16 facts about Covid-19
>> 9 grim things about the quarantines
– We’re talking shortages, fights over toilet paper & more drama
>> 7 socio-economic effects
– Small business problems, billionaires asking for handouts (yes, really) & more
>> 8 health & healthcare effects
– People aren’t getting the help they deserve
>> 6 ways the coronavirus has been spread
– The official theory & the conspiracy theories
>> 6 theories about its origin
– The obvious and the, um … not-so-obvious
>> 4 grim suggested ‘cures’
– Drink bleach? Maybe not…
- The effects
The numbers quickly rose from hundreds to thousands to millions of deaths, as people suffer and quarantine – either by choice or by force. Most world countries have closed their borders and supermarkets across the world run out of toilet paper for weeks.
Initially reported as a ‘SARS-like pneumonic illness’, the outbreak was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation on 30th January 2020 and on 11th March 2020, the World Health Organisation officially designated Covid-19 a pandemic.
We were told that only people who are immunocompromised, have pre-existing conditions, or are older are at serious risk, but healthy people – including doctors and nurses – are dying worldwide.
- It was kept secret for ages
People were allowed to travel outside of Wuhan, the epi-center of the outbreak, because Chinese government officials wouldn’t admit the truth.
‘WeChat’ is the most popular messaging app in China and a Toronto-based research group ‘Citizen Lab’ found that it blocks combinations of keywords and criticisms of President Xi Jinping. An increasing amount of virus-related words were censored as the outbreak spread.
China first alerted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to the outbreak on 31st December 2019 but President Xi didn’t publicly acknowledge it until 23rd January and Wuhan was placed in lockdown. Until then, authorities claimed it was under control, but as we now know, it was too little, too late. China has been under-reporting the numbers infected and they downplayed the risks.
- Was the first case in November?
Chinese Government records and whistle-blowers have suggested that the first case was found on 17th November – over a month before any announcements were made.
A Chinese news company shared: “According to the government data seen by the Post, a 55 year-old from Hubei province could have been the first person to have contracted Covid-19 on November 17.
From that date onward, one to five new cases were reported each day. By December 15, the total number of infections stood at 27 – the first double-digit daily rise was reported on December 17 – and by December 20, the total number of confirmed cases had reached 60.””
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- The man who tried to warn us was punished for it
On 30th December 2019, Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan central hospital, warned medical colleagues via China’s main social network ‘WeChat’ about a mysterious virus. He explained that 7 patients were in quarantine and the unspecified virus reminded him of SARS, which killed almost 800 people in 2003.
China’s lack of privacy meant he was detained by police on 3rd January for “spreading false rumours”. Li was forced to sign a police document stating he’d breached the law and “seriously disrupted social order.” Within days of returning to work, he contracted the virus.
Li died on 6th February and the government backtracked, hailing him “a hero”. But even still, the silencing continued as several citizens who documented and publicly spoke out about the state’s handling of the outbreak were detained.
- It spreads FAST & countries aren’t prepared
As of 10th March, authorities have confirmed 116,964 cases worldwide, with a high percentage being Chinese citizens. 64,760 people have recovered, it has caused 4,095 deaths, and the rest are still suffering.
- The fatal lack of preparation
Bill Gates warned the world in 2015 that a virus pandemic could be our biggest threat to human life, but did governments listen? Course they didn’t. At the start of 2020, Italy had twice as many intensive care spaces than the UK, and they filled up FAST, yet Italian officials had to tell older patients they wouldn’t be prioritised if the virus kept spreading.
- The grim symptoms
Elizabeth Schneider is one of many people who have detailed their coronavirus experience via Facebook, writing: “I believe I caught it when attending a small house party at which no one was … displaying any symptoms of illness. … 40% of the attendees of this party ended up sick.”
“For us it was headache, fever (for first 3 days consistently and then on and off after 3 days), severe body aches and joint pain, and severe fatigue.” … “Very few had chest tightness or other respiratory symptoms. Total duration of illness was 10-16 days. The main issue is that without reporting a cough or trouble breathing many of us were refused testing.”
But if that makes it sound like ‘not a big deal’, don’t count on it. Head of emergency care in an Italian hospital, Dr Roberto Cosentini, said they’ve never seen anything like it and warned other countries, especially the UK, to be prepared.
