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President Trump Acknowledges Risks as COVID-19 Vax Quest Hurtles Forward

A Plague on Both Your Houses

Richard Moskowitz MDBy Richard Moskowitz MD

Hunkered down at home like everyone else, I feel blessed and deeply grateful to be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of being alive and well among friends and loved ones, and to share these reflections on the present emergency, what led up to it, and where we may be headed with it.  They fall into two general categories: first, it's the real thing, not a hoax; and second, there are plans to make long-term use of it in ways that are both seriously unhealthy and unacceptably repressive.   

  1. It's the Real Thing.

In several respects, the illness we know as COVID-19 resembles and follows the pattern of the generic "flu syndrome" that the United States and much of the world experiences very year, notably in winter, consisting of various combinations of fever, fatigue, weakness, muscle aches, URI symptoms, and/or GI upset, and linked to an array of familiar viruses, including influenzas, coronaviruses, and others, as well as a definite risk of complicating bacterial and viral pneumonias, with tens of thousands of deaths in the US alone, according to the CDC. 

These are considered par for the course, and not thought to require any quarantine, extreme social distancing, hand-washing, or any other emergency public health measures, other than the annual flu shot, which is said to be the only thing we need to protect ourselves, despite the facts that

1) the flu vaccine doesn't work well, because influenza viruses are notoriously mutable, even within the same season; and because

2) it doesn't even cover the other viruses responsible for "the flu;" and

3) the new coronavirus is actually more virulent in flu vaccine recipients.

In any case, the illness known as COVID-19 is more dangerous than the seasonal flu in several important respects.  First, it is extremely contagious, more so even than the measles, which has an attack rate of nearly 100%, but can only spread by the sneezing and coughing of infected droplets through the air.  This new strain of coronavirus remains infective for hours or even days on various surfaces after being deposited by hand contact, and is commonly spread that way as well, onto the hands of those who touch it and then carry it up to their nose and mouth.

Second, to an equally unprecedented extent, this virus very often, indeed most often, produces no symptoms and no illness at all, or one with mild symptoms that never needs medical attention.  More so than for any other infectious disease, this means that measuring its true virulence and death rate, and accurately tracing the trajectory of the outbreak, depend on identifying and isolating these asymptomatic and minimally symptomatic cases, especially wherever significant clusters of the illness appear.

Containment has been accomplished quite effectively in countries with previous experience that were well-prepared with adequate testing materials, like South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, as well as in small communities, like one in northeastern Italy with a population of 3000, where in response to its first confirmed case an alert microbiologist tested and isolated the entire town, identified a large number of asymptomatic cases, and successfully brought the outbreak to a halt within a few weeks.  Even a huge and populous country like China, notwithstanding a delay of several weeks when the government minimized it and tried to cover it up, eventually succeeded in containing the outbreak by enforcing strict quarantine of large segments of the population.   In all of these cases, the outbreak lasted about 3 months, and has so far not reappeared since the restrictions were lifted.

The third distinctive feature of the outbreak, which is equally surprising in view of the large majority of cases with very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, has been the relatively small number of cases requiring hospitalization among children and healthy adults, and with deaths observed predominantly in the elderly and those weakened and immunocompromised with pre-existing chronic diseases, especially in nursing homes and extended-care facilities with residents in close contact. 

A related finding is the distinctive "ground-glass" appearance of the lungs in many fatal cases at autopsy, with bronchioles and alveoli completely occluded by thick, tenacious mucus, which may help explain their often remarkably sudden deaths, sometimes with no advanced warning, even when the clinical picture had actually been improving.  A fibrosing pneumonitis has also been identified as a chronic complication in some of those who survived.

So far, it has spread to all continents and many if not most countries around the world, most rapidly in developed countries with large, crowded urban centers, clustered in places where people typically congregate, and particularly among the elderly and the chronically ill, which has led to some uncertainty about how to define and properly calculate the death rate.  In Northern Italy, for example, its unusually large proportion of old people has led a number of epidemiologists to distinguish between those dying with the virus and those dying from or because of it, even though the virus was clearly implicated to some degree in both.  A similar ambiguity confuses our reporting of flu deaths, which typically includes those from the bacterial pneumonias that often complicate it.

In any case, COVID-19 clearly qualifies as a pandemic, having spread widely and rapidly throughout the globe.  At the moment, the United States has become the epicenter of the outbreak, with the largest number of confirmed cases of any country so far, even as it appears to be receding in places that were maximally threatened before, like China, Italy, and Iran. 

When the COVID-19 illness was first identified in January, the CDC seemed relatively unconcerned about it, while the President publicly downplayed its severity and the threat it posed to us, although we have since found out that he tried and failed buy the exclusive rights to the WHO-approved test kit from the German company that developed it, and then retaliated against them -- and us -- by refusing to order it from them when the virus went global.

