God's Coronavirus Cure in 3 Verses

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Three (3) Verses

Psalm 41:1 To the [music] director: A song of David. Those who help the poor succeed will get many blessings. When trouble comes, the LORD will save them. 2 The LORD will protect them and save their lives. He will bless them in this land. He will not let their enemies harm them. 3 When they are sick in bed, the LORD will give them strength and make them well! (ERV translation)

Psalm 91:1 Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful. 2 Then you will say to the LORD, "You are my fortress, my place of safety; you are my God, and I trust you." 3 The Lord will keep you safe from secret traps and deadly diseases. 4 He will spread his wings over you and keep you secure. His faithfulness is like a shield or a city wall. 5 You won't need to worry about dangers at night or arrows during the day. 6 And you won't fear diseases that strike in the dark or sudden disaster at noon. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. (CEV, KJV translation)

Luke 6:34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

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Other Bible verses addressed throughout this article

The following passages are discussed throughout this article:

Psalm 2:1-12 (the idiocy of government ignoring God),

Psalm 91:2 (God, in whom I trust), Luke 1:37 ("with God nothing shall be impossible"),

John 3:19 (men love darkness),

2 Chronicles 21:14, 15 (God threatens to send a plague),

Exodus 9:24 (the "plague" of hail mixed with fire),

2 Chronicles 7:13-15 (repentance of "my people"),

Exodus 40:30-32 (Levite priests washed their hands and feet before sacrificing),

Leviticus 4:12,21 and 8:17 (sacrifice in a "clean place"),

Hebrews 13:10-14 (Jesus' death fulfilled the symbols of Mosaic sacrifice),

Leviticus 11 lists foods which were unclean,

Leviticus 12 has laws for the purification of the mother after childbirth,

Leviticus 13 has tests for leprosy,

Deuteronomy 7:15 and Exodus 15:26 (obedience protects from disease),

Deuteronomy 23:12-13 (sanitary disposal of human waste),

Luke 10:30-37 (Good Samaritan),

1 Corinthians 15:55–57 ("death has lost its sting"),

2 Timothy 1:7 (spirit not of fear but of power, love, sound mind),

Psalm 27:1 (Lord is my strength, whom shall I fear?),

1 Peter 5:7 (cast your care on Him),

John 14:27 (“… let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”),

Jeremiah 17:14 (Heal me, O Lord),

Isaiah 53:5 ("by His stripes we are healed"),

John 15:13 ("Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."),

Luke 11:37-41 (Jesus wouldn't wash His hands before eating),

Matthew 4:6-7 (Satan tempts us to be reckless),

Mark 16:17-18 and Luke 10:19 (protection from snakes),

Acts 28:1-6 (snake bite didn't hurt Paul),

Mathew 6:26-27 ("Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?")

Summary of this article

Summary: This article is two major studies: (1) A review of the medical controversy about Covid [mercifully shortened from "coronavirus"] under the heading "Questions for Doctors"; and (2) what God really does promise regarding protection from all threats.

Questions for Doctors:
Masks

Droplets vs. Aerosols. Is it true that the virus is carried not just on "droplets" which are 5 millionths of a meter or larger, which masks can block at 70% to 90%, but also on "aerosols", the name of moisture that is as small as 100 billionths of a meter? Which would render masks ineffective IF the percentage of covid transmitted on the smaller particles is significant? But is it known whether it is significant?

One article says it is not known; that it is only assumed that much more covid is carried on droplets. What is the basis for that conclusion?

A doctor has a youtube video where he blows Vape vapor through a variety of masks to show how easily it rushes around and through masks. He says Vape droplets are as larger or larger than covid droplets. Meanwhile another article that measures Vape droplets indicates they are up to 50 times larger than the 5-millionths-of-a-meter droplets of which masks are supposed to stop 70%. Although the volume of airflow isn't reduced or a wearer would be gasping for breath, the direction of exhalations is definitely changed: exhalations hover around the breather rather than shooting forward several feet. Most of it shoots across the eyes; does this unnatural flow of CO2 and moisture harm the eyes? Dentists say it damages teeth and gums, causing infections that threaten heart attacks.

Covid Buildup in Masks. What about the harm to the wearer of covid buildup in masks? If the wearer has covid, then exhaling would develop quite a culture of covid on the inside of the mask. If the wearer is healthy but is around others with covid, there would be a buildup on the outside of the mask. Is that a problem for the wearer?

Oxygen Reduction. Apparently there is no controversy that masks cause measurable reduction of oxygen levels in the blood of wearers, nor that long term reduction can cause serious harm to vital organs, and weakens the immune system, in that way actually increasing the risk of covid. That is why even authorities imposing lockdowns and mask wearing usually spell out exceptions for people with breathing problems, and people exercising. (Although usually not with as much flexibility as common sense requires; for example I met a forkleft operator who works alone in a warehouse, doing a lot of heavy work, yet the company policy requires masks inflexibly.)

My wife is more vulnerable to the harm of oxygen reduction than I am, I THINK; she feels its effects fairly quickly. So far God has blessed me with much better health than He has her. But even for myself, at age 75, but even if I were 7.5, the idea of deliberately lowering my oxygen level does not strike me as a healthy strategy.

On the other hand some theorize that, assuming masks do significantly reduce covid flow, the small amount of covid that still gets through has the positive effect of "immunizing" the wearer, activating his immune system with a manageable exposure.

Is there any scientific way to balance these harms v. hoped-for benefits? Especially since, it seems from articles below, the evidence is more certain about the harms of oxygen reduction than it is about the reduction of covid through masks?

How serious is Covid?

Doubts about the seriousness of Covid are raised by those who point out that when someone dies in a car crash who has covid, the cause of death is put down as covid. I don't know if that happened more than once, but it was a memorable headline. More commonly things like cancer or heart problems are "comorbidities" lumped with covid. Is there really no way to compare the death rates of people with covid who have NO "comorbities", with the death rates of, for example, people with influenza who have no "comorbities"?

If more honest stats really are impossible, how trustworthy are the judgements that covid was a primary cause of death where there was a "comorbidity"? I am told that balance may be subjective, but what is objective is that the total death rate from all causes has jumped 25% higher this year than in previous years, which is huge, considering covid is the only new killer on the block. But another article says that is not true - the overall death rate is about the same! How do we rationally process this?

The significance of this question is that if indeed covid is NOT dramatically more threatening than any other communicable disease, then the drastically clear harms from shutdowns and masks, to our economy and mental as well as physical health, require quickly returning to "normal".

A nurse at Unity Health told me doctors in her office constantly argue all these points, about masks, etc. When I asked her why we can't see any statistics comparing covid WITHOUT comorbidities with INFLUENZA without comorbidities, she answered simply and emphatically, "influenza is worse".

However, she said there is one sense in which covid is a greater strain on our health system: with influenza, where symptoms include things like vomiting, patients can manage such things at home in all but the most serious stages. But with covid, where the most common symptom is shortness of breath, the patient, even at a medium stage of severity, needs to be in a hospital.

Hydroxychloroquine

Apparently dozens of studies have been done in dozens of countries showing promising results. India was particularly miffed that the drug was shot down. "American's Frontline Doctors", several doctors called themselves, took a dramatic stand for it, and the national response? Censorship. Social media deleted them. Everybody else mostly ignored them. The black woman was attacked most, ironically, by liberals, not for her medicine but for her theology. Several other doctors and some research supporting the drug followed, then I stopped seeing anything. So what's the latest?

The Unity nurse tells me HCQ is commonly used in their hospital, but not for outpatients. However, Simon Conway, WHO talk show host, says he is taking it as he broadcasts from home.

Dr. Harvey Risch, Harvard, says many earlier studies finding against HCQ were flawed because they didn't distinguish between treatment in earlier vs. later stages. He writes that HCQ is especially effective in earlier stages; it keeps people out of hospitals.

Personal Attacks

"Dr. Joseph Mercola just wants to sell supplements." Dr. Blaylock is out of his field. Bill Gates owns a drug company which explains why he wants the whole world to shut down until they buy his vaccine. Dr. Fauci actually invented covid, and when his U.S. company couldn't take the political heat for developing such a killer, he sold it to China to perfect it. Democrats want to shut down everything and require masks because Trump doesn't. Republicans want to open everything up because they suspect Democrats are only out to control everything and usher in the Mark of the Beast.

I have heard all these accusations. They are all true, for all I know. I have an agenda too: I hate masks, and especially shudder when I see people outside doing hard work with masks on even though no one is around. We are humans. We have our agendas. We aren't perfectly open minded.

But to justify ignoring our opponent's evidence by attacking his motives, saying he "has an agenda", which is why he acts and speaks contrary to evidence, makes us as resistant to evidence as we say he is.

Therefore, let us all seek the evidence. Let us judge it on it merits. Even God listens to mere men, judging our prayers on their merits, not on the miserable spirituality credentials of their authors. If God can treat humans as not so far below Him as to merit ignoring us, let us listen to each other, judging each other's evidence on its merits.

Where are answers?

I know of NO source where the claims of a few maverick, though eminently qualified, doctors are addressed and refuted in language understandable to non-medical folks like me.

Is there any hospital in Des Moines where the thousands here who have heard these alternative conclusions on the internet (before they were censored by social media) can find them addressed and refuted if they are wrong?

Does the governor make available an information source upon which she has relied for her covid rules, that assures us that she has at least heard of this opposing expert testimony and it has been addressed and refuted?

