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COVID Today – Some Ground Truth

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For COVID ground truth, hours of research and calls to experts offer a window on what we know.

For a moment, put aside common suspicions – that panic justifies overregulation, science is bowing to politics.

If we just look at facts, the window gets clearer – and more complex.

Military analogies fit well.

First, policy lags the battlefield – it can be wrong, subject to rapid changes. COVID policies were set and reset without data – because it was thin. A humanly engineered coronavirus hit the world by surprise. Attributes were poorly understood.

Policy jumped back and forth, as now.

This is no defense of CDC or Mr. Fauci (who has shaded the truth too often), just a fact, when the disease appeared innocuous, no masks.

When transmission accelerated, co-morbidities, crowded hospitals, then mask and distancing mandates proliferated. Policy lags data.

Second, overreactions proliferated, and may again, as in war. Fearful and presumptuous governors imposed untested infringements on civil liberties, backpedaled, now test restrictions tied to the “delta variant.”

Fear produces poor decision-making, frustration, reversals, and angst.

Third, collateral damage was high. Damage done by shutting down schools, businesses, throwing people out of work, creating thousands of bankruptcies, pushing massive fiscal recovery dollars, and the federal debt has been extraordinary.

New numbers show 91,000 drug overdoses last year, most by kids, up 30 percent – horrifying.

Suicides were up. Unemployment hit records, along with business bankruptcies.

Overcompensation with free federal dollars slowed recovery, shrunk the labor market. Fresh federal debt pushes inflation, even as supply chains struggle to recover.

So, collateral damage from ill-informed, untimely, poorly targeted state and federal policies continue to hobble our country, arguing for more thoughtful approaches in the future.

Fourth, partisan politics undermined trust in science. To date, the COVID era teaches us that when political leaders use science to advance partisan politics, everything goes south. Trust in the White House, Congress, CDC, FDA, and federal government plummet.

Even now, the Biden White House and governors push vaccines not fully approved by FDA, just under emergency waivers. Meantime, they put political pressure on FDA, creating new doubt. Full FDA approval might open the door to legal mandates for all schools, workplaces, public venues, just as vaccines were mandated in the – considerably more serious – polio epidemic.

What else do we know?

Several important things.

Senior researchers are afraid of losing NIH grant money, so stay quiet. But some doctors are speaking. One noted FDA should not be politically pressured since that undermines public trust, can compromise research, potentially creating more harm to the public – asserting safety without proof. Masks may be harmless, but vaccines have consequences.

On the other hand, action may trump delay, with vaccine imperfections minor, wider coverage opening schools, businesses, and the economy, reducing collateral damage. Balance is needed.

By whom? Individuals and families, suggests one senior doctor.

As policies flip-flop, common sense is important. Subgroups may be at risk. Which groups? Well, he offers: What do we know about the effect on pregnant mothers, potential birth defects, long term effects on smaller children? Not much. Why?

You cannot change the speed of time; laws of physics, chemistry, and biology define when vaccines warrant full approval.

So, does that mean smaller children could face greater risk from this vaccine than the “delta” variant? Not necessarily, but we do not know. What do we know? Generally, America’s emergency vaccines are almost 94 percent effective against the original COVID strain, 88 percent against “delta.” Less than one percent of Americans have contracted the lambda variant.

What else?

Generally, variants or mutations are less virulent, less dangerous. On the other hand, they transmit faster, making contraction easier, prevention important. Kids are easy spreaders, always getting sick and getting well, but spreading their colds and other viruses.

Examples? Yes, he summons a “real-life” example. Triaging patients last month in an ER, he diagnosed 20 “delta variant” cases, 18 under the age of 18, one three months old.

When I gasp, he calms me. They will likely all be fine, recovery fully.

So, the paradox – faster transmission of the variant, including among and from children, but less chance of serious impact.

So, what should that mean for schools, businesses, the economy? He demurs not a policymaker – but points out how policy lags battlefield knowledge, overreactions are common, collateral damage is often serious, and partisanship screws up science and public trust. Good points.

He reminds me, too, critics are a funny lot. They use hindsight as if it were foresight. The “delta variant” may have come and gone by the time policies settle. On the other hand, history is a good guide. Shutting down schools, businesses, and our economy – never mind reseeding doubt in the electoral processes – seems unwise, is probably unnecessary.

