I’m gradually reaching the level of fatigue where the news will become utterly unwatchable. We were watching the news this morning with our coffee and pastries (Portuguese bakeries are one of the biggest perks of moving to Florida) and the commercials were – I kid you not – for prepper companies selling military-style food pouches.
Meanwhile, the news is covering the case of a high school student in Washington state who tested positive for the virus. The clinic sent him home and he won’t be going back to school for a while. His school is being sanitized… You know, exactly the same thing schools in developed countries do during flu season anyway. Another US citizen quarantined for what is likely a false positive test for coronavirus was advising people not to trust the numbers of people infected. He explained he has to be tested twice more to confirm he never had the virus in the first case.
Imagine if the media covered the flu each year the way they are covering the coronavirus. BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: We have a confirmed case of the flu in the town of Cracker Swamp, Florida. No word yet on quarantines, but we will alert you once we get in touch with the CDC. We are urging you to avoid travel to Cracker Swamp until this situation is resolved. This segment was brought to you by Preppers, Inc. and their new garage water treatment systems.
But on the assumption that the illness could get very bad (which would be unusual in warmer temperatures, but let’s go with it):
- The Federal Drug Administration has opened up hundreds of academic hospitals and community hospitals to begin testing. This is already a major difference between the US and China, which was trying to suppress news of the virus spreading. Trump’s critics, of course, have been trying to hype that the country was going to be taken off guard by the spread of the virus, thinking that our scientific community is as yoked to their batshit politics as China’s is to the Communist Party.
- The Trump administration is preparing a legal case to use war powers to ramp up manufacturing of medical supplies in the event of a serious outbreak. Stay tuned for Pelosi trying to pass legislation to restrict war powers as she pushed with the strike of a notorious Iranian terrorist. I am so far past underestimating her lack of basic reasoning skills and goodwill. Her thoughts are failed gotcha politics all the way down. But it’s unlikely we will ever get to that point.
I would also like to point out that I mentioned government-sponsored manufacturing under emergency situations in an earlier post. This is not even a situation without precedent in our country, to anyone who has studied the Civil War or World Wars. Trump has a three-trillion dollar budget to play with, he can manage.
The coronavirus is not going to cripple the US economy. In fact, it might prove to be some bizarre stimulus, as the federal government is spending more money to prepare for an outbreak and international corporations have gotten a supply chain reality check that maybe stability is worth bringing their infrastructure back home. I guess we will see.
All I can say is, don’t discount the advantages of living in the richest, most technologically developed country on the planet with a president that is prepared to treat the coronavirus the same way he treated ISIS if he needs to.
I’m going to laugh my ass off if the Federal Reserve intervenes in the panic and all the un-American idiots shorting stocks get hosed (as they should).