As we saw, the resulting scarcity of test kits made it impossible to identify the asymptomatic and mildly ill cases, and thus contain the spread of the virus in its early phase, when it first appeared in small, scattered clusters of cases and might have been stopped in its tracks. Above all, the lack of organized, competent, and closely coördinated leadership at the national level has left states, municipalities, health centers, and individuals having to fend for themselves, which they have done quite splendidly and even heroically on the whole, with some notable exceptions. 

In any case, we soon learned that the best we could hope for was "mitigation," i.e., slowing rather than arresting its spread, by staying home, avoiding large gatherings, social distancing from neighbors, handwashing, wiping down surfaces, and the like, which immediately led to panic buying of toilet paper, handiwipes, hand sanitizers, masks, and some food staples, followed by their disappearance from store shelves.

In rapid succession, the implementation of these measures then caused most non-emergency economic activity to grind to a halt, with closure of non-essential businesses, massive layoffs and loss of income, food shortages, widespread panic, and the dramatic plunging of the stock market to its lowest levels since President Trump took office, a ratings catastrophe which finally commandeered his attention to the extent of his grudging acceptance of the CDC's belated emergency measures.      

Meanwhile, as the dramatic rise in confirmed cases threatens to outrun the availability of inpatient beds and ICU's, the lack of ventilators, masks, and protective garments has put doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers at high risk, such that many hospitals and clinics already are or may soon become short-staffed, while the continuing lack of adequate testing, and the resulting policy of testing only those who are sick, have prevented any accurate measurement of the death rate and the actual trajectory of the outbreak.  As more tests become available, and more cases are discovered, we still don't know for sure whether and how far along we are on the upside or downside of the curve; and the more successful we are in slowing the spread and flattening the curve, the longer our emergency measures will have to last, since we won't know for sure that the outbreak is receding until more and more people are tested, and fewer and fewer are confirmed to be infected, which will clearly require many months at least, during which time many more thousands will fall ill and die. 

  1. Beware of the long-term agenda that's likely to follow it.

Immunization Agenda 2030 envisions a world where everyone, everywhere, at every age, fully benefits from vaccines to improve health and well-being. -- WHO Prospectus

In recent years, the regular, predictable threat of seasonal flu-type viruses has been further exacerbated by the official agenda of our current Administration and its allies in Congress to defund and downsize the Federal civil service and the career professionals who staff its various agencies.  In lieu of its traditional priorities of promoting good sanitation and protecting the environment from toxic products in our air, water, soil, food, and livestock, most of what's left of our public health infrastructure is packed into an originally independent agency, the CDC, which was created to oversee and regulate the health care system, especially the drug industry, but has become little more than a public-relations satellite of that industry. 

Especially keen on promoting vaccines as their minimalist, cost-effective strategy for preventing infectious diseases, and, more recently, chronic diseases as well, the CDC, in addition to owning and profiting from a considerable number of them, promotes vaccines by rubber-stamping the industry's safety and efficacy trials, and appointing top industry executives to its advisory committees, while the industry returns the favor by offering CDC officials six-figure salaries and generous stock options to occupy those same executive positions.  They've even managed to get a law passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court that absolves them of any legal or financial liability for the deaths and serious injuries that they cause, a free ride granted to no other industry.

Long before Trump was elected, more and more vaccines were manufactured, promoted, and eventually mandated for children; and the mounting outcry of more and more parents with vaccine-injured sons and daughters motivated both industry and the CDC to urge states to enforce their mandates ever more strictly, in order to vaccinate as many people against as many diseases as possible.  After a small measles outbreak in 2016 spread from Disneyland visitors back to their home states, and again in 2019, when the CDC sounded the alarm over a larger-than-usual but still modest outbreak of measles nationwide, a carefully-orchestrated hysteria in the news media persuaded several states to pass stricter laws eliminating all non-medical exemptions, despite massive protests that continue to this day.

In October of 2019, this agitation provided the backdrop for a closed, unpublicized meeting in New York, organized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing together top executives and officials from CDC, the CIA, UPS, and various banks, hotels, airlines, drug companies, and news media.  Drawing on the lingering memory of SARS, MERS, and the emergence of this new group of viruses in recent years, the organizers invited the participants to envision a massive coronavirus pandemic of global proportions, and to imagine what life would be like in the grip of it, a scenario uncannily similar in so many details to both the one that the Gates Foundation has been prophesying and warning us about for the past year or so, and the actual plague we are now living through. 