National division is caused by national mandates whose basis is defended only by censoring opposing evidence. "Suppression of the evidence is the strongest possible evidence" is a principle articulated in the Tryal of John Peter Zenger, a newspaper publisher who was prosecuted in 1735 for "libel" against the Royal Governor of New York. The jury acquitted him, which established Freedom of the Press in the United States. Social media censors opposing evidence, while government ignores it. Wrong move. I makes Americans suspicious. The failure to disprove opposing evidence makes no sense unless it cannot be disproved, people logically reason.

Thank you for your willingness to address my questions. I urge you to create a repository somewhere - anywhere - where all such questions may find answers. At your hospital, your professional medical association, some government medical association like the CDC, SOMEWHERE, where censored doctors who think they have evidence meriting our attention can interact with other doctors who think they don't, in nontechnical language which us ordinary folk who don't know the jargon but don't mind reading a lot of details can watch the interaction and learn.

God's Promised Protection


     Saying "I don't believe the Bible" or "I don't have time to read all this evidence" doesn't shield you from the natural consequences of banging your head against reality. The fact that Christians generally live longer and are more immune to disease is not just the claim of dozens of Bible verses, but is the finding of over a century of peer-reviewed scientific research summarized here.
     Not that every prayer is answered; every Christian remembers a request that was denied, just as every child does, even by the most loving parents.
     But generally, even though there are many varieties and degrees of being "Christian", and much theological misunderstanding among Christians about how to pray or how much to trust, the evidence is clear enough to be scientifically measured that living by the Bible reduces heart disease, cancer, weakened immunity, stroke, and dying young. It is separately clear that contributors to disease like stress, fear, boiling anger, unhealthy substances, risky sex, and negative social relationships are prime targets of the Bible, which addresses them as effectively as we will allow. Not by merely emptying our minds of negativity and desire, the goal of Eastern meditation, but by softening our hearts with love, forgiveness, and becoming a blessing to others.
     We can all have absolute faith that God will give us all the time and health we need to complete God's goals for us, which are also the most satisfying goals for ourselves, and we can constantly pray that God will save us from hurting others very much while helping others a lot. Our faith in God doesn't reduce our responsibility to be careful, but it is a huge mistake to just "be careful" while we forget God. We hear constantly "we will get through this", in a context stripped of any thought of God. That is not a very smart approach to how to "get through this". ("Be careful, but serve, and trust", below, acknowledges the death of a pastor from coronavirus after he had held a church service in defiance of "social distancing" guidelines, claiming that "God is a healer". Indeed, our faith in God doesn't reduce our responsibility to be careful.)
     God does not only help by having created a universe in which "a merry heart doeth good like medicine", with hygiene rules which, if we follow them, will generally improve our health and lifespan. God helps us daily through a constant stream of miracles of protection from physical, financial, and social ruin. Not that no one ever gets hurt, but we are all shaken from time to time by a narrow escape from devastation, which God uses to motivate us, if we will heed the warning, to be more careful. It is part of our human resistance to reality that tempts us to not acknowledge these helps, just as the Israelites in the desert, facing each new challenge, forgot how dramatically God had brought them through the last one. They never entered God's "rest", in the words of Hebrews 3 and 4. They were constantly stressing and accusing.
     God also opens doors for us to doing great things, overcoming great evils, despite great obstacles. Jesus not only promises that these "mountains" will fall if we have "enough" faith, meaning, presumably enough to not give up, but God actively helps, making it possible, but only if we really stretch ourselves which is just as important to God.
     Life is so much more than food, clothing, money, good health, and long life. Compared with much of the rest of the world, the United States are indeed a haven of Christian faith. But to "get through this" - all that life is - we have to, as a culture, not just as isolated individuals, face reality, take time for evidence as needed to get us back in touch with reality, and settle back into the loving arms of God.

"Sincerely Held Religious Objection" to mask-wearing and "social distancing"

Des Moines, IA Mayor Frank Cownie has a new (August 25, 2020) illegal (according to Iowa's Democrat Attorney General), unenforceable Mask "Mandate". Masks for everyone in any building, and outside where "social distancing" cannot be done. There are several exceptions: people in a coma, jogging, difficulty breathing, and anyone with a "sincerely held religious objection". Here's mine:

I have a sincerely held religious objection to wearing a mask - one of Mayor Cownie's official exceptions to his mandate. Although it is not based directly on my amateurish grasp of the science of masks, my explanation must begin there.

Masks don't stop aerosols. From the beginning of the "pandemic", there has been uncertainty how much of the virus is carried on "droplets" compared with how much is "aerosols". Virus riding on microscopic moisture "droplets" in our breath float only a few feet before they drop to the ground. They are large enough that masks can stop them. But "aerosols" - virus that is not riding on any moisture at all but is floating freely in the air - is so microscopic compared with the huge gaps between the threats of a mask that masks block them as effectively as a chain link fence blocks a swarm of gnats. Early in the "pandemic" the scant evidence on the subject leaned in favor of primary transmission carried on droplets. The evidence has been inconclusive because measuring virus in the air has been complicated. But a recent study below developed a new way to do that, and placed a sensor about 6 feet and at about 16 feet from covid patients in a hospital where the room air is filtered and changed frequently and great masks are worn, and found both sensors picking it up.

Oxygen Reduction. Other studies reported below document the harm to mask wearers - the longer they are worn, the greater the likelihood of harm - from reduced oxygen intake. As with any burden to physical health, the effect is greater with the eldest and the less healthy. This reality is confirmed by the exceptions included in many mask mandates for people with breathing problems.

Hydroxycloroquine and Zinc in low doses. Which word do you think best describes smackdowns of this cure: [] vigorous, or [] persuasive? Certainly it is not the kind of "persuasion" of addressing the 100 or so studies of it, most of which indicate positive results. But there is considerable "persuasiveness" in seeing everyone around you nodding to conclusions made as if none of those studies ever existed.

No emergency anyway. Finally, on August 31, the news was that the CDC has finally distinguished deaths caused solely by covid from deaths caused maybe partly by covid but by also several other things. Now, finally, officially, the CDC acknowledges that of the 300,000+ deaths previously attributed to covid by counting deaths with cumulative causes, only 9,000 died from covid alone. I understand that even for someone almost dead from diabetes and cancer, it still stinks to have covid on top of that. But the new perspective, finally permitted, puts covid back with flu in its terror potential. Not that flu is harmless. But no one ever thought of shutting down businesses and making everyone dress like bank robbers to stop it.

In short, much science - though not conclusive science - indicates masks don't stop covid, masks cause other problems by reducing our oxygen, there is a simple cheap cure, and covid is not especially serious. In the mind of anyone who hears about it and notices mass media never seriously addresses and refutes it but only vaporizes it on sight, the science is enough to raise doubts about the effectiveness of masks, the safety of wearing them, the absence of an effective cure, and the seriousness of the "pandemic".

How Hell Operates. I am no scientist, and do not base my "religious objection" upon my personal grasp of the science. It is the treatment of evidence that alarms me. Censorship of expert testimony and persecution of expert witnesses is the operation of Hell. It is opposite of how to establish facts.

"Suppression of the evidence is the strongest evidence" is the principle, from the 1735 trial of John Peter Zenger for lampooning the king-appointed governor of New York, that established Freedom of the Press in America. Now we have Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Bill Gates, with their zero medical credentials, deciding which doctors to censor and drive from the field of medicine. They are joined by newspapers and TV networks, whose reporters and editors are very seldom doctors.

Maybe the studies I note are disproven by mounds of other evidence, but I would like to see them clearly refuted, not just vaporized on sight. Suppression of those studies is brutal, stripping doctors of authority and jobs just for stating their professional analysis of the data. Who is Facebook, Twitter, and Google to pick winners and losers in the field of medical research?

The Devil's way to handle challenges is to censor, as brutally and decisively as possible, up through and including torturing to death in most centuries and many nations.

Discussion, truth, and confronting error is God's way. God answers people's sincerely asked questions. God doesn't even censor the Devil, but quotes him frequently, in order to clarify the truth. Proverbs 15:22  Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. 1 Peter 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:  (For more Scriptures, see my book, God's Relationship Primer. See www.Saltshaker.us, right column, for links to a free PDF or to order a paperback. Of to interact with it, see God's Relationship Primer.)

But responsibility for giving lies the force of law only ends with social media and the government officials who quote only the "official, approved" opinions and talk as if counter evidence doesn't exist. It begins with churches, as churches have become in this generation in America.

Imagine churches operating today the way they did according to 1 Corinthians 14, the model followed by the Pilgrims from 1620 to 1695, in which meetings were more like legislatures - forums open to everyone on Biblical and community topics, where the actions taken together were preceded by discussions of the facts. (Legislatures today don't want to hear from God's Word, but they used to welcome it.)

How simple it would be for a group meeting in the Name of Jesus, which typically includes a doctor or nurse, to review the facts together, weed out the nonsense, and then form a lobbying group to pressure their elected officials, in their public pronouncements, to return to reality.

Such a group, committed to helping "the least of these My brothers" as Matthew 25 puts it, would provide the robust forum for addressing error and "shining light in the darkness outside" that I read about in the Bible.

But the Devil keeps the Light, of what God says about abominations, boxed up in the Matthew 5 "bushel" by two devices.

