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The first COVID-19 case in Africa was confirmed on February 14th, 2020, in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared in Nigeria soon after. Health officials were united in a near-panic about how the novel coronavirus would roll through the world’s second most populous continent. By mid-month, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed four sub-Saharan countries on a “Top 13” global danger list because of direct air links to China. Writing for the Lancet, two scientists with the Africa Center for Disease Control outlined a catastrophe in the making:

With neither treatment nor vaccines, and without pre-existing immunity, the effect [of COVID-19] might be devastating because of the multiple health challenges the continent already faces: rapid population growth and increased movement of people; existing endemic diseases… re-emerging and emerging infectious pathogens… and others; and increasing incidence of non-communicable diseases.

Many medical professionals predicted that Africa could spin into a death spiral. “My advice to Africa is to prepare for the worst, and we must do everything we can to cut the root problem,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the first African director-general of the WHO, warned in March 2020. “I think Africa, my continent, must wake up.” By spring, the WHO was projecting 44 million or more cases in Africa and the World Bank issued a map of the continent colored in blood red, anticipating that the worst was imminent:

These dire warnings seemed to make sense. After all, two-thirds of the global extreme poor population (63 percent) live in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Bank, more than 40 percent of the region lives in extreme poverty beset by unhygienic environments, conflict, fragmented healthcare and education systems, and dysfunctional leadership—all factors that could light a match to the tinder of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. Scientists say that most African countries lack the capacity and expertise to manage endemic deadly diseases like malaria.

Each individual’s risk of dying from a particular disease tends to reflect access to adequate healthcare and underlying health conditions (co-morbidities). Those factors have proved to be a lethal mix in poorer communities in the US, Brazil, the UK, and other countries, with lower income groups—often ethnic and racial minorities—dying at disproportionately high rates. Africa seemed ripe for catastrophe.

But disaster never came. Africa has not been affected on anything like the scale of most countries in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. (The major exceptions being China, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand, which zealously enforced lockdowns.) In fact, the vast African sub-continent south of the Sahara desert, more than 1.1 billion people, has emerged as the world’s COVID-19 “cold spot,” as illustrated by an ECDC map reproduced by BBC and by graphics like these:

As dramatic as the statistics and graphs are, they significantly overstate African cases and fatalities, as the African continent includes the mostly white countries of North Africa, which have been hit far harder by COVID than sub-Saharan Africa.
As dramatic as the statistics and graphs are, they significantly overstate African cases and fatalities, as the African continent includes the mostly white countries of North Africa, which have been hit far harder by COVID than sub-Saharan Africa.

The latest statistics show about four million cases and 107,000 coronavirus-related deaths, concentrated mostly in the Arab majority countries north of the Sahara. Except for South Africa—the most multiracial of the black-majority countries—and Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa has largely been spared. And these startling low case and death statistics come even as Africa has the lowest vaccination rate in the world—less than one dose administered per 100 people, and with many countries having given none to the general population.

Africa CDC
Africa CDC

Europe has less than two-thirds of the population of Africa, but by mid-March 2021, it had 39 million cases and almost 900,000 deaths—900 percent more. The US, with less than a third of the population of Africa, has approximately 30 million cases and 535,00 deaths as of this writing, thousands of percent more on a per capita basis than Africa. In other words, the US, Europe, and parts of South America are experiencing far more than 1,000 deaths per million while most of sub-Saharan Africa has between 0.5 and 25 deaths per million, according to stats updated regularly by Wikipedia.

Journalists and even some scientists have been twisting themselves into speculative pretzels trying to explain this phenomenon. Theories range from sub-Saharan Africa’s “quick response” (no); favourable climate (which has not protected tropical sections of Brazil, Peru, and other warmer climes in South America); and good community health systems (directly contradicted by WHO and Africa CDC).

In each of those articles acknowledging these “puzzling” statistics, journalists were sure to suggest that Armageddon might be right around the corner. “Experts fear a more devastating second surge,” warned National Geographic in late December, although there was no first surge and just two weeks before Africa’s tiny December uptick (driven almost entirely by the mutant variant in South Africa) turned back downward, according to Reuters:

Daily statistics in Africa (Reuters)
Daily statistics in Africa (Reuters)

Why Africa has been less impacted by COVID-19

So what’s going on here? And why are the media and most scientists so unwilling to engage one of the most plausible science-based factors: that black Africans appear to be protected, at least in part, by their ancestry? Combined with the fact that sub-Saharan Africa is the youngest region in the world—youth brings fewer co-morbidities and age is the most significant factor in contracting and dying from COVID-19—ancestry is likely a significant contributing factor to sub-Saharan Africa’s comparatively modest case and death count. With the notable exception of a research project in Hawai’i, scientists tend to shy away from exploring the population genetics angle, almost certainly fearful of stirring the embers of “race science.”

“It is really mind boggling why Africa is doing so well, while in US and UK, the people of African ancestry are doing so poorly,” Maarit Tiirikainen, a cancer and bioinformatics researcher at the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center, told us in an email. Dr. Tiirikainen is a lead researcher in a joint project at the University of Hawai’i and LifeDNA in what some believe is a controversial undertaking considering the taboos on “race” research. They are attempting to identify “those that are most vulnerable to the current and future SARS attacks and COVID based on their genetics.”

Blacks (along with other ethnic minorities) in the US and Great Britain who have contracted COVID-19 have generally fared worse than whites. “For the latter, it seems the Western socioeconomics may play a major role. There may also be genetic differences in immune and other important genes,” Dr Tiirikainen wrote. (The terms “black” and “white” are used here as shorthand for more cumbersome expressions like “those of African descent” or “people of European ancestry”—they are not science-based population categories.) Dr. Tiirikainen, like many candid researchers in this field, is skeptical that social and environmental factors alone can account for the extraordinarily low COVID-19 African infection and death rates. It is not because Africa took extraordinary steps to insulate itself as the pandemic spread. Healthcare remains fragmented at best and COVID information outreach has been limited by scant resources.

At the end of March 2020, when much was still to be learned about the science of COVID-19, the co-authors of this article—the Genetic Literacy Project’s Jon Entine and contributing science journalist Patrick Whittle—discussed some of the potential reasons in the article “What’s ‘race’ got to do with it?” Following discussions with many experts, we decided not to reflexively exclude genetic explanations, which are a taboo subject. Rather, we examined the panoply of likely causes, rejecting the a priori Western prejudice that often excludes evidence that might be linked to population-level genetics and group differences for fear of “racializing” the analysis. We are obviously aware that skin color is not a recognized science-based population concept. Given the racist history of biological beliefs about human differences, addressing the fact of ancestrally-based genetic differences must be pursued carefully.

Why even discuss possible genetic factors? Because biases among researchers and public policy officials could undermine the development and deployment of treatments and antiviral vaccines for all of us, but particularly for more vulnerable populations in Africa and in the African diaspora. Blacks and other racial minorities in the US, Latin America, and the UK are more likely to suffer chronic health problems. For example, in the US, blacks are more than 50 percent likelier to report having poor health as compared to whites, and more than two-thirds of black adult women are overweight. Developing therapies for at-risk populations is critical. Those with genetic resistance to infection or who may be genetically protected in some degree from developing symptoms could help scientists develop treatments for all. Lives are at stake.

So let’s dip into these murky waters. Could our ancestry, which defines our genetic make-up, play a role in susceptibility to COVID or other viruses?

Environmental-based black-white differences impact COVID vulnerability

There are some significant non-genetic factors behind the Africa numbers. In the case of disease susceptibility, social and environmental explanations have played a huge role in the limited impact of COVID-19 in Africa to date. For one thing, the apparent low incidence of cases and deaths could be due in part to under-reporting or limited testing, although testing has been surging in Africa even as the number of cases remained flat.

The most significant environmental factor, scientists say, is age. The average age of Europeans is 43; it’s 38 in the US; across the African continent, it is 18. The average age in Niger, Mali, Uganda, and Angola is under 16. Roughly a quarter of the population in both Europe and North America is over 60-years old, while in Africa, the 60+ age cohort makes up only six percent of the population.

When infected, the young are also less likely to show symptoms, and asymptomatic people are not as likely to be tested, perhaps suppressing the numbers. Younger people are also, by and large, healthier. The average age of black Americans is about twice that of black Africans. Moreover, the deaths among African Americans—almost twice that of white and Asian Americans—have been almost exclusively concentrated among the elderly, many of whom suffer from multiple co-morbidities and less access to healthcare. That’s the opposite of the situation in Africa.

The younger African population may explain some of the disparities in deaths, but not all of them; the wealthier nations of Asia have managed the pandemic better than Europe and North America, despite having similarly older populations, and the virus is still raging in some South Asian countries. It also should be noted that age has often played the opposite role in surviving scourges. Malaria is historically the world’s deadliest disease, but age-related survival rates are the reverse of that with COVID-19, with the very young most at risk. In 2018, for example, most of the estimated 405,000 people who died from malaria were young children in sub-Saharan Africa. As may be the case for COVID-19, genetics trumps other risk factors.

Climate also may play a role, although here the data are mixed. Generally, the pandemic has spread more virulently in colder climes, with more temperate countries in Asia and Africa somewhat spared—though most of those countries, from Australia to China, Vietnam, and Taiwan, have undertaken massive tracing and have imposed near-universal shutdowns on occasion. But tropical parts of Brazil and Peru remain in crisis, exacerbated by a variant strain of the coronavirus.

Genetics and COVID

So, to what degree does ancestry play a role in our susceptibility to COVID-19? Unfortunately, there is a dearth of research on the genetics of African peoples, so it’s difficult to make too much of these fragmented examples. And despite Africa being the “cradle of humankind,” with its populations containing more human genetic variation than any other continent, black Africans and those of African descent remain woefully under-represented in genetic studies.

Given the historical research bias towards Eurasia and North America, almost 20 years after the sequencing of the human genome, the vast majority of genetic samples are of European ancestry (nearly 90 percent in 2017, with most of these from just three countries—Great Britain, the US, and Iceland). Recent pioneering surveys of African genomes are just now beginning to reveal that continent’s rich genetic legacy, replete with the merging and divergence of myriad ancestral populations.

What genetic factors could be impacting COVID-19 infection and death rates? Research and informed speculation are already underway. An earlier study on the possible contribution of genetics to the SARS-CoV-2 infection found significant population-based differences in ACE2 receptors that modulate blood pressure in the cells located in the lungs, arteries, heart, kidneys, and intestines. Africans are considerably less likely than East Asians to express the ACE2 receptors, though slightly higher than Europeans, the researchers believe. “There have been major differences in the rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection and the severe disease between the different geographic regions since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, even among young individuals,” Dr. Tiirikainen told us.

At least two studies show that blood type O could be associated with a lower risk of COVID-19 infection and reduced likelihood of severe outcomes, including organ complications. There is also some evidence that those with blood type A are more susceptible to COVID-19. The researchers did not find any significant difference in rates of infection between A, B, and AB types. About 37 percent of the world population is O+ and six percent is O-. About 50 percent of Africans have blood group O, the highest in the world.

It’s well established that certain HLA (human leukocyte antigens) alleles confer susceptibility to specific diseases. African-descended and European-descended populations implicate distinctively different immunity responses in dozens of diseases treatments. For example, it is extremely rare for people of unmixed black African ancestry to get ankylosing spondylitis, a rare type of arthritis. Whites are three times more likely to get it. The histocompatibility antigen HLA-B27, which does not exist in black Africans of unmixed ancestry, is present in eight percent of white and only about two to four percent of the black American population (reflecting racial mixing).

Susceptibility to the coronavirus is negatively associated with having a genetic propensity to absorb Vitamin C, as is the case with black African populations. Across Africa, roughly 50 percent of people carry the Vitamin C-friendly variant and in some African countries, it is as high as 70 percent. In the US, 41 percent of whites carry this variant, compared to 55 percent of blacks, and only 31 percent of Asians. There is also preliminary evidence to suggest that vitamin D supplements at high doses might help protect against becoming infected with COVID-19 or limiting serious symptoms. How might this relate to people of African ancestry? Blacks as a population group have markedly low levels of vitamin D.

Yet in a paradox, people of African ancestry who take Vitamin D supplements get no skeletal benefits from them. Their bones are naturally less brittle than those of other populations. Black Americans, for example, have significantly fewer incidences of falls, fractures, or osteopenia compared to white Americans. Could the factors that naturally protect the bone health of blacks also protect them against more serious COVID symptoms? At the moment, there are no clear explanations for the vitamin D “black paradox,” but scientists we talked to say there may be some genetic factors at play.

Genetics cut multiple ways

Are black Americans and those of African descent in general less genetically susceptible to some viruses or diseases other than COVID-19? The evidence is fragmentary. Contradicting racist early-20th century theories that “frail” blacks are more susceptible to disease, during the 1918 pandemic, the incidence of influenza was significantly lower in African Americans. And according to a 2016 study of swine flus, when exposed, “African Americans mounted higher virus neutralizing and IgG antibody responses to the H1N1 component of IIV3 or 4 compared to Caucasians.”

The relationship of genes to disease is often convoluted. Populations of African descent are simultaneously more prone to sickle cell anaemia (particularly prevalent south of the Sahara) and have natural, genetic-based defenses against malaria. This connection was noted over 50 years ago. And in a tragic twist, some genetic variants thought to reduce susceptibility to malaria are believed to increase vulnerability to the HIV virus. While fear of AIDS has receded in the West and in developing countries in Africa, HIV still infects tens of millions of people, with hundreds of thousands dying of the disease each year, mostly in Africa. Adult HIV prevalence is 1.2 percent worldwide but nine percent in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the US, where the national rate is 0.6 percent, African Americans account for 42 percent of new HIV infections despite being only 12 percent of the population. It’s now believed that a gene variant common in some African and African diaspora populations that protects against certain types of malaria increases susceptibility to HIV infection by 40 percent.

If this is indeed the case, it is an example of genes conferring both benefits and liabilities as populations evolved and moved around in different eras and different environments. In ancestral environments, malaria was the force selecting for variants that provided partial immunity; in the modern environment, HIV may be the force selecting against those unfortunate enough to carry these genetics and might partly explain the apparent reduced severity of COVID-19 in Africa.

Africa, DNA, and the historical dance of genes and environment

Does greater prior exposure to pathogens, including other recent coronaviruses, help explain why Africa is a COVID-19 cold spot, despite endemic poverty and a woeful health infrastructure? Conversely, in the more sanitized surroundings of the more developed world, people’s immune systems may be insufficiently “trained” to cope with novel disorders, such as COVID-19—what’s known as the “hygiene hypothesis.” According to this thesis, the very conditions expected to cause the rapid spread of the virus may instead have primed the immune system of native Africans to better resist this latest disease, along with antibodies gained through exposure to numerous infectious ailments since childhood. (This theory has also been used to explain the reduced impact of the coronavirus in India, relative to the size of its population.)

This is also how population-wide “herd immunity” is naturally selected across evolutionary time, with those genetically more resistant to specific diseases surviving and reproducing at greater rates than the more vulnerable. It’s known that the Black Death epidemic didn’t just wipe out millions of Europeans (a third of the population) during the 14th century; it also left a permanent, protective marker on the human genome, favoring those who carried immune system genes, who passed them on over subsequent centuries. Certainly, with disease a long-recognized feature of the living world, it is no surprise it is a major factor in Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Darwin himself had seen the devastating effects of disease on indigenous peoples during the voyage of the Beagle, and it featured in his later account of human evolution (and extinction), Descent of Man.

Disease is also central to the convincing Guns, Germs & Steel thesis advanced by biogeographer Jared Diamond. According to Diamond, following the advent of agriculture in Eurasia (circa 10,000 years ago), the denser populations of the new farming societies were ideal breeding grounds for novel diseases (a process exacerbated by close contact with disease-bearing domesticated animals). Over millennia, newly-emerging diseases periodically swept along Eurasia’s trade routes, genetically selecting for disease-resistance among the surviving populations. Most relevant here is the grim historical consequence of this evolved genetic immunity among some populations but not others. In Diamond’s estimation, more than 90 percent of the indigenous peoples of the Americas—never before exposed to the deadly contagions of Eurasia—were wiped out within decades of the arrival of European colonists and invaders.

The New World disease apocalypse mirrors others that have plagued humankind for millennia. Recent genetic research suggests that Europe’s original Neolithic population may have been displaced by disease-resistant peoples from the East, 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. Once again, evolved population differences may have proved key, with newcomers’ longer exposure to the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, likely providing partial immunity not shared by the existing European populations. (The Black Death, the Spanish flu, and now COVID-19 are well-known historical examples of this process.)

There is also tantalizing emerging evidence that ancient coronaviruses drove natural selection for disease resistance in East Asia between 25,000 and 5,000 years ago, with “[t]hese adaptive events… limited to ancestral East Asian populations, the geographical origin of several modern coronavirus epidemics” [emphasis added]. Indeed, our newfound abilities to probe the secrets of ancient DNA also allow us to search even further back into human prehistory—and into the divergent evolutionary pathways followed by a distant human cousin, the Neanderthals.

Do Neanderthal genes increase the risk of COVID-19?

The answer is yes. In fact, the presence of a Neanderthal gene is the single biggest genetic risk factor for the novel coronavirus, roughly doubling the likelihood of getting the virus, according to a June 2020 study by researchers in Germany and Japan, Hugo Zeberg and Svante Pääbo. In follow-up research published in February 2021, they identified one haplotype that “is present at substantial frequencies in all regions of the world outside Africa. Given that Neanderthals were a branch of ancient humans seemingly confined to western Eurasia, sub-Saharan African populations never interbred with this sister-species except for the white minority population which migrated to the region. This particular stretch of Neanderthal DNA is carried by around 50 percent of South Asians, 16 percent of those of European descent, but not in any native Africans.”

Illustrating the complexity (and ironies) of evolution, the researchers suggest that these genes may have protected our distant cousins against pathogens found in their ancient environment, and were hence retained in some Eurasian populations subsequent to human-Neanderthal admixture. Now, however, these same genes may have a detrimental effect with the different COVID-19 pathogen.

In the words of the researchers, the immune response for carriers of these Neanderthal sequences “might be overly aggressive,” leading to potentially fatal reactions in those who develop severe COVID-19 symptoms. This explanation is analogous to the genetics of HIV susceptibility, with ancient-acquired advantageous genes now proving disadvantageous. Importantly, this could also be true for any human population, African or non-African, that may show a different response to any disease (although there is also a genetic variant from Neanderthals that is protective against severe COVID-19, albeit to a smaller degree).

Reviving an egregious, racist, un-scientific concept?

All populations and individuals are a mishmash of unique genes acquired from ancestral populations. Yet, while the evidence of divergent evolution between distinct human groups continues to accumulate, such evidence continues to cause disquiet.

Is it suspect—or even racist—to explore the relationship of disease to population? Although the historically problematic term “race” is considered a controversial subject, geneticists have long recognized genetic differences among populations in disease proclivities. Renowned population geneticist Neil Risch and colleagues addressed this issue years ago in a seminal paper, ‘Categorization of Humans in Bio-Medical Research: Genes, Race and Disease,’ writing:

[W]e believe that identifying genetic differences between races and ethnic groups, be they for random genetic markers, genes that lead to disease susceptibility or variation in drug response, is scientifically appropriate… Every race and even ethnic group within the races has its own collection of clinical priorities based on differing prevalence of diseases.

Nevertheless, exploring this issue risks bringing opprobrium down on those who raise it. As Jared Diamond has written, “few scientists dare to study racial origins, lest they be branded racists just for being interested in the subject.” Given the racist history of biological beliefs about human differences (and, in this case, the xenophobic backdrop to the current COVID-19 pandemic), it is a topic that must be addressed with care, if directly and honestly.

As we’ve made clear, apparent differences in disease risk among populations need not have direct biological causes. With COVID-19, it is already well-established that age, obesity, and other pre-existing health problems bear on the severity of the disease, and these factors are unevenly distributed among different racial groups. Some risk indicators are more important than others; in the US, for example, age does not appear to be the key determining factor in the impact of COVID-19 across sub-populations; rather it’s more about “race” and economic class. The most common age for white Americans who have contracted the coronavirus is 58 years; for African Americans it is 27. Yet, despite being much younger on average, black Americans are much more likely than white Americans to contract, be hospitalized by, or die from the novel coronavirus.

The same is true among indigenous American, Hispanic communities, and Pacific Islanders in Hawai’i. The major mortality predictor so far is social inequality—deprivation, marginalization, inadequate access to healthcare, and the like. Some of those factors have also contributed to higher rates of co-morbidities among COVID-19-vulnerable minority populations.

Genetic and social factors should be examined simultaneously

What does all this mean? It’s complicated. There are appropriate concerns that incorporating population-based genetic explanations may trivialize the complexity of interaction between genes, environment, and society. Such criticism cuts both ways: just as an over-emphasis on genes may ignore crucial environmental factors, so too might a solitary focus on environment overlook relevant genetic influences. The historical misuse of facile “race” concepts to support odious hierarchies does not mean we should ignore possible genetic influences on the spread of the virus.

Unfortunately, a common but mistaken belief among those suspicious of genetic research is that those who argue that population genetics should play a critical role in assessing disease susceptibility embrace the discredited belief that genes determine outcomes. By this facile argument, if genes are implicated in susceptibility/resistance to coronavirus, they must override everything else.

But no serious scientist studying this complex issue is a determinist; that’s a notion decades out of date. Citing the tragically banal fact that that Americans of primarily African ancestry are more likely to die from COVID does not come close to “disproving” the very likelihood that the genetics of those of African descent might have certain “protective” genes. A more nuanced and non-deterministic assessment points to the continuous interaction between genes and environment. If genetics play a role in the apparent partial-immunity of native Africans to the coronavirus, similar influences for those of mixed African ancestry in the US and elsewhere could still be swamped by an onerous social environment faced by blacks and other minorities.

The subtle give-and-take of genetics and the environment may inform the experience of Africans of Bangladeshi descent. While UK-based Bangladeshis—a socially-disadvantaged minority group—are twice as likely to die from the coronavirus as the general British population, the COVID-related death totals in Bangladesh (8,000 deaths), is plummeting.

Our World in Data
Our World in Data

But the Bangladeshi example is also significant because it illustrates the complexity of the issue and conflicting narratives about genetics and the coronavirus. Bangladesh as a country is doing better than many countries which is both surprising and not so. The country ranks 57 out of 152 globally. The US ranks 143. The average age (25.7) is comparatively young. Like Africans, Bangladeshis might have been expected to have received some protection based on the “hygiene hypothesis.” But clearly there are myriad other factors at play, including the intriguing fact that Bangladeshis carry the gene cluster implicated as likely increasing the risk from COVID-19 (more than half the population, 63 percent, carry at least one copy of the risk haplotype). The interaction among genes, environment, and disease is very complex, eluding facile, definitive answers.

An ethical imperative

We already know that environmental inequalities impact at-risk racial populations (such as those in the US defined as African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders. This does not negate the likelihood that ancestry influences disease prevalence within these groups or in response to treatments. But this is an empirical question that can be answered only by studying group differences carefully and comprehensively.

While age, geography, and co-morbidities are major risk factors in contracting or dying from COVID-19, the insights from genetic research are invaluable if we are to effectively tackle this and future pandemics. A growing wealth of data suggest population-level differences—which often do not neatly correlate with popular notions of race—can help us identify susceptibility or resistance to some diseases.

A failure or refusal to explore this extraordinary phenomenon borders on scientific malpractice, some researchers have told us. By not focusing on the actual science, we are denying the world the fullest understanding of how virus susceptibility works. More importantly, if we followed the “race-related” scientific leads, using the latest genomic data, we could very well come up with measures to better protect most of the rest of the world from COVID-19 and future virus-driven pandemics.

