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Covid-19 … sorting through the facts, exposing some fiction
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We sincerely feel for all the people that have passed, all that are suffering, as well as all that are nervous and afraid… all their families, friends, and co-workers, that have been directly and indirectly harmed by this virus, and by all the feelings and fears provoked by the media and some government officials. We sincerely feel for those having trouble with unemployment, keeping their business afloat, or caring for themselves or their loved ones. We have faith, that just like after Y2K, 9-11, H1N1, Katrina, Sandy, and all the other disasters this nation has faced over the last couple decades, things will be ‘back to normal’ for the vast majority in this nation very soon!
We also understand the key elements in THE MATH the media has been pushing, promoting, and repeating to provoke fear and panic ARE WRONG! Their math is twisted, and seems to be an agenda driven manipulation of the truth. First, there are two completely different counts, with vastly different numbers, neither of which aren’t fully honest or accurate. The reality is DEATH IS SAD ENOUGH… without padding the numbers, expanding the claims, and promoting unsafe practices that may help spread the virus, while banning activities that aren’t likely to cause or contribute to the spread.
Before you ‘tune me out’ consider the following:
- those ‘lab confirmed’ for SARS-coV-2 (the virus) on a nasal swab… and
- those PRESUMED (thought to have been… but weren’t sure, no test, not hospitalized or treated for ‘covid’ (the disease).
But neither count is really ‘accurate,’ because OTHER co-morbidities aren’t being counted, nor is there any ‘real number’ to CONFIRM their death was cause BY, FROM, or even contributed to ‘having the virus’ OR (more importantly in my opinion) THE DISEASE (actual covid-19)… not just the positive for the virus. They are also NOT taking into account co-morbidity, such as CANCER, heart attacks, stroke, etc. And those factors are vital. Instead, the governments, with the help of the lame stream media, is provoking fear by tossing everything together, and calling it all “COVID-19” – as if it’s a some type of killer stew!
Sadly, there are far too many geographical areas calling EVERY death of every person that tests positive for ‘SARS-coV-2’ (the virus) as ‘covid-19’ (the disease) EVEN IF that wasn’t really what they died FROM, or because of. If you doubt me, listen to Dr. Birx who has admitted to the ‘very liberal count’ by the CDC for ‘covid deaths.’
Put on the thinking cap… there is an absolute difference between the ‘flu’ and ‘pneumonia’ … as there is an absolute difference between ‘petroleum’ and ‘gasoline’ … over 80% of the ‘cases’ (which test POSITIVE) were tested for SARS-coV-2 (the virus), which is absolutely NOT THE DISEASE, or necessarily why the person actually died. Yes, the virus is the PRECURSOR TO the disease, (but like the flu, or petroleum, the vast majority ‘with’ the virus NEVER ‘get’ the disease, and were NOT NECESSARILY going to get ‘covid-19’ (the disease)). But the CDC (and lame stream media) is acting as if those facts don’t matter.
So, if a person dies from stage 4 cancer, a heart attack, stroke, dehydration, or any of the other common causes of death… BUT TESTS POSITIVE for THE VIRUS (SARS-coV-2) through a nasal swab, which some are wrongly ‘calling’ “covid-19” … which is only further confusing the reality of things, and all though they are absolutely scientifically not ‘the same’ … those deaths are being listed as a ‘covid’ death. THEY REALLY ARE NOT!
They are a death of someone that tested positive FOR THE VIRUS, not necessarily the DISEASE.
If you pay close attention to all of the researchers and scientific abstracts and studies done by the immunologists & virologists, and those professionals that actually study, research, and treat ‘contagious diseases’ … and those doing the anti-body results (and tens’ of thousands that HAD THE VIRUS, yet never manifested the covid-19 disease… with tens of thousands (to millions) not ever realizing they were ‘sick’ or had the virus). Once you understand there really is a difference, then you might understand WHY IT IS SO SIGNIFICANT.
Just like the ‘cases’ … from the beginning, most science types KNEW that was a BOGUS COUNT that would absolutely increase until there was either heard immunity or a functional vaccine people were willing to take… and that the count COULD BE MANIPULATED once it was moved outside of a hospital, and to include more than just those people actually SEEKING/NEEDING TREATMENT.
Obviously, the more people ‘tested’ the more positives there are… until, like polio or the measles, there is enough ‘heard immunity’ for it to die off in that geographical area.
Again, even if, the initial testing wasted 85 to 98% of the tests, they also wasted people’s time, lab time, ppe’s (personal protective equipment), and the health professionals time doing those bogus tests on side walks and in tents, and drive ways. The media pushed ‘testing’ – when the reality was that nasal swab testing was neither fast nor accurate initially. And, sadly, those lines of scared, unprotected, people fell prey to the stupidity of those ignorantly pushing mass public testing, and the 2 to 15% actually sick. That combination predictably HELPED SPREAD THE INFECTIONS.
A high percentage of the first few types of tests (in January through mid-April) produced false positives (an estimated 5 to 15% of the positives weren’t, really… and about half those numbers were supposedly a false negative at the time – depending on the test used, application process of the test, and lab used). Even now (26 May 2020) 98% is the best they can ‘guarantee’ from the nasal swabs.
VITAL to reality, which the media failed to explain… and most politicians ignore…the fact is that a negative test result IS MEANINGLESS, and was really just a ‘at that moment’ … and didn’t mean it wasn’t incubating, didn’t have antibodies, or that you didn’t ‘catch it’ when leaving the testing area.
Further, if you look at fauci’s work, paper’s, and attitude PRIOR TO March 5th… he – himself – was promoting some scientific fact and ethical honesty. “It’s no worse that the flu” (he actually said that, and had valid reasons and science supporting that). Then around the 5th, he started really helping the media and certain political officials to push and promote the ‘shut down’ using fearmongering, and referencing the ‘dooms-day model’ from the climate change scientist in England that predicted 22 MILLION DEAD Americans. It was then that fauci started the “everyone has to wear masks, we’ll be over whelmed, and everyone needs tested, we need to close down the nation to ‘flatten the curve’” garbage. (yes, I do mean garbage… because much of what he said wasn’t based on science, or reality after March 5th).
The purposeful orders by some governor’s to Nursing Homes to ‘open their doors’ to supply beds to KNOWN POSITIVE PEOPLE, should be CRIMINAL!
Those wrong actions should have been immediately called out by the CDC, the NIH, by Universities, and infectious disease specialists… and W.H.O. (world health organization), but instead they remained silent enablers, themselves giving conflicting information on the “do’s and don’ts”, as the number of cases and deaths jumped in those irresponsible states.
Instead, fauci (and those organizations) should have been EDUCATING people, helping instruct to PROTECT THE VULNERABLE… SICK people SHOULD SELF-ISOLATE and WEAR A MOUTH COVER TO PROTECT THOSE AROUND THEM… and he really should have pointed out HOW STUPID (and potentially criminal) conman cuomo was being (with the orders of doubling hospital beds, pushing covid patients to nursing homes, as well as the reality that nursing homes don’t USUALLY HAVE ppe’s). But nope, fauci didn’t do any of that. Shame on him… he seriously had years to plan, prepare, and provide… and he authored multiple papers on the topic over the last fifteen (15) YEARS… first one published on the coronavirus in people back in 2005.
I can not tell you why… only that very few of the known facts, reality of actual math, and the ethical science really did NOT matched up to the fear and panic he was helping promote, and purposefully did nothing to stop either the media or government from pushing.
By March 22nd, before America’s ‘shut down’ – there were 6 different known potential treatments THEN… and most of them had very well established contraindications (known side effects, issues, and negative interactions with certain medical conditions & medicines)… they were LISTED IN THE PDR (physicians desk reference). Yet fauci repeatedly claimed he didn’t know. (seriously, the guy did a paper on coronavirus in human’s in 2005… he’s been looking at, and discussing this very topic, and getting billions of dollars for research FOR THIS VERY THING for at least 15 to 20 years).
You need to do just a bit of searching, and look at those IN THE FIELD TREATING PATIENTS outside of the new york, new jersey, and michigan areas. HOW DID THOSE OTHER STATES like Washington, Oregon, and California… which had infections of the virus, and deaths from the disease BEFORE those north eastern states… HOW DID they DO IT?? Why are their death rates so much lower??
Another question the media is avoiding, especially when the ‘why would they inflate the numbers’ in those ‘hot spot states’ is asked…
How much is related to the reality that on February 26th, 2020 the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) sided with the Trump administration that the federal government could CUT OFF ALL (100%) of the federal funding to sanctuary states?
I know, just a conspiracy theory, an opinion, a strange coincidence in timing, huh? But hey… this type of a natural disaster was able to side step all that, clamoring about how Trump was withholding money from New York (and other sanctuary states); and allowed them to dip their hand in the federal well, to get those states some serious money many BILLIONS, they otherwise would never have EVER TOUCHED AGAIN. Especially so long as they remained harboring illegals and blocking ICE from doing their job.
Wrap your head around that one… and feel free to double check that sad reality.
If you want some answers, ask why BLOOD TESTS or LUNG TISSUE samples weren’t required to CONFIRM the DISEASE… by the CDC, and powers to be. Only nasal swabs, which shows only that the patient has the virus (not the disease) in their nasal cavity (sinuses).
Why not make the ‘covid count’ based on hospitalizations? Intubations? Blood test or some other 99.99% confirmations of THE DISEASE??
Instead, they use ‘cases,’ which was predictably going to climb in numbers as the testing increased. And they used ‘virus testing,’ which was initially not only not even 98.1% accurate, but negatives were merely a ‘snap shot in time’ – because a negative today could be a positive tomorrow or in a week. And they knew all that, but used those markers on purpose.
Things that make you go hummm…
Seriously, consider for a moment, just how many people at your local Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, gas stations, farmers markets have ‘come down with the virus’? Have many died?
Please don’t misunderstand… the virus is real, the disease is real, the deaths really happened (sadly), BUT MOST DID NOT HAPPEN FROM OR BECAUSE OF “COVID-19″…
The virus had far less to do with age than VULNERABILITY. fauci knew that, but didn’t educate toward those facts.
If you had pre-existing lung conditions, or were immune system compromised, had cancer… or became HYPER SATURATED (as in some of the healthcare professionals, and public transit workers did early on)… then you were in the VULNERABLE GROUP. Age only mattered because of the CONDITION OF THAT BODY, how well it was taken care of… and what co-morbidities (pre-existing conditions) there already were. Yes, the average 30 year old can fight off the flu (or this virus) far easier than the average 60 or 70 year old, but it boils don’t to HEALTH of the individual more than their age.
Again, I am NOT saying the virus isn’t real, or that it isn’t seriously bad in SOME counties in this nation… or to SOME people. But here is what the CDC is actually saying behind the scenes, which the lame stream media is not telling you!
“The CDC just came out with a report that should be earth-shattering to the narrative of the political class, yet it will go into the thick pile of vital data and information about the virus that is not getting out to the public. For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real estimate of the overall death rate for COVID-19, and under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26% (or a multiplier of 0.0026). Officials estimate a 0.4% fatality rate among those who are symptomatic (that’s a real math multiplier of 0.004) and project a 35% rate of asymptomatic cases among those infected, which drops the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) to just 0.26% (a real math multiplier of 0.0026) And, is again, almost exactly where Stanford researchers pegged it a month ago.” For those that don’t remember, that .0026 number is very close to the number I pointed out around March 22nd when this page was first posted!
(for those that think I made it up, click on the word REPORT in the paragraph above).
What I AM very specifically saying, is that nearly all, with the exclusion of about 21 counties in this nation, should be EDUCATED and allowed to RETURN TO THEIR JOB or BUSINESS if they feel comfortable with that INFORMED DECISION; because the REALITY is that most people are more likely to die of anything OTHER THAN covid-19 at this stage, with the exception of those with serious pre-existing lung, heart, or immune system issues in nursing homes or hospitals, or those getting hyper saturated by sick people (at work or home). The reality is that the vast majority of the problems are in just 21 out of 3,142 counties in this nation.
The 21 ‘problem’ counties, with the high numbers, should be looked at more closely, and people living in those counties, maybe should have some EXTRA caution and concern, because there are really VIRUS CASES there. However, what is happening in those counties should NOT be ‘shutting down’ and negatively impacting the rest of this nation.
The top 21 counties exist mostly in the New York/New Jersey area, some areas in Michigan with just a couple ‘key’ hot spot counties in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, Louisiana, California, and Florida. And then, most all of the ‘deaths’ and ‘cases’ are in just a couple focal points around a MAJOR METRO AREA in that county; potentially because they are more densely populated, sharing more public transportation, and enclosed spaces. They are ‘considered hot spots.’ It is those 21 counties, NOT ‘the entirety’ of the state, and absolutely not the whole nation. Those counties should never have been representative ‘of the whole’ (state or nation) for a variety of reasons: density, public transportation use (which can help speed and increase the spread), the crowds of strangers, and masses touching and coughing on THINGS OTHER PEOPLE will be touching.
The media is grossly over generalizing, purposefully twisting the math, and knowingly fearmongering, for THE ENTIRE NATION… for the wrong reasons, and in the wrong way.
Just like you, we are Americans, also living in this time of a National Crisis... just like most everyone else in this country. However, we are lucky to have a variety of educated science types, researchers, and doctors we can ask questions and get rational answers from. Below, are some things you might find helpful on the topic of ‘the virus.’
We have nothing to sell that can help people with the virus… and frankly nothing to gain discussing it; HOWEVER, consistent with our first goal when starting our company 25 years ago, which started on the PEOPLE side of focused healthcare, and transitioned to include a few products for animals, supplying INFORMATION that can help educate people IS STILL OUR PRIMARY GOAL!
When we have a product for a particular issue, having the best product for the money in a given class is key, but a very close second [goal] to education.
We believe that INFORMED ADULTS will make better decisions. We’ve had educational information, particularly nutrition and health information on-line, for people and animals, used by college and university students, and people from all over the world AT NO CHARGE, for nearly twenty-five years on a variety of websites, with a clear goal of helping people wade through the fiction to get to some fact; that is exactly how we might help now.
On March 26th, 2020 Scott W. Atlas, writer for the the Washington Times, made a profound statement: “the contagion of fear spreads far faster than the coronavirus COVID-19.“
On 4/23 Townhall pointed out some of the obvious: “Antibody Testing: Proves We’ve Been Had!” they were far more polite, tolerant, and accepting than I would have been. An exert from the above linked article:
“We’ve been told that the true death rate is 7.4% in New York. We were told there would be hundreds of thousands dead. We were told that this was worse than the flu, which has still recorded more deaths to date in this past flu season—even though the CDC instructed medical personnel to start counting influenza, heart disease, pulmonary, respiratory, drug overdose, and possibly even car crash deaths as COVID-19 deaths.
We were told that we had to upend an economy, go into solitary confinement, and divorce ourselves from normal life because this would rage beyond any previous pandemic.
We were told that this virus with 846,000 current confirmed cases [world wide] was worse than the H1N1 that broke out on Obama’s watch that infected 60,000,000 people.
But none of these “truths” turned out to be so.”
(We were conveniently not told that Obama had authorized $3.7 million U.S. tax dollars to be used at the Wuhan Institute of Virology to utilize corona viruses in bats in 2015 — but that’s yet another deception of omission.)
On 4/18 – Dr. Marc Siegel finally announced on the ‘daily update’ exactly what I’ve been saying for weeks, paraphrased: ‘the death rate is NOT what the media and many of the politicians claimed… there are far more, likely millions more, that have ALREADY HAD THE VIRUS without issue, and didn’t even know it.‘ He was referencing a preliminary results of a study conducted by researchers at Stanford University. So far, they have found between 2.5% and 4.2% of Santa Clara County residents (Southern California) already had antibodies to the new coronavirus in their blood by early April.
Antibodies are an indication that a person’s immune system has responded to a past infection (of that virus). The Stanford researchers estimate the actual number was between 48,000 and 81,000 in that geography, or 50 to 85 times greater [just in that community]. This information is in the forefront of ‘re-opening America.’ Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of the medicine department at UC San Francisco, is suggesting a strategic testing, to determine just how many are asymptomatic and how many already have antibodies.
This page started mid-March 2020, because we noticed the fearmongering and false claims being pushed in & by the media, repeated and promoted by some people in government, and promoted by many on social media.
The solutions, science, and calculations require the emotions to be set aside as much as possible. We’ve updated this page nearly every day or two, from mid-March through the end of April, and then occasionally through the date late edited (listed at the top of the page).
We chose to post the information HERE, ON OUR ANIMAL PRODUCTS SITE, to also point out that WE HAVE NOTHING TO SELL THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE WITH THE VIRUS, or prevent anyone from getting it. We didn’t want any confusion. MD’s Choice doesn’t have any product for any infectious disease; we have NOTHING to offer for prevention or treatment! However, we understand SCIENCE, biology, and talk with a variety of doctors on the topic… and thought that just maybe SOME RATIONAL INFORMATION CAN HELP?!
This project started for two reasons: 1) we noticed the predictably false claims of 2.2 million deaths, and quickly determined that was absolutely NOT TRUE, accurate, or realistic. Why other’s, in powerful positions, didn’t point out the fallacy of those claims is not understood at this point. Also, the assorted claims of 2, 3, and 10% deaths rates ‘of the population’ many in the media and some politicians were shouting from roof tops were also false, and had not basis for justification. It was absolutely FAKE NEWS, but in March and April, that fallacy of fearmongering information is what was filling the airwaves. Clearly, there were some people obviously pushing some agendas, and frankly freaking most people out. The governor of new york and Dr. fauci at the top of that list.
However, it was #2) when we started getting questions, calls and emails on the topic of ‘the virus’ in mid February, and we had to spend some time trying to help answer, calm, and educate someone calling us… that became the second, and main, reason to start a page on the topic. So we weren’t having to ‘repeat ourselves’ to each of those contacting us, to see if we had anything to help… or any information or suggestions. The ‘page’ (here) allowed ‘the answer(s)’ to be shared with thousands, rather than just one at a time. It allowed us to dig into the science, the abstracts, studies, and information… to get better information… to talk with specialists, and professionals, to gather more accurate responses.
We’ve had a few ‘strangers’ (new to MD’s Choice/VetSupplements) call the information into question or doubt, MERELY because it’s on VETSUPPLEMENTS (an animal related site) rather than a human site). Those naysayer’s challenged to find errors, that actually bothered to try… have since apologize. I seriously WANT the best and latest information, so if you see something is wrong, or has for sure changed, PLEASE LET US KNOW!
We choose to ‘put it here’ (on an animal site page) because it IS faster and better to ‘gather’ the information, and share the answers we get into ONE CENTRALIZED LOCATION, and this IS the place that is easier for us to keep up dated, and integrate graphics when necessary. And we did not want ANYONE CONFUSED thinking we were attempting to sell them ANY type of ‘cure, treatment, or diagnosis’ for the virus (or disease), which could have caused that type of confusion if we posted on one of our human websites. This particular website was designed for articles (blogging) from the beginning, and is DYNAMIC (mobile, tablet, computer, or even TV… anything that can usually view webpages, can view this site, and the page ‘auto adjusts to your viewing pleasure’ – that’s huge, and a real time saver for us.
All our assorted ‘people sites’ require HTML coding, ftp’ing, and a bunch of other things this type of blogging site ‘naturally does’ quickly. Literally ‘edit & save’ and it’s AUTOMATICALLY updated on the website domain, in just a couple seconds, without having to mess with hardly any code, or jump through any extra hoops. That allows us to focus on the TOPIC, hence, this page: “Covid-19 … sorting through the fact, exposing the fiction.”
Since our first email on the topic on March 22nd, we’ve received thousands of emails and messages regarding covid-19. Many with questions; but most businesses we heard from expressing the ‘changes to their business,’ some announcing ’emergency hours only’ or even ‘temporary closures’ … many trying to sell something, and some that did little more than spread even more doom & gloom, fear & misinformation.
This page is intended to share facts, demonstrate logic, show some common sense, and calm the irrational fears… which the media, some ‘academic types’, and certain political types are (were) attempting to ‘whip up.’
On about March 5th, the ‘news media’ really started being filled with doom, gloom, fear, and sadly quite a bit of false information. This is especially the case when it comes to their ‘projections’ and ‘models,’ and many of their ‘numbers claims.’ That is where we can offer some real math, honest perspective, and common sense… especially for those people outside ‘hot zones.’
If you turned on a TV, read most any news paper, get on the internet, or look at social media it was riddled with covid-death-covid-death… millions will die… fearmongering, hype, misinformation, ignorance, people panicking, political agendas, and even some pretty wild sounding conspiracy theories… some of which just might be more true than not. What the lame stream media has been feeding the citizens of this nation is an agenda driven pack of information, that had the intent to SHUT DOWN THE NATION, make President Trump look as bad as possible, and help get money – taxpayer money – in the hands of the sanctuary states, which the US Supreme Court officially authorized the federal government to cease sending any funding to on February 26th, 2020. But we’ll get to all that in due time. Poiint being, there were a whole lot of mole hills of truth, the media and certain politicians decided to try to blow up into mountains of fear, panic, control, and money! We can’t forget the money!
We started gathering information on the coronavirus in January. Speaking with the doctors on the topic, and doing some research through known science, published studies, and real numbers (attempting to ‘fact check’ what the media was claiming). After 25 years in nutrition and health industry, it should be understood that the health and safety are a priority to us, and we care about making a positive difference when and where possible. We aren’t in control of the coin, but can accurately call whether it lands on heads or tails… and whether there were any fouls, interference, or if it’s a trick coin.
We have communicated with many doctors familiar with treating coronavirus in animals, as well as some that have investigated different strains in people; in addition to doctors specializing in treating infectious diseases. It is from the answers, responses, information, and points from those well educated and experienced people, as well as years of rational thought, and common sense, that lead us to point out the answers we’ve learned.
Stuff being broadcasted on the TV and media outlets were purposefully sensationalizing, twisting facts and numbers, with bogus model projection claims, and a lot of speculated ‘worst case scenario’ claims, and unsubstantiated information… all in the name of headlines and ratings. Sadly, there really are way too many politics! But that is the world we are living in.
We DID NOT MAKE THIS POLITICAL! The news media and politicians did that, for us all!
If you are a huge fan of cuomo, you probably don’t want to read any more of this… because I will be calling him out for his fearmongering, and some of HIS negligence and maybe even potentially criminal actions! I sincerely hope HE, and any other political figures that actually and really CAUSED DEATHS, because people followed their DIRECT ORDERS and mandates, are HELD ACCOUNTABLE! But there are many facts contained below, long before I address what cuomo did that was predictably wrong, knowingly avoidable, and irrationally done to unsuspecting citizens living in New York. Just be prepared… because reality sometimes is shocking! Each day we’re learning more.
