Politics of Covid-19

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
How Many Really Died from COVID? Another Damn Thing We Have to Be Concerned About


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Died from meant the victim died from a particularly nasty respiratory bug that compelling evidence indicates escaped (or was released) from (after having been enhanced by) the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Communist China.

Died with meant you could have died from anything — up to and including getting in a motorcycle crash — while having a Wuhan infection of any severity, even asymptomatic.
Statistically, in most places, both “from” and “with” were counted as COVID fatalities, due in large part to financial incentives from Uncle Sugar.
We all knew about this a year ago, but what no one could know was what the percentage was of “with” to “from.”
It might have been high. As high as 25%:
The change is a result of Alameda County’s “alignment” with state guidelines, the county news release on June 4 stated. It said that the county previously included in its total virus toll any person who was positive for COVID-19 at the time of their death. This broader system was implemented prior to the state’s implementation of guidelines for reporting COVID-19 deaths.
Now, it will only include those who “died as a direct result of COVID-19, with COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death, or in whom death caused by COVID-19 could not be ruled out,” as per the state guidelines.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
YouTube Bans Republican Senator For Discussing COVID-19 Treatment


“We removed the video in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don’t allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement, according to NBC News.

In YouTube’s detailed “COVID-19 medical misinformation policy,” the Big Tech giant declares that it “doesn’t allow content about COVID-19 that poses a serious risk of egregious harm.”

“YouTube doesn’t allow content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts local health authorities’ or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) medical information about COVID-19,” YouTube continued. According to its guidelines, this is limited to content that contradicts WHO or local health authorities’ guidance on treatment, prevention, diagnosis, transmission, social distancing and self isolation guidelines, or the existence of COVID-19.


:sshrug:


Well Who APPOINTED YouTube / Google The Arbiters of Public Discussion on Covid Treatment


Oh that's right they are the self appointed arbiters of what the truth is
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Observational Study on 255 Mechanically Ventilated Covid Patients at the Beginning of the USA Pandemic

Abstract
Introduction This observational study looked at 255 COVID19 patients who required invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV) during the first two months of the US pandemic. Through comprehensive, longitudinal evaluation and new consideration of all the data, we were able to better describe and understand factors affecting outcome after intubation.
Methods All vital signs, laboratory values, and medication administrations (time, date, dose, and route) were collected and organized. Further, each patient’s prior medical records, including PBM data and available ECG, were reviewed by a physician. These data were incorporated into time-series database for statistical analysis.
Results By discharge or Day 90, 78.2% of the cohort expired. The most common pre-existing conditions were hypertension, (63.5%), diabetes (59.2%) and obesity (50.4%). Age correlated with death. Comorbidities and clinical status on presentation were not predictive of outcome. Admission markers of inflammation were universally elevated (>96%). The cohort’s weight range was nearly 7-fold. Causal modeling establishes that weight-adjusted HCQ and AZM therapy improves survival by over 100%. QTc prolongation did not correlate with cumulative HCQ dose or HCQ serum levels.
Discussion This detailed approach gives us better understanding of risk factors, prognostic indicators, and outcomes of Covid patients needing IMV. Few variables were related to outcome. By considering more factors and using new methods, we found that when increased doses of co-administered HCQ and AZM were associated with >100% increase in survival. Comparison of absolute with weight-adjusted cumulative doses proves administration ≥80 mg/kg of HCQ with > 1 gm AZM increases survival in IMV-requiring Covid patients by over 100%. According to our data, HCQ is not associated with prolongation. Studies, which reported QTc prolongation secondary to HCQ, need to be re-evaluated more stringently and with controls.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Chinese Defector Provides More Evidence Chinese Military is Behind COVID-19, Lab Leak


Last week, Matt reported on intel that our friends at RedState had, which pointed to information from a Chinese defector who claimed that the Chinese military was working on a series of bioweapons, including COVID-19. This week, Jennifer Van Laar at RedState once again has exclusive information furthering the theory that the virus was manmade and leaked:

RedState has now learned some details of the information provided by the defector, including that he provided data proving that SARS-CoV-2 was manmade and leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in addition to evidence confirming that the People’s Liberation Army managed the Wuhan program (and others), as Chinese virologist Yan Li-Meng told the FBI last year.
Technical details provided by the defector, RedState is told, were given to scientists (who were not told how that information was given to the government) who then re-analyzed data from published sources in conjunction with the new data and concluded that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was engineered. And, the defector was able to confirm numerous non-public details Yan provided the US government.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
'The Crime of the Century': New HCQ Study Proves We Need to Reform the Drug Approval Process

On March 21, 2020, President Donald Trump tweeted out a plea to the CDC and FDA to allow doctors to treat COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and azithromycin (AZT). Both are cheap and effective medications that the medical community had decades of experience using for various illnesses. Recently, another study demonstrated increased survival rates when HCQ was given in combination with AZT to those who were severely ill with COVID-19.

