Chinavirus (COVID-19) killed two people in California as many as three weeks before the U.S. reported its first death from the disease in late February. Dr. Sara Cody, health director in Northern California’s Santa Clara County, said the deaths were missed because of a scarcity of testing and the federal government’s limited guidance on who should be tested. The infection was confirmed by way of post-mortem tissue samples that were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for analysis.
“What these deaths tell us is that we had community transmission probably to a significant degree far earlier than we had known,” Cody said. “And that indicates that the virus was probably introduced and circulating in our community, again, far earlier than we had known.
On the same day we learned that America’s health watchdogs completely missed the outbreak of a pandemic on US shores the CDC Director Robert Redfield warned of second Chinavirus outbreak that could emerge this winter in conjunction with the flu season to make our current crisis pale in comparison.
Redfield told the Washington Post, “There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through, and when I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don’t understand what I mean.”
What the clueless doctor means is that while there are shots to help prevent the flu and drugs to help treat it remains a deadly infection. Combine a flu outbreak with a recurrence of Chinavirus contagion and the specter of overwhelming the nation’s healthcare system is a real concern.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty added more depressing prognostication by saying there is an “incredibly small” chance of having a highly effective vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus within the next year. On Wednesday Whitty said, “In the long run, the exit from this is going to be one of two things, ideally, one of which is a highly effective vaccine … and/or highly effective drugs. Until we have those – and the probability of having those any time in the next calendar year are incredibly small and I think we should be realistic about that – we’re going to have to rely on other social measures.”
The CDC has let America down from the day (Feb. 25) Rod Rosenstein’s sister, Nancy Messonnier, who also happens to be the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told America that “the disruption of daily life might be severe” and called coronavirus “a tremendous public health risk.” The CDC was wrong. The NSA was wrong. None of the institutions that are charged with preventing a pandemic from ravaging the American way of life did their job.
There is hope that somehow the American people might get to the truth of what happened because yesterday 25,000 email addresses and passwords belonging to members of the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as a host of others that have been on the front lines of the coronavirus fight have been posted online. It will not be the Fake News who will get to the bottom of this catastrophic dereliction of duty but freedom loving hackers who demand answers to thorny questions.