Better might be leaving big decisions to families, letting variants run their course, which happened in the 1950s with Asian flu, 1960s with Hong Kong flu. Better might now be letting families decide whether vaccines fit them or do not.

Better might be understanding life involves some risk, judgment, prudence, precaution, and indulging liberty to keep it. Looking for ground truth, that sounded like it to me. If we look at facts, the window gets clearer – even if sometimes complex.

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Paul
2 months ago

What about the infected now immune? This one-size-fits-all doesn’t consider them.

Valerie
2 months ago

This stance disappoints me. Have you not researched the graphine oxide in these shots? Totally poisonous !! And how they are hiding the injuries and deaths? Worse than any “vax” in history? That people who have had the shot are getting “delta” more than the unvaxxed??? That the shedding from vaxxed is causing slots, disruptions in monthly periods with women, and other side effects? A high ranking doctor who was with Pfizer is sounding the alarm… A man who is pro vaccine but NOT these supposed vaccines, be because these are NOT true vaccines but gene therapy! Also, live (not frozen)aborted fetal tissue is used!! There is no justification for these shots… They don’t work… They in fact were designed specifically to harm and kill to cater to a globalist agenda to depopulate and make us dependent on Big Pharma should we survive, and to ci twirl us with the nano bit technology they have injected us with! Also: if you follow the science— MASKS DON’T work!!!! I left AARP because I thought you supported true conservative values and the truth of what’s going on. Please do your homework!!

Scott
2 months ago
Reply to  Valerie

Thank you

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Valerie

Check out the following link to a report by the CDC that was provided by Daniel Boughton in a previous comment to this article:

cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7031e2.htm

As noted in the report, “In July 2021, following multiple large public events in a Barnstable County, Massachusetts, town, 469 COVID-19 cases were identified among Massachusetts residents who had traveled to the town during July 3–17; 346 (74%) occurred in fully vaccinated persons. Testing identified the Delta variant in 90% of specimens from 133 patients. Cycle threshold values were similar among specimens from patients who were fully vaccinated and those who were not.”

Vicky
2 months ago
Reply to  Valerie

Where’s your proof of all of this? I don’t really believe any of it.

Jody A Lanham
2 months ago
Reply to  Vicky

I read the same on numerous additional sites and reports, it is indeed true.

Wina
2 months ago

Nobody is encouraging prevention. Like taking care of your immunity. Taking c d and zinc with melatonin at night prevents the common cold and flu. Give you immune system a boost. Get plenty of rest. Don’t over exert yourself but exercise.

P Christie
2 months ago

Left out: Early treatment and Prevention is available. For a fraction of the cost and with a 40yr safety record, we could safely eradicate the virus and stem mutations.

Jeff W
2 months ago
Reply to  P Christie

Yep! Proven treatment(s) that have been ignored is malpractice.
Has anyone seen any thorough articles on building strong immune systems.
What about the co-morbidities that are, primarily, lifestyle choices: obesity, diabetes, COPD, high blood pressure and more. We’re more “unhealthy” today even without COVID.
Check out America’s Front Line Doctors and the American Academy of Physicians and Surgeons.

Deanne
2 months ago

Has anyone mentioned the MILLION + migrants that have come from over 100+ countries n shipped with TAX payers $$. Anyone think that will help with herd immunity?? Dems truly trying to destroy America. Much prayer needed, whatever faith you practice. Pray pray pray for Us All !

Wina
2 months ago
Reply to  Deanne

I know I find it strange they aren’t dropping dead.

Brad
2 months ago
Reply to  Deanne

Agree with your points, especially the spread of Covid by the current administration. If the delta variant is from India and there are millions that have come over the border from many different countries, then is that’s what caused the delta variant to spread through the US vs US citizens who were at least 65% vaccinated plus ?% Covid-19 recovered that are protected. So, where are the facts/data around how many of the million of illegal immigrants who came across the border were tested for COVID-19, how many were sent throughout the US still infected, how many were quarantined before being sent out, how many crossed the border without being detected, how many of the Covid cases reported by the CDC were illegal immigrants and where, etc?

Rush Glick
2 months ago
Reply to  Deanne

Absolutely!!!!

Fran
2 months ago
Reply to  Deanne

Most of them in TX and flown into FL. Wonder why the covid rates are increasing there? Our own government, under Biden and cohorts is helping the destruction of America.

