How deadly is COVID19?

17th February 2021

I have spent large chunks of my life trying to untangle medial data and research. COVID19 has long since defeated me. I have been unable to make any sense of the information we are bombarded with daily. So, I decided to go back to basics.

At the start of the COVID19 saga, I was interested to know what the infection fatality rate (IFR) was likely to be. I felt I could then have a go at comparing it to other diseases, primarily influenza.

The infection fatality is the number of people infected with the virus who then die. This is very different to the case fatality rate (CFR), which is the number of people infected with the disease who become unwell enough (sometimes, but not always) to be admitted to hospital – the ‘cases’. Who then die.

Before COVID19 appeared, there used to be a reasonably clear distinction between the infection fatality rate (IFR), and the case fatality fate (CFR) and it is important that they should not get mixed up. Because the case fatality rate is almost always far higher than the infection fatality rate – as you would expect. People who are ill enough to go into hospital are far more likely to die than people who do not suffer any symptoms. Bear this in mind.

Another thing to bear in mind is that, at the start of any epidemic it is simpler to establish the case fatality rate, because most people who are seriously ill end up in hospital and/or will have tests to see if they have the disease in question. Those with no symptoms may never cross the path of a medical professional and are very unlikely to be tested.

What is the ratio between the two? It depends on the virus. With Ebola the infection fatality rate and case fatality rate are closely matched – more than fifty per cent of people who are infected, die. With the common ‘coronavirus’ cold, the spread is far wider, maybe a hundred to one, or a thousand to one – perhaps more.

The fact that most infections are never noted, is one of the reasons why the infection fatality rate for previous flu epidemics can vary so wildly from paper to paper. However, with influenza the CFR/IFR ratio has generally been estimated to be about ten to one. By which I mean that, for each ten infections, one will be severe, and it is amongst the severe infections that you get the deaths.

Armed with such knowledge, and assuming COVID19 had a similar case: infection ratio to influenza you could have a go at working out the infection fatality rate. Always bearing in mind that people with no symptoms, who are not tested, are very unlikely to appear in any figures.

You are always guessing – to some degree or another.  

However, you always know three things:

1: The infection fatality rate must always be lower than the case fatality rate.

2: The case fatality rate will appear to fall as less severely infected people are tested.

3: The infection fatality rate will also appear to fall as more people with no symptoms are found to have had the infection.

For example, in China, at the start of the COVID19 pandemic, the infection fatality rate was reported to be three to four per-cent. This rapidly fell. Then it went up a bit, then it fell, then it went up. Then, everyone started giving different figures. The highly influential Imperial College group, led by Professor Neil Ferguson, decided to use an infection fatality rate of 0.9% for their modelling.

Somewhat later on, John Ioannidis, an influential figure in the world of medical research, estimated the infection fatality rate to be 0.27%. This was a couple of months after the Imperial College figure was published 1.

Peter Gotzsche, who established the highly regarded Nordic Cochrane collaboration, put the figure even lower than this. He looked at a study in Denmark, where blood donors were tested for antibodies. Using these data, the researchers established an infection fatality rate of 0.16% 2. Other figures came in higher, some lower.

The most tested population in the World – per head of population – is Iceland. Last time I looked, Iceland had 6,033 ‘cases,’ and twenty-nine deaths. This represents a case fatality rate of 0.5%, which suggests an infection fatality rate of 0.05% 3.

However, these figures I am quoting from Iceland come from a time after everything changed. At some point, difficult to put an exact date on this, it was decreed that if you had a positive PCR COVID19 test, with or without symptoms, you were to be defined as a case. No matter if you had symptoms, or not. This had the result of making the infection fatality rate, and case fatality rate, the same thing. Suddenly, all cases are infections, and all infections are cases.

Which means that any comparisons of the infection fatality rate with COVID19, and other diseases became virtually meaningless. The infection fatality rate suddenly shot up to match the case fatality rate, which point I gave up trying to work out the infection fatality rate. I doubly gave up when I tried to find out the accuracy of the PCR tests. Were these tests over-diagnosing, or under-diagnosing?

So, I thought I would turn my attention to the population fatality rate instead. That is, how many people has COVID19 killed in a population, or country. This figure is the bald, unvarnished, death rate. It does not, necessarily, tell you how many people have been infected. It does not tell you the percentage of cases, that die. It simply tells you how many people have died… with COVID19 written somewhere on their death certificate. [Or even not written on their death certificate]

At present, in the UK, the total number who have died is one hundred and seventeen thousand. This represents a population death rate of 0.17%. if you knew how many people had been infected, in total, you could work out the infection fatality rate from this. But we don’t know how many people were infected, and now we never will. Because so many people are now being vaccinated. They will show antibodies, and it will not be known if that is because of an infection, or due to vaccination.

So, where to turn to next. If you look at the entire world, the current figure of COVID19 deaths, on the fourteenth of February, stood at 2,406,689 3. Which is a little over one in three thousand, or 0.033%. How many people in the world have been infected? Nobody knows that answer to this question. There are some countries that have done very little testing, others far more.

On the basis that there are so many questions, with very few clear-cut answers, I thought I would try to compare the two point four million figure with previous influenza epidemics.

A study was done in 2016, looking at the influenza epidemic of 1957 – one of the worst in recent history. They extrapolated the mortality figures from 1957 to 2005, because the World’s population doubled during that time period (I am not entirely sure why they chose 2005). Their conclusion was that a flu epidemic of similar magnitude to that of 1957 could kill two point seven million people.

‘In conclusion, our study fills a gap in the availability of global mortality estimates for historical influenza pandemics, which can help guide pandemic planning. Our model extrapolates 2.7 million influenza-related deaths (95% CI, 1.6 million–3.4 million deaths) should a virus of similar severity to the 1957 pandemic influenza A(H2N2) virus return in the 2005 population, which is intermediate between global estimates for the 2009 pandemic (0.3 million–0.4 million deaths and a devastating 1918-like pandemic (62 million deaths; range, 51 million–81 million deaths)’ 4.

Extrapolating onwards to 2020, where the population is significantly greater than in 2005, then the figure from the 1957 epidemic would now be just over three million deaths. Which means that, up to this point COVID19 has been thirty per-cent less deadly than the influenza epidemic of 1957 – per head of population.

If the Imperial College infection fatality rate of 0.9% is accurate, once around eighty per cent of the world’s population has been infected [at which point population wide immunity would be reached] we should see fifty-four million deaths. We are currently nowhere near that figure, and at the current rate of deaths, per year, it will take twenty-two and a half years to reach the fifty-four million figure.

Of course, people will argue that this outbreak is far from over, and millions more will certainly die. Yes, more people will die, but the current number of new cases and deaths is falling pretty rapidly worldwide, rather than rising. We may reach three million, we may not. It is exceedingly hard to believe we would ever have reached fifty-four million even without any vaccines.

So, how deadly is COVID19? It seems, so far, to be equivalent to a bad flu pandemic. Worse than most in recent times. However, it seems to have had an extremely variable impact.

In Singapore, there have been nearly sixty thousand ‘cases’ and twenty-nine deaths. A case fatality rate of around one in two thousand, or 0.02%. The UK has had four million cases and one hundred and seven thousand deaths. A case fatality rate of 3%. Therefore, if you get COVID19 you are one hundred and fifty times more likely to die of it in the UK, than in Singapore 3.

Yes, I went back to basics and the figures still didn’t make any sense.

 

1: https://www.who.int/bulletin/online_first/BLT.20.265892.pdf

2: https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4509/rr

3: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

4: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4747626/

493 thoughts on “How deadly is COVID19?

  1. lorrainecleaver7

    Nothing about this pandemic makes sense now. Not the ‘cases’, not the deaths with or from, not the Lancet publishing a fraudulent study on Hydroxychloroquine. None of it. And as a sentient being, when nothing I’m seeing makes sense, I disregard it and live my life on my own terms, which I’ve been doing. Maskless.

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    1. Graph Guy

      That is the problem.
      Good, intelligent, ethical people trying to make sense of an evil situation. This is not a pandemic…it is a plandemic.
      Think that sounds conspiratorial?
      FACT: China hired France to design and partner with them on the WUHAN Virus lab. Until then they did not have one. France also trained the Chinese on viral DNA manipulation.
      As soon as the Chinese were taught and got the plans for the virus lab and understood what to do, they kicked the French out immediately and cut off all inspections by WHO. Those are facts.

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      1. sam

        Certainly agree
        I have 3 friends with parents in their 90’s. All three had the vaccine, all three now on their death bed. One was in a care home and they are saying she caught covid!. One was fit and still living on his own and the other living on her own but with a carer popping in daily. Noone has filled in a yellow warning card

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        1. Steph

          My parents – in their 80’s – have both had their first vaccine jab. They didn’t tell me they were going for it – they had swallowed the MSM brainwashing that they wouldn’t survive covid. Until they were vaccinated they were healthy [or as healthy as you can be in your 80’s] walking every day, eating well etc – now I am watching them like a hawk and praying fervently that they will decide not to go for the second jab which could cause serious harm to them from what I have read.

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        2. jill4535

          Interesting. Vax started in Australia one week ago. Slow progress. At this rate it will take 13 years to vax everyone.

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      2. WaffleStaffel

        Some people have curious definitions of what a fact is.
        Was China behind Event 201?
        Was China behind the supra-governmental body “predicting” and modelling a complete social and economic restructuring of the world based on the pretext of a pandemic?
        The alleged virus first appeared in the US, around a military base and biowarfare research unit which has since been shuttered. It made its way to China by way of the World Military Games last Oct. 18-27, an exercise whose sole purpose seems to have been to spread the virus *to* China, or one could be forgiven for believing such a thing, since among other things, most of the US contingent seems to have actually have been ill at the time of these phony games.
        I make no assumptions that the virus is markedly more dangerous than the common cold. But if you believe the virus to be a distinct pathogen, it’s path appears to have begun in the US. At any rate, FACT: studies of blood donations show the virus was already circulating in Italy and around Europe in 2019.
        If you’re moaning about the Chi-Commies, you’re doing exactly what the real perps would have you do.

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        1. Prudence Kitten

          “The alleged virus first appeared in the US, around a military base…”

          As did the 1918-19 flu pandemic. Everyone acknowledges that it began in the US Army, perhaps helped by the futile and counterproductive attempts of early Dr Faucis to combat it by half-baked vaccination.

          The US authorities hushed it up (as usual “for morale reasons”), as did all their allies. The first media to tell the world the truth were those of Spain. Their reward was for the outbreak to be forever labelled “the Spanish flu”.

          Plus ca change…

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        2. Binra (@onemindinmany)

          The Chinese influence in the setting of the narrative by media blitz and draconian reaction, does not need a real ‘new virus’ – (though I accept that lab based genomic splicing and definitions operate a parallel universe to life in the ‘wild), but the amplification of a cluster of disease – to a treatment regime that draws any and even no symptoms to interventions that are both fear-theatrical and mistreatment.
          If I wasn’t aware of the context I might have given benefit of doubt to regional deep social unrest in Wuhan, not least against appalling pollutions that provide ample causation for lung disease – with ‘viral’ expression. China operates by dictate, such that technocracy is already in place as surveillance and control of the people.

          The take up by Italy of similar reaction to a cluster in a similarly polluted area with a lot of very old people – who were also dependent of migrant workers who fled etc etc, was the next domino.
          That stakeholders operate within a global financial system is obvious. Exactly who pulls the strings is less so, but the financial system itself is both rigged and corrupt. But as with its corporate extensions can run PR at such a level as to protect its narratives and capture or override regulatory checks and balances to such deep systemic corruption.
          Insiders have their own existential fear in the collapse of order and will obviously operate as frenemies with regard to alliances and competition or turf wars, but the underlying division is the people and those who set the rules and systems of support and direction for the social and economic and cultural organisation of human life. Within which is a consolidation of wealth and control that operates monopoly under guise of many faces and fronts – regardless that some of these are seemingly involved in limited competitions or contrasts.
          Insiders have the resource and intention to predict and plan, as well as direct and determine the unfolding of events and or the narratives for their unfolding. That narratives are inserted and cultivated to herd the social mind while setting guidances that mission creep to regulatory dictate operates out in the open, as the targeting and manipulation of underlying fear, hate and guilt, along with symbolic representations for Life used to mask in association with, as social virtue.

          The narrative control is no less evident in the field of medical health – which is pathologically framed from the outset. There is the signature of the lie and the father of it.

          This post continues a little more at
          https://willingness-to-listen.blogspot.com/2021/02/china-as-model-for-new-normal.html

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    2. Richard Crooks

      If you simply use ONS data (deaths and the Pilot Infection Survey) and asume an 18 day lag between infection and death on average, then you can calculate the IFR in England and Wales (as I have been doing for many months). It peaked at about 1.5% early on and then fell to 0.28% over the summer and then increased as autumn arrived. It increased dramatically to 0.83% when the Kent strain appeared and is now falling again. The average IFR in England and Wales is about 0.7% to date. Looking at WorldOMeter data, the UK has a CFR on 2.9% which is about mid-table for the worst affected countries. So the CFR/IFR is about 4.

      Variations will surely be due to the well-known variables: baseline health and co-morbidities, demographic, living conditions etc etc.

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    3. alisonfletch

      Trouble is, for most people the options for living life on their own terms are rapidly diminishing. The article below was written by the ‘crime correspondent’!
      ‘Covid wardens will be sent to supermarkets to enforce mask wearing, council leaders warn
      Main problems at the moment are at country parks and some takeaways allowing customers inside premises’
      https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/covid-wardens-sent-supermarkets-enforce-5009521?fbclid=IwAR2YBxLlUvPrLkJS34Hao1DtrxZtbP_BWXOgSxm6WHXcRU1B4HTGX1cuFJM

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          1. AhNotepad

            They might, but when you have the cabinet office’s letter which says “print this” they would have difficulty getting it to stick.

          2. David Salter

            One of the exemptions to mask wearing is extreme anxiety. I get extremely anxious when I am ordered to wear a mask that I know will do more harm than good. Therefore I comply with the exemption.

      1. Binra (@onemindinmany)

        Choose not to be (or follow) ‘most people’.
        Narrative capture or control is a fundamental element in what is occurring in our face.
        The definitions you accepts and run as currency will determine your emotional response or behaviours.
        It is not that we set terms and conditions on Life, so much as recognising we are already doing so in all kinds of social patterns of reinforcing behaviours.
        So to become aware of the ‘mind’ that is running almost as a subconscious automatic reflex, is the expansion of awareness from a locked down attention set in conflict.

        The meanings you give your perceptions are part OF the focus you are having the experience of.
        Recognising and accepting responsibility for what is your sphere of choice in any situation, serves the release of what is not. Generally we have it backwards, and take on a lack of self in order to fit the demand to change what is not ours to change.

        If the problem has replaced you with a set of reactions, where is your living now?
        We set our life in the image and forms of locked in meanings, and suffer and die in them as ‘Fact’. Science is also the capacity to recognise an incongruence of meaning as a basis for the prompt to ask a real question and follow in willingness to allow the unfolding of answer.

        Herd immunity can be also assigned to ‘safety in numbers’ – set against predators.
        There are times such as this where a quantitative strategy can be disrupted and herded to a mass predation – ie being herded off a cliff or into a place of no escape.
        On a human level, this is being done with thought, intention and narrative control using fear.
        Regaining the qualitative basis for thought and relationship as a basis for evaluating – allows a living discernment to the needs of the situation as a whole.
        That this cannot be codified as instructions or rules, is the essence of what Life is – and therefore who we are – beneath all the rules that seem to make us safe but also rule out a presence of mind to an algorithm.
        Living from love of life is not the same as living from a clinging onto fear of pain and loss.
        Nor is it a passive or active expression of hate or victimhood.
        Science has focussed empirically outside on phenomena, but our inner terrain is also part of our interpreting of significance and meaning, and must be watched or observed as part of the whole.
        Conflicting terms and conditions are ‘power struggle’ and ‘blame game’.
        But what if Life is already an inbuilt receptor to the guidance and support of the whole terrain and not its victim? Is there another way of seeing, than through our acquired conditioning?

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      1. AhNotepad

        Thanks for the link Sam. I have sent it to my MP with a not that parliament’s duty is to hold the government to account. I doubt my MP will do his job.

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        1. Binra (@onemindinmany)

          As HM Gov is registered corporation, is it accountable to its shareholders?
          It can also be said that like the NHS, our Gov is a PPP.
          However the term ‘partnership’ is used by the originally US-centric monopolism to run as PR for ‘asset’. Putin used it back. They don’t like that! But there is a meaning to be reclaimed from a masking deceit. Private agenda set over Public Good – masked in virtue, is the nature of corruption – which is not addressed by blaming persons any more than blaming ‘pathogens’.

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    4. Fast Eddy

      Nothing makes sense — and governments are insisting everyone get vaccinated with an experimental treatment (it’s not even a vaccine).

      Maybe it is not experimental… maybe they have been working on this for years…

      Now why would governments want to ‘vaccinate’ everyone – even children who die at a lower rate than they do from the flu? Why not ‘vaccinate’ only the at-risk… and the fools who insist on being part of the experiment?

      There is something about that ‘vaccine’ that makes me anxious.

      I wonder if those in the know refer to it as Project Trojan Horse

      BTW – there is even a song about ‘getting the vaccine’…. this will blow your mind:

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    5. Keith

      I wholeheartedly concur with what you said. But the puzzle is: how can we live as we so choose when we have to walk around and parade our vaccination credentials to be allowed into mainstream society. It’s starting already, A letter in my local newspaper said anyone who becomes ill with covid who is/has not been vaccinated should be refused treatment. Civil unrest is coming !!

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  2. Nigella P

    Dr K, I read what you write and it all makes sense to me. We have a casedemic and the actual death rates, whilst not ideal are not exceptional. Therefore, it follows that what is happening around me does not make sense.

    Lockdowns 100% cause economic hardship and I know, backed by hundreds of years of human history, that economic hardship does not have the outcome of good health – ever.

    I intensely dislike that the debate has become so emotive and if you argue against lockdowns or question border closures and so on, you are labelled a “covidiot” or “selfish” and it is implied that you in some way welcome the deaths of those who have sadly died with or maybe of Covid-19.

    We are harming children and adults with lockdown. I find the harm to children particularly difficult to try and come to terms with. I suspect we will live with the consequences of lockdown for far longer than the consequences of Covid-19.

    I wish I knew how to counter what is being done in a constructive way though.

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    1. William Bowles

      I wish I knew how to counter what is being done in a constructive way though.

      I feel exactly the same way! I can’t even think of a metaphor to describe my feeling of total impotence. I’ve lost ‘friends’ because I’ve challenged the ‘received opinion’ swirling around me and although not religious, is this how the early Christians felt when they were tossed to the lions in Rome?

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    2. larry

      I have also been wondering what to do about this. When you provide evidence, the ‘believers’ pooh pooh it and point to what the government says or resort to name-calling. I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that it is time to sit back and watch everyone get vaccinated and, for them, hope for the best. Just as you cannot convince a Christian to be an Atheist or vice versa, nor can you convince a person that there is anything untoward about this pandemic or, for that matter, that getting an new mRNA vaccine might present unknown risks. It is beyond the scope of their belief systems. And that is what this is about: different belief systems.

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      1. AhNotepad

        Larry, it is very considerate and unselfish of you to allow others to get protected against, er, something or other, as the manufacturers say it won’t stop you getting the virus or transmitting it. Perhaps it is the chocolate teapot of the medical world.

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    3. larrydahlgren

      I have also been wondering what to do about this.

      When you provide any evidence contrary to the mainstream narrative, the ‘believers’ pooh pooh it and point to what the government agencies, fact-checkers, or their selected group of scientists say and then resort to name-calling. I’m okay with being proven wrong – key word here being ‘proven’.

      I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that it is time to sit back and watch everyone get vaccinated and, for them, hope for the best. Just as you cannot convince a Christian to be an Atheist or vice versa, nor can you convince a person that there is anything untoward about this pandemic or, for that matter, that getting an new mRNA vaccine might present unknown risks. It is beyond the scope of their belief systems. And that is what this is about: different belief systems.

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      1. SteveR

        Ahh, ‘belief’, therein lies the problem, ‘you cannot hope to reason a man out of something (a belief) that he hasn’t been reasoned into’… see also… ‘to every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, obvious, and wrong’…… to which must be added …..“it isn’t the questions that cannot be answered that worry me, but the answers that cannot be questioned.

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        1. David Salter

          I have spent many years arguing with TV-believers on the Internet, and I have found the best way to approach it is to simply introduce doubt to all the narratives. I explain that I could be wrong or you could be wrong, because there is no certainty of anything. The best we can do is evaluate all the possible explanations while accepting any one of them could be true. Once you introduce a person to this concept then debate is possible. But as soon as anyone says “I believe……” then they have painted themselves into a corner and must then disbelieve everything that counters that belief, and also defend that belief at all costs to avoid the embarrassment of being proved wrong.

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    4. alisonfletch

      I know how you feel re. wondering what to do about what is happening as you can’t even protest anymore, on line or in the street! One group of like minded souls I have come across is called Save our Rights UK who say “The impact of the lockdown measures and legislative changes that have occurred under the guise of the Coronavirus Act 2020 have had a devastating affect on people’s lives”. They have written to the Govt and MPS….https://saveourrights.uk/

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    5. Kate

      This is so true, it maybe anecdotal but the effect on my 8 year old only child, of being away from everyone for nearly a year has been awful (and we have still seen my parents so not completely isolated) The emotional support staff at school have been great but said they are overwhelmed, very few children have come through this unscathed. I hate to think about the impact this will have on their mental health as they grow up. And I have tried to keep everything as normal as possible, I’m not scared about getting covid, some parents I know have terrified their children. Washing their hands until bleeding, being told if they don’t they are killing people. It’s utterly disgusting. I could go on and on! But I think the impact on the mental health of the nation (not just kids) is being either vastly underestimated or simply not acknowledged.

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    6. theasdgamer

      Well, if the existing structure is unsound, taking a constructive instead of a destructive approach is bad craftsmanship.

      German ANTIFA has it right in terms of tactics (anarchism is bonkers, of course).

      As long as you passively submit to (which includes failure to actively oppose) oppression, oppression will continue to occur. Said oppression will speedily move to tyranny, because why not cement one’s hold on power?

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  3. Jeremy May

    My frustration and worry about all this spin and obfuscation is being brought into focus for our family as both my wife and brother are going through cancer-related scares. My biggest fear is that neither gets the treatment they deserve when needed. There are so many in the same boat.

    One statistic I have not seen is the number of people who have starved to death because they won’t remove their masks. Being silly is my way of escaping.

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  4. Geoffers

    All I can say Dr Malcolm is a very convincing piece of research yet again. Convincing of what? Don’t think we need any more help on that one! Reassurance maybe, from reading more of your stuff! An invaluable study all the same.

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      “There are two kinds of forecasters: those who don’t know and those who don’t know they don’t know”.
      – John Kenneth Galbraith

      We seem to have a surplus of the second type.

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        1. Shaun Clark

          Bob, I like that. Much as the Biologist A. G. Cairns-Smith wrote in ‘Seven Clues to the Origin of Life’ being that human-kind is so utterly fallible in that “We make facts to accommodate the guesses”. That, seems to be very much part of the play-book of SAGE here in the UK. They are well wrapped up in an echo chamber that’s tail-spinning, and so they try even harder. The truth will out. As someone here in Dr K’s Blog recently stated… They have skin in the game.

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  5. Marcia Fletcher

    Thanks for this and yes I’m still puzzled too! I think that many more deaths are being classed as Covid when they are not. So many people know, including me, people who have been suffering from a particular illness for years, succumb to it, enter hospital for the last time, ‘contract’ Covid and die . The death certificate states cause of death Covid. The fact that deaths from other serious illnesses have fallen and seasonal influenza has disappeared is highly questionable

    Kind regards
    Marcia

    Marcia Fletcher, KFRP
    Kinesiologist & EFT Practitioner

    http://www.findthecause.com

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    1. barovsky

      About this ‘with’ or ‘from’ Covid debate:

      So, someone picks up the virus, the virus triggers, for example, viral pneumonia and the unfortunate person dies. So what did he or she die from, (or with) the virus or the pneumonia? Saying the cause was pneumonia, is like saying they would have gotten pneumonia anyway (hence the reprehensible argument doing the rounds that the vulnerable old folks would have died anyway).

      I suppose what’s being revealed here and why it’s not being dealt with in the public’s eye (hence the fear), is that ‘advanced’ capitalist states (the West if you like, or perhaps the G7?) have the unhealthiest populations on the planet, with great swathes of the population having compromised immune systems via shit diets and poisoned environments. So the so-called pystokine storms simply reveals a broken immune system.

      I’m 75, an ex-smoker, with 2 heart attacks behind me but otherwise in reasonable health (can I say that?) and I caught the Bug a couple of months ago and it transpired that I’d gotten bacterial pneumonia in my left lung which 5 days of penicillin did away with. I’ve been taking Vits D and K for the last 20 years, since I returned to the UK after living in Southern Africa and I eat as healthy a diet as possible and try to stay as fit as possible without being seduced by Lycra. So even though I’m meant to be in the vulnerable group, I didn’t even have much in the way of symptoms except for loss of taste and smell. My immune system did what it’s designed to do, and thus revealing also, that SARS-COV-2 is, by itself, no more dangerous than your average flu virus unless you’re so unhealthy, your body can’t deal with it.

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    2. SteveR

      It is hard to understand why nobody has brought a test prosecution against a hospital administrator. It has been demonstrable from very early on that people with serious medical conditions would contract Covid in most overcrowded hospitals, so their resulting death was predictable – at best this is manslaughter, at worst it is murder.

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      1. scazzer

        And the Nightingale hospitals have never been used. On the same train of thought, why no test prosecutions from the Hospitality Industry, Aviation, Retail? Why has not one questioned this madness in Court? it ‘s not as if these industries are short of cash, at the top anyway.

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  6. jeanirvin

    Thank you! If you can’t understand it I don’t know who can!
    I feel quite helpless. I can ‘rebel’ in a small way – walk with TWO people, sit and have a coffee outside – but that hardly makes a difference. I am very caurious about the vaccine but suspect that I may be ‘forced’ to take it eventually to preserve any sort of social life. *sigh*

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    1. AhNotepad

      Jean, you should not be coerced into getting jabbed with this whatever it is stuff, it certainly does not meet the definition of a vaccine. Watch ukcolum news on youtube for 8th Feb. They explain the Council of Europe agreement for informed consent. The lower law levels will chant the mantras, get to crown court level and there might be better decisions.

      This sounds a bit like the current government:

      From https://youtu.be/1yoLBTlUFDQ, one of the comments which may be useful to spread around:

      You may be in an abusive relationship if they:

      1). Stop you seeing friends and families.
      2). Won’t let you go out without permission.
      3). Tell you what to wear.
      4). Monitor your phone calls or emails.
      5). Control the finances or won’t let you work.
      6). Control what you watch, read and say.
      7). Monitor everything you do.
      8). Punish you for breaking the rules, but the rules keep changing.
      9). Tell you it’s for your own good and that they know better.
      10) Don’t allow you to question it.
      11) Tell you you’re crazy and that no-one agrees with you.
      12) Call you names or shame you for being stupid or selfish.
      13) Gaslight you, challenge your memory of events, make you doubt yourself.
      14) Dismiss your opinions
      15) Play the victim, if things go wrong, it’s all your fault.

      Please have a read through this before you attend your appointments for your Covid jab. Don’t decline the jab if offered, say you are waiting for the animal tests to be completed and the data released.

      You need to know that you would be taking part in a massive experimental human trial.
      The trials end in 2023. The vaccine manufacturers state this on the gov website. These are the dates that the trials end:
      Pfizer trials end on Jan 27th 2023 (See https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04368728)
      AstraZeneca trials end in Feb 2023 (See https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04516746
      Moderna trials end in Dec 2023 (See https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03897881)

      Only 1% of adverse reactions are reported. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) contains 339 PAGES full of adverse reactions to the Covid vaccines (and that represents just 1%). I haven’t read all of them, but the ones I have read are very concerning. From heart attacks shortly after vaccination to encephalitis, seizures and fitting, cellulitis, strokes, death.

      We have the MHRA in the UK and adverse reactions are reported to ‘Yellowcard’.
      In the UK the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency), who are a UK Government Agency, made an urgent request, Quote: “The MHRA urgently seeks an Artificial Intelligence software tool to process the expected high volume of Covid 19 vaccine adverse drug reactions”.

      There are two Facebook groups that I know of where people are leaving feedback from reactions from Covid vaccines. There are hundreds of posts every day detailing adverse reactions that they have had or family have had, including deaths.
      1. Covid-19 Vaccination Feedback (3.0)
      2. Covid-19 Vaccination Reactions and Feedback
      The vaccines carry the risk of “immune enhancement” instead of protecting against infection, the vaccine can actually make the disease worse when a vaccinated person is infected with the virus.

      For almost 20 years the pharmaceutical industry has been trying to develop Corona Vaccines but never managed because they saw in the animal trials that there were serious side effects, autoimmune disorders when the animal was exposed to a new ‘wild’ type virus. These autoimmune disorders are comparable with the complications that have been seen in some Covid 19 patients.
      The pharmaceutical industry has been given permission to skip the animal trials. This means that humans are the guinea pigs and we might get severe side effects when we are exposed to new viruses. This is against the Nuremberg Code.

      Dr Elizabeth Evans
      The covid 19 vaccines are not proven to be safe or effective.
      We believe that it is reckless and unnecessary to roll out these experimental vaccines that are using a completely new mRNA technology to millions of people when there is only limited short term safety data, no evidence that they will prevent transmission of the virus and no long term safety data to rule out late onset negative effects like autoimmune diseases, infertility and cancers.

      Professor Dolores Cahill – Molecular Biologist and Immunologist from Ireland.
      We know we can treat the symptoms of Covid 19 very successfully with vitamins D, C and Zinc and with very safe medicines. The vaccines are not necessary. There has never been a licenced RNA vaccine and this is not because there haven’t been many clinical trials, but in the safety studies there were significant adverse events and death in the animals that were used in these studies over the past 20 years.

      Dr David Martin
      They’re using the term ‘vaccine’ to sneak this under Public Health exemptions. This is not a vaccine, this is an mRNA packaged in a fat envelope that is delivered to a cell. It is a medical device designed to stimulate the human cell into becoming a pathogen creator. It is not a ‘vaccine’. Vaccines are a legally defined term under Public Health Law, under CDC and FDA Standards and a vaccine specifically has to stimulate both an immunity within the person receiving it and it also has to disrupt transmission and that is not what this is.
      They have been abundantly clear in saying that the mRNA strand that is going into the cell is not to stop transmission – it is a ‘treatment’ – but if it was discussed as a treatment it would not get the sympathetic ear of Public Health Authorities because then people would say “Well what other treatments are there?”. The use of the term “vaccine” is unconscionable for both the legal definition term of it but also because it actually is the sucker punch to open and free discourse, because by saying “vaccine” it then becomes and anti or pro vaccine.
      Remember Moderna was started as a chemotherapy company for cancer, not a vaccine manufacturer for SARS. If we said “we are going to give people prophylactic chemotherapy for the cancer they don’t have”, you’d be laughed out the room because it’s a stupid idea. That’s exactly what this is.

