Unprecedented Response to COVID-19 by Governments Prohibits Physical Contact and Cripples World Economy

Unprecedented Response to COVID-19 by Governments Prohibits Physical Contact and Cripples World Economy

After officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Mar. 11, 2020 that outbreaks of a mutated coronavirus (COVID-19)1 2 had become a global pandemic and urged countries to take strong action to stop its spread,3 4 the governments of countries representing one-third of the world’s population5 closed borders, restricted or halted travel between and within countries and ordered healthy people to essentially eliminate physical contact with each other by staying in their homes. The halt to travel and closure of schools, businesses, stores and shopping centers, restaurants, theaters, sports arenas, gyms, beaches, parks and recreation areas, churches, and other places, where children are educated and people conduct business, shop and engage in recreation, sent stock markets into a sudden nosedive6 and has crippled the world’s economy.7

Testing Not Widespread Yet to Detect Asymptomatic and Symptomatic Cases

The outbreak of a new mutated coronavirus in China was publicly announced on Dec. 31, 2019,8 and by Mar. 27, 2020, over 565,000 people in 199 countries reportedly had been infected with over 25,000 confirmed deaths.9

The true number of cases that have already occurred are thought to be vastly underestimated because an unknown number of people are being asymptomatically infected or showing only mild symptoms,10 11 12 which can be mistaken for a cold or a respiratory influenza-like-illness,13 and testing for COVID-19 active infection or antibodies demonstrating past infection and natural immunity has not yet become widespread in most countries.14 15

In the U.S., since Jan. 21, 2020 more than 90,000 cases and 1,300 deaths had been confirmed spanning all 50 states.16 By Mar. 27, New York had reported the highest numbers of cases (38,987) and deaths (432) to date, with New Jersey, California, Washington, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts and Louisiana reporting between 2,000 and 7,000 cases each and a total of 539 deaths.17

Current Mortality Estimates Vary Among Countries

According to Worldometer,18 which is owned by Dadax and composed of an international team of developers, researchers and volunteers with no political, government or corporate affiliation analyzing and making world statistics available to the public, there is a large variation in mortality estimates associated with COVID-19 at the present time. For example, as of Mar. 27, China appears to have 2 deaths per million people, while Germany and the U.S. currently are experiencing 4 deaths per million, but Italy has 151 deaths per million and Spain has 106 deaths per million.

For all currently reported global cases and deaths, it appears there is an average of 3.4 deaths per million people.19 However, with more widespread testing for and reporting of active and past infections, along with deaths, these preliminary COVID-19 mortality statistics for different countries could change.20

COVID-19 Complications Higher in Seniors and Chronically Ill

By mid-February, there was information coming out of China that some people were at higher risk for complications from COVID-19 infections than others, even though the majority of people have mild symptoms and recover without treatment.21 The World Health Organization (WHO) states that:22

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Evidence published in the medical literature by early March 2020 characterizing the type of COVID-19 disease symptoms and high risk factors among the population in China revealed that common major symptoms (22-88 percent) included fever, cough, myalgia or fatigue, expectoration and difficulty breathing. Minor symptoms (less than 12 percent) included headache or dizziness, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, with those aged 60 years or older at higher risk.23 Another study published by Chinese scientists found that underlying cardiovascular disease, secondary infections, older age and elevated inflammatory indicators in the blood suggested that COVID-19 mortality might be due to “virus-activated ‘cytokine storm syndrome” or fulminant myocarditis.”24

As of Mar. 27, 2020, the CDC currently lists the following high risk factors for severe illness from a COVID-19 infection:25

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Other high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have heart disease with complications
    • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
    • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [(BM]I)≥40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk

The CDC also says that the following symptoms are found in patients who have been tested and confirmed to be infected with COVID-19:26

Frequently reported signs and symptoms of patients admitted to the hospital include fever (77–98%), cough (46%–82%), myalgia or fatigue (11–52%), and shortness of breath (3-31%) at illness onset. Among 1,099 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, fever was present in 44% at hospital admission, and developed in 89% during hospitalization. Other less commonly reported respiratory symptoms include sore throat, headache, cough with sputum production and/or hemoptysis [coughing up blood or bloody mucus]. Some patients have experienced gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and nausea prior to developing fever and lower respiratory tract signs and symptoms.

According to the CDC, “Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.”27

Americans Start Buying Masks and Hand Sanitizer to Protect Themselves

By the end of February, the World Health Organization (WHO) had not yet declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic,28 but there had been daily reports in the media warning that COVID-19 was taking a foothold in the U.S.29 and many concerned Americans had begun to make preparations to protect themselves by buying masks, hand sanitizer and stocking food and household supplies. On Mar. 1, the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams sent out a message on Twitter:30

Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS. They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching coronavirus but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk! The best way to protect yourself and your community is with everyday preventive actions, like staying home when you are sick and washing hands with soap and water, to help slow the spread of respiratory illness. Get your flu shot – fewer flu patients = more resources for COVID-19.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield agreed. He told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that, “There is no role for these masks in the community. These masks need to be prioritized for health care professionals that as part of their job are taking care of individuals.”31

CDC Predicted Up To 1.7 Million COVID-19 Deaths in the U.S.

Two days after the WHO declared a COVID-19 pandemic, The New York Times published a widely-quoted article on Mar. 13 entitled “The worst-case estimate for U.S. coronavirus deaths” that raised even more concern in the public about the potential lethality of COVID-19.32 In the article, it was revealed that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had been conferring with epidemiologists at universities around the world and were modeling pandemic COVID-19 scenarios based on what was known about the transmissibility and severity of the new mutated coronavirus to come up with “worst case” estimates if no actions were taken to slow transmission.

