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Samizdata quote of the day

Swine Flu was never eradicated. It has hung around ever since it first emerged in 2009 but now goes by the name ‘flu’. It’s quite possible that coronavirus ends up seen as part of the viral furniture, lethal, but a manageable risk if the right preparations are there.

Fraser Nelson

11 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Roué le Jour

    And an amusing conflict of interest arises between face masks and facial recognition.

  • Thefat tomato

    The H1N1/09 flu vaccine was delivered to 90 million people in the USA , it’s incorrect to say we just live with it , it got vaccinated out of existence
    Lol about facial recognition
    Even more LOL when some geek invents a lung disinfectant like President Trump suggested , actually probably already done

  • Snorri Godhi

    Even more LOL when some geek invents a lung disinfectant like President Trump suggested , actually probably already done

    That would be a second Nobel Prize for Medicine to Trump, the first being for hydroxy-chloroquine.

  • CaptDMO

    So if Star Trek had tricorders and replicators and stuff, why didn’t teleporters simply rearrange “computer corrected” iterations of folks with physical/mental “issues” upon reintegration?

    I mean, I GET that their poop didn’t stink, because they never pooped, and NEVER had to worry about toilet paper hoarders….

    Andromeda Strain, O2…too much and too little.
    SO if heavy smokers have lungs that are SO shot there’s nothing worthwhile to “velcro” to, and the everpresent phlegm in the lungs and throat captures all the nasty stuff like a La Brea Tar Pit, before being frequently hacked up and splooied , in conjunction with a nicotine infused blood/nervous system…..

    Wait, “…when some geek invents a lung disinfectant…”? Ar we to understand the Mr. Trump WASN’T suggesting folks huff Lysol from the can, nor sprinkle Fish tank cleaner in their 2:00 cuppa?
    The delivery system for such a “home use” lung Drain opener/ dessert topping , whether liquid or powder, already exists. The KEY problem seems to be (well, the DROP of miracle drug itself of course) that they’re cheap to produce, unlike…say… a “hospital grade” nebuliser!
    The mere 650% markup, with 100% markup at every rent-seekers door step, isn’t …tenable.

  • staghounds

    The bubonic plague, tuberculosis, typhoid, and yellow fever are all subject to effective treatment and/or vaccination.

    And yet they are still around, still killing.

  • Itellyounothing

    And normally not shutting economies down…..

  • Nullius in Verba

    “Even more LOL when some geek invents a lung disinfectant like President Trump suggested , actually probably already done”

    Already done! 🙂


  • bobby b

    I like the idea that taking a deep sniff from my scotch tumbler is keeping me safe!

  • Snorri Godhi

    Bobby: to quote Sir Winston Churchill (from memory):

    All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

  • Paul Marks

    In New Zealand they are actually trying to wipe out COVID19 – but New Zealand can feed itself, we can NOT.

    The policy of “lockdown” is not total even in New Zealand – after all the farmers are still going to work. But it is, in any case, a totally different situation.

    New Zealand is a bit bigger than the United Kingdom – but it only has about five million people (if that) and it has 40 million sheep.

    The United Kingdom has close to 70 million people – lockdown (most people living on welfare – or whatever name for welfare is used) just is not a viable policy here.

    “Lockdown” in the United Kingdom will, if the policy is continued, lead to MILLIONS of deaths due to economic collapse. A moment’s thought shows that the government position of “it does not matter how much money we spend – because we can print the money” is madness.

    The policy must end – and it must end now.

    And, by the way, even if New Zealand totally gets rid of the virus – as soon as it lets people travel there again, the virus will return.

    Or is the policy to turn the place into a prison camp? Cut off from the rest of the world for ever?

    Possible – I do not deny that (they could feed themselves in New Zealand). But that is not a viable policy for the densely populated United Kingdom.

    A policy of lockdown can not (can not) work here.

  • Nullius in Verba (April 24, 2020 at 4:34 pm), so my nightly inhalation (‘nosing’ is I believe the term, borrowed from wine-tasters) of a dram of cask-strength whisky, before imbibing it, is indeed the secret of my perfect health (so far!) during this plague – just as I have been wont jokingly to aver. 🙂

    My preferred brands are well ahead of the 36% or even 40% by vol mentioned in the paper, even before my

    respiratory tract essentially works as an alcohol distillation apparatus (a condenser)

    as the paper assures me it will. Clearly I should read the paper attentively and then add to the sum total of scientific knowledge by extensive experimentation. This is one case where a even null result, though sad in one respect, would not be without its compensations. 🙂