With Africa in particular, the vast genetic diversity within the continent is already revealing much about humanity’s long and deadly evolutionary duel with this scourge. What is more, African researchers themselves are adding to this growing wealth of knowledge, and in some cases taking the lead in population-genetic focused research. This will provide tools to one day eradicate many other diseases that take such a heavy toll on Africa’s peoples.

There are critical genetic differences in responses to disease and treatments; some are meaningful. Incorporating them into our health assessments can mean the difference between life and death for the most vulnerable. We ignore them at the peril of the health of billions of people.

 

Jon Entine is the founding editor of the Genetic Literacy Project, and winner of 19 major journalism awards. He has written extensively in the popular and academic press on population genetics, including two best-sellers, Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It, and Abraham’s Children: Race, Genetics, and the DNA of The Chosen People. You can follow him on Twitter @JonEntine.

Patrick Whittle has a PhD in philosophy and is a New Zealand-based freelance writer with a particular interest in the social and political implications of biological science. You can find him at his website patrickmichaelwhittle.com or follow him on Twitter @WhittlePM.

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  1. African statistics are mostly trash
    covid kills mostly old people and fat people
    Has a high rate of survival in general

    It is probably obesity and lack of vitamin D and having longer lifespans (i.e more old people) that is causing higher death rates among Africans and Bangladeshis in the west.

    HBD is mostly valid, however Africa’s low coronavirus death rate is not the way to demonstrate it’s validity.

    This article was badly thought out HBD propaganda. And there are so many more interesting examples of HBD to educate people about.

    • Agree: Herald
  2. Why indeed isn’t sub-Saharan Africa experiencing similar levels of infection/death from this…malady? Could it be that the dysfunctional government and mostly non existent press have not been able to gin up the bullshit that the governments in the rest of the world have been able to gin up?

    Maybe this malady (Covid) is as prevalent in Africa as the rest of the world (not much) and is being accurately reported in Africa and exaggerated for political power gain in the rest of the world. I would not know, not having any inside information. I do know that most of Covid (in excess of 85%) is hype, and the rest is bad for old sick people. I think that the negroes have biggerfish to fry, real things to be concerned about, and don’t need to use Covid as a tool.

  3. Patriot says:

    The different races, sub-races, and even different families differ in susceptibility/immunity to different diseases. That’s exactly how evolution works.

    • Agree: Treg, Old and Grumpy, Sarah
  4. But disaster never came. Africa has not been affected on anything like the scale of most countries in Asia, Europe, and North and South America.

    In the final overview, the prime risk for death by Covid will in actuality be found amongst populations that had easy access to excessive caloric intake over many years and generations, and especially in which state policies allowed, or encouraged (widespread HFCS fattening) such over-consumption.

    Specifically – the risk reducing factor to most modern ”western” health issues boils down to the single factor of how much and how often a given population WALKS as the daily means of commuting, socializing, shopping, and carrying out daily affairs.

    Heart Disease, Diabetes, Blood Pressure, and all the related conditions are closely correlated to consuming, sugars, processed foods and commuting by vehicle. The simple traditional means of commuting expected by most of our great grandparents – WALKING – is the most probable African advantage in reduction of conditions that primarily contribute to seriously impaired immune systems, required for mass Covid fatalities.

    We are primarily peasants who ancestrally labored in agriculture, and to that end, we are selected to conserve limited nutritional and caloric resources. When you take this ancestry, and provide bearers with HFCS diets, electric scooters, make them SSI recipients, and outfit buses with scooter lifts to take them to the walmart, you will exponentially increase numbers of such individuals.

    Societies that do not offer such easy calories, nor reward deleterious over-consumption, will not ever show these side effects on a large scale in the first place, because the opportunity to eat yourself into a diabetic health problem is often limited to the elite few with the resources to over-consume.

  5. In fact, the presence of a Neanderthal gene is the single biggest genetic risk factor for the novel coronavirus, roughly doubling the likelihood of getting the virus, according to a June 2020 study by researchers in Germany and Japan, Hugo Zeberg and Svante Pääbo.

    I stopped even taking note of anything originating from Paabo a long time ago.
    Dogged, highly publicized theory is not certain-tude, and from my view, nothing reliable indicates that any of these centimorgans / segments have any direct relationship to any Neanderthal direct fore-bearer.

    In fact, they potentially show something that is much more controversial, never likely to get published, and certain not to be publicized or disseminated in pop-media outlets, because what it indicates is extremely unpopular with the scientific community that gleefully attacked Dr Watson.

    We investigated whether the index single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), that is, the SNPs with the strongest association (Materials and Methods), at the seven loci associated with risk of requiring intensive care upon SARS-CoV-2 infection on chromosomes 6, 12, 19, and 21 (22) harbor Neandertal-like alleles. To this end, we required that one of the alleles of the index SNPs should match all three high-quality Neandertals genomes, while being absent in the genomes of 108 African Yoruba individuals

    What Paabo is asserting relies on comparison of a few ancient Neanderthal genomes to specifically ethnic Yoruba modern genomes, in this instance. If you read further into his study, you will find the common wiggle statement – what is effectively a disclaimer that essentially admits what I am asserting, however it does not indicate this in any way in the title claims being made concerning the study –

    Genomic segments with similarity to Neanderthal genomes may either derive from common ancestors of the two groups that lived about half a million years ago or be contributed by Neandertals to modern humans by mixing between the two groups when they met less than 100,000 y ago (25)

    Neanderthal TMRCA in my view denies or overlooks well documented examples of Clock-like Violation of Evolution, so you have a cited TMRCA distance that is in my view near totally worthless. Irregardless, no one knows or has any decisive evidence that the segments in question resulted from any of the possible options (partially admitted in the study cited) –

    1) an ancestral predecessor to both (some) modern humans + Neanderthals,
    2) Modern human ancestral introgression into ancient Neanderthals
    3) mutations lost in some SSA modern human populations
    4) parallel mutations arising in separate populations
    5) Neanderthal introgression into modern humans
    (In order of probability in my personal estimation.)

    If Option #1 is in fact the case, it either means one of two things, buried but conceded in the ”Neanderthal” study (I have noted this many times in separate such studies) –

    1) The split between Neanderthal and modern humans outside of SubSaharan Africa is actually more recent than the split between modern humans outside of SSA and modern SubSaharan Africans

    2) All modern Humans are more recently related to one another than the relatedness to Neanderthals, however these mutations were lost in certain SS-African genomes, while apparently retained in all other modern humans.

    If option #1 is the case, it not only totally blows up the TMRCA claims of modern geneticists, but it also means that the extinct Neanderthal population is more closely genetically related to modern Non-SSA humans than are modern SSA humans. The implications of this go well beyond the drawing and quartering that Watson was subjected to, so no one is going to ever concede or acknowledge this.

    No one is going to touch this with a ten foot pole, while – ‘Im not sayin’ that its Neanderthals,.. but its Neanderthals’ is safe and non-controversial.

  6. Trinity says:

    Honest Joe Biden and Caramel Harris and others keep telling us how deadly the (((virus))) is but yet they are allowing our southern border to be swamped by illegal invaders who not only could be infected by the (((virus))) but they could be carrying other diseases like tuberculosis, leprosy, small pox, etc.

    IF “our” leaders are so worried about the health and well being of Americans why on earth would they allow our Southern border to be invaded by all these people who very well could be infected by the (((virus))) or bringing other diseases to infect American citizens.

    Dig it, the invaders I see crossing the border are not even wearing masks for the most part. smdh. You can’t make this shit up, man. lololol. HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE?

  7. Open air buildings

    Most people are in shape from having to walk everywhere

  8. JimDandy says:

    Has the word “hydroxychloroquine” been mentioned here?

  9. @Trinity

    Honest Joe Biden, Caramel Harris and their minions don’t give a tinker’s damn about the citizens of the US, beyond their usefulness for advancing their careers. They are the greatest threat to the US, not Iran, NK, Russia or China.

    “Insouciant” is how Paul Craig Roberts characterizes the American People, and while most are, there now remain many of us who painfully recognize our well-being and of the people we love lie outside of the policies and aegis of our “government” and its “leaders.”

    • Agree: Annony Mouse
  10. JasonT says:

    The explanation is easy. There is no Covid-19 pandemics anywhere. Africans are not tested as much with the fake PCR test and are not reporting positive Covid-19 cases because very few people are actually sick.

  11. It really appears that the authors of this article have tunnel vision, so far as they seem to have an axe to grind about race and genetics but overlook a few obvious elephants in the room.

    Kudos to them for being meticulous about slicing and dicing the genetic immunity and racial inheritance thing. Shame on them for missing the bleedingly obvious.

    Rigorous lockdowns have supposedly limited the impact of Corona Chan in certain fortunate Western nations, and in China too. Funny how those Western nations have effectively destroyed their economies with their lockdowns, whereas China’s economy is (strangely) booming.

    It’s a pity that the officially condoned “vaccine” focused Western narrative doesn’t permit admission that the many cheap, safe, readily available and highly effective medicinal and nutritional remedies for Corona Chan have been completely banned across the Western world, presumably to make way for the “emergency use” of experimental “vaccines” which are now being coerced onto their populations.

    China hasn’t banned the use of such medicinal and nutritional methods to treat Corona Chan. How is China doing now in comparison to the Western world? Do you really need to ask?

    As pointed out in the many posts prior to this one, Africans generally live less affluent and more outdoors lifestyles than fat lazy Westerners, with less processed foods and less interventions with Big Pharma poisons (though creepy billionaire eugenicist Bill Gates is trying really hard to change all that). So their immune systems are probably way stronger than their Western counterparts.

    But one huge factor for African invulnerability to Corona Chan may simply be that so many of them have ready access to (and habitually use) HydroxyChloroquine as a prophylactic for Malaria. IOW, the Africans haven’t blocked access to cheap, safe and effective medicinal cures for Corona Chan in the way that just about all Western governments have in their drive to force experimental “vaccinations” and “vaccine passports” on their populations.

    GotCorona Chan? No genetic advantage required. Just pop a cheap and totally safe pill like the Africans or the Chinese – problem solved.

    Except if you live in a Western country – good luck with that.

  12. Experts say it’s all genetics, but genetics is just nutrition and lifestyle factored over generations.

    The reason Africans have had lower death rates is simple. Most people there have too little disposable income to purchase the overpriced “packaged crap” we call food in the developed world.

    Adequate Vitamin D along with real food is crucial.

    • Replies: @Ray Caruso
  13. @Trinity

    Honest Joe Biden and Caramel Harris

    C’mon, get with the program. It’s: Jobotomy Xiden and Kamel-ho Heels Up

    FIFY…

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  14. thordaddy says:

    Because “SARS-COV2” is a “virtual virus,” the relative lack of Internet access in sub-Sahara Africa goes far in explaining the paucity of “Covid-19 disease.”

    • Agree: Flying Dutchman
    • Replies: @Flying Dutchman
  15. onedog says:

    Seems pretty obvious to me…
    They eat meat (a good source of zinc), and they take a weekly dose of malaria
    drugs (a cheap one like hydroxychloroquine) which acts as an ionophore to get
    the zinc into the cells.
    Works as both a prophylactic and, if they happen to actually catch covid,
    a treatment.
    D3 -from exposure to the sun- doesn’t hurt either.
    No need to look much further.

    • Agree: Ultrafart the Brave
    • Replies: @Joel Hirschhorn
  16. How about we make the simple observation?

    African nations didn’t financially incentives covid case counts……when every case = a payday, is it any wonder why countries that did that had the most cases?

    Lets look at the bright side. Covid cured the common influenza …….there was just an article that Washington (I may have the state wrong) state had not one death from influenza last month……. which is statistically impossible but no matter……keep the fear porn coming.

  17. Dumbo says: • Website

    Maybe they are just too poor and don’t have such an omnipresent television and social media?

    Also many people are illiterate, and this strange disease disappears if you stop reading about it.

    https://www.thinkinghousewife.com/2021/03/non-scientist-discovers-miraculous-cure/

    • Replies: @Marckus
  18. Almost nothing said officially about Covid-1984 is true so why should the notion that Africa is a hotspot be any less fantastical?

    • Agree: Ray Caruso, Wade Hampton
  19. The genetics is all very interesting, but with Africa it is probably the case of ‘the “scientist”, having selected the desired output, not being able to affect the inputs accordingly”. They couldn’t mass PCR these people, nor did they want to, since there is not much to grab in these regions that they can’t already.

    It’s not the African case chart that is off, it’s the rest of the world’s.

  20. @Trial by Wombat

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/africans-carry-surprising-amount-neanderthal-dna

    Previous efforts simply assumed that Africans largely lacked Neanderthal DNA. To get more reliable numbers, Princeton University evolutionary biologist Joshua Akey compared the genome of a Neanderthal from Russia’s Altai region in Siberia, sequenced in 2013, to 2504 modern genomes uploaded to the 1000 Genomes Project, a catalog of genomes from around the world that includes five African subpopulations. The researchers then calculated the probability that each stretch of DNA was inherited from a Neanderthal ancestor.

    The researchers found that African individuals on average had significantly more Neanderthal DNA than previously thought—about 17 megabases (Mb) worth, or 0.3% of their genome. They also found signs that a handful of Neanderthal genes may have been selected for after they entered Africans’ genomes, including genes that boost immune function and protect against ultraviolet radiation.

  21. Roda says:

    Forget about genetics.
    How about:

    1. Do they use PCR-based tests?
    2. Do hospitals get incentives per Covid patient?
    3. Who and how signs the death certificates?

    They probably don’t have the money to buy the vaccines anyway so why bother?
    Pharma just let them be.

    • Agree: BB753
    • Disagree: Annony Mouse
    • Replies: @Annony Mouse
    , @JM
  22. neutral says:

    It could also be the case that in most of Africa one cannot measure such things, and since this lamest of all “pandemics” has not produced a significant change in the number of deaths compared to previous years, there nothing happening that is noticeably different to previous years.

  23. utu says:
    @anyone with a brain

    Before one jumps into speculations about genetic differences one should take account of known mechanisms, like the fact that Africa has much younger population and IFR is strongly (exponentially) skewed by age.

    Population over 65 from:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_age_structure

    Italy 23%
    Germany 21.5%
    France 19.7%.
    UK 18.5%

    Uganda 2.2%
    Angola 2.4%
    Kenya 2.7%
    Nigeria 2.8%
    Tanzania 3.1%
    Ghana 3.4%

    Infection fatality rate (IFR) in Africa is expected to be 10-times lower than in Europe.

    See Fig. 3 for age specific IFR in:

    Assessing the age specificity of infection fatality rates for COVID-19: systematic review, meta-analysis, and public policy implications (2020 Dec 8)
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33289900/#affiliation-1

    • Thanks: canspeccy, some_loon
    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  24. TKK says:
    @Trial by Wombat

    Agree.

    I read a study some years back that stated the reason people feel better after a vacation at the beach is that they:

    1) WALK
    2) IN THE SUNSHINE

    These 2 simple activities reduced cortisol and other stress inducing chemicals.

    But these activities are free. Therefore, their simple prescription is ignored by the ruling elite.

    • Agree: Peripatetic Itch
    • Replies: @John Fisher
  25. How will we know if the vaccines work ? Will the survival rate go from 99.7 to 99.8% ?

    Or in the under-50s will the survival rate go from 99.97% to 99.975% ?

    I think we should be told.

    • LOL: mark green
    • Replies: @WLMM
  26. The bankrupt western nations are the ones that are fumigating their cities with SARS-CoV-2 since the useless eaters are now simply not worth the labor they can provide, and the pensions/liabilities are all mathematically impossible to fulfill. The west lost the petrodollar, so this is the result. You’re also watching anti-communists being recruited in record numbers at a breakneck speed because the governors and financiers and industrialists are going to need to invade Africa for all that gold sometime soon, and the prerequisite sentiments have to be mobilized, this time through civic theater with a revere intentionality to it. What do you people think is going on anyway? lol. Chauvinism rising, and btw, enjoy the Chauvin trial, pun certainly intended.

  27. TKK says:
    @Trial by Wombat

    Your screen name is great.

    For you: It always makes me laugh.

    • Replies: @Trial by Wombat
  28. Perhaps the fact that large numbers in Africa and the Middle East take hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for malaria, and ivermectin for numerous helminthic infestations, and all three are highly effective in protecting from CoViD19 disease and curing it if infected (in ivermectin’s case only), might explain some of the difference, too.

  29. @Trinity

    How long is a piece of string?

    • Replies: @Wild Bill
  30. @Brian Reilly

    TV ownership across Africa is generally the lowest in the world.

    https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Media/Televisions-per-1000

    I do not watch TV myself and so, having been spared most of the propaganda, have not caught the deadly, lethal, fatal killer bug. This is almost as good as having no TV and African-style sanitation, the latter leading to the lifetime acquisition of a Rolls-Royce immune system. And of course it helps to be young and living in sunny climes to which you have been adapted, unlike blacks in Europe or the northern USA and Canada, many of whom are disgustingly obese besides.

  31. mikael_ says:

    Hilarious article.
    Never asking at all “does the fact that no-lockdown, low quality health care Africa has so few ‘excess deaths’ might mean COVID-19 isn’t really so dangerous?”, but diving into more and more complexity with little to show for it.

    And then an outright falsification:

    The most common age for white Americans who have contracted the coronavirus is 58 years

    is linked to https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/07/30/most-common-age-among-us-racial-ethnic-groups/
    which however is an article from July 2019 (!), which only states that “in US, the most common age for whites is 58,” so across the whole population, sick or healthy.

    Back to the drawing board, I’d say.

    • Replies: @Flying Dutchman
  32. T__T says:

    Knowing someone in Africa,
    He said everyone is africa has corona, and he has it aswell. Supposedly plenty people are dying, especially in the villages. But it is africa and people dying is more normal.
    Its interesting how legislation is made in the west based on a world without the 3rd world. Africa will be creating the new standard corona flu for decades to come.

    • Replies: @Patrick McNally
  33. At present, governments appear to have no valid and reliable method for estimating the number of deaths caused by the covid virus.

    ‘Deaths with covid’, the statistic preferred by governments and the WHO, are not the same as ‘deaths from covid’. Many people dying with covid will not have died from the effects of the virus but from other concurrent serious health conditions. In many other cases, the contribution of covid as a cause of death will have been marginal, shortening life where death was unfortunately already imminent. Hence, choosing ‘deaths with covid’ as the criterion for covid mortality rates will inevitably lead to an overestimation of covid caused mortality.

    Older people who contract coronavirus are more likely to suffer multiple serious health conditions and so deaths among older people are more likely to be misclassified as caused by covid rather than by other concurrent health conditions. Estimates of covid mortality among older age groups are therefore likely to be particularly unreliable.

    African countries with relatively young populations will be less affected by the overestimation of covid deaths among elderly groups. Their overall covid mortality estimates may therefore be more accurate than those produced by European societies with relatively older populations, rather than less accurate.

    Somewhat obviously, the lack of a method for accurately identifying deaths caused by covid poses a fundamental problem for anyone attempting a meaningful analysis of the impact of virus or seeking to implement effective and proportionate measures to control its spread.

  34. Alfred says:
    @Trial by Wombat

    I have a doctor friend in Cairo. We went to school together from the ages of 4-12. He is also 70. A couple of his friends died of Covid. I am absolutely certain they were obese. My friend is trim. He is a closet homosexual and needs to keep in shape. 🙂

  35. Jiminy says:

    When I was looking at a story earlier about deaths from the new flu vaccines, I was actually wondering if part of the victims DNA could make them more susceptible to severe outcomes.
    Maybe people in the west need to toughen up and smoke less, eat less, exercise more and lose weight. Even the citizens of low income seem to have it better than comparable people of earlier generations. In most western societies standards of living have generally gone up not down. Also hot and dry conditions I think make it harder for any type of life form to exist, and the African continent certainly falls into that category. And on a scale of severity, does covd19 really outperform the myriad of other more lethal malaise that it must compete with?

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  36. MarkU says:
    @anyone with a brain

    African statistics are mostly trash
    covid kills mostly old people and fat people
    Has a high rate of survival in general

    That pretty much sums it up.

    Actually even the fat people angle is a bit suspect given that plenty of people in the younger age groups are fat. One might expect a higher fatality rate in those age groups if obesity was a large factor. I would like to see stats on the BMI correlation that excluded diabetics.

    We might also like to consider the fact that Covid-19 is treatable but the West is almost universally treating it as if it isn’t, massively increasing the mortality rate.

    It seems to me that lockdowns and vaccination are an end rather than a means.

  37. Anon[615] • Disclaimer says:

    Living in Africa (South) there are several possible reasons for this.
    African populations are over 60% under 25 years old.
    Most Africans here are already on antiretrovirals for AIDs.
    A majority of Sub Saharan Africans are taking some form of anti parasitic medication (Hydroxichloroquin or Ivermectin).
    A huge number of Africans are vaccinated against tuberculosis.
    Diabetes is very rare in tribal societies, as is high blood pressure.
    The level of stress as existing in the West is unknown in rural African populations.
    As far as genetics is concerned do the authors suggest that the genetics of Sub Saharan Africans differs in African populations living in Europe or the United States? I think not.
    European populations are majority elderly a direct contrast to Africa.

    • Replies: @Anon
  38. Sarah says:

    Interesting article : It’s a question of genetic but not only in the sens of the article.
    You wrote that african-american have an higher risk to get Covid-19 than black African but what is the difference between them ? In the USA they have been bastardized (interbreed, misgenerated) with “whites”. In Africa most of them, for hundreds thousand years, have been married between them with people of the same small tribes : contrarily to the present mediatic propaganda, it’s the soundest way.

    • Agree: Sarah
    • Disagree: gleongelpi
    • Replies: @Sarah
  39. glib says:

    I concur with most everyone, plus these data are certainly consistent with a strong vitamin D effect.

  40. Sarah says:

    What I have written is not a idea only. It’s the result of my own experience as I am genealogist. And I had to work also in Anthropology and Archeology.

  41. Trib says:

    Amazing how low the COVID death count really is when the government isn’t rewarding the medical industrial complex to inflate the numbers. It pays well to declare someone died of COVID instead of by trauma caused in a motorcycle accident. Then there’s the billions funneled to pharmaceutical companies for their wonder jab.

  42. Few people in sub-Saharan Africa own televisions or read newspapers but they do know by word of mouth the late, assassinated John Mugufuli, told them Covid-19 is BS promoted by the Satanic western elite.

  43. padre says:
    @anyone with a brain

    Statistics from the rest of the world are also trash, only of different kind!

  44. Simple:

    1- Coronavirus case stats are inflated bullshit
    2- Africa has a preponderance of young people
    3- A less sedentary lifestyle and more sunshine
    4- African states aren’t competent enough for Virus Law
    5- African leaders are skeptical of whiteskin voodoo

    Of course, being African also carries an “elevated risk” of being in the front line of GAVI Alliance’s (that is to say, Bill Gates’) “vaccine” trials.

    Coronamania is peak mzungu.

  45. gotmituns says:

    A couple of African presidents recently, mysteriously died of “heart attacks” after stating that covid-19 was a bunch of malarkey – one of them actually had the WHO people kicked out of his country.

    • Replies: @republic
  46. onebornfree says: • Website

    Covid Denying Tanzania President Magafuli Dead

    “John Magafuli decided to probe the “efficacy” of the COVID-19 tests by sending samples of papaya fruits, goats and sheep to his nation’s top laboratory. Those secret samples were tagged with (fictitious) names of (non-existing) Tanzanian citizens. Well, several of those samples turned out “COVID POSITIVE” – including a paw-paw (papaya) fruit ”

    “Tanzania’s president John Magufuli was a hero to his people. He stood up to the Global Health Cabal and now he’s dead at 61.”

