Deepening Ignorance

The longer this coronavirus thing goes on, the less I seem to know about it. On the Diamond Princess, which was a microcosm of the epidemic, and a perfect environment for maximum spread, it seems that 80% of passengers and crew didn’t get it. And another 12% got it, but showed no symptoms. And of the remaining 8%, just 7 people died. Not much to worry about.

But now we have 800 people dying in Italy in a single day. Why so few deaths on the Diamond Princess, and so many in Italy? One answer is that on the Diamond Princess they were shipped off to hospitals when they tested positive, while in Italy it looks like the hospitals have been overwhelmed by patients, and new patients get no treatment, and die.

But that’s just my guess. So I don’t really know.

This morning I read:

The Prime Minister may enforce the measures within 24 hours amid concern members of the public are not listening to the Government’s warnings. Under the lockdown, movements could be restricted by police. Curfews have been imposed in Italy, Spain and France while parks and all shops have except supermarkets and pharmacies have also been closed. Fines have also been instituted if members of the public venture out for non-essential trips. At the weekend, pictures emerged of masses of people walking through parks and even attending markets despite the Government’s advice. Today, the House of Commons will also debate the Coronavirus Bill in all its stages in order to give the Government added powers to stop the outbreak of the Covid-19. The bill will be enshrined into law later this week and will allow such measures as closing ports and airports.

It goes back to what people believe. And in my case I no longer know what to believe about any of it. And probably it’s the same with most other people, and they’ve decided to carry on as normal. Why should they panic? Who should they trust? Does anybody really know what’s going on anyway?

It’s nice to think that there are experts who do know. But when the self-styled experts openly disagree among themselves, they can’t all know what they’re talking about. And the same is true with all the experts in Climate Change and Tobacco Control. What do they know? Not much.

We’ll just have to see what happens. Some of us will expect the worst. Others will hope for the best.

I’ll hope for the best. I live a life that is almost completely isolated anyway (thanks to the 12 year old smoking ban). I became even more isolated two months ago when I started shopping for groceries online, because I was finding it too hard to shop for myself on foot. But now Tesco’s online shopping waiting list has no delivery slots available. I read yesterday that Tesco (Britain’s largest supermarket) were hiring new staff in large numbers. But that hasn’t seemed to fix the logjam yet. So I’ll have to live off what I’ve already got.

I don’t know what to expect next, not just from coronavirus, but from the response to it. It looks like there’s going to be chaos.

The solution maybe is to just make another cup of tea or coffee, and enjoy it with an accompanying cigarette, and stop worrying about everything. And gaze out of the window, remembering the hits of yesteryear, when life was so much simpler. e.g. Bob Luman, Dreamy Doll, 1959:


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10 Responses to Deepening Ignorance

  1. Igrowmyown says:

    Question the science, question the scientists should be a modern mantra,but nobody in the media or politics ever seems to, This how we end up with the world’s economy being shut down.

  2. Igrowmyown says: science/story/2020-03-22 coronavirus-outbreak-nobel-laureate

  3. Vlad says:

    At the same time, public heath officials emphasized that the virus poses a low risk to the American public, and that it’s unlikely to spread widely here.

    This didn’t age well at all.

  4. slugbop007 says:

    Here is a glimpse of the uphill battle that we face as consumers of tobacco products, and just about anything else. If you scroll down from the top of the page to the bottom you will see the names of former health ministers from around the world and the like all connected in one way or another with the Harvard School of Public Health. Or, should it be called Harvard School of Global Eugenics?

    That original $350 million dollar donation/investment is now worth tens of billions of dollars and lots of Swiss bank accounts.


  5. slugbop007 says:

    It appears that you are a fan of Rockabilly. True? I wrote a fan letter to Ray Campi around 40 years ago after I bought one of his albums. When I looked on the back of the jacket on the second album of his that I bought I discovered that one of my cousins, Glenn Thilman, was a drummer in the band. Unfortunately he dropped out. I went on a Rockabilly kick for several years. Some of my favourites were Mac Curtis and Tex Rubinowitz (Hot Rod Man). There was a group in the UK called The Darts and a doowop type group called The Cruisers. Although they weren’t Rockabilly they were still cool. Then there were The Blasters, Robert Gordon and the Stray Cats. I made mixes of all these groups on several cassettes and sold them in bars and cafés around Montreal in the early 80s.


    • Frank Davis says:

      I’ve just been remembering the music that played on the radio in Rio de Janeiro way back then. I never knew what kind of music it was, or even what the musicians looked like.. It’s music that reminds me of a time and a place, before 60s music washed it all away.

  6. slugbop007 says:

    Before I wrote to Ray Campi I did some research on him and discovered that he had been an English school teacher in a high school in the San Fernando Valley where I was born. Me, North Hollywood. Ray? Can’t remember. Thumping standup Bass and English grammar.


  7. slugbop007 says:

    Here’s a Rockabilly gem from way back:

    Centipede Crawl, by Lew Williams


  8. slugbop007 says:

    Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones – Black Slacks


  9. Lepercolonist says:

    Big Pharma does not like patients using the old[1934] malaria drug chloroquine at $ 12.00 a dose.
    They want us to wait a year for their new vaccine in development at $ 60.00 a dose.

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