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Everyone knows that the official data about Covid-19 infections and deaths are not consistent among countries and are not complete because of inadequate testing and the unknown number of cases that are too mild to be detected. However, the reported deaths are real and even prior condition deaths are provoked by virus infection.

Regardless whether reported cases reflect viral penetrance, a death rate of confirmed cases remains very meaningful for public health authorities. Confirmed cases tend to be the ones serious enough to be treated. The death rate of such cases is a good indicator of the challenge to public health.

Much about the virus remains unknown. It is not known why some who become infected get mildly ill, some deadly ill, and some not ill at all. Little doubt that part of the answer is the state of a person’s immune system. All of the deadly ill are not people with preconditions. Healthy doctors and nurses have died, as have young people and babies. There are reports that some infected children experience serious vascular problems. The reports might be wrong. There is evidence that people who have the virus without symptoms are contagious and evidence that they are not. There are studies claiming that there are no excessive deaths attributable to coronavirus and studies showing significant excessive deaths in the UK. The differing results seem to depend on what the investigators use as data or believe the data to be. Alone among countries Sweden bet on “herd immunity.” Based on current evidence herd immunity is more hope than fact. There are reports of reinfections. Herd immunity advocates say the reports are misreports. There are reports that some of the cured have insufficient antibodies to prevent reinfections. More misreports? The antibodies produced by vaccines currently undergoing testing are insufficient to prevent infection by the virus according to the tests themselves. Some experts doubt that there can be immunity to coronaviruses. The presence of disagreement among experts about herd immunity implies that the case for herd immunity is not established. So, it does seem reasonable that if we are going to bet on a hope we should accompany the bet with caution.

Nevertheless, many false claims have entered the debate and despite their falsity are taken as true by those whose arguments they serve. If you fear the police state more than the virus, you may be inclined to believe that Sweden with an open economy had less infections and deaths than any other country and no adverse economic effects from closedowns. But this belief is contradicted by the Swedish Riksbank, which reported major shutdown of the Swedish economy by the voluntary non-participation of the Swedish people in the economy. For example, restaurant and bar traffic fell by 70%. I know of no incentive for the Riksbank to talk down the Swedish economy. One assumes that Sweden and Norway, being so similar in character and reporting, are a good test case. The data indicate that Sweden has much higher infections and deaths per one million population than Norway.

We also have the false claim that masks are ineffective and do more harm than good. People send around highly misleading articles, such as this one in Medical News Today—”New study questions the effectiveness of masks against SARS-CoV-2″ The article opens: ” Research published at the beginning of April casts serious doubts about the effectiveness of both surgical and cloth masks in preventing the spread of infectious SARS-CoV-2 particles.”

Everyone knows that surgical masks and homemade cloth masks do not filter out virus. To protect from virus requires a N-95 or higher mask.

The article’s headline and opening sentence creates the impression that masks are useless. I now receive endless emails from normally sensible people who are convinced that masks are just another element in the plot. If you read deeper into the Medical News Today article, you learn that the right masks do work, but that the CDC wants them reserved, due to their shortage, for medical personnel: “The guidelines encourage people to wear homemade cloth masks while out and about, while still urging them to leave specialized surgical masks and N95 respirators to medical professionals, who have been facing a dangerous shortage.”

This admission that masks are essential to protect health care personnel is followed by the CDC claim that for all other healthy people “the wide use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not supported by current evidence and carries uncertainties and critical risks.”

So, health care professionals, some of whom report working 10 and 12 hour shifts while wearing masks, can safely wear a N-95 mask, but not other healthy people shopping for groceries, walking crowded streets, riding NY subways, or working in office buildings. For these people masks pose “critical risks”!

Obviously, this is nonsensical.

It is also nonsensical to assume, as is now common, that only health care personnel are exposed to the virus. Everyone else going about in infected areas, such as NY City, is not exposed to the virus and does not need a mask for protection. How can this be true? How can it be that the CDC cannot see the extraordinary contradiction in its guideline?

If healthy people don’t need masks for protection, why do they need to be protected by closedowns? If the assumption is that healthy people are immune—except for health care personnel—and only sick people can be infected, no precautions are necessary for the general public.

One would think that with the reopenings and the prospect that a result will be a rise in infections—as most experts and public authorities predict—that the recommended use of N-95 masks would be an essential part of the reopenings. Indeed, for many virologists and immune specialists it is. But this cautious approach is under attack. Why?

