Lion of the Blogosphere

How to fight the virus

I recommend that we suspend/close the following:

Theaters (movies and otherwise)
Houses of worship
Crowded tourist attractions (like major museums, theme parks)
Cruise ships
Bars and nightclubs.

What about the people who work at these places? Well, we could pay them with helicopter money. That would be a smarter use of helicopter money than pointless easing and rate cuts.

I recommend that we restrict visitors to hospitals and nursing homes. Why not virtual visits through teleconferencing? Proactive testing of anyone in hospitals or nursing homes, staff or patients, with symptoms of the virus. Let’s get off our asses and start testing.

I recommend we start using those infrared thermometers like they have in China and not let people into office buildings or subways or schools if they have a fever.

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Pachyderm7 writes in a comment:

So many of your readers would rather risk their grandparents and parents lives than inconvenience themselves a little bit to stop it.

Yes, that seems to be the case.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 6, 2020 at 3:39 PM

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  1. Does the government actually have the legal authority to shut down those things indefinitely? If not, Trump and Pence should still take the lead by discouraging large gatherings. Trump could set the example by discontinuing his rallies, and Pence could talk to church leaders about shutting down services.

    Rob P

    March 6, 2020 at 3:48 PM

  2. Zero possibility of a rational response to 19-corvids

    The Godless West is psychotic (as well as evil by intent) – adherent to an lunatic combination of… well hardly beliefs, but dogmatic and false assertions.

    We need look no further than the trans agenda, which is proposed at the highest levels as simple biological fact. No society in history has ever had such a crazed and obvious evil systematically imposed upon it by rulers. Nor has anything so obviously crazed and evil been publicly and privately discussed, at such length, with such irrelevant and obtuse pomposity and hypocrisy.

    I am therefore absolutely astonished to find people talking as if there is the slightest possibility of any Western rulers understanding the Corvid threat; and talking with the expectation that Western rulers could or would respond to any such threat in a way that was either effective or well-motivated.

    For you or me to talk as if the Western Establishment was able or willing to act rationally in the best interests of its citizens is simply to share in their evil insanity.

    Andrew E.

    March 6, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    • I’m not optimistic either. It seems a country or state or city needs something like the Seattle outbreak to act.

      To Lion’s list I would add: if you are in a high risk group (and being over 60 is a risk) don’t go out unless it’s really necessary. You can get most things delivered. You can even buy non-perishable food at Amazon.

      Going out to walk around outside is fine though.

      Frau Katze

      March 6, 2020 at 4:45 PM

      • At the moment, I think it would be safe to go to the supermarket during off hours.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 6, 2020 at 7:03 PM

      • @Lion There two grocery chains here in small Victoria, BC that support online shopping and delivery (for a fee, but it’s not much if you buy above a certain amount).

        But certainly, going in off-hours is better than fighting the crowds.

        I bought my two week supply of emergency food and water/juice last week. I felt a bit like a “prepper”, but by this week the crowds are now doing the same.

        Frau Katze

        March 6, 2020 at 7:42 PM

      • Besides, the watering hole, what about places of ingestion and coffee/tea consumption? Stay away from eateries and cafes.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        March 6, 2020 at 11:20 PM

    • My addition of high risk groups staying in was based on the advice given to the county in Seattle affected by the serious outbreak there.

      King Co. advises high-risk residents to stay home as COVID-19 death toll reaches 10

      Frau Katze

      March 6, 2020 at 7:48 PM

  3. So many of your readers would rather risk their grandparents and parents lives than inconvenience themselves a little bit to stop it.


    March 6, 2020 at 4:34 PM

    • This has not happened since 1918 and even then 99% of the focus was on the war and its aftermath.

      Our society has no cultural memory of dealing with pandemics. We don’t know what to do. Leaders are clueless, the population ranges from over worry to being foolishly unconcerned at all.

      But we do have the Internet! Thanks to all who bring information to us, often on a volunteer basis.

      Frau Katze

      March 6, 2020 at 4:52 PM

    • The global super rich don’t care much either. The most expensive car ever sold at auction is a 1932 Bugatti sports racer. It sold for over seven million dollars at an exclusive, international, multi-billionaire auction. Not the sort of place for new money millionaire types who might lobby congress or have children working in some failing dinosaur media outlet.|3


      March 6, 2020 at 8:24 PM

  4. I’d like to stay home from Mass. But the spouse will go anyway. So what’s the diff. Maybe I can talk him out of it.

    Mrs Stitch

    March 6, 2020 at 5:58 PM

    • Do Catholics use a communion cup of wine that’s shared? Alcohol is a disinfectant, but I read you need 70% alcohol to kill this virus. Wine is a lot less than that.

      70% seems high.

      Frau Katze

      March 6, 2020 at 7:51 PM

      • A shared communion cup sounds like a great way to infect an entire congregation.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 6, 2020 at 8:05 PM

      • @Lion That’s what I’m thinking too.

        Frau Katze

        March 6, 2020 at 8:43 PM

      • Our church (Episcopalian) reported that the main office has made arrangements to change communion so as not to require exchanging spit


        March 6, 2020 at 8:44 PM

      • 70% alcohol! Where’d you read that? Not questioning it, just wanna know.


        March 6, 2020 at 8:59 PM

      • 70% alcohol is the standard for disinfecting, it’s what’s in hand sanitizers.

      • I’ve seen that in movies, but never seen or heard of it in real life. Are there churches that actually do this?


        March 7, 2020 at 12:03 AM

      • Catholics receive communion under a single species, the wafer of bread. Still, the bread is handled by the priest and others

        bob sykes

        March 7, 2020 at 8:13 AM

  5. “How to fight the virus.”

    “Hit it with the chair, the chair!!!!”

    Zombie Macho Man Randy Savage: “Oooooh, Yeeah!!! Grrr, arrgh!”

    NYC, get a rope

    March 6, 2020 at 9:04 PM

  6. You forgot sporting events. The NCAA’s March Madness is about to begin, and the NBA and NHL are still underway. Soon the baseball season will start, with MLB and a host of minor amateur and profession leagues.

    bob sykes

    March 7, 2020 at 8:14 AM

    • The deciding game of the 1919 Stanley Cup finals was cancelled due to the flu outbreak.


      March 7, 2020 at 4:25 PM

    • HOLY COW!!!! Yeah, those could be huge too….


      March 7, 2020 at 4:28 PM

  7. Agreed. We need to ground flights too.


    March 7, 2020 at 10:02 AM

  8. I think the first business that is going to be hit really hard is the strip club business because of the physical contact that goes on there. No more lap dances. What will strippers do? How will they pay for their new tattoos? Are there other businesses that involve close proximity and physical contact? Barber shops spring to mind. Pretty much every guy goes to those. Will we have a bunch of shaggy haired individuals walking around because they are afraid to get a haircut?

    Mark G.

    March 7, 2020 at 5:09 PM

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