First, he persuades churches to leave the Darkness dark by calling it "politics" which is "controversial", which makes anyone "divisive" who would trouble the church about healing it.

Second, he persuades Christian activists, driven from their churches to "put feet to" occasional sermons identifying the Darkness, to leave their "swords" back in their pews; one must not tell the public the real reason for one's "political" positions, when the real reason is specific Bible verses, because one should retain his "credibility".

In this resulting unchallenged Darkness, a worldwide inoculation mandate is promised by Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates to be the ticket to taking off our masks and getting back to normal. Gates' vision is to give everyone who takes the shots a kind of skin marking that will permit them to take off their masks and live normally. This is ominously like the worldwide human tracking system which Revelation 13 prophesies will be instituted by the Mark of the Beast in the Last Days.

They lead us to expect a vaccine within a year, even though no vaccine before has ever been developed in less than seven, and no vaccine has yet been developed for any variety of coronavirus. But there is no risk for vaccine makers from rolling out a vaccine whose testing is peppered with shortcuts: legislation exempting them from liability was signed by President Reagan.

What should we logically expect from a vaccine mandated all over the world that hasn't been well tested, whose manufacturers are exempt from liability?

Ulcers are the least of the problems we should expect. Ulcers are what Revelation 16:2 prophesies will be suffered by the people who accept the Mark of the Beast described in Chapter 13. (Revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore [ulcers, the Greek seems to indicate] upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.)

All this could be averted, or at least vastly mitigated, if Christian meetings were organized according to guidelines, as I explore in my book, God's Relationship Primer. Not that I have given up, but after thousands of conversations with Christians, both laymen and pastors, about these verses, I find nearly zero interest in any Scriptures which point to meetings different than it is assumed Christians have conducted for centuries. I still trust God to bring down this "Mountain" of resistance, so that the Beast will have people to fight, but my experience leads me to appreciate what a miracle from Him it will be.

Meanwhile, like persecuted Christians throughout history who meet in secret while avoiding public confrontation of their persecutors, I do wear my mask where required to get what I need.

My conclusion is not that I am immune from harm from the virus. But that masks appear to be part of a far greater threat than the virus. Not the masks themselves, but the spirit of censorship which shields them from scrutiny, which in turn is legitimized by mass mask-wearing.
My concern about masks and "social distancing" would vaporize if I could find a robust forum where doctors on all sides interacted with one another in language I could understand, rather than dismissing and ignoring each other, in which I could learn that masks really do work, hydroxychloroquine really doesn't, the slight oxygen reduction is harmless, and the virus really is a far more serious threat than the flu.

My concern would remain about Christian unwillingness to let their meetings become places where critical information like this, threatening to take us like heedless lemmings all the way to the Mark of the Beast, can be processed and acted upon.

I don't want to take God's protection for granted, but I pray for His mercy, and maybe a bit of indulgence. until evidence indicates to me otherwise, my trust in the protective capacity of masks is rather law, forcing my trust in God to rise.

Iowa Law

This review of Iowa Law regarding the lack of authority of city mayors to enforce Covid restrictions is from the August 31 newsletter of State Representative Sandy Salmon:

Several Iowa cities have announced citywide face mask mandates, among them Waterloo, Iowa City, and Des Moines. Below is a Q&A on what the current law says about mask requirements and the rights of the state, municipalities and citizens:

Can municipalities (cities, counties, etc.) require masks and impose a penalty for noncompliance? No, according to Attorney General Tom Miller. Iowa is under a public health disaster, as proclaimed by the Governor in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Because of this declaration the Governor and IDPH have broad legal authority. The Governor can delegate powers to local authorities to address the current public health emergency, but the Governor can also choose not to delegate the authority. In this case, Governor Reynolds has not given local governments the authority to regulate mask wearing, and therefore they cannot require citizens to wear masks in the community. However, municipalities can require masks on their property and in their buildings. Examples could include: city council meetings, city office buildings, or a public library.

Can public schools require face masks be worn? Yes, public schools can require students to wear masks, even though the state Department of Education does not require it. Schools are given the choice to regulate face masks by teachers and students and to set standards for masks. The Department of Education has a list of concerns regarding health and safety, legal and training issues schools should be prepared to address if face masks are required.

Can private business mandate face masks? Yes, a private business can require persons entering the business wear a face mask and can also require employees to wear them. A person who refuses to wear a mask can be denied entry to the business and can face legal action if they refuse to leave when asked.

The Debate: Do face masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in a non-hospital or non-nursing home setting? Evidence exists on both sides of that debate, some demonstrating it is beneficial and other showing it makes no difference or is even harmful. It’s too long to discuss in this newsletter.

Conclusion: This is why at this point it is important to allow freedom for each person to decide this issue based on his own health and risk aversion. The state is not requiring it and local governments should not either. Mask mandates are both illegal (according to the Attorney General) and unenforceable. An unenforceable mandate like this breeds disrespect for the law. We seem to have some cities in Iowa with a positive case of “totalitarian fever”, anxious to regulate more of the lives of their citizens. This is the wrong direction. It breeds fear and distrust between people. It is what citizens hate from our governments. We should have more liberty, not less.

This is not to say government should not make recommendations based on what the science is showing. And it is also not saying people should not look out for and care for the health and safety of others and be encouraged to do so. But liberty means each person should be able to consider all these factors and decide this issue for themselves.

Even though there is a spike at this point in time of positive COVID cases in certain locales, we must keep in mind the big picture:

  • Remember our original goal under the public health disaster emergency proclamation was to keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed and we have achieved that.
  • Now that the virus has been introduced, it will always be with us. We will not be able to stop it.
  • It will work its way through the population, mask or no mask, and eventually we will achieve herd immunity.
  • Even though each death is very sad, we must remember that deaths from COVID are a small fraction of 1% of Iowa’s population.
  • Serious and deadly contagious diseases have been with us a very long time and we have never sought to mandate face masks for healthy people as a response. And we should not do so now

A Doctor's Alarm about Censoring Doctors

April 27, 2020 Two Doctors defended a third doctor with whom they only partially agreed, but were alarmed that he was censored instead of refuted. One doctor: Vinay Prasad,a hematologist-oncologist and associate professor of medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University. The other: Jeffrey Flier, an endocrinologist, professor of medicine, and former dean of Harvard Medical School. Their article concludes:

...When the dust settles, few if any scientists — no matter where they work and whatever their academic titles — will have been 100% correct about the effects of Covid-19 and our responses to it. Acknowledging this fact does not require policy paralysis by local and national governments, which must take decisive action despite uncertainty. But admitting this truth requires willingness to listen to and consider ideas, even many that most initially consider totally wrong.

A plausible objection to the argument we are making that opposing ideas need to be heard is that, by giving false equivalence to incorrect ideas, lives may be lost. Scientists who are incorrect or misguided, or who misinterpret data, might wrongly persuade others, causing more to die when salutatory actions are rejected or delayed. While we are sympathetic to this view, there are many uncertainties as to the best course of action. More lives may be lost by suppressing or ignoring alternate perspectives, some of which may at least in part ultimately prove correct.

That’s why we believe that the bar to stifling or ignoring academics who are willing to debate their alternative positions in public and in good faith must be very high. Since different states and nations are already making distinct choices, there exist many natural experiments to identify what helped, what hurt, and what in the end didn’t matter.

We believe that the bar to stifling or ignoring academics who are willing to debate their alternative positions in public and in good faith must be very high.

Society faces a risk even more toxic and deadly than Covid-19: that the conduct of science becomes indistinguishable from politics. The tensions between the two policy poles of rapidly and systematically reopening society versus maximizing sheltering in place and social isolation must not be reduced to Republican and Democratic talking points, even as many media outlets promote such simplistic narratives.

These critical decisions should be influenced by scientific insights independent of political philosophies and party affiliations. They must be freely debated in the academic world without insult or malice to those with differing views. As always, it is essential to examine and disclose conflicts of interest and salient biases, but if none are apparent or clearly demonstrated, the temptation to speculate about malignant motivations must be resisted.

At this moment of massive uncertainty, with data and analyses shifting daily, honest disagreements among academic experts with different training, scientific backgrounds, and perspectives are both unavoidable and desirable. It’s the job of policymakers, academics, and interested members of the public to consider differing point of views and decide, at each moment, the best courses of action. A minority view, even if it is ultimately mistaken, may beneficially temper excessive enthusiasm or insert needed caveats. This process, which reflects the scientific method and the culture that supports it, must be repeated tomorrow and the next day and the next.

Comment by Keith Gentile: ...It’s almost like we are heading back to views not seen since the Dark Ages, with their ignorant certainties, unquestioning obedience to the church (with today’s surrogate being the media) and witch hunts looking for nonbelievers and straw men.

The media has become so overrun by arrogant, self-righteous zealots that do everything in their power to stifle anything but their own narrative, it’s as if they have abrogated any pretense of objectivity as illegitimate since we all know God is Good and the Devil wicked. Any deviation from this is therefore evil and if that requires limiting people’s [freedom] to decide for themselves, so be it.


A POLITICAL SOLUTION

The real covid problem is that there is NO place in America where curious guys like me can see all the claims and counterclaims interact with one another, balance one another, correct one another. Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube have guranteed that THEY will never be such a place, by simply censoring reality they don't agree with! Up to and including a top doctor on President Trump's coronovirus team, Dr. Scott Atlas!

