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Friday, February 14, 2020

Coronavirus Fragments 3: Wuhan Explosion


#Wuhan explosion, heard 30 km away. Dozens of military helicopters flew by immediately. #coronavirus (14 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

According to Chinese social media rumours and this report, around noon, local time, on 13 February 2020, there was a large explosion in the vicinity of the new Leishenshan hospital which the Chinese built in a week in Wuhan. The area was attended by Chinese military helicopters. According to the video above, the authorities denied hearing the explosion and claimed they received no calls about it.


There are counter-claims online (as here) that this is fake news and the footage is from an earlier explosion in Tianjin in 2015. However, the footage used in debunking articles does not match the explosion footage circulating - purportedly from Wuhan yesterday - on Weibo.

Huge explosion of Gas pipeline in Wuhan, China (13 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.






CHINA VIRUS - WUHAN LOUD EXPLOSION FOLLOWED BY DOZENS OF HELICOPTERS - LIVE COVERAGE (14 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Coronavirus Fragments 1: The Real Death Toll?


Tencent denies supposed epidemic death toll leak. Tencent denies showing real nCoV death toll, says media reports doctored (9 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

There are now several hundred videos and reports on the nCov (COVID19) coronavirus each day. For my readers to have an idea of what kind of unconfirmed information is circulating on the Internet - and which may or may not be related to the pandemic - here is a NSFW photograph.


There is a report that a Vietnamese town of over 10,000 people in Bình Xuyên district was isolated on the afternoon of 12 February 2020; more chatter claims that over 2,000 people are quarantined in Saigon because the country is favoured by Chinese tourists. This supposed rumour comes from the Vietnamese military via 4chan. The rumour maintains that the Vietnamese government is following the same cover-up policy as the Chinese government because they do not want to damage their tourist industry.

Due to the volume of information, I will publish short posts with fragments which highlight one issue at a time.


Transcript of Interview with epidemiologist Prof Neil Ferguson from r/Coronavirus

Here is a selection from social media which counts the real death toll in different ways. Some reports note how the crematoria are running night and day in Wuhan; other reports - mainly from Taiwan - claim that the Chinese government has secretly called for one million body bags.

REPORTER GOES UNDERCOVER IN WUHAN, DISCOVERS REAL DEATH TOLL OF CORONAVIRUS (12 February 2020). Video Source: Bitchute.

Chinese funeral home overwhelmed as coronavirus body count soars | 12FEB20 from r/nCoV

CHINA TO TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS; FACTORIES ORDERED TO MASS-PRODUCE BODY BAGS (12 February 2020). Video Source: Bitchute.

3 BODIES IN 1 BAG. BODY BAG SHORTAGE. GOVERNMENT GAVE 1 MILLION URGENT ORDER TO FACTORIES. (12 February 2020). Video Source: Bitchute.

Please note that there are comments on Reddit that the above video, which talks about three children in one body bag, may not be related to the coronavirus; two Redditors claimed that this footage came from an old report about carbon monoxide poisoning. I can't prove that. The protective garb of the people attending the dead children looks like it comes from the epidemic period in Wuhan, but I can't prove that either.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coronavirus: An Abundance of Caution


#Wuhan #coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak (10 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

There are so many sources floating around relating to this pandemic that I will begin to present fragments of information briefly or without comment.

For today, I will say that Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year (listen to the audiobook here) is a good portrayal of psychology during an epidemic. In preparation, you should listen to it now, even though it is a 17th century English source.

People in China are suffering! #Wuhan #China #CoronavirusOutbreak (10 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Defoe reported that some people who were infected became reckless and wished death on others. They knew they would die, and tried to take as many other people as they could with them. This may seem strange, but we have seen this reaction in Wuhan, China, where some infected people deliberately try to infect health care workers at hospitals. A video below shows a presumably infected group of people trying to spread the virus on elevator buttons. Notice in the next video that a cautious person has developed a counter-measure for riding elevators.

People trying to spread #coronavirus #wuhan #CoronavirusOutbreak (10 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Best way to touch stuff while moving around in #Wuhan #China #Coronavirus (10 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Preppers always talk about stocking up: sacks of rice and beans, batteries, water, vitamins, guns. The first and fourth videos above suggest that there is more to prepping that that. People who survive in disaster zones are clever, inventive, and observant. They adapt to a changed environment. They don't go into denial and they keep functioning. No one wants to become the poor person scaling the outside of a building in desperation, as in the above, tragic, second video.

