The Virus Outbreak Thread

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@Count Adramélekh Sear
After the CDC test kit disaster, the US GOV tasked the US Department of Defense with assisting in the development of the most advanced and fastest test kits in the world, and apparently Abbot Labs delivered.
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There is an airplane currently on fire here in Manila Airport. It was an ambulance aircraft affiliated in the response on the COVID pandemic, 8 people were reported dead.
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Meanwhile in Southern Italy ppl have started organized raids (on Supermarkets) because they're running out of supplies.
…Southern Italy isn't hit as hard as northern italy so ppl are thinking that these lockdown protocol are way too much.

I guess the PotUS was right. You gotta look at some places and let the least hit areas out of lockdown early—as early as Easter. Not because the economy would collapse—but because PEOPLE are getting antsy, anxious and impatient. Some are already threatening a revolution—what the fuck?!

This is why Mass Testing (without consent if you have to) is KEY. If EVERYBODY INFECTED has been correctly identified and quarantined, or taken care of in the hospital, away from the healthy ones, then there is almost zero reason to let the healthy ones locked in. The virus is mainly peer-to-peer and less airborne, so ppl can start sanitizing their workplaces, and there would be business as usual.

For real at this point we're hoping for the production of ventilators and reliable, accurate testing kits (not like the ones Spain bought from China—half of them don't even work!) rather than the development of vaccine.
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There’s a lot of pressure here to deploy the fast-testing kits. Even a 96% reliability rate in 15 minutes is better than nothing. A lot of us want South Korea-style drive-thru testing, even here in Southland.
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U mad?
Kansas is now up to 319. And we have the first quarantine order. Chase county (SW of Emporia) has no cases, but have started a 14 day quarantine on anyone coming from hotbed areas like the KC metro area. Cops in police state style will be checking everyone who comes into the county, and if you're from one of those areas you'll be forced to quarantine.

And GALAcon has been cancelled until next year.

And coutry singer Joe Diffie has died from it.
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It‘ll be interesting to see once things really start to get tense there. I’ve a strong feeling that certain items buried in people’s backyards in 1996 will be unburied and brought back into working condition…
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Statistics:
1918 Spanish Flu pandemic: 50 million (est.) dead worldwide
Bubonic plague in the 1400s: 25 million (est.) dead, about 1/3 of Europe's population
Normandy invasion of WWII: 425,000 Allied troops KIA in a few days
Heart disease in the US: 647,000 people dead per year
AND FINALLY
Covid 19: 33,926 dead worldwide as of last count (March 29)

I hope everyone — but probably not — sees how MINOR of a "pandemic" this is. In the big picture, there are more than SEVEN BILLION people on the Earth. Today numbers were released that maybe 200,000 people worldwide would die from Covid 19. Big. Deal. Now, you have to understand, I'm NOT the kind of person who believes that every human death is a tragedy. It's not. I'm more of a big picture kind of guy, and I'm seeing the population line graph made in 2100 of the last 100 years of human population growth have just the tiniest dip in it because of this BIG BAD PANDEMIC that everyone is convinced is the end of the world. It's not. It's barely a scratch on the surface of mankind.

I don't know if we in the 21st century have just become more, how should I say, un-used to death than our ancestors were a hundred or even 50 years ago, but news flash: DEATH HAPPENS. It's a part of human existence, and the fact is there are simply too many of us on this planet for this pathetic little virus to stop us. People in the 21st century have become such pussies with regards to death that a few dozen deaths from a tornado or flood or quake makes news. Our ancestors would laugh at us for taking these totals so seriously.

Actually, here's an experiment for everyone to try at home, since we're all at home now anyway: If people dying from Covid 19 really bothers you that much, try to keep track of every person in your country who dies of cancer, heart disease, in car accidents, or war, and mourn them accordingly. If it's such a tragedy, then all deaths should be mourned equally.

Thank you, and good night.
MagpulPony
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“I'm NOT the kind of person who believes that every human death is a tragedy. It's not. I'm more of a big picture kind of guy.”

You'll have to tell that to the people who are losing their loved ones and or their own health due to this virus. Including now a few people on this site.
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@Nightweaver20xx
Here's the problem, and as has been brought up many times before: this is a new disease, it is far more infectious than the regular flu virus, it is highly asymptomatic during the period of infectiousness, and those people it does hit it hits them hard. It's probably only because of the extreme measures a lot of countries are taking that the current death totals aren't higher than they are (and that's assuming both China and Iran are being truthful about their number of infected and dead — and there's plenty to suggest they aren't)
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@Zerowinger
^This. If we weren't doing these draconian shutdowns, infections would probably already be at 500 million and rising at a quadratic rate, and we'd have already lost Amity and Mimezinga (Still worried about the latter, he logged on to FimFic around Thursday, but that could've just been someone else looking at his computer…)
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