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Global warming will lead to more deadly viruses

Hate — it’s still with us, now directed at Asians, in part because of Trump’s labeling of the COVID virus as the “China Virus.” Perhaps it ought to be called the “Trump Virus,” as it was his downplaying of it that helped it spread so fast throughout the states. Meanwhile, it has been discovered that the so called “Spanish Flu” of 1918, that killed 20 to 50 million people worldwide, more than the 15 to 22 million killed in all of WW I, originated with a soldier in Kansas, who was then sent to Spain, so I expect that it should really be called the “American Flu.” Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Trump.

At any rate, COVID is probably just a dress rehearsal for future pandemics, which will begin to plague us as viruses and bacteria melt out of the frozen tundra due to global warming. Diseases that we have no resistance to, like the Sweating Sickness Disease in England during Henry VIII’s time. At breakfast, you felt poorly, by bedtime, you were dead, your internal organs fried by a raging fever. Even today, we don’t know what caused it, where it came from, or where it went. Let’s hope we’ve learned from COVID to take pandemics seriously, and to conserve fossil fuels, convert to renewable energy, and eat less methane-producing beef, in order to keep earth’s temperature down, and keep diseases frozen in the tundra.

JAHANN SWANKER-GIBSON

Johnstown

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