As for peace of mind… REALLY, if people ignore most of the media, especially the national garbage like MSNBC, CNN, and even most of FOX… and those that are chasing numbers or pushing fear, the average person WILL FEEL MUCH BETTER!
If we look at RATIONAL FACTS, and demand our congress-person HONESTLY REPRESENT US, without violating the Constitution of the United States, and stop looking at or thinking about ‘cases’ and ignore any one pushing CFR’s (case fatality rates), things will calm down for the majority far more quickly.
If we think, and actually calculate based on ‘population’ and ‘likely exposed numbers’ … even hospitalized (and intubations) … rather than ‘cases’… there could be more reality in the numbers. There is no actual list of ‘confirmed with virus’ vs ‘confirmed with covid-19 (the disease).’ There is no co-morbidity list, or even a verified professional determination of CAUSE OF DEATH. Did a person have a heart attack? If yes, and they had a positive nasal swab, it’s listed as a ‘covid-19 death’ in many states, even though the person really didn’t have ‘covid’ – but rather JUST THE VIRUS, and it may not even have been a contributing factor at the time of their death.
Questions that are not being asked (or answered), but should be… and should have been since the beginning: Did the virus or DISEASE actually and really CAUSE, or even honestly contribute to, the death? If yes, HOW that was determined? Those answers would caste a whole new light on the reality of THE NUMBERS.
There is actually quite a bit publicly known, especially if the ‘petri-dishes’ of ‘enclosed populations’ are taken into account. But I’ll get to that math futher down the page. There has been a lot that is PURPOSEFULLY AVOIDED, side stepped, and ignored by the media, and those politicians either with their hands out, or fingers pointing at Trump. Out agenda is SEEKING THE TRUTH, where ever it is.
We also don’t know WHERE most of those people that ‘got sick’ were (or when they were infected), such as nursing home, hospital cafeteria, public transportation, or some place else. When possible, knowing WHERE they contracted it, helps expose patterns, and places to maybe sanitize. At least 9,352 soldiers exposed, only 36 deaths from the disease (that’s .0038494439692044 death rate, scary… huh?). We know the numbers for the cruise ships, Aircraft Carrier, and the facts relating to those people should have been evaluated more closely by the powers to be (CDC, FDA, NIH, and media). If they did, they would have quickly seen that the paniced claims of 2.2 million deaths in the USA, or even 500,000 was highly improbable, and the ‘infection’ had more to do with HEALTH of the individual and STATURATION rather than age. But the media ignored all those facts.
The reality is in the REAL numbers, not the ‘cfr’ (case fatality rate) the media has turned into sensationalist headlines. The ‘case numbers’ have so many problems. a) they will always climb, based on ‘number of tests’ – until there is heard immunity or the virus has burned itself out, b) there is no separation of ‘persons’ – those testing positive’ (allowing an increase when there is a second or third ‘positive’ result from the same person, which has been caught in some areas), c) there are false positives, and even the best tests are still 90 to 98% accurate, d) most people haven’t been (and, unless they are feeling sick, won’t be) tested, and e) many of the people (some estimate up wards of 88%) didn’t really die FROM or BECAUSE OF covid-19… they just happened to have a nasal swab that tested positive at the time of their death, and even if they had no other symptoms, and known life threatening pre-existing conditions, they were listed as a ‘covid-death.’ Those are the reasons CFR’s can’t be trusted. Further, they grossly ignore all those exposed that never ‘got it’ (an estimated 83%), and those that got it but have no symptoms (8.5% of the total)… but the powers to be really did, knowingly, sensationalize a known flawed number (CFR’s) to instill fear, stress, worry, and panic in the people hearing claims of a 3, 5, 7, 10, 12% ‘death rate.’ Of course no one wants to get that… the odds are against them.
Some media sources even claiming that ‘one in ten that get it will die.’ Of course that claim was NEVER TRUE! It was never accurate… it was based on some number pulled out of someone’s neck. EVERY single doctor we communicated with knew those numbers weren’t accurate, and didn’t add up; but the media, and some politicians, sure did push that CFR really hard to force shut downs around the globe.
Why you ask? The new sensationalized fear made better headlines than the predictable failure of the House Impeachment attempt; many thought these ‘sensational headlines’ and fearmongering was better news than the booming economy, low unemployment rate, and record low fuel prices. So, they kept pushing the TWISTED news… just enough fact to get people’s attention, though it was really like a game of three card monte. The cooked numbers, the flawed points used in the math calculations & projections, and then the claims of ‘covid deaths’ that just weren’t necessarily so (and those that were so, that honestly shouldn’t have been… had responsible preventive measures been taken by those in positions of power).
The Kirkland Washington Nursing Home, where the first deaths hit, should have been an obvious clue: PROTECT THE VULNERABLE should have been the lesson. Instead, at least six (6) state governors ORDERED nursing homes to TAKE IN KNOWN POSITIVE PEOPLE.
Real numbers, and more designations of information, demonstrates a far greater sense of reality, and a calmer focus toward the truth of what is really happening (even with cuomo’s padding).
The ‘scientific reporting’ IN THE STUDIES being published, are generally more consistent for most of the free world, and more honest than most of the fearmongering media, and certain state governors. They include the actual numbers from a few different angles, and information… attempting to determine some ‘statistical signifigance.’ The problem is some are good to great, while other’s have too few or a perspective that is based on too limited of a scope (attempting to justify a position, rather than find truth).
We are confident that the information below should help the majority feel better, safer, and more aware of what is real vs the hype the media is pushing.
People don’t have to be scared, but NEED TO BE AWARE and a bit more CAREFUL especially in areas known to have a lot of positive cases!
Remember, knowledge is powerful, but it’s really ONLY GOOD if it can be shared, recreated, and used to empower or improve things. ~ Terry Mercer
Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is the virus, which can cause ‘the disease’ COVID-19 in people. However, it’s cart vs horse, petrolium vs gasoline, flu vs pneumonia… the two are NOT THE SAME THING!
Nearly every science type sincerely interested in truth knows that, as does any in the media honestly trying to report the truth, yet most still intermix the wrong terms. SARS-coV-2 is the virus… it is what spreads. Covid-19 is the disease, which only a tiny fraction of those that actually get SARS-coV-2 contract, but those with covid-19 (the disease) MUST have first had the virus. It’s litterally petroleum vs gasoline, flu vs pneumonia… you can’t have B without first A, but you can absolutely have A without ever getting B. And that, my friend, is WHY I don’t fear… because IF there is a reason to believe I have A… I know of a FEW things that CAN BE EFFECTIVELY done to help prevent and avoid B. It’s irrational to feel other’s should be taking care OF YOU, FOR YOU… when YOU aren’t THEIR responsibility (and they aren’t yours).
Of course, if you are living in a nursing home, going to a hospital or quarantine area where there are KNOWN positive cases… you bet whatever that I’d want a FACE COVER & MASK, because I know that SATURATION MATTERS far more than any hyperbole about spittle. There are some people that really need to understand, IF THEY ARE VULNERABLE… they will need to TAKE EXTRA CARE OF & FOR THEMSELVES first and fore most!
They should be aware… watch the distance… and stay clear of strangers, small children that are mingling with other children… and places packed with strangers. Social distancing, and making sure your hands are virus free before touching your face (mouth, nose, and eyes) is vital; that includes eating with your hands. Avoid public transportation when possible, and try to make sure IT IS CLEAN and you are able to wash your hands, and wipe down the things strangers touched & handled if you’re in doubt. Again, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU (and I’m ultimately responsible for me).
MOST geographical areas… over 3,142 counties in this nation… don’t have a statistically significant number to fear. If you happen to live in one of the 21 ‘hot spot’ counties… then you should be EXTRA CAREFUL, avoid any and all public transportation, crowds, and public officials as much as possible (especially the governors). The latter apparently can kill you if you’re in the wrong state! (confusion or shock won’t save you).
I’ve been ‘out’ WITHOUT a mask nearly every day… and there are THOUSANDS of other’s around WITHOUT A MASK… and there hasn’t been a ‘death’ (from covid) HERE (in the county I live) since February, and then only a total of 3. Frankly I have ZERO concern about it outside of a hospital. With that said, I took a really hard fall at a gas station late March, broke my thumb, cracked my knee cap, broke my nose… and I refused to go to the hospital. (I caught the 4″ tall curb the pump sits on right across my face, when I fell… landing on my face and knee… I had a 5 gallon gas can in each hand, and the thumb on the right hand was impacted at a strange angle… viola… real injuries… and blood from the nose & lip). The black eye is gone, I was thankful I didn’t knock out any teeth, and didn’t seriously damage my eye socket. I was frankly impressed I didn’t get knocked out, and my wife was amazed I was sitting there taking inventory of my injuries when she realized I disappeared. Point being, I HAD TO MAKE A DECISION. Because I smoked for nearly 40 years (quit just over 5 years ago), am 60 years old this year, and have had some lung issues in the past… my goal is to stay clear of hospitals at all costs, short of near death. So, I came home and doctored myself.
What did you do during H1N1? How about the flu each year??
Have you seen the numbers the CDC has calculated have died THIS YEAR from just the flu or non-covid related pneumonia?? Those numbers will be in a table later on this page. Seriously, if covid make you nervous, those flu numbers should put you in a bubble or bunker, because they are a whole lot higher than even the fake covid numbers.
The highest reduction is either stay home or isolated… or PROTECT YOURSELF… because you canNOT – now – or ever – expect ALL other’s to put your preservation above their own; or their goals above yours, or even in line with yours, unless you are paying them to… and even then it’s not 100%. In the 90’s I was a trained Rescue Diver… and one key lesson is that drowning people WILL TRY TO CLIMB OUT ON TOP OF THEIR RESCUER, sometimes causing the death of both parties. Dealing with SARS-coV-2, and Covid-19, is one of those things YOU HAVE TO BE AWARE for your own preservation, before you can hope to help anyone else.
Education and honest, ethical, accurate information was NEVER required, or really demanded, by the RIGHT PEOPLE. It was purposefully avoided by the media, and most politicians, and soon became agenda driven the moment politicians and state gubernors started pushing panic buttons. The lame stream media played right into it… sensationalizing the fear, panic, and deaths, by perpetrating miss information, and partial truths. It was their opportunity to get off the botched impeachment, and conlusion rhetoric.
They KNEW ‘cases’ was a bogus and ever climbing number, until either heard immunity or a vaccine kicked it. That was seriously 100% predictable… and done on purpose.
They KNEW how a ‘virus’ spreads yet PURPOSEFULLY had panicked healthy people standing in lines for hours with the 1 to 10% of sick people spreading the virus… without any education, warnings, or precautions.
They KNEW the ‘vulnerable group’ was all those with immune system compromised… the ‘elderly’ and already sick… those not getting how much, having pre-existing lung problems… while many states protected their elderly, some like new yuck, new jerksy, missedagain… and 3 other’s PUSHED KNOWN virus positive people INTO NURSING HOMES! Those governors HELPED KILLED and INFECT many other’s through THEIR DECISIONS, their orders.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a type of ‘zoonotic virus’ that jumps from animals to humans, and has been known (in the veterinarian world) for at least 50 years. For animals, they can be treated with the vaccine NVX-CoV2373 and it’s existed for about 40 years.
The coronavirus has been known to affect and negatively impact the human world since at least the 90’s…not just 2019, but for nearly 30 years. There are peer reviewed scientific studies and government funding, as well as projections for danger (based on previous SARS & MERS, and H1N1 spreads. There were cautions & warnings from immunology and endocrinology symposiums, and universities around the world for at least two decades that I can verify. The United States invested millions, and likely billions if the accumulative total was ever tallied up for research OF THE CORONA-VIRUS for nearly twenty years… with protection of people being a topic of discussion (and justification for the spending). There is a lot of documentation out there on the topic one peer reviewed study on human’s ‘contracting coronavirus’ was published in 2003.
However, much of the money spent was misused, and never applied to actual solutions… only creating ‘worst case scenario’ doomsday type ‘models’ estimating the ‘infection rate (and spread),’ factoring in assumptions of how assorted ‘control measures’ *might* work, to try to limit the damage. The problem is the modeling wasn’t even close, and factored a whole lot of the wrong things, causing panic, chaos, and seems to be driving some political agendas in many different countries (and some states). So, for what ever reason, there are some states, and officials, that are ‘padding the numbers’ … and made public decisions that were the antithesis of ‘public safety.’
It’s a VIRUS. Bacterial diseases get cures, viruses must either have a vaccine or run their course. For some, there *might be* some treatment or drug(s) that will lessen symptoms, reduce the duration, or prevent death in the vulnerable, exhausted, and those unable to fight it off. However, the reality is that unless there is a vaccine, ONLY ANTI-BODIES can prevent ‘the spread’ of a virus. Even then IT SPREADS. But, as more people get anti-bodies, the virus loses it’s power because there are fewer people to infect, fewer able to spread it, which is where the ‘herd immunity’ phrase comes into play. Like the measles in the modern world, it eventually just goes away. Only those without antibodies can get it. That doesn’t change the potential dangers for those that haven’t been vaccinated, but it drastically reduces the potential of a pandemic or spread. If you’ve ever gone to a doctor with the flu, and asked for antibiotics, only to be told ‘No;’ they are doing their job, knowing that antibiotics can only kill BACTERIA not viruses!
Dr. David Price, a critical care pulmonologist caring for COVID-19 patients in New York City at Weill Cornell Medical Center, lays out exactly what people need to do: “This disease is a wimp. Coronavirus is a wimp. It dies as soon as you disinfect it. It breaks down immediately when people wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer,” the doctor said. “90% of the transmission is purely from picking up the germ on your hands and then literally putting it into our own bodies. The ways that you get this virus is almost exclusively from YOUR hands to YOUR face (90+%); and then from your hands to your inside your eyes, into your nose or into your mouth,” Price said.
Moral: DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE, except with clean hands or material you know is absolutely clean. You CAN NOT ABSORB IT THROUGH YOUR SKIN, so ‘gloves’ only matter if you have ‘open wounds’ or abrasions… what happens is hands MOVING IT TO THE FACE – EYES, NOSE, MOUTH – where it can enter the body! Whether it comes to your face from bare hands or gloved hands.
If droplets are breathed in from an infected person coughing, or ‘talking wet,’ directly around you… especially in front or to the side within about 6 to 10 feet, you can get it! GET THOSE THAT COUGH TO COVER THEIR MOUTH!
The virus is NOT airborne! Any more than spit or a baseball is airborne. You have to TOUCH IT, or come in direct contact with it from another person’s mouth, touch, or their shed virus (infection) ON SOMETHING YOU BREATH or TOUCH (and then only if you have to touch your face with the hand that ‘has the virus germs’). Like a ball, it has weight which is affected by gravity. If there is a stiff wind it will travel a bit further; but, in general, unless a person is spitting or forcefully coughing without any cover in your direction, 6 feet is generally the ‘safe distance’ from another person’s mouth (less if their mouth is covered).
Despite some claims in the media, to date, not one valid example of ‘airborne’ has actually occurred, been recreated, or proven to actually have happened. However, the reality is droplets CAN transfer to objects… which can be touched, transferred, carried, moved, and stepped in. An infected person in a cafeteria, or restaurant, actively touching things… not covering their mouth, or covering it with a hand that touches things, CAN TRANSFER VIRUS TO OBJECTS… which CAN INFECT MULTIPLE PEOPLE! Consider, host(es) touching menus, dishwasher touching the plates or silverware, cook touching plates or uncooked foods, or server touching anything in their area, and viola’ that is how a virus can be spread! And one reason why it made some sense to close schools, concerts, movie theaters, malls, and restaurant dining rooms for a time… to quickly limit the spread. It made more sense to EDUCATE, help people become aware… rather than an arbitrary and selective shut down of many businesses in this nation, and whipping up irrational fear and panic with twisted math and the emotional stories airing nearly 24 hours a day.
Again, if the virus is ON an object an infected person touched (with infected hands) or breathed on… then you touched THAT… and physically picked up the virus on your hands. If you wash your hands, you WILL BE FINE!
However, if you touched your own mouth, nose, or eyes with hands (even with gloves on), before they were clean, YOU COULD PICK UP THE VIRUS, and CAN GET SICK! That is how it is spread!
The pole on a subway, the handles and hold bars on public transit buses, the door handle or seat in a taxi; the food tray or arm rest, or window cover, on a plane. A bathroom door handle, a shopping cart handle, play ground equipment, shared public items – even ‘key pads’ (for credit/debit cards), pens, keyboards, CASH MONEY (paper and coins), and such. An infected person serving food, or even ‘cleaning dishes,’ COULD HELP SPREAD the virus. So, make sure you WASH YOUR HANDS after use, and don’t be touching your face with hands you aren’t 100% sure aren’t virus free. Do not put coins, pens, or any other items strangers handled… in your mouth.
You can NOT ‘get it’ in your house, unless you or someone infected carried the virus into your house. If you aren’t sure, disinfect where they’ve been, and all the stuff you touch. Also, you don’t get it just being outside on your deck, porch, in your yard or even in the woods. YOU HAVE TO TOUCH IT – on something or someone – or be in direct contact with some thing when an infected someone has shed the virus on AND some thing you touch. Even then, it can NOT be absorbed through the skin. So, IF YOU DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE – mouth, nose, eyes – with uncleaned hands, even gloved hangs, you can not ‘just get it.’ Public transportation, and being in crowds of people increase your odds of getting the virus, which is one of the main reasons New York and New Jersey have been hit so hard.
Gloves won’t help you if you aren’t also very careful with what you do… and what you touch while wearing them, and if you don’t keep those fingers from your face.
UNLESS YOU LIVE IN NYC (New York City), the ‘major metro areas’ of New Jersey or Louisiana, or one of the other serious ‘hot spots,’ the odds of ‘getting it’ are very low SO LONG AS YOU ARE AWARE and CAREFUL! Then, even if you do get it, the odds of needing to be hospitalized is extremely low, unless you have a pre-existing weak immune system, or one of the key co-morbidity factors, such as damaged lungs or heart problems. The condition of your HEALTH is more important, and a bigger factor, than age.
Using public transportation, especially mass transit, and being in crowds of strangers is NOT ADVISED for anyone that can avoid it, and especially not for those are considered ‘vulnerable!’ It is important NOT to panic… and to not take everything you see on the national news very seriously, especially from ANY PERSON claiming any ‘death percentage’ over 1%, because they are NOT BEING HONEST or REALISTIC. The media outlets allowing that type of propaganda, which is sadly a majority (of them), have ceased ‘investigative reporting,’ and have lost any ‘journalistic integrity’ they might have had long ago. Unless you live in a hot spot, it’s unrealistic to think what happened in NYC or the surrounding area, ‘is going to happen in the area you live! It’s also unrealistic to think ‘getting this virus’ is necessarily a ‘death sentence’ or that there is no hope, as sadly I’ve heard from far too many citizens in this nation. Of course, if you have a weak immune system, a compromised system, or are in the seriously vulnerable group, you’ll be far happier to avoid getting this virus if at all possible; but it’s no more a ‘death sentence’ than thinking ‘every car accident will result in someone dying.’ Yes, there are deaths. Sadly, the media is SENSATIONALIZING MANY OF THEM, and twisting the math with their ‘counts.’
Vulnerable groups are those with significantly impaired immune systems and/or GET OVER SATURATED by the virus (too much, too fast, for the body to build an effective response).
Despite what the media says, it has far less to do with ‘age’ (or even gender) than with GENERAL HEALTH, and the HEALTH OF THE LUNGS!
If you actually talk with a doctor, or healthcare professional, that KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT HDC (hydroxychloroquin)… you’d have learned that it helps PREVENT THE ‘cytokine storm syndrome,’ (CSS) which is an ‘out-of-control inflammatory reaction’ that happens (in a body). It’s ultimately THAT ‘storm’ that allows the virus to become the disease, which can damage the lungs, and potentially even the heart and other organs.
Despite the media, and certain politicians, the Math honestly doesn’t justify the fear for the majority in the free-world, with REASONABLE awareness and precautions.
Are there no journalistic ethics or investigative reporting these days? Seriously?? Or just parroting what someone else says for a pay check? Did anyone with any medical experience seriously, and actually, evaluate the quality of the study?
Shouldn’t that matter? Ever heard of GIGO??
The ‘death rate’ is NOT REALLY WHAT THE MAJORITY OF THE MEDIA CLAIM! The numbers in some states absolutely can not be trusted, but I’ll explain (and justify) those statements later.
Some key points:
4/25/2020 Update: Things learned/confirmed in the last few days:
a) THERE SEEMS TO BE A FEW FUNCTIONAL TREATMENTS in trial stages, actually helping many people NOW, but they are not for everyone… or every situation. There is no ‘universal’ fix all type treatment at this time. A lot depends on the pre-existing conditions of the patient, if they are on any type of medications or drugs, and their general health PRIOR TO catching this virus.
hydroxychloroquine/Plaquenil (used to fight Malaria)… note: ZINC is a co-factor! And the patient’s zinc serum levels should be checked.
(adding azithromycin (Z-Pac), if the person might have a bacterial infection or is on a ventilator – where bacterial infections are more common). The malaria drug really has shown consistent positive results. HOWEVER, THERE ARE KNOWN DANGERS in using that particular drug!
BUT, the reality is, IF ‘death from the virus’ is the only option (for those hospitalized, and if we are to believe cuomo’s 80% that go on a ventilator die number), then ANY side effects of Hydroxychloroquine are almost MEANINGLESS! As many of the side effects can be predictable, and only a couple (based on the PDR) are likely more more challenging to deal with than the reality of death… if no treatment occurred.
In Texas, a trial study at a nursing home, is finding near-perfect success: out of 39 patients, one passed away from non COVID-19 causes.
However, another ‘after the fact’ study, researchers evaluated the post treatment outcome in 368 VA patients that had gone through the VA (Veterans Administration) for Covid-19 treatment through 4/11/2020. Taking in to account some patient details, co-morbidity, and things most studies haven’t previously released. The results were made public within the last few days; however, the cohort (group of people) in their numbers were grossly limited, and done after the fact… and generally after the people were at a medically challenged point. Further, they didn’t take into account POTENCY, frequency, or stage of the problem. That ‘study’ has been torn apart by a few academics and researchers, because of the obvious flaws.
In addition, some other key points they ignored: was that the VA has around 370,000 employees, providing services to approximately 9 million veterans each year, and maintains 172 medical centers and 1,200 health care facilities; yet, only 385 Veterans were treated by the VA for SARS-coV-2 (or Covid-19) infection, the total breaks down to 368 men (in the study), and 17 women (the women were not included (in the study, though they did get treatment. The women were left out (of the study), because there weren’t enough to get a cross-section for ‘statistical significant data.’)) For more details on why the VA ‘study’ shouldn’t be given much weight, click on this link —> https://nationalfile.com/busted-media-uses-va-study-to-launch-easily-debunked-attack-on-hydroxychloroquine/
This doctor is consistent with everything I’ve been able to find over the last few months… and dozens of study results, including the addition of zinc as a co-factor.
