By John Jay
With respect to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) panic and hysteria, I would like to say this about that:
While it is right to worry about COVID 19, it is a fairly moderate pandemic relative to pandemics in the remote and near past. Bubonic plague, from Roman times thru the 13th century killed millions on at least 10 different occasions. There was a flu pandemic in 1918 that killed 40 million, mostly in Europe. Small pox pandemics killed millions also, in the past. COVID 19 has only killed thousands.
There are many, many germs out there that are far, far worse that COVID 19 could ever be. I have already mentioned Bubonic plague and small pox. In germ warfare labs in the old Soviet Union and here in the USA, germs were developed by insane scientists which could have eliminated most, if not all, humans on the planet in a matter of weeks or months.
Two good books that provide details about germ warfare are as follows: “BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS AND AMERICA’S SECRET WAR; GERMS” by Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad (2002), and “WHEN EVERY MOMENT COUNTS” by Senator Bill Frist, MD, which is about Bioterrorism in the past and present time. The first book will give you nightmares, and the second will make you very nervous. Both books mention that germ warfare labs still exist in the USA and Russia for certain, and maybe China as well. Anthrax spores released from a germ warfare lab in the old USSR around 1983 wiped out most of the population in a city in the Ural Mountains. A BIG release of Anthrax spores were released from an Army germ warfare lab in Utah, less than 10 years ago. Had the spores landed in a city, most of the city would have been wiped out. The most dangerous germ warfare lab in the USA is Fort Detrick, MD, less than 100 miles from the Washington DC. How appropriate!
Anyway, keep things in perspective folks. Coronavirus is NOT something to get hysterical about, compared to the other things I have briefly mentioned in the foregoing paragraphs.
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