Stats Show Spike in Deaths and Cases Come from Brazil and Mexico

It has now become apparent the spike in cases and certainly in deaths in the border states of Arizona, California and Texas closely parallel the rise in cases in Mexico. In addition, spikes in cases and deaths in Florida closely mimic the curves displayed for Brazil.

The Brazilian population in Florida counts more than 300,000, one of the largest Brazilian communities in the United States. And if you think the travel ban prevents Brazilians from entering the U.S., this document details the many exceptions to the rule.

Daily cases in Brazil via Worldometers.info

It is generally accepted that it takes approximately five days to get infected with coronavirus and for those who tragically succumb to the illness, which is a tiny percentage of all cases, it takes anywhere from 10 to 18 days to die. The peak cases in Mexico occurred in late July (at this point people may have had it for more than 10 days) and the peak of deaths in the U.S. border states of Arizona, California and Texas occurred in early August.

Daily cases in Mexico via Worldometers.info

Undoubtedly, there are delays in reporting due to slow data collection in Brazil and Mexico. In the United States, there are also delays in reporting cases and deaths.

People who cross the border or fly in from Brazil seeking medical attention are most likely already ill and desperate to receive premium U.S. healthcare at our fine hospitals.

When the cases were at a peak in Brazil and Mexico, you can assume those infected had been sick for at least several days or more than a week. If you get tested in Brazil or Mexico and the result is positive, it’s very likely you’ve had COVID-19 for a while. The chances that the very day you get tested align with the exact day you contract the virus are slim.

Now back to the numbers … the peaks of cases in Brazil and Mexico occurred the third week of July, and the peak deaths occurred in early August in Arizona, California and Texas. The curves in these states precisely mirror the curves in Brazil and Mexico, accounting for the lag between cases and deaths. This is not a coincidence, my friends. This is a very real example of The Politics of Duh.

Some people will say the rise in cases and deaths in these border states is due to the fact these states presumably opened up early – in late April and early May. But this isn’t true. Following the trajectory of infection and subsequent deaths, the rise would’ve appeared much sooner than the end of July.

Panic is unwarranted. Recently, cases have started dropping in both Brazil and Mexico, and because the situation is so closely tied to our border states, we’ve also seen significant drops in cases and deaths throughout Arizona, California, Florida and Texas as well.

There is an excellent short book by former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson in which he explains in great detail why lockdowns are ineffective against preventing the spread of COVID-19. Mr. Berenson provides well-researched scientific reasons based on data but he leaves out the 800-pound gorilla in the room: the politics of the coronavirus.

In January 2020, the unemployment rate stood at its lowest number in more than half a century. It would’ve been an extremely difficult feat to win an election against the President who created such a historically strong economy; there’s simply no arguing with numbers.

Let’s admit it, most people are concerned about the economy over almost anything else. Remember that wonderful saying, “It’s the economy stupid” coined in 1992 by Democratic Strategist James Carville? Well, it really is. Or it really was because coronavirus was able to infect and sicken one of the healthiest U.S. economies in our nation’s history.

There’s no doubt ill-advised lockdowns destroyed the economy and created unprecedented levels of unemployment, driving national discontent to soaring heights. This new concern about rising cases and a small amount of rising deaths in border states is another attempt to keep the economy locked down until the elections. There are basically four things Democratic governors can do to defeat Donald Trump in November:

  1. Keep the economy locked down to depress GDP numbers, making unemployment numbers artificially high in their states.
  2. Block schools from re-opening in September, which would inhibit parents from easily working, whether it’s at home or in the office.
  3. Create a situation where unemployment benefits are higher than the salaries of many who lost their jobs thereby providing no incentive for these unemployed workers to return to work.
  4. Encourage mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus, which can be replete with voter fraud and thus fraudulently can swing the election in the Democrats’ favor.

So far the governors of Arizona, Florida and Texas have resisted locking down their states again although California Governor Gavin Newsom has locked down most of his state. Governor Newsom’s actions to successfully shut down businesses once again, thwarting any growth from the semi-recovering economy, is just one more way Democratic politicians are using coronavirus as an effective strategy to defeat President Trump in November.

In his book, Mr. Berenson avoided any discussion about the politics of the coronavirus, which I understand, (keep to the facts) but in this particular situation, a no-politics treatise on the topic of COVID-19 is like corona without the virus – it misses the point. If anything has been proven by this entire coronavirus fiasco, it’s that in the real world, no matter how many times you present the scientific evidence, politics trumps science every time.

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Counting Sheep: Millennials, Masks and the Myth of Independent Thinking

For a virus that primarily targets the elderly, logic dictates older Americans would advocate the loudest for stricter coronavirus measures. But as it turns out, COVID-19 and its ensuing non-scientific contagion methods have a surprising cohort: millennials.