You can download the entire study in PDF form here: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.16.20065920v1.full.pdf
They also didn’t say if the professionals choosing, and administrating, the ‘treatment’ were fully aware of any co-morbidities BEFORE THEY CHOSE to administer HC, such as lung challenges (COPD, asthma, etc.) or heart conditions. Knowing that information COULD skew the results. We also know the numbers from the Naval Aircraft Carrier, which we’ll review later. The better the numbers, the easier it is to accept reality… and then find answers and create solutions.
Some people try to claim ‘danger, danger’ because of what they heard about part of a study involving the deaths of 11 people in a group being treated in Brazil. That PART of their study was closed, because of the results. However, the issue wasn’t ‘the drug’ … but the AMOUNT OF THE DRUG! And the pre-existing conditions of those patients. The reality is doctors in Brazil learned that too high of a dose – too fast – of Chloroquine harms people with preexisting heart conditions. The high dosage can provoke a fatal heart attack! However, they were pushing 600mg+ on that group, hoping to speed recovery, and may (or may not) have known about the pre-existing heart conditions.
There are many people that don’t know about their own pre-existing conditions, and that might have been the case in those patients. Frankly, that should have been a bit of a DUH moment for those doctors; because the second side effect listed in the PDR mentions dangers with HEART CONDITIONS! It’s unclear why they ignored the known science, or felt the mega dose was somehow worth trying, when the lower dosed group was responding positively. Lowering or splitting the dose might help, but really, until they make all their data & findings ‘public,’ it’s tough to impossible to form any opinion, or consider anything different; as we really don’t know what they did, other than try 600mg+/- at some frequency, upon a portion of the group, of which prematurely ended in 11 deaths by heart attack; they haven’t had that type of problem with the group using 450mg doses. It might be the lower dose, or a reality no one in that group had those co-morbidities. It’s unknown at this point. Hopefully they took those things into account.
Knowing the condition of the patients heart, and other medications or conditions, prior may be vital factors to the safe and proper dosing; but that’s not always possible, and many people don’t know they have issues… until they happen. ER’s around the world are filled with such cases.
HIND SIGHT MESSAGE TO EVERYONE IN THE FUTURE: Vulnerable people SHOULD HAVE A LIST of all:
- Known problems (co-morbidities), and
- INGREDIENTS they are taking, along with the frequency, quantity actually taken, and the LISTED POTENCY of those ingredients (at least photos of the ‘Facts Box’ on each of the bottles & front of prescriptions)…
There are SOME supplements, ESPECIALLY HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS, that WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT the treatment, usefulness of other drugs… and could cause harm. Many that ‘change’ the blood flow, thickness, or how the brain interprets information increase the dangers when a person ‘gets sick.’ This virus, and the ‘treatment’ might have contraindications. The list should be where family members know where it is, in case of emergency.
Patients severe enough to require hospitalization were suffering and had no hope, other than waiting it out, fighting through it, and hoping the hospital could keep their body alive… prior to one of the drugs that are helping the majority. Hydroxychloroquin (and Chloroquin) can be tough on the heart, but it can help PREVENT the virus from igniting a ‘cytokine storm syndrome’ (CSS). Hospitals giving transfusions of platelets with antibodies, (convolensent transfussions), have proven to have great promise… and saved many patients.
NOW there is some real hope! At least in some areas, because in other areas of the country, some people are being told they can NOT get one of the ‘wonder drugs’ for one reason or another. The latest reports I’ve heard on hydroxychloroquin have the majority of patients able to be put on the drug as a proprolactic, or before the cytokine storm styndrom starts, THEY have not yet had to be Intubated (i.e. put on a ventilator) according to the hospitals actively using this treatment protocol. Further, nearly all that made it past the first couple days of treatment have recovered. THAT IS HUGE!
Does putting ‘fire retardant’ on a burning piece of wood prevent it from being burned? NOPE, IT IS ALREADY BURNING! However, putting it on BEFORE it’s burned, and it can effectively help prevent the burn… allow for more time to treat, or better deal with the problem. HDC works much the same way, and there actually are quite a few solid studies on that with effectively treating those with the virus, PRIOR to it turning in the full disease. But hey, most in the media don’t let the facts get in the way of their agenda…
Things that matter (to any study on HYC (hydroxychloroquin)):
WHEN the hydroxychloroquin was administered in a patient (stage of virus/problem)?
Or HOW MUCH was administered? The partially discontinued study in Brazil had a portion ceased because TOO MUCH can cause problems (those researchers found 600mg a day way too much… but didn’t have any reported issues with 200mg twice a day… and that portion of their study had amazing success, last I checked).
What the pre-existing conditions, co-morbidities, or OTHER TREATMENT were known prior to dosing with each patient? Those things really matter, and determine if ANY, or which, of the six potential treatments are either possible or feasible…
Were the drugs administered before or after intubation? Before or after the ‘disease’ was verified… or while it was still just a positive test for SARS-coV-2 (the virus, without the disease yet)? You realize those three factors alter the potential and frankly the options?
There is more than real hope & promise, but there are known contra-indications or co-factors with other medications or treatments. The caution is that the ‘academic science types’ don’t want the cure to potentially be worse than the problem. Not EVERYONE can necessarily ‘use’ the drug. In addition, the doctors worry the combination of ‘the treatment’ with certain OTHER CONDITIONS, DRUGS or TREATMENTS *might* have a negative interaction that are unknown. The problem is most all of the malaria tests have occurred in third world countries, where there weren’t as many different pre-existing conditions, common prescriptions… daily medication… or an array of chemicals entering the body (from eating, drinking, or breathing). So, just because ‘the drug’ is Generally SAFE IN AFRICA, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s ‘safe for all’ in America (or another country). However, regardless of the side effect… surely there can’t be any side-effect worse than the death that those, early on, getting intubated experienced PRIOR TO any hope of a treatment or cure!
There are PAGES listing them in the PDR (physician’s desk reference). So, it’s not necessarily something “EVERYONE” can use as a prophylactic, or necessarily at all… unless it’s down to ‘that or death’ type choices. There are many KNOWN contraindications, particularly in people with heart conditions, blood issues, and interaction with OTHER DRUGS/medications or treatments. It’s unclear whether ‘it’ can be trickled in a compromised system, and still be helpful (and less dangerous) or not.
The drug, however, is something most ‘healthy people’ (working in the healthcare field, and those caring for people that have the virus), and ‘people that HAVE NO OTHER OPTION,’ might use. It’s clearly NOT FOR EVERY situation, or everyone!
Hydroxychloroquine should NOT be prescribed to individuals with known hypersensitivity to 4-aminoquinoline compounds, and caution is required if patients have certain heart conditions, diabetes or psoriasis… unless it’s life vs death. There are also other conditions, and a huge list of prescription drugs it is known to negatively interact with. One of the key factors is WHEN IT IS STARTED. If a vulnerable person can ‘get on’ one of the ‘treatments’ before they have to be hospitalized, and before they are intubated, the recovery rate has been reported to be over 98% for the average person. It is another math problem, what are the realistic odds? They will, as they should be, different for EACH PERSON. There is at least some potential chance a side effect can be treated, or learned to live with… whereas death is awful permanent!
For the really curious, I’d suggest finishing this entire post, then checking out the link to the PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) at the end. I honestly can’t tell you why Dr. Fauci, and other’s, are ‘acting like’ they don’t know the reality of the options; or that there are some real and serious contraindications (negative side effects and interactions). There are, and they’ve been known for many years… however, for most people, when it comes down to likely death vs some side effect, BRING ON THE SIDE EFFECT!
That being said, the drug is actively being used as a prophylactic (preventive measures) for healthcare workers in many hospitals in hot spots… to help prevent them from ‘getting’ the disease while trying to help those infected… and it appears to be working well. Those taking it are having their heart & health more closely monitored.
There is supposedly a vaccine in process, and in test stages; but IF it actually happens, because of the potential contraindications, I would be amazed if it would be readily available in less than 12 to 18 months. Coronavirus vaccines for animals have existed for nearly 40 years, so there really is hope. HOWEVER, there are huge differences with people, such as the potential issues of negative interactions with DRUGS, which animals don’t generally use… and the assorted other differences animals don’t commonly have.
There are tests also being done using Chloroquin, which is similar to but different from hydroxychloroquin. Doses of 600mg or more triggered heart failure in 11 patients, so the high dose trials were discontinued. However, the low dose trials, up to 450mg according to the Brazilian preliminary study release notes, has experienced over an 80% recovery rate within just a few days.
Remdesivir, the ebola treatment drug… trials are promising, results are being reported. However, it isn’t readily available to all hospitals yet… and the information flow on the studies involving this haven’t really said more than ‘promising’ and ‘some success.’
Actemra/RoActemra (tocilizumab), a pre-existing drug used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, has shown results.
Kaletra – AbbVie’s HIV drug, is a combination of antiviral drugs lopinavir and ritonavir. However, the results are mixed… some researchers claim it has worked in clinical trials in Australia; but failed across the board in a 199-patient clinical trial in another study. According to the later, it ‘wasn’t better than’ standard of care at improving clinical symptoms, or cutting viral shedding. Results from a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Blood Transfusions USING PLATELETS WITH ANTIBODIES, from those that have already had covid-19
Pluristem’s Allogeneic Placental Expanded (PLX) cells. Essentially, these cells can potentially suppress or reverse the dangerous over-activation of the immune system that causes death in many coronavirus patients that start to show signs of organ failure. Thus far (as of 4/20) this Israeli Trial Treatment has experienced a 100% success rate, and is being approved for use in America under the Compassionate Care Act that was recently due under an EO (Executive Order).
b) Co-morbidity is far more vital than AGE! The virus doesn’t care so much about ‘age,’ but rather HEALTH & condition of the individual. For those unfamiliar with the word, “co-morbidity” is the presence of one or more additional serious to life threatening pre-existing condition(s) co-occurring with (that is, accompanying, or concurrent with) the scarier condition (the virus).
On 4/2/2020, many of the doctors, and scientists, involved said there appears to be about an 80%+ probability of a ‘serious condition patient’ having at least one of three primary pre-existing conditions, that – of themselves – could be life threatening, which stood out from those that didn’t have to be intubated. Those co-morbidities were:
- known (pre-existing) weakened immune system,
- certain heart conditions as also been reported as a co-factor in some cases.
- serious obesity with a BMI over 35%, was a serious condition in over 75% of the people in Italy and Spain, as well as on the Cruise ships, that died.
- diabetes and precursors to diabetes, also seemed to be a common factor.
- In a new study, made public on April 7th, there are some rational numbers showing that people exposed to high levels of air pollution, not just smoking, prior to becoming infected shows those people are more to suffer more serious symptoms than patients in cleaner parts of the country. According to this study there is a clear link between long-term exposure to pollution and Covid-19 death rates. “In an analysis of 3,080 counties in the United States, researchers at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that higher levels of the tiny, dangerous particles in air known as PM 2.5 were associated with higher death rates from the disease.” (so, again, unless you live in a high pollution hot spot that is densely populated, you have far less to worry about… if you are in a hot spot with high pollution you should be EVEN MORE CAREFUL and stay in doors).
- (as with most healthcare providers) HYPER SATURATION or repeated mass exposure many doctors, nurses, and public servants that became sick reported.
On April 7th, the media FINALLY came out with what I’d already been saying for nearly a month: “The federal government is classifying ALL deaths of patients infected with the coronavirus as COVID-19 deaths, regardless of any underlying health issues that actually caused, or could have been the primary factor to the loss of someone’s life.“
[NEW YORK & New Jersey, in particular] Heart Attacks = covid-19, Strokes = covid-19, Cancer = covid-19, brain tumor = covid-19, Suicides = covid-19, guy base jumping off electrical tower who’s parachute didn’t open = covid-19, etc. etc. (that last one was ‘created’ as an example of how much nonsense New York and certain countries are employing in their counts). An autophsy should have been done, or at least a blood sample taken, CONFIRMING and JUSTIFYING that covid-19 was THE ACTUAL CAUSE OF DEATH, or at least a strong contributing factor, not just that someone died that had either tested positive for SARS-coV-2 or was in proximity with someone that had tested positive, but otherwise showed no symptoms.
Some counts are either a CARELESS or PURPOSEFUL MANIPULATION OF THE NUMBERS! Thankfully, states like Washington, Oregon, and even California are not playing the game of hyper-calculations and over-generalized fearmongering! They haven’t been inflating the numbers, or co-mingling deaths by natural causes, or with non-covid-19 causes, with the counts. FYI: In 2017, according to the CDC, just counting the TOP 13 CAUSES OF DEATH… there are normally OVER 10,000 DEATHS PER MONTH in New York, just THAT ONE STATE! Comorbidity matters… and counts, when they have them, should be honest!
Whether a death toll number was ACTUALLY caused by Covid-19 (the DISEASE IN THE LUNGS, effecting ability to breath) HONESTLY matters. There are many in power that seem to be far more worried about their COUNTS, federal money, and some agendas… than actual causes of death, finding effective treatments, and protecting the vulnerable.
c) Next interesting ‘symptom’ involves SELF-AWARENESS! Nearly 80% of the people that have tested positive for Covid-19 have lost either their ability to SMELL or TASTE, since they have become infected. That leaves at least 20% that still tests positive that don’t have those symptoms.
But remember, here in American the average has been about 75-95% of the people that have been tested result in a negative (even in NYC and other metro areas). The majority of those people initially scared into getting tested, because they ‘felt they had symptoms’ turned out to be allergies, common cold, or something other than SARS-coV-2 or Covid-19 (upwards of 90% in the beginning). Then, of the 80% that do actually test positive, they reported an importantly unique symptoms, the loss of the sense of smell or taste. So, if you suddenly find that you can’t smell or taste things, odds are YOU will NEED TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS… and self-isolate, especially if it continues, and potentially CALL your local healthcare provider if other symptoms start to show up or accumulate!
DO NOT ENDANGER YOURSELF, or your loved ones, if you don’t have serious physical symptoms you feel are endangering your life DO NOT RUSH OUT TO LINES OF PEOPLE THAT THINK THEY MIGHT BE SICK! Because 10 to 20% of those lined up actually might be in some stage of having the virus! CALL your local healthcare provider/hospital to see what they suggest.
Don’t jump on the ‘testing band-wagon’ so many ignorant media types, and a few politicians, were initially pushing. Those first wagons had people grouped together in crowds… where there really were A FEW people that actually had the virus. UNLESS THEIR MOUTHS WERE COVERED, THEY WERE SPREADING IT! Those fearmongers, and their failure to EDUCATE PEOPLE and PROMOTE CALM and responsible testing… safely… helped CREATE THE PANDEMIC IN SOME GEOGRAPHIES! Thanks Andrew Cuomo (sorry, sarcastic font missing)
IF you are one of those people that ‘initially tested negative FROM the panic TESTING’ BUT later tested positive with the virus… and think you *might* have contracted it from ‘the initial testing’ (line or procedures)… we hope you heal quickly.
Further, we hope you’ll take the time to contact us when you have the time. Please send us an email, along with what you think happened – when, where, how, and who initially did your tests. Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org, please put in the Subject: My Covid Test… we will forward your contact information to a couple people in the media that might wish to communicate further with you and see your two different test results. The reason is two fold, 1) so SOME of those that caused panic and irrational actions might be held accountable, and 2) those acts might be avoided in the future.
d) “Having a mouth ‘cover’ PROTECTS THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU! NOT REALLY YOU!” ~ Dr. Davenport
“Having a N-95 mask on a ‘healthy person’ does NOT prevent them from ‘getting’ the virus, as evidenced by the healthcare workers that initially caught it.
Having a mask *might* limit their exposure – some, depending on how it fits their face, and how they deal with the OTHER AREAS that are exposed. Especially their hands, whether they are wearing gloves or not. However, having a mouth cover on sick people WILL HELP REDUCE their shedding; especially masks on anyone positive for the virus. It really can reduce the spread from those people. It’s currently unclear, and there are mixed messages, about an asymptomatic person being about to spread the virus unless the cough or spit on something you touch, or – if a mate – someone you kiss (as the virus could exist in any bodily fluids).
e) Italy, and some of the other countries, are going to RE-EVALUATE their ‘death numbers’ – to see which were REALLY covid-19 causes, and which has co-morbidity (one or more pre-existing, or ‘underlying,’ conditions that contributed to, what the real reason or actually had little to nothing to do with covid-19). Prof. Walter Ricciardi, scientific advisor to Italy’s minister of health said, and I quote, “The way in which we code deaths in our country is very generous in the sense that all the people who die in hospitals with the coronavirus are deemed to be dying of the coronavirus. … On re-evaluation by the NIH,” he says, “only 12% of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88% of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity – many two or three.“
A “Pre-morbidity” is “a serious or life-threatening issue occurring or existing before the occurrence of physical disease (or emotional illness)” such as contracting covid-19. In other words, 88% were already unhealthy, weakened, and otherwise had serious pre-existing conditions that would have likely contributed to, or caused, their death within a short time if they caught the flu or had virtually any type of serious illness.
They asserted that the patient was ‘in a ward’ with someone that tested positive, or might have ‘had the virus’ IN THEIR NASAL PASSAGE, but there was no sign of ‘the Covid-19’ pneumonia in their lungs, or blood stream. So it really shouldn’t have been attributed to this disease. Past numbers have not been adjusted. The CDC is now, mid-April, asking for more, and better confirmations, so future numbers will be better from the honest people reporting.
On April 7th, Dr. Deborah Birx stated, “The intent is … if someone dies with virus we are counting that” … [whether covid-19 was the cause or not.] That simple decision is why NY, NJ, MI, and LA have significantly higher numbers than Washington state, where the first deaths and initial outbreaks were recognized… or even California, where there are more homeless people, more illegals, and also many more verified cases BEFORE New York. Some of the states are employing ‘MAGIC MATH,’ which allowed the media, as well as some politicians, to seriously start pushing an agenda that lead to massive over spending, over reaction, and a nation wide lock-down!
Are deaths happening? Yes, sadly. However, in numbers more realistically like those in most any flu season, and no bigger pandemic than any other (really) over the last 50 years. But I’ll demonstrate an explain all those actual numbers later.
What cuomo and the national media did was akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater with just one or two narrow exists; they knowingly created a panic… with purpose, agendas, and goals… which weren’t really intended to SAVE LIVES, or reduce the spread, as they claimed. Otherwise, the general public would have been EDUCATED; the sick and vulnerable told to WEAR MASKS from the beginning, and all the known & suspected sick people would have been quarantined FROM THE HEALTHY. Instead, the powers to be, state by state, with few exceptions, purposefully shut down THE NATION, by locking up the vast majority of the healthy people claiming to somehow protect the sick. That is exactly what the mass stay at home orders, and selective business closures did.
Yes, there are some careless, and even stupid, people… like those ‘kids’ partying on the beaches of Florida, merely because they believed they ‘couldn’t get it.’ Supposedly some have since tested positive, and at least one of them (in the Georgia area) infected his family of 9, with 4 of them becoming hospitalized the last I heard. He (the college kid) was fine, but supposedly a spreader. Honestly, that may or may not be related… unless they have some unique RNA code to trace it, there is really no way of knowing.
There were the ignorant groups reportedly throwing ‘covid parties’ in their neighborhood… trying to get people infected by those that knew they were infected. Similar to the ‘pox parties’ in the 50’s and 60’s. There were even some pastor’s grouping their congregation together in pews, despite knowing some of them tested positive for the virus (one church had over 70 people test positive) before the local politicians shut it down. Ultimately there will always be outliers, rebels, and those that ‘citizens’ no amount of warning labels will help! But there will also be some that are generally careful, safe, and CAN ACTUALLY DO THE MATH!
It is honestly tough to make informed, and rational, decisions when people are pushing agendas, playing with the reality of the math, twisting facts, and not being honest about what REALLY IS (and isn’t) known.
We ABSOLUTELY KNOW that the ‘positive numbers’ ARE PADDED & Wrong! Especially in New York! And that there are many more people that ‘have it’ (were positive and have anti-bodies, or currently have it and are asymptomatic than were never tested, in most states. We don’t really have a clue how many, and frankly that percentage would be different IN EVERY TYPE OF COMMUNITY depending on population density, amount of public transportation, the food supply, shopping patterns, fuel options, and common recreation… also, major metro vs city, vs town, vs rural area. There also appears to be a difference amount small germ spreaders (children in classrooms) vs generally more careful adults that come into contact with far fewer people on a daily basis.
We ABSOLUTELY KNOW that the ‘death toll numbers’ ARE inaccurate in some countries, and some states! Italy has admitted it, as has Dr. Birx regarding the New York and some of the other numbers in the states. Pretty well everyone agrees that the China numbers are grossly misrepresented, with some reports of government sanctioned murders of those caught ‘with’ the virus; the same is suspected for N. Korea, and some of the other ‘enemy nations.’ In New York, some – to much – of the ‘death count’ actually being OTHER CAUSES, NOT necessarily ‘from’ or ‘because of’ the virus.
We ABSOLUTELY KNOW that the ‘number of’ hospital beds and ventilators needed was also a gross exaggeration, to an outright LIE! And the reason had nothing to do with the ‘lock down’ of most all citizens…
While it is better to be safe than sorry, to have enough, rather than not; the last month demonstrated what gross over reactions can cause, and just how manipulative false models, bad thinking, and an agenda driven the media can really be.
f) Anti-bodies! There is a growing number of people that have tested positive for the ANTI-BODIES that experienced no sign of ever having covid-19… which means they ‘had it’ (at some point) but quickly built an immunity, and don’t appear to be ‘carrying’ or ‘spreading’ the virus.
More importantly, those people COULD potentially help others, with plasma that contains their antibodies. Some politicians want to try to make those ‘antibodies’ a REQUIREMENT for people ‘going back to work’ (or business) SOONER, because they assume those that have ‘recovered’ can’t ‘get’ the virus again, but some doctors say ‘that is unknown, now.’
Many science types are saying that serology tests need to be done to determine just how many people already have the anti-bodies. The results from tests over the last week have shown it could be a lot of people (that already had it), knowing a vaccine isn’t likely to occur anytime soon.
There is a Danish study of 1487 blood donors, which found 22 had already had antibodies for covid-19 in their blood. If you extrapolate that rate to the population of Denmark and divide it by the number of people who died of covid-19 in Denmark (at the time of this initial calculation), that equals a ‘case fatality rate’ (cfr) of .16%, or 1.6 people per 1,000, or more than twenty times lower than the cfr the WHO told us would happen.
The FDA Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn, is pushing for more data and is seeing why the reality of co-morbidity numbers are important. (now over 100k tests per day, nearlly 6 million tests administered as of 4/19). He acknowledged that it’s REASONABLE to expect the ‘positive cases’ numbers to drastically increase to scary levels merely because the number of people being tested have significantly increased.
