The end of the race

By Food for thought

The 70s were funky – despite the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon, Baader-Meinhof and Chomeini as a finale. The 80s began with a marching rhythm as a prelude, namely the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the stationing of cruise missiles in Europe, escalated to the cacophony of the American Iran-Contra Affair and ended with Punk, No Future and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The 1990s brought Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, the end of apartheid, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the supposed end of history and the realisation that history continues even without the Iron Curtain – inevitably. For example the second Gulf War and the war in Yugoslavia. The daughters and sons of the 90s understood that compared to their parents, there was little to earn for them. All the more they were intoxicated by the hope of eternal fun and defiantly celebrated against the threatening end of their means.

2000 started with Eminem’s machine gun rap, a bad aftertaste called Bushido, Robbie Williams lonely run and the sobering realisation that every party has to end once. The only question now was how? The answer came by plane. And on September 11, 2001, it hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center, symbol of Western prosperity and growth.

In 2007/2008 came the next blow: the bankruptcy of the Lehman Brothers with bankers carrying file folders out of the office. Beyoncé raised with “Irreplaceable” the question: Where do I put things now?
With the beginning of the economic crisis, the ground is shaking worldwide – not only on the financial floor of the stock exchanges.

At the turn of the year 2008/2009 Kanye West appears “Paranoid” and broadcasts “Nightmares” through Autotune. But the wave of shock ebbed away. New bonuses are being granted. The hunger of those who want to hoard before the shortage comes. No trace of new consciousness and course correction! And once again the economy took off for another boom! Hooray for the numbers like in old times!

Now in free fall. It sounds like a bang before the requiem.

Imagine all of humanity is sitting together in one car. Since the 1950s, the car has been picking up speed. Accelerating in the 60s and 70s, driving in laps of honour in the 80s and 90s, braking briefly at the turn of the millennium, stopping in 2001 for a minute of mourning, braking again in 2007, but rushing from 2008 into 2009, accelerating again 2010 and running with full speed from 2011 to 2018. Directly towards a wall.

A girl steps in the way in protest. She holds up a stop sign and speaks plain words. They are meant to encourage pausing, but humanity just keeps racing, past her and straight towards the wall. Everyone knows what this wall is made of. Unleashed capitalism, advancing climate change, increasing poverty are perhaps the most important elements. Ignorance is the mortar that holds them together. There is an urgent need for humanity to slow down. But the car just keeps on racing.
What do we hear now? Squealing tires and the glassy sounds of Billie Eilish and Aurora.
The passengers in the car hold on to each other. As if to confirm that they are the kings of the road and thus the masters of the world.

Anyone who is now thinking, well I stepped out of the car because Greta is right, should honestly ask her- or himself: Did I really get out of the car or am I just pretending or imagining it?

In fact, the car is still driving. Not quite as fast as before, because it was decelerated majestically by Corona, the microscopic queen and new ruler of the world. And now the occupants of the car are thinking about how they can leave this crown on the left hand and drive around it on the right to be able to race away from this ugly coeval as fast as possible. Namely further and directly towards the wall.

The order of the day would be to stop, get out and continue on foot. Or even take a bicycle.

What might happen if we refuse?

Perhaps Simon & Garfunkel’s “The sound of silence” will be heard in a modern version: “Hello darkness, my old friend …”

Civilisation, as we had it, if it would be accelerated to high speed again, will drive us on crash course against the wall – if we don’t listen and get out of the car.
What we have learned through viral deceleration: getting out of the car seems possible.

This is the opportunity of the day. Yes, I am optimistic: this is a turning point.

All the more so as we are aware of it.

Stay healthy! All my love!

Yours – Otmar Jenner

P.S. Dear readers, English is not my mother tongue. If you find striking mistakes in the wording, please let me know (oj@otmarjenner.de).

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Me and a vaccine

By Food for thought

In times of increasing and decreasing viral excitement, some things are forgotten and some things are distorted. For example, the so-called vaccination debate. Currently running hot in the forums. So here are a few facts and considerations.

Shortly before the turn of the millennium, Canadian microbiologists succeeded in a groundbreaking experiment. The scientists took some gene sequences from the highly dangerous Ebola pathogen and inserted them into the code of a previously harmless virus. They infected mice with this genetically modified virus. The scientists expected the animals to die. But they did not. In fact, the infected mice were now immune to Ebola.
In 2005, this research resulted in an Ebola vaccine. But because there was no Ebola outbreak at that time, further development was suspended. Until 2013, the year in which the epidemic broke out again in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This most massive outbreak of Ebola until today (which killed more than 11,000 people) could probably have been prevented if the further development of the vaccine had been pushed ahead early.

The development of a vaccine takes time. After successful animal experiments, tests on humans begin. They are divided into three clinical phases.

