Apocalypse Now? Plagues, Panics, and Coronavirus
If it bleeds (or coughs up blood) it leads.
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Pandemics make great press. “If it bleeds, it leads.” The Ebola virus is the darling of the press, because it is a “viral hemorrhagic fever.” The key word being “hemorrhagic” = the patients bleed to death in spectactular fashion. Their bodies become so compromised by the virus and by their immune response to it that they bleed from practically everywhere — eyes, mouth, nose, backside, the IV sites that we use to try to save them, and even their fingernails. For this reason, the press likes to track the spread of viruses, without offering much substantive advice on what to do about them.
I have been faced with the following questions over the past few weeks, as the novel corona virus has emerged as the most recent pandemic.
- Is this the end? Will Lord Vishnu, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse, the Twelfth Imam, Jesus Christ, and the Beast get together next weekend at Armageddon and destroy the world?
- Is it possible that this is a biological warfare agent?
- How deadly is this virus?
- What should we do about it?
- What is the purpose of viruses in nature?
I will address each with some brief historical context.
Is This the End?
The last great viral pandemic we faced (as a species) was the 1918 Influenza Pandemic (I am discounting the H1N1 and SARS Coronavirus, as these do not compare to the number of deaths caused by the 1918 flu). A few key facts about this pandemic are often overlooked.
First, the 1918 flu had three distinct waves, each of which was deadly in its own right. Second, the flu did not spread as we would have assumed. One would expect a viral infection to spread from one town to another sequentially. The 1918 flu seemed to skip over towns and cities in its spread (this is well documented in Gina Kolata’s book, “Flu”). This would imply that it is difficult to conclude anything about a pandemic until after the damage has been done. Most of what you are seeing in the news is still wild speculation, including what you hear from “experts.” The experts were famously wrong time and again about the influenza of 1918, just as they were wrong in many of their assumptions about vaccination efforts thereafter (Kolata details this in “Flu”).
Is this the end? I doubt it. Could a lot of people still die? Obviously, yes.
Is it possible that this is a biological warfare agent?
Let us briefly review what passes for “appropriate” behavior among world governments.
1. The United States dropped atomic weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when victory was already assured by American air supremacy and a naval blockade (largely thanks to submarines) of the Japanese mainland. These war crimes have never been punished.
2. The Chinese government starved millions of its own people in its “Great Leap Forward” (into the grave?).
3. The United States government has, since World War II, spent enormous amounts of money studying and developing biological warfare agents. This is not a conspiracy theory, but a matter of public record. The media just don’t tend to report on it.
So yes, it’s possible this is a biological warfare agent. If it is, you can rely on governments suggesting (anyone with an axe to grind with the Chinese) or denying it (the Chinese) for purely political reasons.
Trust none of them.
Perhaps a world-wide moratorium on the development and testing of biological warfare agents is in order. Don’t count on it happening.
How deadly is this virus?
The average American is fat, diabetic, and has some combination of autoimmune diseases, cancer, and crippling allergies. The military is wondering how they’re going to fill their ranks in a few generations. Many Americans are on immune-suppressing drugs, making them more vulnerable to infection. The 1918 Flu Pandemic struck during a solar minimum, just as many pandemics have (including Justinian’s Plague), and the further you went from the equator (less and less sunlight), the higher the mortality rate. Americans now spend 98% of their time indoors, under fake light, eating fake food, and go to doctors who do not understand how important vitamin D is.
Another favorite trick of pundits is to scare people with the number of patients who die of any given illness each year. The most common example is their fear-mongering over influenza, in order to drive up rates of influenza vaccination. Most of the people I have seen die of influenza were a few shuffling footsteps from the grave anyway. If influenza hadn’t killed them, a strong push, a stiff drink, or a good joke might just as well have.
Is this virus any more virulent or deadly than the influenza virus? It is possible. We cannot know as of yet, because we cannot trust the figures being put out by the Chinese government.
What should we do about it?
For the past century, free-trade advocates have created an ever more connected world, which has led many weak-points in supply chains. How much of the food in your average grocery store is imported? How much of that food is in country? In other words, how quickly would we run out of food if global trade came to a standstill? The prepper movement might tend to alarmism, but the stark reality is that natural disasters like plagues, volcanic eruptions, and electromagnetic storms can disrupt modern technology and therefore modern supply chains. We cannot predict who the winners and losers of these events will be. This is why I am a strong advocate for local, seasonal agriculture, rather than a global food system.
Those who are already sick, or who are low in nutrients like vitamin D, selenium, iodine, and vitamin C will fair the worst. If I were to contract this virus, I would plan on taking all of these in the short term, and, in the most extreme situation, taking high doses of IV vitamin C.
What is the purpose of viruses in nature?
We live in a state of balance with our pathogens. As our population densities rise, pathogens find it easier to infect hosts and to spread. Overly successful pathogens die out, which is why bubonic plague is rare, while the herpes virus (type 1) that causes cold sores is present in practically every person on planet earth.
What makes certain pandemics more virulent than others? The answer lies in genetics. Environmental changes induce mutations in all organisms, but viruses can change more quickly than most. This is why microbes mutate more in space. Changes in the earth’s electromagnetic field, the earth’s atmosphere, sunlight, and human-factors such as air pollution, radio and microwave radiation, and much, much more can alter dynamics between organisms and their pathogens.
Periods of change are critical times for organisms, because if they do not successfully adapt, they may die out. We dominate planet earth because we can tolerate extreme cold, unlike the dinosaurs. Periods of change drive adaptation, which means that changes we make to our environment can eventually lead to epidemics.
China today is the perfect environment for a pandemic. Their air is filthy, which blocks UV light and poisons the lungs, they have an extremely high population density, and their population is living under fake light and eating fake food like it’s going out of style. I would expect their mortality rates to differ substantially from more rural countries, countries closer to the equator, and countries with better healthcare. Not that it matters — they’re just going to lie about the numbers anyway.
The take home? Be ready for anything, just like you should have been before you started to worry about the corona virus. Have some food and water stockpiled. Have basic home remedies in stock. Make sure your vitamin D is where it should be. Avoid fake light, fake food, and fake news like the plagues that they are.