Some claims are so contradictory as to be impossible to address—for example, the claim that Covid-19 is a bioweapon but no worse than the common flu.


The virus is being turned into a hoax. Initially, the Chinese were accused of greatly understating the deaths in Wuhan. The small number of reported deaths is inconsistent with the massive effort made to contain the virus. But now the story is changing. Nothing happened in Wuhan, a few cases of bad flu. No one died in New York City. It is all a plot to scare us into Bill Gates’ mass vaccination program.

There is no doubt that private agendas are using the virus for their purposes. But this point can be made without denying the reality of the virus.

The virus is being made to disappear in many ways. For example, if you can expand the number of unreported infected to a significant percentage of the population, you can disappear the death rate. You can disappear the millions of worldwide cases of sufficient illness to be reported. You can disappear the hundreds of thousands of dead.

This is now underway.

Whose purpose does it serve?

If I wanted more deaths to scare people into mass vaccinations to maximize my profits, I would agitate for an unprotected reopening and bet on a second wave of infections.

With all of this said, I nevertheless hope that the virus is a hoax and not a threat.

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Conspiracy Theories, Coronavirus, Disease 
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  1. Ko says:

    Well, many people who’ve died who seemed healthy may have had an diagnosed disease or condition. That might account for the idea that healthy people died.

    • Replies: @joe2.5
  2. Ko says:

    What I’d like to know is how did Fredo Cuomo, who is chronically stupid, not die?

    • Agree: Realist, VinnyVette
    • Replies: @Anthony Aaron
  3. Franz says:

    Much about the virus remains unknown. It is not known why some who become infected get mildly ill, some deadly ill, and some not ill at all.

    I guess knowing too many medical workers has left me a bit cold on this.

    What they told me in March has not changed: If you are not diabetic, and have a pretty good cardiovascular system, you’re home free. Those are the big cofactors.

    Actually, I forgot the first part a few weeks back and mentioned the fact that any number of young people seem to be getting it in some places, that’s odd. A nurse corrected me on the spot, “Where you been the last 20 years? Lots of young diabetics now. Half the dead in a ward back east were diabetic” Oops. Okay.

    That’s the key, so far as I know.

    • Thanks: Ultrafart the Brave
  4. PCR, I hope you’ll take the time to read this excellent summary of evidence that the dangerousness of this virus has been exaggerated.

  5. BuelahMan says:

    The virus is being turned into a hoax.

    No. It was always a hoax. Testing is bogus. Death rates are bogus. The response is bogus. The government and all its coverup is bogus.

    But the criminal wealth transfer is real as hell.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  6. @BuelahMan

    It was always a hoax. Testing is bogus. Death rates are bogus. The response is bogus.

    China’s response to the whole Corona Chan thing seemed pretty serious, and the reported figures out of China tally pretty well with the subsequent experiences of just about every Western Pacific country and beyond. So it’s not easy to see how all the Corona Chan reporting from those couple dozen politically and racially diverse nations could be a coordinated hoax.

    North America & Europe, on the other hand, are generally reporting Corona Chan death rates about 50 times worse than the aforementioned Western Pacific group, and there do seem to be a variety of vested interests who stand to benefit from a real good plague (even some US hospitals have admitted they get paid more for Corona Chan-positive patients, and even more for Corona Chan fatalities).

    So maybe there is some truth to your assertions.

    But the criminal wealth transfer is real as hell.

    Hey, most especially where the USA is concerned, that’s a given.
    Corona Chan just gave the process a boost.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  7. Roger says:

    It does not matter whether it is a hoax or not. I am a free man and I can make up my own mind as to whether I wear a mask, self-isolate, stand six feet apart from any other person, go to church where people get close, etc. I do not need nor want anyone else (hear that, Governor?) telling me that I must do this or that so that I can be safe. I reject the idea that I need a Nanny looking out for me or everyone else around me.

    It’s ironic that many people who used to say, “Keep your laws off my body”, now prefer, “Put my mask on your face.”

    • Replies: @animalogic
  8. JasonT says:

    Roberts has succumbed to fear.

    Here is another report out of Germany where the government scientists are calling the corona virus a false alarm and the government and mainstream media are closing ranks around the corona virus charade.

    • Thanks: jsinton
  9. nickels says:

    The CDC itself confirms the mortality rate is the same as the flu.
    We’re all over it. It has always been a hoax.

