Viruses can’t survive without a host, and the more people possessing coronavirus antibodies, the sooner COVID-19 will “die”
I’m no doctor, but shuttering the country and hoping for a vaccine to “save us” from COVID-19 makes no sense even from a medical point of view.
A cursory study of diseases shows that defeating COVID-19 through social distancing, mass testing, and a hoped-for vaccination is impractical, and has no expiration date.
Any health care response that excludes exposure to and surviving COVID-19 – the same way hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Americans, contract and recover from influenza each year – is incomplete. If this is a “war against an invisible enemy,” as President Trump declares, then young, healthy people need to “serve” in this national crusade by contracting and recovering from COVID-19 to build “herd immunity,” for their own future safety and to weaken COVID-19’s deadly impact when it assuredly returns some day. “Herd immunity” simply describes strengthening one’s own, personal immune system, which naturally fights diseases such as COVID-19, while also benefiting society as a whole.
President Trump needs to fire germophobes Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx and get a “second opinion” by hiring new health care advisers who recognize this reality.
So far, the argument against the extreme social distancing mandates required by the nation’s almost overwhelmingly Democratic governors has been that the economic and societal catastrophe created will be far worse than the impact of COVID-19 to the population. But now more than six weeks into this nightmare of restricted liberties and quarantine edicts, the country ought to open for business as soon as possible for health reasons, too.
Social distancing and all the other precautions to avoiding contracting COVID-19 have merit, but can’t alone succeed even if Democratic governors would rule by executive order indefinitely. This is where the dishonesty begins: There is no practical “exit strategy” to Democrats’ shut-down measures.
Even if a vaccination were discovered tomorrow to combat coronavirus, it’s unlikely that it would eradicate COVID-19 forever based on what we already know about other viruses, such as the flu, which is that they mutate and continue to kill even with vaccinations.
Despite vaccinations, flu kills 30,000 to 60,000 Americans each year and we do not shut the economy for the flu. What we do is vaccinate vulnerable elderly people and children and hope for the best. And when one considers that it took decades of research and testing to find cures for viral diseases such as polio, measles and chicken pox, we don’t have that time to wait, while our country falls apart and people’s businesses and lives are ruined.
Both COVID-19 and influenza cause lower respiratory illness that leads to death, sometimes from pneumonia. Others who die from COVID-19 had heart disease or diabetes. The point is that it’s not so simple to determine a cause of death.
Closing elementary schools and colleges in the United States to combat COVID-19 was a big mistake. Young people are the least likely to die from COVID 19, and would have greatly contributed to developing “herd immunity.” This alone cannot solve the problem of COVID-19 transmission, but would greatly contribute to reducing the number of “hosts” in which the virus could “live.”
The death data so far show that the overwhelming number of the people “killed” by COVID-19 had compromised immune systems or were older and sick, and that nearly no children have died. Once children and young adults survive COVID-19, they likely will have the antibodies to protect them in the future when COVID-19 or another coronavirus returns.
Viruses can’t survive without a host, and the more people possessing coronavirus antibodies, the sooner COVID-19 will “die,” even though it’s not technically “alive” from a scientific perspective.
Everything in this article was gleaned from well-known, mainstream disease-combating websites, such as from the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The “I’m no doctor” line comes from a comedian Brian Regan skit about visiting a hospital and being asked stupid questions by the staff about why he was there.
We were told at the beginning that social distancing was to “flatten the curve” so as not to overwhelm the health care system with COVID-19 cases. However, that has morphed into we cannot open the economy until we have testing and a vaccine, which frankly will never be adequate to the Democrats who want to defeat President Trump this November, hence the politics of this “crisis.”
The media tells us that COVID-19 is “really bad,” and “much worse than the flu.” It may be worse, but they are Fake News and a mouthpiece of the Democratic National Committee. It is a partisan press, the same way that it was at the beginning of the country, and no American ought to take the Washington Post, or the New York Times, or CNN seriously on any topic.
We are alive, but we are not living
Right now, we don’t have to care whether the number of COVID-19 deaths has been exaggerated or whether the Chinese created it as part of biological warfare. There will be time for that later, but we do have to have a plan that works, which we do not have now.
We cannot ignore the Democrats and Deep State motivation to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency, and their obvious delight that COVID-19 and their draconian response to it presents them with their latest, best opportunity to do so, but which will also fail. In this regard, the Democrats and the Deep State are Wiley E. Coyote to Donald Trump’s Roadrunner.
We are alive, but we are not living. In New York City, people wait in line to enter grocery stores; all the concrete “parks” are closed to street basketball. Even so, yesterday, I saw two Dominican teen boys hop the fence to play.
Everybody has to do their part in this “war” against the pandemic: People have to get the virus and survive it and build herd immunity. Boris Johnson, the prime minister of England, contracted COVID-19 and recovered, everyone else can and ought to as well.
There is more to life than trying to avoid getting sick
Doctors are great; the whole “white lab coat” thing. But there is more to life than trying to avoid getting sick, and that’s what we are doing right now. That’s not sustainable or even desirable.
We need to stop telling people to “stay safe,” but rather “be smart.” We need healthy people, including children, to become infected and recover and develop the antibodies to minimize their future susceptibility of contracting the disease and using those antibodies to discover an effective vaccine. As said before, healthy people who survive will likely experience minimum to less severe symptoms while they become immune to hosting the virus.
We are not South Korea, which has a homogeneous population and culture, and can require a complete lock down of their country to combat COVID-19. In the United States, we have individual liberties. We have to be smart and solve this with American ingenuity. There is no solution in social distancing without opening the economy, protecting the vulnerable, developing herd immunity, while waiting for a vaccine that may or not arrive soon. And even then, people are doing to die, like they have for time immemorial, because that’s the nature of life on Earth. And it is a twisted, dystopian ideology to think that “hunkering down” and hoping for an as-yet-undiscovered vaccine can save all of us. It can’t.
Written by Daniel Wiseman for Canada Free Press ~ May 1, 2020
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