Wuhan Virus Is Not the 1918 Flu and No Number of False Analogies Will Make It So

(Library of Congress via AP)

In this October 1918 photo made available by the Library of Congress, St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps personnel wear masks as they hold stretchers next to ambulances in preparation for victims of the influenza epidemic. A century after one of history’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that slaughtered tens of millions as it swept the globe in mere months. (Library of Congress via AP)

The more we know about the Wuhan virus, the more it becomes obvious that 1) this panic is driven by utterly atrocious models (have you seen the ridiculous ‘of course the models were wrong, models are always wrong’ defense of why we should believe the models?), 2) which were given critical mass by a media that were frantic to hurt President Trump as he easily moved past the Russia Hoax and Adam Schiff’s silly little impeachment gambit and 3) transformed into panicked policies by gutless or duplicitous governors that were, in turn, 4) accepted by a supine populace.

Not only is the national death rate from Wuhan virus dropping…we wouldn’t even notice the national death rate were it not for the grotesquely inflated numbers generated by New York in their Dialing-for-Dollars campaign…the national death rate, on the whole, is dropping. New studies show that as many as 50 times the number of people who have tested positive for Wuhan have had it and never noticed they had an infection. While the national economy teeters on the edge of a disaster that will take a generation to recover from, hundreds of thousands of Americans are teetering on the edge of saying ‘f*** this noise’ and ignoring regulations and the politicians who make them.

So now, the Wuhan fantasists are turning to the old stand-by of warning of dire consequences. This morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed against all evidence that an early removal of restrictions would result in a deadly ‘second wave’ of infections when there is zero evidence of a deadly first wave. And then there are the faux-historians trying to convince their readers that Wuhan is just like the 1918 flu and that removing restrictions that were imposed in some places during that pandemic will inevitably lead to a major resurgence…the same ‘second wave’ nonsense…of the virus.

What this Mak character and, to a certain extent Fauci, are both afraid of is not of a resurgence of what is going to eventually be classified as a minor viral infection but of Americans having the agency to determine when the advice slung about by experts is actually a lot more harmful than the problem it purports to solve. This threatens to increase your independence and to decrease the power of both the expert class and the media who act as their catchfarts. They are attempting to use fear and guilt to keep you from evaluating an increasingly detailed body of information on Wuhan virus and making your own decisions as to the most reasonable course of action.

Some key differences between 1918 flu and Wuhan virus bear noting. First and foremost, it took place in 1918 and our understanding of viruses and transmissibility and treatment of co-infections and medical practice in general were somewhat inferior to those of today. Well, perhaps not in New York, if their death toll is any evidence, but definitely the case in the rest of the nation. For reasons that are still not understood, the 1918 flu killed large numbers of healthy adults, including young adults. Beyond the fact that both Wuhan and 1918 flu were caused by viruses there are zero grounds to compare the two on basically any grounds.

What Mak is trying to do is make the case that unless you do exactly what you are told by every Karen you come into contact with you will be directly responsible for people dying in a dreaded second wave of infections and you will show that you are a truly bad person.

Here are the facts. The chances of a second wave of infections are pretty high because we are relying upon a silly and dysfunctional strategy (‘social distancing’) in the absence of any effective vaccine (and I would argue that a vaccine is being pursued to the expense of medical therapeutics which would have a much greater chance for success even if there is no Nobel Prize at the end of the line). None of the horrors inflicted upon the economy and the livelihood of Americans has been proven to be worth anything. For instance, the infection/death rate in states with none of the ‘social distancing’ nonsense are way below the national average.

As I said on Saturday, this has nothing to do with your health or safety and everything to do with government’s ability to control you and to set the predicate for future ’emergencies’ that also permit Constitutional rights to be done away with in the name of ‘public health.’