According to The New York Times:

Between 160 million and 214 million people in the U.S. could be infected over the course of the epidemic, according to one projection. That could last months or even over a year, with infections concentrated in shorter periods, staggered across time in different communities, experts said. As many as 200,000 to 1.7 million people could die. The calculations based on the CDC’s scenarios suggested 2.4 million to 21 million people in the U.S. could require hospitalization, potentially crushing the nation’s medical system, which has only about 925,000 staffed hospital beds. Fewer than a tenth of those are for people who are critically ill.

An epidemic modeler at Johns Hopkins, Lauren Gardner, was quoted as saying, “There is a lot of room for improvement if we act appropriately,” and urged people to “change their behavior” to alter the course of the pandemic said “changing behavior” would alter the course of the pandemic. A University of Nebraska infectious disease specialist, Dr. James Lawler, was quoted as estimating there would be 96 million Americans infected and 450,000 deaths.

The New York Times article also pointed out that, “about 20,000 to 50,000 people have died from flu-related illnesses this season, according to the CDC.”

WHO Urges Testing But U.S. Couldn’t Do It For Months – Fauci Tells Americans to “Hunker Down”

Several days later on Mar. 16, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus criticized nations for not doing enough to test for and contain spread of COVID-19. He said:33

We have not seen an urgent enough escalation in testing, isolation and contact tracing, which is the backbone of the response… We have a simple message for all countries: Test, test, test. Test every suspected case. If they test positive, isolate them and find out who they have been in contact with two days before they developed symptoms and test those people, too.

A week later Dr. Ghebreyesus said, “Asking people to stay at home and other physical distancing measures are an important way to slow down the spread of the virus and buy time, but they are defensive measures that won’t help us to win.”34 He once again emphasized widespread testing for COVID-19. “All countries should be able to test all suspected cases. They cannot fight this pandemic blindfolded; they should know where the cases are.”

However, by the time COVID-19 was first reported in the U.S. on Jan. 21, 2020 until just recently, little testing for presence of the virus in the U.S. population was done.35 Instead, former and current federal health officials have put primary emphasis on shutting down education, commerce, business and recreation to try to stop spread of the virus.

Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Mar. 8 that, “No city wants to be the first to basically shut down their economy, state and cities are going to have to act in the interest of the national interest,”36 and urged the federal government to provide economic incentives to cities and states that will suffer hardship from shutting down their economies.

On Mar. 12 at a congressional hearing, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that the U.S. was unable to meet the required capacity for coronavirus testing of everyone in the U.S. who needs it. “The system is not really geared to what we need right now,” he said. “That is a failing. Let’s admit it.”37

A few days later, Dr. Fauci advocated for taking aggressive quarantine and “social distancing” measures in the U.S. similar to those first taken by the Chinese and, later, the Italian government to “lockdown” populations in an effort to stop spread of COVID-19. On Mar. 15, Dr. Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet the Press:38

I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing… I think we should really be overly aggressive and get criticized for overreacting.

Persistent COVID-19 Testing Problems in the U.S.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the FDA approved a 45-minute lab test to confirm COVID-19 infections.39 The approval came after a series of investigative reports had been published by Science Magazine, Pro-Publica, and Axios that the U.S. had been suffering from continuing problems with providing COVID-19 testing kits to hospitals in the states after the COVID-19 outbreak was identified in the U.S. in January 2020.

On Feb. 28, Science Magazine reported the CDC had only performed 459 tests for the virus in patients suspected to be infected:40

The World Health Organization (WHO) has shipped testing kits to 57 countries. China had five commercial tests on the market 1 month ago and can now do up to 1.6 million tests a week; South Korea has tested 65,000 people so far. The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in contrast, has done only 459 tests since the epidemic began. The rollout of a CDC-designed test kit to state and local labs has become a fiasco because it contained a faulty reagent. Labs around the country eager to test more suspected cases—and test them faster—have been unable to do so. No commercial or state labs have the approval to use their own tests.

In what is already an infamous snafu, CDC initially refused a request to test a patient in Northern California who turned out to be the first probable COVID-19 case without known links to an infected person. The problems have led many to doubt that the official tally of 60 confirmed cases in the United States is accurate.

Also on Feb. 28 Pro-Publica reported:41

As the highly infectious coronavirus jumped from China to country after country in January and February, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost valuable weeks that could have been used to track its possible spread in the United States because it insisted upon devising its own test. The federal agency shunned the World Health Organization test guidelines used by other countries and set out to create a more complicated test of its own that could identify a range of similar viruses. But when it was sent to labs across the country in the first week of February, it didn’t work as expected.

On Mar. 1, Axios said that the Trump administration had ordered an independent investigation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab in Atlanta responsible for manufacturing COVID-19 test kits for labs around the country after reports of potential contamination of the test kits. Axios stated that, “The U.S. government had admitted to problems with its diagnostic tests—which have put the U.S. well behind China and South Korea in doing large-scale testing of the American public for the coronavirus.”42

According to the Mar. 27 report by USA Today:43

From its biggest cities to its smallest towns, America’s chance to contain the coronavirus crisis came and went in the seven weeks since U.S. health officials botched the testing rollout and then misled scientists in state laboratories about this critical early failure. Federal regulators failed to recognize the spiraling disaster and were slow to relax the rules that prevented labs and major hospitals from advancing a backup…the nation’s public health pillars—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration—shirked their responsibility to protect Americans in an emergency like this new coronavirus, USA TODAY found in interviews with dozens of scientists, public health experts and community leaders, as well as email communications between laboratories and hospitals across the country. The result was a cascading series of failures now costing lives.