Some reality in the numbers, as of 4/9/20 (5:40pm EST), in the USA (Nationally):
- 2,600,000+ tests ran
- 462,180 positives (77.9% of the TOTAL tests done were NEGATIVE, initially in most of March over 90% of the tests done in New York were negative, despite the fearmongering)
- 16,444 deaths (0.65% Deaths vs TOTAL POSITIVE TESTS)
- (0.00433% % of Deaths vs TOTAL PEOPLE IN THE USA)
Some reality in the numbers, as of 4/12/20 (3:40pm EST), in the USA:
- 2,787,501+ tests ran
- 551,081 positives (75.5% of the tests done were NEGATIVE)
- 21,668 deaths (0.78% Deaths vs TOTAL POSITIVE TESTS)
- (0.00570% % of Deaths vs TOTAL PEOPLE IN THE USA)
- ^^ doctors, and finally the government, ADMITTING the numbers ARE PADDED!
- 31,369 confirmed ‘recovered’ (that were hospitalized, many more never tested)
Some reality in the numbers, as of 4/15/20 (9:20pm EST), in the USA:
- 3,558,879+ tests ran
- 644,089 positives (77.9% of the TOTAL tests done were NEGATIVE)
- 28,529 deaths (0.81% Deaths vs TOTAL POSITIVE TESTS)
- (0.00751% of Deaths vs TOTAL PEOPLE IN THE USA)
- ^^ doctors & government ADMIT death numbers include OTHER CAUSES!
- 48,701 confirmed ‘recovered’ (that were hospitalized, many more never tested)
Remember, there are 330,000,000+ citizens in the USA… with another 50,000,000 ‘visitors’ in this nation. That last number is made up of non-citizens – documented on work or school visa’s, married to or an imediate family of a citizen, and completely undocumented person illegally here – that snuck in, over stated, and otherwise is off the proverbial grid).
Basic math shows that just 1% of that sum total is 3,800,000 and there is NO COUNTRY – NONE – including Italy – that has 1% of ‘the population’ dying from this virus! Nor is the number 1/10th of a percent (380,000) of the population a rational number, despite many in the media and some politicians (like cuomo) claiming 2, 3, 5, 10% deaths… so BE CAREFUL, but be aware and careful! ‘We (the people)’ have been getting lied to, and misled!
Those using the CFR (case fatality rate) are doing so to JACK THE NUMBERS, and push fear and panic. The reality is that we honestly don’t know how many people are actually ‘positive,’ or how many might already have antibodies in their system. Though there is a variety of estimates on it, that is all they are: ESTIMATES, GUESSES, and SPECULATION! Like the initial models, they were totally wrong, and drastically off. There was never 2.2 Million American going to die, but that was the initial number tossed out there.
Frankly, I don’t care what political party you belong to, support, don’t like or even hate… the national lock down, in most all states, most all counties, the massive spending, huge stimulous bills, new laws which breach the limits of the Constitution and violate the Bill of Rights, the stock manipulation by some in congress, and known lies impact ALL of us, ALL AMERICANS, our children, grandchildren, probably for generations to come. Death is serious, it’s sad, it’s something that impacts all human beings. We have hope, and pray for all people, in this nation and the world. The vulnerable should absolutely have the opportunity to be protected, as solutions are sought. What happened in Washington should be
MATH IS IMPORTANT… as you will see below.
IF a person ‘gets sick’ – they could be ‘making & shedding’ the virus (aka, spreading it) for 3 to 5 days BEFORE any symptoms appear, which is where that ‘exponential math’ that could be so scary comes into play. Wearing a mask protects the PERSON(S) IN FRONT OF YOU! People AROUND YOU wearing masks protects you far more than you wearing a mask.
COMMON SENSE, reasonable actions with rational thinking CAN PREVAIL…
At this point, 42 States have issued a ‘Stay at Home’ order, except for essential persons and valid reasons like ‘to get food’ or ‘urgent repairs’ … or go to the doctor. There are still some ‘essential services’ – like healthcare, emergency dental work, emergency veterinary services, gas, grocery, and staple supplies. (Note: OSHA is supposedly CLOSING DOWN & PULLING THE LICENSE of Dentists in some states that are working on NON-EMERGENCY cases because of the potential spread of the virus).
Veteran scholar of epidemiology Dr. Knut Wittkowski, formerly the head of the Department of Bio-statistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design at Rockefeller University in New York City, argued in a interview published March 2020 that ‘shelter-in-place’ policies could actually result in more deaths in the long term. Bottom line, bogus model data was used to scare local and state officials into making rash decisions, pushing agendas, and ultimately impacting the economy in some very negative ways in much of this nation.
Our Goal is to Inform & Educate
Most emails I’ve received about the virus talk about what THAT BUSINESS is doing to make your frequenting (or shopping) safer… or better with them. Instead, we – at MD’s Choice / VetSupplements.com are only hoping to help inform and educate; our products can help joints & digestion issues, but we don’t have anything to ‘fight viruses.’ Sorry, but creating products or solutions to help treat ‘novel infectious diseases’ has never been our companies focus. We’re confident there are many qualified doctors actively working on solutions for those infected, and the rest of us that haven’t yet contracted it.
MD’s Choice/VetSupplements.com is still operating, and we are here to help when we can. We’re honestly not asking you to purchase anything different or extra, especially nothing you wouldn’t normally purchase. We are here… we will continue answering questions, helping customers, shipping out our product as customer’s place orders, and help educate & inform when possible. No more, no less.
Interestingly, at least to us, is the reality that veterinarians have been dealing with coronavirus’s for over 40 years. There really is quite a bit of scientific information from 2003 to present on the topic of HUMAN’S WITH coronavirus, and the reality of strain mutations and infection rates (I’ve added some links toward the end).
The goal of this message is to help people UNDERSTAND why things are happening, and perhaps put some of those things into a proper perspective; and help explain what they can do to help protect themselves and their loved ones.
UNLESS YOU ARE INFECTED & coughing (shedding droplets)… or around someone that is infected… a non-infected person wearing a N95-MASK WILL NOT GET MUCH PROTECTION FROM the infection. There is far more to it than just donning a face cover/mask… even the N95 masks, as the sick healthcare providers have proven (note: they were wearing masks and face covers).
Having a mouth ‘cover’ PROTECTS THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU!
However, an infected person wearing a mask or cover CAN HELP protect everyone around them, AND EVERYTHING they are around for the next 14 days, because the mask can reduce or eliminate ‘shedding’ (droplets or mist containing the virus, leaving the mouth from coughing and sneezing).
Understanding how you can avoid ‘the virus,’ what to do IF you (or a loved one gets it); as well as the actual MATH on the situation is vital to a CALM RATIONAL RESPONSE! Which is something we are NOT GETTING from most politicians OR the lame-stream media that seems to be more trying to scare people into isolation or compliance, rather than EDUCATION & reality.
Here is some non-fearmongering, MATH & SCIENCE REALITY for you.
- are not directly exposed… you can NOT get it! It is seriously and literally THAT SIMPLE!
Things to help insure that won’t ‘get it’ are:
- stay inside your own home/property/area as much as possible…
- the virus is NOT AIRBORNE, therefore can’t ‘come in to’ your home UNLESS you – or someone BRINGS IT IN!
- pre-screen visitors (avoid face to face meetings as possible)… TALK WITH THEM OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOUSE – in the lawn, the drive way, or over the phone/computer!
- try to stay at least 6 to 10 feet away from strangers, especially if their mouth isn’t covered, even if they don’t cough.
- when you DO GO OUT… be EXTRA CAREFUL about what you touch.
- sanitize what strangers touch, ASSUME THEY ARE INFECTED
- be careful with the bottom of your shoes when in public
- DO NOT use public transportation, unless absolutely necessary… and then with precaution, because the germs are invisible.
- boost your Vitamin C intake to about 1000mg 3x a day,
- add at least 30mg Zinc if you aren’t getting it through diet or supplements
- practice healthy & sanitary habits
- STAY AWAY FROM HOSPITALS & CLINICS UNLESS IT IS A SERIOUS EMERGENCY, or chronic issue you MUST have treatment for!
- vulnerable people should wear a mask, and be more careful & aware
- vulnerable people should NOT BE IN PUBLIC or around strangers if at all possible, or any more than necessary!
- You CAN NOT get it from a TREE, trail, or road… but beware of FUEL PUMP (handles & pads), public door handles, PUBLIC TOILET door & flush handles, AND CASH. Both coins & bills – as they can also carry and spread the virus, especially coins; people often ‘hold’ between their lips when funmbling for keys or other change.
- YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE TESTED – unless you have symptoms or were likely exposed!
- COMMON SENSE and RATIONAL PRECAUTIONS PREVAIL!
- are exposed
- there is an 83 to 90+ percent chance you will NOT get it, if you practice reasonable precautions like washing hands after touching anything a stranger (or infected person) has touched. Don’t touch your face or mouth, or eat with your hands, unless they are absolutely clean. (I’ll explain those numbers later)
- stay away from other’s as much as possible for at least 5 to 15 days, to help insure you didn’t contract it.
- if you experience any symptoms, especially a fever or cough for more than a couple hours, or loss of senses, then self-isolation should happen for 15 days AFTER your last symptoms are seen.
- sanitize your surroundings,
- limit what you’re touching & clean up after yourself… because you don’t want to re-infect yourself (if you are infected)
- everyone AROUND YOU should be “sheltered in place” (quarantined) also… unless they are medical professionals and regularly test negative.
- Do you smoke, live in a high pollutant area, or have pre-existing lung problems?
- Do you have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher?
- Have you recently LOST your sense of smell or taste? In South Korea, Spain, and Italy, about a third of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 have also reported a loss of smell — known as anosmia or hyposmia.
- Do you have a chronic headache or dry cough, you didn’t have previously?
- If yes to any of those ‘presenters,’ you should self quarantine… and should stay clear or anyone, and wear a mask or cover to reduce the spread of ‘droplets.’ If the problems become serious, the fever is above 104 degrees, or you have a pre-existing issues that makes you particularly vulnerable, you should CHECK WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER or consider getting tested.
- If you don’t have any symptoms, and you KNOW YOU WERE EXPOSED, you should still self-isolate, at least through the incubation period to be sure. You should especially stay away from anyone and everyone that *might be* vulnerable.
- IF symptoms start to show, and you are seriously concerned, then contact your healthcare provider, or consider one of the ‘drive up’ testing centers… rather than going to a hospital or clinic; but seriously, CALL A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL FIRST!
- obviously, if you are an active healthcare provider or EMT you should be tested DAILY AND OFTEN… to help insure YOUR safety, that of your family, friends, co-workers, and future patients.
- do get it, or are ‘positive’ for it, there is a 50% chance you won’t display symptoms. Awareness is key. If you’ve traveled to areas that had it while you were there, were around people you know tested positive, or in crowds of strangers that *might* have been infected… then you should self-quarantine… and be aware. You do NOT NEED TO BE TESTED unless you are in an ‘at risk category’ or the symptoms might be life threatening; you can call your local healthcare provider to see if they feel you should be tested. HOWEVER, it’s important to understand:
- if you don’t have symptoms, and weren’t in a situation where you are likely to have been exposed, then odds are you will test negative!
- OVER 90% of the people tested in the USA, as of 3/20/2020, that were tested… tested NEGATIVE! Which honestly wasted tests, medical staff & lab time… took healthcare providers away from helping people seriously in need, and frankly didn’t solve anything… but run the ‘infected’ numbers up in New York, and make it ‘appear’ it was ‘spreading fast’ (when in fact, it was likely already spread from the weeks before the testing). Those initially testing negative could:
- get infected on the way home (or while waiting in some line to be tested)…
- be in the incubation period… of 2 to 5 days, which would allow them to test negative, even though they have it or may get it
- or could become infected tomorrow or the next week
TESTING EVERYONE, like some ‘reporters’ in the LAME-STREAM MEDIA were pushing for, IS BEYOND STUPID and meaningless. It’s an absolute waste of money, time, and other resources! It should be prioritized, quantified, and qualified… and CITIZEN’S should be educated about it… and there needs to be a method of testing that does NOT endanger people, or enable any spread of the disease between the few that DO have the virus with the many that don’t!
- do have symptoms, there is a 98+% chance you will be fine
- STAY AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, especially anyone with a compromised immune system or pre-existing lung problems, as it seems those are far bigger issues and concerns than ‘age.’
- wear a mask or cover to reduce any ‘droplets’ you *might* spread
- when you are outside your home… limit what you touch
- maintain a SAFE DISTANCE from other people!
- understand there is no vaccine at this time (and treatments, though promising, is still in trails if the symptoms are serious and confirmed, which are still limited in some geographical areas)
- hydrate – get necessary nutrients, especially vitamin C and other immune system boosters
- stay warm and comfortable,
- get plenty of sleep
- understand, for the vast majority of people, the symptoms and response is very much LIKE A REALLY BAD COLD; for those with bad lungs or a weakened immune system, it’s pneumonia on steroids and you’ll want to get medical help.
- Get some exercise when you can
With all that said, IF you are immune compromised, have serious pre-existing lung or heart issues, recently went through an organ transplant, cancer treatment, or were on antibiotics within the last 60 days… then YOU SHOULD TAKE SOME EXTRA precautions… and seriously limit your exposure to other people, and the STUFF THEY TOUCH, unless you are absolutely sure they don’t have it.
The ‘red’ on the map at this link are CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES, not deaths. Yes, it’s scary looking. You should ZOOM IN to see what is being reported in your area. You can zoom in to an area, click on a ‘dot’ in a county… and see the numbers for that dot. The ‘hot spots’ should tell you WHERE to avoid, and areas you should STAY AWAY FROM while this stuff is still ‘out’ and going.
If you have a wheel on your mouse, you can easily zoom in or out using that. If you don’t, use the plus & minus sign. You can ‘click hold drag’ to move around to see different countries, or counties & cities in a state.
Our Goal is to help inform & educate (above)
Patient Zero – here in the USA:
Best Way to Prevent Illness
Growth Rate & Demographics
Reason there is urgency and fear
Here’s the problem with Covid-19:
Testing does NOT accomplish what most think
Diamond Princess Mysteries
LAME-STREAM MEDIA’s Reaction
Celebrities Testing Positives
Patient Zero – here in the USA:
The new coronavirus was identified after notification of pneumonia cases of unconfirmed cause in November 2019, diagnosed initially in the Chinese city of Wuhan, capital of Hubei province. Through the month of March, we are told that the novel corona-virus called SARS-CoV-2 has spread to all continents except Antarctica.
No, China wasn’t being honest… but also the WHO (World Health Organization), UN (United Nations), dropped the ball. The CDC also drug their feet some. No, it didn’t come from the ‘wet market’ (as China initially claimed). It was started by an accidental infection from a lab researcher… who was working on the infected bats, looking for a cure/vaccine… that carelessly infected himself, then his girl friend… and those two unknowingly spread it.
The problem is that China KNEW THAT and COVERED IT UP… and lied about the spread and issues. They have also not been 100% honest about WHEN it really started. They ‘claim’ October/November, because of the date of the first death; but it might have been circulating longer.
Jan 6th – CDC issued a travel notice for Wuhan
Jan 11th – zero cases in USA reported… CDC issued level 1 travel notice, though there was NO CASES.
Jan 16th – CDC began implementing public health entry screenings and 3 major US airports… not a single case known to be in the USA.
Jan 17th – DNC (democratic national committee) and LSM (lame stream media) claimed Trump was a xenophob because of the TRAVEL BANS he signed off on.
The first confirmed U.S. case involving a 35-year-old man who had traveled to Wuhan, China, before returning to Washington State. Some speculate that he had lay-overs in New York, LA, and Sea-Tac Airports, which are why those areas are particularly hit hard, as fellow travelers were unknowingly infected. He was confirmed to have the virus on Jan. 20, 2020, and was deemed ‘patient zero’ here IN AMERICA… but was ‘here IN AMERICA’ before that date. It is also why Washington state has so many early cases (and deaths). His name hasn’t been released for obvious reasons, and it’s unclear if he’s still alive, but assumed he likely is, and recovered, since no one has said otherwise.
Jan 21st – Wuhan Virus confirmed in Washington State so CDC activated an emergency center.
Jan 31st – 7 cases, all in Washington State… no deaths. Trump issues travel restriction from ALL OF CHINA!
This was the first manditory quarantine in over 50 years in this nation… for those traveling from any of the countries that ‘had it’ – whether they tested positive or not. The LSM & candidate biden, and congress persons pelosi, schiff, and shummer calls Trump racist; and ignore the orders.
Feb 23rd, pelosi is promoting CHINA TOWN ‘we think it’s very safe and have a big parade.’ were her words.
Feb 28th, Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC, said there were only 14 cases known in America, when the first two cases of ‘community transfer’ was discovered. Prior to that, ALL cases had been in ‘direct contact’ with someone traveling from Wuhan China.
Feb 29th, first death in America, a man in his 50’s with underlying pre-existing health conditions. The man was not associated with the long-term care center in Kirkland, WA (just outside Seattle), but was a patient at the SAME HOSPITAL where other’s from the facility were being treated. There were 27 patients and 25 staff members at the long-term care center in Kirkland, WA having symptoms around that time (many of the elderly patients have since passed away). Since then, the virus (which causes the disease now referred to as COVID-19) has spread to every state, with new cases emerging every day.
Face masks ON those coughing or infected WILL help prevent patients from spreading the virus; but masks & gloves don’t really protect the person(s) wearing them unless they are trained (and absolutely keep their hands from their face). If you’re near an infected person, you’re at risk.
At this point, we are told that it was a virus originated ‘from Wuhan, China.’ Whether it was from eating or handling some exotic animal [horseshoe bat] in the ‘wet market,’ as the Chinese government claims, or an experiment gone wrong from a research laboratory (accidentally or on purpose), or some type of bio-weapon is frankly something “we” (the people) may never honestly know.
The CDC, WHO, and most scientists are saying that research shows that “horseshoe bat” is the species the virus originated from. Apparently, the two previous human coronavirus outbreaks, SARS and MERS, also originated from bats but passed through other species, such as the palm civet and camels.
What we do know is that the virus IS REAL, and is quickly spreading. As such, speculation without evidence, or common sense, doesn’t really solve anything at this point. It only serves to distract from potentially life-saving measures to contain and/or slow the spread of corona-virus.
Mar 24, Daniel Horowitz pointed out: “It’s truly inconceivable that it would take so long for the virus to come here (to America) after it broke out in China in November (2019). We likely had hundreds of thousands of travelers coming here (to America) and countless tens of thousands of Chinese nationals flying back even before Customs and Border Protection introduced any health care screening per CDC guidance on January 17. There are roughly 3.4 million Chinese admissions every year, not counting the numerous Americans who fly there and back. If we divide that by six to account for a two-month period before Trump shut off travel but after (we learned) the virus had developed in Wuhan, that would be nearly 600,000 Chinese nationals.” [traveling to the USA, and doesn’t count the vast number of American’s that traveled to and from WuHan China during those months].
As Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the coronavirus response task force, said on the 23rd of March, regarding the spread in New York City, “Clearly the virus had to have been circulating for a number of weeks in order to have this level of penetrance in the community.”
According to the CDC, these were the FIRST 20 KNOWN CASES in the USA… and the location they were.
|California||2||unkn.||unkn.||Jan. 26||3rd,4th||Orange C., L.A.|
|Arizona||1||unkn.||student||Jan. 26||5th||Maricopa County|
|California||1||M||adult||Jan. 31||7th||Santa Clara C.|
|California||1||F||unkn.||Feb. 2||9th||Santa Clara C.|
|California||1||M||57||Feb. 2||10th||San Benito C.|
|California||1||F||57||Feb. 2||11th||San Benito C.|
|California||1||Feb. 21||13th||Humboldt C.|
|California||1||Feb. 21||14th||Sacramento C.|
|California||1||Feb. 26||15th||[Northern California]|
|California||1||65||Feb. 28||16th||Santa Clara C.|
|Oregon||1||Feb. 29||17th||Washington C.|
It’s important to point out those are the FIRST AND ONLY PEOPLE TESTED, and verified, TO THAT POINT (March 1st). Obviously, there were more people that ‘had it.’
New York’s first reported Covid case was announced, and confirmed, on March 2nd… their first death on March 11th, and on that date, they had 157 cases, and only 72 people ‘in’ the hospital with symptoms of the virus. Their numbers started getting jacked up AFTER they began pushing everyone to get tested, whether they had symptoms or not… then the rhetoric really started. I’ll offer my opinion as to why all that changed at the end, after all the math and science are expressed.
Closing schools, public transportation, and mass gatherings for a time were wise, and helped… EDUCATING THE CITIZENS WAS MORE VITAL, but didn’t happen until the powers had spent weeks trying to SCARE EVERYONE INTO COMPLIANCE, then FINE THEM (in some states)… then forcing business & church closures in other states, even threatening professional licenses in some instances.
|NY Leading Causes of Death, 2017||Deaths||Rate***||State Rank*||U.S. Rate**|
|1. Heart Disease||44,092||171.2||17th||165|
|4. Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases||7,258||28.9||48th||40.9|
|8. Alzheimer’s disease||3,521||13.2||50th||31|
|Drug Overdose Deaths||3,921||19.4||19.8|
The media talks about GIVING BLOOD… like the topic of testing, they are really not thinking. It is a shame there are so many IGNORANT PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA! Perpetuating false information in an IRRESPONSIBLE OVER GENERALIZED WAY, that isn’t LIMITED BY common sense, mathematical or scientific reality.
Dr. Oz is is all over the place… he initially said the N95 masks would help protect healthy people (which is NOT necessarily true) … then ends with N95 masks will ONLY PROTECT PEOPLE IF THEY ARE FITTED & PUT ON CORRECTLY and a person doesn’t touch their face. (which is mostly true, they also need to properly wash their hands & exposed skin, and deal with removing any infected clothing correctly). I don’t understand why he’s verbalizing conflicting messages, some of which are NOT WISE, HONEST, or really even ETHICAL! I sincerely wish he would have THOUGHT BEFORE HE tried to talk on the topic, on camera… because he knows better, or should. At least he ended correctly, but the ‘sound bite’ of ‘having N95 masks will help people’ is still out there, to be repeated out of context by the lame stream media.
Sadly far too many politicians, especially certain governors running their mouth in the media trying to beat another state at getting federal money and extra resources, have been fearmongering, twisting facts, and projecting mathematical fallacy. Then there were politicians stuffing the bills with pork, and costly garbage that has NOTHING TO DO WITH the disaster relief. (Same type of stuff happened with most of the relief bills pushed through congress in the past.) ‘We the people’ really need to shout out to our congress-person to push them to STOP IT!