The CDC should do it, but its bureaucrats don't tolerate dissent even from its own top advisors. The Federalist reports: "The Centers for Disease Control pulled a world-renowned expert off a vaccine safety advisory committee after he publicly disagreed with the agency’s pause of the Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine....Harvard Medical School's Dr. Martin Kulldorff invented key parts of the U.S. vaccine safety system. But the CDC doesn't want his expertise on COVID vaccines." (On April 13, 2021.) A Harvard Medical School colleague called Kulldorff "an international expert in vaccine safety....He’s a pioneer.”

Any hospital should do it, as part of its public relations office, to answer the puzzlement of patients who read the censored medical testimony and then wonder why the hospital is requiring masks for everyone, no questions allowed.

The U.S. President should do it, as the knowledge base for his emergency recommendations.

Any news organization should do it as the basis for its editorial recommendations.

pubmed.com publishes "more than 32 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites." But it is limited to peer-reviewed studies. Although new studies interact with previous studies by citing them and commenting on them, it is impossible for criticized studies to defend themselves on this platform without a whole new study. Therefore it is not a vehicle for doctors to interact with each other, on specific details.

So the solution is for ANY hospital, governor, legislature, to simply create a website that invites the posting of all evidence, with a rank boost for those who address counter claims, and announce that knowledge base as what the organization draws upon for its policy decisions.

Since the value contributed by the site would be interaction between competing views, I don't think relevant studies or articles should be posted by a webmaster, but should be posted by people able and willing to interact intelligently about them. Hopefully in a future emergency, copyrights on studies won't be an obstacle. For the current emergency, Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative is a project to overcome copyright restrictions medical information vital to understanding Covid.

Here is some language that could be added to Iowa's Emergency Powers law to establish such a project in Iowa:

29C.6(1) Proclamation of disaster emergency by governor.

Public statements by the governor about the emergency shall include a request for public comment, and especially expert testimony, about the facts upon which the order is based. Such testimony shall be included in a public online record kept open to further submissions and updates for the duration of the emergency, to guide the governor and legislature in supporting, amending, or rescinding the proclamation. Public statements about the emergency by the governor and legislators shall be added to the record.

Contributions shall be ranked according to (1) expertise relevant to the emergency, (2) the degree to which contributors address each other’s evidence and reasons, and (3) the willingness of contributors to respond to questions and challenges over evidence and reasoning, especially from elected officials. Ranking shall be penalized according to the degree of “personal attacks” - in which contributors attack controversial but irrelevant statements or actions of messengers of evidence and reason, in order to distract from their message.

Questions may be asked of contributing doctors. Questions may be presented in the form of a petition, and ranked according to the number of singers, and according to the number of elected officials signing.

The stated goal of this forum shall be to guard against any restriction of fundamental rights that is not clearly documented to be the least restrictive means of achieving what is clearly documented to be a compelling government and public interest.

(Optional:) The legislature may rescind an emergency order whose factual basis lacks clear and convincing evidence. The legislature may query the governor over evidence or reasoning.

Miscellaneous: Pubmed.com is a website where all peer-reviewed

Updates: Important Questions (raised mostly by Doctors)

Heard November 17, 2020 on WHO radio, 10:10 am. A fill-in host for Jeff Angelo, who was off two weeks because his father died of covid. "We will talk about the governor's new mask mandate last night. People say they've been in businesses, and not many people are wearing masks. I am receiving a lot of text messages. One said 'wearing a mask to stop covid is like putting up a chain link fence to stop mosquitos. But I will wear one, because it makes other people feel better.' I DON'T KNOW the science. I DON'T KNOW if masks work. But they DO make people feel better. So WHY WOULDN'T people want to make other people feel better?"

Why wouldn't we? Because when people need distance from reality to "feel better", reality will do things to them that will make them feel very bad.

And then when we pass laws forcing people to step away from reality, it is certainly more comfortable to obey stupid laws than to violate them, but that is not freedom. It is insanity.

Not that insane people never feel good. In fact, a very large number of Americans spend huge amounts of money for drugs and drink that will separate them from reality, for the express purpose of feeling good.

But feeling good, at the expense of reality and evidence, is short term happiness. Reality has a way of imposing itself on our attention eventually. The longer we delay, the more forceful it is. Not to mention the really crappy feeling we all get when reality pokes its unwelcome proboscus through our happiness haze to stare us down, and we realize what idiots we have been.

Idiots, not for not knowing, but for not caring. For knowing we didn't know the science - and for knowing the nasty habit shared by Twitter, Google, Facebook, and Youtube of censoring unpopular science, yet continuing to patronize those anti-science evidence censors.

The science of masks matters. If mask wearing actually saves hundreds of thousands of lives, we should definitely do all we can to encourage it.

If it stops almost no covid but accomplishes only the destruction of our economy and the closing of hundreds of thousands of businesses, downgrades schools, and costs thousands of lives through delayed "nonessential" cancer screenings, etc, and suicide, and the disruption of our civil liberties which, freed from conformance to reality, are conformed to the arbitrary dictates of politicians, then we should definitely do all we can to encourage one another to reakkt care a lot about things like truth, reality, and evidence, which are the only forces strong enough to set us free - if we will let them.


Johns Hopkins deleted study: NO overall increase in deaths (Nov 22)

Johns Hopkins University Newsletter The prestigious Johns Hopkins University deleted a study in its own newsletter done by one of its economics professors that showed there is virtually no change in the rate of death from all causes over the past year, according to CDC statistics. While there are many deaths attributed to covid this year where of course none were reported last year, the increased covid deaths closely match, in numbers, a suspicious decrease in deaths from traditionally high causes of death such as heart disease. Older people, the ones most at risk from covid, do not suffer a higher overall death rate over last year. These unexpected results are consistent with the classification of deaths with multiple causes as if covid were the only cause. (The previous link is to the study itself, which now can only be found on the Wayback Machine, a web service that stores all present and past websites. The following quotes are taken from this article.)

Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins, is an expert not in medicine but in processing statistics. She analyzed the CDC's statistics over the past year about the overall number of deaths from all causes. The previous link is to the study itself, which was deleted by Johns Hopkins university a few days after it was published, complaining not that it was inaccurate but that other people were misusing it. (See their quote below.)

As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. Even more surprising, as seen in the graph below, this sudden decline in deaths is observed for all other causes.

The study found that “This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years.” In fact, “the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19.”

Briand concludes that the COVID-19 death toll in the United States is misleading and that deaths from other diseases are being categorized as COVID-19 deaths.

On Thursday, Johns Hopkins University explained that they deleted the article on the study because it “was being used to support false and dangerous inaccuracies about the impact of the pandemic.” They did not, however, challenge the accuracy of the data or its conclusions. In other words, the article was deleted because it didn’t fit the proper narrative.

Maybe covid infection rates are 6.2 times higher (Nov 26)

MedicalPress.com A trio of researchers with Ikigai Research, Australian National University and the University of Melbourne respectively, has found evidence that suggests the true COVID-19 infection rate for 15 selected countries is on average 6.2 times higher than official tallies have listed. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Steven Phipps, Quentin Grafton and Tom Kompas describe analyzing infection data from 15 similar countries and using it to estimate true infection rates.

(If infection rates are 6.2 times higher than reported, then that means the survival rate is 6.2 times better. Iowa's reported survival rate is 1.02%, see article below. 1.02% of people who get covid, die. So is the real rate only 0.17%?)

Doctors want CDC to be honest about how bad covid vaccine is - so people will TAKE it (Nov 26)

Big League Politics Doctors worry that if the CDC is not honest with people about the painful, crippling side effects of the first Covid vaccine shot, that then after they take it and suffer those effects, they won't take the second one. (Two shots are required to make it work.) The side effects include fever, headaches and sustained exhaustion.

California Governor made to act nutso by Impractical Jokers (Nov 26)

Now you know WHY California Governor Newsome, whose recall petition has soared past 750,000 signatures, makes such head-scratching rules about covid. He has an earpiece through which the Impractical Jokers are telling him the most outrageous things they can think of for him to say!

Well, it's just a cartoon, but could it really be - ?

It IS California, after all!

California Pastor strips to keep church open (Nov 26)

Rightwing.org This video begins with a clip of former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, now a TV host, joking about a San Diego judge's ruling allowing a strip club to open despite covid mandates. Huckabee said then a church could open again, by converting to a strip club where maybe the pastor could take off his tie in front of everyone?

That clip is shown being shown on the church's AV system. After it, the pastor comes out to the infamous strip theme, dancing just like the girls on TV, provocatively removing his tie while loud excited parishioners stand up and wave dollar bills, and the pastor finally throws out his tie.

The one thing proving they don't really watch QUITE enough TV to get the parody right, is that afterward, someone brought the tie back to the pastor.

The rest of the hour-long video is the pastor's sermon, but that is just my guess. I haven't watched it yet.

Later: OK, now I've listened to it. Quite a screed on politics. Very encouraging to see a young fellow who knows this stuff, says it, and the people don't throw him out. Yet. Some notes, focusing especially on the Scriptures he quoted:

8:20 in the video: When Jesus said "upon this Rock I will build my church", Matthew 16:18, the Greek word translated "church" in the King James version was εκκλεσια, (ekklesia), which actually describes the meetings where Greeks came to make decisions about their government. Today we say "we shouldn't have politics in church", but Jesus made it all ABOUT politics.

