I am aligned with the Left when I defend the COVID-19 strategy in my native Sweden. But here in the United States, when I defend very similar strategies implemented by the Republican governors of South Dakota and Florida, I am perceived as being aligned with the Right. It is a little weird. Among my infectious disease colleagues that favor an age-targeted strategy rather than lockdowns, most are left-wing progressives, while most of my Twitter followers are on the Right.
As a public health scientist, it is my duty to fight for public health independently of partisan politics. I hope that people from across the political divide can come together to end a lockdown that is so damaging to public health, and instead advocate for age-targeted counter measures that properly protect high-risk individuals. After all, we live in this world together, sharing both its beauties and its viruses.
Katherine Yih is a biologist and epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School where she specializes in infectious disease epidemiology, immunization, and post-licensure vaccine safety surveillance. Yih is also a founding member of the New World Agriculture and Ecology Group, a former and current member of Science for the People, and a long-time activist in farm labor and anti-imperialist struggles.
We, Belgian doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We call on politicians to be independently and critically informed in the decision-making process and in the compulsory implementation of corona-measures. We ask for an open debate, where all experts are represented without any form of censorship. After the initial panic surrounding covid-19, the objective facts now show a completely different picture – there is no medical justification for any emergency policy anymore.
The current crisis management has become totally disproportionate and causes more damage than it does any good.
We call for an end to all measures and ask for an immediate restoration of our normal democratic governance and legal structures and of all our civil liberties.
‘A cure must not be worse than the problem’ is a thesis that is more relevant than ever in the current situation. We note, however, that the collateral damage now being caused to the population will have a greater impact in the short and long term on all sections of the population than the number of people now being safeguarded from corona.
A solo show featuring an angry COVID-19 rant and some light-hearted commentary from Carmichael, CA, the place where Painting Pictures began in 2014. Young people, packing up an old house, robbing Sacramentans, and ordering beers in the pandemic are discussed.
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Brought to you by plexiglass panels, this podcast explores the current misconception around herd immunity and antibodies to SARS-CoV2. Gabe talks about flying to California and then reflects on the experience.
The first assumption of all these modelers who sold “flatten the curve” to all the politicians… they all believed that the virus was new. Of course it’s kind of a new virus, but many parts of the virus are not new, it’s a relative, it has other coronaviruses that are relatives.
I had a problem with the flatten the curve, but I went along with it, I must say, to my own shame, because they said “or else the collateral damage that arises is too big, because oh the hospitals will be overrun…” everybody knows this story. And I went along with this. But then, all over Europe, the curve came down, and independent of whether there was a harsh lockdown or not. Whatever a country did, didn’t matter—the curves were coming down. So that means that all the model calculators, the epidemiologists with their self-made computer programs—that was basically bullshit because there was a basic immunity there. The virus had not a chance to infect everybody. The virus very often stumbled over people who were immune.
That is until today the most panic-inducing principle, namely that most media still speak about “today we had so and so many new infections”. Which is totally not true. A virus is a particle, it goes to everybody. So if somebody is immune, the virus also goes into this body, and it will multiply—even a little bit. But if you’re immune, you attack the virus first with antibodies and you make immediately debris, the virus is destroyed, you have only parts of the virus around in your tissue, or in your blood… you will find this debris, and part of this debris will be RNA. And if you make a PCR, all these people will be positive, because the PCR picks up sometimes only one tiny little piece of RNA that is then amplified. And this assay cannot tell you whether you have the virus, or if you just have some dead chunk of the virus which still gives you a positive result. So corona positive with a PCR—everybody should realize this is not a quantitative assay, it is a qualitative assay. It tells you only if a tiny little bit of nucleic acid was there, but it doesn’t tell you whether it was the complete virus, or even a virulent virus… this test only tells you that a little piece was there.
No other virus, ever, on this planet has been accompanied by so much testing, and so much testing that has created so much nonsense and panic.
Miles, The Elder Brother Roberts, joins the podcast from his farm in Northern Vermont to share how he arrived at his worldview today. From 9/11 to Obama’s election to the Coronavirus pandemic, common threads are followed.
Several times a day, on every possible news outlet, we are bombarded with updates as to the new number of “cases” of COVID-19 in the U.S. and elsewhere. News analysts then use these numbers to justify criticisms of those who dare to reject the CDC’s recommendations with regards to mask wearing and social distancing.
It is imperative that all Americans – and especially those in the medical profession – understand the actual definition of a “case” of COVID -19 so as to make informed decisions as to how to live our lives.
Older Americans remember all too well the dread they experienced when a family member was diagnosed with a “case” of scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis), or polio. During my career in family medicine, including several years as an Army physician, I have cared for patients with chickenpox, shingles, Lyme disease as well as measles, tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS. The “case definition” established for all of these diseases by the CDC requires the presence of signs and symptoms of that disease.
In other words, each case involved a SICK patient. Laboratory studies may be performed to “confirm” a diagnosis, but are not sufficient in the absence of clinical symptoms.
Having now been privileged to care for sick patients with COVID-19, both in and out of the hospital setting, I am happy to see the number of these sick patients dwindle almost to zero in my community – while the “case numbers” for COVID-19 continue to go up. Why is that?