Tag: China Wuhan Virus

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We have read many discussions about the number of physical deaths due to COVID-19. We have read fewer discussions of the physical deaths that have occurred or are likely to occur for other medical reasons arising from the restrictions imposed in the name of reducing the transmission of the Wuhan virus that sometimes leads to […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. What is the Ultimate Goal of Virus Transmission Mitigation Efforts?

 

Everybody is going to come into contact with the Wuhan virus at some point, unless the person chooses to live the life of a hermit, the virus is not likely to just disappear. Efforts to mitigate the transmission of the virus can at most delay contact with the virus, those efforts cannot prevent for all time contact with the virus.

The probability that a person not already living in a nursing home will have serious medical consequences from contact with the Wuhan virus is extremely small. Very few people who come into contact with the virus will suffer significant negative medical consequences.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Balancing Risk and Reward For the Wuhan Virus and Virus-Mitigation Measures

 

I found reading Monday’s (August 3) Wall Street Journal depressing. The parent companies of Lord & Taylor and of Men’s Wearhouse and Joseph A. Bank filing for bankruptcy, adding to the recent bankruptcies of J.C. Penney, Brooks Brothers, Ann Taylor, Neiman-Marcus, J. Crew, and probably others I’m forgetting. Oil companies as well, because of the sudden evaporation of demand for gasoline, aviation fuel, and diesel. Maybe some or all of these companies were destined for trouble because of changes to the underlying business activities, but absent the Wuhan virus that trouble would have been spread over years, allowing time to adjust, not all concentrated in a few weeks.

Then I turned to the article on how Detroit’s experience with in-person summer school might be a glimpse into other in-person schools in the fall (article might be behind the paywall). I was horrified by what I read. Although everybody was saying positive words, the actions being taken in the name of mitigating the risk posed by the Wuhan virus struck me as almost certain to instill in children an attitude of perpetual fear, a feeling that contact with other people is nothing but a risk-laden experience. The (non-verbal) messages being conveyed to students: “Stay away from everyone.” “Cover-up.” “Hide.” “Isolate yourself from everyone.”

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We really should have been getting these weekly, with members compelled to address the massive protests starting just about the supposed incubation period ago. But, the Vice President did not push and President Trump did not see the defensive value. So, here we are with them reacting to a new media and public official panic. […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. President Trump Announces Counteroffensive Against China

 

At the end of the social media executive order signing announcement, President Trump made even bigger news. The transcript is now posted, along with the permanent video and the executive order. See the president’s opening remarks and Attorney General Barr’s comments below.* These were a big enough story in themselves.

Looming in the background were the spreading riots on the pretext of the apparently wrongful killing of a handcuffed black man by a white cop. The president addressed that as well, exactly as a president should. The even bigger news came near the end of the question and answer period, foreshadowing the nine-minute speech that may reshape international relations around China. In under 30 minutes, over two days, President Trump was more presidential, and more consequential, than President Obama was in eight years.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Forget Sweden, Follow Japan

 

I have begun to believe that when it comes to dealing with the Wuhan Flu, all of the so-called experts are just making it up. In the immortal words of Hollywood wizard William Goldman ( Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride): “Nobody knows anything.” In evidence, I offer Japan:

Did Japan Just Beat the Virus Without Lockdowns or Mass Testing?