A recent poll by Morning Consult and Politico revealed more than 70% of Americans would support mandatory mask-wearing enforceable by fines or jail time. The vast majority of supporters were Generation Z, Baby Boomers (78%) and a majority of Democrats (86%).

Even though mask-wearing is far from proven science and in fact most scientific studies show the typical cloth mask is completely ineffective, there is no questioning authority. These poll results show currently there is just blind obedience to what the media and “medical officials” like Dr. Changes-His-Opinion-All-The-Time-Fauci say. 

Decades ago, it used to be the younger people who were the least supportive of government institutions such as the FBI and the CIA. Today, everything that the FBI and CIA does seems to be accepted by the young people on the left, especially concerning the present administration. Years ago, the model of the younger generation used to be don’t trust anyone over 30. The new motto should be: I implicitly trust the media and government institutions to tell me the truth because I don’t know how to use my own mind and do my own research.

The CDC – with its frontman Dr. Fauci – has become the oracle of truth, especially to young people. It doesn’t matter that he’s been wrong about so many things, like his flip-flop on the use of masks; he can do no wrong. He is the savior of the millennial sheep and like sheep, they count on him.

It’s ironic the people who are the most cautious, the strongest proponents of shutdowns and mandatory mask-wearing are exactly those who are the least likely to be seriously affected by COVID-19.

Statistics via Worldometers.info

All statistics and studies show COVID-19 primarily impacts the very old and those with co-morbidities; to young people, it’s no more deadly than the flu. This strange disconnect between illusion and reality, between reason and a generational inability to think independently of the absurd media narrative has made millennials blind conformists in the face of facts and truth.

It’s doubly ironic millennials are also those most financially constricted by the very lockdowns they so proudly post about on Instagram and dance to in TikTok videos. With a crippled economy, unemployment rates nationwide have skyrocketed and as that sweet $600 per week incentive dwindles to about $200 a week, will millennials finally wake up to the real world? Because as it stands now, they’re probably looking down a dark future of being jobless and broke. (But at least they’ll have their masks to protect them, right?)

The health of our economy is just as important as the health of our people. Without small businesses, without the sectors that have been virtually wiped out by COVID-19 shutdowns (I’m looking at you, hospitality and restaurants) there’s a serious dearth of jobs for the younger generations.

If economies don’t open back up, it’s very possible young people will be totally dependent on government handouts for a long, long time to come. Perhaps this is what the Democrats want, and why they’ve so sharply turned into thinly veiled socialists. Socialism, foolishness, sheepish behavior … call it what you want but the dire situation we’re facing can’t be covered up with a cloth mask.

The Chinese Frankenstein Virus

A recent article, “The Evidence which Suggests that This Is No Naturally Evolved Virus,” by Sørensen, Dalgleish and Susrud proposes that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was created in a Chinese laboratory using techniques, which are well-documented by the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).

One of the key points in this article is the fact that it was widely known that the WIV was working on what the authors call a Chimeravirus. (As a scientific note: The  Chimeravirus is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as a hybrid micro-organism that is created by combining fragments from two or more micro-organisms where at least one of the two fragments contain the necessary genes for replication.)

The SARS-CoV-2 was deduced to be a Chinese-made virus because of four main points. Firstly, the part of the virus that attaches to cells or the spike protein is too perfect and must have been engineered in a lab. Secondly, they are six inserts in the virus, which are unique and not found in any other SARS virus in nature. Thirdly, the authors felt that this would be a simple procedure to engineer in a laboratory. Sørensen and his colleagues are more than 90% certain that this cannot happen in nature and had to be engineered in a laboratory. The fourth point is that Sørensen and his scientific team point out many articles that were written both in China and the U.S. demonstrating that Chimeraviruses were being created in a Chinese laboratory. None of this research was hidden – it was out in the open for everyone to read about.

The Chinese were also working on gain-of-function studies. Gain-of-function studies, according to the US Department Health and Human Services, are research projects that involve increasing the capacity of a pathogen to cause illness. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill posted about working with the Chinese to increase gain-of-function.

In 2016, a corona-type virus called SADS was infecting pigs in China. This virus was especially unusual because it infected different cells than previous Coronaviruses; the COVID-19 infection utilizes new tissue-specific binding domain properties from the SADS virus that makes it possible for the virus to use new receptors to attach to human cells in the upper airways.

This scientific study also explores all the problems the WIV had containing viruses at the facility. The theoretical ability to create a monster virus and the probability of escaping from the WIV was explained in detail.

Presently, this research article has been rejected by all major scientific journals on very strange pretenses. The premises of this study have not been argued or  disproved; critics simply have refused to give these researchers the credit they deserve among their peers. China is an extremely powerful economic force in the world and they seem to be able to control any narrative that puts the blame on them for releasing this virus. 

Science Magazine, one of the journals that refused to publish this work, has no problem interviewing a Chinese scientist without asking him any relevant or tough questions. Their interview is littered with easy, softball questions and no real probing about potential Chinese culpability in the initial release of the virus.

