[LINK] O/t: “How can a disease with 1% mortality shut down the United States?”

Stephen Loosley stephenloosley at outlook.com
Sat Dec 5 13:10:45 AEDT 2020

Tom writes,

> .. is it a good idea to distribute this? Who was the original author
> and what was their motivation?

The author: https://www.quora.com/profile/Franklin-Veaux and, you tell me?

> Once medical facilities reach capacity, the mortality rate will climb, as those
> who would have survived with treatment don't get it. The 2011 film Contagion
> depicted a disease outbreak. In one scene a contact tracer has the disease and
> is placed on a stretcher in a sports hall with hundreds of others left to die.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contagion_(2011_film)

Yes .. all probably true .. however, I do get the sense that this writer is concerned
mainly with the Covid-19 longer-term side-effects for survivors and the economy.

Particularly the U.S. economy if they re-open.  At the end he claims “The choice is
not ‘ruin the economy to save l%, if we reopen the economy,’ it will be destroyed
anyway. The US economy cannot survive everyone getting COVID-19.”  And, as is
reasonably obvious, this will not happen, now that we have multiple vaccines.

However the main point for me is that maybe we all will have a very heavy burden
of folk suffering greatly from longer-term Covid-19 side effects. This point seems to
have been greatly overlooked thus far. And it IS becoming true, no matter who says
it.  Hence, the writer’s motives seem irrelevant. Maybe, don’t shoot the messenger?

> To get back on topic for Link, any group or nation state, which is  spreading
> misinformation online with the intention of worsening the contagion, it should
> kept in mind that the USA has a policy of reciprocity. An attack on the USA will be
> judged based on the effect, not the manner of delivery. US policy includes the option
> of a response to a cyber attack with conventional or nuclear weapons.

Tom, this may seem obvious to everyone, and I can not work out how this is relevant?


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