Note that this was posted as a draft some time ago. I did not realize it was there until I stumbled upon it. I know that it was published elsewhere, but I am publishing it now to make amends as it is still relevant — FB
No, not that John Snow. September 7, 1854, and a cholera outbreak was ravaging a poor section of London. If you lived in London during that time it was just one of those things you had to expect. Then an enterprising doctor took an action that has become legendary… he removed the handle from the pump where the center of the outbreak was occurring. Within days the outbreak had been stopped.
We have our own pump handle in the current Covid 19 outbreak… The New York Subway system. Currently, 84 New York MTA workers have died of Covid 19, out of a working population of 50,129. Extrapolated out, that is 1,667 deaths per million. By comparison, the country with the highest fatality rate is Belgium, at 631 deaths per million, followed by Spain at 503 and Italy (which has been so much in the news) at 441. Why is this happening? https://nypost.com/2020/04/25/passed-out-passengers-trash-fill-subway-cars-amid-coronavirus-crisis/
Under Mayor De Blasio, the NYC MTA has been abandoned to filth and savagery. New York is also a major transportation hub both internationally and within the U.S. The Florida Covid 19 outbreak, which began in the Miami Dade area and is still largely confined there, can be directly traced to New Yorkers who boarded airliners to flee the New York City outbreak. Floridians call them “snowbirds”, perhaps this is snowbird flu. Other major outbreak areas in the U.S. are also linked to New York City by major daily air travel.
We have been asked to surrender our civil liberties, shut down our economy, and face famine, all supposedly to stem this outbreak… Yet New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. epidemic, can’t be bothered to take the handle off the pump.