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Horowitz: Can there really be a harsh flu season along with coronavirus?

“Twindemic.”

It’s the new literary expression of panic being propagated by politicians and public health officials as pretext for continuing the social control measures indefinitely. If you search for the term “twindemic,” you will find all sorts of ominous predictions of a “perfect storm” of a raging coronavirus pandemic converging with a harsh flu season to overrun the hospitals and pile up the bodies in the morgues. There’s just one problem: We’ve already had COVID-19 for at least nine months, and we’ve seen that this virus and the seasonal flu do not proliferate together.

My friend Kyle Lamb, the ultimate COVID-19 math and data guru, has been messaging me for months about the strange phenomenon of the disappearance of the flu in the Southern Hemisphere. The issue didn’t grab my interest at first because the public health elites hadn’t begun to sow panic about the coming flu season in our hemisphere yet. Then, on Sept. 18, the CDC published a paper acknowledging that the flu had essentially disappeared from the Southern Hemisphere this past summer. That is an astoundingly positive fact that almost everyone in the world is unaware of amid the endless barrage of doom and gloom in the news.

The World Health Organization has observed that overall “influenza activity remained record low in comparison with previous seasons.” The WHO discovered an almost miraculous cure for the flu! “Despite continued or even increased testing for influenza in some countries in the southern hemisphere, very few influenza detections were reported,” wrote the WHO in an Aug. 31 report on influenza surveillance data.

The numbers are truly remarkable. In Australia, for example, there were just 107 lab-confirmed cases of influenza this past August, as opposed to 61,000 in August 2019. The same dynamic was observed in countries like South Africa, Chile, and Argentina – all countries that get their flu season during the North American summer.

A recent study by Australian researchers found “98.0% and 99.4% reductions in RSV [respiratory syncytial virus] and influenza detections respectively in Western Australian children through winter 2020; despite reopening of schools.”

Those numbers are simply astounding and hint to some strong immunobiological phenomenon more than any human intervention as the culprit. It seems clear that when there is a dominant respiratory virus in circulation, it predominates over the flu and possibly other respiratory viruses. To test this theory, I asked Kyle to dig into data from the U.S. in the late winter. I recalled numerous articles early on in this past flu season warning of a moderate to severe season, but then it seemed to die off in February, and we wound up with just 22,000 reported flu deaths, the lowest in a decade. Could it be that we had already experienced the disappearance of the flu once COVID-19 began circulating more widely in early March?

The answer is a resounding yes!

After compiling the CDC’s data on weekly influenza hospitalizations per 100,000 for the three prior flu seasons, Kyle contrasted those numbers to the weekly trend line in the 2019-2020 season. The numbers are astonishing:

Source: Kyle Lamb

As you can see, every year, the flu season begins to wane around week 10 (ending March 7, this past year) until it is essentially over around week 17 – at the end of April. But if you look at the 2019-2020 flu hospitalization data, you will notice that the flu didn’t just wane in March, it died precipitously. By week 13 (ending in early April), the hospitalization rate was much lower than during any year on week 17, when it’s normally the lowest and people are thinking a lot more of spring allergies than the flu!

Thus, we have already experienced this phenomenon of coronavirus cancelling out the flu in the Northern Hemisphere, but few have noticed it.

You might suggest that the lower numbers of confirmed hospitalizations were only evident because we were so focused on coronavirus at that point and weren’t testing for the flu, even though it might still have been circulating, but not captured in the data. Kyle has the data on that as well:

Source: Kyle Lamb

As you can see, we actually increased flu testing well over the numbers of any previous year. This was likely due to the fact that in February and March, there were limited numbers of COVID-19 tests available and hospitals were actually liberally testing for the flu as a means of ruling out other pathogens and better diagnosing COVID-19. Yet despite the increased tests, the rate of positivity for the flu plummeted to near zero. In April, the positivity rate for flu tests hovered between 1/20 and 1/40 of the rate from the past three years!

Let’s come full-circle back to the present. We stand today at the precipice of the new flu season – 2020-2021. Based on CDC data for week 40 of this year, we are already seeing the miraculous decline in the flu:

Thus, it is now an undeniable fact that COVID-19 essentially has not only reduced the prevalence of influenza, but it has nearly boxed it out of existence in both hemispheres. The big question is why. The CDC and WHO reports on the disappearance of the flu are extolling the virtues of “mitigation efforts,” such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and better hygiene as the key to defeating the flu.

The CDC believes the decline in the flu is due to “widespread adoption of community mitigation measures to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2.” Likewise, the WHO suggests, “The various hygiene and physical distancing measures implemented by Member States to reduce SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission have likely played a role in reducing influenza virus transmission.”

Let’s just indulge this point for a moment as if it were true. That would be an admission that these efforts have failed to block COVID-19 but somehow stopped the flu from circulating. It’s a truly bizarre assertion.

Fortunately, you don’t have to engage in mental gyrations to figure out why these measures would work for one respiratory virus and not the other, because several simple facts demonstrate that natural predominance of COVID-19, not human intervention, is what stopped the flu from circulating widely during the pandemic.

The reality is that lockdowns didn’t begin until the end of March, and the universal mask-wearing was implemented several weeks to several months later, depending on the region. Plus, it takes a few weeks for these measures to register, assuming they work. Only the natural immunobiological phenomenon of one circulating virus pushing aside another would explain why the flu died in early March.

Moreover, the flu disappeared from nearly every country, not just the ones that exercised these attempted mitigation efforts. In typical years, the positivity rate of flu testing reaches well over 10% in most countries, yet the WHO reported that not a single country had more than a 2%-3% positivity rate this year.

Source: World Health Organization

Ironically, one of the only countries that did have a flu outbreak at the tail end of the summer this year was Cambodia, but as Kyle points out, the country barely had COVID-19 cases.

In Brazil, which notoriously eschewed lockdowns at the national level, a policy that President Jair Bolsonaro has been roundly criticized for, there was the same abrupt end to the flu season. A search of the WHO’s influenza surveillance country database shows that Southern Hemisphere countries usually see an increase in flu cases in weeks 10-12 and then a continuous climb through July. In Brazil, as in all other countries (regardless of mitigation policies), the numbers dropped off and went backward in April relative to last year’s numbers, which accelerated for several months thereafter.

Source: Kyle Lamb

Remember, unlike in the U.S., where COVID-19 began to predominated in early March (which is when our flu season was short-circuited), in Brazil the virus didn’t really begin until April, which is why their short-circuit of the flu began a month later.

The two viruses seem to work against each other remarkably like a seesaw. Just as we see that our flu season in the Northern Hemisphere was normal before it was abruptly cut short by COVID-19, the same dynamic played out in the Southern Hemisphere. The virus that circulated strongly in America in March didn’t begin to predominate in South America until April. Thus, flu season had time to get off the ground and went up through week 13-15. It died abruptly in April, as compared to previous years when it surged in a straight line through August, like all countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

The concept of one respiratory virus boxing out another is not new. A recent study published by immunobiologists at the Yale University School of Medicine found that the H1N1 epidemic in 2009 was cut short in the fall in several European countries by the seasonal rhinovirus spread. “These findings show that one respiratory virus can block infection with another through stimulation of antiviral defences in the airway mucosa, supporting the idea that interference from rhinovirus disrupted the 2009 IAV pandemic in Europe,” asserted the four researchers. “These results indicate that viral interference can potentially affect the course of an epidemic, and this possibility should be considered when designing interventions for seasonal influenza epidemics and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

Indeed, it is something that the propagators of panic and control refuse to consider. The implications of this data analysis are huge. It’s not just that it shows it’s nearly impossible to have a bad flu (or much of a flu season at all) circulating together with COVID-19, contrary to what governors in both parties are warning. It demonstrates that much of the loss of life from COVID-19 is really being taken from from flu seasons and will likely result in a very weak flu season this year, if not for the coming few years.

What this means is that over a 3- to 5-year window, unlike during the Spanish Flu, the excess deaths from this virus will be truly unremarkable outside of a few hot spots. It also demonstrates how mechanically cyclical respiratory virus deaths tend to be, regardless of human intervention measures. We are clearly not in control of natural biological phenomena, and it’s time for politicians to stop using fear to make themselves all-powerful. Then again, these are people who think that we can “mitigate” temperature spikes and hurricanes.

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Does The Coronavirus Make Our Constitutional Freedom Of Assembly Obsolete?

This article was originally published by Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.us.

Over the past couple of weeks, a trend has become apparent in the state of Idaho, specifically in Moscow, Idaho in Latah County. The city council of Moscow has issued a mandatory mask order, and they are using police to enforce it. Bizarrely, the city had ZERO deaths from Covid at the time the mask order was instituted, meaning their action was in response to…nothing.