      This is a mechanical device in the form of a very small packet of technology that is being inserted into the human system to activate the cell to become a pathogen manufacturing site. I refuse to stipulate in any conversations that this is a vaccine issue, the only reason the term is being used is to abuse the 1905 Jacobsen case that has been misrepresented since it was written and if we were honest with this we would actually call it what it is.

      It is a chemical pathogen device that is actually meant to unleash a chemical pathogen production action within a cell. It is a medical device not a drug because it meets the CDRH definition of a device. It is not a living system, it is not a biological system, it is a physical technology, it happens to come in the size of a molecular package. This is not, by their own admission a “vaccine”.

      DNA is turned in codes for protein. It uses messenger RNA to transfer the information to make the protein. So messenger RNA is an intermediary between the gene and the product which is the protein.

      It is the protein that ultimately illicits the immune response, not the RNA. If you want to make a “vaccine”, it’s protein that you give. Whether it’s bacterial protein or viral protein, it’s the protein to which the human develops an immune response.

      So by definition an RNA vaccine isn’t a vaccine at all because it doesn’t illicit an immune response. It has to be turned into protein and it’s the protein in turn that creates the immune response.

      A messenger RNA vaccine is actually “genetic engineering”. That’s what it is. It’s putting genetic material from an RNA virus into your cells and asking the cellular machinery with the RNA to produce protein from your cells to which you then mount an immune response.

      What could possibly go wrong?

      You have cells in your own body that are producing protein to which your immune system is going to amount an immune response….that’s called an autoimmune disease. So the potential for this to go horribly wrong is enormous. Its never been used in humans before, it’s never been tested out and yet it’s been rushed to market in these circumstances in the Pfizer vaccine and we’re already seeing some major problems occurring…anaphylaxis, deaths….

      A vaccine for this is a misnomer, it is not a vaccine. If it causes a problem a year, two years, five years down the line and it’s already been given to billions of people worldwide, it’s too late. You can’t take it out, you can’t switch it off, you can’t stop it.
      So many times science has got it wrong. Science has made assumptions about it’s ability to exploit and exert dominion over nature but nature will not have it that way. What you found in the human genome project, when they tried genetic engineering, when they changed one gene, they thought was a key defect in the disease process, they thought they would correct that, but they didn’t. What they did was to have a knock on effect on multiple other genes, switch them on, switch them off, up regulate them, down regulate them. They did not expect that and they had to abandon that kind of project. Because we do not understand so much about the way in which the complexity of the human immune system operates. So to assume that a scientist sitting in a lab can devise the idea of an RNA vaccine that then suddenly captures the imagination of Public Health Officials and gets put into billions of people…..there are many many steps that have been missed out inbetween and whenever this kind of thing has been done, it’s had alarming results.

      Alarmingly it seems to me the first person to propagate the notion of us not going back to normal until a vaccine has arrived and been administered to almost every person on the planet, was Bill Gates. A man who simply by virtue of his wealth, certainly not by any virtue of any training, has assumed a role as tzar of public health policy worldwide and individual health choice for every citizen of the globe. That mantra has been taken up by politicians and it’s really very frightening because it sets the stage, the expectation, we will not get back to normal before we have the vaccine.

      I don’t think the vaccines have got more than 6 months on the market before they are withdrawn from adverse reactions.

      Dr Tom Cowan (Medical Doctor USA)
      We have to remember that health does not come from the injection of toxins into our bodies.

      Dr Kevin Corbett (UK)
      The vaccines use synthetic products that will alter your genes, allow monitoring of your vaccination status and produce dangerous chemical reactions. Scientists are therefore demanding that all Covid vaccinations be immediately stopped.
      The real epidemic is fear and hysteria. It started in China and quickly spread via the WHO. The hysteria was accelerated by Corporations who gained financially through selling fast-tracked, flawed medical tests, toxic antiviral drugs and now unproven and potentially dangerous vaccines.
      Standard precautions which normally protect the public have been disregarded due to ignorance, hysteria and profits. For example the vaccines have not undergone proper Phase 3 tests. The PCR test is fatally flawed. It was never examined in the standard way by the UK NHS and it should never have been used on sick people or those with no symptoms.

      Dr Carrie Madej
      This vaccine is experimental on the human race because they are proposing to use modified messenger RNA or modified DNA – synthetic to the human body. This is the first time ever this will ever be launched on the human race. We don’t know what could happen to us. In addition they are proposing to use nano-lipid technology or nanotechnology and there are so many different awful things that could happen to us and we need to investigate this before we go forward.

      Dr Sherri Tenpenny (Medical Doctor USA)
      They have been trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine since 2002, since we had SARS and every animal study that they’ve done, particularly the ferrets study – as the ferrets immune system most mimics the human adult immune system – ferret studies, rabbit studies and rat studies – all the animals ended up with a paradoxical immune response in which the antibody levels that were very high actually accelerated the infection and made it much worse and allowed the pieces of the virus to go inside the cell and to be incorporated into the DNA of the recipient of that vaccine by a process called “transduction”. That transduction irreversibly puts that snip of virus into your DNA and transforms your cells.

      Dr Elke F de Klerk (Medical Doctor Netherlands)
      This vaccine could cause a viral interference, a ‘priming’ then causing a ‘cytokine storm’ which is very dangerous for your health. This has been seen in humans and in animal testing with other Corona vaccines. This vaccine could change your genetic blueprint, your genetic code and we just don’t know what that’s going to bring.
      Gibraltar, normally called simply “Gib,” provides a very clear picture. This tiny British Colony, barely three miles long, appended to the South coast of Spain, has only 32,000 residents. It had suffered relatively little from the epidemic before the 9th January this year, with only seventeen deaths for the whole period. The death rate was well down the Deaths per Million League Table. This was not due to isolation, since Spanish workers have continued to pour into Gib every morning, and back out every evening.
      Since the 9th January “Covid deaths” per million have rocketed to Third Place on the Worldometer site. Thirty-six more deaths in little over a week. What changed on the Ninth? The RAF flew in nearly 6,000 Pfizer vaccines, cooled to -70C by dry ice. They were put to use quickly to avoid the risk of degradation. Tiny Gibraltar is like a petri dish; in no other place has there been such a brutally clear relationship between vaccine roll-out and increased “Covid deaths.” Local media and Government have not even referred to the obvious connection. And media elsewhere has conveniently not noticed. Yet failing to recognise that these deaths demand, at the very least, immediate investigation, requires a criminal failure of judgement.
      It is unlike any vaccine ever injected into humans before.

      Astra Zeneca’s Covid 19 vaccine contains genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).

      All Liabilities have been waived for the companies producing them.

      Over 80’s covid deaths have risen dramatically since the date the first vaccination was delivered.

      Vitamin D can reduce mortality between 50-95% depending on the level of Vitamin D you have in your blood.

      A death from ANY cause within 28 (now 60) days of a positive Covid test is classed as a Covid death. But a death immediately after or within several days or weeks of an experimental Covid vaccination is not classed as being anything to do with the vaccination.

      You do not need a new Operating System. Your bodies are amazing. Your immune systems are amazing.

      UK Medical Freedom Alliance article called ‘What could be the cause of the anaphylactic reactions being reported in some of the recipients of the mRNA vaccines?’ (see link here for that article)

      Click to access 6011a450fd486937783c2481_Article_on_anapylaxis_in_recipients_of_the_Covid-19_mRNA_vaccines_V4.pdf

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      1. jeanirvin

        Thank you for your concern, AhNotepad. My reason for putting forced in quotes was that no-one will make me have the jab if I decide not to, but my social life will probably be non-existent if I remain as I am. Most of the people I know are falling over themselves to get jabbed and I suspect they will then try to exclude those without the jab from their activities in the interests of their own safety, with the encouragement of each other and the media. But would I want to be part of a group that would exclude anyone who was, quite understandably, cautious about an untested vaccine? I don’t think so!
        I am still hoping to do some travelling, before I get too old, and that might be the thing that tips the balance.
        It’s all very depressing and today my optimism has gone AWOL. Thanks again! XX

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        1. Fire Child

          I feel the same. It is very depressing and extremely frightening the talk of COVID passports. But what I don’t understand is why people who have been vaccinated are so frightened of the unvaccinated. Surely being with an unvaccinated person does not put a vaccinated person at risk if the vaccine does what it is meant to.
          I just don’t get it!

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          1. barovsky

            It is irrational but it’s because FEAR has been the leimotif used to rationalise the state’s response to the virus, thus even though (theoretically) the vaccinated [sic] are safe(r), they view the unvaccinated as spreading the virus (I assume only to others who ALSO remain unvaccinated?). This is why it’s left those of us with any grey cells still working scratching our heads over this fucking madness! It only ‘makes sense’ if you think the virus is so deadly that total lockdown is the only way to eradicate it.

          2. AhNotepad

            Don’t be fooled by the false promises of freedom. Think of the broken promises so far. Though then it was the fault of the ones who didn’t comply. Wait, isn’t that one of the abuser’s tricks? If it goes wrong it was because you didn’t obey the ever changing rules. Matthew Hancock is a serial promiser, he does not deliver. Getting jabbed will do nothing in the way of allowing you to get back to a normal life. There may be a virus, but it is not the reason for all the restrictions.

          3. Bev

            The vaccine doesn’t kill the virus; it boosts your immune system so any symptoms you get will be minor. You’ll still be able to pick up the virus if you’re in close contact with a carrier and if you’re a carrier you’ll be able to spread it to anyone else you’re in contact with, even if both of you have been vaccinated. The flu virus hadn’t gone away because of vaccination and neither will COVID. It might eventually mutate to a form that does no harm to anyone.

          4. AhNotepad

            Bev, my understanding is the mRNA so called “vaccines” suppress the immune system in order to perform their function. The manufacturers say that the “vaccine” may not reduce the chance of getting the disease, nor the likelihood of passing on an infection, but only may reduce pthe severity of symptoms. Where is the immune boosting?

          5. Fiona Ferris

            It’s a well rehearsed if illogical argument that’s been used for years for all vaccines. The groundwork has been well laid. And the well rehearsed answer is that some people have a “genuine” reason for not being vaccinated and the selfish aren’t protecting them. I’ve always had an issue with people being expected to put themselves at even the tiniest unnecessary risk (especially children) for the theoretical benefit of another person. We don’t apply the same values to anything else I can think of.

          6. Eggs ‘n beer

            And most of the Israeli press is adamant that there are definitely no, zero, deaths from the vaccine. Thanks to swisscows.com one can find the exception:

            https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/295467

            “Earlier this month, a 75-year-old woman who received the second dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was found lifeless in her home in Lod hours afterward. The incident was reported to be the first such death following reception of the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Israel.

            Before that, a 23-year-old man was reported to have developed a rare multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which causes, among other things, severe damage to heart function. In addition, a 72-year-old woman, a resident of Karmiel, was found to have developed Bell’s Palsy as a result of receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine several days before.

            This came after two elderly people died a few hours after receiving the vaccine. However, the Ministry of Health estimated that there was no connection between the deaths and the vaccine.“

          7. Eggs ‘n beer

            I think an answer to that argument is to demand the person’s driver’s license and rip it up before their eyes. Because the risk to others that they might injure them in an accident is just too great.

        2. David Bailey

          Jean,

          I suspect most people work on the simplistic basis – that if you don’t take the vaccine you put yourself at extra risk, rather than the sophisticated (or should that be contrived) idea that the vaccine partially protects all of us, so you can have the vaccine and yet be put at risk by others that don’t!

          If you talk it over wit them, they will probably drop back to the simplistic version. Anyway, as a last resort, you do not have to tell them the truth!

          As you walk about in a supermarket, you have no clue as to whether you are passing vaccinated or unvaccinated people.

          I know a lot of people who have refused the vaccine – we will not be a small minority.

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          1. Pablo

            “we will not be a small minority” – I think it’s important to realise that this will likely be the case. It’s already clear that those of us who are refusing, or are tempted to refuse this ‘vaccine’ are not alone and this trend will probably continue unless the government starts to ratchet up the ‘consequences’ for refusing.

            The last time I looked a few days ago, something like 30% of doctors and nurses were not taking it, and amongst the BAME medical personnel that figure rises to over 60%.

            It difficult to blame anyone for thinking twice about the advisability of taking these jabs. It’s a fact that there is no such thing as a safe vaccine, and this set of ‘vaccines’ in particular have been rushed ‘to market’ to say the least, with the safety trials not yet completed (despite what the Corporate Media tell us, they will not be complete until 2023). And it is the de-facto case that it is impossible to know what the medium or long-term problems may be from the use of these vaccines, which are essentially experimental.

            Also, the big Pharma manufacturers demanded governments granted them complete legal immunity from prosecution if there were any future ‘adverse reactions’ from the use of these ‘devices’. Now why would they insist on this if they were as confident as they claim about their products safety?

            Ask yourself this: Would you buy a car from a manufacturer if their product carried no warranty of any kind, and furthermore they had insisted on, and were granted by government, complete immunity from prosecution should anything go wrong with the vehicle while it was in use, even if that failure resulted in death or serious injury?

        3. Jeanie

          I feel the same as you Jean.we are buggered if we get and we are buggered if we don’t.Ive had people accuse me of saying covid was a hoax which I’ve never said but I have said its been used to control us and dictate how we live our lives,would anyone have ever thought we had to wait for permission to cuddle our children/grandchildren or our loved ones or we have been ordered to basically leave our elderly to rot and survive however they can in case we “infect” them.Im told week in week out how selfish I am because I won’t obey their extreme rules.3 weeks ago I had the worst virus ever for around 10 days it knocked the stuffing out me,family actually harassed me saying I should go get a covid test,what for? What are they going to do,what would it have achieved other than making me more negative and would it have cured me of my virus? Loaded question there i then got attacked again by family,im selfish etc but no one actually offered me any practical help to recover from my “winter virus”.I’m long enough in the tooth to know thats what it was and I self isolated as anyone with half a brain would do with winter bugs/ virus anyway.I totally understand what you are saying does no shot mean I cant go to the pictures anymore or I cant go swimming or to the library,you can bet your life it will.One of the health websites I follow has shut down all negatives posts on covid vaccines,no one is allowed to challenge it in any way.I say the same thing ive said from the start its a pile of sh…and we have not a hope in hell of fighting this,too much money is involved.

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        4. Fast Eddy

          Once they have received the jab surely they should have no fear or associating with the Un-Jabbed…. given they would then be immune to Covid…

          In fact they should be willing to flaunt their immunity by sharing a drink with you… 🙂

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      2. DevonshireDozer

        “Astra Zeneca’s Covid 19 vaccine contains genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)”

        I share many of your concerns. However, when I looked at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca/summary-of-the-public-assessment-report-for-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine , the sentences preceding your quote say:

        “The formulation composition was developed based on experience with adenoviruses.”

        and

        “All excipients, including water for injection (WFI) comply with the specifications of the Ph. Eur. None of the excipients are of animal or human origin, nor are any novel. The excipients are well established for pharmaceutical products.”

        That all bothers me a lot less than being injected with mRNA. I don’t want anything, but if forced to have something, I’d take this one.

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        1. Ed Little

          Hi, I’m just sharing information with you, not commenting on vaccines in general and certainly not wishing to put anyone off making their own decisions on this and all health related matters.

          In the process of making the Astra Zeneca vaccine, the RNA from the virus which codes for the spike protein has been reverse engineered using reverse transcriptase to produce its DNA equivalent. This is then spliced into the genome of the inactivated adenovirus vector.

          Consequently, upon the vector entering your body’s cells, this vaccine necessitates the DNA being taken up by the cell nucleus where it is copied or ‘transcribed’ into mRNA. This then exits the nucleus and attaches to ribosomes in the cytoplasm so that the mRNA can be translated into the spike protein (ribosomes being the cell organelle which facilitate the translation of RNA code, through the selection of the appropriate amino acids, into any particular protein).

          Consequently, the AZ vaccine involves both a nuclear and cytoplasmic event, whereas the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (in theory at least) only involve a cytoplasmic event.

          To me that means the AZ vaccine involves a deeper process.

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        2. Susanna Psalios

          This is discussing the AstraZeneca vaccine which is not a mRNA vaccine but developed along more traditional line using a dead virus – the adenovirus which is not uncommon.

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          1. Ed Little

            It’s not uncommon to use an inactivated viral vector to deliver the goods, but the delivery system is beside the point I was making.
            Pfizer & Moderna vaccines – liquid nanoparticles deliver ready-made mRNA coding for spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 into cells; so producing said spike protein only involves translation which is a cytoplasmic event.
            Oxford/AZ vaccine – inactivated adenovirus vector delivers lab-produced DNA coding for spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 into cells; so before spike protein can be produced in cytoplasmic translation process, nuclear transcription of said DNA into mRNA has to happen first.
            At least that’s my understanding.

      3. me oliveira

        AhNotepad,
        An excellent and full of information text. You are a good person. Beneficial to every one.
        I’m sorry about my English.

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        1. AhNotepad

          Me oliviera, sorry, Ive just noticed I failed to put in a note before “Please have a read through this ………...” but didn’t pick it up in the pasting. The text was sent to me, written by someone advising their parents about the vaccine.

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      4. Marlene

        Thank you for the detailed post ! I survived Asian Flu in 1957 and had the BCG a few years later at 14. Health problems ensued. At 27 I had Ileo-caecal TB diagnosed having gone into hospital with a suspected ectopic ! So many surgeries and complications – emerging 23 weeks later with the treatment protocol ! The beginning of a long and complicated journey to wellness.

        I have written to my new GP expressing my concerns (I have/had Crohns and Hashimotos too ) Was told to have the v@xx ! I have been ‘invited’ three times and have managed to side-step each time. I feel the pressure increasing and am wondering what my next step should be ? Advice from anyone reading this would be appreciated. I am well fortified with diet and supplements and feeling well. Just missing my pool in Crete where I lived for 15 years – so low on exercise – sigh ! Have not ever had a flu v@xx ….

        Interfering with my well body scares me ….

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        1. AhNotepad

          Marlene, one of the better responses I have seen is to not decline the vaxx, but say you are thinking about it and prefer to wait until the animal trials are complete, and the data published.

          Since vaxx centre jabbers get £12+ for each jab, and there are incentives for others to push the vaxx, you could conclude your wellbeing is not their first consideration.

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          1. Markene

            Thank you for your response ! When phoned we have explained we are waiting for more data. The letters still keep arriving ! Another one today.

            Strange thing – on returning from Crete I was refused my thyroid treatment which had been prescribed for 6 years – based on cost ! I buy on-line – a medication costing around £250 in the UK – €1.40 OTC in Greece. T3 is life saving for those of us that need it and it is the only med hubby and I take. The money spent on v@xxines is eye watering in comparison. We will continue to politely decline the invitations !!

      5. Cathy Manny

        I can’t find either of the Facebook groups you mention. Can anyone else? It just keeps redirecting me to WHO, CDC, and the like.

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      6. SomethingAintRight

        AhNotepad, Thank you for the clinical trial links. A useful start. The Moderna link is not for the COVID vaccine. I am informed that the other two links are for follow up trials, not the earlier trials that were used to justify using the vaccines to be used on the general populace. Clearly though those initial studies did not take much time to complete, under 1 year which seems too short.
        I am very grateful for this blog and all the comments. May good sense eventually prevail.

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    2. Jacqui

      Please don’t allow yourself to be ‘forced’ to take it. It is illegal to discriminate for medical reasons and if we don’t make a stand this farce will get worse.

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      1. Tish

        Even if I were not aware of the problems with this vaccine I would never have it because it is and always has been UNNECESSARY and we are being bullied.

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        1. Gary Ogden

          Tish: Indeed. Unnecessary is the operative word, as there are at least three effective treatments. This also means that the Emergency Use Authorization given the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by the FDA is based upon fraud. An egregious but lucrative fraud. An EUA may only be granted for a drug or biological for a condition with no known effective treatment. Anthony Colpo wrote quite a good piece about how a completely useless company like Moderna came to be worth $71 billion, the CEO a newly-minted $6 billionaire. Politics. And marketing. And (I’m a Trump fan) Trump’s ignorance.

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  7. Joanna Benson

    Dr. Kendrick, Thank you for trying!! It is so refreshing to find those few, those valiant few, doctors, who can say ‘I don’t know’. Keep up the blogs. They give me hope.

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  8. Prudence Kitten

    It seems that the big difference between 2020-1 and previous epidemics is social, not medical. As Dr Kendrick has shown, the rates of sickness and death are similar to those of previous severe flu outbreaks, such as 1957. I remember 1957 vividly, having recently read many family letters, diaries, etc. (including my own); there is no mention at all of flu, epidemics, deaths, or panic.

    Some time between 1990 and today, society and its formal “organs” of government, health care, etc., have undergone “a sea change into something rich and strange”. Well, strange anyway.

    What seems to have happened is that either government has become hyper-sensitive to some (but not all) wishes and fears of the people; or, perhaps more plausibly, government has been openly hijacked by commercial interests and ideological fanatics. As a result, it has carried out policies that make no medical sense at all, but that have resulted (to take just one example) in billionaires gaining $3.9 trillion and the poor losing an equivalent amount in just one year. Some might see that as a good result.

    And people like Dr Kendrick, whose only resources are medical qualifications, experience, and numeracy, find themselves utterly baffled. Well, of course: the decisions taken were not taken on medical grounds.

    “Viral inequality: Billionaires gained $3.9tn, workers lost $3.7tn in 2020”
    https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/viral-inequality-billionaires-gained-3-9tn-workers-lost-3-7tn-in-2020-43674

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    1. ShirleyKate

      Prudence, ‘… no mention at all of flu, epidemics, deaths or panic’. No (or not much) mention in the media, but the deaths happened just the same. Schools and factories closed because of so many people being sick, (mostly young people), not because of official guidelines. Official guidelines were to keep people in the dark (like mushrooms, and fed on … excrement) so as not to cause panic. We were kept in ignorance as a matter of official policy. I was there, had the flu at age 17, but knew nothing of the politics involved of course. A neighbour’s 2-year-old died.

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      1. barovsky

        I was 12 in 1957 and yes, factories and schools closed but only because there were so many people off with the flu, that neither factories or schools could function.

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  9. Martin Back

    To add to your bafflement, here are some more figures from a population that hasn’t been vaccinated yet.

    “Between 7 and 25 January, 4,858 blood donors were tested for antibodies to the virus that causes Covid-19… (1,457 in Eastern Cape…) Extrapolating their results to the whole population, the researchers estimated that 63% of people in Eastern Cape have been infected since the epidemic started, 32% in Northern Cape, 46% in Free State and 52% in KwaZulu-Natal. This is massively more than the clinically confirmed case rates of between 2 and 3% in these four provinces. (The authors acknowledge that blood donors are not representative of the South African population)

    “In the second week of February 2021, the Medical Research Council reported excess deaths per province since the epidemic began. The Eastern Cape’s excess death rate is extraordinarily high: 485 per 100,000 people. This is far higher than the official Covid-19 infection mortality rate for any country in the world. But with the blood bank survey finding the infection mortality rate in the Eastern Cape can be estimated. It’s about 0.8%, which is in the range of plausible death rates for SARS-CoV-2.”https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-02-14-covid-19-antibody-tests-on-blood-donors-reveal-high-level-of-infection-among-south-africans/

    It’s difficult to explain this extremely high infection fatality rate. Eastern Cape (where Nelson Mandela comes from) is mostly poor, black, and rural. There might be a surplus of older people as younger ones look for work elsewhere. I would imagine a high prevalence of diabetes given the maize meal staple diet. Africans tend to try traditional medicine first before consulting Western doctors or going to hospital. These ‘excess’ deaths are not necessarily Covid-related deaths, but it’s difficult to know what else they could be. Ultimately, I can’t think of a reason why the IFR might be so high.

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      “Eastern Cape (where Nelson Mandela comes from) is mostly poor, black, and rural”.

      Is it downwind of anywhere in particular?

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  10. Mr Chris

    Very interesting.
    I, for one would also like to understand the figures. When I see discussions about the statistics it is like trying to get out of a quicksand. When I look at the figures I receive from my Belgian track and trace app, there were 42 deaths per day on average in the past week and 121 average hospitalisations. Population around 11 million.The figures the hypothetical man in the street is interested in must answer his question, what are the risks today of me catching, being hospitalised and dying of Covid 19 . Belgian figures over a twelve month period don’t answer that question. second question the same man will ask, is there a visible vaccination effect. Well he might look at the figures for Israel and England and conclude there seems to be.
    For him, any other questions are even more hypothetical.

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  11. BB

    This book is worth a read, the whole germ theory does not stand up to close scrutiny, Louis Pasteur appears to have been a fraud, Pleomorphism and terrain theory are the real mechanism of the body “the microbe is nothing, the terrain is everything” Pasteur is reported to have admitted this at the end of his life

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  12. Ken Garoo

    Things don’t make sense from a medical viewpoint because the outbreak primarily has been treated politically rather than medically. This is another example of the ‘facts being fixed around the policy’. The ‘rules’ have been changed every 3-4 weeks to allow the 1984 Health Act loophole to be exploited to keep the lockdown in place, to the benefit of its proponents – the Mad Modellers, the vaccinators, the identity paperists, the authoritarians, the checkbox tickers who follow ‘The Plan’ irrespective of changes in circumstances, the ‘war on viruses’ profiteers, and so on.

    I say political because the Mad Modellers are kept in place (by whom) in spite of their persistent and impressive lage scale errors. A real epidemiologist I know was scathing and described them as ‘alarmist’. They are they because ‘the policy’ needs them to be there. I also note that the medical teams have done their part obviously in treating the ill, but again contstrained by ‘The Plan’ (eg from Canada 2006 etc).

    The invalidation of a year’s medical statistics is yet another victim of this nonsense.

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    1. AhNotepad

      Ken, here is a response from a mad modeller to a critical article. Arrogance comes to mind.

      Dear XXXX,

      I presume you sent me this because you feel upset, angry, that no-one is listening, want to hurt me or change my mind. Or all of the above.

      I and my colleagues and friends (John Edmunds, Jeremy Farrar, Marc Lipsitch, Christian Drosten, Patrick Vallance, Chris Whitty,…) get so many of these sort of emails that we barely notice anymore. Most get dumped into junk mail folders automatically nowadays.

      But for a change, I thought I would reply to you. Not that I really expect it to change the alternative reality you seem to have got sucked into, but occasionally I feel I should try.

      To start with may want to read this: https://www.climatechangecommunication.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ConspiracyTheoryHandbook.pdf

      And ask yourself if a loved one started to exhibit those behaviours, would you be worried?

      As to the article you refer to, it recycles the same old, same old misinformation. You may be surprised to learn that the Telegraph and Spectator have published over a dozen corrections in response to complaints from Imperial College about inaccurate articles. For instance, no-one ran the Imperial model for Sweden (other than us).

      More substantively, the government never relied on just one model. The models written by LSHTM, Warwick University and Institut Pasteur Paris all agreed with “the” Imperial model. All used different code bases.

      And in fact, there was never “one” Imperial model, but several. We now have 4 different COVID models, again which all agree.

      Government responses were never dependent on one model. They were driven by the reality that any disease which generates epidemics which double every 3-4 days and for which over 2% of those infected require hospitalisation will overwhelm any health system that exists.

      In fact, a case could be made that the U.K. government took too little notice of our (not just Imperial- all the SAGE groups) modelling. In that they basically only acted when they saw hospitalisations and deaths growing exponentially.

      Best,

      Neil Ferguson

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      1. Fast Eddy

        Not sure how after reading that response anyone can still not believe Covid is part of a Grand Plan…. He doesn’t even bother to try to address any of the assertions

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    1. anglosvizzera

      There are random antibody tests being sent out. My daughter had one sent to her last autumn and it came back positive. The only time she thinks she may have had Covid was when she returned from New York in late February and developed a cold. She commented to me that she’d lost her sense of smell, which was something she hadn’t had before with a cold. Her partner didn’t appear to have caught it from her, although did notice a loss of sense of smell at some point – which was before it became known as one of the symptoms. We mixed with them too, went to lunch at their place, etc, so if it was Covid we’d have been exposed to this “highly infectious virus”.

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      1. barovsky

        I tried to get an antibody test (I remain unvaccinated but formerly infected) but only health and care workers can get it. Brilliant thinking on the part of the NHS.

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    2. Richard Crooks

      Antibody data is ONS data and freely available on their website. England community (ex care homes and hospitals therefore exclusing many who have been vaccinated) is up to 18% at moment, but this will be an underestimate for several reasons: a) antibody levels decline over time; b) time lag from infection; c) false negatives.

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  13. Glynn

    Yet again the only person in the UK and possibly the World is Dr Kendrick.
    Polly Hudson in today’s Daily Mirror says she is all for vaccines and when they are doing tests on 6 year old children she says they are needed BUT NOT ON HER 6 YEAR OLD SON.
    She too is a naysayer in a world of sucked in gullible folk.

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  14. Sue Mosson

    Thanks again Dr. Kendrick for your post. The world is very topsy turvy at the moment and I can’t make head nor tail of anything. Am I right in thinking that the total count has been going on since March or Feb. of last year and continuing? I thought most years only had flu figures for about 4 months. Sorry to appear so stupid but everything is so odd at the moment and the government have made sure that we will never have true figures!

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  15. Mark

    An excellent tour of some of the absurdities of the situation created by the Great Panic of 2020, thanks.

    You seem in this piece to uncritically accept the official death numbers. My understanding is that these are “deaths with”, defined by test results, not “deaths of”, and therefore the only information these numbers carry is to put a high ceiling on the number of deaths actually caused directly by this illness. Studies in Sweden and Italy iirc have suggested that these numbers might overstate the deaths actually caused directly by covid by as much as four or five times, or more, iirc.

    Seems to me this is quite a significant point here.

    How many deaths do you think would have been attributed to the flu in 1957-8 if the world had been obsessively pcr testing for it and putting down anyone who died with a +ve test result as a victim?

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  16. The Wizard

    Now children, sorry I meant Govt “scientists and advisers” , repeat 100 times after me please:

    Superb Analysis + Common Sense = Dr K.

    SA + CS = Dr K
    SA + CS = Dr K
    SA + CS = Dr K ………..

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  17. P.Nerney

    Always an interesting and sensible blog from Dr Kendrick. It is impossible to be sure how many people have died this winter from Covid. Death certification is often not very accurate and in this politicized and hear hysteric outbreak it’s even less accurate. The overall death rate in the UK from the ONS, without attribution of cause, indicates a high winter mortality from Covid but there is the question of how many of the excess deaths have been caused by NHS dysfunction. Again no one knows. What is known though is that this excess death rate is not unprecedented (at all) in the past 40 years or so. The adverse long term effects on physical and mental health of the unprecedented lock down may well be severe. Time will tell. I’ve heard that the excess death rate in some European countries has been unremarkable this winter. If so, why? I’d suspect that it may be due to the metabolic health of the UK population which is particularly poor due to Vit D levels, poor nutrition, diabetes and obesity (+ or – Gin and Tonic anaesthesia!)

