Talk:COVID-19 pandemic

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Evidence of long circulation[edit]

Research news from time to time shift the onset date of pandemic earlier and earlier. I will not dive into conspirological depths, but I definitely do not understand what the fuck is that supposed to mean. Can someone sift through it and explain it, and why Wuhan became a cut-off point? — Unsigned, by: 5.128.33.17 / talk / contribs

Should people take booster shots?[edit]

Like is being recommend in America after eight months? — Unsigned, by: 2607:FB90:1800:B259:3ABB:9E27:CF0:8056 / talk

It's very likely that we'll need to take booster shots yes. Within what time frame I do not know. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 15:28, 24 August 2021 (UTC)
Israel started a booster program very early and it has shown very positive results. Based on their experience I would predict that some vulnerable Western populations would get them soon, that is to say before the end of the year.Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 19:29, 24 August 2021 (UTC)

Covid and the Spanish flu[edit]

Given that Spanish Flu faded into the background 'of its own account' after two years, when will Covid-19 start doing so? (Making allowance for greater communication networks now etc.) Does the virus responsible for Spanish flu exist now, in 2021 as part of the 'general flu viruses people are normally vaccinated against'? Anna Livia (talk) 19:09, 19 September 2021 (UTC)

I think it's still unknown what the time frames may turn out to be like for this coronavirus. There's also been mentions of a difference between the types of virus: flu viruses can mutate more dramatically than the more stable coronaviruses (one part of why coronaviruses are easier to make vaccines for).
The first half of 2020, there were mentions in the media of expert opinions that this coronavirus may eventually mutate the way the Spanish flu virus did (infecting more easily and damaging less), indeed eventually becoming just another common virus like the Spanish flu did. So far since then, though, more easily infecting variations (first beta, then delta) also do more damage instead of less. However, I think that pattern could still later change at some point (if there's a tipping point in the evolutionary situation/challenge facing the virus).
Anyway, this coronavirus seems to be here to stay. It spreads too well, including crucially across different host species, for it to go extinct even if humans became fully immune. In case of immunity, it's just a matter of time before mutation leads to a comeback. After vaccination improves life with the virus as much as is possible in the short term, hopefully the virus will become nicer in a fairly short time. --ApooftGnegiol (talk) 21:26, 19 September 2021 (UTC)
I was also wondering "what happened" to the Spanish flu. It seems that all currently circulating flu viruses are direct or indirect descendants of the 1918 virus. So, in a sense, it's still here.Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 13:38, 28 October 2021 (UTC)
I was paraphrasing various articles countering the 'permanent lockdown argument.' (Various other large-scale to pandemic outbreaks followed the same decline.) Anna Livia (talk) 17:16, 28 October 2021 (UTC)

Alphabet soup[edit]

The delta variant was in the news and we are now on omicron: I understand some letters were skipped because they sounded too similar - but what about the other letters between? Anna Livia (talk) 18:59, 6 December 2021 (UTC)

This has no place in anything trying to be an Encyclopedia[edit]

"Indeed, the common idea that the spread of the disease isn't that serious since only some people are likely to die is incredibly callous, and often brutally ableist against those with chronic conditions or ageist against the elderly."

Almost all disease disproportionally affects the elderly. That is not 'ageist' or 'ableist', it's nature. Fehmgericht (talk) 20:51, 12 January 2022 (UTC)

Good job we aren't trying to be an encyclopaedia then. Scream!! (talk) 21:00, 12 January 2022 (UTC)

Anti-science[edit]

It's kind of ironic that this article fails nearly all of the "anti-science" traits listed on this site. I really don't understand the purpose of it other than someone's angsty rant about reality not conforming to their pseudoreligious beliefs 2A00:23C4:BA8F:7301:B0B4:F29F:D09B:97B0 (talk) 00:49, 7 August 2022 (UTC)