“A new coronavirus, designated 2019-nCoV, was first identified in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, after people developed pneumonia without a clear cause and for which existing vaccines or treatments were not effective. The virus has shown evidence of human-to-human transmission, and its transmission rate (rate of infection) appeared to escalate in mid-January 2020, with several countries across Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific reporting cases. The incubation period (time from exposure to the development of symptoms) of the virus is between two and ten days and it remains to be determined if it is contagious during this time. Symptoms include fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties, and it can be fatal.”
Despite its sudden appearance on the world stage, the coronavirus has been around as long as…well, the common cold. According to WebMD, human coronavirus is a contagious virus that causes symptoms similar to the common cold. The site even anticlimactically goes on to report that most people will contract coronavirus at some point in their life but won’t even know it because the virus is short-lived and typically, non-fatal. The coronavirus bears such a striking resemblance to the rhinovirus that few people with one or the other would be able to tell the difference.
The 10 symptoms that the coronavirus share with the common cold are:
- Runny Nose
- Clogged Sinuses
- The feeling of being sick
- Respiratory Illness
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
There 4 types of coronavirus that mimic flu-like symptoms that are non-fatal are:
• OC43 – Betacoronavirus
• HKU1 – Betacoronavirus
• 229E – Alphacoronavirus
• NL63 – Alphacoronavirus
These four coronaviruses are responsible for 99-percent or more of all infections worldwide.
The two fatal strains, typically seen in the Middle East and Asia are SARS-CoV and MERS. Many still remember the recent SARS outbreak of 2002/2003 that resulted in 800 reported deaths. 2012 brought on a MERS outbreak in the Arabian Peninsula; and another in 2015 in South Korea. Studies show a MERS mortality rate of 30-40%.
So far, 800 people in China have died of coronavirus 2019 nCoV. Juxtapose this with how many people reportedly died in the United States during the 2019/20 cold and flu season of influenza, which is 1800-2100 (depending on which online source you choose).
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared coronavirus 2019 nCoV a “global emergency” even though its list of fatalities pales in the shadow of influenza.
It is also important to note that, according to WebMD, the common cold, influenza, and coronavirus 2019 nCoV are all unresponsive to vaccines and antibiotics. As of today, no effective coronavirus immunization exists.
I admit, a lot of this seems reminiscent to me of the whole “Ebola Scare” (which failed to scare anyone before slowly retreating from the global stage with its tail tucked between its Glycoproteins).
But in this world full of lies and deception, we must remain vigilant. We cannot afford to be so overly-cynical that we see an Illuminati-gang-sign-dropping A-list celebrity hiding behind every corner. Revelation does speak of pestilience in the end days, and it sure is goiing to take something pretty significant to wipe out 1/3 of the planet in one fell swoop. So, I remain vigilantly skeptical.
Here are some of the things I am going to be watching for as I prayerfully determine if the 2019 nCoV virus is, as Freddy Murcury once said, “is this the real life, is this just fantasy?”
Will a coronavirus 2019 nCoV outbreak result in:
- A travel ban or limited travel? Travel that requires a chipped Real ID or a passport to cross state lines?
- Once the virus is contained, will the travel restrictions put in place be lifted or remain in place for our “health” and “safety”?
- More complex health insurance plans with higher deductibles? Or more invasive medical prescreenings before applying for jobs or loans?
- New laws be signed that restrict our freedoms?
- Mandatory vaccines or health examinations?
- The death of mainly children, the elderly, foreigners, and people from highly-populated areas and cities?
- $1mm+ of tax payer money be funneled into coronavirus “research”? Will an allocation of those funds be visible and made available to the American public?
For me, these will be some of the many tell tale signs that there is something foul afoot and the 2019 nCoV coronavirus is merely a diversion for something far more sinister going on behind closed doors.
Brothers and sisters, whether the coronavirus is a real threat or not, we needn’t run to and fro in fear. Deuteronomy 7:15 comforts us with this promise, “Yahweh will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you.”
We learned it in Kindergarten, and it is still rings true today, He’s got the whole world in His hands.
UPDATE: February 15, 2020
According to an online article appearing on WDN.com (Washington Daily News), despite their inability to come up with a cure for the common cold, a team of lab scientists in San Diego, CA managed to created a vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) just 3 hours after receiving a full overview of the virus’ genetic composition.
That’s right folks…in the time it took Giligan and the Skipper to ground the S. S. Minnow upon the shores of an uncharted desert isle…America has managed to cure coronavirus!
In the two weeks since I first penned this article, 2 of my (ridiculously “no-brainer” even-Helen-Keller-could-see-this-coming) “predictions” have begun to rear their ugly heads:
(1) Mandatory vaccinations (they’re coming folks…) and
(2) Americans are the first to be saved! (Sorry, foreigners)
Really? People are dropping dead by the hundreds in other countries, but America is the first to get the vaccine? (According to WDN, testing in the U.S. will begin this summer, with dispersion to international markets to follow).
On second thought, maybe that just means we are the guinea pigs….
UPDATE: March 10, 2020