Part One of Three-Part Series
COVID Deaths or Flu Deaths? Flu More Deadly Than COVID After 84
COVID is a 99.4% – 99.8% survival rate disease, similar to common flu. This is a much higher survival rate than either SARS or MERS, which are two other coronaviruses, as well as Spanish Flu, Asian Flu (H2N2), or Hong Kong Flu (see below.) The Infection Mortality Rates (IFR) shown below are the number of people expected to die of a disease, per infection. The lower it is, the higher the survival rate. The survival rate is 100 minus the IFR.
As for ease of transmission, which some point out is a key difference between COVID and other viruses warranting extraordinary measures, it must never be forgotten that it was a handful of governors from densely populated states, starting with Andrew Cuomo, who got the sharp death spikes underway which then spread across the country, by transferring COVID patients into nursing homes.
Those transfers, whether the patients were carrying COVID or normal flu, were like deliberately setting fire to barns full of hay. Other governors were Tom Wolf of PA, Gretchen Whitmer in MI (Detroit), and NJ Governor Phil Murphy, all states were COVID deaths per capita are still in the top ten.
The timing and choice of states could not have been better to light a match and start a national panic.
Of great interest is the category for “Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning, and other adverse events” (10,000 of them.) This tantalizing category does not disappoint (see below.)
Sky Hi News reported:
“The Grand County coroner is disputing the number of COVID-19 deaths the state is reporting for the county. Brenda Bock told county commissioners on Tuesday that the state is reporting two additional COVID-19 deaths in Grand, which she believes should not be included. Bock explained that a couple who died of gunshot wounds late last month have been included in the state’s numbers.”
However, the couple had tested positive for COVID-19 within 30 days before their deaths.
“Grand County Public Health Director Brene Belew-Ladue explained that state and Centers for Disease Control reporting protocol requires that anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 within 30 days of their death be included in these numbers.” (emphasis added.)
In July, a young man in Florida was killed in a motorcycle accident, but was marked down as COVID because he had a positive test recently. The county health officer Dr. Raul Pino said that one “could actually argue that it could have been the COVID-19 that caused him to crash.”
“That might be the process, but it’s not right,”
COVID is Not 1918 Spanish Flu, But 1957 Asian Flu
It takes only a few minutes of web searching to see that present COVID numbers, even if accepted as true, do not remotely approach frequent media comparisons to the Spanish Flu of 1918, but to two other entirely overlooked pandemics in the US, the 1957 Asian Flu and the 1968 Hong Kong Flu, the latter of which, in that same summer, the country enjoyed the largest “spreader” event in US history, Woodstock.
The event might be called the greatest experiment in herd immunity ever, as 1/2 million young people jammed cheek-to-jowl sharing joints, whiskey bottles, kisses and hugs with no disastrous effects on society afterwards.
Because the US population was so much smaller, about half of today’s, only a per capita comparison of deaths with previous pandemics is illuminating. In the below chart, the orange bar represents the number of “COVID Deaths” which may have had another primary cause, such as flu, certain heart events, and kidney failure. Possibly terminal cancers would add another 10,000, but are not included.
COVID-19 is Novel But Not New
The media message hammers home the words “the novel coronavirus” without ever explaining that although this virus is novel, coronaviruses are anything but new. A former Chief Science Officer and Vice President for Pfizer and his colleagues write:
“There are at least four well characterised family members (229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1) which are endemic and cause some of the common colds we experience, especially in winter. They all have striking sequence similarity to the new coronavirus.”
The scientists say that much of the population already has some level of “T-cell” immunity from exposure to other coronaviruses.
They go on to say that, because of this prior resistance, only 15-25% of a population being infected may be sufficient to reach herd immunity. (See: “Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says “Second Wave” Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, “Pandemic is Over”)
What About Excess Deaths? Death by Lockdown
To determine if COVID deaths are just a shell game, of pushing into the COVID column other causes of death, the other question to ask is, what would be a normal number of deaths for the year? Are there many more or less than would be expected?
About 40,000 deaths are added per year as the natural result of the aging Baby Boomer demographic bulge.
A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the “Woolf study,” found a startling number. The doctors and scientists estimated that 20% of excess deaths over and above previous years were due not to COVID, but to the effects of the lockdowns.
As covered in Medical News Today:
“Some people who never had the virus may have died because of disruptions caused by the pandemic,” says Dr. Steven H. Woolf, the director emeritus of the Virginia university’s Center on Society and Health and first author of the study. “These include people with acute emergencies, chronic diseases like diabetes that were not properly cared for, or emotional crises that led to overdoses or suicides.”
Another widely-cited study by the Well Being Trust has estimated that 150,000 more people will have died of “deaths of despair,” suicides, drug overdoses, over the next ten years due to the “mitigation measures” enacted over the virus.
