Coronavirus and the smelly fish story 
By Walter Sorochan

Posted April 12, 2020. 

This article connects the coronavirus [ COVID-19] to its possible source, location and it also implicates this virus to the economic war between countries. This article discredits the fish story.

The inspiration for this article came when I received an email 'fishy smell story' about China and coronavirus. The smell was implying that China had created the virus in the city of 11 million people in central Chinese city of Wuhan. The fish story wondered why other parts of China were not inundated with coronavirus. And blamed the Chinese government for deliberately spreading the virus in an attempt to disrupt the world economy and thereby give China an economic advantage over the rest of the world. In manipulating the facts, the originator of the fish story also attempted to manipulate the reader. 

That was what I perceived in reading this fishy smell story.

Well, This may be a plausible conspiracy story but there was no supporting evidence to support it. So lets explore this theory with available data in more detail with some common sense.

The Chinese government was initially slow in recognizing the COVID-19 epidemic in early January. But within two weeks, the Chinese government imposed a mandated quarantine and no travel in the surrounding area of Wuhao, thereby containing the spread of the epidemic. This would explain why the virus was not spreading to the rest of China.

The most important and essential concept in looking at this fish story is how mother nature works and does things. Viruses and bacteria were the first organisms that evolved on earth millions of years ago. Mother nature gradually evolved bigger multi-celled organisms that eventually evolved into plants, insects, animals and humans. Ofcourse you knew all this. But the person who evolved the smelly fish story was short-sighted and oblivious to this.

Now, lets take this thinking a step further. With all the organisms like viruses and bacteria, mother nature had to keep them dormant in a safe environment so other living things could flourish and life as well. So, viruses would be contained in an environment and stay there as long as the environment did not change. Viruses, like all organisms, had their place in the food chain and the world.

But when the environment changed, then some of the virus family would wake up and their RNA began living.

There is a relationship in how diseases originate, how diseases spread and cause epidemics. Indeed, there is a link between humans living in close proximity to animals and poultry and viral epidemics. Viruses and bacteria jump from animals and poultry to humans living in close proximity to them; then spread from humans to humans. Nicholas LePan LePan: History of pandemics 2020 has summarized these conditions in the table below:

Human diseaseTime PeriodAnimalHostDeath toll
Black death1347-1351`rats, fleas Pestis bacteria200 million
Cholera1817-1923water Bacteria1+ million
Spanish flu'1918-1919 pigs H1N1 virus40-50 million
Asian flu'1957- 1958chickens H2n2 virus1.1 million
HIV/aids1981-presentchimpanzees Virus25-35 million
Swine flu'2009-2010pigsH1N1 virus200,000
SARS2002-2003bats, civetsCoronavirus770
Ebola2014-2016bats, camelscoronavirus11,000
MERS2019-presentbats, camelscoronavirus850
COVID-192019-presentsuspect bats ??? pangolins ???Increasing**

** It is difficult to calculate the true number of COVID-19 as the outbreak is still ongoing.

Without reviewing the history of epidemics, the important point here is that there is an epidemiological link of humans to an animal or bird that initiates the spread of the disease. 

The environment on earth includes everything on it, air, water, oceans, soil, climate, rain, drought, smog, other small organisms as well plants, animals and humans. Although humans are part of the environment, the human body also has an inner environment, like the immune system that is dependent on food and bacteria. Earth is a very complex place to live in. All organisms are interdependent and resonate [vibrate] in harmony with earth .

Updating bacteria to today: If we view the human body and how it works, we can discover that there are millions more symbiotic bacteria on the body than body somatic cells. Bacteria are unique, beneficial and live in many different habitats [parts] of the body. Humans could not survive without bacteria. But if a bacteria from the mouth is injected into the skin arm with a bite, then you can cause a serious infection. The point being made is that as long as the bacteria stays within its environment, there is no infection and all is well.

This short story of how bacteria lives with humans can also be applied to viruses to some degree. As long as the virus stays in its natural environment habitat, there is no infection or epidemic. But if we change the environment outside or inside our body, then we awaken the virus. That is what happened with the flu' viruses, and previous bubonic plague. And this is what probably happened to the coronavirus in China.

An interesting sideline of the coronavirus story in China is the culture of well-off Chinese eating exotic food like bats that are suspected of harboring COVID-19. Somehow, eating bats provided an opportunity for the COVID-19 to jump from bats to humans.

Bridging coronavirus to economics and international competition:

This section explains how COVID-19 is linked to the economy of the world in more than just jobs and trade. Normally, viruses are left alone to work the course of their epidemic. But the quick spread of the COVID-19 virus has instantly disrupted the world economy.

There is a link between China, United States, the world and economics. Humans have been surviving competitively for thousands of years. Aggressively fighting wars for possession of land, women, water and food. Today the circumstances are much different and more economical than in the past. Since 1900, we have been fighting for natural resources like oil and minerals and freedom that helped us transition from the industrial revolution to the information age of computers, internet and nanotechnology. It is the economics of doing business that has changed. Instead of fighting wars as we did in WWI and WWII, we now fight economic wars. It is the economic war between countries like China, United States and other countries like Canada that have become competitive. Such wars are much like the wild west movies of the good and bad guys or cowboys and Indians. It is difficult to recognize who are the good and bad guys?

The world has been fighting over oil since 1970. Oil is used as fossil fuel to drive automobiles and supply fuel to power plants for generating electricity that lights the world. The demand for oil has caused an energy crisis and this had fueled an economic war since 2000. To be more exact, it is how countries pay for oil and other goods that is behind this war of money and the power for world dominance.  

