MAYDAY 1601: SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020

“@DrTedros: I am encouraged by your efforts to unleash the power of governments to face up to the threat posed by the new epidemic.

This is not a drill. No time for excuses. Time for pulling out all the stops to stop until next round, a wannabe, pandemic.”

Empty jumbo jets arriving at deserted airports. Masked passengers disinfecting their own seats. Fear lines the faces of airline

executives huddling with me; all signs, of federal bailout plans, taking flight. An epidemic may be … renamed today, in time.”

“The epidemic that has sickened nearly 100,000 people across six continents may be — two variants, of a single — viral, microbe.

That notwithstanding, the less deadly newer version, may be even more contagious, than it’s predecessor, man-killing, microbe.”

“Indeed, I am encouraged by your efforts to encourage governments to face up to the threat posed by this new pandemic. Pandemic.

Just say it, Ted. This is not a drill. Just say it, Ted. Then, just pronounce it, Ted. Pronounce — Dr Tedros … the pandemic.”

“Ted: I’ll tell ye a secret; this viral pandemic having sickened so many so quickly may be a grand opportunity, grandly, disguised.

Everyone’s playing cards close to the vest. If we play our cards right, we may very well be, antiheroes. Heroes, disguised.”

“We may well be antiheroes, Ted. Heroes in disguise. Like the heroes of old, heroic; with a dash of modern imperfections, ironically,

thrown in. This viral threat, whether intelligent, or not is a chance to unify as a family to battle a common … enemy.”

“Public displeasure with global leaders has spread nearly as fast as the virus itself, which has now reached more than 80 countries.

When those leaders point fingers elsewhere they oft point in predictable directions; piggybacking on … old, hostilities.”

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