The Lancet, another top scientific journal, also refused to publish this study. Paradoxically, the publication did recently release an article detailing a study on the ineffectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine but it was so full of horrible data that they had to print a retraction disavowing the article.

It seems as though scientific ideas and thoughts are stymied today by political considerations.

Not only are science journals conspiring to keep the truth away from the world but social media outlets also censor posts related to Chinese involvement in the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has become impossible to question the man-made origins of the coronavirus and to do so will risk condemnation, or worse it could lead to being ostracized in the scientific community.

China has been very active in clamping down on any research into the origins of the coronavirus. Powerful forces are in play both in Europe and the United States; the National Institutes of Heath (NIH) and Dr. Fauci are directly involved in this amazing cover up.

The scientists who wrote this paper did get their first study published, which dealt with the creation of a vaccine for COVID-19. The second paper that pointed out the high probability of a man-made virus came about because of their initial vaccine research. They felt that if this was a man-made virus  it would totally change the approach to developing an effective vaccine. They had no idea the scientific community and the media would react in such a forceful and negative manner. They were simply publishing their scientific findings in an effort to find solutions to this complex COVID-19 crisis.

It is imperative that the world realizes the Chinese had all the means to create a Frankenstein virus. It’s documented by these scientists, even if nobody will give them a platform to explain what they discovered. The theory that COVID-19 came from a wet market, perpetuated by the media and some politicians, was a ruse used by the Chinese to cover up one of the worst man-made disasters ever. If the world realized China was working vigorously over the last 12 years to develop man-made viruses, it would severely impact the way this rogue nation is perceived in the world. China was warned that their virus research was dangerous in the past to no avail. This may have been an accidental release but why were the Chinese even experimenting with such deadly viral conconctions?

In conclusion, although this virus is very transmittable it is mostly lethal to those over 70 years of age and those with co-morbidities. It’s also responsible for killing more than 600,000 people and causing terrible damage to economies worldwide. If the international scientific and political community doesn’t fully condemn and put a stop to this deadly behavior of the Chinese and their devilish experiments, the world may be hit even harder with the next virus that’s engineered in the Wuhan lab of horrors. 

Explosive New COVID-19 Stats from Orange County Destroy Gov. Newsom’s Newest Shutdowns

New numbers from Orange County completely destroy the COVID-19 myths perpetuated by politicians like California Governor Gavin Newsom, who used COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as justification to rollback on re-opening the Golden State’s economy.

The recently released statistics for Orange County – published by the Orange County Register – show the mortality rate broken down by age. There are approximately 26,000 cases and 433 deaths as of July 14. Almost 80% of the deaths were people who were 65 years and older. Approximately 50% of these deaths were in nursing homes. In the 18 to 24 year old demographic, the deaths were less than 1% and amazingly, in people below age 17, there were zero deaths. With these kind of figures, how in the world can you justify closing down schools in September when zero deaths occurred below the age of 17? You can’t.

And if it’s happening in Orange County, an area with a population of more than 3 million people, it’s reasonable to extrapolate the data and say it’s happening in other counties Gov. Newsom shut down, too. Statistics are not that easy to be broken down in places like L.A., so for now, this is what we have to go on. It makes sense Gov. Newsom would ignore these statistics because they don’t fit his narrative of COVID-19 getting worse and the necessity to completely shut down California.

Image via OC Registeer

Between the ages of 18 and 24, there was a less than 1% mortality rate, and the number may be lower when you factor in co-morbidities, which we know from past studies is a large factor in COVID-19 deaths. Even at 1%, many colleges will be closed down or forced to do virtual learning.

It’s also amazing to look at the mortality rate broken down by ethnicity; almost 50% of the deaths in Orange County were among Hispanics, which lends credence to my previous article explaining that many of the deaths in California are a result of the extremely high COVID-19 numbers happening in Mexico right now. It’s not difficult to come across the border because of dual citizenship, (an exception to the current COVID-19-induced immigration ban), visas to work in the agricultural fields, or simply to cross illegally for medical treatment, which is also an exception to the immigration ban. The border isn’t locked down.

Interestingly, according to the data most of the outbreaks in Orange County occurred in Santa Ana or the Richmond area. Caucasians make up 65% of the population in Orange County and yet they account for only 25% of the deaths in the region and also are just 25% of the new Orange County cases.

These newly released numbers make it obvious that Gov. Newsom’s order to close down Orange County is not based on any scientific or statistical analysis. In fact, the numbers also prove schools should reopen in September as the virus does not affect young people. This political game must end. These numbers show we can win back our once-strong economy because the threat of COVID-19 is nothing more than a way for politicians to wield power.

And for those arguing that California is approaching New York’s COVID-19 numbers, a reminder: The mortality rate in New York City per million is about 3,000. In Orange County, even with the latest numbers, it’s approximately 130. It’s crazy to think that Orange County numbers even approach NYC. Is the reaction in California based on fear or is it just politics? If we follow the Politics of Duh, we open.

