“If I get Corona, I get Corona. At the end of the day I’m not going to let it stop me from partying.” – US college student at Miami.
“We can turn the tide within the next 12 weeks and I’m absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing in this country. But only if we all take the steps that we’ve outlined – that is vital.” – Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, press conference, March 20
“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives” -- Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, on Twitter, March 27
“I am beginning to understand why in some societies the plague gods were revered and worshipped. The coming of the plague allows for a complete renewal of societies. The epidemic has no logic and spares neither the noble nor the rich, nor the powerful. It destroys everyone indiscriminately.” – Russian right-wing political analyst Alexander Dugin
The death of bioethical autonomy? -- “Death of a purely individualistic conception of existence. Of course, the out of step elites continue to issue clichés such as ‘taking into account contemporary individualism’, and other nonsense of the same kind. But the anguish of finitude, a finitude whose reality can no longer be hidden, incites us, on the contrary, to seek mutual help, sharing, exchange of ideas, and the sharing of experiences.” – sociologist Michel Maffesoli, March 24, in Le Figaro
“The Covid-19 epidemic can teach us a lot about ourselves and our civilization. It reminds us, first of all, of the deep human vulnerability in a world that has done everything to forget it. Our lifestyles and our entire economic system are based on a form of excess, of omnipotence, consecutive to the forgetting of our corporeality. This is not only the fact of having a body and being mortal, but it means taking into account the materiality of our existence and our dependence on the biological, environmental and social conditions of our existence: health is the condition of our freedom.” – philosopher Corine Pelluchon, March 23, in Le Monde
“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!” – President Donald Trump, March 20, on Twitter
“General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!! FORD, GET GOING ON VENTILATORS, FAST!!!!!!” – President Donald Trump, March 28, on Twitter
Michael Cook is editor of BioEdge
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