It can cause diarrhoea and pneumonia-related symptoms like infected lungs filling with fluid, until people suffocate and drown in their own mucus and blood. Other symptoms include kidney problems, pneumothorax (lung collapse) and other lung abnormalities. With patterns similar to patients infected by the SARS and MERS outbreaks, Covid-19 could also cause breathing difficulties for years to come.
The first reported British Covid-19 victim was Connor Reed, 25, who lived in Wuhan and said it hit him “like a train” and left him “suffocating” and in blinding pain for weeks, but some people don’t see the big deal.
- Areas are being locked down
China, Spain, Italy, America, Norway, Denmark, Ireland… the world is shutting down.
- China – Over 70 million people have been forced to self-quarantine since early February after officials reported 78,064 infections and 2,715 deaths, mostly in Hubei. But China’s obsessive image preservation has led to global distrust in their figures. In Shiyan, a city in central Hubei, the authorities have instituted war-time measures, where only those actively involved in fighting the virus are allowed to leave their homes. Buildings have been sealed and residential areas have been put under 24-hour watch.
- Italy – On 9th March, Prime Minister Giuseppe ConteIn imposed a quarantine for over 60 million citizens, saying “there is no more time.”
On 13th March, an Italian citizen shared: “Police patrols go around and if they stop you out without a valid reason, you can face up to 3 months of prison. Just a limited number of people is allowed into markets and supermarkets, everyone has to walk on a line drawn on the floor and keep the usual distance from others”. Citizens suspected of unrightfully violating the quarantine are told to complete a self-certification, which holds legal value for criminal-law purposes.
- Greece – In March, the government shut down all shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and bars. Businesses like supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies and private health facilities weren’t on the list of closures. The coronavirus had infected a reported 190 people when the announcement was made.
- Some countries (and people) are allowing the spread
Despite the epidemic still raging at the time, Chinese President Xi encouraged the country to return to work in February after Lunar New Year so China could meet its annual economic targets. He did, however, postpone the National People’s Congress in March to ensure the political elite stayed safe…
- Spain – One woman living in Barcelona, Spain shared on their fourth day of quarantine: “We saw the suffering in Italy and said “That won’t happen here.” Changes were not made.”
“Fast forward just 1 WEEK: Spain is now in a state of emergency. … In a matter of days, the number of confirmed cases spiked from just a few hundred to well into the thousands. Hospitals and medical clinics are completely and entirely exhausted, operating at over-capacity, with quickly depleting resources and staff.”
She added: “the Spanish Prime Minister stated that the number of cases could top 10,000 by early next week- almost double the current level. Just yesterday, cases rose by 1,500.” … “Police roam the streets to make sure people stay inside.”
- People are taking the piss
We’re not being asked to do much and people still can’t do it. Older generations stormed machine gun laden beaches and dodged mortar rounds, flew jets knowing they may never land them and more. And us? We’re being asked to sit inside to protect them and the key workers continuing to work. But people keep going out because “it’s only a little cold”, “I’m bored”, “it’s not that serious”, or “I’m healthy so it won’t kill me”.
We can carry the virus for up to 5 days before becoming sick – and some people are asymptomatic so never show signs, despite being contagious. During those 5 days, you could visit elderly family members, go shopping and touch shopping baskets, trolleys or card machines, go to work, or be around children.
- Some people are giving their mates shit for staying home
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘recommended’ Brits stay indoors, but, as of 20th March, it still wasn’t enforced. As the rest of the world shut down, many store employees weren’t wearing masks or gloves, shops were emptying of toilet paper by the second, and pubs, restaurants and activity places were still busy. And ‘stay home, stay safe’ becomes the motto, some people – especially younger people – are getting laughed at for not meeting at the park during the heatwave.
- Countries are closing their borders
US President Donald Trump is amongst many leaders who have suspended most travel to their country. He announced in March that European Union members wouldn’t be accepted into the country, unless they were American citizens. He did, however, say that Brits are still welcome…
- Doctors are overwhelmed and at risk
Doctors and nurses are on the front line and we need them. The outbreak hits medical professionals first as people book appointments for flu-like symptoms instead of resting in bed.