Best Way to Prevent Illness
Many areas of this nation are short on toilet paper, anti-bacterial soaps and sprays, and assorted other good. By now, most either have toilet paper, or have figured out a way to deal with that situation. Bidet sales were at the highest ever, in just a few short weeks, most stores were SOLD OUT!
Bleach is no longer readily available in gallon jugs in many stores, and pushing $10 or more a gallon when you can find it. There are some ‘fractions of gallons’ (at the same price, or higher). But if you need cleaning/sanitation supplies, there are DIY options (Do It Yourself). Here are some options:
First, if you have any left, you might dilute the anti-bacterial disinfecting stuff you have, to extend it’s life and capability, generally not more than 60/40 (60% anti-bacterial soap, 40% filtered water or aloe). You probably won’t easily find the big jugs of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer in a store in most areas, especially on the east coast or major metro areas. However, YOU CAN MAKE SOMETHING THAT WORKS!
Bleach ~ An effective bleach solution mix by adding 5 tablespoons of bleach to a gallon of water to spray down surfaces that might have been touched by someone infected. Or basically, 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Never ever mix bleach with ammonia, or any other cleanser, as it will make a gas that will harm your lungs… and potentially even kill you! And SERIOUSLY, DO NOT GET IT ON YOUR CLOTHING – it will spot, fade, or bleach cloth! And you really SHOULD DILUTE! Using it ‘straight’ is both unnecessary and wasteful.
Alcohol ~ If you don’t have bleach, you can make an alcohol solution, diluting water with at least 60% alcohol (rubbing alcohol, moon shine, vodka, etc., NOT BEER, not wine, the later two aren’t known for topical sterilization abilities). Mixing 2/3rd alcohol with 1/3rd Aloe Juice, and a touch of essential oil, like lavender, peppermint, or ‘four thieves’ for scent and maybe a bit more of some other scent. Just be careful, and make sure WHAT YOU ARE MIXING CAN SAFELY BE MIXED! You can make an effective hand sanitizer and disinfectant for those that can’t get the pre-made stuff. Nearly all liquor stores are experiencing record sales, but most have plenty of functional stock… at least around here.
If you can’t get those ingredients, or find reasonably priced hand sanitizer, bleach, or alcohol… there are STILL GOOD VIABLE OPTIONS:
Regular Soap, Dish Soap (like Dawn or Ajax), some researchers have pointed out that even slightly diluted antibacterial or alcohol based MOUTH WASH in a spray bottle, or on a wipe, can kill the virus.
The key is DOING IT – WASHING YOUR HANDS & FACE – and forearms… especially after touching THINGS STRANGERS TOUCHED (like shopping cart handles, door handles, etc.).
Remember to staying away from the bottom of your shoes if you’ve been in the public… if you have to touch them, wash your hands again afterward.
Remember, the virus can live for 3 to 12 hours on many different types of surfaces, that haven’t been cleaned or exposed to UV light, but up to 2 or 3 DAYS on steel and plastic… and some sputum (spit) samples have found active virus lasting nearly 14 DAYS! So, WIPE IT OFF FIRST! And wash your hands afterwards.
Growth Rate & Demographics
In an outbreak of an infectious disease, while it is important to study THE DISEASE and number of cases, speed and intensity of infections… as well as how people are actually infected. It is equally important to take a critical look at the growth rate (spread). This information allows the urgency to be determined.
Only 1.9% of the people that died in New York City were confirmed to have no underlying preconditions. Consider the reality in that, it’s huge! And means those people that have underlying conditions obviously need to stay home AND BE MORE CAREFUL! Especially if they live in or around hot-zones!
ALL demographics matter, including the prior health of the individuals infected need to be known, so patterns can be found. Yes it matters that there were (are) over 3,000 deaths (as of 3/30), and 20,000 counted by 4/12… BUT if 70 to 90% of those numbers were LIKELY TO DIE or COULD HAVE DIED FROM THE FLU – or other natural causes, such as a heart attack, pneumonia, COPD, cancer, etc. if the covid-19 virus hadn’t hit… then, seriously, THAT INFORMATION MATTERS!
Because this virus is NOT ‘air borne’ at this time – it can ABSOLUTELY be controlled and limited, which is great news for everyone concerned. It is no more ‘airborne’ than a baseball! Gravity limits the spread; however, it DOES LIVE on the surfaces of THINGS for hours, to a few days.
It is important for the science types to understand as much as possible, and to describe the problem correctly. Because while the cases of infection seem to be increasing in some areas, and even appeared to be doubling at a constant rate, so the initial assumption is that the growth is exponential. However, we can SEE that Washington, Oregon, and California didn’t have the massive ‘positive numbers’ or huge death count… like New York did. What all was different?
Limiting crowds, like the government is suggesting and pushing for, allows the cycle of growth to be broken, and the infection to be stalled or eliminated… but other than cutting the schools, public transit, concerts, and huge public gatherings… the west coast did NOT push for mass testing! They did not push for locking down EVERYONE, but rather quarantining THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS, those testing positive, those likely positive. NOT EVERYONE! They EDUCATED, and pushed for the sick & vulnerable to ‘shelter in place’ (get help if serious), AND TO WEAR MASKS! They reassured people, rather than trying to scare them. They repeatedly stated an effective treatment was in process… and purposefully tried to NOT PANIC THE PEOPLE. Totally different ‘problem management’ model than what happened on the east coast.
Viruses normally spread quickly… but sanitation and awareness really do limit and prohibit that spread.
Exponential math, like Italy seems to have experienced, can be scary. BUT, consider that the AVERAGE AGE of the citizens in Italy is around 47 years old… which means there are nearly an equal number of people over 70 as there are under 25, AND (also not discussed in the media) THE FAMILY UNITS OFTEN LIVE UNDER THE SAME ROOF IN ITALY! So, if one gets it, they all might get it! Another HUGE difference, and reason why the numbers in Italy should have been considered THE WORST CASE SCENARIO!
Math is what math is, but to find the correct answer one must understand the whole problem, and calculate the reality. Remember the riddle in school… ‘Would you work for a penny today, 2 penny’s tomorrow, 4 the next day, and so forth?’ An impulsive person would jump up and say no, and leave. But, in reality, only a fool would say no to that, so long as the person offering is also a) multi-millionaire capable of really paying, and b) contracts to employ you for more than 17 days or so; because, on day 28, it’s $1,342,177.28… that day, and really the accumulation hits that number THE DAY BEFORE! Consider, just 2 days later, on day 30 is a whopping $5,368,709.12 for the day (and nearly $11m accumulated)!
So breaking the cycle, and extending (or eliminating) the doubling time is vital to the health and safety of every major metro area in the world! But also the areas surrounding those cities. Exponential growth allows just 500 cases to grow to more than 1 million cases after just 11 doubling cycles; and to over 1 billion cases in just 10 more doubling cycles. That simple exponential math is what hurt China, Italy, and Spain… closure of the borders and huge public gatherings sooner COULD HAVE HELPED! Closure of public schools, especially k-12, was also vital to slowing the spread of the virus. Children are, historically, the biggest group to help spread viruses the fastest.
Ultimately, educating people HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES (and their loved ones), and how to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY to COVER YOUR MOUTH (with something other than the occasional hand – which can merely help speed the spread and transfer) when you are sick or know you’ve been exposed (like Japan has done for years). Also, learning to NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE (which is really tough), and knowing a ‘cure’ is aggressively being searched for… should help.
The average age of people in the United States is significantly lower than Italy.
FINALLY! on 3/27/2020 – Dr. Deborah Birx, on the Coronavirus Task Force, agrees with what I’ve been saying for a couple weeks now. She’s CAUTIONS AGAINST the media, politicians, and journalists from twisting or aggrandizing the numbers! The evidence doesn’t support the ‘models’ claiming millions of people ‘getting’ the virus… or hundreds of thousands needing hospital beds (or ventilators)… or hundreds of thousands dying. At least NOT HERE IN THE USA! You can see her interview here. You can see her interview here.
Reason SOME FEEL there is so much urgency and fear
In the United States, the vast majority of the cases are in just 9 states… more specifically, in just 14 counties… all ARE major metro areas, as of April 12th.
6,898 deaths New York City New York
846 deaths Nassau New York
518 deaths Suffolk New York
511 deaths Westchester New York
200 deaths Rockland New York
145 deaths Orange New York
61 deaths Erie New York
50 deaths Monroe New York
453 deaths Bergen New Jersey
428 deaths Essex New Jersey
226 deaths Hudson New Jersey
209 deaths Union New Jersey
193 deaths Middlesex New Jersey
162 deaths Morris New Jersey
138 deaths Ocean New Jersey
131 deaths Passaic New Jersey
123 deaths Monmouth New Jersey
79 deaths Somerset New Jersey
50 deaths Mercer New Jersey
704 deaths Wayne Michigan
329 deaths Oakland Michigan
217 deaths Macomb Michigan
68 deaths Genesee Michigan
485 deaths Cook Illinois
60 deaths Will Illinois
50 deaths DuPage Illinois
248 deaths Fairfield Connecticut
119 deaths New Haven Connecticut
116 deaths Hartford Connecticut
235 deaths Orleans Louisiana
173 deaths Jefferson Louisiana
292 deaths King Washington
70 deaths Snohomish Washington
300 deaths Los Angeles California
54 deaths Santa Clara California
149 deaths Middlesex Massachusetts
102 deaths Hampden Massachusetts
101 deaths Essex Massachusetts
91 deaths Norfolk Massachusetts
86 deaths Suffolk Massachusetts
55 deaths Plymouth Massachusetts
If you aren’t in those counties, or around those areas, avoiding the problems will obviously be a whole lot easier. Awareness is key. At the same point in time, the powers to be want to stop THE SPREAD… especially to rural areas that don’t have the hospitals, medical staff, equipment, or personnel to really help oversee a large outbreak. Understand, a study by a German Virologist named professor Hendrik Streak concluded that covid-19 was rarely spread through casual contact, but rather was spread through repeated large doses, such as among families while locked down together, people in nursing homes, or hospital wards.
So, it is important to understand and remember the following:
- Social Distancing is important, especially from strangers and people that MIGHT be either infected or vulnerable.
- Sanitation, of hands especially important … from anything OTHER’S TOUCHED, especially strangers and those that MIGHT BE INFECTED.
- Remember: If you are NOT AROUND IT, YOU CAN NOT GET IT!
Toward the end of March, people were seeing huge jumps in the number of ‘infected’ and hearing about how more celebrities and even healthcare workers have become infected or even died. It’s easy to assume someone was healthy, solely on the perception of their LOOKS or public persona, WITHOUT understanding the reality:
- the virus is NOT AFFECTING ALL People (but only approximately 10 to 17% of the population, as demonstrated on the cruise ships, and countries sharing real numbers)… but it CAN INFECT ANYONE with a weak immune system, OR co-morbidity, or with hyper-exposure or saturation;
- like any virus, it can be spread pretty quickly and easily … but it absolutely REQUIRES CONTACT! You have to touch something an infected person touched! Or you have to breath ‘droplets’ (mist) from a cough or sneeze an infected person did (spewing stuff into the air) WITHIN about 6 to 10 feet of you. Or exchange bodily fluids (kiss, hug, hand shake) with an infected person. If they were further than their droplets, sweat, or fluids could travel, you’ll have no issues (with that part). WATCH WHAT THEY TOUCH… including THEIR PETS, and dishes… and avoid stepping in sputum (spit).
- Wearing a surgical mask will NOT guarantee you won’t be exposed, or stop you from getting the virus. A mask should be used to prevent someone that is potentially infectious from spreading the virus to others via droplets through coughing, sneezing, or talking.
- Remember the virus CAN LIVE for 3 to 12 hours on most surfaces that haven’t been cleaned or exposed to UV light (sun light or wand), but up to 2 to 3 DAYS on uncleaned steel and plastic; it’s been claimed that under the right temperature, humidity, and with certain materials it’s suspected UP TO 14 days on some uncleaned surfaces! So, if it isn’t YOURS – WIPE IT OFF FIRST!
- ‘incubation’ is generally 3 to 5 days AFTER exposure, before the first signs or symptoms (if you experience any).
- the virus doesn’t care about race, religion, income, class, job, age, gender, orientation, celebrity, position on topics, or politics
- it spreads the fastest WITHIN CROWDS of people (stay away from strangers),
- the greater exposure, the more likely you can get it,
- it targets people with a weak immune system,
- we really don’t know what the ACTUAL HEALTH or condition of another human being really is merely by looking at them in a photo, or even having been around them weeks, months, or years ago. They *MIGHT* have had an undisclosed co-morbidity we knew nothing of… so be careful assuming the condition of another person.
Even without ‘a cure’ or effective treatment, which we might now have, the math we can trust has shown that ‘it’ is not ‘deadly’ for the approximately 99.97% of the general people in America. “We” (the vast majority of the people), unless we have one of the co-morbidity factors AND are exposed enough to get the virus, won’t likely be physically harmed by this invisible enemy. Avoiding exposure is key, and if you don’t live in a major metro area, it’s very possible to avoid it with reasonable actions. However, even in ‘close quarters’ of a hot zone, such as the cruise ships have shown, the government shut down is to reduce the spread from approximately a .03% of the total population number that *might/can* have serious issues with it, to a lower number. The powers to be also want to keep as many of the 10% to 17% of the population that *might* otherwise ‘get it’ (if exposed) from rushing to the hospital without some reasonable indication they really have it; so healthcare workers aren’t overwhelmed, as happened in Italy and New York City.
Common sense knows no political party, only the ACTIONS based on RATIONAL RESPONSES. Overwhelming hospitals, clinics, and medical facilities isn’t the answer, and is a disservice to everyone! However, the media AND SOME IN the government (cuomo with his daily pleas… opps, ‘briefings,’ with the help of MSNBC, in particular) pushed the public to get out, wait in lines, get swabbed, and take the tests. The initial lines were OF PEOPLE STANDING, waiting, and talking with eachother. The reality is that the early push for testing, without rational warnings, limits, controls, and INFORMATION… MIGHT LIKELY HELPED SPEED THE SPREAD of the virus in the North Eastern states. It absolutely gave a false sense of security to many people. “I tested negative” was all over social media by many, though some later found out THEY HAD IT, and WERE LATER POSITIVE!
The way cuomo and the media initially pushed for the testing, without more information and education, such as ‘social distancing,’ wearing a mask IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE IT or any of the symptoms, and any other safety protocols, could accidentally help spread it. THEY NOT ONLY FAILED THOSE THEY REPRESENT, they actually endangered them! If you doubt me, look toward the other states… west of the Continental Divide, which did not attempt to panic their citizens, but instead tried to help educate them, to push for a shut down of public transportation, schools, malls, and concerts. They pushed toward better sanitation and sterilization of things strangers touched… promoted SOCIAL DISTANCING… and MASKS FOR THE SICK & VULNERABLE to help eradicate the virus! Seattle, Portland, even Los Angeles were far more responsible… far safer to be in… and didn’t play with the numbers, or the emotions of their citizens, like what appears to have happened in New York City and certain other cities.
The New Yorker’s were so whipped up by cuomo, and other’s in the media, they felt it necessary to demand tests, even when they didn’t have any serious symptoms, any fever or loss in senses (smell or taste), and hadn’t really been around someone that tested positive. Initially, NEARLY 90% of those tested came back NEGATIVE! Until they started grouping together, stood in lines with a few people that really were infected… most weren’t (initially) in an area that had a high number of contagious cases. Even now, the negative test results are over 70% of those tested, and that just the number of tests they are ADMITTING TO in a public setting. Ask yourself, just how many of those initially testing negative, became positive later, BECAUSE THEY WERE AROUND SOME THAT WERE SICK… in a line waiting to get tested! Going to or from the testing. Things that make ay go Hummmm…
Saddest of all… that initial ‘you don’t have it’ (negative test) WAS MEANINGLESS because they *might* have caught it IN THE LINE, going to or from the testing, or over the next few days because of a false sense of security. The majority of those initial tests only wasted test kits, and medical personnel and lab’s time. But it helped jack the numbers for cuomo/New York, which pushed the irrational fear of spread and danger even faster.
cuomo’s mid March press conference called out ‘the federal government’ for URGENT NEED, or hospital beds, ventilators, masks, ppe’s, and healthcare workers. Going as far as claiming that the state of New York needed at least 30,000 ventilators, to deal with an anticipated peak in demand in two weeks for patients needing help to breathe. The state had 7,000, “I won’t be responsible for the death of more then 23,000 people because we don’t have ventilators, will you?” he cried to the tv, for the benefit of the viewers. Later than day, 2,000 ventilators was on the way, with 2,000 more packed and shipping the following day… with promises of more within the next couple weeks (before they’d actually need them). “The sky is falling, the sky is falling.” was how cuomo sounded as he pushed for hospital beds, ventilators, medication, and even more federal (taxpayer) MONEY!
However, just three days later, two new facts emerged: i) there were more ventilators undisclosed, sitting IN STORAGE… and ii) just a couple years before he was OFFERED to purchase 16,000 more ventilators for the state… but instead ignored that, and spent the money buying SOLAR PANELS. When this is over, cuomo will have some explaining to do.
Maybe it is honestly a ‘FOREST vs TREES’ type equation? cuomo’s own brother (Chris) was ‘positive’ for the virus, and quarantined – and they both honestly feared for their elderly mother (Matilda, which he talked about with fear and genuine concern repeatedly, even naming a law he made by executive order after her). She *might* have been exposed (or not, we may never know), but cuomo’s emotions fueled his push. And because of all that, and the power he has in the ‘tri-state area’ – irrational decisions, avoidable choices, unnecessary panic was his way of ‘doing something’ – EVEN IF IT WAS WRONG – rather than appearing that he was doing nothing, or not being cautious enough. Who knows. I’ve spoke with a few people that seem to still really like and trust the guy, convinced his fearmongering helped force them to ‘stay home’ (and to be safer)… and they are waiting for that “FREE IRS” check, and happy about the large unemployment boost. Giving him credit for all that, wrongly… but they are convinced it wouldn’t have happened if not for his press briefings, and pushing of the Federal government, . Clearly, I’m not a fan of his actions, or grandstanding manipulation of the government, his people, or the other political officials he’s been able to exert some power over!
Contrary to what the PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA & those in the government claim, ‘universal testing’ is illogical, wasteful at best, and offers a completely false sense of security at worst. However, there are still people in the media, and government, want to revel in chaos by pushing irrational fears. Again, Universal testing for the virus IS NEITHER PRACTICAL nor cost effective… nor will it EVER HAPPEN… REALLY! For a whole bunch of science, economic, and practicality reasons! Just imagine, EVERY PERSON coughing or having any of the symptoms, or entering America from another country OR A CRUISE SHIP, being tested, and quarantined for 3 days to two weeks. Wasn’t serious screening the purpose of Ellis Island, and other ‘ports of entry’ back in the day? That should put quite a limiter on international business, cruises, and international travel, in the future. Huh?
Resources – people, time, equipment, lab time, healthcare provider’s protection – weren’t an infinite supply. Why the reality of “YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE TESTED UNLESS” wasn’t hammered home, will forever be an unanswered question. Likely because the powers to be PROJECTED a bigger panic, civil unrest (riots & looting), so the current administration offers STIMULUS MONEY hoping to calm the masses. Many people were caught between the fearmongers spouting huge infection spread numbers, and death percentages they were pulling out of their neck. The reality is that supplies will always have SOME LIMITS! As we see videos of diary farmers having to dump milk because they can’t get it processed, or to market. Conpiracy therories claim a ‘testing’ of what it takes to ‘collapse of the system’… or to spread the money, while people are paniced. Instead, the responsible states tried to calm fears with education, rational reassurances, and reasonable preventive measures of taking extra precautions. Huge difference.
Testing healthy people that have no symptoms and weren’t likely exposed SOLVES NOTHING! Tests should be focused on those with real symptoms, those in the healthcare industry, and those with reason. Professionals should be focused on finding viable PREVENTIVE measures, educating the public with truth and reality… NOT PANICKING PEOPLE! But rather seeking an effective SOLUTIONS, and real TREATMENT, instead of pushing a narrative of intubation, claiming 80% of those intubated WILL DIE, and emergency breathing as the only option (as cuomo repeatedly does) is neither helpful nor honest.
You are welcome to disagree with me all you want, BUT I solemnly believe what certain people really did during this crisis, especially the month of March, to push fear, twisted numbers, make blatantly false claims of hundreds of thousands to millions dead… then padding the numbers by wasting testing and classifying all deaths in a geography ‘covid’ deaths… was criminally wrong! (or sure should be). (pelosi, schummer, schiff, cuomo, MSNBC, and others…)
Here’s the problem with Covid-19:
What we know today: the average age of those who have died from COVID-19 in Italy is 80.3 years old, and only 25.8% are women, according to Silvio Brusaferro, legal representative at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. But, there 2552 of the passengers were over 50, so how much the age really fits into the equation might have been a rabit hole.
Some in the media have claimed the men ‘smoke’ more… but didn’t point out any of the co-morbidity, exposure differences, personal hygiene differences, or other important factors. More men likely worked around chemicals… and women generally stay in better physical health past about age 45 to 50; further, women are historically hygienically cleaner than their male counterparts. But all those facts have been ignored. It doesn’t make the stat any less important, but very potentially changes it from a GENETIC issue to a PRACTICE & IMPLEMENTATION issue. While the gender numbers were useful, it led many down the age & gender path, ignoring the reality that co-morbidity, and personal actions are the bigger factors.
As of March 24th, most of the CDC experts have relied on the data FINALLY disclosed from China; from the nearly 80,000 COVID-19 patients they admitted to over the previous 90 days. However, in reality, we really don’t have much of a clue what hasn’t been disclosed… and NOTHING from China has really been verified. The flat line they claim is likely false, and they’ve kicked out journalists and closed off communication, thus THEY CAN NOT BE TRUSTED! Nor can ANY of their claims or numbers!
Whereas, the data from Italy and Spain, where there appears to be full disclosure, and positive interaction with American CDC representatives; and on the ‘petri-dish’ of the Cruise Ship Diamond Princess, which had 3,711 people aboard when the virus was discovered, we get real… vital, and useful math. On the ship, only 7 died… despite weeks of remaining around infected people during their isolated quarantine; but we’ll get to that math and example later. Of those aboard the ship, 17% of them, or a total of 634 were infected, but 328 of those 634 people who tested positive were asymptomatic (about 50%) had NO SYMPTOMS! So, what percentage is 7 of 3,711? Because that math seems vital!
The information gathered to date has identified very few deaths among people under 40, UNLESS they has one or more co-morbidity issues. The analysis of more than 12,000 infected people in the ‘under 40’ age group, only 26 died. It appears ‘strength’ and general health are significant. The OLDEST ‘survivor,’ documented here in America, is 104 years old; which demonstrates THERE IS ABSOLUTELY HOPE!