Idaho has had a total of 500 deaths from Covid since the beginning of the outbreak. To put this in perspective, the state also has around 400 deaths from diabetes every year, and 250 deaths from the flu/pneumonia according to the CDC. Perhaps they should ban sugar, and make masks mandatory for the flu as well, just to be safe…

The residents of Moscow are not too happy with the city council’s attempt to unilaterally enforce such mandates. Church congregations in particular are fighting back by holding outdoor services without masks. The city has responded by ARRESTING the pastors of any church that dare to defy mask laws.

I bring up this specific instance of coronavirus enforcement because the circumstances surrounding it are disturbing…

First, it is not surprising that Latah County is one of the ONLY counties in Idaho that leans to the far-left politically, and the majority of the city council of Moscow is made up of leftists. Moscow is also the home of the University of Idaho. It seems wherever the political left sets up shop, constitution violating mandates on the coronavirus is prevalent. Even if a state government is predominantly more conservative and less antagonistic on lockdowns, left-leaning city and county officials have decided they are going to enforce their own restrictions anyway.

Second, the mask rules are being used against people who held meetings outdoors, and this is something I am seeing all over the world right now. Why is the science of virus behavior in outdoor open-air environments not being discussed AT ALL in the mainstream? Why is no one talking about the fact that open air and UV rays from sunlight KILL microorganisms? The chance of contracting the coronavirus outdoors is next to zero, yet mask rules are being strictly instituted from Melbourne, Australia to New York, New York to Moscow, Idaho.

Government officials must surely be aware that the science contradicts these orders. And if this is the case, then this only confirms that such restrictions are not about saving lives; they are about control.

Third, the use of targeted arrests against organizers of group events is clearly an attempt to frighten the public into compliance without confronting their concerns directly. The goal is to encourage self-censorship and to manipulate citizens to avoid public assembly without coming out openly and saying “We are banning public assembly”. It’s an end-run around the constitution, and these actions are increasing in the US.

As I have noted in past articles, I have been watching the draconian coronavirus measures in Australia and New Zealand very closely. My concerns rest on the other side of the world because what I see happening there is perhaps a beta-test for high-intensity lockdown restrictions in other western nations including America.

Restrictions in these countries are rooted in what they are calling “Level 4 lockdowns”, and include mandatory mask orders (even outside), mandatory social distancing, bans on public assembly, church closures, citizens are not allowed to travel more than 3 miles from home (essentially people are under house arrest, with only one hour per day outside to exercise), people who contract the virus or are suspected of being infected can be locked up in Covid camps for as long as government officials deem it necessary, and in New Zealand, these camps are managed by the military.

People speaking out against the lockdowns online are being arrested for “incitement”. Free speech in Australia is nearly dead.

I believe the establishment of medical tyranny is moving so quickly in Australia because the vast majority of the population has been disarmed and they have limited means to fight back. It’s an easy place to test out control measures. Protests are taking place, but without a means of self-defense the citizenry is at the mercy of government and law enforcement. If the government wants to crack down violently on anti-lockdown groups, there will be little the public can do to stop them.

What I see happening in places like Moscow, Idaho is the initial stages of medical tyranny similar to what is happening in Australia. What I see is an incremental form of totalitarianism, and it simply cannot be tolerated.

We have heard it often during this pandemic event that we are “all in this together” and the lockdowns are “serving the greater good”, but this is nonsense. The constitutional rights of public assembly and freedom of religion in particular are being stifled, and these rights ARE the greater good. They are far more important than the lives of the select few people who are susceptible to the virus.

Beyond that, why are we not talking about the number of people that are losing their jobs due to the lockdowns? How about the number of people that will die over time from poverty or depression or economic collapse because of the lockdowns? Is it not a matter of the “greater good” that we end the restrictions rather than increase them?

No virus is worth this. It would not matter if we were talking about the Black Plague. Ultimately, though, Covid affects a very small portion of the US population. The real solution to the pandemic is simple:

The people who are most susceptible should voluntarily stay home and quarantine, and the rest of us should get on with our lives with an open economy and normal constitutional rights. Why is this option not being presented?

Mask laws in particular are truly bizarre. There is little evidence that cloth masks are effective in the slightest, but the idea that “everyone must wear a mask” in order for the masks to work reveals the true nature of the restrictions.

If your mask is useless unless I also wear a mask, then the masks we are wearing are not offering much protection and their enforcement should be questioned. The fact that numerous states and counties across the US have had infection spikes even with strict mask mandates suggests to me that the masks are pointless. Even the CDC questions the effectiveness of cloth masks and recommends N95 masks for healthcare workers until there is some evidence that cloth masks function.

If the CDC doesn’t believe they work very well, then why are people even wearing them, and why are people being arrested for refusing to use them? Again, the science does not support the mandates, so they must be about control rather than saving lives. If you can get a population acclimated to having the government involved in the smallest intricacies of their lives on a daily basis then freedom goes out the window and the establishment enjoys total power to do whatever they please.

Don’t get me wrong, if a person WANTS to wear a mask, or take other precautions no matter how dubious, then I have nothing bad to say about them. That is their decision. If a business wants to require masks before entering, then that is also their right as property owners. I can choose to not shop there if I don’t like it. But it is not anyone’s right to attempt to force others to comply with their baseless rules just so they can personally feel safer. If I’m not wearing a mask and you don’t like it, then don’t come near me; it’s very easy.  As leftists like to say:  My body my choice.

Take note of how many instances we have seen so far of Mask Nazis physically attacking people not wearing masks. Isn’t this the exact opposite of what they have been preaching?  Also, take note that Mask Nazis tend to be avid supporters of BLM and Antifa mobs that ignore pandemic restrictions.  Again, they don’t care about health issues, they are angry because you are not submitting to their control.

Another terrifying development during the pandemic is the use of executive orders and executive authority to initiate restrictions without public oversight. Here is the bottom line: No government, whether it be federal, state, or local, has the power to violate your constitutional rights. Period. If a law or executive order tramples on the Bill of Rights, then it is automatically null and void and should be defied. National emergencies do no supplant the constitution, regardless of what statists might claim.

Executive orders in particular are based on nothing other than the color of law. In most cases, they do not legally apply to the citizenry, only to government employees. Real laws are passed by the legislature and are often added to a ballot to be voted on by the public. No governor, mayor, city council, or president has the authority to assert new laws without oversight like a dictator.

The political left has been quick to point out these facts whenever Donald Trump issues executive orders, yet they are also quick to defend those orders issued by states and cities to enforce unconstitutional and illegal lockdowns.

In the end, whether you respect the Bill of Rights or not, laws are meaningless unless they are backed by principles. A law that is immoral and unjust should not be followed. Government representatives that abuse their positions to assert powers that are not granted them by the constitution should be unseated. The coronavirus changes nothing – Not a thing.

I would suggest that anyone who lives in a place that is trying to enforce restrictions that are contrary to the Bill of Rights act now to disrupt what is likely an incremental march towards medical tyranny. If you don’t stand in opposition to these actions now, they will only grow over time until a majority of people become conditioned to accept them.

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Dr. Fauci Warns of Winter Once Again: “I Think We’re Facing a Whole Lot of Trouble”

Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning yet again of a troublesome winter. The “authorities” don’t seem to want to stop talking about how bad things are going to get in the coming months. Especially when it comes to this scamdemic.

Winter is approaching and so is the prospect of a “twindemic” if you believe the fear mongers in the mainstream media and the government authoritarians. It almost seem like they are signaling to us that there will be another lockdown for any reason they can come up with.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an expert in infectious diseases for the last four decades, told CNBC’s Shepard Smith Monday evening that it was more critical than ever to do these five things: wear a mask, social distance, avoid crowded spaces, do things outdoors where possible (if you aren’t on house arrest), and wash your hands frequently.

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“I think we’re facing a whole lot of trouble,” Fauci said. “We have a baseline of infections now that vary between 40,000 and 50,000 per day. That’s a bad place to be when you’re going into the cooler weather of the fall, and the colder weather of the winter. In addition, we would like to see the percent positivity be coming down.”

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A second lockdown is becoming more likely by the day as the cases continue to allegedly go up. Fauci claims there isn’t talk of shutting down again. But Fauci also said masks shouldn’t be worn and now insists everyone wears one. “We’re not talking about shutting anything down; we’re talking about using public-health measures as a vehicle, or a gateway, to keeping the country open, to keeping the economy going. It is not an obstacle,” the con man said according to Market Watch. 

Fauci also said there is no way that he’s giving up on the behavior modification and assistance with the New World Order.  “This is an outbreak of historic proportions, the likes of which we have not seen in 102 years,” he said, citing the 1918 flu. “There’s no chance that I’m going to give up on this and walk away from it no matter what has happened.” Fauci is dedicated to this agenda, and he says it himself.

I know people have already said I should stop suggesting storing food and water,  but I don’t’ care. Prepare. Stock up on food and water. If nothing else, you will be buying yourself more time.  Those who have planned the upcoming destruction, chaos, and violence are banking on people not picking up the suble clues as to what’s coming.

