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T Cell Immunity: What Fauci and the Panic Crowd Don’t Want You to Know

Recently, Senator Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci got into a heated debate over COVID-19.

Sen. Paul, who is also a medical doctor, tried to explain a plausible explanation for Sweden’s apparent success fighting COVID-19. Sen. Paul spoke about the possibility of herd immunity being achieved in Sweden and put forth the possibility of cross reactivity accounting for the low death rate in Japan. (For reference, the National Center for Biotechnology Information defines cross reactivity as a measure of the extent to which different antigens appear similar to the immune system.)

Also, the well-respected Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory gives direct credence to Sen. Paul’s assertions about the critical role cross reactivity can play in thwarting further spread of COVID-19. Researchers at the lab state, “Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 specific T-cell receptors in ImmuneCode reveals cross-reactivity to immunodominant Influenza M1 epitope.” The lab was ranked No. 1 in the world for research output by Nature magazine, produced eight Nobel Prize winners and was the location where American molecular biologist Dr. James Watson developed his groundbreaking work on the true nature of DNA’s structure.

Dr. Fauci was triggered by Sen. Paul’s statements and loudly proclaimed no country has achieved herd immunity and that cross reactivity amounts to bogus science. Cross reactivity in the context of the spread of COVID-19 means someone exposed to any coronavirus that is not COVID-19 will in the future be somewhat immune to COVID-19.

The current research and science behind this seems to be in favor of Sen. Paul and shows that Dr. Fauci is either uninformed or being his usual deceptive self.

If the “duh” here is not quite evident, let’s dive into a bit of the biology and scientific facts behind Sen. Paul’s reasoning. In order to do this, a basic understanding of T cell immunity is necessary. As Britannica eloquently explains, a T cell, also called a T lymphocyte, is a type of leukocyte (white blood cell) that is an essential part of the immune system. T cells are one of two primary types of lymphocytes—B cells being the second type—that determine the specificity of immune response to antigens (foreign substances) in the body. 

The T cells found in bone marrow mature in the thymus. One of the mature T cells formed in the thymus is called memory T cells, which possess the distinct ability to remember infections and help us fight future infections. According to an article published in the prestigious Science magazine, it’s precisely this specific type of T cell that “bode[s] well” for long-term immunity. 

Two separate studies revealed those infected with COVID-19 harbor T cells that target the virus—and may help them recover. Both studies also found some people never infected with SARS-CoV-2 have these cellular defenses, most likely because they were previously infected with other coronaviruses.

This was precisely what Sen. Paul was attempting to convey to the defensive Dr. Fauci. It has to be stressed that antibodies only prevent the SARS -CoV-2 virus from entering the body but it is the job of the T cells to kill the virus once cells are infected. A fascinating article by New Scientist details how Swedish researchers concluded patients with COVID-19 had very high levels of T cell activity and they hypothesized that some of it may have been the result of previous coronavirus infections (like colds).

This would explain why, among those who have been infected, the antibody detection rate is below 10%, which by our current understanding of the concept, could not produce herd immunity. However, when coupled with new evidence of memory T cell-induced immunity, this certainly could explain why countries such as Sweden and even New York City now have such low new cases and deaths. Simply put, most people in places where the virus was widespread have now effectively developed “herd immunity.” This concept is not very popular among the vaccine crowd who are set on widespread vaccine dissemination (once the vaccine is released) and refuse to look at data suggesting a vaccine is unnecessary. While antibody tests have been notoriously inaccurate, a laboratory in England has just developed a fast and accurate test for T cells

As the BBC wrote in its coverage of the lab’s work: “The company’s trials found some people who had coronavirus but tested negative for antibodies went on to test positive for T cells – meaning more people may have some immunity than previously thought – and for longer.”

Among the elderly, T cell response is far weaker and this would explain the extremely high morbidity rate in those over 80 years old. Teach Me Physiology explains: “The thymus involutes as we age and so produces fewer naïve T cells over time. This means that older people have reduced T cell diversity, which contributes to the increased susceptibility to infections seen with age.” 

I can’t emphasize strongly enough that this research is huge. T cell immunity could be the answer to restoring some sense of normalcy to our lives. According to Dr. James Hindley, executive director of Indoor Biotechnologie, who has a PhD in T cells, “We don’t know with this virus how long [T cells] will last, but it might be for many years.”

