Government bureaucrats and media stenographers have been inciting panic and hysteria all over Amerika related to coronavirus COVID-19, and causing people to be frantically clearing out store shelves, like a disaster is approaching.
Meanwhile, the Dow is improving after last week’s crash of 3,500 points. But the media and corrupt government scum are causing this totally unnecessary panic.
Here is a good article at Cato, by Alan Reynolds. The Misleading Arithmetic of COVID-19 Death Rates
A Chinese study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, February 20, found a “case‐fatality rate” of 2.3%, meaning 1,023 died out of 44,672 cases. But the total sample in that study (72,314) included an additional 27,642 non‐confirmed cases, and simply including cases (let alone unreported minor cases) would have reduced the fatality rate to 1.4%. China‐based estimates are largely confined to cases with the most severe symptoms, so it should be no surprise that the reported death rate among severe cases is much higher than it would be if the data also included “most people” who “have a mild disease and get better.” The risk of infecting more people is also more severe in China data, since severe cases are concentrated and transmitted in hospitals. This can also lead to overstated estimates of how many people are infected by someone with COVID-19, including the WHO “reproduction number” estimate of 1.4–2.5, which is mainly based on evidence from China.
It is worth noting that have also been 45,393 known recoveries from COVID-19 (compared to 3048 cumulative deaths) and, importantly, recoveries have been outnumbering new cases.
If the WHO estimate of 4351 confirmed cases amounted to 30% of the actual number infected outside of China at that time, for example, then the combined total of both unreported and confirmed cases would be 4351 divided by 0.30 or 14,503. In that case, the actual death rate would 67 divided by 14,503, or less than one half of one percent (0.46%). Also, such death rates in the recent past are likely to come down over time, because they happened before promising new clinical trials of antiviral drugs that proved effective against more deadly viruses such as SARS, HIV and Ebola.
Related to all this regarding the government and media’s irresponsible and shameful incitement of panic with the coronavirus COVID-19 (like it’s Ebola or something!), back in 2009 at the time of the hysterical H1N1 “swine flu” panic, I wrote,
In Massachusetts, a bill passed both houses of the legislature in response to H1N1 Flu pandemic hysteria, that will give “authorities” the power to, without warrant, forcibly enter private homes of people suspected of having that illness, and either force vaccinations or “quarantine” them if they refuse, or they would face heavy fines and/or imprisonment. I don’t know if Gov. Patrick has signed it or intends to. It depends on how pro- or anti-civil liberties he is.
It is interesting how people on the left and Democrats were in the past very pro-civil liberties and individual rights. I think that’s changed.
And, with any further government or Federal government control over the entire health and medical care system, the police state mentality and hysteria might very well increase.
Is it really a good idea that the government mandate things like flu vaccines or H1N1 flu vaccines or any vaccines? No, it’s not a good idea. People have a right to choose what medications to take or what chemicals get injected in their bodies.
With the H1N1 flu this year and Federal and state governments’ overreactions, suggestions of martial law have been made, and these kind of threats of intrusions, along with the intrusions health care fascists are threatening in the proposals for government medicine, is why we should be alarmed.
This news story here is about health care workers protesting mandatory H1N1 vaccines for lack of testing and/or reliability and safety, and also notes the overreaction of the government is similar to overreaction of the government in the past, such as in 1976 when more people were killed by swine flu vaccine than swine flu itself.
Parents in New Jersey have been protesting the state’s mandating of flu vaccines for preschool children, and given how past government mandates of vaccines, such as that of HPV which caused deaths, as explained here by Karen De Coster, the parents have good reason to be angry.
First, people have a right to be left alone. They have a right to be presumed innocent, and presumed “in good health,” and otherwise left alone, especially by government. Sweeping mandates that affect everybody is not going to protect the public from any flu. ADVISING people of the best way to keep themselves healthy and to prevent colds, flu, H1N1 etc., is a good idea, but not forcing something on people, especially vaccines that have potentially dangerous chemicals that could be more harmful than the actual virus itself.
Hysteria and panic are emotions that can cause people to behave irrationally, and, given the irrationality of the Obama Administration in just about every policy it wants to force on us, as well as the Deval Patrick Administration in Massachusetts, we can do without it.
I can’t believe all but one of those links are still working after 10 years.
Some more articles I linked to at that time:
Alex Newman: Risks of the Swine Flu Vaccine
Paul Joseph Watson: New Study Finds Link Between Flu Shot, H1N1 Pandemic
And some recent articles that make very good points about all this:
Gary Barnett has an article on the fear and panic that government and its media lapdogs are inciting with their coronavirus COVID-19 panic and hysteria.
And Bill Sardi has more information on that, and says it might not even be a “virus.”