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Another Day in Coronavirus Land and Still No Non-Chinese Deaths By Brian Simpson

     The coronavirus death toll has now hit 902 cases, surpassing SARs (813) in only three weeks. The number of confirmed cases in China is 40,171, and offshore, 382. According to the WHO Director-General, this may be only the tip of the iceberg. Indeed, one exiled Chinese billionaire, Guo Wengui, based on leaked information from Wuhan, and we know they these guys know everything, for how else could they be so rich (?), thinks that the death troll is about 50 thousand, with 1.5 million infected.

     As reported at, there have not been any deaths of non-Chinese from the coronavirus epidemic yet.

     In fact, one white did get infected with the coronavirus, and merely toughed it our and beat it, using the time old remedy of whiskey and honey:

“The first Brit known to have caught coronavirus has told The Sun he beat the killer bug with a “glass of hot whisky and honey”. Teacher Connor Reed, 25, was diagnosed with coronavirus by doctors in Wuhan, China two months ago. He went to hospital after struggling to breathe and could not shake off a bad cough — all classic symptoms. Shocked Connor was kept in hospital for two weeks. Connor, originally from Llandudno, North Wales, has lived in China for three years. He said: “'I was stunned when the doctors told me I was suffering from the virus. I thought I was going to die but I managed to beat it. “I used the inhaler which helped control the cough and drank a hot whisky with honey until that ran out. “It’s an old fashioned remedy but it seemed to do the trick.”

     There is a distinct possibility that whites may have various degrees of immunity to the virus, or alternatively, so far, the virus has not spread far enough in the white population to test the genetic resources of whites. We are likely to see a spread of the virus beyond China, since China’s attempts to contain it have already failed, as millions left Wuhan before the quarantine, taking the virus with them:

“For weeks after the first reports of a mysterious new virus in Wuhan, millions of people poured out of the central Chinese city, cramming onto buses, trains and planes as the first wave of China’s great Lunar New Year migration broke across the nation. Some carried with them the new virus that has since claimed over 800 lives and sickened more than 37,000 people. Officials finally began to seal the borders on Jan. 23. But it was too late. Speaking to reporters a few days after the city was put under quarantine, the mayor estimated that 5 million people had already left. Where did they go? An Associated Press analysis of domestic travel patterns using map location data from Chinese tech giant Baidu shows that in the two weeks before Wuhan’s lockdown, nearly 70% of trips out of the central Chinese city were within Hubei province. Baidu has a map app that is similar to Google Maps, which is blocked in China. Another 14% of the trips went to the neighboring provinces of Henan, Hunan, Anhui and Jiangxi. Nearly 2% slipped down to Guangdong province, the coastal manufacturing powerhouse across from Hong Kong, and the rest fanned out across China. The cities outside Hubei province that were top destinations for trips from Wuhan between Jan. 10 and Jan. 24 were Chongqing, a municipality next to Hubei province, Beijing and Shanghai. The travel patterns broadly track with the early spread of the virus. The majority of confirmed cases and deaths have occurred in China, within Hubei province, followed by high numbers of cases in central China, with pockets of infections in Chongqing, Shanghai and Beijing as well. “It’s definitely too late,” said Jin Dong-Yan, a molecular virologist at Hong Kong University’s School of Biomedical Sciences. “Five million out. That’s a big challenge. Many of them may not come back to Wuhan but hang around somewhere else. To control this outbreak, we have to deal with this. On one hand, we need to identify them. On the other hand, we need to address the issue of stigma and discrimination.”

     This pandemic has yet to show its true strengths, and we need to be vigilant, watching its developments by the day. If it gets too bad, I will bug out with my family with John Steele, out in the Victorian scrub, and live on witchery grubs.



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