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Topic: What's Going on in the Americas? (Read 143003 times)

  • jax
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What's Going on in the Americas?
There are a number of threads from the Old World, any news from the New? Anything American goes.

  • Frenzie
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1150
Wasn't there some guy named Andrew Yang who proposed doing exactly that?

Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1151
Wasn't there some guy named Andrew Yang who proposed doing exactly that?
Yes, he was a nominee for the Democratic nomination.

  • rjhowie
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1152
Doesn't matter much who is in the White House and the passing labelling of the present incumbent can be given to anyone there. Just a pity for the sensibles over there that it is really corporates whether Democrat or Republican parties than run things.
"Quit you like men:be strong"

  • jax
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1153
There are a few missing links, the closest known relative to SARS-CoV-2 is the batvirus RaTG13 (in Yunnan province in China, bordering Indochina). Some other closely related viruses have infected pangolins, but there is no indication that a pangolin species was an intermediate for SARS-CoV-2. When we don't know what, we don't know where either. 

However we can time the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to November 2019. Given that the first patients started to come in to Wuhan hospitals in the beginning of December that would have given the virus preciously little time to travel the world. We don't know it started in Wuhan, but it is a pretty safe guess.

As for Trump's virus, it may have been born in China, but it has been many generations since it became an American immigrant and became naturalised. The US has imported a few cases from Europe, also from Iran, but otherwise the virus is as American as can be. 

You can trace the different strains if you are interested.

  • rjhowie
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Re: What's Going on in the Americas?
Reply #1154
Not just a passing intellectual attempt  regarding the start as it WAS in China!
"Quit you like men:be strong"