Federal Agencies Fail to Stockpile Adequate Pandemic Supplies

Federal agencies responsible for pandemic planning, notably the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)44 45 46 and Department of Homeland Security (DHS),47 which are given billions of dollars in congressional appropriations every year,48 49 appear to have been unprepared to respond quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic not only by failing to supply testing kits but because they had not stockpiled enough masks, gowns and gloves needed for health care workers and ventilators needed for patients.50

Healthcare workers at hospitals are reporting they do not feel safe treating patients with COVID-19 when they do not have appropriate protective equipment that protects both them and their patients. In a Mar. 26 International Business Times article, a nurse working for Kaiser Permanente was quoted as saying, “They’re putting us in danger. They’re putting our families in danger, and they’re putting our co-workers in danger.”51

In a report by NBC surveying more than 250 health care workers in the U.S., the network reported that:52

A hospital nurse in Michigan says she and her colleagues have discussed bringing in bleach to make their own disinfectant wipes. A pregnant nurse in Ohio says she has no choice but to tend to critically ill patients without a specialized N95 mask. And a health care worker in Georgia has resorted to scouring local hardware stores in an effort to secure the protective masks… Nearly all who responded said there were shortages of PPE [personal protective equipment] in the hospitals, outpatient clinics and offices where they worked. Many reported being forced to ration or reuse supplies, including surgical and N95 masks, for fear of running out. Many also said they were facing shortages of basic sanitary supplies, including hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Americans Endure Financial Hardship, Loss of Civil Liberties

With at least half the country in some kind of “lockdown” that requires Americans to lose their income and their freedom in order to comply with federal quarantine guidelines and state quarantine laws, following is a selection of media reports about what they are being told to endure during the COVID-19 public health emergency:

   Jail Time for Quarantine Breakers. On Mar. 13, an Austin, Texas station reported that53 the Austin-Travis County Health Authority is taking legal action against those ordered to quarantine in their homes and anyone breaking quarantine could get up to 6 months in jail. If the Health Authority believes someone “is ill with, has been exposed to, or is the carrier of” COVID-19, the order also prohibits the person from having people over to their home “without the prior approval of Austin Public Health.” People under quarantine cannot “congregate in settings such as grocery stores, movie theaters, etc,” and must record their own temperatures and give that information to the Health Authority in phone calls conducted up to two times each day during quarantine, which usually lasts14 days.

   Quarantine Shaming. On Mar. 19, Associated Press reported that many Americans were being subjected to criticism and shunning if they choose not to or cannot strictly conform with recently enacted “social distancing” rules:54

“Quarantine shaming”—calling out those not abiding by social distancing rules—is part of a new and startling reality for Americans who must navigate a world of rapidly evolving social norms in the age of COVID-19. As schools close and shelter-in-place orders sweep across the U.S., the divide between those who are stringently practicing self-isolation and those who are still trying to go about some semblance of a normal life has never been more clear. Complicating matters: What was socially acceptable even 48 hours ago may now be taboo, as government officials race to contain the virus with ever-expanding circles of social isolation.”

   Scolding the Public. After cancelling the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which has been held every year since 1772, on Sunday Mar. 22, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio scolded New York City residents for going to parks. According to Associated Press, Governor Cuomo said he was “exasperated” that people are ignoring his social distancing orders and are clustering in groups and acting like it was just another nice spring weekend.”55 Governor Cuomo was quoted as saying:

There is a density level in New York City that is wholly inappropriate. This is just a mistake! It is a mistake! It is insensitive. It is arrogant. It is self-destructive. It’s disrespectful to other people and it has to stop and it has to stop now. This is not a joke and I am not kidding.

   You Are Your Safest Sex Partner. According to an article in Newsweek,56 the day before on Mar. 21, the New York City Health Department issued guidance for residents of New York City about how to have safe sex during the coronavirus outbreak. Advising residents to stay home and minimize contact with others, the fact sheet posted on the health department’s website stated “you are your safest sex partner” because it “will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex.” The Health Department also instructed people to “disinfect keyboards and touch screens that you share with others (for video chat, for watching pornography or for anything else).”57

   Temperature Taking Before Entering Supermarkets? On Mar. 22, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Science Magazine that requiring Americans to have their temperatures taken before they enter a supermarket like was done in China is “something that should be considered.” He added, “I will bring it up at the next task force meeting and see whether there’s some sort of a logistical, bureaucratic reason why it can’t be done. The rationale for doing it is at least worth serious consideration.”58

   Using Drones to Drive People Indoors. On Mar. 23, International Business Insider said that, “law enforcement in California is using drones to make sure that people do not flout quarantine measures amid a lockdown in the state.”59 After the Governor of California declared a state of emergency and told residents they had to stay in their homes and only leave to buy essential supplies and medicine, police in a city near San Diego (Chula Vista) purchased two $11,000 drones with speakers and night vision cameras “to drive people indoors” during the lockdown.

China was the first country to use drones to reprimand citizens who didn’t obey COVID-19 quarantine rules and then France and Spain began using drones to warn people to return to their homes.60 Some nations, like India, have taken harsher measures. The government has warned the population of over 1.3 billion people that anyone defying the coronavirus lockdown order could be shot.61
Banning Partners and Doulas at Births in Hospitals. On Mar. 24, The Hill reported that:62

Expectant mothers planning to give birth at two leading New York City hospital systems will not be able to have spouses, partners, midwives or doulas present, despite a mother’s birth plan. Hospital networks NewYork-Presbyterian and Mt. Sinai Health have limited their visitor policies to ban family members, spouses and birth coaches from delivery rooms in an effort to further reduce the spread of the coronavirus in medical settings.

124,000 US Public and Private Schools Closed. On Mar. 27, Education Week reported that “School closures due to coronavirus have impacted at least 124,000 U.S. public and private schools and affected at least 55.1 million students.” Schools are closed in all 50 states currently. In California, New Jersey and North Dakota, schools are closed until further notice. The states of Kansas, Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Vermont, Nebraska and New Mexico have announced schools will not open again this school year.63

“Do Not Resuscitate” the Infected?

