicians, scientists, doctors, and the media in recent weeks have been almost as astonishing — from pronouncements that wearing a mask was useless to countermanding orders that wearing a mask is mandatory, from estimates that the virus was exponentially and disastrously more virulent than the flu to realizations that its potency is a full order of magnitude at least weaker than the fear-mongering screamed at first.

Many politically-motivated defeatists seem to have taken real delight especially in counseling that the heart need be ripped out of the economic, industrial, commercial and social fabric of the United States.

Amid their charts, cooked statistics, prophesies and lockdowns — much of which have fallen flat — far-fringe politicos gleefully perceive the destruction of their own neighbors and countrymen as nothing more than the means to hopefully give the president they’ve despised for the last three and a half years a black eye.

Activist "science," therefore, won’t shy away from anything, no matter how far-fetched, just so long as it’s sufficiently depressing, while remaining scrupulously silent on something positive which should aid greatly in beating this virus, something real and tangible: the weather.

All respiratory viruses have a "season," just like influenza. COVID-19 is no exception.

Notwithstanding whether it’s more or less virulent than the flu, in spite of its shape, chemistry or any other factor, this virus must obey both gravity and the ideal gas laws.

Even if it were to have arrived here from outer space it would be constrained to do so.

Respiratory viruses are expelled through the mouth from the lungs and throat and therefore are dispersed into the air jacketed within a microscopic droplet of moisture.

In the cold, dry weather of winter that dollop of water immediately evaporates, freeing the viral unit from its heavy coating of water and allowing it to remain airborne, floating at the proper height to be inhaled by the next passerby.

In summer, however, viruses face some daunting challenges in continuing to race through infected populations.

Warm and humid weather doesn’t favor the spread.

In these conditions the relatively heavy water shell around the virus doesn’t evaporate, clings to the viral unit, and gravity drags it down to the ground where it’s far less likely to be inhaled by the next potential victim.

Nonetheless, those eager to obliterate what had been until this moment the great economic accomplishments of their political opponents aren’t interested in how this virus should go away on its own.

Their answer is to burn civilization down to stamp it out, and it’s incumbent upon the rest of us to put an end to their self-destruction since the ship of state they’re scuttling includes us aboard.

Those peddling interminable quarantine suffer from the staggeringly blind delusion that the trillions of goods and services that keeps billions alive on this planet are all delivered by the food fairies.

As it is, even if the world were to wake up and end its suicidal planetary lock-down immediately, there will still be quite a few people around the world who will die owing to the panic-mongering bungling of the last weeks — even as we finally wake up and rush to resuscitate the planet.

Countless people are plausibly doomed as it is to expire not from the virus, but from the entire world taking a bizarre months-long global house-arrest.

Anyone, for example, caught in one of the dozens of armed conflicts around the world and fleeing warlords' bands, or struggling desperately against malaria, famine, and other maladies, will receive little aid from anyone anywhere, obviously, and the result will be the only thing it can be — death.

Electricity, food, shoes, coats, medicine, transportation and every other of the trillions of interconnected goods and services that make the uber-sophisticated world go around aren't left under our pillows by winged deities waving wands.

That a supposedly modern population has become so pampered, gutless, intellectually weak and atrophied to have convinced themselves that without their own work they still won't perish is truly astonishing.

David Nabhan is a science writer, the author of "Earthquake Prediction: Dawn of the New Seismology" (2017) and three previous books on earthquakes. Nabhan is also a science fiction writer ("Pilots of Borealis," 2015) and the author of many scores of newspaper and magazine op-eds. Nabhan has been featured on television and talk radio all over the world. His website is www.earthquakepredictors.com. Read David Nabhan's Reports — More Here.

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As it is, even if the world were to wake up and end its suicidal planetary lock-down immediately, there will still be quite a few people around the world who will die owing to the panic-mongering bungling of the last weeks.
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