If you think that him talking about over-cooked hamburgers or mocking people who panic over regular germs is him saying that caution in a pandemic is stupid, I'm sorry, we just have to disagree with what Carlin's saying here.
He's talking about absurd paranoia, not following suggestions from the CDC and WHO.
Did you miss the line, "What happens when a real supervirus comes along?" That's him saying not to sweat the small stuff, don't sterlize society, so that when a pandemic shows up - say! like the one right now - it won't be as big of a problem.
Not listening to Carlin makes the present situation worse, but I think Carlin would still be on-board with stopping people from dying by not spreading around a virus we don't know how to fight yet.
And if you think that listening to experts is the same thing as being a member of the sheeple flock, man, I don't know what to say.
The "experts" have been getting it wrong all along. Remember a month or two ago they predicted 250,000 deaths now they've backtracked to 60,000.
Also, this virus is no deadlier than the last pandemic. They didn't shut down the world economies back in 2009, it wasn't worse than the seasonal flu but now 11 years later they put 25 million people out of work(in the U.S. ALONE) which will cause more deaths than the weak ass virus anyway. Really what they've accomplished is way more deaths than if they'd done nothing at all. Sheeple.
First: changing stats doesn't make me trust them less. It's their best guess and the number changes as they get more information.
H1N1, in the USA, killed 12,469 people
COVID-19, in the USA, has killed (to date) 20,499 and that number hasn't peaked yet.
Lots of reports that hospitals are swapping pneumonia deaths for corona deaths. Also, my friend said his niece is a nurse and she says they report many deaths as corona related, even a suicide! Also Also, think about it, can you CONFIRM a death is caused by corona this quickly? One final nail they can't even figure out correct seasonal flu deaths, they admit the stats are just guesses. .
So how do you know the last pandemic wasn't as bad? If the numbers aren't accurate, then those ones aren't either.
I'm sorry, but we're now in conspiracy theorist territory where evidence is dismissed as incorrect based on gossip and we can't continue anything close to a reasonable conversation if that's the case.
I don't want to be one of those people who gets into pointless arguments over message boards, so let's just say that we both deeply appreciate Carlin's work and miss his voice terribly, and leave it at that.
Hey Ace_Spade, first I want to say thanks for putting some thought into this, you're doing a lot more than probably 99.9% of the population.
As to how I know the last pandemic wasn't as bad? Well, The Who admitted the whole 2009 pandemic wasn't as deadly as the seasonal flu. If we put that into perspective we can kinda of get an idea what's going on in 2020.