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    1. kenckar

      I suspect that flu deaths are much lower right now than in past years, with COVId filling the gap. In the US, excess deaths in 2020 were higher than attributed COVID deaths. I agree that the effects of isolation will only become clear over time. Same with the so-called “long COVID.” Damage to heart, circulatory, respiratory, and other systems.

      I believe I caught COVID last February after a plane trip. For me, it was a bad cold, but my wife had severe respiratory issues, although never escalating to a “case.” I’m reasonably healthy (with some issues), but I’ll get the shot when it is available, same as I get flu shots every year. In my view, there’s more upside than downside to it.

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    1. Steve

      NO – it’s an experimental, untested drug and it won’t protect you. It only minimises the symptoms – or so we are told – but no-one knows.
      Are you in a risk group ? If so take appropriate measures to protect yourself, as per the Flu.

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      1. ShirleyKate

        Steve, if it minimises the symptoms, or it might minimise the symptoms, or there’s a ten per cent chance it will minimise the symptoms, I’ll take it. And I have. Small mercies etc.

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      2. Marjorie Daw

        https://www.fda.gov/media/144412/download

        The FDA authorization letter to Pfizer is available online.
        Here’s some of the wording–
        “Based on the totality of scientific evidence, it is reasonable to BELIEVE that Pfizer Biotech covid 19 vaccine MAY be effective in preventing Covid-19

        May and believe –FDA hedges its bets with a carefully worded lame endorsement of an experiment technology with no proven safety or efficacy.

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        1. Gary Ogden

          Marjorie Daw: They’ve taken weasel words to a new high, or rather low. The totality of the scientific evidence! Meager though it is, and all provided by the manufacturer. A confidence-building exercise, that letter!

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  18. theasdgamer

    Can other coronaviruses cause a false positive result for covid RAT? If all the RAT tests for is spike proteins…

    CDC on antigen tests…

    “Remember that positive predictive value (PPV) varies with disease prevalence when interpreting results from diagnostic tests. PPV is the percent of positive test results that are true positives. As disease prevalence decreases, the percent of test results that are false positives increase.

    For example, a test with 98% specificity would have a PPV of just over 80% in a population with 10% prevalence, meaning 20 out of 100 positive results would be false positives.
    The same test would only have a PPV of approximately 30% in a population with 1% prevalence, meaning 70 out of 100 positive results would be false positives. This means that, in a population with 1% prevalence, only 30% of individuals with positive test results actually have the disease.
    At 0.1% prevalence, the PPV would only be 4%, meaning that 96 out of 100 positive results would be false positives.
    Health care providers should take the local prevalence into consideration when interpreting diagnostic test results.”

    https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/letters-health-care-providers/potential-false-positive-results-antigen-tests-rapid-detection-sars-cov-2-letter-clinical-laboratory

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  19. Anne Blore

    I think you are right Jean, both in your caution in taking the vaccine and the likely result if you don’t. The current jabs available do not fulfil the definition of a vaccine which is the injection of a suspension of dead or weakened microorganisms to produce immunity to a disease. As I understand it, these jabs are a form of gene therapy where the dna of a virus enters our cells. One of the major problems they had in animal studies with this therapy was antibody dependent enhancement,where once the unfortunate animals were later exposed to the wild virus, it caused a cytokine storm resulting in an acute autoimmune response and death. Although there is very limited information in MSM about serious side effects, these do exist and affect about 2.8% of those taking the jab. Like you, I have been practising civil disobedience in small ways, not that it makes any difference in the scheme of things, but it makes me feel better!

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  20. Roberto

    Clearly, Dr. Kendrick, you did not go back to basics enough. Singaporeans eat lots of lightly cooked cabbage, and it has been firmly established that cabbage is protective against any insult. How much more evidence do you need?

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    1. ShirleyKate

      Roberto – So cabbage is the cure? Maybe just a preventative? How much more evidence does Dr Kendrick need? I’m just guessing here but I’d say just a little bit more!

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        1. ShirkeyKate

          Sorry Prudence, I didn’t spot Roberto’s irony. Armagnac sounds good! Sorry Roberto – that was funny. Still. I plan to have cabbage with today’s dinner, just in case.

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  21. David

    There was also a major flu pandemic in 1968-69, on some reports worse than 1957 and derived from the virus of 1957-58. I don’t know which one was worse, except what I read on Wikipedia.

    I only remember the student revolutions and anti-Vietnam war protests in 1968 and Woodstock in 1969. Anyway it didn’t interrupt school. I was studying for O levels at the time.

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    1. Jean Humphreys

      I believe I had both though I don’t remember the ’57 one. Mother said we all had it together, the three of us. 1968 I had it – had to have a doctor’s home visit to get a certificate for sick benefit. (That’s the sort of service we used to have) and I remember it well – the coughing just three weeks after an appendicectomy was misery. And since stopping the flu jab in 2013, I have ceased to hve my annual URTI.
      So no vaccine that isn’t for me!

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  22. John Smith

    An excellent overview of the current “casedemic”. IMHO, part of the problem is attributable to politicians.
    Early on the politicians stood up in their daily briefings and said that they encouraged hospitals to broadly identify “cases” as COVID-related, and awarded them with $30,000 for each “case” that was identified. It was also made clear that the basis for these statistics would not be examined closely, if at all.
    Thus, an easy-to-qualify-for source of funding was born.

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  23. rosemary wellman

    I’ve just read our post carefully a couple of times and admire your doggedness with all this. As a lay person, I’ve been trying to get my head around the various numbers but find it just more and more confusing!

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  24. Richard Fletcher

    Love all your blogs. I was a GP in Brum for 25 years and did a BSc in pharmacology at UCH along the way. A healthy distrust of Big Pharma has been a bedfellow for decades now. I was totally in agreement with all your “ Statin “ work. I just don’t understand the global response to Covid 19. The response everywhere has seemed out of proportion to the numbers of cases and/or deaths, We have pathologised “ death “ and sentenced thousands of older people to a prolonged existence { not life } of polypharmacy and suffering. I am so appreciative of your thoughts and hard work and would just like to add inone more statistic.In the last 12 months 2 million people have died of Covid 19 the population of the world has increased by 81 million ! !Ian

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  25. Dawn On The Grand

    It is not a disease!

    On Wed., Feb. 17, 2021, 6:09 a.m. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, wrote:

    > Dr. Malcolm Kendrick posted: “17th February 2021 I have spent large chunks > of my life trying to untangle medial data and research. COVID19 has long > since defeated me. I have been unable to make any sense of the information > we are bombarded with daily. So, I decided to go back to basic” >

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  26. Vee

    I have been following Dr Kendrick for several years. He has given me confidence in the past and especially during the pandemic. I’m a British expat in France and have had my first Pfizer vaccination and the second one is booked. As I travel around when circumstances allow I felt I should have it. A pity that I am now feeling frightened because of certain comments on this website. Please calm my fears, Dr Kendrick – if you can.

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    1. Stephanie

      I too have been reading Dr Kendrick’s blogs for ages and also have most of his books.
      What I can’t get my head around is how we are frequently shown pictures on the TV of hospitals barely able to cope here in the UK, if that is truly the case is it always like that during the winter months and if so why aren’t the doctors being interviewed pointing that fact out.
      Doctors giving interviews seem to be genuinely overwhelmed by the situation, I’m finding it hard to imagine they are all in on a massive conspiracy to portray this disease as more deadly than it is.
      I haven’t had any vaccine yet but I waver each day between wanting to take it and not taking it, I will be called up fairly soon, but am still torn.

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      1. Thunkit

        I am puzzled, because just a few years ago we had a bad flu season. NHS hospitals were overwhelmed for several months. Large numbers of staff were off sick. ICUs and A&E depts were chock full; patients were being treated on corridor floors, in hospital gyms, offices, etc. Daily news reports were apocalyptic. Everyone seems to have forgotten this, including a lot of doctors and nurses.

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    2. Biggles

      Vee, are you feeling frightened (perhaps?) that you may have made the wrong decision?
      If so, then you have the option of not taking the 2nd dose.

      Don’t feel pressured, one way or the other.
      It’s your choice – nobody elses.

      My choice will be not even consider taking any of them until at least Q4 2023 – I’ll wait and see what happens to the Guinea Pigs first.

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    1. Biggles

      It’s a ‘see-saw’ Marjorie….. Gov comes out with ever more measures – which at face value ‘seem’ sensible, until they are dissected & the logic examined, and then the absurdity is revealed. I hesitate to post other links (so apologies Dr. Kendrick if this against protocol) but I would seriously suggest that people also regularly check the newscasts of http://www.ukcolumn.org – 13:00 hrs every Mon-Wed-Fri and available from their archive section to catch-up). They are one of the very few news organisations who are calling this whole event out as a big steaming pile of sugar-with-a-cherry-on-top B.S.

      We are the frogs in that cauldron, and the temperature is rising. Some of us have jumped-out but there are many more still in the water and enjoying the temperature. I’m afraid some will be boiled and die, regardless of what information becomes available.

      Nothing will change while people accept the premise that “Arbeid Macht Frei” (which has a parallel in “Stay Home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives” and “Act Like You’ve Got It”).

      Dissent is being actively repressed (as ably demonstrated by the de-platforming of many eminent medical professionals – I can’t recall whether it was @rsebook or Tw@tter, but one of those has deplatformed the signatories to The Great Barrington Declaration. Mike Yeadon has voluntarily deleted his Twitter account due to a hacking campaign, and has been ‘sacked’ as an advisor from several professional bodies because his views go against the official narrative).

      Repression of dissent eventually leads to open rebellion. I’m surprised it’s taking so long – I expected the Elysées Palace and Holyrood to be a smoking pile of rubble by now.

      I look forward to witnessing Bozo Johnson’s, Matt HanCOCK’s, Neil Ferguson’s [et al] ‘Ceaucesceau Moment’ on their respective metaphorical balconies.

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  27. JDPatten

    The rate of death is between 16% and 60% of those infected.
    Don’t get excited. I’m talking about Rickettsia prowazekii = Typhus.
    This disease has been around and been well studied for centuries, and they still can’t get the numbers narrowed any better.
    That being said, I survived it. Twice. (I’ve described this here before.)

    I view risk numbers from both sides:
    A) The risk for my getting the Brill-Zinsser repeat infection of my original sylvatic typhus infection was so small it didn’t exist. Mine is the only known case.
    So, don’t lecture me about risk factors.

    Concerning risk fear mongering: It works both ways. The treasure trove of scary things that can possibly go wrong with vaccines that some of us dig up and display is, I’m sure, gratifying to those with issues to resolve.

    B) Being much older now, I see myself as having a greater chance of getting seriously ill from/because of/with COVID than getting a serious effect from a COVID vaccine.
    And death. Don’t forget death. I’ve seen enough of COVID related death in my own sphere to want to reduce my own chances.

    Hence, my mRNA-1273 injection two days ago.
    You have to make decisions in life.
    Doing fine. So far.

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  28. Steve

    Excellent article and excellent analysis. Keep up the good work. Thank you Dr K.
    I still, as a sceptic, have many questions, for example:
    “So, how deadly is COVID19? It seems, so far, to be equivalent to a bad flu pandemic. Worse than most in recent times.”
    Q: Is ‘CV-19’ in fact worse, or have the control measures taken served to make it more deadly ?

    Q: Does ‘CV-19’ actually exist or is it just a natural, evolutionary, variant of the Flu that we expect to see each new Flu season ?

    Q: Has ‘CV-19’ really been fully isolated and identified ? Some reports suggest that the assays used in PCR testing and in Vaccine development are using a very small fraction of the RNA pairs that are needed to fully isolate and identify a Virus – which consists of over 30,000 RNA pairs – with the missing RNA being modelled and extrapolated ! (I’m not qualified to know if this is a real issue or just conspiracy misinformation)

    Q: Will this madness ever end ?

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    1. theasdgamer

      There are a couple of unique features to covid. First, as Dr. K mentioned, a kind of “silent hypoxia” where people feel tired but not out of breath because they can maintain fairly normal CO2 levels, but their oxygen levels are falling.

      Second, covid is characterized by a severe capillary coagulopathy. It takes either a biopsy or an autopsy to detect the second characteristic.

      Finally, SARS-2 can be cultured. That is enough to establish a very real and unique virus. Isolation isn’t required and is a straw man.

      So skepticism about covid seems to me to be an irrational position.

      I still maintain that the covid numbers in the US are a scam.

      Regards.

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  29. Gary Ogden

    Thank you, Dr. Kendrick. They certainly don’t make any sense at all. What we’ve done here since early summer is simply lived our normal lives without any extra precautions or new concerns. This is possible even in California. Fewer and fewer people are wearing the face diaper now, in February. When I shop, I’m greeted with, “Good morning,” a greeting I return, as always. Nobody says a word about my free American face. I know one person who had a mild “case.” My great, tremendous, enormous concern is the children. What have we wrought through the utter incompetence of our political leaders?

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  30. alan logan

    Not sure if anyone saw this on twitter the other day, a foi request to Tayside healthboard asking how many people died from covid rather than with covid during 2020, the reply was 6,

    another foi to Royal Cornwall Hospital Jan to Dec 2020 was 4.

    I heard from one of my customers Aug last year, a close relative of theirs, been fighting cancer most of last year, condition worsened , admitted to Ninewells Hospital, was tested for covid, positive test, 3 weeks later, died, yup, covid

    A good friends wife, 55yo overweight, type 2, and copd, was not feeling well, got tested, positive test, no hospital, no intensive care, a few days in bed, sorted.

    Not sure what to make of it all.
    Alan

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  31. forsyth

    “. The UK has had four million cases and one hundred and seven thousand deaths. A case fatality rate of 3%. Therefore, if you get COVID19 you are one hundred and fifty times more likely to die of it in the UK, than in Singapore”

    Some of that might be because the rates are highly age-related. It should be possible to get age-ranked tables for each population for comparison, although the ones I saw for England had ranges that were too wide for my purposes.

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  32. Martin Levac

    Hello Malcolm,

    Sandy Renaldo of CTV News reported back in November on the total number of dead (presumed) of covid-19 in all of Canada. The total was around 11,000. Of those, 166 died outside of long-term care homes, the rest died in long-term care homes. Around that same period, the INSPQ (Institut National Sante Publique Quebec) reported that 97% of the total deaths (presumed) of covid-19 had comorbidities. Do the math. Reason it out.

    We’re harming the entire population of Canada for 3% of 166 out of a total of 11,000 (back in November) deaths (presumed) of covid-19. These ratios persist, and most likely are not unique to Canada, because it’s the same (presumed) virus, the same (presumed) disease. Back in March, two weeks to flatten the curve. Today, three masks are better than two. Somewhen in-between, 70 cops to make sure one barbecue shop stayed closed. Sprinkled here and there, fines, arrests, several detained arbitrarily, one latest court ruling which says (I’m paraphrasing) the prosecutor is right, curfew is warranted, rights and freedoms (the right and freedom to expose oneself to danger, most pertinently) are abrogated for the duration. And all throughout, insane people saying things like “I wear my mask for you, not for myself”, or merely ignoring all social rules of civility to get all in your face about your mask, which you’re not wearing, for them, not for yourself.

    How deadly is covid-19? There’s a slightly different question that drives the point home much more directly.

    To parallel another famous pandemic the whole world went through about a hundred years ago, where are all the dead bodies?

    Best wishes

    For reference, a lecture by professor Jonathan Haidt on catastrophization: https://www.reddit.com/r/JordanPeterson/comments/dsjb4d/professor_jonathan_haidt_speaks_at_uccs/

    Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi499A4VsN8

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    1. ShirleyKate

      Hmmm that is an idea andy. As long as we are sure they don’t use the same coffins over and over again. Shame to waste all that wood – or chipboard. (just trying to lighten the mood, don’t bite me)

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  33. P Macfarlane

    Another very interesting article!

    There is a slight error in the penultimate paragraph: 1 in 2000 is 0.05%, not 0.02%.

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  34. Gaetan

    Hi, thank you for your article once more. It be interesting to add which group of people died within the 2.4 million dead. Were they already sick, comorbidity etc and also their age group.

    To me right now it looks like most of the death come from people over 80 years old and sarscov2 isn’t very threatening to younger people.

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  35. David Bailey

    I find it truly incredible that Matt Hancock admitted at one point that there was evidence that people who had low vitamin D (which means everyone in Britain during the winter, unless they take supplements) were considerably more likely to catch COVID, and catch it more severely.

    Despite this, and all the COVID information splattered around, taking extra Vitamin D doesn’t get a mention!

    Singapore presumably gets plenty of sunshine – so few people are short of vitamin D, and surprise, surprise, very few people got COVID and there were very few deaths!

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      1. Gary Ogden

        AhNotepad: Thank you for that. The lady sounds just like the authorities from the CDC! She didn’t hear a word he said. My God, the incompetence.

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        1. Madge Hirsch

          What Davis did not make clear is that the minimum blood level for vit D in order to avoid bad covid outcomes has been shown by many studies to be around 30ng/mL ( 75nmol/l by uk measurements ). This is the level for sufficiency here in France where I live and for most of Europe . But in the UK the level for sufficiency is deemed to be 20ng/mL ie in the range shown to be dangerous if you get covid. Between 10 and 20 ng/mL is insufficiency and only below 10ng/mL frank deficiency. The 400iu being given out is only to avoid frank deficiency. It will not push up the levels of the deficient into the range of sufficiency needed to improve their immune systems. Even taking the 4000iu a day that is deemed the safe daily upper level it could take months for a deficient person to get into the 30ng/mL + range. Here in France deficiency is treated by the doctor with a loading dose ampoule of 200,000iu or even 400,000iu. This will correct deficiency within a couple of weeks . Calcifediol is even quicker. Since Davis made this speech another 35,000 people have died. How many more before they act?

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          1. barovsky

            I Take 1000 IUs of Vit D3 [as Cholecalciferl] with 45mcg of Vit K-2 (they apparently work together) and have been for the past 20 yrs. Is this sufficient (though my Covid-19 lasted about 5 days after treatment with penicillin)?
            All these different measurement systems are INFURIATING! So what’s a 1000 IUs as Mls?

          2. Marlene

            1000 iu’s = 25mcg. Dosing VitD can be based on your test level. Good idea to test annually to see where you are. Around £28 on-line testing from a NHS lab – City Assays Birmingham. Test kit sent to your home for a finger prick test – results by e-mail.

            http://www.grassrootshealth.net suggest a level of 60 ng/L to prevent many serious conditions. 60 x 2.5 = UK measurement (pmol/L) sorry do not have my calculator to hand !! For every 10 units below 60ng/L they suggest a treatment of 1000 iu’s.

            VitD improves the uptake of calcium from foods and VitK2-MK7 helps to direct calcium away from soft tissue ( including arteries) and into bones and teeth. Magnesium is also an important co-factor – there are many so choose with care.

            I lived in Crete and after a few years I tested insufficient – so supplement at least 4000 iu’s and more in winter ! It seems to be always winter in the UK !! As we age we absorb less – both in the skin and from food.

            VitD is an anti-inflammatory – steroidal – pro hormone. So much much more than a vitamin 🌻🌻

            VitD is fat soluble so best taken with good fats or in a gel capsule containing olive oil.

  36. Leifur

    *The infection fatality is the number of people infected with the virus who then die. This is very different to the case fatality rate (CFR), which is the number of people infected with the disease who become unwell enough (sometimes, but not always) to be admitted to hospital – the ‘cases’. Who then die.´

    I misunderstood as I thought it was the other way around, as a ´case´ stems from a positive PCR test.

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    1. Biggles

      Leifur, that’s correct…… but only If you are a government (or medical ‘expert’ advising government) !

      Hitherto, a ‘case’ was someone who presented with symptoms and was ill enough to require medical intervention. That changed – somehow – for Covid-19.

      Earlier this week I noted that the BBC started referring to the Gov dashboard data ‘cases’ as “x people testing positive for Coronavirus”. Last month they were referring to “x New Daily Infections”, and that in-turn was a change from their reporting over the rest of the entire episode back to March 2020 as “x New Daily Cases”. I wonder what’s happened to make them change their reporting stance? Could it possibly be that they acknowledge the very great level of dissent amongst the wider population….. and are hedging their bets?

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      1. barovsky

        It was several months ago that the BBC, the Guardian and of course, assorted pundits of pretty much every political persuasion, started calling the virus, “deadly” but without qualifying exactly who it was deadly to.

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  37. Rachel Chandler

    Am I being to simplistic to suggest a key difference between Singapore and the UK is due to us becoming a very unhealthy nation (dependent on drugs) with a health service that is unsustainable? (Must admit that I watched Ivor Cummins interview Graham Phillips of ProLongevity last night.) Can I hope that more people will wake up this fact of life or are we all doomed continue accepting the delusion that drugs and vaccines can keep us alive?

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  38. Hazel Rank-Broadley

    Dear Malcolm Kendrick, Thank you. I really appreciate having an expert like yourself taking the time to give me concise information in a way I can understand. I also appreciate those who, like yourself, are prepared to stand up and say it like it is. We live in strange times where healthy argument and debate is not to be taken for granted. I , for one, will not be taking the vaccine, but have decided after plenty of deliberation, to tell my friends I have had it. Simply because I can’t be bothered to incite gossip and hostility. Again, thank you. Hazel

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    1. David Bailey

      Hazel,

      If you scan down the responses to this blog, you will find almost nobody tries to use this place to advertise their services. We are extremely fortunate that Dr Kendrick gives us this space for free and frank discussion of all things medical, but your contribution is a foot in the door. Are we soon to see commercials woven into one comment after another – I certainly hope not!

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  39. Eggs 'n beer

    One thing that has puzzled me for a while in Australia is the lack of false positives. There just haven’t been any. We’ve had 14 million tests, and 29,000 positive results. 85,000 tests in the last 24 hours, and zero infections detected. Clearly not in the 10%, 20% range. Bearing in mind that one positive result now ensures total lockdown immediately, we all know if there is a positive test result. Now, if the Ct threshold is very low, to eliminate false positives, you would expect a much higher proportion of false negatives compared to countries using a Ct of 35, or 40. n.b. I’ve excluded the ten positive results for people who have come into the country with the bug who are in compulsory hotel quarantine.

    This evening the local TV news had an article about all the EDs in South East Qld being overflowing (usual video of sick people on floors in corridors), admissions up by 129% in one hospital, directors saying that more staff wouldn’t help as they don’t have the space, elective surgeries being postponed to provide beds, unprecedented blah blah. And the reason is a huge spike in RSV, respiratory syncytial virus. A virus for which transmission is minimised through hand washing and avoiding contact with people. A virus with symptoms identical to some infections of the China virus, and very similar to other infections. A virus which is prevalent in winter, and we don’t have winter in SEQ. On a bad day in July the daytime temperature might stay below 20 C, but, in any case, it’s summer. And a virus which is very rarely worse than the common cold.

    Just another issue to add to the conundra surrounding what’s really going on.

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    1. alanhigham

      Perhaps in Australia they double test all positive results given there are so few and don’t count any that don’t have a second positive? If the test is 99.3% specificity then 7 in 1000 are false positives so in 85,000 tests you’d expect around 600 false positives but quite likely that most of these would fail a second test?

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      1. Eggs 'n beer

        No. I’ve a mate who’s been on the front line since the start. You are in isolation after applying for a test until the result comes through. If you have a +ve result, all hell breaks loose, and lockdown can be implemented within six hours. Speed is of the essence. I’ve wondered about whether we’ve been locked down on false positives, the last lockdown in Qld was on the basis of a cleaner at a quarantine hotel testing +ve to the dreaded, highly contagious more deadly UK strain (why are we not supposed to say “China virus”, but UK strain, South African mutation, Bristol and Liverpool variants are OK) yet, despite having 170 “close” contacts only her partner managed to test +ve?

        In the latest Victorian lockdown, a friend had decided to risk a weekend trip to Vic from Qld to see her sister after a year of separation. Rather unwisely, as she left her 18 month old at home. The Vic lockdown was announced while her plane was in the air, but once landed no-one could leave the airport by plane, all flights had already been cancelled, all hire cars had evaporated, she could still travel to her sister so long as she got there by 11.59 p.m. (on Friday), and even though Vic removed its lockdown the next Wednesday (this week) Qld won’t let anyone from Vic back in until two weeks after the initial lockdown started (i.e. a week tomorrow).

        The fear mongering techniques are working par excellence. I keep expecting the Victorian Testing Commander (I kid you not, that is his real title) to front up with an AK47 over his shoulder …..

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  40. Eric

    About the Singapore mystery:
    1. Maybe they had super-agressive testing and few real cases?
    2. Most of their cases were in dormitories for migrant construction workers. Maybe these were reasonably young, well-fed and healthy, this not being Quatar.
    3. The food? Unlikely, since the cuisine is a mix of various local traditions.

    How’s Japan doing these days? I seem to remember they had quite a few infections but low deaths. Their cuisine, even in this age, is still pretty low in sugar. Most traditional sweets are made from azuki beans and not really sweet to Western palates. And sweets, cakes and ice-cream are for children and women only, so the most vulnerable population might still have a rather low sugar intake, which is in my observation compensated for by sake and beer.

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  41. johnplatinumgoss

    “. . . Because so many people are now being vaccinated. They will show antibodies, and it will not be known if that is because of an infection, or due to vaccination.”

    The case fatality rate seems to be growing with vaccinations. Those elderly people dying in homes and hospitals seem to be dying shortly within a few weeks of having taken the vaccine.

    I can put it in no stronger terms than I think this mass-vaccination scheme, which is still an experiment, may be killing people who are then recorded as having died from Covid-19.

    BBC is not a channel I normally watch these days. But Panorama used to be thought-provoking in an intelligent way, a bit like this blog. It is still thought-provoking but for different reasons.

    https://johnplatinumgoss.com/2021/02/16/bbc-panorama-a-total-disgrace/

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    1. Biggles

      ….same with Foot & Mouth ! So we don’t vaccinate cattle – we cull them….. and then burn the carcasses, spreading F&M to downwind farms.

      Hmmmm…… let me think for a second…… who’s advice was that policy founded on? I do believe it was one Prof Neil Ferguson from ICL………

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  42. alanhigham

    Wouldn’t deaths as a proportion of hospital admissions be the best way to measure this?

    Some deaths will be with Covid19 rather than from it but so will the admissions.

    When comparing with flu or other viruses the same issue of with or from the virus applies, so I think this ratio is the best approach to benchmark the danger of a virus.

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  43. Peter Hancock

    Dear Dr MK, at the start of this, like you, the first thing I wanted to get an estimate of this, was the IFR. The first thing that became apparent was that nobody knew either the numerator or denominator of that quantity, and the second was that it was becoming ever more difficult to find out. Trying to be gracious, I thought some clever statisticians might have clever way of estimating these things. I’m a mathematician, and know some insanely gifted statisticians, so I tried to get an impression of what might be behind these estimates. And failed, despite my best efforts.

    A scientist, and presumably an “expert”, is somebody with an abnormally developed sense of what they don’t know, the bruises to prove it, and struggled diligently to learn from their bruising.

    You seem to be a human being, which is a good start, and imho well-qualified.

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  44. abamji

    Not everyone who is infected with SARS-CoV-2 will get sick. Those who do develop a cytokine storm where the immune system goes into overdrive. That’s what Covid-19 is. It’s more likely if you are obese, diabetic or from an ethnic minority; in the case of the first two the reason is unclear but may be due to higher levels of a hormone called leptin, which is produced in fat cells and is pro-inflammatory. In the case of the second there are genetic difference between populations that may change susceptibility to a cytokine storm (this was recognised years ago in different contexts, as was the triggering of a storm by coronaviruses other than SARS-C0V-2). The genes responsible are commonest in people from South-East Asia, particularly Bangladesh. It’s interesting that similar genetic predispositions were found with the Spanish Flu (and BTW coronaviruses are not flu viruses).

    Although there is increasing use of treatments that may stop you dying if you get Covid-19 it is still a horribly nasty thing that I would not wish to get. If a vaccine stops me going bad then I will have it (in fact I have had my first dose, being 70+). Every vaccine has side-effects in some people. the question is whether, on balance, you are safer avoiding vaccine side-effects or safer avoiding Covid-19. I think that’s a no-brainer. As for incomplete testing of vaccines the normal procedures have, so far as I can see, been followed to the letter but significantly speeded up. I don’t have a problem with that. Plus the infrastructure for designing vaccines was already in place, which helped to avoid delay.

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  45. alanhigham

    The best ratio seems to me to be deaths in hospital as a proportion of hospital admissions.

    It doesn’t capture all Covid19 deaths as many occur in care homes as well as private homes and a few in hospices. Some deaths will be with Covid19 rather than from it but then so will some of the admissions. The same ‘with or from’ issue applies to other conditions such as ‘flu so it seems a fair way to compare the dangers of different viruses.

    How does Covid19 look on these statistics?

    Imperial assumed 4.4% of infections would lead to hospitalisation with 30% of those going into ICU (with a 50% mortality rate in ICU). That translates to 0.66% of infections dying in ICU or just over 70% of all deaths. Hence why the Nightingales were built! In the end, far fewer died in ICU, around 10-15% of the total and survival rates are more like 60/40 now.

    I volunteered to help certain health authorities model the likely impact on resources using my experience as a retired senior actuary.

    I’ve been very unimpressed with the level of data and predictions published during this pandemic. Politics seems to trump facts and logic.

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  46. colinbannon

    It’s easy to acknowledge that there is confusion regarding the exact numbers (for what that is worth). If we didn’t have modern healthcare systems or ITU’s and you assume that many of the people who have been admitted to hospital with COVID19 would have died, then the whole equation changes – it would have been far worse than the 1957 pandemic. If you assume that lockdown had some effect, any effect, then the numbers would again have been worse than in 1957. Some of the comments after this article are exasperating and so off the mark and so badly informed that I feel saddened to read them.

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    1. Eggs 'n beer

      Well, you can assume anything. But then you can make an ASS out of U and ME. In the early days of the panic it became clear that treatment with oxygen was detrimental to the outcome. People were dying BECAUSE they were in hospital, receiving deadly treatment. So that assumption is wrong. Similarly with the lockdowns, oh yes, they definitely have some effect. Suicides up 25% to 30% in Australia. Again, your assumption is wrong.

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    2. Paula

      Interesting points colinbannon – you could also add in the diseases of modern civilisations……how prevalent were diabetes and obesity in 1957? Did people have better nutrition and better vitamin D levels then? Did you simply have to be more fit and healthy in those days to make it into old age? And then there is the ‘collateral damage’ of lockdown, which even the government has now predicted to be an additional 100,000 deaths, in which case deaths following from the covid pandemic will indeed dwarf those in 1957.

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  47. Fran Leigh

    There are many reports from medical personnel that they are told by their superiors that all deaths be coded as Covid. So if this is the case we will never know the correct number. I’ve lost 4 family members in the past year; 2 from dementia & 2 from heart attacks. I don’t have access to their death certificates so I have no way of knowing how their death was coded.

