All posts tagged: Covid-19

NBC backtracks on Sweden? ‘It looks like the world we lost’

I was absolutely shocked by a story that appeared on NBC News wondering if the world should take a second look at how Sweden handled the coronavirus. When Sweden said it was not going to institute a full lockdown in response to COVID, it became everyone’s favourite whipping boy.

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.)

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 …

More questions about that Wuhan virus lab?

When we are talking about the source of the COVID-19, it is important to understand that it was Chinese scientists who first pointed their finger at the Level 4 virology lab in Wuhan as the source of the outbreak. READ: Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory? Scientists believe killer disease may have begun in research facility 300 yards from the Wuhan wet fish market Now the National Institutes of Health, a leading US research organization, is asking some pointed questions about the virus and its origins. The Daily Mail explains: The National Institutes of Health has asked if Covid-19 was linked to the deaths of three miners eight years ago and questioned whether the high-security laboratory in Wuhan possessed samples of the virus prior to the pandemic’s outbreak late last year. The agency also demanded to know more about the ‘apparent disappearance’ of a scientist at the lab rumoured to be Patient Zero, and questioned if roadblocks were placed around the Wuhan Institute of Virology between October 14 and 19 last year. READ: Where …

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 …

Our fear of Covid is greater than our risk to Covid

A report out of Denver, Colorado, revealed that during a two-week period during the COVID lockdown more people died of heart attacks than the virus. The reason was because people were not calling 911 when they started having heart attack symptoms and many died at home. The Blaze reports: A group of doctors at Denver Health Medical Center led by Brian Stauffer were baffled by what many other hospitals have noticed across the world – that the number of people coming into emergency rooms for heart attacks plummeted during the lockdowns in late March and April. […] On the one hand, the weekly activation of EMS calls by the Denver Health Paramedic Division, the only public ambulance service in the region, plummeted nearly by half during the shelter-in-place order between March 29 and April 11. On the other hand, the number of reported cardiac deaths at home were 2.2 times higher in 2020 compared with averaged historical controls over the same two-week period. The doctors concluded that the lockdown orders to stay home and people’s fear of …

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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

Baptismal service in Iran Photo: Elam Ministries elam.com

Something Good From a Pandemic

We might have missed the news, but the COVID pandemic has produced a strange effect in Iran. The nation is an Islamic Republic governed by conservative Shiite Muslims, but millions of people are moving to Christianity. This is a scenario that generates religious persecution; the government is strict and it does not like this change. Iran has also suffered from the pandemic after receiving the virus early from China. To protect people from the virus, many prisoners have been released, including many persecuted Christians. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8: 35) READ: Iran Releases a Third of Christian Prisoners Due to Coronavirus Concerns

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 …

Covid is 100s of times less deadly to those under 80

A large study of those infected with Covid-19 in Britain reveals that people under the age of 80 are hundreds of times less likely to die of COVID-19 than those in the older (80+) age group. The study was published in the science magazine, Nature. The Daily Wire writes (note the last line): The study revealed a “jaw-dropping” connection between one’s chances of dying from the disease and their age, Goldacre said. People over age 80 are at least 20 times more likely to die from the disease than someone aged 50-59. The risk of dying from the coronavirus for adults under the age of 40 is close to zero. READ: Study: Coronavirus Hundreds of Times Less Deadly To Younger People Than Those Aged 80+ On related news, the UK is reporting that new cases of Covid-19 are dropping by up to 5% a day. And the death rate from COVID in the UK, with a population of 63 million, has been in a free fall since mid April: READ: Coronavirus R rate may be ABOVE …

Study: Hydroxychloroquine effective in fighting COVID

A new study reveals that a common malaria and arthritis drug, hydroxychloroquine, is an effective tool in combating Covid-19. The study was undertaken by the Henry Ford Health System between March and May involving 2,541 patients. WND reports: While 26.4% of those who did not receive hydroxychloroquine died, only 13% of those who did get the drug died. The study was headlined, “Treatment with hydroxychloroquine cut death rate significantly in COVID-19 patients, Henry Ford Health System study shows.” The study published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases said, “all patients in the study were 18 or over with a median age of 64 years; 51% were men and 56% African American.” The hospital attributed its high success rate to giving people the drug within 48 hours of admittance to their hospitals. Speaking on behalf of the hospital, Dr. Marcus Zervos said: “The findings have been highly analyzed and peer-reviewed.” “We attribute our findings that differ from other studies to early treatment, and part of a combination of interventions that were done in supportive care of patients, …