You will likely get Coronavirus but most cases not life-threatening


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You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus

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…Harvard’s Lipsitch predicts that, within the coming year, some 40 to 70 percent of people around the world will be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. But, he clarifies emphatically, this does not mean that all will have severe illnesses. “It’s likely that many will have mild disease, or may be asymptomatic,” he said. As with influenza, which is often life-threatening to people with chronic health conditions and of older age, most cases pass without medical care. (Overall, around 14 percent of people with influenza have no symptoms.)

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…tests are still not widely available. As of Friday, the Association of Public Health Laboratories said that only California, Nebraska, and Illinois had the capacity to test people for the virus.

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… Fauci’s initial optimism seemed to wane, too. Last week he said that the process of vaccine development was proving “very difficult and very frustrating.” For all the advances in basic science, the process cannot proceed to an actual vaccine without extensive clinical testing, which requires manufacturing many vaccines and meticulously monitoring outcomes in people. The process could ultimately cost hundreds of millions of dollars—money that the NIH, start-ups, and universities don’t have. Nor do they have the production facilities and technology to mass-manufacture and distribute a vaccine.

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…Production of vaccines has long been contingent on investment from one of the handful of giant global pharmaceutical companies. At the Aspen Institute last week, Fauci lamented that none had yet to “step up” and commit to making the vaccine.“Companies that have the skill to be able to do it are not going to just sit around and have a warm facility, ready to go for when you need it,” he said. Even if they did, taking on a new product like this could mean massive losses, especially if the demand faded or if people, for complex reasons, chose not to use the product.

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… “If we’re putting all our hopes in a vaccine as being the answer, we’re in trouble,” Jason Schwartz, an assistant professor at Yale School of Public Health who studies vaccine policy, told me. The best-case scenario, as Schwartz sees it, is the one in which this vaccine development happens far too late to make a difference for the current outbreak….

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Addiction is the crisis. In 2002, “The income of drug barons is annual $254,000 million, greater than the American defense budget”


Addiction may strike your closest loved one next, if not already. THE ADDICTION EPIDEMIC HAS CAUSED 72,000 DEATHS FROM OVERDOSE IN 2017. ADDICTION IS THE CRISIS. THE BORDER WALL IS NOT THE CRISIS. Most of these deaths are due to opioids, many from fentanyl that is supplanting heroin. Fentanyl is 1000 times stronger than morphine. From the wealthiest to the poor, addiction is killing everywhere. This is a great threat to all of us. The shutdown over the border wall is not the only threat to the economy. Addiction threatens every economy. Addiction has killed more people in 2017 than guns, car crashes, or HIV/AIDS ever killed in a single year in the US.

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“Forget about drug deaths and acquisitive crime, about addiction and AIDS; all this pales into insignificance before the prospect facing the liberal democracies of the West, like a rabbit in the headlights of an oncoming car. The income of drug barons is an annual $254,000 million, greater than the American defense budget.” [written 2002 before fentanyl exploded onto the market and sent prices far beyond that.]

Think dark money, offshore accounts.

“With this financial power they can suborn all the institutions of the State, and if the State resists, with this fortune they can purchase the firepower to outgun it. We are threatened with a return to the Dark Ages of rule by the gang.” pg. 193

The headline quote on income of drug barons is from Heroin Century, 2002 paperback, Routledge by Tom Carnwath, consultant psychiatrist working with drug misuse services in Manchester, and Ian Smith an ex-heroin user, who has since trained in sociology and is now Service Development Manager for drug services in Manchester. Substitute fentanyl with heroin. Every page raises more questions and importantly gives solutions that I thought impossible.

It’s a page turner, and will completely turn around your thinking. It can inspire a different border wall, one that does not hide to face the crisis and knows: it must be a huge effort, one that can make a president and congress proud to achieve. It is a huge problem, a worldwide pandemic that is killing people from wealthy to the poor. Our own president lost his brother to alcoholism. We all need to work together: Russia, China, Afghanistan, India, the West and the World Health Organization. There is no other way. If not already, each one of us will soon personally know someone who was killed by overdose. Heroin Century is fascinating, “written with insight and humor.”

Look no further than your favorite autocrats, dictators and plutocrats to see their ties to dark money.

Not just heroin. The same information continues to apply to all opioids including fentanyl that’s so potent it can kill a police officer just sniffing into the car standing outside an open car window. Addiction has been prevalent for thousands of years, Rome, Egypt, India, China. We cannot afford to bury our heads in a bucket of golf balls. 

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’The book is written with insight and humour. It provides an informative platform for any future debate about heroin and how we can move away from the current impasse.’ – John Witton, Drug Link

‘This fascinating account should be read by anyone who wants to stay informed on the drugs debate.’ – New Statesman

‘If you read no other book on drug misuse, read this one … this is an intelligent book that requires intelligent reading … at the very least you will be well informed but at most you will be greatly entertained.’ – British Journal of General Practice

‘This level-headed, informative and witty book … should be read by every politician, parent and physician.’ – The Economist

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