There are many unknowns now, but if you want to prepare, cultivate a greater awareness of your environment and an abundance of caution, even when it seems silly or unnecessary. I don't mean go into full Bourne Identity paranoia, but learn to recognize when normal activity is out of whack. For example, regarding Hurricane Katrina and the Fukushima meltdown, I have written on this blog about one of the clearest warning signs of impending disaster: the wealthiest people in the area pack up and leave. They usually do this all at once, say, over a weekend. If you observe this happening, look around, ask some questions, have a think about things. Consider whether you are able to leave as well. If you couldn't do it now, figure out what it would take to be able to do that and work towards it. Do you need money, a passport, a visa? Plan where you would go. Have more than one option.

The Bourne Identity (6/10) Movie CLIP - Why Would I Know That? (2002) HD (16 June 2011). Video Source: Youtube. Reproduced under Fair Use.

Circumstances can change in an area in a matter of hours. Sometimes it takes the news cycle days to catch up with local events. Pay attention to people behaving or driving erratically.

Don't go everywhere in public staring at your smartphone. If you witness strange events unfolding, you may wish or need to use the smartphone to record what you see.

Be more mindful of the advice to avoid public transportation, lavatories, restaurants and laundromats, and plan accordingly. Pay attention to authorities, but don't rely on them to do everything for you. Know where public authorities' obligations to you start and stop.

Don't wait for the press conference which announces the outbreak has started. Two French schools near a touristed ski resort are closed after possible exposure to coronavirus and the area is facing a probe. Don't be like the French parents who are amazed that their children's schools and the local government didn't inform them of infection risks in the Alps. Parents should know exactly what their children's school policy and procedures are on the coronavirus, the regulated time frames for action, the contact names, the telephone numbers, the hierarchy of authority.

Everyone in your immediate circle should know these details. Don't rely on your spouse or partner to handle everything and remain oblivious. Don't leave your children in the dark.

House pets are not susceptible now, but imagine the heartbreak if the virus mutates and they become vulnerable. Even though it is not necessary to do so, look around now for alternatives to the communal dog park; clean out the cat box more often. You can see Redditors discussing pet care in the outbreak here.

That is, understand potentials and take cautious measures before you have no choice. Look at your life, and consider where the vulnerable points are. Scan online for policies, sources, regulations, administrative bodies, and reports, so that you know how those personal concerns may relate to public health. This information would not be part of general news coverage of the coronavirus, unless it later, unfortunately, becomes relevant.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.




Monday, February 10, 2020

Coronavirus: The Pandemic Tragic


Sunday evening (9 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

There is so much information coming out about the coronavirus outbreak that I will release collected links and videos in a series of smaller posts. I am posting a range of information from different sources. Use your judgement and discretion. Redditors who have been following this story day and night mocked the constant travel questions they receive from new site visitors, who have no online street cred and no real world sense either:
"i Am BoOkEd On A cRuIsE dEpArTiNg FrOm WuHaN tO sInGaPoRe WhErE i WiLL HoP oN a PlAnE tO mAcAu bEfOrE rEtUrNiNg StAtEsIdE. sHoULd i StiLL gO?"

Virus Basics

2019 Novel Coronavirus Global Risk Assessment By Humboldt University of Berlin from r/Coronavirus







JAMA 7 February 2020 article tables: clinical characteristics of 138 patients with coronavirus in Wuhan in January 2020. Image Source: JAMA via imgur. Click to enlarge. You can read the article here.

  • Conventional information states that the virus is easy to catch and that risk of death is 2-4 per cent. That will vary according to the category of patient and given that the Chinese are not giving true numbers.
  • At higher risk, as per the video at the top of the post: people of increased age; males (possibly Asian males); anyone with hypertension or high blood pressure; smokers or former smokers; health care workers



  • Airborne? Yes, confirmed in Shanghai on 8 February 2020 (see here): "The Chinese government is urging residents to cancel all social activities and avoid large gatherings of people, reports China Daily." Reports do not indicate how far a distance the virus can float through the air; most articles use the phrase: "a long distance." Unconfirmed: I have seen mention that it can persist in the air for six hours and cannot find a medical reference for that.
  • Disinfect desks, keyboards, dinner tables, door handles, telephones, cellphones, car handles, gear shifts, and auto steering wheels, light switches, toilet seats. Avoid public bathrooms and laundromats; you can catch it through fecal matter; shut toilet lids before flushing; clean toilets, bathrooms, showers with anti-viral, hospital-grade cleaners daily; disinfect your house daily; you can see US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) label standards for anti-viral cleaners here; EPA coronavirus statement here, which discusses the regulation of anti-coronavirus disinfectants and their effectiveness.