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On April 5, 2020, President Trump held the infamous press conference where he expressed optimism about HCQ and remdesivir. Dr. Anthony Fauci declared at the time that any evidence for HCQ was anecdotal, which was absurd. Competent physicians had observed its effectiveness in caring directly for patients by that point. The media’s wholesale campaign against the drug was insane. At the time, I wrote that the president has science on his side in having optimism about HCQ. In addition to the 2005 study on chloroquine, the mechanism of how the treatment, which included zinc, should work was pretty straightforward:
It [zinc] inhibits the replication of many types of viruses by interfering with RNA transcription. If you have ever taken Zicam for a cold over the counter, it is because we know it interferes with both the rhinoviruses and coronaviruses that cause the common cold. The NIH has also known since 2010 that it killed the SARS, another coronavirus virus, in a test tube. The COVID 19 coronavirus must also transcribe, or replicate, its RNA to survive. It’s this process the current protocol is meant to disrupt.
In layman’s terms, chloroquine or hydroxycholorquine holds the door to your cells open and carries zinc across the threshold. Once inside, if an RNA virus is present, zinc interferes with it making photocopies of itself and taking over the cell processes. This reduces the overall viral load inside the patient giving their own immune system time to mount a response to kill the virus.
The campaign against HCQ did not diminish, despite the simple pharmacology that applies to all RNA viruses. Instead, the media touted a horribly constructed study using lethal doses in severely ill patients as evidence against the drug. Then, an utterly made-up study was published in Lancet, which resulted in the cancelation of trials for the drug globally. Even when the fictitious research submitted by Surgisphere was retracted, the medication was dropped and denounced by the media.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
The Number of Small Businesses Destroyed by COVID Lockdowns Will ASTOUND You



COVID shutdowns championed by U.S. governors and D.C. bureaucrats are responsible for destroying nearly 40% of small businesses since the virus was unleashed on the world—and we know now that it was for little to no damned good reason. A study by the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences revealed recently that shutdown orders made little to no difference in COVID’s impact. From the abstract of the study:


“Previous studies have claimed that shelter-in-place orders saved thousands of lives, but we reassess these analyses and show that they are not reliable. We find that shelter-in-place orders had no detectable health benefits, only modest effects on behavior, and small but adverse effects on the economy. To be clear, our study should not be interpreted as evidence that social distancing behaviors are not effective. Many people had already changed their behaviors before the introduction of shelter-in-place orders, and shelter-in-place orders appear to have been ineffective precisely because they did not meaningfully alter social distancing behavior.” [Emphasis added]
And it should have been evident for those caring to look.

While bureaucrats gave Walmart, Costco, Lowe’s, and other big-box stores “essential” status, allowing them to stay open during the COVID pandemic, 38.9% of America’s small businesses, the providers of most of the country’s jobs, were forced to close based on fear, hackneyed social-distancing rules, early ignorance about transmission, and an insatiable desire by governors to micromanage the affairs of men.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Don Jr. Says Dr. Fauci Is Not the Only One with Blood on His Hands from COVID-19


Donald Trump Jr., former President Trump's son, said during his interview on "The Truth with Lisa Boothe" podcast that Dr. Anthony Fauci is not the only one who is responsible for making the COVID-19 pandemic worse than it needed to be.

"So the media dismissed hydroxychloroquine, there's a study that just turned out, or that said that it could actually increase survival rates by 200%. That was dismissed outright, just because your dad was saying that it could potentially be something that would be beneficial to folks," Boothe said. "Look at all the time we lost, valuable time... all the evidence is probably destroyed by China at this point, because your dad had said it might come, it might've come from the lab in Wuhan."

Boothe said the media's role in dismissing certain theories about COVID-19 or potential treatments can be lost in the conversation about what happened in 2020.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Recently Departed Biden COVID-19 Adviser Suggests Americans Didn’t ‘Sacrifice’ Enough To Stop Pandemic Early


Slavitt blamed politics for some of the mistakes that were made but conceded that the pandemic would have hit the U.S. “no matter what.”

“But I also think we all need to look at one another and ask ourselves, ‘what do we need to do better next time?'” Slavitt continued. “And in many respects, being able to sacrifice a little bit for one another to get through this and to save more lives is going to be it’s going to be essential. And that’s something that I think we could all have done a little bit better on.”






 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Another Round of COVID Treatment Censorship Should Raise Red Flags - Coincidence or Corruption?

So the FDA hasn’t seen any data, the NIH is falling far short of reviewing most of the available data, and Merck felt a need to say something about a drug that went off patent years ago.

