Covid-19 Diary : Thursday 17 June, 2021

To start with, here are two excellent articles that you really should read and share.  The first is extremely powerful and very well written, with the headline “They Denied A Lab Leak At Wuhan. They Are Wrong About Other Things“.  It looks at the lies and hypocrisy and double standards in the media and in the public health system, and comes up with some stark and shameful truths about why ivermectin has been ignored.  Highly recommended.

The second article isn’t quite so well written/edited, but it still has a clear message that deserves to be read – “Powers that be suppress the truth about COVID-19“.

These two articles lie bare the astonishing truths that most people still struggle to accept – we can not accept at face value what our public health leaders and our doctors tell us (or what the media chooses to selective report).

It is perhaps easier to acknowledge that more generic “scientists” and “experts” – particularly in Britain, for some strange reason – are sometimes complete strangers to the reality they purport to be describing and predicting.  For an extreme example, this article is headed “Scientists warn that the UK faces 100,000 daily Covid cases by July“.

The article itself has contradictions within it that point to the impossible nonsense of this prediction, and to put it in context, the highest number of cases ever reached in the UK was 59,447 on 10 January, making the thought of an escalation to 100,000 new cases a day equivalent to suggesting the US is at risk of exceeding half a million cases a day.  It claims that case numbers in the UK are doubling every nine days at present.  First, that number is a nonsense and should have been checked prior to printing.  On 16 June, there was an average of 7,888 new cases reported.  If cases were doubling every nine days, that means on 7 June there would be 3944 cases, and on 31 May there would be 1972 cases and on 24 May 986 cases.  In actual fact, on 7 June there were 5114 cases, on 31 May 3346 cases and on 24 May 2597 cases.  The most recent doubling took more like 13 rather than 9 days.

But even if numbers were doubling every nine days, let’s look forward.  7,888 cases on 16 June would suggest 15,776 on 23 June, and 31,552 on 30 June, with the next day being 1 July.  Even if we go a week into July, the count is still only at 63,104 cases.

It is also relevant to keep in mind that in 18 or 27 days time into the future, Britain will have vaccinated more people, helping to slow down the rate of new virus cases.

It has been totally nonsensical predictions like this that have driven the entirety of our responses (in both Britain and the US) to the Covid crisis to date, and of course, the worst part of this is that when Britain get to 1 July and with cases well below 100,000, the scientists will then claim credit for having “sounded the alarm” and brought about changes to save the nation from being overwhelmed by new Covid cases.

We need to make “experts” personally accountable for their nonsense predictions that influence public policy.

Talking about making “experts” personally accountable, I was delighted to see the Indian Bar Association is suing the WHO Chief Scientist for spreading disinformation about ivermectin.  Bravo.  Let’s hope she is sentenced to life in an Indian prison.

Talking about experts and their nonsense, can anyone explain to me how pressure washing the outside of NYC subway cars makes any of the riders inside any safer?  Quite apart from the unfortunate early fixation on the danger of getting infections by touching infected surfaces (we now know there is close to zero danger of getting infected that way), how exactly would the outside of a subway car get infected, stay infected, and then transfer an infection to a subway rider (or to anyone else)?

This is just one of the many examples in an excellent article about “hygiene theater”.

To close the introductory remarks, here’s a good bit of news for us all – our vaccinations might last for longer than earlier thought – perhaps instead of annual booster shots, we could go as much as five years between shots.

The article doesn’t consider the implications of the barrage of new virus variants, however.  My guess is the need for another shot is as likely to be driven by adding more protection from more variants as it is to “top up” our immunity to present variants.

Current Numbers

The minor country list saw Gibraltar drop two places, and Lithuania displace Aruba at the bottom.

A couple of minor swaps in the major country list, with South American countries continuing their advance up the list.  The Czech Republic’s cases have dropped way down, but it will be a long time before Sweden catches it up.

Argentina and Colombia both moved two places up the death list, with the UK and US happily dropping two in turn.

The volatile “cases last week” table showed an easing of numbers in the most affected states, although numbers toward the end of the list were a bit higher than last week.

Last week saw the US report 267 new cases per million people, a drop of 18% from the previous week.  Our good friends across the water in the UK suffered a rate of 862 per million, a rise of 34% – but a week ago they were reporting a 63% rise, so perhaps their current increase is starting to slow?  The world as a whole had a drop of 5% in new cases.

Top Case Rates Minor Countries (cases per million)

Rank One Week Ago Today
1 Andorra (178,403) Andorra (178,835)
2 Montenegro Montenegro
3 San Marino San Marino
4 Bahrain (145,699) Bahrain (148,761)
5 Gibraltar  (127,843) Seychelles
6 Maldives Maldives
7 Seychelles Gibraltar (128,173)
8 Slovenia Slovenia
9 Luxembourg Luxembourg
10 Aruba (103,262) Lithuania (103,578)

 

Top Case Rates Major Countries (cases per million)

Rank One Week Ago Today
1 Czech Republic (155,173) Czech Republic (155,262)
2 Sweden (106,584) Sweden (106,759)
3 USA (102,983) USA (103,278)
4 Netherlands Netherlands
5 Belgium Argentina (92,610)
6 Argentina (89,198) Belgium
7 France France
8 Portugal Portugal
9 Brazil (80,452) Brazil (82,726)
10 Spain Spain
11 Poland Chile
12 Chile (75,425) Poland (76,131)

 

Top Death Rate Major Countries (deaths per million)

Rank One Week Ago Today
1 Peru  (5,624) Peru  (5,679)
2 Czech Rep  (2,816) Czech Rep  (2,820)
3 Brazil Brazil
4 Belgium Belgium
5 Italy Italy
6 Poland Poland
7 UK (1,874) Argentina (1,925)
8 USA  (1,845) Colombia  (1,910)
9 Argentina (1,841) UK (1,875)
10 Colombia (1,830) USA (1,852)

 

Top Rates in New Cases Reported in the Last Week (new cases per million) for Countries over one million population

Rank One Week Ago Today
1 Uruguay  7,350 Uruguay  5,347
2 Bahrain  5,292 Mongolia  4,593
3 Argentina Colombia
4 Colombia Argentina
5 Paraguay Namibia
6 Mongolia Bahrain  3,156
7 Chile Kuwait
8 Costa Rica Oman
9 Kuwait Chile
10 Brazil 1,924 Brazil 2,284
11 Oman Paraguay
12 Trinidad & Tobago  1,805 Costa Rica  2,136

 

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Items below include the US’ outdated approach to admitting visitors needs to be updated, more social media censorship of the truth, Covid symptoms are changing – or is it the demographic of Covid sufferers that is changing, and should Covid be a concern if it is “not really much worse than a bad cold”, Egypt positively trials a new way to use ivermectin, the NYT fails to mention IVM or HCQ at all in an article about Covid cures, a successful new vaccine and a disappointing new vaccine, the cost for a fake vax cert in Moscow, life returning to normal in the US – but should it, vaccination rates around the world, should fans attend the Olympics, and should you go on a cruise?

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