Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

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Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:16 am

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Would it be worth introducing the variant of CV19 that has effectively immunised the Japanese population against the virus?

Surely such a strategy would reach even the anti-vaxers and offer us a shortcut out of the dystopia in which we find ourselves right now.

Or would it be simply too risky -- at least from a political perspective? After all, without a pandemic, how could the governments of the world continue to exercise powers that would otherwise be considered too totalitarian and facist to be accepted by the citizens of democratic nations?
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Re: Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

Postby granada29 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:32 am

I think interference in these processes is a recipe for disaster. How many iterations of mutation did the Japanese virus go through before this defunct version appeared? Perhaps it is necessary to have all the intermediate versions in circulation as well. Or maybe I am just talking crap.

I agree that it is a hopeful outcome but caution might be advised before deliberately introducing this new variant.
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Re: Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

Postby GSVNoFixedAbode » Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:44 am

Then again, while Japan may have won the Mutation Lottery, there's nothing to say other countries will, nor have the opposite occur: something worse than Delta (eg longer non-symptomatic period combined with deadlier outcomes). It's a sneaky little bugger.
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Re: Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

Postby hagfish » Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:07 am

It's 1pm. Jacinda Ardern marches up to the lectern, takes of her mask. Glances at her notes, then up to the camera.

"Tēnā koutou. We are going to deliberately introduce a variant of Covid-19 into the drinking water around the country. I'll now take questions."
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Re: Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:28 am

hagfish wrote:It's 1pm. Jacinda Ardern marches up to the lectern, takes of her mask. Glances at her notes, then up to the camera.

"Tēnā koutou. We are going to deliberately introduce a variant of Covid-19 into the drinking water around the country. I'll now take questions."

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Re: Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

Postby Kiwiiano » Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:30 am

The problem is if someone is deliberately infected by the new variant and dies shortly after, even if by being run over by a tram, the lawyers will have their bayonets out.
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Re: Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:38 am

Then just let the anti-vaxers be infected... they reckon they'd rather get the virus than the vaccine anyway.
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Re: Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

Postby paulw » Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:44 pm

"I wonder how "the powers that be" would view this" They won't because if Covid mutated into nothing then they would lose their control over the Karen population . The would have to invent a new crisis like climate change passports to keep the fear facture alive.
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Re: Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

Postby Malcolm » Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:27 pm

aardvark_admin wrote:Then just let the anti-vaxers be infected... they reckon they'd rather get the virus than the vaccine anyway.

Maybe they could put that variant in a vial and offer to inject the anti-vaxxers with it.
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Re: Fight fire with fire (24 Nov, 2021)

Postby GOM-RH » Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:31 pm

Sounds a bit like treating small pox with cow pox. Of course if such an approach was possible, big Pharma and the gov't would be all over it by now
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