They further stipulated that it would cause 65,000,000 deaths, and that the world economy would collapse as a result of it, with enduring effects that would last for many years, including massive disinformation and the imposition of widespread censorship to combat it.  Finally, they theorized that it would last 18 months, and end only when an effective vaccine became available, or when 80-90% of the world population had been exposed to it, at which point it would presumably evolve into yet another endemic childhood disease, like the measles and other infections that we already vaccinate against. 

Just two months later, as if right on cue, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 appeared in Wuhan, China; and just two weeks after that, the World Economic Forum reconvened in Switzerland, together with the Director-General of WHO and many of the same participants as in New York.  At this second meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation, a vaccine-making affiliate of the Gates Foundation, held a press conference to announce a global consortium for developing a vaccine against the virus as quickly as possible, yet another striking coincidence leading more than a few to speculate that they were already hard at work on it to get a leg up on the fierce competition that was sure to follow.  Several days later, the WHO publicly declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic and global health emergency; and before long they officially subscribed to the same timetable and endpoint that the New York organizers had dreamed up, with the vaccine arriving on the scene as the deliverance that by then we'll all presumably be praying for. 

Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, the EU had been considering stricter enforcement of its own vaccine mandates, following massive demonstrations in the streets of Italy and France protesting the drastic loss of civil liberties that their existing laws would impose.  Their latest proposals involve tracking personal data in order to deny driver's licenses and passports to any citizens who fail to comply with current vaccine requirements.  The COVID-19 emergency has heightened the threat and controversy surrounding these issues still further, as in Denmark, where the legislature unanimously passed a resolution giving the government absolute power to enforce any public health measures deemed necessary to combat the outbreak, including quarantine and mass vaccination when it becomes available.

In the United States, likewise, with the CDC predicting a death toll in the hundreds of thousands, the twin prospects of emergency measures continuing for many months, and of the same or mutant strains of the virus returning even after the present outbreak has receded, might well provide the necessary conditions for the government and public health authorities to recommend and enact a new mandate for the coronavirus vaccine when it is thought ready, and to use our personal data to enforce it, with no exemptions of any kind, which would probably convince most people, including more than few who have opposed routine vaccine mandates in the past, to accept and indeed welcome this one, if not eventually relax their opposition to the others as well.

In this way, the present emergency has provided the CDC, the WHO, and the drug industry with the perfect opportunity to achieve their long-standing agenda of vaccinating everybody with everything, and of owning the personal data of every American to use for whatever doubtless worthy purpose they deem necessary or expedient, including the introduction of future vaccines now in the pipeline.

The first COVID-19 vaccine is already being tested on human volunteers without the preliminary animal trials that most epidemiologists insist upon.  Even more alarming is the radically new strategy that it introduces, known as Immunoprophylaxis by Gene Transfer, or IGT, which has never before been tested or used in humans at all.  Instead of introducing the virus into the blood and stimulating the immune system to make antibodies against it, like all other vaccines now in use, IGT delivers synthetic new genetic material that has been bioengineered to be resistant to the coronavirus and is then incorporated into the DNA or RNA of the host; it bioengineers our response to the virus, rather than the virus itself, by altering the genetic structure of the recipient.  Even the people who accept this vaccine, with or without the others, may still balk at having some doubtless well-meaning hotshot monkeying around with their genes. 

Nor is it by any means a trifling matter, even to those reconciled to the idea, to give the government unlimited access to our personal information in order to enforce it, a power rightly associated with police states, like Nazi Germany or Putin's Russia.  To which the only possible answer is, our government already has it, and has been using it for some time, as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden have shown.  And even if we were to accept this intrusion as necessary to deal with this genuine public health emergency, most people in their right mind would oppose its being used on a permanent or routine basis, and would rightly suspect that our government, or indeed any government, once given access to it, will want to hold onto it once the emergency is over, and perhaps prolong the emergency long enough for the public to learn to accept it as a basic fact of life.  This is my fear, beyond even what I know to be the downside of vaccination, which by now you're most likely tired of hearing me harangue about.

Vaccines Richard MoskowitzDr. Moskowitz is a  Family physician, semi-retired, living and working in the Boston area, and the author of Vaccines: a Reappraisal, Skyhorse Publishing, New York, 2017.

 

Comments

Barry

Barry, I’ve looked at some of the thousands of sources linked at Worldometer.info. Yes, I trust it and believe it provides the most accurate counts available anywhere. Could you provide proof of even one or two of its thousands of tallies or descriptions of reported cases being false? I don’t think you can.
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I went to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/, and scrolled down to a list titled “Latest Updates April 7 (GMT)"

Part way down that list is the following entry:

- 2089 new cases and 133 new deaths in Iran [source] [source]

I clicked on both of those source links, and they both directed me to Twitter.com

I'm not saying that those links are providing false information, but the unprecedented reaction to this virus has been to put two thirds of the world on lock down.

