CORONAVIRUS 2021

I, for the most part, followed the rules last year. I stayed home mostly, only leaving the house if it was absolutely necessary. Up to November 2020, I did walk my dog three times a day but sadly he became yet another statistic of 2020 and was cruelly taken away from us. We have a wonderful if small back garden here at the back of my house, the summer was wonderful, 2020 was long, warm and sunny so I didn't need to go far and didn't need for anything.

I first reported about Covid-19 on Friday the 17th January 2020 after a second person had died in China from a "mystery virus," it didn't have a name yet, Full story. Since then I have watched the pandemic grow and has now infected more than 100 million people and killed more than one million.

Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) and Chief Medical Advisor to the President and Ralph Baric, Distinguished Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill University along with other distinguished people at the CDC were at the hub of this story from 2003 to 2006. They controlled 100% of the cash flow which built the empire around the mighty industrial complex of the coronavirus.

On April 25th 2003, the US CDC filed the patent, number US7776521B1 on the “coronavirus transmitted to humans.” Under 35 U.S.C. law, nature is prohibited from being patented. Either the Sars, Coronavirus is manufactured, or it is nature, therefore making a patent on it illegal but they went ahead anyway.

A team led by immunologist Ester Sabino collected genomic data from COVID-19 tests in Manaus that indicated 42% of the confirmed cases were infected by the new variant, which has mutations similar to the British and South African variants. "That was the frequency that appeared in our December data. We are finishing January now and it is increasing," said Sabino, a University of Sao Paulo professor whose team's preliminary results have been published on the Virological.org forum.

She said it was quite likely the new Brazilian variant is more transmissible than the current dominant strain, although it has not been proven definitively, because it has mutations shown to have that effect in other variants.

Brazil's new super-variant of coronavirus did not deter crowds of sunbathers from packing out beaches today despite the infection ripping through the Amazon where locals desperately wait for dwindling oxygen supplies.

From the tightly-bunched shade umbrellas that covered the golden sands of Leme beach in Rio de Janeiro, one would not know the country is in the teeth of a devastating pandemic driven by the new variant. The scenes of scantily-clad Brazilians soaking up the sun and swimming were worlds apart from the country's Amazon rainforest where doctors face the wretched task of deciding who can breathe amid short supplies.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 As Covid-19 stole the show in 2020 another drama unfolded with a record-equaling hottest year ever; the hottest decade ever recorded and the 6 hottest years in the past 6 years! And don't hold your breath for a brighter future, just 2 weeks in and 2021 is already a nightmare developing

f you're looking for a brighter future in 2012, don't hold your breath. Credit WMO

2020 will be remembered for the Covid-19 and the chaos it brought to a world not prepared for such a pandemic. However, and somewhat hidden because of Covid-19 and other major events Climate Change continued its relentless march in 2020 and causing the US alone, a record-busting 22 billion dollars in weather-related disasters in 2020.


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