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John Barry, author of Great Influenza
bestseller, says coronavirus will be
very, very bad

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Posted By: konocti95, 3/10/2020 12:31:36 PM

Don’t panic, but do be afraid enough to be very, very cautious. The novel coronavirus epidemic almost certainly will get a lot worse before it ever gets “contained.” That’s my key takeaway from an interview Monday evening with John M. Barry, author of the definitive work, The Great Influenza, on the flu pandemic that began in 1918. Barry’s research is so well-respected that he was appointed to the federal government’s official Board of Experts on Infectious Disease, and he now serves on the faculty of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: rockeysroomie 3/10/2020 12:35:57 PM (No. 342052)
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"-FDR Ramp up the fear Mr. Barry!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Kate318 3/10/2020 12:45:00 PM (No. 342058)
Stop it. Just, stop.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: GO3 3/10/2020 12:49:21 PM (No. 342062)
Barry is not a biologist, or MD, or other allied scientist. From a post titled "The problems with Barry’s 'The Great Influenza' by a virologist http://www.virology.ws/2009/08/14/the-problems-with-barrys-the-great-influenza/ "Barry is not a virologist, or any type of scientist. He’s a historian who happens to have written on influenza. This does not excuse the virological errors in his book; he should have had a virologist fact-check the manuscript before publication." I'm surprised the Examiner gives this guy any ink.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: LadyHen 3/10/2020 12:49:58 PM (No. 342063)
Because medical science and public hygiene stopped progressing in 1918.... oh wait.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Northcross 3/10/2020 12:55:57 PM (No. 342070)
This fear monger was able to get his name in the news, but that does not mean he is credible. It does mean that he will be able to sell a few more books to gullible fools.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DCGIRL 3/10/2020 1:04:29 PM (No. 342080)
John Barry must be a democrat.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 3/10/2020 1:06:08 PM (No. 342081)
Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! (repeat as necessary)
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Highlander 3/10/2020 1:12:25 PM (No. 342089)
Must need to sell more books.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 3/10/2020 1:19:59 PM (No. 342100)
Trying to shill for his books.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Right Time 3/10/2020 1:46:31 PM (No. 342119)
John Barry is a writer about historical epidemics. He is not a medical professional, not a doctor or epidemiologist. He is totally untrained and unqualified to speak about the Corona virus. That said, I hope gets it, but with a new side effect.....all his hair should fall out
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Enoch Powell 3/10/2020 1:48:06 PM (No. 342122)
I heard somewhere from the medical punditry that the average flu season results in 18,000 death a year in the U.S. If true, this is just another irresponsible campaign by the MSM for ratings and... to damage Trump. I hope some more in the media will come out with some facts at some point.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 3/10/2020 1:59:19 PM (No. 342133)
Read the data for yourself, #11. Low of 12,000 to high over 60,000 EVERY YEAR. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html
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Reply 13 - Posted by: earlybird 3/10/2020 2:21:23 PM (No. 342146)
These things always seem to bring the authors and their fans out of the woodwork. We have enough sensible advice, thank you. We don’t need authors or overheated headlines… (I have never heard of Barry. That is fine with me.)
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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird 3/10/2020 2:32:14 PM (No. 342154)
Quin Hillyer has puffed Barry up a bit. The uninformed (like me) would do well to go and read Barry’s wiki bio. He is a writer. He is not a scientist of any kind. Writing about what others do or have done does not make one an “expert”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_M._Barry
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Reply 15 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 3/10/2020 2:36:43 PM (No. 342158)
152 deaths from H1N1 Swine flu in Arizona in 2009. Did Costco and WalMart run out of toilet paper? No.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 3/10/2020 3:06:01 PM (No. 342174)
#15, yes, and probably several thousand from the common flu at that same time period in the same state.....completely ignored by the media.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: lakerman1 3/10/2020 3:19:55 PM (No. 342180)
I have been catching up on Gunsmoke episodes, and if you watch Doc Adams, practicing medicine in post civil war Kansas, he had very few medications to give - and no antibiotics at all. things were not much different by 1918. secondary infections, including respiratory problems, were not really treatable. and the secondary infections could kill you. Penicillin had not yet been discovered, tuberculosis was widespread, making those patients vulnerable. I expect modern medicine will do a more effective job in treating/managing corona - a virus I call coronobola.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Strike3 3/10/2020 3:46:04 PM (No. 342196)
What a jerk. Right now similar opinions are being eaten up by all of the handwringers of the world.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Periwinkel 3/10/2020 4:10:56 PM (No. 342217)
What do you want to bet his book, The Great Influenza, is being reprinted. He's panicking that we will fix this mess before he can sell books. Poor baby. He NEEDS a disaster!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: lisa belanger 3/10/2020 4:24:22 PM (No. 342224)
just went to whole food in palm desert it was packed,,,,,tennis tounament cancelled 70 million lost
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Reply 21 - Posted by: vinegrower 3/10/2020 4:59:58 PM (No. 342237)
Guess what, I bet this guy is a Democrat. He is not a Doctor or a Scientist, he's a fearmonger who hates Trump. I did like Obama but I certainly didn't wish for my fellow citizens to become ill and die. I hate to say this but we have a media that is hoping for the worst. It's appalling.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: anniebc 3/10/2020 6:21:45 PM (No. 342305)
My asthmatic allergies are bad right now; I can't even think of a coronavirus epidemic.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: RuckusTom 3/10/2020 7:26:22 PM (No. 342352)
John Barry, author of Great Influenza bestseller, says "Buy My Book !!!"
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Rumblehog 3/10/2020 8:36:41 PM (No. 342413)
This wise in his own eyes moron must not be reading too much about the virus. Over the last two days alone I've learned that the virus does not seem to take hold in people 15 years old and younger. It does not affect women as much as men. And that the virus has already broken into two strains, the original Wuhan virus, which was more aggressive, and the new one which is not. Also, the original virus seems to remain in China while the weaker is finding its way across the globe. This fool probably sees another "definitive book" on the horizon for his self-promoting arse... so, wannabe scientist, let me quote something from my favorite sci-fi movie, "We're all gonna DIE!!" Deal with it.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Boliver 3/10/2020 9:43:43 PM (No. 342460)
What alarms me is that it's not like the flu as so many people keep trying to compare it to. It attacks the central nervous system, causes seizures and organ failure. It has my attention, not fear, but attention.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: RayLRiv 3/11/2020 9:02:27 AM (No. 342806)
The late Michael Crichton you're not, Barry.
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