This is the most concerning I have seen in my years as a microbiologist and in public health.I consider what he says. We know that the powerful have ran false flags for centuries.
There will be another "pandemic" in a few years - it's almost like clockwork.
Agreed. The truth is this is a very contagious new virus that has a high mortality rate in at risk individuals and acts like a bad influenza strain for everyone else. We don’t know much about it yet.Sadly, the media has sucked up the virus story into it's politically weaponized hysteria-inducing outrage driven perpetual propaganda "news" cycle. It is really a betrayel of the American people.
This is a unique situation for sure.As this day is coming to an end, it seems a little bit of clarity is starting to pop up here and there. Apparently, I'm not the only one with the same exact questions and concerns.
By all means the virus should be taken seriously and acted upon wisely. At the same time, shutting down most of the American economy is beyond dangerous. There is no precedence for completely standing back up an advanced technological economy of over 300 million people after a few weeks of it being shut down. If this nation & economy does not come back on line in the next couple of weeks, we all could end up getting a taste of life similar to the Great Depression.
I think about all the small hospitals that have closed over the past 20 years. I think about research funding drying up. When I got into research, NIH was funding >12% grants in my section and almost 20% for new investigators. The line was down to ~2% a few years back. Trump had proposed cutting even more NIH funding for research, that now is magically back in the budget after all this.Speaking of hindsight, I've been compiling that list. A few of them have been obvious for years and irritated me for a long time.
It seems much of America is starting to learn of the perils of putting needed modes of production and supply lines with Communist China. Not only is it an economic issue it's a national security issue. America is dependent on China for the manufacture of many of our medications. Unsurprisingly, they have recently threatened to cut off medications to our country.
Just in Time Inventory is great for when everything is great, but it is a potential national crisis when disaster strikes. Look no further than grocery stores not able to keep food on the shelves.
It is a shame America has not already invested $40 or 50 Billion more over the years for better and larger strategic critical supplies. Because of a lack of available hospital beds and key items such as ventilators, America just lost Trillions in our economy over the last weeks. Penny wise pound foolish. If we had good ready to go mobile hospitals and medical equipment, perhaps the current shutdown and social distancing wouldn't be as severe to flatten the curve of virus spread. The experts have been clear that this is exactly the reason for the current shutdown. The risk of loss of life is greater because the hospitals simply can't meet the demand for care namely icu beds and ventilators.
You are right. If there is any upside to this lack of preparedness, America has in it's history a bad habit of not being prepared. Nevertheless, America would ramp up quickly to deal with the problem. Both World Wars stand out as examples. Still, at some point this nation needs to learn to be more responsible and prepared so that our nation isn't in a desperate state fighting to bring needed materials online before our nation falls.I think about all the small hospitals that have closed over the past 20 years. I think about research funding drying up. When I got into research, NIH was funding >12% grants in my section and almost 20% for new investigators. The line was down to ~2% a few years back. Trump had proposed cutting even more NIH funding for research, that now is magically back in the budget after all this.
My father-n-law sent me an article about the Army holding $100 million in funding from research labs, theoretically to go to wall building.
South Korea and the US had their first KNOWN case of this virus in Jan 20. How were they able to ramp up testing so much faster than us?
We have crippled our preparedness over time, forgetting the lessons the past. Now when we finally need it, we are reacting in real time.
I get it, if we don’t do something this thing could theoretically infect and kill thousands of Americans. I just wish we would have been more prepared.
Based on my work, I have met Fauci, albeit it was just a handshake after a seminar. He is literally one of the 5-10 smartest people I have ever met.Folks, I don't trust this Fauci cat any further than I could throw him.
I don't have a good feeling about keeping the economy shut down much more than another couple of weeks. Some people are freaking over the Fauci comments from earlier this week when he said no deaths and no new cases before the nation can start to return to functioning. Now I thought his comments were ambiguous. Regardless, the comments didn't exactly instill confidence for improvements any time soon. I do have to admit that I wonder if Fauci didn't have a little Freudian slip.
Whatever the case, the American people are going to have to start to speak up before the damage to the nation becomes irreversible.
Including the roughly 80,000 young Americans that die each year from opiate overdoses. The opiates mostly originating in China and trafficked into the US by the Mexican cartels. They can't speak, and I don't see our country shutting down over those 80,000 yearly deaths.Dead people can't talk.