Abdu Sharkawy is a doctor in Toronto, Canada, who wrote a Facebook post last week with a message that underscores many of the points I have hade in recent Wuhan Virus Watch posts.
Abdu Sharkawy, a doctor and expert at the University of Toronto in Canada, wrote late Friday that the disease is indeed dangerous but that the often self-interested measures to contain are in some cases proving worse.
His post, which has been shared around 310,000 times at the time of writing, attacks the “spellbinding spiral of panic” he observes around the world as the number of cases increases.
The entire post is worth reading and weighing against all the media drama likely to be offered next week on COVID-19:
I’m a doctor and an Infectious Diseases Specialist. I’ve been at this for more than 20 years seeing sick patients on a daily basis. I have worked in inner city hospitals and in the poorest slums of Africa. HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis,TB, SARS, Measles, Shingles, Whooping cough, Diphtheria…there is little I haven’t been exposed to in my profession. And with notable exception of SARS, very little has left me feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed or downright scared.
I am not scared of Covid-19. I am concerned about the implications of a novel infectious agent that has spread the world over and continues to find new footholds in different soil. I am rightly concerned for the welfare of those who are elderly, in frail health or disenfranchised who stand to suffer mostly, and disproportionately, at the hands of this new scourge. But I am not scared of Covid-19.
What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others. I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they ” probably don’t have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know…” and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess.
I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be canceled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games…that could be kyboshed too. Can you even
I’m scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession.
But mostly, I’m scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, openmindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.
Words to fear, “Out of an abundance of caution”
Italy extended its coronavirus lockdown to the entire country Monday. 60 million in lock down 2018 numbers, one in five Italians was over 65 years old.
Straight talk from the CDC earlier today, apparently worded to work around the message control:
March 9, 2020 – CDC tells people over 60 or who have chronic illnesses like diabetes to stock up on goods and buckle down for a lengthy stay at home
This, from AP, yesterday:
March 8, 2020 – White House overrules CDC push for seniors to avoid flights amid coronavirus outbreak
Crowded, poorly ventilated spaces… Can you not say the word “airplane”?
So, on the news a guy went to a BYU game while he had the coronavirus.
He exposed 60 people.
50 have been tracked down and are being isolated and tested.
The Mormons, and all BYU is Mormon, are all very fatalistic about it.
Maybe its because they expect to get their own private paradise after death anyway.
Meanwhile, those of us who know how Mormons pad their resumes and get jobs because of who they know, expect Utah to have problems with this getting big here.
I noticed the stores are not only out of disinfecting gel, even their free disinfecting wipes for use before you grab a shopping cart is pilfered.
It’s really odd to be among people who 1/2 are concerned and taking precautions while the other 1/2 are oblivious, stupid and IN CHARGE!
The local news is very different from the national coverage.
CNN the Crumby News Network has been stirring the pot about this Coronavirus bu remember this is a election year and rotten liberal leftists news like CNN will say anything and i am glad Trump is suing them they need to be made to answer for their false news
The greatest threat is people merely acting irresponsibly. As we learn more, we learn that healthy people 60 and under are not at risk. It the real world, this could be easily contained and controlled.
Recall the AIDS epidemic. Once that was identified, it could easily have been contained by those most vulnerable, the gay community, acting responsibly. AIDS is not easily transmitted, but the gay community could not exercise the caution and restraint to control it. Eventually, it spread and spread until it made it into the mainstream society.
Above we see Greg doing all he can to promote the fear and panic his Democrats wish to be spread. Even during the market crash yesterday, Biden, Pelosi and Schumer were spreading the false rumors that Trump doesn’t know how to handle the crisis and how the fear and panic is justified. Someone concerned with this country and how all this affects “individual” they would restrain their political rhetoric if not actually provide support for the government actions and promote calm and reason. Again, WHO would want such vindictive, irresponsible, immature, careless people in charge of their government?
