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And the government’s plan is… what, exactly?

We may have a Plague scenario developing:

Some of us have or may still have compromised immune systems. This s}#% isn’t funny.

Luckily, I bought masks last year with a virus barrier layer. That won’t help much if we should all wear spacesuits.

Normally, I wouldn’t get freaked out about this but we have a contagious illness with human to human transmission. It’s viral and we have no drugs or vaccines for it. It started in a densely populated area of a densely populated country and it’s a holiday season there. It’s spreading to other countries.

I’d like to know what Trump’s plan is to combat this. I mean in coherent sentences and where he can answer questions that indicate he understands cause, effect and the consequences of inaction.

He’s been gutting science in government so I’m concerned that we may be under resourced.

Commence the “la-la-la, we can’t HEAR you!” response from the Republicans with a death grip on our health agencies.

As Schiff asked, can we reasonably expect that Trump will do something in our interest and not simply his own?

11 Responses

  1. The solution is the same one Republicans have for any health care related situation: Die Quick. These people do not believe in science at all or research or any intellectual pursuits at all.

  2. Republicans made a very big campaign issue out of Ebola, because they thought it would help them win. Now they will not, because they are in power.

    This is very tragically the inevitable result of Trump’s policies, which will also include poisoned water and food, unhealthy air. This just doesn’t seem to get through to people, and once again, the media lets the Republicans control the narratives. We all must breathe the air and eat the food. You can’t escape by being rich, just like Prince Prospero and his court could not escape the Red Death in the Poe story. The question is, whether they will figure this out in time.

    • A few like Pompeo, Pence and Barr may be trying to speed up the beginning of the “End Times.” They will all be raptured while heretics like you and I writhe in agony.

      • The warped religiousness of these and others like them are the greatest danger to humanity. The Founders back in the 18th Century, were well aware of the danger of letting religion seep into politics.

        The greatest hope would be that somehow no one would have enough delegates to win the nomination, and they end up drafting Schiff. I would have said Hillary, but the Sanders supporters will self-immolate before they would do that. I’m watching Schiff”s closing arguments and brilliant “prebuttal” to the Republican arguments. Not that any of this will get through to them, but maybe a few new voters will think about these things, which could mean something.

      • They will all be raptured while heretics like you and I writhe in agony.

        Well, I don’t plan to be writhing in agony, I have my eye on a nice new Land Rover, and a couple of nice summer homes.

  3. we have a contagious illness with human to human transmission. It’s viral and we have no drugs or vaccines for it. It started in a densely populated area of a densely populated country and it’s a holiday season there.

    And, judging from the quite possibly understated Chinese figures, it has a 10% to 15% mortality rate. Probably worse if you’re immune compromised. Yeah, I’d like to know what the plan is, too (besides “making government so small you can drown it in a bathtub”).

    • I saw an interesting claim a couple of days ago that the single worst limiting factor in response to a hypothetical flu pandemic would be availability of hypodermic needles. Apparently, the manufacturing capacity for them is too small to be able to conduct a mass vaccination campaign, even if effective vaccines are available.

      This sounds like something we should stockpile. It’s not like they’re perishable.

      • And some states have abysmal public health systems. A friend of mine who was a public health specialist in Maryland told me that if a pandemic comes to GA we might as well plan on staying home and hoping we don’t die.

  4. China is withholding valuable information about the virus. However, a few salient facts are known. The type of virus and its general symptomatic appearance.. Not known: Efficacious treatment, general mode of transmission, mortality rate.

    • For years China claimed there were no HIV cases in China. When it comes to health, crime, or economics, you really can’t believe anything you hear from them.

  5. Gallows humor:

    Q: What goes well with corona virus?

    A: Lyme disease.

    (I’ll show myself out.) 😈

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