If Fauci isn’t giving up then neither should you.

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“Twindemic”: Coronavirus & The Flu

We have been warned. Another “scamdemic” dubbed the “twindemic,” an increase in both coronavirus and flu infections, is all over the news. The fear is being ramped up as the mainstream media claims “experts” expect to see a surge in cases of both illnesses this fall and into winter.

If you haven’t braced for the potential of a horrifically tyrannical winter, now is the time to do so. As Ritchie from Boston often says: “these dudes are doing this.” They will do what it takes to get the New World Order, and Americans are far from unified. That means we won’t be able to stop this. Too many are going along with the NWO, casting a vote like it matters are worried about who wins the next (s)election.

But there’s a bigger problem looming, and it’s the expansion of tyranny we are all living under right now.  Ans the powers that should not be are already telling us what to expect, for those paying attention:

Cases of respiratory viruses like the one that causes COVID-19 tend to rise in the fall and winter months as temperatures drop and people spend more time indoors. Most pandemic models predict a surge starting in the fall and worsening into the winter that could rival or even surpass the worst days of the spring. One well-regarded forecast sees a “most likely” scenario of more than 3,000 deaths a day in December and nearly 400,000 cumulative coronavirus-related deaths by the end of the year.

That timeline coincides with the typical course of flu season, which on its own causes about 37,000 deaths a year in the U.S. The combined risk of the coronavirus and flu virus has led some experts to warn of a “twindemic” that could overwhelm the country’s health care capacity. –Yahoo News

In case you forgot, the overwhelming of the healthcare system was the reason given for the first lockdown. In order to prevent hospitals from having too many people to treat, we all had to lock ourselves away and give up our livelihoods for an overexaggerated outcome that never even came close to fruition. Since people were convinced the first time, it looks like they are using the same excuse the second time, in combination with the flu, ramping up the fear of both.

Wake up. This is manipulation and predictive programming. They are advertising their plans and they want a “twindemic.”

CDC Director Robert Redfield called “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, that we’ve ever had.”

Despite warnings about the risks of the coming months, many parts of the country are lifting lockdown restrictions on businesses and welcoming children back to schools. Yahoo News

They are going to blame the second wave and teindemic on people who didn’t want locked down under totalitarian dictatorship for a cold so severe, they have to test you to see if you have it.

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“Twindemic”: Coronavirus & The Flu

We have been warned. Another “scamdemic” dubbed the “twindemic,” an increase in both coronavirus and flu infections, is all over the news. The fear is being ramped up as the mainstream media claims “experts” expect to see a surge in cases of both illnesses this fall and into winter.

If you haven’t braced for the potential of a horrifically tyrannical winter, now is the time to do so. As Ritchie from Boston often says: “these dudes are doing this.” They will do what it takes to get the New World Order, and Americans are far from unified. That means we won’t be able to stop this. Too many are going along with the NWO, casting a vote like it matters are worried about who wins the next (s)election.

But there’s a bigger problem looming, and it’s the expansion of tyranny we are all living under right now.  Ans the powers that should not be are already telling us what to expect, for those paying attention:

Cases of respiratory viruses like the one that causes COVID-19 tend to rise in the fall and winter months as temperatures drop and people spend more time indoors. Most pandemic models predict a surge starting in the fall and worsening into the winter that could rival or even surpass the worst days of the spring. One well-regarded forecast sees a “most likely” scenario of more than 3,000 deaths a day in December and nearly 400,000 cumulative coronavirus-related deaths by the end of the year.

That timeline coincides with the typical course of flu season, which on its own causes about 37,000 deaths a year in the U.S. The combined risk of the coronavirus and flu virus has led some experts to warn of a “twindemic” that could overwhelm the country’s health care capacity. –Yahoo News

In case you forgot, the overwhelming of the healthcare system was the reason given for the first lockdown. In order to prevent hospitals from having too many people to treat, we all had to lock ourselves away and give up our livelihoods for an overexaggerated outcome that never even came close to fruition. Since people were convinced the first time, it looks like they are using the same excuse the second time, in combination with the flu, ramping up the fear of both.

Wake up. This is manipulation and predictive programming. They are advertising their plans and they want a “twindemic.”

CDC Director Robert Redfield called “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, that we’ve ever had.”

Despite warnings about the risks of the coming months, many parts of the country are lifting lockdown restrictions on businesses and welcoming children back to schools. Yahoo News

They are going to blame the second wave and teindemic on people who didn’t want locked down under totalitarian dictatorship for a cold so severe, they have to test you to see if you have it.

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Horowitz: Politicians plan to control our lives with masks and restrictions … for the flu

If the World Health Organization had been correct about a 3.4% infection fatality rate for COVID-19, there would have been one small, ancillary benefit: At the very least, a once-in-a-millennium virus with a kill rate 34 times greater than the flu would be unmistakable and could never be compared to other viruses. As such, it would be hard to convince the public to go along with draconian measures for common viruses such as influenza that have been with us for decades. Sadly, now that it turns out the true infection fatality rate is pretty similar to a bad flu season, politicians can now seamlessly bring their social conditioning mandates into flu season. In other words, forever.

When lockdown opponents compared the virus to a bad flu, they were suggesting that our societal disruption in response to SARS-CoV-2 should not be that much different from our efforts during a pandemic flu season. Insidious control freaks in elected and unelected high office, however, are now using this comparison they once rejected as the pretext for treating the flu the way they wrongly treated this virus.

Here is a sampling of politicians now comparing COVID-19 to the flu or conflating it with the flu, warning that the flu is indeed enough excuse to mandate these draconian measures. They are suddenly discovering the fact that hospitals do indeed get busy every year, but we go about our lives normally. They want that to change.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer boldly asserted and predicted that “when we all get our flu vaccine, we can help keep thousands of flu patients out of the hospitals and prevent overcrowding.”

But wait a minute: If the threat level from this virus is so much greater than the flu and the risk of hospitalization and death is unparalleled in human history, how can this be conflated with and compared to the flu in any way? It would be akin, at least according to their original assessment of the threat from coronavirus, to telling a cancer patient not to scrape their shin, so they don’t create the perfect “twin” medical crisis.

In reality, when they desire to continue the social control, then the truth about the similarity of the virus’ severity to that of a pandemic flu comes to the forefront. In order to suck us into the indefinite vortex of social control, they had to advertise this virus as exponentially more dangerous than the flu. Now that hospitalizations are way down, they need to lower the threshold required to trigger such control.

Even Republican governors are now trying to suggest that the flu is reason enough to continue the suspension of democracy and that these voodoo measures could somehow limit the spread of colds and flus. Already last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who has become indistinguishable from his Democratic counterparts in his approach to this virus and constitutional rights, spoke of a need to “develop proactive strategies that will reduce the spread of the flu in the midst of the #COVID19 pandemic.”

What might those measures be?

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) warned last week that “flu can be deadly on its own” and that he is “concerned that Ohioans who get both the flu and #COVID19 at the same time could become severely, if not fatally, ill.”

Hence, the politicians are finally discovering what the media never cared about until now — that hospitals are indeed very busy during the height of flu seasons and are often forced into emergency surge capacity during particularly busy flu seasons. Yet we never destroyed our society, economy, and mental health over it. We never shut schools or abused children with masks and plexiglass boxes, even though they typically get sicker from the flu than from coronavirus and are more prolific vectors of the spread of flu.

For example, on Jan. 11, 2018, the Houston Chronicle reported about “strains” on local hospitals — with 13% of ER visits at 40 Houston-area hospitals being flu patients. Children 4 and under accounted for 42% of them! Can you imagine what sort of panic that would induce today? Contrast that to COVID-19 when, last week, just 1.8% of all ER visits were of patients with “covid19-like-illness,” according to the CDC. The highest level it hit nationwide was 6.8%, although some places were higher. Yet in 2018, most Americans didn’t even know the flu pandemic existed. Now, life as we know it no longer exists, for such a low threshold of risk.

Take Pamunkey Regional Jail in Tennessee, for example. Roughly 70% of the 178 inmates tested positive. Yet according to the Tennessee Star, “There have been no hospitalizations or deaths and the ‘vast majority’ of positive staff and inmates were asymptomatic or were showing mild symptoms.” This is a microcosm of what is going on throughout the country — with inordinate panic being directed toward discovery of cases that rarely lead to clinical illness. In most cases, this is actually more like a cold than a flu.

In other words, this is not only going to continue through 2021, as Dr. Fauci warns, but forever. As my friend Kyle Lamb of RationalGround.com notes, mathematically, the current risk level of COVID-19 is much lower than the severity of the flu. Thus, if this is the new trigger for children wearing masks and draconian restrictions on school or businesses functions and church services, we will continue this charade in perpetuity.

“The total current number of hospitalizations in the entire U.S. with a positive Covid-19 result (not necessarily from) is about ~9 per 100,000. At the peak of this 2019-20 flu season, a light one relatively, there would have been ~30-45 CONFIRMED people hospitalized per 100,000,” wrote the data guru on Twitter.

