2019 Novel Coronavirus Going Away Anytime Soon? Forget About It.

If you are hoping that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus will go away anytime soon, forget about it, according to the acknowledgements of both the current director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the United States and the current Director-General of the World Health Organization.

2019 Novel Coronavirus Going Away Anytime Soon? Forget About It.

One acknowledgement occurred during a hearing called The Urgent Need for a National Plan to Contain the Coronavirus on Friday, July 31, 2020 by the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States when Anthony S. Fauci was questioned by Jamie Raskin, who is a Democratic member of the House of Representatives who represents the eighth district in Maryland.

“Is COVID-19 going to magically disappear, Dr. Fauci?” asked Raskin.

“Uh…I do not believe it would disappear because it’s such a highly transmissible virus”, Fauci replied as he violated his own guidelines on how to properly handle a mask, which is supposed to be handled only by its straps. “It is unlikely that it is going to disappear.”

You can hear the testimony for yourself in this video.

Meanwhile, the following statement is attributed to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during his opening remarks of a media briefing pertaining to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic on August 3, 2020:

A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection.

However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be.

Bleach and Disinfectant: What Donald Trump Really Said

Moments later during the questioning, Raskin asked Fauci, “Can people cure themselves of COVID-19 by injecting themselves with disinfectant or bleach?” This question was in reference to something which is attributed to the current president of the United States during a briefing to the press and media on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

“No”, Fauci responded.

This official transcript and this video — which was posted to the official Twitter account of The White House — reveal what Donald Trump actually said during that press briefing.

“So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — uh — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it”, Trump said. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or — uh — in some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that too. It sounds interesting.”

“We’ll get to the right folks who could”, William N. Bryan — who is the senior official performing the duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology of the Department of Homeland Security — replied.

“Right”, said Trump. “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So, that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors with. But it sounds — it sounds interesting to me.”

Trump continued: “So we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that’s — that’s pretty powerful.”

What About Another Existing Epidemic or Pandemic With No Cure?

Did you know that another epidemic — or pandemic, since it has affected people worldwide — which still officially has no cure will be 40 years old next year? It has thought to have already killed greater than 32 million people — perhaps as many as 43.8 million people — and almost 38 million people live with this virus every day.

It is called the human immunodeficiency virus infection, which can result in acquired immune deficiency syndrome — both are also more popularly known as HIV and AIDS.

As many as 1.1 million people are estimated to have died from illnesses related to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, according to this fact sheet of statistics from UNAIDS, whose goal is to lead the global effort to end acquired immune deficiency syndrome as a public health threat by the year 2030.

Yes, a lot more about this virus and infectious disease is known today than when it was first recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981. Panic ensued back then, too. Gay men and Lesbian women were unfairly vilified with xenophobic hysteria in association with the virus and disease. People were afraid to use toilets because they thought they could catch the disease just by sitting on them, or shake hands with a person, or even be in the same building with a person who had contracted acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

That insanity eventually abated, and treatments are available today which help people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome lead as close to normal lives as possible — plus, the mortality rate of acquired immune deficiency syndrome has decreased by 33 percent since 2010…

…but as of today — even after almost 40 years — no cure exists.

Moreover, the Ebola virus disease has been known since 1976 when it was first discovered — yet still no vaccine or cure exists

…so it would stand to reason that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus will not disappear anytime soon either — and even if a vaccine were to be released, it will likely not be effective for everybody.

Summary

I have believed that the unscrupulous politics and bumbling leadership of both the Democratic and Republican parties significantly contributed to why the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic is out of control — and whether you and I like it or not, these politics have unfortunately played a key role in the decimation of the travel industry, which is not expected to recover until at least the year 2024, according to this official press release from the International Air Transport Association

…and if the reactions to this pandemic have set any sort of a precedent, the two aforementioned statements may likely only serve to prolong the agony which is currently experienced by the travel industry.

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

8 thoughts on “2019 Novel Coronavirus Going Away Anytime Soon? Forget About It.”

  1. Andy says:

    I’ve defended you (strongly) before when I thought this was overblown, very early on in March.

    Soon however I got it… the seriousness of the disease, the transmission rate and the massive impacts on healthcare systems around the world. I saw how the world, the whole planet responded. How people knuckled down and did their part for the greater good.

    In short, I realized I was wrong, and admitted it with some shame.

    You? Not so much. Whining bitching constantly and pigheadedly refusing to say you might be wrong.

    Comparing HIV transmitted only by sex or sharing needles is ridiculous.

    You think you know better than… well… everyone I guess.

    You won’t let it go.

    You’re clearly closer to Republican than the left, so condemn the Dems also who are NOT in power, which is frankly just moronic laughable and offensive.

    Dude you’re an embarrassment now. Let it go.

    You won’t of course….. cos you’re an entitled opinionated American. So…..

    1. NB_ga says:

      Wow, @Andy! That was a bit harsh. And of all the articles to go off on, you choose the one that is a reporting of fact – complete with video evidence?

      It is a fact that Dr. Fauci and the head of the WHO have both said this week that there is not an end in sight for the virus. Which means we have to learn to live with it and its consequences.
      It is a fact that, as many times as he does make confoundingly ridiculous statements, the comments widely attributed to President Trump in regard to injecting disinfectant were incorrect at best, and seemingly intentionally misquoted.

      This entire situation was mishandled from the initial miscommunication from China to the early confusion in the United States among scientists and those in power at a federal and state level. The media took the nibble and ran with it, willingly creating widespread panic that did nothing to help the cause. We are now six months into something that should have been abated using far less draconian methods – had our leaders as a whole decided to work together for the good of our nation instead of trying to further their own agenda at the expense of all of us

  2. GUWonder says:

    The bumbling American “leadership” that has made this pandemic situation this bad in the US is due to Trump’s “leadership”.

    Trump’s repeatedly downplaying of the risks to Americans from this virus and his mixed and messed up messaging/ways has made this pandemic situation worse than it could have been if he had been a normal, responsible US President.

    1. Barry Graham says:

      The more I see how other countries have bungled this, the more grateful I am for the way that President Trump has handled this. He has delegated much to the States, as he should have done. Most have responded responsibly. We are able to live semi-normal lives now, rather like in Sweden (which is am example of how this should have been handled in the first place). Thank you for also highlighting and understanding what the President actually said. I appreciate your commentary. I know you are not a fan of the President and so I am not expecting you to agree with erverything I said.

      Some countries have taken to extreme lockdown again because of first wave part two (this is not a second wave). They have forgotten that the original idea was to flatten the curve, not splatten the curve.

  3. Wes says:

    Well put. This is the truth which, while publicly available, is not readily provided by the media. There has never been a successful vaccine made for any type of coronavirus, and that’s with literally decades of time to try to get one. What makes anyone think that now, crunched for time, suddenly it’ll happen? Odds are it won’t, or if they do, the vaccine will be like the flu shot which is the authorities’ best guess at which four strands will be most prevalent for a given period of time. Run into a strand not covered by the vaccine, and said vaccine is useless.

    The likely reality is that individuals will have to make informed decisions about their personal health situation and the attendant risks, base their actions on those decisions, and accept the resulting benefits or consequences.

  4. r m h says:

    i’m not trying to be a witch, but… :

    “This official transcript and this video — ~~~whcih~~~ was posted to the official Twitter account of The White House —”

    1. Barry Graham says:

      Funny! Brian will fix the typo now I’m sure.

    2. Brian Cohen says:

      I corrected the typographical error in question, r m h. Thank you as always…

      …and thank you also for the laugh. I really needed it…

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