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@napacat posted:

I posed this WHO comment to a friend of mine who is an infectious disease specialist at a local hospital.  Here is what he said…….

"Irwin, this is a new, novel viral pathogen. I don't have confidence in all the so-called facts that have appeared in print. However, this is a potentially fatal illness. Do you want to take any personal risks that are not absolutely required? Each individual is different and the spectrum of willingness to take risk is wide and inconsistent. Remember, exposure to each person is only as safe as that person's behavior. So even if you are extremely strict and thorough but you interact with one other person who isn't and has interacted with 100 persons, it's as if you yourself have interacted with all those interactees. Now if you gather in an enclosed room with hundreds of people,.....you do the math. I have been jaded by caring with patients on ventilators for over 40 years and have seen how bad it can be. I want to avoid that if possible. Sorry for being so gloomy about all this."

So, I personally follow the advice of the physicians I know.  As I previously noted, when I get in a plane I don't suggest a flight plan to the pilot.  I defer to the professionals, who I am convinced are doing their best and who, in general, are not motivated by political or economic considerations.

 

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