on covid 19

Maybe Trump was right when he called it Chinese virus. But maybe, he should have called it Wuhan virus. This, my friends, would not have been a racist statement as some of you are won’t to think. It is common practice to name viruses or pandemics according to where they were first discovered. So for example MERS- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome which for those unaware had a very high fatality rate the SARS-CoV1.

In this long read, the question of the origin of the virus is looked at. For those who haven’t been following, there are two theories- a natural origin and a lab release (accidental). In the natural origin theory, it is argued that it could have come from one of the bat species to an intermediate host then to humans.

On the lab origin theory it is speculated that the virus might have leaked from one of the virology labs in Wuhan where they study coronaviruses.

And it is here that it gets quite muddy. Fauci, NIH and NIAID all have their hands in this mix. It is possible there is a lot we are still ignorant of but with time and a bit more sleuthing, we may come close to knowing what the source of this virus is.

And while we wait, you can also read this very long post written more than a year ago by Yuri Deigin.

From my reading of the two very long posts, it seems to me, the probability of a natural origin is really small given the specific nature of this virus, failure to find the intermediate host, & many other points raised on those two pieces.

Go read.

What other corona viruses can tell us about covid19

Hope you friends have been well. There has been a dry spell of articles and posts this past week as your host was under the weather- a bad cold and bike injury. I seem to be getting better on both fronts.

I found this Article which I think is good.

They also say not to raise our hopes about a vaccine coming out soon. A safe vaccine is still months or years away.

Keep safe every one and have a pleasant weekend.

Government in crisis: reblog

By Adam Przeworski – Democratic governments have implemented measures similar to those by autocracies in response to the pandemic. Are these value trade-offs temporary experiments, or will they be here to stay?

COVID-19 reveals the fragility of our values

Give me liberty or give me death appears, at these times that we live in to be an aberration. Billions have chosen life.

Hunger or Covid19? That’s the million dollar question for the daily wage earners.

Governments in crisis

Most of the posts on Covid19 I have read are either about the dead, the economic impacts of the control measures or those questioning the rationale of the restrictions put in many places around the world.

The authors of this post look at a different dimension, but still important in the covid19 pandemic- governance. Do you think your leaders were deluding themselves- take the case of Magafuli who has said Tanzanians should continue going to church as they can’t get the virus there- or manipulating the populace- think China and claims of censorship?