The valid concern is that those under 40 might help spread the virus; remember those 12,000 people (above) had symptoms… and supposedly that number is less than 50% of the total that ‘would probably’ have the virus, meaning 24,000 people probably had been infected during that time… and still, only 26 in that age range passed away.
A covid-19 antibody test on a randomized sample of the population one of the outbreak epicenters in Germany, showed a 15% total infection rate. However, only 2% of those tested currently had the virus; while 14% had antibodies. So when the researchers eliminated the overlap they found a total infection rate of 15% in the whole group. 85% did NOT get the virus, or the antibodies, although they’d been exposed.
According to most medical professionals, in multiple countries now, only about 50% of those that are infected have symptoms; the other half are asymptomatic (showed no physical signs or symptoms… other than a sudden loss of smell or taste). It’s unclear IF an asymptomatic person can spread the virus, except through exchange of bodily fluids. However, with some of the healthcare professionals ‘getting it’ … it seems clear that a person repeatedly, saturated, can eventually get overwhelmed with the virus (or just make a simple mistake that directly exposes themselves), limiting exposure is important!
In New York 29 of 210 asymptomatic pregnant women admitted to the hospital, at the end of March and early April, to deliver their babies tested positive for covid-19. That’s a 13.7% infection rate of entirely asymptomatic people; just 3 of those 29 later developed fever before discharge. No reports of any of the babies having problems (other than they did test positive for the virus).
HEALTH OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, and of the LUNGS, and heart, in particular, are the KEY FACTORS… which were ignored in the Chinese data sets released in March. Did the person(s) HAVE ANY PRE-EXISTING conditions, or health issues, involving their immune system or lungs, heart… or ability to fight off a virus? If no, they were far more likely recover without issue. There is some evidence that strongly supports that theory.
The health of the patient, the quality of the healthcare system, all matter. IF YOU ARE IN A VULNERABLE CATEGORY, PLEASE SELF-ISOLATE until this is over or you know there is a treatment available in your area!
Testing does NOT accomplish what most think
“Cases” are what make up the big number the media and certain government officials are pushing; however, it does NOT accomplish what most ‘people’ promoting it claim, and ignores a whole lot of vital information. It may have started with good intentions, to get federal help & resources, or money… but has turned out to be more manipulating and blaming of the government.
There are supposedly at least three different tests. The one considered the best, requires a cotton swab to be pushed WAY UP YOUR NOSE TO THE SINUS CAVITY (it is supposedly very uncomfortable). One, supposedly from China, reportedly had issues with false positives, incorrect negatives, and was abandoned after a couple weeks (and a lot of tests proving out wrong). The Abbot test, or ‘fast test,’ takes about 5 minutes to return a ‘positive’ … about 15 minutes to get a ‘negative,’ and is less obtrusive.
What they aren’t telling you is that testing honestly CHANGES little to nothing, unless you’re positive, then you are ISOLATED or told to isolate. Again, at this point, it really SOLVES NOTHING… because there are no readily available treatments in all geographies, unless you’re around one of the hospitals doing the ‘reseach’ and ‘clinical testing’ of MAYBE TREATMENTS! (such as the Hydroxychloroquine)
Remdesivir is on trial at Emory University, in Atlanta, delivered in IV form. A drug used to treat Ebola.There seems to be some promise, but I haven’t yet read enough or seen enough numbers to have any opinion. Only that there is some hope, and potentially another option for those that can’t deal with the known contraindications of Hydroxychloroquine.
Florian Krammer PhD, virologist and vaccinologist in the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, said the RNA of many viruses can be detected months after viral shedding has ended. “Follow-up tests can turn positive after a few negative tests, eg because sampling was better,” Krammer said. “Also, and this is a very important point, just because somebody still tests positive in a nuclei acid-based test does not mean they are still shedding infectious virus.“
The reality is, a positive test result for COVID-19 indicates that RNA from SARS-CoV-2 was detected on the swab. It’s initially assumed the patient is (or was) infected with the virus, and if there are no antibodies present in the blood test, the person is then presumed to be contagious.
Laboratory test results should always be considered, and a secondary test may be necessary to confirm (depending on if there are symptoms or not, and the proximity to an infected zone or person). Some states are requiring TWO negative tests, at least 2 to 3 days apart, before a person is ‘considered’ NEGATIVE. The exception, in the states that can do it, would be the ‘anti-body test.’ Once a person is ‘POSITIVE,’ then patient management decisions should be made with a healthcare provider. Most will follow the then current CDC guidelines.
Testing solves very little, because the potential for false positives are real, and a ‘negative’ is ‘only at that moment’ (at most), and sadly, many states are not reporting negative test results (once people started doing ‘the math’ – of wasted tests, many officials won’t tell the public how many they have actually even used)! As we can see from the FDA’s own cautions to New York on 15 March:
“The New York SARS-CoV-2 Real-time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel has been designed to minimize the likelihood of false positive test results. However, in the event of a false positive result, risks to patients could include the following:
- a recommendation for isolation of the patient,
- monitoring of household or other close contacts for symptoms,
- patient isolation that might limit contact with family or friends and may increase contact with other potentially COVID-19 patients,
- limits in the ability to work,
- delayed diagnosis and treatment for the true infection causing the symptoms,
- unnecessary prescription of a treatment or therapy, or
- other unintended adverse effects.
All laboratories using this RT-PCR test must follow the standard confirmatory testing, and reporting guidelines, according to their appropriate county and state public health authorities.”
What does it mean if the specimen tests negative for the virus that causes COVID-19?
A negative test result for this test means that SARS-CoV-2 RNA was not present in the specimen above the limit of detection, AT THAT TIME, IN THAT SAMPLE.
However, a negative result does not totally rule out COVID-19, and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions. A negative result does not exclude the possibility of COVID-19 in the future either.
(Notice: THEY REPEATED THAT A NEGATIVE DOES NOT EXCLUDE THE POSSIBILITY OF… you can see for yourself at: https://www.fda.gov/media/135662/download – you’ll need to look in your DOWNLOAD FOLDER for the file).
This is another of those things the general public doesn’t seem to understand. Just because you get tested, NOTHING GOOD NECESSARILY HAPPENS in most geographies! For example, one of my ex-brother-in-laws has been quarantined AWAY FROM HIS FAMILY, in a special wing of the hospital, because HE TESTED POSITIVE. At that time there was no vaccine, and may not be an effective treatment or magic pill to cure things, and he’s past the worst of things… NOW. One of our regular customer’s husband tested positive in the North Eastern states, and is quarantined at a nursing home. She’s not been allowed to see or touch him for more than two weeks, they can only communicate via phone… and then only when he’s awake, during limited hours. Thankfully neither have had to be intubated.
If you test negative… it may be a false sense of security; and if you’re positive, it may potentially open Pandora’s box (depending on WHERE you are geographically… their resources and fears). Some people testing positive were ‘sent home’ to ‘self-isolate’ … while other’s were ‘taken away’ to a forced quarantine. Different states, different people, different situations… but there doesn’t seem to be much logic as to what the decision is going to be, UNTIL IT IS DONE.
It seems that most of the ‘positives’ from the ‘drive through’ tests were told to ‘self-isolate’ at their home or apartment… and to stay clear of other people. However, according to some media reports, there were some “FAKE TESTING SITES” – and ‘fake testing people’ – which weren’t sanitary, weren’t taking precautions, didn’t have any ‘official authority’ and it’s COMPLETELY UNKNOWN what they were really up to.
One such group was in Louisville, Kentucky… Metro Council President David James and Louisville advocates have been hunting down who they call fake COVID-19 testers. He said the scammers are charging more than $200 a test and using people’s DNA and personal information. “It’s really Medicaid fraud, is what it actually is. There is no reason that you should spend $240 dollars for a COVID test,” James said. “And they’re using the same gloves on Person A that they used on Person B, that they used on Person C.”
The mayor in Louisville, KY had them shut down.
As the scammers unknowingly pointed out, your DNA and personal information, is now (potentially) on a whole new and different government file. There has been nothing to confirm or deny on that, as it’s NOT been discussed whether ‘the results’ (beyond just a positive or negative) but also ultimately YOUR DNA is being ‘cataloged’ or databased anywhere.
IF you test positive – the ‘official’ testers MAY (or may not) want a confirming test, depending on the test, your symptoms, situation, and where you are (geographically). You’ll be ordered to isolate, or maybe quarantined. If they feel you are shedding (contagious), they *might* want all your contacts to get tested.
If you test negative, IT IS ULTIMATELY MEANINGLESS, because it’s only a ‘snap shot in time’ … and really doesn’t mean you won’t get it on the way home or in the days to follow, or don’t have it incubating. One can only know that it hasn’t actively entered your DNA, or where ever THAT test looks, YET… at the time the test was taken.
As one of my doctor friends said, “When there is public panic, combined with political agendas, mixing in some irrational fears… ANY type of testing could have far more consequences than rewards, especially since there is NO VACCINE or 100% effective and accessible treatment at this time! You either weather it at home, or you are bad enough you need help BREATHING (respirator or ventilator) and you need to go to the hospital… either way, if you get it, TIME IS THE ONLY REAL HEALER AT THIS POINT!” Though there are some promising treatments that are supposedly helping and working in some cases, and are being rolled out in more areas.
Remember, GOING IN TO GET TESTED, just because, as some media outlets and government officials have been pushing, CONSUMES VALUABLE SUPPLIES for the ‘really sick’ as well as for HEALTHCARE WORKERS. In addition, it’s valuable time for the medical staff and labs processing the tests. So, unless you are having a serious condition; can’t stop coughing, can’t get your fever back down under 100.4°F, and can’t otherwise take care of yourself… OR YOU ARE IN DANGER and honestly think you *MIGHT* have been in contact with someone that was infected, or in a confined location that had someone with the virus, you really should call YOUR DOCTOR to see what you should do. If you don’t have a doctor, google HEALTH CLINIC in your area and call them. If you think you *might* have it, STAY AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE as much as possible, including people in your family.
What does ‘testing’ really accomplish AT THIS TIME?
It only ‘tells a person’ (and the health officials) WHO IS INFECTED at the time of the test.
If does NOT tell a person that initially passes the test (tests negative for the infection) that they won’t contract it later in the day, or the days to come, or that a person was ‘in contact’ but not yet infected (i.e., within the incubation period).
A positive test tells an infected person they should be QUARANTINED from other’s, especially those that don’t have it; and to BE MORE CAREFUL not to spread it around. They should remain in their house… potentially in their room… with ANY & EVERYONE around them extra careful (or also in quarantine).
That is ALL ‘testing’ can do AT THIS POINT, is ‘confirm AT THE MOMENT’ whether a person has it or not. Less than half of those people that test positive actually display any symptoms… and of the half that show serious physical symptoms, less than 2% of those (in the USA) are compromised enough they end up in a hospital.
- Seriously, if you have a fever of more than 100.4 degrees F for more than a couple hours, and are experiencing ‘flu like’ symptoms… then STAY AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE…
- use the ‘crook of your arm’ (inside of ELBOW) to cough in…
- be MORE AWARE,
- watch what you TOUCH (especially if it’s things other people might touch, even the bottom of your shoes)… and
- if the problem persists for more than 4 to 6 hours, consider calling the hotline to see if you should be officially tested.
- IF you test positive, and are asymptomatic, you may have to be tested again to confirm… either way, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO QUARANTINE. PERIOD!
- If you refuse… like the guy in Lexington, KY tried, you may be forcibly quarantined.
- You will likely be asked for a list of EVERYONE you’ve been in physical contact with… as well as every place you’ve gone in the last two weeks, so those places can be tested, disinfected, and such… depending on how long it’s been, and the geographical area(s) you were.
- EVERYONE of the people you were around – family, friends, co-workers, clients, customers, employee’s of the stores you frequent – may end up getting tested, to help insure they didn’t contract it from you (get it, and thereby spread it to their circle of people & places).
- Officials may also try to figure out WHERE YOU GOT IT… especially if you didn’t travel out of the country, or weren’t around foreign travelers, mass transportation, or in known infection areas.
DO NOT GO TO THE ER (Emergency Room) unless it’s seriously a matter of life vs death; and if you are conscious, CALL THEM FIRST, as some areas have other options dedicated to testing and non-life threatening illness. Unless myself, or a loved one, was really seriously bad, I would do my very best to completely avoid hospitals, or anywhere people that DO HAVE THE VIRUS MIGHT congrigate.
Wash hands often, cover your mouth… drink a lot of water (hydration is vital)… take your vitamins & minerals… and be aware!
Dr Fauci himself wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine March 28th that the seasonal flu is deadlier than Covid 19. .
The CDC noted that travelers should consider whether their home town or the destination they’re planning to visit has a high number of cases; in other words, no sane person would ‘want to go to’ New York City or the Seattle/Kirkland areas at this time… unless they were trained healthcare workers, with some awareness of how best to protect their own life, health and safety.
“If COVID-19 is spreading at your destination, but not where you live, you will be at higher risk of exposure if you travel there,” the CDC said. “Consider the risk of passing [or getting exposed to] COVID-19 to others during travel, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health condition.”
Additionally, in some areas of this nation, public health agencies have warned that those who do decide to travel may be asked by their employer or school to stay home for up to 14 days or more after traveling, to avoid spreading the illness.
There are travel bans (and limits) in some areas… especially foreign countries. If you have family stuck outside the American borders their challenges will be different; we can hope & pray they are safe, have shelter and food… and quality medical care IF they need it. The best advice is to seek safe shelter, and stay away from sick people, and try to work with the embassy to get back to America as soon as possible if there is a concern, even if it means being quarantined upon reentry. Each country is dealing with things differently, but most are following the example of America… and CLOSING THEIR BORDERS to limit the spread, and trying to get their citizens to limit their interactions with crowds. Rome and Barcelona are like ‘ghost towns’ as of this morning, with people sheltering indoors. Paris has banned walking & running in public.
The thought is that it’s better to isolate the healthy, which may not have it or be asymptomatic, and segregate those that are infected, treating those that are sick as well as possible… to eliminate the spread, to ‘flatten the curve.’ That makes some since, but could be devastating to the economy for the private sector working class. Those that test positive will have a government mandated isolation (quarantine).
LAMESTREAM MEDIA’s Reaction:
At first, I believe the government was trying to side step mass irrational panic, and a gross over reaction to the situation, because they didn’t yet have good intel from China; or understand the seriousness of things. They knew an over reaction would only make things even worse.
However, that soon happened, and we could readily see the results in most stores with stripped shelves mid-March, in nearly every city and town in America.
They didn’t want anything to cause further chaos, or flood ER’s with people claiming to be sickly (when they really aren’t), thus wasting time and resources… when they really didn’t have a serious (or real covid-19) medical issue… which seems to be what happened in some countries, and in turn helped SPREAD THE VIRUS.
They knew the tests weren’t fast, easy, or perfect. Further, they knew that a negative today didn’t mean a person won’t ‘get it’ later that day, or the next; and that a positive test had to be confirmed and validated, especially if the person is asymptomatic.
However, the irresponsible media (and a handful of irresponsible politicians) have pushed their listeners/watchers to a whole new level of fear, panic, and have caused more harm than this ‘pandemic’ likely ever could have! They seem more focused on either trying to GET MONEY & MORE RESOURCES, and/or playing politics, rather than honestly try to help SOLVE THE PROBLEM and reduce panic.
Some media sources are willing to push FAKE NEWS and make FAKE CLAIMS (like the ‘death rate’ is 10% in Italy, or 2 to 3% here in America… which are absolutely false). Some fools in both the media, and even some in politics, have actually publicly ‘wished for deaths’ of some groups of people. That’s sad. Seriously, there is no reason for ‘over dramatizing’ that many people in the MEDIA are actively doing.
Apparently, according to some of the fear mongers,’ the zombie apocalypse we’ve all heard about for the last forty years is now upon us. That’s honestly NOT the case… in reality. Most people that can actually step back from feelings long enough to DO THE MATH, would quickly know that.
Look at THE LAWS that were created long ago. The FEDS are getting those things – when and where they can, but if a state governor has access, they are AUTHORIZED to ORDER THEM THEMSELVES (with the FEDS GUARANTEEING PAYMENT for certain things… because they would likely get faster service (that way). And SOME STATES have laws blocking the ‘federal government’ from DOING FOR THEM. In some states, the ‘law’ was they ‘had to wait to get it FROM THE FEDS’ … or had to have their state officials (or citizens) VOTE on whether or not to allow the feds to help, prior to Trump LIFTING & EXPANDING things. Now, states have MULTIPLE OPTIONS.
Supposedly, a couple of the states had MANUFACTURING FACILITIES in their state, and a more direct line on the ordering. Ugh ~ how people twist stuff. Sad… really…
However, we also have ‘politicians’ like cuomo both OVER PAYING FOR masks (admitted to paying more than $7.00 for masks than normally cost $0.85)… and then waste them on purpose by testing over 240,000 people to have a net gain of just 16,000 ‘positives’ (so he can claim more urgency and cases than Washington or California).
There are a deluge of federal laws, as if they weren’t enough to limit healthcare resources, there are also state laws getting in the way. Some of these could either protect or set up monopolies, and generally preventing more being done. Prior to the actions Trump took, if your state isn’t willing to rescind laws and regulations that disallow federal help, you don’t have much reason to expect Uncle Sam to override your decisions. At the same point, there were a couple newer Executive Orders that blocked federal money from going to SANCTUARY STATES. So, it’s a bit of a conundrum in places. Check out the Certificate of Need (CON), because it can be a nasty double edged beast that will likely get in the way of expanding capacity.
Click the link below to learn more: CON-Certificate of Need State Laws
Seriously, it has nothing to do with Trump. He honestly wasn’t our first or fifth pick, just the ‘better than hillary’ pick… be damn thankful it is him, and not criminal clinton at the helm right now! Because I do believe things would have been far worse under her rule than either obama or Trump’s.
Remember the H1N1 outbreak under obama? Granted, hind-sight is 20/20, but still, look at those numbers: CDC estimates that from Oct. 1st 2009 To Mar. 07 2010
51 Million Americans Got The Swine Flu (H1N1)
24 Million Medical Visits
670,000 People Hospitalized
55,000 DEATHS = which worked out to an average of 2,290/Deaths Week, or about 327 per day, during the Swine Flu Pandemic outbreak
This virus doesn’t care about politics, party lines, race, ethnicity, income, class, education, orientation, gender, or any other dividing factors. NOR SHOULD WE IN THE BATTLE AGAINST IT! Now is not the time to be either prejudice OR ‘PC’ (politically correct). We need to know WHO it targets the most, how and why. It ticks me off when people try to make it political! It is not, but it ticks me off far more when ANY politician, from any party, ABUSES POWER, fearmongers, and attempts to manipulate things to get more money from the federal government (i.e, TAXPAYERS).
PANIC IS NOT THE ANSWER! Nor is over reaction or misinformation! CONSIDER THE MATH…
One of the best ‘counters’ for the numbers regarding the spread of the virus I’ve seen is here… but ignore the ‘total tests’ – as that number is not accurate, it claims 2,082,433 on April 8th, but 2m tests were surpassed a few days ago. They’ve finally REMOVED the “percentages” from the USA numbers, because they were grossly misleading and wrongly calculated.
3,700 cases, 64 deaths – in the USA as of midnight 03-15-20
6,509 cases, 115 deaths – as of midnight 03-17-20
10,816 cases, 161 deaths – as of noon 03-19-20 … (218 serious or critical)
NOTE: on the 20th and 21st, more than 254,000 test results were done in NY, WA, and CA – which added about 16,000 ‘positive cases’ to the tally – though many were asymptomatic, and non-life threatening. It wasn’t really that many ‘new’ people… but people that were tested. Remember, MORE THAN 90% of those tested were negative!
19,648 cases, 263 deaths – as of midnight 03-20-20 … (64 serious or critical)
32,356 cases, 414 deaths – as of 6pm 03-22-20 (795 serious or critical)
53,655 cases, 698 deaths – as of 6pm 03-24-20 (1,175 serious or critical)
116,057 cases, 1,937 deaths – as of noon 03-28-20 (2,666 serious or critical)
Note: 29 & 30 – more than 1 MILLION TESTS were done in America
164,266 cases, 3,170 deaths – as midnight 03-30-20 (3,512 serious or critical)
Note: April 1 & 2 over 1.8 MILLION Tests have been done in America!
(Notice that the additional 800,000 tests only produced about 80,000 cases)
242,874 cases, 5,864 deaths – as 6pm 04-02-20 (5,421 serious or critical)
336,830 cases, 9,618 deaths – as midnight 04-05-20 (8,702 serious or critical)
Note: April 8th about 2.6 MILLION Tests done in America, but exact numbers are unknown, because some officials have ceased reporting ‘negative test results.’
400,549 cases, 12,857 deaths – as 7am 04-08-20 (9,169 serious or critical)
On April 8th, 59% of the total deaths in our nation (7,566) come from just three states: New York, New Jersey, and Michigan, and then in about 10 counties.
Hopes, Prayer’s, and Positive Thoughts for ALL … those suffering, the families of those that have passed, AND FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS working on solutions and caring for the sick! Two emergency room (ER) doctors have tested positive for COVID-19 here in America, and are in critical condition, Dr. William Jaquis, the president of the American College of Emergency Physicians announced on Saturday (March 14). One is a man in his 40s in Washington state; another is a 70-year-old physician, James Pruden, in Paterson, New Jersey, who was leading the emergency preparedness plan at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center. While both of these cases are very sad, we have to consider their health… exhaustion level (many have been working 16 to 20 hour days, 6 and 7 days a week, trying to help people, and define the problem). Hours upon hours of continued exposure saturation, just the virus getting through one time is all it took in their weakened state. A couple doctors, and few nurses, here in American have passed away from Covid-19.
The W.H.O. (world health organization) can’t be trusted any more than the numbers from China can be trusted. If you want to learn more, check out Tucker Carlson’s report.
As of April 8th, China claims a total of 3,333 dead… but their numbers have been challenged, and are suspected of being a fraction of reality, when the communist leaders literally had people locked in their homes and apartments for quarantine. Remember, they have 1.437 Billion people! Their ‘normal’ annual mortality rate of 7.13 deaths per 1000 inhabitants from natural causes, which works out to 10,251,285 annual deaths ‘normally.’ Which is 28,086 people PER DAY… under normal circumstances, in the country of China!
Just the one Provence – Wuhan, where the outbreak started – has a whopping 10,607,700 people.
