1918, Coronavirus, and Roid Rage

American Thinker: A Note on Coronavirus: Don’t Panic.

By Mike Konrad

I am not suggesting that we not remain alert, nor am I suggesting that we cast caution to the winds, but this present coronavirus will probably be nowhere near as deadly as many Chicken Littles are predicting.


Because, quite often, it is not the virus itself, but the secondary infections that are so deadly.

The majority of deaths during the influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 were not caused by the influenza virus acting alone, report researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.  Instead, most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.  The pneumonia was caused when bacteria that normally inhabit the nose and throat invaded the lungs along a pathway created when the virus destroyed the cells that line the bronchial tubes and lungs.

Did you catch that?  It was bacteria, piggybacking on top of viral damage, that caused the fatalities.

However, unlike 1918, today, medicine has an arsenal of antibiotics available to fight such bacteria — antibiotics that were not available in 1918.  And yes, some bacteria have developed resistance, but not all.  In plain terms, medicine has a better fighting chance.

In many cases, a course of antibiotics and acetaminophen (Tylenol) to control the fever might prove sufficient.  However, there will be worse cases.

The 1918 flu also caused a cytokine storm, where the body’s immune system over-reacted. read more

12 Comments on 1918, Coronavirus, and Roid Rage

  1. Breaking….Federal Reserve Board announces they will buy 500 billion in coupons to mitigate risk of financial contagion.

    ok, i made it up, but don’t be surprised if that’s exactly what those son of a bitches do.

  2. And good luck to those who don’t have access to antibiotics or foolishly think they can treat it themselves with hot bat soup.

  3. gwenyth paltrow will offer to sell them vagina candles with essential gwenyth vaginal oils. That’ll kill anything.

  4. …I’ve been around hospitals for one reason or another so much of my life, that I just can’t get that worked up about infections diseases. Yes, you don’t get stupid about it and go lick doorknobs or whatever, but just use universal precautions, stay away from visibly ill people (unless it’s your patient), and wash your hands.

    I spent a decade being spewed with every imaginable body fluid with little more than rubber gloves and the ability to hold my breath at crucial times, and I never got anything. I’ve always known there was a chance and made my peace with that prospect long ago.

    Well, other than a cynical attitude.

    I’ve been in more nursing homes and hospitals than I can count, and I can tell you what tuberculosis looks like in a freshly autopsied lung, raised a baby from a zygote and a zooful if animals, all of whom poop, and worked in a virtual UN the last quarter century with all the world’s diseases, and universal precautions have seen me through. If anything, all that exposure keeps my immune system on alert, so I don’t have to wait for it to respond to a fresh challenge.

    …if you’re a billionaire and never have to work or shop, you could go all Howard Hughes and wear Kleenex boxes for shoes. He lived awhile, but it sure didn’t sound like fun.

    I’m not looking for death, but it’s gonna find me sooner or later regardless, so I’m not gonna try to hide from it, either. I’m gonna live my life, and when Death stops walking beside me and steps into my path, so be it. The Lord will see me through, and it isn’t gonna happen until He says it will.

    So all the virus can do is send me to Heaven.

    And I don’t WANNA hide from THAT….

  5. From everything I’ve read this is basically a flu/cold and if you are healthy you’d never know or classify it as some obscure virus. If you are weak, old and infirm any virus can cause pneumonia and complications. Even deaths reported are 55 and older. I think they want an event to crash the world economies and more importantly US stock market. Headlines like new high ignoring pandemic seal that fact. Another big story that goes nowhere aimed to scare the hell out of people and cause a panic. At the end of the day ideally this just furthers weakens and destroys China. We keep winning.

  6. There’s at least one thing to keep in mind.

    Most of those who contract Wuhan coronavirus (“2019-nCoV” – some are calling it “Wuhan pneumonia” now) will not be reported, diagnosed or hospitalized. And since the symptoms are flu-like, many will consider it flu. That means the infection numbers will be under-reported while the death count mounts from it and from our normal flu season.

    The one definitive research report/article:


    indicates it takes about 8 days to develop full pneumonia once coronavirus symptoms start:

    “Dyspnoea developed in 22 (55%) of 40 patients (median time from illness onset to dyspnoea 8·0 days”

    That’s a LONG time to wait and wonder what you’ve got! At my age, I plan on staying very alert!

    (Imagine how this COULD affect air, bus and rapid transit travel, dentists, schools, daycares, movie theaters and crowded business offices, etc. It is possible we’ll all be wearing masks in public a month or two from now. Possible.)

  7. What happened to bird flu and swine flu? I thought we were all gonna die from those. Oh yea, Obama care fixed all that.

  8. It’s going to be a horse race…

    The Chinese Flu
    The Great Meteor
    The 2020 Election
    Civil War 2.0
    A Controlled Economy Demolition
    The Obama Portraits Tour

    Which will cause the most pain and suffering?

  9. Revelation 6:8

    “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”


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