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The racial dimension to the Corona virus has fascinated me since the outbreak began. Despite some ethnic Europeans having caught it, including white Americans trapped on a quarantined cruise ship off Japan which has turned into a floating Corona epidemic [Indiana woman is latest Diamond Princess cruise evacuee to test positive for coronavirus, by Jackie Salo, New York Post, February 19, 2020], it’s still true although as of today (February 20) no white people have died of the virus as far as we know. Two people in Iran have just died of Corona [Coronavirus: Iran reports two suspected fatal cases at Qom hospital, BBC News, February 19, 2020], but this doesn’t necessarily undermine the argument that Corona is primarily—but, of course, not necessarily exclusively—an East Asian disease. Let me elucidate.

It is certainly interesting that two deaths have been reported in Iran. According to many U.S. statutory bodies, including the Census Bureau, Iranians—and all people of Middle Eastern descent—are “Caucasian” and are, therefore, categorized alongside “Europeans” for official purposes. Consequently, in the US, Iranians are legally “White,” this being the closest available option to what they are.

Egyptian journalist Sarah Essa has written: “I don’t think I’ll ever forget my Rutgers undergraduate application, which read, ‘White (including Middle Eastern, such as Egyptian).’” Some Middle Easterners in the U.S., needless to say, claim this is a conspiracy to deny them victim status—what Steve Sailer calls the “Flight from White” [‘White’ minus privilege: 2020 US census erases Middle Easterners, North Africans, by Sarah Essa, The New Arab, December 31, 2019].

In genetic terms, it is true that North Africans and Middle Easterners are very similar to “Europeans.” This is why psychologist J. Philippe Rushton used the broad “Caucasoid” racial category in his analysis of racial differences Race, Evolution. and Behavior. He compared “Caucasoids” (which also encompassed South Asians a.k.a. Indians) to “Mongoloids” and “Negroids.”

Each of these broad categories, however, were composed of a number of narrower races. And some races, such as Australian Aborigines, did not fit into the three categories at all .

But with regard to Europeans and North Africans/ Middle Easterners, the two groups’ gene frequencies cluster sufficiently differently that they are usually categorized as separate “races” beneath the Caucasoid umbrella, as in Frank Salter’s book-length analysis On Genetic Interests.

So who exactly are the two people who have died in Iran of Cvid-19? Official Tehran spokesman “Kianush Jahanpour tweeted that they died due to their ‘old age and deficient immune systems’ while being treated in hospital in Qom,” which is about 80 miles south of Tehran [Coronavirus: Iran reports two suspected fatal cases at Qom hospital, BBC News, February 19, 2020].

When dealing with official spokesmen from dictatorships, it is, naturally, difficult to know what to believe. However, Jahanopour’s implication would seem to be that the regime doesn’t think ordinary Iranians are going to die of Corona. The pair that died were particularly elderly and particularly ill anyway. In other words, they were precisely the kind of people who succumb to pneumonia every year, be it Cvid-19 or any other kind.

So their deaths do not disprove the hypothesis that whites—to the extent that Iranians should be regarded as “white”—are unlikely to die of this disease. The fatalities are extreme outliers; unusual cases.

Jahanpour also asserted that this pair had not left the city of Qom, which would imply that they were native Iranians. Indeed, according to the BBC report: “Deputy Health Minister Qasem Janbabaei told the Young Journalists’ Club (YJC) that they were both Iranians.”

But it is unclear precisely what the ethnicity of these two Iranian Corona fatalities was. Being on the Silk Road—an historic trading route—Iran is home to many ethnic groups, each with their own language. The major ones are Persians—historically the dominant ethnicity in the area. They display an admixture with South Asians [Complete Mitochondrial DNA Diversity in Iranians, by M. Derenko et al., PLoS ONE, 2013]. But there are also Azeris, Kurds, Lors, Arabs, Baluchs, Turkmans, Mazanis, and Gilaks. In addition, there are Armenians and other smaller minorities [Iran’s Multi-ethnic Mosaic: A 23-Year Perspective, by Mahdi Majbouri & Sanaz Fesharaki, Social Indicators Research, 2019].

