The economic, social and human health devastation caused by the response to the COVID-19 virus, not the virus itself, has been astronomical. You may remember the “experts” told us all we needed was a two-week shutdown to “flatten the curve” and then we could return to normal. That was based on the long-held idea in epidemiology that once a certain percentage of the population had been infected, herd immunity would be reached and the virus would essentially disappear, except for a few residual cases. This has always been the course during such pandemics.
Now we are being told there is a “second wave” and we must implement draconian measures once again to contain the rising infection rate. This is despite the fact that the real experts have stated emphatically that herd immunity has already been reached and that is why the death rate was falling dramatically—all over the world. That incidence was suddenly rising while the death rate was falling dramatically defied all we know about any such viral infections in communities.
Every claim of a rising incidence is based on increased testing, but multiple studies have shown that the tests are unreliable. In fact, the New York Times even reported that new studies demonstrated that 90% of the positive tests were actually negative. Others have shown a 50% false positive incidence. Elon Musk had himself tested by four labs and two tests came back positive and two as negative. I know personally of several cases of the same outcome. Most of the so-called positive tests are actually negative. In essence, the claim of a resurgence is a grand deception.
And as for the recent claim of a rising death toll, that too has been shown to be a deception. Most of these cases are deaths due to causes not even remotely related to this virus. It has been shown that thanks to the Hospital Care Act, hospitals are being given a 20% higher reimbursement if the death is listed as a COVID-19 death, which encourages physicians to label every fatal condition a COVID death. Previously it was disclosed that hospitals received much higher compensation if patients were placed on a respirator, something shown to dramatically increase the death rate. A recent report by the CDC even stated that 130,000 of the recent COVID-19 deaths were actually people dying with influenza and bacterial pneumonias and not COVID-19 deaths. Even the CDC reported that only 6% of the 230,000 claimed deaths were actually caused by the virus itself. That means the real number of deaths nationwide was in the range of about 10,000 cases. Most of these, according to a recent study, were in patients of extreme age with at least three serious chronic diseases at their terminal stage.
As for the mask mandates, there is growing evidence that not only do the mask not prevent the spread of the virus, they may actually increase the spread, by giving people a false assurance they are protected. Plus, almost no one is following adequate sterile technique.
It is well demonstrated that the highest death rates and infection rates are among those with dark skin, Blacks and Hispanics. Several recent studies, as well as previous studies, clearly indicate that a low vitamin D3 level dramatically increases one’s risk of becoming infected and having a poor outcome once infected. Vitamin D3 is made in the skin when exposed to the sun’s UV rays. It has been shown that black people require 6X more sunlight exposure to their exposed skin to generate adequate vitamin D3 than light skinned people. In one study of a large number of people of different races it was shown that 82% of blacks and 70% of Hispanics were deficient in vitamin D3 far higher than light-skinned people at 40 % deficient.
Two recent studies demonstrated that people with low vitamin D3 had a higher risk of contracting the virus, with one study showing a 77% higher incidence of contracting a COVID-19 infection in those with low vitamin D3 than individuals with a normal vitamin D3 level. All of the comorbid conditions associated with a poor outcome, such as smoking, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and pulmonary diseases, also are known to have very low vitamin D3 levels. Vitamin D3 is known to reduce the risk of a cytokine storm, the condition that kills people with respiratory viruses The vitamin also stimulates repair of damaged lung tissue and prevents infection-associated blood clotting.
It has also been shown that reaching normal blood levels of vitamin D3 requires 5000 IU of an oral dose taken daily. Vitamin C and zinc add to the protection. This has been confirmed by many scientific studies of respiratory viruses and includes COVID-19.
People have been religiously wearing masks for the past four months and it has no impact on this virus, yet our intrepid public health officer insists it is a major weapon. This is utter nonsense. There is growing evidence that prolonged mask wearing is harmful, especially to children, as the hypoxia damages the brain during its development. This has been recently confirmed by the German neurologist Dr. Margaret Griesz-Brisson in a recently released warning. Yet. School children are being required to wear these dangerous masks throughout the school day.
Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., is a Northsider.