The Scarlet Letter

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Physical therapy this morning, the receptionist wanted to know if I had come into contact with anyone who is confirmed by medical testing to have coronavirus.

How would I know? Do they wear a big C on their chest?

You don’t have Corona virus unless you’re tested for it. You can’t get tested for it unless you come into contact with someone else who already has been tested for it. I may be infected but without that link, no test for me.

I distrust the official numbers.

Joe Doakes

I’ve long since switched to counting deaths. They’re harder to hide.

Not impossible – I’m more and more convinced the Chinese are hiding something big.

But the number is a lot less subject to the vagaries of bureaucratic competence.

8 thoughts on “The Scarlet Letter

  1. I was told very clearly that Corona Virus is all liberal and media hysteria. Probably won’t be more than a couple dozen dead from what I heard!

    15 will dwindle to zero…

  2. I’ve long since switched to counting deaths. They’re harder to hide.

    Oh, they’re not hiding them, they’re creating them. Drive your car into a tree, and test pos for bat flu: bat flu killed you. 85 yrs old, liver failing after a life of heavy drinking, test pos a day before your heart stops; bat flu killed you. Got caught in the crossfire between rival vibrant communities on the way to the doc? Yup; another bat flu casualty.

    There is a corollary here, friends; anthropomorphic global warming. If you’re a “climate scientist” working out of a ramshackle lab in need of grant $, you publish some horror stories that support the narrative. CDC wants cash thrown their way, prove they’re saving humanity from global annihilation. Power hungry, leftist degenerates want expanded control over the masses, stay off the streets or else.

    Here’s the facts:

    “From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (range: 195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (range: 8868-18,306) in the United States due to the (H1N1)pdm09 virus.”

    What I remember from that pandemic is a warning that a hog in the swine barn at the state fair had tested pos for H1N1, so we should use caution while visiting those exhibits. I also remember when they did develop a vaccine, Obmama’s roll out was botched, and they recalled it.

    Like all other viruses, H1N1 is still here; people get it, every year; and old people die from it, every year. We have never found a cure for a virus; the virus that causes bubonic plague is still alive on Earth. We fight symptoms through treatments, and we wait for our immune systems to protect us from it as it makes it’s way through the population.

    I’m working out of town this week, and I have absolutely no fear of bat flu. I’ll take the same precautions I always take during flue season, but I intend on doing everything I can to keep the company that pays my salary up and running.

    I laugh at the degenerates and the pale horse they ride around on.

  3. Healthcare capacity is the main driver of all lockdowns. Deaths happen. The issue is stopping the preventable deaths and having the usual ability to do so.

  4. The issue is stopping the preventable deaths…

    Oooooh. I see. Well if that’s how it is, I know how we can prevent 10,000 deaths per month: Close down Planned Infanticide.

  5. The short term issue lies in the healthcare capacity. Will various comparisons to other diseases or accident rate change the rate of patients requiring hospitalization. I think not.

  6. That’s an interesting take, E.

    Healthcare capacity – I assume you mean number of hospital beds and workers available to fight the disease? Which are far fewer in rural areas than in big cities.

    So we should prevent people from leaving the big cities and carrying the virus out to the rural areas. In other words, the President should quarantine New York.

    I like it.

  7. Where is the news created?
    Big cities on the East & West coasts.
    Where are the worst outbreaks of covid-19?
    Big cities on the East & West coasts.
    Evaluate your news sources appropriately.

  8. The short term issue lies in the healthcare capacity.

    Emery has whinged about Trump’s “lack of preparation” and his past downplaying the seriousness of the situation.

    https://nypost.com/2020/03/17/new-york-has-thrown-away-20000-hospital-beds-complicating-coronavirus-fight/

    “The Empire State had 73,931 licensed hospital beds in 2000 before years of cuts and closures shrank the number to just 53,000 in 2020, according to records obtained by the New York State Nurses Association from the state Health Department and stats provided by officials.”

    “The tallies from the nurses union show the number of ICU beds in the state hasn’t budged in 20 years — there were 3,043 intensive care spots in 2000; currently, there are 3,000.”

    Clearly Trump’s fault. He should spent the last 2 decades worrying about the supply of general and ICU hospital beds instead of being a CEO of a real estate empire and playing CEO on reality TV shows.

    Amirite? Orange Man Bad?

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