Coronavirus: What World Governments Know and Aren’t Saying

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-section through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (CDC Image Library)

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the coronavirus (COVID-19) has a death rate around 3%. This number in and of itself is very high for a disease that’s as contagious as coronavirus. By comparison, COVID-19 is 30X deadlier than the flu. But this is NOT the only reason why world governments are in panic mode over this disease. There is a statistic that officials are being very quiet about.

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#18: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — Coronavirus Spreads, D.E. Posts Again

Distribution of COVID-19 cases worldwide, provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

This Monday in Coronavirus Pandemic Is Here I laid out the current situation we find ourselves in with the coronavirus (COVID-19). On Tuesday, 25 February 2020, U.S. officials finally sounded the alarm about this virus, saying what readers of this blog have known for weeks now: it’s deadly, it’s coming, get prepared. I was surprised when an expert on the world news finally stated publicly that this virus is far deadlier than the flu.

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#16: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — 28 Days Later, and The Jerry Springer Effect

Monday’s post Are You Being Served? (Part 2) was the second in the inmate services series. I covered in detail 3 major inmate services companies in the United States. The benefits each provides in lessening the burden of incarceration are tangible, and one’s experience with each company varies widely. I recounted mine.

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#15: Video Fridays in Sixty Seconds — The End of Days?

I have diverse interests from astronomy to biology, and I like to ponder a wide range of topics as a matter of curiosity. Having time like I do, it’s one of the rare luxuries of incarceration. So the conversation that erupted amongst the guys (see this Monday’s post What Is Happening With the World?) piqued my interest for its thought provoking aspects, and the arguable truths behind the perception that society is in many ways worse off than 25 years ago. Which argument is right? It’s a consideration that strikes at the heart of the world’s societal systems. Is one system better than all others even if that system spawns random evils like school shootings or terror attacks? Or is the societal system that suppresses its people, but doesn’t have to deal with religious hatred, school shootings or stabbings because of one’s race somehow better? I’m sure there’s a professor of philosophy out there who would love to torture his students with such a mind bending consideration.

There is no right or wrong answer to the question “Are we really better off today than 25 years ago?” It’s a matter of opinion. Yet I imagine the older generation will say we’re worse off, and the younger generation would say we’re better off. I argue that it’s all irrelevant. We’re all part of the same family and we’re in this together. Things are how we choose to see them.

Always has been.

Always will be.

*Where do you stand? Are we better or worse off? Share this post with other intelligent inquiring minds.