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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SOME TRUMP TRASH ABOUT CHINA AND THE CORONAVIRUS HITS CANADA IN A FREE NEWSPAPER – HERE ARE SOME FACTS ABOUT THE WUHAN VIRUS LAB – NATURE OF ITS WORK – CONNECTIONS IN THE WORLD – ALL SERIOUS EXPERTS NOW HAVE SAID THE VIRUS WAS NOT MANUFACTURED – IT AROSE NATURALLY AND JUMPED TO HUMANS AS IT EVOLVED – JUST AS DID AIDS OR POLIO IN THE PAST – YOU DON’T HOLD COUNTRIES RESPONSIBLE FOR ACTS OF NATURE UNLESS YOU ARE IGNORANT AND HATEFUL – BUT THOSE WORDS DO DESCRIBE THE KIND OF PEOPLE WHO NOW RUN THE WHITE HOUSE – A FEW EYEBROW-RAISING STATISTICS ABOUT AMERICA AND THE VIRUS WHICH CONVINCINGLY DEMONSTRATE TRUMP’S GROTESQUE MISMANAGEMENT   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“’Racist and inflammatory’: Canadians upset by “Epoch Times” claim China behind virus, made it as a bioweapon

“Special edition delivered to homes to attract new subscribers”

 

I am sorry this kind of trash is being distributed in Canada.

Anyone who really keeps up with the news knows this is entirely wrong from beginning to end.

The Chinese lab at Wuhan is not for “bio-weapons.” It is a world-recognized place for the study of certain viruses.

Many of its staff were trained at a similar lab in Galveston Texas.

Much of its equipment was installed by the French, who also have such a lab.

It is in part supported by an American scientific grant.

Its work is reported world-wide. All top science is international in nature.

The disease has absolutely no affiliation with the lab, and top experts have already studied the coronavirus gene sequence and they say it arose naturally and, at some point, made the jump from animals to people, in a place a good distance away from Wuhan.

That is just something which happens at times as viruses mutate. The virus for AIDS did exactly that, jumping from chimpanzees to people many years ago in what used to be the Belgian Congo. That fact does not make Belgium or the modern D R Congo responsible for AIDS.

Polio is another virus-caused disease, although it is not known just when and where it first arose. An early large polio epidemic hit Vermont in 1894. Is the United States then responsible for all the many polio victims who followed?

The idea that China is somehow responsible is being promoted by politicians and officials in Washington at the highest level, people who hate China owing to its economic success.

It is a totally irresponsible thing to do, but clearly the effort catches the attention of some, just as all forms of hate-speech do.

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FURTHER NOTE:

America has 4.2% of the world’s population.

Yet America has 33% of the coronavirus infections and 27% of its deaths.

Trump’s government is desperately trying to blame the WHO and China for its own mismanagement.

Note, too, that back in the early days of China’s battle with the coronavirus, Trump was quoted in the press many times praising China’s brave efforts. But those quotes reflected a time when Trump was most focused on securing the best possible total trade deals with China.

Now his focus is on getting re-elected, despite his publicly-demonstrated incompetence in the pandemic, and doing so by blaming someone else, China and the WHO. This truly represents the worst possible kind of leadership, leadership that literally changes its facts to suit its latest purpose.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: DISTURBING NEW DISCOVERIES ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT – TWO DISTURBING DISCOVERIES ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

 

Two new studies reveal disturbing characteristics of the coronavirus.

First, a study from Switzerland reveals how unlike colds or flu COVID-19 is.

Autopsies showed that the virus attacks blood vessels and causes multiple major organ failures in patients.

Second, Chinese scientists discovered that there are not just a few, but dozens, of virus mutations. It mutates rapidly.

The mutations affect deadliness, with the most aggressive strain having a “virus load” (the amount of virus per volume of body fluid) 270 times greater than the least potent.

The most potent strain is the one which came from Europe to infect New York. America’s West Coast is infected by a less deadly strain which came from China.

Rapid mutation of the virus is not encouraging for creating a universal vaccine, rapid mutation being the reason we have not developed a universal vaccine for the common cold or flu.

There are many things we still do not understand about the virus, including, importantly, whether a “cured” patient can be re-infected.