On Mar. 26, The Washington Post reported that hospitals are debating “how to weigh the ‘save at all costs’ approach to resuscitating a dying patient against the real danger of exposing doctors and nurses to the contagion of coronavirus.” The discussion is being driven by the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipmentsuch as masks, gowns and glovesand questions being raised about whether it is worth the risk to hospital staff to “justify the conventional response when a patient ‘codes,’ and their heart or breathing stops.”

According to The Washington Post:64

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago has been discussing a universal do-not-resuscitate policy for infected patients, regardless of the wishes of the patient or their family members—a wrenching decision to prioritise the lives of the many over the one… Officials at George Washington University Hospital in Washington say they have had similar conversations, but for now will continue to resuscitate Covid-19 patients using modified procedures, such as putting plastic sheeting over the patient to create a barrier. The University of Washington Medical Centre in Seattle, one of the country’s major hot spots for infections, is dealing with the problem by severely limiting the number of responders to a contagious patient in cardiac or respiratory arrest.

Earlier in March, The Atlantic reported that doctors in Italy had begun employing a utilitarian rationale to justify denying medical care to elderly COVID-19 infected patients or those with underlying conditions that raised their risk for death.65 The Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI) published guidelines for the criteria that doctors and nurses should follow, comparing “the moral choices Italian doctors may face to the forms of wartime triage and, rather than providing intensive care to all patients who need it, instead apply “distributive justice and the appropriate allocation of limited health resources.”

The approach that is being taken in Italy is based on utilitarianism, which uses a mathematical model as a guide to public policy that justifies sacrificing the few in order to maximize benefits for a greater number of people. When making intensive care decisions, the doctors would follow criteria that guarantees only patients with “the highest chance of therapeutic success will retain access to intensive care” and the rules would apply to all patients, not only those infected with coronavirus. They have discussed that “it may become necessary to establish an age limit for access to intensive care.”

Those who are too old to have a high likelihood of recovery, or who have too low a number of ‘life-years’ left even if they should survive, would be left to die.

Deliberately infect Vaccine Trial Participants with COVID-19?

In another unprecedented development regarding medical ethics, on Mar. 25, MIT Technology Review reported that, “A group of academics say that 100 altruistic young people should volunteer to get a vaccine for Covid-19 and then be infected with the coronavirus on purpose.”66 The academics admit that a “challenge trial” is controversial but argue it could speed up testing of a vaccine to prove it does or does not work.

According to MIT Technology Review:

No one, though, has yet had virus squirted up their nose on purpose, something that is ethically dubious under most circumstances. The drawback is obvious, the authors admit: “Challenging volunteers with this live virus risks inducing severe disease and possibly even death.

It’s likely that if a challenge trial occurs, plenty of volunteers would sign up. After all, first responders, EMTs, health-care workers, and even grocery store clerks are already putting themselves at risk of Covid-19 by staying on the job. It may seem impermissible to ask people to take on risk of severe illness or death, even for an important collective gain,” the authors of the challenge proposal write. “But we actually ask people to take such risks for others’ direct gain every time we ask volunteer firefighters to rush into burning buildings.


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39 Responses to "Unprecedented Response to COVID-19 by Governments Prohibits Physical Contact and Cripples World Economy"

  1. ROBERTO   March 29, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    EXCELENTE INFORME. NO CREO EN LA CUARENTENA, PIENSO QUE HAY QUE SEGUIR TRABAJANDO CON LAS PREVENCIONES NECESARIAS..

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  2. Steph   March 29, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    And how is this unlike Nazi Germany who medically ‘tested’ those they deemed dispensable? How is this unlike children tattling to the State on their parents, grandparents, neighbors in the name of ‘good citizenship’? At that time, it was notifying the State that someone was of Jewish ancestry (or other undesirable quality). It is the same today! Social media shaming of those who are in ‘too close proximity’ and national and state parks shut down as a result (happened here in North Carolina). How can a parent have a rational, informed dialogue with their child(ren) regarding immunity, statistics, constitutional rights, freedoms and frankly, morality in this culture? One is undermined at every turn. The powers that be never have to give us proof of these ‘dangerous’ activities, like *swimming in the ocean* (!!) or hiking up a mountain. But we have to follow their advice and truly, God help the person who opposes them. Common sense, even amongst those who survived wars, is nil. We know through SCIENCE that human connection is essential to immune strength and SURVIVAL. We know that touch is necessary for us to thrive. Why else do we recruit volunteers to hold newborns in our NICUs? Why else do we instinctively stroke our pets and NOT isolate them? We know that if our beloved pets were isolated, they were despair and get sick as a result. Our immunity both biologically (through stimulation via germs) and emotionally (hormones!) REQUIRES us to have bonded, connected, loving close contact with other humans! Enough with scaring us that we must fear grannies, we must fear gathering in our churches, we must fear holding even a newborn. Enough fearing the old, the sick, the young, the symptomatic, the asymptomatic. Enough fearing thy fellow neighbor!

    If anyone thinks we can truly live virtually through all this screened activity (exercise, school, work, social, medical) then yes, one should fear all diseases because one’s immune system will be rendered so weak it cannot survive exposure to even a grain of pollen.

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  3. Don   March 29, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Of interest that in Italy, they’ve been reducing hospital beds for years and were unable to handle even the 2018 flu season. See here:

    https://tinyurl.com/sm4xrfu

    and here: https://www.statista.com/statistics/557293/hospital-beds-in-italy/

    A lot of confusion about the actual case fatality rate, which some argue will turn out to be similar to that of the normal flu. A recent article in the WSJ on this can be accessed here: https://peckford42.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/is-the-coronavirus-as-deadly-as-they-say/

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  4. Louise Gallagher   March 29, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    As I read some of this material I found some of it to be contradicting. Case and point, (In another unprecedented development regarding medical ethics, on Mar. 25, MIT Technology Review reported that, “A group of academics say that 100 altruistic young people should volunteer to get a vaccine for Covid-19 and then be infected with the coronavirus on purpose.”66 The academics admit that a “challenge trial” is controversial but argue it could speed up testing of a vaccine to prove it does or does not work.

