What Is a Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, but we don’t know where they come from. They get their name from their crown-like shape. Sometimes, but not often, a coronavirus can infect both animals and humans.
Most coronaviruses spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do: through infected people coughing and sneezing, by touching an infected person’s hands or face, or by touching things such as doorknobs that infected people have touched.
Almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child. In the United States, coronaviruses are more common in the fall and winter, but anyone can come down with a coronavirus infection at any time.
Severe coronavirus outbreaks include:
COVID-19: In early 2020, after a December 2019 outbreak in China, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a new type, 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which can be fatal. The organization named the virus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and named the disease it causes COVID-19. The outbreak quickly moved from China around the world. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): About 858 people have died from MERS, which first appeared in Saudi Arabia and then in other countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. In April 2014, the first American was hospitalized for MERS in Indiana and another case was reported in Florida. Both had just returned from Saudi Arabia. In May 2015, there was an outbreak of MERS in Korea, which was the largest outbreak outside of the Arabian Peninsula.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ( SARS ): In 2003, 774 people died from an outbreak. As of 2015, there were no further reports of cases of SARS.
……But if a coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract (your windpipe and your lungs), it can cause pneumonia, especially in older people, people with heart disease, or people with weakened immune systems.
……You treat a coronavirus infection the same way you treat a cold:
Get plenty of rest.
Take over-the-counter medicine for a sore throat and fever. But don’t give aspirin to children or teens younger than 19; use ibuprofen or acetaminophen instead.
After watching the outbreak of COVID-19 for the past two months, I’ve followed the pace of the infection, its severity, and how our world is tackling the virus. While we should be concerned and diligent, the situation has dramatically elevated to a mob-like fear spreading faster than COVID-19 itself.
When 13% of Americans believe they are currently infected with COVID-19 (mathematically impossible), full-on panic is blocking our ability to think clearly and determine how to deploy our resources to stop this virus. Over three-fourths of Americans are scared of what we are doing to our society through law and hysteria, not of infection or spreading COVID-19 to those most vulnerable.
The following article is a systematic overview of COVID-19 driven by data from medical professionals and academic articles that will help you understand what is going on (sources include CDC, WHO, NIH, NHS, University of Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, NEJM, JAMA, and several others). I’m quite experienced at understanding virality, how things grow, and data. In my vocation, I’m most known for popularizing the “growth hacking movement” in Silicon Valley that specializes in driving rapid and viral adoption of technology products. Data is data. Our focus here isn’t treatments but numbers. You don’t need a special degree to understand what the data says and doesn’t say. Numbers are universal.
I hope you walk away with a more informed perspective on how you can help and fight back against the hysteria that is driving our country into a dark place. You can help us focus our scarce resources on those who are most vulnerable, who need our help.
13% of the 300,000,000 people in America is 39,000,000. That’s a lot of bat-shit crazy hysteria.
Read the rest at Zerohedge.
The coronavirus isn’t new or unknown:
Human coronaviruses were discovered in the 1960s using two different methods in the United Kingdom and the United States. E.C. Kendall, Malcolm Bynoe, and David Tyrrell working at the Common Cold Unit of the British Medical Research Council collected a unique common cold virus designated B814 in 1961. The virus could not be cultivated using standard techniques which had successfully cultivated rhinoviruses, adenoviruses and other known common cold viruses. In 1965, Tyrrell and Bynoe successfully cultivated the novel virus by serially passing it through organ culture of human embryonic trachea. The new cultivating method was introduced to the lab by Bertil Hoorn. The isolated virus when intranasally inoculated into volunteers caused a cold and was inactivated by ether which indicated it had a lipid envelope. Dorothy Hamre and John Procknow at the University of Chicago isolated a novel cold from medical students in 1962. They isolated and grew the virus in kidney tissue culture, assigning it as 229E. The novel virus caused a cold in volunteers and was inactivated by ether similarly as B814.
Via Wired UK
The disease appears to have originated from a Wuhan seafood market where wild animals, including marmots, birds, rabbits, bats and snakes, are traded illegally. Coronaviruses are known to jump from animals to humans, so it’s thought that the first people infected with the disease – a group primarily made up of stallholders from the seafood market – contracted it from contact with animals.
Although an initial analysis of the virus that causes Covid-19 suggested it was similar to viruses seen in snakes, the hunt for the animal source of Covid-19 is still on. A team of virologists at the Wuhan Institute for Virology released a detailed paper showing that the new coronaviruses’ genetic makeup is 96 per cent identical to that of a coronavirus found in bats, while an as-yet unpublished study argues that genetic sequences of coronavirus in pangolins are 99 per cent similar to the human virus. Some early cases of Covid-19, however, appear to have inflicted people with no link to the Wuhan market at all, suggesting that the initial route of human infection may pre-date the market cases.