Another grim part of being in the medical field is that they can’t save everyone. And Italy is one country which has begun to make life-or-death decisions…
- It’s killing the older generation & vulnerable people
Grandparents, immune-compromised people and pregnant women are in serious danger of not recovering from Covid-19 so people are stepping up to provide them with food and supplies while they isolate. But some ‘healthy’ people are carriers and aren’t showing symptoms.
- Choosing who lives & dies in Italy
“The criteria for access to intensive therapy in cases of emergency must include age of less than 80 or a score on the Charlson comorbidity Index [which indicates how many other medical conditions the patient has] of less than 5.” – Written by a crisis management unit on 14th March after Italy surpassed 1,000 deaths, with over 15,000 citizens infected. Patients meeting these specifications will be denied access to intensive care if hospital pressure increases.
- China’s living nightmare
Videos circling Chinese apps WeChat and Weibo have revealed the extent of the damage, including footage of deserted areas in affected cities and corpses lying unattended on pavements. Another shows a woman on a balcony striking a gong and begging for help, saying “My mother is dying, rescue me!”
- Older, vulnerable and disabled adults began receiving ‘do not resuscitate’ forms from their doctors at the end of March. Even parents of KIDS were seriously asked to sign and return forms confirming that the NHS could let them die if their hearts stopped. And people with LEARNING DISABILITIES even got them.
been admitted with non COVID pneumonia. The 1st thing A&E doctor asked was ‘the’
Twitter help!! My husband, 53, has question: I was clear we would NOT sign a #DNR he then said it was a clinical decision, and they would not recusitate nor offer ventilation! Can they do this??!!😡— Rosie (@gtto_reddead) April 19, 2020
- China didn’t report their cases properly
In February, China changed the way it recorded confirmed cases. After days of ‘declines’ in new infections, Hubei province admitted to fucking up, reporting an increase of almost 15,000 cases – a leap of around a third of their previously-recorded total.
The change was only applied to Hubei at the time – not the entire country – and the update included people diagnosed via CT scans instead of only those diagnosed by testing kits.
- There are only so many testing kits
So some responsible people are self-quarantining because they might be ill, instead of because they know they are. However, we can’t be certain that test results are correct anyway, since the virus hasn’t been around that long for tests to be accurately created.
- People aren’t researching medication rules
“Anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, cortisone …) could aggravate the infection. If you have a fever, take paracetamol,”, explained France’s health minister, Olivier Veran. But, not enough people know this until after their symptoms worsen due to taking ibuprofen.
- People keep sharing shit online with 0 evidence
We all know that the rumour mill loves to feed the hive mind and people share the utmost shit online, but spreading nonsense about a deadly virus… seriously?! Here are two crazy rumours:
- Children are immune?!
It was reported – and even quoted by so-called experts on TV (who are hopefully now unemployed) – that children can’t contract coronavirus. There have been fewer child cases and their symptoms tend to be milder, but they’re still at risk.
- Pets can be infected
There was a viral story of a pet dog in Hong Kong testing ‘weak positive’ for Covid-19, but it reportedly showed no symptoms. The World Health Organisation and NHS say there’s no evidence that pets can be infected or become contagious.
- Recovered patients become immune
It’s believed that recovered patients can’t contract it again, and are at least temporarily immune, but this isn’t 100% confirmed. We could still be infectious or catch it again. Viruses are known to mutate constantly, hence why no one’s immune to the common cold or flu.
- It’s distracting us from other grim things
The media has understandably lost its collective mind and other stories are getting put on the back-burner because of the coronavirus news. Curious? Find some grim world news from 2020 so far in the next blog.
- The ‘American coronavirus’?
China has been pushing propaganda which casts doubt on the origin of Covid-19, despite no one actually knowing the truth.
A one minute clip went viral on Weibo in March of a US congressional hearing. In the video posted by the People’s Daily, Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is asked whether deaths attributed to influenza could have been the result of Covid-19. Redfield responded vaguely, with: “Some cases have been actually diagnosed that way in the United States today.”
- During a press conference on 27th February, a respected Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said “it may not have originated in China” and having patients there first doesn’t “equate to it being the source”. He elaborated: “But neither can we conclude that the virus came from abroad. Only through investigation and tracing can we answer that question.”
