Pandemic Report No. 9
Originally posted on June 6, 2020.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)—which is Jerusalem and Medina combined for the public health crowd—has now declared the Covid-19 pandemic to be no deadlier so far than a bad flu season.
This is an astounding development, but you’re not likely to hear about it in our ideologically driven “mainstream media,” or from the Democratic politicians who want the lockdown to continue in their efforts to defeat President Trump. Nor will you hear about it from most Republican politicians who, as usual, are AWOL on the most important issues facing the nation.
But here is an article that “outs” the CDC. You will note it is a political site (the Ron Paul Institute) so to get the message straight from the horse’s mouth (the CDC) go to the second paragraph and click on the link “CDC just came out with a report.”
The author, Daniel Horowitz, explains how to translate the public health jargon and notes that…
- If you do not have immune-suppressive medical conditions, you are more likely to die in a car accident this year than from Covid-19; and
- Your schoolchildren are more likely to die by getting struck by lightning.
But this is just the beginning of the scientific and medical case against the lockdown. More and more doctors and researchers, in the United States and around the world, are rebelling against the propaganda and fear campaign that resulted in the lockdown.
Mind you, nobody disputes that Covid-19 can be deadly if you have immune-suppressive medical conditions, and especially if you are old. Those people must protect themselves, and we must help them with immune-boosting therapies (which is almost never done). But it is senseless to plunge the entire economy into depression and joblessness—and even counter-productive to do so, since the end result will be more deaths and despair from the lockdown than from the pandemic itself.
“Lockdown Lunacy”—Your Go-To Site for Real Science and Real Medical Evidence
It’s difficult to keep track of all the developments, but fortunately, we now have a site that brings together a huge amount of the evidence against the lockdown, and in language you as a layman can understand.
Lockdown Lunacy: The Thinking Person’s Guide is compiled by J. B. Handley, a private equity entrepreneur who graduated with honors from Stanford University. He became involved in medical research when his son was diagnosed with autism—he is the author of the bestselling How to End the Autism Epidemic. Here he devotes his writing and research skills to the pandemic and the disastrous and unnecessary lockdown.
If you have questions yourself about some aspects of the pandemic and lockdown, or if you have family members or friends who can use this information, this is the place to go. The medical evidence compiled here is so exhaustive, all I can do is summarize by giving you the 16 facts he documents in his blog:
Fact #1: The Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) for Covid-19 is somewhere between 0.07-0.20%, in line with seasonal flu.
Fact #2: The risk of dying from Covid-19 is much higher than the average IFR for older people and those with co-morbidities, and much lower than the average IFR for younger healthy people, and nearing zero for children.
Fact #3: People infected with Covid-19 who are asymptomatic (which is most people) do NOT spread Covid-19.
Fact #4: Emerging science shows no spread of Covid-19 in the community (shopping, restaurants, barbers, etc.).
Fact #5: Published science shows Covid-19 is NOT spread outdoors.
Fact #6: Science shows masks are ineffective to halt the spread of Covid-19, and the WHO recommends they should only be worn by healthy people if treating or living with someone with a Covid-19 infection.
Fact #7: There’s no science to support the magic of a six-foot barrier.
Fact #8: The idea of locking down an entire society had never been done and has no supportable science, only theoretical modeling.
Fact #9: The epidemic models of Covid-19 have been disastrously wrong, and both the people and the practice of modeling have a terrible history.
Fact #10: The data shows that lockdowns have NOT had an impact on the course of the disease.
Fact #11: Florida locked down late, opened early, and is doing fine, despite predictions of doom.
Fact #12: New York’s above-average death rate appears to be driven by a fatal policy error combined with aggressive intubations.
Fact #13: Public health officials and disease epidemiologists do NOT consider the other negative societal consequences of lockdowns.
Fact #14: There is a predictive model for the viral arc of Covid-19, it’s called Farr’s Law, and it was discovered over 100 years ago.
Fact #15: The lockdowns will cause more death and destruction than Covid-19 ever did.
Fact #16: All these phased re-openings are utter nonsense with no science to support them, but they will all be declared a success.
There’s even more on “Lockdown Lunacy,” but I hope this listing of his 16 sections based on scientific and medical facts will have you rushing to his site.
The Covid-19 lockdowns are the latest manifestation of Humpty Dumpty:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
My Previous Articles on the Coronavirus Pandemic
- How Big of a Threat Is the Coronavirus? (March 26)
- How Bad Has the Pandemic Been? How Bad Will It Be? (April 6)
- An Economic Shutdown Based On…What? (April 15)
- Is Sweden’s Problem Coronavirus or Immigration? (April 21)
- Let the Lockdown End, County by County (April 27)
- Reopen the Economy and Protect the Most Vulnerable: We Can Do Both (May 4)
- The Best Defense Against Covid-19 is a Strong Immune System (May 15)
- Why Covid-19 is So Different from Previous Pandemics (May 26)
And see all my articles in this pandemic series.