“The lockdowns will kill many, many more people than the virus..
We do not have grown ups in charge.” – Dr. David Katz
Lockdown Lunacy Article
J.B. Handley (Stanford University)…16 facts we NOW have…
“More people will die from the measures than from the virus.
Hundreds of millions of people are suffering.
In developing countries many will die from starvation.
In developed countries many will die from unemployment.
“…that the fatality rate if infected is likely 0.1 to 0.2 percent…
…about 90 percent of all fatal cases had an underlying illness…
…There is no significant risk of catching the disease when you go shopping…
…there’s really no science to support all the outdoor bans…
…the filter material of face masks does not retain or filter out viruses or other submicron particles…
…To put this in simple terms: in order for a mask to really be effective that covered both your nose and mouth, you would asphyxiate.
…The minute the mask allows you to breathe, it can no longer filter the micro-particles that make you sick…
…Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection…
…the two-metre rule was conjured up out of nowhere…”
- The Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) is from .07% to .20% (in line with seasonal flu.)
- The IFR is much higher for older people and those with serious health issues, much lower for young healthy people, near zero for children.
- People who have Covid-19 but have no symptoms (asymptomatic) do NOT spread covid-19.
- No spread of covid-19 in the community (shopping, restaurants, barbers, etc.)
- Covid -19 is not spread outdoors.
- Masks are ineffective to halt the spread of covid-19.
- No science supports the six foot barrier.
- Locking down has no supportable science, only theoretical modeling.
- Epidemic models of covid-19 have been disastrously wrong, and the practice of modeling has a terrible history.
- Data shows that lockdowns have NOT had an impact on the course of covid-19
- Florida locked down late, opened early, and is doing fine.
- New York’s above average death rate appears to be driven
by a fatal policy error.
- Public health officials and disease epidemiologists do NOT consider the other negative consequences of lockdown.
- A predictive model for the viral arc of covid-19 already exists, discovered 100 years ago: Farr’s Law.
15. The lockdowns will cause more death and destruction than Covid-19 ever did.
- Phased re-openings have no scientific support.
“…lead researcher, Dr. John Ioannidis (noted)…
“There’s some sort of mob mentality here operating that they just insist that this has to be the end of the world, and it has to be that the sky is falling.
It’s attacking studies with data based on speculation and science fiction. But dismissing real data in favor of mathematical speculation is mind-boggling.”
locking down society was a bone-headed policy decision so devastating to society that historians may judge it as the all-time worst decision ever made.
the most comprehensive analysis I have seen comes from Oxford University, who recently stated:
“Taking account of historical experience, trends in the data, increased number of infections in the population at largest, and potential impact of misclassification of deaths gives a presumed estimate for the COVID-19 IFR somewhere between 0.1% and 0.41%.”
Stanford’s Dr. Scott Atlas published an opinion piece in The Hill newspaper with the title, “The data is in — stop the panic and end the total isolation.”
The recent Stanford University antibody study now estimates that the fatality rate if infected is likely 0.1 to 0.2 percent, a risk far lower than previous World Health Organization estimates that were 20 to 30 times higher and that motivated isolation policies…Let’s stop underemphasizing empirical evidence while instead doubling down on hypothetical models. Facts matter.
about 90 percent of all fatal cases had an underlying illness.
Of 6,570 confirmed COVID-19 deaths fully investigated for underlying conditions to date, 6,520, or 99.2 percent, had an underlying illness.
If you do not already have an underlying chronic condition, your chances of dying are small, regardless of age.
And young adults and children in normal health have almost no risk of any serious illness from COVID-19.
“There’s no science whatsoever to keep K-through-12 schools closed, nor to have masks or social distancing on children, nor to keep summer programs closed.
What we know now is that the risk of death and the risk of even a serious illness is nearly zero in people under 18…
why are we all on lockdown if asymptomatic people with COVID-19 can’t spread the infection?
“There is no significant risk of catching the disease when you go shopping. Severe outbreaks of the infection were always a result of people being closer together over a longer period of time…”
“When we took samples from door handles, phones or toilets it has not been possible to cultivate the virus in the laboratory on the basis of these swabs….”
there’s really no science to support all the outdoor bans…
Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, says in a video on the world health body’s website posted in March.
“Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough.”
there is no evidence that wearing masks reduces the transmission of respiratory illnesses and, if masks are worn improperly (like when people re-use cloth masks), transmission could actually INCREASE.
their conclusions were crystal clear: masks for the general population show no evidence of working to either slow the spread of respiratory viruses or protect people.
while the science is clear, the hysteria continues.
“It should be concluded from these and similar studies that the filter material of face masks does not retain or filter out viruses or other submicron particles.
When this understanding is combined with the poor fit of masks, it is readily appreciated that neither the filter performance nor the facial fit characteristics of face masks qualify them as being devices which protect against respiratory infections. ”
There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles.
Furthermore, the relevant known physics and biology, which I review, are such that masks and respirators should not work.
It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases: The main transmission path is long-residence-time aerosol particles (< 2.5 μm), which are too fine to be blocked, and the minimum-infective-dose is smaller than one aerosol particle.”
To put this in simple terms: in order for a mask to really be effective that covered both your nose and mouth, you would asphyxiate.