The official numbers as of 30 March midnight PST, with significant containment efforts, such as closing boarders, schools, and prohibiting public gatherings are happening around the world:
Italy has 165,155 cases and 21,645 deaths (population of 60,487,409);
Spain, 180,659 cases and 18,812 deaths (population 46,749,548);
China, 82,341 cases and 3,342 deaths (pop 1,437,767,915)
USA, 644,089 cases, and 28,529 deaths (pop 330,457,064 citizens/380m persons);
France, 147,863 cases and 17,167 deaths (pop 65,270,000);
Iran, 76,389 cases and 4,777 deaths (pop 83,671,720);
UK, 98,476 cases, and 12,868 deaths (pop 67,785,900);
Netherlands, 28,153 cases, and 3,134 deaths (pop 17,124,295);
Germany, 134,753 cases and 3,804 deaths (pop: 81,453,631);
Belgium, 33,573 cases and 4,440 deaths (pop 11,575,627);
Switzerland, 26,336 cases and 1,239 deaths (pop 8,636,778);
Turkey, 69,392 cases and 1,518 deaths (pop 83,835,750);
Brazil, 28,746 cases and 1,757 deaths (pop 213,863,000);
South Korea, 10,591 cases and 225 deaths (pop 51,256,069);
Portugal, 18,091 cases and 599 deaths (pop 10,204,431);
Indonesia, 5,136 cases and 469 deaths (pop 272,718,474);
Sweden, 11,927 cases and 1,203 deaths (pop 10,099,265);
Canada, 28,379 cases and 1,010 deaths (pop 37,599,000);
Mexico, 5,847 cases and 449 deaths (pop 128,296,802);
India, 12,370 cases and 422 deaths (pop 1,373,603,573 );
To date, WORLDWIDE:
2,083,304 Total Cases,
134,615 Total Deaths , with about
51,142 ‘serious/critical’ …
7.9 BILLION in a total world population
approximately 1 in every 10,000 tests positive;
averaging 1 in every 208,000 persons have died from this virus.
308,684 confirmed recovered
Counties with less prepared healthcare systems have higher rates per capita.
The POPULATION, population DENSITY, and PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION must take a bigger roll ‘in the numbers’… as should the existence of PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS (co-morbidity & vulnerability) that any virus would attempt to exploit.
In addition, ‘positive cases’ is a completely bogus number… while the number of HOSPITALIZATIONS & pre-existing conditions, density, and population are solid numbers, which are NOT PUBLICLY SHARED. The reality is the number of cases WILL ABSOLUTELY CLIMB as more testing is done… so long as the virus is circulating, and the reality that ‘the virus’ exists. There is also speculation that the virus actually existed in America BEFORE the person they believe to be ‘patient zero’ arrived on January 20th, 2020.
Mathematically, while the unexpected deaths are in fact sad, how many were truly ‘unexpected?’ If they were already sick, immune compromised, or otherwise less than healthy… might any virus have drastically caused a challenge? There is evidence that some ‘numbers’ on the death toll have been ‘natural causes’ or not covid-19 as a primary cause.
There aren’t many demographics, but this is what’s known:
- ~ 100% of that tested ‘positive’ in the US were in DIRECT CONTACT with the virus (droplets breathed, or transfered by hand)
- ~ at least 50% of the people that ‘get’ the virus are asymptomatic
- ~ only a very small percentage of symptomatic people have been hospitalized,
- ~ 80% of those testing positive have lost their sense of smell or taste
- ~ 80 – 90% that have had to be intubated have co-morbidity (compromised immune system, obesity, diabetes, hyper saturation)
- ~ 75 – 85% of those intubated or that passed away were EITHER heavy smokers, or were in an area of heavy pollution (particularly the particle named PM 2.5)
- ~ ‘males’ are TWICE AS LIKELY to die as females… if there are severe symptoms.
- ~ prolonged hyper-exposure and saturation is also a key factor
At this point, we don’t know how many were immune compromised, have other co-morbidity, or would have historically died of the flu… their ages, or other circumstances.
Again, the math matters… and demonstrates that the reality of the situation, and differences, in each of the countries. Notice many are NOT asking for more detailed demographics of those that have serious illness or died. Also, I find it interesting that there has been an international push for a ‘shut down’ and ‘public closures’ for EVERYONE, rather than just ‘safe isolation’ of the vulnerable and those MOST IN DANGER, combined with EDUCATION and rational awareness building.
Yes, we feel for those that have died, suffered, but the numbers are significantly different HERE IN THE STATES than most any of the foreign countries, because of different standards of sanitation, healthcare, awareness, general health, and support. This is especially important, considering the virus has been actively spread in the United States for just over two months now.
Hong Kong and Singapore were both hit early in January with the virus, but each has few cases (256/4 and 385/0 respectively). Much of western Europe was hit late, but have more than 10 times those numbers. On the 1st of March Italy had only three cases in the entire country, the 20th they have 47,021 cases and 4,032 deaths, 22nd they have 59,138 cases and 5,476; 24th they have 69,176 cases and 6,820 deaths, on the 30th their numbers were 101,739 cases and 11,591 deaths.
On face value, the difference is HOW governments… AND THE PEOPLE… responded to the virus, and how seriously the citizens took their personal, and social, responsibility.
I don’t honestly want anyone to think anyone should attempt to make this situation political. Sadly, the fact that ‘shut downs’ – bans – lock downs – and quarantines have happening – it does involve the government, and rightly so in SOME AREAS. But things are not like what many in the lame stream media have attempted to push.
- Sadly, as store shelves prove, the lame-stream media’s fearmongering, and push of misconceptions, and misunderstanding of the facts & figures, and failure to STOP AND QUESTION, THEN THINK and RESPOND… will lead to PANIC and HOARDING, which quickly outweighs common sense…
- It’s NOT like in the movies (or tv shows): “OUTBREAK,” “Containment,” “CONTAGION,” “Pandemic,” or any of the others.
- In general, Covid-19 is NOT killing physically healthy people… though some medical staff have sadly fallen, there has been no information about their health or state of being prior to their infection… or how exposed or exhausted they were prior to getting it themselves.
- It can be spread, just like the flu, from healthy people to those that have weak or compromised immune systems.
Understanding HOW some of the numbers counted is important. What the media is saying, what conman cuomo claims, and why the CDC is REQUIRING TESTING NOW (because they knew cuomo and a couple other hot spots were padding the numbers)… is important.
It is also interesting to note that the ‘testing’ is often nothing more than a nasal swab – as ‘does that person have the virus in their nasal cavity?’ NOT ‘did they actually DIE BECAUSE OF’ or ‘SUFFER FROM’ the covid-19 DISEASE? If yes, they should be counted, but their co-morbidity listed (if any). In no, then it absolutely shouldn’t be counted as a ‘covid death. For those ‘death numbers’ – the information should determine if it actually and negatively impact their blood stream, lungs, brain, or body. WE WILL NEVER KNOW on 99% of the cases, unless they were hospitalized, blood work was done, or they were intubated.
Again, death is sad… we sincerely feel for those that lost lives, those that lost loved ones… but the covid-19 ‘death count’ should not be those that *might be* positive, or just caught ‘the virus’ – the count should be limited to those that dies BECAUSE OF IT! Not just because they *might* have been infected. How is it different than any issue that causes mass deaths? Or a situation where many people can & will likely die, like the YEARLY FLU SEASON that targets people with weak immune systems, and are otherwise VULNERABLE?!?!?!
The difference is the MEDIA … and the pandering politicians that have made THIS INTO SOMETHING bigger, because THEY SAY SO, and because they KNEW the numbers would likely climb, and could easily become padded.
Remember, New York in 2017 had nearly 160,000 deaths… NORMALLY! That is OVER 12,000 deaths PER MONTH UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES. conman cuomo is attempting to NOT ALLOW A CRISIS TO GO TO WASTE!
NOTE: Number of deaths reported in this table are the total number of deaths received and coded as of the date of analysis and do not represent all deaths that occurred in that period.
*Data during this period are incomplete because of the lag in time between when the death occurred and when the death certificate is completed, submitted to NCHS and processed for reporting purposes. This delay can range from 1 week to 8 weeks or more, depending on the jurisdiction, age, and cause of death. In the
Table these are the codes.
1Deaths with confirmed or presumed COVID-19, coded to ICD–10 code U07.1.
2Pneumonia death counts exclude pneumonia deaths involving influenza.
3Influenza death counts include deaths with pneumonia or COVID-19 also listed as a cause of death.
4Population is based on 2018 postcensal estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau (9)
Diamond Princess Mysteries
One of the very best ‘articles’ I’ve seen that explains some ‘common sense’ math, ratios, and deals with the actual ‘petri-dish’ type experimentation (after the fact) with the data that was made available. This is what happened on the ENTIRE CRUISE SHIP with 3,711 people that were quarantined, together… 2,552 were 50+ years old, and as of the writing, all 7 that had passed away were over 70 years old.
March 16th 2020
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach
OK, here are my questions. We had a perfect petri-dish coronavirus disease (COVID-19) experiment with the cruise ship “Diamond Princess”. That’s the cruise ship that ended up in quarantine for a number of weeks after a number of people tested positive for the coronavirus. I got to wondering what the outcome of the experiment was.
So I dug around and found an analysis of the situation, with the catchy title of Estimating the infection and case fatality ratio for COVID-19 using age-adjusted data from the outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship (PDF), so I could see what the outcomes were.
As you might imagine, before they knew it was a problem, the epidemic raged on the ship, with infected crew members cooking and cleaning for the guests, people all eating together, close living quarters, lots of social interaction, and a generally older population. Seems like a perfect situation for an overwhelming majority of the passengers to become infected.
And despite that, some 83% (82.7% – 83.9%) of the passengers never got the disease at all … why?
Let me start by looking at the age distribution of the Diamond Princess, along with the equivalent age distribution for the entire US.
Figure 1. Number of passengers by age group on the Diamond Princess (solid) and expected number of passengers given current US population percentages (hatched).
When as a young man I lived in a port town with cruise ships calling, we used to describe the passengers as “newlyweds and nearlydeads”. Hmmm … through some improbable series of misunderstandings and coincidences, I’m in the orange zone now … but I digress …
In any case, Figure 1 shows the preponderance of … mmm … I’ll call them “folks of a certain distinguished age” on the Diamond Princess. Folks you’d expect to be hit by diseases.
Next, here’s the breakdown of how many people didn’t get the virus, by age group:
Figure 2. Percentage of unaffected passengers on the Diamond Princess. “Whiskers” on the plot show the uncertainty of each percentage.
In addition to the low rate of disease incidence (83% didn’t get it), the curious part of Figure 2 for me is that there’s not a whole lot of difference between young and old passengers in terms of how many didn’t get coronavirus. For example, sixty to sixty-nine-year-old passengers stayed healthier than teenagers. And three-quarters of the oldest group, those over eighty, didn’t get the virus. Go figure. Buncha virus resistant old geezers, I guess …
Next, slightly less than half the passengers (48.6% ± 2.0%) who got the disease showed NO symptoms. If this disease is so dangerous, how come half the people who got it showed no symptoms at all? Here’s the breakdown by age:
Figure 3. Percentage of Diamond Princess passengers who had coronavirus but were symptom-free. There was only one illness among the youngest group, and they were symptom-free. As in Figure 2, the “whiskers” on each bar of the graph show the uncertainty.
Again, a curious distribution. Young and old were more likely to be symptom-free, while people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s were more likely to show symptoms. Who knew?
There were a total of 7 deaths among those on board. All of them were in people over seventy. So even though the generally young were more likely to show symptoms if they had it, it hits old people the hardest.
Finally, according to the study, the age-adjusted infection fatality rate was 1.2% (0.38%–2.7%). Note the wide uncertainty range, due to the small number of deaths.
For me, this is all good news. 83% of the people on the ship didn’t get it, despite perfect conditions for transmission. If you get it, you have about a 50/50 chance of showing no symptoms at all. And the fatality rate is lower than the earlier estimates of 2% or above.
It is particularly valuable to know that about half the cases are asymptomatic. It lets us adjust a mortality rate calculated from observations, since half of the cases are symptom-free and likely unobserved. It also gives a better idea of how many cases there are in a given population.
To close out, I took a look at the current state of play of total coronavirus deaths in a few selected countries. Figure 4 shows that result.
Figure 4. Deaths from coronavirus in four countries. Note that the scale is logarithmic, so an exponential growth rate plots as a straight line. Blue scale on right shows the deaths as a percentage of the total population.
At this point at least, it doesn’t appear that we are following the Italian trajectory. However … it’s still early days.
Finally, a plea for proportion. US coronavirus deaths are currently at 67 [when this was originally written], we’ll likely see ten times that number, 670 or so, might be a thousand or three … meanwhile, 3,100 people die in US traffic accidents … and that’s not 3,100 once in a decade, or 3,100 per year. That’s 3,100 dead from auto accidents EACH AND EVERY MONTH … proportion …
My best to all on a day with both sun and rain here, what’s not to like?
Terminology: Yes, I know that the virus is now called 2019-nCoV, that it stands for 2019 novel CoronaVirus, and that the disease is called Covid-19, and that it stands for CoronaVirus Disease 2019 … so sue me. I write to be understood.
Data: For those interested in getting the data off the web using the computer language R, see the method I used here.
Other Data: A big hat tip to Stephen Mosher for alerting me to this site, where you can model epidemics to your heart’s content … Mosh splits his working time between Seoul and Beijing, he’s in the heart of the epidemic seeing it up close and personal, and he knows more about it than most.
As of March 26th, ~ Talking about a DNR is NOT necessary, and the infection is NOT what the media is claiming! https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/03/26/dr_birx_coronavirus_data_doesnt_match_the_doomsday_media_predictions_or_analysis.html
As of March 23rd, 2020 ~ “More than 800 cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases occurred during outbreaks on three cruise ship voyages, and cases linked to several additional cruises have been reported across the United States. Transmission occurred across multiple voyages from ship to ship by crew members; both crew members and passengers were affected; 10 deaths associated with cruise ships have been reported to date.”
“During February 7–23, 2020, the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases outside mainland China occurred on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined in the port of Yokohama, Japan, on February 3 (3). On March 6, cases of COVID-19 were identified in persons on the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California; that ship was subsequently quarantined. By March 17, confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been associated with at least 25 additional cruise ship voyages. On February 21, CDC recommended avoiding travel on cruise ships in Southeast Asia; on March 8, this recommendation was broadened to include deferring all cruise ship travel worldwide for those with underlying health conditions and for persons aged ≥65 years. On March 13, the Cruise Lines International Association announced a 30-day voluntary suspension of cruise operations in the United States (5). CDC issued a level 3 travel warning on March 17, recommending that all cruise travel be deferred worldwide.†“
There is another group out of Japan that I’ve seen do some strange math with the Cruise Ship; and failed to ask (or answer) some (I think) VITAL QUESTIONS about some of the numbers and known facts (a link to their stuff at the end):
Covid-19 is NOT a ‘vector based’ transmission, like with zeka virus, so at this point there is NO EVIDENCE that insects are able to transmit the disease. However, to the best of our knowledge, there has been no direct testing with mosquitos… and whether they have the ability to ‘suck up’ the virus from one person, or if they do… how long it might last in them.
There is an article/post/claim circulating fakebook that claims ‘YOUR BLOOD TYPE will determine if you will get the virus or die from it’ – THAT IS NOT TRUE! Some doctors have actually looked into it. Their response: “If you are blood group A, you have an extra sugar on the surface of your cells called anacitosal glucosamine, which you don’t have if you are blood group O [that part is true]. And, such differences in sugars on the surface of cells can account for people with a certain blood type being more likely to be infected by a certain virus. [that is also true, key is ‘more likely’]
“However, the concept that individuals with different ABO blood groups would differ in their susceptibility or resistance to viral and bacterial infections and diseases has been explored since the early 1900s.” Dr. Kirsten Hokeness, of Bryant University, said. Contrary to the social media claims.
Dr. William Petri of the University of Virginia did not completely discount the findings, but like other researchers, suggested that more testing is needed… more data and cases with known demographics to compare. “If you are blood group A you shouldn’t be more scared,” Petri said, “The study shows very small changes in susceptibility. It goes from 31% of people who reportedly didn’t have COVID-19 versus 38% who did. So it’s tiny changes and it hasn’t been replicated and the study has not yet been peer-reviewed. [a 7% net total difference within the few that were studied in the group, not necessarily statistically significant]
There are other factors regarding blood, aside from JUST TYPE, that will likely play a larger role in the infection, aquistion and level of severity. Such as the Fibrinogen, C-reactive protein, Platelet count, Alkaline phosphatase, and Lactate dehydrogenase levels.
There is no evidence that Covid-19 can be transmitted TO HORSES or LIVESTOCK. However, with that said, IF an infected person coughs on a horse, and a non-infected person comes by and pets that horse while the virus is still alive, the non-infected person could potentially get it… just as if they picked up anything contaminated by an infected person. But the horse, cows, pigs, and other large animals appear to be safe from ‘getting’ the disease at this point.
Canine respiratory coronavirus (CRCoV) is a group 2 coronavirus. It is genetically related to the bovine coronavirus (which can cause respiratory infections in cattle) and the human coronavirus that causes the “common cold” in people. CRCoV is NOT related to the group 1 enteric coronavirus that can cause diarrhea in dogs. CRCoV is also sometimes referred to as ‘Kennel Cough.’
HOWEVER, You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people.
“A dog tested “positive” [for covid-19] in Hong Kong” ~ REALLY! But you don’t hear anything about that in the media.
The canine patient, a 17-year-old Pomeranian, was in close contact with an infected human, who likely was shedding large quantities of the virus. [‘shedding’ = coughing droplets containing the virus, and touch with hands that also contained the virus of the infected]. Authorities quarantined and tested the dog. In short, there was coronavirus on the dog just like there was coronavirus on the floor in the room [which is why we also pointed out to BE AWARE & CAREFUL of the BOTTOM OF YOUR SHOES after being out in public, where an infected person might have spit].
The dog was not infected or diseased on Febuary 26th. Subsequent tests revealed weak positive results for the nasal and oral samples taken on February 28 and for the nasal samples on March 2 and March 5. The weak positive result 5 and 8 days after the dog was removed from the home where the person was sick suggests the dog has a low-level infection, which was likely caused by a case of human-to-animal transmission.
On March 18, after their owner tested positive for COVID-19, two dogs were placed in quarantine. One of those dogs, a 2-year-old German shepherd, tested positive while the other dog was negative. As in the previous case, it is likely another instance of human-to-animal transmission.
All pet mammals from households with confirmed human cases of COVID-19 will be placed under quarantine and veterinary surveillance for 14 days in Hong Kong.
Contrary to what some in the media have claimed, and while there is still no indication that pets can shed the virus [to people] at this time, it makes sense that SALIVA or bodily fluids FROM AN INFECTED ANIMAL that has the virus COULD logically transfer. Also, a pet that ‘has’ the virus ON ITS FUR, because it was around a seriously infected human, could also potentially transfer the virus if a third party petted it [or touched the virus].
More info on the CANINE version of the coronavirus:
March 19, 2020, update: The previously positive quarantined dog in Hong Kong was released on March 14 after negative tests. The dog died two days later. No necropsy was performed on the 17-year-old Pomeranian, but the dog likely died from causes other than COVID-19 as it had never displayed any clinical signs of illness.“
Source on the Hong Kong dog testing positive: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/pet_column/coronavirus-pets/
It’s important to understand that Veterinarians are very familiar with other coronaviruses. As they have been treating animals for them, and doing research on them for over 40 years.
Similar but different coronavirus species cause several common diseases in domestic animals. Many dogs, for example, are vaccinated for another species of coronavirus (Canine Coronavirus) as puppies. However, this vaccine does not cross protect for COVID-19.
From WSAVA, Dundas, Ontario Canada
“Coronaviruses belong to the family Coronaviridae. Alpha-and beta-coronaviruses usually infect mammals, while gamma and delta coronaviruses usually infect birds and fish. Canine coronavirus, which can cause mild diarrhea and feline coronavirus, which can cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), are both alpha-coronaviruses. These coronaviruses are not associated with the current coronavirus outbreak.
Until the appearance of SARS-Cov-2, which belongs to the beta-coronaviruses, there were only six known coronaviruses capable of infecting humans and causing respiratory disease, including the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus SARS-CoV (identified in 2002/2003) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus MERS-CoV (identified in 2012). SARS-Cov-2 is genetically more related to SARS-CoV than MERS-CoV, but both are beta-coronaviruses with their origins in bats. While it is not known whether COVID-19 will behave the same way as SARS and MERS, the information from both of these earlier coronaviruses can inform recommendations concerning COVID-19.
The canine coronavirus vaccines available in some global markets are intended to protect against enteric [intestinal] coronavirus infection and are NOT licensed for protection against respiratory infections.[nor is there known evidence, at this point, that shows they can help in any way] Veterinarians should NOT use such vaccines in the face of the current outbreak thinking that there may be some form of cross-protection against SARS-Cov-2. Again, there is absolutely no evidence that vaccinating dogs with commercially available vaccines will provide cross-protection against infection by COVID-19, since the enteric and respiratory viruses are distinctly different variants of coronavirus. No vaccines are currently available in any market for respiratory coronavirus infection.” [Information from the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group]
Here are some pretty informative videos, for those that appreciate that type of learning (over reading).
The ‘official’ US Government website: https://www.coronavirus.gov/
Interim Guidance for Public Health Professionals Managing People With COVID-19 in Home Care and Isolation Who Have Pets or Other Animals (Click Here)
Keeping Pets Healthy Keeps People Healthy Too! (Click Here)
There are some people that feel Trump is somehow to blame. Those people failed to understand what he’s really done, the good and bad regarding this outbreak. Just how much things have slowed by him closing the borders, pushing for some bipartisan legislation for federal assistance to close off travel from other countries, quarantine some of those coming from infected situations, and trying to MINIMIZE panic.
One person made the following statement, parroting some fake news idiot “Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Trump [told the nation’s governors]. Nothing like being caught back on your heels. Worst Administration in history!!”
Their hate for Trump and IGNORANCE should NOT be a beacon, but for some it seems to be.
That is NOT WHAT President Trump SAID. In reality, “IF THEY WANT TO TRY TO… THEY CAN… and MIGHT HAVE A BETTER or FASTER SOURCE” were part of the words Trump said, that were purposefully left out (of the false claims). Clearly, those twisting the words, or trying to make this virus about Trump (or even political) suffer from TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome)… which is frankly very sad; to have so much hate they have either have selective hearing or a willingness to twist the truth, as well as what was really said or done.
Personally, it’s a tough call. Dr. Serota might have had it spot on when he said, “The over reaction is exponentially worse than the actual problem and in 2020 the over reactions I’m seeing are remarkable.”
Specifically,… this is exactly what Trump said (if you’re interested)
I can speculate on why congress, governor’s from certain states, and some people in society are reacting as they are; but it would be just speculation… for many it’s a gross over reaction, political, and potentially even financial. As the old saying goes, “Never let a good crisis to go to waste.” It appears that some politicians (and the lame stream media) are taking those words to heart. For some it might be honest fear (transitive concerns, but more likely it’s of the unknown, the maybe, or could be… or some completely false association with some movie or TV show they saw).
