Before we get to the lies — If there is one tiny bit of good news at all that is coming as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is that there likely will be a slowing of the destruction of our oceans, and that this fellow below may have been given a temporary reprieve from his reef’s destruction, global warming, pollution, and poaching. Animal life is slowly venturing back into areas not seen since a long time ago.
However, when it comes down to staying safe and healthy, it looks like it’s going to be entirely up to each one of us. After 5 months our only methods of defense are still- “social distancing” and wearing face masks. We could add one more since we have been very effective at keeping our people working full time since January – that is following a regimen to keep healthy and your immune system strong and resistant.
So far the politicians and the scientists have gotten it wrong every time. Below are a few examples:
- The virus can be transmitted by asymptomatic people.
- The virus may not be transmitted by asymptomatic people.
- The virus survives on wood, plastic, stainless steel, and even your mail. Or maybe not.
- The WHO opposed travel bans to China in February.
- China may have known about this virus as early as August of last year and kept it a secret.
- The Trump administration’s travel restrictions on China were a “ban” that closed up the “entire” United States and “kept China out.” – But somehow they let 40,000 people traveling from China enter the country.
- “Anybody that needs a test, gets a test. They’re there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful and if somebody wants to be tested right now, they’ll be able to be tested.” – this according to Trump 2 months ago.
- Pelosi did visit San Francisco’s Chinatown in late February to encourage residents not to fear the coronavirus in that city.
- America has “developed a testing capacity unmatched and unrivaled anywhere in the world, and it’s not even close.” – also another Trump quote.
- The virus would weaken in April when the weather gets warmer.
- The virus cannot be transmitted if the person is asymptomatic.
- People should not use the N-95 masks because they don’t know how to use these masks. (But somehow we are smart enough to use cotton masks that are ineffective for controlling infection.)
- In 2 weeks of quarantine, everyone should all be back to work.
- We should have a vaccine shortly.
- There are over 110 companies and studies around the world working on a vaccine. So we should certainly have one by the end of the year. (FYI – have you ever found a flu vaccine to be effective.)
- Everyone needs to wear a mask – even if its just cotton and doesn’t filter viruses.
- The virus did not originate in a chinese wet market.
- The virus did not originate in a chinese lab.
- American soldiers brought the virus to China.
- Stopping flights from China in January -thank you Joe Biden- was xenophobic.
- Millions of Americans would have died without social distancing and wearing masks.
- The build-up of crowd immunity will stop the virus.
- The virus will mutate eventually into a non-virulent form.
- Anti-malarial drugs can stop or slow the virus.
- Respirators will save lives.
- Hospitals need to only accept Covid-19 patients, and not allow any elective procedures.
- Destroying the economy will save lives. (except for those deressed, on drugs or alcohol, cannot pay their mortgage, cannot maintain their employees)
- Opening the economy should have little effect on the virus spreading.
- The next wave will come in the fall.
- Storing dead Covid-19 bodies in NYC nursing homes is safe.
- De Blasio and Cuomo were examples of great leaders during this pandemic. (Sorry, couldn’t resist this one.)
- China is cooperating in the war against the virus.
- The World Health Organization has accepted every statement provided by the Chinese government as fact.
- The same WHO is not a puppet of China.
- Viruses cannot be transmitted by mosquitoes.
- Younger people are not susceptible to the virus, only the old and the infirm.
- Covid -19 is no worse than the flu.
- Paying people bonus unemployment and subsidies not to work is good for the economy.
- Having a government, businesses, and a population that relies entirely on increasing debt and government bailouts makes the USA a stronger country.
- Covid-19 death totals are accurate, especially when the Federal gov’t pays hospitals an incentive $13,000 for a diagnosed medicare patient, and $40,000 when that patient is put on a ventilator.
- Or, do hospitals have a financial incentive to place as many people on ventilators as they can … when the survival rate is less than 50%.
- It is better to issue $3+ trillion in bailouts – during an election year to support the stock market – rather than direct that money towards the production of masks, vaccines, and research.
- The Congress and the president are cooperating to solve this problem.
- No one is trying to sneak their “pork” bills into the $3 trillion bailout.
- Most patients put into intensive care survive.
- Stopping hospitals from performing elective care is the correct decision for the survivability of the health care system.
- Allowing governors to decide when to open up their economies during an election year has nothing to do with influencing the outcome of the presidential election.
- Distracting a president through January with continued impeachment hearings rather than letting him do his job, and then blaming him for not reacting fast enough … was not about politics.
- Six months after the disease reached the USA, we are still guessing about who may have and who may not have has the infection … because testing is inadequate.
- The US is doing a good job at tracing the disease clusters and notifying those affected.
- Dr. Fauci is doing a fine job, though he may be restricted from talking to the press.
- Politicians are not using this disease to create a bunch of “pork” that will lead to converting this country into their socialist utopia, or at least influence the outcome of the November elections.
- Pharmaceutical companies are going “to have vaccines, I think, relatively soon.” – (sooner than election day?)
- The coronavirus is “going to go away without a vaccine … and we’re not going to see it again, hopefully, after a period of time.”
Anyway, you get the idea. We are bombarded with information every day, all day long about the virus. Most of it is false. With a good percentage of the population that had been stuck at home looking for things to do, no wonder they gravitated towards the lies and sensationalism of our news outlets. After all, the press are in the business of reporting the facts, not boosting ratings and advertising nor influencing the next election.
The message is that at this point, no one can be trusted to give you the truth. You will have to use your own common sense to do what you believe is best to protect yourself and your family. In some cases this may mean 100% isolation and ordering food and toilet paper off of Amazon. For others, it means going back to work and making a living because you and your family need to pay the rent and buy food. But being cautious and responsible in how this is done is important and really up to ourselves in how to go about doing so.
At Seagate, we have continued to work full-time since February in San Diego and in our factory and farms in Mexico since we produce foods, cleaners, medicines, and supplements. Any Seagate emplyee wishing to stay at home during the height of the epidemic was given that option with full-pay and no consequences. Nobody took that option. As of this date, the precautions and controls we have carefully applied since February have had the fortunate effect that no one in the organization so far has become sick.