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The Spectator: Top ten COVID data failures

Tom Jefferson & Carl Heneghan recently authored an article for the British newspaper The Spectator about the top ten COVID data failures for that country. In my opinion, most of the mistakes related to changing COVID from a pandemic to panic-demic. Here are a couple of The Spectator’s choices: 1) Overstating of the number of people who are going to die This starts with the now-infamous Imperial College London (ICL) ‘Report 9’ that modelled 500,000 deaths if no action was taken at all, and 250,000 deaths if restrictions were not tightened. This set the train of lockdown restrictions in motion. Some argue that Imperial’s modelling may have come true had it not been for lockdown. But this does not explain Sweden. Academics there said its assumptions would mean 85,000 deaths if Sweden did not lock down. It did not – and deaths are just under 6,000. 7) The Vallance graph On 21 September, Sir Patrick Vallance held a press conference where he sought to raise public support for further restrictions. The only graph he showed was one where cases …

British Rage: Elderly Covid patients refused treatment?

According to the Daily Mail, British people are outraged after finding out during the height of COVID outbreak in that country, several hospitals were refusing to send older patients to intensive care for treatment over concern they would overrun hospitals. But at its height only 42% of the ventilator beds were ever used. It’s alleged, the country’s National Health System (NHS) developed a scoring system for patients. If people’s number were too high, they would not be sent to intensive care, in some instances the hospitals would not even accept them as patients. People were scored based on their age and frailty. The higher the number the less likely they were to be sent to the hospital. Initially, those over the age of 80 were given a score of nine which immediately disqualified them from intensive hospital care. People in their 60s and 70s were also being refused when their age score combined with scores for other factors drove their number too high. In some instances, doctors also told those in certain age groups to …

Did WHO just say COVID is no more dangerous than the flu?

Some suspect that Dr. Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director of emergencies, was probably wanting to spread more fear about how serious COVID was by stating that the best estimate is that 10% of the world’s population has contracted the virus. Of course, this was intended as a serious warning to the remaining 90%. However, others suggest a quick look at those stats inadvertently proves the exact opposite because it reveals that COVID is no more dangerous than the seasonal flu when it comes to its death rate. LifeSite News explains: GENEVA, October 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In an apparent attempt to incite a level of fear regarding the spread of COVID-19, World Health Organization (WHO) officials released what at first glance appears to be an alarming infection rate number. When that number is compared to the number of deaths, however, it proves that the death rate of the novel coronavirus is comparable to the seasonal flu, something that many experts and close observers have been claiming for months. According to the AP, the WHO’s executive director …

Interesting stats from France’s second COVID wave

When we look at what is happening in France, there are a couple of interesting things happening regarding the second wave of the Coronavirus. If we take a look at the charts provided by World O Meter, there has been a huge spike in cases of COVID in France, even exceeding the first wave. Now there could be a couple of reasons for this. First a second wave was expected as people left the lockdown and became exposed to the virus. Secondly, there is also more testing. They are finding people with COVID who weren’t sick enough to see a doctor. These people weren’t being tested in the first wave, but are being tested now. We know that 80% of the people who come down with the virus show little or no symptoms. Though there has been a huge spike in new cases, the number of deaths from COVID during the second wave has not kept pace, so far anyway. It is not even close compared to the first round. There could be several reasons …

Britain: 30% of COVID deaths died from other causes?

According to researchers from Oxford University, at least 30% of the people in Britain who the government listed as dying from COVID during July and August actually died from other causes, such as cancer and even car accidents. The government has even acknowledged that COVID was not the primary cause of death for many of the people on the list, but were included because they tested positive for COVID. In other words, the Coronavirus numbers are padded. The Daily Mail explains: A third of the people recorded to have died from Covid-19 in July and August may have actually passed away due to other causes, such as cancer and even included people who had been killed after being hit by a car Oxford University research has suggested.   Experts at Oxford University have found that around 30 per cent of those included in the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) coronavirus deaths toll over the summer actually died primarily from other conditions. […] The team from Oxford University is concerned that the over counting will get worse …

Sweden video: Count the number of face masks

Undoubtedly, many of you are wondering how things are going in Sweden these days. Sweden never instituted a lock down deciding the best way to combat COVID was through herd immunity, letting people get it, and build up an immunity to the virus. (80% of the people who catch COVID will have little or no symptoms.) It worked, the pandemic is essentially over in Sweden. This video from Stockholm uploaded on Sept. 11, 2020 kind of explains it all. Make sure you have your calculator out to keep track of the number of people wearing face masks. (Note there are face masks, just not the COVID kind.)

Why are new COVID cases surging in France and Spain?

