The hastily built field hospital set up by the Army in Seattle’s pro football stadium is shutting down without ever seeing a patient, so the service can shift resources where they’re more urgently needed, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said.
Medical equipment at the CenturyLink Field Event Center is being returned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for use elsewhere, but the governor cautioned against reading too much into the move.
“Don’t let this decision give you the impression that we are out of the woods,” Inslee said in a statement Wednesday. “We have to keep our guard up and continue to stay home unless conducting essential activities to keep everyone healthy.” Washington state saw the first coronavirus death in the U.S. on Feb. 29.
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2. More big brother for Corona
(Going out? Leave your phone at home while its still legal to do so)
3. Now this is odd.
4. Ottawa Civic Hospital
5. Chinese virus propagandists
6. Singapore lockdown
7. And yet USA records over 2K deaths in a day attributed to Wuhan Flu
8. Bosonaro’s Brazil is defiant of the shut-down of all civilization. (That is the Brazilian PM at the drug store)
9. About those Chinese made face-masks
10. US Authorities become increasingly Soviet over social distancing guidelines.
Best not to thank anyone for this post. GG though, sent in the Civic Hospital footage.
In the 1970s it was fashionable to go to midnight showings of Reefer Madness at theatres where all who smoked dope would indulge in it, while watching anti-Marijuana propaganda. In those days you could still smoke in theatres and while dope was illegal, it was seldom prosecuted or cause for arrest.
The movie shows a fellow who never smoked before being talked into trying it for the first time. He has one puff, if memory serves, and goes on a raping and killing spree which ends in permanent madness.
This was a great laugh for all the teens in the audience puffing away knowing this was stunningly bad 1950s “right wing” propaganda.
Human nature being what it is, people would watch the movie, know it wasn’t true, and assume therefore, there is no danger in smoking THC products at all, and many went on to ruin their lives with marijuana, destroying their ambition, ability to really focus or concentrate hard, and sometimes getting late onset schizophrenia now believed to be connected to long term THC use. It also doesn’t seem like any of them are smarter than they were when they started smoking either.
Humans often think in binary extremes. We are told X. X isn’t true. So Y must be true but for sure not X.
Showing these videos in this post that suggest that we are over-reacting to the Wuhan Flu does not mean there is no danger. It means it wasn’t what we thought it was exactly, or the measures we are taking are actually working extremely well.
Here is another hypothesis about the state we are in now:
Geneticists, virologists, and experts could have told leaders like President Trump something like:
‘This appears to be an artifact. A man made virus, very likely a weapon. We don’t know what it does exactly. But what we do know is, its profoundly contagious. It is lethal but we don’t know exactly how lethal. It can be spread by people who are not symptomatic, or are pre-symptomatic, making it much more dangerous than Ebola or SARS which is so visible in its contagious stage, that its easy to isolate the sick for the benefit of the rest of the population.
Which means that it could kill more people overall, even if less by percentage.’
We had a sticky post for several days that showed this was exactly the case by a Ph.D. in biology, with a follow up post to come showing more evidence of same.
Leaders, like President Trump, might find themselves in a position where they had to respond as they did, given that information, if this is anywhere close to the truth.
In essence, we got hit by a Chinese WMD with serious and important unknowns and the value of explaining this to a general public where the media is hostile to the president and the US in general in some ways, is questionable.
If this is the case, we should know enough about it by now to swap strategies.
Continue the sequestration of the elderly, the Type 1 diabetics or uncontrolled type II, heart patients and immune-compromised for their own sake and get everyone else back to work.
The cost of a prolonged shut-down of the supply chain of everything is not predictable entirely. But no projection of it is good. At least not for humanity.