SHI: Many Asian cities are very urbanized, and there is also a lot of air travel. We will have to watch out before concluding more about patterns. Who would have thought a month ago that Wuhan, the origin of this virus, would now be returning to normalcy. Even as we speak, the number of cases in India, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, etc. is rising very fast. I still don’t think it will get as bad as Italy in these parts.
It’s rising a lot faster in colder parts of the world than in hotter. Even in China, Southern China is not much affected. Nor is Taiwan, SE Asia, Philippines, Indonesia, or even India for that matter.
In Italy, it mostly hit the mountainous north. The south has hardly been affected.
In Austria, most cases were in the Alps in the west.
In France and Germany, most cases were in the Alps SW Germany and SE France.
Switzerland was hit bad.
Netherlands and Belgium were hit hard.
In Iran, it is hitting mostly in the mountainous north of the country.
In the US, it has hit Washington State and the Northeast very hard. In California, it has hit the Bay Area and Sacramento for the most part.
The Southern Hemisphere is being spared.
Africa and the Middle East are little effected outside of Iran, which is a cold country.
Central and South America and the Caribbean are scarcely effected.
There are 25 countries in the Southern Hemisphere. If it hit the South as easily as the North, there would be 12 countries in the South in the above average sphere and 12 in the below average sphere.
Instead, 3 nations in the South are in the above average sphere and 22 are in the below average sphere.
An easy explanation is that the South is experiencing summer right now, or late summer anyway whereas we are in winter or late winter anyway.
SHI: By the way, anti-malarial drugs such as chloroquinine have been found to be effective cures for Coronavirus although not laboratory-tested fully. What do you make of that?
By the time you are going to the hospital, you pretty much can’t breathe. At that point, drugs will do fuck all. You’re going on that ventilator, unless you are in Italy where they will decide if your life is worth saving or not. If you are being placed on that ventilator prone as you see in some of those videos out of Italy, you are in pretty bad shape, I guarantee.
There are lots of drugs that are being found effective for this illness. What all of that boils down to right now, I don’t know because here in the US, they tell you it’s viral pneumonia, and there are no drugs to treat it because it’s a virus. Also US rates are very low because many, many people are being refused tests due to a test shortage.