  • CDC coronavirus infection page; you can catch it through the eyes as well as the nose and mouth via coughing/sneezing droplet infection, emphasize hand washing, alcohol rubs, surgical gloves, masks, goggles and disinfect / discard exposed protective gear and exposed clothing after use
  • I could find no mention of whether you can catch this coronavirus through your ears, for example by sharing ear buds. 
  • This virus obviously does not cause a sexually transmitted disease; coronaviruses generally affect the nose, sinuses, and throat and cause a respiratory illness; but close contact during sex would almost certainly result in droplet infection.
  • Virus survives nine days - possibly more - on exposed surfaces
  • Infection can occur after a 15 second exposure
  • Plane flights: National Geographic advisory; CDC traveler advisory
  • Mother to in utero infant transmission possible but unconfirmed; non-infected baby has been delivered from an infected mother by cesarean section
  • On 6 February 2020, the White House asked US researchers to investigate the origins of the coronavirus and to confirm whether it was lab-created; this, despite high-level denials that the bioweapon story is a stupid Russian conspiracy theory (see: here, here, here)
  • On 9 February 2020, a supposed CDC staffer went on 4chan and stated he or she was willing to answer two questions. After some hazing and insults, which are typical of 4chan, the staffer was asked if the virus was a bioweapon. The response: "Data most recently released and reviewed as of today gives plausibility to it being bio-engineered. This is based on exceptionally low probability of the identified amino acid chains occurring naturally. However, we don’t currently assess China as having access to some of the technology needed to do so. Only three countries have sufficiently advanced bioengineering technology: US, Russia, and Israel. No US organization or military component has confessed and from what we’re told Russia and Israel also maintain plausible deniability. Current evidence suggests another country may have stolen the necessary technology needed to bioengineer NCoV19."
  • Anons also asked this supposed CDC staffer other questions: "what is the real mortality rate and R0?" and "How long projected until it's really, really spreading in USA?" and "Was that Biosafety level 4 laboratory in Winnipeg connected to all of this?" In response to a query about the biowarfare tweet below, the staffer wrote: "Yes that tweet is relevant as my first answer corroborates. However, the real Chinese numbers as we were told of this morning are closer to about 430k infected, over 30k [dead?], and about 3k recovered. Lastly, NCoV19 is a Coronavirus not a fungus. That said, it has behaviors similar to what is known as a bacteriophage. This is the first time this has been seen ever." Note that as of 9 February 2020, the official numbers were approximately 40k infected, 900 deaths, and 3,300 recovered. If true, this means that there are ten times more people infected than the Chinese government has stated; there are approximately 29k concealed deaths; and the death rate is higher. But this is all rumour and subject to endless questions and uncertainties. The anons were unimpressed and dismissed this visitor from their forum, as per their usual shitposting: "I guess it's time for bed since you have school early tomorrow."
  • A death rate explainer is here
  • Remdesivir studied as a potential treatment

Image Source: Twitter via 4chan.

Supposed leaked CDC image. Image Source: 4chan.

On 8 February 2020 in China (7 February in the USA), a lab tech in Huoshenshan Hospital, Wuhan leaked the following photos to 4chan. He/she stated that the numbers are much worse and the Chinese government is only reporting sudden deaths, not deaths from pneumonia caused by the virus. Nor is the government reporting deaths of people who do not enter hospitals. Image Source: imgur/4chan. Click to enlarge.
  • Chinese numbers of infected and dead are minimized and do not reflect the reality on the ground; thus, analyses using official numbers, even if sound in their approach, will be off
  • Given that Chinese numbers are inaccurate, observers are watching the outbreak in Singapore closely, because they expect medical transparency and meticulous record-keeping from Singapore.

Singapore is the Rosetta Stone of nCoV from r/Coronavirus



You may want to buy a mask made outside China by now: How do you like masks made in China? (7 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Can I get infected with a parcel I'm receiving from China/Guangzhou? from r/Coronavirus

Pay attention to the US evacuation flight: a glance at staff members' protective suits (shown only in passengers' smartphone footage, not in official media footage) could indicate the extreme seriousness of the virus, which may have been played down to prevent public panic. From 1:47, Ed explains. Video from inside United States evacuation plane from Wuhan + general Coronavirus updates (7 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR A PANDEMIC (10 February 2020). Video Source: Bitchute.



See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Coronavirus: The Human Rights of People in Quarantine


Woman gets forced intro Quarantine, gets put into a box and begins screaming. (6 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube. Anons put up an online poll: "Do you really think this is a mobile kill box?" The results at time of writing of those polled (roughly 160 respondents) were 50-50.

Once you are admitted to hospital for any major concern, you begin to lose fundamental rights over your physical security. Medical staff can abuse their authority, and cannot easily be held accountable, because the outcomes of their recommended courses of treatment lie in a grey area, based on their professional judgement. When hospital staff in Wuhan, China have worked so valiantly, let us not say that medics intend to cause harm; indeed, they are sworn not to do so.