    “Looks like Magafuli´s healthy skepticism cost him his life. Amazing Polly reports on it:

    https://rumble.com/vex26r-magufuli-dead-global-healh-mafia-eliminating-opposition.html

    “In fact, a number of African statespeople have died rather prematurely. Polly cites a Guardian article naming Ghana´s former president (Jerry John Rawlings), former Congo-Brazzaville president (Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango), four Zimbabwe cabinet ministers (including Sibusiso Moyo), four Malawi government officials (including two cabinet ministers), the prime minister of Eswatini (Ambrose Dlamini), Sudan´s prime minister (Sadiq al-Mahdi), Lybia´s former prime minister (Mahmoud Jibril), Somalia´s former prime minister (Nur Hassan Hussein), and no less than two former presidents of Burundi (Pierre Nkurunziza and Pierre Buyoya). Guess the official cause of death!”

    “Tanzania had registered all of 21 covid deaths when Magafuli disappeared. The country had adopted none of the insane anti-covid measures. As Polly shows quite cogently, the lady appointed to replace Magafuli is deep in bed with the entire Gates-Rockefeller empire. That should help fix the statistics and put facemasks on people.”

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @R2b
    , @TheIdiot
  47. kilo says:

    There is no need to twist your mind that far. Africa does not have the same wireless, 5G penetration that the rest of the world does. Local politicians are not so deeply involved with the dark forces now in possession of the centres of power in the rest of the world, not only the West. Thus a smaller interest in faking numbers and data (remember the tiktok videos of nurses and doctors dancing while we were told that the hospitals were crowded with patients dying in waiting rooms without help). Realize that the official numbers and narratives are pure crap. Watch an element of how the fear was created.
    Fake Covid ‘Dead Bodies’ In Black Plastic Stacked Up To Frighten The Public

  48. Arnieus says:
    @JimDandy

    No. The word “hydroxychloroquine” does not appear in the article. Places where it is routinely taken to prevent Malaria have no significant problem with Covid19.

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  49. @thordaddy

    Because “SARS-COV2” is a “virtual virus,” the relative lack of Internet access in sub-Sahara Africa goes far in explaining the paucity of “Covid-19 disease.”

    Just throw out your TV and “Covid” is gone too.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  50. anon[173] • Disclaimer says:

    Vitamin D from direct sunlight is keeping them from developing severe covid symptoms.

    Everybody secretly knows this. The covid pushers have a vaccine/passport/lockdown-anti-small-business-anti-natal-depopulation-surveillance-Bill Gates-agenda. That bout’ covers it.

  51. @mikael_

    Never asking at all “does the fact that no-lockdown, low quality health care Africa has so few ‘excess deaths’ might mean COVID-19 isn’t really so dangerous?”, but diving into more and more complexity with little to show for it.

    Once one accepts the initial false propositions (1) that there is any discrete “lethal pandemic” at all, and that (2) this is caused by something called “Covid”, there’s no place to go but to build this Tower of Babel ever higher and ever more top-heavy.

    • Agree: John Fisher
  52. Publius 2 says:
    @JasonT

    Exactly this. Not one person has died “from” “(((Covid 19)))”.

    • Replies: @DanFromCT
  53. Sarah says:
    @Sarah

    White European Caucasian are bastardized, more and more for hundreds of years, between people of different regions, cities etc. and as a result are weaker than those married inside small communities.

  54. @utu

    Infection fatality rate (IFR) in Africa is expected to be 10-times lower than in Europe.

    Thanks for that data.

    Logically, if the African IFR is expected to be one tenth that of the European (Western) nations, then conversely the European (Western) IFR should be 10 times higher than in Africa.

    In theory, this might provide a rough way to see through all the fluff and propaganda in Western countries, by assuming that the Africans generally have nothing to hide (so their figures are reliable), and then extrapolating the African case numbers back to their Western counterparts according to the age distributions.

    I’d suspect the IFR predicted from that method might be way lower than the official Western narrative claims.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  55. @Flying Dutchman

    Just throw out your TV and “Covid” is gone too.

    Seems to work for the Amish.

  56. Quote “youth brings fewer co-morbidities and age is the most significant factor in contracting and dying from COVID-19″— There you go. blacks in Africa die from everything else . Due to their inability to govern a modern functional 1st world society. Also why they breed like rabbits . Their mortality rate–The highest rates of child mortality are still in Sub-Saharan Africa—where 1 in 9 children dies before age five, more than 16 times the average for developed regions (1 in 152) Less old people. And anyway. blacks do not keep statistics. Africa lies about everything.Just like the genocide of Whites in SA. And the leading demographic of the perpetration of crimes there,which is blacks. Also those Sub-Saharan countries are very isolated. The Whole world doesn’t travel in and out of Sub-Saharan Africa. And another fact is , as an example, when Ebola was running rampant South Africa SHUT it’s borders right away. No one in . But no one said they were racist and xenophobic. Of course when the United States or Europe tries to do such a thing everyone loses their shit and calls them racist for even thinking of such a thing. Idiots.

  57. While racial physiological differences are very real, the only adequate explanation for why sub-Saharan Africans in Africa are essentially immune to COVID-19 while sub-Saharan Africans in gay (“Western”) countries seem to be particularly vulnerable to it is this: COVID-19 does not exist. Or if it exists at all it’s as nothing more than a pesky cold virus. The real pandemic is one of hysteria, as the establishment in gay countries has become fixated on this possibly fictitious viral strain. Consequently, death and disease from myriad other causes are attributed to COVID-19. Isn’t it strange that there has been no flu epidemic this year?

    No one should find the above even the least unlikely. While there are plenty of problems in gay countries, those problems are either neglected (e.g., low birth rate among the native population) or celebrated (e.g., increasing “diversity” through mass immigration). Every single issue deemed to be a problem by the ruling classes in gay countries is imaginary. That is true, among many possible examples, of police brutality against innocent sub-Saharan Africans, of the wave of violence against “transgender women” of color, of the gender “pay gap”, etc. However, the closest parallel to the COVID-19 phenomenon is the hysteria around “climate”. The word “devastating” is a favorite descriptor for both. “Catastrophe” is another. But neither is even perceptible by an objective observer. “Journalists” reporting on “climate” claim footage of perfectly ordinary seasonal melting at glacier termini in Greenland is proof that all the world’s ice will soon be gone—it’s as if they went to the mouth of the Amazon and claimed all the world’s freshwater is running into the ocean and that soon there will be no more freshwater. Similarly, they go to hospitals and show patients suffering from whatever ailment as proof of the “devastating” and “catastrophic” nature of their pet virus. Are hospitals supposed to be empty now? In my native Brazil the public hospital system is perpetually overcrowded, which used to be routinely reported on by the country’s dominant TV Globo. Now Globo breathlessly reports that thanks to COVID-19 hospitals are using up 80 percent of their ICU capacity. So nothing has changed from the way it ever was. It’s common sense that a real “devastating pandemic” would cause hospitals to far exceed their ICU capacity.

    So why is there little COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa? Because Africans have too many real problems to worry about. They don’t have time, and perhaps are not entirely aware, that they are supposed to fret over imaginary ones.

    • Agree: theMann
    • Replies: @Marshall Lentini
  58. Lee says:
    @Trinity

    Trinity said:

    Honest Joe Biden and Caramel Harris and others keep telling us how deadly the (((virus))) is but yet they are allowing our southern border to be swamped by illegal invaders who not only could be infected by the (((virus))) but they could be carrying other diseases like tuberculosis, leprosy, small pox, etc.

    These disease issues that you speak of pose no threat to the ruling class as they are well insulated from any exposure.Only the retards that voted them into office need to be concerned.

    Rioting all summer long sans masks also wasn’t an issue—-it’s well known that viruses don’t affect people who destroy public and private property if it’s a righteous cause. Sarcasm.

  59. @dogbumbreath

    Experts say it’s all genetics, but genetics is just nutrition and lifestyle factored over generations.

    That’s Lysenkoism.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  60. republic says:
    @gotmituns

    The president of Belarus was offered a bribe of one billion dollars to lock down his country,he refused and a color revolution was started against his rule.

  61. The author has this pegged as somehow breaking a ‘Taboo’ to discuss Africa and Conjob-19.

    The real taboo is of course what absolute lies and nonsense Conjob19 really is and how science has now been destroyed by satanic scum in their pursuit of an Evil Agenda: to destroy.

    That is what satanic scum do. They destroy people, places and things.

    Currently, ~30% of the West is ‘vaccinated’. That is probably around 300 million people who never understood they were becoming part of an experiment with a new gene editor. They will cease to be productive, will die earlier and suffer more. The reason I say this is because these are poisons not vaccines.
    These poisons are causing so many injuries they will have to stop. Doctors have a duty to provide a standard of care and are moving to end their involvement in assault and murder.

    The satanic scum have failed. They have told everyone flat out that their life is on the chopping block. If that is the case, then why should anyone be a reasonable person when dealing with anyone who has any power?
    Michael Collins solutions for all pervasive problems.

  62. Hallelujah! At last a study grounded in common sense, now terra incognita to our doctrinaire campus cultists. Obviously, a billion Africans can’t be wrong. (But, watch out!, you can be cancelled for saying such stuff. Those who pointed out the same thing at the onset of the never-ending plandemic hysteria were quickly silenced.)

    And why apologize for talking about hereditary and race? Race it is, though — namely a weird global race to un-discover the wheel and everything that followed. The woke rulers of the USSA along with their EU puppets are even now sprinting across the finish line first. The Science’s LGTBQ team may get the gold.

    OK, maybe you are slightly short-changing those social factors and the environment. I’ve observed a strong geographic correlation here: If you happen to inhabit a poisonous media environment saturated by an endemic corporate-government technocracy with an obscenely proifitable “health-delivery” tyranny, you have a high risk of coming down with some novel lab virus, whether you are black or white. If you are lucky enough to lack a TV set or live a traditional life close to nature, you are much more likely to be healthy and home free.

    My empirical study concludes that the best defense against SARS-CoVid-2 is never to have heard of it. The lab virus seems to agree. Ask an African.

  63. Ah, all this verbiage over fictitious statistics? As the timeworn saying says: “Garbage in, garbage out.” You know the numbers are all a lie, so why the rest?

  64. Emslander says:

    Certainly, with disease a long-recognized feature of the living world, it is no surprise it is a major factor in Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

    I am forever going to be shocked at the number and apparent education of people who throw Darwin around without understanding his theory. The theory was not novel because it pointed out the effects of a stressful environment on the inherited strengths of a population within a species. That was generally understood.

    The actual title of Darwin’s 1859 book was “The Origin of the Species (by natural selection)”. His claim, now a religion, was that new species were separated from their ancestral species through the operation of selection by natural stresses on the environment in which they reproduced. It is a theory, by the way, that has never been observed or replicated. Species numbers actually seem to be declining through history, not expanding, as the theory would indicate.

    Anyway, I’m an agnostic on Darwin, but I understand him, which is something most of the religion’s worshippers and even casual admirers fail woefully to do.

    • Agree: Ray Caruso
    • Replies: @Peripatetic Itch
  65. @TKK

    I read a study some years back that stated the reason people feel better after a vacation at the beach is that they:

    1) WALK barefoot on the sand
    2) IN THE SUNSHINE

    Bold emphasis added.

    Walking barefoot on dirt or sand, frequently, is important to health.

    • Replies: @dindunuffins
  66. Marckus says:
    @Dumbo

    Yes, a sledge to the TV is a guaranteed cure. People spend hours a day on the internet. Hanging with them means updates every 10 minutes at the latest b/s somewhere in the world, endless speculation and rage.

    When I see this I excuse myself and disappear. These days with 24/7 talking heads and opinions. it may be better to live in ignorance.

  67. theMann says:
    @Trinity

    It is not a question of how stupid they think we are, but if how cowardly they know we are.

    • Agree: Trinity
  68. Anon[300] • Disclaimer says:
    @Trial by Wombat

    The Zulu (I am assuming) warrior in the image is a specimen of pure, unadulterated African essence, except for the single item of the alien White race… the fancy wrist watch. It doesn’t go with his getup!

    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
  69. Marckus says:
    @Alfred

    Too many people spend hours/day on the internet/ checking their phone. They get no exercise, indeed many of them sit all day and move only when absolutely necessary, eat the most appalling junk every few minutes and load up on the negativity from the idiot screen.

    What must this do to mind and body and why the surprise when they are flattened by some disease.

  70. Eragon says:

    Sorry. Could not read the entire article. Too long. Africa does not have the covid numbers because the WHO does not deem them inportant. Did you not notice that only the rich countries have covid. The WHO sends the numbers through to the media, the media publish it and we sheeple believe it. Simple really.

  71. PolarBear says:

    Don’t buy the no unhealthy processed food or “packaged crap” in Africa theory. People in my State alone send giant cargo loads full of food to Africa. The Whole White West likely sends enough food to make every African have an ass fatter than Sally Struthers.

  72. @The Real World

    It’s: Jobotomy Xiden

    Not to question your characterization, but how can you question the honesty of someone who admits he stole the election:

    We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter-fraud organization in the history of American politics

    Honesty like that needs to go down in history. For all time.

  73. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Quantity does not equal quality.

    With that said about your article, don’t leave out those W. African states that also have outbreaks of Ebola.

    Strangely enough, those states where Ebola & other diseases break-out are the same states that have huge diamond mines & fields.
    So many that if the diamonds were dumped onto the market, the Amsterdam,Tel Aviv & New York diamond exchanges would go broke, due to the market being flooded.

    Guess its just a coincidence that those nasty diseases keeping breaking out in diamond rich areas of Africa.

  74. rgl says:

    Every Sunday beginning on the 19th of April last year (2020) I began to list, country by country, the number of Covid related infections, deaths, and recoveries. I did this not so much due to an interest in the so-called pandemic, as I did to self teach myself MS Office Excel.

    A couple of caveats before I go on:

    1. my info is single sourced, i.e. from John Hopkins University in collaboration with the Centre for Disease Control. In short, being American institutes, I am not even sure I can trust the numbers provided;

    2. I claim no exceptional expertise in, well, health issues in general;

    3. There are a whack of countries, not only in Africa of course, that are presently engaged in conflicts of one type or another, making me wonder if a corpse, suffering from loss of limbs, for example, is being counted as a ‘Covid death’; and

    Lastly, I have read, heard, or have been told of no account regarding world-wide seasonal flu deaths – 290,000 to 650,000 people per year, as reported by the World Health Org in 2019, for the period covering 2020.

    On to Africa … the median age in Africa is somewhere around 29 years. According to the masters of the universe, Covid primarily, but not exclusively attacks the older crowd. Africa has a leg up right there. And it – the virus – does not seem to like dry to terribly much. Comparing Africa with a relatively low rate of both infection and fatalities (compared to the Americas and the EU), humidity seems to play a significant role in my uneducated mind. South America has the same, or close to the same heat as Africa, yet is waaay more of a humid local. South America has infectious rates more along the lines of North America and the EU.

    I will not comment on racial differences, because I know little about them – lol, hue excluded. It would be nice if some informed folks would tell me just what the hell happened to the flu??

    • Replies: @Dumb4asterisks
  75. anon[360] • Disclaimer says:

    onebornfree, CIA whacked Magafuli as a nascent success in the Gadafy mold. The COVID stuff is chaff to keep the focus on one of the less subversive things he did. CIA would inevitably go apeshit over a guy who stepped into Nyerere’s shoes.

    https://unlimitedhangout.com/2021/03/investigative-reports/tanzanias-late-president-magufuli-science-denier-or-threat-to-empire/

    More broadly, you look at those maps and the thing that sticks out is, the least affected countries have fewer elderly people. All that genetic stuff is maybe 3rd or 4th-order effects. As a Phd scientist, Magafuli could eyeball the demographics and know that COVID won’t stress Tanzania’s healthcare system, which is better and less treacherous than the US healthcare racket.

    • Replies: @The Real World
  76. funny says:

    How about the fact that these areas in Africa are all economic wastelands. The Elite have no need to shut them down.

    • Agree: Alden
  77. @Anon

    Yeah and the watch matches the Burger King man-tits and the Popeye’s belly.

  78. @Roda

    Sorry, hit the wrong button. Great points.

  79. The authors of this article wrote : ‘China, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand, which zealously enforced lockdowns.’.

    I’m in Australia (I live in Sydney – the largest city in the most populous state).

    And, other than a one brief not-so-draconian lockdown (accompanied by closure of schools for a few weeks), my state has been totally free and we do as we please.

    We had a mask mandate for a few weeks when entering a shopping mall, supermarket, hair salon etc, but that has long since been lifted and the vast bulk of people are unmuzzled whether they’re indoors or outdoors.
    I, and many like me, have never worn a mask for even ONE SECOND during the entirety of the scamdemic and I have gone about my business and gone to shopping malls, supermarkets and had next to no pushback.

    Many of you may be familiar with some videos you’ve seen with Australian police manhandling women, breaking into houses to arrest Covid dissenters and such and enforcing mask mandates.

    All of that happened in the state of Victoria, where the left leaning state authorities were heavy handed and did indeed have prolonged lockdowns and mask mandates, Socialist Distancing etc.

    Surely then, you virtue signalling compliant face muzzlers must be thinking, the state of Victoria must have had the best Covid outcomes in the country ?

    You’re 180 degrees wrong.

    Victoria, the second most populous state (has about a quarter of the country’s population), registered around 80 % of the alleged under 1000 Covid fatalities in the country.

    You rear right. Australia (population around 25.5 million), is claimed to have had LESS THAN 1000 DEATHS from Covid.

    I say alleged because the excess deaths recorded in the state of Victoria come about in the context of their U.S style reporting system where people who died WITH Covid are deemed as having died FROM Covid.

    (In the rest of Australia the cause of death is pretty much honestly reported – hence the very few deaths from this relatively harmless little virus).

    In recent months, we have had some temporary lockdowns in some of our other cities (eg: Perth and more recently in Brisbane – places where the left leaning authorities have adopted some token measures, no doubt to appease their Deep State masters and give the world the impression that Australia’s low Covid mortality of under 40 per million population was due to the ‘tough measures’ applied).

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Aside from the state of Victoria, the other 75 % of the population in the other states have only had limited lockdowns and closures of non-essential businesses (mostly in the aftermath of fear-mongering and exaggerated claims of impending Armageddon in late March/April of 2020).

    Since then it’s been business as normal (all schools, restaurants etc open) and, needless to say, there have been NO HEALTH CONSEQUENCES as a result.

    Why would there be ? After all, this is a relatively harmless virus and we quickly achieved herd immunity (like Sweden) because we didn’t do things the dumb American and western European way.

  80. Anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Thank you. Youth + treatment drugs seems to be what we lack in the West. Also, the West has densely packed cities like New York and Ile-de-France (Paris).

    What do you think of Africa’s warmer climate? Could we generalize its effect on Covid?

  81. DanFromCT says:
    @Publius 2

    And, surprise, surprise, the flu has disappeared!

  82. Hansen says:

    Fascinating stuff, but have you considered the use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine as a potential reason for the low covid infection rate? My understanding is that both drugs are widely used as a prophylactic for malaria. Any thoughts?

  83. Considering in Africa death lurks around every corner: open sewers, lethal poisonous snakes, wild animals, malaria, ebola, pop-up dictators, starvation, lack of clean water, tribal warfare (including cannibalism) and violent rap music, the average African must consider covid no worse than a mild sunburn.

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  84. If this really was a population control plot, failing in Africa is the biggest possible fail.

    Conspiracy buffs: tell me why They want Africa and the Middle East to thrive, Asia to manage, and The West to be devastated. Seems counterproductive, but I’m sure someone has a detailed theory.

  85. R2b says:
    @onebornfree

    Thanks for the link!
    Very interesting how WHO inserts the replacement of John Magufuli.
    As for the article, I agree with most of the objections.
    But I still wonder what accomplished that peak in march/april 2020?
    It is suggested that a very precise, low-mortal bio-weapon was used.
    One that put itself above the natural death-rate of a seasonal flu.

  86. Stevek9 says:

    Africa …HCQ

    Bangladesh … Ivermectin

  87. JVT says:

    According to available data, old age and obesity have very high correlation with poor Covid19 outcomes. Both contribute to compromised natural immunity. Lockdowns and masks have very low correlations. Climate and genetics are not so clear, so this article is useful. But there is another factor with very high correlation which is almost never mentioned. HINT: in this article change the word “despite” to “because” and that’s it. A third factor which contributes to compromised natural immunity – prior vaccinations.

  88. @Arnieus

    Places where it is routinely taken to prevent Malaria have no significant problem with Covid19.

    Malaria is endemic in the the Amazon region, and chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are used as treatment for that disease. The Northern region of Brazil and some Latin American countries like Ecuador and Peru are all in the Amazon region and were *extremely* affected by Covid-19.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Sarah
  89. Two African Presidents who opposed the covid-19 scam and psyop have died of heart attacks, which can be induced from afar via micro wave weapons, these were the presidents of Burundi and Tanzania, the satanist globalists are running a genocide death cult on the world via their covid-19 scam and psyop and their genocide vaccines that are not really vaccines but an operating platform that destroys the immune system.

    The globalist death cult is running a genocide operation on the whole world and they do not have to load us up in cattle cars and ship us to the death camps, all they have to do is get us to take the JAB!

  90. TomJ says:

    There’s nothing “preliminary” about vitamin D protecting against any pathology from respiratory viruses. It’s the single most influential variable, determining whether it’s a minor cold or critical lung inflammation. It’s always, and everywhere, about vitamin D. And Fauci has even admitted he supplements vitamin D, but no government anywhere will put it on the same podium as vaccines.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes, mike99588
    • Replies: @mike99588
  91. @Sarah

    Marriages within small communities lead to inbreeding, with deleterious effects. Marriages between populatioins from different regions don’t have such effects.
    Among many Muslims (Arabs, Pakistanis) marriages between first cousins are frequent, and with harmful effects. If rural Africans marry within their villages, that may have similar effects.

    • Disagree: Sarah
    • Replies: @Sarah
  92. @anyone with a brain

    i live in victoria bc canada, we have a ‘woke’ council that has solved our homeless problem by allowing them to camp in our beloved beacon hill park. the homeless have very low to no registered cases (medical personnel are there daily to deal with overdose, other medical issues so it’s not b/c they are left unattended). so why are the homeless cases so similar to those of africa?

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Kratoklastes
  93. @Sollipsist

    If this really was a population control plot, failing in Africa is the biggest possible fail.

    The West has trillions in un- and underfunded pension liabilities.

    The controllers believe reducing those liabilities will ease the burden on the system so they can maintain the very profitable status quo a bit longer.

  94. Another important consideration would be diet, what portion of the diet is processed food? So many preservative chemicals/non-food items constantly passing through the body affect the gut bacteria, which can impact immunity.

    Could it be that the people in sub-Saharan Africa have a more natural, high-fiber diet?

  95. endthefed says:

    I might assume there’s a fairly widespread use of chloroquine products prophylactically for malaria.

  96. “I think Africa, my continent, must wake up.” By spring, the WHO was projecting 44 million or more cases in Africa and the World Bank issued a map of the continent colored in blood red, anticipating that the worst was imminent:

    Listening to and then believing the W.H.O. and it’s chief stooge ‘Tedros’, is as dangerous as listening to and believing CNN. Could it be that Africa has been spared the covid19 pandemic simply because not every home has a single television set? While here in the more grossly affected Western nations we boast of 2, or 3, or 1 in every room.
    Just asking? Is the risk of contracting covid19 directly related to how many hours one spends watching television?

