That worst-case isn’t here yet, the WHO insists. It isn’t convinced that countries outside China need more draconian measures, but it pointed to spikes in cases in Iran and South Korea to warn that time may be running out to contain the virus.
Meanwhile in Italy 10 cities are now in lockdown as is the third largest city in S. Korea. President Xi Jinping in China was quoted as saying the outbreak will have a relatively big hit on the economy and society. China is showing us already what can happen to most of the rest of us who live in large cities and even in small towns. Global travel is being decimated. Tourists, especially Chinese ones, spend lots of money. Add to that the news that Millions of Chinese firms face collapse if banks don’t act fast.
Containment of the virus is not working because health officials have no chance to determine where clusters of infection are sourced. Stock markets are freaking out today. “Italy’s lockdown, as the country tries to control the worst outbreak of the virus in Europe, has caused investors to panic about how business and society will be affected,” said Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, on Monday.
On top of that the New York Post published that evidence has emerged suggesting that coronavirus may have leaked from a lab, as the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology released a new directive entitled: “Instructions on strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus.” China’s only Level 4 microbiology lab that is equipped to handle deadly coronaviruses, called the National Biosafety Laboratory, is part of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It makes perfect sense that no bats or snakes where involved but only human arrogance that has scientists playing around with highly dangerous pathogens.
Many infectious disease experts now believe it is likely to become a pandemic, and even the World Health Organisation director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that the window for containment is “narrowing’. If quarantine and business shutdowns can’t stop Covid-19 in the way it halted Sars in 2003, its heavy cost on local economies – and populations – look far less defensible, both in China and beyond.
Dr. Lawrence Gostin, Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University and Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, wrote “Ongoing threat to physical and mental health in Hubei is unconscionable – (people are) trapped together and fearful. Moreover, once quarantine ends, people in Hubei will flee. During the influenza pandemic of 1918, quarantines delayed the spread but over time made little difference.”
The first line of defense from medical authorities: Isolate the sick to treat them and prevent further spread, and quarantine people who came in contact with them until the incubation period is over. But as the virus becomes more widespread, trying to trace every contact would be futile, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged earlier this month. “If we still hospitalize and isolate every suspect case, our hospitals will be overwhelmed,” he said.
People in China are putting themselves in self-quarantine. Get pulled over by a police officer to get a temperature check risks getting put in real quarantine, leaving the kids at home alone. The thought of catching the virus on public transportation has overall travel down. Meaning much of human activity is grinding to a halt. Even worse, in China people are literally being dragged out of their apartments and forced to go to public treatment facilities. Some are reporting these treatment centers as death centers.
The World Health Organization cautioned years ago that a mysterious “disease X” could spark an international contagion. The new coronavirus, with its ability to quickly morph from mild to deadly, is emerging as a contender. From recent reports about the stealthy ways the so-called Covid-19 virus spreads and maims, a picture is emerging of an enigmatic pathogen whose effects are mainly mild, but which occasionally — and unpredictably — turns deadly in the second week. In less than three months, it’s infected almost 78,000 people, mostly in China, and killed more than 2,300. Emerging hot spots in South Korea, Iran and Italy have stoked further alarm. At this point it is very important to pay attention.
It is good to know what Dr. Gabriel Cousens says, “The first thing we have to understand about the COVID-19 (Wuhan Coronavirus) is that the data coming through most media outlets is not to be trusted….and…A Harvard professor predicts that 70% of the global population will become infected.”
We have three main things to worry about. First is the virus itself. Second is the medical response to it. And third is the financial and economic consequences that are adding up with each passing day. With the second largest economy and up to 750 million people in lockdown we can expect the worst to happen in terms of the global economy.
That is like closing down everything and everyone from Canada to Argentina, so no surprised that we are seeing global stock markets melt down in response the the economic wrecking ball this virus and the medical response is causing.
Life on earth was already an accident waiting to happen before the coronavirus hit. Our collective insanities have been catching up with us, threatening us with massive poisoning though chemicals, heavy metals and radiation exposure. And with over 250 trillion in collective debt we have been hanging ten waiting for all the balls to start falling. And then, as they already did in many places in China, governments are dumping 5G on the public without testing the new high frequencies for safety.
Why The Time To Prepare For The Coronavirus Is *NOW*
As Chris Martenson explained in this video two weeks ago, even though we’ll have a lot more clarity on the coronavirus within two weeks, why wait until then to take action? The time to make your preparations for the pandemic arriving in your community is NOW.
First reason to take his advice is to look at what is happening already in Wuhan:
The Epoch Times tweeted an interview with a Wuhan citizen, who says people in the outbreak areas “can’t get any medical treatments” nor “a diagnosis” because hospitals are overloaded with patients. He said people “sit and wait to die.”
“Imagine being a Wuhan citizen…they can’t get any medical treatments, they can’t even get a diagnosis. They can only sit and wait to die.” Another perspective of life in Wuhan is nothing short of an “apocalypse,” said 21-year-old US-born college student Nicholas Schneider, who was interviewed by Reuters. “It’s like a ghost town, barely any people and cars. It’s a weird feeling. I feel like I’m in an apocalypse somehow,” Schneider said via a phone interview. It’s only a matter of time before cities outside of China are locked down on coronavirus fears as there’s no vaccine for 12 months.
Chris Martenson said already on the 27th of January that, “Once a pandemic spreads to my neck of the woods, I’m not going to be doing anything in the company of strangers. No shopping, no going to restaurants, and especially no traveling in closed up metal tubes with recirculated air (i.e. planes and trains). I won’t be alone in those behaviors. How many airline pilots, train conductors, trash collectors, and medical personnel have to call in “sick” to disrupt the entire system? Not that many.”
Readers should beware and take care. Pretend a category five hurricane is coming to your town what would you do? Start from there and imagine your way forward. You going to wait until there is panic in the streets or is it worse to live under total lockdown. Either way you lose.
For God’s sake, we need to shake off the cobwebs off our minds and take some defensive action, which would include stocking in some basic medicines that will help you if you do get a viral infection.
Stopping Viruses is like trying to Stop the Wind
Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota’s medical school, and an expert on biosecurity and epidemics said, “This is more and more like flu, which is like trying to stop the wind. The seeding is out there. It’s going to take off, there’s more than enough matches thrown into the forest to set it on fire.”
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