And I would seriously hope that the people who making those decisions, aren't making them based on information that they've been gathering from Twitter feeds.

Cia

Goldenchameleon,

I can’t say anything about the US, except that if the grandparents lived close I think a lot of families would visit regularly. It was really boring in Mexico. I went with several guys I was dating to spend Sunday with their family. Mass in the morning and it took ages for everyone to get ready, ages to coordinate transportation, afterwards ages to prepare dinner, and those not cooking just sat on the sofa with the TV on for ages and ages. I was 24, maybe I just didn’t have the right attitude.

Benedetta

David m burd; Thanks, I wondered about that! I thought oh, dear something else I had to go find out for myself and research. I don't think I will bother, now. Just another bone thrown some political sick puppies. . Instead I think I will go over to amazon smile and order a Britica aluminum removing water filter pitcher; cause I am a making my own silica acid - rich water.

My son is some what better. We have reduced his seizure medicine down by 3/4. Our family crisis is not the coronavirus but something much more terrifying.

By the way, my elderly neighbor was in the hospital at the same time as my father, right next door with some kind of virus, pneumonia about in Feb. He got out the same time as my father. He is not doing well even now. He is having to sit up in a chair to sleep, and coughing up mucous balls.

But he was sick before the coronavirus reached any further than Washington state. Surely not?
But who knows.
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Cia

I just read a comment by the Swedish man who seems to be the reason many Swedish hospitals have stopped prescribing chloroquine. Carl Sydingham says he got a headache and lost peripheral vision from taking it. However, he also said that he was cured of CV and feels better than he did before, although he still has vision problems. Throwing the baby out with the bath water? What a choice, headaches and loss of peripheral vision or death?

I think a lot of this is political. Because certain prominent political figures in the US and Brazil saw the remarkable results of HCQ (which is less toxic than choloroquine) and recommended it, those with strong negative feelings toward them reject anything they might recommend as —-. And unfortunately there are entire countries which feel this way in their upper echelons and encourage it in their citizens. Which can have tragic repercussions. They’re even calling it the — and the Bolsonaro effect.

goldenchameleon

@Cia I had meant the quarantines in the US and children exposing grandparents here when they might not otherwise be around them. That is a very interesting perspective on Italy though, I hadn’t thought of the cultural implications you bring up. Also interesting what your students told you in Mexico!

Cia

If you don’t implement immediate isolation of the first cases, contact tracing and quarantine of all contacts in the last month, and testing of everyone in the area, which would be very difficult and expensive, then you’ve missed your best chance at containment. But it’s never too late, and separating everyone from everyone else with social distancing, closures, stay at home, masks and gloves, will stop most transmission, but it’s even more expensive and harder. But Italy has said it’s now seeing results from its massive lockdown, with an apparently real decrease in cases and deaths for several days.

I just read that Sweden is implementing more stringent measures. Also that some Swedish hospitals have stopped giving chloroquine, saying it sometimes caused cramping, headaches, and loss of peripheral vision. Personally, it’s still what I would want to take. Singapore and Japan, our role models in this, say that they’re now seeing a huge increase in community spread and may implement stringent lockdowns.

I read that Boris Johnson had a bad night in the ICU. I would like to know if he’s been given HCQ and CytoSorb, and if so, on what day of his illness. I think he’s on day 12 now. He’s only 55. I also read that several weeks ago he visited coronavirus patients at a hospital and shook hands with them without personal protection. That may have given him exposure to a high viral load comparable to that of the doctors and nurses who are getting such severe cases.

Cia

Golden chameleon,

I don’t think that was an important factor. It’s common for older relatives to live with their adult children in Italy. Also common when they live nearby to take the children to visit them once a week. When I taught English in Mexico City, my students told me that culturally the weekend was “viernes sexual, sabado amical, y domingo familial.” Romantic partner on Friday, going out with friends on Saturday, and visiting your family on Sundays. Since Covid is very contagious, it would often take only one hug to infect the grandparent.

Closing schools is necessary. Nearly 100% of children used to catch measles and chickenpox at school in kindergarten or first grade (which I’m totally in favor of). Sweden is being very lackadaisical and hasn’t closed schools, recommended masks, or done much else, but they’ve had a lot of cases there, many deaths, iand it’s about to explode. Sweden insists that children can’t spread it, although children do catch it, spread it, and in a few cases die of it. I think they’re just saying that to delay having to take action.

goldenchameleon

@Barry I watched the entire, hour-long interview with Dr. Ioannidis and concluded the same thing. The reasons he presents for why Italy is so overwhelmed are compelling and he says that the quarantines were likely imposed too late to have any real usefulness in containing the epidemic. He also raises the possibility that because when they were imposed relative to the epidemic starting, that cancelling school likely had the opposite effect that was intended: children were likely infected in larger numbers by that time and able to spread the disease to their grandparents and older relatives who cared for them while their parents were at mission essential jobs.