    • Agree: Sarah
  97. TTSSYF says:
    @Jiminy

    Be careful. “Liza” will be scolding you soon for admonishing fellow Americans to lose weight as she did at length when I suggested that a little fat-shaming might be in order.

  98. The simplest explanation is that Sub-Saharan Africa has the youngest population distribution in the world. Additionally they do not have the obesity that is common to people in developed countries, particularly African Americans. Obesity and old age are the biggest risk factors for COVID-19.

    • Agree: Emslander
    • Replies: @Emslander
  99. As a scientist, it’s obvious to me that Africans have developed a rapid herd immunity to this devastating virus.

    It should be equally obvious to the Biden administration and all world leaders, that the presence of Africans will reverse the infection rates across the west. America should lead the world by airlifting 1/2 billion Covid resistant Africans into the US immediately. We have plenty of grounded airliners and even idle cruise ships to complete this ambitious goal by September 2021.

    Please write to your representatives in Congress, or call their office and demand this plan be executed immediately.

    • LOL: Trinity
  100. Anon[134] • Disclaimer says:

    How stupid are you? To those few with reasonable brain function it is obvious you have been “gaslighted” by idiots. There is no pandemic except in the tiny minds of the CDC/WHO/EU/CCP/.

    • Replies: @Anon
  101. Anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @Brás Cubas

    Antipaludics are used as treatment in Latin America, yet not necessarily prophylactically.

    In Mexico, for example, doctors early on started using HCQ & Ivermectine, as private decisions, not public policy. And as treatment, not prophillaxis. Then around May 2020, the authorities conditioned the sale to medical prescription. Then conflicting information started making inroads, it was never available in public hospitals. In private hospitals, doctors would give the “Covid combo” (Iver + Azyt) on an individual basis. Finally, in January 2021 the health authorities pronounced HCQ, Azyt, and Ivermectine as useless against Covid. Just in time for starting the vaccination campaign.

    Nowadays, some public hospitals suggest —very quietly, to avoid attracting the authorities’ attention— the use of Artemisia, the remedy used in China against Covid. Artemisia is an antimalarial also.

    To tell a sick person to go home, take Tylenol, and wait to see if they can’t breathe, is something no doctor in the Middle Ages would have done.

    We are all audacity when it comes to approving vaccines, and absolute prudence when it comes to treatment using cheap, well-known, patent-less molecules.

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  102. Anon[154] • Disclaimer says:

    At the outset let me state that I’m a conspiracy believer. I believe that 911 was an inside job and Israel bombed and strafed USS Liberty in 1967 and tried to sink it.

    I think we should see the the total number of deaths in 2019 and adjust that to the increase in number of deaths vis -a -vis population growth in both 2020 and 2021. The excess deaths can then be attributed to Covid .
    We should stick to W European and Canadian/N. American data and I think you will be surprised that there’s not much uptick in the death rate.

    I recently spoke to someone who went to a city ( Lucknow) in northern India for a wedding. Here’s what he told me.
    1. Nobody wears a mask and they don’t test.
    2. They don’t believe it’s a end all pandemic but just a flu.
    3. When they get the flu, they take paracetamol and within 4 to 5 days they are fine.
    4. He does say there have been deaths but it’s the olds.
    5. He said that he too got infected but its just like a flu. The first 2 days he had a fever but now it’s just like flu.

    I think it’s a SCAM

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Ray Caruso
    , @TheIdiot
  103. Petermx says:

    Could it be that not being as advanced as some other places in the world does not allow them to unintentionally (or intentionally) exaggerate the death toll the virus has taken? I have read that the Covid 19 test is unreliable, that people have tested positive for the virus only to find out they never had the virus. This is not just one or two cases, my understanding is it’s a problem. If this is true, how widespread is this and what percentage of people are erroneously counted as having the virus.

    The other issue is that most people dying from the virus are older, over 60 or over 70 years old and again, I have read that people that are at the age of what the life expectancy is in a country and have a serious medical condition are being reported as dying from Covid 19 despite these facts. If this is the accepted practice throughout a country, is this distorting and exaggerating the danger of the virus by reporting people as dying from the virus when they actually died from something else?

  104. Yup

    • Agree: dogbumbreath
    • Thanks: Alfred
    • LOL: Trinity, Rdm
  105. Only metric that matters is death / million. Cases depend on testing frequency and test criteria, which vary hugely across countries.

    For death / million, too, we have to distinguish “death from Covid” from “death with Covid”, which could vary by country.

    Leaving that aside, the difference in death / million across countries is quite stark, almost an order of magnitude, between countries in Europe and Americas on one hand, and Asia and Africa, on another, with certain exceptions.

    Three factors could explain this difference. And we can debate their relative contributions.

    1) Age distribution of population – this can explain 15-20% difference in death / million, not an order of magnitude

    2) Genetics – does not quite fly because Asians and Africans living in Europe and Americas are doing worse than white European and white Americans, not better

    3) Environment – this has to be the major driver – 70-80% at least. Now we have to question who profits the most from this scamdemic? BioPharma undoubtedly.

    Not just billions in vaccines sales, constant fear mongering helps with BioTech IPOs, fund raising and research grants. The entire NIH-CDC-BioPharma investing and medical cabal has minted billions over last 15 months. And they created this profitable opportunity with decades of preparation.

    Through vaccines – flu vaccine coverage in Brazil among old people is > 60% and in India it’s about 5%, to consider just one example — and unnecessary medication, through prevention of cheap therapeutics — LANCET FRAUD paper of fake HCQ efficacy surveys is the most glaring evidence — this cabal has made old people in OECD countries vulnerable to lab-manufactured viruses.

    BillG knows this business model of “first create virus, then sell vaccine, rinse and repeat” from his software days. He openly smirks and salivates at the prospect of doing this at global scale while controlling our lives. He is just one face of this nefarious cabal. Africa and Asia were mostly saved from this cabal this time around, but not for long.

  106. Anon[184] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Pandemic = Emperor’s New Clothes. Although the man was naked it took a small child to point this out to the rest of the country. There is no pandemic any more than in other years when people died from flu/cold etc. I am sorry if you cannot see the obvious either.

  107. PolarBear says:

    @Jolie Dame. Jews in Israel avoid all that goy garbage by eating kosher. I’ve no idea what modern sub-Saharan Africans eat but I’d bet they have more access to modern junk food than most think. Tribal groups from Alaska on down tend to gravitate towards junk food and get much fatter than when they only had their own natural diet. African-Americans are known to buy junk food like Doritos with their food stamps. Everyone in Mexico, except a sweaty drug dealer, I saw had a beer belly.

    • Replies: @Petermx
  108. DFC says:

    The author is looking in the wrong direction, the reason many african countries are doing so well against Covid-19 is because they using routinelly Ivermectin as prophylaxis to combat Oncocercosys, and Ivermectin is extremely useful against SARS-Cov-2:

    https://colombiamedica.univalle.edu.co/index.php/comedica/article/view/4613/4868

    Just yesterday the WHO decided NOT to recommend Ivermectin as a treatment of Covid-19, following the advice of the FDA, NIH, EMA, Merck and the rest of Big Pharma, and you’ll see the inquisitorial prosecution of the physicians that dare to use Ivermectin to treat the Covid-19 illness:

    https://covid19criticalcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/FLCCC-Statement-on-Weak-Guidance-on-Ivermectin-from-WHO-March-31-2021.pdf

    For the government and Big Pharma there cannot be ANY alternative to vaccines, or the “emergency authorization” will crumble and people will start to sue the CDC. The cannot allow this happens and they won’t

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  109. Great Article but YOU MISSED MANY possible explanations. There are at least SEVEN other possible causes of Covid-19 Infection rates:

    1. Politicalization of the virus – In America, this virus has been hugely exaggerated and propagandized to first destroy the Trump economy and to second STEAL the election with the supposed needed, never before implemented, “Mail-In Ballot” scheme. American Covid-19 numbers are intentionally inflated and skewed.

    2. Massive Incentives for the US Hospitals to declare COVID-19 Deaths. They are paid huge sums in stimulus monies for each COVID-19 patient and for each ventilator use. Secondly, US Hospitals are using COVID-19 deaths in a way to mitigate malpractice lawsuits.

    3. COVID-19 has been a huge opportunity for all Democratically run states to received BILLIONS in supposed covid relief, but in reality, the money is used to bail out Democratic shit hole states and hide years of criminal theft from state coffers.

    4. COVID-19 = MASSIVE THEFT of FUTURE MONEY Borrowed at Interest. A now estimated 6 Trillion in Relief Money and less than 10% of that has gone to US Tax Payers. This is theft on a MASSIVE SCALE. The FED printed that money out of thin air. Our Children will be paying these criminals back for the next 30 years. And we are too stupid to realize it.

    5. Inflated US COVID-19 numbers are used for a US lockdown. A demoralized populace accepts a stolen election.

    6. THE CDC and Big Pharma are in the business of making money. The game now is to continue to propagandize the public until all the supply of the vaccines has been PURCHASED and consumed, completing the artificially created market of supply and demand. Billions have been made. Why is it the CDC absolutely dismissed Hydroxychloroquine (is a quinoline medicine) that is regularly used, like aspirin, in Africa and India (two countries with strangely low COVID-19 infection rates).

    7. Infection rates of Africa and India???? They have no election to win. They had no national populace movement to crush. Their hospitals are not incentivized to Announce COVID deaths (There is no money to be made). These same hospitals most likely do not get sued anyway and so using COVID as a legal mitigation tactic is of no value. These people are not as STUPID as dumb cow Americans and have no time for Mainstream Media nonsense..they refuse lockdowns and simply get up every morning and go to work. Speaking of Mainstream Media….it has less power to Propagandize when a large proportion of the population is rural –with no internet or TV. Another factor may be the amount of sunlight they get and the fact they spend most of their time, working in the sun.

    HERE IS THE KICKER —-In 2023 Americans will be able to LOOK BACK and actually do simple arithmetic on US Morbidity tables. We will see that for some reason in 2020 the influenza season took the year off. Those deaths being replaced by COVID-19.

    • Thanks: Emslander, Mark G.
    • Replies: @dindunuffins
  110. Wild Bill says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    A brilliant reply. It put me in mind of another in response to someone who said “Please wear a mask just in the off chance that it may save my life.” to whom the reply came “What for?”

  111. @The Wild Geese Howard

    I think they have options.
    This was the option they exercised: ‘kill off the elderly’.
    How can this be?
    They have built a system. To climb the ladder you must prove your worth. So, Bill Gates-‘minor wizard’ -wishes for a promotion in the ladder of Molech, Inc. as does Fauci. Those two vermin backed by the media made sure most people never heard of a treatment for Conjob-19. They literally murdered 100, 000 old Americans all drawing pensions from Uncle Shumly. That is over a billion a year. Then there is the private funds so yeah lots of future liabilities eliminated. The government gets estate taxes to steal.
    I think it is more about the blood than the money tbh. I think they have to keep feeeding Molech, satan, etc. A d if they don’t they are punished and-or lose power.

    The thing is, I see lots of evidence that people aren’t buying it. There is a backlash in the medical-scientific field and tons of criticism from the sidelines. The conventional media is losing viewers as people cease believing the lies.
    I just don’t think they are going to be able to sell this one.

  112. “It is really mind boggling why Africa is doing so well, while in US and UK, the people of African ancestry are doing so poorly,”

    I see none of the commenters have suggested that this may be due to “systemic racism” in US/UK/EU and in their health care systems where the white man is out to get the blacks, and this is of course absent in Africa, at least as far as blacks are concerned. And the solution is very simple … get back to Africa.

    Now one lot will tell me that this isn’t true because whites have empathy and care for blacks more than for themselves, and the other lot will tell me that I’m a racist for wanting to send the blacks packing back home across the oceans to enjoy healthier natural lifestyles among their own kind. Oh well … whatever.

  113. @MarkU

    We might also like to consider the fact that Covid-19 is treatable but the West is almost universally treating it as if it isn’t, massively increasing the mortality rate.

    And that attitude is criminal. If a disease is not treatable with available medications then one may argue for a vaccine. However, that Hydroxy chloride and other anti-bacterial agents work is proof Covid19 is not viral, and the experimental vaccines an evil sham. War crimes anyone?

    • Replies: @Iris
  114. 1) SS Africa is not only hot, but people are more likely to be outside and not in confined, air-conditioned spaces with closed windows (as opposed to more developed countries in warm climates).

    2) the population is young – very young – with low obesity rates.

    Until you can correct for these kinds of differences, an HBD analysis is…retarded. And this is coming from someone that sees HBD as the most rational foundation for policy and ideology.

    Any HBD analysis has to be an apples to apples comparison. Height is well over 90% genetic in the West, yet Southeast Asians that grow up in America today average about 4 inches taller than the Dutch from the 1850’ (5-8 vs 5-4, respectively). So to do an HBD analysis of height you need to get everyone on the same diet and vaccination program. Otherwise it’s a pointless comparison.

    For COVID, a true HBD analysis would have to correct for a myriad of cultural and environmental factors. There’s just no point in making HBD conclusions between Africa and the West at this point because the data isn’t there. What you can do is look at different racial groups in the West but you still need to account for age, obesity, SES etc.

  115. @Truth Vigilante

    Great post. The very ugly wife of one George Stephanopoulos has threatened your city with moving there. You should stop them if you can.

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
  116. @Anon

    The case that Israel deliberately attacked the USS Liberty is much stronger than the case they or someone else imploded the WTC; it’s irrefutable, really. The equivalent would be if members of the maintenance crew of the WTC had survived and testified that they witnessed Mossad agents planting explosives in the building. I’m not necessarily saying the latter didn’t happen, but if it did it was much better executed than the USS Liberty. I’m with you on COVID, although I’m not sure how much of it is conspiracy and how much is hysteria. “Climate change” ideology is essentially identical to COVID in being an opaque blob of conspiracy and hysteria.

    • Replies: @gnbRC
  117. Respiratory influenza type diseases are generally not prevalent in Africa south of the Sahara.

  118. The USE OF VENTILATORS???? I believe this is an interesting line of inquiry. Ventilators CAUSE DEATH. They are not lifesavers. This area of healthcare has long been in question….the use of ventilators. The techniques they use, the machine being used, the software in that machine, the elevation and position of the patient, the chemically induced coma….all areas of alarm.

    Q. How many medical malpractice lawsuits each year in the US are related to the use of Ventilators???? The process of placing someone into a chemically induced coma, shoving a garden hose into their lungs, and have a machine take over the expansion and collapse of that lung ….has long been associated with high mortality.

    Q. What was the survival rate of the elderly when placed on Ventilators—Before Covid-19?

    Q. What is the survival rate of Covid-19 patients when placed on ventilators?

    Q. Of all the Covid-19 deaths. How many of them DIED while hooked up to a ventilator??? How many of them died while at home or in the hospital without being hooked up to a ventilator??

    Q. How many US Hospital deaths of patients hooked up to a Ventilator were later classified as COVID-19 Cause of Death????? How many patients in 2020 died while hooked up to a ventilator (Pre-Covid-19).

    Q. Is there any document being circulated that grants hospitals legal immunity from the use of ventilators for COVID-19??? Do patients sign something of this sort before being induced into a coma?

    • Thanks: Peripatetic Itch
  119. some_loon says:

    So, blacks in the USA may have worse healthcare than whites do (though, how much worse, really?), but health care delivery in Africa is orders of magnitude worse by most measures.

    Do the authors not see the tension between these facts?

    Black african outcomes are credited to genetics, but african american outcomes are blamed on disparity.

    Fun fact: obesity is not caused by lack of access to healthcare.

  120. Imagine that the virus is a highly exaggerated threat, with phony “death” numbers. Now imagine there is a shithole, dirt-poor continent like Africa where the whole hoax is basically being ignored. You would expect lower infection and death numbers. This is so obvious. Any place where the population is ignoring “Covid” it is not causing damage.

    • Agree: Flying Dutchman
  121. anon[825] • Disclaimer says:

    Africa blessed compared to North America and Europe.
    Less corruption, fewer lies, better awareness of Gates.

    Minus lies, minus everything Gates, Covid is a nothing.

    • Agree: Iris
  122. @John Fisher

    Except in filthy black Africa.. “A common parasitic roundworm infection, hookworm disease can be contracted by walking barefoot on soil contaminated by feces. Symptoms of the disease include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea. Chronic, or long-lasting, hookworm infections can cause severe blood loss and anemia.” blacks always walk in their own shit in Africa,FACT!

  123. @Mike Fridelle

    “they refuse lockdowns and simply get up every morning and go to work. ” WHAT WORK!! LMFAO!!! The only reason blacks have any modern civilizational infrastructure to give them jobs to go to is because of Whitey. blacks don’t work. As the great lib and black communist hero stated….
    “The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.” … and if that’s not enough go watch Empire of Dust. Where the Chinese guy destroys the black moron and tells him how F’in useless black Africans really are.

  124. A. So the virus is caused by modernity. You know. All that technology stuff all you never-graduated-from-the-1950s science-boosters are always trumpeting: trains planes cars refrigerators radar radio computers etc. Hardehar.

    B. If the virus is a hoax then Africa can’t be a cold spot.

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  125. @Brian Reilly

    When the mass media says something you people don’t like, then its all suspect and all.

    When it says something you do like, then it’s incontrovertible fact.

    • Replies: @RestiveUs
    , @Brian Reilly
  126. @Trial by Wombat

    My great-grandfather used to walk the mile-long old railroad bridge across the river to get to his iron puddler job every morning.

    My grandfather used to load his bicycle into a rowboat, row across the same river, unload his bike, and ride it upriver to his job at the telephone company.

  127. @anon

    Good article…

    I haven’t finished reading it but, the first third completely lines-up with what ‘economic hitman’, John Perkins, described in his best-selling books.

    If you buy the premise of the article about why Magafuli probably really died and the info that Perkins puts forth (I buy both) then much becomes clear about many happenings in the world. That being: that multi-national corporations in coordination with first world intelligence agencies are who primarily control this planet. That had been the case for decades and now China is very much in the game also as Perkins describes in this 2nd edition.

    Planet Earth = controlled by an unholy alliance of bankers, corporate CEOs & intelligence agency spooks.

  128. You’re kidding, right? This isn’t a mystery. Anywhere you have malaria you have people taking hydrooxychloroquin (sp?) on a weekly basis. It’s called the Sunday Sunday drug. Almost everyone wandering the Bush has some in his pocket. It’s literally more common than aspirin.

  129. Since the virus is man made, perhaps Africans weren’t the target?

  130. Emslander says:
    @Abelard Lindsey

    Also, being closer to nature and reality, they just don’t buy the hoax. Probably those deaths attributable to it are fake, just like the ones in the US.

    Anyone statistically included in those dying of Covid has been a victim of the hysteria brought about by the psych-operation perpetrated by our deep state goons.

  131. @Anon

    Your reply does not address the issue being argued here. Let’s recollect what commenter Arnieus wrote:

    No. The word “hydroxychloroquine” does not appear in the article. Places where it is routinely taken to prevent Malaria have no significant problem with Covid19.

    It’s evident from the quote that what is being argued by Arnieus is that regions where hydroxychloroquine is taken for *MALARIA* do not have a problem with Covid-19. So, I counterargued that this cannot be true, because in the Amazon region hydroxychloroquine is taken for *MALARIA* and yet they had a huge problem with Covid-19.

    Your discussion is different, being about the allegedly proper use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19. You say that it’s not being done in a correct manner. Yet in Africa this was not an issue for Arnieus’ argument, apparently. The treatment of malaria with those drugs was allegedly enough to solve the Covid-19 problem there. So why wasn’t it enough in Latin America?

    I hope I have made the point in question clearer now.

  132. Petermx says:
    @PolarBear

    I’ve seen a film of a kosher slaughterhouse and it was absolutely filthy and disgusting and I don’t want to eat meat from a poor animal that suffers the pain kosher slaughter inflicts on the poor animal. That is why some European countries are considering banning it. Your dumb comment suggests the whole world except for the 15 million Jews that live on it eat the same thing and have the same standards for the safe handling of food. You do realize goy refers to everyone who is not a Jew or maybe you don’t know that. It has to be the stupidest term and way to categorize people, or not to categorize them – everyone that isn’t one of them. From your travels it sounds like you have never traveled to the continent from where modern civilization sprung from. Fast food is not nearly as popular there as it is in the USA. I would feel safer eating food from a lot of European countries than eating Israeli and/ or kosher food.

  133. Alden says:
    @emersonreturn

    Maybe fresh air and sleeping outside in brisk invigorating winter weather ?

  134. @emersonreturn

    why are the homeless cases so similar to those of africa?

    “Cases” are a function of testing.

    More importantly: nobody dares to pretend that the homeless are hospitalised, or die, at above-normal rates (especially when accounting for the age profile of the homeless relative to [a] the community at large, or [b] the deaths-with ex-population).

    When a large-ish sample of homeless people in Boston were tested, they found positive rates at 36% – but 88% of those who tested positive had no symptoms whatsoever.

    This was a sample of 407 individuals, with an average age of 51 (but a modal age significantly lower). Which is to say, the age distribution of homelessness has very few people in the 75+ age group – the only people susceptible to this pathetic weak-ass bitch virus.

    This was the subject of a paper in JAMA (Baggett et al, Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Residents of a Large Homeless Shelter in Boston, JAMA April 27 2020).

  135. @Ray Caruso

    I like how you just call them the gay countries. This needs to be standard.

    • Thanks: Ray Caruso
  136. Iris says:
    @the grand wazoo

    We might also like to consider the fact that Covid-19 is treatable but the West is almost universally treating it as if it isn’t, massively increasing the mortality rate.

    And that attitude is criminal.

    Moreover, it is deliberate.

    The Biden administration has just announced a $2.25 trillion plan underpinning its climate change agenda. Its strategic goals are to detach the USA from fossil fuels by supporting “Green” industries such as renewable energies and electric vehicles (EV’s).

    It is presented as the biggest public investment programme since the creation of the interstate highway system and the Space Race.

    The White House statement read: “Like great projects of the past, the President’s plan will unify and mobilise the country to meet the great challenges of our time: the climate crisis and the ambitions of an autocratic China.”

    The Covid19 pandemic enabled these two strategic goals, by creating an emergency situation where fossil fuel-related industries are already decimated by the lockdowns, and by setting up China as the new number 1 enemy of Western nations.

    The European buffoons are following suit, with Johnson, Macron and Merkel leading an appeal for all nations to sign a ‘pandemic preparedness’ treaty .

    Covid19 has enabled that: re-start the dying Western economy on the pretext of embracing green industries, cast aside the Chinese competitor and psychologically prepare Western people to a showdown, create the framework for a new, scaled-down globalisation where joining nations will be vetted on their adherence to the new principles (recurrent vaccinations, CO2 cuts, etc..).

    Welcome to the Great Reset, courtesy of Covid19.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  137. @obwandiyag

    A. So the virus is caused by modernity. You know. All that technology stuff all you never-graduated-from-the-1950s science-boosters are always trumpeting: trains planes cars refrigerators radar radio computers etc. Hardehar.

    B. If the virus is a hoax then Africa can’t be a cold spot.

    I’m never certain whether you’re actually retarded, or are trying to make a valid point but missing the mark.

    Being charitable, it’s possible to repair the first sentence of your ‘A.’ so it makes sense.

    A. So the adverse effects of the virus are made worse by metabolic dysfunction and immune-system shortcomings that are a direct effect of the modern Western lifestyle, including the poor nutritional quality of the average Western diet.

    .

    The new version is less pithy, but makes up for it by being correct.