Hospitals in coronavirus-hit Wuhan use medicine delivery robots (1 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

However, doctors are socially conditioned within a professional culture to follow certain decision-making processes, which prioritize and justify rigorous, dictated courses of action, especially in times of stress. They are allowed to make life and death choices, based on hypothesized consensuses about likelihoods and percentages. Institutional and professional safeguards protect them from being externally scrutinized. Hospital staff face an internal professional checklist of accountability; but after that, the decision-making process is allowed to run its course.

Drug contracts and scientific research allow further blurring of boundaries around what is considered physically harmful and what is not. Medical staff can be trained so that they may not even have the rational or emotional space left within their world view to reevaluate their judgement calls, given what is practically necessary, and bearable costwise, for the good of all.

There are philosophical shortcomings in any professional culture because the intensive training required must cut out large areas of knowledge beyond immediate specialties. In this case, medical school does not have time to turn doctors into monks. Those on a scientific research track with corporate or military contracts will be even more loyal to an abstract morality, underscored by pretty basic motivations. What matters - as we saw with the recently-arrested Harvard professor Dr. Charles Lieber - is that researchers score their funding.


This is the reality for medical professionals and scientists who do their best and really care about their jobs. As for hospital staff who secretly do not mean well, the medical environment offers plenty of room for abuse. It is a model for covert, finely-tuned coercion. Moral attitude and corresponding medical approaches and choices made by doctors can mean the difference between life and death for patients. You can see a Vox investigation on how different hospitals respond to infections here, with results mapped onto a map of the United States here. This is the case at the best of times, when things are running normally.

The Chinese physician, Dr. Li Wenliang tried to raise the alarm about the coronavirus with his former medical school classmates on WeChat social media. Shortly after, he was harassed by the police and forced to sign a state gag order. Eight doctors in all were arrested and intimidated. Dr. Li then came down with the virus and died on 6 February 2020. Image Source: CNN.

Now imagine a raging pandemic, with an overarching authoritarian political system, from which the medics take their orders. And if these hospital staff will not cooperate and obey certain dictates because those orders violate their Hippocratic Oaths, they may be crushed by the very apparatus they agreed to serve. They may coincidentally succumb to the virus themselves, and be hospitalized, and tragically die. As the wheel of coercion turns, doctors will become as vulnerable as patients. Independently-minded doctors will lose their authority, and will be replaced by colleagues and military medics who will do as they are told. I am not saying that this is what is generally happening; I am saying this potential exists.


In China, we are seeing smartphone footage of people being scooped up into vans and being driven away for quarantine against their will. While this may be merely an insensitive or inhumane way to enforce containment measures in an out-of-control pandemic, there is a lot of room for abuse of this practice. Beyond fear of infection, there may be other reasons why the woman in the video at the top of this post started screaming.


Where is the secondary level of authority to check the decisions of the HAZMAT-suited men who collected the screaming woman? Was she really infected? How would we know? She has just lost all personal autonomy and could die and be erased without a trace. Just in case you thought this was about public health, take note that top party members in the Chinese system are not subject to the same indignities and threats by quarantine checkers on the streets.




It will not be long before citizen journalists and politically inconvenient people could be spirited away and 'disappear,' with no way of checking what has happened to them. The Chinese government is burning bodies, and not keeping records of all who die. The government is also not necessarily categorizing all those who die as having coronavirus. In new Chinese quarantine facilities, some new hospital wards look like maximum security prisons. Other areas look like there is no quarantine at all, as patients are herded together into mass dormitories.

New hospitals are not hospitals: they have no medical equipment, no medicine, no medical staff available in the quarantine building in Wuhan: WUHAN Huge quarantine area. (6 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.


NTD claims that the new Chinese 'super-fast' hospitals are a "black hole" of information; these facilities could easily use unvetted experimental treatments on patients, who have no way of escaping:
"U.S.–based China affairs commentator Jingyuan Tang said with the new military-controlled hospital, even such anecdotal evidence would be hard to come by.

'All of the medical staff will be from the military,' Tang said, 'In that case, all the data and information in the hospital could become a military secret. The outside won’t know it. The internal staff won’t disclose it. Because whoever did so could be charged with disclosing military information and could be sent to military courts.'

'It’s like a black hole. People on the outside won’t know how many patients went in there—won’t know how many people have disappeared,' he said.

The human rights records of China’s military-run hospitals are not reassuring. Multiple former physicians have disclosed the presence of illegal organ transplantation and trade inside China’s military hospitals. One physician said the phenomena were 'common.'"
The new Wuhan hospital is staffed and patrolled by the Chinese army. Isolation cells have bars outside the windows and locks on the outside of patients' doors. People who resist going into quarantine off the street are now being arrested and taken there by force. There are unconfirmed rumours of rioting in Wuhan.




