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Response to COVID-19 Has Exposed Chronic Dysfunction in the West

While I would love to finish a bunch of my drafts about topics ranging from how the computer revolution of past 20 years has been a failure to why the 1990s was the last good decade for people living in west, we seem to keep coming back to topics such as COVID-19 and Trump. So consider this post as another one in an already long list about the incredibly dysfunctional response by western countries to the COVID-19 pandemic. But how is this one different from the ones I posted over past few months? Well.. because it seems that systemic dysfunction exhibited by western countries has not improved, and in some cases, gotten worse.

1] Have you noticed that even after 8 months, western countries have still not shown the willingness or wherewithal to treat COVID-19 infections in high-risk patients with anti-viral and anti-inflammatory drugs? Let me explain a bit about what I am talking about. See.. based on results of many small and large clinical trials around the world, we know that treatment of COVID-19 patients at higher risk of hospitalization with certain drugs does reduces the risk of hospitalization, ICU usage and death. Furthermore, many of them such as Indomethacin, Doxycycline, Ambroxol or Bromhexine, low-dose Colchicine, Ivermectin are both readily available and fairly safe, especially for short-term use.

Yet no government in the West has even bothered to honestly find out if all the positive results seen in other parts of the world are reproducible. It is noteworthy than many of these reports come from more than one country and were often published at round the same time. There is definitely something going on with these compounds. Of course, these drugs would be most effective in high-risk patients who receive them within the first 3-4 days of symptomatic illness. But almost no large clinical trial in the West is even trying to assess their efficacy in reducing hospitalizations, ICU usage and death. It is as if the establishment in West has no interest in strategies which don’t involve them riding on their favorite hobby-horses.

2] Related to this shortcoming, is the inability or unwillingness to deploy orally available direct anti-viral drugs to treat COVID-19 in high-risk patients as early as possible. As mentioned in at least one previous post, a Remdesivir analog known as GS-441524 has the same degree of efficacy against Coronaviruses as it well-known chemical cousin in addition to being orally available and noticeably less toxic. So why isn’t nobody in West trying to find out if giving this drug (already tested in animals) early in course of disease reduces the risk of hospitalization etc in older patients? What about EIDD-2801, another even more potent and orally available anti-viral compound which has passed toxicity and efficacy tests in animals?

Do you see a trend? It is as if there is no systemic and coordinated effort in the West to treat COVID-19 before people end up in the hospital. The same is true for all those monoclonal antibody cocktails which would be far more useful if they were given to high-risk patients before they get sick enough to be hospitalized. I mean.. look at Trump.. he got the antibody cocktail and anti-viral drug at right time and hence recovered much faster than otherwise. Isn’t it interesting to note that the most aggressive use of medicines to stop high-risk patients from getting worse is occurring in countries such as India, Russia, Malaysia etc rather than the supposedly “advanced” West? What is going on?

3] And it gets worse. Have you noticed that western governments are still pretending that COVID-19 can be controlled or eliminated by a hastily thrown together bunch of measures such as “hard lockdowns”, ineffectual talismans such cloth masks, social distancing and then pretending that the continued rise in cases in spite of implementing these measures is due to poor “compliance” rather than they being close to useless. Have you also noticed that most western governments are pretending that COVID-19 infections in children and adolescents have a higher mortality than the common cold. Also, if you are interested in preventing high-risk teachers from getting infected, why not keep teachers over 50 or 60 at home and let the others go about their normal routine.

They are still pretending that the mortality rates for under-50s is more than 1 in a few thousand. Even the rates for under-60 crowd remain at somewhere between 1 in 500 to 1 in a thousand. Shouldn’t we be therefore devoting resources (such as N95 masks etc) to those at high risk of adverse outcomes such as those above 70 or 80 and in assisted living situations rather than fight the losing battle to stop COVID-19 infections in low-risk people. Hasn’t it become obvious by now, after 8 months, that eliminating COVID-19 from the population by such measures is a fool’s errand. Who are trying to impress with this seemingly unending list of failures?