    A fuller exposition would list the important micronutrients that are low or absent in modern agribusiness foodstuffs – even fresh produce. Iodine, in particular – which is important for synthesis of thyroid hormones T3 and T4, both of which play important roles in metabolic regulation… but also Potassium, Zinc, and Omega-3 fatty acids (especially EPA and DHA).

    It’s not possible to formulate a non-retarded version of your ‘B.‘, though.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  138. @Trinity

    The politicians have never cared about the public health of the public, its all about control. Covid is the first “disease” in history where the actual belief in the existence of it needs to be constantly knocked into the heads of the public by constant repetition on every newscast on radio and television and every second on twitter and facebook. It’s also the first disease in which the public needs to be sold the vaccine one hundred times a day on every media outlet. A lie repeated a thousand times becomes the truth.

  139. @TKK

    prime survival skillset = adorable

    (still would not want to get my fingers too close to that corncob..)

    • LOL: Trial by Wombat
  140. @rgl

    It would be nice if some informed folks would tell me just what the hell happened to the flu??

    Every year the flu mutates into different types. The flu since 2019 was called Covid 19 because it originated in 2019. Now it is morphing into just “Covid” to accommodate its newer types of flu. “Flu” made a clean break with itself by dropping “flu” from its “Covid 19” flu type name and subsuming all present and future flues into the new generic “Covid ” flu name.
    This name change had some amazing effects on the nature of the flues themselves:

    Before the name change John would have died of his co-morbidities if he had flu, and of the flu vaccine if he had those same co-morbidities. Now, after the name change from flu to Covid, when John dies of co-morbidities and Covid flu, he dies of Covid flu, not the co-morbidities. When the same John dies with the same co-morbidities and a Covid flu vaccine, he dies of the co-morbidities, not the vaccine.

    What happened to the flu? Calling it “Covid” changed it into a pandemic of profit.

    • Agree: Peripatetic Itch
  141. This article is just another argument to show that this covid is a total fraud.
    Again, if covid was so virulent why aren’t all the people who work at Walmart dead?
    Covid is a fraud, just like the official story about 911.

  142. JimDandy says:
    @Brás Cubas

    Anon’s argument is different from Arnieus’ (and I didn’t intend to make any argument with my comment) but this whole thread has prompted me to mention that Anon’s comments might be germane to the discussion about Africa–I was under the impression that in Africa it is common practice for doctors to use hydroxychloroquine/HCQ-cocktails as treatment for Covid.

    • Replies: @Anon
  143. This article is trying to make a controversy out of nothing.

    Covid-19 is a disease of the Elderly, most deaths are in those over age 82. Globally 95% of deaths are in people over age 60. The scientific journal Nature noted (August 28, 2020) that if you are under age 50 you have almost ZERO risk of dying from Covid-19, unless afflicted with the most serious medical conditions (some cancers, immunosuppression for organ transplants, kidney failure, etc).

    Africa has the youngest countries by median age in the world; most of the lowest 25 median age countries are African (South Africa has the oldest population, along with a few North African countries.)

    There may be genetic differences in responses to Covid-19 infection, but there is no solid evidence. Age, general health (avoiding vitamin and nutrient deficiencies particularly), and a predilection to try traditional and FDA approved drugs (for other conditions, such as HCQ and ivermectin ) seems to contribute to third-world countries’ better Covid-19 responses. They are not expecting vaccines any time soon.

    The more interesting cases are Japan, which has the oldest population in the World, yet only 73 Covid-19 deaths per million, 20-fold lower than US and Western Europe (Japan’s is higher than other SE Asian countries which shut their borders (as did Hawaii, which has the lowest death rate– 327 per million– in the US), and of course Sweden (which at 1330 deaths per million is 15th among West European countries, after removing city-states) but which did not close its borders (in contrast to its Scandinavian neighbors), and avoided masks and lockdowns (and thus was reviled by the media. Most Swedish deaths were in nursing homes, as were most Belgian Covid-19 deaths).

  144. @Charles Martel France

    I have little respect for those scientists that are looking at the origins of man, from their “findings” that such and such a group have Neanderthal genes and that we all came out of Africa because some million year old fossils “prove” it. This science changes their findings every year and are as easily led down the garden path today as “eminent” scientists were in 1912 with the Piltdown Man controversy. https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/piltdown-man/

    If those scientists in 1912 were driven by arrogance and pride and desire for prestige our scientist today are driven by arrogance, pride, prestige and political correctness. The study of the history of man is as wishy-washy a science as psychology.

  145. @T__T

    The most complicating issue about Africa is that high birth rates make it hard to compare with a First World country like the USA. High birth rates alter our perception of the death rate, since if more people are born then a bigger population number is used to compute the death rate. The reputed number of 535 grand that is given as “excess deaths” in the USA is simply an estimate of excess deaths over a customary death rate. So for comparison we may look for excess deaths in Africa. But the mortality rate for many African regions looks low in comparison to the USA, because of high birth rates leading to a bigger younger population. In such a context there isn’t an easy way to make comparisons.

  146. TheIdiot says:
    @onebornfree

    The Soviets built and fully financed Moscow University
    to educate top statesmen of a truly free Africa:
    University of Patrice Lumumba

    The Chinese will eventually finance the
    University of John Magafuli

    Lumumba and Magufuli,
    60 years apart, both have been victims of the same “heart attack”

    Alas, mRNA genetic mutation has a fundamental aim
    at killing our genetic and timeless struggle for freedom and justice

    The Whites should be ashamed of what a genetic waste they have become
    if Magafuli’s of Africa are the last and only defenders and chance of the free world

  147. Sarah says:
    @Franklin Ryckaert

    You wrote : “Marriages within small communities lead to inbreeding, with deleterious effects.”
    You can have deleterious effects in case of marriages between first cousins. According my own experience, a genetic distance greater than second degree cousins is sufficient.

    You wrote : “Marriages between populatioins from different regions don’t have such effects.” The effects of marriages between people of different regions are not the ones of marriages between first cousins but you have also long-term deleterious effects when husband and wife are genetically too far.

    “Among many Muslims (Arabs, Pakistanis) marriages between first cousins are frequent, and with harmful effects.”
    Yes, I know but I was not speaking about that.
    If rural Africans marry within their villages, that may have similar effects.”
    But you wrote “if” and “may” ; how do you know it’s the case ? Being not too close is sufficient.

    The soundest rule is : same species, same race, same ethnicity, same blood but not too close.

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  148. Anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @Brás Cubas

    Perhaps I was not clear myself. Antipalludiques are not given to the population at large neither in Peru nor in Ecuador nor in Mexico as prophylaxis. Malaria is not, contrary to Africa, a generalized problem. I haven’t looked into Brazil.

    As a separate point, treating Covid with antipalludiques has been discouraged by the authorities in Ecuador and Mexico. I would not be surprised if that were the case in Peru. However, one must look into Latin American countries singly. El Salvador does use Ivermectin commonly with good results, for the example.

    So one cannot compare Africa with Latin America to discern if antipalludiques are or are not a factor driving Covid numbers.

  149. @Kratoklastes

    Oh, you’re one of those winger vitamin guys. I’ve seen your websites. Right about some things. Out of your minds about others.

    Too stupid to know that malnutrition is a necessary and inevitable and unavoidable concomitant of modernity. They go together like a horse and carriage, love and marriage, etc. Cannot be separated, as you apparently think they can, because of your narrow-minded, can’t-see-forest-for-trees, can’t-handle-the-truth typical winger outlook. All your phony-baloney techno-blab is beside the point.

    You call my second point retarded because you are too retarded to refute it. In the spirit in which it is proffered. Ignoring the fact that your ham-handed literal-minded response reveals you have no conception of what in the world humor might possibly be.

  150. While fear of AIDS has receded in the West and in developing countries in Africa, HIV still infects tens of millions of people, with hundreds of thousands dying of the disease each year, mostly in Africa. Adult HIV prevalence is 1.2 percent worldwide but nine percent in sub-Saharan Africa.

    COVID sceptics would be far better off using their time debunking the HIV-AIDS hypothesis. Now that’s a story which has defied all onventional wisdom for 40 years.

  151. @Charles Martel France

    The researchers found that African individuals on average had significantly more Neanderthal DNA than previously thought—about 17 megabases (Mb) worth, or 0.3% of their genome.

    I think that you are absolutely correct. My personal opinion falls squarely in the ‘distant common ancestor camp’ as most likely. Siblings shares only 50% of interference, cousins 12.5% etc… so there is an expectation that SSA modern humans will share a different autosomal ‘package’ given the TMRCA gap with Non-SSA modern humans.

    The reality however is that using different models, that is not the only possible answer –

    “An African American Paternal Lineage Adds an Extremely Ancient Root to theHuman Y Chromosome Phylogenetic Tree”

    “To estimate the TMRCA of the Y chromosome tree that incorporates the newly discovered root defined by A00, we developed a likelihood-based method that uses mutation rates recently estimated byKong et al.,14who performed high-coverage whole-genome sequencing on 78 human pedigrees.”

    This is a very interesting individual, however not unique. I think that the STR scan of existing African origin Ht’s (this man in question was actually African-American) found 11 brother lineages, to my recall.

    “We report the discovery of an African American Y chromosome that carries the ancestral state of all SNPs that defined the basal portion of the Y chromosome phylogenetic tree. We sequenced ~240 kb of this chromosome to identify private, derived mutations on this lineage,which we named A00. We then estimated the time to the most recent common ancestor (TMRCA) for the Y tree as 338 thousand years ago (kya) (95% confidence interval¼237–581 kya). Remarkably, this exceeds current estimates of the mtDNA TMRCA, as well as those of the age of the oldest anatomically modern human fossils.”

    So, corrected modeling pushed SSA modern root back to 338 thousand years ago, at which point Neanderthal standard modeling of 400-500 thousand years at the most extreme is starting to not look so distant or unique anymore.

    “Using a joint likelihood and the same mutation rate, we also estimated a divergence time between A0 chromosomes and the human reference as 202 kya (95% CI¼125–382 kya), a time that is older than that previously obtained by Cruciani et al. (142kya).6This discrepancy in the age of A0 is due to the fact that the earlier study did not utilize mutation rates based on recently obtained whole-genome sequence data”

    We note, however, that the higher mutation rate produces an estimate for the common ancestor of all non-African Y chromosome haplogroups (C through T) of ~39 kya6(i.e.,versus ~63 kya for the mutation rate used here).

    The Non SSA modern Y results, across a sliding confidence interval, show TMRCA gap of somewhere between 39k and 63k, communally.

    In the case of actual known Neanderthal settlement within Europe –
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160721105511.htm

    Neanderthals lived in the Middle Paleolithic, the middle period of the Old Stone Age. This period encompasses the time from roughly 200,000 to 40,000 before our times. In his article published in the Quaternary International Journal, Richter comes to the conclusion that more than 50 percent of the known Neanderthal settlement sites in Germany can be dated to the Middle Paleolithic. More precisely, they date back 60,000 to 43,000 years before our times.

    This does not mean that ingress could not have occurred outside of modern Europe, in fairness, however given that –

    While for the time period between 110,000 to 70,000 years ago there are only four known (neanderthal) settlement sites, in the following period from 70,000 to 43,000 years ago there are ninety-four.

    ..I would personally expect that any actual modern human contact / hybridization theorized actually takes place much earlier than 100k ybp, as I think was was the baseline speculated in the Paabo study, and likely used in the TMRCA modeling.

    Richter seems to theorize massive settlement collapse right at the early date – 42,000 ybp.

    In less than 1,000 years after this demographic peak, however, there was a rapid decline and the Neanderthal disappeared from the scene.

    I am not a trained or qualified geneticist, but given all factors and considerations, compiled by those with qualification, the indications as I see them are that both root modern SSA and Neanderthal are incredibly old, quite possibly rivaling one another basally, and attempting to ignore or bypass that consideration is conspicuous to me, for multiple reasons.

  152. Sarah says:
    @Brás Cubas

    You wrote “Malaria is endemic in the the Amazon region, and chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are used as treatment for that disease. The Northern region of Brazil and some Latin American countries like Ecuador and Peru are all in the Amazon region and were *extremely* affected by Covid-19.

    In Brazil they have been bastardized (interbreed, misgeneration) between “black” and “whites”. It’s a huge weakness and preventive treatments like HCQ are not sufficient to compensate bastardization. .

    • LOL: Brás Cubas
  153. @Sick of Orcs

    … pop-up dictators…

    Brilliant. Please provide me with your copyright authority to use that. : )

    • Replies: @Sick of Orcs
  154. @Sarah

    But… but…

    You wrote …

    … Being not too close is sufficient …

    How do YOU know that is true – since many generations of advanced Western medical science absolutely disagree with you, and state the evidence proving the opposite ?

    Where is YOUR evidence that the science is wrong ?

    • Replies: @Getaclue
    , @Sarah
  155. TheIdiot says:
    @Anon

    India made a deal with CoronaRothDevil-child:
    “We accept your narrative
    make for you your AZ etc “vaccine” at our Serum Institute
    In return you bring no more bio warfare to India”

    Magic: no MSM reports of covid in India,
    or reports of “magical” heard immunity because of “antibiotics pollution”

    Africa and India are the best proof that COVID is both:
    sometimes a bio weapon (Iran, Eastern Germany)
    sometimes an MSM myth (UK, France)
    and in anyway it is the first serious attempt at creating a global concentration camp

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  156. @Emslander

    Darwin’s 1859 book was “The Origin of the Species (by natural selection)”.

    Not to be nitpicking but the correct title is “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection”

    Your addition of the extraneous definite article would suggest a focus on one species, presumably Homo sapiens, when in fact he was trying to explain how any new species arose from existing species, whether by a multiplication of species or by a replacement of one with another.

    Furthermore he was just as much interested in the extinction of species, as this quote from his second book, “The Descent of Man” indicates:

    The most potent of all the causes of extinction appears to be lessened fertility and ill-health arising from changed conditions of life.

  157. @Iris

    The Green New Deal will cripple the American grid and its industrial capacity.

    On the societal front, the US controllers seem to think trying to out-China China is a great idea, though their Woke version of correct thought is already fraying.

  158. @Sarah

    I think you’ve got it wrong there, people who live in small communities (such as islands) that are genetically isolated, tend to have increased susceptibility to infectious diseases. Inbreeding (consanguinity) increases genetic diseases and increases the number of people born with mental retardation.

    • Disagree: Sarah
    • Replies: @Sarah
  159. It’s the flu. All the numbers are fake.

    Next.

  160. @TheIdiot

    Yes, you are absolutely right.
    Pathetic doesn’t even begin to describe what has become of the United States.

  161. Agent76 says:

    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Socrates

    Mar 31, 2021 Industry Capture of 5G EMF Health Reports by ICNIRP & WHO EMF Project by Dr. Lennart Hardell

    This talk is an excerpt from Tallinn June 3, 2019.


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    Apr 5, 2020 ΝYC ΙCU Dr Says COVID-19 Patient Symptoms Do Not Look Like SARS or Pneumonia

    He says that the symptoms look like Oxygen deprivation. That is exactly what Dr Jack Kruse predicted we would see from 60GHz 5G wireless radiation as it effects the ability of hemoglobin to uptake O2 in our lungs.

  162. some_loon says:
    @TheIdiot

    An electrical engineer, originally from Djibouti, told me that Africa’s best and brightest don’t go to Lumumba, but to Moscow State University, which he described as an ‘elite’ school. But he went to the latter school, so maybe he’s biased.

    He at some point became a US citizen, and was very much a Trump supporter (quite uncommon for a black, muslim immigrant educated behind the Iron Curtain and working for the City of Seattle, but of course there has to be one, right?).

  163. Getaclue says:
    @TheIdiot

    The problem is not the “Whites” but the Satanic Elite who now “control” the World — specifically the Rockefeller complex and its associated lackeys (Gates is in with them)– this group of Banksters and associates has been into Eugenics for a very long time and now is making its move to “depopulate” all of us — there are plenty of “Whites” who are against them but they are nearly totally shut out and censored by the controlled NWO Globalist Mainslime Media and Big Tech…I know a number of “Whites” who were/are very supportive of the African Leaders who have been so brave in fighting these creeps, to hear the Mainslime Media tell it these “Whites” are “RAYCISSSSSSSSSSSSS” — the narrative is bs everyone needs to fight back against what is happening and being imposed by these Satanists.

  164. Getaclue says:
    @Dave Bowman

    “advanced Western medical science”? Like we see with Fauci and the rest of the Big Pharma bought off lackeys in “Medicine” that have been lying thru their teeth for the last year? Anyone who has taken depositions of MDs and dealt with “advanced Western medical science” doesn’t have your glowing view of it, I can tell you that from personal experience, they kill an awful lot of people and it gets covered up….Rockefellers took over “Medicine” decades ago and what we have is not “advanced” LOL, profitable yes, “advanced” no….

  165. @Brás Cubas

    in the Amazon region hydroxychloroquine is taken for *MALARIA* and yet they had a huge problem with Covid-19.

    Malarial resistance to chloroquine has spread across much of South America, including Brazil, according to the CDC. I should think that other drugs besides HCQ are now being more commonly used for malarial prevention. Perhaps Malarone, which has not yet been found to have any effect on Covid-19

    In addition malaria has been eradicated from most of the big cities in Brazil, so it is unlikely their pharmacies would stock it on a regular basis. It is also unlikely that most of their population would be taking a drug on a regular basis for something with such a low risk.

    https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/travelers/country_table/b.html

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  166. PolarBear says:

    @Petermx. I condemn kosher animal cruelty aswell. Kosher food is healthier than food for the gentile “eaters” though. Many healthy vegan foods are kosher. That kosher food is healthier overall than poisoned well goy chow is an obvious fact. If you have half a brain, you know it’s true. An unrelated personal pissing match online doesn’t make that fact less true. I’m just pointing out the obvious, like you. I’m well aware European food standards are high, don’t be condescending. You ever save an animals life?

    • Replies: @Petermx
  167. @Henry's Cat

    “Covid skeptics” are not using their time to debunk HIV-AIDS because that “illness” is not being used as a means for controlling society. The issue of Covid is important because it is being used to bring about tyranny. People generally do not pay attention to lies and absurdities until these start having an impact on their lives. Why are you so interested in sidetracking the important issue? Could it be that you are a deflector at work?

  168. @TheIdiot

    I agree overall, but I think India’s deal with the devil was made several years ago when they agreed to be roped into a nationwide digital biometric ID control scheme.

  169. @MarkU

    The heads of companies like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube should be charged with murder. The same with anybody in their staffs who had anything to do with removing videos, et cetera.

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  170. Ron Unz says:

    Since this fine article seems to have attracted the usual gaggle of committed Flu Hoaxers, who believe that Covid-19 doesn’t exist or isn’t dangerous or that sort of thing, I have a simple question…

    Here’s a list of total American deaths for the last few years, taken straight from the CDC website:

    2014: 2,626,418
    2015: 2,712,630
    2016: 2,744,248
    2017: 2,813,503
    2018: 2,839,205
    2019: 2,854,838
    2020: 3,370,321

    Offhand, it looks to me like total deaths during 2020 were more than 500,000 higher than the previous year, or any of the years before. So if the virus doesn’t actually exist or only makes people sneeze, what’s the explanation? Did our country have 500,000 extra suicides or homicides last year? Or did they all die in traffic accidents?

  171. JasonT says:
    @Ron Unz

    The excess deaths can be attributed to:
    medical malpractice,
    lockdowns causing suicides, murders and lack of care for the usual maladies, and
    the CDC lying.

  172. @JimDandy

    During wars in Africa the British did not get malaria and kept fighting.
    They said the Imperial Cocktail was the reason.
    Gin and Tonic-quinine water.

    Quinine is a common treatment for malaria.

  173. anon[825] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    Compare numbers murdered/killed each year by government
    officials, health officials, and other parties interested in death by 19.

    2020 would be their best year.

  174. Charlie says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    The WHO released their findings on the use of Ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID. NOT RECOMMENDED except in clinical studies. Our friend Pierre Kory is starting to loose his cool…

    • Thanks: Ultrafart the Brave
  175. The Corona virus appears to love:
    1. Well fed people who watch tv from dusk to dawn daily
    2. Fat and obese people who sit on their ass all day
    3. Unfortunate People with a pre-existing medical condition(s) and/or aged
    4. Inactive people
    5. Large population of people living in small spaces like cities
    6. Highly sociable people who socialize with others outside of their own households at all times with no regards to their own health!

    Now it’s easy to determine in where the virus has been most active!

  176. some_loon says:
    @Ron Unz

    I don’t fit the intended target of your question, I think, (Covid-19 is a nasty enough bug), but I’ll bite anyway.

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2778234 lists leading causes of deaths for recent years. This was linked from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7014e1.htm?s_cid=mm7014e1_x , under ‘Related Materials’.

    Per the chart on the page, 345,323 deaths in 2020 are listed as Covid-19 related. That leaves 170,000 excess deaths to explain, assuming we can trust the numbers. More deaths in 2020 from unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzhemer’s, and diabetes than in 2019 explain about 40,000 of those.

    What surprised me most was that ‘influenza and pneumonia’ killed a few thousand MORE in 2020 than in 2019 (again, per the chart). Many people ask, ‘what happened to the flu?’. Not much, it seems.

    At least some of those you want an answer from think that most of the deaths tallied under Covid-19 were really something else, or (I think more plausibly) that many of the deaths were soon to happen because of age and co-morbidities.

    If the latter is right, we can expect to see a drop off in the number of deaths for 2021 or 2022, or so I would think, as individuals are unlikely to die twice in a given three-year period.

    • Thanks: JM
  177. TTSSYF says:
    @Ron Unz

    Not all of us are necessarily “flu hoaxers” — we’re just pretty sure we’re being lied to about a whole host of things every day and have been for years. Even now, they lie. Read the latest VDH commentary for a little more insight into how some of us are feeling and why we’re cynical.

    • Replies: @some_loon
  178. Petermx says:
    @PolarBear

    There is nothing “obvious” at all about what you claim. It’s just something that maybe you heard. I would prefer food from Europe for health and safety reasons as well as taste.

    • Replies: @PolarBear
  179. some_loon says:
    @TTSSYF

    VDH? Virginia Dept. of Health?

    There has been a lot of bs about this crud coming from the media and government, which makes such sentiments understandable.

    It seems the propagandists’ plan to inject obvious nonsense in an otherwise real (in my view) public health matter is to create a vocal, and not always eloquent or informed, enemy that can be used to taint all opposition to their desired policies.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  180. @Alfred

    friend in Cairo…A couple of his friends died of Covid

    Finally, after a full year of Corona, for the first time, someone on Unz has personal knowledge of someone who died from it. I now believe the pandemic is real now.

    • LOL: Twodees Partain
    • Replies: @Alfred
  181. Trinity says:

    They have already been caught FUDGING DEATH STATS. smdh. You can’t make this shit up, man. Like I said earlier, IF this (((virus))) was so deadly and Honest Joe & (((company))) REALLY CARED ABOUT THE AMERICAN CITIZEN, NO ONE WHETHER LEGAL OR ILLEGAL WOULD BE COMING TO AMERICA. How anyone can believe what these lying shysters say is pathetic. You can tell they are lying every time you see their lips moving. Letting in the entire third world is a great idea while you have a pandemic going on. rotflmmfwao to keep from crying. These are some truly evil people, people.

    How many people have gotten rich off this (((virus?)))

  182. @some_loon

    …individuals are unlikely to die twice in a given three-year period.