So, in other words, we are 3-4 times below the level of flu hospitalizations at the peak of a mild flu season, not to mention the more severe 2018 season that most Americans never heard of. But as Lamb observes, the numbers for COVID are really much lower. Nearly every pregnant woman or car crash victim who comes to the hospital is tested for COVID. Anyone who then tests positive, regardless of the symptoms and regardless of why he initially came to the hospital, is counted as a COVID hospitalization. With the flu, typically you are only tested if you are complaining of severe flu symptoms. Imagine if we counted the flu the way we count COVID-19.

Thus, every single year, hospitals are full of people who came for the purpose of flu treatment at an exponentially higher level than current levels for COVID-19. So if this is reason enough to mummify all our faces in public with cheap Chinese masks and treat our children like lepers in school, when and what is the exit strategy?

But alas, there is no exit strategy for the politicians. The social control is not a means to the end of controlling an epidemic. It is the end itself.

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New York City Is “Dead FOREVER” Says Proud New Yorker

According to James Altucher, a best-selling author and former hedge-fund manager, New York City is “dead forever.” The city cannot possibly come back from its government-induced coma as its residents come to grips with the reality of heavy hand of government when it came to the coronavirus scamdemic.

“I love NYC. When I first moved to NYC, it was a dream come true. Every corner was like a theater production happening right in front of me. So much personality, so many stories,” Altucher wrote in a blog post explaining why his temporary relocation might become more permanent.

The New York Times back in June asked the “agonizing” question: “Is New York City worth it anymore?” amid a mass exodus of an estimated 420,000 residents between March and May when the coronavirus rhetoric that turned into tyranny was really blowing up. In July, there were a record 13,117 vacant apartments across Manhattan, according to a report by Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants. A year ago, that number was a 5,912. Also, new lease signings fell by about 23%, resulting in a drop in rental prices.

Sadly, New York probably isn’t the only city that will be in a permanent coma because of the Federal Reserves’ insistence upon taking over the world and cramming the New World Order down our throats. San Francisco is struggling as well. The mass exodus from places that took tyrannical overreach to a whole new level can be seen in the chart below:

As it turns out, people may not like being told how to live and what to do by politicians. Even Altucher says that New York won’t bounce back this time. The damage has been done and it’s irreparable.  Will it remain the center of the financial universe? “Not this time.” New York has experienced worse? “Not it hasn’t.”

Keep in mind, it wasn’t a virus that caused the destruction of these cities and the economy. It was the order followers that bowed to government commands to stay fearful and shut down the economy over what’s turned out to be a mild flu.

It Wasn’t The “Virus” That Crashed The Economy, It Was The People Who Obeyed

It finally seems like Americans are waking up to the reality of what’s been done to them.  It took losing it all, but now they are beginning to see that the government puppets, who do the bidding of the Federal Reserve bankers are trying to take over the world and enslave them. We need to come together more than ever right now and reject the last form of slavery: slavery of the mind.

Time To Get Off Your Knees: MSM Warns The U.S. Is Looking At A Second Lockdown

This is a psychological battle for your mind and ultimate control.  Those who can see that already know the solution. Stop acquiescing, and stop believing anyone has the right to own you or lead you.  It’s time to lead ourselves and stop allowing guns to be put tot he heads of the innocent who are just trying to feed their families.

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Doctor Says The Flu “May Not Exist” This Year, Thanks To COVID-19

Thanks to the panic and fear over COVID-19, a doctor says the flu may not exist this year. But the mainstream media and doctors pushing the official narrative insist you still need a flu shot and the coronavirus vaccine.

They are already preparing us for the “darkest winter” in modern history and it all has to do with their plans to vaccine the world and use fear to make as many as possible comply. A top autoimmune disease expert said that the flu could be “nonexistent this fall” as the United States moves into the colder months while still grappling with the coronavirus scamdemic. Hand washing and social distancing have apparently lowered the number of flu cases this year already, but I’d wager they are simply counting those illnesses as COVID-19 instead.

We may not have the flu at all, but we should all get vaccinated,” Dr. Bob Lahita, chairman of the Department of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, told CBSN anchor Anne-Marie Green. Another former U.S. health official, Dr. Rick Bright, testified in a Congressional hearing that the country could face the “darkest winter in modern history” if the pandemic is not controlled.

The COVID-19 “Dark Winter” PsyOp: Question Everything…

We continue to hear the term “dark winter” and oddly enough, that’s when the Operation Warp Speed, rolled out with the help of the military, will attempt to vaccinate everyone.  The “third wave” propaganda is already popping up as well.

Another piece of information you should be aware of is that there is already talk of combining the flu shot with the new coronavirus vaccine.  “I think the novel coronavirus is going to be with us for many, many years,” he said. “However, there is hope going forward that in 2021, for example, we will have both vaccines combined together so that when you get vaccinated for the flu you get vaccinated for COVID-19.”

Those Who Planned The Enslavement of Mankind Warn Of “A Dark Winter” For UsThis vaccine seems tied to the “dark winter” they intend to put everyone through. It’s tough to say what exactly will happen when November rolls around, but they are gearing up for a brutal societal collapse over their fake election too (again, voting is an illusion, the central banks put the puppets in power), so that’s something to watch for as well. If you want to give credence to this system of slavery, by all means, cast a vote this fall. But those who have figured this out won’t be anywhere near a polling place this fall. MSM Frenzy: Trump Floats The Idea Of Delaying The ElectionAs I’ve said before, it will do you no good to live your life in fear, but you do need to be aware of what is going on.  Knowing what could happen is the best way to prepare for the unknown. My best guess is that you’ll need food and a filtration system for water.  You will also need a way to defend yourself because no matter what’s done in November of 2020, things will get ugly and could result in a complete devolution of some humans into animals.

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Chinese scientists say they expect seasonal outbreaks of coronavirus  — and warm weather won’t kill the virus

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say that they believe coronavirus will periodically resurface, predicting that it could return much like the seasonal influenza infection.

What are the details?

A group of Chinese virologist told reporters Monday that they do not believe the coronavirus will be eradicated. According to Bloomberg News, the medical experts said that the disease is likely to remain with humankind for the foreseeable future.

Jin Qi, director of the Institute of Pathogen Biology at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, said, “This is very likely to be an epidemic that co-exists with humans for a long time, becomes seasonal, and is sustained within human bodies.”

Because COVID-19 can infect asymptomatic carriers, the scientists believe that people will continue to spread the virus without experiencing traditional symptoms — or any symptoms at all.

Wang Guigiang, head of infectious diseases at Peking University First Hospital, added, “The virus is heat-sensitive, but that’s when it’s exposed to 56 degrees Celsius [132.8 degrees Fahrenheit] for 30 minutes and the weather is never going to get that hot. So, globally, even during the summer, the chance of cases going down significantly is small.”

At the time of this writing, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that there have been at least 3,060,152 confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe, with 212,056 deaths as a result of the virus.

What else?

Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he believed the virus could emerge seasonally. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that he believes the U.S. could see the “beginning of a resurgence” of COVID-19 during the next flu season.

“We will have coronavirus in the fall,” he said. “I am convinced of that.”

Last week, U.S. officials sai American should prepare to face two viruses in the fall and winter months — coronavirus and influenza.

During a White House press briefing, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, “Next fall and winter, we’re going to have two viruses circulating and we’re going to have to distinguish between which is flu and which is the coronavirus.”

That same week, Redfield also told the Washington Post that the winter’s coronavirus could be “even more difficult” to face than what the U.S. has been dealing with since February and March.

“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” he said. “And when I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back — they don’t understand what I mean. We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time.”

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End The Shutdown!

This article was originally published by The Editors at The Mises Institute. 

The shutdown of the American economy by government decree should end. The lasting and far-reaching harms caused by this authoritarian precedent far outweigh those caused by the COVID-19 virus. The American people—individuals, families, businesses—must decide for themselves how and when to reopen society and return to their daily lives.

Neither the Trump administration nor Congress has the legal authority to shut down American life absent at least baseline due process. As Judge Andrew Napolitano recently wrote, business closures, restrictions on assembly and movement, and quarantines are not constitutionally permissible under some magic “emergency” doctrine. At a minimum, the federal government must show potential imminent harm by specific infected individuals at some form of hearing or trial.

These due process requirements are not suspended.

State and local officials may claim, or even possess, lawful police powers to shut down their communities. We offer no analysis of such powers or claims under the myriad of state constitutions and authorizing legislation. But they should resist exercising these powers. The governor of Virginia, in particular, deserves admonition for unilaterally imposing a lengthy period of virtual house arrest.