32:30 What Tyndale, the Bible translator, was burned at the stake for, was for his translation of εκκλεσια not as "church", but as "congregation". For centuries, the word had been understood to mean "public square". A place where the Greek words for "Liberty and Equality" were written above the door.

(I think Rob McCoy is almost right. My understanding is that Tyndale was the first to translate the Bible into English from the Greek; there was one English translation before that from the Latin. In between, Erasmus had published the first complete Greek New Testament, upon which Tyndale was able to draw. I have written much about this in Upon_this_Rock_I_will_build_my_Congress. In Part Four, in the section [English translations of εκκλεσια], I list the early English translations: Wycliffe, 1384 (translates from Latin, says Jesus will build His "church"); Purvey, 1395, (revises Wycliffe, retains "church"); Tyndale, 1526, translates "congregation", (which is copied by future translations). New Testament only; although he had begun translating the Old Testament before he was burned at the stake, he kept it out of his publication to keep it smaller and thus easier to smuggle; Coverdale, 1535; Matthew’s Bible, 1537 (Tyndale's translation including his Old Testament portions); Great Bible, 1539 (Coverdale's later edition); Bishop’s Bible, 1568, commissioned by Queen Elizabeth; The Geneva translation of 1560 and 1599, which translated "church".

(So what is the basis for saying Tyndale's translation of εκκλεσια was the single, or at least principal reason he was executed? McCoy didn't explain. I reached a similar conclusion. My basis was not only the fact that Tyndale was executed, but the fact that when King James set up his translators a century later, there was only one English word that he ordered his translators to use: "church, instead of congregation".

(So although scholars before Tyndale who read Greek knew from other Greek literature that ekklesia was the name for the assembly that elected Athens' political leaders, English readers were not made aware of it before Tyndale.)

8:35 (McCoy sermon notes, continued) "Love your neighbor" is not obeyed when we leave our neighbors to be destroyed by government because saving them would be "politics".

12:00 He who knows what to do but doesn't do it, for him it is a sin. James 4:17.

12:30 What's left of the "gospel" after politics is left out.

13:10 We are being saved by 18-year-olds. It is harder to be a Conservative than to say you are a "professing Christian", because the latter is understood as one who does not confront his culture.

13:45 What "gospel" is worth preaching that avoids confronting tyranny?

14:15 ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 3.

14:55 My generation gave up on Life.

16:30 I couldn't preach like this 20 years ago, and keep people from leaving.

17:10 We sacrifice children on the altar to Molech. (Reference to abortion; people used to throw their children into the red-hot arms of their "god" Molech, heated by fires underneath.)

18:40 Abortion of blacks, today, is worse than slavery of blacks, in history.

25:20 and 34:20 2 Kings 22:1-14, when the boy King Josiah first heard the Law, and realized, "we're not obeying this", is like a realization I see today.

30:00 Before Josiah found the Law, the Temple then was like churches today: a place to collect money.

31:00 We have great theological excuses for ignoring responsibility. "We don't keep the law. God gave it to us only to show us we can't keep it. 'not of works, lest any man should boast'. Ephesians 2:9.

31:20 How we love the "good news" that Jesus died for us so we don't have to do anything.

32:00 Why, if we talk about our responsibility to act, that hinders the saving message of salvation!

34:50 Job 8:8 Study history. Learn what your fathers discovered. When I analyze what is going on and conclude that our Democratic leaders appear to not want us to own property, and you call that "conspiracy talk", YOU sound like a conspirator, trying to talk people out of what their eyes tell them.

36:50 I apologize for violating the governor's order that churches not meet indoors. There. An apology was enough for Governor Newsome when he was caught violating his own order by eating with friends in a restaurant; if an apology works for him, it works for me.

40:20 There is a famous painting of the Pilgrims that showed their Bible open to Matthew 16, which they read is not meaning "church" but "public square".

(Actually, they had the Geneva translation, which was "church". Although they certainly understood their political responsibility, creating their Mayflower Compact binding themselves into a "body politic". See my documentary at www.1620.US.

(And the painting does not show the Bible open to Matthew 16. "The “Embarkation of the Pilgrims” shows Elder William Brewster holding a Bible opened to the title page which reads “The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” The words “God With Us” are inscribed on the lower corner sail of the ship. The painting hangs in the Rotunda of the Capitol." Godfather Politics You can see an image showing the words written in the Bible at Wallbuilders.)

50:00 No president quoted the Bible more than Lincoln, even though he didn't consider himself a Christian before the Battle of Gettysburg, and he never publicly acknowledged his faith, and was never baptized.

CDC Thanksgiving Guidelines (Nov 26)

Thanksgiving Lockdowns are justified, if not initiated, by the CDC. They recommend:

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.
  • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
  • Limit the number of guests.
  • Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
  • You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other open windows.
  • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.

Had enough rules? The other half of this page of rules is about travel. There are links where you can see

  • how covid threatens in your town compared with where you are going.
  • how crowded hospitals are "here" vs. "there".
  • travel restrictions "here" and "there".

You are advised to

  • check if your destination family has had "close contact with people they don't live with".
  • talk to your family about the risks.
  • get your flu shot.
  • wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others.
  • don't touch your face.
  • bring your own hand sanitizer, use it often. AND MOST IMPORTANT...
  • STAY HOME.
CDC Nov 26 Update

CDC This link features a map of the U.S. with color coding to tell how many covid cases there are per state. The default setting is "last 7 days", "rate per 100,000", and "cases". It shows-the coastal states with the lowest rates - fewer than 34 (per 100,000), while all the inner states show at least 72, and north central states, including Iowa, at least 102.8.

Changing the map settings to "Since January 21" and "deaths" (instead of "cases") considerably lightens the map. Oregon, Maine, and Vermont have the lowest death rates: fewer than 21. The highest death rates have been in North Dakota, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Which includes the states that are hardest to spell. They range from 116 to 288. In Iowa, my home state, the rate is 93. California, where my sister is retired, 47. Mississippi, where my brother is a chiropractor and covid researcher, 125. Colorado, where my daughter is raising two World's Best Looking grandbabies, 50 Oregon, where my son is a top jug band consultant and computer wiz, and is raising an artist and circus performer, 20!

The average death rate for all states, since January 21, is 79 per 100,000 population. That is 0.079%. Almost a tenth of one percent. The other relevant figure to watch is the rate of deaths per cases, which is 2.07%. (My own calculation, based on the CDC figures of 259,005 total deaths divided by 12,498,734 total cases.) In other words, nationwide, on average, 2% of those who test positive for covid die.

Several articles below claim this death rate is exaggerated by counting, as covid deaths, deaths where there were other serious medical problems, yet "cause of death" was listed as covid, as if it were the single cause of death. (What I have not yet seen is a discussion of whether anything like that happens in the reporting of other medical conditions?)

How does this 2% survival rate look in different states, using CDC data? This map lets you drag your cursor over each state to get the data for just that state.

Iowa's 70 deaths per 100,000, divided by 6,848 cases per 100,000, yields a 1.02% survival rate. Oregon's 20 deaths, divided by 1,607 cases, yields 1.24%. California: 47/2,846 = 1.65%. Colorado: 50/3,625 = 1.37%. Mississippi: 125/4,876 = 2.56%. I always did think my brother had something to do with a lot of the world's problems.

[Rob: NOW will you "create an account" and join this forum?]

CDC is behind governor's shutdowns of Thanksgiving family gatherings (Nov 25)

Smithsonian Institute With Thanksgiving tomorrow, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is strongly dissuading friends and families from different households to gather.


If you’re an average person looking at what’s allowed and what’s not allowed, it may not make a lot of sense," Ashleigh Tuite, an infectious disease modeler at the University of Toronto in Canada, tells the Times. "I can get together with nine of my best friends and sit around a table at a restaurant. So why can’t I do that in my house?"

..."It seems like [officials are] passing off the responsibility for controlling the outbreak to individuals and individual choices," Ellie Murray, an epidemiologist at Boston University, tells the Times. "A pandemic is more a failure of the system than the failure of individual choices. Household gatherings would be much safer if officials put stricter limits on commercial and nonresidential activities. They are choosing not to, and then saying the fault lies with individuals."

Christopher Babiuch, a physician at the Cleveland Clinic Lorain Family Health Center, tells Lynanne Vucovich of the Norwalk Reflector, says as cases rise, it's still important for people to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and others. If people choose to attend gatherings, they should remain masked, bring their own eating utensils and consider moving the event outside. If it is indoors, they should open windows to improve air flow, reports the Norwalk Reflector.

Dr. Scott Atlas: "Rise Against Lockdowns!" (Nov 16)

Dr. Scott Aglas tweeted:

"The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept." #FreedomMatters #StepUp www t.co/8QKBszgKTM — Scott W. Atlas (@SWAtlasHoover) November 15, 2020

The medical establishment is taking aim at Dr. Atlas because he has emerged as one of the most credible opponents of lockdown tyranny and now has the ear of President Trump. He has urged for medical professionals to actually use science and data to make predictions, rather than relying on absurd hypotheticals.

Dr. Chris Fortenbach MD PhD (Nov 16)

University of Iowa Health Care, Resident Phusician, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Fortenbach is the lead researcher on a covid-related project.

