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.

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.

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.

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.