April 6, 2020
Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.
Coronavirus is the flu, so of course it’s been around.
Coronavirus could have been in humans for years before becoming increasingly lethal and sparking a global pandemic, according to experts.
As the world continues to grapple to bring the outbreak under control, the global death toll skyrocketed to more than 64,000 and infections topped 1.2million Friday.
The widespread theory is that the deadly virus was first transmitted from a bat to a human at a live animal market in Wuhan at the end of 2019.
Leading scientists are now casting doubt on that theory, warning that the virus could have made the leap to humans many months and even years before it adapted and became more deadly.
What if it never became more deadly though?
What if people testing positive for coronavirus are testing positive for one of the many different coronaviruses that are literally just the flu and not some lethal end-of-the-world type of virus?
There is no data to support the belief that this coronavirus pandemic is lethal. Even after adding the deaths allegedly caused by coronavirus to the total death toll of the flu, it looks just a bit worse than a normal flu season.
‘I think it probably circulated in humans for some time,’ Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, told CNN.
‘How long? We may never fully reconstruct that… It could have circulated for months even years.’
A recent study in Nature Medicine Magazine voiced a similar theory that humans could have been infected with the virus for years without knowing.
The theory is that the virus has adapted and become more infectious and deadly to humans over time.
‘The spark that ignited this surely only took place a few months ago, there could have been other sparks that set it off and made smaller fires that we just didn’t detect it,’ Professor Robert Gary, author of the study and professor of the Tulane University School of Medicine.
‘It’s a wide range of time that we can select.’
What fire though? The only fire is the one caused by governments deciding to nuke the economy into oblivion for fear of the flu.
Where are all of the corpses? People don’t appear to be dying at a higher rate than normal.
Gary said several other strains of coronavirus have been undetected for decades before medical experts have discovered them.
‘There’s some coronaviruses that we know about – some of the milder ones – that circulated for decades before we actually first discovered the first one,’ he said.
It’s ‘what viruses do’, Andrew Cunningham, veterinary epidemiologist at ZSL, told CNN.
‘It probably had some adaptations to humans before it jumped into humans but it probably adapted further and proved its ability to infect and transmit between people once it got into people.’
Fears are also mounting that the pandemic the world is facing now won’t be a one-off.
‘Ultimately we have to have a vaccine because this virus is going to be endemic in the human population, it’s going to reoccur,’ warned Lipkin.
Oh, of course. That’s where this is going.
There’s been lots of talk lately about vaccinating people, but these experts have yet to prove that coronavirus is a real threat.
From what we’ve seen so far, it’s all in their heads.
This is mass hysteria.
People are not dying en masse.
Ultimately, the fear of viruses will be leveraged to get the population to comply with whatever the government wants.
We are entering a new stage.