This is one for the books. This came out of The Federalist, a right-wing blog that started out promulgating the coronavirus-as-hoax conspiracy theory, with headlines like, “Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdowns,” and comments like, “a handful of Democratic activists created alarming, but bogus data sets to scare local and state officials into making rash, economy-killing mandates.” Now, the medical geniuses and social engineers on this blog have come up with a solution to get workers back on the job and they call it “thinking outside the box.” Simply, they propose that Controlled Voluntary Infection is the way to go. Here’s a description of what that looks like. The Federalist:

Before vaccinations for childhood diseases such as chickenpox and German measles were developed, families would hold chickenpox or German measles “parties” when one child contracted the disease. All the neighborhood children were invited to play with the infected child with the understanding that they would probably become infected as a result. The entire community would get the disease out of the way in one little local epidemic. Since many childhood diseases are far more severe if contracted as an adult, voluntary infection minimized the potential for future adverse consequences.

Now I grew up in a suburb of Denver and was never invited to a chicken pox party, nor did I ever hear of them existing until this very moment in time.

CVI involves allowing people at low risk for severe complications to deliberately contract COVID-19 in a socially and medically responsible way so they become immune to the disease. People who are immune cannot pass on the disease to others.

If CVI were to become widespread and successful, it could be a powerful tool for both suppressing the Wuhan coronavirus and saving the economy. It could reduce the danger of passing COVID-19 to vulnerable populations, drastically reduce the amount of social isolation needed, reopen businesses, and even help achieve the level of “herd immunity” needed to stop the spread of the disease within the population.

Herd immunity, of course, is the phenomenon whereby contagious infections can no longer spread if a large enough percentage of the population is immune to the disease, and CVI is a means to achieve it. Many over the age of 60 might remember an interesting historical precedent for CVI: chickenpox parties.

The idea seems to be that if you get deliberately exposed to chickenpox, you will get a mild form of it and everything will be just fine. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is too new and not enough is known about it, therefore conflating chickenpox and COVID-19 seems to me to be the nth degree of wingnutteria. It sounds like a suicide pact, almost, and an experimental one at that. Totally nuts. Nevertheless, you may hear more along these lines. Texas Governor Dan Patrick was on Fox News the other night and he said that plenty of seniors would be willing to die if it would preserve the economy for their grandchildren — including him.

“No one reached out to me and said, as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.

Good, we’ve got a volunteer for the COVID-19 party, let’s send Dan Patrick to see how and if it works out. Be sure to tell us what you want on your tombstone, Dan.

The corporate powers that be want to get the engines of commerce rolling and if they run over some bodies while doing it, too bad. Frankly, I don’t know of any peers of mine willing to die so that some kid’s 401K can live, but perhaps I run in jaded circles.

 

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27 Comments on "Trumpite Suggests Covid-19 Version of ‘Chicken Pox Parties’ So Work Force Can Return"

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Inkdreamer
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I grew up in Phoenix. I’m 69. I remember measles and chicken pox parties. The theory wasn’t that we would get milder forms of the illness, just that we’d all get it over with, a mini-epidemic for the neighborhood.

Never got measles, but I had a terrible case of chicken pox and still bear scars from it.

Bareshark
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If those idiots go that route, they’ll quickly discover how much life with coronavirus sucks. And I’ll have no sympathy for them.

CAZ
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For my country, I am volunteering to cough on any republican at the moment. Nay, I will kiss them. This virus is more debilitating than any flu I’ve ever had.

Tin woman1
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The first death of covid-19 in LA county was a 17 YO boy with no know preconditions. His dad is also hospitalized for the same thing.

p j evans
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Someone had one in Kentucky. They spread it to people who weren’t there. There was a birthday party in Connecticut, and the authorities know of at least 40 people who got the virus there – one took it home to South Africa.

CAZ
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Trying not to smirk that a b-day party at a trvmp property in CA spread COVID to 5 confirmed and 11 symptomatic people.

Bareshark
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Don’t assume that it’s just Trumpers getting it. COVID 19 cares not for anyone’s politics. If it’s a human body, it’ll infect them…period.

CAZ
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Can confirm. I’m “supposedly” infected but not sick enough to meet the criteria for testing.

Bareshark
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Dammit…be as safe as you can, CAZ.

p j evans
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Some of whom were being as huggy-kissy as they possibly could. Idjits.

Denis Elliott
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I don’t recall being deliberately exposed at a “measles party” when I was a kid but I do remember hearing the term. As for chicken pox, even for children some cases could be severe and leave scarring. However, there’s something else that people tend to forget which is that it’s the chicken pox virus that causes shingles in adults. Having had a brutal case of shingles and remembering my aunt’s bouts with that disease it was more than a minor “get it over with” deal to intentionally expose kids to chicken pox back in the day. The most important thing… Read more »
CAZ
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I think these idiots see 1-2% mortality and, ignorantly, think their odds are good. They don’t consider hospitals being overwhelmed which will increase the death toll and the spread to other close contacts.

Bareshark
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None of them have never heard of or believe the other conditions of the survivors, including lung scarring and serious organ damage in the kidneys, heart and brain. And that’s all before you get into how it weakens your immune system to things it could have fought of. Those cultists best stay the hell away from me.

p j evans
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Several places are running out of space for bodies. In Italy, they were having to truck bodies from where they died to where they could be cremated.

p j evans
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Mortality was 2% in the Civil War – 32 million population, 600k deaths. That’s when the National Cemeteries got started. Everyone knew someone who had died.

dana fairfield
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Was it just ten years ago the right was having conniption fits over their imaginary ACA “death panels” that would consign seniors to early deaths? One comment to the Federalist article was astonished that the right had forfeited their pro-life mantle to the liberals and Communist China.

Bareshark
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The party so astonished deserved their shock. I’ve lived among these people and I’ve known what they are since I was 13. The only life that ever meant anything to thdm was their own.

Joseph
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Those alleged parties are a RECENT development; there was never such a thing back in the days before the vaccines were created. Kids who got chickenpox or German measles (rubella) were kept away from other kids, especially after symptoms were observed (ie, the rashes or spots). These morons may think that there were “parties” being held before vaccinations became widespread (incidentally, I got one of the early rubella vaccinations as a kid back in the late 60s and was sick as a dog–though never developed the rash or any spots–for a week) but the reality was that both diseases are… Read more »
lauran
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I’m definitely north of the 70 year mark and agree measles were a bitch on steroids cause I got them. Don’t remember any parties for either one but I did get the CP vaccine and after vaccination had a mild outbreak of CP. I’ll never forget my Mom sitting by my bed and saying “Don’t scratch or you’ll have scars”. Must have been a reaction to the vaccine but maybe I had CP before. Who knows? I did get the shingles shots just to be safe. Friends who got shingles were not happy campers! If you are over 50 i… Read more »
Bareshark
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We both know that history is not this crowd’s strong suit.

Rev Doc Dave
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Maybe someone will hold a “Surprise Chicken Pox Party” for Baby Donald…

Karen
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One of the headstones in the photo should read, “Died for Trump’s re-election.” He pretty much admitted that’s the reason he wants to “reopen” the economy.