Freedom Rider: Corona Virus and the Failed American State

Margaret Kimberley
https://images.wsj.net/im-148839China Built Two Coronavirus Hospitals in Just Over a Week

The United States has none of the systems or infrastructure that would allow it to accomplish what China has done to fight mass infection.

“While Americans can’t find hand sanitizer at any price, the Chinese government built new hospitals in just one week’s time.”

The only thing more frightening than the COVID-19 virus spreading around the world is the knowledge that this country is woefully unprepared to protect people from it. The response to the epidemic would be funny if it were not so dangerous. First, the austerity regime cut the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) division responsible for fighting infectious disease outbreaks. But condemning Donald Trump’s decision making is the easy part. Analyzing bigger issues regarding health care and the inherent inefficiencies created by capitalism is much harder.

We are constantly told that socialism doesn’t work. But it is socialist China, where the virus began, that has made the most headway in slowing its spread. Conversely, the United States has none of the systems or infrastructure that would allow it to accomplish the same thing. It is capitalism that doesn’t work well when human needs must be met.

There is a constant demand to designate the United States as the best country in the world with the best health care system. In fact health care delivery here is nowhere near being best. The for-profit system certainly rakes in cash for insurance companies and big pharma. But health care outcomes are mediocre at best and other countries do a far better job for far less money. The most basic needs of patients and health care workers are often unmet. Health care workers complain they haven’t received proper training to protect themselves even as they treat COVID-19 patients.

“It is capitalism that doesn’t work well when human needs must be met.”

While Italy, another capitalist nation, has been placed off limits because of the high number of COVID-19 cases, China reports declines in new infections and improvements in treatment protocols. While Americans can’t find hand sanitizer at any price, the Chinese government built new hospitals in just one week’s time.

The profit motive which is constantly touted as the cure all in every situation is instead the cause of every problem. There are other nations which allow private health insurers to operate but they regulate how much money they can make and how they can operate.

The so-called greatest country passes up no opportunity to allow the predators to extract from their victims. The failed state doesn’t have enough of the tests needed to diagnose COVID-19 and those who manage to be tested and treated can be charged up to $3,000 for what ought to be a right and free of charge […]

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4 thoughts on “Freedom Rider: Corona Virus and the Failed American State

    • They forget to mention using a paper towel to turn off the tap and open the door to the restroom. I honestly feel social distancing is probably a better approach to prevention. It’s too easy to forget to run to the bathroom every time you touch stair rails, elevator buttons, or even money. Unless you’re the Queen and just wear long white gloves every time you enter public spaces.

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  1. In my 1985 vintage medical textbooks, coronavirus is described as a pathogen responsible for 10-20 percent of common colds. Like most opportunistic pathogens, it can be asymptomatic or fatal, depending on the underlying health status of the individual. The reports I’ve been reading lately raise more questions than they answer, leading me to believe the reporters don’t know very much about their subject. As a trained researcher, I have to wonder if this is more of a political or financial crisis than a disease “pandemic.”

    Statistics alone don’t give much information. What is so “novel” about this coronavirus? Is it a new strain, a genetically engineered strain, as some imply, or is it a virus that mutates every season, like the virus that causes the flu? While there are deaths attributed to it, these seem to occur among older, already unhealthy or debilitated people, but there is little effort to describe the health status of those who do succumb.
    Another question involves the way coronavirus infection is “confirmed.” There are multiple tests, with varying degrees of accuracy, but often respiratory infections are diagnosed primarily on clinical symptoms, and treated supportively, until lab results can be obtained. Unlike with bacterial infections, there are few medications that can kill viruses. There is still no cure for rhinovirus, the main agent responsible for the common cold.

    All this leads me to speculate on the underlying Agenda for this supposed worldwide health “emergency.” Who benefits? I see the same names and organizations cited over and over: WHO and the CDC get mentioned in many of the reports, and now I’m seeing more references to Johns Hopkins, which apparently did a trial run of a hypothetical pandemic involving coronavirus in 2018.

    In classic “History and Physical Exam” style, I feel compelled to ask what is the real “Chief Complaint,” and “Why now?”

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  2. You raise some really good points, Katherine. From everything I read, it sounds like COVID 19 has been probably genetically modified in some way. And I don’t believe that the first outbreak occurring in Wuhan, the location of a major bioweapons research lab is a coincidence. As I understand, this is not the first virus pandemic to originate in Wuhan.

    That being said, i personally believe the release was accidental. I also get the sense that the panicked reaction by global governments may relate to the fact they have inside information, ie they know the organism was likely genetically engineering but at the same time have no clear understanding of its virulence.

    As I understand, the Chinese have been treating COVID 19 successfully with a combination of anti-retroviral drugs and a new antiviral they got from Cuba. A man in Washington State recovered successfully with an antiviral drug (either amantadine or Tamiflu I assume).

    I had a severe rhinoviral infection this past weekend that cleared up within 1 1/2 days with a regimen of sodium bicarbonate doctors reportedly used during the 1918 influenza pandemic.

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