Chris Martenson writes, “Once a pandemic spreads to my neck of the woods, I’m not going to be doing anything in the company of strangers. No shopping, no going to restaurants, and especially no traveling in closed up metal tubes with recirculated air (i.e. planes and trains). I won’t be alone in those behaviors. How many airline pilots, train conductors, trash collectors, and medical personnel have to call in “sick” to disrupt the entire system? Not that many.”
Each person infected with coronavirus is passing the disease on to between two and three other people on average at current transmission rates, according to two separate scientific analyses of the epidemic. If this is true we do have a serious problem on our hands.
China’s Unproven Antiviral Solution: Quarantine of 40 to 50 Million. China’s lockdown of Wuhan and its surrounding areas to contain the coronavirus represents the first large-scale quarantine in modern times. No one is sure that such containment will help as the virus is already spreading worldwide. No one is sure that this will not be repeated in cities all over the world.
“The bottom line is that the virus has become deadly and it has caused a major panic in markets.” Stock markets sold off sharply and oil prices dropped on Monday, as fears mounted over the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Major European stock markets opened over 1% lower across the board, suffering some of the steepest falls seen so far this year. Warnings signs seem to indicate that global traders and investors believe this virus outbreak may very well turn into a major Black Swan event. Markets are driven by narratives, and the virus outbreak that has now spread in four continents is finding investors at a particularly vulnerable time, with valuations in many risk assets arguably stretched and volatility near record lows.
China is showing us already what can happen to most of the rest of us who live in large cities. China is very much apart of the international medical order so do not be surprised if the United Nations and the World Health Organization jumps on the same bandwagon. Nations around the globe have isolated ill patients awaiting coronavirus test results. That this scare is coming at the height of flu and cold season in the U.S. and other northern hemisphere countries adds further complication to a rapidly escalating crisis. Are regular flu statistic being hijacked to add to the scare?
This could be the big one as reports come in that the Chinese are understating the problem; but if this is the big one it will not because of the virus itself but the total ignorance and refusal of doctors and public health officials to look at the basic substances that will remove, to a great degree, the threat of death.
Chinese health-care workers are wearing adult diapers because they do not have time to go to the bathroom, it has been reported. Hospitals around the virus epicentre are struggling to deal with the outbreak. There are not enough hospitals, beds, doctors, nurses or even essential medical supplies such as rubber gloves and face masks. If this viral epidemic is real, and it does appear to be, though it is hard to trust anything medical officials are saying, people around the world will not be able to depend on hospitals to save their bacon.
The “case fatality rate” or CFR of this new virus is approximately 3.8 percent. In Wuhan, there are a reported 444 cases and 17 deaths. That yields a CFR of 3.8%. There’s also been reports of 555 infections, which would yield a CFR slightly lower of 3.0%. The Spanish flu of 1918 which was the last true global pandemic, had a CFR of 2.5%. It was horrible and killed an estimated 50 – 60 million people.
Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, said the current rate of disease could be comparable to the death rate of Spanish flu. Though it is far to early to cement in numbers still, at the lowest range of estimates, said to be a 2% death rate would still mean that for every 50 people who catch the infection, one will statistically die. To put this into context, around one in every 1,000 who develop flu die, giving it a death rate of 0.1%.
Bill Gates, the greatest medical thinker of our times, thinks a coming disease could kill 30 million people within 6 months — and says we should prepare for it as we do for war. His mind is obsessed with vaccines and CO2 but has no idea how CO2 (bicarbonates) can be used to reduce these death rates. However, we should not be too sure that the risks of the coronavirus spreading can be assessed by anyone with any accuracy at this point.
“In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the ‘Flu’ with the U. S. Public Health Service it was brought to my attention that rarely anyone who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks. I have since that time treated all cases of ‘cold,’ influenza and ‘la gripe’ by first giving generous doses of bicarbonate of soda, and in many, many instances within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated,” wrote Dr. Volney S. Cheney to the Arm & Hammer Company.
Coronaviruses are infections of the respiratory tract that can lead to illnesses like pneumonia or the common cold. Dr Eric Toner, a senior researcher at Johns Hopkins, said he wasn’t shocked when news of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan in late December: “I have thought for a long time that the most likely virus that might cause a new pandemic would be a coronavirus,” he told Business Insider.
Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding said, “I’ll be honest – as an epidemiologist, I’m really deeply worried about this new coronavirus outbreak. 1) the virus has an upward infection trajectory curve much steeper than SARS. 2) it can be transmitted person to person before symptoms appear — I.e. it is silently contagious!” So yes the possibility of an unchecked pandemic on par with the 1918 Spanish flu shouldn’t be ruled out.
At the end of one of Zero Hedges articles on the coronavirus we read, “Of course this isn’t 1918 – medical technology is far more advanced. In the event of a mass infection, a vaccine could be found to save the day. But that doesn’t mean we should simply dismiss the more dire projections out of hand. This virus could still leave thousands dead before it peters out.”
These few words demonstrate how most people are sucked into the paradigm of modern medicine, which is no better prepared today than they were in 1918 to fight viral infections, and thus thousands die every year from the flu.
It is almost against the law to talk about vaccines but no one expects a vaccine to be available in time to stop the spread of this virus. And if they do surprise us with a vaccine too fast we should all smell fishy pharmaceutical shenanigans and doubt the safety of what they will produce. One doctor already had the answer in 1918, with many doctors and nurses today knowing why bicarbonate would work so effectively, but the mainstream still does not want to know. Its all part of the same insanity that is driving modern civilization off a cliff.
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