Cia

Bob,
No, I don’t agree. They’ve been predicting another outbreak of coronavirus since the SARS outbreak in 2003. The MERS outbreak which started in 2012, another coronavirus, was so deadly that it didn’t get very far. Most diseases originated in animals, and in many cases the pathogen is able to make the species leap and then in many cases achieve person to person transmission. Jared Diamond writes in Guns, Germs, and Steel about why the Americas had NO contagious diseases except for syphilis. And that led to their decimation when the Europeans brought their diseases. And the reason they had so many was that for millennia they had lived in close proximity with chickens, pigs, cattle, sheep, and goats, often in their homes, and many of the animal diseases became human diseases. And most Europeans, Asians, and Africans were exposed to the germs from birth and in many cases had some degree of inherited or subclinical immunity. Or got the diseases and lived or died. All flus start in wild geese in China. Where does the sinister become probable? Genomic analysis has shown that SARS jumped to humans from civet cats, MERS from dromedaries, and novel coronavirus, SARS 2, from pangolins. Pangolins were sold at the wet market where the outbreak started, both live and their scales. What is the sinister part? I put up a link to an article about a Chinese scientist who has spent her life crawling around caves collecting samples and studying them. She says that there are dozens more coronavirus strains in the bat reservoir which will probably emerge as new diseases in humans. She says humans should just stay the hell away from wild animals.

Everyone will keep the beliefs they have now. Coronavirus will not change them. The Olympics have been postponed, anti-vaccine demonstrations can be postponed as well.

I don’t know if they can overcome the obstacles to making a marketable coronavirus vaccine. I would be very wary of it. And of course I would follow news of adverse reactions very carefully. To me at this time it seems better to get the disease and take HCQ for five or ten days. But I would allow everyone to decide for themselves. If it is as reactive as previous SARS vaccine attempts, then that will lead millions more to protest against vaccines.

Barry, I’ve looked at some of the thousands of sources linked at Worldometer.info. Yes, I trust it and believe it provides the most accurate counts available anywhere. Could you provide proof of even one or two of its thousands of tallies or descriptions of reported cases being false? I don’t think you can.

Barry

Here's an interesting talk by Stanford University professor Dr John Ioannidis, titled "Dr. Ioannidis on Why We Don't Have Reliable Data Surrounding COVID-19".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUvWaxuurzQ

Definitely worth the 10 minute listen.

The part that really caught my attention was around the 1:53 mark, when he discussed a very early experience in the course of the pandemic aboard the Diamond Princess Cruise ship.

What he basically says is :

- There was ~ a 19% infection rate among the passengers and crew on the ship
- As of now, 1 % of those who got infected have died
- The mean age among the passengers and crew on the ship was ~ 58 years old, while the median age was ~ 65
- Trying to adjust that to a general US population, he estimates a death of rate between 0.05% and 1%

I'm not saying this is only person who's opinion should be trusted, but he is quite uniquely qualified to comment on this issue.

And it definitely leaves me wondering how there could be such a chasm between what this expert believes, and what the media is telling the public.

Barry

As of now, see Worldometer.info, there have been 1,291,313 diagnosed coronavirus cases in the world, 71,659 deaths, 272,235 cases, which means that of the resolved cases, 21% have died. The US has had 338,899 diagnosed cases, 25,316 diagnosed yesterday, 9,916 deaths, 1,165 of them yesterday. The numbers would have been far higher without the lockdowns. I support them for that reason.

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Worldometer.info .... really CIA?

Bob Moffit

Cia … I agree the EU was already tottering before this pandemic began .. however the pandemic has brought an end to the raucous vaccine protests that were raging in many countries .. the long anticipated appearance of RFK and Del Bigtree in Europe has been postponed indefinitely … that was a protest expected to attract THOUSANDS with many more having the opportunity to "live stream" the event. The pandemic has arrived just in the nick of time to quell the rising throngs of protestors all over Europe.

Do you agree with Dr Moskowitz's observation the convenience of this pandemic is highly suspicious?

Just curious.

Tim Lundeen

No one seems to be talking about the 80+% of people who are naturally immune to coronavirus. When the disease hit the Diamond Princess cruise ship, out of 3700 people, only 700 tested positive for the virus. The other 80% were apparently immune. No one is asking, why?