In Phase I, the vaccine is given to a small group of young and healthy people to test general tolerability.

In Phase II, a significantly larger group of volunteers participates. This time also people with previous illnesses, such as an immune deficiency, as well as older people. Again, the general safety of the vaccine is to be proven, but in addition, an immune reaction is to be triggered and the dosage tested. In addition, the efficacy of the active substance will be tested in a double-blind trial. For this purpose, one group is given the vaccine and a randomly selected control group is given a placebo.

In Phase III, the vaccine is then tested on several hundred to thousand volunteers. Again, the efficacy is to be confirmed. Also in comparison to other, possibly already existing vaccines. Again, additional double-blind trials will be conducted.

Phase I takes at least 3 months. Phase II and III together more than one year. Until 2013 and the outbreak of Ebola. The vaccine against Ebola went through Phases I to III within only 10 months and was approved for worldwide use from mid-2015.

What could this mean for vaccinations against the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2?

More than 86 vaccines to fight Covid-19 are currently being researched. A Chinese biotech company, in cooperation with the Chinese military, has already succeeded in testing a substance in Phase I so Phase II can begin. For this phase, volunteers are currently being sought in Wuhan. American and British institutions are testing vaccines in Phase I. The Mainz-based company Biontech has also just received permission to test a vaccine in Phase I.
Doctors and microbiologists are discussing whether the test phases could be shortened, for example by deliberately exposing healthy volunteers vaccinated with a “test” agent to infection with SARS-CoV-2.

Which vaccine will finally win the race? Candidates are live attenuated vaccines (such as the one against mumps, measles, rubella), or inactivated vaccines (made from dead pathogens, such as the one against polio or seasonal influenza) or an antigenetic vaccine – harvest from the blood of infected (such as the one against hepatitis B).

The Chinese researchers are testing an inactivated vaccine. The American biotech company Codagenix is doing research on “modified” live pathogens. A path that the Jenner Institute in Oxford, UK, has also taken. Following successful animal experiments, the vaccine hAdOx1 nCoV-19 developed there is now to be tested on 6,000 people. At the same time, Adar Poonawalla, owner and head of the Serum Institute of India, one of the world’s major vaccine producers, announced that despite the lack of governmental approval, he will put hAdOx1 nCoV-19 into mass production at his own risk and produce 40 to 50 million doses of it by September this year.

However, the production of „dead“ and „live“ vaccines in the quantities required worldwide is likely to overstretch all available production capacities taken together.
Hopes are therefore all the more pinned on the Covid-19 antigenes. Until a few years ago they could only be obtained from blood. Today, large-scale production is possible using genetic engineering. With this variant it would probably be possible to produce a vaccine in the quantities required worldwide within a comparatively short time. The Mainz-based company is on this path with its so-called RNA vaccine.
But even the most optimistic option costs time. About 18 months, forecasts the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Meaning until the end of next summer.

Opponents of a general compulsory vaccination warn already. Petitions against a state-imposed solution are being sent out in circular e-mails. Do I want to sign?

I understand the reservations against compulsory vaccination.

Firstly, because a vaccination of a whole population would mean a serious interference with the individual right of self-determination as well as the right to physical integrity and can therefore be seen as a violation of the second article of the constitutional law of Germany.
Secondly, because vaccinations involve the risk of side effects. Every person reacts differently. What is well tolerated by one person can prove to be painful for another. No matter how well-tested a vaccine may be – a risk remains. With all hope for a vaccine against the new corona virus – possible side effects are a damper.

I know alternative practitioners who are vehemently against vaccinations. In their practices they treat patients who suffer from the consequences of vaccinations, some of them serious.
Supporters of compulsory vaccination (against measles, for example) do not deny this, but emphasise that the population as a whole benefits from the vaccinations, even if not one hundred percent.

Assuming that humans are computers and SARS-CoV-2 is a computer virus – of course we would protect ourselves with antivirus software, of course we would constantly update the virus definitions to keep them up to date, and we would also set up firewalls against an infection to be on the safe side. Hardly anyone would seriously guess: you’d better avoid all that for the better. Stay open and unprotected. It’s your healthiest choice.

If Covid-19 is a systemic disease (which current research suggests it is), because the new coronavirus, for example, also attacks the vessels (which would better explain multiorgan failure in this context),
– then the comparison with a “common” flu would be misleading.
– then the pathogen SARS-CoV-2 is a more serious attacker against the operating system of humans and mankind.
– then a global containment strategy that is as effective and as fast as possible would be very helpful (with exceptions for particularly exposed persons who might react allergic to a vaccine).