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    1. Dr. John H

      A US woman I know 90+ year old mother died a few weeks ago in her sleep. She did not have Covid. Her death was recorded as a Covid death. One of her daughters is a nurse, and was livid about the falsifying of her mom’s death record. She made a big stink about it, but the nursing home would not budge, and the mom’s death death record was not changed.

      Recently the lawyer handling the mom’s estate sent an email stating that since the mom had Covid on her death certificate, the govt. would be sending a payment to the estate in the amount of $300k – $400k.

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  48. barovsky

    Ch.4 tells us:

    The UK will host the world’s first study deliberately exposing volunteers to coronavirus, to establish the smallest amount of virus needed to cause infection. Starting in the next few weeks, the human challenge trial will involve up to 90 carefully selected, healthy adult volunteers being deliberately exposed to Covid-19 in a safe and controlled environment at London’s Royal Free Hospital. It will give doctors a greater understanding of Covid-19 and help support the pandemic response by aiding vaccine and treatment development.

    Is the same “deadly” virus the rest of us are having lives torn apart, in order to avoid catching it?

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    1. Eggs 'n beer

      If I was in London I’d be queuing up (if it is allowed under lockdown). I’d like to know if I could catch it. Although I have significant exposure to the ‘flu every year, and never have had a vaccine for it, I last caught it in 1982.

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    2. Biggles

      barovsky – one would have thought that a ‘study’ such as that would have been one of the very FIRST things to be done.

      The number of cycles of PCR could then have been settled upon and could potentially have enabled far fewer amplification cycles to be used (…i.e. the higher number of cycles dispensed-with….), resulting in (genuinely) fewer ‘cases’, ‘infections’ and ‘positives’.

      That in-turn would have steered us all on a different course, and away from trashing the national economy. destroying businesses, ruining livelihoods, preventing suicides and unnecessary deaths from delayed or abandoned treatment for other (genuinely) severe conditions.

      It is my sincere hope that those connected with bigging-up all of this, make a catastrophic error in the data that they release – big enough for everybody to see the lie – and that the house of cards comes tumbling down. When the dust settles there should be (and I make no apologies for drawing the parallel, because it IS that serious a matter) a series of “Nuremberg style” Covid Trials to hold people to account. I expect to see Mssrs. Johnson, Hancock, Ferguson, Vallance, Whitty, Bliar [et al] in the Dock at the Old Bailey.

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  49. me oliveira

    First I my thanks to Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

    This is a ‘collection’ of ideas from the Replies. You followers are correct and smart.

    Non-sense
    With/ From/ Maybe/ Because of/ COV

    Lockdowns and Poverty never brings health
    Large scale errors
    invalidation of a year’s medical statistics
    We will never have true figures
    NHS dysfunction

    Great part of the problem is attributable to politicians

    Faulty classifications of causes of death
    Seasonal influenza has disappeared

    People with serious diseases (as cancer, and many other) are being put an political, non-interesting, label

    We have pathologised “death“ and sentenced thousands of older people to a prolonged existence [not life] of polypharmacy and suffering

    At the end, I think: Orwell was a kind of prophet

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    1. John Barr

      to politicians can be added “experts”, of which there seem to be an inordinate number, mostly contradicting each other. Unfortunately, the ones in favour of the most disruptive ideas seem to be those with the loudest voices and possibly those with the most corrupt friends in high places.

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  50. Dr. John H

    Among all the detailed discussion, let’s not lose sight of the fact that Covid is nearly 100% Curable.

    We do not need lockdowns, because Covid is Curable.
    We do not need masks, because Covid is Curable.
    We do not need social distancing & plexiglass, because Covid is Curable.
    We do not need to be tested, because Covid is Curable.
    We do not need vaccines, because Covid is Curable.

    Vit. D, Nebulized Peroxide, Hydroxychloroquine, and Ivermectin are all proven to work. Very, very few people need to die of this.

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      1. AhNotepad

        Dr John H was specific, it was nebulized peroxide. This has many uses at low concentrations. Please don’t try to use techniques to dramatise and ridicule, that is not the point of this blog.

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        1. Shaun Clark

          I have used nebulized HP, and HP sinus flushes, on and off for 20 years. It’s just about the best thing out there. When I have lapsed using it (I moved, and travelled extensively around the world quite a bit with work) I have however suffered with opportune respiratory infections (aeroplanes etc., etc.). There is no escaping viruses. Still, I always knew that I could fall back on it if things ever did out of control. I now use HP, soap, and salt, and a few other occasional mixed-in ingredients as my daily health gargle/nasal-flush protocol – at least 3-times a day, and I nebulize if I feel anything really coming on. Nothing beats it. Nothing. I’m 70 this year, and I’d like to think I’m as fit, or fitter, than anyone out there as a direct result.

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        2. ne oliveira

          AhNotepad,
          There is stupidity everywhere. It is an annoyance because it doesn’t have neither treatment nor cure.
          Thanks for having a high level of sensibility and a very good brain.

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          1. Fast Eddy

            Just had an epiphany regarding Covid vaccines!!!!

            So I reckon this is what The Plan is.

            The PTB are aware that we have way too many people on the planet so over fine scotch and cigars (maybe a bit of blow and some first rate hookers … but that was after)…. they gathered in an oak panelled room and Bill Gates said – Ok fellas – what are we gonna do about this?

            After much back and forth it was decided to create a new virus that is as deadly as a bad flu then instruct the MSM and flunky scientists to convince the masses (who will believe just about anything if you repeat anything to them over and over – it’s even better if you use UPPER CASE LARGE FONT HEADLINES…) that this virus is a cross between the Black Death and Spanish Flu…

            The Chinese at the gathering said heh, since everyone hates us anyway we’ll take the heat and ‘release it’ from a lab in one of our cities …. then we’ll start the lockdown procedures that can be deployed globally to smash people into such desperation that they will be willing to do anything to escape the contrived Hell on Earth we drop on them.

            Yes said Bill – thanks for that. He went on to explain the response — so we’ve got this ‘vaccine’ that’s actually more of a Trojan Horse… in that it will unleash what is known as a cytokine storm in everyone who takes it… and they will … um…. die. It won’t be so bad though – pneumonia-like symptoms (the old man’s friend) will just whisk them away by the billion.

            Justin Trudeau and Jessica Ardern then interjected ‘but if we exterminate everyone but the best of the best that will leave so few of us … and we’ll have a very limited gene pool and we’ll inbreed and we’ll drop to an even worse state of Idiocracy!’

            Bill paused for thought (because he was making a mental note to give the two of these clowns the real vaccine so that the snowflake gene will get eliminated…) … and then he said — good point.

            We have already thought this through and Covid and the vaccine are like a sophisticated IQ test… any fool can clock 140 on a standard IQ test… but most of those imbeciles will fail this ‘IQ Test’…. what we are testing for is true genius …

            Anyone who rejects the Covid narrative and refuses to take the vaccine because they are able to see through the scam… passes this test.

            They are identified as geniuses… everyone else is exposed as dead wood dumb…. and we jettison them like we would a sack of trash.

            We are then left with Premium Breeding Stock — and we go from there…

            At this point Fast Eddy chimes in …. this is awesome Bill — can I suggest a name for this secret plan?

            Sure Fast.. what do you have in mind?

            Project – Cure for Stupidity

            Bill chuckles… bravo Fast… bravo…. Cure for Stupidity it is!

            Meeting adjourned — bring out the blow and girls … and let’s have a little of that freshly grilled baby on crackers please….

            Jacinda… Justin … since you are the darlings of the gullible billions… we’ll need you to get with the PR team and shoot a TVC with you both getting the vaccine placebo….

  51. Christopher Stocks

    To make any sense of what is going on you have to look at the big picture.
    In 2008 there was a global financial crisis, instead of implementing devastating policies to address this, which would have been political suicide they started money printing.

    Ask yourself how and when this theft imposed on future generations was going to end?
    I expected them start a war, but i suppose that was not possible these days, unlike in the past the war mongers would die as well.

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  52. Peter Ford

    As usual Dr Kendrick identifies the nub of the matter – the total unreliability of the now sacrosanct ‘data’. One way to resist is to go maskless – it takes moral courage but all you have to say is the one word ‘exempt’ if occasionally challenged. If only more people had the guts to do this – is that you, reader? Don’t whine, do something! – the whole edifice would crumble.
    The growing campaign against vaccine resisters is becoming seriously concerning. It has scary echoes of earlier eras of mass hysteria when scapegoats were sought. ‘Show your travel papers!” People must be brave and call this out, even those who take the vaccine.

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    1. Paula

      I agree Peter. On the masks, people really should not worry about using their entitlement to an exemption which in the UK is defined extremely broadly, is a self-declared, and does not need any other proof. I’m sure many people are needlessly suffering in silence – and that includes mental and as well as physical suffering.

      On the vaccines, I take a lot of comfort from the absolute mauling that Saga holidays got on twitter when they announced their ‘no jab no cruise’ policy – https://twitter.com/SagaHolidaysUK. Many of the negative comments are from people fully intending to have the vaccine declaring their intention never to use Saga on principle. And the latest UK Parlimentary petition on vaccine passports is growing fast https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/569957 – I’m sure other countries have similar campaigns. I urge people sign and share if they oppose coerced vaccines and don’t think your one signature does not count.

      The huge publicity given to the vaccine rollout helps give the impression that vaccine ‘hesitants’ are some kind of crackpot minority. This is really not the case – the government wouldn’t be campaigning so hard and holding out the threat of restrictions which have no medical justification if take-up was as high as they say. I do believe this is the fight of our life here in the UK – mandatory vaccination hands a blank cheque to the pharmaceutical companies who only need to persuade a very small group of politicians of the ‘value’ of their product.

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  53. joan chambers

    Thank you Malcolm as usual voice of sanity. Been a fan for years .Love your self effacing delivery.

    I do not know anybody who has been hospitalised or died of Covid despite working in the NHS for 20 years and having (or had) large social circle.

    I do however know three people having been told last February they had a frozen shoulder, sciatica, and IBS turns out to be stage 3 lung cancer, prostate cancer and ovarian cancer. What have we allowed to happen to this country god knows how history will remember us.

    My only hope is that this epidemic will highlight long overdue changes needed in our NHS administration complete re-think of a system broken for so long.

    As mentioned on this website, I too have lost friends because of the propaganda. Thankfully my children, now adults feel the same as I do, but have to tow the line due to work commitments. I am so grateful to be old and retired and able to please myself disconcerting as it is to know I’ll be long gone while my children still picking up the tab for this nonsense.

    Laphroaig anyone?

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  54. Fast Eddy

    After two decades the world’s best scientists were unable to produce a safe and effective SARS Coronavirus vaccine…

    But in well under a year … even Cuba looks to have joined the ranks of countries that has a Covid Coronavirus vaccine… using old gear inside their ‘state of the art’ labs!

    Optimism as Cuba set to test its own Covid vaccine

    Some of the equipment at the Finlay Institute of Vaccines in Havana might be considered outdated elsewhere in the world but the science taking place behind its white-washed walls is cutting edge.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56069577

    As it is now so simple to make great vaccines… we can expect vaccines for cancer, the common cold, TB, AIDS, Dengue, Malaria etc… by the end of 2021!!!!

    (I kid you not — a friend who works in Big Pharma told me a couple of weeks ago that one of the positives of Covid is that we can compress the time needed to make vaccines from 10+ years to less than one year)

    Oh and we will also eliminate poverty, gender inequality, war, overpopulation and the destruction of the environment in the coming year!!!!!

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    1. AhNotepad

      John, I’m sure you know the answer to your question. One reason is accuracy of figures is irrelevant, they are merely a fear generation tool used to steer the uncritical thinkers (and the non-thinkers). Edward Bernays?

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  55. Paula

    Thank you Dr Kendrick, I can’t say all is clear to me now, but I feel a little clearer about why it is so unclear.

    I would like to draw people’s attention to a Parliamentary petition, urging the government not to discriminate against the unvaccinated through the use of vaccine passports. This is a new petition in response to the vaccine minister appearing to go back on his promise that the government would not introduce them. Whether or not you have had the vaccine or intend to, if you agree with me that vaccination is a personal choice which should be based on an individual assessment of the risks/benefits, not coerced through restrictions on normal activity, don’t think one little signature doesn’t matter – the government is paying close attention to public opinion on this issue –
    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/569957.

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  56. Bob Redknap

    There appears to be a connection between Covid deaths-per-million and iodine-deficiency.
    I have written up lots of details with links to the sources of information, and the essay is here: http://www.old-sock.co.uk/essay
    I would like to draw attention to Table 1 and Table 2 in particular.
    The connection might turn out to be spurious, but feedback so far has been encouraging.
    As an experiment I have been chewing a small piece of dried seaweed each day for the following reasons: seaweed contains iodine, iodine in very small amounts is a powerful disinfectant, iodine is found naturally in human saliva glands, the Covid virus first affects the saliva glands, and iodine-deficiency has been noted in many European countries. All these points are covered in more detail in the essay.

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  57. keith bradshaw

    The IFR can surely be estimated using the ONS antibody survey data. These surveys estimate the proportion of the population who have ever been infected. I confess that I don’t know the latest figure for this, but let’s say this is 10% of the population, just to illustrate the calculation.
    Example: 118,000 deaths divided by 10% of 68 million gives an IFR of 1.7%.
    There is a slight inaccuracy caused by the lag time of deaths, unless the epidemic is at steady-state. But this becomes smaller as time goes on, and by now we probably can get a good estimate of the IFR by this simple calculation. If you don’t trust the Covid deaths number, you could use total excess deaths instead. Whatever you do, you will not calculate the very low IFR that you all seem to want.

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  58. keith bradshaw

    I forgot to add, it is essential to use ONS and deaths data from before the date vaccination started in the UK.

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  59. Ruth Baills

    If is doesn’t make sense to you Dr Kendrick what hope does the average person have of understanding it. God help us, the media keeps feeding us lies.

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  60. crisscross767

    “I [Derek Knauss] have a PhD in virology and immunology. I’m a clinical lab scientist and have tested 1500 “supposed” positive Covid 19 samples collected here in S. California. When my lab team and I did the testing through Koch’s postulates and observation under a SEM (scanning electron microscope), we found NO Covid in any of the 1500 samples.”
    “What we found was that all of the 1500 samples were mostly Influenza A and some were influenza B, but not a single case of Covid, and we did not use the B.S. PCR test. We then sent the remainder of the samples to Stanford, Cornell, and a few of the University of California labs and they found the same results as we did, NO COVID. They found influenza A and B. All of us then spoke to the CDC and asked for viable samples of COVID, which CDC said they could not provide as they did not have any samples. We have now come to the firm conclusion through all our research and lab work, that the COVID 19 was imaginary and fictitious.”

    “The flu was called Covid and most of the 225,000 dead were dead through co-morbidities such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, emphysema etc. and they then got the flu which further weakened their immune system and they died. I have yet to find a single viable sample of Covid 19 to work with.”
    Read on …
    • Explosive If True: “I’m a Clinical Lab Scientist, C19 Is Fake, Wake up America”

    https://stillnessinthestorm.com/2021/01/explosive-if-true-im-a-clinical-lab-scientist-c19-is-fake-wake-up-america/

    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lawreport/workplace-covid-vacc-and-criminal-negligence-manslaughter/12982428

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    1. David Bailey

      Dr Kendrick worked with patients who were dying of COVID, and he felt the disease was different frim flu. However is it repotely possible that some other trick is being played here?

      For example, is there a drug that could be smuggled into someone that would make their flu symptoms much worse and produce COVID-like lung complications?

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      1. crisscross767

        The Covid Outbreak: “Biggest Health Scam of the 21st Century.” Report by 1500 Health Professionals
        By United Health Professionals, February 25 2021

        We are health professionals of the international collective : United Health Professionals, composed of more than 1,500 members (including professors of medicine, intensive care physicians and infectious disease specialists) from different countries of Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceania.

        https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-covid-outbreak-biggest-health-scam-of-the-21st-century-report-by-1500-health-professionals/5737838

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        1. barovsky

          From the Guardian today:

          In California, 40% of all healthcare worker deaths came after the vaccine rollout had begun among medical staff.

          Draw your own conclusions

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          1. Jerome Savage

            Re: “California, 40% of all healthcare worker deaths came after the vaccine rollout had begun among medical staff”
            Gave up trying to confirm this with a link.

  61. Allen

    I’m drawing from two papers that analyzed the 2020 mortality rates in the UK. The first one listed is quite short with the second article much longer. Both use data from the ONS and illustrate that however we might want to categorize “Covid” there simply was not a viral pandemic in 2020 and that the illusion conjured was a matter of fraud.

    The first reason I think this to be important is that the data is fairly clear (unlike the US CDC data) and is readily accessible to any reader.

    The second reason these pieces are important is that the results from these analyses can be extrapolated to virtually all other Western nations as similar/or the very same policies were put in place that resulted in the described distortions.

    This gives us an easy-to-understand template for how the “Covid” mortality figures here in the United States were conjured.

    The two articles are titled:

    UK Investigation: 100K Covid Deaths? We don’t think so

    Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: Manufacturing the Crisis

    My Summary- Highlighting what I believe to be the most salient points from the first piece as we look towards a similar assessment for the United States:

    – Comparing the death rate of 2020 with previous 20 years. 2020 rate was 1,037/100,000 in the UK. Highest in 10 years but not the highest in the last 20 years. What happened?

    2008 had a death rate of 1,084/100,000. 2005 had 1,137/100,000. Every year prior to 2009 had a higher death rate that 2020;

    – UK Lockdown was towards end of March in 2020;

    – At home deaths began to escalate in April. 5 year avg. for deaths in April previous to 2020 was 9,384. In April 2020 there were 16,909 at home deaths;

    – 5 year average for deaths in care homes in April was 8,691. In April 2020 there were 26,541 deaths that occurred in care homes. Astronomical increase;

    – Hospital data for April 2017- 2020:

    April-June 2017- 91,724 beds occupied= 89% occupancy rate;

    April-June 2018- 91,056 beds occupied= 90% occupancy rate;

    April-June 2019- 91,730 beds occupied= 90% occupancy rate;

    April-June 2020 58,005 beds occupied= 62% occupancy rate.

    2018 – April – 1,984,369 attended A&E (Ambulance and Emergency)
    2019 – April – 2,112,165 attended A&E
    2020 – April – 916,581 attended A&E

    Important Notes:

    30% less hospital beds occupied in April – June 2020 compared with previous 3 years;

    A&E in April 2020 was 57% down from 2019.

    These numbers explain the high numbers of at home deaths.

    Increase in deaths occurring at home and in care homes in April 2020 due to not being treated for illnesses in hospital. No acute care in private homes or care homes.

    CAUSE OF DEATHS USING DECEMBER 2020 AS EXAMPLE:

    – Leading cause of death was stated as “Covid-19 deaths”= 10,973 deaths for December 2020;

    – 2nd leading cause of death in December 2020- Dementia and Alzheimer’s= 5281 deaths;

    Previous 5 year average for December= 28,198 deaths due to Dementia and Alzheimer’s;

    This is a 500%+ alteration from previous 5 years. A statistical impossibility.

    – Heart disease deaths in December 2020= 4,635

    December 5 year average, 21,997

    This represents a near 500% statistical deviation from previous 5 year average- also not possible.

    – Chronic lower respiratory disease deaths December 2020= 1,790

    December 5 year average, 13,384.

    This represents about a 700% detour from the 5 year average. Not possible.

    – Influenza and pneumonia deaths December 2020, 1,190

    December 5 year average= 11,295.

    This represents about a 1000% deviation from the 5 year average. What is left to say?

    And so on…. tables are included with the first article.

    It seems it would take quite a monumental argument to prove that these death certificates have not been manipulated. It would take an even grander argument to illustrate that the NHS was under pressure at any time as during the height of the “pandemic” at home deaths soared to record heights and hospital and emergency services sunk to all-time lows.

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  62. Allen

    My comment here pertains to the United States though several portions of it pertain to everywhere where the “pandemic” ripped through the population- hint: there was no pandemic.

    What happened in the US is that the CDC was publishing figures all year long that excluded January 2020 mortality totals. They then “dumped” these figures into the 2020 overall total on January 5th (?) 2021 citing a new overall 2020 figure of around 3.1 or 3.2 million deaths.

    There should be an audit on many aspects of CDC recording of mortality for 2020.

    I had been tracking this for over six months and then watched them do this- I think until those “new” figures are audited (who does that?) we can’t say definitively. I think about all we can say for certain is that overall mortality will be between 2.9 and 3.2 million- a significant range.

    Whatever the actual numbers here is the how and why there were so many “Covid deaths” conjured:

    1) The first thing that must be addressed is “who were these people?” The average age of a “Covid death” is 80 in the US and 82 globally w/3 comorbidities. The vast majority of these people were from nursing homes, assisted living, hospice etc.. where the vast majority of “covid deaths” occurred here in the US (and everywhere in the West- Milan, Madrid, London, Brussels, Montreal, Toronto, etc.) occurred in nursing homes et al. What we had here in the US was a radical and mandatory shift in policies relating to care homes and covid. These were mandated through various state policies which resulted in a concentrated death rate for a six week period in March/April. Take that out of the equation and there is no death rate to talk about. Put (or keep) these policies in place and we will have this happen every year.

    There was also gross negligence (beyond the usual) in these nursing homes that led to abandonment and medication alterations that turned these slow motion abattoirs into death houses. One of the remarkable things of note is that here in the US the “pandemic” was not widespread (which is supposed to be one of the defining features of a pandemic) but was in fact limited to very specific locations;

    2) The faulty diagnosis of what is a “covid death” did they die “with” or “from” Covid which is problematic for several reasons. In many cases an actual test was never done, only a “presumed to be Covid” assessment was put forth. Add to this that when the tests were done PCR tests done with faulty specs (gene sequencing, cycle thresholds, annealing problems, faulty primers and so forth) were often used. PCR can’t diagnose anything in the first place and compounded with these additional problems they are useless and misleading;

    3) No autopsies. Why were no autopsies done in the US? In the US (and elsewhere) they passed new mandates that halted all autopsies for “covid deaths” which reversed decades old protocols. They also changed decades old protocol on how death certificates should be filed. This is well documented.

    4) Another way they inflated death counts was through hospital admissions combined with the faulty PCR testing. So for example if one came in with a coronary condition you would be given a “Covid test” upon admittance no matter what- all admissions required this- and then if you died from complications from this coronary condition while in the hospital you could have been listed as a “Covid death.” This happened frequently throughout the year.

    5) Home deaths is yet another way that figures were cooked. This was admitted point blank by Stephanie Buehle among others (NY Health spokesperson) who stated that home deaths, with no testing at all, would be presumed “Covid deaths.” This was mandated through the NY Health Dept.

    6) Covid death counts were forged. CDC instructed officials to certify any death as “caused by” COVID if the decedent tested positive prior to passing or was suspected of having C19, even if it wasn’t the actual cause of death. Thus we have major misattribution. E.g., we have 12,380 injury deaths in our C19 total.

    We are also seeing unexplained declines in other common death categories because so many have been attributed to C19. The unprecedented broad definition of C19 death has created huge fraud in “Covid death” counts.

    7) Huge spike in iatrogenic deaths caused by misattribution of “Covid” to incoming patients and the ensuing improper treatments applied e.g. ventilators and associated fentanyl dosage which killed thousands;

    8) Lockdown impacts- too numerous to cite here.

    9) Overall ageing population leads to increase death rates.

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    1. Gary Ogden

      Allen: Thank you. Abuse and neglect in nursing homes are certainly important factors in the excess deaths many places, not just the U.S.

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  63. Geoff Magrin

    Dear Malcolm
    Thankyou for trying to make sense of the data. Would you like to comment on how treatment methods have improved from 1957 and that COVID whilst still not fully understood is different from influenza in that is is a clotting disorder and an over active immune system. Perhaps it is too early to be data gathering and we may never know. With PCR testing we know that a body carries the virus but we have no measure of infectivity because so many are asymptomatic. Do we need to define new parameters in the molecular age and how we define the pandemic?
    Vaccines and measure of effectiveness in point. I don’t think an immune response ie antibodies is an efficient measure of effectiveness. One vaccine doesn’t score highly but in practise anecdotally reduces severity and death. I would consider that a good outcome.

    Thanks for your blogs I enjoy reading them and the effort you go to

    Geoff Magrin (F.A.I.M.S)

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  64. Dan Anderson

    “This is no worse than a bad flu” Define that, please.
    What are the numbers of a ‘bad’ flu versus an OK or good flu?

    The US suffered had 275,000 more deaths than the five-year average
    between 1 March and 16 August 2020,
    with 169,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths during that period.

    That spike in the graph is a lot of people.
    Sweden’s little spikes are over 10,000 lives.

    Agreed that this is a deadly disease for the 65+,
    and I see no reason K-5 should not have attended school
    and no reason at all to vaccinate children for Covid.

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    1. Fast Eddy

      You are ok with collapsing the global economy — because some nearly dead people … died?

      You are aware that huge numbers of people are dead because of these lockdowns? And when collapse strikes hundreds of millions if not billions will starve to death – that violence will be epic?

      You are aware that lockdowns do not stop these nearly dead people from dying — Sweden has not locked down and is not in the top 20 in terms of deaths per capita?

      You are aware that every time a country locks down it delays herd immunity — which increases the risk for the nearly dead people — every month this virus remains in circulation is like adding another bullet to the gun’s chamber… and putting to your grandpa’s head and pulling the trigger?

      Fortunately everyone will be forced to take the ‘vaccine’ …. and that will put 8B people down… and pre-empt the starvation and violence.

      This is what happens when you breach the Limits to Growth.

      Take the jab — it’s better than living in a situation that is of an order of magnitude worse than what is depicted in The Road.

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      “people with green passports will be able to go to the movies, to soccer and basketball matches – and later to restaurants and on foreign flights…”

      Oooh, bread and circuses! (And flying chariots).

      I can live without those – and probably be happier and healthier for it.

      And… basketball??? What country is he in? (And did he have permission to go there?)

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  65. Margaret Chrystal

    Dear Malcolm
    Thank you for trying to find a path through this minefield of information we are bombarded with.
    Vaccinations seem to be the only option, but the statistics on the increase in elderly dying after one is worrying.
    My neighbour has just died, 21 days after having her jab. The death certificate says cardiac arrest. Though only 65 she had health issues, diabetic for many years but not obese.She was to see a cardiologist next month because of shortness of breath.
    I do not think anyone will ever put a question mark against a possible vaccine involvement. She will just be another statistic. let us hope that this increase in the numbers of elderly deaths is a coincidence and not an after effect.
    Yours truly
    margaret c

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  66. Ivan Paton

    Hi Dr. Malcom,

    This is Ivan – the Aussie writer in Bangkok.

    I just wanted to to say thank you for your continued support to all of us around the world to help us make sense of the Covid-19 madness.

    Your voice is one of many that helps us to feel safe, and secure, and healthy, even while the WHO, Bill Gates, Big Pharma, public health, and the mostly leftist government officials all continue to scream ‘scary virus, we have to continue with lockdowns, and vaccinate the world’ – the agenda of that mad billionaire you once mentioned in an article.

    So thanks mate, I just wanted to let you know that I am sure that there are many thousands of people around the globe that read your work and take comfort from it amongst the insanity being peddled by the tyrants that seem to have seized control of our world.

    Personally I am convinced that we are in the midst of a covet communist take down being foisted on us by the CCP, the worlds Neoliberal technocrats behind the World Economic Forums great reseat – and all the communist allies entrenched in the west.

    Actually we see that globalist alliance in the takedown of president Trump – did you read this article below featured in the Times recently – boasting of how a bipartisan coalition – yes that included the communists and the Republicans – took down Trump?

    Lastly – keep up your good work.

    If the voices of reason can at least keep talking may be in the end we will win the war against common sense being so fiercely waged against us.

    Best regards

    Ivan M. Paton

    https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/ [https://api.time.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/donald-trump-joe-biden-election.jpg?quality=85&crop=0px%2C66px%2C2400px%2C1256px&resize=1200%2C628&strip] The Secret Bipartisan Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election | Time A weird thing happened right after the Nov. 3 election: nothing. The nation was braced for chaos. Liberal groups had vowed to take to the streets, planning hundreds of protests across the country … time.com

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    1. The_Dim_Appear

      Hello Ivan.

      Regarding ‘Personally I am convinced that we are in the midst of a covet communist take down being foisted on us by the CCP, the worlds Neoliberal technocrats behind the World Economic Forums great reseat – and all the communist allies entrenched in the west. ‘

      I doubt that myself but who really knows? There is an old joke that goes something like – What is back and white and red all over?…. Maybe this was a joke where the joke’s on us – just kidding! Keep reading those papers and see what you think.

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  67. RouterAl

    I have been monitoring the Scottish Death figures for most of this year, the latest version is available at
    https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/general-publications/weekly-and-monthly-data-on-births-and-deaths/monthly-data-on-births-and-deaths-registered-in-scotland
    If you down load the contents of table 3 as an excel file there is one significant peak in April 2020 where there are about 2700 excess deaths for the worst April figure for the last 24 years but it’s only 300 odd when compared to the worst January figures in 2000, & 2018. This January 2021 is only the 7th highest figure.
    I have written to both my MSP and MP almost every month to point this out and have received not a reply, just e-mail receipt acknowledgements.
    I know the English excess death figures are worse than the Scottish ones , but I would put their excess deaths down to their much larger BAME population , who are dying at 3 times the white population.
    My favourite moment of peak madness , was someone on a Radio Scotland’s morning phone in show demanding her 92 year old mother with dementia be vaccinated.

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  68. Binra (@onemindinmany)

    How deadly is the active and funded belief into which almost all other fears and conflicts are repackaged or subordinated to?

    I see ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (nothing out of the ordinary cycles of life).
    The magic of words, definitions and now genetic code definitions – along with math or computer modelling definitions and parameters, is an ability to make a mountain out of a molehill or indeed to hide the elephant in the room.
    The mind is the means through which we both relate, define, and adapt to our modelling of our world – as part of our experience of it, and so the context of the mind is always a key element in any act of attention and intention or desire.
    Science thought to be a free-thinking break from the manipulative superstitions of its predecessor, such that rational thought can apprehend and manipulate the observed and studied cause and effect of the natural world, and harness such a field of knowledge as technological leverage. That is gave rise to corporate cartels of ability to leverage wealth and control, was hidden in some measure by a mask of philanthropic investment of such leverage in any and ever institution of influence that represented checks and balances of obstruction to the continuing growth of profiting from the private leverage over the public sphere, such as to re-tool the structures of such institutions to serve and protect the very ills they were set to protect against.
    Thus our own protections and defences become the means to communicate and direct a denial and degradation of life under pretence of ‘saving’.
    The nature of what is being ‘saved’ is the systems that have been already corrupted as a private capture of public service, yet operating as the fronting of Journalism as the Media, Medicine, Politics, Government, Banking, Education, Science, Religion.
    Broad spectrum dominance or subjection is a form of war that operates from the fundamentals of the mind as the intent to shape and control the mind using the primitive triggers of fear and the repackaging to hate and locking in of guilt.