The opening line of the 1995 movie “Out Break” is a quote: “The single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is the VIRUS.” ~ Joshua Lederberg, Ph. D Nobel laureate.
The government has been trying to ‘deal with’ and ‘procure’ (even paid a whole lot of money for nothing, after the last pandemic). You can read more about the ventilators that have been ‘on-order’ for decades here.
Honestly, I’m not sure it’s not irresponsible, knee jerk reactions, and politicians claiming to be well meaning… that love SPENDING OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY… that doesn’t threaten this nation more than any virus. Personalizing and goveroning from fear is NOT a wise answer.
Shutting down the borders, and promoting positive awareness and education is important, and is vital to SLOWING DOWN THE spread of the virus.
There were a lot of ‘organizations’ and way too many in congress pushing for more funding for this or that ‘special interest’ BEFORE the virus hit our shores. They wanted to widen their budgets, and that were asking the government for more, to raise the debt ceiling, ignore it, or even eliminate it completely, long before Covid-19. Many weren’t getting it THEN, because ‘we’ (the people) are 23 Trillion in debt, and growing; with another 90 to 120 Trillion waiting in the shadows, of bills already passed in the 110th & 111th congressional sessions (thank goodness there was a debt ceiling).
‘Hunker Down’ is what the CDC is urging Americans to do
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that no gatherings of 10 to 25 to 50 people be held in the U.S. for the next two months, one of the federal government’s most sweeping efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. However, when fear was stirred up, and the media made claims of this unknown virus taking out 3% of ‘the population’ and ‘being worse than’ swine flu. Fear went on red alert. It didn’t matter IF it was true, only that it was claimed, and repeated… and some deaths actually happened. Just to be clear, from April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, the CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases of H1N1 (swine flu). Of which 274,304 hospitalizations, and 12,469 deaths in the United States. And today we have the media is claiming this corvid-19 virus is worse…
The media, and most of the left, have tried to personalize it… to scare people into awareness. To frighten people with claims of death, mayham, and more suffering. They’ve told you that YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID! We don’t have a vaccine (yet), there is no protection (at this point) and everyone, everywhere, is in danger. Science is actively looking for solutions, but they’ll need to spend a trillion dollars or more, to help you survive. At least that is what those wanting to spend taxpayer’s money claim. According to them, even if you don’t get it… you could unknowingly help spread it… merely by being near them. The latest, is that the ‘infection’ will be around for decades.
For most citizens, there was a pause, wanting more information… demanding facts, not wanting to jump on the fear wagon, and having some awareness of the ‘corona virus’ from the animal world, and years past. Many wanting to help… at least do their part, to protect themselves, and their family & friends, customers, clients, and patients.
I’m still NOT ASKING YOU FOR ANYTHING BUT A LITTLE TIME to help educate and inform people so we might help STOP knee jerk reactions… and instill some COMMON SENSE REALITY to the situation. If you are in agreement, even if just 51%… PLEASE SHARE THE ORIGINAL EMAIL or the link to this page. Because of the fearmongering, organizations, groups, and agencies are getting huge funding; emergency congressional funding, many based on disinformation… so they can claim to research and supposedly help… in some way with this latest virus. We are asking for nothing, but AWARENESS and COMMON SENSE.
In reality, the over reaction is exponentially worse than the actual problem! Do you remember Y2K? All they hype and hyperbole? All the irrational, illogical, and outright lies the media and powers to be were telling people? Planes didn’t fall out of the sky. Sewer systems didn’t back up. Food & water supplies were NOT in jeopardy. People didn’t die, and life went on. But you wouldn’t have known that right up to the count down if you listened to the LAME STREAM media! Here, some have actually died. And all eyes, in the media – and left – are on Trump, hoping he’ll screw up, ready to blame him for any error, mistake, or lack of judgement. So, the government is set on over precaution, because ‘if’ it CAN kill – then current administrations, in multiple countries, want the least amount of negatives as possible in their nation! So they might be reelected, save their citizens, and avoid chaos within their borders. They are locking things down, closing borders with little to no warning, and trying to push for people to BECOME AWARE!
January 2020, when the covid-19 virus was described ‘as it was’ – a FLU VIRUS, everyone thought, ‘ok – don’t want it, but we’ll be fine.’ China proclaims some deaths on January 30th, and Trump institutes travel limits on China and the left media initially claims he’s over reacting.
As of 13 March 2020, reported by the CDC in the USA, 41 Deaths and Total Cases 1,629 This data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan.
Then other countries start reporting cases… including a nursing home in late February here in the USA, Washington State. A few days later, the WHO (world health organization) pushed it to a “PANDEMIC” title, and suddenly store shelves are devoid of toilet paper, anti-bacterial products, and empty of staple food supplies.
The media is still riddled with tons of MISINFORMATION and fearmongering, causing unnecessary panic among those that seem to feel they are ‘at risk’ and ‘everyone is going to get it’ and ‘3% of the population is going to die.’ THOSE THINGS ARE NOT TRUE!
There really is some good to great information out there, backed by facts and logic. Info that deals with what most American’s can expect, and how they can help themselves, and their loved ones.
I don’t think people are ‘cold hearted’ about the covid-19 virus when they say “DO NOT PANIC, BECAUSE a) it’s like a bad flu, and b) only those that *might* have died if they got bad flu appear to be the only group seriously affected. (immune compromised elderly and already sick could be in jeopardy… but they would be in jeopardy with any infection). That is a reality… that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t care… or be careful, more aware, and try to help not spread (or get) it… it means that some RATIONAL precautions should be happening ALL THE TIME, not just when the media (or WHO) claims something is spreading.
Death, especially because of sudden illness, is sad and bad… but up the immune system boosters (vitamin c especially, and broad spectrum general nutritional support), be sanitary, – WASH YOUR HANDS, especially after touching things strangers touched, and avoid enclosed tight spaces with strangers (or protect yourself if you do travel in planes, trains, subway, buses, even taxi’s that had other’s touching the surfaces you’re now touching). Keep people from coughing on you. Keep your dirty hands away from your face, nose, eyes… especially if they aren’t just YOUR OWN GERMS! If you have to cough, do it in the crook of your arm – not your hand! Spreading your own germs is what it is, you’re body is used to YOUR GERMS… it’s strangers germs that might be the problem. The overgeneralized HUGE knee jerk reaction is what MOST SANE people were trying to avoid…
It wasn’t so much that ‘oh well, they were sick and gonna die anyway’ but more of a “DO NOT PANIC, because IT’s NOT GOING TO EFFECT 90% of the population at all, and of the 10% it will affect… 97% of those will be 100% fine. The morbidity rate might well be 10 to 20% (that get this virus), but the mortality rate is NOT 3%, but rather 3% of 10%… 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝟵𝟵.𝟵𝟳% 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗽𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲.
As of March 19th 2020:
Understand, 9,842 of those cases are “UNDER INVESTIGATION” – and NOT people ‘in’ the hospital, or necessarily ‘with’ the virus, but people with SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS that are awaiting test result confirmation. HUGE difference, and one of those ‘better safe than sorry’ type scenarios.
Science News followed the ‘Cruise Ship’ quarantined off the coast of Japan closely. “As of February 20, tests of most of the 3,711 people confined to the living space at sea, aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, confirmed that 634 cases, or 17%, had the virus; but 328 of them did not have symptoms at the time of diagnosis (about half).
Of those people with symptoms, the fatality ratio was 1.9%, Russell and colleagues calculated (from Science News). Of all infected, that ratio was 0.91%, with none dying that didn’t have symptoms.
Those 70 and older were most vulnerable, with an overall fatality ratio [of that group segment] was about 7.3% [if they showed symptoms].
Extrapolating those numbers to China, the team estimates 1.1% OF THE SYMPTOMATIC CASES there turned deadly. Considering asymptomatic cases drops that ratio to about 0.5 percent in China, the team calculated.
The problem with the ‘cruise ship’ calculations are that we don’t know the demographics (country of origin, state of health, or medical history) of the people were BEFORE the cruise… so none of that appear to be factored in, for a better snap shot of reality.
For example, individual health, physical shape, and broad-spectrum nutritional support and hydration are vastly different. Even more important right now. Some people go out of their way to stay active, and to be active, and maintain some positive level of health. Many don’t, and may be junk food junkies or have chronic issues. This cruise contained mostly seniors OVER 2500 of the passengers were seniors. It’s great to have a place to start, and a ‘controlled group’ to view the numbers, but there really (still) isn’t enough information… IMO (in my opinion) to claim a mortality rate of 0.5% (or higher).
I do think the morbidity rate could easily be in the 10 to 20% range… (morbidity is the LIKELIHOOD of getting symptoms, or getting the illness). But those number will likely lessen with AWARENESS and education about being more sanitary and keeping distance from strangers (washing/wiping what OTHER PEOPLE touch) happens.
I don’t know what’s being said out there on the left coast… but out here, on the east coast, there have been ‘wipes’ at the entrance of walmart and krogers for more than a couple years; to ‘wipe’ the handles of shopping carts, and your own hands, to help prevent the spread of germs. Awareness that some people spread germs, and can get other’s sick, has increased massively the last few years… so it should be no surprise that good information can help slow and prevent the spread, as well as the danger.
“For a while, life is not going to be the way it used to be in the United States,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Sunday. “We have to just accept that if we want to do what’s best for the American public.”
One of the things I find the most interesting is the concern for the lives of others with this virus, when there are so many homeless people, orphans, high suicide rates, broken homes, substance abuse problems, and even abortions. The double standards of those squawking the loudest speak volumes, about what the media deems as ‘important’ and ‘worthy’ of air time. Core values are often represented in the opinions people express.
Sadly, the national media is busy fanning the flames. The issues in New York City and surrounding areas are NOT even close to what the balance of the country are dealing with. BOTH New York and California are pushing for federal money, attempting to blame others (like Trump) for the outbreak in their area… and acting a lot like ‘Chicken Little’ (the sky is falling, the sky is falling). It seems NEITHER ARE CAPABLE OF DOING MATH!
New York state – in a population of NEARLY 8.5 MILLION PEOPLE has 15,801 cases, 114 deaths as of 4pm 3-22-2020. According to deBlasio, 35% of their current hospitalizations are people OVER 70 years old, and they’ve seen NO DEATHS in people from birth to 44 years old).
Mayor deBlasio FINALLY said some things I absolutely agree with:
- TESTING IS NOT THE ANSWER
- Testing should be done on AT RISK PEOPLE ONLY!
- A Negative Test Today IS MEANINGLESS
- Social Distancing is advised in Waiting LINES ALSO…
- Elective medical procedures should be POSTPONED or rescheduled
Como is pushing for federal money, AND GOT IT! He claims they project a ‘need’ or 110,000 ‘hospital beds’ for THIS crisis, and wants the feds to ‘nationalize’ medical supplies and all costs for dealing with this. Como said masks they WERE PAYING $0.85 for are NOW BEING PURCHASED FOR OVER $7.00 because of ‘supply & demand.’ Yet wants the feds to reimburse them. SMH (shaking my head) at the non-sense of his words, actions, and apparent lack of common sense! como’s gross over reaction, and manipulation – burning up over 61,000 ‘tests’ – to gain 4,800 ‘new cases’ – so he can push the tests through “new york’s” 200 labratories… and to boost the numbers in NY over other states… was NONSENSE!
Now como is talking about FORCING BUSINESSES TO PRODUCE… and forcing PEOPLE TO WORK (building masks, and medical equipment… and temporary hospitals)… at the expense of the federal government (and AMERICAN TAXPAYER’S). If making the masks was so easy, as he stated, then como and his staff should be rolling up their sleeves and start making them! That would be a far better use of his time than burning up the media whining about getting federal money, and the ‘defense production act.’
I absolutely don’t believe there is ANY science or proof that ‘earlier’ testing would have changed anything!
como mandating a forced a 50% increase of capacity for hospitals, and demanding 100% increase for ‘beds’ with a LAW?!?! Seriously?? How is that even remotely good or better for the people of New York? How he was elected to lead anything is amazing. como is FULL OF CRAP ON MANY THINGS! There is absolutely zero proof that the virus can live and transfer from objects after 24 hours! He’s being over dramatic, and purposefully trying to instill fear and judgement on everyone that isn’t ‘locking down’ … yet he wants to force people ‘to build’ masks and protective clothing, what an oxymoron! como just claimed that 40 to 80% of the population ‘will get this virus’ … do you see a hole in his neck? Because that fool is pulling numbers out of it! He’s also claiming that the ‘lock down’ is going to last for 6 to 9 months or more. Seriously? People with cognitive distortions or mental illness should not be elected to run anything in America!
The media’s over generalization and on going national coverage of como & deblasio’s press conferences… DOES NOT HELP THE REST OF THE STATES OR CITIZENS! But the lame-stream media is sensationalizing, headline chancing, apparently helps them stay relevant, and actually generate their profit. The media should be honestly educating, informing, and encouraging; but many aren’t (and frankly have helped make the problem worse in some geographies).
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Celebrities Testing Positives
Initially I had a list of ‘celebrities’ around the world that the media reported as testing ‘positive’ – or being in quarantine… or even passing away; but decided to remove it. Not that they don’t matter, but more so that they don’t necessarily matter ANY MORE than YOU… or any other person. They just had a name that was in the media at the time. I’ve purposefully removed the list from this page.
Having spend many years in crowds at a variety of events, it quickly becomes clear that public celebrities, security personnel, and those attending the big events would be more likely to become infected with what ever virus was circulating at the time. Celebrities, politicians, and musicians merely because they shake hands, give hugs, and are often in close contact with strangers often many times a week.
Next up are the public local known’s: the healthcare workers, teachers, cashiers, sales people, and small business owners… that are constantly interacting with the general public. Awareness is key… sanitation important, and I sincerely hope some of those germaphob’s feel vindicated and justified from their years of paranoia and hyper cleanliness.
Cases in U.S. according to the CDC, click here
The key is to NOT PANIC! Do NOT jump on the bandwagons of over reaction, over generalization, or panic some politicians have tried to paint and promote. Yes, it is sad… but the problem will NOT BE SOLVED with emotion! You and your family won’t be saved by emotion in the event of a crisis! Just like when dealing with a wild and unpredictable animal… WE MUST KEEP A CLEAR HEAD, rational response, and reasonable distance!
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ~ Harry S Truman
Understanding the numbers
1% = .01 or 1 in 100, .01% = .0001 or 1 in 10,000, and
.0001% = .000001 or in 1,000,000
The Covid-19 numbers are kind of like Chicago Gun Violence numbers… in general, at first glance… or if you are ‘there’ in the area (of a hot zone)… they can be scary huge, but upon a closer look the vast majority really impacts only certain areas, and then usually only certain types of people (criminals and gang-bangers for the greater part of Chicago is perfectly safe… and Corona targets the vulnerable with a weak immune system). Yes, innocents are sometimes harmed, but THEY ARE IN THAT AREA. Whereas Covid CAN be contracted by ANYONE, it CAN KILL those with a vulnerable immune system or weakened lungs… one truth is 100%… THEY HAVE TO BE EXPOSED! However, like the Chicago gun violence, YOU HAVE TO BE EXPOSED! If you aren’t exposed, you have ZERO RISK!
Consider for a moment, if there is a possibility that the Covid-19 disease is somehow designed to ‘target’ or impact people of Italian or Mediterranean descent MORE THAN other nationalities. Potentially useless speculation, but I say this because of the reality of the numbers in Italy, the large Mediterranean population in NYC (which may are supposedly effected). PLUS there is Italian family that has sadly experienced 4 deaths with 3 more IN THE HOSPITAL from Covid-19. Maybe it’s just a coincidence… but it’s something that should be looked at, and at least ruled out. I’ve not heard anyone in the media or medical field mention that potential, as of 24 March 2020. San Marino, and ‘enclave microstate’ of ITALY, has a total population of 33,913 as of March 29th, 2020. On 14 March, the government ordered a nationwide quarantine until 6 April, because of their death ratio.
There are many diseases, such as sickle cell anemia or b-thalassemia that target ethnically specific genes. Which begs the question: Is there any possibility, aside from the weak immune system and age, that ethnicity could also play a role in who CAN get it worse? That is why knowing the demographics of the sick and dying are so important… and shouldn’t be ‘hidden.’ Protect their names & addresses, but EVERYTHING ELSE that *might be* relevant should be charted and shared so patterns might be seen.
There are SOME on fakebook trying to claim that ‘covid is not a virus, but a bacterium’ – which is BEYOND IGNORANT! And such claims are based on scientific ignorance. It’s not even a rational conspiracy theory… but because we’ve had over a dozen people forward messages asserting that, I’ll address it here:
I haven’t SEEN an autopsy… but have read a couple, and the doctors I’ve spoke with are 100% certain that SARS-coV-2 (the virus) IS A VIRUS… and covid (the disease) is the manifestation of the virus COMBINING WITH BACTERIA (hence the zPac to treat the bacterial infection, especially for those either intubated, OR with PM2.5 (particulate mater) likely already in their lungs – from smog, certain chemicals, or heavy smoking). https://undark.org/breathtaking/
There is an INTERACTION… which is why 99.97% of ‘the people’ may have the virus, but never develop ‘covid’ (the disease).
The problem is the media isn’t investigating, the politicians are busy with their hands out (or trying to CYA) and the science types in charge are either flip flopping or HAVE AN AGENDA. They aren’t being honest, or don’t want their name or reputation attached to something that can’t be blamed on someone else… because it isn’t 100% repeatable, ‘well studied’ – with a statistically significant number that was part of a ‘double blind placebo cross-over study.’ Frankly, most of them wouldn’t make it in real LIFE vs DEATH situations that required IMMEDIATE BEST GUESS DECISIONS & ACTIONS! Few of them honestly TRIED TO REALLY EDUCATE… most called for a ‘shut down’ and PUSHED PANIC BUTTONS unnecessarily. I momentarily flash back to the comedy, “Without a Paddle” and the scene where the bear is coming… and the guys are shouting “FETAL POSITION, MAINTAIN THE FETAL POSITION” as the bear starts sniffing the one guy. In the movie, it was funny… especially with the trained bear, but fauci has been ‘after the coronavirus’ since AT LEAST 2005… that’s 15 years of experience and knowledge he basically sat on, while telling everyone to wear masks, then not… to shelter in place, then shut down, then panic… then who knows.
Those flip flopping without solid reason, especially when they actually have YEARS of experience and research under their belt, are just a bunch of over cautious, spineless nerds! And should NOT EVER have been promoted to a front line ‘boss’ (or face) for health & safety of an egg beater, much less a pandemic! That is reality.
Another example, for fauci – in particular, hydroxychloroquin… there are 11 PAGES of contraindications KNOWN and WELL ESTABLISHED… but faker fauci repeatedly said ‘we don’t know’ – merely because it’s never been ‘tested’ in a double blind placebo cross over study on people KNOWN to be infected with the virus (or disease). There was a whole lot known about WHO COULD NOT TAKE IT, and WHY… as well as dosage limits. Rather than educate people about the valid (KNOWN) concerns, the real contra indications, he instead remained silent… hopefully noncommittal, and a variety of contradictions to his earlier papers and talks. Either the guy is the ‘leading expert’ or not… capable of qualified expert opinions based on what he DID & DOES know, or not. Personally, I would have either fired or shelved him in mid-March… when he claimed 2.2 million American’s were going to die unless we had a national lock down. NONE OF THE MATH supported that. NONE OF IT! But he still pushed that agenda and narrative.
FACT: It’s not ‘one vs the other.’ The virus BECOMES the disease with the addition of the bacteria IN THE LUNGS. (similar to flu is the virus… that CAN mutate to become pneumonia is a subset of people with certain predispositions… OR HIGH SATURATION LEVELS). They are two different things, and while it’s impossible to get covid without first contracting the virus, there are tens of millions of people that HAD the virus without ever REALLY CONTRACTING THE DISEASE (covid). That subtle difference is vital to reality, because the vast majority actually exposed did NOT GET THE VIRUS (83%+ didn’t get it), and of those that did get it, 50% were asymptomatic (didn’t even know they had it), and of the 8.5% that did show symptoms of the virus, only 1 to 10% of THAT symptomatic number – DEPENDING ON THEIR INDIVIDUAL HEALTH & COMORBIDITIES – had the potential to ‘mutate into the virus). If those with comorbidities were treated as soon as they knew they were positive, or when they knew they would be saturated, even fewer would have actually ‘got’ the virus.
Patients positive with SARS-coV-2 or covid-19 need to be tested for bacteria and fungi, Not Just the Coronavirus
One of the KEY differences, in the science, from what the media has been telling us:
~ those that GET the ‘covid’ DISEASE… and those that ONLY HAVE THE VIRUS… is the bacteria ALREADY FOUND in their lungs or blood stream.
Which is precisely the reason why many were initially treated with Hydroxychloroquin AND the Zpac (potent antibiotic)… to help kill off any bacteria IN THAT BODY, to help keep the virus from mutating into the disease. Also, bacterial infections are MORE COMMON among those intubated…
The whole ‘Italy is’ stuff is ‘molehill into mountain’ type HYPERBOLE, and will go no where but the ears (and eyes) of the conspiracy theorists. It’s ONE very misinformed, non-science person, in the Italian parliament that has attempted to BLAME Gates & the W.H.O. … “for misleading, misdirecting, and withholding life saving information from the world, which cost the lives of thousands.”
The Italian whack job is claiming EVERYONE IS LYING TO THEM about ‘covid being a virus’ (ignorantly claiming it’s just a bacterium… and that ‘aspirin’ treats it). That is NOT TRUE… aspirin may help some symptoms, for some people, but there is nothing that shows it ‘defeats the disease’ (as that politician claims).
The following link is likely where they (the Italian politician, and those claiming ‘covid is a bacterium’) are mixing up some of their findings, with ‘speculations’ and information:
Padding the Numbers – https://nypost.com/2020/04/07/feds-classify-all-coronavirus-patient-deaths-as-covid-19-deaths/
Facts without Fear – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF5FqvuDML4
~ Tucker Carlson – on the dishonesty of CNN blaming Trump for the AZ guy that died from taking FISH TANK CLEANER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq7UDA-Kgk8
~ For those bored, curious, and interested… here is the Senate Bill, the CARES Act: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3548/text
One of the Chinese Microbiology Researchers that has been sited in many of the Coronavirus studies from Asia, authored this paper January 2020, “A familial cluster of pneumonia associated with the 2019 novel coronavirus indicating person-to-person transmission: a study of a family cluster” – read it here The PDF of that paper is here
Lou Dobbs is calling out the fearmongering cuomo… here on 3/27
Politics aside… BE SAFE, BECOME AWARE… and THINK POSITIVE!
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