The English physician Edward Jenner invented the vaccination against smallpox in 1796, thus ending a history of suffering that lasted some 3000 years. In the meantime, smallpox is considered to have been eradicated worldwide. In retrospect, hardly anyone would doubt the usefulness of this vaccination. It would be a blessing to rid the world of malaria, dengue fever, hepatitis and HIV.

Crisis researchers assume that with global warming and the associated shift in climate zones, old and new pathogens and diseases will spread. This danger is hardly noticed beyond the specialist public. As little as initially the outbreak of Covid-19 in China in the western part of the world.

Until now I was never vaccinated against the flu. I would like to get vaccinated against the new corona virus (if no antibodies are detectable in my body). Not because of fear of becoming ill. Rather to avoid possible infection of others.

Reflections from the grown inwardness, brightened by a rarely clear sky over Berlin and noticeably cleaner air.

All my love! Stay healthy!

Yours – Otmar Jenner

Source: The Economist and others.

P.S. Dear readers, English is not my mother tongue. If you find striking mistakes in the wording, please let me know (oj@otmarjenner.de).

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Sweet new monarchy

By Food for thought

The coronation has taken place. La corona (Italian/Spanish/Catalan) – the crown fits somehow. Increasingly on the heads of mankind. And the world is carrying along. On the consequences, at least.

But is the world now king and humanity queen?

I doubt it. For a while it seemed as if the virologist Christian Drosten of the Robert Koch Institute had crowned himself as the ruler of the sovereignty of interpretation. Then the burden probably became too heavy for him and he handed the crown over to the German chancellor. She now rules with directives like a queen, but does not want to be addressed as a sovereign. She wants to appear as one of the people.

A strange time, in which a coronation took place, but the royal suspects do not want to be called king or queen and do not want to appear as such. A strange time, which is still officially called a democracy with temporary restrictions, although it is the new reign of feudalism.

The logo of the Mexican Corona brewery. Fits the text so well, I had to use it here. The beer has nothing to do with the virus. Tastes even more delicious in these royal times.

Oh no, dear! I can already hear the contradiction. How can you say that? It’s too harshly worded and misses the point. If you haven’t noticed, we have a crisis, not feudalism. This thing with the crown is a mere wordplay!

You’d think so. However, at the moment, protagonists who are otherwise fiercely divided are in agreement. Iran with Israel and the USA. Countries like China, Russia, Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq with Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Australia, New Zealand. Because all these states, authoritarian ruled and democratic-administrative led, have drastically restricted the freedom of their populations. Increased police presence watches over the observance of the ordered restrictions. In some countries, the military has also entered the scene. The matter smells of a truly royal union.

Anyone in Germany who wants to travel from one federal state to another (e.g. from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to Schleswig-Holstein) but does not live there is currently (still) held up and sent back to the registration address if there is no valid reason to continue the journey. You must have experienced this to know how it feels.
Although this strict practice will be eased in the coming weeks, it does not mean a return to the time before Covid-19.

And demonstrations against these royal commands? Public gatherings as a collective expression of protest?
Because gatherings of more than two people who are not part of a common family are currently prohibited, demonstrations were also prohibited by emergency legislation.
So far. An emergency appeal to the Federal Constitutional Court has just been successful.
But does this mean that in the near future thousands of people will be able to gather in front of the Reichstag to protest against political decisions?
Probably not. A small group of fifty, maybe even a hundred people will probably be granted the right to express their public displeasure. But does this mean a return to a functioning democracy?

In order to counter the spread of Covid-19, ever larger parts of the population are being tested. In combination with smartphone apps that provide movement profiles, this may allow increasingly accurate knowledge about the progress of the pandemic. From an epidemiological point of view this is useful, if not necessary. But it is contrary to democracy. Or have I misunderstood something here?

Exactly: there has been a coronation.

La corona, the crown will now be passed onward at all times. From one to the next, faster and faster. But who is actually holding the sceptre in his hand in all this bustle? Amazon founder Jeff Bezos? Microsoft founder Bill Gates? The owners of Netflix? Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook? The Apple Corporation? The US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson? His competitor Pfizer?

Anyway, they hold up their hands. But as winners of the crisis, are they the real conductors? Each of them carries a sceptre. They do not want the crown. They’ll pass it on. On and on and on. Maybe that’s how it should be in this new beautiful monarchy.

Stay healthy!

Yours – Otmar Jenner

P.S. Dear readers, English is not my mother tongue. If you find striking mistakes in the wording, please let me know (oj@otmarjenner.de).

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What does this have to do with us?

By Food for thought

An friend of mine, I call him Ralf here, gets fever, dry cough, at times chills. The typical symptoms.
As expected: SARS-CoV-2 positive.