Six months ago, we knew very little about COVID-19. Now, with the world focused on this virus, we’ve quickly gained a lot of information about how it functions and how we can fight it. This new T cell research may render an antibody-stimulating vaccine unnecessary, which is bad news for the big pharmaceutical companies hoping to cash in on its widespread distribution but good news for us, a population who has already been through so much and should not be subject to a rushed-to-be-developed vaccine.

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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A Fifty Percent Lockdown Wasn’t Good Enough for Dr. Fauci

It’s common myth that the human brain only uses a small percentage of cells. Actually, in most normal humans all of the brain is used except, of course, in the case of Dr. Fauci, who uses less than 50%. How do I know? Well, just listen to all the absurd things he says.

On Friday, while testifying for a coronavirus House panel, Dr. Fauci claimed that the United States did not have severe enough lockdowns and if we had only locked down more, we could’ve saved more lives. According to a CBS News article, “[Dr. Fauci] explained that most European countries shut their economy by 95%, while functionally the U.S. only shut its economy down by 50%.”

Let’s examine this statement. All non-essential businesses were shut down. Schools were shut down. Places of worship and restaurants were shut down. There really wasn’t much left that we didn’t shut down. Perhaps Dr. Fauci would’ve liked us to shut down all grocery stores? Who needs grocery stores when we could’ve survived on the likes of Amazon Whole Foods delivery or FreshDirect? Dr. Fauci probably doesn’t understand that when things shut down, even getting food deliveries was problematic with few – if any – time slots available due to the fact that so many people were ordering online. If grocery stores shut down, the delivery services would’ve been overwhelmed to the point of collapse.

How about liquor stores? We could’ve done without them, right? A strong argument can be made that Fauci’s insane policies forced many people to take up drinking. Marijuana dispensaries were also essential because Dr. Fauci’s constant flip-flopping contributed to many people turning to marijuana and other drugs to calm fear-mongered nerves.

What if we had more severe stay-at-home orders? He could’ve learned from his Chinese friends and done as they did – nail down the doors and block people from exiting their own apartments or homes.

Masks were necessary whenever he said they were; it really depended on how fully functioning his brain was that day. He probably could have recommended goggles like he does now and while he’s at it, let’s throw in earplugs. Wait, let’s not stop at blocking our eyes and ears, let’s get wetsuits and portable oxygen generators and astronaut suits we can all wear until the election. Would that be considered more locked down to Dr. Fauci?

I haven’t been calculating so I don’t know how much we’ve upped the 50% lockdown figure (maybe with all of the above we’d be at 85%? 90%?) And according to Dr. Fauci, shutting down even more would’ve helped contain the coronavirus spread.

This from the “official” who, when the virus first broke out, only spoke about flattening the curve, flattening the curve to indefinite lockdowns to a vaccine and then a second and third wave coming. Listening to him makes it sound like we have no hope of ever getting past this and resuming normal lives.

In my opinion, I think if Dr. Fauci wasn’t around giving us his “advice,” America would have had 50% less deaths. Maybe we’d have less suicides and less mental health issues and fewer instances of domestic abuse. There might even be less people who died because they skipped cancer, heart and other screenings due to the lockdown. The panic instilled by his doom-and-gloom predictions did far worse than they did good.

Dr. Fauci must be very disappointed the unemployment rate is only at 11% right now; if we would’ve locked down even more, this figure could be much higher, I’d estimate at least 25% of Americans could’ve been unemployed by now if we followed Fauci’s recent statement about locking down even more. One quarter of our country out of jobs? How unfortunate, as Dr. Fauci would say. (Luckily for Dr. Fauci, people like him and other government workers are never unemployed. They get a check no matter what they do … or don’t do.)

Even the glorious Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said he was baffled because 66% of the deaths occurred among people who stayed at home, compared with essential workers who were forced to go out in order to keep society functioning at a minimal level. Also of note: The four most locked down states – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania – had 40% of all coronavirus deaths.

Quarantining healthy people had never been tried before and it could have actually made things worse but Dr. Fauci seems to know what’s best for us. Honestly, at this point it would be better for Americans if Dr. Fauci took up tulip gardening in Holland and faded away from American public health policy forever.

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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. 

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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