These are notes of my conversation with the doctor, when he helped patch up my eye after I put in a contact soaked in surgical soap which had been in a bottle nearly identical to contact solution:

Dr. Fortenbach read over my "questions for doctors", but quickly, responding only to the headings. He said yes covid is serious, but only for old buzzards like me. Not for young whippersnappers like him. (Not his exact words.) Which suggests the question, then why is it mandated in schools where no one is very old?

He said yes it causes oxygen depletion and carbon dioxide buildup, so people with breathing problems need their exemptions, but for most of us our oxygen blood levels are way higher than the level where doctors would treat anyone. Which makes me think, but I LIKE having my oxygen levels way higher than the level where doctors would put me in a hospital. We eat mercury every time we eat fish from the ocean too, yet we try to cut that down even though the levels of mercury we eat are way lower than the level where doctors would need to treat us. Isn't that a GOOD thing?

He acknowledged that yes, there is a covid buildup from others who have covid near you, on the outside of your mask. Which is why masks need to be cleaned often, and you should avoid handling the outside or wash your hands when you do. He didn't address buildup on the inside if you have a trace of covid, which would strengthen your own exposure to covid. Nor did he address questions whether masks even stop covid with any appreciable effectiveness, although the existence of a buildup would prove masks at least stop some.

Dr. Stella Emmanuel Update (November 15)

The Candace Owens Show, on "Prager U", gave perspective of the viral video several months ago of "Frontline Doctors" speaking on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. As the article below explains, our nation had virtually zero interest in her testimony that her covid patients all lived - even those very old, very diabetic, etc. Rather, the nation's interest was on her unusual religious beliefs - which, by the way, were alleged by several hostile sources, none of whom provided a link to where she actually expressed those beliefs.

Candace Owens made the point that with ever other sickeness, patients have a right to a second medical opinion. But all the second opinions about covid are vigorously censored.

Dr. Emmanuel's medical business skyrocketed. She set up www.frontlinemds.com to inform anyone in any state where they can find a doctor who will give them HCQ.

The show was about Emmanuel's credentials, her experience, and her prayers for America.

Of 1,000 covid patients, only 3 died; one very old, one very obese. The three refused Emmanuel's instructions. She is still just as adamant about HCQ's curative power, and just as fearless about facing unreasoning censorship and villification. But she says it isn't just about Trump. The lockdowns and the obstacles to HCQ are all over the world.

Vape Demonstrates that Masks Don't Work (Sept 5)

Dr. Étienne Lolkek exhales vape vapor through different masks to see how easily breath goes through the masks. He says vaping particles are as big or bigger than the droplets which carry covid. Indeed, an article about vape particle measurements indicates the smallest vape particles are much larger than the "droplets" large enough for masks to stop.

This is a pretty graphic demonstration.

My brother made the "cake and eat it too" point: if we are going to say masks can't work because covid droplets sail right through it, how can we also complain that we can't breathe well because masks restrict our air flow?

Just a little reasoning from a lowly trumpet player: obviously masks can't significantly reduce the volume of air that we breathe, or we would die. But masks can make our lungs work a little harder to get past the restriction. Plus, a tiny bit of exhaled air is trapped in the mask long enough for us to inhale it back, which over time can add up to less oxygen and more carbon dioxide. But because we exhale both through and around masks, any covid comes right on out.

One point glossed over by the doctor: although the air flow seems little restricted, the air direction is definitely impacted. Exhalations stay much closer to the breather instead of shooting straight ahead several feet - could that account for some of the carbon dioxide buildup?

Covid PCR Tests Waste Time (Nov 13)

November 13 Joseph Mercola: this article explains why PCR tests can't distinguish between live and inert covid germs, and often can't correctly tell if there are either.

But are PCR tests the only Covid tests? I asked a nurse whose job is covid testing. She answers: "Great article! We do the quick Antigen test, which looks for proteins in the front of the nasal cavity, which I believe to be the live active form of the virus that is actually contagious. But I have always had an underlying feeling that this pandemic is like the story, "the Emperors New clothes."

Dentists warn of serious mouth disease from masks (Aug 7)

August 7 Dentists say 'mask mouth' can cause serious health complications, including strokes

Co-founder at One Manhattan Dental, Rob Ramondi, said 50% of his patients are suffering from negative health issues due to mask-wearing. “We’re seeing inflammation in people’s gums that have been healthy forever, and cavities in people who have never had them before,” Ramondi said. “About 50% of our patients are being impacted by this, [so] we decided to name it ‘mask mouth’ — after ‘meth mouth.’”

The dentists said that the face coverings increase mouth dryness and contribute to a buildup of bad bacteria.

“People tend to breathe through their mouth instead of through their nose while wearing a mask,” Sclafani said. “The mouth breathing is causing the dry mouth, which leads to a decrease in saliva — and saliva is what fights the bacteria and cleanses your teeth.”

Sclafani suggested those who have no choice but to wear masks can drink more water, cut down on caffeine, snag a humidifier to moisten the air, use an alcohol-free mouthwash, scrape their tongue, and refrain from smoking.

Also published at Technocracy

Multiple journals reject THE ONLY major Covid mask study (Oct 23)

October 23 JustTheNews A major study out of Denmark that sought to examine the efficacy of face masks at limiting the spread of COVID-19 has reportedly been rejected by multiple academic journals amid hints that the study found face coverings are not effective in protecting individuals from the coronavirus.

The team of Danish scientists earlier this year carried out a major randomized controlled trial study to determine how effective masks might be at stopping COVID transmission. The study, begun in April, involved around 6,000 Danish citizens, half of whom wore face coverings during "normal behavior" and the other half of whom went without them.

The study concluded in June. Yet the Copenhagen newspaper Berlingske reported this week that it has been rejected by at least three elite medical journals so far — the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, and JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"They all said no,"

The researchers are ethically bound to not publicly announce their findings until it is published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, so all we have, months after their study was completed - the ONLY major study of mask effectiveness specifically for Covid - is hints dropped by the extremely frustrated researchers.

Hints that the study finds masks are ineffective.

Hints like :(Results will be published) as soon as a journal is brave enough."

Or, "its results may run against the grain of current public orthodoxy on mask usage."

Or, asked by the paper if the study's results could be considered "controversial," another researcher said: "That's how I want to interpret it."

The research was ready for publication 5 months ago.

Although its authors feel ethically bound to refrain from self-publishing their results, critics have managed to view the paper and have published their criticism of it, yet without fully revealing its findings, and without the researchers having a chance to defend themselves. Their criticism offers us more hints: they say inherent design flaws in the study — including possible noncompliance factors within both the control and study groups — could unfairly skew the results in favor of non-mask usage.

The study "poses a serious risk of mistranslation" due to concerns that "null or too-small effects will be misinterpreted to mean that masks are ineffective," the writers stated. The academics warned policy-makers against "interpreting the results of this trial as being anything other than artifacts of weak design."

President's Top Covid Doctor Censored by Twitter (Oct 18)

October 18 The Federalist. By David Marcus. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House scientific team battling the coronavirus, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institute, not only had his tweets removed, he was banned from tweeting until he deleted the tweets that Twitter for unclear reasons objects to.

Atlas writes, "In the deleted tweet, I cited the following evidence against general population masks:

"1) Cases exploded even with mandates: Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, Hawaii, Alabama, the Philippines, Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Israel.

"2) Dr. Carl Heneghan, University of Oxford, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and editor in chief of British Medical Journal Evidence-Based Medicine: ‘It would appear that despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks.’

(https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/masking-lack-of-evidence-with-politics/)

"3) The WHO: ‘The widespread use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not yet supported by high quality or direct scientific evidence and there are potential benefits and harms to consider’ (bitly.ws/afUm)

"4) The CDC: ‘Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.’ (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article).

"I also cited an article giving detailed explanation of the reasons why masks might not prevent spread: t.co/1hRFHsxe59"

Dissenting Doctors (Oct 17)

October 17 “I’m Shocked That This Man Has ANY Sort of Podium – He’s Been Wrong So Many Times” – Top US Doctor UNLOADS on Crazy Dr. Fauci …(Plus Fauci’s 19 Mistakes)

Laura Ingraham: Now Dr. Fauci has taken another shot at that Great Barrington Declaration, Dr. O., which of course is all the hundreds and hundreds of doctors and health care professionals opposing lockdowns and other severe Covid restrictions…

Dr. Ramin Oskoui: I think some have accused him of being responsible for this crime against humanity. The reality is never in human history have we locked down a whole society. You quarantine the sick. You quarantine the vulnerable. You don’t shut down the whole country. What he is suggesting is scientifically antithetical and unsubstantiated. I’m shocked that this man has any sort of podium anymore. He’s been wrong so many times. It’s terrible!… I think the biggest mistake was involving him.

Nursing Home Residents Riot (Oct 8)

October 8 Well, "riot" is a bit strong, but didn't the headline make you want to read about it?

Waving signs that read such things as “I’d rather die of COVID than loneliness,” and “We are prisoners in our home,” residents of one nursing facility staged their own anti-lockdown protest along one of the busiest streets in Greeley, directly across the street from the city’s largest and longest operating hospital.

“Freedom, freedom, freedom,” one lady chanted while waving a sign that read “we want our families back.”

Thousands of Doctors Petition to End Lockdowns (Oct 7)

Ocober 7 The Berkshire Eagle. Three infectious disease epidemiologists drafted and signed the Great Barrington Declaration to propose the idea and launched it online for signatures.

As of Wednesday, more than 8,000 medical and public health scientists and medical professionals have signed it; as well as more than 76,000 from the general public.