That was two weeks ago. My friend is doing fine now. He has no more symptoms.
Ralf’s wife and his two children, one of them an infant, did not get any symptoms, but were tested too. Result: negative.
“That my family did not catch the disease from me seems not really possible, if one is to believe the epidemiologists and their descriptions of the infectivity of Corona,” Ralf wonders.

Another friend of mine, here called Klaus, had already been tested Corona-positive about four weeks ago. Because he felt healthy and wanted to end his quarantine, he had himself tested for the second time a few days ago – again positive, so still. This is also atypical, because it does not fit the alleged maximum duration of 14 days during which infected persons remain contagious.

I know this story is complicated enough, but it goes even further: Klaus knows on which evening he got infected. A colleague of his got infected at the same event, probably from the same person. Four weeks ago, this colleague developed mild symptoms which at first seemed to go away, but which suddenly worsened to such an extent that an emergency hospitalisation became necessary. He had previously infected his father. Both are now in intensive care at the same time. The father is given artificial respiration through a tracheotomy. The condition of both is said to be critical.

The microscopic enemy is getting closer.

When did I first think that the new corona virus could affect me? Probably as early as December 2019, but the thought remained nebulous at the time – even as the bad news from China began to accumulate. Then the horrible news from Italy came thick and fast. I know people who were affected and heard about their horror experiences. Again the question: What does this have to do with me? The answer: unclear.

A dispute has arisen between the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the Federal Association of German Pathologists. The RKI had advised against autopsies of so-called corona deaths. The Pathologists vehemently objected. “From the autopsies” of the dead “we can learn how to treat the living better. For this we need to know: What was essentially responsible for the death? We’re talking about Covid-19 deaths, and that’s not entirely wrong. But Covid may be bringing forward a death that’s already looming for other reasons.”
The current practice for determining the cause of death is very simple: if a person is corona-positive and dies, he is considered a Covid death. Whatever he actually died of.

What is more dangerous, I too asked myself just a week ago, Covid-19 or the media excitement about it? I do not know the answer today, except that both are evidently very unhealthy. This can be seen in the following two charts (The Economist, April 4th – 10th, page 73):

Mortality rate in the Madrid area in the first quarter of 2020. Source: “The Economist”, 4. – 10. April, Seite 73

Here the rate for the same period in a small town in the Bergamo region:

Mortality rate in the small northern Italian town of Nembro in the first quarter of 2020. Source: “The Economist”, 4. – 10. April, Seite 73

The first chart shows the mortality rate in the greater Madrid area for the first quarter of this year. The second chart shows the mortality rate for the same period in a small town in the region of Bergamo in northern Italy. The black line shows the expected mortality rate for 2020 – calculated from the average deaths of the previous years in the period from the beginning of the year to the end of March. The actual deaths are shown as a light pink curve. This curve runs sometimes above and sometimes below the expected mortality rate, but always close to it. Of course there are deviations, death doesn’t hold up to expectations.

This changes with the arrival of Corona. Within a few days the death rate in the Madrid area triples (including Covid-19 cases, dark pink). In the small Italian town of Nembro it multiplies even more. Around 11,500 inhabitants – struck by lightning as if out of the blue.

My life is changing rapidly at the moment. But not for the worse. On the contrary, and as strange as it sounds: I’m enjoying my days in a calmed Berlin. In the meantime people are even smiling more. Do they and I lack imagination to anticipate the upcoming misery? Apparently.
Easter Sunday blessed Berlin with bright sunshine and summery 24 degrees. I went to the Tempelhofer Feld to do some sports, keeping my distance to other visitors. The majority behaved as if there was no reason to worry. People sunbathed close to each other. Are they possibly right with this clueless attitude?

What you can’t see, hear, smell, taste or touch seems abstract. Until you suddenly can. And then you’re out of your mind.

“That’s the way I feel now“, a friend wrote me from New York.

What should I answer him from afar? Is there anything I can say to calm him down?
That this is a fateful turn of events? That the world is reconsidering now? That change always comes with a price? That one should not rebel against the possibility of one’s own death? That I’m not afraid of death? That it is a blessing to be part of overdue change and that spring 2020 marks the beginning of that change? That I enjoy every day of it? That I experience these days more intensely and consciously than the months before? That I feel in harmony with myself as for how long not?

I finally told him all this and more on the phone. I heard him crying on the other end. And felt miserable.

What do the illustrated graphics say about Covid-19? Well, not that the disease is as harmless as many would like. Nor does it mean that you can go back to business as usual as if nothing had happened. That’s a good thing. And hopefully it will stay that way, even if it turns out that it was mainly the viral excitement that was responsible for the bottleneck situations in the hospitals and high mortality rates as a result.

Stay healthy!

Yours – Otmar Jenner

P.S. Dear readers, English is not my mother tongue. If you find striking mistakes in the wording, please let me know (oj@otmarjenner.de).

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