UPDATED: Is COVID-19 also a Mental Disorder? (Because California Has Gone Insane)

We are now approximately four months into the shut downs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the mortality rate a small fraction of what it was at the virus’ peak in April, you’d expect our societal fear to diminish but things do not seem to be getting much better. If anything, there is more paranoia and misinformation concerning this virus than ever.

As I mentioned in a previous post, they want to keep schools shut down. All forms of live entertainment and sports are basically non-existent right now. You would think with four months of available statistics and far more knowledge about this disease than we had in March, people would be realizing the worst is over; the “pandemic” was never as bad as so-called medical authorities like the Imperial College of London and the CDC predicted.

Like the title of the article suggests, COVID-19 is no longer a virus but a complete mental disorder and mindset of fear; the reaction to COVID-19 has become synonymous with totally irrational and crazy thinking in light of the real statistics and science. Maybe there should be a special medical billing code to also classify fear of COVID-19 as a mental disorder.

When the crisis began, there were estimates of more than 2 million deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States alone – at this point we are well below 150,000. Even with our present mortality total, there are major questions about the validity of a COVID-19 diagnosis because any time COVID-19 is suspected even without testing it is put down as a COVID-19 death. The number also does not factor in co-morbidities; even if a person dies from cancer and they test positive for COVID-19, the death is considered a COVID-19 mortality and added to the total figure. In addition, up to half of the deaths occurred among nursing home facility residents. Those below the age of 50 make up a small percentage of the overall deaths.

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/states/california/california.htm

To narrow our view on this issue, let’s focus on one state for now: California. In the Golden State there is almost mass hysteria about the new outbreaks of cases and small spikes in the mortality rate. As discussed in my previous article, because COVID-19 is peaking right now in Mexico, many may be coming across the border for medical attention in California, which would explain the increase in cases. The number of deaths in California is constantly drilled into the heads of residents as though it is the worst thing that has ever happened. Just the deaths from homicides and drug overdoses is equal to the amount of people who died of COVID-19 in California.

On June 13, California Governor Gavin Newsom, rolled back re-opening and declared a “modification mode” on his original stay at home order. The Governor announced a complete shutdown of fitness centers, places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops and malls. His justification for back-tracking on re-opening was that cases are risings and hospitalizations are up. However, I’m not sure what numbers he’s looking at but he’s not examining the most important figure: the total daily mortality rate, which is still low and has actually gone down, on average, in the last few days. Yesterday, it was 24, today it was 45, according to Worldometers.info.

The case numbers that Gov. Newsom is using to justify another shutdown don’t mean much. (That was already explained thoroughly in this article.) In a state of 40 million people, even the total death rate is small and doesn’t justify completely destroying an economy. Finally, a strong argument can be made that this so-called “surge” in case numbers is simply the virus taking its final course. We’ve never before studied a virus at this level of detail, (when was the last time millions of Americans got tested for a virus over a short period of time?) It could very well be that the virus is no longer as potent as it once was, it’s simply moving through the population as viruses do but we’re hyper-aware of its trajectory because of the media spotlight put on COVID-19 and the daily reportage of case numbers and deaths.

Plus, COVID-19, despite what the media might say, is not actually the only way to die. If we add other causes of deaths such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, accidents and suicides, this number is many times larger. The truth is, there are so many ways people can die that if we just thought about this all day we would never leave our homes and would hide under our beds and cower in fear.

Every day, the media blasts the number of daily deaths on our TV screens and mobile phones; it’s a top Apple news story almost every day. Yet we do not see statistics showing us how many people died in a given day from other diseases or accidents or  drug overdose. Day in and day out, it’s COVID deaths drumming more fear into our brains, telling us if we don’t wear a mask, if we don’t social distance religiously we’re going to die.

Forget the science even though scientific studies have shown masks don’t work, (one of the latest studies was actually done by the CDC). Social distancing, using the words of that all-knowing genius Dr. Fauci, has to be rigorously proven using a control group, and because it is completely untested, we can pretty much agree the concept is basically bogus. Remember Dr. Fauci saying claims that hydroxychloroquine is effective are ridiculous because it has to be tested with control groups. Well, shouldn’t his own logic be used on the unproven idea of social distancing before we force it upon the entire public as a means of virus-spread mitigation?

The point is this: When we are born into this earth we always face the possibility of death but it cannot deter us from living life. Our species has conquered many horrible threats since the beginning of time and guess what? We survived. We are now in a new mindset of group-think brought on by the panic-mongering media and corrupt politicians using fear of the unknown to control us and to achieve greater power. It is not a coincidence that we are only four months away from the elections and the drums of fear are beating stronger than ever. If they can just keep the people down a little bit longer, then maybe they can influence their voting preferences and assume power.