Every country needed oil. And, to get this oil, they needed US dollars to buy it. That is, the US dollar has been an essential international purchasing currency. That’s a very compelling reason to hold large dollar reserves. This is the essence of the petrodollar system, which has underpinned the US dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency since the early 1970s. Right now, if Italy wants to buy oil from Kuwait, it has to purchase US dollars on the foreign exchange market to pay for the oil first. This creates a huge artificial market for US dollars. In part, this is what separates the US dollar from a purely local currency, like the Mexican peso. The US dollar is just a middleman. But it is used in countless transactions amounting to trillions of dollars that have nothing to do with US products or services.

So how does China fit into this picture? China has wanted to neutralize the purchasing power of the US dollar for some time.  China's attempt to neutralize the petroleum dollar is an economic crisis that may change the balance of power in the world and erupt into a world economic shakedown.

It is obvious that China does not want to depend on its main adversary like this. It has been the world’s largest oil importer. And it doesn’t want to buy all that oil with US dollars. That’s why China has introduced a new way to buy oil. For the first time, it will allow for the large-scale exchange of oil for gold to the petrodollar. It went live on March 26, 2015, by introducing crude oil futures contract denominated in Chinese yuan on The Shanghai International Energy Exchange. It will allow oil producers to sell their oil for yuan. China realizes that most oil producers don’t want a large reserve of yuan. So producers will be able to efficiently convert it into physical gold through gold exchanges in Shanghai and Hong Kong. As of March 26, 2015, countries around the world will have a genuine, viable way to opt out of the petrodollar system. This would change the purchasing power of many countries in the world ... indeed evolve a new world economy game.

Since November 2015, when The International Monetary Find [IMF] admitted China's money into the World's Reserve Currency, economic changes have been taking place .... the US raised its interest rates, the European Union appears to be breaking up and such uncertainty has caused European investors to re-route their investments from Europe to United States, keeping the USA economy alive. Prior to admitting China into the World's Reserve Currency status, there were officially 7 recognized currency exchange countries to pay for purchase of goods between countries, as listed in the illustration below. China became the eighth country to have this distinction.

IMF7 IMF china

China's addition to the IMF should have a dramatic affect on United States and the world. But there has been little change in the world monetary purchasing power since China's entry in 2015 into the World's Reserve Currency status. But there have been economic changes in the world since 2015 that have slowed down use of the renminbi for trading between countries:

  • The world has been sinking into a slow recession that has slowed the recognition of the Chinese dollar.
  • The Chinese economy has dramatically slowed down and this has slowed the purchasing power of the Chinese renminbi for trade and international banking.
  • The European and South American economies have likewise slowed down.
  • Then there have been changes in the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity. Oil and coal are gradually being replaced by gas which is less polluting.
  • There is a drive to generate electricity from the sun and wind.
  • Climate change is a major crisis impacting on the world and it is being ignored.
  • Finally, trade war between China and United States has escaladed in 2019, further slowing the economic growth in China and using the Chinese dollar for trade payments.

All these new developments have impeded or slowed down the Chinese entry into the World Reserve Currency; which would have purchases for oil and other goods being done by replacing payment in US dollar with the Chinese renminbi.

Yes, as of 2020, the COVID-19 has dramatically affected the world economy and how people live.  It has caused fear of the virus, not knowing the future, chaos and total disorder in the world. In order to stop the spread of this virus, most countries are implementing lockdown and social distancing but are reluctant to impose quarantine as China did. Such liberal restrictions are allowing coronavirus to continue spreading.

Reporter Laura Wo has stated that some major Chinese cities have reported cases of the coronavirus erupting in cities, making workers afraid of going to work and consumers wary about going into shopping malls and restaurants.  China is still susceptible to a re-attack of the virus March 15, 2020 Chinese authorities imposed lockdown measures on Guardian: 10 cities in lockdown Feb 2020 [nearby cities of Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi, Zhijiang, Xiantao, Enshi, Qianjiang and Xianning; in an unprecedented effort to contain the outbreak of the deadly new virus that made hundreds of people ill. This contradicts the initial fish story that the coronavirus epidemic was confined to only one region, Wuhao, in China [due to strict quarantine].

China is still susceptible to a re-attack of the virus as of March 15, 2020; in spite of seeming to have the coronavirus under control.  China is still susceptible to a re-attack of the virus March 15, 2020

All these new developments have impeded or slowed down the Chinese entry into the World Reserve Currency; which would have purchases for oil and other goods being done by replacing payment in US dollar with the Chinese renminbi.

Concluding the smelly fish story:

The smelly fish story is unfounded and misleading.

The world is waging a war on five fronts .... the coronavirus itself; the economy [jobs]; lack of medical technology armament; medical expertise and human survival. Uninformed politicians are a major stumbling block in dealing with coronavirus. Many government leaders are not listening to disease and medical experts and are unable to quickly procure the armament needed to fight the epidemic in their country. Countries are competing with each other for medical expertise in medical therapy, testing kits and ventilators in the fight against coronavirus.

We are in the early stages of this pandemic and there are many unforeseen problems emerging. This virus pandemic has acerbated a worldwide economic recession. Disrupted are supply chains of essential goods in industry and the production of food in agriculture when social distancing and lockdown are continued for long periods of time. A much ignored  aspect of fighting this virus is having everyone bolster their immune system. A big part of keeping the immune system in high gear is eating a nutritious diet of fresh, raw vegetables and fruits. Instead, some food suppliers are often replacing fresh food with processed and frozen food. Governments need to recognize that food is an essential part of the armament against the virus. Eating junk and processed food will lower the immune system and increase susceptibility to COVID-19. Food is what keeps the immune system working as a natural body defense against all infections and diseases.