Europe is experiencing its second wave of COVID, with France reporting 10,000 new infections a day and Spain hitting 12,000 new cases a day. Several other European countries are also reporting increases as well. The Daily Mail explains: France‘s daily coronavirus cases have topped 10,000 for the first time while Spain’s have rocketed to 12,000.  The countries’ soaring case numbers have led to fears that the UK, which has seen its daily case figures steadily rise since August, could be heading in the same direction.  On Friday, the UK announced 3,539 new daily coronavirus cases – the highest toll in four months. […] And Spain announced a whopping 12,183 cases on Friday, bringing the total to above 566,300 just four months after the country’s low of 132 new cases on May 25.  But fortunately, the number of new deaths is not climbing as fast as the new cases during the second wave. The Daily Mail also explained why: Health bosses said most of the new infections in the UK were young people, many who only had mild or …

Does vitamin D work as a treatment for COVID?

According to researchers from the University of Cordoba in Spain and Belgium’s KU Leuven university treating hospitalized COVID patients with vitamin D may reduce the chances of going into intensive care. According to their study, 50 patients were treated with high doses of calcifediol, the hormone that the liver produces from vitamin D, and compared their results to 26 volunteer patients who were not given hormone. Giving calcifediol directly allowed it to enter the patient’s system quicker. The researchers reported that only two of the patients given calcifediol ended up intensive care, while half the patients (13) who were not given calcifediol ended up in intensive care. None of the patients who took calcifediol died, while two died who were not given the treatment. The Daily Mail also noted: Researchers have been divided over whether a vitamin D deficiency, which is vital to the immune system, can raise the risk of dying of Covid-19. Some scientists suggested that it may be one of the reasons black people face a higher risk of dying from the …

Meanwhile, in Sweden

Britain, like most countries, implemented a nation-wide lockdown in an effort to stop people from catching COVID. However, Britain is now bracing for its second COVID wave as new cases surge among people who didn’t catch the virus the first time because of the first lockdown. As a result, Britain is introducing a second lock down. In addition to a 10 pm curfew, Britain is introducing a rule of six. The Daily Mail explains: NEW LOCKDOWN RULES FOR ENGLAND FROM MONDAY  * Max social gatherings SIX PEOPLE * Applies indoors and outdoors * Applies in private homes * Applies in pubs and restaurants * Does NOT apply to schools or workplaces * Does NOT apply to weddings, funerals, team sport * Does NOT apply if household bubbles are bigger than six people * Police will be encouraged to break up larger groups and issue £100 fines, which will then double on each repeat offence up to £3,200 And oh yeah, government officials are threatening more severe restrictions if people don’t obey these. READ: ‘We expect …

What, Me Fear?

What we think, we tend to believe. For example, most of the media outlets focus on Covid19. No wonder people are scared. The Bible says that we are who we hang out with. Proverbs 13:20 says “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” Walk with the scared, and you will get scared. Scared people hide. They are fearful. Scared and fearful people have anxiety and stress to the point in which they do not live their lives. Normal and healthy things like family gatherings, visiting children and friends, shopping and attending church are seen as dangerous and self-centered. What was seen as good is seen as bad. The heroes in a fear-based culture are the ones who showcase fear. The people who hide are the good ones. The people who listen to the government and media are the good ones. They are compliant and helping stop the spread of Covid. Except this plan of division and isolation is not helping. Not according to the very people who told …

The Virus Wars: Are you ready?

Many people are protesting the restrictions we live under, with the COVID 19 pandemic. I work with the public, and recently a woman talked back to me and protested me. I am trained to wear a mask and use disinfectants; we have safety procedures, and I think they are good. I think we are all safer with the procedures and disinfectants, and I can still do my work. One woman protested that face masks cause distress for the client I was talking to. The woman took out her phone and found a government web site with information for people who have problems with masks. If you are wondering, I didn’t look to verify the information. The place was isolated and there were no known cases of COVID 19 for many miles. I carefully disinfected myself and made sure my mask was in position, and I finished my work, and I cleaned myself carefully after. The risk was small, and those people made their own decisions about their safety. I did not want to be a …

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South Dakota vs New York: A tale of two lock downs

When the coronavirus hit, South Dakota made the unusual decision of not locking down and destroying its economy in the battle against the coronavirus. It decided that the best way to fight COVID was protecting those most vulnerable and developing a herd immunity among its citizens, knowing that 80% of the people who catch the virus have minimal to no symptoms. Now, in mid-August when President Donald Trump offered US states an additional top up of $400 in unemployment payments to replace the $600 that came off on Aug 8, 2020, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem declined. The Daily Mail explains why: Noem said Friday that she opted to forgo the cash in South Dakota entirely, claiming the state had recovered around 80 percent of its pandemic-related job losses. ‘My administration is very grateful for the additional flexibility that this effort would have provided, but South Dakota is in the fortunate position of not needing to accept it,’ Noem said in a statement. ‘South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80% of …

What’s next: Face mask virtue signalling?

