Lion of the Blogosphere

Sunday morning virus update


There are now 132 confirmed cases. 26 are intensive care (thus refuting the morons who keep saying that the virus doesn’t affect white people).

All schools and universities, in the Lombardy region are ordered closed, and all public and private vents including cultural, recreational, sporting and religious nature are suspended. The Lombardy region includes the city of Milan. At Fashion Week in Milan, the models will present to an empty room. [UPDATE: All schools and universities closed in Veneto (which includes the city of Venice) and Piedmont (which includes the city of Turin).]

Also, the Venice Carnival (whatever that is) has been called off.


The numbers being reported by Iran are meaningless because it’s obvious that the virus is widespread throughout the country and they lack the ability to test or the political desire to tell the world how bad it is. According to many internet rumors, the situation is out of control.

Officially, a total of 8 people have died from the virus, thus refuting the morons who say that only East Asian people die from the virus. Iran has ordered all schools, universities and cultural centers shut down throughout the country, not just in Qom where the outbreak started. And they’ve suspended all other public events. Sporting events will be held without spectators.

BUT, there’s no word that Mosques have been closed. Religious services have been a major vector of transmission, so if Iran fails to close down the Mosques, the virus will continue to spread around and everything else they are doing will be for naught.

South Korea

There are now 602 confirmed infections and 6 deaths.


There are now 146 confirmed cases, an increase of 13 since yesterday morning.

Cruise ship

Another 57 people, 55 of them crew members, have tested positive.


No new cases today. This shows that early and aggressive testing and contact tracing could have conquered the virus in other countries.


Israel has instituted a travel ban on South Korea and Japan. Israel is quarantining everybody who came in contact with a South Korean tour group. Israel is the only country in the world besides Singapore that is serious about keeping the virus out.

United States

If you don’t test anyone for the virus, then there are no new cases. Do you believe that no one in the United States is infected? I don’t believe it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 23, 2020 at 8:57 AM

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  1. “South Koran tour group”


    February 23, 2020 at 10:57 AM

  2. Belmont

    February 23, 2020 at 11:32 AM

  3. Is it obvious that we’re not testing appropriately? From what I can tell the US *is* testing people in several large cities who have flu like symptoms and are negative for flu. And we’re testing people with Wuhan virus contacts. Any test has a false positive rate, so if you institute widespread testing willy nilly you’re going to pick up false positives and devote a lot of resources to chasing down the source of their “exposure” and testing their “contacts.” Like a dog chasing its tail… And I’m sure there’s a limited supply of test kits available. It’s only appropriate to test people when you have a logical reason to do so. If it’s here, beyond the cases we already know, we should be picking up hospitalizations. Wuhan virus is on every doctor’s radar. There’s no way you’re going to be able to keep it a secret. And nobody has any reason to keep it a secret. Not to say it’s not going to become a thing here, but when it does, we will know, and quickly. And I’m
    not sure how it could have been prevented, within reason, no matter who was the president. But yeah Trump will be blamed no matter what. Still his best course of action is to follow the advice of his experts at the CDC. That’s what any other president would do. And that’s what I would want my president to do.

    Kosher Kowboy

    February 23, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    • “From what I can tell the US *is* testing people in several large cities who have flu like symptoms and are negative for flu.”

      And what’s your news source for this? All of my sources say that the CDC ANNOUNCED they would do that, but they haven’t done it yet because they don’t have any test kits that work.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 23, 2020 at 2:03 PM

      • Ok. My bad. Well they’re testing some people, likely patient contacts, I guess with the small number of tests that they have and they’re working on mass production of test kits that do work. If they don’t have tests that work, then there’s not much point in testing is there? Just because they’re testing in other countries doesn’t mean that other countries have test kits that work. China, as you have already pointed out, likely faked all of of their testing data, and it’s possible that other countries are using tests that don’t work. Reportedly the Italian patient zero tested negative, and now Italy has an outbreak. Culturally we are not an anti-testing medical community here in the US. We love ordering tests. So if they’re not testing, or tests are unavailable, then there’s a good, albeit technical, reason for it. When we start getting hospitalizations for a flu negative, flu-like illness, people are going to be open about it and they’re gonna talk about it and the news is going to be all over it, because it makes Trump look bad. I think we’ve just been lucky so far. There’s no cover up. And there’s not a thing Trump can do about it that would actually work. Maybe he should run down to the CDC, don a bunny suit and help them improve the test kit. I keep sort of expecting him to tweet about how much the CDC sucks, but then the CDC would turn on him, and the media would make hay out of that. So I think Trump should do what he’s been doing, which isn’t much, and defer to the CDC. The US is not Singapore.

