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The chart above is from Watts Up with That crunching some surprising data from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The ship was a perfect lab experiment: 696 people sealed up together in a confined space with a highly contagious bug. And, as we all know, all seven fatalities were oldies.

But the article points to other surprising data: 83% didn’t get the virus at all. Old people were no more likely to get it than any other age group. Almost half those who got it showed no symptoms and, again, old people were well represented in this group (oddly, ages 20 to 49 were least likely to have symptomless corona).

And from another article:

…approximately 95% of the Wuhan population remained uninfected by the virus at the end of January…

I don’t suppose I’d call the above good news, exactly, but it’s better that the “80% of us will get it” stuff I’ve been hearing today.

Oh, and happy St Patrick’s Day!


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: March 17, 2020, 9:28 pm

I am surprised. I thought everyone locked up on those cruise ships would eventually become infected.

Comment from RD
Time: March 17, 2020, 11:07 pm

Ok…. so why is every politician and CEO pressing their panic buttons. They are now telling us ‘don’t panic’, but are they not aware that we have been watching them do exactly that for weeks? We’re left with a choice; ‘Are they stupid’ or ‘Are they not telling us something’.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: March 17, 2020, 11:21 pm

For a sobering view of whether we’re being gaslighted, take a listen to the first half hour of The Steve Deace Show. Podcast link here: http://bit.ly/31e7qV8

Tough to refute anything he says! Something is definitely stinky in Denmark.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 18, 2020, 12:17 am

They’re filling the atmosphere with their global warming gases.

That’s how much gas lighting is going on right now.

18 months. If there was really a UK official person who said that they should be, I don’t know, made to sit for a drawing, then quartered in a stinky dungeon for a while!

What, isn’t that what drawing and quartering is?

Comment from Davem123
Time: March 18, 2020, 12:50 am

Happy St. Patricks Day. Also, RIP Lyle Waggoner.

Comment from Drew458
Time: March 18, 2020, 1:50 am

696? There were 3700 people on that ship.

Comment from Jeff Gauch
Time: March 18, 2020, 2:31 am


1) None of them want to be a real-life Larry Vaughn.

2) The threat may not be real, but the panic is.

3) Far too many of them wouldn’t mind if the economy tanked right as Trump was running for reelection.

Comment from gromulin
Time: March 18, 2020, 3:42 am

So, on a lighter note, as I was ignoring the shelter-in-place order at 0600 this morning, I headed out the door to my car. Some of us have to work. I’m about two steps from my car when I see something moving under it. Fucking skunks. Literally. Pepe le’pew getting giggity with his gal under my car. I start to back up slowly, one takes off across the street and the other one goes full ” you wanna piece of me?” Thankfully he bugged out before he made my social distancing much easier. Jeebus.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 18, 2020, 11:50 am

Heh – shelter in place.
I’m waiting to see how they justify ‘arresting’ people who violate the shelter in place rules.

-When they won’t now arrest you unless you steal more than (x) dollars in goods (I assume that means cash too).
-They’ll let you go without you having to post bail.
-They want to send people home from prison ‘early’ because
of the dangers of ‘OMG WE’REALLGONNADIE VIRUS’ sweeping
through the prison.
-I’m sure I’m missing something that makes it clear they’re
talking out of both sides of their mouth.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 18, 2020, 12:07 pm

Are we talking about the same ship, Drew? There’s been more than one. I’m going by the figures here.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 18, 2020, 1:49 pm

And now people here are getting frisky talking about China, about China and the Virus and “take that!”.

Is there anyway we can force them to sit down and do a historical review of World and American History between 1930 and 1941? You know, just to see if they might find some parallels in regards to “take that!” thinking.

Comment from Carl
Time: March 18, 2020, 2:32 pm

DREW “696? There were 3700 people on that ship.”
SWEASE “Are we talking about the same ship, Drew?”

Same ship – the Diamond Princess. 3,618 individuals tested, 696 positive, 7 deaths.

It’s impossible to draw general conclusions from the numbers because the passengers were quarantined (though not very effectively) for much of the period in question. Had they not been quarantined the number of positives and deaths would have been significantly higher.

Comment from Drew458
Time: March 18, 2020, 3:13 pm

Thanks Carl.

The onboard quarantine was pretty useless if the virus has an airborne vector. All rooms have shared HVAC. With the crew sick too, room delivered food probably had virus particles on top. Laundry too. Cruise ships are already well-known germ factories. The quarantine kept the virus on the boat, that’s about all. “Not very effective” is spot on; a quarantine is either perfect, or it’s just a major inconvenience. At best it slowed things down a bit.

While many have said that this was a FUBAR situation, it was also (accidentally I hope) a perfect large scale test, at a time when many felt that this was an Asian specific virus.

Comment from J. S. Bridges
Time: March 18, 2020, 3:42 pm


The correct number for the entire population on-board that cruise ship – both passengers AND crew – was (apparently) more-or-less 3,700; of them, perhaps 696 might be considered to be an approximation of the total number of paying passengers – more likely, it’s actually just the total number of those actually tested somewhat-during-and-mostly-after-the-fact for the Covid-19 virus, and detectibly found to be infected…or something like that…

You folks need to get your numbers sorted-out and verified –

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 18, 2020, 4:03 pm

“You folks need to get your numbers sorted-out and verified –”

Wasn’t this the semi-official try out for W.H.O. CoronaVirus reporter?

Comment from BJM
Time: March 18, 2020, 9:03 pm

@RD…my fav was Gov Cuomo proclaiming “now is not the time to remain calm”.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 18, 2020, 9:09 pm

@RD…my fav was Gov Cuomo proclaiming “now is not the time to remain calm”.

That should show up in his opponents next campaign. Because you know everyone will want the kind of drama you can get from a hysterical 15 year old running the state.

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