Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Slowing the signal

Unlike many of the blogs I read, I am mostly supportive of the draconian measures Trump took.

Voltaire was attributed with the quote "Your right to swing your arms ends where my nose begins." even though something similar has been said ever since humanity had words.

The thing about airborne, communicable diseases is that your arm might be 12 feet long or thirty. Unlike swinging your arms, you don't have feedback regarding your impact on those around you.

What is in it for me?
Valid question. Slowing the signal will sort out some VERY critical pieces of information.

For example: Before 1976 it was common practice to give aspirin to people with the flu. Then it was discovered that younger patients became vulnerable to Reyes' Syndrome when A.) fighting off the flu and B.) given aspirin.

Pop-quiz: What is the preferred Non-Steroidal, Anti-Inflammatory Drug for Covid-19? We will know in thirty days. This guy thinks it is Tylenol/acetaminophen/paracetamol. It is going to take a few weeks for other doctors to verify his observations and, perhaps, identify even better NSAIDs.

Wouldn't you like to know if your go-to pain pills were likely to cause potentally fatal, totally avoidable side effects with Covid-19?

Patriot Act
Yeah, I get that government rarely gives up control after they seize it. The Patriot Act is a prime example. Will we be less free after Covid-19 is history? Probably. Maybe. Trump = maybe. Others = probably.

Will the trade-off be worth it? God only knows.


  1. I'm going to stick with whiskey with some honey mixed in. That's worked all of my life and I expect it will continue..---ken

  2. Yep, they're recommending avoiding ibuprofen and sticking to Tylenol/Acetaminophen for this one.

    Unfortunately, I think we're overreacting and hammering our economy and causing more damage than the Kung Flu alone would have caused.


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