It’s sad to see what has happened to our society, and to witness the collective mental breakdown of U.S. citizens who now live in absolute fear of being infected by other people so they stay far away from anyone and think that masks and lockdowns will protect them. Our economy is still basically shut down with many industries in utter ruin. It seems as though the media and corrupt politicians have won, creating the perfect situation to depress people. Take away their ability to prosper and you open the pathway to a major political change in this country.

Using science and statistics, the “pandemic” was a bad flu season but it was treated as though it was the end of civilization as we know it. The only country that seems to have benefited from this is China (where the disease was started or released from) and online companies such as Amazon that are seeing stock price go sky high. Fear can be paralyzing and totally demoralizing but we have to use our brains. We cannot be swayed by the irrational and cynical pressure around us. It’s time to just say enough is enough and return to some degree of normalcy. Life cannot be about the constant fear of death; let’s choose to focus on the joy of living.

Are Deaths Coming from South of the Border?

Even though cases are rising drastically in four states – Arizona, Texas, California and Florida – most of the uptick in cases is benign, unaccompanied by a concurrent increase in mortality. (I explained my theory of the rise in cases here.)

There’s a reason for the daily mortality count in these four states: In border states like Texas, Arizona and California there has been a large jump in the number of illegal immigrants from Mexico crossing the border with COVID-19.

In the Politics of Duh world, we say this makes sense. It fits with the statistics that are now being reported. Mexico is currently experiencing one of the biggest COVID-19 outbreaks in the world. Even though immigration is supposedly blocked from Mexico due to the virus, there is an important exception: If illegal immigrants come to this country in need of medical care, we do not turn them away. This is defined as an “essential crossing” and the Mexico-U.S. land border, while closed, is still open to “essential crossings.” According to a legal document published as a Notice on the U.S. Federal Register, one component that satisfies an “essential crossing” is if “individuals [are] traveling for medical purposes, (e.g. to receive medical treatment in the United States).”

Interesting, very interesting.

In June, The New York Times published an article detailing how hospitals in California are being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients who are coming across the border. If this happened in mid-June in California when cases were not as high as they are now then it’s logical to expect it’s happening in Texas and Arizona, also border states. In June, this article reported that hundreds of border agents were infected with COVID-19, which also fits into this narrative. Mexico is a Third World country with an infamously terrible healthcare system. Of course people would be incentivized to cross the border for better medical care in U.S. hospitals, especially if they know they won’t be forced back to Mexico due to the essential crossing exception.

Total mortalities by country, as reported on worldometers.info for July 9, 2020

And what about Florida? Well, let’s talk about Brazil. Like Mexico, Brazil is also in the midst of one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the world. So it would also be sensible to assume Brazilians are traveling to the United States (and specifically, to Miami) for its superior medical treatment. Most of the increase in deaths in Florida are in the Miami-Dade area, which is the primary destination for travelers from Brazil.

President Trump banned travel from Brazil to the U.S. on May 24, 2020. However, there were many exceptions and loopholes to the immigration law, which you can view here.

This rise in cases in the border states is being used by some politicians to justify keeping states closed down or even reverse re-opening guidelines. Dr. Fauci, who has been wrong about almost everything all pandemic long, told The Wall Street Journal today, “I think any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down.”

Despite what politicians and authorities say, the facts should help us understand that the rise in mortality is not due to the progression of the virus in the United States and instead is being caused by outside factors. How else can you explain the fact that the rises are only occurring in certain pockets? Why don’t we see a similar rise in Georgia, which famously opened the earliest of all the U.S. states?

There’s absolutely no breakdown of mortality in those four states by nationality, (it would probably be illegal to disclose that information or even frowned upon to even investigate it); we’re left with using our deductive reasoning skills to figure out why, at the exact time Mexico and Brazil are surging, we’re seeing subsequent case numbers rise in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. I don’t believe this is a coincidence, I believe it’s symptomatic of America’s status as a beacon of hope and the great, strong country we all know it to be.

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School’s Out Forever?

Who could’ve predicted the famous 1972 Alice Cooper verse, “school’s out for summer / school’s out forever,” would turn into the 2020 motto for those who are now basically trying to keep schools shut indefinitely?

Many educators and so-called medical professionals are advocating for either not opening schools in the fall or a very, very modified form of learning via online classrooms. Recently, Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, spoke about the danger of re-opening schools in the fall, warning that it imposes too high of a health risk for teachers. His solution? School should basically be closed until there is no danger from the coronavirus.

This attitude is also apparent in institutes of higher education; Harvard University just announced plans to limit their reopening in the fall to freshman only. The university will provide online courses to the rest of its student body. (Incidentally, despite this modified form of learning, tuition will not be lowered.) 

