2020-03-21 05:49:11 UTC
Re: COVID 19
Doesn't look original, but I've yet to hear anyone say this boldly; it has a
nuanced meaning and the person saying it is not necessarily a 'badie'':
"I'm going hoarding" (or similar, past, current, or future tense expressions
that use the perjoritive word 'hoard')
or, in a more whimsical mood:
"I'm going a-hoarding"
referring to the alarming (shelf-emptying) supermarket shopping habits of late.
The important nuanced meaning of these expressions are a combination of:
1. *I don't feel guilty* (well, perhaps a smidgin, but personal and family
survival clearly takes priority), because
2. I don't trust the 'authorities' to absolutely guarantee the supply chain to
supermarkets for the next six months or more, and
3. Many other people (irrationally or not) are causing shelves to be emptied,
so it's a case of survival, by way of 'timely get up and go initiative'.
World news is showing videos of Americans queuing up to buy guns (apparently to
help guard against food theft from their homes).
One can read several different news items, and they are seemingly not fake,
about some individuals who have caught this Coronavirus and have been
successfully treated (cured or the symptons greatly ameliorated) after being
given re-purposed existing human drugs for SARS, Ebola, malaria and/or HIV.
Two specific examples, a 79-year-old infected Italian man has allegedly
recovered after being given the Ebola [btw, named after a river in northern
Democratic Republic of the Congo] antiviral drug "Remdesivir": in Australia,
"patients in secret trials have fully recovered after being treated with HIV and
malaria medication" - in more detail, HIV medication Kaletra and malaria
treatment hydroxychloroquine (Chinese researchers question the effectiveness of
Kaletra). US companies Moderna and Inovio Pharmaceuticals are currently in
The question is, while each of these cases might be claimed to be just a
"trial/test", surely people who know about these facts(?) will ask, or even
insist, that doctors give them, or a close relative, these medications - if they
are perceived to be at death's door (what is there to lose?).
(I imagine Trump and other "influential" individuals around the world would
[secretly?] be given these drugs if they caught the virus and were suffering
from serious lung problems.)
Boris Johnson's 'Republican' UK government will now pay 80% of a person's
salary, up to 2,500 pounds a month, for folk not actively working because of the
pandemic. That's good.
BUT, this money still only goes to business owners. It's the *bosses* that have
to fill in the paperwork, on behalf of their workers...