        Kosher Kowboy

        February 23, 2020 at 3:03 PM

    • Last update from the CDC was that 414 people have been tested as of Friday.

      Tiny countries like South Korea are already processing 6k tests *per day.* Why is everyone in the US is cheaping out on running tests and acting like testing requires a lot of effort for the worlds richest county? I would have thought germaphobe Trump would have been all over this.


      February 23, 2020 at 2:15 PM

      • If the South Korean test was flawed, they might not tell us that. They might just keep on running the test. One of the reasons this is a great country is that the CDC is willing to recall a defective test and start over again, and tell us about it.

        Kosher Kowboy

        February 23, 2020 at 3:11 PM

      • The CDC is incompetent, not great.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 23, 2020 at 3:21 PM

  4. I wonder if it spreads faster in Italy because they stand so close when they talk. Not much sense of personal space.


    February 23, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    • “I wonder if it spreads faster in Italy because they stand so close when they talk. Not much sense of personal space.”

      Yes I think this is an issue. Compared to Japanese who keep their personal distance and don’t shake hands or hug.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 23, 2020 at 2:04 PM

      • And don’t forget the cheek kiss for close friends and family. First left cheek then right cheek. Three of the Lombardi cases were actually discovered in Trentino while they were on vacation, so expect more cases there to pop up. I’m heading to Italy next month but I’m not visiting the family in Trentino this trip.


        February 23, 2020 at 4:28 PM

  5. Carnivals are held before the 40 day “fast” (amounts to a vegan diet) leading up to Easter. It’s supposed to be a quiet time. Carnivals are riotous affairs to be held before the 40 days starts.

    It’s not something Protestants do. It’s a custom, not scriptural.

    Eastern Orthodox also have a similar 40 days, but carnivals never developed.

    Frau Katze

    February 23, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    • Yes I was going to say Carnival in Italy is the same event as Mardi Gras. Last day you could eat meat before the 40 days of Lent in Catholic culture.


      February 23, 2020 at 3:57 PM

    • Protestants have a Pancake Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday), and have an Ash Wednesday, too. At least the United Church of Canada did when I went there. No carnivals though, unlike those excitable Latin folks.


      February 23, 2020 at 8:28 PM

  6. I am sure there are undetected/untested infected cases in the United States. Some of them will be asymptomatic super spreaders, and like the British white guy, you cannot always tell from the appearance that he/she is one. Keep a good physical distance from people, especially talkative people. It’s a great time to be an introvert.

    telling it like it is

    February 23, 2020 at 3:10 PM

    • So I should avoid Penn Station in NYC? I was supposed to go to New Jersey next month and I take NJ transit trains. My family will probably say I’m being paranoid, though.

      Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

      February 23, 2020 at 8:55 PM

      • Hideous Penn Station and its Port Authority cousin are indeed stations for proles (yet mostly NAMs too) versus Grand Central with its grandiose pre-war architectural design and shops that are SWPL friendlier.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        February 23, 2020 at 10:38 PM

      • NJ Transit is prole and its Metro North that serves the Port Jervis and Pascack lines of Orange and Rockland Counties are prole too.

        The Metro North proper is both SWPL and Yuppy oriented (the Hudson Line takes hipsters to their various river towns and the Harlem Line takes upper middle class professionals to their various wealthy towns of the Hudson Valley East’s interior).

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        February 23, 2020 at 10:43 PM

  7. Also, the Venice Carnival (whatever that is) has been called off.

    Its that place where people wear those fancy masks and costumes. Basically a high class Mardi Gras for Europeans. I’d imagine a lot of drugs, champagne and people getting laid in expensive hotel rooms.


    February 23, 2020 at 5:24 PM

  8. About Israel
    World War Z portrayed correctly. Only country in the world to take the virus seriously in the movie
    Maybe something to do with the extensive military training/mindset?
    Or maybe the high ashkenazi IQ? Afterall, Singapoure is a high IQ-nononsense country
    USA, on the other hand, is probably screwed
    Also, WWZ is a very good movie. It is sad they gave up the sequel


    February 23, 2020 at 9:26 PM

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