We do not know, and cannot yet know, how many Americans will become sick or die from the virus. We do know that predictions regarding infection and death rates are highly unreliable. Even actual deaths attributable to COVID-19 are not so easy to count, as Italy has discovered. Age, general health, and comorbidity are difficult variables to assess, and people may die “with” the virus but not “from” it. It is also very difficult to assess the lethality of the virus relative to previously known types of flu and colds.

To date, COVID-19 deaths in the US are far fewer than deaths in ordinary flu seasons or from past pandemics such as the H1N1 virus. This understanding is critically important to put the virus, and the government response to it, in perspective. Even during past pandemics, depressions, and world wars, Americans went to work.

In 1850, French economist Frédéric Bastiat helped the world understand the “seen and unseen costs” of state policies. It is simple to see how quarantines and lockdowns will slow the spread of COVID-19. It is critical, but not so simple, to see the costs and harms caused by the economic shutdown.

Only then can we rationally understand the tradeoffs involved.

How many Americans suffering from other illnesses cannot see a doctor now? How many Americans will lose their jobs, their life savings, their retirement prospects, and their incalculable feeling of self-worth? How many will succumb to depression, drug or alcohol abuse, and suicide? How many will lose their homes, divorce their spouses, or suffer abuse? How many will never recover in their careers? How many small businesses, including the vital ones of doctors, dentists, and veterinarians, will vanish from your community? How many young people will “fail to launch”?

Worse still, will grocery stores and gas stations remain open and stocked? Will crime spike? Will the American social fabric, already thin from politics, tear apart?

These questions are not rhetorical. All of these things happened, to a degree, following the Great Recession of 2008. They will happen again—very soon—if we fail to act immediately. Tomorrow, on April 1, millions of Americans will not pay rent or mortgages. Millions of small businesses will shutter, just as many large employers such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, airlines, and hotels already have. Millions of service workers are unemployed already, but many more jobs will be lost. The effects will cascade.

There is no conflict between humanitarian and economic concerns; in fact, they are flipsides of the same coin. A poorer America will be a much less healthy America, one more vulnerable to future illness and disease. Technology, modern medicine, and market actors can address a virus; already we see entrepreneurs producing cheaper ventilators and doctors using cheap generic drugs with very promising results.

This local, bottom-up approach is the only effective way to confront the virus. The federal government, as we see now and have in the past, is comically incapable of competence in times of crisis.

On a fundamental level, freedom really is more important than security—or, in this case, an illusion of security. We all demonstrate this in our personal lives every day, from flying to driving to riding bicycles, to consuming unhealthy food and drink simply because we like it. Security has never been the sole or even primary goal for a country born in rebellion.

Government cannot decide what aspects of our lives are essential or nonessential. The American people cannot simply sit at home and wait for government checks written on funds that government does not have.

End the shutdown.

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Prep Your Immune System To Fight Off Viruses

Preparing for a pandemic is only half what you stockpile.  The other half is fortifying your body and its immune system against viral infections.  The better health you are in, the more likely you will be to not get sick in the first place or to beat the illness swiftly.

Make sure you have some personal protective equipment, especially if you’re older or have underlying health conditions, as the coronavirus will likely be more severe if you contract it.  Most suggest using a properly fitted face mask (N95 or higher) and keeping your distance from others while in public.  You could also wear safety goggles if you’d like.

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Your health should come first though!  Your immune system is your first line of defense against any viral infection.  Once a virus is introduced, the body’s immune system goes into high gear to fight back.  We’ve written extensively on some things you can do to improve your immune system.

Before you start stockpiling for the next crisis or pandemic (or at least in tandem) you should try to get as healthy as possible. Keep your weight in a healthy range, avoid the excess consumption of alcohol, and try to quit smoking.  Get an adequate amount of sleep. You should also cut out as much processed food and sugar as you can.  It’s not good for you, and a healthy gut can go a long way to help your body fight off an infection.  Add more vegetables to your diet and make sure you are eating healthy fats such as avocados or olive oil.

You should also exercise some and do some light stretching if possible. Even now, while most of us are on lockdown, you should move a little.  There are thousands of videos on YouTube of home workouts you can do. This is not new information.  We all should be as healthy as we can be.

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Make sure you are prepared and not scared.  Stress is not good for the body and can negatively impact your immune system.  If you’re properly prepared for a crisis, you won’t be stressed out.  Panicking and living in fear can raise the stress hormone cortisol making it harder to fight off a virus.

You should also improve your handwashing. This step is vital at the prevention of most viruses, such as the novel coronavirus, the rhinovirus (common cold) and the flu.  Take the time to wash your hands well and don’t touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth unless you’ve washed your hands.  Just this one small step that could go far when it comes to combating the spread of communicable diseases.

Prepping For The Coronavirus: Hand Washing Is Vital

There’s no time like the present to start preparing or getting the body in better shape for optimum health and wellness.

This article is for informational purposes only!

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The Important Differences & Similarities Between COVID-19 And The Flu

The coronavirus is not “exactly like the flu” although both have similar symptoms. But the differences are important, as are the similarities.

Some of the symptoms of both the seasonal flu and the coronavirus are aches and pains, sore throat, and a fever.  These can also be symptoms of the common cold. They all may feel similar to those suffering from their symptoms, but it’s important to note that the novel coronavirus is not the same as the seasonal flu, experts stressed Wednesday.

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COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, proves deadly in around 3.5 percent of confirmed cases. While this is not the same as its mortality rate, given many people may be infected but not realize it, it is significantly higher than seasonal flu, which typically kills 0.1 percent of patients. “There is still considerable uncertainty around the fatality rates of COVID-19 and it likely varies depending on the quality of local healthcare,” said Francois Balloux, Professor of Computational Systems Biology at University College London according to Science Alert. “That said, it is around two percent on average, which is about 20 times higher than for the seasonal flu lineages currently in circulation.”

Hospitals could easily become overwhelmed with coronavirus patients, especially if several million people end up contracting the virus. Especially considering it’s much easier to get the coronavirus than the flu. Disease experts estimate that each COVID-19 sufferer infects between two to 3 others. That’s a reproduction rate up to twice as high as seasonal flu, which typically infects 1.3 new people for each patient.

It’s making containment difficult, and testing for the virus hasn’t been up to par according to health experts.

What is similar, however, is important to note too.  You can prevent both viruses by improving your handwashing, boosting your immune system, and wearing a face mask if you are infected.  Masks can be up to 80% effective if worn correctly.

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Simple Prepper Hacks To AVOID Getting The Flu

Avoid getting sick and take the appropriate measures to ensure your immune system is in decent shape.  That includes cutting back on alcohol and nicotine and getting a good night’s sleep. Eating right can also help your immune system. 

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What we Mean when we say CoVid-2019 is Like the Flu

As you read this article I would like you to consider a few things about me as the source of this information.  If you look at the top of this website you will see it is called The Survival Podcast.  Continue reading →

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VIDEO: Cruise ship passengers brawl in the midst of coronavirus scare — but it turned out to be the flu

Late last week a cruise ship was turned away from ports in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands due to fears that one or more passengers on board may have had coronavirus.

The ship was eventually allowed to dock at a port in Cozumel, Mexico. But while passengers were apparently stranded at sea temporarily, tensions boiled over on the ship leading to an all-out brawl, according to KABC-TV.

The backstory

According to the Washington Post, a crew member aboard the MSC Meraviglia cruise ship began displaying signs of sickness, including coughing, a fever, and an alleged “travel history to a country of interest relating to COVID-19.”

The cruise company, however, said medical records clearly showed that the crew member had “common seasonal flu” and that his travel history didn’t include coronavirus-struck countries with travel restrictions.

Still, Jamaican authorities would not allow the ship to dock. Then, officials on Grand Cayman also prevented the ship from docking out of an “abundance of caution.”

The ship was finally allowed to dock in Cozumel, with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador saying it would be “inhuman” to not even allow a ship to dock.

The brawl

This was all quite stressful for the passengers on board the ship — first, the threat of potential coronavirus outbreak, as well as uncertainty about whether they’d be allowed to dock anywhere and get off the ship.

On their minds, possibly, was the weekslong quarantine of passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, which had more than 600 confirmed coronavirus cases.

A passenger aboard the MSC Meraviglia said when the ship was denied at Grand Cayman and Jamaica, tensions began to rise, and somehow or another people began fighting. A crew member at one point appeared to even use pepper spray to try to break up the brawl. Watch below:

Again, it was just the flu. All passengers were refunded due to the “disruptive nature” of their experience.

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WHO: Coronavirus is More Deadly Than Originally Thought

The World Health Organization has announced that the death rate for those who contract the coronavirus is higher than originally thought.  Even though getting the coronavirus only comes with a 3.4% mortality rate, the virus’ rapid spread could bump that number even higher.

Originally, WHO assumed the death rate from those who get infected with the COVID-19 virus, was only 2%.  That has been revised upwards to 3.4%. “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva.  In comparison, the seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected, he said.

Again, it’s not like this is a huge jump considering the number of people who have been infected, yet as this virus lingers, it has the unintended consequence of killing more than previously thought.

