India shows how containment can work with certain viruses, like deadly Nipah Virus.
…. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters traveling with Biden aboard Air Force One that he will lay out the six-pronged strategy ‘working across the public and private sectors to help continue to get the pandemic under control.’
Asked about possible new mandates, Psaki said the White House would offer more details later about the plan and acknowledged that the federal government cannot broadly mandate that Americans get vaccinated.
‘We need to continue to take more steps to make sure school districts are prepared and make sure communities across the country are prepared,’ Psaki added.
I am sure the 6-pronged plan will be every bit as successful as the border control and Afghanistan withdrawal plans.
The worst part of the 4 weeks needed to flatten the curve was the first 18 months.
— Assad Tannous (@AsennaWealth) August 13, 2021
Let’s compare COVID to another disease causing problems. Authorities in the Indian state of Kerala are battling to contain an outbreak of the Nipah virus, an animal-borne virus with a fatality rate of 75%.
The virus, which is not related to the coronavirus behind the current global pandemic and is far more deadly, killed a 12-year-old boy in Kerala over the weekend, prompting stepped-up efforts to trace his contacts. New infections have been confirmed.
The boy was admitted to a hospital a week ago with high fever. As his condition worsened and doctors suspected inflammation of his brain (encephalitis), his blood samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology, where tests confirmed a Nipah infection. He died early on Sunday.
Government authorities have stepped up contact tracing efforts, identifying, quarantining and testing people who may have come into contact with the young victim. According to the state’s health minister, Veena George, 188 people who came into contact with the boy had been identified by Monday. Of them, 20 were considered high-risk primary contacts — primarily his family members, all of whom were being held under strict quarantine or hospitalized.
Nipah virus can be transmitted to humans from animals (such as bats or pigs) or contaminated foods. It is also possible that the virus can be sent directly from human to human.
Nipah virus was first discovered in Malaysia and Singapore in 1999 — an outbreak of nearly 300 human cases, with more than 100 deaths, the CDC noted. More than 1 million pigs were killed to help control the outbreak, causing a “substantial economic impact.”
Complicating its detection, key symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19, including fever, cough, sore throat and difficulty breathing, the CDC noted.
The infected often also suffer encephalitis, or swelling of the brain — and if they survive, often suffer persistent convulsions and even personality changes. The contagion can remain dormant in sufferers — who may get sick and possibly die from it “months and even years after exposure,” the CDC warned.
There is no vaccine, and the only treatment is supportive care to control complications and keep patients comfortable.
Unlike the coronavirus, the Nipah virus has a significant case fatality rate (40%-75%), and contact tracing is effective at containing outbreaks (unless Fauci or the Chinese meddled with the genetics).
In part, this strategy is effective because viruses that originate with animals find it difficult to get their hooks into humans. This is different from COVID-19, which may have been altered to be more easily transmissible to humans.
India’s approach to the Nipah virus is wise. However, I assert that it is time to stop using the robust “control by any means” approach to COVID-19. A comparison between the cases being observed between robustly controlling Israel and substantially less restrictive Sweden highlights the wave-cycle occurring no matter how many masks are worn.
Cases in Israel with mask mandates and vaccine passports are 1,191% higher than Sweden where no one is wearing masks and there are no vaccine passports so get ready for more mask mandates and vaccine passport recommendations from purposefully ignorant experts pic.twitter.com/7shVO0YJY6
— IM (@ianmSC) September 6, 2021
Here’s another comparison for consideration: Between Nevada, California, and Arizona, with various levels of rules or mandates.
Arizona, California & Nevada have different mask rules in major cities, reopened at different times & have different vaccination rates, yet the case curves are nearly indistinguishable
It’s incredible to watch experts & politicians ignore this because it’s inconvenient for them pic.twitter.com/MKBoiQhXX2
— IM (@ianmSC) September 5, 2021
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