Seeing the benefits of protecting their reputation, the statements were repeated by Chinese diplomats, state media and officials who ‘subtly’ encouraged the idea.
8 things about the quarantines
As people ignore the simple rules, world governments have been forced to shut down the planet, cancelling flights and sports, closing pubs and hairdressers (women’s roots are getting baad), and sending out police forces to make sure everyone stays home unless they need essentials like food, medication or exercise.
- It’s creating tension & fights
- People are fighting over toilet paper
I’m gonna start with this because it’s why you’re here, right? If you wanna see some fight compilations, look no further.
One man was even stabbed over water…
- People are getting treated like monsters for coughing in public even though people cough for zero reason – and it’s flu season. And some Asian people are getting abuse, including some who have never visited China…
- People are being arrested for breaking quarantine
Despite quarantines generally lasting 2 weeks for anyone who has visited countries like China and Italy, and for anyone showing symptoms, people gotta eat and delivery slots are booked up for weeks.
And it’s just as shit for people abroad. If you’ve been saving for months, or even years, to go abroad, being stuck in a little apartment with a small TV and maybe a book or two is unthinkable. One British woman was dragged from a swimming pool and arrested in Barcelona while others have been arrested from beaches and other public places.
- Chinese people have been welded into their homes
Believe it or not, Chinese authorities are leaving people to ‘starve and die’ by ordering police to nail huge metal bars and chains over the doors and windows of families and individuals suspected of being infected.
The Human Rights Watch is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which reported that people under quarantine are denied access to life-saving medicine, public health advice and other essentials.
The red sign outside this woman’s sealed door reads: ‘This family came back from Wuhan. Stay away, no contact’.
- People are getting trapped abroad
People are being trapped in hotel rooms, apartments, airports and on cruise ships, without their home comforts and entertainment.
One British man was refusing boarding of a flight home from Wuhan, China because his temperature was too high. He claimed it’s because he was wearing two coats.
In Cambodia, 1,455 passengers and 802 cruise ship crew members were forced to spend two extra weeks at sea when they were refused entry by five countries in case anyone on-board was infected. When they were eventually accepted to a port, there was cheering and applause.
Another cruise ship, the ‘Diamond Princess’, was quarantined in Japan. Over 700 confirmed cases were reported when it eventually docked. During some periods, they were so far offshore that phone connections were cut off.
- The quarantine-fuelled shortages
Have we really gotta live in a world with ‘every man for himself’ types of people? Shops are running short on everything from toilet paper (you saw the fights!) to hand sanitiser and tinned food like beans.
Those most at risk are the elderly, ill and vulnerable – those unlikely to be able to visit multiple stores. And if their carers aren’t working, they might have no one to rely on. Photos have gone viral of elderly shoppers carrying empty baskets, or standing in aisles stripped clean.
- Hoarders throwing out food
A UK councillor tweeted photos of fresh food in bins. To clear shelves AND dump it in a bin instead of donating it when there’s a global pandemic is crazy.
People have been debating the validity as it seems like a shameless promo – there are very fresh bananas in one pic – but some idiots do panic buy things they wouldn’t usually buy during a crisis. Even if these are set up, I 100% believe people are throwing away excess food – food is thrown away all year round so why not now?
- People with dietary concerns can’t find basic essentials
People with diet restrictions, like gluten-free or a lactose-intolerance, can’t buy meals, snacks and drinks because others have resorted to buying them when standard options are sold out. This is some serious ‘risk of starvation’ shit.
- The brothers who emptied the shelves
Some ‘black market’ sellers are taking the piss – to the extreme. In early March, Matt and Noah Colvin, from Hixon, America emptied stores around Tennessee and Kentucky, spending between $10,000 and $15,000 on hand sanitiser. Their Amazon store listed prices as high as $70 and they sold around 200 bottles before Amazon removed their store. Left with over 17,000 bottles but no way of selling them, they went viral. In response to the backlash, death threats and a risk of legal action, the brothers were forced to donate their stash.