    In a world where gigantic airliners perform breathtaking aerial acrobatics before magically folding up origami-style and disappearing into a tiny hole in a wall,

    where massive steel and concrete skyscrapers collapse in a cloud of pulverized dust and shredded steel vertically into their own footprint from a few office fires,

    where the world’s deadliest nerve agent can be spread on door knobs and through pubs and across playgrounds and on water bottles and in planes without even making anyone but the supposed one or two individual targets sick (but never ever actually killing the targets),

    where an embezzling fraudster is hailed across the “free world” as a hero of democracy while a lone journalist telling the truth about war crimes is locked up in solitary confinement forever,

    where a trivial winter bug with 99.8% survivial rate compels most of the planet to commit economic suicide,

    where governments around the world ban the medicines that actually cure a trivial bug and then force their citizens to take injections which neither cure nor stop the spread of that bug and actually kill more people than the bug would,

    where creepy billionaire eugenicist Bill Gates has regular oral sex with his Mini-Me Dr. Anthony Fauci despite the genetically incestuous implications of that relationship and yet both continue to be lauded as literal Saints beyond any suspicion by global officialdom,

    … anything is possible.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • LOL: some_loon
  183. Truth says:
    @Ron Unz

    They were Asians killed by KNEEEE-GROOOWZ!!

    • Replies: @Trinity
  184. You have to be pretty sick already for the Corona Virus to finish you off.

    Maybe in Africa that means you’re already dead. No low-hanging fruit for the virus.

    …and Jared Diamond is an idiot and a plagiarist. Everything of any interest he had to say was lifted from McNeil, Plagues and Peoples.

  185. @Truth Vigilante

    Mostly right but I’m not sure that Victorian Premier Dan Andrews’ leftiness has much to do with it. Rather it was his performance as Health Minister gutting (cost saving reorganisation?) the parts of the health service which were essential to prepare for epidemics and, later, as Premier, presiding over the employment of shonky private sector operators to provide security for the compulsory hotel quarantine of incoming travellers that proved disastrous. Not enough efficient testing and tracing to start with and then you got a part time security guard shagging an infected traveller and then going off to his shift as an Uber driver before taking his infection home to the extended family. In other words “poor Dan:it could have happened to any Labor Premier in the modern age”.

    Australia certainly hasn’t acquired herd immunity. How could it have with so few cases pre vaccination which is happening slowly?

    And don’t believe a word about those mythical “Deep State masters” having anything to do with the policies and practices which seem to have worked quite well to keep Australians pretty healthy and its economy surprisingly resilient. (Of course China having to buy a lot of expensive iron ore despite punishing Australian exporters of barley, wine and coal has a lot to do with the latter). Being an island which protects its borders is a big plus too.

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  186. Exile says:

    This piece leans into HBD far too hard.

    Covid has been overreported in the developed world and the statistics there have been vastly exaggerated for multiple obvious motives that have been discussed on this site ad nauseum.

    There is much less to gain from milking Africans in Africa and no point in imposing draconian economic and social measures on African countries.

    Africans are useful to Zio-globalists only once they import them to the developed world.

    There are likely genetic components to Covid severity but the authors seem hell-bent on ignoring the obvious elements that lie outside epidemiology and genetic science.

  187. Half-Jap says:
    @JasonT

    I thought this would be a major point, if not the only relevant one regarding this covid-19, in the article. However, the authors apparently had an agenda to push. Even if their points are valid in general, the disregarding of methodology of counting a case and the testing employed in each state, as well as the effectiveness of such testing undermines their arguments—severely, in my view.

  188. Trinity says:
    @Truth

    Did you see that brave 6 foot negro man attack that 5 foot geriatric 65 year old Asian woman in NYC the other day? What kind of POS does something like this? Not a lot of coverage of this story and no mention of the race angle at all. Go figure.

    I don’t know what was more disgusting, the cowardly negro attacking a small Asian woman or the 3 “men” who watched and did nothing. Actually those men did do something, they closed the door of the building they were in so they could be safe. Have to see the video again but the dudes looked “white.” Oh well, you cannot really blame them because IF they tried to help the poor victim, CNN and others would blame the attack on the “white guys.”

    New Yawkers are the original I See Nuffins. Cue: Kitty Genovese for this strange NYC bizzaro behavioral trait. Good gawd, what sort of man watches that shit and does nuffin? Hell, they even closed the door behind them. Wonder if they even had enough nerve to call the cops.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  189. @Ron Unz

    Since this fine article seems to have attracted the usual gaggle of committed Flu Hoaxers, who believe that Covid-19 doesn’t exist or isn’t dangerous or that sort of thing…

    How dare you! I resent being compared to a goose. Now maybe a fox or even a sparrow, maybe…

    Offhand, it looks to me like total deaths during 2020 were more than 500,000 higher than the previous year, or any of the years before. So if the virus doesn’t actually exist or only makes people sneeze, what’s the explanation? Did our country have 500,000 extra suicides or homicides last year? Or did they all die in traffic accidents?

    Figures don’t lie, of course, when the figures are true.

    So let’s accept your quoted fatalities for 2019 and 2020 at face value.

    Meanwhile, again, figures don’t lie (when the figures are true).

    So going from the currently calculated Corona Chan survival rate of ~99.8%, it appears that Corona Chan is actually a toothless tiger which likes to prey on old folk and otherwise vulnerable people. In most respects, not too much different from just a bad influenza bug.

    Given all the available evidence surrounding the genesis and propagation of Corona Chan, IMO it most likely is an engineered bug which was released deliberately with ill intent at various locales around the globe, but despite that, whatever species of Corona Chan Western nations are now dealing with appears to be a storm in a teacup.

    As creepy billionaire eugenicist Bill Gates might say, “sadly” (although you know he never actually means it) a lot of old codgers and generally unhealthy people not only caught Corona Chan but many people actually died from it (just like they do in a bad influenza season). In fact Cuomo in New York seemed to have a veritable geriatric genocide program going on.

    But Corona Chan is hardly Bubonic Plague. Far from it.

    HOWEVER, let’s look at the wider context beyong just the Corona Chan bug. Corona Chan wasn’t the only thing that was different in 2020 compared to 2019. There were the widespread government-enforced “lockdowns” not just across the USA but right across most of the planet, with the corresponding economic mayhem, loss of jobs and businesses and livelihoods, restriction of outdoor activities and confinement of people to their homes, shutdown of schools and restriction of access to medical services and hospitals.

    It doesn’t take too much mental effort to understand that all those politically mandated measures absolutely must have precipitated an explosion in poverty, despair, malnourishment, illness and deaths across the demographic spectrum.

    While Corona Chan has certainly led to the premature departure of a vulnerable percentage of the population from this world, I would speculate that Corona Chan, which IMO is a relatively trivial bug, is neither sufficient nor necessary to account for the quoted uptick in the 2020 fatalities compared to 2019.

    In short, Corona Chan has been weaponised as a political meme to wreak economic and social havoc across much of the world. The Corona Chan narrative is a far more deadly phenomenon than the Corona Chan bug.

    • Agree: acementhead
    • Replies: @some_loon
  190. @Ron Unz

    Ron, the official figures on Covid deaths from the CDC are not worth a brass razoo IF it cannot be proved that the bulk of those died from Covid alone.

    In Australia, where I’m from, the All Cause Mortality Rate in 2020 (which has not been subject to statistical chicanery like in the U.S) , came in LOWER than previous years.

    That’s right. LESS PEOPLE DIED IN AUSTRALIA in 2020 than in previous non-pandemic years.

    How do you explain that ?

    Now, to the extent that some proportion of the U.S excess deaths are genuine, that can EASILY be explained.Try this :

    1) Alcohol consumption way up during the Covid Deception.
    2) Substance abuse up (especially opioid abuse) well up
    3) Suicides well up as businesses/livelihoods destroyed from non-essential businesses being closed or being bankrupted.
    4) Youth suicides well up as impressionable youth have escalated anxiety levels due to 24/7 alarmist scaremongering from the MSM.
    5) Rates of domestic violence well up as people are cooped up together and anxiety levels go through the roof.
    6) Covid patients (that would otherwise have survived) were put on ventilators in the early months of the crisis and died as a result from medical malpractice. (Wasn’t there a statistic that showed 97 % of those ventilated in New York in March-April of 2020 ended up dying ?).

    All of the above would’ve been significant contributors to excess mortality in the U.S.

    • Replies: @Peg B
  191. @Truth Vigilante

    Why would there be ? After all, this is a relatively harmless virus and we quickly achieved herd immunity (like Sweden) because we didn’t do things the dumb American and western European way.

    Well said.

    It’s still a shame that the Australian governments at just about every level have banned the use of known effective medicinal treatments for Corona Chan, otherwise this lame duck would never have gotten legs in the first place.

    Now, if only our politicians would stop doing trying to do things with China the dumb American way…

  192. @Wizard of Oz

    The ‘shonky private sector operators being responsible for the hotel quarantine fiasco’ is pure obfuscation from the Australian MSM (which you seem to have swallowed without applying critical thinking).

    ‘Wizard’, you seem to have forgotten this episode that occurred in Sydney that was orders of magnitude worse than anything that happened in Victoria :

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/tamarathiessen/2020/04/06/ruby-princess-criminal-probe-cornavirus-cruise-ship-sydney/?sh=5e7ea1b64295

    That’s right – 2700 passengers (600 of whom tested Covid positive) from the Ruby Princess cruise ship (an alleged ‘Super Spreader event on steroids’), were released into my fair city, and what happened ?

    Not an EFF’n thing !!

    Now Wizard, in relation to your comment that Australia hasn’t acquired herd immunity, HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS ?

    Admittedly, I don’t know for sure that Australia has either – I merely put it out there as a possibility (seeing as the bulk of Australia outside of Victoria has gone about life pretty much as before with only limited lockdowns and disruption).

    You say Australia has had so few cases. That means jack-sh*t, seeing as many people may will have had Covid and recovered from it. (After all, as much as 80 % of people that contract it are asympotomatic and don’t even know they’ve had it – so mild are the consequences for anyone with even a partially robust immune system).

    Also, don’t discount the ‘Deep State’ master angle being behind the Covid Deception.

    After all, as far as M.M.O (Means, Motive and Opportunity) goes, no entity on Earth has the incalcuable resources to conduct such a worldwide operation more than the Rothschild Dominated Usury Banking Cartel (aka the actual Deep State).

    The motive for them to inflict this operation on the world is OVERWHELMING.
    ie: crush small businesses, allow Deep State affiliated big box businesses to stay open and reap the dividends, and facilitate the largest trasnfer of wealth from the middle class to the 1 % in human history via bailouts etc.

    More than that, it’s way of getting control of the protesting hordes who would otherwise be out on the streets (think Gilets Jaunes in France, Hong Kong protestors etc), threatening the overthrow of the existing system as a result of the soon to be upon us economic calamity that will engulf the world – especially so in that ‘House of Cards’ otherwise known as the U.S economy.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  193. @Ron Unz

    Post hoc fallacy.

    Let us see some impartial types analysis this over the next 2 years. Then we will know definitively.

    For every 100,000 dead over 65 the USG saves $1 Billion/annum on SS.

    • Thanks: Trinity
    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  194. Jiminy says:
    @some_loon

    How many people would die if their cancer treatment or surgery is postponed. Extra deaths from rioting. Add in suicides as well. Massive increases in shooting deaths. I know that here last year there were less deaths then the year before , even though 2019 was a bad flu year.

    • Replies: @some_loon
  195. mike99588 says:
    @TomJ

    There is some data that very adequate vitamin C+D levels make the vaccines work better with less side effects.

  196. JM says:
    @Roda

    Forget about genetics.
    How about:

    1. Do they use PCR-based tests?
    2. Do hospitals get incentives per Covid patient?
    3. Who and how signs the death certificates?

    They probably don’t have the money to buy the vaccines anyway so why bother?
    Pharma just let them be.

    Yes, in that factual context the lead article and so much of the comments are a cover up.

  197. @Ray Caruso

    Sounds like epigenetics to me. And survival of the fittest.

  198. @DFC

    The finding against ivermectin despite the OVERWHELMING evidence of its safety, cheapness and efficacy is a perfect example of the true nature of the WHO as a puppet to Western, NOT Chinese, interests, BigPharma and the vaccine enterprise, whatever that turns out to be. In an ideal world there would be Nuremberg trials of the Evil scum with the blood of who knows how many on their hands. The sheer blatantly arrogant nature of the outrage, and the verminous complicity of the Western fakestream media scum is nauseating.

  199. @Peripatetic Itch

    Your link does not help the thread starter’s case. I have browsed that CDC table somewhat, and all African countries I looked at list chloroquine in the “drug resistance” column (I was not exhaustive in my search). So, what I am saying still goes, with a slight modification: maybe they all take it and maybe none of them take it, but the fact is chloroquine intake seems to be roughly similar for Africa and the Amazon countries.

    Chloroquine intake for malaria does not seem to explain the difference between Africa and the rest of the world regarding Covid-19.

    • Agree: Von Rho
  200. @Ron Unz

    So if the virus doesn’t actually exist or only makes people sneeze, what’s the explanation?

    Your smug straw-manning aside:

    Official mendacity about cause of death, for the millionth time. Do you even read your own website? Several authors here have established, over and over in posts and comments, that the CDC lied from the start by conflating “with” and “from”.

    Why is the CDC above suspicion in your mind? With all your skepticism about the American state, one would think you’d know an obvious agenda when you see it.

    Call me crazy, but this line-up doesn’t strike me as especially objective: https://www.cdc.gov/about/leadership.htm

    Do we have to post the video of Birx admitting to the world that they’re counting “with” as “from”? This was at the very beginning.

    You really seem to have a doublethink going on about this. You write incredibly long essays about American politics, which you like to Soviet “pravda”, but can’t bring yourself to acknowledge the very open agenda from bodies such as the CDC.

    Then there’s total population increase, which from 2014-2020 was 3.8%, and 2019-2020 .5%. Did you factor that into your “500,000”? Doesn’t look like it, offhand.

    Finally, it’s illogical to freak out over more deaths in the world as the population continues to grow. It’s sort of like making a bigger garden out back, then inventing a novel reason for there being greater crop loss.

    Why are these “500,000” deaths more relevant to you than the hundreds of millions still alive, including the great majority who recover from their COVID-19 symptoms? This is a purely psychological question, but one with enormous consequences for everyone else not as obsessed with it.

    • Agree: InnerCynic, TTSSYF
  201. Alfred says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    Finally, after a full year of Corona, for the first time, someone on Unz has personal knowledge of someone who died from it.

    Your information is 3rd hand. 🙂

    My friend is a retired general in the Egyptian army. He is also a doctor. He was responsible for their dental corps. He knows thousands of people of a similar age to himself. Could have been influenza. Who knows? He told me this last summer. I doubt if these people were tested. My friend was in a panic as he thought that his life was at risk. Clearly it is not.

    Here he is with a Barracuda that he caught in the Red Sea. As you can see, he is quite slim for a guy from that part of the world.

  202. Seeing as this article is about the low Covid mortality in Africa, who better to expose the fraud of the Covid Deception than the South African Nick Hudson, Co-founder of Panda:

    PANDA stands for Pandemics Data and Analytics.

    The bulk of the objective commentariat here at Unz Review have already cottoned on to the fraud of Covid and will be familiar with the facts from the video above.

    That said, Nick Hudson is to be commended for the succinct manner in which he uses the ‘official’ statistics to expose the wildly exaggerated official narrative and articulate the salient points.

    • Thanks: InnerCynic
  203. TTSSYF says:
    @some_loon

    Victor Davis Hanson.

    I think it’s a real virus, distinct from the influenza virus, but the reaction to it has been imbecilic. Even as early as March or April 2020 the “experts” were telling us that about 50% of the population who contracted it would be asymptomatic and the vast majority of those with symptoms would survive it, just as they would a case of the flu. But nevertheless, we were subjected to panic porn and a kabuki theater of masks, lock-downs, anti-social distancing, ships converted to floating hospitals, the Javits Center converted to a hospital, businesses commandeered to mass-produce ventilators, and my personal favorite: the one-way aisles in box stores. The medical ships and Javits Center were, to my knowledge, never even used (or only lightly used), and we ended up selling or donating most of the ventilators to other countries.

    My personal opinion is that it accidentally escaped from the Wuhan lab, where they are doing gain-of-function experiments, and that that is why the CCP shut down Wuhan so quickly and completely. But they were all too willing to lie about it and let the virus spread across the globe.

    • Agree: some_loon, InnerCynic
  204. @Trinity

    I think you’d need a bullet to stop a guy like that. Or maybe an entire clip, aiming for vital parts.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  205. @Dave Bowman

    Absolutely, Dave. I consider it an honor, and thank you for the compliment!

  206. PolarBear says:
    @Petermx

    As would I. Kosher’s just higher quality than a lot of the garbage Americans eat.

    • Disagree: Petermx
    • Replies: @Petermx
  207. Trinity says:
    @Commentator Mike

    Apparently this negro was no mamma’s boy like Saint George, he was imprisoned for killing his own mother 2 decades ago. WHAT THE HELL WAS HE DOING OUT OF PRISON? KILLED HIS OWN MOTHER? So they release this nut and he goes out and attacks another woman, this time an old Asian woman and it was said he was yelling anti-racial slurs during the attack. Of course this is no major story over at (((CNN))) or (((MSNBC))) and was hardly covered by even Fox for that matter. IF a White dude was responsible for a vicious attack like this on some old Asian lady, it would be looped every 5 minutes on one of the Jewish networks.

    Asians and Whites have far more of a chance of being killed by Black on Yellow or Black on White violence than (((Covid-19.)))

    Hey Troof, where you at, dawg? Want to comment on the latest Black on Yellow HATE CRIME?

    • Replies: @Truth
  208. Truth says:
    @Trinity

    Hey Troof, where you at, dawg? Want to comment on the latest Black on Yellow HATE CRIME?

    How was it a hate crime if he treated this woman just like his own Mama-san? No, you can’t say he was racist.

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
    , @TTSSYF
  209. some_loon says:
    @Jiminy

    ‘How many people would die if their cancer treatment or surgery is postponed.’

    I don’t know. Do you?

    Maybe that, and other answers to similar questions, might be found in that 170k excess deaths not attributed to covid-19.

    According to the page I linked, the increase in ‘unintentional injuries’ is driven by drug overdoses.

    Heart disease adds about 40k, per the chart, cancer about the same as 2019, suicides down a bit, if you can believe that. I offer no opinion.

    All this presupposes that the data is accurate. I don’t pretend to trust any of it, and some here argue there’s proof of massive misreporting. You’ll want to ask them for that, or show me if you already have it.

  210. @JimDandy

    Jim Dandy — the common use of Hydroxycholoroquine in Africa is surely the reason why the corona virus has had so little impact in Africa. That fact is the real “taboo.” HCQ works to stimulate the immune system so that the corona virus just never gets established.

    There is good research on this and people in Africa seem to know it. Most people in Africa have used HCQ. It is available over the counter and is very cheap.

    It is only a taboo in the EuroAmerican context where charlatans like Anthony Fauci have pretty much banned any discussion of HCQ. Imagine if HCQ as well as other medications had been used very early on in the Covid-19 outbreak in EuroAmerica. We might have been spared hundreds of thousands of deaths, a crippling lockdown, and tens of millions of sicknesses. But as is perfectly clear by now, this whole pandemic exists for the benefit of the drug companies and the Covid industry. This is exactly the point made by Dr. Harvey Risch, an epidemiologist at Yale — at least he made it before he was silenced by the media.

    • Replies: @anon
  211. Anon[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @JimDandy

    @ I was under the impression that in Africa it is common practice for doctors to use hydroxychloroquine/HCQ-cocktails as treatment for Covid.

    Per French sources (France Soir and IHU Marseille divulgation channel), the medical community are stunned by how much better the neighboring African countries are doing than Europe in general and France in particular.

    They point to youth, climate, hardiness against diseases amongst adults and, of course, routine use of HCQ and Ivermectin for both malaria and covid.

    As an aside, I don’t see the vaccine skeptics of Unz citing Heligmann & Nakim’s numbers about vaccination causing more deaths than covid in Israel?? Luc Montaigner added his own letter to their Supreme Court motion to stop/delay the vaccination. And it is very significant that Euromomo dropped Israel from their tallies?

    • Agree: Sarah
    • Replies: @JimDandy
  212. @Henry's Cat

    COVID sceptics would be far better off using their time debunking the HIV-AIDS hypothesis. Now that’s a story which has defied all conventional wisdom for 40 years.

    Covid skeptics should ditch skepticism all together and take up a different hobby like woodworking or painting. Skepticism really isn’t their strong point.

    Part of skepticism involves admitting when the evidence supports the theory.

    Numerous studies have shown that the vaccines are working so trying to believe that the virus doesn’t actually exist or hasn’t been mapped at this point is totally ridiculous.

    Remaining skepticism should be directed at the US government and media for their refusal to investigate the Wuhan lab connection.

    • Troll: Sarah
    • Replies: @Flying Dutchman
  213. polistra says:

    Maybe because Africans aren’t afraid to be happy and social and useful, and aren’t afraid of normal human contact. They’ve been doing everything right for proper immunity.

    Westerners have been doing most things wrong for many decades, and the tyranny of 2020 forced us to do EXACTLY EVERYTHING EXACTLY WRONG. Before 2020, public health and doctors gave all the right advice. EVERY SINGLE BIT of this advice was turned EXACTLY BACKWARDS by the genocide.

    • Agree: Flying Dutchman
    • Thanks: TTSSYF
    • Replies: @AKINDLE
    , @Reggie
  214. Sarah says:
    @Dave Bowman

    How do YOU know that is true – since many generations of advanced Western medical science absolutely disagree with you, and state the evidence proving the opposite ?

    Western medical science is biased. A lot a studies are payed by laboratiries.
    As a result, searchers publish results as these labs desire.
    Non-PC studies get no money scientists who want publishing some studies have their career blocked or are fired. If you want getting promoted, better income, crédits et being publishers you have to be conformiste to the dominant ideology (see what is massivly promoted in the MSM, movies, entertainment, see what happen now in the US schools and universities.

    Where is YOUR evidence that the science is wrong ?

    Today “science” is the new sacred cow. Now, words like “science” and “scientific” are used by propagandists to make the public believe that what they say is true.

    My evidence is based on my jobs, my studies and my own experience as genealogist, anthopologist and archeologist.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  215. Petermx says:
    @PolarBear

    Kosher slaughterhouse – filthy, disgusting and inhumane. Plant shut down, company bankrupt, top Jewish executive jailed.

    • Agree: PolarBear
    • Replies: @Andy Horton
  216. Everyone knows the reason. Covid never was the big threat the fake news press said it was. Here in america it was hyped to hurt trump in the november election. The FNP did the same thing with the silly george floyd story.

  217. Trinity says:

    My bad. One of those suckas watching the 65 year old Asian lady being stomped in the face was a Black “security officer,” and one of those other guys could have been Black as well, couldn’t make it out because of the grainy footage. The “security officer” was definitely Black.

    What the hell kind of “security” do they provide in that building or outside the building. Three adult males, possibly two of them Black, DID NOTHING WHILE ANOTHER ADULT MALES STOMPS OUT A PETITE FEMALE SENIOR CITIZEN.

    The Black security guard looked like he could give two shits while this was going on. No big story here, folks, just one of the ever growing Black on Yellow attacks happening in America.

  218. Trinity says:

    Two of those security guards are definitely Black, apologies to my White brethren. Can’t make out what the third guy was, no wonder those guys dindu nuffin. Blacks are not required to actually work on the job and are only required to show up at least 2-3 days per week. What a joke. That is the “security team” for that building??

  219. Sarah says:
    @Joe Paluka

    I think you’ve got it wrong there, people who live in small communities (such as islands) that are genetically isolated, tend to have increased susceptibility to infectious diseases. Inbreeding (consanguinity) increases genetic diseases and increases the number of people born with mental retardation.

