By William S. Lind
Despite the current unnecessary panic, the coronavirus may end up doing us a favor. It has led the government to carry out a full-scale, force-on-force exercise, a dry run if you will, of what will be necessary when a real plague arrives. That plague will be a gift from the hellish technology of genetic engineering, either as an accident or as a weapon of mass destruction in Fourth Generation war. States will rightly be afraid of using such weapons because of the potential for blowback. Some 4GW entities will have no such concern.
The government’s actions thus far have been prudent, and with them– quarantines, closing gathering places, shutting down travel, etc.– we need not worry excessively about the coronavirus from a medical standpoint. The New York Times recently offered some hard data on infection rates. Despite statements like that of the idiot Merkel that 70% of Germans may end up infected, nothing like that is happening. On Friday, March 13, the Times noted in a chart on page A7 that the rate of infection (not deaths) in Italy, the current global hotspot, is 25 per 100,000 people. In South Korea, where the virus seems to have peaked and is now declining, the infection rate has been 16 out of 100,000. The Sunday, March 15 Times published a column, “Is Obsessing Over Statistics Helpful?” by Ellen Peters, that said: