Covid-19: Jokes Aside

This statement gives context to the posts (1, 2, 3) I’ve made where I refer to Covid-19 as the “WHOan Virus” and “The Big Bang Theory of coronaviruses”.

“Made in China”, “Panic Mechanics” and “Plandemic” were three blogs I intended to write on the coronavirus phenomenon.

Made in China looked at the murky origin narrative. Panic Mechanics was meant to understand the actual severity of the virus. Plandemic intended to look at the cultural consequences of the countermeasures, sinister motives behind the panic, and what opportunities a pandemic creates for special interests.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to keep up with the unprecedented news coverage. There are always new articles and studies to examine. The big picture is almost deliberately obfuscated.

So this post aims to share my layman’s perspective in a concise way. It is not meant to be dogma and is subject to correction.

As far as I can tell, SARS-COV-2 is novel but not especially dangerous.

Several factors contribute to Covid-19’s exaggerated severity:

  1. Media propaganda and hysteria
    • Fear sells newspapers and baits clicks
    • Cases and case numbers are hyped
      • Every case is a red alert – a privilege not granted to other infections. If we hyper-focused on every flu case, it would also look more dangerous
      • Even though any metric you look at from a high level is startling (9000 die of hunger daily, 3.2 million die of flu/pneumonia annually)
    • First reported in China, the virus was politicized
    • Corporate media is in the pocket of special interests who would profit and benefit off of a pandemic
  2. Flawed models of the virus
    • Unrealistic infection and fatality rates drove policy-making and incited more public fear
  3. Dubious statistics and reporting
    • No distinction is made between people dying with Covid-19 and people dying from Covid-19
      • Viruses – including coronaviruses – are prevalent in a general population
      • People who die are often infected with one or more viruses, but that is not usually counted as the cause of death, just as a coincidence
    • Selection bias – numbers were drawn from sick, elderly and other unrepresentative samples
    • Testing has been insufficient, inefficient and inaccurate
      • The inability for mass testing means data is lacking to determine how widespread and dangerous Covid-19 is
      • Test kits are reported to have been faulty, inconsistent, contaminated, unreliable or not fit for purpose
    • Cases have been diagnosed without testing
      • Using only observation, people with common symptoms like tiredness and cough have been misdiagnosed as Covid-19
    • There have been changes to how deaths from a disease are deemed, certified, recorded and inquired about
      • Policies, legislation and official guidelines, together with the clinical and statistical methods used, have led to deaths incorrectly attributed to Covid-19
    • Statistical errors
      • Double counting
      • Failure to decrease the count for corrected cases (deaths by other diseases that were presumed to be Covid-19)
    • Failure to factor in old age and comorbidity
    • Failure to factor in a large number of undetected cases (mild or asymptomatic) into determining risk and severity
    • No relation is drawn between Covid-19 cases now and the cases of influenza-like illnesses (including coronaviruses) we encounter routinely 
  4. Inept governance
    • Authorities are ill-prepared and ill-informed
      • Ministers are courting scientists who support their rhetoric in exchange for fame and financing
    • Governments scrambling while attempting to keep up the appearance of being effective has made the problem look worse
    • Leaders are playing politics, taking advantage of the panic and pushing through their own agendas
  5. Inadequate healthcare systems
    • The primary motivation to contain the spread of the virus was to prevent hospitals being overburdened
    • Health infrastructure is underfunded and ill-equipped in most of the hardest-hit countries (Italy, USA)
      • Neo-liberal policies like privatization have made it worse
      • Shoehorning a panic-stricken population through public services with a limited capacity will cause nothing but devastation

The reality is that Covid-19’s impact is inconsistent with the hysteria it has generated:

  1. Sars-Cov-2 is one of many seasonal coronaviruses
  2. Sars-Cov-2 is not airborne
  3. Covid-19 has mild, common symptoms – tiredness, fever, cough
  4. There is a significantly large percentage of the population who don’t know they have (or had) the virus because of mild or no symptoms at all
    • As testing has increased, so have the cases, demonstrating that this virus is common and widespread
    • Asymptomatic cases are estimated to account for 75-80% of all infections, known and unknown
    • Likewise, many mild cases go uncounted – you could have had the virus and recovered without knowing
  5. 98% of known infections are experiencing mild illness
    • 88% of known infections with an outcome have recovered
  6. Most people recover from the virus with no treatment at all
  7. Serious illness and deaths are prevalent in the elderly and people with serious underlying conditions – traditionally at-risk groups
    • People 75 years and under and those in decent health do not seem to be at risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19
    • Unlike other respiratory diseases, children have been generally spared
  8. Treatment is supportive – rest and fluids
  9. Not everyone is recommended or allowed to be tested
    • Testing is only permitted when absolutely necessary
    • It is the same with professional treatment – if you’re sick, you’re asked to self-isolate and recover
  10. Covid-19 statistics are still no match (1, 2) for the number of hospitalizations and deaths caused by influenza and influenza-like illnesses
  11. Covid-19 has not caused significant changes in excess mortality (more deaths than average)
  12. Humanity habitually overcomes respiratory infections, which are common and often seasonal, by achieving herd immunity – it is normal and natural
  13. Healthcare services are not burdened
    • Many emergency field hospitals and increased capacity setups for Covid-19 remain unused
  14. The UK government officially does not consider Covid-19 a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID)

These are from accessible sources: WHO, CDC, NICD, worldometers, worldlifeexpectancy

It matters if Covid-19 is not particularly dangerous and we are being told that it is. Lockdowns, suspended economies and encroachments on our civil liberties will cause more harm than the virus and irrevocably damage our culture.

This may all be in stark contrast to everything you’ve heard.

We haven’t even interrogated the more suspicious aspects yet: Event201, Crimson Contagion and Dark Winter, hybrid war against China, DARPA-backed pathogen labs, predicted economic recession, bailouts, insider trading, collusion with Big Pharma, the vaccine cartel

I use a filter for news sources: I suppose a general word to describe them would be “anti-imperialist”. It will just scratch the surface, but the following links are recommended reading on Covid-19:

This is not a call to civil disobedience. Please abide by the law, wash your hands and wear the PPE. Still, at the very least, question your faith in government, supposed public institutions like the WHO, the mainstream media and capitalism (1, 2); I fear it is misplaced.

EDITOR: “Create a climate of fear and it’s easy to keep the borders closed. It’s just a matter of emphasis. The right word in the right broadcast repeated often enough can destabilise an economy, invent an enemy, change a vote.”
DOCTOR: “And no one’s going to stop you because you’ve bred a human race that doesn’t bother to ask questions. Stupid little slaves, believing every lie. They’ll just trot right into the slaughter house if they’re told it’s made of gold.”

Dr Who (2005), 01:07 – The Long Game

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