Poison Control

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, scientists at China's Academy of Medical Sciences say they believe the coronavirus will reemerge every year much like the flu because the virus can be carried in so any humans that never display symptoms. They also say summer heat won't kill it.

“The virus is heat sensitive, but that’s when it’s exposed to 56 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes and the weather is never going to get that hot,” said Wang Guiqiang, head of the infectious diseases department of Peking University First Hospital. “So globally, even during the summer, the chance of cases going down significantly is small.”

Meanwhile, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll corroborates the idea that consumer demand won't return to normal levels anytime soon. Most Americans say they won't do all the things they did before until a vaccine is available.

Only about four in 10 who follow sports avidly and go to arts and entertainment venues and amusement parks said they would do so again if they reopened before a vaccine was available, the poll found.

Another four in 10 said they were willing to wait, even if it takes more than a year to develop a vaccine.

Finally, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, clearly had to stop himself from laughing when he dunked on the UK for arguing that they're negotiating with the EU as an equally sovereign nation.

“The EU’s stance is particularly difficult and challenging,” [British Minister Michael Gove] said to the House of Common’s Committee on the Future Relationship with the EU on Monday. “I’m confident the EU will want to operate in a constructive way.”

Gove’s emphasis on sovereignty exposes the disconnect between the two sides as time runs out for them to seal a deal. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, last week dismissed the idea that the U.K. is the equal of the EU, saying “the reality of this negotiation” is that it is one between a market of 66 million consumers and the EU’s 450 million.

That had to leave a mark.

  • Draxiar

    My wife and I desperately want to go to the movies. It’s a major form of entertainment for us and we miss it. It’s not worth getting infected with Covid-19 and risking the numerous possible effects from it.

    • That’s what I miss the most.

  • Aynwrong

    Life is not going to be normal for a very, very long time. What we need more than anything (and needed for years now) is a government of competent leadership that will do it’s best to provide the necessary guidance and materials in order to mitigate the economic damage and literal death and destruction until a vaccine can be developed.

    That’s not going to come to pass until the Tangerine Nightmare is out of the White House.

    England is in the same boat we’re in. Buried under a mountain of ineptitude due entirely to the galling, belligerent stupidity of many of it’s rural/working class folk who I’m sure are just as convinced of their homespun wisdom as America’s brightest bulbs are.

    • KanaW

      Yep. Sadly, though, here in the UK, the rural/working class have been screwed over pretty badly for the last couple of decades. What they don’t connect is that the Tories have been in power for most of those years. Hmmmm, maybe there’s not so much different between the US and the UK after all…

  • muselet

    In other news, Mike Pence is a fucking moron, you should pardon my French (see the thumbnail for Bob’s show to understand why). Vice president or not, Secret Service detail or not, he should have been turfed out of the Mayo Clinic before he got past the front desk, preferably after a nurse tore him a new one on-camera. Inexcusable behavior.


    • Aynwrong

      I don’t why, but I noticed someone online calling him Pants and I thought it was hilarious.

    • Tony Lavely

      I don’t think he’s a moron, per se. Just that like all republicans, the rules don’t apply to him. Carrying a bible is all the protection he needs (or wants) and he cares naught for other people.