These are all ethnically Caucasian peoples—with the exception of Turkmens. Despite the fact that the Turkmen language, like the Azeri language, is related to Turkish, the Turkmens carry substantial East Asian admixture, clustering with Han Chinese [Revealing the Genetic Impact of the Ottoman Occupation on Ethnic Groups of East-Central Europe and on the Roma Population of the Area, by Zsolt Banfai et al., Frontiers in Genetics, 2019]

If the elderly pair who died in Qom were part of Iran’s Turkmen minority then it could be true that Corona deaths are still exclusive to East Asians. Turkmens mostly live in the province of Golestan, which is in the northeast of Iran, bordering Turkmenistan. But Qom is a wealthy city, home of a major Shia shrine, so it is perfectly possible that it would attract provincial migrants.

And here has long been a Chinese presence in Qom. Chinese Muslims (there are a number of Muslim minorities in China such as the Hui and the Uighurs, and some Han) come to Qom to study at the Madrasa, the Islamic theological college, there. Indeed, according to the director of the Madrasa “demand from China is overwhelming” [Between Pakistan and Qom, by Mariam Abou Zahab, In The Madrasa in Asia, 2008, p.133].

Even so, it seems improbable that the two fatalities, considering their age, would have been ethnically Chinese. It is possible that some Chinese Muslims may have settled in Qom, having studied there, but this is just speculation.

What can be said with certainty: there exist racial differences in susceptibility to flu-like viruses, as a study by Chinese scientists [Ethnic differences in susceptibilities to A(H1N1) flu, by C. L. Chen et al., African Journal of Biotechnology, 2009], which I highlighted in my first column on Coronavirus, has shown. Most obviously, Spanish Flu was far deadlier to Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Inuit and to the Saami reindeer herding people of Nordic Lapland than it was to Europeans All of these peoples never (or never fully) adopted agriculture, meaning they have less genetic resistance to viruses that jump the species barrier.

But they are also, with the exception of the Saami, “Mongoloid” (i.e. East Asian) peoples. And even the Saami have been estimated to be genetically “47.5% Mongoloid” [Physical Anthropology of the Arctic, by G. Richard Scott et al., The Arctic, 2019, p.355].

And it was documented in Britain’s Monthly Bulletin of the Ministry of Health back in 1954, with reference to people from China, that “Mongoloids, at least, are unduly susceptible to influenza and pneumonia” [Monthly Bulletin of the Ministry of Health, Office of the Ministry of Health, 1954, p.173].

According to the medical textbook Immunoepidemology, [by Peter Krause et al., 2019, Ch. 7: 7], South Asians and Europeans also vary, for genetic reasons, in their antibody response in influenza, with Europeans displaying a stronger response.

This racial difference may be because, according to scientist James Tamerius, flu thrives either when there is low humidity combined with low temperature or when it is extremely humid [Flu Risk And Weather: It’s Not The Heat, It’s The Humidity, by Nancy Schute, NPR, March 8, 2013]. Humans whose ancestors adapted to these two extreme conditions are, therefore, more resistant to flu.

But, for whatever evolutionary reason, Europeans have long been seen to be more resistant to flu than East Asians or, for that matter, South Asians with whom Persians display admixture..

Bottom line: Coronavirus has still not broken decisively into the white (or black) population. And, like SARS, it may never do so.

It’s apparently acceptable for the Narrative Police to concede that Coronavirus impacts men more than women [Why the Coronavirus Seems to Hit Men Harder Than Women, by Roni Caryn Rabin, NYT, February 20, 2020]but not that it discriminates by race.

They must have some agenda. What is it?

Lance Welton [email him] is the pen name of a freelance journalist living in New York.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Science • Tags: Coronavirus, Disease, Political Correctness 
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  1. They don’t want the truth out that ours or a Canadian lab allowed a Chinese National who works for them to get a vial out. They catch them every week out at Dulles stealing secrets from the Defense Contractors, thumb drives, hard drives with trade and other secrets. Bio-stuff being what it is, once out of the lab, it’s OUT. Let’s hope it doesn’t go developing shifting-antigen properties.

    • Disagree: El Dato
    • Replies: @Mommy❤️
  2. melpol says:

    Life expectancy in China will decrease drastically due to the Coronavirus. Men over 70 are usually the victims. China spends almost a trillion dollars on healthcare for the elderly. New death rates will be a bonanza for the Chinese economy.

    • Thanks: Jim Bob Lassiter
    • Replies: @Sean
  3. One possible explanation for the adverse disparate impact of corona virus on men:

    Elderly couples may contract it together while out and about or doing stupid stuff like getting on board a Princess Floating Petri Dish (or within their home shortly after one contracts it at some other place). Among elderly couples, men are usually older and more likely to have other underlying health issues.