- Shops are rationing foods & essentials
During and after World War 2, food was scarce and rationing was introduced. Supermarkets across the UK were initially forced to implement rationing systems for items like toilet paper, pasta and bread because of hoarders. Rationing later slowed as people calmed down…
The average 1940s – 50s rations, per person, per week were:
- 2oz tea
- 2oz jam
- 8oz sugar
- 4oz butter
- 2oz lard
- 1oz cheese
- 4oz bacon
- 1 egg
- 25g lamb
- 1 onion (per 3 weeks)
- The quarantine-fuelled living concerns
It can be a nightmare to spend weeks stuck at home – especially when you already have mental health problems. Some people live alone, some are in small apartments with kids and some people don’t even have video games, books and devices to keep them busy. Some people don’t even have social media accounts full of friends to chat with – especially the elderly.
Robbery is rising on the streets and in stores. People who can’t afford to stock up on essentials are resorting to stealing so they won’t go hungry during the quarantine.
- The quarantine-fuelled abuse
- Domestic violence
“The epidemic has had a huge impact on domestic violence,” explained Wan Fei, the founder of an anti-domestic violence nonprofit in Jingzhou in Hubei, China.
The number of domestic violence cases reported to a nearby police station tripled in February, compared to the same time period in 2018, according to Wan. Activists claim Chinese police aren’t taking the reports seriously, leaving victims isolated with abusers.
- Child abuse
For some kids, school is their ‘safe place’. They’re fed hot meals and teachers listen and communicate with them and encourage reading, learning and play. In some homes, parents neglect some or all of these duties and some are verbally or physically abusive. The isolation could have grim long-term effects on their lives.
- Celebrities keep complaining
So many celebs live in multi-million pound houses with swimming pools, basketball courts and hot tubs, but keep whinging about being bored and depressed, while people sit in their 1 bedroom apartment without Netflix because the live paycheck to paycheck. These millionaires are embarrassing themselves.
- Some people are protesting for lockdowns to end early
Worldwide protests in May caused havoc as people met up in public places, waving signs insisting that lockdown needs to end.
- Many people can’t afford to be off work and want their children’s lives to go back to normal – and it’s totally understandable. I get it. But guys, your health isn’t worth risking for anything.
- Many business owners are pushing for lockdowns to end too, causing things like this to go viral…
The number of billionaires pushing for everyone to go back to work early proves one thing and one thing only.— Mohamad Safa (@mhdksafa) March 30, 2020
They don’t make their money.
7 socio-economic effects
Things Covid has proven:— Marcus Gray LaPorte (@MarcusGrayDoor) March 12, 2020
1. The job you were told couldn’t be done remotely can be done remotely
2. Many disabled workers could have been working from home, but corporations just didnt want them to.
3. Internet is a utility, not a luxury
4. Universal healthcare is necessary
- People can’t afford to not work
While Italy has paused all mortgage and debt payments, citizens of other countries are suffering. Billions of people live paycheck to paycheck and can’t afford to buy (or have space to freeze) a month’s worth of food, never mind pay their rent or mortgage and electricity. Until 17th March, the British government didn’t confirm they’d take any measures to help people.
Speaking at a news conference, England’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak reported that mortgage lenders will offer a three month mortgage ‘holiday’ to those struggling to pay, but what about renters? Some landlords will 100% enjoy their payment break while charging their tenants rent.
In March, Britain’s Universal Credit system risked overload as 105,000 people claimed benefits within a few weeks.
- Many people aren’t eligible for help
As of the end of March, people who work for, or own, limited companies fall outside of the UK government scheme of financial help. Workers who aren’t registered as employed or self-employed simply don’t qualify. Finegrs crossed that this changes! We’re on the verge of a deep recession and people are claiming bankruptcy.
- Prices are going up
Including face masks, which some reports claim are useless anyway. Allegedly the fibres in cheap masks are larger than the virus particles, so it passes through to your mouth. Others believe this is bullshit and this ‘rumour’ will increase the spread as people don’t wear them. As we all know, people share shit on Facebook with zero proof. In China, citizens could be arrested if they’re seen in public mask-less…
Hand sanitiser is rising too as nobheads take advantage of the panic buying and raise their prices. They’re literally financially benefiting from a life-threatening virus.
- The British sickness benefit increase was rejected
… by the same woman who went on sick leave on her full £79,468 taxpayer-funded salary after testing positive. Nadine Dorries has consistently voted against increasing sickness benefits for those unable to work due to illness or disability.