The scientists are Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University; Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University; and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford University professor. All three are epidemiologists.

They say ancillary effects of the lockdowns include “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come”

They say it is a “grave injustice” to keep students from school, and that the poor are most affected.

“Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.”

Sweden Update (Oct 4)

October 4

Death tolls rose in Sweden – and remain far higher than in neighbouring countires. Nearly 6,000 lives have been lost, almost 10 times the number in Denmark. Care home patients bore the brunt of these losses, representing nearly 50 per cent of all Covid-19 deaths in the country.

But life continued far closer to normal than in countries that went for lockdown, and there have been zero coronavirus deaths reported in Sweden on each of the past five days. The UK lost 231 people to Covid-19 in that period.

At the moment, Sweden looks to have best weathered the pandemic storm. Per population it is now reporting the lowest death rate of any European country. 75,000 people could die in the UK from non-Covid causes as a direct result of lockdown. Thousands more are predicted to die over the next five years as a result of overlooked cancer diagnoses and the impacts on our health from recession.

This comes on top of other incalculable impacts from the lockdown; the quality of a life is arguably as important as its length.

Singing is no more risky than talking, finds new COVID-19 study (Aug 21)

Singing is Safe August 21, 2020 Singing does not produce very substantially more respiratory particles than when speaking at a similar volume. There is a steep rise in aerosol mass with increase in the loudness of the singing and speaking, rising by as much as a factor of 20-30. However, singing does not produce very substantially more aerosol than speaking at a similar volume. There were no significant differences in aerosol production between genders or among different genres (choral, musical theater, opera, choral, jazz, gospel, rock and pop).

New cases down 40% from peak 5 weeks ago (Sept 1)

Wall Street Journal September 1 We hate to be the bearer of good news, but here goes: The so-called second virus wave is receding and has been far less deadly than the first in the spring thanks to better therapies and government preparation. Nobody is suggesting we should now let it rip, but the progress should give Americans more confidence that schools and businesses can reopen safely.

The U.S. seven-day rolling average of new cases has fallen by about 40% from its peak on July 25. Hospitalizations and deaths in hot spots peaked at about the same time in apparent contradiction to epidemiological models that have predicted two- to three-week lags between cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

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Just 6% of deaths reported as covid deaths caused by covid alone, BUT...

There have been headlines about deaths reported as caused by covid which were obviously primarily caused by other things, like auto accidents. So several writers have jumped on new CDC data which distinguishes deaths caused by only covid from deaths involving other serious health issues, like diabetes or cancer, and concludes that 94% of deaths reported as covid-caused were actually caused by 3.6 medical issues, on average, only one of which was covid.

In other words, instead of covid being responsible for 183,000 American deaths, it is solely responsible for only 9,000 deaths; for the rest, it is partly responsible.

Several writers interpret this data as if covid has miniscule responsibility for the other 174,000 deaths; but the CDC says of those 174,000 deaths where covid shared responsibility with other causes, covid was still primarily responsible 95% of the time.

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, co-author of two studies looking at the fatality rates of COVID-19, says the covid is the cause of many of its “comorbidities”. For example, covid causes “influenza and pneumonia”, the leading comorbidity, in 68,000 cases. So even though covid shares responsibility for a separate cause, covid is responsible for that separate cause too. Obviously every comorbidity which comes along after the onset of covid may reasonably be blamed on covid.

But I don’t find where death certificates, upon which the CDC data is based, tells whether covid’s “comorbidities” came after covid or were in place long before. Certainly diabetes, a comorbidity in 26,000 cases, did not come along in the last two weeks after the patient started coughing. A Des Moines nurse I get to talk with, who cares for covid patients, thinks the bulk of comorbidities precede covid.

And a Christian Post article, apparently quoting the CDC, says “Conditions described as comorbidities are often chronic or long-term conditions. Other names to describe comorbid conditions are coexisting or co-occurring conditions and sometimes also ‘multimorbidity’ or ‘multiple chronic conditions.’”

So much is at stake politically that medical amateurs rush slogging through foreign medical terminology they never heard of before but which has suddenly become interesting. The stakes: If the commonly reported 183,000 American covid deaths is accurate, of the known 6 million cases, that is a 3% death rate, which is high enough to justify abridgment of our freedom and an iron ball fastened to the feet of our economy. But if it’s only 9,000, then whoopee! These lockdowns can’t survive such a low figure much longer! Not when flu by comparison caused between 24,000-62,000 deaths last flu season!

Gideon links to the CDC estimate that of the 94% of alleged covid deaths with comorbidities, 95% of them are primarily caused by covid:

...in some cases, COVID-19 may have contributed to the death, but the underlying cause of death was another cause, such as terminal cancer. For the majority of deaths where COVID-19 is reported on the death certificate (approximately 95%), COVID-19 is selected as the underlying cause of death.

“Underlying” is slightly ambiguous in this context. It ‘’might’’ mean the cause of the cause. But it might also mean “the straw that broke the camel’s back”.

Gideon sees no ambiguity. Here’s his interpretation:

So what’s happening here? Well, it’s pretty simple — in the U.S., deaths are recorded using standardized death certificates. On these certificates, completed by medical certifiers, there are several spaces to fill in — one for the immediate cause of death, and then several lines for the underlying causes of that. As an example, say someone has lung cancer, and dies in hospital of an infection after having a lung removed. The immediate cause of death is the infection, which occurred due to complications of the lung removal, which was ultimately caused by the underlying issue of lung cancer. In the same way, someone who gets COVID-19, which causes respiratory failure, and then dies of kidney failure due to being on a ventilator would have at least three things on their form — the immediate cause, kidney failure, the secondary cause, respiratory failure, and the underlying cause, COVID-19.
One way of looking at the precise number is to ask how many COVID-19 deaths had coronavirus as the UNDERLYING cause. That is, the cause that precipitated any other issues, or the thing that actually killed a person. The CDC has actually estimated this, and puts it at >95% of all COVID-19 deaths, meaning that the vast majority of deaths recorded as caused by coronavirus in the U.S. were caused by COVID-19.

I chose the Christian Post report of the CDC’s 6% figure, to share with you, over several other reports I found that were dripping with sarcasm and exaggerated examples; such as characterizing mainstream covid death reporting as calling it a covid death when the patient also had, by the way, stage 4 cancer; or was struck by a car. The CDC statement specifically said when a patient ‘’with’’ covid dies of “terminal cancer”, the death certificate does not normally put down covid as the “underlying cause”.

At the Christian Post link you can see a copy of the CDC graph which is also posted by Gideon. Be sure to fetch your magnifying glass. The Post’s summary of leading comorbidities: “The top conditions contributing to deaths involving coronavirus disease include influenza and pneumonia, respiratory failure, hypertensive disease, diabetes, vascular and unspecified dementia, cardiac arrest, heart failure, renal failure, intentional and unintentional injury and poisoning, the report shows.”

CONCLUSION: The seriousness of covid is somewhere between a 3% death rate and a 0.1% death rate, depending on how many of those average 3.6 serious conditions preceded covid, versus were caused by covid, which the records don't tell us. It also depends on how philosophically we should weigh the covid responsibility when for example a person with diabetes died of covid who might otherwise have survived several more years.

Before this year the thought of "weighing" such a thing would have seemed as pointless as it is callous; we do all we can for every patient. But now new political involvement has us weighing not just how much personal medical care we give those in need, but how much personal freedom we surrender to prevent exposure of others - even though such "weighing" is complicated by not knowing how covid is transmitted, how well masks or social distancing even works, or how to even count the death rate.

Sorry, I've run out of perspective about this. Maybe you can help me out.

Masks work? Indicated by “common sense” - NOT PROVED (Aug 4)

Reminder: no one says they will protect the wearer - only those he breathes on.

“The Daily Signal” August 4, 2020 lists 10 “true/false” facts about Covid. #7 quotes the CDC saying “Masks MAY help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.” DS explains: “The CDC says that wearing a mask “may” have this effect because scientific certainty isn’t possible. You can’t conduct a properly controlled experiment that yields scientific proof that masks really help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If there’s no definitive proof that masks work, why wear them? Mostly, commonsense. Scientists seem fairly certain that COVID-19 is spread by droplets, although there’s some evidence it’s present in aerosols. Either way, it’s on our breaths.”

In other words, the current state of human science can’t determine how much of the virus in our breaths is attached to much larger though still microscopic “droplets” of moisture, which masks can trap, as opposed to germs floating freely in the air, in which case they can float through the comparatively gigantic weave of a mask as easily as a gnat can fly through a chain link fence.

This article linked at the word “droplets” linked to CDC guidance for doctors which in turn linked to a WHO review of droplet vs. aerosol research. That article begins by defining the difference between “droplets” and “aerosols”. Apparently the only difference is the size. “Respiratory droplets are >5-10 μm in diameter whereas droplets <5μm in diameter are referred to as droplet nuclei or aerosols.” One μm, or μ for short, is 1/1,000 of a millimeter; that is, one millionth of a meter.

The article says “WHO, together with the scientific community, has been actively discussing and evaluating whether SARS-CoV-2 may also spread through aerosols in the absence of aerosol generating procedures, particularly in indoor settings with poor ventilation....To date, transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by this type of aerosol route has not been demonstrated; much more research is needed given the possible implications of such route of transmission.” But there are some medical procedures which produce such aerosols.