There are many studies both in the United States and around the world that underscore the importance of social interaction in classrooms for young people and conclude online learning is not only ineffective but also psychologically detrimental to students. In 2015, during a time far removed from the COVID-19 outbreak and its subsequent politically charged theories about education, a study conducted by Stanford University showed that online learning was ineffective and actually harmful. The study showed that in a one year period of online learning, the amount of acquired knowledge was so diminutive, it was as if the students had not gone to school at all. And the students who are hit the hardest by the school shutdowns are are those who come from poorer socioeconomic groups – exactly the students who need education the most in order to succeed. In conversation with Dr. Scott Atlas of the Hoover Institution, Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw asked the doctor about the impact of virtual learning on lower-class families. The doctor explained that many of these families do not have the means (an iPad, an available computer or even a quiet spot within their living space) to institute online learning for their children.

“[Closing schools] has nothing to do with the children and that point must be made loud and clear,” Dr. Atlas said. “In fact, it’s harmful to the children.”

So, OK. We’ve established that online schooling is not great (or even feasible for some) and that schooling is extremely necessary for students’ educational, emotional and psychological well-being. But while politicians and officials seem to be ignoring these facts, elsewhere in the world the push for a return to traditional education is getting a brighter spotlight. In the UK, for instance, many pediatricians were pleading with the government to reopen schools for the health and intellectual good of young people. They even deemed it a “national priority.”

There is no question the collective mental health of students is suffering because of these prolonged shutdowns. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a leading pediatrician who directs the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital and is editor-in-chief of the prominent medical journal JAMA Pediatrics published a piece where he eloquently outlines the long-term, lasting outcomes of these shutdowns on children. In an article published by NPR, the publication writes: “[Dr. Christakis] argues that the risk to children’s learning, social-emotional development and mental health need to be better balanced with the risks of spreading the coronavirus.”

Convinced yet? No? Then let’s get onto the science of re-opening the schools. It is now July. We have ample data and statistical analysis to show young people have been largely unaffected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Actually, there have been no fatalities under the age of nine in the U.S. There have also been no fatalities in the U.S. not attributed to co-morbidities for people under the age of 21.

The common influenza has been much deadlier when it comes to young people; COVID-19, as we well know, affects the very elderly and sick. About 50% of the deaths in the U.S. occurred in assisted living homes. The science for keeping schools locked down is just not there, especially when you look at studies – like this one conducted in France – that show children are highly unlikely to get the disease and just as unlikely to spread it.

Ah, but what about the teachers? As Dr. Atlas explained in Congressman Crenshaw’s podcast, half of all teachers are 41 years of age or younger and 82% are under 55. “We know the risk from COVID-19, the fatality rate for COVID-19 for people less than 60 years old is less than or equal to the seasonal flu,” Dr. Atlas said, adding that “there is no significant risk to the teacher population.”

For those teachers who are worried – especially those over the age of 60 – they can either not teach and allow younger teachers to take over their duties or they can simply advise via a computer screen while a teaching assistant manages the in-person classroom. This way, we can open the schools, which the science says we should do.

Here is a chart from May showing that only three people out of 15,000 under the age of 15 died of COVID-19 in New York City. The following statistics illustrate the incredibly small chance young people have of dying from COVID-19.

Statistics via worldmeters.info

In the real world, school re-openings have not triggered large increases at all in COVID-19. In France, it has been conclusively shown that reopening the schools did not put the students or teachers at risk.

One ploy to ramp up the fear has been scaring people about a rare disease in young people called Kawasaki Syndrome. This is yet another fear tactic to panic people into keeping children isolated and out of a normal school environment. The noted Swiss epidemiologist Dr. Sadler explained when someone gets COVID-19, T cells begin to attack the virus-infested cells all over the body. In very rare instances, this can lead to an exaggerated immune response called a Cytokine Storm. Also very rarely this can happen in small children, which is known as Kawasaki Syndrome. It’s interesting, however, that this super rare syndrome is very easily remedied. The infected children receive antibodies from antibody-positive donors and they’re cured.

There is simply no scientific or educational reason to keep schools closed or resort to virtual learning. Let’s recap: The young do not get sick and rarely pass COVID-19 on to others – certainly teachers under 60 have nothing to fear, unless they’re also just as terrified of getting the flu. And if older teachers are fearful they simply don’t have to teach. There are plenty of people who could use the jobs right now. With the science disproving school shutdowns at every conceivable turn, the only reason to keep schools closed has to be political. It’s simply another tactic to stall and basically kill the resurgence of the American economy. This nefarious plot must be countered with strong scientific evidence. The mental, physical and educational well-being of our youth depend on it. Hopefully Alice Cooper was wrong with his lyric and school is not out forever.

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UPDATED: Cases Are Up, Let’s Celebrate

Florida is a great example of what happens when people are put into isolation for months and then suddenly allowed to mingle in bars, beaches, restaurants and other public places.

In isolation, the body’s immune system stops functioning properly. (For more on this, Science Alert details what happens to the brain and body in isolation.)