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Additionally, a Harvard scientist claimed that the coronavirus could infect 70% of the population. That means 5.3 billion people could catch it and if the mortality rate is now 3.4%, almost 180 million people globally could die. That’s more than Joe Biden claims were killed by guns in the U.S. since 2007.

All joking aside, this could end up being a pretty serious debacle. Prepping supplies are selling out, face masks that will actually help are selling out, and people are panicking over the stock market.  Unless you’ve prepared in advance, you are also likely feeling some anxiety.

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World “authorities” admit they don’t know much about this virus, yet are hopeful it can be contained. Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, said Monday that the coronavirus isn’t transmitting the same exact way as the flu and health officials have been given a “glimmer, a chink of light” that the virus could be contained.

“Here we have a disease for which we have no vaccine, no treatment, we don’t fully understand transmission, we don’t fully understand case mortality, but what we have been genuinely heartened by is that unlike influenza, where countries have fought back, where they’ve put in place strong measures, we’ve remarkably seen that the virus is suppressed,” Ryan said, according to CNBC

 

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How The Pandemic Crisis Will Probably Develop Over The Next Year

This article was originally published by Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.

For a while now I have been hearing it said that Americans are “in a panic” over the coronavirus outbreak in the US and that mainstream media outlets are “feeding the fear”.  This is an odd conclusion to come to and something worth noting because the truth is mostly the opposite.  For the past couple of months the WHO, the CDC, and even Donald Trump have been dismissing Covid 19 as nothing much to worry about.  The WHO actually still refuses to call it a pandemic even though the virus meets all of its own criteria.

Until recently the mainstream media was also been pumping out article after article on why Covid 19 is “no more dangerous than the flu”.  With the official death rate at 2.3% to 3% (changing by the week), the virus already has higher mortality than the average flu.  If we take into account the fact that multiple medical professionals within China have revealed (despite threats of punishment) that the Chinese government is hiding the true (and much higher) death and infection statistics, then the official data goes out the window.  We can’t even trust the infection numbers from the CDC in the US, because they were refusing to test most people unless they have recently traveled to China.

Because of government lies we have to assume that the crisis is more pervasive than we know.  And so far the average American is oblivious to it.

While we do see a handful of videos of crowds stockpiling supplies at Costco or Walmart, there simply is not enough of them.  Frankly, I would prefer to see a nationwide rush to stock up on necessities; at least then we would know that a large number of people will not starve immediately following a supply chain disruption.  The more people that have supplies, the less desperation and potential crime there will be.

Only in the past week have the media and certain government representatives suddenly decided to take the pandemic issue seriously.  Why wait until there are large community outbreaks in South Korea, Iran, and Italy before instituting some travel guidelines?   Why are flights still moving back and forth from these places to the US?  Why is Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow telling the country that the pandemic “is contained” and there’s no threat to the economy?  Why is the Surgeon General of the US telling people to ‘Stop buying N95 masks’ because they will not work for you; they only work for medical and CDC professionals?  This is warped fuzzy logic, and it’s bizarre.

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I believe this behavior is quite deliberate, and that for the past two months there has been a conspiracy to downplay the danger and keep as many people as possible passive and unprepared.  Governments and the media have changed their tune in the past week because the threat can no longer be hidden.  The outbreak is here, as we have seen in Washington State where nine people have died already.

So, now that there is no longer any question that the US will experience outbreak conditions, we have to ask how this will play out over the coming months because this will determine how we prepare and what problems we will face.  This is how I see the pandemic escalating in 2020…

Multiple Community Outbreaks In The US

Get ready for Washington State to become a large community infection event involving thousands of people.  The virus’ incubation period of up to 24 days while a person is still contagious makes isolation and quarantine impossible.  What is happening in Washington State will happen in other states.

Going by the speed of the outbreaks in Italy and South Korea, it is likely that two weeks from now the American public will finally realize how bad the situation actually is.  The government at this stage will demand “voluntary quarantine” of individuals who think they might have the virus.  Testing will finally increase, though hospitals will have to test each person 2-3 times to get accurate results.  Expect a lot of false negatives that end up ultimately as positives for the infection.

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The government, while admitting that the virus is spreading, will continue to downplay the threat to keep people as apathetic as they can.  The authorities will claim that this was done “for the greater good” in order to avoid mass panic, but they don’t care about preventing “panic”, they care about control.  The more desperate people are in the aftermath of a crisis the more likely they are to trade their freedoms for some semblance of security.

Travel Lockdown

Within the next two months, we will probably see at least a handful of government-enforced quarantines.  Watch for checkpoints going up on main roads and highways testing for fever and symptoms, and if you live in a high population area it may be time to get out.  The biggest threat may not be the virus but the subsequent economic crash as supply lines are cut off.  I find most people are more driven by conscience than we often see displayed in movies and TV shows, but without organization and a move to become self-sustainable, some people will inevitably turn to violence to get what they need.

In the span of perhaps three months, the majority of airline flights out of the US will stop.  All interstate travel will be restricted.  If you need to go somewhere other than where you currently live, now would be the opportunity to do it.

Vaccine Promises

There will be hundreds of announcements by government officials and the media hinting that a vaccine is “right around the corner”.  Don’t believe it.  On average a vaccine takes 1 year to develop at minimum.  That is the fastest it could be accomplished an this is under the best possible circumstances.  Also, keep in mind that Covid-19 has many similarities to SARS, and the last time they tried to develop a vaccine for SARS it caused an “immunopathologic lung reaction” in test animals, meaning a negative reaction that can cause death.  They also found the vaccine caused liver damage through hepatitis.  I would not trust any vaccine or drug cocktail coming from the CDC and FEMA, especially if it is fast-tracked into existence.

The only purpose of constantly injecting vaccine promises into the public consciousness would be to give people false hope and to make them docile as they sit inactive waiting for the authorities to save the day; as well as to keep stock markets from plunging too fast.  The bottom line is, a vaccine can take up to ten years to produce, one year if there is a massive effort and mountains of money invested.  There will be no legitimate vaccine in 2020.

Election Disruption

Donald Trump’s behavior surrounding this event might seem strange to many people as he continues to dismiss virus concerns, shows more interest in the stock market than the health crisis and talks about a vaccine that will not be coming anytime soon.

As I have noted in numerous articles, Trump is a puppet of the globalists and has been for decades.  His relationship with the Rothschild banking family goes back to the 1990s when he was bailed out of his debts in numerous properties in Atlantic City.  Rothschild banker Wilber Ross arranged the deal and now Ross is Trump’s Commerce Secretary.  The number of CFR members and elites within Trump’s cabinet indicates he is at the very least an unwilling participant, if not completely complicit in the agenda.

Trump’s behavior makes sense when this fact is taken into account.  Trump’s role is to become a pied piper for conservatives, and as he leads the US into disaster his job is to act like a bumbling villain.  As Trump’s image goes down he is meant to drag all conservatives and conservative principles of sovereignty and limited government down with him.

As part of this narrative, I do see a chance that Trump will announce “delays” on the 2020 election in November.  Do not be surprised if the election is canceled entirely.  This would enrage leftists and accusations of dictatorship would be made against Trump.  The question is, will a large number of conservatives support the action?  Remember, elections are irrelevant; both sides are controlled, but why not use them instigate a civil war within the US on top of the pandemic crisis?

Alternative Media Shutdown

Liberty websites like mine and many others will eventually be shut down or blocked from public view by the government.  They will claim that we are “spreading panic” or “fake news” and “putting the public at risk”.  This is what is happening in China and it could just as easily happen here.  They will assert that the ONLY authority on the pandemic is the government, and alternative sources cannot be allowed to exist.  Anyone that questions the narrative that centralization is the solution will be targeted.

I expect this kind of lockdown of the web closer to the election season and the end of the year if the current virus trend continues.  Mainstream media and spin control websites will remain intact.  Their job will be to flood the public with false news stories and maintain government dominance of the narrative.

At this point, the only way to get legitimate information to the average person would be Ham radio networks, which the FCC will attempt to interfere with also (though this would be very difficult).

The Extent Of The Crash

An economic crash is built into this event.  There is no way around it, and I am not simply talking about stock markets, which are a meaningless trailing indicator.  With supply chain and labor disruptions, central banks can do nothing to intervene, and stimulus measures would be pointless except as a placebo for the masses.  But how bad will it actually get?

I am doubtful of the total breakdown of government unless there is a larger scale rebellion against martial law measures.  The system will remain somewhat functional, but constantly inadequate to help the public.  The system’s only purpose will be to keep people inactive and in check as their prospects turn worse and worse.  Agencies like FEMA and the CDC will attempt to herd the public into “treatment centers” and camps in the worst-hit areas.  Gun confiscation on the grounds of “national emergency” provisions will eventually be suggested as some people will resist.  If you and your community have had success in self-quarantine do not expect to be left alone.  In fact, expect interference that will put you and your community at risk.