Very likely it has to do with selenium status and enveloped viruses. Enveloped viruses CANNOT infect people with adequate selenium levels (https://www.facebook.com/notes/richard-sexton/lipinski-2015-ebola-and-selenium-how-not-to-catch-the-2019-novel-coronavirus-201/10156477705211673/ via Dr Suzanne Humphries).

The median age on the Diamond Princess was 65, so a very old population, much more susceptible that the actual mix we typically see. Older people tend to have worse trace-mineral status, including selenium, which is why they likely are more likely to get sick, and more likely to have serious illness. So in our environment, we should expect to see far fewer than 20% actually catching coronavirus.

I don’t know if they took blood samples of all the people on the cruise ship for analysis, but it would be an excellent opportunity to confirm this.

Obviously, treatment should include bringing blood selenium status up for all coronavirus patients, to shut down ongoing infections.

The vaccine is a bad joke -- what we should be doing instead is testing selenium status, and making sure everyone is immune. Adequate levels of selenium also protect against other illness, including cancer.

Do be careful with supplementation -- selenium can be toxic in excess!

David m burd

@ Michael, That alleged accusation about Germany/Trump was completely and unverifiable blarney - shameful that Moskovitz included it.

@ Cia, Sensible opinions, nice to see, about time!

Cia

No, Bob, I do not. Do you suspect foul play in the introduction of SARS 1 in 2003, bird flu in 2005, H1N1 in 2009, the new outbreak of Ebola in 2014, Zika in 2016, the Spanish flu in 1918, cholera in the 1830s, the Bubonic plague in 1348, the Plague of Athens in 350 BC, malaria from time immemorial, yellow fever in Memphis, Tennessee in 1880, on and on? MRSA and dengue now?

I put up a link to a very detailed article at Nature which explained the genomic evidence that novel coronavirus was a natural mutation and not the result of deliberate bioengineering and explained what would have been different had it been bioengineered.

Sonia Shah, in the introduction to Pandemic, says on p 7: “Other infectious pathogens arrived, similarly impervious to the prevention strategies and containment measures we’d long taken for granted. Besides HIV, there was West Nile virus, SARS, Ebola, and new kinds of avian influenzas that could infect humans. Newly rejuvenated microbes learned to circumvent the medications we’d used to hold them in check: drug-resistant tuberculosis, resurgent malaria, and cholera itself. All told, between 1940 and 2004, more than three hundred infectious diseases either newly emerged or re-emerges in places and in populations that had never seen them before.” But the reason for that is mainly modern transportation like jet planes.

She discusses SARS-1, which sounds just like our SARS-2. Dr. Lou Jianlu, a respiratory infectious disease specialist, worked treating SARS patients in Guangzhou (also locked down like Wuhan in novel coronavirus, SARS-2). He finished his shift, showered, changed clothes, then went to Hong Kong for a wedding. He checked into a hotel for one night. He left the next day, but had somehow infected twelve people staying at the hotel, who then flew to many countries, where they came down with SARS and infected others there. They spread it to five countries within 24 hours: ultimately it reached 32 countries. Dr. Liu realized he was ill when he reached another city and checked himself into a hospital where he died two weeks later. Hotez said that there were no SARS deaths outside China, but there were several among that’s first group and those they infected.

Here’s another one which I had never heard of before I read Pandemic: NDM-1, a horrifying deadly disease which appeared in India, getting the attention of the West because it has killed many medical tourists there.

We’re just not used to deadly contagious diseases, especially epidemic or pandemic ones, but they have always been a fact of most people’s lives.

One more interesting thing I read in Pandemic was that not long ago a scientist discovered that all vertebrates have sialic acid in every cell except that humans have none. In very interesting sleuthing work, a good case has been made that eons ago, there was a pandemic of malaria so great that it wiped out almost all humans in the world. Sialic avid is like the ACE-2 receptor that allows penetration of coronavirus into a ’t the malaria pathogen to enter and it usually killed the host. A few prototype humans developed a mutation with no sialic acid in their cells. Not only that, but they couldn’t mate and produce offspring. Only two no-sialic acid parents could have offspring, who eventually became Homo sapiens.

Microbial pathogens have resources which enhance their propagation, but so do we, both on the part of our immune systems, new chromosomal mutations, and our intelligence and inventiveness. After many deaths from different contagious diseases. But we shouldn’t sell them short.

cia

Bob,

I don't think that's the new normal which is contemplated. I read an article yesterday which said that the new normal will be the end of globalization, probably an end to the EU, which among many other things just blew Italy off when it asked for aid in its time of greatest need, and a return to manufacturing medical equipment and drugs in our own countries where they cannot be made hostages of fortune.

