Why do I get a feeling there is so much that they are not telling us?
Several Tigers at the Bronx zoo are infected with this virus, got that?
They say that an asymptomatic worker was infected and gave it to one of the tigers. That would mean that this person was closer than 6 feet from the animal. Ummm, was he or she petting it?
We learned that your housecat can get it, but cannot give it to a human. How do they know that? The virus, however, can land on the fur, then you pet the cat, and touch yourself and viola you are infected.
What other animals, insects, etc. can get and transmit this virus? Some versions of the coronavirus have been around for a long time, so we should have some idea how this works. What is different about this strain or version?
Wild conspiracy theories are floating around. I am not a tin foil hat person. I love them as they are fodder for novels, but as for the real deal, I don’t buy into that stuff. If you read my novel Presidential Assassins, you will get an idea of some of the wild theories I came up with, but what I heard today takes the cake.
Are you ready for this one?
According to the tinfoil hat brigade, the Chinese paid someone in our country to invent or bioengineer this virus to sterilize men. Let me say that again. Due to the overpopulation in China, they hired someone here to create a virus or modify one that would render men sterile.
In my book Under Roswell, I came up with that scenario on an alien world which backfired and rendered the entire population of men sterile.
In Saga of the Starduster, one of my aliens modify a virus to attack the cancer cells of our protagonist. The problem with single-stranded viruses is, they are unstable. They can and generally do mutate. While they are great fodder for novels, nobody in their right mind would mess with them, unless they were trying to create a doomsday scenario. Viruses are not picky about who they attack.
Even if you were stupid enough to create the virus, create the vaccine and then infect the enemy or ‘other guys’ the thing would mutate taking out the entire population. No, this is truly a doomsday scenario.
Some are arguing that it was here much earlier, and that is why many were sick in November. Ummm, I got sick after taking the flu shot. Two weeks to the day, I came down with the flu.
Firstly I waited way too late in the year to get it and, I learned a thing or two about the human immune system.
When your body is creating antibodies for whatever strain of flu they think might be prevalent that year, your immune system, much like the shields on the Enterprise or the health bar on your avatar goes down. The same is true when you donate blood FYI.
When your defenses are low, you cannot fight off the bugs that are in the air or on surfaces.
You might have noticed that one thing all the doctors do say is to take vitamins, eat right, and take care of your immune system—good advice to follow.
Other than social distancing and washing your hands, I don’t see much else that we can do.
I do want them to run some air samples in and around hot zones to see if the damned thing is airborne.
Tweet that yourself with the #askbirx. I genuinely don’t have any idea how a layperson gets the attention of the task force. Make this trend.
Stay safe and stay home.
Much love -TW