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When Is A Pandemic Not A Pandemic?

The World Health Organization is playing games.

In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) explained on its website:

A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease.

An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges and spreads around the world, and most people do not have immunity.

A WHO document advising countries how to respond to such outbreaks used the word ‘pandemic’ 485 times across 64 pages back in 2009. That same document contained a table describing the six phases of a pandemic:

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In 2013, an update used ‘pandemic’ 413 times across 60 pages. Then came the 2017 edition, which employed the term 408 times across 59 pages.

But two days ago, a spokesperson told Reuters the WHO no longer recognizes this term. ‘Pandemic’ has apparently been struck from its vocabulary.

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According to Tarik Jasarevic, people may use this term colloquially to describe the spread of a new pathogen, but that’s their private affair. Say what?

There’s a new, highly contagious, stealth virus out there. Some people who contract it will end up in ICU with serious complications. This isn’t a run-of-the-mill flu. It began killing people in China several weeks ago, and has now spread to 40 countries. A dozen Italian towns are currently in lock-down, complete with police roadblocks. Hong Kong has closed schools until late April. The deputy health minister of Iran has tested positive.

Take another look at Phase 6, above. Sustained outbreaks in at least three countries, in two different parts of the world. We’re well beyond that.

Yet the WHO is playing word games. It says this isn’t a pandemic. It’s merely a PHEIC – which stands for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Does that make you feel safe?

 

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LINKS:

  • Smart people are urging us to get our prescriptions filled NOW, in case medical supplies start running low or delivery channels get interrupted. They urge us to stock up on food, over-the-counter medications, bottled water, and toilet paper. If your neighbourhood was quarantined for 14-21 days, would your supplies be sufficient?
  • up-to-date coronavirus statistics are here
  • Chris Martenson has been doing daily YouTube updates on the virus here. He’s articulate, level headed, and has a PhD in medical pathology
  • here’s an informative discussion by five individuals, including Martenson, with accompanying slides (90 minute podcast)
  • journalist Michael Yon reports that a KFC outlet in Hong Kong has temporarily closed, after one of its employees tested positive. He believes this virus will decimate the Chinese economy, and perhaps the ruling Communist Party

 

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