4] But the crowning glory of their ineffectualness has been their profound inability to come up with a realistic plan to emerge from this self-inflicted crisis. Do you see any government in the West putting forth a realistic plan for dealing from the situation. And no.. ideas centered around daily ‘cheap’ tests for everybody and vaccinating everybody are not realistic as anybody who knows even a bit about error rates in testing and logistics of producing and distributing vaccines knows. Too make matters.. more interesting.. most vaccines being developed in the West are of types which have not been previously used in humans. Yes.. RNA-based vaccines such as those being developed by Pfizer and Moderna have not been previously used in human beings. Nor have those which use adenoviral vectors such as the ones from Astra-Zeneca, CanSino or the Sputnik V Russian vaccine. To put it another way, we are in totally uncharted waters with these vaccines.

I cannot help pointing out that inactivated virus vaccines against COVID-19 are perfectly feasible. Indeed, such vaccines have been used against Poliomyelitis, Hepatitis A, Rabies, Influenza vaccines etc for many decades. Yet for some odd reasons, there are only a few groups developing inactivated virus vaccines for COVID-19. What makes this even more odd is that such vaccines have been successfully tested and used for multiple types of Coronaviruses affecting animals. So why aren’t we using tried and tested methods for vaccine development, which are almost certain to work, in favor of sexy but unproven methods of achieving the same results. And yes.. I am aware that inactivated virus vaccines require boosters, but so do the others being currently tested for COVID-19. Also, what about vaccines based around protein subunits, such as the ‘spike’ protein, another well-known way of developing them.

Since we are already past a thousand words, I am not going to go into the hilarious stupidity and callousness displayed by western governments when it comes to issues such as helping save small businesses, jobs in the most affected sectors, running schools and universities into the ground and much more. Might write a followup part based on responses.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. advocatus diaboli is a gay white supremacist
    November 14, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Despite claims of being an “independent thinker”, Advocatus Diaboli is incredibly naive if he still believes all this is due to incompetence, rather than due to an purposeful organized top-down conspiracy (involving China, Bill Gates, and the WHO, and others). The purpose is to frighten the world population and then force a harmful vaccine down their throats. They will make money, and enjoy killing large parts of the population.

    • dogfucker supremacist
      November 19, 2020 at 10:31 am

  2. MikeCA
    November 14, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Why are you wasting your time on all this Covid disinfo.

    Given that no western country has succeeded at what others such as China, Japan and even Vietnam and Thailand have.. aren’t you a bit curious about the cause of this abject failure? Also, it is not just USA who has fucked up. France, UK, Belgium etc have done no better.

    What is scope on the rumors Putin will be stepping down next year because he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease?

    Was that in the same newspaper and outlets which brought you RussiaGate and the PeePee tape?

    The Kremlin has denied the rumor is true, but if Putin is not planning to step down soon, why is he trying to push through legislation to grant lifetime immunity from prosecution for former presidents?

    Not my area of expertise. Ask someone who actually follows Russian politics or lives in that country.

    Perhaps the next Russian president will be Don the Con himself. I hear he will be available next year.

    Only the american electorate is dumb enough to repeatedly elect conmen like Reagan, both Bushes, Clinton, Obama and Trump.

  3. doldrom
    November 15, 2020 at 5:03 am

    Have you joined the cordon sanitaire around the mention of HCQ?
    Third rail of journalist censure?

    No.. it just happens to be the case that drugs such as Indomethacin, Ivermectin, Doxycycline, low-dose Colchicine etc do an equally good and in some cases better job at prevent hospitalizations etc in high-risk patients.

  4. NickSwift
    November 17, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Do you think that the “vaccine” will be the panacea they’re promising us?

    They don’t care if it is a panacea. face it, the chance of death for somebody below 50 is less than 1 in a few thousand. Even upto 60, the chance of death is about 1 in a 1000.

