What is novel about the coronavirus? Virologically speaking, “novel” means new. But in fact, you have probably been infected by coronavirus at some time, perhaps many times, along with everyone else you know. What is not so novel about it is that it represents yet another example of the American left using half-truths and scare tactics to grow and consolidate power as a path to upending – or just plain ending – our republic.
Medically speaking, a coronavirus is a common virus causing the common cold or the flu. This new coronavirus, currently known as COVID-19, is a recombinant virus, just as two other recent examples you may recall: the SARS-Coronavirus, which causes SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS-Coronavirus which causes MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).
Since the epicenter of today’s novel coronavirus outbreak is Wuhan, China, we would suggest it be officially labeled the Wuhan-Coronavirus (Wuhan-COV-19). Labeling today’s pandemic merely the “coronavirus” or the “novel coronavirus” is very misleading to the public and will create anxiety in the future anytime this common and prolific virus is mentioned.
Understanding coronavirus infections starts with knowing the difference between viruses and bacteria. Bacteria are living organisms since they are capable of asexual reproduction; viruses, on the other hand, are not “living organisms” and must come in contact with a host cell (e.g., in your body) to create a complex cellular process that transcribes the virus DNA or RNA to produce new carbon copies of the virus. If a cell is infected with two separate and different viruses, then the cell can develop a new infection by mixing up the DNA or RNA from the two viruses. This new virus is a recombinant virus since it contains recombined genomes from two separate viruses.
There are likely thousands of biolabs around the world, both open and secret, studying recombinant viruses—more than two hundred in the United States alone. Many legitimately work on the use of viruses for health reasons, such as developing vaccines against infections. These manmade viruses stimulate our immune system to destroy pathological viruses, such as the coronavirus and the influenzas type A and B, which cause seasonal flu epidemics each year.
Birthed as a bioweapon?
However, other biolabs are tasked with developing bioweapons for terrorism and other nefarious purposes. Since most such facilities naturally generate toward dual-use, the potential development of bioweapons studies is not unexpected. And mistakes happen; several years ago, a vial of forgotten active smallpox went missing from the National Institutes of Health.
Wuhan, China, is the home to the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory (Level 4) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Here the Chinese study and work with the world’s most deadly pathogens, including SARS and Ebola. Soon they will incorporate working on the West African Lassa virus as well as SARS and Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever, which affects livestock and can jump to humans.
In 2017, scientists warned that a dangerous virus could escape the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory lab. According to Nature Conservancy, a scientific magazine, some scientists outside China were worried about pathogens escaping Wuhan, and the addition of a “biological dimension to geopolitical tensions” between China and other nations.
China does not have a great history of providing safety for its own citizens. It is doubtful the communists would have any reservations over using their citizens experimentally. In fact, the Chinese government now tissue-matches prisoners and “vagrants” with leading party officials for future transplants. When a kidney or other organ is needed, they can charge the involuntary donor with a capital crime, execute him or her, harvest the organ, and simply discard the carcass. Under this kind of “ethical” system, it is reasonable to assume that such a government would also use vagrants and prisoners for biological experimentation.
Did the Wuhan recombinant coronavirus escape into the air or water through carelessness? Were the Chinese using human guinea pigs for medical research, or were they commandeering citizens to weaponize the virus for nefarious purposes, such as creating turmoil in the global economy? However it came to be, accidentally or deliberately, it has no respect for borders.
The political virus may be more dangerous
Having no respect for borders, Wuhan-COV-19 chanced upon a welcoming host in America’s Socialist left Democrat party body politic. Wuhan may have created the virus, but the Left in America will empower it far beyond its inherent physical capabilities. America’s domestic enemies have weaponized the Wuhan Virus, brilliantly engineering a coordinated campaign of lies, blame, deceit, deception, and false accusations all designed to spread division, fear and panic—like a virus—from coast to coast throughout our Republic. It’s a false alarm designed to trigger national anxiety, energize the “useful idiots” among us, and swing the election in November, all to accelerate America’s rush to national suicide by socialism.
The antidote to Leftist fear generating lies is the truth. Abraham Lincoln’s view of our fellow citizens applies here: “I am a firm believer in the people,” he said. “If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
Here are some of those “real facts”…
Seasonal Influenza has killed 18,000 Americans this season, and more than 50,000 in recent years. H1N1 was predicted to be the great pandemic scourge of humanity; it is now considered to be no more than seasonal flu. Wuhan-COV-19 is not Ebola nor SARS nor MERS. Like the seasonal Flu, the elderly or medically compromised are at higher risk of death.
Here are more real facts ignored: On Jan. 7, 2020, today’s virus was first identified in individual Chinese patients, while its government maintained a bizarre secrecy about the disease. On Jan. 31, fewer than four weeks later and before a single American had died, President Trump declared a public health emergency. Flights from China were restricted—for which Trump was called “racist” by the Leftist cabal—and U.S. citizens returning from Wuhan were quarantined for two weeks on military bases.
Don’t let the Democrat party fool you
Contrast this response with President Obama’s handling of the Swine Flu (H1N1), which was identified in April 2009 and officially declared a national health emergency by the administration in October of that year—six months later. Before that response, millions of Americans were infected, 20,000 were hospitalized, and over 1,000 had died.
There is no question that this new novel coronavirus is a national health issue that must be addressed, just like any emerging viruses. We can all be grateful for the prompt and decisive actions of the Trump Administration in this matter. This was accomplished at a time when the Democrat party was not focused on the real threat to the health and safety of the American people. Instead, they were fixated on the lie-driven scam of impeaching our president.
During the anti-war years, we were warned by an SDS member as he clarified this and every action the Left takes, be it this Wuhan-COV-19, abortion, anti-Christianity, anti-Trumpism, anti-family, anti-border security, et al. His statement of truth was succinct and pointed, “Always remember the issue is never about the issue, the issue is always about the Revolution.”
Be ever vigilant as to those attempting to weaponize Wuhan-COV-19 – Democrat political candidates, their complicit media allies, left-wing activist organizations among them. They are the fulfillment of Rahm Emanuel’s proclamation, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
The domestic enemies of our Republic will always use fear to diminish our hope and constrain our victories. With the “real facts.” As Christians, we must stand firm with the truth, and not walk in fear.
Dr. William Scott Magill is founder and executive director of Veterans in Defense of Liberty.