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Is Covid-19 immunity a fallacy?

Several news outlets, including Forbes,  OAN and some local ABC affiliates are reporting that sailors who were previously found to have the virus while aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt are reportedly testing positive for active virus a second time.

This calls into question the likelihood of any immunity being conferred by having the virus, as well as the efficacy of injecting patients with plasma containing antibodies.

To be sure, as the Forbes article mentions, the tests could be inaccurate, but with some states looking into giving out “immunity cards” to allow people to go back to work, it is an anomaly that should be investigated.

After all, having the flu does not confer immunity, and as Covid 19 is also a respiratory virus, it is within the realm of possibility that it too can cause redundant infections.

That could also affect any vaccine that is eventually marketed. We all know people who get the flu vaccine every year, and still get one of the many strains of the flu.

Since the so-called health “experts” have gone from saying Covid 19 does not mutate easily to exactly the opposite viewpoint, it is possible that many people will not even take a vaccine when it is available, just as they do now with the flu vaccine (this year’s flu vaccine is said to be only 37 to 45% effective)

In short, we may have to learn to live with Covid 19 just as we do the flu, making these ridiculous shut-downs unnecessary and ineffective.

It also makes finding effective treatments for the most dangerous complications of the virus even more important than it is now.

Caution on SBA guaranteed PPP loans.

Read, read and re-read the terms of your PPP loans that are being advertised as “SBA” loans.

They are first and foremost BANK loans. The SBA simply guarantees the loans to the BANKS, not to you.

Many years ago I assumed an “SBA” loan when buying an existing business.  I thought I read the terms carefully, BUT, well-hidden (Page 4 of a 5 page document) in the terms was this sentence: “Payments are due as of the date of possession.”

Now, the previous owners payment due date was the 15th of the month, and because it was an assumption I thought that was MY payment due date as well.

However, I took possession of the business on the 3rd of the month.

That meant my payment was also due on the 3rd, well before my accounts receivable began to come in. Believe me, I had to do some serious juggling to make that work.

Just a word to the wise.

International accountability.

Some weeks ago there was a lot of news coverage about a diplomat’s wife who caused the death of a young bike rider in England.  A warrant was put out for her arrest although she was by then in the U.S.

Which leaves us wondering…why isn’t there an international warrant out for the Chinese officials who reportedly sent 400,000 coronavirus-exposed people to the U.S., effectively resulting in the deaths of over 53,000 of our citizens.

It seems that these officials, including Xi Xinping, are at the very least guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and at worst, of murder. Maybe he would never be arrested, but it would at least keep him out of this country.

Just wondering…

About unemployment windfalls.

The news is full of stories about workers refusing to go back to work for their employers because they can make more on unemployment.

I can’t speak for every state, but here in Idaho refusing a job for which you are qualified puts a sudden stop to your “free money.”

If this happens to you as a business owner, report it promptly to your local Department of Employment.

Your former employees may not like you any better, but your unemployment insurance premiums could go down next year.

 

Vaccines – useful or not?

Amid all the blah-blah about a coronavirus vaccine the “experts” were decrying the fact that some people were not getting flu shots.

I can tell them why.

Although I get a flu shot every year, almost without fail, the news says the flu strain of any particular year is not the one that the vaccine covers.  That leads a lot of people to ask “why bother to spend the money and time to get it (and it can be a lot of money…$106.00 for me at a doctor’s office  one year)?

Supposedly the Wuhan virus is not mutating significantly, but should it decide to do so, will the vaccine be any better than the flu vaccine?

We’d sure better hope so.

Let’s get real about testing during the pandemic.

Assuming you have turned on the TV in the past week or so, you are aware of all the hullabaloo about “testing” before allowing the economy to ramp up again.

Here’s why this could be a bit silly.

Are we going to test every person every day?

Because that’s what we would have to do to be sure no worker has or has had the virus.  Testing even once a week would miss people who had just been exposed but had no biological symptoms.

Thus, a worker could test negative on Monday, work all week, and then test positive next Monday.

Perhaps he (or she) might not be contagious during that week, but then, how do we know? Even the “experts” don’t seem to have a real handle on this virus yet.