Dorries wrote an article about her experience with coronavirus and it was hidden behind a paywall – she expects people to pay to subscribe. Seriously, I couldn’t even make this shit up.
- Kids are being stopped from going to school
In most countries, children have to stay home and learn via ‘virtual classrooms’ so working parents – including key workers – are forced to take unpaid leave if childcarers aren’t available.
Before countries officially went on lockdown, some parents were anxious they’d be fined for taking their kids out of school. No one wants to lie and say their child has a deadly virus (kind of a jinx, huh?) but no one can afford a fine when they’re about to become unemployed til God knows when.
Some parents aren’t homeschooling, setting their kids up for falling behind or being held back a year when they go back to school, which could be months away.
- England – Prime Minister Boris Johnson waited until Wednesday 18th March to confirm schools would be closed after Friday for kids whose parents aren’t in ‘key roles’ like the NHS, postal service, shops and deliveries.
- Businesses are failing
Markets are crashing. There has been so much reprehensible behaviour from companies, individuals and governments. Even the beer company Corona is losing sales (yeah, seriously). Small businesses like nurseries and childminders, nail salons and tattoo parlours have to turn people away and millions are signing up for benefits.
- Big businesses = little brats (AKA multi-million pound companies taking the piss)
One of the best examples is Virgin, owned by multi-billionaire tycoon Richard Branson, also the owner of a tropical island and a spaceship (via his Virgin Galactic business). Branson reportedly asked the British government for a massive £7.5 BILLION to bail out his airline company and to pay his 8,500 employees, who were given 8 weeks of unpaid leave.
He could pay them £500 a week from his own next worth, which would drop from a reported $4.1bn to $4.06bn. But instead, employees will be forced to become reliant on their savings. He has some audacity, especially since he sued the NHS in 2017 for an “undisclosed settlement”.
- British banks are rejecting loan requests
British banks haven’t been repaying the favour after they were bailed out by taxpayers during the 2008 financial crash, so Business Secretary Alok Sharma warned them during a televised briefing on 2nd April that they need to sort their shit out.
It came as loans were reportedly being denied and news broke that a fifth of small businesses will run out of cash and be forced to permanently close.
- Surgeries are being cancelled
The mass panic is causing non-life-threatening surgeries to be cancelled, leaving countless people with debilitating and chronic pain which could have been treated, if the coronavirus didn’t exist.
- Prison riots
The decision by Italian prisons to limit or suspend family visits for a minimum of two weeks led to an outbreak of riots involving a reported 6,000 inmates. At the time of writing, 40 prison guards have been injured, 16 prisoners have escaped and 12 have died of drug overdoses after breaking into prison infirmaries.
Prisons are also having to invest in face masks to protect guards, inmates and other personnel, with the Italian Justice Ministry ministry saying they allocated 100,000 masks to prisons.
9 health & healthcare effects
- 21 million Chinese deaths?!
The Chinese media officially confirmed 81,708 cases and 3,331 deaths as of 6th April, so why have 21 million mobile phone subscriptions been cancelled?
“The Chinese regime requires all Chinese use their cell phones to generate a health code. Only with a green health code are Chinese allowed to move in China now.
“It’s impossible for a person to cancel his cell phone.” – Tang Jingyuan, a US-based China Affairs commentator. But family members can cancel subscriptions on behalf of someone if they’re dead. Just sayin.
If you wanna know more, click here to open our blog about China’s covid-19 secrets in a new tab to read later.
- People are dying in their homes
Yeah this is GRIM-THINGS, but if you don’t wanna see a woman from Ecuador standing in front of her parents’ corpses wrapped up in sheets (which she has been waiting two days to be collected), I get it.
- Funeral changes
People can’t attend funerals of their loved ones and Muslims are being cremated, despite their religion actively speaking against it.
- Italy – As mortuaries and funeral directories run out of space, military trucks have been lining up to transport the deceased to different areas for burial.
- Ireland – The Irish Association of Funeral Directors insisted that Ireland be one of the countries which makes funeral directors responsible for immediately burying or cremating anyone who dies of coronavirus without a funeral service.
