Lots of very important articles today.
Here’s a brilliant article that I suggest is a “must-read” for you – it discusses in magisterial and very even-handed detail the origins of the coronavirus, and makes mincemeat of some of the ridiculous other theories being floated by people with vested interests.
Note – if you can’t access it because you’ve used up your ration of free articles, open it in an incognito window and it will appear.
And now, having read the above article and noted the prominent role of Dr Fauci and the department he works for, NIAID, in creating the virus, have a look at this video clip where Dr Fauci assumes a mantle of aggrieved innocence and then carefully chooses his words to deny the undeniable, by saying that his department did not fund the “gain of function” research that created the Covid virus. Strictly speaking, he is almost true – they didn’t directly send money to China. Instead, they gave the money to an American company that in turn sub-contracted with China to do the research.
I’ve got to add one extra comment that few others are daring to make on this matter. How stupid is it to cooperate with China and fund their research into a deadly bioweapon (Covid)? That’s like giving money and know-how to the Soviet Union during the cold war to help them develop nuclear weapons. This article points out that China has been developing bioweapons for at least six years and expects them to be used in any future “high-intensity” conflict (ie a war with us) as “the core weapon for victory”.
Talking about the perhaps-not-quite-as-good-as-earlier-perceived-to-be Dr Fauci, we might be spared his on-going puzzling statements about mask wearing, including this one predicting that we might all voluntarily continue wearing masks to avoid ‘flu and other ailments.
The reason for Fauci running out of stupid things to say about masks is because the CDC on Thursday surprised us all by suddenly announcing that if you’re vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask outdoors or indoors, but you still have to wear a mask on public transport.
They didn’t explain the science behind their 180° turnaround, nor did they explain why it is safe to be maskless in most indoor places, but not on a bus or in a plane. The puzzling and unexpected nature of their announcement, and lack of explanation, leaves one wondering if this was due to a former mistake on their part that they’re embarrassed to admit, or if it was due to political pressure, or what/why.
Keep in mind that states, counties and cities may still have more restrictive mask policies. But, and here’s the thing. With this CDC statement, all mask policies are now becoming essentially unenforceable. Anyone challenged about not wearing a mask needs to simply say “I’ve been vaccinated” and there’s no way that statement can be challenged or supported, due to the lack of any standardized type of “vaccine passport”.
Do you really think the people who refuse to be vaccinated will cooperate and continue wearing masks? I surely don’t. This is the tipping point for me – I’ve been delaying getting vaccinated as long as I can, but I now expect the risk of infection will massively increase due to non-vaccinated people stopping wearing masks. Remember, wearing a mask primarily protects other people, not the mask wearer, and so your risk significantly increases if other people stop wearing a mask, even if you continue to do so yourself.
Accordingly, I’m going to go and get the Johnson & Johnson jab. If you’ve been delaying getting vaccinated too, I suggest you do the same.
Talking about struggling to believe what the CDC says these days (actually, their record has been far from perfect prior to now, too) here’s an article in which the CDC is accused of grossly exaggerating the risks of outdoor transmission of the virus. That exaggeration is artfully obscured by their phrase “less than 10%” – which of course includes all numbers lower, even 0.00001%, so while being technically correct, their choice of 10% as a “no more than” reference point is deceptive.
Here’s another “must-read” article, headed Tens of Thousands of Lives Could Have Been Saved if Research on COVID Treatments Hadn’t Been Suppressed, Doctors and Economists Say.
The article points out an interesting motivation for why effective safe inexpensive cures have been actively suppressed. It isn’t just to boost the sales of expensive new anti-viral treatments. The vaccines now earning big pharma billions of dollars only qualified for their emergency use authorizations on the basis there were no other effective treatments available. Is that really what it was all about – lying about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin so as to get vaccines rushed through trials and evaluations?
The only point I disagree with the article about is the count of lives that could have been saved. It is much more than tens of thousands. With almost 600,000 dead in the US alone, the unnecessary death count is in the hundreds of thousands, not merely the tens of thousands.
Talking about the CDC and also about vaccines, why is the CDC limiting the review of people who have been vaccinated and then infected? While there’s nothing surprising, per se, with vaccinated people still getting infected, it is valuable information to profile who still got infected to see if we can understand if some people are more at risk of vaccine failure than others. The CDC’s lack of curiosity on this point is, itself, curious.
Here’s an interesting article suggesting there were 13 mistakes that caused the global response to the virus to be worse than it could/should have been. It makes some good points, but it omits a huge massive 14th mistake – the refusal to adopt across-the-board HCQ and IVM use.
At a “ground zero” level, here is a terrible terrible video report by an ER nurse who saw the errors and mistakes at first hand. Here is more about the nurse, if you are interested.
No shifts in US state numbers. Bahrain moved up one position in the minor country list, with Luxembourg moving down a place to make room for Bahrain.
Sweden moved up one, pushing the US down to third place. Jordan and Argentina swapped places at the bottom of the list.
The UK dropped a place in the death list, while Poland moved up, and Mexico pushed Portugal off the bottom of the list.