    I was speaking neather about small islands nor about inbreeding (consanguinity).
    Read my posts again before answering.

  220. Trinity says:

    Would be interesting to do some polls on this (((virus.)))

    One poll could be was it man made or did it come from bats. hehe.

  221. scamDemic says:

    Hello Friends,

    Africa is relatively unscathed, because they don’t get the flu shot, and because they still have their tonsils.

    This weeks video exposes the monetary alliance between the NIH, World Bank, Wuhan Institute of Virology, the WHO, Gavi, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Don’t miss it! YouTube has already removed 38 of my videos, for apposing and contradicting the “Official Lie”

    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @Alfred
  222. a.z says:

    u should know at the height of the first wave bangladesh was doing only 10-14 thousand pcr tests a day and banned antigen tests. we have a population of 160 million people btw. for a amoral governement if less covid test then less positive results thus less death attributable to covid. the death count is at least two to three times larger here than recognized.
    thank you for teaching me the term hygiene hypothesis. i actually thought that was the main cause for less death for our people(relatively speaking) and for african continent. ur article actually shows there is value in hbd. i wrote of its value when some retard put neaplese average iq at 42 if memory serves me correctly

  223. Peg B says: • Website
    @Truth Vigilante

    This long-winded elephantine construct, and many comments, too, depends on the belief that there is such a thing as a scientifically-proven Covid virus.

    Unless I missed the headline, there is not. But if y’all believe a covid virus exists, please provide the scientific proof that it has been correctly isolated, and who managed to do that and who managed to replicate the findings and share with us the scientific papers with the details.

    It’s long been believed there are coronaviruses which mildly afflict people and animals, although if so, I’d very much like to see the science on that as well.

    Since I’ve yet to see scientific proof, nor has anyone else including the CDC, I wonder more and more, are most of the people in the room trolls?

    Who pays for these windy, trussed-up covid-op articles and comments? Because, it’s unlikely so many writers could afford to quit their day jobs for such time-consuming, artful mixes of fiction and fact. Hats off to good writing and ingenuity, but if the premise is wrong from the start…

  224. Iris says:

    Researchers have found that the coronavirus is inactivated by sunlight as much as eight times faster in experiments than predicted by current theoretical modelling

    Unlike what previously thought following experiments with simulated sunlight, it appears that SARS-CoV-2 can be neutralised up to eight times faster with natural sunlight.
    It is also three times more sensitive to natural UV than the influenza A virus.

    https://www.rt.com/news/519921-sunlight-renders-coronavirus-inactive/

    • Thanks: Sarah
  225. Grant says:

    age, diet and health – natural foods not processed, sunlight = vit D, warm climate does not show seasonal flu like in cold climates. exercised immune system – not the clean fetishness of westerners. Not the political motivation to exaggerate the disease like in Brazil (a US proxy), and western countries that must follow the script (for whatever the reason). A case study of what happens without the hype IMO.

  226. anon[770] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rodion Raskolnikov

    the common use of Hydroxycholoroquine in Africa is surely the reason why the corona virus has had so little impact in Africa.

    HCQ works to stimulate the immune system so that the corona virus just never gets established.

    Except that –

    Trump reported regular use of HCQ and still became infected with severe Covid. He likely only survived due to the antibody cocktail, which was only accessible to him.

    Thus, HCQ may or may not have some general potential effect, but it does not appear to be as protective as some people assert or assumed. The unverified promises that it was a secret bullet against Covid infection is likely much of the reason he and his inner circle felt comfortable having large public gatherings, expecting that they had no vulnerability.

    The dosage and particular daily routine could be an issue, however it would be inaccurate, given Trumps own severe infection, to place much if any trust in HCQ if someone is in poor physical condition, or would expect to be part of a high-risk group once infected.

  227. JimDandy says:
    @anon

    Trump said that he had taken HCQ at some point. Later, he got infected with “severe Covid” so severe that he spent the whole weekend in the hospital, before walking out and doing a victory lap on his way back home.

    We know that Trump was widely savaged by the media and medical “professionals” when he admitted to having taken HCQ. Do we know that he was still doing a regular HCQ regimen when he got sick? How do we know? He “likely only survived due to the antibody cocktail”? How likely, exactly, is it that he only survived because of this specific treatment? How do we know this?

    I’d like to have all of these facts at my disposal. Thanks.

  228. @Ron Unz

    All I can say is that in 2018 and 2019 more people that I knew (friends, acquaintances, neighbors, their friends and relatives, etc) died each year than did in 2020.

    Statistics, the dismal lie.

  229. 1. In the West, the average COVID fatality age is beyond the average overall life expectancy age. We have a larger population of extremely old, frail, and institutionalized people than sub-Saharan Africa. These are the lion’s share of our deaths. We also likely have more people living with obesity, and managing medical conditions that would be fatal in a less developed country.
    2. African government agencies may not have been as diligent as our own, to attribute every homicide victim and vehicle death with a positive SARS-Cov2 titer as a Coronavirus fatality.

  230. @Peg B

    Peg, I’m well aware of Jon Rappoport’s commentary (and the writings of numerous others) stating that Covid-19 has yet to be isolated/proven to exist and Dr Andrew Kaufman’s output saying that it doesn’t satisfy Koch’s postulates.

    I’m not in a position to say definitively one way or the other so I’ll leave that to those who are more knowledgeable.

    That said, there must be ‘something’ that is afflicting people seeing as treatments like Ivermectin and HCQ are proving effective at reducing mortality for this mystery ‘virus’/illness.

  231. some_loon says:
    @Ultrafart the Brave

    “So going from the currently calculated Corona Chan survival rate of ~99.8%, it appears that Corona Chan is actually a toothless tiger which likes to prey on old folk and otherwise vulnerable people.”

    CDC claimes a survival rate of 99.7%, I hear (I haven’t seen the source of this myself), so let’s use that number.
    1 – 0.997 = 0.003, which I guess then is the infection fatality rate (IFR).

    If, indeed, 600,000 americans have died of this, then, using the above numbers, 600,000/.003 = 200 MILLION americans have already had the disease, whatever that would really mean, out of a population of about 330 million (I am using the word ‘americans’ loosely, to include all residents of the United States, even foreign nationals living here).

    If the 99.8% number is the real one, then 300 million have already had it. Documented cases of reinfection are a very low number, so I guess this plague is about over.

    I cannot be the only one to have done the first-year algebra.

    Dear Algebra, please stop asking me to find your x. He isn’t coming back.

    One could delve into these numbers a bit further, but why bother. It is clear that the official story doesn’t add up, even if we need to divide and use decimals to show that.

    • Thanks: Ultrafart the Brave
    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  232. @John Johnson

    Numerous studies have shown that the vaccines are working so trying to believe that the virus doesn’t actually exist or hasn’t been mapped at this point is totally ridiculous.

    That’s a particularly stupid lie. Don’t quit your day job. How praytell could any “study” exist when the injections only started being deployed a few months ago?

    The only thing the system did was have the WHO lower the official number of cycles a fraudulent PCR test should undergo, in order to lower the fake “case” number to make it look like the mass injections were working. Exactly as they’ve manipulated these fake numbers from day one.

    As for what these injections actually do against “Covid”, the best bet is they function exactly as my rock that keeps tigers away.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  233. @anon

    There are numerous studies showing HCQ’s efficacy in early disease, after exposure and infection and prophylactically. It is used in scores of countries. To argue against it from ONE example, Trump, is bizarre, to be polite.

    • Agree: some_loon
  234. @martyj1949

    Merck has denounced its own drug, ivermection, in the most lurid terms, despite still donating many doses to Africa to combat worm infestation diseases. The reason for this bizarre double-standard-Merck has a new, highly expensive, medication that it thinks will steal remdesivir’s already billion dollar market. This is how BigPharma capitalist thugs ‘think’. The tobacco peddlers were novices compared to these ghouls.

  235. @Sarah

    Even the editor of a learned medical journal, the NEJM if memory serves, observed a few years ago that there was a flood of faked pharmaceutical research bedevilling the science. Then there was the Surgisphere fraud, attacking HCQ, withdrawn in disgrace by Lancet and the NEJM, a fact TOTALLY suppressed by the presstitute vermin of the Western fakestream media.

    • Thanks: Sarah
  236. Joel W says:

    Two simple reasons. They dont watch MSM and they dont take fraudulent tests.

    • Agree: Sarah
  237. anon[140] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    The “disease” covid 19 has neither been photographed or isolated. The government statistics you site are unproven, probably fake as are many other government stats ie temperature data. This is a World wide propaganda narrative prepared and practiced on since 1970s. The good thing is many of our most annoying Earth residents are getting vaccinated with an experimental treatment that is certainly damging many of them with side effects. Good luck to you.

    • Agree: TTSSYF, Alfred
  238. @Peg B

    This long-winded elephantine construct, and many comments, too, depends on the belief that there is such a thing as a scientifically-proven Covid virus.

    Maybe there is a Corona Chan bug, and maybe there isn’t.

    Logic suggests that HydroxyChloroquine and Ivermectin are knocking SOMETHING on the head, when they each clear up the dreaded Corona Chan symptoms in 24 to 48 hours.

    Regardless, scientifically proving stuff has vanishingly little to do with the Corona Chan “pandemic”.

    If Corona Chan actually exists, it’s ~99.8% survivable even according to the official scaremongers like the American CDC. Quite the toothless tiger, if I may say so.

    No, it’s the 24-hour doomsday Corona Chan NARRATIVE that’s deadly, because that’s what has given governments across the world licence to shelve democratic and human rights and proceed to commit crimes against humanity as they destroy billions of jobs, businesses and lives with gay abandon, and coerce their populations into accepting highly experimental injected “vaccines” (which neither stop the infection or transmission of any bug) to “save” them from the boogeyman.

    And we’re all just itching to get our “vaccine passports” stamped to keep the boogeyman at bay.

    Maybe the Corona Chan bug exists. Or not. Either way, it’s not required for the “pandemic”.

    Creepy Bill and Uncle Klaus must be so very pleased.

  239. @anon

    …HCQ may or may not have some general potential effect, but it does not appear to be as protective as some people assert or assumed. The unverified promises…

    How may we verify the veracity of claims that HCQ and Ivermectin knock Corona Chan on the head in short order?

    More to the point, how can we get around the deliberate banning of any such information from the general public by mainstream and social media?

    Is the testimony of front-line doctors who have proven experience in dealing with numerous Corona Chan cases enough? Does their professional advice, scientific observation and real-life experience in treating people and saving lives count?

    Texas Senate Committee on Corona Chan touches on HCQ –
    (Don’t be surprised if U-Tube has decided for you that you aren’t allowed to see this).

    [MORE]

    (https://youtu.be/QAHi3lX3oGM ]

    Doctor’s testimony to US Congress on Ivermectin for Corona Chan –
    (Surprise! This video has been banned by U-Tube, who decided you have no right to see it).
    Both videos are the same, just different links…

    (https://banned.video/watch?id=6055679fe24379544e772505 ]
    (https://assets.infowarsmedia.com/videos/bd9ef9e9-2773-410d-a71c-cc2f2eb0205c.mp4 ]

    • Thanks: Sarah
  240. @Truth

    No, you can’t say he was racist

    If you can’t say that, then you also CAN’T say that ANY violence / assault / attack / murder anywhere in the world involving any two races is any form of “racist” attack” – including anything anywhere to do with Whites and Blacks.

    In which case, by logical deduction and definition, there can be NO such thing as a “racist” attack. Is that now your acknowledged position ?

    • Replies: @Truth
  241. Alfred says:
    @scamDemic

    YouTube has already removed 38 of my videos

    Including this one. Why don’t you give us your Bitchute handle?

    • Agree: Sarah
  242. JimDandy says:
    @Anon

    Very disappointed in America’s drug dealers. We live in a country where children can easily buy heroin, but the black market can’t supply us with one of the world’s cheapest and most abundant pills?

    • LOL: InnerCynic, some_loon
    • Replies: @InnerCynic
    , @some_loon
    , @Anon
  243. @gleongelpi

    Correct, and perfect.

    You get them to trial.

    I’ve always fancied my hand supervising large teams building gallows. Deal ?

  244. TTSSYF says:
    @Truth

    Maybe he is a racist who, coincidentally, hated his mother?

    • Replies: @Truth
  245. Truth says:
    @Dave Bowman

    If you can’t say that, then you also CAN’T say that ANY violence / assault / attack / murder anywhere in the world involving any two races is any form of “racist” attack” – including anything anywhere to do with Whites and Blacks.

    In which case, by logical deduction and definition, there can be NO such thing as a “racist” attack. Is that now your acknowledged position ?

    Now read what you just wrote again, please. Does every “violence/ assault / attack / murder anywhere in the world involve a man who did the same to his mother?

    Does what you wrote make any sense, whatsoever?

    Great, it did not to me, or anyone else with a modicum of intellect either.

  246. Truth says:
    @TTSSYF

    Maybe he is a racist who, coincidentally, hated his mother?

    Yes, maybe he was. And maybe he was just a murderous Son-of-a-bitch?

    I see a great opportunity for a best seller here for you Old Sport, please set up an interview… or hire a psychic, because I personally have only the ability to read words, not minds.

    When I see that a black man married his mother… black, and another woman… not black. I don’t think “racist.”

    • Replies: @Truth
  247. @JimDandy

    America’s drug dealers won’t make as much money pimping cheap drugs that most people are ignorant of or cowed into taking the advertised and authorized poisons from mega dealers aka big pharma. Notice how the Feds came down on the Jan 6 protesters… they’ll be in full swing to crush anyone who tries to subvert their profits. Thats not to say I wouldn’t love to see it happen

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  248. Truth says:
    @Truth

    married his mother

    “murdered” his mother and another woman, not married, if he married his mom and another woman, he’d be out a lot sooner.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  249. anon[339] • Disclaimer says:

    Well, marrying your father is not even an option for most Blacks.

  250. Ron Unz when are you going to publish this article from Whitney Webb on the passing of the Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli? Not only is it relevent to this article, as he loudly proclaimed the fraud of Covid-19 in Africa as Africans are not dying from the pandemic, but he also implemented what is probably the most revolutionary attempt at an African economic independence from the Anglo-American Neo-Liberal Empire that has been attempted and probably paid for it with his life.

    But the article speaks to the coming Rare Earth Mineral global war that is looming in Great Lakes Africa (Tanzania, Zambia, Congo) where the largest deposits of REM needed to 4th Generation industrial Green economy which will dominate the next 100 years.

    He has gone down as the greatest President Africa has ever had and the West just learned about him due to his opposition to the fraud Covid-19 epidemic, especially as it related to Africa.

    Please post this article”
    https://unlimitedhangout.com/2021/03/investigative-reports/tanzanias-late-president-magufuli-science-denier-or-threat-to-empire/

    • Agree: Alfred
  251. @Flying Dutchman

    How praytell could any “study” exist when the injections only started being deployed a few months ago?

    Because:

    1) Studies were performed before the public was given access

    2) 80% effectiveness can be achieved in a few weeks with the pfizer vaccine

    3) Hospitals are reporting drops in hospitalizations for vaccinated groups

    But I guess if you only read Unz you might not know any of this.

    As for what these injections actually do against “Covid”, the best bet is they function exactly as my rock that keeps tigers away.

    I really wish we could take bets on this. I would have made millions off the “just a flu” crowd.

    • LOL: Flying Dutchman
    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  252. JimDandy says:
    @InnerCynic

    Yeah. Good point. If some drug dealer got caught selling The Malaria Pill Which Shall Not Be Named they’d do way more time than one who sold H to a kid. The death penalty might even come into the conversation.

  253. some_loon says:
    @JimDandy

    Most street-level dope slingers don’t really make much even selling stuff in high demand and with a high margin to addicts and recreational users who think they know what they’re buying.

    Besides, they wouldn’t have a supplier for the other stuff.

    But, you know this, probably.

    Someone who isn’t me (SWIM) knew a guy who got ahold of four packages of human growth hormone, each about the size of a carton of cigarettes. He was an experienced druggie, and knew how to move the usuals, but still had a hard time unloading the stuff. Probably didn’t help that he called them (and thought they were) ‘steroids’. Not sure how it all turned out as SWIM really tries to avoid such traffic, though some contact is unavoidable.

  254. @John Johnson

    1) Studies were performed before the public was given access…

    Sure, “studies” were performed (“performance” is actually a good description) in a tiny fraction of the time historically allowed for development and testing of vaccines – we’re talking weeks compared to YEARS.

    And animal testing was completely skipped, so we’re testing these “vaccines” on humans instead (very convenient under the circumstances, given that all the test animals in mRNA experiments previous to the arrival of Corona Chan DIED).

    Not to mention the fraudulent and outright criminal profit-driven behaviour of all the Big Pharma agents involved in the manufacture and sale of these “vaccines” – litigation over the years amounting to many tens of billions of dollars – and yet they’re still making screamingly lucrative profits. Trust us, these “vaccines” are really really safe and effective.

    2) 80% effectiveness can be achieved in a few weeks with the pfizer vaccine…

    80% of WHAT? I guarantee that you have no coherent answer to that question, because if you did, you’d either flip sides on this subject or your brain would implode trying to reconcile the irreconcilable.

    The Corona Chan “vaccine” manufacturers themselves admit that these “vaccines” neither stop infection nor transmission of Corona Chan. They only claim that when you become infected with Corona Chan, the symptoms will be reduced. That’s all they tested it for, and that’s all their percentage “effectiveness” refers to, nothing more.

    So we have effectively useless and utterly unproven experimental “vaccines” with a known history of killing 100% of test animals, being coerced onto us for a trivial bug that only impacts the elderly or otherwise immune compromised, and for which even the American CDC admits has a ~99.8% survival rate.

    Why in the world would anyone consent to such lunacy? Of course, the answer is that we don’t have informed consent, we have government-sanctioned misinformation surrounding the deadly Corona Chan “pandemic” coupled with the banning of any cheap and safe medicinal remedies and totalitarian impositions to coerce the population into accepting the “vaccines” in exchange for their faux “freedom” under the newly-minted “vaccine passport” regime.

    If you have never read George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, you don’t need to. We’re living it right now.

    3) Hospitals are reporting drops in hospitalizations for vaccinated groups …

    That’s quite a bland and empty statement, worthy of the best mainstream media “anonymous sources”. I challenge you to provide substantive data and corresponding context to confirm it.

    Meanwhile, reports such as those by Gilad Atzmon are supported by facts and figures which demonstrate exactly the opposite with pioneer “vaccine” nations experiencing a boom in Corona Chan cases exactly coinciding with their rollout and widespread injection of these “vaccines”.

    Let’s not forget the injuries and fatalities caused by the “vaccines” themselves, which so far seem to be killing more people than Corona Chan would have all by itself (and you don’t need many “vaccine” fatalities to do that, seeing as how Corona Chan is so very survivable). And all this coincides with just the immediate injection of these “vaccines” – we have yet to see their absolutely untested and unknown effects in the coming months and years. Remember those test animals for previous mRNA experiments, 100% of which DIED? Funny how they skipped animal testing for these Corona Chan “vaccines”, so the humans are the test animals this time around.

    And remember how Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson etc all have an extensive history of fraud and criminal malpractice over the decades with lawsuits totalling many tens of billions of dollars? Funny how they have gone to great lengths to obtain guarantees of complete legal immunity for any injuries that might be caused by their miraculous fast-tracked Corona Chan “vaccines”.

    Please, by all means, line up and get your Corona Chan “vaccine” injection. Never mind that it won’t stop you from catching or spreading Corona Chan, and it might very well injure or kill you in the short term and God alone (and creepy Bill Gates) knows what effects you can expect in the months or years ahead. And creepy Billionaire eugenicist Bill Gates’ Mini-Me Dr. Anthony Fauci says even if you get the “vaccine” you still have to “social distance” and wear your face-mask (because he knows it won’t stop you from catching or spreading Corona Chan – did we mention that?).

    At least you can look forward to your “vaccine passport”, so there is that. In fact, apart from all the juicy Big Pharma profits to be made along the way, the “vaccine passport” seems to be the end objective of the entire orchestrated charade. I wonder why?

    • Thanks: some_loon
    • Replies: @Anon
  255. @Truth

    An Oedipus Complex Freudian Slip.

  256. @Petermx

    You forgot “Jew criminal pardoned by Trump”

  257. Amy says:
    @Trinity

    Caramel? No! That makes her sound yummy. Have you looked at that nose? I would call her Camel Harass. Her father must have harassed and jumped the hump of her camel mother resulting in that shrill cackle we have to endure. 😁 LITBM

  258. @Ultrafart the Brave

    Logically, … the European (Western) IFR should be 10 times higher than in Africa.

    Turns out to be not so easy to draw this kind of comparison, largely because we don’t know the actual IFR in any particular country because we don’t (and can’t possibly) know the true Corona Chan infection rate.

    Even if we try to make an intelligent guess of what the total infection rate will be after Corona Chan has fully run its course so we can compare apples to apples across countries, that isn’t much help when the “pandemic” is still very much in a state of flux across the world.

    If we get the urge to juggle some numbers, however, something that we can do right now is focus in on international Case Fatality Rates for Corona Chan.

    [MORE]

    The “Case Fatality Rate” (CFR) is the number of Corona Chan cases divided by the number of Corona Chan deaths.

    A Corona Chan “case” is supposed to be when someone actually gets sick and exhibits symptoms from Corona Chan.

    A Corona Chan “death” is supposed to be when someone who is sick with symptoms of Corona Chan actually kicks the bucket because Corona Chan killed them.

    You can see right away that determining the true Corona Chan CFR is going to be problematic in some countries where any positive result from the thoroughly discredited over-cycled PCR test is labeled as a Corona Chan “case” – an excellent method of manufacturing or otherwise inflating a “pandemic”. Who hasn’t read the technical guff stating that PCR cycles over 30 spew false positives?

    We have similar issues in trying to agree on the actual Corona Chan “death” tally when the medical heirarchy and general officialdom in some countries are highly incentivized to label any and all fatalities which are accompanied by a positive result from a PCR test, as a Corona Chan death. And who hasn’t read the anecdote of the motorbike fatality recorded as a Corona Chan death?

    Anyway, best to be aware of those things when dredging through charts and numbers.

    Here’s a web site that gives you custom charts and maps comparing Corona Chan statistics for any country you care to select –

    https://ourworldindata.org/mortality-risk-covid

    That site includes several charts tracking the CFR for each country over time.

    Note that the logarithmic plot of all countries’ Corona Chan cases (horizontal axis) vs deaths (vertical axis) has the bulk of all countries falling on or near the CFR=3% line.

    This makes sense. For all those people who actually catch Corona Chan (which number we don’t know), some of them get sick and show Corona Chan symptoms (which we do know – these are Corona Chan “cases”). Of those “cases” – people who actually get sick and show Corona Chan symptoms – apparently right around the world, about 3% of them go wheels up and die.

    Interesting that the USA also falls right on that CFR=3% line. IMO (just speculation, of course), this suggests that the over-reporting of Corona Chan “cases” in the USA is fortuitously in direct proportion to the over-reporting of Corona Chan “deaths” in the USA. Just my opinion.

    Meanwhile, there are also a bunch of other fun pages at that site, including this one –

    https://ourworldindata.org/excess-mortality-covid

    Here’s a couple of riddles posed by the data on this page:

    1. If Corona Chan is so deadly, why does the Excess Mortality for both Australia and New Zealand go negative over the Corona Chan “pandemic”?

    2. If Excess Mortality is caused by Corona Chan, then why does Singapore’s Excess Mortality skyrocket during the Corona Chan pandemic when they only had a grand total of 10 Corona Chan fatalities?