Finally, a “solution” will be presented to the world by global institutions like the WHO and the IMF.  As the globalists suggested in their “Event 201” pandemic exercise which simulated a coronavirus outbreak killing 65 million people and was staged TWO MONTHS before the real pandemic started, the great fix will be to form a global financial authority to manage the response.  And thus we see the beginning of global governance…

The solution to the problem is not more centralization, more globalization, and more government power; the solution is decentralization and localized response.  The solution is for people to be less dependent on the system and more self-sufficient.  And, the solution is self-quarantine organized around a local model, not federal government enforcement.  If these measures are not taken soon by individuals with foresight, the elites within the establishment will make this particular crisis into a hell on earth for everyone.

 

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WHO head says that coronavirus is deadlier than the seasonal flu, but that containing it is possible

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, may spread less efficiently than the seasonal flu, but that it’s deadlier and more severe.

At a press briefing from the international organization’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made a point to explain the “important differences” between the new virus currently breaking out across the globe and other diseases like influenza.

“This virus is not SARS, it’s not MERS, and it’s not influenza; It is a unique virus with unique characteristics,” Tedros said at the briefing.

While the coronavirus and the flu both spread the same way, which is by “small droplets of fluid from the nose and mouth of someone who is sick,” the director-general explained, “there are some important differences between COVID-19 and influenza.”

First among those differences Tedros listed is how easily the diseases spread, with coronavirus transmitting less efficiently.

“With influenza, people who are infected but not yet sick are major drivers of transmission, which does not appear to be the case for COVID-19,” Tedros explained.

However, while it may not spread as efficiently, COVID-19 is deadlier and “more severe” than influenza once contracted.

“While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity; That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease,” Tedros explained. “Globally, about 3.4 percent of reported COVID-19 cases have died; by comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1 percent of those infected.”

Another key difference between the diseases is that we have medicines and remedies to combat one, but not the other.

“We have vaccines and therapeutics for seasonal flu, but at the moment there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for COVID-19,” Tedros said. “However, clinical trials of therapeutics are now being done, and more than 20 vaccines are in development,” he added.

But, the director-general also noted that containing the spread of COVID-19 is possible while “we don’t even talk about containment for the seasonal flu.”

In summary, Tedros said that the differences he listed are why “we can’t treat COVID-19 exactly the same way we treat flu” but added that “there are enough similarities to mean that countries are not starting from scratch” in how they address it.

During the briefing, Tedros also went on to decry “rising demand, hoarding and misuse” which is leading to a shortage of medical supplies and hampering countries’ ability to respond to the outbreak.

“Shortages are leaving doctors, nurses and other frontline healthcare workers dangerously ill-equipped to care for COVID-19 patients, due to limited access to supplies such as gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns, and aprons,” Tedros explained. He also said that the organization had sent medical gear to 27 countries, but that “supplies are rapidly depleting.”

The coronavirus and flu comparison was prominent during the earlier stages of the outbreak, when several doctors and medical experts warned that influenza was a far greater threat to Americans’ health than COVID-19.

That COVID-19 is more deadly than the flu was also pointed out in analysis reported by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention last month, which reported a 2.3 percent mortality rate.

As of Tuesday, COVID-19 had infected over 92,000 people and killed over 3,100 worldwide, according to The Associated Press. The vast majority of those cases and deaths have been in China, where the disease originated.

The United States currently had at least 60 confirmed cases and saw its ninth death from the virus as of Tuesday.


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Harvard Scientist: “The Coronavirus Will Infect 70% of Humanity”

A scientist at Harvard University is predicting the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, will infect 70% of humanity. Marc Lipsitch is predicting the coronavirus “will ultimately not be containable” and, within a year, will infect somewhere between 40 and 70 percent of humanity.

The Atlantic reported that a vaccine is still years away, so it’ll also be useless in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.  He also says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by these numbers because most of those infected won’t have severe illnesses or even show symptoms at all, which is already the case for many people who have tested positive for the virus.  This will likely hold true unless the virus mutates into a more deadly and severe form.

This seems to go without saying, that you still don’t want to get this coronavirus.  Much like the flu, it isn’t likely to kill you, but it definitely could.

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But the fact that most people don’t show any symptoms of the virus is why Lipsitch feels like this is simply not containable. There’s also an emerging consensus that the outbreak will eventually morph into a new seasonal disease, which, per The Atlantic, could one day turn “cold and flu season” into “cold and flu and COVID-19 season.”

While scientists everywhere try to get the upper hand when it comes to fighting this outbreak, it’s proven difficult. Scientists do say that the coronavirus is not expected to mutate quickly, and if it does, it probably won’t become more deadly. Viruses, like parasites, want to survive, and killing everyone they infect is not the way to go about surviving.

The WHO said on Monday that the COVID-19 outbreak was not out of control globally and does not have a large-scale death toll, so it was “too early” to speak of a pandemic, according to a report by Reuters.

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WHO: It’s Too Early To Declare The Coronavirus A Pandemic, But It’s Not To Early To Prepare

The World Health Organization may be at the beginning stage of realizing that centralized planning and authoritative measures are not going to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  WHO says it’s too early to declare this outbreak a pandemic, but they are now urging preparations at the individual level.

Knowing how corrupt and ineffective centralized planning and the “authorities” have been throughout history, it does stand to reason that once again, preppers were right to get ready for a pandemic on their own without relying on the government’s assistance. “It is time to do everything you would do in preparing for a pandemic,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said.

In just the past week, the coronavirus has seen a substantial spread outside of mainland China, according to CNBC. In Italy, the virus has infected more than 220 people and killed at least seven as of Monday morning. South Korea confirmed another 231 cases on Monday, which brings the total in the country to more than 830. And health officials in Iran have confirmed 61 total cases in the country, with 12 deaths nationwide.

“If we’re not using the P-word now, we’ll be using it in the days or weeks to come,” Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist and professor at the University of Toronto, said in a phone interview with CNBC. The data from China indeed shows a peak and decline, he added, but there are questions about the reliability of that data, especially considering China’s attempt to censor data and information even in other countries. 

WHO and Google Work Together To Censor Coronavirus Information

The push to get people to prepare for the likelihood of this virus becoming a pandemic is there.  Health officials still don’t know how the coronavirus spreads, but it is likely that it’s similar to the flu or SARS; infected droplets are sneezed or coughed out by a person with the virus and another person breathes in those droplets. If this virus is airborne, a simple surgical mask isn’t likely to help. The best way to prevent contraction would be to avoid people.  However, if you need to be in public, a mask can be effective if you use the right one, and it’s certainly better than nothing.  This is also going to be more effective if those who are already sick also use a mask. Get one that fits snugly to the face and is an N100 mask.  If those are unavailable (they’ve been selling out) try to get the next best thing, which is the N99 mask. 

You should also improve your handwashing technique, especially when in public.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME (QUARANTINE) FOR A PANDEMIC

This article contains some great information.  It was written as a way to prepare for a general pandemic back in November by the website Ready Nutrition:

The Grim Reality About Pandemics They Don’t Want You To Know: “No Country is Prepared”

Make sure you’ve got at least some food stored and water, along with a water filtration device. It won’t hurt to be “over” prepared in the event of a pandemic.  You should also check your first aid kit and make sure it’s adequate and there are some over the counter medications to at least, at the bare minimum, alleviate some symptoms if you or a family member does get sick.  Stay hydrated and keep your immune system in great shape by eating right, exercising, and getting adequate sleep.

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Most Americans Are Not Taking This Coronavirus Outbreak Seriously, And That Is Potentially Very Dangerous

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

We still don’t know if this coronavirus outbreak will become a horrific worldwide pandemic or not, but what we have seen so far is definitely very alarming.  People have literally been dropping dead in the streets, the Chinese government has locked down major city after major city, and the virus kept spreading very rapidly on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan even though a strict quarantine was instituted.

Scientists that have studied the virus are telling us that it “could be 20 times more lethal than the flu”, and it binds to human cell receptors much more easily than the SARS virus did.  Unfortunately, because the epicenter of this crisis is on the other side of the globe, most Americans are simply not paying much attention to it.  In fact, most of the people that my wife and I have been talking to and hearing from don’t think that the coronavirus is much of a threat to the United States at all.

And if the coronavirus does start to become a problem in this country, a new survey has found that most Americans are quite confident that the government can handle it

More than three in four Americans say they are very confident or somewhat confident in the US federal government’s ability to handle a coronavirus outbreak, a Gallup poll has found, a higher level of confidence than in previous health scares.

Gallup said the results were from a February 3 to February 16 poll that began just days after the Trump administration announced it would suspend entry of foreign nationals who had been to China in the previous two weeks.

Hopefully, this coronavirus outbreak will not explode in North America and our normal lives will not be disrupted.

