All posts tagged: lockdown

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.)

Did COVID lockdowns just turn political?

With the number of COVID deaths declining in California, many are wondering why politicians are continuing to lock down the state? Well, according to Real Clear Politics, we may have been given a clue recently when Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the Los Angeles County Public Health Director, discussed the matter with school administrators. Apparently, someone recorded parts of that conference call.

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 …

Lockdowns lead to opioid crisis

With many questioning if the lockdowns even worked in stemming the COVID pandemic, reports are coming in that opioid usage dramatically escalated during the Lock downs. The Daily Wire explains: County health departments across the country are measuring a significantly increased number of opioid deaths over last year’s data and over deaths tallied in the first few months of the year before widespread stay-at-home orders were put in place, according to The Wall Street Journal. The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have hit addicts and those struggling to stay sober particularly hard. Social distancing rules and fear of the virus have driven people to stay much more isolated from society and limited the typical tools for people struggling with addiction, such as sessions with therapists. One therapist added that isolation is one of the worst things for a person struggling with drug and even alcohol addiction. READ: A Major Crisis Deepened During The Covid Lockdowns: Opioids We are social creatures and the lock downs are resulting in an increase of suicides. READ: Lockdown-inspired suicides on course to …

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 …

Will Arizona lock down the state over the flu this fall?

As a result of a recent report by the CDC that 94% of people who died from Covid in the US had underlying health issues, many are questioning why whole countries and states were locked down when it was obvious that only the elderly and those with underlying health conditions needed to protected. READ: CDC: 6% of coronavirus deaths were solely from COVID-19 So many were absolutely shocked when Arizona state officials hinted that they may lockdown the state to battle the common flu, that regularly shows up each fall. You can decide for yourself if they implied this or not: From The Blaze: “[Arizona] State officials Monday laid out a plan for ‘aggressively’ combating the upcoming influenza season as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, with the first step being to urge people to get a flu shot as soon as possible,” wrote the Copper Courier on Tuesday. “The state plans to increase funding for Medicaid recipients to get flu shots, combine flu-shot sites with coronavirus testing facilities, and more, while also advocating many of the …

Francis Chan: The pandemic may be good for the church

The recent COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown has resulted in one of the most difficult times for the church in North America. Experts are warning that there is a possibility that 20% of the churches many not even make it. Churches and believers in California face severe fines, and even jail, if they resume services during the lock down. READ: ‘We Are Not Closing,’ Pastor Declares after County Fines Church $52,750 for Worship Services Though many consider these to be dark days for the church, Frances Chan says these difficult times may in fact be a good thing for the North American church. Chan was the former lead pastor and founder of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California. He has since left the church and is ministering in the slums of Hong Kong, where his mother once ministered. At Q Sessions, that featured several Christian leaders discussing the current pandemic crisis including attacks on religious liberties, Chan had this to say about what churches are facing today: “When you look at the places where there …

Christian Actress defies CA lockdown & attends church

Claiming that the freedom to worship God is protected under the US Constitution, Christian actress Sam Sorbo attended Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, California this past Sunday (Aug 23, 2020). Sam is the wife of Christian actor Kevin Sorbo. California Gov Gavin Newsom has issued lockdown orders restricting church services to 25% of capacity or a 100-person maximum. In the face of this, several churches, including John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, are openly violating these orders stating that while church services are severely restricted, the government is allowing BLM protests to continue even though they are violating Covid health restrictions. LifeSite News recently interviewed several people, including Sam, who attended the Godspeak church service this past Sunday: “It’s my God-given right to be able to worship God freely, and it’s protected by the Constitution,” Sorbo stated. She also explained that it’s frustrating to see the government overstep its bounds and disregard the constitutional, God-given rights of every American citizen. She encouraged Christians to take a stand in the face of government restrictions …

Totalitarians down under

During the Cold War, Communist East Germany had to build a wall to stop people from fleeing their communist utopia to freedom loving West Germany. The communists built guard towers and used search lights. Australia’s State of Victoria, population 6.7 million, has just implemented a hard lockdown because it had 670 new COVID cases. As part of this lockdown, it is against the law for people to travel in cars more than 5 km from their home, so they can’t even legally flee this totalitarian utopia. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, who is described as a “radical leftist,” is using high-tech surveillance to stop people from escaping. WND explains: (SUMMIT NEWS) – Authorities in Melbourne, Australia will use high-tech surveillance drones to catch people outside not wearing masks as well as to scan for vehicles that are in violation of curfew by being more than 5km from home. “High powered drones will be used to find people not wearing masks and cars too far from home,” according to a 7News Melbourne news report. The drones will …

PARADISE LOST: Meet Melbourne’s dystopia utopia?

