Coronavirus For Dummies

NOTE: This was written at a very early stage of the pandemic, with limited information. The saving grace against the dire outcomes described below turned out to be T-cell immunity, which was proven to be important some time later. CD8+ T-cells are capable of clearing infected, immunoprivileged cells.

The world wasn’t ending after all. Thank God for that!

Everything is fine.

All of your questions, explained. You came here to be educated, so I expect you to read all linked sources, or at the very least skim them, as they come. Underlined text represents a link that you can click to read more.

Read the available, peer-reviewed data, and come to your own conclusions.


The next few days represent a critical turning point that will determine whether EVERYONE gets this, or whether only most people get it. Whatever comes next must be done well, so let’s try to get on the same page, because we would really rather not do this alone. We need each other. Now, more than ever.

Is it Coronavirus? SARS-CoV-2? COVID-19?

The virus is called SARS-CoV-2. It causes the disease symptoms collectively known as COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Coronavirus 2.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause the common cold, as well as SARS, MERS, and others.

COVID-19 is just a flu though, right?

It’s a cold. Plus AIDS. (link) With a side of lethal brain damage. (link) And the bottomless wine throughout your entire meal is severe pneumonia. (link)

AIDS? Hah. If you knew what you were talking about, you would’ve said HIV.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV causes the disease symptoms known as AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and occurs when your immune system is exhausted (link). It is always lethal, usually in a short time.

COVID-19 does not cause HIV.

It causes AIDS.

Wait… what?

Oh, you heard me this time.

Yes, SARS-CoV-2 causes AIDS. (link)

That’s not really AIDS. Your immune system is always depleted when you fight a virus. Duh.

Correct.

So … it’s not AIDS, you liar.

HIV depletes the immune system because it never goes away. HIV is retroviral, which means it enters your DNA, permanently. This causes the virus to be endlessly produced, and your immune system can never eradicate it. Herpes similarly cannot be eradicated by the body, but because it infects nerve cells. I’m sure you already know all this.

What you don’t know is that COVID-19 also infects nerve cells! (link)

Wait, what?

So, let’s summarize. This virus is permanent, and it causes AIDS.

Quickly. (link)

Well… that sounds bad.

Oh, it gets better. (link)

And better. (link)

And better. (link)

Now that you’ve read all those links, you may be starting to get an idea just how bad this is.

But it gets better. (link)

But the official case count is only …

No. (the same link, again.)

Really no. (link)

But the official death rate is only …

No. (link) What did we learn before?

COVID-19 is permanent.

Also, the WHO has been gradually increasing that number. Presently it stands at 3.4%. (link) I’m sure you remember the days of 2%. (link), or the days between. (link) Maybe you believe Trump, who puts it under 1%.

But there’s all those people who recovered.

Who, exactly? Where? This man and his daughter coughing their way through an interview on the topic? (link)

You don’t recover from COVID-19. At least, not for long.

But…

… but …

… but wait …

Yes.

You probably have COVID-19. (link)

But what if I don’t have it?

Hide.

I need to hide.

Yes. You do. Do not leave your house for any reason. (link) Including panic-buying groceries. It’s too late at this point. If you must …

You can’t. (link)

Don’t wait for the government to tell you it’s time to act. It is time to act. If you are lucky enough to not have been infected yet, STAY HOME. The music has stopped, and now you must sit down, and wait, and watch.

Good luck.

I have some other stupid questions.

The flu kills 100 people a minute worldwide. That’s acceptable, but it is not eradicated, no more than the so-called common cold.

The current, official Coronavirus infection numbers just passed 100,000. The current, official death number is about 3400. The currently publicized mortality rate is 3.4%.

Death is not instant.

The official numbers are wishful thinking, and the result of test unavailability.

Didn’t it take 3 months to arrive at 100,000+ cases of COVID-19?

See above.

Is it wrong of me to compare that to 1 million+ cases of the flu in the US alone in the same time frame?