    According to MIT Technology Review:

    No one, though, has yet had virus squirted up their nose on purpose, something that is ethically dubious under most circumstances. The drawback is obvious, the authors admit: “Challenging volunteers with this live virus risks inducing severe disease and possibly even death). Which am I to believe?

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    • Elizabeth   March 31, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      I don’t understand what you find that is contradicting…

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  5. Colorado   March 29, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Kaiser Permanente 2019 to workers: If you do not get the flue shot, you are required to wear a mask at all times while working or you will be fired. / Kaiser Permanente 2020 to workers: If you do try and wear any type of a mask at work during this pandemic crisis, unless explicitly instructed to do so, you will be fired. / (Thank goodness we never got the flue shot. Best decision ever.) Meanwhile, roughly half of all patients in the building brought their own masks.

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    • Jan   March 30, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      Researchers have found that those who had their flue shots are more likely to contract Covid-19 disease!

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      • steve   April 10, 2020 at 7:02 pm

        where is that study?

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      • Vicki Takacs   May 24, 2020 at 4:03 am

        Jan Those researchers are on the right track but need to take it much further. Do not believe ANY of these gov’ts because it wasn’t just Cuomo who sent sick patients to nursing homes. Many countries did it to kill off the elderly. They weren’t equipped, supplied, or knowledgeable about this but Cuomo said federal gov’t mandated that those just out of hospital be sent to nursing homes. There was a ship and a hospital fully equipped, staffed, and empty so why not use those? This is why fatalities in NY and within 100 miles around it were so high. They comprised 54% of America’s total but some other states did the same. UK did it too. This is the incredible part. Covid-19 is a vaccine reaction. SARS-COV-2 is an exosome being excreted by cells due to toxicity induced by the vaccine (FYI:
        An exosome is literally indistinguishable from what they are calling a “corona virus”). People in nursing homes, managed care facilities get their flu shots. People with co-morbidity issues get their flu shots. The sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt all got their flu shots. Gulf War syndrome was caused by an “Anthrax vaccine”. When the soldiers came home, they
        passed the syndrome to their family members through intimate contact. SARS-COV-2 was recently discovered in the sperm of infected individuals. It is an exosome. These COVID-19 cases are not the result of a “virus”; they are the result of intentional poisoning. And who stands to profit most from it? The same industries that caused the problem in the first place
        and the globalists who want to take away our rights.

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  6. Marie   March 29, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    It sounds as though this “pandemic” is being used for several purposes: to bring in police states, take away the rights and freedoms of the individual, destroy economies, decrease the population, possibly enforce mandatory vaccination, and even perhaps to bring in the New World Order or a global, centralized government.

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  7. Marie   March 29, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    I forgot to mention that it could also be used to attempt to bring about a cashless society–by telling people to use credit or debit cards to prevent the spread of the virus. We have already seen church services cancelled. This would normally be considered religious persecution.

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  8. Marie   March 29, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    It is shocking the hospitals would consider not resuscitating a dying patient. And to deliberately infect people in a vaccine trial would be unethical, in my opinion. In fact, even if a vaccine is made available, I would doubt its safety. I’d rather take a chance on getting the virus–and I am a senior citizen.

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    • Vicki Takacs   May 24, 2020 at 4:13 am

      Turns out they deliberately infected the elderly in nursing homes. See Cuomo in NY. They made them take in patients sick with Covid after telling the world that the elderly were the most susceptible. Other states did the same but not all of them. Other countries did this like the UK. It’s just a continuation of Obama’s plan to murder the non-productive like his grandmother he said.

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  9. Marie   March 29, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    A doctor in New York has successfully treated 699 patients using hydroxychloroquine, in combination with azithromycin (Z-Pak), an antibiotic to treat secondary infections, and zinc sulfate. https://techstartups.com/2020/03/28/dr-vladimir-zelenko-now-treated-699-coronavirus-patients-100-success-using-hydroxychloroquine-sulfate-zinc-z-pak-update/

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  10. Chris   March 30, 2020 at 12:34 am

    I’m unsubscribing from this group’s email newsletters as a result of this article. There is nothing “enlightened” about criticizing the need for social distancing and maintaining quarantines. That is just willfully ignorant and reckless. I’m a retired holistic physician, but I acknowledge the facts about coronavirus and the very real danger it poses to us all.

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    • Vicki Takacs   May 24, 2020 at 4:17 am

      You’ve drank the koolaid that came with your programming, haven’t you? Not much of a physician when you don’t know that you quarantine the sick, not the healthy.

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  11. PHYLLIS BALA   March 30, 2020 at 12:41 am

    I object loudly & insistently to the use of MY tax dollars being used to fund research to create super bugs such as Covid19, especially AFTER a moratorium was issued & Fauci went forward anyway. After Chapel Hill Covid 19 was taken to China.

    EVERYONE involved in its creation needs to be rounded up and tried in a court of law. These arrogan t doctors & scientists need to be held liable for the Global catastrophies they are creating on our dime, to our peril.

    Really, I’m done with the game. For more information, see the series of 5 videos published by Dr Rashid Buttar. I’m so grateful for his courage in speaking out. Wake up everyone! We’re being ripped off.

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    • CAWS   March 30, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      More [people need to see those videos. I actually found the article on the creation of the CHIMERA Corona virus by the Chinese scientist in Chapel Hill ,NC in 2013. IT WAS lab created and then it was taken to her current Level 4 Biosafety Lab in Wuhan . The only question is HOW did it get out? Accident or on purpose to bring in the New World Order? I also read that the new woman in charge of that lab is inexperienced and got it by nepotism. Remember what Prince Phillip said: “If I could come back it would be as a virus; so I could reduce the world’s population”.
      I am using Thieves oil w/ coconut carrier on my face & hands. Kept the robbers of the dead during the Black Plague safe!

