American Elephants

Covid and Progress and Questions. by The Elephant's Child
January 14, 2022, 12:15 am
Filed under: Politics

James Freeman wrote today in the Wall Street Journal that Rochelle Walensky, director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified before the Senate Health Education Committee, that most of the deaths from Covid were because of a comorbidity. That is, those who died from Covid had some other health problem that exacerbated their susceptibility to Covid. Not sure if that is encouraging or not, but there you go.

The flu epidemic that killed so many people back around 1918, is now pretty well controlled by an annual flu shot that most people get without the hysteria about a mandated “jab” that we have heard so much about. All sorts of hysterical fears or resistance to a vaccination, though we don’t hear any fears of an annual flu shot. The flu, at best, is hugely unpleasant, assuming you don’t get really sick but most people are familiar with the flu and would like to avoid it. So why is there so much resistance on the part of some to a vaccination. I even wondered if the fact that they kept calling it “a jab” played a part in the resistance. In 1918 there was no vaccine.

In 1889-1890 1 million people worldwide died from the flu. In 1918-1910, there was “the Spanish Flu” and 17 to 100 million people worldwide died. In 1957, it was “the Asian flu” and 1 to 4 million people died, and in 1968-69 it was “The Hong Kong Flu“and again 1-4 million people died. I assume that the “Spanish, Asian, and Hong Kong” refer to where the disease first popped up. Covid clearly came from Wuhan Laboratories in Wuhan, China, as far as we know. Lots of early blame on bats, but I haven’t really seen anything clearly specific. Nor, for that matter, just why the Chinese were experimenting with this particular disease.

Lots of conspiracy theories out there, but no answers as yet. Our American pharmaceutical industry has been doing a marvelous job in response, and we should be grateful. And they are trying to help the rest of the world.

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