    The pretext for the fear is revealed false in that the projected models were mad, the reactions taken were mad and the persistent focus in the narrative ‘identities’ and reactions spun out of the initial reactions are mad. Because as Malcolm and many others clearly note, no obfuscations or diversions take away that fact that death by all causes was not significantly unusual, and that deaths arising from the reactions, treatments and denials under leveraged fear cannot be disregarded.

    The exact or scientifically demonstrated isolation of the sars-cov-2 virus are operating a different definition of the term ‘isolate’, as are other terms such as ‘pandemic’, ‘cases’ or ‘safe’! How destroying our life support system will keep us safe, is incomprehensible. But if a perceived source of liability or threat is ‘made safe’ then it is neutralised or ‘taken out’.
    Death may not be mandatory, so much as the conditions for living become so disheartening, demoralising, dispiriting, degrading, and denying of the living of our whole function – which is love – that the game will not be worth the candle for those who are not willing to comply in a mass sacrifice for the sake of Our Stakeholders – though to be fair, the system or terrain is the key to understanding the apparent pathogens that show up as the expression of all else that is active.

    I read this as a random take from a source of inspiration this morning – I include it not as appeal to any external authority but for the ring or resonance of truth within an honesty of willingness to listen:
    /quote
    “It is imperative that man acknowledge the heart’s higher intelligence, for the mind alone cannot tell him who he is, and genetic intelligence is a lethal weapon when combined with the technological potentials in the world today. By comparison to the mind, the heart is a function of intelligence based on the ultimate in simplicity and synchronicity. Its matrix is a synergistic centre of awareness which perceives a unified relationship with all that is”.

    “The levels of intelligence available to mankind could be summarised as survival, logic, synchronicity, and love. All four are present in the lives of each person, although a man will focus on the one that assists him the most. If he knows little about the heart’s intelligence or the greater intelligence of love, he will emphasise one of the other possibilities. Genetic intelligence is well equipped to sustain physical life and to interact emotionally with the environment. Mental intelligence can formulate reports and engineer rocket ships. Neither, however, is equipped to give meaning to life or to establish a connection with Divinity. Attempts to apply them beyond their means have lead to destructive misconceptions”.
    /endquote

    All the king’s horses and all the King’s men will never put the broken code fragments together again, but on such presentations the right to rule is claimed, funded and enforced.
    Fear of a true Disclosure must hide or mask from truth, and must deny, undermine and attack it.
    A corrupt and broke system is reacting ‘logically’ along the lines of its own insane premises.
    Even a little glimpse of what lies beneath can set of psychotic dissociation.
    Rationality cannot solve its own errors, but can identify patterns by which to identify them, so that can be truly addressed rather than falsely flagged onto cover stories, scapegoats and diversionary tactics that then reframe conflicts in the arena of the magical solutions by which to persist in masked conflict as if it has gone away or been eradicated.

    How deadly is the active and funded belief into which almost all other fears and conflicts are repackaged or subordinated to?

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      Gary, I cannot get the figures to work. According to the article you cite, lysine is abundant in meat, fish, eggs and other healthy foods. Whereas its antagonist lysine is relatively rare. Yet we are told that most people are deficient in lysine.

      I am afraid that, for me, this one does not pass the smell test.

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        1. Gary Ogden

          Prudence Kitten: Those of us who eat mostly wholesome foods are in the minority. In the U.S. it is particularly dire as virtually all school children are fed for their lunch the crap recommended by the Dietary Guidelines, along with the institutionalized, whether in prison or nursing homes for all of their meals. And the sheep usually eat this way or worse. So it is entirely possible that there is some truth to these assertions. I myself don’t know quite what to make of it, but I posted it as food for thought and discussion.

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          1. Prudence Kitten

            Gary, let me make clear that I have absolutely no objection to your posting that link; nor do I have any quarrel with you.

            It’s just that I had read that story about lysine and found it unconvincing. While Bill Sardi often posts articles that look interesting, I have occasionally found that his ideas do not stand up even to cursory inspection.

            In his article he writes, “Foods that have a high ratio of lysine over arginine such as eggs, tofu, fish (not raw), sardines, cheese, meats such as pork, poultry and red meat, and yogurt) provide a high ratio of lysine over arginine, thus blocking replication of all coronaviruses including COVID-19”.

            Mr Sardi explains that “arginine-rich foods” are “such as nuts, chocolate, orange juice, pumpkin, sesame seeds, wheat germ”. He explains that “Lysine therapy interrupts the replication of viruses, including COVID-19 coronavirus, by countering arginine, an amino acid that fosters the eruption of dormant viruses”.

            But surely most people – whether well or badly nourished – eat more lysine-rich foods than arginine-rich ones? Eggs, red meat, fish, cheese and yogurt are the core of a healthy diet, even if one cannot afford enough of them. Whereas nuts, chocolate, orange juice and pumpkin are relatively little eaten, and sesame seeds and wheat germ only by food faddists.

      1. Jan

        All those healthy foods! Yes but almost all of them are vilified at this point to increase profits for the unhealthy food companies and are in league with Pharma. Don’t eat meat!! Eggs are bad for decades now. Until they aren’t for a bit and then a junk study comes up scaring people I could not buy plain full fat yogurt at all until the last year or so. Gates wants us to stop eating meat and animal foods. Along with most western governments. People are lied to on this subject as well. Look around Lies about nutrition are keeping the world unhealthy and MORE vulnerable to disease. 75% of Americans will be diabetic or prediabetic in under a decade here in USA. I eat all those healthy foods. I supplement with grass fed collagen Peptides to spike my protein and also contains good amounts of lysine and important amino acids. I’m 72. Never had flu as I can remember and never get flu shots. No cold for 4 years. Had a slight one 3 weeks ago but maybe it was you know what. Well gone now. I’m putting my trust in my immune system which I have been strengthening for years now. So no—people are not getting enough lysine. Especially here.

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    2. AhNotepad

      Gary, thank you for the lysine link. I have ordered a kg. I wonder where I can get the animal feeds version. They wouldn’t miss it out of the annual 2,200,000 ton production.

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      1. Gary Ogden

        AhNotepad: I am confident that on my Carnivore Diet I don’t need any amino acid supplements, but it certainly has no downside taking extra lysine. What concerns me more about the general population is the inadequate glycine consumed in relation to methionine.

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    3. Dr. John H

      Very Interesting!

      Article quote: “Even severely infected COVID-19 patients have been able to come off the ventilator with lysine therapy, say doctors.”

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    4. Prudence Kitten

      From Bill Sardi’s piece:

      “Lysine increases absorption of calcium, relieves bouts of anxiety, promotes wound healing, and is helpful for other conditions”.

      That does sound a rather broad collection of benefits, doesn’t it? Rather like snake oil… And uncomfortably like what you would expect from someone who sells lysine, or benefits from its sale.

      “Cholesterol is deposited in binding sites within coronary arteries. When lysine (and vitamin C) occupy those binding sites, cholesterol is not deposited in arteries”.

      I wonder what Dr Kendrick makes of that? All those articles trying to determine what causes heart and circulatory disease, and all we needed was lysine. (Which is abundant in meat, fish, eggs and cheese).

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      1. Gary Ogden

        Prudence Kitten: Vitamin C plugs the cracks in damaged endothelial tissue, preventing Lp(a) from plugging them and being deposited. Think I got that right. Don’t know anything about lysine doing this. I have not re-read the piece. Does he give the reference?

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        1. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

          Vitamin C is required for the production of collagen. Collagen supports blood vessel structure, and without it blood vessels crack, and bleed. Lp(a) plugs the cracks. A good thing in vitamin C deficient states. A bad thing in accelerating the development of atherosclerosis.

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  69. Tish

    AhNotepad posted this yesterday in his valuable piece further up. I think it warrants another posting for anyone who has missed it. Especially if you want some idea of what’s planned to happen in the coming months and years.

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  70. duncanpt

    Quote from the article: “But we don’t know how many people were infected, and now we never will. Because so many people are now being vaccinated.”
    I have a nasty suspicion this is part of he eagerness (in the Uk at least) for high rates of vaccine uptake. If the IFR can be obscured, the Government can escape blame for over-reacting. If you like to go that way, you can also argue that it enables the Government to keep us all in fear.

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  71. CovidiousAlbion

    “The infection fatality rate suddenly shot up to match the case fatality rate” – I believe you’ve got that backwards: the CFR dropped to match the IFR (since classing positive test results as “cases” increased “case” numbers to equal “infection” numbers).

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  72. Paul Murphy

    Dear Dr. Kendrick:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months. Very interesting – thanks.

    However.. I see you and those of your readers writing comments here baffled by
    both the numbers and the disease. Me too, of course; except that I’ve developed a
    private theory about all this that enables me to see it all within a rational
    framework. Notice, I’m not saying my framework is correct, only that it fits
    the facts we have and lets me integrate new information as it becomes available.

    The framework is basically that the original virus leaked from the lab through an accident in August that went unnoticed despite having a 100% kill rate because the dead were cleaning staff.
    Three viral generations later the IFR was down to about 30% and, because the dead now included a junior researcher, a mid echelon administrator, two family members of a
    widely known optometrist, and a significant number of nobodies the lab came under scrutiny and
    some serious decontamination and information control actions were attempted (mid Sept) but
    lab personnel resented and resisted the change in control to the point that some of the people
    who simply stayed away for that period brought the virus back with them in late Sept.

    In Oct some senior people from Bejing visited the lab on their way first to Iran and then either back to Bejing or on to Italy. Unfortunately, the presentations and hospitality they enjoyed in wuhan were given mainly by people who had been able to avoid censure, and testing, during the cleanup and so took the disease with them just as more reports of hospitalizations in and
    around Wuhan found their way to the attention of both the civil and lab authorities.

    The wuhan civil authorities then embarked on a series of measures aimed at reducing the spread but didn’t shutdown the airport for international travelers because that required the involvement
    of senior players in Bejing.

    By then, however, the virus had mutated several more times and now had a IFR ranging from
    around 16% down to about 3.5% depending on the specific generation the victim was infected with.

    Thus the private briefings given key political decision makers in world capitals in mid January
    were based on what was known outside of the Wuhan lab about the mortality rate with “realistic”
    estimates in the 5% range (Italy) and worst case scenarios being pitched in the 10-16% (Iran)
    range.

    What the experts didn’t know was that the original lab product did not reproduce well and so became much less deadly as rapid regression to something closer to its unmodified form left its later generations about as dangerous as any other serious covid variant.

    Government’s reaction, faced with an IFR of 5% or worse, probably made sense – although applying containment tools applicable to a geographically contained disease with 50% or greater mortality to a geographically dispersed threat with 0.5% mortality is absurd, they didn’t have anything else and thought things an order of magnitude worse than they were.

    Unfortunately experts in bureaucracies, once launched, don’t change direction easily (motto: “if it doesn’t work, do more of it”) while politicians in both Bejing and Washington saw opportunity in extending the crisis to denigrate Trump and cripple the U.S. economy; and well… here we are.

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  73. Liz

    Just ignored my second appointment for the vaccine. To be fair, the first letter arrived 24h after the appointment was due.
    NHS competence eh?
    I will be happy to accept it after the proper testing has been done. Meanwhile, if they continue to send me unsolicited ‘invitations’ to be vaccinated, I feel free to ignore them.
    I don’t want to go anywhere, I like my home. I grow my garden. I presume they can’t stop me buying food. That’s it.

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    1. David Bailey

      Agreed – we are doing the same, except that I increasingly think the evidence is coming in that this vaccine isn’t safe – just read through the accounts and links that people are providing here.

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  74. Lynn Wright

    First, let’s isolate the virus from a human. Next, let’s characterize it and purify it. Next, let’s see if it causes the same disease by natural infection (not boring a hole into the skull and calling that “infection”) in non-human primates. Then let’s again purify that virus from the primates and see if it matches what we started with. Logic. Has not happened. Particle X causing Y disease? SHOW ME.

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  75. Steve Condie

    If you’re serious about this subject you should read the very thorough IFR analysis based on comparison of deaths to large-scale serology studies presented by the Imperial College Covid research team? https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/mrc-gida/2020-10-29-COVID19-Report-34.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2LMq_RKb-n3j3oZgKfgUC_QzhCJfqhKGoafKagDyRu8sqI986B9LxXl9Y

    It ends up being not all that mysterious if a little science is performed. Not surprisingly, they found that covid kills older people much more frequently than younger ones – the death rate roughly doubles for every eight extra years of age. As a result, “high income” countries like Western Europe and the USA have a much higher IFR than low income countries, where relatively few people live to be old enough to be vulnerable.

    The bad news is that prior to last August (the cutoff date for the study) the IFR for covid in high income nations was about 1.15% – ten times higher than the IFR for the flu. Death rates should have improved since then as better medical procedures have been refined, but we’re still probably looking at a shade under 1%. No mysteries, no voodoo. Just science.

    I apologize for failing to provide a goofy conspiracy theory to link to covid – perusing the comments section here that seems to be the standard offering. Kind of depressing, isn’t it?

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    1. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

      If you are serious about any subject you look at who did the analysis and ask yourself if they may be be subject to bias on the subject.

      Perhaps you could ask the question why Japan, which did not lockdown, and has the oldest population in the world, has less than one tenth the rate of deaths of, say, the UK.

      If science is ‘performed’ whatever that means precisely, then the scientist looks first for data that may be contradictory to the central hypothesis, rather than focussing on the data the supports the hypothesis.

      Science has two central purposes:

      1: To create hypotheses that appear to best explain observations
      2: To look for ways to falsify the hypotheses

      If the hypotheses cannot be falsified, it is most likely to be the best answer we current have – until something better comes along.

      What science is not, and should never be, is a group of ‘scientists’ setting out to prove that they were correct all along. That is ‘anti-science’.

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      1. David Bailey

        Thanks for that – exactly right.

        How do you think Japan escaped so lightly? Do you think they consume more vitamin D, or treat the start of a COVID infection in some more appropriate way (hydroxychloroquine) or what?

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        1. Gary Ogden

          David Bailey: Good question. The following possibilities come to mind: I wonder if it has anything to do with the nutrients rich in seafood (e.g. selenium, iodine, vitamin D, etc.). It may have something to do with the reverence the Japanese have for their elders (while we often throw then away into squalid nursing homes). A not-likely possibility: the Japanese stopped using the mumps vaccine altogether after the Urabe AM-9 mumps vaccine virus debacle (SmithKlineFrench-Beechum’s Trivirix, in 1986).

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      2. AhNotepad

        As they are finding out in Texas with global warming and renewables. If people had to pay the peak rate for electricity (if they could get it) it would cost $900 to recharge their Tesla. 🤑

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      3. Steve Condie

        “What science is not, and should never be, is a group of ‘scientists’ setting out to prove that they were correct all along. That is ‘anti-science’.”

        Such as a ‘scientist’ like John Ioannidis who initially estimated that 10,000 may be a reasonable estimate for the total deaths from covid-19 in the USA, and whose very early work (first published May 2020 from data gathered before that time) you cite as reliable evidence for an IFR of .27%?

        Or a ‘scientist’ who staked out a claim that the IFR of covid-19 was 0.1% and then found just a few months later that far more than 0.1% of the entire population of Western Europe and the Americas has already died from covid-19, who then decides that the issue is just too unknowable to deal with by comparing known deaths to calculated infection rates based on serology testing?

        It’s to your credit that you (belatedly) acknowledged that actual death counts were inconsistent with your prior stance: with over a billion people living in countries which have acknowledged population fatality rates over .1% and new cases and deaths continuing to pile up you don’t need to know the precise “right answer” to recognize that any claim that the IFR is below 0.5% in “high income” Western nations is obviously wrong, and any study which reached that conclusion should be reassessed and the source of its error identified. And yet you have not mentioned the studies – far more recent and far more reliable than Ioannidis’ early work – which have assessed the calculated IFR from numerous serology studies and found estimated IFR values averaging well over .6% overall.

        It’s easy to accuse others of “bias” if you simply don’t like the conclusion they’ve drawn. The thing about the Imperial College study is they “showed their work” – before analyzing the various large-scale serology studies that had been performed throughout the world they stated their criteria, and for each of the ten they included they discussed the strengths and weaknesses. For example – the Danish serology study was based on blood donors, not a random sampling of the population. That affects the confidence range of the percentage of the population which is infected, which affects the calculated IFR. (That’s a different Danish study from the one you cited, which was based on preliminary data assessed at a time when total Danish deaths were just 203. Later studies, which you don’t mention, found a much higher calculated IFR in that nation.)

        If you claim to be a scientist and are purporting to educate others on this issue it is incumbent on you to actually read the work you dismiss and try to explain why you think it’s wrong. Just throwing spitballs at it isn’t being a “sceptic” – it’s being a “denier.” Deflecting – say, by inserting “But what about Japan!” into the discussion of covid deaths in Western nations is a classic example of the techniques of propagandists, not scientists. (And the nature of most of your admiring reader’s comments should make clear to anyone the quality of thinking your posts inspire.)

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        1. Fast Eddy

          When governments are paying clinics upwards of $40,000 to label deaths as covid-caused… and we see massive drop offs in deaths from the major killers (heart disease, cancer, etc)…. and we see that influenza has miraculously been eradicated…

          Then there is no way in hell we can know how many deaths were actually caused by Covid.

          NO WAY. PERIOD.

          Of course this is part of the plan — label as many deaths as possible as ‘Covid Deaths’… use a test that generates loads of false positives … then feed these lies into the MSM and get lies – and fear and obedience out.

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        2. AhNotepad

          Any claims that people who got the covid figures “wrong” were somehow feeding their own bias, assumes the “official” figures are somehow accurate. The protocols were panic responses, the financial incentives to “diagnose” covid were significant, and the testing was, and continues to be, used inappropriately.

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        3. Thunkit

          “Whataboutery” is a real problem in interweb debate. I tend to agree this blog attracts some fairly egregious conspiracy theorists. A lot of sifting is involved, after which one may find not everyone here models the latest styles in tinfoil millinery.

          So, Covid fatality rates are higher for the elderly, generally speaking. If the Japanese elderly IFR is comparatively lower than western societies, and they are not living under lockdown, surely we need to ask why that may be?

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          1. swright590

            Perhaps a more homogenous society adhering to cultural norms which include a greater concern for your neighbour, “authority”, already used to wearing masks etc. Get the social scientists onto it.

          2. Sasha

            My hypothesis is: an average elderly Japanese is in a better health than an average elderly American, for example. Probably also takes considerably less drugs. Even though I recently saw a supremely healthy 70 year old in the States end up with Covid double pneumonia, steroids, 5 days in the hospital, etc. She takes no drugs and I would assume is in the 99th percentile for her age group. No co-morbidities whatsoever. Before she got sick, I would have never guessed she could be a Covid victim. This is a strange virus…

    2. Pappadoo

      But isn’t Imperial College the home of the study that said millions were going to die from Covid?

      And isn’t that Ferguson character the guy who refers to anyone who dares to challenge the Covid story a conspiracy theorist. And who refuses to respond to questions about why Sweden is not drowning in Covid deaths even though they do not lockdown nor wear masks?

      So why are you quoting them on a matter that requires real science instead of fear mongering garbage in garbage out?

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  76. Eric

    This is came out yesterday. A large teaching hospital in Hamburg has autopsied 618 patients who died of (with?) Covid and determined the actual causes of death:
    https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft…enhaus-a-241cab60-6b49-4927-aaac-56088a44bd9d

    The article is too long to translate and post in full, but feel free to copy the article up to 3000 characters at a time and paste into deepl.com.

    Main takeaway: in the early days, 50% dies of pulmonary embolism, blood thinners have helped tremendously. Only 1% did not have comorbidities, most had 3 or 4 comorbitities. That hospital is not convinced of Remsdevir nor Vit D.

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  77. crisscross767

    United Kingdom: 12 people deaf, five blind after Pfizer BioNTech mRNA shots

    ………………………MHRA published a report on February 11 summarizing the self-reported adverse effects to Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford-Astra Zeneca shots from December 9, 2020 to January 31, 2021. The usual suspects, like anaphylaxis (120), Bell’s Palsy (99) and death (66), show up in the report. But some new adverse reactions have surfaced that even this blogger has not seen until now.
    Quintuple blind experiment

    MHRA defines temporal association as “events occurring following vaccination but may or may not be caused by the vaccine.” It is indisputable, however, that the risks far outweigh the social acceptance and temporary social media fame gained from being injected with mRNA.

    Twelve people reported going deaf after receiving the Pfizer BioNTech shots…………………….

    https://thecovidblog.com/2021/02/16/united-kingdom-12-deaf-five-blind-after-pfizer-mrna-shots/

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  78. Mark Heneghan

    A patient that I know had been in a nursing home for 5 years, having been diagnosed with dementia for fourteen. She hadn’t spoken for months and about 2 weeks before she died she stopped eating and drinking, and was on course to die, the way most demented patients do.
    During that last fortnight she tested positive for covid. She was tested because other residents had the condition, not because she had a fever, cough, or breathing difficulties, and clearly couldn’t comment on her taste or smell. Her death certificate now has covid on it, not as a primary cause, but she will join the statistics of those that died within 28 days of a covid diagnosis. Her death will be viewed as a blessing, although some will criticise the home for allowing covid into it.
    Both GPs and nursing staff (and usually relatives) are aware that frail elderly, whether demented or not, are much more susceptible to the complications of viral infection, hence the spike in bronchopneumonia as a cause of death in these places in the winter. Usually nobody bothers to swab these patients for the original causative virus, it is presumed to be flu (despite the fact that they are all immunised) although it is highly possible that quite often a simple cold virus is the cause. The point is that nobody gets too upset, because it is presumed that the reasonable precautions of immunisations and regular hand washing have been taken, but it is accepted that sometimes a virus will get through. Viruses always have contributed to the deaths of frail elderly, and always will, but at the moment, because everyone is being tested for covid, we are much more aware of when COVID has been involved. If we really want to know about fatal viruses in these people, why aren’t we re-swabbing those that tested negative for covid – they’re still dying, aren’t they? There has been a lot of political opportunism, as well as virtue signalling, arising from the understandable great emotion associated with this virus, and I fear that our overall response lacks objectivity. Please do not take this as a callous disregard for the frail demented elderly. It is more an appeal for realism. We don’t normally make much fuss when a frail elderly demented patient dies from an un identified viral illness, but there is pandemonium when it is identified as covid.

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      “Please do not take this as a callous disregard for the frail demented elderly”.

      No indeed. The fact that such a disclaimer should ever be felt necessary says everything about the decay of rational thought and the country’s descent into a bottomless swamp of sentimentality and unthinking fear.

      The fundamental prerequisite for putting our reason to good use is the ability to separate thinking ruthlessly from feeling. If we see a predator about to attack, our lives depend on thinking clearly, dispassionately, and (of course) quickly. Feeling frightened – or anything else – just muddies and confuses thought. Anyone who has been in an accident or in combat can testify to the slowing down of time, the utter absence of emotion, and the crystalline clarity of thought. That is a vital survival mechanism without which our ancestors would have died out millennia ago.

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  79. James

    This blog is an oasis of sanity and rational debate.
    Thank goodness it exists
    I’m in the at risk group and had decided not to take the vaccine
    But we have a preplanned trip to Brittany coming up and a significant birthday for my wife.
    I panicked thinking the way the media is talking we won’t be able to go abroad this July, they are going to demand Vaccine passports/documentation.
    We’re of an age were we won’t be able to travel to the continent much more.
    So I took the Pfizer vaccine Wednesday
    Wish I hadn’t; felt so depressed, I’d given in.
    Then saw episode nine on VaccinesRevealed with Dr Zac Bush and listened to his frightening analysis of ADE and the future responses of our immune system after vaccination.
    So two reasons to be depressed – I let myself down – and good grief what are we doing to the world!
    Thanks Dr Kendrick, your blog I’m sure, stops a lot of people feeling alone and confused, it is a beacon of light in a dark world.

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  80. Eric

    Why are numbers going down so quickly?

    This was in the guardian newsticker today:
    The number of new Covid-19 infections in the UK is shrinking by 3% to 6% each day, faster than last week, the government said on Friday, adding that the closely-watched reproduction (R) number might be slightly lower, too.

    The daily growth rate in infections was estimated at between -6% and -3%, down from a range of -5% and -2% last week.

    The R number was estimated at between 0.6 and 0.9, meaning that that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 6 and 9 other people.

    Last week the estimated range was between 0.7 and 0.9.

    Meanwhile, in Germany, new infections had been declining at roughly 20%/week have stopped declining, at the same time, two samples have the British variant at 20 resp. 22% up from ~8% last week. It is expected numbers will creep up not that the more contageous variant is taking over.

    The previous third wave in the UK was hard to understand based on estimations of herd immunity (as is the current wave in Stockholm). I would assume vaccinations are not far enough to explain this steep decline?

    So with some handwaiving, maybe the variant was able to reinfect people who had had either a mild infection or only passing low dose infection, and maybe one now gains immunity to the variant by passing low dose infection if there was already some immunity to the wild form?

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      “Why are numbers going down so quickly?”

      The short answer is “Orange Man Gone”. For four years everything emanating from the USA was tinged with the politically correct sentiment “Orange Man Bad”. Actually Mr Trump’s reaction to the Covid-19 hysteria was fairly sensible, as one might expect of a shrewd businessman with no political antennae and little interest in political correctness. He realised that it was nothing very important, urged common sense and tried and trusted medicines – and then, exactly like Boris Johnson, crumbled at the onset of popular terror and institutional pressure.

      I – and I suspect many others – believe that certain parties went to great lengths to blame everything possible on Mr Trump, including Covid-19. Now he is gone, we are told that things will get rapidly better. Mr Biden has publicly claimed that until he became President the USA had no vaccines! (Although he himself received his second vaccination before the inauguration).

      So, with Orange Man Gone, political considerations dictate that everything should get better. WHO conveniently decreed that PCR tests should in future be conducted in a less outrageously fraudulent manner, with more or less reasonable cycle counts. Of course the ruin inflicted by government policies in the past year will not be so considerate – it will be impossible to fix or to disguise.

      The numbers of both cases and deaths have been heavily doctored since last March, and there are signs that the authorities here and in other Western nations have given orders to ease off on the panic.

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      1. LA_Bob

        “Orange Man Gone”

        I really, really, really hate to indulge conspiracy theories, but recent events make an “Orange Man Gone” scenario at least appear plausible.

        Dr Fauci has changed his mind on whether the vaccine prevents “infection”.

        https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/02/20/we-have-another-fauci-reversal-on-covid-this-time-its-about-the-vaccine-n2585039

        Some labs seem to be reducing the cycle count threshold on PCR tests. It’s not clear if this is a WHO recommendation or not. Lowering the count has the effect of reducing the number of cases counted.

        https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=36840063&postID=1240420501157613596 (search for “Lighthouse Labs”)

        https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-who-instructions-pcr-guidan/fact-check-who-released-guidance-on-proper-use-of-tests-it-did-not-admit-pcr-tests-showed-inflated-infection-numbers-idUSKBN2A429W

        I disagree with Kitten’s phrase “fraudulent number” of test cycles although she may be right. What we really know is the number can be dialed up or down to get “different” results. Seems like an irresistible temptation.

        All that remains is to revise the way deaths are recorded. “He was vaccinated? Okay, put ‘heart attack’ on the death certificate.”

        Simple, isn’t it? And COVID gradually disappears, as if by magic. Dr Kendrick will remain befuddled by the numbers, because the numbers are inherently befuddling. “Lies, damn lies, and statistics,” said Mark Twain. The numbers can be manipulated to produce any desired result. The media can ignore or denigrate dissenters.

        My recent concern was that illness and death following rollout would sap public and official confidence in the vaccine and prolong lockdowns. This now seems Pollyannish.

        The vaccine will be credited with Saving the World. Schools will reopen. Restaurants, bars, and gyms will come back. Lockdowns will be characaterized as “wise precautions”. California Governor Gavin Gruesome will survive the recall effort.

        I don’t know — and likely never will know — how much of this is true. But it sure smells funny.

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        1. Shaun Clark

          Smelly it is! As Bob D. sung… A change is gonna come. Who’s the man? I’m with Dr K and his Ilk. It will be a tough fight. The ‘man’ has got the system on his side, as well as the fear of the wide-ranging paid-up Hobbits in the game. I’ve four kids and 7-grandkids. I’m up for it. Stuff the play-book.

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        2. Prudence Kitten

          “I disagree with Kitten’s phrase “fraudulent number” of test cycles although she may be right. What we really know is the number can be dialed up or down to get “different” results. Seems like an irresistible temptation”.

          I stand by “fraudulent, Bob. Indeed, I suggest that your words cited above come very near to alleging fraud.

          The salient facts are that it has been known for over 30 years that the cycle count should not be more than 30 or less, if the results are to mean anything. That the authorities know that perfectly well. And that they employed cycle counts of 40 and more for a whole year.

          The only reason seems to be that they wanted to declare the largest possible number of “cases”.

          Fraud. Deliberate, criminal fraud which has caused untold harm, destroying small businesses, ruining lives, and costing the poor globally $7 trillion according to some economists (while handing billionaires about the same amount. Think on).

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          1. Prudence Kitten

            Sorry again folks. The true figure is estimated at $1.7 trillion, not $7 trillion as I wrote.

            Past a certain point these are simply “unimaginably, astronomically vast sums”.

        3. Prudence Kitten

          “I really, really, really hate to indulge conspiracy theories…”

          And thereby you demonstrate the extreme effectiveness of the propaganda campaign against everyone who questions any official story.

          My dictionary says:

          conspiracy
          n noun (plural conspiracies) a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful. Øthe action of conspiring.

          PHRASES
          a conspiracy of silence an agreement to say nothing.

          ORIGIN
          Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French conspiracie, alteration of Old French conspiration, based on Latin conspirare (see conspire).

          To decide that all conspiracy theories are baseless would be to assume that groups of human beings never engage in secret plans to do something unlawful or harmful.

          Does that seem likely? We know that throughout recorded history many, many criminals, fraudsters, corporations and governments have almost continually engaged in secret plans to do unlawful or harmful things.

          Moreover, precisely because such activities are harmful or unlawful, those groups have done their level best to keep them secret.

          But surely the rest of us – the great majority, I hope – have a powerful interest in discovering and revealing those conspiracies? Otherwise the conspiracies will unfold as planned, with great advantage to the conspirators and great harm to us.

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      2. Shaun Clark

        Let me get this straight, the virus’s rapacious play-book is but to help the virus to make more virus but not to kill the host per se. OK. That figures and yet also sounds very familiar in that BigPharma has adopted the same virus play-book for BigPharma just to help BigPharma make more money for BigPharma (and err, umm, friends), but not to kill the host in the process. Well, not too many. Neat! Dependency medicine then is the game, and fear is the key, which is much like the premise that if you eat up your Billy Kellog’s cornflakes it will exorcise the dread of any carnal thoughts! Cha-ching!! Sweet. Money in the Bank. It even does not matter if there is actually a virus (…or carnal thoughts) as long as the viral meme gets traction. Runaway Ct40 PCR testing helped facilitate this, and now that it has done so it can be throttled back to jogging level Ct35. That, and the fact that if you chose any of the BMGF vaccines you must remember that with that play-book you will need a patch every year.