    • Thanks: jsinton
  10. jsinton says:


    I was going to tell you we know it IS A HOAX NOW, but others have already beat me to it. Read:

  11. @Ultrafart the Brave

    As Paul Craig Roberts asserts, are you telling me I’m supposed to believe that the governments of sworn enemies, China, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, are all working hand-in-hand with the governments of the US et al to run a world-wide scam?

    Sorry. Hoaxers have no answer to this. Because they are either idiots or bots. Mostly bots.

  12. With all of this said, I nevertheless hope that the virus is a hoax and not a threat.

    The virus is real … the response and much of the hype is the hoax.

    • Agree: JasonT
    • Replies: @jsinton
  13. jsinton says:
    @The Alarmist

    It turns out it looks like a hoax now. Sure, there’s a virus. People get sick. Current number of reported deaths is at 370,000. But in the 2017/2018 flu pandemic 1.5 million people died. The response has been awfully coordinated, as if they all took orders from the same desk. Then the Saudis crashed the oil market just as the virus lockdowns occurred. But now there’s a whistleblower. Here, read this:

  14. Babies (plural) died??? No.
    I only heard of one case of a baby dying
    (and attributed to the Covid19 Chinese Wuhan lab virus)
    and that was later found to be a case of suffocation, at home.

  15. joe2.5 says:

    Now that I think about it, someone I won’t name who used to teach generally started one of the first lectures of the year by saying that one doesn’t need a medical degree to understand the concepts of underlying conditions, precipitating conditions and primary cause of death.

    Now I would add that anyone with any brain tissue above the brainstem should get it.

  16. soccermom says:


    Some research has found a link between the severity of symptoms with Covid 19 and vitamin D levels. In a study from the Philippines 85% of the mildest cases tested had sufficient vitamin D. 75% of the sickest patients (severe or critical) were vitamin D deficient. In another study patients with insufficient vitamin D were a little more than 12 times more likely to die and with even lower levels, actual vitamin D deficiency, 19 times more likely to die.

    Links to these reports are at

  17. @Ko

    Apparently you CAN cure stupid … who knew?

  18. @obwandiyag

    As Paul Craig Roberts asserts, are you telling me I’m supposed to believe that the governments of sworn enemies, China, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, are all working hand-in-hand with the governments of the US et al to run a world-wide scam?

    I wouldn’t disagree with Dr. Roberts over this.

    Notwithstanding that, there does appear to be a bifurcation of the Corona Chan experience among the community of nations.

    The situations in South America and Africa are a bit fuzzy (to me) and Antarctica probably doesn’t count, but there’s a very clear, almost universal, distinction between the Western Pacific & central Asian nations on the one hand (low reported death rates), and Europe & North America on the other (high reported death rates).

    It does strike me that those diverse corporate, idealogical & political interests which seem to be manuevering to leverage Corona Chan in some way, are also mostly based in Europe & North America.

    So maybe @The Alarmist at Post #12 was correct in stating that the virus is real, but (in Europe & North America – my opinion) the response & case reporting is being distorted.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  19. @Ultrafart the Brave

    Another thought on this subject – while the term “hoax” might be used to desribe to the way some countries have been managing their responses and reporting of Corona Chan, I suspect a better term would be “orchestrated”, if indeed Corona Chan happens to be part of a larger scheme managed by certain exceptional parties.

    Yes, it’s all very speculative and conspiratorial, and yet Iran did seem to catch a very nasty Corona Chan (which bumped off a bunch of government officials) out of the blue. Not to mention all those other inconvenient “coincidences”…

    Maybe you can kill two birds with one stone.
    Or maybe Corona Chan is triplets.

    And the whole time, creepy Kermit the Gates has been sitting there rubbing his hands with glee.

    Just sayin’.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  20. @Roger

    ” I am a free man and I can make up my own mind as to whether I wear a mask, self-isolate, stand six feet apart from any other person, go to church where people get close, etc”
    How nice for you.
    Pity you forget all the OTHER people who are as equally “free” as you but who prefer not to run the risk of exposure to the virus — ie you being free not to socially distance, not wear a mask etc….
    Maybe they are free, but elderly or free & diabetic or free & …..

  21. There has rarely been an event with as many staggering ramifications as Cov19, & with which the basic facts, the cause & effect, of the situation are so ambiguous, so contradictory & so befuddled, muddled, & bizarre.

  22. @Ultrafart the Brave

    Very good. “Orchestrated.” A fine distinction well-put.

    One thing I learned from the deathless “Gilligan’s Wake” is that it’s not so much what they cause to happen, but what they do with it when it happens. The virus is real but “orchestrated.”

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