Man not wanting to go into quarantine tries to escape (5 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

If you are outside China and think, 'it couldn't happen here,' notice that in east and west alike, quarantine facilities are being set up at military bases. No one questions this. They think it's a good idea! This is a very dangerous course of events, and Amnesty International should be monitoring and taking action on this trend. You can see Amnesty's info page on the coronavirus here; under the circumstances, it needs expansion and deeper consideration.






It doesn't take much imagination to understand why those being carted off to quarantines are suddenly frightened. A female Austrian patient escaped a hospital in Salzburg and fled home at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, 5 February 2020, causing local panic.

CORONAVIRUS AUS CHINA: Nach Tests - Zwei Rückkehrer sind infiziert (2 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Coronavirus: DW spricht mit Rückkehrer in Quarantäne | DW Deutsch (4 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Meanwhile, on the officially derided, racist, and discredited site 4chan, /pol/ anons argued over whether quarantines in Germany and on cruise ships off the coasts of Japan and Hong Kong are being used as experiments. They suspect that non-Chinese scientific researchers are trying to determine the true nature and spread rate of the virus, given that the Chinese government is concealing true numbers; the anons were unsure as to how long the virus could survive on physical surfaces:
"HOLY SHIT. MY mind just blew into bits.

German citizen were brought back to Germany. There are a few tv reports about it and I really didn't get it why they split all the people into 4 separate groups and let each group have a communal area.

Germany is doing fucking research on living fucking human beings. I know it will save lives and I too want to know the R0 and mortality rate but HOW THE FUCK is this even legal?

They tested everyone and knew the result within hours and placed sick people among healthy ones in 4 separate groups and they are watching the distance between them, how fast they show symptoms, how sick they get etc All people have to go to the doctor daily for checks.

WHAT IN THE FUCK. I NEVER THOUGHT they would do that. HOLY SHIT."
The response from a German anon:
"Yeah. Who would have thought that Germans could be capable of something like that, huh?"

Rumours about German quarantine facilities describe one clothes washing machine per quarantined person. Image Source: 4chan.

A Swiss anon responded in several posts:
"Another hint. Each person in the quarantine is getting his own wash machine.

This fucker of a virus seems to survive in clothes! Remember the Chinese are disinfecting the roads and buildings and we all were wondering why.

A normal virus doesn't survive on objects and non living surfaces. It looks like if you sweat you contaminate the fucking textiles!! And they are telling us that packages from China are fucking safe!

... We are talking sweat and Airborne contaminating textiles. So if you walk out with your precious mask and goggles and you walk back home you contaminate your entire home. 
So even if you have a bug out home in the mountains, you would need to strip naked 100meters before your home considering the wind direction, walk into your home, have a few showers, get dressed and go back out and burn your old stuff you took off. 
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THAT THING."

A Finnish anon commented:
"I have a feeling they're doing this kind of testing with the cruise ships too. It makes zero sense keeping people locked up together by the thousands on a ship like that. They're all guaranteed to get infected. I guess they're trying to see how a disease would spread in high population density areas.

Ship is a pretty good comparison to an apartment complex in one of those high population countries, like India, Japan or China"

And an American anon:
"My exact thoughts. They can learn the true rate of spread with this ship. Also, monitor human behavior meaning when you tell them to self quarantine, stay away from others....and they just can't do it. They get out of rooms, chit chat with neighbors, etc. The cruise ship is a great experiment since we will never know exactly what is going on in China or if numbers are real."

ADDENDUM (6 February 2020): A leaked video shows life inside the quarantine zone in Wuhan. Fairly quiet markets, but there are fights at the grocery stores. Frightened people resist removal into quarantine facilities.

INSIDE WUHAN VIDEO LEAK :17 HOURS AGO (6 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

ADDENDUM (6 February 2020): Chen Qiushi, the well-known citizen journalist in Wuhan, has gone missing.

Chen Qiushi, Wuhan's best known citizen journalist. Image Source: Quartz.

Chinese reporter Qiushi Chen has gone missing from r/Coronavirus



See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Coronavirus: Information from Above, Information from Below


Exhausted health care workers sleep in their masks, or wear them for so long that the masks leave imprints on their faces. Image Source: @SDUIVF许超医生 via Chublic Opinion. You can read leaked doctors' WeChat messages here.

As numbers of infected people climb, assessments of the origin and treatment of the corornavirus are increasingly divided. On one side, we see the Chinese government, the WHO, and the MSM denying that the virus was lab-created, without clearly stating how the virus evolved, given that initially infected patients did not pass through the Wuhan wet market. Buzzfeed is one of the main sites which is attacking the bioweapon rumour.