First we had the exposure of a ‘fake’ chart promoting the success of using face masks to fight COVID-19 in Kansas. READ: Top state official caught using ‘doctored’ chart, data to push face mask mandate Now we have face mask virtue signalling in Wisconsin. Apparently, some political appointees are requiring government bureaucrats wear facemasks on video conference meetings, even while they are home alone. The Blaze explains: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has taken face mask requirements to a new level, mandating that employees wear the masks even if they’re at home on virtual meetings, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This department rule is not backed up by any public health guidance, department officials openly admit that the purpose is to virtue signal that masks are important and the department takes them seriously… READ: Wisconsin state employees required to wear masks even when they’re home in virtual meetings And the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal provided the actual email ordering the use of face masks while at home: Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole reminded employees in …

Is NY’s nursing home COVID death toll much higher?

A new report is suggesting that the nursing home deaths due to COVID in New York, may be much higher than the state’s official tally. New York has reported 33,000 Covid deaths and registered only 6,600 as being from nursing homes. The Daily Wire reports: A new report alleges that the true extent of the number of deaths that New York’s nursing homes suffered under the leadership of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo may be far higher than what has been reported due to the way that the statistics are gathered and counted. “New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount,” the Associated Press reported. “Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there.” As an example, the state registered one New York nursing home as having only four COVID deaths. In fact 21 people from the home died from the virus, but …

Does religion put us at risk?

Jesus spoke to a conservative religious woman, a Samaritan, and told her “A time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4: 23). He warned that change was coming on them. As the world struggles with the COVID pandemic, many religious groups resist health restrictions and regulations. Conservative groups that live with rituals and traditions find it hard to adapt; people who have lived their own way for centuries are not interested in changing now. This is not only true for Christian groups, the major center of infections in Israel is one Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. READ: Israel’s ultra-Orthodox communities ‘ignoring’ COVID-19 rules In Canada, Hutterite colonies have high rates of infection. These people practice their conservative religion in communes, and they love their lifestyle. I often meet Hutterites, Russian Old Believers, and Mennonites through my work, and I find them friendly and likeable, but they don’t like to change their ways. READ: Canadian Hutterite colonies struggle with coronavirus outbreaks

Orthodox Rituals in a Changing World: How do believers cope?

What we do might have to change, for health reasons. Belief is important to any Christian, but many struggle to adapt their practices. Eastern Orthodox Christians have many rituals, practices that are sacred to them, but they also have a health emergency. This new world can bring us all back to the starting place; “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) We might laugh as the priest in a country area, but he is trying to keep his faith in challenging times. On a larger scale, many churches are struggling to adapt to a world-changing crisis.

Different COVID rules for the political elite

Apparently, the political elite have different rules about COVID-19 than the rest of us. The Mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser, (D), issued an order on July 24, 2020, demanding that anyone travelling to/and or from high-risk COVID states, such as Georgia that was specifically mentioned, must quarantine for 14 days when they return to the US capitol. But apparently, those rules didn’t apply to the political elite, several of whom attended the funeral of John Lewis, in Atlanta, Georgia. Lewis, who recently died of Pancreatic cancer, was a member of the US House of Representatives until his death. The Blaze explains: According to Roll Call, 50 members of Congress attended Lewis funeral, including: * Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)* Maryland House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)* House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.)* Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)* Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) Despite having traveled to Georgia, which Bowser’s office has classified as a “high-risk area,” people in power do not have to self-quarantine upon reentry into the nation’s capital, Bowser’s office told JustTheNews. …

Are you ready for the 2020 COVID famine?

It’s impossible to miss the virus pandemic that has spread around the world. I remember hearing the first rumours about a virus in China, in February of this year. Those rumours quickly became a fact and the disease spread to every place in the world. We all know this. Did you know this is qualifies as a biblical famine? Our reaction is now as dangerous as the disease. People will suffer from a virus infection, and some will die. Also, our social controls to resist the disease have disrupted the world economy. Now, more people will die from the remedy than from the disease. We are really hurting ourselves: READ: Coronavirus-linked malnutrition is killing 10,000 more children a month, UN warns When we think of a famine on a biblical scale, we always imagine a lack of food. That is partly true, but in ancient times, food was the economy. Everyone worked on a farm and lived by the food they produced, except for a few who lived in a village, close to the farm …

Another Study: Lockdowns failed to reduce deaths

Another study confirms that if the dystopian lockdowns were intended to save lives, they failed miserably. The Heritage Foundation’s recent study of ten countries’ reaction to COVID reveals that though broad ranged lockdowns did not work, there were things that did reduce the virus death toll: Lockdowns that targeted those who were most vulnerable to the Coronavirus including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Quarantining those who were sick, not those who were healthy. LifeSite News reports on the study: In another instructive comparison, “South Korea permitted much of its economy to remain open, choosing instead to engage in aggressive testing and isolating the infected,” yielding “13,979 cases and 298 deaths (0.0272% and 0.000579% of its population, respectively” as of July 22. By contrast, “Italy pursued a strict lockdown policy,” and by the same date “had 245,590 cases and 35,097 deaths (0.406% and 0.058% of its population, respectively).” “Maintaining a strong economy and protecting public health are not mutually exclusive,” the authors conclude. “Focusing on hot spots, protecting the elderly and most vulnerable, …