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Are Viruses Racist? By Brian Simpson

     I formulate this idea when reading the following speculations at, which noted that all of the people dying from the coronavirus are Han Chinese.

“In fact, as far as I can tell, all of the confirmed cases have been of Chinese people. According to Sri Lankan radio, the case in Sri Lanka was a “Chinese tourist” [Sri Lanka suspends visa on arrival for Chinese travellers after confirmed case of Corona virus, News On Air, January 28, 2020]. So are the cases in France and the one in the United Arab Emirates [Coronavirus is spreading as FIVE people in France are now confirmed to have the illness and Chinese traveller from Wuhan is quarantined in Finland, by Sam Blanchard, Mail Online, January 29, 2020]. If it is true that only East Asians are dying of, or even catching, Corona, that would be consistent with long-established race differences in the susceptibility to such viruses. This has been explored in a fascinating study, by a group of Chinese researchers led by C. L. Chen of Soochow University, entitled: Ethnic differences in susceptibilities to A(H1N1) flu [African Journal of Biotechnology, 2009]. The authors begin by noting that, from an evolutionary perspective, there is every reason to expect there to be ethnic or race differences in the susceptibility to different pathogens. Races—or, as they call them, “ethnic groups”—are breeding populations, long-separated, usually by geography, who are, therefore, genetic clusters adapted to different ecologies. Because they were exposed to different pathogens in prehistory, there are very likely to be race differences in susceptibility to the pathogens and in how well the immune system can fight them.

Many infectious diseases jumped the species barrier from animals to humans due to our close contact with animals while pursuing agriculture. For this reason, groups that never innovated agriculture, or who only innovated it in a limited form or only relatively recently took it up, can be decimated by flu-like viruses. Thus the authors observe that the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 was three to 70 times more deadly to “natives” in Canada and the USA, as well as to the reindeer herding Saami people in Sweden and Norway, than it was to the rest of these countries’ populations. This is because most white and black people are descended from those who have long practiced farming. The authors add that the Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009 was five times more deadly to Maori people than it was to other New Zealanders. The Corona Virus is closely related to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) [Coronavirus vs. SARS: Health experts on the key differences between the two outbreaks, by Sam Meredith, CNBC, January 28, 2020], of which there was a major outbreak in 2003, which also began in China in 2002.”

     This is interesting, and if the pandemic is racially selective, it could support the notion of a genetically engineered virus, targeting the Chinese, which is genocidal. Now, I thought that Nordic whites were in line for extermination, but probably this thinking is a bit narrow. If the conspiracy approach proves right, we will have on our hands something truly diabolical, global and far-reaching. But, I tend to not believe the conspiracy views until left with no alternative. If non-Han people are found to be infected, then that position will collapse. We will definitely see if this eventuates.

     The real good news is that the coronavirus is not found in a beer with a similar name, despite what the plebs who lurk on Google, may think:

“No, coronavius is not related to Corona beer, but some people seem to think so. Google searches for “Corona Beer” and “Corona Beer Virus” are both up significantly in the last week, when the first cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the U.S. The confusion may not be solely from searchers, as Google itself may lead people to this unfortunate mix up. When typing “corona” into Google, “corona beer virus” is the second option the search engine predicts. The search term “corona beer virus” is most common in Iowa and Oklahoma, while people in Connecticut, New Hampshire and New Mexico are searching for “beer virus” more. People in Australia, India and Canada are also searching for Corona Beer-related terms, according to Google Trends. A Wayne State University marketing professor told WWJ NewsRadio that it’s “a case of mistaken identity.” “I think the concern comes out of our new world here where everything can be found at the touch of your fingertips on your mobile device,” Jeffrey Stoltman told the radio station. “Apparently, there’s a very large number of people in a very populated country — India — that sort of started the ball rolling on this and then individuals such as yourself who kind of wondered the same thing.” Corona Extra has not publicly commented on coronavirus. The mix-up is similar to the mid 1980’s when the AIDS crisis led to an unfortunate word association problem with Ayds, a candy taken before meals as an appetite suppressant. The candy first introduced in the 1950s was taken off the market in the late 1980s, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. If you’re wondering why it’s called coronavirus in the first place, it’s because the virus has crown-like spikes on its surface and “corona” is Latin for “crown,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

     Well, some good news I suppose.



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