Coronavirus: The Curve Has Flattened
by David Sims
THERE APPEAR to have been more asymptomatic to mild cases of COVID-19 than anyone previously imagined.
On 31 December, I began to have a dry cough. In early January, I had what, at the time, I believed to be an unusually severe chest cold, with sinus congestion developing a little later. When I inhaled, I could hear rattling down deep in my lungs. When I exhaled, I wheezed. I couldn’t breathe while lying down, so for about a week I had to sleep in a sitting position while propped up in the corner of my couch. I’m 60 years old. I didn’t realize that I might be having a brush with Mr. Death. But, looking back on it, it seems likely that I got infected, probably in mid-December, and was symptomatic through most of January. It cleared up by itself, but I suffered from a general malaise and from fatigue well into February. One thing that seemed to help me was mullein leaf tea, drank hot. It’s a mild expectorant.
It might have been exactly what I thought it was: an unusually severe chest cold. But I’ve been hearing lately that COVID-19 was in the United States prior to the first officially recognized case on 15 January.
Could infectious viruses have traveled on packages sent from China, even before the disease became well-known? Medical News Today reports:
How long do coronaviruses persist?
The first section of the new paper focuses on how long coronaviruses can survive on inanimate surfaces, such as tables and door handles. The authors show that, depending on the material and the conditions, human coronaviruses can remain infectious from 2 hours to 9 days.
At temperatures of around 4°C or 39.2° F, certain versions of the coronavirus could remain viable for up to 28 days. At temperatures of 30–40°C (86–104°F), coronaviruses tended to persist for a shorter time.
At room temperature, a coronavirus responsible for the common cold (HCoV-229E) persisted significantly longer in 50% humidity than 30% humidity. Overall, the authors conclude:
“Human coronaviruses can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces at room temperature for up to 9 days. At a temperature of 30°C [86°F] or more, the duration of persistence is shorter. Veterinary coronaviruses have been shown to persist even longer for 28 d[ays].”
When the scientists delved into the literature on the persistence of coronaviruses on different surfaces, the results were variable. For instance, the MERS virus persisted for 48 hours on a steel surface at 20°C (68°F). However, on a similar surface and at the same temperature, TGEV survived for up to 28 days.
As a result of all those unknown cases, herd immunity is beginning to materialize. The spread of the disease is no longer exponential, but may have passed the inflection point of a logistical curve. That is, the daily rate of new infections is past its maximum and has begun to level off. The period during which lockdowns would be most effective is almost over.
Now that it is too late for strong measures to have a salient effect on the course of events, certain people who, months ago, were downplaying the need for strong measures are now advocating them. One of them is Dr. Michael Ryan, the Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme. Tucker Carlson showed a video in which Ryan was advocating government polices of invading the homes of private citizens and forcibly removing family members infected with coronavirus. (Michael Ryan even looks like a Communist Party bureaucrat, doesn’t he? Straight out of the Soviet Politburo.)
Even if the advocates of a policy of invading families to remove members were entirely motivated by good intentions, which I doubt, what are the chances that it would be effective? In other words, what are the odds that the removal will be done in time to prevent the spread of the infection to the whole family? Zero. There is no chance at all that an invade-and-remove policy would prevent infection, simply because by the time the authorities act, what they ostensibly seek to prevent will already have happened.
What we are hearing now is the voice of a real-life version of Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, hiding an evil purpose behind the façade of a good one. These commie leftists’ expressions of concern for our health mask a grab at dictatorial power. The time for measures such as those being proposed now by Dr. Ryan are long over. Anyone endorsing a policy of official home-invasions or child-seizures is either a power-grabbing leftist or is, at best, a politician trying to seem fair in the public eye while working a perfumed iniquity.
Another politicial figure who has been making unctuous prattle about the need for long — and repeated — lockdowns is Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The things he’s been saying make me wonder whether he’s been bought off by the Chinese Communist Party. Indeed, the way he looks while he’s talking make me wonder about that.
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