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 When the COVID narrative and science collide

08.12.20. We have had 908 deaths that have been blamed on Covid19 from the just under 28000 people who have tested positive since the first death on 22 January this year, that’s a standard death rate of 3.2 of which 94% were over seventy. In 2019 there were 900 plus deaths due to influenza out of the 310,000 people who tested positive for the flu. There were 158,493 deaths registered in Australia in 2018 if we get the same number this year covid deaths would represent a little over half of one percent of all deaths. The majority of deaths in Australia, like other developed countries, occur among older people, Sixty-six per cent of deaths registered in Australia in 2018 were among people aged 75 or over. These numbers require us to reconsider just how deadly Covid really is when compare to the standard flu like Townhall’s Derek Hunter does in his article:
Yes, COVID-19 is real, and it’s dangerous. The virus can be deadly, very deadly, to the elderly, people with co-morbidities, and seemingly random people since it, unlike most viruses we know of, appears to manifest itself wildly differently in people with no, at least as of yet, discernible pattern. That being said, there are some aspects of the pandemic that deserve, really require, serious conversations and examination by both the medical profession and the public. But that’s not being allowed to happen by the media and the medical profession. That should concern everyone.
A recent newsletter from Johns Hopkins raised some interesting questions about the extent of the pandemic’s deadliness. It asserted that total deaths of Americans were not out of the ordinary, not elevated. “Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same,” it read.
This is interesting for many reasons. There’s no question the virus can be deadly, but just how deadly is something we don’t know. You’d think we would by now, but we don’t. All we get reported to us are numbers, and numbers without context are meaningless. We’re told the “total number of cases in the US,” but this includes everyone who’s ever tested positive. That number dates back to March, and is over 13 million. But the vast majority of those people had it and got over it. There aren’t 13 million Americans infected right now. That would be a more useful number to know, would give the pandemic context, and help give people some perspective, which is likely the way it’s not reported. Can’t scare the hell out of people as easily with reality.
According to the Hopkins story, “not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths.”
That’s amazing, and goes against all the expert declarations and reporting on the subject.
This data was gathered by Genevieve Briand, the assistant program director of Applied Economics for Hopkins’ master’s degree program, so it wasn’t some random kook on the Internet.
Shockingly, the story concluded this way:
“When Briand looked at the 2020 data during that seasonal period, COVID-19-related deaths exceeded deaths from heart diseases. This was highly unusual since heart disease has always prevailed as the leading cause of deaths. However, when taking a closer look at the death numbers, she noted something strange. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. Even more surprising…this sudden decline in deaths is observed for all other causes.
“This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years. Interestingly … the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19.”
This is, to put it mildly, contrary to everything we’ve been told and could be wildly important. This wasn’t peer reviewed research, so I’m sure there’s a lot to question. But those questions should be asked and answered. (To their credit, and likely because it was already disseminated too widely to contain, Hopkins posted an archived version of the piece here, so you can read it for yourself.)
Well, as has been the case with everything that challenges the narrative on COVID, those questions will likely never be answered. The article has been replaced with an editor’s note. “it was brought to our attention that our coverage of Genevieve Briand’s presentation “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data” has been used to support dangerous inaccuracies that minimize the impact of the pandemic,” the note reads. “We decided on Nov. 26 to retract this article to stop the spread of misinformation, as we noted on social media.”
The note continues, and is rather long (read it yourself), but is yet another example of things not adding up being swept under the rug when it’s related to COVID-19.
I don’t know what the answer is, I don’t know where the truth lies. But I do know you’ll never get to it by ignoring or silencing anything that doesn’t conform to a narrative. To get to the truth, questions must be asked. Sometimes those questions are uncomfortable, and sometimes those answers won’t make sense on their own, which is why more questions have to be asked.
That questions aren’t allowed to be asked should lead to the most important question of all: Why?
{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Ian 08/12/2020, 6:52 am

    A massive over reaction to a bad cold virus.

    I blame the media. I blame the governments. They have a need for a constantly disastrous headline and unfettered bias towards exaggerated death rates, crippling side effects and wanton destruction of the population. They need a cause. I wish they’d learn to chase parked cars.

    We’ve had similar diseases before, previously, the elderly leave the mortal coil, the young go to school and the middle class go to work. But not this year. Media panic and government over reaction has stifled the world into a morbid state of decay. We are now primed, waiting for death and fear an audible cough or sneeze, everyone of us aligned and ready to wash our hands and offer our personal details to strangers, just to have a coffee.

    Yet we’ll vote these simpletons another four years and we’ll keep buying those newspapers because the people don’t know any better.

    Sheep say Baah. I can hear them in the shops, along the street and under their masks in Bunnings.

    Rinse and repeat, 2021.

    • luk1955 08/12/2020, 7:42 am

      Ian, it is not the media or politicians who are the problem. It is the vast majority of the populace who do not or are incapable of thinking or connecting the facts. It is us. It is anyone who continues to wear a mask in their cars, or a mask in an outdoor setting. Let’s not blame the politicians or the media. We have given pollies too much power and they have used that power to destroy our Judeo Christian society in favor of atheism and communism. Even though conjob has left the state and most of the country, people maskers still mask away and go loco over anyone who dares to breathe naturally.

  • Lorraine 08/12/2020, 9:14 am

    every year a more deadly flu ,comes on the scene except 2020 we had covid-19 and no flu………joining the dots is not hard except for politicians and their loved control of the sheeple

  • JD 08/12/2020, 10:30 am

    Ed,

    Sorry but this is not a new deadly contagious virus.

    The elderly always succumb to the shock of a severe immune response.

    This pandemic is a fake, perpetrated by the shifty controllers who have successfully mimicked the draconian actions of the CCP.

    Do not be fooled that the testing is legitimate, the data is not flawed and the death statistics are not faked for the purpose of the grand hoax.

    Also do not underestimate how governments around the world have been made complicit.

    For an interesting read:
    https://nofakenews.net/

  • Cliff 08/12/2020, 5:45 pm

    There are some who believe that this whole sorry exercise was to get rid of Donald Trump. 12 months ago, I’d have said this was a crazy conspiracy theory. Today, watching the events unfolding in the US and the US Establishment’s studious ignoring of all evidence of voter fraud, I’m not quite so certain.

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