Deaths in Florida over the last two weeks varied from about 25 per day to a high of 68 per day. When you look at these figures, they’re not very high in a state with a population of nearly 22,000,000 people. In addition, many of the people who tragically died were not even tested for COVID-19 yet classified as COVID-19 deaths because their doctors suspected it. (Yes, the classification is that hazy and unscientific.)

Regardless of the actual recent death toll in Florida due to COVID-19, there’s a question these numbers bring up: Why has the case number in Florida risen so highly – anywhere from 5,000 to 11,000+ cases per day? Granted, the case number includes those who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies, which means the person doesn’t actively have the disease. The number also includes a positive result on the standard “COVID” test, which picks up any type of coronavirus that may not be COVID-19 at all.

It’s funny to hear politicians who call for more “testing, testing, testing” without even knowing what the test actually measures. Right now, testing is picking up people with the virus but also giving many false positives because a lot of people tested are not contagious, they just have remnants from their immunological reactions.

Knowing all this, is this rise in daily case numbers cause for concern? According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, it’s not.

“This week, which (there) have been increased cases, that median age is plunging even further,” Gov. DeSantis said from the Florida International University last week.

The jump in cases can also simply be a factor of months-hibernating immune systems now compromised and unable to combat even the slightest infection or virus.

Our immune system has to come in contact with viruses, bacteria and pollutants in order to elicit a response, therefore allowing us to fight off all sorts of outside contaminants and exist in a world full of viruses potentially dangerous to our health. This is nothing new. Britannica offers a comprehensive overview of the entire immune response process in a variety of different living creatures. From terrestrial vertebrates like reptiles and mammals to lowly protozoans, organisms have developed a way to identify self components from nonself components, and only through exposure to the latter does the organism elicit a response to rid itself of these foreign invaders that could potentially threaten their survival.

As background, the human immune system response consists of the following: T-Cells, antibodies, NK cells, macrophages, lymphokines and monokines. (More detail from Medical Microbiology can be found here.)

One example of immune system stifling is found in astronauts. It has been shown conclusively the astronauts who are totally isolated in space from viruses and bacteria have very, very suppressed immune systems once they return to Earth.

On this planet, broad scientific research has shown that isolation severely weakens our ability to cope with diseases.

Returning to the Sunshine State, this documented research could explain why Florida is now seeing such a high daily case count for COVID-19. It makes sense that people who are now free to mingle in Florida are now coming down with all sorts of viruses and bacterial infections, the former of which may or may not be COVID-19.

As Gov. DeSantis pointed out, the majority of these cases are young people (the average age has dropped to the low 30s) who are healthy but their immune system response is sluggish because it has to acclimate again to foreign contaminates making it abnormally slow in response to viruses.

The media is quick to sound the alarm bells about this huge rise in cases without looking at the minuscule rise in mortalities. Of course after prolonged isolation, it would be totally expected to see a rise in COVID infections and viral infections among the general population. Their collective immune system has been compromised after months of harmful isolation, hand washing, mask wearing and the like.

If anything, we should be celebrating the most recent statistics because people are not dying at alarming rates, the jump in COVID cases is not concurrently followed by a correlated rise in mortalities. This is good news. It’s how we can achieve herd immunity and actually defeat this virus.

There is a real attempt to panic the United States into closing down again that is not based on anything scientific or the least bit documented. The rise in cases can be largely attributed to the fact that young people’s immune systems have been severely impacted by this prolonged shutdown. It’s also quite possible the COVID virus has mutated to a weaker form, which is normal during warmer seasons. Even though people are testing positive, there’s no reason to panic. The country should fully re-open, and we should begin the road to restoring what was the best and strongest economy in the world. It’s time to take politics out of our decision-making and just stick to the science.

A few days ago, Beda M Stadler, former director of the Institute for Immunology at the University of Bern, biologist and professor emeritus published a piece for the Swiss magazine Weltwoche – “Coronavirus: Why Everyone Was Wrong.” In the piece, he basically outlines everything written above. “The immune response against the virus is much stronger than we thought,” he says.

And it makes sense. Tests are not rising very much in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. These places have mass transit and are far more congested than Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. People in the Northeast were probably already exposed in February and March before the shutdowns and had strong immunological reactions to the virus. About 50% of the fatalities occurred in the Northeast because foolishly we quarantined everyone instead of protecting those over 65 who were more likely to die from the virus. (It’s no coincidence that about 50% of the fatalities across the country happened in nursing homes.)

Writes Stadler: “Those young and healthy people who currently walk around with a mask on their face would be better off wearing a helmet instead, because the risk of something falling on their head is greater than that of getting a serious case of COVID-19.”

It’s only now after prolonged lockdowns that the younger population is getting sicker – with mild symptoms – as they are infected with the virus. Stadler, a prominent immunologist, says most researchers and doctors were wrong about the coronavirus. He’s in a far better position to look at all the data at this point than the crazy theorists who only spoke of doom and gloom during the height of the pandemic.

