President Trump Tests Positive for Covid But What Does It Really Mean?

The media and large parts of the medical community are stroking the panic surrounding COVID-19.

A positive PCR test on an asymptomatic person is problematic. PCR tests are notoriously inaccurate as they are based on detecting small portions of viral RNA, which are then amplified many times to increase the sensitivity. This New York Times article explains exactly why PCR testing is flawed.

President Trump recently tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, presumably using a PCR test. The PCR test is considered the “gold standard” among the various tests. 

In essence, the PCR is overly sensitive and basing policy on just “cases” is not good science. Early on in the COVID-19 spread, testing was mainly done on healthcare workers and people exhibiting symptoms. Later on, in the spring and summer months, testing was widely available and the emphasis shifted to testing the general asymptomatic population. From March 15 to April 15, 623,000 thousand cases were recorded in the U.S. with approximately 42,000 deaths registered from May 1 to June 1. It takes anywhere from five to six weeks from the onset of COVID-19 symptoms to the time when subsequent death occurs and is recorded. From July 1 to August 1, 2.03 million cases were recorded and six weeks later starting on August 15 through Sept. 15, approximately 27,000 deaths were recorded.

So, we can see with a 300+% increase in cases there was a 36% decrease in deaths. It seems pretty obvious that increasing testing among an asymptomatic population will only increase the number of cases while the mortality rate continues to decrease in the latter stages of this pandemic.

The virus peaked in the spring in the Northern latitudes with a second, weaker wave in the Southern latitudes during the the summer months. Testing asymptomatic people is bad science and it accomplishes very little.

In fact, current research has shown that T cell testing may be a more accurate predictor of both infection and immunity for COVID-19 than PCR and antibody testing. 

President Trump has certainly been overworked lately due to campaigning and because of his age is definitively more susceptible to a normal cold infection (also a coronavirus) or a flu. The positive tests results of President Trump and the First Lady Melania are widely being celebrated by the Left. Before the champagne bottles are opened, it has to be pointed out that President Trump and Melania have overwhelming odds of doing just fine.

With 1 million deaths recorded worldwide and 750,000,000 infections, the death rate is .13% — just like the flu. The left worships the WHO, so they should accept this as gospel. Maybe President Trump when he no longer tests positive will realize how ridiculous a policy it is to push for increased testing and delaying a full return to normalcy.

It’s true that COVID-19 disproportionately affects older people with co-morbidities. President Trump is certainly overweight but as far as we know, has no underlying medical conditions and does not smoke or drink. He also seems far from being a frail elderly person and displays an amazing amount of stamina, (as evidenced by his busy campaign schedule and energy during his rallies), which many young people would envy.

President Trump’s latest positive test makes it glaringly obvious that PCR testing is detecting a weaker mutated variant of SARS-CoV-2, increasing the number of cases without a subsequent spike in deaths. Although COVID-19 is still highly contagious, it causes far fewer deaths and milder, more transient symptoms than when it first appeared months ago. It’s time to stop the futility of hiding from this virus (with masks, social distancing and lockdowns) and like all other viruses, accept its natural progression as it nears its end. We have dealt with viruses in the past without crazy, unproven responses and should do the same again.

CDC Releases Shocking New Data and It Shows COVID-19 Lockdowns Were an Overreaction

The CDC recently released data analyzing the various co-morbidities connected with COVID-19 deaths.

Respiratory diseases, circulatory diseases, cancer and other diseases were shown by data tables to have been widely present in COVID-19 mortalities. In fact, there were 2.6 additional conditions present in 94% of COVID-19 mortalities. The data also broke down the fatalities due to these various illnesses by age. Of the approximately 161,000 deaths only 6% were due solely to COVID-19 and not other underlying medical conditions. The data showed approximately 82% of the deaths were 65 and older.

Via CDC.gov

This is truly a remarkable admission by the CDC. How in the world can lockdowns, masks and social distancing be justified by such remarkably low numbers of fatalities caused solely by COVID-19?

This large data release by the CDC had the 6% number buried between a huge amount of information and data as almost an afterthought. In a normal world this 6% number would have been front page news. The 6% figure was really a remarkable revelation because nowhere in the data tables or charts did the CDC authors have a line strictly for COVID-19-only mortalities. The 6% statement was in a footnote, and almost seemed like it was a data point they did not want to represent but somehow made it into the published report.

In the same report, the CDC showed 330 deaths under the age of 24. If you use the 6% number for COVID-19-only deaths and do some simple math (330 x 0.06), you can assume 18 deaths due to COVID-19 only occurred in those age 24 and under in the entire United States.

