Letter to the editor: Let’s double our effort to mitigate coronavirus

By WILLIAM HAGERMAN | Ontario

Sorry to be like a party pooper, but here I go again.  I’ve been encouraged by the recent news that an effective vaccine is on the horizon and that the emergency authorization is all looking good. And, yes, I’ll be a willing candidate to receive the vaccine and hopefully increase my chances of survival.  Then I’ll be able to hopefully contribute something to help our great nation recover back into “one nation under God …. “

But for now, as Dr. Fauci is strongly advising, we need to keep fighting this virus with everything we got to stop the spread and give our healthcare system and hospitals some relief, if at all possible, at this time!

I’m amazed that there is still a substantial group of people who are stanchly downplaying this Covid-19 pandemic and are resistant to wearing a mask in public and don’t seem to grasp the enormity of its importance nor the potential dire consequences that this pandemic is spiraling out of control and overwhelming our hospitals in some states.

I blame the blatant onslaught of misinformation and self-centered mania and general ignorance of biology (the study of life) involving the pathology of viruses. Probably not even knowing the difference between a virus and a bacterium. But, certainly, these folks know the importance of not putting water-contaminated fuel into a fleet of trucks without first filtering out the water. So please understand our request is to just filter out the viral molecules in the water droplets that are breathed out and are known to be the primary method of transmission from one individual to another. 

 And just when you think help is around the corner, let me give you one more sobering thought. What we do know truthfully about this coronavirus is that it is known to somehow mutate (change slightly). And this mutagenic property of viruses is thus suspected to have mutated and now known to having more “spikes,” which makes it more contagious and partly responsible for the current surging in new Covid-19 cases across Europe and the United States.

But, thankfully, so far, it is NOT more deadly.  BUT from purely a statistical standpoint, the greater the number of people who contract Covid-19 disease, the greater the number of the corona viral molecules being generated, thus the greater the chances of further mutations and the greater number of mutated viral molecules, which means the greater the chance that some mutations may be more parthenogenic and deadly!

So keeping the number of infections down to as small a number as humanly possible is really important! And probably that is why many other countries are doing so much better at keeping their numbers of newly infected people down. They understand and believe  that if this virus does spiral out of control and mutates to a really deadly viral pathogen (that has never been known to mankind), then there may be fewer survivors in countries who did not “get the understanding” nor get the virus under strict control, especially until a vaccine is instituted successfully. 

  So to make a long story short, let’s just double our effort to mitigate the spread of this coronavirus and hope everyone, including our government, will be doing what is right and what is needed at this time to help everyone survive physically and financially.   

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