If you want to know what dystopia looks like visit Melbourne, the capital city of the state of Victoria, located in the southeast corner of Australia. The state has a population of 6.7 million people and it recently reported 671 new covid cases. However, as one Melbourne journalist reported, the number of new cases happened as the city doubled the number of people being tested. Nevertheless, at the insistence of the state’s health officials, here are a few rules imposed by the state’s premier, Daniel Andrews, who has been called a radical leftist: A full curfew was put in place and only people with proper paperwork are allowed out of their homes between 8 pm and 5 Am. During the day people can only leave their homes for essential shopping or work. However, only one person is allowed to go out at a time. Police are doing spot checks of homes to ensure people are obeying the curfews. They can enter homes without a warrant. Facemasks are mandatory, even while outside. Churches, of course, are …

US weekly unemployment claims drop below 1 million

The US economic recovery is ahead of schedule. For the first time since the coronavirus lockdowns began, the number of people making unemployment claims fell below the one million mark, on a weekly measure. The Daily Wire explains: During the week ending on Aug. 8, roughly 963,000 workers filed unemployment claims, according to data released by the Department of Labor on Thursday. The number came in lower than expected as economists predicted that claims numbers would remain about the 1 million mark, according to Fox Business. […] The better than expected unemployment report is another sign that the U.S. economy may be on the path to recovery despite fears of a second wave of the disease and some states re-imposing strict lockdown orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The unemployment rate peaked at 15% in April but fell to 10.2% in July. READ: Weekly Unemployment Claims Beat Expectations, Fall Under 1M For First Time Since Pandemic Began

Sweden and COVID: Look who is laughing last

Sweden didn’t lock down the country when the COVID-19 hit. Elementary schools kept going. Businesses stayed open. Their leading epidemiologist doesn’t even want people to wear masks. READ: Sweden’s Top Epidemiologist Says ‘We See No Point In Wearing Masks’ As COVID-19 Cases Drop (“Not even on public transport.”) Sweden was mocked, pilloried, criticized, condemned, chastised for not following the main stream narrative. Instead of quarantining the healthy, they tried to focus their attention on those most vulnerable, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Without a lockdown, Sweden officials knew there would be a spike in cases, but their health system handled the surge just fine. And now it is all over in Sweden. New COVID cases and deaths are in an absolute free fall. It is all over because Sweden has achieved herd immunity. Meaning they stopped the pandemic by letting most people get it, knowing full well that the vast majority of people would have minimal to no symptoms. Meanwhile, other countries are now bracing for a second COVID wave and many are …

A COVID tale of two nations: Sweden vs Germany

You may not have noticed, but the mainstream media isn’t talking about Sweden much anymore. This is quite a contrast from a few weeks ago, when the country was the favourite whipping boy because it didn’t employ a lockdown in its fight against COVID-19. The Daily Mail writes: Sweden became a closely-watched outlier in the spring after refusing to go into lockdown, with shops and restaurants staying open throughout the crisis.  Large gatherings were banned along with visits to nursing homes, but primary schools stayed open even in hard-hit Stockholm.  Citizens have largely complied with social distancing recommendations and the government says that its softer measures will be easier to maintain long-term.  On Monday, Sweden announced just 398 new cases over the weekend, down from 767 the week before and 2,530 only a month ago.  In fact, Swedish authorities are telling people not to wear masks, even on public transit. Sweden employed a herd immunity approach to the virus, meaning the best way to fight Covid was by letting people get it and build up …

Did Chicago just threaten to bulldoze churches?

In an interview with Todd Starnes, Matt Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, a legal nonprofit dedicated to fighting for religious liberties, says that Chicago officials allegedly threatened to bulldoze two churches in that city because they are fighting the city’s coronavirus lockdown rules. Starnes explains: Matt Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said Wednesday that churches that he represents have received letters from the city’s Board of Health that declared them “public nuisances.” The term may not seem like much on the surface, but he said, legally, it opens up these churches to a lot of problems. Staver read the letter on air that said the department “has the power and duty to cause all nuisances affecting the health of the public to be abated.” Staver said the letter threatened a “summary abatement,” which is legalese for the destruction of the facility without any judicial process or further notice. Staver said the rule of law in the state is clear He said if there’s a summary abatement for an animal “you just take them …

Study: Isolation makes us more vulnerable to Covid

A new study by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University says that the lockdown and isolation prescribed as the cure for the Coronavirus may instead be making us more vulnerable to the virus. The researchers state that studies have shown that stress make people more susceptible to the flu and other respiratory problem. Similarly, the stress associated with avoiding family and friends may be making us more vulnerable to Covid. Study Finds writes: In other words, the stress one battles from avoiding friends and family and staying home all the time is making them more susceptible to respiratory viruses. This phenomenon hasn’t been proved regarding COVID-19 specifically, but such a relationship has been seen with cold and flu viruses. “We know little about why some of the people exposed to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, are more likely to develop the disease than others. However, our research on psychological factors that predict susceptibility to other respiratory viruses may provide clues to help identify factors that matter for COVID-19,” comments Sheldon Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology at …

