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Summary

There may be a few individuals that were alive in the last major pandemic in 1918 Wiki:

”Known as Spanish flu, it was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus. It infected 500 million people around the world, including people on remote Pacific islands and in the Arctic.”

The rest of us have never faced a threat such as this before.  CST is not alarmist, this pandemic may just be a nuisance for many, but currently the interesting bit is that we have no idea.

What CST is pretty sure of is we are being subjected to global disinformation about this situation.  The UK, European, US authorities seem to have agreed on a plan, if we were able to listen in on their conversations, it would probably go like this:

“We now face a global pandemic.  It is clear that this new virus will spread across most of the world’s population.  Containment for most countries is now not a realistic option as the virus has an unknown period of infection before any symptoms become obvious and it is likley to have already spread across borders.   The likely infection rate in China (200,000 expected within the next week in Wuhan), suggests that the virus is pretty good at spreading person to person, although we do not know what the infection process is yet.

The issue now is how we deal with the many people who are likely to fall ill.  As the virus is ‘new’ to all humans (and is likely derived from an animal source and mutated to infect humans), there is likely to be little if any immunity within world populations. “

What we do NOT know at present is :

What we do know:

This is what CNN said about symptoms:

“This is what we know about the illness so far:

Coronavirus is a large family of viruses, which include severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

Common symptoms include: a runny nose, cough, sore throat, and possibly a headache. Those who have a weakened immune system, particularly the young and the elderly, are at risk of the virus turning into a more serious respiratory tract illness.

Authorities said the Wuhan coronavirus was passed from animals to humans; can be spread from person to person; and appears to cause pneumonia in people who have weakened immune systems.

It is thought to be milder that SARS and MERS and take longer to develop symptoms. Patients to date have typically experienced a mild cough for a week followed by shortness of breath, causing them to visit a hospital.”

So what should the general public do?   This is tricky as it is likely to differ depending upon your circumstances.  If you are old gits like us and retired, when the virus looks likely to be out and about you can stay in and play with the internet (good time to try out the moocs).

What should we do?

This is tricky as it is likely to differ depending upon your circumstances.  If you are old gits like us and retired, when the virus looks likely to be out and about you can stay in and play with the internet (good time to try out the moocs).

If you work, then it will probably be too late once you decide not to mix with colleagues.  For the younger people, depending on the viruses effect on this age group, if known early, you could stay in, keeping younger children away from school and friends before the virus becomes rampant, or go with the flow if the illness is not causing severe symptoms.

Whatever happens, it is nice to know we are the guinea-pigs in a new global experiment.

CST

 

 

Coronavirus – What your not being told!

So, CST is doing our usual crystal ball gazing.  Interestingly, nearly the whole world’s population is facing a new virus pandemic for the very first time. 

CST is certain that we are NOT being told the truth - the BBC is telling us nothing, the fact that 200,000 people in Wuhan alone are likely to be infected within one week - was demoted to SECOND place in the main 10 o'clock news - this says it all.

At least this will be ‘interesting’ from an historical perspective.