No Détente With COVID-19!

One of the consequences of normalizing the Coronavirus Pandemic as an “Endemic,” by seeking a Détente with COVID-19, are the signs of an emerging arms race. There is currently an arms race being waged between COVID-19 and the pharmaceutical industries of the world. Healthcare will no longer be treated as a petty bourgeois matter of “Social Welfare,” but one which falls under the realm of National Defense. At this point in time, I am surprised that the national healthcare system has not already been considered part of a nation-state’s Military-Industrial Complex. It was pretty amazing how the early months of the Pandemic saw entire nations mobilizing their resources and healthcare services toward a quasi-war effort against COVID-19. What we encountered over the past two years is a farcical spectacle, an admission of defeatism.

When am I contagious if infected with omicron?

It’s not yet clear, but some early data suggests people might become contagious sooner than with earlier variants — possibly within a day after infection.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people with the coronavirus are most infectious in the few days before and after symptoms develop. But that window of time might happen earlier with omicron, according to some outside experts.

That’s because omicron appears to cause symptoms faster than previous variants – about three days after infection, on average, according to preliminary studies. Based on previous data, that means people with omicron could start becoming contagious as soon as a day after infection.

With previous variants, people became contagious two to four days after infection. And people remain contagious a couple days after symptoms subside.

Moreover, I found some relevant reports indicating that the US Inflation Rate rose from 5% to around 7% within the span of just two months. This indicates that there is still so much Kapital being put into circulation, and I am not surprised to find out that nobody truly wants to reintroduce Usury to bring the Inflation under control.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation jumped at its fastest pace in nearly 40 years last month, a 7% spike from a year earlier that is increasing household expenses, eating into wage gains and heaping pressure on President Joe Biden and the Federal Reserve to address what has become the biggest threat to the U.S. economy.

Prices rose sharply in 2021 for cars, gas, food and furniture as part of a rapid recovery from the pandemic recession. Vast infusions of government aid and ultra-low interest rates helped spur demand for goods, while vaccinations gave people confidence to dine out and travel.

As Americans ramped up spending, supply chains remained squeezed by shortages of workers and raw materials and this magnified price pressures.

The Labor Department reported Wednesday that a measure of inflation that excludes volatile food and gas prices jumped 5.5% in December, also the highest in decades. Overall inflation rose 0.5% from November, down from 0.8% the previous month.

Price gains could slow further as snags in supply chains ease, but most economists say inflation won’t fall back to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon.”

“WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – U.S. consumer prices increased solidly in December as rental accommodation and used cars maintained their strong gains, culminating in the largest annual rise in inflation in nearly four decades, which bolstered expectations that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates as early as March.

The report from the Labor Department on Wednesday followed on the heels of data last Friday showing that the labor market was at or near maximum employment.”

“Schools going virtual, airlines canceling flights, pharmacies and testing centers closing temporarily, shelves emptying in grocery stores because of transportation delays, blood donations dropping to crisis levels for the first time ever and the country’s hospitals are becoming stretched. This is the US in the grip of the Omicron variant.

Omicron may cause milder symptoms in some people, but its effects are ricocheting throughout America and creating some of the greatest challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘We have supply shortages, we have transportation shortages, that are a result of people being out because of Covid, and especially Omicron being so infectious. And that is obviously limiting the workforce, and limiting the workforce is creating some of the havoc that we’re all experiencing,’ said Ezekiel Emanuel, vice-provost at the University of Pennsylvania.”

These United States are not the only country in the Empire of Liberty that is trying to play a balancing act between ending the Coronavirus Pandemic and ending the Currency Depreciation. The Liberal Capitalists are more inclined to ending the Inflation before ending the Pandemic. The Hamiltonian Federalist way of doing things, however, would advocate ending the Pandemic first before ending the Currency Depreciation, allowing humanity to kill two birds with one stone.

But the Liberal Capitalists are incapable of thinking beyond one-sided, linear, progressive terms, resulting in them debating senselessly over whether they should continue ending the Currency Depreciation or consider trying the other route. It needs to be repeated until it becomes obvious that the Liberal Capitalists have zero intentions of ending the Coronavirus Pandemic, preferring instead to normalize it as a sort of Endemic through a Détente with COVID-19. The Omicron variant is latest example, and there is no doubt that there will be other variants to emerge the longer this Pandemic is allowed to continue.

It may be 12 January as of tonight, but an entire year can pass without anyone and everyone realizing it. Two years have passed since the early weeks of the Pandemic. How many more variants of COVID-19 will there be by the end of 2022? How many more people are going to die, never to witness the changeover from 2022 to 2023?



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