John video 9 (4 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Coronavirus Epidemic Update 11: Antiviral Drugs, Treatment Trials (Remdesivir, Chloroquine) (5 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

S1E4: Diagnosis... coronavirus? Podcast from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (5 February 2020). Podcast Source.

The MSM insistence on facts is selective. A focus on recent medical researchers' publications and the latest numbers and treatments sounds like a sane, rational approach (as above), except that there is some drama behind the scenes regarding published research on the coronavirus, as well as lack of clarity about numbers.

For one thing, medical research articles which challenge the central narrative are being removed. Note that the Indian paper from 31 January 2020, which linked this novel coronavirus to HIV, has been withdrawn. At the same time, the MSM reported that anti-HIV drugs are successfully treating the virus; a preliminary research paper supported that approach. In other words, there's no connection to HIV, but there's a connection to HIV. Anti-SARS drugs are also being used against the coronavirus.


Mainstream reporting plays down the seriousness of the pandemic, in an effort to prevent panic. MSM outlets are stating that the coronavirus is roughly as serious as the seasonal flu. Look deeper, though, and mainstream reports cautiously acknowledge that this is much worse. Despite these efforts to underestimate the virus's impact, Bloomberg reported on 4 February 2020 that a pandemic is now likely. There are serious dangers in under-reporting and playing down the threat now posed, because that leaves local governments, hospitals and citizens unprepared.


The WHO (which just asked for USD $675 million in additional funding) has been applauding the Chinese government for its valiant efforts against the virus and it accepts the Chinese government's stated numbers for deaths and infections. Health care workers are likewise celebrated for their courage in treating viral infections, which have personally endangered them.

Fires in Wuhan. Possible bodies being burned in mass graves in Wuhan. (5 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

An opposing narrative has emerged, mainly spread by alt-media and conspiracy theorists, as well as citizen journalists from China. There is a new video of late night fires in Wuhan, and citizens suspect that these are bodies being burned in mass graves. A Chinese citizen journalist hid outside a crematorium and counted the trucks going in at night; his footage is here. You can see an estimate of real death numbers, based on crematoria operating hours, here.


Taiwan News claims to publish 'real' numbers from Wuhan, via Tencent, and they are terrifying. This Taiwanese report is supported by a 5 February 2020 report from the Daily Mail, which states that Wuhan authorities are about to build eleven more hospitals. Smartphone footage of night-time spraying in Chinese streets is also scaring people.


Trucks spraying disinfectant, 1, 2, 3, 4, , 6, 7, holy shit 8. In WuHan from r/Coronavirus
Video Source: Reddit.

It is hard to confirm the veracity of first-hand accounts, although the Chinese government's crackdown on 'untruthful' or 'fear-mongering' vloggers may measure how truthful these people really are. You can read a long article about the uproar and crackdowns on Chinese social media, here.



So many Chinese in hazmats with body bags. from r/China_Flu




"Possibly from Wuhan No.5 Hospital (Unconfirmed). People in the hospital are speaking Wuhan Dialect." Hospital Footage (4 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Conversation with a nurse (Jan 20-something) (4 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

"This is posted by Doctor Li Shaolei. It's a conversation he has with his college classmates who work in Wuhan." Doctor Recount Experience/Need Psychological Intervention (4 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The Chinese government has arrested and threatened health care workers who expose conditions of the epidemic. Footage from inside Wuhan's new hospital which was built in a week reveals doors that lock from the outside and meal and medicine portals for each room. There are bars on the windows. Locals and viewers think the facility looks like a prison or a concentration camp. The new hospital will be run by the military, with army medics presiding over it. There are reports that patients seek to escape hospitals once the coronavirus testing and treatment process begins, suggesting that something about the medical process frightens them. You can see video, here, of a man being forced into a van to be quarantined. The public's negative reaction to the Chinese Communist Party is heating up and getting very political.


Everyone really needs to calm down. Too many Corona Boners in here. from r/Coronavirus

The circumstances divide people into two camps: Denial and Fear. When you read the arguments among Redditors on the above post, it is obvious that reactions to the coronavirus mirror the degree to which members of the public already trusted - or did not trust - the global system. A crisis in public confidence already existed. The epidemic now reveals the degree of that crisis. Some people still accept the 'because we said so' official narrative. Some people do not.



Huge numbers are reflected in the fact that Wuhan's exhibition centre has been converted into a makeshift hospital. Images Source: Reddit via imgur.

"Central China's Wuhan City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, started Monday to build shelter hospitals with an estimated 3,400 beds for coronavirus patients suffering from mild symptoms of infection. CGTN reporter Sun Tianyuan is at one of the "Fang Cang" shelter hospitals that was formerly Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center."Live: Visit Wuhan 'Fang Cang' shelter hospital探访武汉“方舱医院” (3 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube. You can see a Chinese citizen journalist's footage of this facility, here.