The Wuhan market was shut down for inspection and cleaning on January 1, but by then it appears that Covid-19 was already starting to spread beyond the market itself. On January 21, the WHO Western Pacific office said that the the disease was also being transmitted between humans – evidence of which is apparent after medical staff became infected with the virus. Since then, evidence of widespread human-to-human transmission outside of China has been well established, making chances of containing the virus much harder.
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are known to infect both humans and animals, and in humans causes respiratory illness that range from common colds to much more serious infections. The most well-known case of a coronavirus epidemic was Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), which, after first being detected in southern China in 2002, went on to affect 26 countries and resulted in more than 8,000 cases and 774 deaths. The number of people infected with Covid-19 has now well surpassed those hit with Sars.
While the cause of the current outbreak was initially unknown, on January 7 Chinese health authorities identified that it was caused by to a strain of coronavirus that hadn’t been encountered in humans before. Five days later the Chinese government shared the genetic sequence of the virus so that other countries could develop their own diagnostic kits. That virus is now called Sars-CoV-2.
Although symptoms of coronaviruses are often mild – including runny noses, headaches, coughs and fevers – in some cases they lead to more serious respiratory tract illness including pneumonia and bronchitis. These can be particularly dangerous in older patients, or people who have existing health conditions, and this appears to be the case with Covid-19. On February 5, Chinese health officials reported that two-thirds of the people who have died from Covid-19 were men, more than 80 per cent were over 60 years old and they typically had pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
The sanitation problems in China are out of control. It’s a cesspool of filth. They have no equivalent to the USDA, CDC, or FDA. Their medical care is a substandard system of centralized authoritarian government-controlled mush.
In developed Western civilization, all this shit about the Corona virus is mostly panic and hysteria. Hysteria has a way of making stupid people even more stupid. Dems, like Wall Street, operate on feelz, not logic. The Left always seizes the opportunity to politicize disasters and any hint of tragedy.
The hype surrounding the Corona virus is a SCARE. People have no common sense or logic. Use common sense. Simple hygiene such as washing your hands, making sure your workspace is clean, and staying home when you’re sick, is common sense. Screening foreign travelers and placing travel restrictions on certain regions like Mexico, China, and the Middle East, which should have been done long before the virus, is common sense.
Making a run on the local store and buying up all the toilet paper won’t help.
Too many people operate on emotions. Remember the Swine Flu outbreak in 2009 and 2010? 60 million Americans were infected. 300,000 hospitalized. No politicization, no mass panic or closing down of facilities. We overcame it. We overcame Ebola. We overcame AIDs.
Worldwide, there are approximately 290,000 to 650,000 deaths per year because of the flu. No one bats an eye.
As much as trash networks like CNN are feeding panic, they were at one point, honest in perspective:
A deadly virus is spreading from state to state and has infected 26 million Americans so far. It’s the flu:
The novel coronavirus that’s sickening thousands globally — and at least 15 people in the US — is inspiring countries to close their borders and Americans to buy up surgical masks quicker than major retailers can restock them.
There’s another virus that has infected at least 26 million Americans across the country and killed at least 14,000 people this season alone. It’s not a new pandemic — it’s influenza.
The 2019-2020 flu season, which began September 29, is projected to be one of the worst in a decade, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. At least 250,000 people have been hospitalized with complications from the flu, and that number is predicted to climb as flu activity swirls.
The flu is a constant in Americans’ lives. It’s that familiarity that makes it more dangerous to underestimate, said Dr. Margot Savoy, chair of Family and Community Medicine at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine.
“Lumping all the viral illness we tend to catch in the winter sometimes makes us too comfortable thinking everything is ‘just a bad cold,'” she said. “We underestimate how deadly influenza really is.”
When the hysteria dies down and people (including the emotional wrecks at the stock exchange) get back to normal, the media and the politicians who pushed this frantic behavior will forget all about it and the economic damage they caused, with their overreaction.
In a moment of rare sanity, the NYT published this:
“…99 percent of active cases in the general population are “mild”…The small percentage of cases that do require such services are highly concentrated among those age 60 and older”
If a massive catastrophe happens, it won’t be due to a disease. It will be a result of the collapse of society. For a case like that, stock up on guns, ammo, batteries, first aid kits, medicine, non-perishable food items, etc.
Most people cannot tell the difference between real and manufactured crisis. Know the difference and act accordingly.
This is beyond shocking
China shut down the lab that published the world’s first genome sequence of the #coronavirus last month, barring its scientists from finding ways to contain the outbreak
Their only crime? Publishing the sequence before authorities https://t.co/dvYuTZpCtO
— Nectar Gan (@Nectar_Gan) February 28, 2020
And of course, as with any politicized issue, comes the liberals’ virtue signaling. They’re accusing anyone who calls this the Wuhan virus, “racist”.
German measles, Asian flu, the West Nile Virus, (Africa) Lyme Disease, Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, (African Congo) MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), Zika virus (Uganda) Spanish Flu, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Legionnaire’s Disease somehow escaped their outrage.
The muzzies got into the act by declaring the virus to be a “Zionist-American conspiracy”.