But considering what is happening over in Asia, it would definitely be prudent to take some precautions.  Unfortunately, most Americans are not really doing much of anything to prepare for a potential pandemic at this point.

If a pandemic does not materialize, that won’t be a problem.  But if this virus starts spreading like wildfire in the U.S., we are going to have a massive crisis on our hands.

The time to stop an outbreak from happening is at the very beginning, and the lack of urgency about this virus that we are witnessing from local health officials around the country is absolutely stunning.

According to NBC News, there are thousands of Americans that are currently “under voluntary self-quarantine”.  These individuals have either recently traveled to China or they have recently had contact with someone that was infected.

As you might assume, a “voluntary self-quarantine” is not mandatory.  Instead, NBC News says that it is “strongly encouraged”

Self-quarantining isn’t mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged.

It’s up to the state and local health departments to decide how to manage residents under self-quarantine.

So anyone that doesn’t want to participate can feel free to mix with the general public as much as they want.

Isn’t that great?

And since it is “up to the state and local health departments to decide how to manage residents under self-quarantine”, there is no single set of standards that is being followed.

In other words, state and local health officials are free to make things up as they go along.

We aren’t talking about a small number of people either.  In fact, more than 5,000 people are under self-quarantine in California alone

The California Public Health Department said there are more than 5,400 such people in the state. In Washington state, 745 people have been asked to self-quarantine. Georgia health officials identified about 200 travelers.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said more than 300 people were referred for monitoring.

All it takes is a couple of “super spreaders” to get a real good outbreak going, and to see such a lack of concern about preventing the spread of this disease is quite disheartening.

And this lackadaisical attitude has even extended to actual victims that have been confirmed to have the virus.  The CDC specifically warned against putting infected people on the same flight with non-infected people, but the U.S. government did it anyway

Fourteen Americans who tested positive for the Coronavirus were flown back to the US on a flight with over 300 people who were not infected, despite objections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The flight was filled with people who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, which had been quarantined due to an outbreak of the virus.

Reading this sort of thing makes you want to tear your hair out.

Despite such extreme negligence, hopefully everything will be okay.  But it should be noted that the CDC is telling hospitals that now “is the time to open up your pandemic plans and see that things are in order”

“This is the time to open up your pandemic plans and see that things are in order,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, a top official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged hospitals last week as an outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus ravaged much of China.

“For instance,” she continued, health-care providers need to plan for a “surge at a hospital, the ability to provide personal protective equipment for your workforce, the administrative controls and so forth that you might put place in a health care setting.”

Anyone that assumed that this crisis would be largely confined to China has been proven wrong.  At this point, we have already seen significant outbreaks erupt in several other countries in Asia.  In fact, there are now six other nations where “community spread” is taking place…

  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Perhaps the most notable outbreak on that list is in South Korea.  According to the Guardian, 31 brand new cases were announced on Thursday…

The South Korean city of Daegu was facing an “unprecedented crisis” after coronavirus infections that centred on a controversial “cult” church surged to 38 cases, accounting for nearly half of the country’s total.

The city of 2.5 million people, which is two hours south of the capital Seoul, was turned into a ghost town after health officials said the bulk of country’s 31 new cases announced on Thursday were linked to a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.

If we don’t want the same thing to happen here, we need to take this virus very seriously.

Unfortunately, that is simply not happening, and all of us could end up paying a great price as a result.

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Coronavirus is much deadlier than the common flu despite comparisons, new analysis shows

The coronavirus that is infecting thousands of people per day in China is much deadlier than the common flu, according to a new analysis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China.

Some, in downplaying the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, have pointed out how many people die from the common flu every year. During the 2017-18 flu season, about 61,000 people died.

Although the coronavirus has not yet registered such a high number of fatalities, early analysis indicates that there is reason to be more concerned about coronavirus than about the flu. From the New York Times:

An analysis of 44,672 coronavirus patients in China whose diagnoses were confirmed by laboratory testing has found that 1,023 had died by Feb. 11. That’s a fatality rate of 2.3 percent. Figures released on a daily basis suggest the rate has further increased in recent days.

That is far higher than the mortality rate of the seasonal flu, with which the new coronavirus has sometimes been compared. In the United States, flu fatality rates hover around 0.1 percent.

Still, skeptics might argue that a 2.3% death rate is not significant enough to be concerned about. But The Hill’s Saagar Enjeti noted that such a rate, compared with estimates about the potential scope of the virus’s spread, could result in millions of deaths.

“People saying 2.3% mortality rate is nothing to worry about; Some predictions say 40-70% of global population could be infected. Let’s say it’s 40, that means 64 million dead,” Enjeti tweeted.

That 40% to 70% estimate comes from Harvard public health professor Marc Lipsitch, who told the Wall Street Journal that a global coronavirus pandemic is likely.

“I think it is likely we’ll see a global pandemic,” Lipsitch said. “If a pandemic happens, 40% to 70% of people worldwide are likely to be infected in the coming year.”

China announced Tuesday that the total number of coronavirus cases was at 72,436, with a death toll of 1,868.

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Prepping For The Coronavirus: Hand Washing Is Vital

When you are preparing for the possibility of a massive outbreak or even a pandemic, one of the first things you should evaluate is your handwashing regime and personal hygiene. While face masks could provide some protection against infection, you should also ensure you wash your hands correctly!

According to research, a mere 5% of people wash their hands properly after using the restroom. Probably even fewer people wash their hands properly to prevent the contraction of a potentially deadly virus, such as the flu or the coronavirus. Because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, here is the suggested way to wash your hands:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds minimum, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. In a pinch, people can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Remember to never touch your face, especially the eyes, nose, or mouth unless you’ve washed your hands well.

Proper handwashing protocol includes five steps, according to the CDC: wetting hands with clean running water; lathering soap on hands, including under nails, between fingers and the backs of hands; scrubbing at least 20 seconds, or roughly twice the length of the “Happy Birthday” song; rinsing hands, and drying them with an air dryer or clean towel.

Boosting handwashing rates at airports around the world could slow a potential pandemic by 24% to 69%, and increasing handwashing at only 10 major airports could reduce pandemic risk by up to 37%. — MIT study

In addition to taking the time to properly wash your hands, you should take other precautionary measures, such as avoiding contact with sick people; not touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands; staying home when you’re sick, and covering your sneeze or cough with a tissue that you then throw out immediately.  You can also wear an N100 face mask to help prevent the inhalation of infected droplets.

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“Our study concludes that population engagement with proper hand hygiene could be a simple and effective solution for preventing transmission of infections and reducing the risk of massive global pandemics,” the authors of the MIT study wrote.

As much as preparing by boosting your immune system and improving your “pandemic supplies,” you should be concerned with handwashing.

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Scientist: The Coronavirus Could “Evolve” Into Something Much “Worse Than The Flu”

As of right now, the flu is a bigger concern in the United States than the coronavirus.  While we should all be paying attention to both viruses, it’s important to know that there’s a chance the coronavirus could evolve making it much worse than the flu, says a scientist.

Infectious disease expert Ian Lipkin said: “It’s a new virus. We don’t know much about it, and therefore we’re all concerned to make certain it doesn’t evolve into something even worse.” Lipkin is currently on a 14-day self-quarantine after traveling to China to advise local health officials on the outbreak.

Lipkin, the director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, was in Guangzhou and Beijing, where he advised local health officials on the outbreak. He said he did not travel to the city where the coronavirus emerged, Wuhan in central China, because it would have been more difficult to return to the U.S. Lipkin, who worked on the 2003 SARS outbreak, said it is true that seasonal flu presents its own kind of problem, noting that globally up to 650,000 people die from it each year.

But if the coronavirus mutates or evolves (as coronaviruses have a tendency to do) it could be a much worse problem than the flu.  So far, the death toll from the coronavirus is over 1000.

The coronavirus is “not nearly as challenging for us as influenza” when seen strictly by the number of deaths, Lipkin said.

But that is not the only thing scientists should be concerned about.  Much more is known about influenza than the new coronavirus.  “We don’t know much about its transmissibility. We don’t necessarily have accurate diagnostic tests. And we don’t really know where the outbreak is going to go,” Lipkin said on CNBC’sThe Exchange.” “The only thing we have at present, absent vaccines or drugs, is containment,” he added.

And containment efforts have so far had little effect on the spread of the virus. Lipkin said he estimates the mortality rate of the coronavirus will ultimately be less than 1%. But that figure is “speculative” because more antibody tests need to be conducted “so we can figure out who might have been infected but not manifested signs of disease,” he said.

Lipkin also stated that he thinks the Chinese government is being transparent about the number of infected individuals and the death toll stastics.

It also doesn’t account for any evolutions or mutations that could make the virus much more deadly than it is now. Because it still is not known how this virus is being transmitted, the best way to protect yourself is with an N100 face mask and taking on good handwashing techniques.

There is a possibility the coronavirus is spread through water droplets (such as those expelled during a cough or sneeze) but it could also be airborne.

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