One cannot avoid the relentless trickle of information that contradicts the Chinese government's narrative. Even when Chinese official news reports try to put a positive spin on what is happening - as with the conversion of Wuhan's exhibition centre into a hospital - the situation looks really bad. That is why those with alternative views are being threatened, banned from social media and derided by the MSM. Alt-narratives suggest that the Chinese government have underestimated and concealed true numbers - or that the Chinese do not know the totals. The virus is not just a glorified walking pneumonia, as official media initially reported. It attacks the heart as well as the lungs. Thus, there will be a secondary wave of heart disease in the wake of this pandemic.


Too many questions with vague answers. from r/Coronavirus

Despite mainstream attacks on the social media and alt-media for the latter's hypotheses about the virus, it seems that MSM 'facts' are not clearly answering a host of questions. Why are there not enough test kits? Their unavailability helps the government manipulate reported numbers of infections. In the United States, the FDA opted to resolve that problem on 4 February 2020.

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for the First 2019 Novel Coronavirus Diagnostic from r/Coronavirus

Another problem is that tests are imperfect. They can give false negatives, possibly also false positives, and results seem to vary according to where the swab was taken on the body. Moreover, the way health care workers are testing or not testing travelers is imperfect. A nurse in Ontario, Canada anonymously spoke on Reddit to reveal that his or her hospital's emergency department referred an admitted patient for coronavirus testing. The patient was not tested, because he or she had not traveled from Wuhan. The patient however had traveled from a suburb of Wuhan, or a town near Wuhan - yet this did not fall under the official area of geographic concern. The nurse was furious that the patient was released from the hospital untested. A 3 February 2020 report from CTV News states that tests for coronavirus in Ontario are dropping; under the circumstances, this does not necessarily inspire confidence.

There are similar Youtube accounts of ex-pat travelers slipping through checkpoints and leaving China to arrive in their home countries, where they promptly go shopping for groceries. The more responsible travelers then self-quarantine themselves. But it is safe to say that thousands upon thousands of people are slipping below official radars and that numbers are much higher than stated by monitoring bodies.

Another speculation: perhaps asymptomatic transmission does not take place; instead, over-the-counter medications mask the early, mild symptoms, which make symptomatic carriers look like asymptomatic carriers.

Administrative, MSM-based and politicized actions around the definition of coronavirus threats and control have thus demonstrated shortcomings on the part of authorities. As a result, puzzled people have gathered on social media platforms to determine the risks of public bathrooms; to ask if the homeless populations are at risk in US cities such as San Francisco, California or Austin, Texas. In December, 2019, the UK found that 1 in 200 people are now homeless. What will happen to rough sleepers if the virus begins to spread in London or other British cities?

People turn to online forums to ask if recovered, formerly infected people are now immune to the virus; they chat about weird alternative treatments and prepping; and they ask if this year's seasonal flu, which started in September 2019, wasn't really the flu, but was in fact this coronavirus. They share gossip, such as the rumour that Camp Ashland in Nebraska, USA, is going to be used as a quarantine facility. All such voices risk censorship and platform bans for daring to spread fear-mongering information.

I'm sure it's a total coincidence that a HIV specialist linked to a rampant disease speculated to contain HIV traits died. I'm sure there are no special interests in the CDN or Chinese gov which might want someone like that silenced. 🤔 Anyone else feeling sleepy...? 💤 from r/Coronavirus

Even level-headed bloggers and vloggers are convinced that the virus was a lab-engineered bioweapon or vaccine experiment gone wrong. You can read an in-depth account of the Wuhan lab's activities, here. Even if you don't believe the bioweapon rumour, you should read that investigative outline to understand why other people do. An anon found that Google Maps has moved the location of the Wuhan Insitute of Virology
as of 29 January 2020:
"UPDATE — JANUARY 29, 2020: What’s also odd, and outright suspicious, is that as of January 29, 2020, the location of Wuhan Institute of Virology (where the National Biosafety Laboratory is headquartered) on Google Maps has inexplicably moved since I first viewed it on January 24, 2020 and published this article on January 27, 2020. Its new location is now over twice the distance from the claimed epicenter of the novel coronavirus, Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Even its satellite imagery of the original site has been altered as well. Good thing I took screenshots."
"A Google Map Image captured Jan. 24, 2020 of Huanan Seafood market 8.6 miles distant from Wuhan Institute of Virology, where China’s only Level P4 Biosafety Laboratory is headquartered." Image Source: archive.is.

"Another Google Map Image captured Jan. 29, 2020 displaying Wuhan Institute of Virology now strangely moved approximately 15 miles southwest of its original location. What a difference five days make, eh?" Image Source: archive.is.