The minute the mask allows you to breathe, it can no longer filter the micro-particles that make you sick.
Not only are these masks 100% ineffective at reducing the spread of COVID-19, but they can actually harm you. As the researchers explain:
“This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection.
one of the top scientific advisors in the UK to Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made the same point, his statements covered in the Daily Mail last week in an article titled, Government scientific adviser says Britain’s two metre social distancing rule is unnecessary and based on ‘very fragile’ evidence.
Professor Robert Dingwall stated:
‘I think it will be much harder to get compliance with some of the measures that really do not have an evidence base,’ he said. ‘I mean the two-metre rule was conjured up out of nowhere.’
If you have COVID-19, stay home.
If you must go out, wear a mask.
Everyone else, wash your hands, and get on with your life.
It should have been that easy, but instead we chose to lockdown society, an unprecedented step.
The negative consequences of large-scale quarantine are so extreme (forced confinement of sick people with the well; complete restriction of movement of large populations; difficulty in getting critical supplies, medicines, and food to people inside the quarantine zone) that this mitigation measure should be eliminated from serious consideration.
Ferguson’s Imperial College model has been proven wildly inaccurate.
To cite just one example, it saw Sweden paying a huge price for no lockdown, with 40,000 COVID deaths by May 1, and 100,000 by June.
Sweden now has 2,854 deaths and peaked two weeks ago. As Fraser Nelson, editor of Britain’s Spectator, notes: “Imperial College’s model is wrong by an order of magnitude.”
…Indeed, Ferguson has been wrong so often that some of his fellow modelers call him “The Master of Disaster.”
Oh, and Professor Ferguson recently resigned from his position because he broke lockdown curfew…to have an affair with a married woman.
I’ll end with a quote from the man who I believe will emerge as the biggest hero of this whole mess, Sweden’s Anders Tegnell, the man who chose not to lock his country down:
One person who’s skeptical of Professor Ferguson’s modeling is Anders Tegnell, the epidemiologist who’s been advising the Swedish Government. “It’s not a peer-reviewed paper,” he said, referring to the Imperial College March 16th paper.
“It might be right, but it might also be terribly wrong. In Sweden, we are a bit surprised that it’s had such an impact.”
Of all the facts I have covered, this one about the ineffectiveness of lockdowns has become the most politicized, because it’s being used to begin playing the blame game.
JP Morgan, on the other hand, creates their analysis to do something very nonpartisan: make money.
Their analysts crunch data to see which economies are likely to restart first, and you shouldn’t be surprised at this point to discover three things:
1) the least damaged economies are the ones that did the less onerous lockdowns,
2) lifting lockdowns has had no negative impact on deaths or hospitalizations, and
3) lifting lockdowns had not increased viral transmission.
Reading the JP Morgan conclusions is profoundly depressing, because here in the U.S. many communities are STILL being put through many different lockdown mandates, despite overwhelming evidence to their ineffectiveness.
Consider this chart from JP Morgan that shows “that many countries saw their infection rates fall rather than rise again when they ended their lockdowns – suggesting that the virus may have its own ‘dynamics’ which are ‘unrelated’ to the emergency measures.” (see the chart in the online article)
It is the first epidemic in history which is accompanied by another epidemic – the virus of the social networks.
These new media have brainwashed entire populations. What you get is fear and anxiety, and an inability to look at real data.
And therefore you have all the ingredients for monstrous hysteria….Compared to that rise, the draconian measures are of biblical proportions.
Hundreds of millions of people are suffering.
In developing countries many will die from starvation.
In developed countries many will die from unemployment. Unemployment Is mortality.
More people will die from the measures than from the virus.
And the people who die from the measures are the breadwinners. They are younger.
Among the people who die from coronavirus, the median age is often higher than the life expectancy of the population. What has been done is not proportionate.
But people are afraid. People are brainwashed. They do not listen to the data. And that includes governments.
A prominent Israeli mathematician, analyst and former general claims simple statistical analysis demonstrates that the spread of COVID-19 peaks after about 40 days and declines to almost zero after 70 days — no matter where it strikes, and no matter what measures governments impose to try to thwart it.
Economically, the costs to the United States will be measure in the multi-trillions. It didn’t have to be this way, Sweden just reported that GDP grew in their first quarter!
It’s no surprise that suicides are on the rise in localities that locked down, and that prescriptions for sleep and anti-anxiety medications have skyrocketed.
And it was just reported that, “Social isolation can increase a person’s risk of dying early by up to 50 per cent, a new study has suggested.”
What should be done is so damn simple, IMO, but it never will, because too many people would have to admit they were wrong.
But, I’ll say it anyway.
My policy recommendation:
remove 100% of newly created lockdown rules, secure nursing homes using Florida’s approach, tell everyone with an active COVID-19 infection to stay home until symptoms resolve or wear a mask if they need to go out in public, and encourage everyone else to wash their hands. Done deal.
In summary, COVID-19 is a disease that is highly infectious and spreads rapidly through society.
It is often quite symptomless and might pass unnoticed, but it also causes severe disease, and even death, in a proportion of the population, and our most important task is not to stop spread, which is all but futile, but to concentrate on giving the unfortunate victims optimal care.
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