Covid-19 Musings in 9 Key Points
Good insights, Rob! Thanks for the links to the other articles.
Bird flu has been and continues to be a way to create fear by needlessly slaughtering birds that are sick for many other reasons, primarily from horrible conditions at factory farms.
If we go deeper into history, we see that many so called pandemics were caused by many issues. Mike Yeadon and Sasha Latypova have noticed that history was doctored, particularly the Spanish flu, which is used as one of the major stories to point to about disaster. Never mind that it happened during a world war, lol
It's not just Spanish flu though, it's every pandemic:
Another stellar article - wish I could "like" it multiple times!
One clarification: It is not really accurate to say that it is the rapidity of mutation that is the key differentiator among infectious families - *everything* evolves b/c copying is *never* 100%. The polio virus of today is not the same one from 50 years ago, for example.
A fundamental misperception about what immunity means contributes to the confusion. Immunity means only that the body has been prepared to recognize and attack a particular pathogen. So, it is always a race b/n the ability of the pathogen to replicate and spread w/n the body before the immune system wipes it out, whether that is measles, polio, flu or the common cold.
The respiratory pathogens are present in the "soup" we swim in 24 hours a day so we are constantly being exposed to them and our immune system faithfully mounts its best defense against them. Such consistent exposure is why a single shot or natural exposure is sufficient to grant lifetime immunity. The immune system never has time to forget how to defend against it. For pathogens that require other means of transmission, the immune system eventually forgets how to defend against it and so a booster shot can safely remind it what to do. See tetanus, for example.
In sum, the differentiator is the speed of replication and spread. One that replicates quicker will naturally evolve more rapidly than one which is slower to replicate. So, we get the common cold or flu over and over. It isn't that the immune system has abruptly forgotten how to deal w/ it, just that it infects so rapidly that we are aware to some degree of the battle being mounted by our immune system to eradicate it.
Lori- Thanks for your careful research, your ability to state a point clearly, and your understanding of human nature. You deserve an honorary PhD in Common Sense. I thank you for what you are doing for so many of us. David A. Christensen