"Side-by-side comparison of original Google Maps location of Wuhan Institute of Virology, captured by screenshot on Jan. 24, 2020, and its altered location as of Jan. 29, 2020. What’s going on here?" Image Source: archive.is.

"A Google Maps Satellite Image captured January 24, 2020, clearly showing the urban Wuhan Institute of Virology situated across the street from the humongous China Earthquake Administration building." Image Source: archive.is.

"Another Google Maps Satellite Image captured January 29, 2020, now showing the Wuhan Institute of Virology completely camouflaged in a patch of forest in a rural area 15 miles southwest. What gives, Google?" Image Source: archive.is.

A dominant conspiracy theory locates the virus's origin at Winnipeg's National Microbiology Laboratory in Manitoba, Canada. This is the conspiracist's view of what occurred - note that this view is absolutely denied by all respectable authorities and media:
"Wuhan Institute of Virology is also connected with the recent, major scandal in Canada where two Chinese virologists working at Canada’s only Pathogen Level 4 virology laboratory, the National Microbiology Lab (NML) in Winnipeg were caught stealing and smuggling some of the most deadly viruses on earth, including the Ebola virus, back to China. The suspects — a Chinese couple, virologist Dr. Xiangguo Qui and biologist Dr. Keding Cheng — are now believed to be connected to China’s biological warfare program. Her husband, Dr. Qiu, was head of the Vaccine Development and Antiviral Therapies Section in the Special Pathogens Program at the NML. Dr. Keding Cheng, also affiliated with the NML, specifically the “Science and Technology Core,” is primarily a bacteriologist who shifted to virology. According to Zero Hedge, “the couple is responsible for infiltrating Canada’s NML with many Chinese agents as students from a range of Chinese scientific facilities directly tied to China’s Biological Warfare Program, including the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Chengdu Military Region.

And guess what one of the stolen viruses was? Yup, coronavirus. On May 4, 2013, NML’s Scientific Director Frank Plummer received a shipment of coronavirus from a Dutch virologist, who in turn had received it from an Egyptian virologist treating a Saudi Arabian who contracted it. The Canadian lab grew stocks of the virus, and then experimented upon animals to see what they could infect with it. It is from this stash of reserves that the coronavirus was stolen and smuggled by Dr. Qui, Dr. Cheng, and by alledged Chinese Biological Warfare Program agents recruited from the Wuhan Institute of Virology who were disguised as virology students at the University of Manitoba.

Similarly, and perhaps connected, is the recent indictment of Charles Lieber, Chair of Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Prosecutors claim he had a contract with Wuhan Institute of Virology. Reports CBS, “It appears China paid Lieber hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for his involvement with the Chinese entities and for his work on research for Chinese gain,” said U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling.” Lieber lied about his links to Wuhan Institute of Virology, report Tonya Alanez and Travis Andersen of the Boston Globe. “Federal authorities said Charles Lieber, a prominent nanoscientist and a prolific inventor and entrepreneur, received hundreds of thousands of dollars from his Chinese connections.” Details about the extent of Lieber’s illicit and illegal conspiracy with the institute have yet to emerge. So this means, significantly, that not only are there Chinese nationals allegedly being recruited from Wuhan Institute of Virology to penetrate foreign P4 biosafety laboratories abroad and smuggle the spoils back home, but it also appears Americans and Canadians may be complicit in aiding the Chinese biowarfare program.

In short, although there are actually two laboratories in Wuhan linked to the Chinese biowarfare program — only one is certified for coronaviruses and only one is caught in the midst of all the recent international espionage intrigue — the new Pathogen Level 4-rated National Biosafety Laboratory at Wuhan Institute of Virology. And whether this enigmatic facility is a philanthropic, health services-related institute, a covert, biological warfare research installation, or some combination of the two — remains to be officially disclosed."
Incidentally, the former director of the Winnipeg lab, Frank Plummer, just died in Africa: "No confirmed cause of death has yet been released." He had recently undergone brain surgery to treat his alcoholism, which seems like an extreme response to an addiction. With all due respect to him and his family, it is fair to ask - under the potential circumstances - whether he had a reason for drinking so much.

Also, an Egyptian researcher at Cairo University, Abdo Elfiky, had published a now-retracted paper on a coronavirus cure, based on a cheaper anti-viral and Hepatitis C treatment, Sofosbuvir (Abdo Elfiky, "Sofosbuvir Can Inhibit the Newly Emerged Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China," (Preprints with the Lancet, Powered by SSRN),‎ 28 January 2020). Elfiky is rumoured in unconfirmed social media chatter to have just disappeared.

CA Lab (involved in nCov to China) Director Frank Plummer DIES; Research by Egypt Doctor Reporting Cure with Sofosbuvir (costs 90% less there than in US) Disappears from r/nCoV


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