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    2. Prudence Kitten

      Incidentally, I would be much obliged if someone could explain to me how the fabulous R number is calculated. We have the number of alleged “cases” day by day and area by area – with the proviso that they very likely are not cases of anything recognisable as a specific disease.

      How does one get from such figures to R? If I test positive one day – highly unlikely, as I have no plans to submit to testing – how can anyone, even theoretically, decide how I became infected? Was it from the Amazon deliveryperson, the lady at Tesco Express, the nice old couple I passed during my walk… or did it descend from the sky, or waft in on a breeze from miles away? How then can anyone even try to determine how many people each “infected” person infects?

      It sounds like yet another serving of plausible pseudo-science – like something out of “Star Trek” or “CSI”.

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      1. Eric

        @ Kitten, you totally missed my point. I was talking about the UK, not the US (yes, US numbers are going down at roughly the same rate as UK numbers, but the US isn’t teeming with the Kent mutation of the virus).

        I take the UK numbers as a sign of hope. The 3rd lockdown in the UK is about as lax as the currently lockdown in Germany, i.e. stricter than what we had in November but not as strict as what France or Spain did. Numbers started falling in January and went down impressively but the fall has stopped and there are warnings that they will rise again because of the Kent variety if we keep things the same. The UK example seems to show that even the Kent variety eventually runs out of steam, so maybe its purported higher contagiousness only lasts while it is new? Of course, the UK has other things in its favor such as higher total exposure / cases and higher vaccination rates.

        Similar thing with thing in the netherlands. They had 50% Kent by start of February but they have arrested the rise so again, the extra contagiousness does not seem to last.

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        1. barovsky

          Kent mutation of the virus

          Once more, it’s NOT a mutation, so to call the singular change to the virus (something that happens continuously, it’s called evolution), is misleading and it’s not splitting hairs, the word mutation has very specific meanings (implied) beyond its scientific one, in Western culture. It’s LOADED.

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      2. Alan

        Maybe it’s because the testing regime was changed in January. PCR tests now having many less cycles and therefore many less false positives. Check the WHO guidance on this in January it’s all very coincidental with positive cases reducing worldwide.

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        1. LA_Bob

          Alan,

          That guidance seems to have been taken down. Here’s where it used to be.

          https://www.who.int/news/item/14-12-2020-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users

          Here’s a “fact check” article about it.

          https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-who-instructions-pcr-guidan/fact-check-who-released-guidance-on-proper-use-of-tests-it-did-not-admit-pcr-tests-showed-inflated-infection-numbers-idUSKBN2A429W

          The WHO site now has it here:

          https://www.who.int/news/item/20-01-2021-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users-2020-05

          It appears to me to be a carefully-worded CYA-type document. It reflects concerns over the PCR test but doesn’t come out and say, “Lower the cycle count!”

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    3. Jan

      I accidentally heard a MSM talking head announce that cases in thee Ed USA were down 70%. That would seem to be good news to those who are nursing on the MSM for their news. I know better about the truth but I thought I would cheer up my friends who are hiding and treat other friends and human beings in general like we are just Covid filled skin bags walking around ready to kill them. Did that “good news” give them hope. Nope. Just a text conversation as to how much worse it is out there. And they can’t get the shot. I commented that it sounds like no one wants to hear good news . That this could get people back to work and kids back into school and help everyone. That’s all I said. I do kind of know what’s really going on but I appealed to the paradigm they live in. It shows me the level of fear they have. Sad. I may have said the wrong thing. Oh well.

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    4. SINic.

      The numbers are going down because people are getting vaccinated!!! (sarc)

      Well, that is what the UK government wants people to think. So they rush out and get the vaccine 🙂

      But the vaccine is not even a vaccine. It’s a treatment (actually I would not be surprised if it is a placebo). So it has zero impact on numbers. It does not stop the spread of Covid.

      The UK govt can easily move the infections up and down because the testing is massively flawed. They just order less cycles to be run on the PCR and like magic you get less (false) positives and you feed that to the PR team and they spin it as ‘see – the vaccines are working!!! — we just need everyone to get stabbed and the good times will again roll’

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    1. Tish

      Thank you crisscross767. It seems a good article to send to families. Maybe many of us have been pussyfooting with our families – not wanting to worry them, they’re leading time-consuming and energy-consuming lives, perhaps things will improve, don’t want them to think us nuts, etc.
      But as we acknowledge that things are on a worrying course our only weapon is the one used against us – fear. If people become alarmed about the suspect contents of the vaccines maybe they will start to open their minds to all the other things that are going on. People do seem to care about themselves greatly so getting them concerned about all the injected substances shouldn’t really be hard. We have to forego our reticence and fight wrongful fear with legitimate fear. Yes, many older people have taken the vaccine, but they don’t have to take more of it. It’s not our aged selves we should worry about but the future of our children. Nobody wants to be a Luddite but to blindly allow everything to unfold is terrible.

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    2. Dan Anderson

      The summary — don’t take the shot — is clear, and the link is there, but for all such links a bit of an abstract description would better bait the hook.

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  81. Shaun Clark

    I have posted this routine nasal cleaning protocol before on other Dr K Blog topics. Anyway, this https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9277649/51-nasal-spray-available-Amazon-prevented-Jews-catching-coronavirus-Israel.html works in much the same manner as my soap salt/HP/washing soda nasal/sinus cleaning protocol – they both coat the lining of the nose with a ‘film’ that raises the pH and kills ANY viruses and bacteria. The soda film is quite clear to see when this used. The small amount of washing soda used in the protocol just raises the pH. There is NO adverse reaction. Promise! Using sodium bicarbonate is pretty is useless as the pH is too low. Basically, the protocol is an Ayurvedic Neti Pot protocol with some adaptions of mine. Routinely, I just use a coffee mug and snort the mix, but I also have a brilliant plastic Neti ‘bottle’ that I use at times that you can get on ebay. The ingenious Neti bottle is just about the best £5 I have ever spent on ebay. I use that in the shower. I do this about 3 x times a day at the moment. Basically every time I go to the loo. The mix can be also simply be bottled and taken with you when out and about. It’s the biz.

    A routine pre-wash with soap helps breaks down any lingering virus & bacterial membranes, and the (gentle) hydrogen peroxide then zaps the floundering bugs. The washing soda/sodium carbonate (higher pH) also helps kill viruses and any bacteria, besides coating the lining and cilia of the nose and possibly the nasal sinuses with a protective pH film.

    Interestingly, the gunk that gets built-up in the nose (as the product of a virus etc.) is the product of your immune system and the associated bacteriophages (good virus-like symbiotic killing machines), fighting/killing the bacteria and viruses.

    The nose/sinus cleaning protocol seemingly has no reaction what-so-ever on the reactive nose/sinus snot-gunk, but the (seemingly mild) reaction (such that it is), most certainly helps expel it! Bam!!!! The resulting sinus pressure-relief, if anything of an issue, is also just awesome!

    Furthermore, as I have previously mentioned, when I use/add the washing soda there is a (localized) external nose-base skin ‘reaction’ with a gentle/mild fizzing with the white-film coating that gathers at the base (of the nose area) – but surprisingly this reaction happens nowhere else on surrounding tissue. There is a clear and defining reactive area.

    I have used this protocol for years (as have friends) with no adverse effects, and all are immensely thankful for it. The ingredients are cheap as chips. The 6% HP I use is food grade, but I would think the mouth wash from the Chemist/Pharmacy would be OK. I only use a few drops in the mug of warm water – along with a level teaspoon of sea salt and a 1/8th or 1/4 teaspoon of washing soda/sodium carbonate (available from any hardware store or supermarket). Sorted. No vaccine required.

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    1. AhNotepad

      The article says the Amazon spray coats the nose lining with an acidic powder, so that would lower the pH. I believe the raised pH would work, but could the lower pH work, or is there a mistake in the article?

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      1. Shaun Clark

        I think that in my enthusiasm on reading the article I missed that as I understood that it was only (within reason) that it was an alkaline environment that would kill viruses. It certainly sorts matters out as I outlined! Breathing becomes sweet and very heady!! About 15 years ago I tried out a mild acid experiment in my nose during a bad sinus infection. It did not go well. My then reasoning in doing such was that I lived at that time in Dubai, and the sinus infections that went around were terrible. It was probably the mix of the local multi-expat populations that were responsible for this, but it was well known that the local aluminium smelter chucked out some terrible polluting particles. I will do some research on the pH of the nose. It maybe a good time to experiment once again. A two-way double-whammy might be a surer thing to do? I also occasional add a few drops Povidone Iodine to my nasal rinse. That also helps, and a small bottle of PI is also a very convenient means to carry about one’s self when out and about, and has been proven to stop Sars2 infections. Washing your hands is one thing, but washing your nasal passages as well takes matters to a much higher level of cleanliness. It’s become second nature to me, and I am thankful for it.

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      2. Shaun Clark

        AHN: Interestingly (via d’Interwebs), it is reported that the pH of the nose (anterior and posterior) is pretty stable, if slightly acidic (5.5 – 6.5). Blood however stays remarkable stable (no matter what), within a very defined range of 7.3 – 7.45. Moreover, it has also been reported that with a Rhinitis infection https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10196653/ the pH raises to circa 7.3 – 8.1 (from 5.5 – 6.5). That is a remarkable jump! Maybe that is a clear indication of the body fighting off an infection? So, maybe my approach of using washing soda (and a stronger mix with an infection), is indeed the key as I have found the overall effect of getting rid of gunk is quite spectacular.

        We shall see when my pH meter arrives. In the past when I have had an infection I have used a full teaspoon of sodium carbonate per mug of warm water – with salt of course. Never try this with unsalted water.

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          1. Shaun Clark

            Gary, No. BiCarb is pretty tame. It might be OK for kids. I used that for some years until I got a shocking upper then lower respiratory infection 3 winters back when EVERYTHING was blocked including my sphenoid sinus. The headaches were pretty bad. In past posts I have listed my experience when I first switched to sodium carbonate. The result was spectacular. Gunk flowed like the Nile in flood, but with much more colour. In the end had to go to hospital (two of my daughters were starting to panic) when it moved on to my chest. Fortunately, I saw a Syrian doctor at Whipps Cross NHS Hospital, London, who had suffered the same thing a few weeks prior, and he put me on antibiotics as a precaution against pneumonia. It was the worst respiratory infection I have ever had. A shocker.

          1. Shaun Clark

            AHN, There are various concoctions. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried most of them. One, was adding a few drops of baby shampoo to the mix (sorry, no Link but search the Net). That was OK, but (Pears) soap seems to do a better job than a detergent. However, nothing seems to beat adding washing soda/sodium carbonate. Sea salt is key and a level teaspoon in a mug of warm water will give you roughly 32 parts/1000 (seawater). Salt is critically important as otherwise a no salt effort is called waterboarding. A few drops of 3 or 6% hydrogen peroxide also helps. Of course everyone is different. As a prophylactic I use about 1/4 teaspoon of washing soda. When I had a serious infection (when I first started using it) I used about a level teaspoon per mug of water. I’m currently experimenting with neat/cheap more acid based regime (with salt), and that seems to be OK too, but I think with an infection I would go for the sodium carbonate. Quickly.

  82. Ali

    They probably eat a lot more healthily in Singapore. More fish & seaweed, etc, so plenty of iodine, magnesium & other beneficial elements. It was mentioned in a news report here just a couple of days ago, that the death rate seems to be far higher in the poorer end of society. Unfortunately, the poorer end of society is more likely to be eating cheaper, less nutritious & often non-nutritious ‘empty-calorie’ ‘Carbage’ that often strips the body of far more than it gives.

    Sadly, despite the cost of living in ‘care’ homes, many in those are often served cheap, low nutrient food. Once you are in hospital the food served there is going to do little if anything to encourage recovery, either.

    We are made of the elements. We run on the elements. It is minerals, vitamins & phytonutrients that sustain & nourish us. Indulging in ‘nice but nasty’ nutrient-stripped, & often nutrient-robbing pseudo-food makes us sick & vulnerable. Taking unnatural manufactured drugs just piles in even more toxic garbage for the body to try & eliminate.

    When will they ever get it?

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  83. barovsky

    Does anybody have a view on this?

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/02/16/health-officials-make-crucial-error-in-vaccine-recommendation.aspx?

    As somebody who has had the virus, I see no benefit (and possibly it’s dangerous) to being vaccinated. I’ve been put under considerable pressure to get vaccinated. At one point I got a phone call from my GP surgery where I was informed that I could still catch it again and when I asked the person (not a doctor) if she was offering a medical opinion, I got no reply. One doctor has told me he saw no point to getting vaccinated.

    What’s your opinion on this Dr Kendrick?

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      1. barovsky

        On the other hand, the NYT, back in November 2020 told us that:

        “Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint

        Blood samples from recovered patients suggest a powerful, long-lasting immune response, researchers reported.

        Blood was drawn for a Covid-19 antibody test at the University of Arizona in Tucson earlier this year.

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      2. Prudence Kitten

        “People Who Have Had Covid Should Get Single Vaccine Dose, Studies Suggest”.

        Because PROFITS.

        Of course, we have known for centuries that people who have recovered from most infections are then immune. No vaccine needed.

        But just think how that would reduce the takings! Everyone must have vaccines!!

        By the way, notice the wording of the quoted headline. One sees such phrases all the time nowadays. “Studies Suggest…” Of course, studies don’t talk or write. They are silent. It is specific people who suggest things. But the wording chosen implies that the “suggestions” are incontrovertible facts revealed to us by the Holy “Science”.

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        1. barovsky

          Yet, the NYT carried another story back in November 2020 that suggested the COMPLETE OPPOSITE! That catching the BUG, conferred immunity, so no need for a vaccine.

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  84. Steve

    Interesting, if depressing, article on escaping Lockdown. My interpretation, my mistakes.
    Apparently, using lateral flow testing on an entirely ‘clean’ population will result in at least 19,000 false positives.
    The government will release us from lockdown only when the number of ‘cases’ falls below 1,000 per day.
    Conclusion: we can NEVER escape lockdown.
    See.
    https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/19000-schoolchildren-will-needlessly-self-isolate-every-week-under-government-mass-testing-scheme/

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      “Conclusion: we can NEVER escape lockdown”.

      Logical, until you realise that sooner or later (probably sooner) the economy will collapse to the extent that the NHS itself collapses for want of resources.

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      1. AhNotepad

        There may be a ray of hope, a judge found Madge Halfcock acted unlawfully in handling contracts. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/feb/19/matt-hancock-acted-unlawfully-failing-publish-covid-contracts-high-court. The link is from the Grauniad though many other outlets have published the story. The reason for picking this one, is the Grauniad is a narrative supporter, up to now. With any luck there may be other legal problems in court for Halfcock.

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        1. Prudence Kitten

          Good show, Ah. But now comes the really interesting part: so what? Will Mr Hancock be put on trial, punished, disciplined, demoted, sacked?

          I don’t think so. The fact that he gave orders to 66 million British citizens – orders that were enforced, sometimes violently – without any legal authority will just sit there like a seagull on a roof.

          And everything will continue as if the legal judgment had never happened.

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      2. Fast Eddy

        The NHS will not exist if the economy collapses.

        Lockdowns will eventually collapse the economy.

        Save the NHS.

        Stop the Lockdowns Now

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  85. Tish

    A little problem when you try to help people weigh things up?
    I have noticed that when I send articles or videos to people they tend not to scrutinise the content. What they do is go to say, Wikipedia, where they are not at all disappointed to learn that the writer or presenter is a conspiracy theorist or charlatan, a Holocaust denier, or looks a bit shifty and not to be trusted (yes, even Malcolm looks shifty!). Then they can relax, vindicated.

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      People are lazy, Tish, and will usually save as much time and effort as possible.

      Many is the email I have sent, to realise on reading the reply that the recipient read only the subject line – or maybe the first couple of lines of the body.

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  86. Smy

    None of it has ever made sense. And very much media hyped. We have went from a world where we worked, lived and socialised closely together and apparently didn’t infect each other…..to masked, 2 metres apart, not socialising and many are supposedly getting infect……just don’t get it at all???

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      Well, to be fair, we did infect one another all the time. But the key fact is that the vast majority of those infections did not lead to any perceptible illness, other than sniffles and the odd cough.

      The insidious change that was made in 2020 was to insinuate that a positive test result constituted an “infection”, which was a “case”, which was very bad news.

      The traditional method of coping with respiratory viruses, which has worked well for thousands of years, is to pay no attention unless someone becomes actually sick. If any signs or symptoms occur, such as pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, or violent coughing (as in whooping cough), put the patient to bed and have a doctor examine them. If and when the doctor decides the patient is ill enough to need to be in hsopital, then and only then might it be useful to do tests to determine what viruses are present.

      If we are to take a giant leap into a new world of preventive medicine, in which everyone is continually tested to find out what viruses they are carrying just in case they might get sick (“Minority Report” fashion), the resources must be there to test simultaneously for all relevant pathogens. Don’t label all respiratory illness as “Covid-19” when it might just as well be influenza, pneumonia, TB or a thousand other things.

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      1. Mark Heneghan

        This, in a nutshell, is my problem with most preventative medicine – people confuse risk factors and illness, and assume that getting rid of one will get rid of the other, even before it has been established that one causes the other. The result is the massive costly QOF programme, in which we medicate healthy people with mild hypertension, chase healthy asthmatics to be reviewed in asthma clinics, and frighten people into taking statins. After nearly 38 years in medicine, there are very few preventative measures that I have taken myself, and advised for my family, and this after weighing the risk benefit for each. I don’t smoke, I have found a way to stay thin, I exercise, but mostly because I enjoy it, and I take allopurinol because I got fed up with getting acute gout. My wife and I agreed to give our kids their childhood immunisations, and so far I have had the annual flu jab, and the Pfizer covid jab. I urge my patients to make their own minds up re preventative medicine, although I sometimes say why I wouldn’t take a drug, eg statins. We have been so brainwashed into thinking that ‘prevention is better than cure’ we have less time for people that feel ill.

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  87. David Bailey

    I wonder if anyone here knows whether the various vaccines are tested to ensure that they only contain what they say they contain. I mean suppose these vaccines also contained other strands of m-RNA – maybe ones corresponding to some portion of the human genome – would it ever get detected?

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    1. Gary Ogden

      No, they are not (at least in the U.S.). FDA, who approves them, does not do any laboratory testing. They rely entirely on industry laboratory work and data. Manufacturers of foods and drugs can be liable under the law for injury from their products, but for vaccines they are not. Vaccines are liability-free. This is the main reason they are so lucrative for manufacturers.

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      1. Prudence Kitten

        Just as all the ostentatious fuss about “security” in airports and elsewhere has always been 99% theatre and 1% security, the point is always to put up a good show of democracy, answerability, the rule of law, scientific integrity, etc.

        The Russians have a wonderful word for it: “maskirovka”.

        “Sincerity is the key – once you can fake that, you’ve got it made”.

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    1. David Bailey

      JDPattern,

      Maybe that article was designed to be as obscure as possible.

      I’d like someone to start by quantifying exactly what it was about COVID that indicated that it required such a vastly different treatment than flu, or other coronaviruses.

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      1. barovsky

        So all the waffle in the ‘Scientific Reports’ article you cited, comes down to this:

        Each of these research avenues and their associated health measures (infection rate, deaths and excess deaths) is important in informing the public and policymakers about the mortality impact of COVID-19. However, each come with their own limitations. Infection fatality rates apply only to the relatively small sub-population that has been confirmed to have the disease, and without knowledge about the true number of infected, these rates are inherently difficult to estimate. COVID-19 attributable deaths may over- or underestimate the true number of deaths that are due to the disease, as both policies and practices about coding the deaths are only being developed and standardized.

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        1. Gary Ogden

          barovsky: Pure drivel! This is the sort of nonsense we learned about in “Doctoring Data,” taken to the nadir of absurdity. I no longer have any trust in any of the scientific or medical journals, although occasionally some actual science manages to slip through.

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          1. barovsky

            Of course the real corollary here is that the state’s abuse/misuse of statistics, has completely undermined our trust in science, of any kind! This is the REAL disaster here. Anyone for the (reconstituted?) Flat Earth Society?

          2. Eggs ‘n beer

            Well, if it HAD undermined our trust in science completely that would be a good thing. Because then people would question everything. No, I think that the REAL disaster here is that the multitude of lemmings still believe in ‘science’, as evidenced in part by the enthusiastic reception of untried entirely novel ‘vaccines’ that have to invade your cells before becoming active.

            And there’s no need to reconstitute the FES, it’s still going.

            https://theflatearthsociety.org/home/index.php/about-the-society/faq

            Notable members are Matt Hancock, George Soros, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg ….

          3. Eggs 'n beer

            colinbannon, I think you’ve replied to the wrong post. I didn’t ask any questions. All my questions have been answered by Pfizer and AstraZeneca through their trial specifications and the results. I do not have to believe that the AZ trials are worthless – AZ have made that abundantly clear themselves. It is a matter of fact, not belief. And similarly, it is a matter of fact that our knowledge of the workings of our cells, the chemistry, microbiology, physiology etc is so infinitesimal that it is clearly not possible to guess what impact mRNA vaccines could have. The only way we can gain that knowledge is by extensive testing.

          4. Prudence Kitten

            But would you really expect politicians to demonstrate any understanding of statistics? Or, to quote the inimitable Dave Barry, the concept of the number 3?

            As I keep saying, politics (and to a great extent the “marketing” aspect of business) is the exact opposite of science.

            In science we try to discover the objective truth, and to avoid fooling ourselves and one another.

            Whereas…

          5. Prudence Kitten

            “Because then people would question everything”.

            Which would, of course, be a properly sceptical scientific attitude, Eggs.

      2. Prudence Kitten

        Probably the impending bankruptcy of Western nations, and the unwillingness of those responsible to be held accountable for the frightful consequences.

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    2. Dr. John H

      Researchers interested in money & fame:
      “We find that over 20.5 million years of life have been lost to COVID-19 globally.”

      Hypothetical researchers interested in peoples health & lives:
      “Global health authorities, politicians, media, and big tech censor information on inexpensive readily available cures that would have reduced the years of life lost to COVID-19 to near zero.”

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    3. JDPatten

      Alrightee. Let me remind all the enthusiastic follow-up commentors that this challenge is about the Nature journal article on death, not your own personal choice of fear.
      (It’s human nature to thrive on fear. We wouldn’t be where we are without it. Scientifically advanced; culturally regressive – one feeding off of, at the same as tainting, the other. Human.)

      No Dr. Malcolm response.
      No response from anyone who’s really capable of addressing the issue point by point.

      So, I must conclude that the article is on point, mustn’t I?

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      1. Gary Ogden

        JDPatten: I think one of the points Dr. Kendrick has made is that this whole mess has been so muddled that we don’t know, and will never know the true death numbers from this particular respiratory disease. It does seem clear, though, that this is no worse than others we have seen in our lifetimes, yet never have we destroyed entire economies, the education of children, the lives of business owners and the prospects of young adults just getting their feet wet in the world of work. Nor have ever before the billionaires increased their wealth so dramatically in so short of time, not counting the newly-minted ones like the CEO of Moderna. If anything is on point they are Dr. Kendrick’s analyses.

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      2. Eggs ‘n beer

        Repeated, because it slipped out of sequence and you may have missed it:

        I don’t think it’s worth trying. Garbage in, garbage out. They are basing their data on figures which we know to be wrong. If it was a remotely scientific, they would have started with a definition of a Chinese virus death. And then, no mention of suicides due to the lockdowns. An acquaintance who topped himself at 40 has lost 43 years – not included. Many people have lost months of life through not being able to live – say three moths each per UK resident, that’s 17 million years gone. Just for the UK. And that’s for people still breathing.

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  88. Eggs 'n beer

    I don’t think it’s worth trying. Garbage in, garbage out. They are basing their data on figures which we know to be wrong. If it was a remotely scientific, they would have started with a definition of a Chinese virus death. And then, no mention of suicides due to the lockdowns. An acquaintance who topped himself at 40 has lost 43 years – not included. Many people have lost months of life through not being able to live – say three moths each per UK resident, that’s 17 million years gone. Just for the UK. And that’s for people still breathing.

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      Eggsactly. Who was it who observed that, if they can get you asking the wrong questions, they needn’t worry about the answers?

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  89. lingulella

    Back in last Spring, a group under Yehuda Schoenfeld considered that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was likely causing Covid-19 by stimulating(?) autoimmune disease possibly as a result of ‘mimicry’ of sequences of the human genome. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7289100/
    At the time they had studied a number of autoimmune diseases that seemed to match the symptoms of various different aspects of Covid-19. As a result they expressed concern that the ‘spike’ protein should be carefully examined to ensure that there were no structural matches to parts of the human genome in the parts of the ‘spike’ used in the proposed vaccines. I have not seen any indication that their plea was heeded. The paper spends some time looking at KD and the Covid-19.
    Since then there has been further interest in this as this shows;
    https://media.nature.com/original/magazine-assets/d41586-021-00149-1/d41586-021-00149-1.pdf and it is now likely that many pathogens damage people either by stimulating, by mimicry, those already susceptible to autoimmunity, or cause autoimmunity by provoking an uncontrolled immune response. ‘Long Covid’ through autoimmunity is thought to well explain how the disease continues long after the virus has been cleared from the body.
    This raises the prospect of long term autoimmune diseases being a likely consequence of both the viral infection and the vaccine, and that avoiding the virus or, failing that, preventing viral replication is a far better way of avoiding ‘Long Covid’, and that requires drug treatments that ‘cure’ quickly rather than allow infection and even ‘mild’ disease.

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  90. Tammera Karr

    I love this – at last someone with some grounded sense is pointing out what so many of my colleagues, friends, family and I are feeling and seeing. Here in the western USA, I couldn’t help but see more folks were dying of car accidents, drug overdoses and countless other conditions at rates still higher then COVID. The unreliability of the tests was obvious, and it is well established the standard flu vaccine is hit and miss – so how could a covid vaccine developed months after the initial out-break and countless viral variances really be 90% effective???
    How is all of this going to affect the human virome? Have governments grossly overreacted? And On and On the questions come. Either the bugs are going to win- which history says that is a given or humans need to change what isn’t working in order survive (improve our immune function, over all health and lifestyles).

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    1. Steph Smith

      couldn’t agree more – have been saying same for last year, vitamin D, exercise, nutrition, other treatments proven to work as opposed to a shot in the arm which will have to be endlessly boosted and repeated. I know of one person who had covid 19 – one. single. person. He is morbidly obese and has underlying conditions, was in hospital but survived and now has long covid. But apart from him – no one I know has had it. When are people going to lift their noses from their face book feeds and wake up to what is happening and stop following MSM, which seems to be under the editorial control of big pharma, and start doing their own research and educate themselves? before it is just too late.

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  91. crisscross767

    The Pfizer vaccine was designed in just few hours in a single day on January 25, 2020.

    …………According to the co-founder of BioNTech Dr Ugur Sahin, the COVID-19 vaccine he designed for Pfizer was designed in just few hours in a single day on January 25, 2020. No other vaccine in history has been created and manufactured so quickly. Previously, the fastest vaccine ever developed took more than four years.

    Even, Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine also took just two days to design.

    According to pharma giant Moderna, the COVID-19 mRNA based experimental vaccines are Operating System designed to program human DNA. These vaccines are being approved for emergency use for the first time in history.

    Read more of this post
    https://greatgameindia.com/body-convulsions-moderna-vaccine/

    Ex-Russian Intel Officer: Depopulation Agenda is Real

    “They” think that you’re so medicated, fluoridated and distracted with meaningless entertainment that you can’t connect the dots . . . In this outtake, a former Colonel of the Russian Military Intelligence service states that the current Coronavirus pandemic (or lack of?) is serving 4 main purposes:

    1) Depopulation initiative
    2) Political control over the remaining population
    3) Deflation of the current financial bubble
    4) Liquidation of geo-economic competitors

    And why the rush then for vaccines and vaccinations? Full story:

    https://www.brighteon.com/308623a8-4d1f-40ec-8ec1-3d8b9dc2e4c2

    Woman Has A Rant – Sheep…..TAKE NOTE

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/r4ftPe9rGVFZ/

    THIS IS WHAT THE PFIZER COVID19 VACCINE CAN DO …

    https://www.brighteon.com/aea0f04a-b58f-478f-95dd-37701724e8ef

    Look at what happenned to me a few days after i got the Moderna Vaccine

    Ex-Russian Intel Officer: Depopulation Agenda is Real

    https://www.brighteon.com/89b90453-138e-4c2c-b217-14a23c41f19c

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      Just as the Corman-Drosten paper which laid down the parameters of the PCR tests on which governments have been relying was written and “peer reviewed” in less than a week. Without either the authors or the reviewers ever coming within thousands of miles of a sample of the virus!

      https://www.globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-scandal-breaking-merkel-germany/5731891

      Meanwhile other critically important papers are being held up – in some cases indefinitley – because they are “awaiting peer review”.

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    2. Fast Eddy

      I suspect these many Covid vaccines were under development years ago… so they would be comprehensively tested.

      And they no doubt do exactly what they were engineered to do — alter our DNA so that when we encounter viruses down the road (even the common cold) we die.

      If in doubt ask yourself — why would you inject 8B people — with an ‘experiment’ — when you know the vast majority of them are at next to no risk of getting very sick – or dying — from covid.

      Why would you not just jab the at risk people???

      There is obviously some reason (and it ain’t about protecting us) that the PTB want this garbage inside our cells.

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  92. crisscross767

    Don’t worry, be happy and enjoy your body aches and pains.

    The COVID-19 mRNA based experimental vaccines are an Operating System designed to program human DNA.

    Vox Says That It Is a Good Thing That Vaccines Are Making People Sick

    “Every vaccine can have side effects like muscle pain, fever, or headaches; and some of the new Covid-19 vaccines are even likelier to give you those side effects than you may be used to.”

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    1. AhNotepad

      Great, Offit for Proffit has eased my anxiety, I now know that death is regarded as a non-serious side effect, and in fact no deaths have been caused by the vaccine, and since vaccination began, far fewer deaths have been caused by covid, and anyone who has died has done it deliberately just to spread misinformation. Whoopee!!! Lets get jabbed so we can all enjoy getting sick and dying, or other trivial effects. What’s not to like?

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    2. JDPatten

      I’m a week after my first Moderna vaccination.
      My arm hurt a bit for a scant two days.
      Looking forward to my second, probably resulting in greater discomfort.
      Yay!!