The usual series of stronger swings on the cases in the last seven day list. India is now the 19th worst country, with 1,840 cases/million in the last week, but this shows a 6% drop from the rate being reported a week earlier. It is possible that India’s latest “wave” may have peaked and now be heading down again – perhaps because they’ve started to use ivermectin in their battle against the virus (discussed below).
US Best and Worst States
|A week ago||Now||A week ago||Now|
|1 Best||HI (23,252)||HI (23,625)||HI (343)||HI (345)|
|5||WA (54,295)||WA (55,381)||OR (596)||OR (610)|
|47||TN (124,769)||TN (125,407)||MS (2,428)||MS (2,435)|
|51 Worst||ND (142,007)||ND (142,872)||NJ (2,898)||NJ (2,917)|
Top Case Rates Minor Countries (cases per million)
|Rank||One Week Ago||Today|
|1||Andorra (172,716)||Andorra (174,094)|
|3||San Marino||San Marino|
|4||Gibraltar (127,249)||Gibraltar (127,249)|
|9||St Barth||St Barth|
|10||Lithuania (94,457)||Lithuania (94,548)|
Top Case Rates Major Countries (cases per million)
|Rank||One Week Ago||Today|
|1||Czech Republic (153,007)||Czech Republic (153,824)|
|2||USA (100,315)||Sweden (101,238)|
|3||Sweden (98,707)||USA (101,076)|
|12||Argentina (67,966)||Jordan (70,235)|
Top Death Rate Major Countries (deaths per million)
|Rank||One Week Ago||Today|
|1||Czech Rep (2,752)||Czech Rep (2,781)|
|6||UK (1,871)||Poland (1,878)|
|7||Poland (1,825)||UK (1,872)|
|8||USA (1,786)||USA (1,799)|
|9||Spain (1,683)||Spain (1,695)|
|10||Portugal (1,670)||Mexico (1,690)|
Top Rates in New Cases Reported in the Last Week (new cases per million)
|Rank||One Week Ago||Today|
|1||Bahrain 5,108||Bahrain 6,511|
|2||Uruguay 5,085||Uruguay 5,296|
|12||Georgia 2,231||Brazil 2,000|
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8 thoughts on “Covid-19 Diary : Thursday 13 May, 2021”
I encourage you to get the J&J shot. I got it 10 days ago and only felt a sore arm for a few hours and a little fatigue. The only point that gave me pause was the 15 minutes after the shot when you sit there while people anxiously watch whether you will keel over (nobody did while I was there). After several days I also had a sense of relief (hopefully not overly optimistic), that I have taken a major step toward a more normal life.
Please think twice or more about getting the jab. Also, cloth does not stop a virus. The virus in 3000 times smaller than the weave of an N95 mask. If your immune system ain’t broke don’t fix it. This is a protest in vain, I suspect. Too many believe they need a jab to get back to their lives when their lives have been there all along.
Thanks for your comments. I’ll think twice about the vaccine if you can give me something substantial to think about.
Talking about substantial, masks do work. There have been abundant tests that prove it. Two key points to consider – first, the size of the virus particle is irrelevant. The virus is in aerosol or droplet form, together with other virus particles and water molecules, making it very much larger than a single virus particle alone. Second, masks do filter particles smaller than their mesh size – by electrostatic attraction and because there are multiple layers of mask mesh.
I never know where to look for replies to comments. So sorry. By now, we have a lot to think about in regards to the jabs. As for masks, if they work why haven’t they worked? Merry Christmas, David. I appreciated your Covid Diary.
The thing about masks is they are maybe 50% effective (the actual number depends on the type of mask, how it is worn, and other variables). It is hard to credibly say “there’d be twice as many new cases if people weren’t wearing masks” – but that’s sort of true of vaccines, too. Here we are, a nation almost full of twice and increasingly triply vaxxed people, but we’ve soaring Covid cases – both now with Omicron and before with Delta – where’s the proof of vaccines working?
A lot of masks are very ineffective, and a lot of people wear them offensively stupidly. That’s particularly regrettable, because the main benefit of wearing a mask properly is it stops you from infecting other people more than it stops other people from infecting you. That has always been one of the big weaknesses of the mask issue – the greatest protection inures to other people, not to you!
A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, too.
David, masks unfortunately, have become more of a political/social statement rather than a weapon to combat our invisible enemy. The vaccines are proving to be a failure. Except for the pharma companies and those who are now invested in its infrastructure. I decided early on not to get a vaccine against something that has such a high recovery rate. I rolled the dice. I am 64, but have no comorbidities. By chance, at the end of 2019 I began to take 10,000 IU daily of Vitamin D and complimented it with Vitamin K and began a Zero Carb way of eating that brought my weight down by 50 pounds. I believe that has helped as well. My vitamin D level was very low. It wasn’t until I lost my weight that I noticed how be we as a nation have become. Restoring our health though diet and exercise and destressing should be the message of public health officials, but it is not. Wonder why? Let’s hope for a better 2022. Happy New Year!
10,000 IUs of Vitamin D is on the high side, but if it is working for you, then there’s no point in second-guessing that! 🙂
I have certain medical conditions which tend to depress my Vitamin D intake naturally.