Well, the FDA has some rules about when they can issue an EUA during a public health emergency. One of them is that there is no adequate, approved, and available product for treating the illness. Fully approved repurposed drugs such as ivermectin could prevent a new drug from obtaining a EUA. Surprise, Merck has a $1.2 billion deal with the government for molunaprivir. It is in phase 3 trials for use in outpatients with COVID-19. From STAT News in April 2021:

[Roy Baynes, the chief medical officer at Merck Research Laboratories] said that a 302-patient study of molnupiravir in people with Covid-19 who have not been hospitalized has shown signs of benefit for the drug. The percentage of patients who were hospitalized or died in the treatment groups was lower than in the placebo group, but Merck said “the number of events reported are not sufficient to provide a meaningful measure of clinical effect.” Baynes said the medicine showed “a very clear antiviral effect.” Actual data will be presented at a medical meeting.
So, onto phase 3 with a 302 patient study while a safe and effective repurposed medication is showing a signal of benefit in dozens of studies. As an aside, HCQ could have interfered with the EUA for remdesivir if it had proven effective in late-stage COVID-19. A recent study shows it could be. You may recall HCQ did not get destroyed until after President Trump mentioned it in a press conference on April 5, 2020.

However, if you go back and listen he said he was hopeful about two treatments: HCQ and remdesivir. The one with decades of safety data, approved in pregnant women and effective in vitro against SARS was treated like it was as poisonous as the fish tank cleaner. Meanwhile, remdesivir was given an emergency use authorization (EUA) after one study that changed the outcome criteria while the trial was in progress. It also cost over $3,000 per treatment and could only be given in the hospital.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Jon Stewart SHOCKS Colbert After Insisting COVID Leaked From A Lab In Wuhan, Leftists Are OUTRAGED



 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
What Dr. Birx Allegedly Hinted About Trump and COVID Is Why the Experts No Longer Have Credibility

Did Dr. Deborah Birx say she wanted Trump to lose the 2020 election? That’s what’s heavily insinuated in Andy Slavitt’s upcoming book. Slavitt was on Joe Biden’s COVID council but resigned last week. It’s just part of Birx’s airing of alleged dirty laundry since she left Donald Trump’s COVID task force last December. She then decided to spill what she thought went wrong under the Trump administration regarding how they handled COVID. If this pans out, she’s no better than Fauci. Okay, maybe she’s slightly better as Fauci is an attention whore—but it circles back to why the expert community’s credibility has been torched (via The Hill):


CNN reports that Andy Slavitt, one of President Biden's top COVID-19 advisers who stepped down this week, wrote in his new book "Preventable" that Birx spoke to him after briefing officials in Minnesota last summer.
"I wanted to get a sense for whether, in the event of a strained transition of government, she would help give Biden and his team the best chance to be effective," Slavitt wrote of Birx and their meeting, CNN reported.
"She looked me in the eye and said, 'I hope the election turns out a certain way,'" Slavitt wrote in the book, according to CNN. "I had the most important information I needed," he added, according to the outlet.
The interaction reportedly took place last August when Slavitt met with Birx, who worked on the coronavirus task force under Trump, after being invited to attend the briefing.
Slavitt noted that Birx was "completely silenced" by the Trump administration, and that she seemed "downright scared."
Birx did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.
 

Hijinx

Well-Known Member
How many people died alone, perhaps thinking they were abandoned when their relatives or spouses could not get to their bedside?
Older people in Nursing Homes, and even younger people who died from various diseases and illness's. There was really no excuse for it except hospital personnel did not want to be bothered with suiting them up in PPP gear. If the nurses left home came to work and worked with these patients in their protective gear there was no reason a family member could not visit their loved one. A man called the ambulance dying with cancer and asked to be transported home to die so he could see his family. That is pretty sad. Even hospice did not allow visits from family.
 

LightRoasted

If I may ...
If I may ...

How many people died alone, perhaps thinking they were abandoned when their relatives or spouses could not get to their bedside?
Older people in Nursing Homes, and even younger people who died from various diseases and illness's. There was really no excuse for it except hospital personnel did not want to be bothered with suiting them up in PPP gear. If the nurses left home came to work and worked with these patients in their protective gear there was no reason a family member could not visit their loved one. A man called the ambulance dying with cancer and asked to be transported home to die so he could see his family. That is pretty sad. Even hospice did not allow visits from family.
Too many.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Former CDC Director Reveals Thoughts On Pandemic’s Origins After Viewing Classified Intelligence



Former CDC Director Robert Redfield told Fox News during a Monday interview that after viewing classified information related to the origins of the pandemic, he believes COVID-19 came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Redfield began the interview by dispelling the notion that SARS-CoV-2 was a “SARS-like” virus and said that the public health response was wrong because officials assumed that it was going to be like SARS.

When asked if he thought that the coronavirus came from a lab, Redfield said, “Well, my professional opinion, as a virologist, is that’s the hypothesis that I support.”

“I had a very high-security clearance to work with the State Department and the national security group, including the secretary, Pompeo, where we reviewed material together to try to understand, help him understand what it meant scientifically,” he said. “I don’t know if he also asked Dr. Fauci to do the same. But I would say I had probably the highest clearance within the agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, and therefore was privy to a lot of information, some of which now has been declassified.”
 
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