Gene
2 months ago

I agree with the thoughts shared here. I am fully vaccinated, but it was my choice. I do not want to mask again in an effort to protect people who legitimately made a different choice than mine based on their circumstances. I do not want to be told to live in fear and I do not. I think I am a moderate person who is able to think for myself as I receive factual information. I am saddened that it is harder to find trustworthy facts being share.

Frank
2 months ago
Reply to  Gene

Gene stole most of my thunder. ????
Many people cannot get vaccinated. Others, perhaps millions, had the virus and don’t need the vax. That latter group may defer to others who, like the elderly, need it more.

In MI right now, 5.1% of all people tested test positive. 94.9% then must not, if I understand the data. That’s 94.9% of thousands of people who are being harassed, shamed, or fired over something that affects a minute portion of us, and is 99% survivable.

M Walker
2 months ago

Terrible writing.Would flunk English 101.

Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  M Walker

Yours?

Jody A Lanham
2 months ago
Reply to  M Walker

point out specifically what in this article you mean by “terrible writing.”

MariaRose
2 months ago

The comments on this article are all over the place and all based on individual perceptions of information. Reminds me of that whisper game of passing a sentence around until the end when the last person had to say it out loud and boy there was a big difference between the actual sentence and what was heard and passed on.
There really has to be a site that only publishes actual facts about things like vaccines without political views attached and uses wording in regular language, not all that science technology jargon. I read a few of the books that described what occurred during the 1918 pandemic, and I had to skip around the technolgy jargon to get exactly how the public was kept informed of the reality of the situation. Too often, those in power, feel that the everyday person doesn’t need to know and ASSUMES we will take their word as the absolute truth without question.
A true contagious disease works through a population by cycles until it reaches exposure to the entire population. No one no matter what you tell yourself is immune, but you do build up a better tolerance and reaction if your immune system is working well. Your social status doesn’t help but a healthy immune system does. Thanks to developments in certain health care conditions, individuals who may have died young are surviving but they are still less able to deal with exposure to many contagious diseases.
As far as santitation (clean conditions around) is dependent on personal habits, depending on your culture and social status. There are still people who don’t wash their hands as frequently as needed after bodily functions, which do require hand washing, like blocking a sneeze with their hand and not washing their hand or even use a hand sanitizer. But the biggest issue with a contagious disease is to limit prolong close contact when feeling sick with any symptoms. There have been no changes in the workplace conditions to accommodate this because it affects the profit line.
Eliminate misinformation sources, bring access to everyone, without affecting their ability to earn a living, and lastly, public health should not be a power play tactic.

Harry Duncan
2 months ago
Reply to  MariaRose

There it is…..”eliminate misinformation”…..and who decides that….you, the government, fake news? That’s how we have the mess we are in. Do not limit free speech, but encourage research, alternate viewpoints, freedom of choice, informed choices. Let the individual and families decide what is good for them. If the FDA and the NIH had not limited inexpensive therapeutics that work, for more costly ones, lives would have been saved. Politics and corrupt money killed thousands.

Rush Glick
2 months ago
Reply to  Harry Duncan

AMEN.

Mark F Kelly
2 months ago

This SCAM was planned back in the 19th Century!! Mandatory wexxines were started in London back then. These wexxines killed so many people that there were riots in the Streets ( sound familiar?) After the Korean War, the Medical Industry started to push wexxines. They claimed great results with minimal side effects but the TRUTH was almost the opposite. Virtually all of the alleged benefits actually came from the improvement in sanitation….Since the early 1960’s there has been a Huge push for wexxines, going from 3 to 78 shots. These shots have about 2 dozen times the allowable limit for ingestion of Heavy Metals which are injected straight into the blood stream, bypassing the Gut and its natural defenses… This proliferation of heavy metals are cumulative and synergistic as they are deposited into the Brain, liver and kidneys, wreaking havoc for the rest of your life. This heavy metal assault is primarily responsible for the 10,000+% increase in Autism that has happened in the last 50 years. Covid is the culmination of that campaign with fake tests that show positive for the Common Cold. Tests that are already fake positives have been given to Terminal patients so when they die in a few days, they have another ‘death with covid’ to advertise…Notice how the former 5th leading cause of deaths has disappeared, the Flu and Pneumonia, with covid taking those deaths…Biggest scam in American Medical history…

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark F Kelly

So measles, chickenpox and polio have disappeared because we are more sanitary ?

Yo Bob, do you want to get in on this one ?