10 scientific reasons not to panic as opposed to Democrat’s ONE political reason to panic.
@Greg: Wow its strange the White House and Pence would follow every other recommendation from the CDC and over rule one that any one with a single brain cell should know. But do your part.
cdc is no one friend and the intuition is difficult to work with-they know it all. the cdc is very opinionated and in most cases, does not research or review current problems. during the muslin terrorist 8 years as pres over $60 million was granted to the cdc to find a cause for the ebola virus. today, no one can account for the monies-all gone and no one has a clue to where that $60 million is.
In 1925, an author offered the following: “History is not studied to learn what happened in the past but to learn what behaviors will be necessary in the future to fight for the existence of our people.”
One needs to review the connection between the Spanish Flue or 1918 and the end of the WWI in 11/1918. There are several good scholarly articles that offer a profound connection.
Weekly shopping this AM.
No alcohol, no disinfecting gel, no disinfecting wipes, almost no toilet paper or tissues, no vitamin C pills on the shelves of the store.
4 of my morning emails were from companies I use like Citybank and Ulta, Joe’s Crab Shack and Macaroni Grill all informing me about how they have plenty of disinfecting materials so that they can keep my food, hair, money safe should I go into their businesses.
Even their delivery services are kept from touching food people order.
Seems this would be useful for EVERY flu season, not merely this coronavirus outbreak.
More people die from regular flu even as of now than coronavirus.
March 10, 2020 – Coronavirus testing: how are the hardest-hit countries responding?
Refer to the chart halfway down the page for the number of coronavirus tests performed by each nation per one million people, as of March 10th.
@Greg: What I am suppose to subscribe? Dumb link.
Oh you were wrong again
The South Koreans were never in lock down.
Sorry about that. I used the article URL from the page itself, but it apparently non-subscribers (such as myself) can only get there via the Google News page. I think I’ve fixed that up in post #10, at least for the moment, and here. I should have double checked it after making the post.
I found this article very interesting…please read!
Do you remember the blockbuster hit film The Matrix that was released in 1999? You may not know this, but it has deep spiritual implications concerning the times we are living in and Bible prophecy.
It tells a story of how these “agents” are trying to turn us into machines. We are closer then ever before for this to become a reality when they cause us to receive an implantable microchip in our body during a time when physical money will be no more.
You may have seen on NBC news concerning the implantable RFID microchip that some people are getting put in their hand to make purchases, but did you know this microchip matches perfectly with prophecy in the Bible?
“He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…
You also may have heard of the legendary number “666” that people have been speculating for possibly thousands of years on what it actually means. This article shares something I haven’t seen before, and I don’t think there could be any better explanation for what it means to calculate 666. This is no hoax. Very fascinating stuff!
…Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666″ (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).
To see all the details showing why the Bible foretold of all these things, check out this article!
GOD is sending out His end time warning:
“Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, â€œIf anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).
In the Islamic religion they have man called the Mahdi who is known as their messiah of whom they are waiting to take the stage. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist based off dreams they have received. I myself have had strange dreams about him like no other person. So much so that I decided to share this information.
He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith…
“In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who donâ€™t know me — or theyâ€™ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” – Barack Obama
…but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.
So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…
“And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).
In the Hebrew language we can uncover the meaning behind the name Barack Obama.
Barack, also transliterated as Baraq, in Hebrew is: lightning
baraq – Biblical definition:
From Strongs H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword: – bright, glitter (-ing, sword), lightning. (Strongs Hebrew word H1300 baraq baw-rawk’)
Barak ‘O’bamah, The use of bamah is used to refer to the “heights” of Heaven.
bamah – Biblical definition:
From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation: – height, high place, wave. (Strongs Hebrew word H1116 bamah baw-maw’)
The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.
Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.
Seek Jesus while He may be found…repent, confess and forsake your sins and trust in the savior! Jesus says we must be born again by His Holy Spirit to enter the kingdom of God…God bless!