Why Didn’t We Choose To Destroy The Economy In January?

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

Charles Mackay

There was a pandemic of a flu-like virus during December and January which filled hospitals to capacity – yet we didn’t panic, lock down or destroy the record low unemployment. Most people didn’t even know about it.

Some Triangle hospitals at full capacity as flu season intensifies | CBS 17

The ICU nurses I met in Nebraska during March told me they believed that was when the COVID-19 pandemic actually occurred. Many hospitals around the country saw record low activity during the official pandemic, but were very busy earlier in the year.

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5 Responses to Why Didn’t We Choose To Destroy The Economy In January?

  1. Liam says:

    Same on this side of the water. I have heard of far more people reporting bad flu’s before Christmas than I have met people who have had Covid-19 afterwards (1)! One friend described having a ‘flu like no other’ with a pain in her lungs. ‘I never had a pain in my lungs in my life’ she said. A nurse on her road suffered the same thing. But the official medical expert, on official mainstream media, said that Covid-19 wasn’t around before Christmas because no one had died.
    A unusually benign flu season we must have had so! I am in despair over the lack of honesty and truth in scientists, politicians and media, and in this case medics. We don’t expect much from politicians but the media has much to answer for. I really don’t know where it is going to end. Maybe if we could borrow Trump for a while after you are finished with him and we will see if he can drain the swamp? That might help!

  2. Robert Austin says:

    Makes sense. Late January into February I had the symptoms. Not debilitating enough to stop me from going to the pub but causing me to order Guiness for medicinal purposes and trying not to cough on my buddies. My wife, my two daughters, my son-in-law and grandson all had it. All felt somewhat miserable but none felt the need to consult a physician.
    The virus erupted in the fall. Considering how contagious it is, there is every reason to suspect that it was already in common circulation by late December. I suspect we are much closer to herd immunity than the pundits claim. The idea that only 5% of the US population has been exposed to COVID 19 is ludicrous.

  3. Scissor says:

    The flu this past season was particularly hard on children with many deaths. That is not a characteristic of COVID-19, however. There were 2 major influenza strains going around that were in full force December into February.

    It would be good to know exactly when the coronavirus began making people ill here and elsewhere but there are all sorts of viruses that cause illness, influenza viruses being very prevalent.

    • Robert Austin says:

      Two influenza strains going around. Could it be that COVID 19 was already here but was just thought to be the flu? I have had the flu before but what I had was not like any flu that I have experienced. It was just respiratory with no real malaise and it lasted for about two weeks.

      • rah says:

        Same for me. Headache, sore throat, then fever & chills, then it hit the lungs and it was bad enough I called off work for the first time in 11+ years. Went to the immediate med center, got a breathing treatment and a script for Amoxicillin and an ibuterol inhaler. Dry non productive cough was the worst.

        Three days, I could work again but still used the inhaler for about two or three weeks and slept propped up. Slept better in the truck with it idling than I did at home. Constant vibration helped.

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