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  93. janetgrovesart

    Okay, I have decided to unsubscribe from this once wonderful blog. I’ve been following it for years, enjoying, learning. Now though it’s wall to wall Covid, Covid, Covid, and along with the depression I’m starting to feel at the loss of my normal life I have fear too because of the pressure I was under to accept the vaccine. Doomed, it seems. Many comments are becoming wilder and wilder and evermore fear-mongering and I feel quite alienated. So many wonderful contributors have gone silent over the last year.
    Dr. Kendrick, you have been a voice of calm and reason and reassurance through all this for which I thank you most sincerely. I shall continue to take a look at your blog subjects from time to time to see if they’ve moved on and hopefully resubscribe at some point in the future. I find I am fighting back tears- silly old fool.
    So goodbye. Over and out.
    Janet/JanB

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    1. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

      Janet, that is a shame. I have found it difficult to write about any else in the last year as Covid19 has taken over the entire consciousness of the human race. I shall be returning to other topics shortly, once Covid19 becomes history.

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      1. JDPatten

        Dr. Kendrick,
        COVID-19 will be history shortly? Really?
        Um . . . what is “shortly”?
        What’s the rationale that brings you to that conclusion? What do you know that others seem not to?

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        1. JDPatten

          No really, Dr. Kendrick.
          I really would like to know your perspective on the timeline remaining for this COVID mess.
          I am also really looking forward to your return to your forte: heart disease and all things related.
          When??

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          1. Fast Eddy

            Heart disease?

            Haven’t you heard – heart disease has been eliminated. And diabetes. And cancer. And the flu. And all the other deadly diseases.

            Everyone who dies now dies of Covid.

      2. n

        I pray that you are right we can move on shortly. I miss your writing on other topics. I reread old posts sometimes. Thanks for all your writings!

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        1. Gary Ogden

          n: April is the prognosis for the end of it in the U.S. now that they have a fully-compiant puppet in the White House. What concerns me now about the UK is that, according to Lockdown Skeptics, they will be trying to force all NHS doctors to take the jab. Very worrisome.

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      1. AhNotepad

        If you don’t agree with what others write, it’s possible to ignore it, or respond to it. People don’t always write in the style the readers are used to, and they may have a different view on some or all of the points. To say they are nutters is either generally unhelpful, or, I think, is generally true for forums. When most of the world has gone mad, they will look at forums such as this and determine that most posters are nutters. It may be true, or it may not. I have left a few forums, either because they developed into single topic forums, or I wasn’t prepared to put up with personal attacks from, for example, climate campaigners, who might have been right, but they became monotonous in claiming 97% of scientists agree when I questioned it. People who attack on this blog don’t get away with it for long, thanks to Malcolm. 97% is interesting in being the highest prime number less than 100. I think that’s why it’s used, as even numbers don’t have the same pseudo authority.

        However, rather than leaving because you don’t like what’s written, write what you would like to see, and base it on facts as you know them, and be prepared to adjust your position in the light of information from others.

        I don’t bother to write about CFR, IFR, R, as my brain can’t make sense of the significance. All I understand is death rate = 1. Everybody dies sometime.

        So Janet, if you see this, please don’t disappear, you may just have a gem to post in response to another post.

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        1. barovsky

          Why are folks here dissing Dr Kendrick? If you don’t like what he writes and the opinions voiced here, then go somewhere else, it’s that simple (not you Ah!).

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        2. Mr Chris

          AHN
          I agree with much of what you say. I felt that Janet was rather cut up about what she wrote and that my reply was an expression of solidarity. I realise there is no obligation to read and even less so to comment. Malcolm has said several times that he believes that confrontation of ideas in polite debate is good. I have seen on here lots of confrontation of ideas but leading to hardening of attitudes, which I have read is a feature of comments on blogs.
          It is equally true that wading through same old same old searching for the eventual nugget is time consuming. I have learnt many things on these blogs, I can truly say they can be life changing, but at the moment we seem to be going through a difficult phase

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      2. colinbannon

        i agree. The blog has offered a useful angle to consider when it comes to diet, cholesterol and health, but rather like others has hit the rocks of COVID. It’s clear that it is a real pandemic whose origin, spread and virulence has lessons for us now, and hints at how we have to change to survive much longer into the future. Less travel, more local systems, expanding habitats for bats and monkeys, living within our means, reducing wealth and poverty – all very radical and not much discussed. Why be so concerned about short term issues when not seeing the catastrophe we are so actually creating for ourselves

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        1. AhNotepad

          Who exactly is creating the catastrophe? Listen to https://youtu.be/JCfEuv4abcg. Note well that this was made in 2019, before people even started waking up. Not all of it is believable, but see how many of the predicted happenings have started.

          Kind regards

          Nutter

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        2. Tish

          Colinbannon: Re. ‘Less travel, more local systems, expanding habitats for bats and monkeys, living within our means, reducing wealth and poverty – all very radical and not much discussed.’

          Yes and much more in the pipeline and I would like to see and hear it all discussed more too. But much of this could have come about without a pseudo pandemic where the public is treated with contempt masquerading as care. We are not all frightened into stupidity and it hurts to have lies and trickery constantly thrown at us.

          We don’t need more proof that the tests and figures are wrong but we need to understand all that is planned. Is it all to be rushed in like the vaccines or has the preparation been better? So much we’re not being told but the media now seems to be busy hinting and discussing how useful the pandemic is going to be to bring about necessary change.

          It seems to me that unless we enquire properly into the reasons and aims of the governments with the World Economic Forum and the rest, we will continue to feel powerless and edgy. Yet the threat may not all be as bad as we envisage. We could start looking at some pros along with the cons but still hold the government to account for its childish draconian and insulting
          actions. The censorship and loss of freedom is certainly frightful and I can’t see how it can be justified. Through these actions they have certainly lost the trust of many of us who at the same time feel a disappointment in most of our fellow citizens. Damage has been done and in looking for and at pros we must not lose our awareness of the tyranny, but let’s not completely ignore the pros either.

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      3. Fast Eddy

        On the contrary … this blog has been discovered by some of the best thinkers on the planet… unfortunately it is also home to quite a few DelusiSTANIS…. but hey so is Our Finite World… another Mecca for the best and the brightest.

        Nothing is perfect.

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      4. Jerome Savage

        Mr Chris
        I just read Tish February 24, 2021 at 11:47 am and said to myself that is one of the most intriguing, thought provoking and far reaching comments that I have come across since this whole mess began. And then I saw your “nutters” comment. So at least we have variety of opinions and no censorship on this blog. Tish’s comment spans 2 worlds, one is concern at how we are thrashing our planet and second, concern at how we are thrashing civil liberties, social and mental dimension of societies though with little effect on societal upper tiers.

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    2. Jeremy May

      I know where you’re coming from Janet.
      Here (to some extent) and in other virtua places the radical view is becoming more prevalent. We’re had so many months of the standard gloomy mantra that I’m virtually imune to the white noise of it. I no longer watch the news or listen to the radio. Despite the fact that alternative and rational perspectives are voiced regularly, they become swamped by ‘the machine’. The voices we now hear (or notice more) are the more radical, or wild, as you put it.

      I had my first jab this morning.
      I didn’t really want it and did think hard before accepting it. There are so many questions I find difficult to answer, in the case of longer-term effects there are no answers.
      Recent articles on various side-effects didn’t help. They sow seeds of doubt, maybe justifiably.
      Maybe I’m more receptive to suggestion than the average Joe.
      I wish I hadn’t read all the short-term side-effects in that rather nice leaflet I was given – I’ve got most of them now!

      And ‘positive’ tests and deaths are plummeting. https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
      Stable door…….?

      Chin up Janet.

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    3. lorrainecleaver7

      That’s a shame Janet but I think I get how you’re feeling. I sometimes take a total break from all media these days as the fear and doom could bring anyone down. My parents took the Pfizer vaccine three weeks ago and told the dentist administering it they were doing it under duress as they felt it was too rushed but the younger generations had paid too high a price already with the lockdowns. They so far are fine with only a little insomnia the first few days. I have nothing against vaccinations but for myself am wary as I can’t find studies into any effects on existing auto immune disease which I have. If only people’s real concerns were calmly addressed instead of dismissed as anti-vax, we would have a calm and reasoned discussion.

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      1. Jerome Savage

        Lorraine – if you have or are in favour of taking a vax for a tropical destination your are not anti-vax. If you are concerned about a vax being pushed 2 years ahead of the long term trial period, for a virus with no significant risk for those under 60 and for those in good health, then you are vax aware, vax cautious, vax skeptical or vax concerned – take your pick. Trouble is none of those roll 0ff the tongue that easily which is not marketing convenient. Anti vax has a solid marketing sound bite characterisation and has developed a connotations of the reckless contrarian, likely cultivated.

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    4. Peggy Sue

      I feel similarly Janet. I used to get quite excited when Dr Malcolm added a new blog to his page and I avidly read the brilliant comments written by some amazing contributors.
      Nowadays I personally have no interest whatsoever in most of the verbiage in the comments section over the last few months. We’re all just getting by the best we can and I find it completely miserable reading so haven’t been bothering. I’d rather search for joy in the world.
      I’ll pop back every now and then in the hope it brightens up a bit.

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    5. David Bailey

      Janet,

      Your comment suggests that you are or were accessing this blog through some other software that pushes information at you.
      .
      I would suggest that yousimply point your browser at https://drmalcolmkendrick.org when you want to see what is happening here. I have never ‘subscribed’ – I just come here when I choose.

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  94. crisscross767

    Morrison called out on wrong needle for Pfizer vaccination marketing stunt

    By TONY MOBILIFONITIS
    BIG pharma executives know only too well the dangers of vaccines and the adverse reactions that range from death to disability or minor injuries like fainting or sore arms. To risk a severe reaction or even death from a vaccine given to a celebrity or prominent person would be too big a risk for the program and even before Cairns News was tipped off about Scott Morrison’s apparently fake vaccination, we would have bet on the “celebrity vaccines” all being blanks.

    Of the officially reported post COVID vaccination deaths in the US, two thirds happened within 48 hours of the shots being given (see chart below). No pharma company is going to risk a prime minister or other notable person suffering any type of reaction. Hence Morrison’s needle was the wrong type for mature male vaccination, as spotted by an observant Australian nurse.

    Messenger RNA vaccines are already taking a massive toll worldwide. They were rushed through without the critical animal trials and are one of the most dangerous vaccines yet to hit the market. As reported by Robert F. Kennedy Jnr’s Children’s Health Defense group, the COVID vaccine death toll is soaring.

    “According to new data released today, as of Feb. 12, 15,923 adverse reactions to COVID vaccines, including 929 deaths, have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) since Dec. 14, 2020.

    “VAERS is the primary mechanism in the U.S. for reporting adverse vaccine reactions. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a determination can be made as to whether the reported adverse event was directly or indirectly caused by the vaccine. The latest VAERS data show that 799 of the deaths were reported in the U.S., and that about one-third of those deaths occurred within 48 hours of the individual receiving the vaccination. ………………………

    https://cairnsnews.org/2021/02/23/morrison-called-out-on-wrong-needle-for-pfizer-vaccination-marketing-stunt/

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  95. Harry de Boer

    The most reliable number to look at is all cause mortality. However, it is temporally influenced by demographic mobility (more people moving into the ‘elderly’ group–> higher mortality) and population growth which makes comparison with previous year less accurate.

    But if we correct for both phenomena by dividing the population in age groups and calculating the *relative* death rate in those groups, relative with respect to the year-averaged group size that is, the number for the Netherlands show an interesting picture which suggests that there has not been anything like a severe epidemic in 2020, lest there were even more severe epidemics from 1995 up to and including 2006.

    I don’t know how to include an image here in wordpress so I posted a graph, made in LibreOffice’s Calc based on official data from the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics, here:

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  96. synymyr

    What data would persuade you that there is more than timely correlation between the current fall in cases/infection and either lockdown or vaccination or both?

    When might data indicating causation not correlation become available?

    Thanks!

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    1. AhNotepad

      Synymyr, none of is generated by governments. They manipulate and change rules from day to day and cause people immense distress. If you look at the information on deaths in care homes in the UK, there is no reduction following jabs , quite the opposite.

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    2. John

      We went from tier 4 to the current lockdown and they are basically the same (certainly made no difference to me) and cases went up (probably, depending on which set of figure you use). Did not go down anyway. So what reduction in cases? Also lots more care home and hospital deaths than there were under tier 4. Just makes me query all the figures (which I think is what Dr Kendrick was trying to say).

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      1. Prudence Kitten

        I think the grand plan is along these lines:

        1. Throughout 2020, use PCR with ridiculous cycle counts of 40 and upwards. That ensures vast numbers of “cases” for the media to wring their hands over, and justifies imprisoning citizens.

        2. Throughout 2020, also distort the rules for diagnosis and death certificates so that deaths from Covid are greatly exaggerated.

        3. As soon as Orange Man Gone, push the throttles to full reverse. WHO announced (actually on Inauguration Day, if I remember rightly) that from then on PCR should be used with reasonable cycle counts of 30 or less. (A decrease in sensitivity of at least 1,000 times). And no doubt in due course the rules for diagnosis and death certificates will be restored to normal too. The official story is that all the harm was entirely the fault of Orange Man (and the awful Chinese communists); and now that he is Gone, peace, love and health will return.

        4. Unfortunately, as with most grand plans, the implementation lags a bit. But we should soon be seeing falling numbers for claimed “cases” and deaths. It would be astonishing if we didn’t.

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        1. barovsky

          As Neil Ferguson knows (though he’d never admit it), making predictions is an extremely dangerous thing to do. So, you may well be right, but ‘cases’, infections, call them what you will, are ALREADY falling, so much so that even the MSM have noticed. As I’ve suspected, SARS-COV-2 is, like influenza, a seasonal disease, so of course ‘cases’ will increase in the winter and diminish come the warmer weather.

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        2. Fast Eddy

          Slight problem with your line of reasoning… how do you get the entire world to play along with inventing Covid to get rid of the Orange Man? All leaders … all MSM … are playing ball with this Covid lie… surely they are all not anti-Orange Man.

          I’ve been deep down the rabbit hole since GFC trying to understand what is going on … I can’t say I have not been expecting something like this as the central banks inevitably began to push on a string (which happened in late 2019)….

          I did not expect them to just allow an uncontrolled collapse of the global economy — I actually thought they might distribute Oxycontin to everyone so that when the extreme violence and starvation arrived, they’d at least have an easy way out…. a few tabs of Oxy and a bottle of red wine and you drift into the darkness…. forever…. surely better than getting into knife and gun fights over the last can of beans while trying to stop bike gang-types from raping your daughters… (I say this in all seriousness… and I have been on a massive bucket list rampage since reading Perfect Storm around 2010 – because there is NO future… we have been padding against an ever increasing current for years now… and have been losing ground rapidly since 2019)

          The journey to understanding the Covid Lie … begins here:

          FT.com “The global economy was facing the worst collapse since the second world war as coronavirus began to strike in March, well before the height of the crisis, according to the latest Brookings-FT tracking index. “The index comes as the IMF prepares to hold virtual spring meetings this week, when it will release forecasts showing the deepest contraction for the global economy since the 1930s great depression. https://www.ft.com/content/9ac5eb8e-4167-4a54-9b39-dab48c29ac6c

          THE PERFECT STORM
          The economy is a surplus energy equation, not a monetary one, and growth in output (and in the global population) since the Industrial Revolution has resulted from the harnessing of ever-greater quantities of energy. But the critical relationship between energy production and the energy cost of extraction is now deteriorating so rapidly that the economy as we have known it for more than two centuries is beginning to unravel https://ftalphaville-cdn.ft.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Perfect-Storm-LR.pdf

          WE BURN 6 BARRELS OF OIL FOR EVERY 1 WE DISCOVER
          All in all, this year has seen new discoveries of nearly 8 billion barrels of oil equivalent, compared to 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent discovered last year. But what’s most striking is that new discoveries aren’t even close to keeping pace with the loss of conventional resources.

          According to Rystad, the current resource replacement ratio for conventional resources is only 16 percent. In other words, only one barrel out of every six consumed is being replaced with new resources. So not only has our pace of discovery declined, but discoveries are also in much more challenging geological venues and typically offshore, which means it could take many years just to bring new resources online.

          https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Biggest-Oil-Gas-Discoveries-Of-2019.html

          Summary In 2019 a second Perfect Storm was approaching – the CBs had been doing ‘whatever it takes’ for over a decade…. Essentially nothing was off the table — throw the kitchen sink at pushing GFC2.0 into the future. In 2019 the CBs guns were blazing but the beast was not longer held at bay…

          What do you do when you are burning far more oil than you discover — and your efforts to offset the impact of expensive to produce oil push you to the edge of the cliff? You can accept your fate and allow the beast to shove you into the abyss…. Or you can take the ‘nuclear option’ and shut down as much of the economy as possible, preserve remaining oil and pump in trillions of dollars of life support to keep the system feebly alive.

          Punchline: The problem global leaders face is that if you unleash the nuclear option without some sort of cover, the sheeple and the markets would be thrown into a panic and you risk blowing things up prematurely. So you need a cover for this — one that does not spook the masses – one that is big enough to justify such epic amounts of stimulus and extreme policies — and one that allows you to explain ‘this is just temporary – once this is gone — we will get back to normal’ A pandemic is the perfect cover.

          End Game – in addition to being a cover for the above, Covid is also a very good way to keep 8 billion people in line as we hit the physical limits to growth and civilization collapses. The last thing anyone wants is a global Holodomor and extreme violence. I believe that the masses are being conditioned to be fearful because fearful people look for direction from the authorities and will accept just about any edict if it is believed to be keeping them safe. They will accept ever increasing lockdowns leading to martial law.

          Ultimately I suspect everyone will be locked into their homes, the authorities will deliver food them but at some point that will stop. We will be told ‘food will come tomorrow’ and the masses will believe that and remain cowering in fear waiting… The food will not come and by the time anyone realizes what’s happened they will be too weak to do anything about it. This is not a sinister plan. It’s a kinder, gentler way of going extinct. Keep in mind there are 4000 spent fuel ponds around the world so anyone who somehow evades the End Game (e.g. remote preppers or primitive tribes) will die when the water boils off and radiation spews for centuries.

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          1. Prudence Kitten

            Eddy, it is simple enough. Simply horrible. As Fletcher Pratt said of military strategy, it is an art of immense and infantile simplicity.

            What has happened has happened because the rulers (perhaps owners is a better word) of the world saw that the game was up: their games had destroyed most of the global economy. To cover that up, they invoked the menace of this fairly routine virus.

            You ask “how do you get the entire world to play along with inventing Covid to get rid of the Orange Man? All leaders … all MSM … are playing ball with this Covid lie… surely they are all not anti-Orange Man”.

            Well, if you have paid the slightest attention to the MSM for the past four years you must be aware that the vast majority are rapidly “anti-Orange Man”. All he had to do with recommend hydroxycholoroquine (like many experienced doctors, including – if I remember rightly – Dr Kendrick) for everyone in the establishment to scream that it was deadly. Soon it was actually forbidden. Doctors were not allowed to prescribe it, even if their experience told them it was the best treatment! Worse, an experiment was rigged in which sick patients were given more than ten times the proper does; when some of them died, that was said to show the drug was dangerous.

            You ask why all leaders and all the MSM played along? That’s simple enough too. The MSM no longer earn enough from advertising to survive – and sales have never been a big earner. More and more, the MSM have become paid employees of governments. That’s why The Times, The Guardian, the BBC, and even Private Eye now read like Western versions of Pravda.

            As for the leaders themselves – they have never been the real decision makers. If you owned the world, would you come out front in the full glare of publicity so that people could try to assassinate you? Of course not. You would stay safely anonymous, and get paid mugs to play the parts of leaders. Look at Johnson, Biden, Maron, Merkel, I pray you – and tell me you believe those are leaders. The greatest privilege in the world, available only to the very richest and most powerful, is not to exist.

            No, they all do exactly as they are told when they are told to do it. That’s why they all took the same fatuous actions simultaneously, long before there was a shred of evidence that the virus was really dangerous.

          2. Fast Eddy

            I agree that their are ‘owners of the world’ The same people who own the Fed own the world.

            “Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” ― Woodrow Wilson

            “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays – Propaganda

            But beyond that I disagree.

            Why do they have to involve the entire global MSM in the conspiracy? Why not just involve the US MSM. Only Americans vote….

            As we can see all you have to do is stuff ballot boxes, and invest Russia-gate and pound the hate drum and he’s gone.

            Why do they need Covid to get rid of Trump? Is it not a bit overkill to burn down the system that is the font of your power and wealth — to remove one man?

            Here’s my take:

            The owners of the Fed (I refer to them as the Elders…) are all powerful. Their minions are the Deep State — the politicians, democracy and their PR team are their veneer….

            Notice how NOTHING of any significance changes when ‘power’ changes hands? The people were enraged over Bush’s Iraq War … so the Elders decided time for a new front man — the PR team invents ‘Hope and Change’… replaces one flunky with another — slaps the seal of approval on Obama awarding him the Peace Prize before he even bedded down in the White House….

            Then of course they ordered him (and the Deep State) to blow up even more countries that Bush!!! The Peace Prize winner was on watch as the US created failed states in Syria and Libya. Well done!!! (I actually have no problem with any of this — plenty of vicious dogs in the world — you gotta fight for the limited bones — see ‘The Prince’)

            Hope and Change? How about More of the Same 🙂

            But don’t you see the brilliance of the Elders? When things go sideways – see Bush — the masses don’t show up at the Fed with pitchforks… they are unaware that the Elders are pulling the strings…. nope — it’s all the fault of Bush — so they vote him out — aha!! Democracy at work — out with the bad guy!!! Think of it like a steam valve….

            Fast forward to Trump … as the Elders economic machine began to seize up and the gimmicks that kept the speeding train on the track began to unravel (all due to the fact that all sources of oil including shale were at or beyond peak)… what is needed?

            A Messiah!!! A clown!!! A Tee Vee Star!!! Yes… yes… a TV star…. someone bigger than life.

            The Orange Man! The PR Team rings Don … explains the situation … asks him to perform a public service…. why not says Don – this could be fun + it appeals to my massive ego.

            Next up – the PR Team creates a slogan – Make America Great Again (Don Draper actually coined that!)… MAGA…. orders a few million ball caps and t-shirts and we are off to the races.

            Regardless of your affiliation the last 4 years has been most entertaining. We got Russiagate right out of the gate (faked by the FBI — how do you get the FBI to play ball… unless you … own them???) … that distracted the lumps of meat making them oblivious to the wolves that were circling:

            FT.com “The global economy was facing the worst collapse since the second world war as coronavirus began to strike in March, well before the height of the crisis, according to the latest Brookings-FT tracking index. “The index comes as the IMF prepares to hold virtual spring meetings this week, when it will release forecasts showing the deepest contraction for the global economy since the 1930s great depression. https://www.ft.com/content/9ac5eb8e-4167-4a54-9b39-dab48c29ac6c

            Both political parties behaved like they were guests on the Jerry Springer Show — but again it’s all fake (notice how the Obamas are buddies with George Bush — ain’t he the enemy? or even the devil? funny that… well maybe not)….

            How do you get them all to play along – well you PAY THEM … big money… did you know Biden is worth nearly $20M … great for a guy who never worked a day in his life (oh right he sold so many books… or maybe he was just given massive advances… as a .. reward)…

            Obama made 1.5M in his first month out of office giving a few speeches to … Wall Street bankers… and he’s made a LOT more since then.

            Of course this is not a US phenomenon – the wolves are circling every country … so that is why the Elders ordered ALL MSM outlets to get on board with 24/7 Trumpadelics… Keep the focus on the Jester…. divide the lumps of meat so they spend their free time either praising or despising Orange Man — and ideally screaming at each other …. (can’t hear the howling wolves if everyone is hollering).

            And now … the end is near… and so we (and the Elders) face the final curtain… Trump has done his part… he prefers to spend the last days of civilization golfing and chatting up washed up porn stars… The Elders tap a few people on the shoulder … nah … not interested in that job…

            Hmmm… ah Joe Biden … he’s pretty much senile and a complete buffoon — and also on an immense ego trip — he’ll also see this as an opportunity to feather the nest with more corruption cash (not realizing he will never get to spend it cuz he’s dumb)…. hey Joe… waddya know…

            The final piece to the End of Civilization Puzzle is covid (see https://omarskhan.medium.com/a-diseased-narrative-7badbcc214c)

            As the End Game approached the Elders rolled out Operation Compassionate Extinction…. Covid is the centrepiece — it allowed them to bombard the planet with one last epic round of stimulus and put the dying economy on ice… it also is the tool to create mass fear so that the masses agree to accept an untested ‘vaccine’… which is not a vaccine or a treatment…

            It is a death sentence… a lethal injection…. a Trojan Horse…. but there is nothing sinister in the intent…

            Think of it this way — you have 10 dogs — they are locked in a big cage — they have been in there for years — they’ve had plenty of food and water…. but then one day the only food they get is a single bone…. and that’s all they will ever get until one day there is not even a bone…

            Would you not exercise compassion? Before it came to that… would you not take the last cans of dog food … mix in plenty of poison and toss the meat in amongst the dogs and shout ‘come and get it!!!’

            Of course you would.

            Of course the Elders would. 8B of the most vicious, cunning and monstrous animals … and only one bone…. of course this is what they are doing. Why not pre-empt the suffering?

            I know you will disagree — of course you will — because you have children to think of.

            I on the other hand made a conscious choice NOT to have children — because I knew this was coming… well not the specifics but then how could I … I am not an Elder.

            It is difficult to see … even if I reveal everything … if you have children…. (the horror… the horror)

            But you’ll see… just wait a bit longer. And if it makes you feel any better … it won’t be like The Road (read the book … it’s far more graphic)…. it will mostly be peaceful.

        3. David Bailey

          I agree with Prudence. I suspect we didn’t see the obvious because of talk of Reset21. Without that, I think it was obvious from the start that COVID was about getting rid of President Trump, plus of course, there had to be something in it for Big Pharma – like probably $100 Billion for vaccines and tests.

          Unfortunately we have a diastrously stupid set of politicians, who can’t grasp that tests han give false positives, or that a sizeable proportion of those who reach the end of their lives, dies as a result of infection.

          The media is also happy to play ball with Big Pharma.

          It was always only Big Pharma that had the necessary experience of running one medical scam after another. These had to run more or less the same in every developed country – otherwise the truth would soon leak out.

          They also had to suppress the relevance of Vitamin D and various cheap medicines that could have cured many people.

          Only they could manage to run the PCR scam, and bribe enough people at the top of the medical profession (I guess you only really get there nowadays if you comply with Big Pharma’s wishes).

          The scaling back of the PCR tests to 30 cycles also means that the improvement in the situation can be attributed to the vaccines – so people will be even more likely to accept the same scam next time.

          Politicians played their part by being utterly clueless. One exception was David Davis, who spoke to an empty house about the urgent need to get Vitamin D to everyone.

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          1. Prudence Kitten

            “Unfortunately we have a diastrously stupid set of politicians…”

            I wish I could agree with you about that, David. However I strongly suspect that large sums of money in some form or other enter the picture.

            No names no packdrill – but I think everyone knows whom I mean. (On an entirely different topic, how did Tony Blair get so rich without ever doing a stroke of honest work in his entire life?)

          2. Shaun Clark

            As terrible as this viral pandemic calamity has been the inescapable fact is that we have all suffered together, but also, in some manner, we have all been cheated out of many things. Many folk will also say that we are now more than likely being gamed by BigPharma gleefully and virtuously rubbing their hands at the wide-open double-edged opportunity of it all (hint, it’s been done before), and of course they are now even more in specious partnership with mendacious politicos. Anyway, the ancient Greeks well knew as to how such matters have a habit of unfolding, as indeed befell a certain Dominic Cummins:
              
            Koros ~ success, satiety, disdainful self-satisfaction
            Hubris ~ arrogance, smugness, contemptuous pride
            Ate ~  reckless, self-confident stupidity
            Nemesis ~ punishment, retribution, downfall

            The universal rider of course in all this is… never send for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

          3. Eggs ‘n beer

            Shaun, it is not a pandemic. Never was. It might have looked like it could be, at one point, but that appearance was deceptive.

            Here are the deaths in Sweden for the last ten years:

            https://www.statista.com/statistics/525353/sweden-number-of-deaths/

            And the population for the last ten years – currently 10.4m (31st October 2020)

            https://tradingeconomics.com/sweden/population

            So annual deaths per 100,000 of population are:

            2011=955.
            2012=970.
            2013=946.
            2014=923.
            2015=932.
            2016=924.
            2017=920.
            2018=911.
            2019=868.
            2020=942.

            Average 929.

            Not pandemic numbers. And without a lockdown.

            ( I put the figures in columns, if WordPress puts them into a paragraph my apologies)

          4. Shaun Clark

            I’m well aware of the numbers. I think calamity sums it up perfectly. The truth will out. Anyway, many thanks for the breakdown!

          5. David Bailey

            Prudence,

            “I wish I could agree with you about that, David. However I strongly suspect that large sums of money in some form or other enter the picture.”

            I don’t disagree, but it is easier to bribe a politician if all his mates are too thick to know that they are being decieved.

    1. barovsky

      It’s my understanding that mRNA chemicals are not strictly speaking, vaccines. They don’t appear to stop infections, nor do they appear to ‘charge’ the immune system such that it eliminates the virus. What they do appear to do, is reduce the severity of virus’s effect but they don’t eliminate the virus from the body, which is why they don’t stop the spread of infection.
      Could it be, that just like the influenza vaccines, it’s proved impossible to produce a really effective vaccine, hence the focus on reducing the virus’s severity?

      But what of the ‘traditional’ vaccines? How do the two types compare?

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    2. Fast Eddy

      That is the DEFINITIVE analysis of Covid vaccines. Everyone should read that before accepting a position in the Great Experiment.

      I’ve forwarded that to a few CovIDIOT friends knowing that I risk their wrath (even though I am only trying to save their lives haha)

      Good title for a Metallica song — Wrath of the CovIDIOTS.

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  97. crisscross767

    Meet The 50 Doctors, Scientists And Healthcare Entrepreneurs Who Became Pandemic Billionaires In 2020

    “………Altogether, Forbes found 50 new billionaires in the healthcare sector in 2020. The most notable newcomers of the year are the scientists behind the two most successful vaccines for the coronavirus — one developed by Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech, the other by Massachusetts-based Moderna — who have seen their net worths skyrocket since January: Ugur Sahin and Stéphane Bancel.

    Virtually unknown at the outset of 2020, both men are now billionaires several times over. BioNTech CEO Sahin, who cofounded the firm with Özlem Türeci, his wife and the firm’s chief medical officer — she owns no shares in the company — is now worth $4.2 billion; his French counterpart at Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, has a $4.1 billion fortune. Moderna’s meteoric rise also produced two more billionaires among its earliest investors, Harvard professor Timothy Springer and MIT scientist Robert Langer. Those vaccines will require billions of glass vials to safely transport them — enter Italy’s Sergio Stevanato, a new billionaire and the majority shareholder in the privately-owned Stevanato Group, which is making glass vials for several dozen vaccine efforts around the world.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/giacomotognini/2020/12/23/meet-the-50-doctors-scientists-and-healthcare-entrepreneurs-who-became-pandemic-billionaires-in-2020/?sh=45c6f90b5cd9

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  98. Prudence Kitten

    Three men are standing about. Two of them are Amish and are not wearing masks. The third man is wearing a mask and says, “I don’t understand it. You haven’t been wearing masks at all. Why haven’t you gotten COVID-19 ?”