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  12. Redpill   March 30, 2020 at 12:50 am

    From day 1 I felt this whole crisis was overblown. Dozens of alternative sites have reported the same thing that Barbara Loe Fisher has in this article. Wake up America? Not going to work. They haven’t woken up to the atrocities of vaccination and by the panicky comments I’ve been reading they think this is some modern day plague with no end in sight. Del Bigtree went on a tangent on his last show, John Rapport has been at it from the beginning, Dr. Brownstein and more. So we are at a point of basically House Arrest in many states with stay at home orders. Business & schools are closed. I personally know people who have contracted the virus and they are in bad shape. The virus is real. The hysteria is generated by the MSM and to some degree by the medical community. Those who have been following the vaccine scam are well aware of what Fisher is writing about. Many alternative blogs are yelling turn the economy back on, send everyone back to school, work and began social activities BUT they have no plan to offer on how to implement. People are scared sh*tless. They feel going back to normal will jeopardize their lives and the lives of their loved ones. How do you alleviate the fear and get the world back in working order? I appreciate the work alternative sites such as this and others and the work they have done but telling us the obvious really isn’t helpful because we know. The barn doors have been closed but the horses are already out. We are in the middle of a perfect storm. How do we get out?

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  13. GrahamB   March 30, 2020 at 3:56 am

    Itis encouraging to see that the US Medical Authorities are, collectively, and it would appear totally, BRAIN DEAD!

    Apart from the appalling snafus over supplies, and the advice being handed out, both the CDC, the FDA have been aware since AT LEAST 2009 the Mega-Gram Doses of Vitamin C cure (or alleviate) Flu-like symptoms. They knew for CERTAIN after the fiasco in New Zealand over Mr Allan Smith, who had been ordered off the ECMO machine that was keeping him ‘alive’, because he was beyond recovery. [REF: https://www.peakenergy.com/video.php ] Despite this, Mr Smith is alive today, and healed of the Leukemia he was co-incidently diagnosed as having, after VERY belated receiving relatively small doses (about half of what the Shanghai Government has advised is the required dosage of Intravenous Vitamin C for CONVID-19).

    Notice how China’s statistics are coming back to ‘healthy’? – While America’s continue to skyrocket?

    Virtually every death that has occurred in the Western World, after the initial wave of cases, lies at the feet of the people within the medical ‘industry’ and the ‘pharmaceutical industry’, and those in high places who put their ego and their profit BEFORE THE HEALTH OF THOSE THEY HAVE SWORN TO PROTECT.

    To them I say, “It is time to get off your inertia and do your damned job!”

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  14. Marie   March 30, 2020 at 5:40 am

    Recommandation of a pediatric practitioner:

    Simple masks are very important as an obstacle to viral infection.I am wearing even two cotton masks in my kontakt with patients, to be sure not to infect them !!!
    If everybody has their own mask, Covid-19 woul not spread.

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    • Maverick   March 30, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      rubbish, you cant wear masks 24/7 and do you know the size of a virus in comparison to the holes in the mask fabric lol you can fit hundreds or thousands of virus particles through them same with bacteria. It is just used to give you a feeling of safety the fact of the matter is they do nothing.

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  15. Robin   March 30, 2020 at 7:21 am

    This is a test. The scenario played out by Gates Foundation and other actors in October modeled this outbreak and response´. Now, it is being played out in order to see how the public reacts, who will go along, and where objections arise. All social media is being monitored, just as it was during the democratic primary psyops. They ran lots of one trick ponies; Rep Gabbard, to test reactions to an antiwar candidate, Yang, to seed the UBI idea and see the reaction, a woman of color DA (Sen Harris), a populist orator (Sen Sanders) etc etc. Public reactions and approval or disapproval on social media was monitored with an eye to manipulation of various sub groups. The primaries were rigged so the globalist financial tool, Biden won despite severe cognitive decline, with the plan of installing someone else at the last minute during medical martial law or confusion.
    I rather expect that we will be given rankings and those who believe the simulation, or at least support the loss of freedoms and loss of social services like public schools, or resist mass mandatory vaccinations will be given social perks, while other labeled as less `socially responsible´ will be denied privileges like travel, freedom of movement, government jobs, who knows what?
    See Truthstream Media´s latest documentary on the subject; We Are in 12 Monkeys. This is a test, and we need to stand up and say no way to rescuing the kleptocrats, no way to social isolation, no way to the abrogation of informed consent, no way to martial law, no way to crashing the economy, no way to surveillance and manipulation through social media. If we want to salvage a semblance of democracy, we need a national paper ballot movement for November, with one month to register and vote by mail.
    The plan to crash the economy and wipe out family wealth and small businesses will crash asset values, fuel bankruptcies, so that the kleptocrats can once again buy up assets at rock bottom prices, and then wait for asset inflation.
    See also The Highwire´s show examining the medical data, called Trump vs Fauci. It appears that Trump was not fully in on the operation, as it was probably also designed to ruin his chances in November. He opposed Fauci on reasonable grounds, and expressed his desire to not precipitate a great depression by shutting down business for too long. He will be pilloried in the deep state press for those positions. Turns out its a flu, easily treatable with existing medications, we don’t need no stinking vaccine. Yet, due to the massive scare campaign many are stating with certainty that this won’t be over until we have a vaccine.
    This is the wake up call.

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  16. Venetia Buxton   March 30, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Appalling..

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  17. Wanda Arnold   March 30, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Does this mean that BLF is actually recommending that everyone get a flu shot as she quotes Dr . Jerome Adams, the Surgeon General’s advice?