Chuck
2 months ago

Way to go, AMAC. Use Mr. Charles to diplomatically cover all the pros and cons leaving the sheep wondering what to think about the whole mess. Why didn’t he go back to 2010 when Dr. Mengle and company laid out the masks, social distancing, shutdown procedures that would be used. What about personal freedom and the constitution being the foundational issues. I demand equal time and challenge AMAC to ask the Frontline Doctors to provide a rebuttal. Failure to do so will speak volumes.

Robert Zuccaro
2 months ago

Just how “flat” does a curve have to be anyways? Just more science at work… political science that is. I’m sure they won’t be demanding mail-in ballots only for the midterms either, right? And NYC demands vaccination cards now? And here I thought IDs were racist! They did say that right? BS BS BS.

Cheryl
2 months ago

This narrative fits with the Covid file I had started when the shutdowns started, and I, as “the cleaning lady” had to keep up with how to best keep common areas in apartment buildings sanitized.
Things just kept changing –

Art
2 months ago

CRISIS! CRISIS! What an opportunity for our politicians to weaponize a pandemic. We have been bombarded around the clock with expert opinions. Our alleged leading expert, Fauci the malignant dwarf, has ties to the origination of this mess and he warned 3 years ago of a coming problem. HMMM? We may have been caught off guard but for our level of sophistication we reacted with a panicked fire drill. It seemed that the inmates were running the asylum. The vaccines weren’t vaccines as such. Now we appear to be circling back. For various reasons “Vaccinated” are being asked to mask up again and also face the possibility of needing a “booster.” In closing what were the real numbers of infection and deaths? It seems that there was a large amount of misinformation being used. Is that a light at the end of the tunnel or a oncoming train?

Wanda
2 months ago

This virus is a biochemical weapon and the jab is worse….what the vaccine (really an experimental gene therapy) does is introduce these microscopic covid spikes into every cell of your body so you body starts attacking them….your body also produces more of these spikes….these spikes eventually get picked up by the lymphatic system and dumped into your small capalaries and since the walls are lined with spikes, they are no longer smooth…thus, begins the stoppage and the start of blood clots. These spikes can also cross the blood brain barrier and cause nerve damage, the placenta causing loss of babies and the sperm which will virtually make you sterile. And, vaccinated people can still transmit the disease to others….and now, we are finding that the amount of covid infections is about even with the vaccinated and unvaccinated, so much that one town (only 500 residents and cannot remember its name) had 74% vaccinated and all of the vaccinated have contracted covid as per Glen Beck….now they want you to take another third vaccination booster….then will there be another, and another, an another? Once you have allowed this gene therapy into your body, it will be there forever. My question that I need an answer to is this…..If an unvaccinated person has an accident and needs a transfusion….and the person’s blood used for that transfusion comes from a vaccinated person, do these spikes transfer to the unvaccinated person via the blood? I am 74 and have a couple of problems, all of them controlled, and I do not plan to take the jab. All of this is scary.

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Wanda

Hey Bob, if you actually read all comments, what is your response to Wanda’s analysis ?

Ann
2 months ago
Reply to  Wanda

Excellent question about blood transfusions? I have that question also. Please answer.
Also, all the new mothers who have gotten the shot

Ann
2 months ago
Reply to  Ann

New mothers who are breast feeding. Isn’t this vaccine affecting the infants?

D.P.
2 months ago

Clarity of message……..this is one of the best set of thoughts I have ever heard. An article that needs to be conveyed to every elected official, every member of the FDA, CDC and all major medical, educational and economic pundits. Will reprint this and send it to everyone I know…..Thank you.

RBC
2 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

God bless you D.P. – and thank you – this is RBC, and I read all comments … I also am endlessly grateful then the articles that I pen are sent further along. Semper fi,
Robert

Tom
2 months ago

Maybe so Dan but they didn’t shut down the economy back then either and destroy businesses and cause many other problems that were in many was worse than the pandemic. Which we never hear from the Propagandists in the MSN.

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Of course they didn’t shut down the economy because all our parents got all of us vaccinated for smallpox and polio and all of our grandparents got all of our parents vaccinated for smallpox.

Our parents and grandparents made decisions about those vaccines that were not based on who they voted for or their political party.

J.F.
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Those vaccines were not mRNA! Normal vaccines are out there, but they are not making them available to us. The Zoos have gotten special permission to give their animals normal vaccines because the mRNA vaccines kill the animals, and they can’t afford that loss. You tell me what’s going on!!