  4. Sentient says:

    Non-Asians dying from 2019-nCoV – so far, the dog that didn’t bark. There are ~4,600 African students in Hubei Province – probably mostly in Wuhan. I’ve only found one report of any of them – a woman from Cameroon – having contracted the virus, and she seemingly recovered quickly. Admittedly, these would mostly be young, healthy individuals less likely to be ravaged by the disease.

    • Replies: @Just Passing Through
  5. @Sentient

    Lance Welton shifts the goal posts once again.



    Lance Welton is one of the biggest hack writers at VDARE, before he was saying that this virus only kills East Asians however it has now been shown that it can kill people who belong to ethnic groups quite close to European ethnic groups. Perhaps if Coronavirus was spread amongst the old folk of Europe, we could actually witness the difference in fatalities between East Asian and Europeans. But for the moment the outbreak started in China and was very well controlled. Perhaps the reason so many of the COVID-19 deaths are East Asian is because…the virus started in East Asia (more specifically China) and was contained?

    *- I have never heard anyone, leftist or otherwise, deny that ‘race exists’ and we are biologically different, what varies amongst people is the belief in which areas we differ in, no body denies that skin tone or prevalence of certain hair/eye colours vary because of biological differences.

  6. Now Lebanon has 1 confirmed case and 2 suspected cases. The confirmed case was a person who had recently traveled from Iran.

    • Replies: @Hun
  7. Coronavirus will kill 2,000 elderly male Chinese smokers with existing medical conditions and 200 assorted others, of whom 150 will also be Chinese. Lest we forget, our own, home-brewed H1N1, unconfined, killed 300,000 without undue media fuss or a single travel ban.

  8. So someone has finally admitted Iranians are white! That is, derived from Aryans who are Indo-European (as is their language Farsi)…who woulda thunk it?

  9. Hun says:

    So 18 people so far have it in Iran and a person who visited that country of 81 million people catches that? Isn’t that a little odd?

    Either that person caught the virus somewhere else, or it’s a lot more spread / common that most people think.

    • Replies: @TimeTraveller
    , @El Dato
  10. @Hun

    I don’t think it’s entirely odd that someone, a businessman or diplomat and his staff perhaps, could have traveled between Lebanon, Iran, and China. Leb is one of many target countries for Chinese investment.
    The race-based theory is pretty much debunked, anyway. The simple explanation for most of the cases being ethnic Chinese is that the outbreak happened there, and many countries implemented quarantines.

    • Replies: @Hun
    , @Hun
  11. Hun says:

    Was the Lebanese in China? I didn’t see any mention of that. I only saw that she was in Iran. It seems like an unlikely coincidence that she would catch a disease that only 18 people out of 81,000,000 have. Unless the real number is hundreds or thousands of times higher or something fishy is going on with the story.

    Same with the Israeli coming from Japan. It’s extremely unlikely that he would catch it given the published numbers. Unless the numbers are many times higher, which would also probably mean that the virus is much less deadly than assumed.

  12. Hun says:

    The race-based theory is pretty much debunked, anyway.

    Not yet.

  13. anon[362] • Disclaimer says:

    You don’t die right away, so death rate per confirmed case rises to a plateau over time. (BTW I’m predicting 5.6% for that by the time it’s over, at least among East Asians.)

    Lag applies to race too: Non-East Asians got started later, so will take longer to show up dead. That said, ACE2 receptor types or something similar may well make East Asians the most susceptible race and Whites the least. But epidemiologically significant numbers of Whites, Black and South Asians will die before this is over. And economically significant numbers will clog hospitals, especially ICUs.

  14. 22pp22 says:

    Welton’s wrong again. The virus started in China and so the death were Chinese. Sadly, we are not immune.

    • Agree: reiner Tor
  15. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:

    “When dealing with official spokesmen from dictatorships, it is, naturally, difficult to know what to believe.”

    But just those “from dictatorships,” right?

  16. clickkid says:

    Coronavirus STILL has killed any Whites (not counting Iranians or Italians):

    • Replies: @Mishima Zaibatsu
  17. Andy says:

    Some Iranians are fairly white. You wouldn’t tell them apart from a Southern European. That said, clearly East Asians are genetically more susceptible to this virus, even though sooner or later some white European will die of it.