    I do not believe it.

    What will they do when the case numbers remain high after vaccination campaigns?

    They will because COVID-19 has become a cash cow and excuse for authoritarianism.

    I guess the “new normal” they seem so fixated on is going to go from rhetoric to reality.

    The idiots pushing that “new normal” bullshit are in for a rude shock, once enough people and corporations have been impoverished.

    I originally thought that this would end in a matter of weeks, but I’m quite sure now that this could go on indefinitely. Am I off-base?

    Most of the world outside the dying west has moved on. Do you see people in India or Brazil caring that much about COVID-19? What about those in SE Asia? Or Russia? Or China? They have no interest in the “new normal” the credentialed dumbfucks in West are trying to sell.

    • NickSwift
      November 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Yeah, I agree: It looks like it’s just gonna be a long, drawn-out death-rattle for America. Too bad, so sad.

  5. The Great Reset
    November 17, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Introducting… The Great Reset:

    Build back better.

  6. bonzo
    November 17, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Pandemic of mass hysteria is how I describe world reaction to covid-19. Only way to defeat psychological pandemics is herd immunity. Most people have caught the mass hysteria disease and gone crazy. In Spain, 70% of people want more lockdowns, according to latest polls, so clearly people there are still suffering from mass hysteria infection. But eventually they will recover. Once they do finally recover their senses and realize how badly they’ve been fucked over economically, they should be immune to further infection with mass hysteria for at least a decade or two. So that’s something positive to look forwards to.

    • doldrom
      November 18, 2020 at 10:18 am

      I’m trying really hard to share your up beat take!

    • P Ray
      November 18, 2020 at 8:48 pm

      What is more fun is knowing about how the new babies born to Covid-19 parents, or the people with Covid-19 … or the babies with Covid-19, how their changed body chemistry reacts to common medicines, and how it affects their bodily organs.

      If enough people get it they will try to rationalise it away or using it as a stigmatising factor, e.g. in NZ, International Student (paying 5x the fees of locals) Sopheng Veng caught hepatitis from a local prostitute … and the government wanted to deport him,

      on the flip side is the ridiculous people of the US with HerpesisNormal

      But for both sides, it is offensive if you ask Western locals if they have STDs, and they have policies in place to keep or expel foreigners with STDs, but zero sanctions against locals with STDs.

      White privilege strikes again!

      • P Ray
        November 18, 2020 at 9:04 pm

        Whoops, typo
        But for both sides, it is offensive if you ask Western locals if they have STDs, and they have policies in place to keep or expel foreigners with STDs, but zero sanctions against locals with STDs.

        should read
        But for both sides, it is offensive if you ask Western locals if they have STDs, and they have policies in place to keep out or expel foreigners with STDs, but zero sanctions against locals with STDs.

  7. It's just a conspiracy, bro.
    November 19, 2020 at 2:34 am

  8. Moron
    November 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    So are you willing to accept you were wrong about the election and that MikeCA was right? Trump will be gone from office in January and none of the “shit show” you claimed that would happen revolving around the election ever came fruition.

    • Advipoops Craps his Diapercoli
      November 20, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      If you accept the easily observably fact that AD is a narcissist who wished he was a sociopath, it is much easier to understand why he writes what he writes. He has downplayed Covid 19. He may be “technically correct” that 18-50 year olds with no pre-existing conditions are unlikely to die of Covid, it is still something you probably don’t want to get. The are many stories of “long haulers”-those who have had problems months after having the “2 week flu.” There is also very real possibilities of long term damage to your organs. So with that being said, it is pragmatic to take reasonable precautions to protect yourself. Remember, AD is a sadistic fuck who would laugh if someone was hurt because of bad information he gave out. He is safely sitting this one out with his WFH make-work job, his takeout, his pronhub and maybe a few escorts that he has tried to talk down in price touching his pee pee.