Yes, it is. It is very wrong. The flu has been spreading since October 2019. SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to have arrived in the US in mid January, and has been spreading uncontrolled and undetected for six weeks. Tests are slowly just becoming available in the US.

I heard that only (some racial group) were susceptible to COVID-19?

Pulmonary fibrosis occurs due to severe pneumonia. Some racial groups have higher or lower prevalence of a cell receptor called ACE2, and SARS-CoV-2 expresses high affinity for ACE2. The less ACE2 you have, the less severe pneumonia you may suffer per infection. This makes very little difference in the short, or long, term.

The fake news media is hyping this! Why should I believe anything they say?

The saying, “Even a broken clock is right two times a day,” applies here.

Yes, MSM has been Fake News for the most of the last five years, so your apprehension about believing a word they say now is very understandable. However, there is very good reason for them to be concerned. I hope, having read the science, that you agree.

MSM is just trying to makE Trump look bad. AGAIN.

Yes, they are. They absolutely are. Up to this point, they have been crying wolf for the last four years. Well, the wolf is here.

I have been very surprised by the number of times I have heard someone dismiss the severity of COVID-19, simply because that person read about it from a mainstream news outlet.

I hope, having read the science, that you are now aware of what’s happening.

The virus has only existed for 9 weeks. That’s not enough time to commission a study, never mind publish your conclusions. You’re pushing fear porn. Your peer-reviewed studies do not apply to COVID-19.

COVID-19 has been loose in China since December 10, 2019 (link)

Wuhan was locked down on Jan 25th, 2019. (link)

The full genome was released on Jan 28th, 2019. (link)

I am writing this as of March 9th, 2020.

People can work quickly when lives are on the line.

Is there more than one strain of Coronavirus?

The S strain is the first detected Coronavirus. The L strain is a mutation. Both are horrifyingly lethal.

I don’t believe you. It’s not 100% lethal. The mortality rate is (something%). That’s still a tiny percentage of people.

Alright, let’s entertain the official numbers then.

3.4% of 330 million people is … 11.2 million people.

Also, that is the case fatality rate, or CFR — deaths of people whose conditions required hospitalization.

As of Feb 25th, critical hospitalization was required in 14.8% of cases. (link)

The US is currently preparing for 96 million cases. (link) Given what we know, this is very optimistic, but let’s run with it.

14.8% of 96 million cases is … 14.2 million people that require critical care.

The US has 924,107 total hospital beds. (link) The large majority of these beds are not critical care beds with mechanical respirators available. This represents the complete breakdown of our health system, and a much, much higher mortality rate.

Sure, but that’s still not everyone.

14.8% of 96 million people is … 14.2 million people that will go without access to required critical care and die.

If you’re happy to sacrifice 14.2 million lives as no big deal, then I am glad you are not taking this seriously. Please disregard this article and carry on with life as usual.

Surely the government would have told us if we needed to worry.

Okay. You keep waiting. Hope that works out for you.

The WHO seems to be on top of this and they said…

Tuesday (Feb 4, 2020), WHO chief @DrTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that “widespread travel bans and restrictions weren’t needed to stop the outbreak and could ‘have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.” (link)

They have changed their tune. (link)

Trump seems to be on top of this and he said…

Trump just declared “Mission Accomplished” & is out saying that this could actually be a net positive for America, because “a lot of people are staying in our country, and they’re shopping and using our hotels in this country. So from that standpoint, I think probably there’s a positive impact.” (link)

Then today he tweeted this.

Any more stupid questions?

You can ask me at @veryvirology.

Wait — what about a cure? I thought I heard you said you thought you could cure this?

I know some very smart people that know some other very smart people, and my research is in their hands. Time is very short, and my fundraiser for a lab was not at all well received, so it’s really too late to do it myself now. My goal now is to reach the established professionals with the resources, workspaces and the professional contacts to put this cure into development.

If you know of any such professionals, please put them in touch with me at @veryvirology