Wanda
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Yes, back then polio was a liquid under the tongue and small pox was a small round stick….they were actual vaccines whereby a small amount of the disease was introduced into the body slowly whereby the body had the time to make cells to fight it off. They were not experimental gene therapy and these diseases were not a biochemical weapon that was released on the world.

Jody A Lanham
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Remember now, the vaccines that we received (I was among the first to receive such), were true vaccines in the sense that their behavior, when the virus was encountered, was destruction of the virus, in that it could not replicate or mutate, and rendered the person free from further infections if exposed. This coved virus does not work that way, therefore it has a limited impact on elimination of this virus as a threat. The only thing it seems to do for sure is reduce severity of symptoms. And for people who are healthy, it would likely be better for them to just get infected since the recovery rate is 99.75+ %. It is like the seasonal flu and vaccine, in that regard – and we are not being forced or highly encouraged to take that unless we are health compromised. This vaccine should be handled the same way as the diseases that “those vaccines” were designed to eradicate were/are potentially more deadly.

Dan W.
2 months ago

Maybe we should have let smallpox and polio run their course as well instead of wasting time with vaccines back then too. Where were the voices to end vaccines when herd immunity would have eventually ended those diseases ?

Better might now be letting families decide whether vaccines fit them or do not. Better might be understanding life involves some risk, judgment, prudence, precaution, and indulging liberty to keep it. What do you think, Bob ?

DOUG
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Comparing smallpox or polio to covid is not apples to apples. Without comorbidities, for most people covid is a cold or, at worst, a flu.
I don’t think you can compare the vaccines either.

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  DOUG

Agree regarding your ‘no comorbidities’ caveat. Unfortunately, covid caught up with 600,000 people with comorbidities before they could get vaccinated.

Deanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

The v
comorbidities are WAY higher in present day. Much Obesity, Hypertension, Diabetes…We are an Unhealthy nation…easy target. Sadly!

Jody A Lanham
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

The thing is, almost everyone survives a covid infection. Amost all of those who did not die of polio were left with some permanent disability, such as paralysis, inability to breathe without mechanical assistance, etc. There is really no comparison here.

Fran
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Except, these are not vaccines and are highly unreliable.

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Fran

Then don’t get the shot/s and take your chances but before you decide, have a conversation with your family doctor.

Sharon
2 months ago

Since it just came out that the PCR rapid test can’t tell the difference between covid and regular flu, then probably only about half of the people diagnosed last year actually had the covid crap. Of course no one died from ANYTHING ELSE last year except covid. And besides the fact at least one in every 10 positives are false…..how can the test tell if it’s the delta variant if it can’t tell between covid and regular flu??? So much phony crap going on right now. ALL A CONTROL THING.

Wanda
2 months ago
Reply to  Sharon

Follow the money….hospitals get money for all covid admissions and even more for all covid ventilators and states get money for dead covid people….my friend’s mother dies of cancer and when they got her death certificate, they labeled it as a covid death. This has all been about the vaccine….Phizer is making somewhere around 3-6 BILLION DOLLARS and Nazi Fauci has stock in Phizer and probably most of the Democrappers in Washington since they get to use insider trading without going to prison.

Jody A Lanham
2 months ago
Reply to  Sharon

the PCR tests cannot tell if it is the delta variant. They have to send off all the tests and have them tested by a different method to determine the variant. Then they see the percent of tests that were delta vs. another version. So, initially at least at some point there was no way to tell what virus just that it was a coronavirus.

MJC
2 months ago

Fauci created it in his Wigan lab be released it so democrats could control he election. Too many videos out there with him talking about it. Democrats warned of a pandemic coming in September 2019. Look up Judicial Watch and find the truth.

Sharon
2 months ago
Reply to  MJC

In a 2017 video Fauci ‘warned’ of a ‘serious and deadly virus in about 3 years’. So they knew all along what they were doing. More reason to fire phony Fauci.

John
2 months ago

Where’s your data?

HocasPocas
2 months ago
Reply to  John

Look in places other than google, Facebook and msm

mutsysmom
2 months ago
Reply to  John

Do your own research.

Deanne
2 months ago
Reply to  John

Dems have been covering their tracks since b4 Clinton. Corruption is theit middle name. Fauci a crook!!

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