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When you get to hell, tell smallpox we say hello.
Title text: When you get to hell, tell smallpox we say hello.


Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Created by a REVENGE-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY. Please mention here why this explanation isn't complete. Do NOT delete this tag too soon.

This is another comic in the COVID-19 series related to the 2020 pandemic, caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Megan wants revenge on the pandemic virus, and is talking to Cueball - who has already demonstrated a merciless attitude towards endemic ones.

Megan assumes SARS-CoV-2 will remain in circulation even after the pandemic is over. "Vaccines and stuff" will, in all likelihood, reduce it to a background threat, but eradicating an infectious disease entirely is difficult. This can be seen in the ongoing struggle to eradicate polio.

Smallpox, mentioned in the title text, was the first human disease that was successfully wiped out in the wild. Telling Covid-19 to say hello to Smallpox when we send it permanently to Hell is a classic style of dialogue, to be delivered by whomever will ultimately cast the killing blow.

To date, the only other documented successful eradication was of rinderpest, a livestock disease declared eradicated in 2011.


[Megan holding a hand up, palm held out, is walking with Cueball.]
Megan: Even if the threat eventually fades, thanks to vaccines and stuff,
[They walk on, both with their arms down.]
Megan: And it becomes just another circulating common cold virus,
[Megan holds her hand up in a fist, while Cueball hold his hand to his chin as they walk on.]
Megan: I think we should pursue global eradication of SARS-CoV-2 out of spite.
Cueball: Revenge-based public health policy. I like it.

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