It is likely that a large proportion of the daily reported infection numbers are purely due to viral debris. He also said many of the new cases are not contagious.

The virus is basically gone for now. It will probably come back in the winter but it won’t be a second wave, it’ll be, as Stadler points out, just a cold.

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When Aliens Visit Earth

If aliens were visiting Earth right now and observing human behavior in order to access whether or not to communicate with humans, here’s how it might go …

Ping and Pong from the planet Dinaloo have just arrived from their near-lightspeed journey to evaluate intelligent life on the planet Earth. All their senses showed an unusually low rate of activity and travel among humans. Previous scans showed very significant rates of primitive air, land and sea travel between the earthlings.

Now, numerous earthlings appear to be wearing cloth and paper coverings over their breathing apparatuses. In addition, many earthlings seem to be maintaining unusually large distances between themselves.

After extensive monitoring of earthly electromagnetic transmissions, Pong determined that the Earth was locked down due to a viral outbreak. Even other primitive civilizations that Pong and Ping had encountered on other planets (like the wonderful people of Iptoshin 7) knew that silly face coverings and distancing did nothing to prevent viruses from traveling between organisms.

Most other primitive species had also figured out that biological organisms evolved to protect themselves from the overwhelming onslaught of viruses and bacteria by reacting to the environment. Why would humans want to defeat the purpose of immune responses in biological creatures? It is very peculiar, Ping thought.

Some of the rulers of these earthlings were heard saying things like, “Don’t walk on dry sand.” “Don’t play doubles tennis.” (Tennis is an earthly game.) “Wear strange face coverings before you consume nutrition but once you start consuming, you are allowed to take them off.” “Don’t enter liquid H2O.” “Stay confined and don’t go outdoors.” (This last one seemed particularly strange as even primitive beings know that abundant oxygen and sunlight kills most viruses.)

The earthlings were also, as far as Ping and Pong could tell, in the midst of finding out who particular earthlings had been in contact with. Didn’t these humans know anything about basic mathematics? This exercise could involve many millions of these creatures. How absurd!

The more the aliens listened, the more they became convinced this was certainly a very primitive and under-developed planet. What a waste it would be to communicate all the wonders of their advanced civilization with such ridiculous and illogical creatures!

Within a matter of hours, Ping and Pong had had enough and decided to head to the planet Booger, which is supposedly inhabited by furry, four-legged animals who seemed, upon their preliminary examination, to be far more advanced and promising than anything they’d find on Earth.

George Floyd Protests Expose the Hypocrisy of COVID-19

If the recent mass protests in this country have shown us anything aside from the obvious fact that they honor the memory of George Floyd, they are also providing evidence that this unconstitutional and unscientific mass quarantine should end.

There have been mass protests all over the United States in the last thirteen days in cities like Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston and too many more to name. Not only are the protesters not observing social distancing but also many are not wearing face masks, which by the way according to the CDC are ineffective and cannot filter out viruses that measure .1 µm and less.

In case you haven’t seen the many images of protesters marching, here are a few from select cities across the U.S.:

Black Lives Matter Protest in NYC (unmasked)
Black Lives Matter Protest in Houston
Black Lives Matter Protest in Washington, D.C.
Black Lives Matter Protest in Chicago

Recently many healthcare professionals have stated the protests are not a danger and unlike the protest against the quarantine, are safe and will not spread COVID-19. Global health expert Jennifer Nuzzo tweeted: ‘We should always evaluate the risks and benefits of efforts to control the virus. In this moment the public health risks of not protesting to demand an end to systemic racism greatly exceed the harms of the virus.’ 

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In fact, more than 100 health professionals have signed a petition saying coronavirus should not be used as an excuse to not protest.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan-D), who arrested people protesting the lockdown and also arrested store owners who opened up during the quarantine, marched with BLM protesters and others obviously ignoring social distancing and again many not wearing masks. The same was true of other leaders who marched in Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. If in the next week or two there is no spike in mortality rates, the entire issue should be put to rest and the country should be reopened without phases, just reopened period. (As I’ve written before, this policy would be the essence of the Politics of Duh.)

Of course, let’s remember even a large spike in the amount of cases does not necessarily mean that much; testing is now far more prevalent and it also includes people getting tested for antibodies, which is becoming more and more popular.

In many places across the world, citizens are starting to push back on COVID-19 limitations. In Italy, a group calling themselves ‘Orange Vests,’  led by retired Carabinieri general Antonio Pappalardo, refuses to wear masks. Pappalardo said: “These lungs are mine. I will take care of my lungs. Breathing is sacred.”

The Constitution does not only protect those who protest but it also protects citizens who have been deprived of their livelihood and subjected to ridiculous quarantining, prevented from expressing their religious freedom and thwarted from their ability to lead a happy, normal life.