If they try to push any new coronavirus vaccine, all you have to do is say antibody-dependent enhancement. That's why they were never able to produce an effective vaccine for SARS. When the vaccinated people were vaccinated, developed antibodies, and were later exposed to SARS, they had dramatic negative and often fatal reactions to the disease, worse than if they hadn't been vaccinated.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6290032/

I think the best course might be to eventually end the lockdowns, and in a year or two the virus would probably have become attenuated and our immune systems would have gained some experience with it, resulting in fewer fatalities. If we got it, after two or three days of infection, we would probably have already made protective antibodies and could then take HCQ and Z-pac. Win-win, we would have acquired natural immunity, at least to that strain, and taken the curative medication. I would not take the vaccine, and I have a feeling that if they had visions of billions of dollars in lawsuits if the obvious occurred from the vaccines, they wouldn't force people.

In the meantime, we should sit tight, take measures to avoid getting the virus, treat it appropriately if we do, and let them skitter around. Of course vaccine executives will try to promote a vaccine, but if everyone sees that HCQ works and the vaccine ---s, then tropical disease specialists will move into the gap left by vaccinologists.

John Scudamore

It’s way worse than that. Viruses have never been isolated so don’t exist and if they did it’s a body response to poisoning. Like vaccination poisoning called autism, juvenile arthritis or cot death. The viral as germ phobia was created to support and create vaccination. Proof is study of all so called viral disease which proves easily just by stats that vaccination is a racket of poisoning babies and children for profit under the guise of disease prevention

Viral disease is poisoning. Corona industrial pollution and 5g rollout in wuhan. Spanish flu was vaccination and aspirin poisoning http://whale.to/v/spanish_flu.html.
Polio was DDT poisoning http://whale.to/v/polio2.htm Flu is air pollution (inc emf) and winter vit d deficiency http://whale.to/vaccines/flu.html Meningitis is drug poisoning http://whale.to/vaccine/meningitis2.html Smallpox was a mild easily curable non contagious sanitary disease http://whale.to/vaccines/smallpox.html. They changed meaning of virus from poison to germ to create fear and hence vaccination http://whale.to/c/disease_theory_summary.html They then vanished toxicology http://whale.to/a/west_h.html. They then vanished the vitamin c cure for all viral disease since 1930s which would have destroyed vaccination http://whale.to/a/vitamin_c_banners.html No virus has ever been isolated. http://whale.to/c/virology_banners.html. “Viruses have never been isolated, none, there is no measles virus” — Dr Robert Young

Bob Moffit

@ Cia

With all due respect do you agree the arrival of this PANDEMIC was especially CONVENIENT to achieve WHO Immunization Agenda 2030?

'Immunization Agenda 2030 envisions a world where everyone, everywhere, at every age, fully benefits from vaccines to improve health and well-being. -- WHO Prospectus

When the PANDEMIC is declared over .. do you agree with Gov Cuomo we will have a 'NEW NORMAL" in our lives forever? What should that "new world" be like … social distancing, face masks, no large assemblies of people, etc?

As I said .. with all due respect .. just curious on what you think our "new normal" ought to be?

michael

Can anyone offer any more substance to this sentence, "although we have since found out that he tried and failed buy the exclusive rights to the WHO-approved test kit from the German company that developed it, and then retaliated against them -- and us -- by refusing to order it from them when the virus went global."?

I would appreciate more information.
Thanks

Cia

Boris Johnson has had Covid for ten days. It’s a bad sign if you aren’t clearly starting to get better by day six. If you start getting worse on day eight, it often means that you’re starting the serious autoimmune reaction which often leads to death. I just read that Bojo, who entered the hospital yesterday, was starting the autoimmune stage two. I hope they treat him with C, HCQ and Z-pac, and CytoSorb, I would be very sorry if he were to die.

Cia

As of now, see Worldometer.info, there have been 1,291,313 diagnosed coronavirus cases in the world, 71,659 deaths, 272,235 cases, which means that of the resolved cases, 21% have died. The US has had 338,899 diagnosed cases, 25,316 diagnosed yesterday, 9,916 deaths, 1,165 of them yesterday. The numbers would have been far higher without the lockdowns. I support them for that reason.

OK, most of those who have died have been old and/or had underlying health conditions. 60% of adult Americans have one or more of these conditions, all of us have or had elderly people whom we loved, and most will live to be old ourselves. Do these lives have no value? Great, quarantine only the elders and let everyone else go back to work? How would that work for the millions who live with someone over fifty or sixty?