- British NHS workers have had their IDs stolen
British NHS workers are being offered everything from free and discount food, taxi rides and other items, to early entry into stores and more. But it was reported in mid-March that they’ve been getting their IDs stolen as they leave hospital sites. Sure, they can get replacement badges issued, but they might be waiting for their free taxi to take them to get free/discount food for themselves or their families – all of which they need their badge for.
- Healthcare staff are collapsing
Overworked and often underpaid, healthcare employees are working longer and harder shifts than usual and collapsing at work. They have to wear tight masks for hours, avoid people on the way home, and immediately wash their uniforms and shower before they can rest. Even still, loads of them contract the virus every day.
- The American healthcare system
I mean, that’s all I really need to say. But, if you’re curious, it costs uninsured Americans hundreds of dollars to get tested, including the expensive appointment charges. Trump has insisted a plan will be put in place so the uninsured get tested and receive medical help if they’re infected, but when?
It really put it into perspective when Australia announced a $1.6 billion health package.
- The lack of testing
There’s a serious lack of tests available for key workers like healthcare employees – and there are significantly less in third world countries like Bangladesh. Many third world tests are locally developed and low-cost, so could be inaccurate.
- There aren’t enough ventilators
Some people have been reaching out to family and friends looking for someone with access to a personal ventilator because hospitals are running short.
- People are at risk of serious life changes
- Mental health & eating disorders
Obviously issues like depression and anxiety are increasing, but so could eating disorders, as some people under-eat instead of going shopping, or because they can’t get a taxi to the shop. Others can’t afford to eat with no income or savings. And some people could become overweight from stress eating or not better occupying their time.
Couples are being forced to spend more time together and this will increase pregnancy rates (especially if condoms run low or birth control isn’t accessible), and increase divorce rates, as couples drive each other demented, or realise they aren’t actually suited for each other.
Some vulnerable and older people are scared of leaving their homes, as they’re at higher risk. This can lead to agoraphobia, although fresh air is essential to health.
- Memory loss
Some people with memory loss, such as dementia sufferers, are going so long without seeing their family members that they could forget them, because they have to see them frequently to recognise their faces.
People are severely isolated and depressed. Even the German State Minister got so anxious about the state of the economy that he committed suicide on 28th March.
7 ways the coronavirus has been spread
We’ve known about the existence of Covid-19 for less than 4 months and although similar illnesses are spread via cough droplets, it hasn’t been 110% confirmed how the virus is spread, but people are taking easy guesses and here are some of them.
- By people with no symptoms
A German study found that around 80% of test subjects had very mild symptoms which they didn’t associate with coronavirus, so they continued living life as usual. There are also ‘asymptomatic’ carriers, who pass the virus between people without ever showing signs. In fact, classified Chinese government data suggests that a third of all positive cases show no symptoms, according to the South China Morning Post.
Another Chinese study found that asymptomatic carriers with either mild or no symptoms could be responsible for nearly 80% of positive virus cases.
When the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, around half of the 600+ positive cases onboard had no symptoms.
- Through being too close to loved ones
Many governments recommend that people stay at least 2 metres away from each other – including people living together. People are literally being discouraged from sharing beds with their wife or husband.
- Through touching literally anything
Tests have reported that the coronavirus can live in the air for several hours and on hard surfaces for as long as two to three days, according to a study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists.
Carry your hand sanitiser everywhere people. Any public places, from shops to cinemas, pubs and restaurants could be rife with risk. And don’t forget public transport…
- Through being coughed on
Some people just cough in the direction of others because, well, I don’t know why. They’re just shitty. Seriously, use your sleeve.
- Through food
This one rests solely on the shoulders of irresponsible cooks and packaging handlers, but restaurants, cafes and takeaways still trading could put you at risk. That’s right: your favourite late-night kebab could give you a deadly disease if just one employee is infected and others aren’t wearing masks and gloves, or washing their hands regularly. Don’t shoot the messenger!
Although I guess no one wants coughed-on food, virus or no virus.
- Through a saltwater cleanse
A salt water spray infected 46 church-goers in South Korea. Church leaders in Gyeonggi Province sprayed salt water into the mouths of around 100 congregation attendees on 1st March and 8th March, believing it would kill the virus. The well-intentioned pastor and his wife were among the victims.