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    • Caws   March 30, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      NO she is not. There has NEVER been ANY RNA based vaccine approved for any Corona type virus. RNA vaccines [this is what they are working on] use genetic material inserted into the vaccine which will super ramp your immune system up to fight it. Problem is this and HIV vaccines have failed often because when you start adding & subtracting DNA and RNA you often end up with autoimmune problems or death. The company that has the inside track with Bill & Melinda Gates is Johnson & Johnson . They were at the pandemic practice run at Johns Hopkins back in October and claimed they could have a vaccine ready real quick as long as the rules were relaxed. [there was video]. J&J has NEVER had any of their vaccines approved;ALL attempts have failed yet they are already ramping up production of ingredients & materials. J&J gave us Tylenol [poisoning & liver destruction], Levaquin[alters your DNA and destroys connective tissue, removed from market 3 months ago], Xarelto [people bled out], Rispador[grew breasts on young boys] and J&J Baby Powder & Shower to Shower[ full of asbestos and caused ovarian cancer]. They just keep paying millions in fines and lying till next money maker.
      No I will not be taking any vaccine for this.

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    • Marco Caceres   March 31, 2020 at 10:41 am

      Wanda, the 66 references anchoring this article make it clear that the author is summarizing information contained in news reports about the COVID-19 pandemic and responses to it that have changed the way populations in the U.S. and other countries live under quarantines. Reporting the facts, in this case that the U.S. Surgeon General on Mar. 1 told Americans not to buy masks but, instead, wash their hands and get a flu shot, does not mean the writer endorses the position of the person quoted or is making a recommendation to the reader based on that quote. Like most Americans, the TVR and NVIC staff are abiding by federal and state quarantine recommendations for COVID-19, but that does not mean we are or are not endorsing the recommendations.

      Managing Editor, The Vaccine Reaction

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  18. Anne Mayer   March 30, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    BRAVO Barbara

    Consider the use of your time, and yes, your very lives, at this crucial juncture of possible eminent cataclysmic change. Whilst the cocktail of 3G, 4G, and 5G may not be causing this pandemic, it is certainly exacerbating it, as cummulative radio frequency exposure depresses the immune system. Mind you, 5G is not even close to being in full swing; just wait until the millions of 5G satellites, to be launched by SpaceX (just approved by the FCC March 20th, 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. Hmmm), encircle our delicate earth, and radiate us with billions of cycles per second of frequency that will penetrate our very cells, and all of nature. Petition your representatives to reverse the Starlink internet network approval, and DEMAND that SAFE fiberoptic cables be run from the utility pole to our homes and businesses to deliever broadband.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/fcc-approves-spacex-to-deploy-1-million-antennas-for-starlink-internet.html

    HARDWIRE your homes with CAT-5 ethernet cables (adaptors can be purchased to link the cables to your devices) and SWITCH OFF your routers. Install SAFE landlines.

    CELL PHONES and COMPUTERS: Turn off your “location” and “find my phone” features. Dump unnecessary Apps. Put on “Airplane mode” when not in use. Turn OFF Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It’s common knowledge we are all being tracked. Imagine you’ve just left an advocacy meeting (instead of a beach in Florida).

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/3/27/1931802/-Cell-phone-location-tracking-data-shows-how-Florida-spring-breakers-dispersed-around-the-country?detail=emaildkre

    Further, oppose the Senate Bill 3157, aimed at overriding local governance, to speed up the deployment of small cell antennas (cocktail of 3G, 4G, and 5G) during the pandemic. These antenna’s will be located every block, radiating us 24/7, feet from our bedroom windows. And, all of our cars and appliances radiating us too (The internet of things). REFUSE high speed router upgrades; REFUSE 5G enabled phones and SMART devices and appliances (including cars).

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/3157/text

    Men “of the world” in their arrogance and ignorance bow to no one, or thing (save power and money). They believe it is their right to tinker with the very building blocks of our universe, without care of the unintended consequences (or, dare I say, because they are scheming intended consequences for the masses).

    For our health, privacy, freedom, wellbeing, planetary survival, resist this 5G Goliath in whatsoever way you can, and in whatsoever form it takes.

    Last, the possibility exists that our DNA may be captured with mail order Corona virus testing (or other). BEWARE. Read all the terms and conditions.

    Above all, incorporate to the depth of your being the Pauline affirmation

    “Whether I live or die, I am the Lord’s.”

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  19. Kim   March 30, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Sometimes nature just fights back and viruses, in their fight to survive, recombine. There were no vaccines in 1918. No Bill Gates. No DNA tests or drones. And the only thing that would have worked then as far as limiting the spread, would have been to minimize the hosts, just as that is the same thing that will work now. Social distance, don’t be a host! The fewer hosts, the fewer places the infection can go and then the virus meets it’s end. Everything doesn’t have to be some world order end of times scenario. There are environmental challenges on pathogens and they fight for survival too. This just happens sometimes like an eclipse or a tsunami…sometimes nature wins. We don’t realize that we are swimming in a sea of viruses at all times. Pathogens fight for their survival too.

    The markets will rebound.

    We have learned a lot in the 100 years since the pandemic of 1918..socially distance, minimize hosts, virus has no where to go. Stop with all the conspiracy theories and thinking that we are not somehow a part of the natural world. Stop the transmission and we will return to normalcy sooner.

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  20. Anne Mayer   March 30, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Indeed, we are very much a part of the natural world. And, 5G is real. The consequence of irradiating every square inch of our planet 24/7 will be real too. If 5G is deployed as intended our planet will not rebound (let alone the markets). I worked as a safety certification engineer for Underwriters Laboratory for 21 years (BSEE). The natural planetary order, from the microbiome on up, will be jeopardized by this 5G deployment. This is not supposition or fiction or conspiracy.

