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COMMENTARY: Quarantines May Backfire

(Bill Sardi, LewRockwell.com) What is the seasonal stimulus for influenza?  If it comes and goes, where does it go when it doesn’t come?

The answer is that the humans are exposed to viruses throughout the year but they remain dormant when sunshine vitamin D blood levels are within a normal range.

Viral disease erupts as vitamin D blood levels decline.  Which is why wintertime infectious disease travels faster than people travel…

Quarantines may backfire

Predictably, the coronavirus epidemic will worsen with quarantine, which is precisely what happened on a cruise boat off the coast of Japan and what happened in Italy.  People deprived of sunshine vitamin D, particularly the elderly, may succumb to any pathogenic bacterium or virus.

The aftermath of a quarantine on an ocean liner 

After about a month of quarantine on the Diamond Princess the number of confirmed cases out of 3711 people quarantined on the boat  who became infected rose from 174 to 712 over a 1-month period of time (334 of the 712 had no symptoms).

Governments have a different play book

But governments have a different understanding.  The idea of social distancing is in vogue at the moment and its effectiveness appears to be complete but would never head off the onset of a viral epidemic when people are not aware of a need to maintain social distance.

It appears there is no foolproof way to halt the spread of infection.  The COVID-19 coronavirus was reported in circulation in the U.S. prior to the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China.  For every known case of coronavirus there are another 5 to 10 cases undetected.  But the masses in the U.S. aren’t getting sick or dying in large numbers.

It appears the federal government in an effort to prolong the life of less than ~1000 unhealthy 80 year-olds in the U.S. for a short while, particularly seniors who smoke tobacco and over-consume alcohol, they are willing to crash the economy, kill businesses, particularly churches and restaurants that are unlikely to have the resources to re-open their establishments, and coerce people to stay indoors, a practice that will further lower vitamin D levels and result in widespread infection and death among retirees.

The cost per life saved is estimated to be in the range of $100-300 billion.

The cost per life saved appears to be in the range of $100-300 billion.  We are talking about 2-6 million people losing their income, at least for a significant period of time, to extend the lives of a few unhealthy people by maybe as little as a few months.

Pray for an early spring

Researchers note that COVID-19 coronavirus favors cool and dry climate and therefore, looking forward on the calendar to April and May, “a worst-case scenario of synchronous global pandemic is improbable. “

Yes, with the onset of Spring, the intensity of sun rays reaching the surface of the earth increases and the epidemic is expected to vanish.  Yes, the President of the United States was predictably correct in saying on February 27 that: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

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