I was debating as to if I would leave up some of the recent Covid postings, because they are from “alternative media,” and some may question the science. As a Veteran, I believe–very strongly–in defending not only the US Constitution, but the ideals behind it. That includes the Right To Express Yourself. I never met Voltaire, but he’s been credited with “…I may not agree with your belief…but I’ll fight for your right to express that belief…” (paraphrasing).
The thing is, is that there is a lot of science behind these posts. Why is HQC and it’s medical “kin,” which have been used for decades to successfully fight malaria around the world, not being accepted to fight covid? It has had all the things it has had, for all of those decades. Why, now, are some talking bad about it?
This is from the CDC:
“In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs [randomized controlled trials] that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks…” (emphasis added).
“We did not find evidence that surgical-type face masks are effective in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza transmission, either when worn by infected persons (source control) or by persons in the general community to reduce their susceptibility…”
OSHA, and I’ve had a few OSHA workers, essentially say “…masks are ineffective to stop airborne contaminates.” While I don’t recall the exact numbers, it is generally way under 50%. So, if something is way under 50% effective, why mandate their use? If the masks work, then everything should 100% reopen. If they don’t–at less than 50% effectiveness–end the mandates, and stop trying to mask shame those who don’t wear them.
How illness is supposed to work, from when I went to school, is that you get sick, your body fights it off, and now, you’re immune. Of course, that’s oversimplified. When covid has a +99% fully recovery rate, which drops to 80% when you are over 80 and have certain medical conditions, why treat everyone like they have a plague? Currently, of the +99% projected recovery, we have about 64%, and rising. One needs to be in contact with someone who has covid, for 10 – 20 minutes (depending on sources), to actually be above a medium risk, which won’t happen from casual shopping, or being in church. You have the global stats, and US stats.
HIV/AIDES. TB. Cancer. And way too many others to get into. With a 64% and rising count of fully recovering; less than 0.01% fatality rate–unless (New York) one is on a ventilator, with an 88% fatality rate!–of a total of about 330M in the US (third most populated nation, behind China and India), and 8B globally; and for what? All of these issues existed before covid, and you could die from them, too, and with about the same levels of deaths/recoveries, as some of these other illnesses. Do you want to live a life of fear, over something with a 64% (current) recovery rate, and under a 0.01% chance of dying from? Yes, each covid death is sad…and so is it when a child gets hit by a drunk driver. Are we going to lock down the world over drunk drivers? Why assault people over covid, when we didn’t for SARS, MERS, Bird+Swine Flu, etc, etc? Why call for jailing these people, forcing vaccines, and (on some extremist profiles) call for people who think covid is overblown to be executed! For an under 0.01% fatality rate; 64% and counting full recovery rate? Using stats from the above US stats, just barely 2% of the entire US has had covid. Of that 2%, 64% have fully recovered.
Some like to cite closures from the early 20th century flu pandemic, and how some extreme actions even taken during the HIV/AIDES “crises.” Back then, we didn’t have the access we do to the internet, especially compared to today. We had only limited sources of knowledge, and nowhere near the global sharing. Now, we can see the changes of information processed, and we need to make informed decisions, not having decisions made by private firms with data “…never shared with the public...reports, formulas, and agreed goals of the ‘science’ used were never shared...The team was never vetted or compared to other firms due to Jay Inslee using a no-bid contract.“