    Concerned scientists all over the world are testifying to the ubiquitous dangers of 3G, 4G, and 5G EMF’s (Electromagnetic Frequencies), based on hard science. It is also important to consider, the absence of science does not make something safe (The tobacco industry to cite one of many egregious examples). The “Precautionary Principle” is apropos.

    https://the5gsummit.com

    Free access for 7 days to the expert testimony (“new age” and legal commentaries aside).

    The only conspiracy here is the one being perpetrated on the world by the Telecom industry and the FCC (a revolving door to industry), and those in power supporting this existential policy agenda; in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic no less. WAKE UP PEOPLE.

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  21. Anne Mayer   March 30, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Concerned scientists all over the world are testifying to the ubiquitous dangers of 3G, 4G, and 5G EMF’s (Electromagnetic Frequencies), based on hard science. It is also important to consider, the absence of science does not make something safe (The tobacco industry to cite one of many egregious examples). The “Precautionary Principle” is apropos.

    https://the5gsummit.com

    Free access for 7 days to the expert testimony (“new age” and legal commentaries aside).

    The telecom industry and the FCC (a revolving door to industry), and those in power expediting this existential policy agenda, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic no less, is happening NOW.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE.

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  22. Jay   March 30, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Article from which the Wolfgang Wogart video came: https://www.globalresearch.ca/12-experts-questioning-coronavirus-panic/5707532
    And on the tests, both PRC and Iga antibody test. Useless for detecting whole endogenous virus or infection. https://www.globalresearch.ca/manufactured-pandemic-testing-people-any-strain-coronavirus-not-specifically-covid-19/5707781
    Fauci is long time deceiver at CDC/NIH/NIAID. Reliable dissembler for big Pharma. He knows the lie of HIV and how to tell it. This is when bio-tech patents were allowed and Gallo was in a big rush to patent an AIDS test before Pasteur Inst. did. And he stole Montagniers sample to do it…..but now as used it is an antibody test that some 70 conditions can set off false positives. And PCR viral load is a load…..of dung. Finding DNA or RNA fragments of long ago pathogens in the cells that when amplified, are nothing more than large fragments, NOT whole virus. HIV-1 is regardless a retrovirus (RNA), non-infectious long known as passenger, associated, symbiotic virus. In fact the CoV19 vaccine is going to use them to deliver the unproven “unique” DNA of CoV19 to trick immune system into making antibodies! Forget that our immune system should do that without a vaccine!!!! Of course this is the false paradigm of vaccine, wild virus has to be avoided at whose cost? Pharma vaccine profits? At least they have a market by way of govt. who will buy 100’s of millions of them. Unless they’re mandated. Only the masses can stop this madness by staging stay at home strikes across the country! What are they gonna do? Shoot us down? Put us all in prison?

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  23. Bob   April 1, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Thanks Jay. I was wondering who is testing the test? How do we trust that someone with a positive test really has covid-19? If you tested most of us for measles, we’d show anti-bodies because we had the measles as children so anti-body tests are completely useless other than to indicate that some time in your life you were exposed. The PCR seems to be just as misleading. We are locking up people over meaningless tests.
    Will they keep everything shut down until civil unrest ensues because no one has an income to buy food or wake up and allow those who are healthy to continue on with their lives? My local paper made a major story of 6 people in a nursing home dying. 4 were in mid 90s with underlying health issues (aka one foot already in the grave) and the other two were late 80s. If it weren’t for this virus, I think the common cold would have killed them. Those critically ill should probably not venture out….anytime.

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  24. Anne Mayer   April 1, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    New York Times today April 1, 2020

    https://mymail.optimum.net/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&folder=default0/INBOX

    Embedded within excerpt below….

    “It’s a troubling sign for the United States, Europe and other places that are still battling their first wave. Success with containment can be tenuous, and the world may have to remain on a kind of indefinite lockdown until a vaccine or treatment is developed.”

    What is troubling is many regard the New York Times as gospel. The sole solution being offered here in this Coronavirus update is a vaccine (Of course not at all surprising). And, absolutely no serious critique relating to the inherent dangers that accompany vaccination, and expressly a novel fast tracked vaccine, wherein testing on animals is being bypassed. And now, after so much time has elapsed, the CDC is only today April 1, recommending the use of a bandana as a mask (smacks of a poor April fools joke); Not an N-95 mask, as the CDC was woefully and perhaps willfully unprepared (Was this by design to facilitate the spread of the virus?), though knowing for decades such a pandemic was possible.

    Excerpt –

    Asia prepares for another round of outbreaks

    Cities and countries in Asia that seemed to have brought their outbreaks under control are bracing for a possible second wave of infections.

    China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan closed their borders to foreigners after they saw surges in new cases tied to international travelers. Japan has barred visitors from most of Europe, and South Korea is quarantining foreigners in government centers for 14 days after arrival.

    It’s a troubling sign for the United States, Europe and other places that are still battling their first wave. Success with containment can be tenuous, and the world may have to remain on a kind of indefinite lockdown until a vaccine or treatment is developed.

    “Even countries that have been relatively successful in managing the pandemic are only as safe as the weakest links in the system,” said Kristi Govella, an assistant professor of Asian studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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  25. Anne Mayer   April 1, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Correction- vaccine or treatment. The New York Times update purposely neglects to mention treatment therapies being implemented NOW: Intravenous Vitamin C and Blood Plasma therapy (possibly others).

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  26. Marie   April 2, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Are you sure? What are your experiences?
    If it rains, you don´t take your umbrella?

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  27. Minnie O'Toole   April 3, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    I need help with supplies.

    Our family is out of sanitizers and we can’t get any in the usual places.

    I can get them n95 masks at https://FreelyTrade.com
    Please sell your extra supplies at FreelyTrade? We’ll pay WHATEVER the fair market rate is for it!

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    Stay safe
    Minnie

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  28. Brendon Maceda   April 20, 2020 at 4:50 am

    It?s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it?s time to be happy.

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  29. Lonna Priddy   April 20, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    let know her.

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