Fauci drops his mask. Maybe he thought there were no cameras watching
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Apparently, smallpox, polio, malaria, typhoid, scarlet fever and the Black Death were the weak products of the world before the pandemic, before global warming made things worse.
How climate change ushers in a new era of pandemic
A warming world expands the spectrum of deadly diseases and risks an explosion of new zoonotic pathogens such as bats, mosquitoes and ticks
BY JEFF GOODELL
DECEMBER 7, 2020 7:00 AM ET
Jennifer Jones spent most of her summer at home, like so many of us, to avoid the plague. Jones, 45, lives in Tavernier, a parish in the Florida Keys south of Key Largo, and spent a lot of time in her yard playing around with plants. At some point a mosquito landed on her. This is not uncommon in Florida, and Jones doesn't particularly remember that mosquito bite. But there was no garden mosquito in the garden. It was Aedes aegypti, an exquisitely designed killing machine that is one of the deadliest animals in human history. After a count, Half of the people who have ever lived have been killed by mosquito-borne pathogens. Aedes aegypti, who first came to North America on slave ships in the 17th century, can carry a whole arsenal of dangerous diseases, from yellow fever to Zika.
The Covid-19 pandemic is often compared to the 1918 influenza, which killed at least 50 million people worldwide. But it may be seen more precisely as a preview of what's to come. "We have entered a pandemic era," wrote Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases in a recent article co-authored with NIAID colleague David Morens. The paper cites HIV / AIDS, which has killed at least 37 million people to date, as well as "unprecedented pandemic explosions" over the past decade. It's a deadly list, starting with H1N1 swine flu in 2009, Chikungunya in 2014, and Zika in 2015. Ebola fever has been burning across much of Africa for six years. In addition, seven different coronaviruses are known that can infect humans. SARS-CoV was transmitted from an animal host, likely a civet, in 2002–03 and caused a near-pandemic before disappearing. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS) jumped from camels to people in 2012, but never found a way to spread efficiently among people and quickly died out. Now we have SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
The reasons for this new era of pandemics are complex, but as Fauci and Morens point out, One of the main drivers is the climate crisis, which is shaking up the natural world and rewriting disease algorithms on the planet. The thawing of permafrost in the Arctic releases pathogens that have not seen daylight for tens of thousands of years. The vibrio bacterium that causes cholera, a diarrheal disease that hit cities like London and New York in the 19th century and still kills tens of thousands each year, thrives in warmer water. Vibrio vulnificus, an even more deadly strain of the same bacteria, while rare, has been increasingly detected in bays and estuaries on the east coast, particularly near Chesapeake Bay. Vibrio vulnificus can cause severe stomach pain when you eat shellfish (in rare cases this can be fatal). However, if the bacterium gets into a cut or wound, it becomes a carnivorous horror, killing one in five people who come in contact with it.
Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/climate-change-risks-infectious-diseases-covid-19-ebola-dengue-1098923/
I really wish the greens would stop lying the lie that mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases need a warm climate to thrive.
In the depths of the Little Ice Age, malaria was an endemic killer in Northern Europe. It didn't matter that the northern summers of the Little Ice Age were short and that the climate was freezing for most of the year. All the malaria mosquitoes needed was a few weeks of warm enough weather in summer to breed and infest the far north with deadly pathogens.
Mosquitoes are still a problem in the far north. Anyone who thinks mosquitoes are in short supply in the Arctic due to the cold climate should try a visit in late spring / early summer. Some of the fertile mosquito clouds that thrive in cold climates can carry malaria and other dangerous pathogens.
As for the impact of global warming on Covid-19, there is strong evidence that Covid-19 prefers cold, dry winter weather. According to the University of Sydney, high humidity pulls Covid-19 virions out of the air, which drastically reduces the risk of transmission.
… Professor Ward said that there are biological reasons why moisture plays a role in airborne virus transmission.
"When the humidity is lower, the air is drier and the aerosols get smaller," he said. “When you sneeze and cough, these smaller infectious aerosols can float longer in the air. That increases exposure to other people. When the air is humid and the aerosols are larger and heavier, they will fall and hit surfaces faster. "…
Read more: https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/06/02/winter-time-could-be-covid-19-time.html
If we want to get rid of Covid-19 and reduce our risk of exposure to all airborne respiratory virus infections, including those yet to be discovered. We need more hot, humid weather.
Bring global warming.