We already know that deaths among young people due to COVID-19 are extremely rare. It’s irrational to close or limit re-opening schools due to 18 (or possibly less) deaths nationwide. According to CDC numbers, almost all the deaths for those under age 24 were related to influenza and pneumonia or obesity. As pointed out in my earlier article about school re-openings, deaths in California and New York among young people are almost non-existent.

Another point of contention in the CDC report was the section about all the factors that contribute to a lag in reporting deaths due to COVID-19. Here are several of the major reasons listed as to why mortality numbers were reported with major delays:

Via CDC.gov

So, as per the CDC’s own admissions, some of the current deaths evident in the charts occurred weeks ago and we should see a drop in deaths as the virus diminishes in late summer and early fall.

But despite the positive news, the actual news continues to advocate for keeping our country shut down. A second wave of fear-mongering has already solidified among left-leaning government officials, politicians and the media as possible lock downs are already being contemplated for November 2020, which will mark the beginning of the flu season.

With the spotlight on COVID-19, we can only imagine what the flu season will do to our economy. In previous years, the flu season came and went; no one spoke about it even though many thousands died and hospitals were packed with flu patients. This year you can bet that there will be massive testing in November and a major push to vaccinate people with an insufficiently tested vaccine.

Of course, the CDC with Dr. Fauci at its helm will recommend lockdowns, social distancing, masks and all the other nonsense. PCR testing will be widely used even though this test is highly suspect and picks up any coronavirus, including colds. It is also hyper-sensitive to old remnants of COVID-19; examples run rampant of those who had COVID-19 and tested positive for weeks, even though their symptoms were long gone. This will get the population worked up about another pandemic coming. Rather than protect the elderly — and especially those in nursing homes —  and people with serious illnesses, a one-size-fits-all lockdown will be instituted, especially if Joe Biden is elected President.

I truly hope if President Trump is reelected he will have learned his lesson and never again accept the advice of the CDC without consulting far less biased medical professionals, who will guide him with a rational response to future viral outbreaks.

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President Jair Bolsonaro May Have Saved Thousands of Brazilian Lives

Brazil has been dealing with one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in this hemisphere. As of August 15, there have been more than 107,000 deaths recorded in Brazil. In late April, Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was being promoted by the Brazilian government as a possible treatment for COVID-19 but Brazilians were hesitant.

Despite this official HCQ promotion, there was still much opposition within President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, (mainly from medical doctors and left-wing politicians) and also widespread disapproval of HCQ by organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization. In addition, the CDC in the United States also discredited the treatment as being dangerous and ineffective.

By May 20, less than 28% of Brazilians approved of the President’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic so it makes sense they wouldn’t embrace the treatment, though they could have; a huge amount of HCQ was donated to Brazil by the United States.

With all the negative publicity surrounding this controversial treatment, it is no wonder there was minimal use of the drug to combat COVID-19. In May and June, HCQ was purportedly only being given by doctors in hospitals to very ill patients as a last resort, even though advocates for HCQ said it had to be used in the early stages of COVID-19 to be effective.

In early July, President Bolsonaro announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would be receiving the controversial HCQ treatment. On July 25, Bolsonaro went on national television to enthusiastically reveal he was Covid-free after taking HCQ. Every major media outlet in Brazil covered the broadcast as Bolsonaro proudly held up an HCQ pill and told Brazilians that this drug saved his life. What better way to convince Brazilians to finally accept HCQ as an effective treatment for COVID-19 than to show the real-life proof it works?

Bolsonaro’s openness was also in stark contrast to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who after his seven-day stint in intensive care due to Covid, refused to publicly provide details about his treatment.

The picture of President Bolsonaro smiling while holding HCQ is quite extraordinary. President Bolsonaro, like President Trump, is widely hated by the left-wing media of Brazil. When the Brazilian President touted a treatment recommended by President Trump, the left-wing media outlets in Brazil, (and for that matter the media of the world) denounced and ridiculed him.

If we look at the Brazilian cases and death statistics of COVID-19 starting around July 25, we can see that they were both very high. In fact, on July 29, Brazil recorded its highest death toll to date: 1,554. Assuming if one dies from COVID-19 it usually happens 18 to 23 days after symptoms first appear, we can align this assumption with the COVID-19 deaths in Brazil to track the true efficacy of widespread HCQ use. If Brazilians were finally convinced of the drug’s efficacy in late July following Bolsonaro’s television appearance, reductions in deaths due to taking the HCQ regimen should start to appear approximately in mid-August onward.

And what do you know? That’s exactly what seems to be happening. On August 16, 582 deaths were recorded in Brazil, about one third of the peak total on July 29.

As a related aside, the country of Costa Rica in early April decided to use HCQ both prophylactically and symptomatically to treat COVID-19. Costa Rica has done remarkably well, recording only 57 deaths per million, which is one of the lower mortality rates in the world.