    One of the Amish responds, “Ah, the explanation is simple. We don’t have TV.”

    https://wmbriggs.com/post/34705/#comment-195290

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    1. barovsky

      According to British govt propaganda, sorry, a ‘fact’ sheet, masks DON”T PREVENT the wearer from catching the virus, they only (allegedly) prevent the wearer from giving the virus to someone else.

      What don’t understand is how a mask can prevent the spread but not the wearer! How does this work? Are there one-way viruses, similar to the ones that are only active after 10pm (or whenever your curfew kicks in)? When you take a step back from all the propaganda and fear-stoking, none of it makes any sense.

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      1. AhNotepad

        As you probably realise, the semantics around the masks is to appeal to people’s wish to be seen as doing good to others. Not all people think that way but I think most do, until it becomes a matter of survival, when self preservation takes over. Back to masks, they don’t work for viruses, but you might be able to get people to wear them if you convince them they are protecting others, and the converse being if you don’t wear a mask you don’t care about the wellbeing of others. This attitude is supported by Cressida Dick, who says people should inform on neighbours who don’t follow the “rules”. Well, that’s my thinking, but I can think of a few here who will disagree.

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        1. n

          Isn’t it crazy that we still are talking about all this as if the life of a lot of people was in danger? Did our lives were in danger at any point?
          How could a virus change so rapidly from being a very high risk to many kinds of people and very low risk to most in only a year? Herd immunity prevented from universal masking should have prevented the taming of the virulence of the disease, but the fact is that the virus is now weaker after such weak evolutionary pressure? None of this makes sense.

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          1. Prudence Kitten

            “How could a virus change so rapidly from being a very high risk to many kinds of people and very low risk to most in only a year?”

            I say again (and as often as necessary), “Orange Man Gone”.

            When politicians start controlling medicine, any kind and degree of lunacy is not only possible but likely.

      2. theasdgamer

        It’s more difficult to pick one’s nose while wearing a mask. Or to pick someone else’s nose while that person is wearing a mask. Maybe this is how wearing a mask helps cut down on spread.

        You can pick your friends….

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        1. Prudence Kitten

          It’s also impossible to blow or wipe your nose. Perhaps going around with snot running down your face is fine, as long as it’s inside a mask.

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      3. theasdgamer

        It’s obvious that masks protect the public. The trustworthy public health authorities said so!!!!!

        Everyone can feel jets of air going past their masks.

        I tell you, the lack of skepticism and critical thinking skills in the general public is very alarming.

        On the good side, the general public has generally stopped being mask nazis.

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  99. Steve

    Just to stir the pot a bit.
    What do people think will happen when we get to October 2021 and start to see the inevitable rise in seasonal ‘Flu’ ?
    Will our ‘freedoms’ be revoked again just for something that happens every year ?
    I’m not optimistic we can escape the madness while the lunatics remain in charge.

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    1. AhNotepad

      Watch the video linked by crisscross767 with the Russian intelligence officer. This madness is not about a disease, that’s just the excuse, and most people believe it. It will not stop unless people stop complying with the inflicted “rules”.

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  100. crisscross767

    COVID mRNA VAERS Death Data, C19 News Reporting, and Misinformation

    “………..Such compassion was non-existent in September 2014, when upwards of fifty Syrian children were murdered by poison put into vaccines for distribution in the Idlib area.

    The UN is partnered with GAVI, founded by Gates in 1999. Gates is also a key funder of the World Health Organization, which spiked its tetanus toxioid vaccines with hCG to sterilize a couple of hundred Kenyan women without their knowledge or consent. This admission took a while, as there was much media chatter that the Catholic bishops — Kenyans, black men — could not possibly have overseen the lab studies.

    The UK also used the term emergency use authorization for a trial product, while France — being part of the EU — calls the situation conditional marketing authorization (CMA). Both have variations on the US VAERS data filing, though Britain‘s and France‘s appear to be fully voluntary, and seem to be quite lacking in detail . The UK calls its adverse reaction submission, Yellow Card, and under Bells Palsy post injection side effect, actually suggested that the Bells might be caused by herpes (and in the literal blink of an eye, it was edited out).

    Still, not a single MSM has reported on the possibility of a fatal antibody-dependent enhancement from a trial drug, not a single call for COVID antibody testing before injecting millions with trial drugs that are not approved, bonafide, vaccines………………..

    https://www.syrianews.cc/covid-mrna-vaers-death-data-c19-news-reporting-and-misinformation/

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  101. Martin Back

    There’s a new strain of the Covid virus in New York. It’s not the same as the UK, Brazilian, or South African variant, although similar to the latter.

    This is typical behavior for influenza-type viruses. Each city tends to have its own unique collection of viruses. Local populations develop immunity, but for travellers they are novel viruses. This is why it is so common for holidaymakers to come down with a case of the sniffles in new surroundings.

    Conclusion: There is no escape from Covid unless you shelter for the rest of your life. Your vaccine passport will provide about as much protection as a face mask.

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    1. barovsky

      Yes, I went to NYC for the first time in 1975 and caught a particularly virulent strain of influenza that nearly killed me. I’ve NOT caught the flu since (or colds for that matter), that’s 46 years! I caught SARS-COV-2 a couple of months ago, got bacterial pneumonia in one lung and a week later, I was recovered (though very weak for a couple of weeks after).

      BTW, I’ve not had the flu vaccine and have no plans to take the corona vaccine either.

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    2. theasdgamer

      Covid’s virus is not an “influenza-type” virus. Nor is there any evidence that there is any drop in immunity to the new strain.

      But I agree that vaxxes for rhinoviruses and coronaviruses are dodgy propositions.

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      1. Prudence Kitten

        ‘Covid’s virus is not an “influenza-type” virus’.

        Not in terms of its structure, perhaps. However its epidemiological impact is very similar, except for the different age levels.

        Personally, I feel that a virus that kills off aged people who are already at death’s door is preferable to one that kills all ages randomly.

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  102. Peter

    Fascinating analysis from Joel Smalley here if you are interested in data. Well worth sticking through the full 95 minutes.

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  103. The_Dim_Appear

    Great news to hear that everything will be back to normal on the 21st June.

    I’m still a little unclear as to what the situation with vaccinations is. I’ve heard it said before the latest announcement that lockdowns would end when a sufficient number of people had received the vaccine. No % has every been stated for the ‘sufficient number’ and it looks like the target population has drifted significantly from vulnerable groups to children which I assume excludes new borns. I suppose there is plenty of room to constantly raise the % as they see fit. Perhaps they already know but don’t want to spook the population too soon.

    There was an expert on the news a while ago who stated, words to the effect that, the virus was mutating to work around the vaccine measures already deployed. This was an eye opener to me because I never realised before this that the virus had a will and mind of its own. Fascinating. It’s no wonder we can’t outwit it.

    This got me to thinking about the travel red list and enforced quarantine. If lots of people book holidays this summer it would only take the virus to decide to mutate again in another country and for that country to be instantly added to the red list for presumably hundreds if not thousands of people being required to book expensive quarantine on their return or to delay their return. I’m guessing a few people would try to sneak around the quarantine, get caught and fined. Would there be any horror stories of people being jailed and their families being split and children going in to care? I wonder if there is a unpublished list of special people who will also be allowed to return from a red list country with their families and not being required to quarantine? Not good for the international travel industry. Good for stopping man made climate change though if people give up on foreign travel.

    I also notice that it’s a possibility that corporation tax may rise. Businesses and the government have had a year now to get used to staff working from home. In the face of tax increases and to maintain profits I wonder if businesses/government will decide to transfer many roles to cheaper countries as it’s already been proven they don’t need staff to go to an office anymore. Not good for the workers but good news for tackling man made climate change as this would take a chunk out of demand for goods/services from the economy and reduce car travel etc.

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    1. Prudence Kitten

      “Great news to hear that everything will be back to normal on the 21st June”.

      What on earth makes you think that?

      Surely you haven’t been believing what you wish, rather than listening to exactly what they say (and don’t say)?

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  104. barovsky

    I got a massive email this morning from the NHS, informing me that I’d been added to a list because, ‘[Y]ou have been identified as someone who may now be at high risk’. So where has the NHS been for the past year?
    This in spite of the fact that the NHS knows (or if not, why not?) that I’ve had the virus (for 5 days) and am fully recovered. Perhaps it’s because I declined the ‘offer’ of a vaccination?

    The mailshot opens with the fllowing:

    Important advice to keep you safe from coronavirus (COVID-19)

    We are writing to you because new research commissioned by the Chief Medical Officer has recently enabled us to identify people who may be at increased risk of becoming seriously unwell from coronavirus. This is because of a combination of their individual characteristics and their underlying health conditions.

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    1. barovsky

      PS: What does the phrase, ‘[my] individual characteristics’ mean I wonder. In any case I tried to get my GP to change my designation, so far, to no avail

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      1. Prudence Kitten

        On the one hand, the phrase “your individual characteristics” seems calculated to intimidate by suggesting that the authorities know all your innermost secrets.

        On the other, it is sufficiently vague that they could not be pinned down were you ask exactly what those characteristics are. Besides, you would probably not be allowed to know what they are.

        Loose lips sink ships.

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      2. Prudence Kitten

        Accustomed as I am to weeding out vague wording and spotting weasel words, I notice the sentence ‘[Y]ou have been identified as someone who may now be at high risk’.

        There are two weasel-word qualifiers there.

        1. “may”. It doesn’t even say you are at high risk; just that you “may” be. Perhaps it’s even “highly likely”.

        2. “at high risk”. People may now be so accustomed to being threatened with such expressions that they overlook the vagueness of the idea of “risk”. Being “at risk” does not mean that you are sure to come to harm. Again, it’s a sly insinuation calculated to arouse anxiety.

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        1. AhNotepad

          Seems like an opportunity to reply and ask” Thank you for your concern, would you please quantify the likelihood of my being at risk, and quantify the level of risk?”

          That will, of course, probably result in being added to a list of potential terrorists, or other enemy of the state. You may be sent a DNR notice to frame and keep in a safe place.

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    2. Fast Eddy

      Wow! You’ve won the lottery — you get to the front of the line!!!

      You sure the letter was not prefaced with ‘CONGRATULATIONS!’

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  105. Fast Eddy

    Would you like Fast Eddy to ROCK YOUR WORLD?????

    yes

    I can’t hear you!!!

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

    That’s better….

    Boom boom (shake the room) Boom Boom (shake the room)….

    Listen up ya’ll… cuz I gots an announcement to make … and it goes a little something like this:

    The Leak: – Transitioning of individuals into the universal basic income program. Expected mid Q2 2021

    The Reality:

    Canada’s First Basic Income Bill: C-273

    “as part of Canada’s innovation and economic growth strategy…

    a framework of national standards to guide the implementation of a guaranteed basic income program in any province”

    On February 22, 2021, Member of Parliament Julie Dzerowicz introduced Bill C-273, our first ever bill towards a national Guaranteed Basic Income.

    https://www.ubiworks.ca/basicincomebill

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    1. Jerome Savage

      Thanks for that
      “In conclusion” “we estimate an infection hospitalization rate and infection fatality rate of 6.86% (90% CI 4.58%–13.72%) and 0.95% (90% CI 0.63%–1.90%), respectively, for COVID-19 infections through June 1, 2020, among the non-congregate population in Connecticut”
      Had to find definition for non-congregate, this appears- “non-congregate sites, often referred to as NCS, offer temporary shelter to individuals who have not been diagnosed with coronavirus, but are considered at high-risk of serious complications should they contract the virus. Individuals who are unsheltered who are over the age of 65 or have underlying medical conditions meet the criteria for placement […]”
      Is this a vulnerable population ?
      And “Our findings highlight that the burden of COVID-19 among Black subpopulations is not just about infection rates but also worse outcomes”

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    1. Steve-R

      Peter Doshi analysed the vaccine efficacy from the trials and suggests that they are also less than 30% efficacious at stopping symptoms – after all that is what it is all about, who cares if they have an asymptomatic disease.

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    2. David Bailey

      Ah the majic lies in the fact that the WHO has cut the number of PCR cycles in the tests from between 40 to 45, down to 30. That means the tests are not between 2^10 and 2^15 times less sensitive, and probably generate far less false positives.

      Oh those vaccines will be massively effective!

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      1. Fast Eddy

        As the ‘vaccines’ (lethal injections) are rolled out … the fake positives will be reduced…creating the perception that the vaccines are stopping covid…

        This will encourage people to take the vaccines…

        Keep the pot boiling with rolling lockdowns, threats, fines etc…. and resistance to the lethal injections will be minimal … throw the hard asses into a 200 square metre holding cell for a few months and they’ll be begging for the shot.

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  106. Prudence Kitten

    Flu vaccines are effective only sometimes – because, as has never been denied or hidden, every year’s vaccine is directed against a few chosen strains. And then the virus usually disobliges by failing to appear in those precise strains.

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    1. Steve

      Only partially true.
      Flu vaccines are only partially effective even when they, by chance, have correctly targeted a strain.
      I believe the Flu vaccine developed each year is based on a best guess as to what strains will appear and what is happening in the Southern Hemisphere (and vice versa).

      Of course in our brave new world, going forward, all the Flu vaccines are being flushed down the toilet as we now only need to worry about Covid. But don’t worry the profits of Big Pharma have been protected.

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  107. elizabethhart

    Here’s a link to a couple of Aussies discussing the UK propaganda surrounding COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOK4W6bCSSM  
    Included is an audio clip of a UK government radio ad, which also has a Telegraph logo.
    The ad features a man speaking quickly in alarming and warning tones. I’ve transcribed the clip because it’s classic propaganda:

    Someone jogging, walking their dog, or working out in the park is highly likely to have COVID-19.
    This is a national health emergency.
    Around 1 in 3 people have no symptoms and are spreading it without knowing. So exercise locally.
    If you’re on your own you can meet one other person. But keep your distance.
    Exercise. Don’t socialise.
    And wash your hands the moment you get home.
    Stop the spread. Stick to the rules.
    If you bend the rules people will die.
    Stay home. Protect the NHS.

    What do you think about that?!?!? Listen to the link, you couldn’t make it up! Is that meant to terrify everyone or what?!
    Apparently the UK government was forced to pull the ad because people were complaining it was preventing people from exercising, causing more health harms.
    But isn’t this what the UK government has been doing all along, causing more health harms with its disastrous response to this virus, which isn’t a threat to most people?
    When is there going to be an investigation into SAGE, including conflicts of interest…

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    1. Paula

      I believe a complaint was made to the Advertisting Standards Authority who ruled that the claim that people in the park are ‘highly likely’ to have covid 19 was false. In fact given the figures at the time it was and is ‘highly unlikely’. So good to know that at least one British institution still has some integrity. I couldn’t agree more with your overall point – making people afraid to leave their houses was just unforgiveable….

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  108. Eric

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00249-018-1306-2

    Unfortunately, the article is behind a paywall, but we can see the abstract. The theory proposed by nobel laureate Manfred Eigen seems to be that pandemics always peter out rather surprisingly and quickly because you get all kinds of mutations, some of which are contagious but harmless which means they have a competitive advantage in spreading. In the end, they will serve as a natural vaccine, conveying immunity against those variants that do cause serious illness.

    So where are we now? You can bet this will be a regional game at first.

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  109. elizabethhart

    What IS the truth about Covid deaths? Grieving relatives along with MPs and top medics demand inquiry as families reveal MORE loved ones they believe were wrongly certified as virus victims
    – Medical experts have demanded an inquiry into the number of fatalities that have been blamed on Covid-19
    – More than 100 Daily Mail readers wrote letters after Bel Mooney revealed her father’s death recorded as covid
    – Experts cited pressure on doctors to use Covid-19 as cause of death because it was ruled ‘notifiable disease’
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9305405/Grieving-relatives-demand-inquiry-loved-ones-wrongly-certified-virus-victims.html#comments

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      1. Paula

        Yes, I would really like to see the psy-ops given the Dr Kendrick treatment too. Thank you for this link. UK column are also good on this https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/psychological-attack-uk-start-series although it’s a hard watch/read. For those interested in the history of the ‘nudge’ unit in the UK, I recently listened to this old podcast from the Freakonomics team – back in the days when the behavioural insights team were seen as a force for good: https://freakonomics.com/podcast/nudge-london/

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        1. Fast Eddy

          Guest post from a psychiatrist to explain how the phenomenon that I refer to as CovIDIOCY…..

          Touch a little on Bernays strategies… perhaps a little bit of Col Kurtz ‘fear can be your friend or your enemy’ and how our masters are making use of it to spread CovIDIOCY…. that sort of stuff would be fascinating.

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  110. Fast Eddy

    Yesterday, a terrific piece appeared in the Australian by Steve Waterson – unfortunately, we couldn’t link to it because it’s behind a paywall. Steve is a Senior Editor at the Australian and a former editor of TIME magazine’s Australian and New Zealand editions. He is a fan of Lockdown Sceptics and has given us permission to reprint his article in full.

    Last August I made my first visit to the northern NSW town of Tweed Heads. Captivated by a dazzling stretch of beach at the end of a side street, I strolled towards it, only to discover I had strayed across the closed border into Coolangatta, in the People’s Democratic Republic of Palaszczuk.

    Fearing a monumental fine, I slipped unseen back into NSW and retreated to the nearest pub to steady my nerves. A smiling old lady guarding the door asked where I was from.

    “Sydney,” I said.

    Her face clouded.

    “Not from one of these hotspots,” she said, holding up a list of suburbs.

    “No,” I said, showing her my driving licence. “Lane Cove. It’s not on there.”

    “What about these ‘Eastern Suburbs’?” she said, pointing. “Are you sure it’s not one of those?”

    “Quite sure,” I replied.

    She looked close to tears. “It’s just that I’ve hardly ever been to Sydney,” she said, “so I don’t know where these places are.”

    “Would it be easier,” I said, “if I just went somewhere else?”

    Her face lit up. “Aah, would ya, darl?”

    “No worries,” I said as I left. “We’re all in this together.”

    I thought around that time that things couldn’t get more ridiculous, but how wrong I was. It was clear almost a year ago that COVID-19 was a serious respiratory infection, a bad flu-like virus, but that unlike the target-rich flu we’ve always lived with, its victims were the old, the infirm, the morbidly obese, people living with multiple deleterious conditions.

    Even so, their average age at death was generally a couple of years above the average life expectancy.

    In June I wrote in these pages that it would be interesting to see the true, unvarnished, unspun data on deaths, and now it’s beginning to come in.

    As various countries assemble their annual mortality rates, the figures suggest we should be relieved, celebrating the fact this pandemic was nowhere near as lethal as some had feared.

    Here in Australia, this week’s data from the Bureau of Statistics, covering January 1st to November 24th, 2020, registers 126,974 deaths, against an average of 127,872 over the past five years. Interestingly, influenza and pneumonia deaths in that 2020 period numbered 1952, against the five-year average of 3097.

    Should we attribute that decline to the use of masks and social distancing, as we are encouraged to do; or is it faintly possible the missing 1000 people who would normally have died of flu and pneumonia are the ones who succumbed to COVID when it first arrived? Did the virus simply tip those teetering on the verge of death into an earlier quarter?

    We, of course, cut ourselves off from the world, so perhaps our figures are artificially low. So let’s consider the “nightmare scenario” playing out in Britain.

    Last month the UK’s Office of National Statistics added its provisional 2020 figures to a series that goes back almost 200 years. It shows a rate of 1043.5 deaths per 100,000 population, ahead of 2019’s number of 925.

    I would describe that rise with the COVID-appropriate word “unprecedented”, except the rate has been higher before, most recently in 2008, when I don’t believe the world shut down. Oh yes, and it was higher in every single year before 2008, right back to 1838, when the records begin.

    So if the impact of deaths from COVID (and I think we all know by now we should be saying “with”, not “from”) is not as bad as it first appeared, why are British hospitals reported to be almost overflowing, at or near 90% occupancy? Unprecedented again, until you note the country’s National Health Service has the entirely reasonable efficiency goal of having fewer than 15% of beds lying vacant at any time.

    Or might the fact that in the past 30 years Britain has reduced the number of hospital beds from 300,000 to 140,000, while adding 10 million to its population, shed some light on the situation?

    Sweden, poster nation for personal freedom during the pandemic, and whipping boy for lockdown enthusiasts, has recorded a 2020 death rate that has not been matched in its history since — drum roll, please — 2015.

    But, the critics point out, even King Carl XVI Gustaf has said they handled the crisis badly. I’d never known being a king gave you medical expertise, but I’m no authority on Scandinavian monarchy.

    None of this is meant to diminish the seriousness of the virus; witnessing my father’s struggle in the late stages of pulmonary fibrosis taught me that death from a respiratory disease is a singularly unpleasant way to go.

    But there are many vile diseases out there that can kill you, and the price we have exacted from the healthy to protect the sick, uniquely from this ailment, is out of all proportion, and it need not have been so.

    Instead of dancing in the streets at our narrow escape, we continue the brutal, self-destructive madness of lockdown, following the example of communist China, one of the last truly totalitarian states on Earth. Who saw the Chinese welders sealing citizens into their Wuhan apartments and thought “what a terrific idea?”. Our state leaders, clearly, and their moronic counterparts around the world.

    Meanwhile, we have quietly acquiesced to the shutdown of our state borders on the most trivial grounds; and watched, without protest, as our international border was closed, and not just to incoming traffic.

    Never mind the absurd and selfish obstacles presented to Australian citizens hoping to come home after study or work – or, God forbid, a holiday – overseas; you are currently forbidden, like a North Korean, to leave your country unless you apply for an exemption, to be assessed by some Border Force bureaucrat.

    We are a nation of immigrants and dual citizens with ties that circle the globe; the gap-year wandering has long been a rite of passage. What possible impact can your departure have on the nation’s health? And if another country is happy to accommodate you, what business is it of the Government to prevent you leaving?

    Again, these are the kind of restrictions conceived and imposed by some of the most wicked states in human history, and we should be embarrassed and disgusted to add our name to that list.

    So the cost piles up, hundreds of billions of dollars now, with little but devastation and paranoia to show for it. Amid this vast ocean of incompetence and mindless disassembly of our economy, NSW’s handling of the crisis is widely acclaimed as an island of common sense. Which only goes to show how badly our other federal, state and territory leaders have performed.

    A year ago the notion of shutting down the whole of Sydney’s northern beaches over Christmas because a couple of dozen people had tested positive for a flu-like virus in Avalon would have seemed beyond preposterous; an utter impossibility. Only because we are acclimatised to fantastically more ludicrous overreactions do we consider such an astonishing response “measured”.

    And these were “cases”, remember, many of them completely asymptomatic. In the old days of common sense, you only knew if people had flu if they were ill enough to stay home from work and see a doctor. Now, if you walked through a shopping centre when someone who didn’t know they had the disease was buying their groceries, you’re ordered to have a test to see if you also don’t know you have it.

    Perhaps there’s something super-tough about super-spreaders, but in my experience flu victims are tucked up in bed whimpering and mainlining Lemsip, not driving Ubers, strolling round the gardening aisles of Bunnings or choosing finger buns at Bakers Delight.

    That’s what makes COVID so insidiously deadly. You don’t know you have the virus, and you might pass it on to someone else who wouldn’t know they had it, and eventually it might make its way to someone it could really hurt: a very old person or someone with severe co-morbidities.

    Logic might suggest the last person in that chain is the one who should be taking precautions, but not in the fevered fantasies of our governments.

    As some have been saying since the start of the mass hysteria, we should have been looking after the vulnerable, who form a tiny proportion of the population.

    They, and anyone else who fears the disease, could stay at home, shop and work online, keep in shape with some lounge room exercise, entertain no visitors, have food delivered to their door.

    It’s exactly the same as living in Victoria, except people who don’t share your terror can get on with their own lives and businesses.

    And now the vaccine is being rolled out, we’ll soon be protected. Which should mean we don’t have to fear people who aren’t. Once the vulnerable have had their shots we should return to normal, by which I mean the old normal, not some twisted “new” normal.

    And then the country should be released immediately and completely from the multiple intrusions on our privacy and civil rights. There should be no more dehumanising masks. No anti-social distancing. No more testing. No QR codes. No track and trace. No hotel quarantine. Let’s stand elbow to elbow at the bar, and cheer lustily at the football. Let’s see if the constabulary can return to policing by consent and regain our respect.

    This should never have been a disaster on the scale of a world war. Leaders worthy of the name would have calmed those prone to panic, and allayed the fears of the vulnerable and their families by working out how to protect them.

    They would have accepted from the start that some would rather face the risk of infection, perhaps because, like my father, they knew their remaining time on Earth was short and wished to spend it with their families. Nimble minds would have come up with smart systems to accommodate the huge range of attitudes to this threat, in order to safeguard the people who needed and, more importantly, wanted protection.

    But the modern politician’s career path of student politics to minister’s office to safe seat doesn’t encourage or reward mental agility; the years of business experience that might tell you that restaurants buy expensive, perishable stock before a fully booked holiday weekend is time wasted in the scramble to reach the trough of public money.

    I don’t subscribe to the swirling conspiracy theories that say this is all an evil plan to destroy our economy and weaken Western civilisation to facilitate a new world order, although it might as well be.

    I suspect the catastrophe is rather the consequence of years of hollowing out the political class, the relentless, self-perpetuating promotion of game-playing mediocrities who lack the wit and imagination to deal with a fluid, complex problem. They might have slick presentation skills and a glib facility with words, but would any of them command respect in any other field?

    So no, self-congratulating leaders, you have not “kept us safe”.

    You have destroyed thousands of businesses, families, lives and futures. You have cheated people of the highlights of human existence, the moments of shared joy and sorrow, the weddings, births, anniversaries, farewells and funerals that mark our journey through life.

    You have placed unimaginable burdens of debt and despair on future generations, and crafted a dangerous template for all the idiots who follow you.

    And to use your own arrogant formulation, I make no apology for saying that.

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    1. jeanirvinJean

      Wow! Thank you, Eddy. That is an amazing article that really gets to the root of the problem. I have been saying at every opportunity – ‘focused protection’ – but with little success.

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    2. elizabethhart

      Yes, that’s an interesting piece by Steve Waterson, Fast Eddy.
      And on the Murdoch media, i.e. The Australian… They do seem to be working both sides of the street, but ultimately the Murdoch media is promoting the vaccines, particularly in their tabloids such as The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun…but they don’t disclose conflicts of interest, i.e. that News Corp Australia is a corporate partner with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute which is involved with vaccine research, including coronavirus vaccine research.
      The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute was founded by Rupert Murdoch’s mother Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, and Lachlan Murdoch’s partner Sarah Murdoch is involved with the Institute as a director and ambassador.
      News Corp Australia publications campaigned aggressively in 2013-2015 for coercive vaccination for children, i.e. the No Jab, No Play campaign, which was obligingly adopted as policy across the political spectrum, resulting in the No Jab, No Pay law in January 2016.
      Sure, people are all for vaccination for children, but now there’s no question, and children are getting a LOT of vaccines and revaccinations…
      FYI, see my recent email to Prime Minister Scott Morrison: No Jab, No Pay/No Play – coercive vaccination in Australia – PM Scott Morrison and the Murdoch Media: https://vaccinationispolitical.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/no-jab-no-pay-no-play-coercive-vaccination-in-australia.pdf

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  111. Shaun Clark

    And in 2020/21 it came to pass…

    “Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. “Reality control,” they called it: in Newspeak, ‘doublethink’.”
    ~ 1984, George Orwell, 1949

    Winston Smith, the hero of George Orwell’s futuristic novel, Nineteen Eighty-four, had a peculiar job in the Ministry of Truth. He was one of thousands of workers whose task was to rewrite history according to current party policy. If, in a speech, Big Brother made a prediction that did not come true, all records of that portion of the speech – in newspapers, book, pamphlets, and film – had to be erased and substituted with a revisionist account making it look as if Big Brother had correctly predicted events. If a former political alliance of Oceania with Eurasia threatened to become an embarrassment to Big Brother, all accounts of that alliance had to be eradicated from the public record. This process was politely called “rectification”. In this way, “all history became a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinstated exactly as often as was necessary”

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  112. elizabethhart

    Great interview on this link with a doctor speaking candidly and fluently about coronavirus, vaccination, conflicts of interest etc…
    Dr Leland Stillman MD – Medical freedom, groupthink, and the pharmaceutical industry:

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  113. barovsky

    Does anybody have insight into this?
    As someone who has had the Bug and fully recovered, I was under the impression that I now had immunity but my GP informs me that I might still carry the virus.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/past-covid-19-infection-provides-some-immunity-but-people-may-still-carry-and-transmit-virus

    Here’s an extract dated 14 January 2021

    PHE has been regularly testing tens of thousands of health care workers across the UK since June for new COVID-19 infections as well as the presence of antibodies, which suggest people have been infected before.

    SIREN study leaders are clear this first report provides no evidence towards the antibody or other immune responses from COVID-19 vaccines, nor should any conclusions to be drawn on their effectiveness. The SIREN study will consider vaccine responses later this year.

    PHE scientists working on the study have concluded naturally acquired immunity as a result of past infections provide 83% protection against reinfection, compared to people who have not had the disease before. This appears to last at least for 5 months from first becoming sick.

    While the SIREN study will continue to assess whether protection may last for longer, this means people who contracted the disease in the first wave may now be vulnerable to catching it again.

    Between 18 June and 24 November, scientists detected 44 potential reinfections (2 ‘probable’ and 42 ‘possible’ reinfections) out of 6,614 participants who had tested positive for antibodies. This represents an 83% rate of protection from reinfection.

    PHE also warned that although those with antibodies have some protection from becoming ill with COVID-19 themselves, early evidence from the next stage of the study suggests that some of these individuals carry high levels of virus and could continue to transmit the virus to others.

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    1. barovsky

      PS: The wording on this seems vague and very unscientific!

      “Between 18 June and 24 November, scientists detected 44 potential reinfections (2 ‘probable’ and 42 ‘possible’ reinfections) out of 6,614 participants who had tested positive for antibodies. This represents an 83% rate of protection from reinfection.”

      So where’s the evidence that recovered people “carry high levels of virus”? Where is the link to this “early evidence”?

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  114. elizabethhart

    According to the BBC[1], the Queen (94) and Prince Philip (99) had Covid-19 vaccines on 9 January 2021.
    What do you think about people of their age being vaccinated?
    The BBC reports[2] Prince Philip went into hospital on 16 February 2021.
    Even if this is for pre-existing conditions, this hospital admission should still be reported as an adverse event after vaccination, particularly after a fast-tracked experimental vaccination. I wonder if it has been reported?

    1. Covid-19: Queen and Prince Philip receive vaccinations. BBC, 9 January 2021.
    2. Prince Philip transferred to second hospital for heart condition tests. BBC, 2 March 2021.

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