A Disaster, by Any Name

Prisoners of the San Vittore Prison protest on the roof against their treatment during the coronavirus outbreak in Milan, Italy on March 09, 2020. Image: Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu Agency via Getty
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Prisoners of the San Vittore Prison protest on the roof against their treatment during the coronavirus outbreak in Milan, Italy on March 09, 2020. Image: Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The “threat of a pandemic has become very real,” but COVID-19 is still not a pandemic, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said yesterday, according to Vox.

The WHO is avoiding the “P-word” because of:

  • Uncertainty about the disease’s impact
  • The limited number of cases in most countries
  • The thinking that containment is not yet hopeless


Regardless of the name, the outbreak is wreaking havoc around the globe:

  • Italy gave up trying to quarantine its northern region, putting the whole nation—60 million—on lockdown, according to Reuters, while prisoners rioted in jails nationwide after visiting rights were suspended.
  • Israel took the extreme step of mandating quarantine for everyone stepping foot in the country, NPR Goats and Soda reports.
  • Canada recorded its first death from the virus, Globe and Mail reports, at a home for senior citizens.


Meanwhile, new research is trickling in:

  • A new study estimates that the median time from exposure to SARS-CoV-2 to symptoms is 5.1 days. The study, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, supports the CDC’s suggested quarantine period of 14 days for individuals likely exposed to the virus.
  • Another new study, from German scientists, shows that people begin shedding the virus heavily soon after infection with SARS-CoV-2, STAT reports—explaining why it is spreading so efficiently. It also indicates that people with mild symptoms are likely no longer infectious after about 10 days—even if their tests turn up positive.
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Franzani AGF
March 10, 2020

Toch wel grappig dat wat er gefilmd wordt ook werkelijkheid wordt. De mensheid zal dit zeker overwinnen het laatste wat sterft is de hoop.

Katherine Nony…
March 11, 2020

Definition of a pandemic according to Merriam-Webster online dictionary (and I quote, copy, and paste):

Definition of pandemic (Entry 1 of 2)
: occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population
pandemic malaria
The 1918 flu was pandemic and claimed millions of lives.

pandemic noun
pan·dem·​ic | \ pan-ˈde-mik
\
Definition of pandemic (Entry 2 of 2)
: an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population: a pandemic outbreak of a disease

Sir, either you are a know-nothing or you have your head buried so far up your...so deeply in the sand that you refuse to see the truth!

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