    Here’s some more fun to be had –

    https://ourworldindata.org/policy-responses-covid

    Lots of world maps comparing Corona Chan policies around the world, on a time scale no less.

    Going from all those maps, I think I want to live in Russia, or maybe China, when creepy Bill’s next “pandemic” hits the playground. Or maybe Australia, if it still exists by then after all the China and Russia bashing it’s been doing on behalf of Team America.

    • Thanks: some_loon
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  259. TTSSYF says:
    @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    Saving $1 billion a year on SS is a rounding error for a nation with a debt of $30 trillion and growing.

  260. @some_loon

    CDC claimes a survival rate of 99.7%, I hear (I haven’t seen the source of this myself), so let’s use that number.

    Here’s something from the WHO. It’s not the American CDC, but should be convincing enough for anyone who defers to the authority of those institutions –

    https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/99/1/20-265892/en/

    Here’s the relevant quote from about a third the way down that web page –

    The median infection fatality rate across all 51 locations was 0.27% (corrected 0.23%).

    They used data from the following countries to make that estimate of Corona Chan IFR:

    Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, USA.

    Note no African countries in the mix. They also appear to have omitted the UK and Russia, but still seem to have captured the bulk of the global Corona Chan ecosystem.

    • Thanks: some_loon
  261. @Trial by Wombat

    “Irregardless”?

    Not a real word, and it was surprising in someone of your evident erudition.

    This is my essay, which can be summed up as:

    https://www.johndenugent.com/neanderthals-and-semites/

    The neanderthals never went extinct. They became the jews, Arabs, Armenians, etc. (and part of the DNA of Germans, southern French, southern Italians, Croatians, etc).

  262. some_loon says:
    @Ultrafart the Brave

    “Interesting that the USA also falls right on that CFR=3% line.”

    If true, then this suggests, if 600,000 people in the USA have died of this, that 20 million people here have had this crud in whatever manner and to whatever degree it takes to be called a ‘case’ (600k/0.03).

    Which means 2/31 of the population has been a ‘case’, whatever that means, and about one person in every 550 persons has died of this whatever it is (330MM/600k). And 549 of us are expected to comply with this new way of life based on how prisons are run.

    Just great. Supergreat.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  263. @onedog

    great comment, more correct than all the other junk science

  264. Anon[160] • Disclaimer says:
    @JimDandy

    Continuing with the discussion about covid deaths in Brazil referenced by Bras Cubas, here’s an article:

    https://www.francesoir.fr/societe-sante-politique-monde/bresil-5-fois-moins-de-morts-dans-letat-du-para-que-lamazonas-les

    The article basically says, two adjoining regions, the Amazon and Para, have very different outcomes:

    Deaths from Nov 11 – March 25, 2021
    Amazon: 1,645 deaths/million
    Para: 296/million

    In Brazil, HCQ was restricted in a timely manner 🙄 in March 20, and Ivermectin in July 20. They were only available under a doctor’s prescription. Ivermectine was then re-allowed in September, but with lack of availabity. So one local government made sure to buy and promote Ivermectin and the other local government didn’t.

    Here’s the study (in English) that is cited:
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350365014_Comparisons_between_the_Neighboring_States_of_Amazonas_and_Para_in_Brazil_in_the_Second_Wave_of_COVID-19_Outbreak_and_a_Possible_Role_of_Early_Ambulatory_Treatment

    Here’s an interview with the Brazilian doctors:
    https://www.francesoir.fr/opinions-entretiens/video-le-debriefing-du-dr-wolkoff-et-du-dr-fonseca-medecins-bresiliens

    • Thanks: Alfred, JimDandy
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  265. Anon[160] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ultrafart the Brave

    @ Remember those test animals for previous mRNA experiments, 100% of which DIED?

    Would you kindly provide a link?

    Do you know the possible mechanism that caused the death?

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  266. WLMM says:
    @Dodge City Pete

    Vaccines have more to do with morbidity than mortality.

  267. SPFish says:

    Simple”” the hiv/aids virus kills covid……

  268. @Henry's Cat

    I mention it in discussions of covid19 from time to time. The imaginary HIV virus is enshrined in the sacred lore in which the TV mesmerized zombies are steeped. It’s unassailable in the minds of most people. I don’t think it is a coincidence that Fauci presided over that hoax and is now presiding over the current viral panic.

  269. AKINDLE says:

    Seems like a media propaganda piece to me. Africa is mostly Covid free?…. so don’t worry as we keep flooding your White Western countries with these criminal ingrates. The Africans illegals being bussed all over the country aren’t wearing masks, just the dumb Whites who are oblivious to the fact the US Government has been raping and destroying this Country for decades. At the time these stats were taken… were all the african COVID cases already sent or heading to the the US, UK, or Europe?

  270. AKINDLE says:
    @polistra

    Well then those africans can make themselves social and useful back in their motherland. Unless you consider rape, robbery, and murder as somehow social and useful.

    • Troll: Mulga Mumblebrain
  271. RestiveUs says:
    @obwandiyag

    Speak for yourself. When the mass media say something that doesn’t add up, then it’s suspect.

  272. @TTSSYF

    Yeah. I realize that. It is per 100k persons.
    I’m guessing this is about really big money. As in 50$ Billion a night for 15 months (the banks getting propped up). That isn’t going to end well. At this point it does look a bit grim.

    Anyone else having bad dreams and difficulty sleeping?

    • Agree: TTSSYF
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  273. @some_loon

    And 549 of us are expected to comply with this new way of life based on how prisons are run.

    Just great. Supergreat.

    I think it’s even worse than that, at least in the USA.

    The official USA Corona Chan “case” number is presently ~30,000,000.
    But that’s not a real “case” number, not least because the people being tested mostly aren’t even sick. If anything, it might be considered a proxy for the Corona Chan infection number, but that still has problems.

    Meanwhile, the official USA Corona Chan “death” tally is currently ~600,000.
    But that number is very likely overstated to the Moon.

    [MORE]

    Most of those 600,000 Corona Chan “deaths” in the USA aren’t really due to Corona Chan, because the policy is to label anyone with a positive PCR result who dies, as being a Corona Chan death. Hence the famous motorcycle accident victim is labeled as a Corona Chan death. Anyone who dies for any reason, if they happened to previously test positive on a PCR test, is labeled a Corona Chan death.

    So actual American Corona Chan deaths are likely to be just a fraction of the official figure.

    On the other side of the ledger, those 30 million odd Corona Chan “cases” in the USA weren’t determined on the basis of an individual becoming sick with Corona Chan and showing Corona Chan symptoms, they were determined by positive results from PCR tests, which aren’t “cases”, at worst they’re mostly just trivial Corona Chan infections which will resolve without any symptoms.

    But wait, there’s more! Those PCR tests have been deliberately over-cycled to Hell, which spit out up to 97% false positives, eg, from creepy billionaire eugenicist billionaire Bill Gates’ Mini-Me Dr. Anthony Fauci himself –

    https://headlinehealth.com/fauci-fda-who-all-now-admit-false-positive-pcr-tests/

    And there can’t be any denial, there’s no doubt, we KNOW that they were over-cycling those PCR tests to infinity and beyond, eg –

    https://medical.mit.edu/covid-19-updates/2020/11/pcr-test-result

    Again, there is no doubt, medical and scientific boffins have been screaming about this for the last year and been ignored, but now since the Corona Chan “pandemic” has largely served its purpose and the USA elections were successfully stolen, the WHO has finally come out and officially admitted it –

    https://principia-scientific.com/who-admits-high-cycle-pcr-tests-produce-covid-false-positives/

    So let’s just scientifically assume that 97% of all those positive PCR results were false positives, which reduces the actual number of identified Corona Chan infections (not “cases”) to just [30,000,000 x (1 – 0.97) = 900,000].

    If we’re a bit more lenient, and assume 70% false positives, then we get just [30,000,000 x (1 – 0.70) = 9,000,000] actual American Corona Chan infections swimming amongst all those PCR false positives.

    HOWEVER, to be fair, the actual number of American Corona Chan infections is probably larger than this because there are still an awful lot of people who weren’t tested and may well have been infected with this toothless Corona Chan bug. So paradoxically, we might just estimate (ie, pluck a number out of our arse) 30,000,000 total tested and untested American Corona Chan infections.

    So, let’s do some figuring. Here’s the sequence –

    The WHO has handed us the IFR of ~0.27%.
    The world has given us the CFR of ~3%.

    No. of Corona Chan Infections x IFR –> No. of Corona Chan Deaths
    No. of Corona Chan Deaths / CFR –> No. of Corona Chan Cases

    Let’s take our estimated American Corona Chan infection number of ~30,000,000.

    No. of Corona Chan Infections = 30,000,000
    No. of Corona Chan Deaths = 81,000
    No. of Corona Chan Cases = 2,700,000

    So, using the WHO’s published IFR estimate, and estimating the actual number of (known & unknown) infections to match the official (highly inflated) positive PCR test results, the estimated American Corona Chan deaths (81,000) are indeed just a fraction of the official (highly inflated) figure (600,000).

    Getting back to your original observation, to date, these estimates have just 1 in 4,074 Americans dying from Corona Chan.

    So 4,073 of 4,074 Americans are expected to comply with this new way of life based on how prisons are run.

    Even greater.

    • Thanks: some_loon
  274. @Anon

    Do you know the possible mechanism that caused the death?

    There’s an abundance of discussion of this issue around the web, even here on Unz.com.

    Here’s a few items that touch on the subject and even mention some of the test subjects (ferrets, as I recall, although there were a variety of animals used in different studies).

    (https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/05/joseph-mercola/fast-tracked-covid-19-vaccine-what-could-go-wrong/ ]

    (https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/11/joseph-mercola/how-covid-19-vaccine-can-destroy-your-immune-system/ ]

    (https://www.globalresearch.ca/video-dr-simone-gold-truth-about-covid-19-vaccine/5738794 ]

    (https://phibetaiota.net/2021/03/video-3234-dr-tenpenny-expains-in-simple-terms-some-of-the-dangers-of-the-covid-19-vaccine/ ]

    The mechanism that they suggest killed the animals (and which is just one of several potentially lethal side-effects of the mRNA “vaccines”) is called “Antibody Dependent Enhancement” (ADE) wherein the “vaccine” modifies the host’s immune system to aid and abet the targeted bug in killing the host.

    If this concern pans out, expect to see lots of “vaccinated” individuals coming down with unexplained septis, organ failure and death in the coming months and years.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  275. TTSSYF says:
    @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    There’s an expression “Guard your pennies, and your dollars will take care of themselves.” So guarding $1 billion a year would be a good move.

  276. @Ron Unz

    I generally agree, but let’s add a few more points. Since people here have repeatedly raised the issue of deaths possibly rising because of crime, suicide, delayed medical treatment, increased drug usage and the like, one should allow that eventually some marginal deductions will have to be made. I’ve heard claims that the USA had 3,000 more murders last year than it had in previous years, but I don’t really know what the correct figure is. I can’t seriously imagine that the increase in murders last year went over 10,000. It probably well short of that. Likewise with regards to suicides. Or deaths resulting from a delay in cancer treatment. The number of deaths which can be accounted for by these “non-CV” causes is almost certainly far short of 50,000. That means that if demographics show an excess of 500,000 deaths occurring then we might 50,000 from that to get 450,000 CV deaths.

    In any event, this is the sort where data should be slowly appearing. It’s not good enough for people to just say “I think more people died of cancer because their treatment was delayed.” The question arises as to how many people are normally treated for cancer annually in the USA? Is it a regular thing to have 500,000 cancer patients in the USA every year? Or even 100,000? I don’t have the data at my fingertips, but this is the sort of thing has to be addressed by anyone who is going to claim that the excess deaths were mainly due to other causes besides CV-19.

    Another issue which can be reasonably raised is what will the demographic data look like after this year when framed on a 2-year basis? I think a good case exists that many people who died last year at the age of 92 with CV-19 listed as a cause of death would probably have died this year at the age of 93 if there had been no CV-19. One can take this into account by then calculating deaths on a biannual basis instead of annually. That will mean obtaining a total death count for the years 2020-1. Then going back to data from the years 2010-19. Using midyear population estimates one could then calculate the total number of deaths in the combined years 2010-11 and divide by the sum of the midyear populations for the years 2010 and 2011. Then do the same for 2012-13, 2014-15, 2016-17, 2018-19, and finally average out all of these numbers. Then use midyear population estimates for 2020 and 2021 to forecast an expected death toll for these 2 years together. If that is done the resulting excess death toll will likely be still high, but may prove to be smaller than the 500,000 figure implies. A portion of elderly people whose passing last year appeared as an excess death may not seem so excessive when scaled on a 2-year basis.

    • Replies: @some_loon
    , @some_loon
  277. JimDandy says:
    @Anon

    When I read similar articles, I bought a tube of Ivermectin paste, packaged for sick horses. The comments section on Amazon features many testimonials from people who ingested it for various maladies, and said it worked.

    • Thanks: some_loon
  278. some_loon says:
    @Patrick McNally

    “The number of deaths which can be accounted for by these “non-CV” causes is almost certainly far short of 50,000.”

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2778234

    These are the ‘official numbers’, more or less.

    Chart lists approx. 505,000 more deaths in 2020 than in 2019, but only about 345,000 are attributed to Covid-19.

    Leaving aside the issue of just how trustworthy the ‘official numbers’ are:

    505k – 345k = 160k. 160k > 50k (the number you seem to think is an upper bound).

    In truth, 50k non-covid excess deaths are far fewer than what the ‘official’ numbers state, 160k.

    Or did I misunderstand your post?

  279. some_loon says:
    @Patrick McNally

    ‘It’s not good enough for people to just say “I think more people died of cancer because their treatment was delayed.”’

    This chart/article again:
    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2778234

    It shows cancer deaths to be flat but an additional 13.5k deaths from diabetes alone, over 2019.

    I don’t trust ‘official numbers’, but these are the numbers we have.

    More replies are possible from quoting from your comment, but I’ll stop.

    May I suggest a few resources:

    Google (for normies)
    Bing (for Bill Gates fans)
    DuckDuckGo (for normies pretending to be rebels)
    Yahoo (for no one in particular, except for the weather reports)
    Yandex (for those with moose and squirrel problems)

    Or did I misunderstand your post?

  280. gnbRC says:
    @Ray Caruso

    The case that Israel deliberately attacked the USS Liberty is much stronger than the case they or someone else imploded the WTC …

    1. There is a photo on the Internet that shows the Israeli ‘art students’ at work in the WTC. It appeared as though the photo was just a [un-staged] casual ‘get together’ type to be used as a memory of a good time together with family and friends. Lo and behold, in the background of the photo are boxes and boxes of Littel manufactured detonator fuses.

    [MORE]

    2. There exists an interview (very early episode on Caravan to Midnight) with the son of a long-employed WTC building custodian, where his father related that a study was performed and determined WTC building materials were mis-specified and it would cost approximately $2 billion to fix it. Of course, the (((building owners))) didn’t want to pay such an enormous sum for [impractical] repairs, so they worked out a scheme with US federal gov’t officials to have the buildings demolished, and claim insurance to rebuild (… basically a common real-estate scheme of torching an unwanted building to obtain insurance money). The son, from his father, related how the demolition of the WTC was ‘definitely’ a ‘bank robbery’ (with the vaults on the lower levels being the target). Probably, once the op was known to insiders, multiple agendas were overlaid, e.g. Patriot act rollout, Iraq [oil] War, stock futures trading ahead of attack, etc.

    But it appears not to be the case that 911 was an Israeli op – (((they))) appear to have been engaged from the (((building owners))) connections to the Israeli intelligence/military services as a joint operation with the US fed gov’t in the lead. The US provided all the demolition materials and technical logistics. It’s all pretty obvious once one goes through all the available evidence.

    As a side note, the 911 building demolition using pelletised depleted uranium to pulverise the building ‘chunks’ after the initial conventional demolition, was the first use of of nuclear weapons on American soil executed with the intent to cause destruction – perpetrated by the US federal government. Such is the nature of our leaders (… chagrin and wry smile).

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  281. @gnbRC

    ‘gnbRC’, you wrote : ‘But it appears not to be the case that 9/11 was an Israeli op’.

    You are very much mistaken.

    [MORE]

    You need only read this masterful (and completely fact-checked) work by Christopher Bollyn to determine that the Israelis/Mossad facilitated this False Flag :

    https://www.bollyn.com/public/Solving_9-11_-_The_Deception_That_Changed_The_World.pdf

    Yes, there was U.S government, military and Intel input at the highest levels from bought-and-paid-for individuals that liased in pulling off this heinous act.
    But they were on the payroll of the Zio-cabal that orchestrated this no expense spared act of mischief.

    You would do well to also listen to this video of Alan Sabrosky (former head of Strategic Studies at the U.S Army War College), who had this to say about Israel’s role in 9/11 :

    Sabrosky is himself Jewish so let’s not see anyone pulling out the race card here.

    Lastly, in addressing the ‘Cui Bono’ (who benefits) aspect of 9/11, there is no entity on Earth that benefitted from 9/11 more than the Apartheid Israeli state – this is irrefutable.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  282. BoneThug says:
    @Trinity

    Of course they think Americans are stupid…because (with few exceptions) they are.

  283. R2b says:
    @Ron Unz

    The only anomaly was the peak in March/April 2020.
    Everything else is natural and explicabale according lockdown.
    It is beyond ridiculous reasoning like this.

    • Agree: Alfred
  284. @obwandiyag

    obwandiyag, Who are the “you people” you refer to? I represent no one but myself, and don’t pretend to. I am especially suspect of reporting that I tend to agree with, or find supporting of principles I hold. The media, government, corporate operators, NGO’s, academics, everywhere are nakedly propagandistic, and not to be trusted at all without careful consideration and vetting. They often report the truth in ways that are completely false.

    Don’t fall for the bullshit.

    • Agree: InnerCynic
  285. @Truth Vigilante

    The MOSSAD plus American sayanim plus elements of the US Deep State, ie COG operatives Cheney and Rumsfeld, providing cover. Multiple ambitions.

  286. @Ultrafart the Brave

    And the powers that be are driving for the mRNA ‘vaccines’ to become the default remedy. Lots of anti-AstraZeneca agit-prop, no doubt orchestrated by the Pfizer criminal cabal. Lots of agit-prop defaming the Russian and Chinese vaccines, plus a deal of vicious arm-twisting by the US. The suppression, through lies and disinformation, of medical treatments, particularly hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin but even including now (at the BBC sewer, of course)Vitamin D prophylaxis, all proven safe, effective and cheap. It is typically Evil, and deeply sinister.

    • Agree: Ultrafart the Brave
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  287. @Ultrafart the Brave

    You know nothing about what medicine Chinese have been using to treat Covid-19 at all!

    NO, NOT HCQ!!

    Chinese have been using herbal medicine. Very successful. And BEST Part is, Covid-19 virus, until now, has NOT had any serious Mutation within China!

    By the way, your so-called “Corona Chan” is very Ignorant . NO Mainland Chinese use this spelling for their last names. ONLY Chinese outside Mainland China spell their last names like that. So if you used this to hint the Covid-19 started from China, you are making FOOL of yourself. LOL

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  288. Reggie says:
    @polistra

    (“Before 2020, public health and doctors gave all the right advice.”)

    You are woefully misinformed about public health officials and doctors. They’ve been giving the wrong advice for many many decades, about practically everything. The corruption of the medical establishment is not new, it has just reached its apotheosis with Covid. It goes back to the Rockefeller takeover of medicine in the early 1900s, and even before then.

  289. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    It is typically Evil, and deeply sinister.

    You got that right, although nobody wants to believe it.

    This former Pfizer executive agrees.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-former-pfizer-vp-your-government-is-lying-to-you-in-a-way-that-could-lead-to-your-death

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/former-pfizer-vp-to-aflds-entirely-possible-this-will-be-used-for-massive-scale-depopulation

    Incidentally, no-one seems to know or care that the Pfizer “vaccines” seem to be killing people at a faster rate in Israel than Corona Chan.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/experimental-vaccine-death-rate-for-israels-elderly-40-times-higher-than-covid-19-deaths-researchers

    In a nutshell –

    For people over 65 –
    Corona Chan — 4.91 deaths / 100,000 population
    Pfizer “vaccine” — 0.2% death rate —> 200 deaths / 100,000 population
    So the “vacccine” kills 40x more people than Corona Chan would have.

    For people under 65 –
    Corona Chan — 0.19 deaths / 100,000 population
    Pfizer “vaccine” — 0.05% death rate —> 50 deaths / 100,000 population
    So the “vacccine” kills 260x more people than Corona Chan would have.

    • Thanks: some_loon
  290. @picture111

    You know nothing about what medicine Chinese have been using to treat Covid-19 at all!

    NO, NOT HCQ!!

    Thanks for your helpful reponse.

    I’m not clear why you think anyone asserted that China used HydroxyChloroquine to treat Corona Chan. Maybe they did, I wouldn’t know.

    Here’s the only relevant quote from that post:

    China hasn’t banned the use of such medicinal and nutritional methods to treat Corona Chan. How is China doing now in comparison to the Western world? Do you really need to ask?

    Hmmm, no HydroxyChloroqine there.

    Chinese have been using herbal medicine. Very successful.

    Thanks for this assertion. I know that China has tested all manner of treatments for Corona Chan from the outset, and made that information available to the international community.

    I also know that most Western governments have meticulously ignored whatever information on effective Corona Chan treatments that China has made available to them.

    Further, it’s no surprise at all that Chinese herbal knowledge should produce superior treatments for Corona Chan. Unlike the Western profit-driven allopathic paradigm of Big Pharma, IMO Chinese medicine is real medicine.

    By the way, your so-called “Corona Chan” is very Ignorant … So if you used this to hint the Covid-19 started from China, you are making FOOL of yourself. LOL

    “Corona Chan” is a meme, a fictional character which embodies the traits of the naughty novel coronavirus bug supposedly ravaging the world. It’s of the same nature as “Ebola Chan” and “Rabies Chan”, also memes personifying their respective bugs.

    Here’s Corona Chan with her best friend, Ebola Chan.

    And here’s Corona Chan and Ebola Chan with their girlfriend Rabies Chan.

    Any web search will yield troves of images and discussions around these memes.

    Context is everything. If anything, Corona Chan makes fun of the very notion that China is responsible for the naughty novel coronavirus – a fictional character for a fictional narrative.

  291. Trope says:

    They take anti malarials, which address corona

  292. Penelope says:

    it’s summer. Vitamin D.

  293. The prevalence of HCQ and ivermectin in Africa (as in India) is the most likely explanation.

  294. Anon[363] • Disclaimer says:

    ” In Diamond’s estimation, more than 90 percent of the indigenous peoples of the Americas—never before exposed to the deadly contagions of Eurasia—were wiped out within decades of the arrival of European colonists and invaders.”

    Now here’s a fun task for Unz to take on, in the future: to read and review Numbers From Nowhere: The American Indian Contact Population Debate, which is a dissident book by an African American History (!) PhD, David Henige, on the question of exactly how many Native Americans lived in continental USA and Canada before European settlers arrived, and thus how many of them must have been killed by either war or disease by Europeans.

  295. @Truth Vigilante

    I wouldn’t have bothered if I had realised you were one of those Deep State/Rothschilds nutters whose picture of the world is created in your head (maybe reasonably harmless paranoid schizophrenic I guess, prompted by just having seen “A Beautiful Mind”). But let me offer you this simple way of considering whether Australia has herd immunity. A large number of countries which have had much higher rates of infection judged by tests, hospitalisations and deaths, as well as extensive vaccination would have to have achieved it. Which countries do claim have herd immunity?

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