Corona Round 2: Get Ready to Shut Down Before Re-opening! By Brian Simpson

     In clown world, the shutdowns, according to one smart guy, did nothing, well, more harm than good, but it now looks like another round of corona joy is coming, so will it be yet another round of this craziness? Sure.

“The coronavirus lockdown could have caused more deaths than it saved, a Nobel laureate scientist has claimed. Michael Levitt, a Stanford University professor who correctly predicted the initial scale of the pandemic, suggested the decision to keep people indoors was motivated by 'panic' rather than the best science. Professor Levitt also said the modelling that caused the government to bring in the lockdown - carried out by Professor Neil Ferguson - over-estimated the death toll by '10 or 12 times'. His claims echo those in a JP Morgan report that said lockdowns failed to alter the course of the pandemic but have instead 'destroyed millions of livelihoods'. Author Marko Kolanovic, a trained physicist and a strategist for JP Morgan, said governments had been spooked by 'flawed scientific papers' into imposing lockdowns which were 'inefficient or late' and had little effect. He said falling infection rates since lockdowns were lifted suggest that the virus 'likely has its own dynamics' which are 'unrelated to often inconsistent lockdown measures'. Prof Levitt told The Telegraph: 'I think lockdown saved no lives. I think it may have cost lives. It will have saved a few road accident lives, things like that, but social damage – domestic abuse, divorces, alcoholism – has been extreme. 'And then you have those who were not treated for other conditions.' Professor Levitt, who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2013 for the 'development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems', has said for two months that most experts predictions about coronavirus are wrong. He also believes that the Government should encourage Britons to wear masks and find other ways to continue working while socially distancing instead.

     To this one need only consider the drastic rise in the suicide rates of all nations which have practiced the extreme lock downs:

“A new cluster of COVID-19 cases has emerged in the northeastern provinces of China’s Rust Belt region, with doctors noting that the virus involved in the new cases is behaving differently compared to the one first encountered in Wuhan late last year. According to Qiu Haibo, an expert in critical care medicine who is part of the National Health Commission expert group, the virus found in patients in the provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang was unique, in that its incubation period was longer compared to that of the patients in Wuhan. In addition, Qiu noted that while Wuhan’s patients suffered severe lung, myocardial, renal and intestinal damage, the cases in China’s Rust Belt mainly showed lung damage, with very slight damage to the heart, kidney or intestines. The Rust Belt cases too, were largely asymptomatic, in the sense that they did not manifest any elevations in their temperature and only exhibited minor symptoms such as sore throats and fatigue. “This causes a problem, as they don’t have any symptoms. So when they gather with their families they don’t care about this issue and we see family cluster infections,” Qiu told state broadcaster CCTV, Tuesday. Qiu, in his interview, said the strain of the virus found in the Rust Belt clusters was probably imported from abroad, which could explain the differences between the Wuhan and Jilin cases. According to authorities, the first case of infection was reported early this month in Jilin Province, which borders Russia and North Korea. This infection then spread to the cities of Jilin, Shulan and Shengyang.

State media Xinhua, meanwhile, reported that the province logged a total of 135 confirmed locally transmitted cases, of which 108 had been discharged. Twenty-five individuals, as per local media, are still hospitalized. (Related: New coronavirus strain may be emerging and causing survivors to get REINFECTED.) As a response to the new cases, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for strengthened measures to contain the infection, including the halting of public transport services, the sealing off of residential compounds in some of the cities in the region, and the creation of an emergency response team. Five hundred medical professionals have also been tapped to help address the outbreak, as confirmed by Liu Qizhi, director of the Jilin municipal health authority.

Experts confirm: Coronavirus may be mutating
Perhaps due to intensified worry and speculation over a second wave of potentially fatal coronavirus infections, public speculation on coronavirus mutations have since flooded the internet. Experts, however, say this fascination with viral mutations may be a case of much ado about nothing. As with all known viruses, it is normal for the coronavirus to change and mutate, according to Nels Elde, an associate professor of human genetics at the University of Utah. “Viruses mutate. That’s one of the things that makes them such a successful entity,” Elde said in an interview with ABC News, noting that because viruses are constantly copying themselves, it is inevitable for some of its copies to manifest random mistakes or mutations. “The word ‘mutation’ to people means something bad because it’s got that connotation to it,” Vincent Racaniello, a professor of microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center, noted. According to Racaniello, “mutation” in the context of viruses simply means a change in their genome sequence. “It doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily bad for you at all,” Racaniello said. Keiji Fukuda, director and clinical professor at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, had the same sentiment, noting in an interview with Bloomberg that while some changes in the genetic structure can, in theory, lead to changes in the virus’s structure or its behavior, many mutations lead to no actual and discernible changes at all. Lucy Van Dorp, a research associate with the University College London’s Genetics Institute, meanwhile, noted in an interview with Al Jazeera that while 198 mutations of the virus have been found so far, the vast majority of mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 genome are likely to be neutral or without impact. As of press time, the coronavirus has infected 5,127,125 and killed 333,398 according to data from Johns Hopkins University.”

     At some point people will need to face the music, come out and play and become infected so that herd immunity results, for rounds of lock downs are not sustainable, and the economic consequences of the present madness have yet to be even felt.



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