Virginia Gov. wants people to snitch on Christians

According to Liberty Counsel, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is encouraging citizens to snitch on people who are breaking his lockdown orders. The state even provided an online snitch form that you can fill out to snitch on your neighbours, friends or anyone you hold a grudge against. It could even be family member if you like (Matthew 10:21-22). And this even includes churches, as the handy dandy online snitch form has a dropdown box where one of the choices you can select is religious services. According to Liberty, in Northam’s phase two opening churches are limited to “no more than 50 percent of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy of the room or facility,” and the people must be six feet apart. Violators are threatened with one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Meanwhile, the Democrat Governor allows demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd to flaunt all his rules. Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit legal organization, is representing Lighthouse Fellowship Church in a legal battle with Governor Northam. In its news …

COVID: Non lockdown states had a 75% lower death rate

According to research by a Kansas-based nonprofit group, The Sentinel, published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the per-capita death rates from the coronavirus was 75% lower in states that did not initiate a lockdown compared to states that did. If, the lockdowns were effective, you would expect it to be the exact opposite. The Wall Street Journal notes: “GOP governors have faced enormous media pressure to lock down their states in solidarity with Democrats, and some now are getting browbeaten to shut down again amid coronavirus flare-ups. So it’s worth pointing out that states that didn’t lock down this spring kept the virus under control and experienced fewer deaths than most [of the states] that did. Of course, not only did these states have fewer deaths, their economy is also in much better shape. WSJ writes: “A new analysis by The Sentinel, a Kansas nonprofit, compares the 42 states that shut down most of their economies with the eight that did not. The latter group includes mostly rural states with some small metropolitan areas: …

COVID-19: Mainstream media and experts vs Florida

In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe at the end of March, Mike Barnicle suggested Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) made a huge mistake not following the advice of the experts and immediately issuing stay-at-home orders. Barnicle cited five states that did listen: Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Illinois and California: DeSantis eventually issued a lockdown order for Florida. However, it was nowhere near as stringent as the other states, because DeSantis believes in protecting people’s liberties. When it came to the lockdown, the Florida governor was one of the last to implement it, and one of the first to end it. So at the end of May, blogger Stacy McCain calculated the death rates per capita to see how badly Florida did, compared to those other expert-listening states. Here are McCain’s calculation of death rates per million for all those states in question: New York ………………………. 1,519Massachusetts ………………… 950Michigan ………………………… 534Illinois ……………………………. 400Florida …………………………… 108California ……………………….. 100 McCain writes: So, Florida’s death rate has been 93% lower than New York, 89% lower than Massachusetts, 80% …

100 Chicago churches defied Illinois Gov. and had services this past Sunday

With Americans across the US demanding freedom from the lockdown, over 100 churches in Chicago had services on Sunday (May 17, 2020) in defiance of the Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s (D) lock down orders. In an interview with ABC7 Chicago, Florin Cimpean, who pastors Philadelphia Romanian Church of God, stated that some of his parishioners came from Communist countries and now in the US, “feel the threat coming back.” Most states are transitioning out of their lock down in stages, but many are questioning Governors who seem to be doubling down on businesses, organizations and even citizens that are breaking what many believe are tyrannical and even unconstitutional orders. The Chicago churches added that their reopening this past Sunday included social distancing and limits on attendance. Some churches also provided face masks, gloves and sanitizers to parishioners. It is uncertain if the city will follow through on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s veiled threats to punish the churches involved. But if the city does, I expect the churches will lawyer up and fight this unconstitutional enforcement. …

3,500 California Churches will reopen on May 31st with or without permission

Churches in California are being impacted by government mandated lockdowns and 3,500 churches in that state announced they are reopening with or without government permission. Many are concerned that the lockdowns implemented by the state and municipal governments may go on for months, if not indefinitely. In an interview with Good Morning America, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the lock down in his city may never end. This announcement followed an order by LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, that she was extending the city’s stay-at-home order another three months. Garcetti quickly contradicted Ferrer’s statement by adding the extension to the end of August will only include the use of face masks and social distancing. Garcetti did not address bans put on public gatherings that includes schools and churches. But then Garcetti added that “LA will never completely open until we have a cure.” Some believe the Democratic mayor plans to keep the city in some version of a lock down until a vaccine is found, that …

Unbelievable!

In an interview with CNN, the Democratic governor of Illinois, J. B. Pritzker, said that the “restrictions on businesses and citizens” in that state will remain in effect until the end of May. Then he added without a vaccine that it could continue on indefinitely. Pritzker said: “If the Chicago Tribune thinks everything will go back to complete normal without us having an effective treatment or a vaccine, they’re just dead wrong,” Gateway Pundit had these kind words to say about Pritzker’s comments: “There is no end in sight. In fact, Priztker believes all people living in Illinois should obey his authoritarian orders until the coronavirus is ‘eradicated.’ The coronavirus will always exist so Pritzker wants his state living in fear with people ‘socially distancing’ (Marxism) and wearing masks forever.” READ: Face masks and social distancing forever? Top governor makes unnerving suggestion READ: Democrat Governor Pritzker Says Citizens in Illinois Could be Ordered to Socially Distance, Wear Masks Indefinitely (VIDEO)