Viral load counts, how much exposure you have had to the virus, which is why so many young doctors and nurses have gotten, even died of it. Some countries are saying children can’t spread it, but that is not true, many grandparents in Italy contracted fatal cases from their grandchildren’s visits. Young people don’t die of it nearly as often, but on a numeric basis many have. A newborn here, a five and twelve year old in the U.K., a healthy 21 year old girl in the U.K., a healthy 16 year old in France. Those are some I have read about in the last week. Just as with autism, some people have immune systems predisposed to a severe autoimmune reaction to the new coronavirus, to a fatal cytokine storm.

The best treatment is already here. Tens of thousands of doctors have seen how well it works. Hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin. Numerous in vitro and clinical tests as well as epidemiological evidence emerging from its use all over the world have shown how extremely effective they are, and both safe and effective. The man in Arizona who died took a DIFFERENT formulation, not the same as that of the medicine, so as soon as you see that example cited as though it were meaningful in this context, you can see the agenda of the article. Or they’ll say some men overdosed on it in Nigeria and died. Good reason not to overdose, as it’s possible to do with any drug. But there is a powerful agenda at work reviling HCQ. Why? HCQ has been around since the ‘30s, used safely by countless millions in malarial countries. So how are Pharma barons going to make a killing off of that? So they diss it to try to herd patients into taking other drugs, expensive ones. And those with certain political positions and most in the MSM are serving them. Notice that Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, put up a tweet saying that HCQ treatment had been phenomenally effective all over Brazil, and Google deleted all these tweets from both Twitter and Facebook. That tells you everything you need to know.

Bob Moffit

Our country and the entire world should be very wary of the wise words and frightening predictions Dr. Moskowitz makes in this article … such as … his observation that …. "this genuine public health emergency, (which) most people in their right mind would oppose its being used on a permanent or routine basis, and would rightly suspect that our government, or indeed any government, once given access to it, will want to hold onto it once the emergency is over, and perhaps prolong the emergency long enough for the public to learn to accept it as a basic fact of life".

Just a few days ago Gov Cuomo stated there will be a "new normal" when this pandemic finally recedes .. a veiled threat that HIS GOVERNMENT WILL .. indeed … hold onto the "emergency powers" he has been given and will continue exercising those "powers" long after the present "emergency" is over. As Dr Moskowitz observes .. the "convenience" of this PANDEMIC is highly suspicious …

'Immunization Agenda 2030 envisions a world where everyone, everywhere, at every age, fully benefits from vaccines to improve health and well-being. -- WHO Prospectus"

"In October of 2019, this agitation provided the backdrop for a closed, unpublicized meeting in New York, organized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing together top executives and officials from CDC, the CIA, UPS, and various banks, hotels, airlines, drug companies, and news media. Drawing on the lingering memory of SARS, MERS, and the emergence of this new group of viruses in recent years, the organizers invited the participants to envision a massive coronavirus pandemic of global proportions, and to imagine what life would be like in the grip of it, a scenario uncannily similar in so many details to both the one that the Gates Foundation has been prophesying and warning us about for the past year or so, and the actual plague we are now living through."

It should be obvious to all … the Covid19 pandemic is a dream come true for those who have conspired for decades to VACCINATE THE ENTIRE WORLD … while a "dream for THEM" an absolute NIGHTMARE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD.

And if history is our guide .. the vast majority of US citizens will dutifully COMPLY with the "new normal" world they will be living in .. just as we did following 9/11 and the "new normal' world the PATRIOT ACT created .. where thuggish security personnel demand your papers while boarding a flight between STATES .. in some cases demanding you submit to "pat down searches and in some cases intrusive disrobing demands … where entering a stadium you turn over your backpack to someone who decides what items you cannot bring into stadium .. such as .. bottled water. One cannot enter a single building or school without first being searched by metal detectors …


AND WE COMPLY BECAUSE WE ARE PATRIOTS WHO LOVE OUR COUNTRY SO MUCH WE ARE WILLING TO SURRENDER OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS .. AND WHEN OUR COUNTRY DEMANDS WE ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES TO GET VACCINATED .. THE VAST MAJORITY WILL VOLUNTARILY COMPLY .. THOSE WHO DON'T WILL BE DEMONIZED AS UNPATRIOTIC.

Aimee Doyle

Thank you for this post - it was interesting and informative. I agree that the US would be in a better situation if we had a grip on testing for the coronavirus, and I also fear that this virus will be used to promote a universal vaccination agenda.

I would love to hear your thoughts about the various treatment methods that are being tried against coronavirus. There seem to be contradictory studies on hydroxychloroquine and other drugs. It seems from reading and watching media (and this includes conservative, liberal, and alternative) that the US is moving into "only a vaccine will save us" mentality. What's happening with attempts to treat the virus?

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