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Monday, April 27, 2020 

An Indian comic tackles the issue of Coronavirus

The Mumbai Mirror cites a comic from India, titled Nagraj, whose writers and artists conceived a story addressing the Corona crisis:
"We don’t need superpowers to beat the coronavirus. We need to stay home.” This isn’t a quote from a Covid-19 awareness speech. This is Raj Comics’ popular superhero Nagraj, first introduced in 1986, recognising the correct action to defeat his latest nemesis ‘Coronaman’. While health workers and authorities are pulling out all the stops to contain the spread of the virus, in the fictional city Mahanagar, Nagraj has already eradicated it.

Around the end of March, the Indian comics publishing house released a nine-page special issue, Nagraj Strikes: The Attack Of Coronaman, on social media — the issue can be read on Instagram and can also be downloaded as a PDF, in Hindi and English, from their Facebook page. In this issue, Nagraj has been tasked to prevent the character Coronaman from infecting people with Covid-19.

Father-son duo Manoj Gupta (president, Raj Comics) and Ayush Gupta (brand manager for the comics publishing house) have conceptualised the story. The idea came about when their social media and WhatsApp feeds were flooded with messages about Covid-19.
So a foreign publisher's decided to tackle the issue. Which, in its own way, is flattering. Which leaves the following question: what about US publishers? Will they do something similar, to address an important health-based issue? And if they do, will they avoid pinning the blame on Donald Trump, as many leftists in the medium seem prone to do? We'll certainly see a few years down the road, I'm sure, whether they're willing to give it some focus without bias, but, if past history says anything, chances of approaching it honestly are low, alas.

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"And if they do, will they avoid pinning the blame on Donald Trump, as many leftists in the medium seem prone to do?"

Of course. They will put the blame on China. Or the state governors. Or the corrupt lying fake news media. Or the World Health Organization. Or Anthony Fauci. Or Rick Bright. Or whoever is named in the Republican talking points this week.

Or anybody other than the guy at the top who insists that the constitution gives him all the power but none of the responsibility. And who 'sarcastically' advocates quack cures in the course of a briefing to the nation in the midst of a health crisis.

Get lost, troll.

Yup. Don't listen to anyone who might talk you out of drinking the Kool-Aid. Or the Clorox.

"So a foreign publisher's decided to tackle the issue. Which, in its own way, is flattering."

Flattering to who?

India is in lockdown right now also.

"Yup. Don't listen to anyone who might talk you out of drinking the Kool-Aid. Or the Clorox."

Trump never said that, idiot. It's morons like you that willfully misrepresent what he said.

Get lost, and get a life. Do something productive with your life. Go to a liberal blog and infest the comments there.

"So I asked Bill a question some of you are thinking of if you're totally into that world, which I find to be pretty interesting. So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether its ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said, that hasn't been checked but you're gonna test it. And then I said, supposing it brought the light inside the body, which you can either do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you're gonna test that too, sounds interesting.

"And I then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way you can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it'd be interesting to check that. So that, you're going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds - it sounds interesting to me, so we'll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it goes in one minute, that's pretty powerful."

Trump now says these comments were only made sarcastically, to troll the press.

The Lysol people were worried by the comments. They had no sense of humor and did not get the sarcasm. The manufacturer issued a press release right after Trump said those words:

"Due to recent speculation and social media activity, RB has been asked whether internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

"As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information."

Piers Morgan said it best:


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