Unmasking the Myths of COVID-19

We are living in a bad sci-fi movie, which plagiarizing from the famous Dr. Strangelove movie could be called: How I learned to stop worrying and love the coronavirus.

There is so much mis-information and downright lying concerning COVID-19 and it’s dangerously promulgated by a coordinated media and governmental effort. We have to remember that six giant corporations own 90% of the media (as recently reported by Business Insider) and thus, these six corporations own the information that is provided to more than 277 million Americans nationwide.

Let’s just go over a few of the blatant lies these six corporations regularly spew.

Media Myth No. 1: Wearing a mask will help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Mask-wearing has been recommended by CDC and forced upon the general population via executive orders issued by all-too-willing tyrannical governors. Yet, where is the science behind the idea that by wearing a mask you’re at less risk to contract coronavirus or that you’re mitigating the risk of spreading the virus to others? The most recent studies show that mask wearing is ineffective in stopping viral transmission. Two studies, one referenced in our last post, completely demolish the rationale for walking around looking like bandits. In a lengthy and scientifically grounded article, the Oral Health Group challenges the efficacy of masks. Then, even more damning still, our very own CDC just published a public policy review article (it was months earlier published in print). The abstract overview clearly states its stance on mask-wearing:

Here, we review the evidence base on the effectiveness of nonpharmaceutical personal protective measures and environmental hygiene measures in nonhealthcare settings and discuss their potential inclusion in pandemic plans. Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of hand hygiene or face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.

Jingyi Xiao1, Eunice Y. C. Shiu1, Huizhi Gao, Jessica Y. Wong, Min W. Fong, Sukhyun Ryu, and Benjamin J. Cowling, Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures, CDC Policy Review, Volume 26, Number 5—May 2020

This study, again for emphasis, recently published by the CDC, is devastating to Dr. Fauci’s advice on using masks. How laughable that after touting the efficacy of mask-wearing since March, it’s Dr. Fauci’s own organization – the CDC – that debunks the entire “ masks will protect you myth.”

The truth about the inefficacy of masks is especially provocative in the large cities, like NYC, where it’s heresy to go against the accepted dogma that mask wearing is for the common good. If you don’t wear a mask in Manhattan, you’re basically akin to being a murderer. (In a surprising turn of policy, Mayor Bill De Blasio announced Friday that New York City police will no longer be enforcing mask-wearing by the public unless there is a “serious danger.”)

Masks have simply become a symbol of capitulation to big brother and a sign that most people will do anything the government tells them no matter how ridiculous. If we were back in the times of the Salem witch hunt, non-compliant people would certainly be burned at the stake. Forget the scientific evidence, this is for our good. Don’t be a non-believer!

Media Myth No. 2: The statistics and facts show COVID-19 is still surging.

Ah, “surging.” The newly in vogue term used to describe the state of coronavirus … well, everywhere. But even a quick glance at the numbers will prove no such surge. The use of statistics and non-existent facts by governmental sources and especially by mostly ignorant journalists to prove their coronavirus narrative is astounding. I could almost forgive journalists because they have no formal training in either science, mathematics or basic statistical analysis, so what can we really expect?

But it’s not all ignorance when it comes to journalists. Many times, it’s political agenda. Journalists are constantly quoting the rising amount of cases, knowing full well this is strictly a factor of how many people are being tested. Test more people, get more cases.

A far better statistic to use than cases is the mortality rate per million because we know the population and we also know how many people died. However this figure must be interpreted with the understanding that many people died with COVID-19 and not as a result of COVID-19. So, even the mortality rate will always be exaggerated. But we can still use it to compare the state of coronavirus in different areas and countries because it’s the best number we have. At least it’s apples to apples instead of scare tactics to surreptitious statistics.

Looking at the current Worldometer results, a few things become apparent: Countries that chose to quarantine and lock down fared no better and in many instances, were far worse off, than countries that chose to remain open like Brazil and Sweden. In fact, one of the most locked-down countries in the world, Belgium, has the highest mortality rate in the world at 773 per million.

And on the other end of the spectrum, Sweden is doing equal to or better when compared with Western European countries that are locked down. Plus, Sweden’s economy is not destroyed.

These numbers make evident that COVID-19 is really not affecting countries, (or entire continents for that matter) like Africa or South America where temperatures are higher and there is abundant UV light.

Generally, when the media wishes to create panic they always cite the increase in cases. But the increase in cases is overwhelmingly due to increased testing. When the pandemic first began, officials were basing their statements on theoretical models. We now have facts available to us and real data we can arm ourselves with to lessen risk while returning society back to normal … or whatever’s left of society at this economically-ravaged point in the world’s history.

When the CDC, the WHO, the Imperial College of London and the IHME made their wildly outlandish predictions of mortality rates, there were very few statistics available. Concepts such as quarantining the healthy, social distancing of six feet, wearing those now-proven-ineffective masks and shutting down economies had no scientific basis and were just pulled out of thin, virus-laden air. They’re certainly less grounded in science today, when the real figures can prove otherwise. These are not false statistics devised by a nutty professor in an ivory tower above the streets of London. These are the numbers. These are the reported facts.

Media Myth No. 3: Quarantining the healthy is a good idea.

Where did the theory of quarantining the healthy come from? It has certainly never been tested against a control group as Dr. Fauci always rants about when discussing medical treatments to combat COVID-19. In actuality, recent data points to the opposite; a government study in Spain showed that people who stayed at home died at a far greater rate than people who were out working. 

So not only are these media “myths” completely false, but they are also incredibly dangerous. And that, my good Politics of Duh friends, is the absolute truth.

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