“It’s been confirmed that they put the nozzle of the spray bottle inside the mouth of a follower who was later confirmed as a patient, before they did likewise for other followers as well, without disinfecting the sprayer,” said Lee Hee-young, head of Gyeonggi Province’s coronavirus task force.
- By licking a toilet & other public items
One young shouldn’t-be-influencer shared a pic of him participating in a ‘toilet licking challenge’ which he copied from – you guessed it – TikTok. He shared the post on Twitter on 20th March, with the caption “RT to spread awareness for the Coronavirus :)” (By this point, it was a global pandemic which did NOT need awareness being spread…) It started when a girl filmed herself licking an airplane toilet seat and I don’t even wanna think about how many dumb kids copied it. His Twitter was been suspended.
The 21 year old Californian is more than old enough to know better (as was the 22 year old girl who initially started the ‘trend. They KNEW kids would copy them) and was diagnosed with coronavirus days after licking the seat. Did he get it from licking it? Possibly. Is it grim (and totally dumb)? 1000%.
Other ‘influencers’ have been sharing videos of themselves licking ice cream tubs and even a row of toilet paper packages, including 26 year old Cody from Missouri who was charged with terrorism and ‘knowingly causing a false belief or fear that a condition involving danger to life existed’ after he filmed himself licking a row of toiletry products at a Walmart.
6 theories about how the coronavirus originated
Some people think it’s the end of the world, some people think it’s all fake and the rest are blaming it on mobile phone towers.
- It’s a bat disease
Chinese authorities allegedly initially believed the virus spread from something sold at a wet market (where a wide variety of meats can be found) and scientists agreed that the virus (also known as SARS-CoV-2, due to its similarities to the SARS virus) could have originated from a bat which passed it onto another animal, such as a pangolin, which passed it to someone in Wuhan (where the first known case was), who ate it.
- It was lab-engineered
Some people believe that the disease was created by scientists in a lab, either intentionally or by mistake. Theories include that it was developed to decrease the world’s population, to distract us from WW3 planning, or to distract from the Hong Kong riots (amongst MANY other distraction theories).
With its similarities to SARS, MERS, swine flu and bird flu, if this was man-made, they probably were too, right?!
- It originated from another animal
In many Chinese cities, so many animals and birds are on the menu, including monkeys, cats and dogs.
- It could be an evolved virus
Covid-19 could be a natural virus which has evolved from the flu, SARS or MERS. Viruses develop and strengthen each year as people become more immune and their bodies fight them more easily.
- It was space born
Some reckon it travelled to our planet from the vacuum of space on a comet or asteroid which was heading towards earth and dragged the bacteria along with it. This seems unlikely due to its similarities with Sars but people gon’ believe what they wanna believe.
- The virus is FAKE, it’s 5G signals making us sick
Have you seen this circling social media?
Singer Keri Hilson shared a theory on Twitter and Instagram which didn’t get the tinfoil-hat-reaction she expected. She claimed the virus story is fake to distract from the truth: the development of 5G cellular networks is causing radiation to be pumped out by phones and cell towers, making people sick. 5G has been in the works for years and they’re making strides now.
4 grim suggested ‘cures’
- Drinking chloroquine
On 23rd March, it was reported that a man in Arizona died after ingesting chloroquine in a backwards attempt to ward off coronavirus. Seriously, you can’t make this shit up. His wife also drank some of the toxic substance to protect herself from becoming sick and began receiving critical care after calling 911. She claims they had watched US President Donald Trump discussing research which suggests there are potential benefits of chloroquine to treat coronavirus.
- The bear bile cure
The Chinese government recommended that citizens buy a ‘bear bile’ cure to treat severe and critical cases.
A catheter, syringe or pipe is inserted into bears’ gallbladders to collect the bile which is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. This method has been used in traditional Chinese medicine since at least the 18th century, with bile from various species of bears, being collected.
- Light zapping
It has been suggested that high temperatures and bright sunlight kills the virus and this led to Donald Trump asking aides during a TV briefing on 23rd April whether zapping patients with light could help stop the spread. He questioned whether professionals could “[bring] the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way”.
- Injecting disinfectant
Trump also considered the benefits of injecting disinfectant into the lungs to clean infected patients from inside could cure them. “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”