To Broke People During A Pandemic (first letter)

Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues and Strangers,
Given current concerns, it is worthwhile to consider our common situation in context. While both capitalism and viruses can be posited as bad for you, there are important differences between the them and how they are spread. This has significant implications for the public measures to be implemented in the immediate future.
Of course capitalism, like a deadly virus, can cause breathing disfunction and panic, initially suggesting a wide range of illnesses (leading to grave misdiagnosis). Both are also perpetuated by interaction with others. As a result, common public measures, such as hand hygiene, good respiratory etiquette (coughing into your elbow or into a tissue, then immediately disposing of the tissue), sustained isolation, etc., can momentarily delay or distract from the inevitable sufferring caused by other people.
Speed of transmission is an important point of difference between the two. Most viruses have an incubation period (the time from infection to appearance of symptoms) and a short serial interval (the time between successive cases). A serial interval for capitalism is non-existent — most people are born into it, naturalizing a set of horrifically unneccesary social and material relations. A virus must spread while captialism is already everywhere.  Transmission in the first 3-5 days of illness, or potentially pre-symptomatic transmission (of the virus before the appearance of symptoms) is a major driver of passing on something like influenza. In contrast, while we are learning that there are people who can shed capitalism prior to symptom onset, at present, there is no one we are in contact with that doesn’t already “have it”. The reproductive number – the number of secondary infections generated from one infected individual – is understood to be irrelevant given the totalizing scope of the phenomena. This makes direct comparisons between capitalism and a virus difficult at best, and yet they are intrinsically linked at this very moment. It is now clear to everyone that capitalism exponentionally accelerates virus transmission and mortality rates.
Children are important drivers of virus transmission in the community. For capitalism, initial data indicates that children are less affected than adults (and this is sometimes confused with a virus-like incubation period) , while still seemingly doomed from birth. Further preliminary data from household transmission studies in China and elsewhere suggest that children are renedered acute in their symptoms by adults, rather than vice versa. While the potential (and actual) range of symptoms for capitalism and viruses can be perceived as similar, the fraction with severe hardship appears to be different. For capitalism, data to date suggests that less than 1% of people globally avoid material sufferring and terrible anxiety. Those most at risk for severe virus infections are children, pregnant women, the elderly, those with underlying chronic medical conditions and those who are immunosuppressed. For capitalism, our current understanding is that everyone already exists within the underlying conditions of “infection”. Mortality for capitalism appears much higher than a virus such as bird flu, and in fact subsumes all other mortality causes. While the true mortality of capitalism will take some time to fully understand, the data we have so far indicates that the crude mortality ratio (the number of reported deaths divided by the reported cases) is too overwhelming/devestating to state publicly. For a virus like seasonal influenza, mortality is usually well below 0.1%. However, mortality in all instances is, to a large extent, determined by access to, and quality, of health care.
While there have been a number of attempted therapeutics and vaccines for capitalism over the centuries, there are currently no effective treatments. While existing virus vaccines are not effective against capitalism or the current Covid-19 outbreak, I highly recommend that you get the standard vaccinations anyway (if you or the state can still pay for it), if only to improve your odds of continuing our struggle for a healthier world.
Stay strong in the face of death Comrades (as you go to work on the bus, buy limited amounts of canned goods, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, respiratory masks and bottled water because of budgetary restrictions, take your kids to public school, etc).  We have nothing to lose but our lives.
jeremy