Testing is useful, but it isn’t the answer to everything.

A little more common sense, please!

Spoke to a lady today who mentioned she just got her $3,000-plus check from the government direct deposited to her account, and in nearly the same breath denounced the President for wanting to open up some businesses in some places.

Ah, where does she think her money came from?

It comes from the taxes all of us pay, individuals and businesses alike.  It isn’t as though this money grows on bushes in the White House rose garden.

Businesses pay state, Federal and sometimes local taxes for the privilege of being in business.  Income tax, sales tax, city and county taxes, unemployment insurance premiums, etc. Some cities are already feeling the pinch resulting from the economic shutdown.

Business people are really smarter than your average mouse.  Even businesses that normally rely on customer volume can figure out how to accommodate social distancing within their business models.

Yes, Covid 19 is dangerous.  But bankrupting the population is dangerous too.  All these dandy Federal handouts are sure to come to a screeching halt when even the Federal government realizes it can’t go into trillions of dollars of debt every week

What you’re saying.

“Ben”:  I’m re-opening my business on May 1.  What right does anyone, including the President, have to tell me I can’t clean people’s carpets?  Oh, I’ll wear the mask and gloves, but my family has to eat, and I have dozens of customers begging me to clean their carpets. I gave the government it’s thirty days, but I’m done.

“Marge” :  The President says he’s going to “hold China accountable.” Well, he’d damn well better, and he should fine ANY American business, including Big Pharma,  who makes things there too. Maybe it will make things more expensive, but the best way to freeze China out of the global scene is to bankrupt them. And isn’t it rich that the people lobbying for a $15.00 minimum wage here are the same ones using cheap Chinese labor to increase their profits?

“Hank”  Hey Mr. President –  The Chinese premier is NOT your friend, and it’s about damn time you figure that out.

There’s a lot more like that, but you get the picture.  No one is buying the idea that self-isolation is going to cure Covid 19, since hundreds of people are getting it even with all this self-isolation.

Maybe Covid 19 wasn’t unleashed as a bio-weapon, but it has become one. There should be a consequence for that.

Immunity certificates – will you need one?

In discussing when we might emerge from “voluntary” self-quarantining, the widely quoted Dr. Fauci is purported to have said that for people to be allowed to go back to work, they might need a “certificate” attesting to the fact that they have immunity to Covid 19.

Let’s examine that for a minute.

The only way you can be immune is to have had the virus and recovered from it.  Even allowing for the fact that some people may have had the disease without knowing it, that’s not a lot of people with immunity.

Somewhat more concerning is that this same medical sage is being credited with saying that everyone should have a certificate attesting to immunity or lack thereof.  Or what; you can’t leave your house?

First of all, that would require nationwide testing and we don’t have that many tests. Thanks to the nationwide shutdown, we also do not have herd immunity.

As this pandemic response goes on, many people are becoming concerned that the virus is being used to allow a degree of government control that would have been unthinkable even six months ago.

Realistically, you might be reading this and saying to yourself “Well, they obviously can’t enforce such a certificate, so why worry about it?”

There are a lot of things happening we didn’t think they could enforce just a few months ago, things like shutting down whole segments of our society, or writing tickets and fining people just for being outside in their yards or having a few people over to play cards.

No one should discount the severity of this virus, and we aren’t doing so here. But neither should it be used to grant power to governments that is clearly unconstitutional.

In case you’ve forgotten, we once fought a war over that.

After the stimulus-Watch out

The government is going into the red bigtime to provide “Paycheck Protection” or the stimulus or whatever you want to call it, much as we did after Pearl Harbor.

Here’s something to watch out for that is also like the post-Pearl Harbor era.

90%-plus tax rates.

We cannot continue to run multi-trillion dollar deficits.  Who is going to buy our debt?

Previously, China bought a lot of our red ink. Does anyone think post – Covid 19 that they will do it again?

The money has to come from somewhere.  Right now there is talk about some sort of Treasury bonds, and that might work, but it didn’t provide enough money fast enough after WWII.

At some point, we have to pay the govt. back for this free money, sometime down the line, even if it isn’t Trump, someone will figure out that like any loan, we have to pay it back.