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Conspiracy Theories Spread from Washington D.C. to the Streets of Mississippi

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This business has reawakened the investigator in me. And also the desire to rebut false or misleading information.

Today I was outside the Bluesberry Cafe' (where I am a partner) in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and a couple, with a grandchild, longtime customers, came by. The gentleman asked me not to use his name, but he identified himself as a clinical and radiological consultant fairly recently retired from the CDC.

He said that, as far as the disease itself, we are making too much fuss about it. This person is definitely one of those (unusual in the scientific community in the last several weeks) with confidence that as the weather gets warmer, the spread of the virus will subside as influenza viruses tend to do.

One of the reasons he adduced to make his point is the similarity in conformation to the SARS coronavirus. SARS diminished and went away by the summer, he said, and he expects COVID-19 to act similarly. However, he cautioned that he could be mistaken.

Later in the day I watched another environmental/epidemiological scientist declare

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/live-updates-us-will-suspend-all-travel-from-uk-and-ireland-france-closing-all-non-essential-businesses/ar-BB11aDPr?ocid=spartandhp
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that this expectation may be incorrect, because the virus has already migrated to places that are both hotter and more humid than Wuhan, China (Brazil and Singapore would be examples), and it does not show signs of slowing or ceasing to infect. Continuing results from India, with people tightly packed together in urban areas, might be an indication of the ease of contagion as the winter turns to spring and then summer.

As he and I, and my restaurant partner, and our breakfast musician, and one or two others stood around outside, glad to have the opportunity to question someone who by reason of his background might have valuable information for us all, I for the first time in open conversation heard someone besides myself note the information that there were two strains of this novel coronavirus.

Type S was the first to emerge, and it is the less virulent of the two. Type S, the milder of the two strains, is the one that has reached our shores (though there is no proof that Type L has not also contributed to the pandemic internationally, particularly in hard-hit Italy).

Type S is the one that certain politicians, and most of the scientists, say we will survive as a population, though it is still a threat to the lives of the old and underlyingly sick. Type L was the strain responsible for most of the death and contagion characterizing the first stages of the Wuhan outbreak.

Alexander McNamara, editor of the online scientific magazine BBC Science Focus, succinctly delineates the difference, and also notes that the scientific community in China has given COVID-19 a new name:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/.../coronavirus-aggressive.../

Scientists in China claim to have identified two main strains of the coronavirus that is circulating in humans, indicating that the virus is mutating.

Researchers at Peking University's School of Life Sciences and the Institute Pasteur of Shanghai say the COVID-19 virus, which has since been renamed SARS-CoV2, has evolved into two major lineages, known as "L" and "S" types. Seventy per cent of the cases from the early outbreak, researchers said, have resulted from the newer, more aggressive L Type. But its frequency decreased from early January, which the researchers attributed to human intervention.

The older, "ancestral" S type strain, meanwhile, is continuing to infect new patients, which experts believe could be because it is less severe, meaning people carry it for longer before going to the hospital, increasing the risk of passing it on.
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However, the most disturbing thing I have heard during this entire coronavirus-driven crisis was what the retired CDC man said about the two strains. Our friend suggested that the deadly Type L mutation might have been engineered.

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I'll believe authorities are concerned for our best interests only after they dismantle these:

http://mystreetmychoice.com/


Second half:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x9fkQRswIw

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This virus is just a trial run. They are getting great data while keeping us all from thinking about climate change and economic meltdown.

The US has many level 4 bio labs that work on these kinds of weapons, scattered all over the states and the world. Other countries have them too, there is a Chinese one in Wuhan. But the big money developing plans for eugenics come from the oligarch who control GMO development, water supplies, industrial ag, 5G and AI. Willy, my friend, as you may have inferred in your last paragraph, our problems are much worse than this virus.

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Plenty of US capability to do it. All four of the most powerful countries in the world-- USA, China, Russia, Israel-- -have undoubtedly maintained their capability to develop and deploy-- as well as conceal-- biological weapons. Your point about gathering data resonates. Nations and countries use wars as R+D laboratories, always did ever since I was in one.

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"This business has reawakened .... the desire to rebut false or misleading information."

Lead sentence doesn't seem to quite fit the import of the rest of the article.

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As one commenter said, commenting on a previous article, the idea that this novel coronavirus just started in animals, as viruses often do, and spread from a live-animal market in Wuhan sometime late last year, seems much more credible. And simpler. Occam's Razor.

Personally, I do not strongly believe in scenarios of intentional generation of war viruses. But I suppose it could happen, and the four nations cited in a popular OEN video lobbing accusations of engineering of viruses-- as well as the American scientist I encountered in this article who claims the Chinese did it-- may each think it has evidence that one of the others has developed and somehow turned loose the novel coronavirus.

Perhaps "refute" was the wrong word. What I was trying to do, I suppose, is demonstrate how these alarmist scenarios are now to be found in unplanned, random conversations, in chance encounters among individuals, as well as in videos on OEN and other respected outlets of news, demonstrating not only their currency, but also their community spread.

'Tween you and me, low-information Trump voters already have enough scenarios to rave about. And when theoretically informed individuals start promulgating the same kind of scenarios, it makes me want to be there to correct them. I can't be there, so I write instead, lol.

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Thank you, Fred :)

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Let's hope this is a psyop:

The Lancet: Global case fatality rate from coronavirus settles in at 5.7%, or 57 times higher than the flu" death rate skyrockets to 20% when hospitals get overrun

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30195-X/fulltext

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