      Mike CaCa is most likely wrong about AD being a Wussian Twoll. It is ironic that after Mr.CaCa spent months (or was it years whinging at crooked Hillary’s defeat) that reich wingers wouldn’t similarly claim that trump da chump lost due to voting fraud.

      ” Trump will be gone from office in January and none of the “shit show” you claimed that would happen revolving around the election ever came fruition.”

      There will probably be some kind of drama and while it may not be as dramatic as this summer’s riots, it will likely be enough for our residential narcissist to say “Aha, I WAS right after all…”

    • you cuck
      November 20, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      If you accept the easily observably fact that AD is a narcissist who wished he was a sociopath, it is much easier to understand why he writes what he writes. He has downplayed Covid 19. He may be “technically correct” that 18-50 year olds with no pre-existing conditions are unlikely to die of Covid, it is still something you probably don’t want to get. The are many stories of “long haulers”-those who have had problems months after having the “2 week flu.” There is also very real possibilities of long term damage to your organs. So with that being said, it is pragmatic to take reasonable precautions to protect yourself. Remember, AD is a sadistic fuck who would laugh if someone was hurt because of bad information he gave out. He is safely sitting this one out with his WFH make-work job, his takeout, his pronhub and maybe a few escorts that he has tried to talk down in price touching his pee pee.

      Mike CaCa is most likely wrong about AD being a Wussian Twoll. It is ironic that after Mr.CaCa spent months (or was it years whinging at crooked Hillary’s defeat) that reich wingers wouldn’t similarly claim that trump da chump lost due to voting fraud.

      ” Trump will be gone from office in January and none of the “shit show” you claimed that would happen revolving around the election ever came fruition.”

      There will probably be some kind of drama and while it may not be as dramatic as this summer’s riots, it will likely be enough for our residential narcissist to say “Aha, I WAS right after all…”

  9. LALALA
    November 20, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    If you accept the easily observably fact that AD is a narcissist who wished he was a sociopath, it is much easier to understand why he writes what he writes. He has downplayed Covid 19. He may be “technically correct” that 18-50 year olds with no pre-existing conditions are unlikely to die of Covid, it is still something you probably don’t want to get. The are many stories of “long haulers”-those who have had problems months after having the “2 week flu.” There is also very real possibilities of long term damage to your organs. So with that being said, it is pragmatic to take reasonable precautions to protect yourself. Remember, AD is a sadistic fuck who would laugh if someone was hurt because of bad information he gave out. He is safely sitting this one out with his WFH make-work job, his takeout, his pronhub and maybe a few escorts that he has tried to talk down in price touching his pee pee.

    Mike CaCa is most likely wrong about AD being a Wussian Twoll. It is ironic that after Mr.CaCa spent months (or was it years whinging at crooked Hillary’s defeat) that reich wingers wouldn’t similarly claim that trump da chump lost due to voting fraud.

    ” Trump will be gone from office in January and none of the “shit show” you claimed that would happen revolving around the election ever came fruition.”

    There will probably be some kind of drama and while it may not be as dramatic as this summer’s riots, it will likely be enough for our residential narcissist to say “Aha, I WAS right after all…”

  10. you cuck
    November 20, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Check your SPAM you filthy cuck!

  11. stoner with a boner is a faggot
    November 21, 2020 at 2:51 am

    • RYU
      November 21, 2020 at 9:20 am

  12. Plaque Doctor is a huge queer
    November 21, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Rosh V, that goy is a scammer, I bought all his PUA books and when game didn’t work, I learned gayme. I am an antinatalist so I laugh when people die….

    All I do during lockdown is eat fellow white nationalist buttholes…

    Gee, I sure do hope covid can’t be transmitted via feces….

  13. bill powell
    December 2, 2020 at 10:04 am

    the only idea that makes sense to me given the response to covid from the powers that be is that are preparing both themselves and the populace for a much more virulent pathogen coming our way in the near future

  1. November 21, 2020 at 4:34 pm

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