It is a shame that the use of HCQ has become so highly politicized. This drug has been safely used for decades to thwart malaria worldwide with very few side effects. It has also been used for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis very successfully. Now, as we can see in the case of Brazil, it’s an effective way to combat COVID-19.

Suppressing a drug because of political considerations is not only immoral but also tantamount to condemning innocent people to a needless death.

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New CDC Numbers Show Lockdown Was a Disaster

The CDC recently released the total death counts for the time period between March 8 and April 11, and despite what the mainstream media might say, the numbers actually prove the disastrous results of locking down our country.

As published in this report, there was an excess of 9,000 deaths from March 8 to April 11 in seven states that had been hard hit by the coronavirus, when compared with the same period the previous year. (The seven states are New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland and Colorado.) Immediately, the usual suspects of shoddy journalism – namely The New York Times and Washington Post – jumped on these statistics to claim that COVID-19 deaths were under-reported and the pandemic hit the United States much harder than previously suspected.

Excess death statistics via The New York Times

To be fair, reporters did temper some of their statements. Here’s what The New York Times wrote about the figures:

“It’s difficult to know whether the differences between excess deaths and the official counts of coronavirus deaths reflect an undercounting of coronavirus deaths or a surge in deaths from other causes. It’s likely a mix of both.”

But why a mix of both? A cursory glance at the numbers might make the narrative appear this way but an actual investigative deep-dive into the statistics shows otherwise. The “under-reported” angle simply doesn’t hold water when the real evidence is thoroughly examined; in fact, the exact opposite is true.

Consider our strange method of codifying a COVID-19 death. According to guidelines, a medical professional can label the cause of death as COVID-19 if they simply “suspect” it was a result of COVID-19, without even testing for it. Stories run rampant over the past five or six months of accident victims or cancer patients or those with heart disease whose untimely deaths were classified with COVID-19 as the cause. This odd classification method doesn’t give credence to the idea that COVID-19 was under-reported but rather that it was most likely over-reported.

A much more logical hypothesis for these excess deaths, as reported in this new CDC update, were caused by the fact that hospitals were effectively shut down for admissions other than coronavirus during the lockdowns. This meant screenings for disease were discontinued and lifesaving operations such as heart bypasses, MRIs and biopsies were put on hold. Another point to make here is that people, fearful of contracting the virus, did not go in for their regular doctors appointments and most doctors’ offices were closed and they were not seeing patients, thus fatally exacerbating a health situation that could have otherwise been avoided.

No doubt when we consider the lives lost due to our locked down healthcare system and the fear of leaving our houses, even to seek necessary treatment, we start to see a reason for the excessive deaths in this time period. Add on to this the increase in domestic violence, drug overdoses and depression-related suicide, and you’ll get an even better sense why our country’s death counts were elevated during this time period.

Let’s also examine the case of Sweden, a nation that coincidentally also just released their mortality rate for the first seven months of 2020. Sweden did not have lockdowns. The country’s medical system and economy was fully functioning, so the excess in death counts during this period cannot be attributed to lockdown-related catastrophes like drug overdoses, spousal abuse, suicides or ignored medical treatments.

The average yearly death count in Sweden for the last five years has been about 91,500. For the first seven months of this year, approximately 59,000 people have died in Sweden, a number that includes all the COVID-19 deaths (6,000). Sweden has had basically zero deaths in the last few weeks and an extremely low number of new cases, so for the next five months the mortality rate should return to a rate similar to previous years. This means in the next five months approximately 38,000 Swedes are expected to die based on the average death rates of the five prior years, bringing their total 2020 death count to 98,000. If the 6,000 COVID-19 deaths are subtracted from this total, it almost exactly equals the yearly death toll for the past five years (92,000).

It should be noted it’s very possible COVID-19 arrived in Sweden in January or February, before adequate testing was available or officials even knew the virus existed. This would further elevate COVID-19 death total, though probably only by a slight amount.

So, in a country that did not lock down, we see numbers as expected. No excess, no increase above and beyond the number of reported COVID-19 deaths.

The new figures released by the CDC and interpreted by the completely biased media actually prove how terrible the decision was to lock down the United States. Rather than save lives, this draconian policy to quarantine the healthy destroyed lives. The Swedish example of a country that did not lock down obliterates any argument about the advantages attributed to locking down the United States. Most journalists have no concept of statistics or any basic ability to think logically. It makes no sense to use these statistics as proof that the overall mortality numbers are much higher than previous years for this time period because of COVID-19 under-reporting. Their argument doesn’t take into consideration the negative effects of lockdowns and the very true fact that COVID-19 deaths have been over-counted.