Who Really Benefits from Lockdowns?

New cases of Covid-19 have been rising all over the world. This is especially apparent in European countries like France, England, Belgium, Spain and Italy. In a rational world, rising cases that are not accompanied by concomitant increases in mortality would be viewed as a sign of improvement.

For example, Spain recorded an all-time peak of new cases (21,000) on October 21. However, the death rate is still only about 25% of the peak in April. Granted there is about a month lag between cases and deaths but the numbers are still trending far lower than the peaks in the spring. So, in Spain we have double the cases and a quarter of the deaths.

Increases in testing among asymptomatic people will always produce many positive cases, which may be either false positives or extremely mild cases. This is what happens when viral outbreaks end; the general population develops “herd immunity” and in effect become a dead end for further spread.

All of this is known and I have written at length about it but why is the world continuing to ignore logic and instead succumb to irrational fear? I think the reason is actually more devious than just panic. The country benefiting most from economic shutdowns around the world is China. The Chinese economy has been the least affected by Covid-19 when compared with anywhere else around the globe. The Chinese economy is expected to grow by 1.6% while the world economy contracts by 5.2%.

It’s indisputable China was responsible for the SARS- CoV 2 virus; overwhelming evidence shows that it probably was engineered in a Wuhan lab, lending credence to its nickname, “The Chinese Frankenstein Virus.”

The Chinese government is in a position to totally dominate the world economy. With Europe and the United States still partially shut down, China can continue to supply the world with more and more Chinese products. If Biden is elected as the next U.S. President, it’s just about over for a speedy nationwide economic recovery. His fear-mongering rhetoric and public endorsement of mandatory mask usage — even as the CDC says masks don’t work — clearly puts him in the favor of those local governors and politicians seeking autumn and winter shutdowns.

China influences so many politicians through lobbying and controls much of what is disseminated on the internet. (This article explains how Google controls 86.6% of the searches and Google seems to go along with anything China wants, especially when it comes to removing negative content about China.) Additionally, China has a huge influence with the World Health Organization and can pressure scientific journals from publishing anti quarantine studies. Have you noticed some popular proper-mask-usage have Chinese writing at the bottom? It’s propaganda at its finest and most pernicious.

Why would countries who had severe lockdowns but still could not prevent the virus from spreading simply do it all over again? As the saying goes, insanity is repeating the same action and expecting different results. There really is no logical explanation. Certainly in light of the continued success of Sweden, which avoided lockdowns, widespread mask use and the theory of “social distancing,” we should see an example of what we can do and the future we can reach. China is encouraging this insane behavior with the willing actors such as Apple, Amazon and social media platforms that all benefit from a dominant China. If you follow the money, you’ll find exactly how devastating this Covid-19 crisis is for our world economy and livelihoods.

Do Masks and Social Distancing Work? Not According to the CDC.

In its latest bulletin, the CDC claimed that SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted by aerosol. The CDC updated its coronavirus website on Friday, saying COVID-19 can commonly spread, “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.” (Well, for sure we can’t stop breathing if that’ll be the next CDC recommendation.)

This admission in effect destroys the argument that people should wear masks or even socially distance. It’s documented that masks are unable to filter small particles. For example, even in the case of a properly fitted N95 mask, tiny particle smaller than 0.3 µm can still permeate the mask and cloth masks are far more permeable. As this article explains, airborne particles can travel long distances and reach those not in the immediate vicinity of the aerosol release.

There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air as they travel distances far beyond six feet. Choir practice, indoor restaurants and fitness classes are all examples of activities where participants standing more than six feel away can still inhale airborne particles. In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk, according to the CDC’s new guidance. 

But we wouldn’t be called The Politics of Duh if we simply took the CDC’s reporting at face value. So, without further ado, let’s dive in: Because the particles are traveling via aerosol transmission, there really is no good determination for exactly how far they could travel.

This realization would explain why mask-wearing, social distancing and quarantining were extremely ineffective in many countries against the spread of COVID-19. Belgium, for instance, had one of the strictest quarantines and extremely stringent rules regarding the use of masks and yet, the country has the second-highest mortality rate in the world.

In contrast, we have the Swedish model, well-known for minimal use of masks, lax social distancing policies and a general penchant to keep its economy open. At this point, Sweden has reported few new actual cases and almost no new deaths. It should be noted that many of the “new cases” in Sweden (at least 3,700) there were false positives because of a faulty Chinese-supplied COVID-19 test created by BGI Genomics. The faulty test skewed the death counts; if a person died 30 to 60 days after a positive test for COVID-19 was administered, authorities recorded it as a COVID-19 death regardless of the underlying conditions. So, if the test produced a false positive for COVID-19, it follows that the death was also wrongly recorded.

And let’s pause for a minute and examine the worthiness of BGI Genomics. This company has produced 35 million test kits approved for sale in more than 50 countries, including the USA. Given its widespread distribution and Sweden contesting the test’s validity, can we really consider the death counts in all countries to be accurate?

Put together, it looks like we’ve got ourselves a pretty toxic brew muddying the already-muddled COVID-19 waters. The admission by the CDC that the virus is airborne basically renders masks futile because it means they’ll have minimal impact on transmission, as will six-foot social distancing rules. Add in the fact that BGI has supplied 35 million test kits and you really throw the COVID-19 story for a loop.

Today, (and not surprisingly) the CDC announced the organization will be modifying its statements about aerosol transmission because they were allegedly published in error. This reminds me of the recent admission by the CDC that only 6% of the deaths in the United States were actually due to COVID-19 alone. The new statement about aerosol transmission is equally damaging to the credibility of the CDC. If it’s true, it would be utterly damaging to the CDC’s narrative about social distancing and mask use. Is the CDC so poorly run that statements are not scrutinized or approved by panels of professionals within the organization before release? It all sounds very suspicious and either CDC employees are completely and consistently incompetent or someone released damaging information. Now the CDC is attempting to put the genie back in the bottle. But truth, as we know, cannot be contained, and it’s only a matter of time before it becomes unmasked.