If the 20% of excess deaths figure is extrapolated, then non-COVID deaths due to despair, deferred or canceled treatment of serious conditions, and conditions made worse by worsening health due to social and physical isolation, could account for 40,000 of the 200,000 unexpected deaths, or up to 40,000 people who died who would not have otherwise.
This month the New York Times reported “40,000 extra deaths from diabetes, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure and pneumonia” alone.
The Washington Post reported in December:
“…in a separate excess deaths analysis, the CDC estimated that since Feb. 1, between about 20,000 and 49,000 more people have died of all non-covid-19 causes than would be expected in a typical year.”
Subtracting these from 2020 excess deaths, this would make perhaps 160,000 deaths due to COVID, which is far less, in per capita terms, than the number who died in the US in the 1957 Asian Flu pandemic, which no one outside nursing home workers even knew was going on. Although up to 4 million died worldwide, 20,000 in UK, the Brussels World Fair was held in 1958 from April through October, and Chuck Berry played to a packed Apollo Theater in New York on March 7.
As now, the Asian Flu was largely an end-of-normal-lifespan disease. As now, there were age-wise statistical outliers, but the media never sought them out and magnified them to fan the flames of panic.
US Yearly Deaths
2018 2.84 M
A disturbing pattern found in the excess deaths not-due-to-COVID was that, while the median age of the COVID death worldwide is 80, the “deaths of despair” and deferred medical procedures overwhelmingly hit people in their prime. While COVID kills overwhelmingly elderly, lockdowns are killing our young people.
Even in the higher ages ranges, over 80, where COVID is hardly a death sentence depending on health, with a 90% chance of survival, isolation and loneliness among the elderly is thought to be taking a toll.
The American Association of Retired Persons reports on a daughter’s experience with her 99-year-old mother:
“Helen was confined to the second floor of her complex — where her room was located — for months. Her outdoor walks ceased, and so did her mobility. She became bedbound. Her mind, already battling dementia, deteriorated, too….
“She would have made it to well over 100 but that’s not going to happen now. … She’s collateral damage of this COVID-19 seclusion, passing away because of a broken heart.””
Even if the official COVID death count were 100% accurate, and somehow COVID critters had developed the power to shoot guns, the per capita impact on today’s US population would be no more than one-third higher than the toll was when Chuck Berry took the stage at the Apollo in 1958. Per capita US deaths for the Spanish Flu were six times what we see for COVID.
It is easy to see that there is a drive on that does not seem proportional to a 99.8% survival rate virus, the death count of which is highly questionable, which is in the league of two previous pandemics in which absolutely nothing was closed, concerts and bars remained packed, and the world did not end. Nor even slow down.
When three US presidents rolled up their sleeves to show “See, the vaccine is okay!” – Hamlet might have come to mind: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
Former Vice President and Chief Scientist of Pfizer Dr. Micheal Yeadon writes:
“There is absolutely no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic. I’ve never heard such nonsense talked about vaccines. You do not vaccinate people who aren’t at risk from a disease. You also don’t set about planning to vaccinate millions of fit and healthy people with a vaccine that hasn’t been extensively tested on human subjects.”
Why has the mainstream media and the mainstream medical establishment sold their souls to participate in the ghoulish, 24/7 psychological assault which is depriving children of their childhoods, and fostering a culture of mistrust and fear of every other human being?
Why the campaign to squash or misrepresent the potential of remedies such as hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), when even now doctors and scientists stick to their guns and say that the toll of true COVID deaths could have been lower, one fifth of the fatalities we are seeing now, according to Yale’s Dr. Harvey Risch, which would bring the pandemic, as it is, to a virtual end?
Below: Countries which use HCQ versus countries which do not. Source
Why spend great amounts of money, as Bill Gates does through the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, to design and conduct flawed studies which ask the wrong questions and therefore get the wrong answers on HCQ?
The same Bill Gates who funded the research of the discredited professor, Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, whose paper was the blueprint for the lockdowns?
Why do Youtube and Facebook aggressively censor speech which would allow citizens to themselves weigh all evidence and arguments on the broad issue of COVID? And decide for themselves, as intended in a free speech society, what is true and what is not?
Distinguished scientists have said that coronaviruses do not behave in multiple waves, and that what we are seeing in “second wave” COVID deaths may be the flu season rolled into other mis-categorized deaths to create a second wave of COVID.
As for vaccines, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the nephew of the slain president, Bobby’s son, and safe-vaccination activist and founder of Children’s Health Defense, writes:
For answers to these questions, read Parts II and III of this series.
Part II: Science Backs Dr. Judy Mikovits’ Warning That COVID Vaccine Could Kill 50 Million Americans