The daily COVID infection numbers being thrown out by politicians and the mainstream media to justify the lockdowns are not telling the real story. In his article for the American Institute for Economic Research, Jeffrey Tucker refers to it as the ‘fog of war,’ when people do not receive a full explanation of what is really going on.
This is happening because a very significant percentage of people who catch the coronavirus are not showing any symptoms. Simply, they do not get sick. They are referred to as asymptomatic. It is only the testing that caught them.
While these asymptomatic people tested positive, they are not, I think this bears repeating, THEY ARE NOT spreading COVID to other people. In other words, they might as well not even be sick. They are a useless statistic.
Of course, this does not fit the political agenda in the current lockdown propaganda war because removing the number of asymptomatic cases would cause many to seriously question the lockdowns.
Tucker provides more detail on the asymptomatic ‘fog of war’:
On June 7, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, told a press conference that from the known research, asymptomatic spread was “very rare.” “From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual.” She added for emphasis: “It’s very rare.” […]
There was an understandable explosion of fury on all sides. People against lockdowns were screaming all over Twitter that if this is true, the rationale for the lockdowns mostly disappears. We can go back to our normal lives. We can open up everything again!
On the other side, there was the predictably pro-lockdown mainstream media which decried her heresy. The cry was so loud that the WHO immediately started walking back the claim, mostly with hints and suggestions that didn’t say untrue things but did not repudiate the initial claim either: “There is much to be answered on this. There is much that is unknown. It’s clear that both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals are part of the transmission cycle. The question is what is the relative contribution of each group to the overall number of cases.”
Tucker also discussed a study published in Nature in late November, that revealed the chances of asymptomatic people spreading the virus to other people was so rare, the researchers did not found a single case of it happening in a study of 10 million people.