Welcome back with hopes that you and yours’ have not been directly impacted by the deadly Chinese virus.
Most likely though, you may know people in your circle of friends and family that have been afflicted by it or worse. Four of my immediate family members have tested positive and experienced a range of symptoms, some quite severe. I came down with severe symptoms myself after being exposed to family members that didn’t show symptoms at the time, but were unknowingly carriers. Mine ended up being a case of severe food poisoning, but the symptoms were similar and only lasted a few days.
To be safe, I scheduled a rapid test at a local CVS, which was self-administered under the direction of a very capable nurse. Within an hour the Negative result came back for Covid-19. I learned so much from her about the way procedure and opinions have changed as we learn more in this battle against an invisible enemy. Being a Street Survivor is not only preparing for home invaders, thugs and terrorists, it’s also dealing with threats that are unseen. Personally, I have no faith in the protection offered by masks, no matter how many Dr. Fauci says we should wear on top of each other. But, this is a personal choice, so do what you think works best for you.
As I am always researching something for my articles in this column, I came across an expert in this field named Jay Bhattacharya a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He wrote an excellent article in Imprimis in October of last year called ‘A Sensible and Compassionate Anti-Covid Strategy’.
The author’s goal was to present the facts about how deadly Covid-19 really is, to explain exactly who is at risk, and to review the facts about the widespread lockdowns and how deadly they have been. He also recommends a shift in public policy going forward.
As Mr. Bhattacharya explains, there is a significant difference between COVID infections and COVID cases, and a lot of fear and confusion has resulted from not knowing or not revealing the difference. As he states, the World Health Organization in early March said that 3% of people who get COVID die from it, and they were way, way off, but that number helped drive public policy. Today we know the actual number was about ½ of 1% ! The majority of people that are infected, have very mild or no symptoms at all, and these people weren’t identified in the early days, which helped to lead to a highly misleading fatality rate.
So who is really the most as risk ? The disease is not equally dangerous for everyone, and this was very clear early on. This again was a message not presented to the public. For example the difference between the mortality rate of children compared to the elderly over 70, is a thousand fold. More children in American have died from the common flu than COVID by a multitude of 2 or 3. In the elderly it is much more deadly than the flu, and the fatality rate is about 4%, or 4 of every 100 elderly who are infected, will likely die from it.
The widespread lockdowns have proved to be quite deadly and are unprecedented in American history as a method of disease control ! In the last 20 years, we’ve lifted one billion people worldwide out of poverty, but this year we reversed that progress and an estimated 130 million more people will starve !
Another result of the lockdown is people stopped bringing their children in for regular immunizations against diphtheria, whooping cough and polio, because they feared COVID more than these other diseases. Many Americans that had cancer decided to stop their chemotherapy treatments, and cancer screenings were avoided by many for fear of contracting COVID.
Suicide rates and other mental health issues have skyrocketed, because human beings are not designed to live alone and denied socialization with friends and family. This has been particularly hard on young adults who are also in very low risk categories for the disease.
So, what is the recommendation of the author going forward ? The details are explained in the Great Barrington Declaration, which can be found on the website, www.gbdeclaration.org. The summary is simply this, minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity, that point at which the rate of new infections is stable. This can be assisted by, but is not dependent on, a vaccine. “The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection”, states Jay Bhattacharya.
In short, the cure cannot be more deadly than the disease.
Stay safe, be prepared.
Rick ‘Pirate Hunter’ Grover strongly believes we are all in this together, and the more we learn and train, the better we will be prepared for any eventuality. This makes all of us part of an amazing neighborhood team of American Patriots. God Bless America !
De Oppresso Liber – We Liberate the Oppressed !
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