  18. This article is not aging well. It was worth mentioning two weeks ago, but now? Seems like a stupid hill to die on.

  19. Sean says:

    Which explains why since the coronavirus outbreak Beijing has been injecting money into their banking system, announcing tax cuts and more government spending, and halved additional tariffs on 1,717 US goods.

  20. melpol says:

    Elderly and those with weak immune systems are a drain on the Chinese economy. Billions are spent on nursing homes to house the elderly and new hospitals are built to treat those with weak immune systems. Coronavirus seems to be patriotic, it infects on those that China does not need.

    • Troll: El Dato
  21. @Omegabooks

    Some Iranians are Caucasian. Northern Iranians are Caucasian. Southern Iranians are more Asiatic.

    Most North Africans have black ancestry. This is the reason for the low IQs of North Africa. Christian Arabs are Caucasians. In Iraq, Syria and Jordan, some of the Muslim population has black ancestry.

    Christian Palestianians are Caucasians. Justin Amash is Syrian and Palestianian Christian. He is a Caucasian. Rashida Tlaib is a Muslim Palestinian who looks to be between 1/12 and 1/16 black. 90% of Muslim Palestianian have black ancestry.

  22. My previous proposals for the next columns under the previous thread were in jest, but apparently Lance Welton was taking them seriously. So I’m looking forward to him going full retard with the column “I’m STILL Alive” in a few weeks. Can’t wait to read it!

  23. @clickkid

    I was about to say there is a fair sized Chinese population in Italy, then read your link and saw “Retired bricklayer Adriano Trevisan, 78, and an unidentified woman, 78”

  24. El Dato says:

    My money is on “It is a lot more spread / common that most people think.”

    Let’s wait a week.

  25. @Omegabooks

    White? Just wondered but then why aren’t any of them born fair-haired. I’m white. Blue eyes, blonde hair. My Uncle has red hair. White people have the potential to be born ‘fair’ skinned, haired and eyed. I’ve never seen this in an Iranian, so I’m not sure their genetic make-up means they’re white, even though they’ve been classified as such. I’ve never thought of any middle eastern people as white. (They may not even agree with the classification of being white.)

  26. @Jim Christian

    Yes, I watched a report on that but I haven’t seen anything in the news about it. Is it true and being covered up or just a conspiracy theory someone cooked?
    (About the virus being transported from someone in a lab here in Canada.)

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  27. @Mommy❤️

    Here and there around here I read remarks in a Canadian connection in comments and maybe Anatoly did some stuff on it, can’t remember. In any case M, all kinds of people work at all kinds of labs, from all kinds of countries. Bioweapon? Who knows? But it got out from someplace. When it comes out of ‘nowhere’, it hadda come from somewhere. Out at Dulles Airport since forever, they bust young Chinese employees of this or that Northern Virginia Defense Company with thumb drives loaded with classified stuff. They made no secret of the arrests. This is part of the price of the H-1 visa, you lose your secrets. Or in the case of laboratories, research and maybe the odd test tube here and there. I dunno from deliberate and I dunno from where, but this was something that got out.

  28. ‘…It’s apparently acceptable for the Narrative Police to concede that Coronavirus impacts men more than women [Why the Coronavirus Seems to Hit Men Harder Than Women, by Roni Caryn Rabin, NYT, February 20, 2020]but not that it discriminates by race.

    They must have some agenda. What is it?’

    Admitting anything varies by race would be the thin edge of the wedge.

  29. @Omegabooks

    Iranians aren’t genetically derived from the Indo-Iranians, who were genetically northern European people from the Andronovo culture.

    Instead, the ancestors of modern day Iranians were a non-Iranian speaking people, the BMAC-related cultures, who were linguistically assimilated by the Andronovo Indo-Iranians as they migrated south, with some population mixing occuring.

    LOL at this guy tryin to reassure himself that white aheve good immune system let me let you in on a secret only white people die from aids and the black plague have you wondered why

  31. anon[296] • Disclaimer says:

    Good article with lots of cited references. Thank you.

  32. LMAO…. Look at all the crackers it has killed in Italy! Woo hoo! Thanks for killing crackers.

  33. Does this mean that crackerfest will continue? Tom Hanks and family will host? LMAO cave monkeys….. But nice try!

  34. If a white guy gets caught eating crackers…. Does that make him a cannibal? LMAO

  35. Fart120 says:

    Well, what do you have to say for yourself now? Looks like round eyes are dying left and right across the planet.

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