As droplets evaporate they become aerosols. How much does that happen? That has been studied for other diseases but not covid. One study established that aerosols are produced by coughing and talking. Another study said that varies a lot from person to person and the volume of one’s talking. Droplet transmission has been studied at a choir practice, restaurant, and fitness class.

The 10-page article reviews research that struggles to measure aerosol transmission. Some of it uses fine water spray jets (“high-powered jet nebulizers”) to infect tiny “aerosols”, squirt them in the air, and see how long the virus can survive on them. One such study found some that lived 16 hours, floating in the air. The doubts about the study were about whether the infected aerosols thus produced were like what those that humans exhale.

Do masks block even aerosols, after all? (Apr 24)

Although other articles flatly say “no”, I found a study that concludes “yes”. Dated April 24, 2020, it concludes that 50% blocking is possible from cotton, chiffon, and silk with a tight weave. Cotton, with 600 threads per inch, can achieve 79% reduction with moisture particles between 10 and 300 nm (billionths of a meter) and 98% between 300 nm to 6 μm (300 billionths of a meter and 6 millionths of a meter).

But be warned: that assumes you don’t get to breathe ANY air from around the sides of your mask! All your oxygen has to come THROUGH it. Openings around the edges reduces these results by 50% ‘’or more’’.

Here is the official conclusion. Remember that nm means billionths of a meter and μm means millionths of a meter.

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acsnano.0c03252

CONCLUSIONS In conclusion, we have measured the filtration efficiencies of various commonly available fabrics for use as cloth masks in filtering particles in the significant (for aerosol-based virus transmission) size range of∼10 nm to∼6μm and have presented filtration efficiency data as a function of aerosol particle size. We find that cotton, natural silk, and chiffon can provide good protection, typically above 50% in the entire 10nm to 6.0μm range, provided they have a tight weave. Higher threads per inch cotton with tighter weaves resulted in better filtration efficiencies. For instance, a 600 TPI cotton sheet can provide average filtration efficiencies of 79±23% (in the 10nm to 300 nm range) and 98.4±0.2% (in the 300 nm to 6μmrange). A cotton quilt with batting provides 96±2% (10 nm to 300 nm) and 96.1±0.3% (300 nm to 6μm). Likely the highly tangled fibrous nature of the batting aids in the superior performance at small particle sizes. Materials such as silk and chiffon are particularly effective (considering their sheerness) at excluding particles in the nanoscale regime (<∼100 nm), likely due to electrostatic effects that result in charge transfer with nanoscale aerosol particles. A four-layer silk (used, for instance, as a scarf) was surprisingly effective with an average efficiency of >85% across the 10 nm−6μm particle size range. As a result, we found that hybrid combinations of cloths such as high threads-per-inch cotton along with silk, chiffon, or flannel can provide broad filtration coverage across both the nanoscale (<300 nm) and micron scale (300 nm to 6μm)range, likely due to the combined effects of electrostatic and physical filtering. Finally, it is important to note that openings and gaps (such as those between the mask edge and the facial contours) can degrade the performance. Our findings indicate that leakages around the mask area can degrade efficiencies by ∼50% or more, pointing out the importance of“fit”.Opportunities for future studies include cloth mask design for better“fit”and the role of factors such as humidity (arising from exhalation) and the role of repeated use and washing of cloth masks. In summary, we find that the use of cloth masks can potentially provide significant protection against the transmission of particles in the aerosol size range.

USA Today: masks don’t cause oxygen problems(May 30)

Fact check: Wearing a face mask will not cause hypoxia, hypoxemia or hypercapnia Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, May 30

“N95 masks are more tightly fitted, making them more likely to inhibit the breathing of the wearer if worn for a prolonged period of time”, this article acknowledges. “Research has found that the masks can inhibit the wearer's breathing if worn for extended periods of time, particularly in cases where the person has an existing respiratory illness.”

The link is to research dated May, 2010, which concludes: “CONCLUSIONS: In healthy healthcare workers, FFR (the N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator) did not impose any important physiological burden during 1 hour of use, at realistic clinical work rates, but the FFR dead-space carbon dioxide and oxygen levels were significantly above and below, respectively, the ambient workplace standards, and elevated PCO2 is a possibility. Exhalation valve did not significantly ameliorate the FFR's PCO2 impact....The FFR dead-space oxygen and carbon dioxide levels did not meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ambient workplace standards.”

Unaddressed in the conclusion is the danger of masks to less healthy, obese, diabetic, elderly etc. healthcare workers. And even for the healthiest of workers, the study does not consider the effect of wearing a mask for 20 hour shifts, for several months, as health care workers have had to do this year; the study was completed in a single hour on a treadmill with only 10 workers.

USA Today says other masks “are looser fitting, making it highly unlikely that wearers would see significant depletions in their oxygen intake....Neither the CDC nor the World Health Organization has issued warnings suggesting the use of surgical face masks would result in dangerous oxygen level depletion within the general public....’”

Confirming the general challenge of masks to health, USA Today acknowledges, “The CDC does advise that cloth face coverings should not be placed on...those who have trouble breathing....“

The article asks important questions, like “Will face masks cause hypoxia?” But notice how far its answer falls below complete reassurance, saying harm is “unlikely”; it is “mostly” safe:

“A reduced oxygen intake level may lead to hypoxemia, a condition where there is low arterial oxygen supply, or hypoxia, a condition where the supply of oxygen in tissue is insufficient. ...It's important to note that the majority of the time, with health care workers as an exception, the general public is not wearing face masks for prolonged periods of time, meaning a dangerous build-up of CO2 is unlikely.”

Huh? Employees at a majority of indoor businesses all across America are required by their employers, if not by their governors, to wear masks all day long!

USA Today continues: “Additionally, the CDC told Reuters,

"The CO2 will slowly build up in the mask over time. However, the level of CO2 likely to build up in the mask is ‘’’mostly’’’ tolerable to people exposed to it ... It is ‘’’unlikely’’’ that wearing a mask will cause hypercapnia. ...The CDC told Snopes that N95 respirators could cause the buildup of carbon dioxide over time, which can also be mitigated by feeding in oxygen or simply taking a break and removing the mask. But the same effects are not likely in people wearing cloth face masks, especially for the brief amount of time they are in public. ...It is true that those who are ‘’’most at risk’’’ of negative effects from face masks have been advised by the CDC to avoid the face coverings and reach out to their health care providers for additional guidance.”

In that “most at risk” phrase is acknowledgment that risk is relative; for everyone, there is at least some small risk. But people whose risk is less clear are unlikely to find any support from doctors. At least not the kind of support it takes to get a doctor’s order allowing one to work maskless.

Authors of Pro-Hydroxychloroquine Study Defend Their Work After Attack by Fauci (Aug 4)

The doctors whose hydroxychloroquine research turned out to support the cure were attacked by NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci at a recent Congressional hearing. The doctors responded.

Drs. Adnan Munkarah and Steven Kalkanis of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit wrote in an open letter that “a whole scientific field exists in which scientists examine how a drug is working in the real world to get as best an answer as they can as soon as possible. Our promising Henry Ford treatment study should be considered as another important contribution to the other studies of hydroxychloroquine that describes what the authors found in our patient population.”

Fauci had dismissed the research because as a “bad study”, not because of any deficiencies he could point to, but because it was not a “randomized clinical trial” - as if no other research has any value at all, and is only done by irresponsible doctors. To which the doctors responded:

“We — along with all doctors and scientists — eagerly support the need for randomized clinical trials. Unfortunately, the political climate that has persisted has made any objective discussion about this drug impossible, and we are deeply saddened by this turn of events.” The science should “speak for itself.” “Furthermore, it is not unusual that results from such studies vary in different populations and at different times, and no one study can ever be considered all by itself.”

“To that end, we have made the heartfelt decision to have no further comment about this outside the medical community,” the doctors said.

Dr. Munkarah works as the chief clinical officer of the Henry Ford Health System while Dr. Kalkanis works as the chief academic officer for the system. Munkarah and Kalkanis call for more research to take place but believe that their findings could save lives and should not be discounted.

Fauci had told a House Subcommittee hearng, “That study is a flawed study, and I think anyone who examines it carefully is that it is not a randomized placebo-controlled trial.”

When Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) noted that the study conducted the Henry Ford Health System was peer reviewed, Fauci denigrated the peer review process that is typically vaunted by academics, intellectuals and experts. “It doesn’t matter, you can peer-review something that’s a bad study. The fact is it is not a randomized placebo-controlled trial. The point that I think is important, because we all want to keep an open mind, any and all of the randomized placebo-controlled trials, which is the gold standard of determining if something is effective, none of them have shown any efficacy for hydroxychloroquine.”

Fauci expressed an opposite standard for vaccines. He is calling for COVID-19 vaccines to be synthesized as quickly as possible and is downplaying the potential risks. “From everything we’ve seen now — in the animal data, as well as the human data — we feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021,” Fauci told the same subcommittee hearing. “I don’t think it’s dreaming.”

European Revolt (Aug 6)

Europeans Are Fighting Back Against COVID Tyranny. August 6, Right Country. This is a report about mass protests across Europe. Part of the report is based on a Ron Paul report on Newsmax. The article concludes that here in America, “No, they say, we must keep locked down and masked until we have a vaccine. The U.S. government is dumping billions into a vaccine that may be less than 60 percent effective to prevent a virus that has something like a 99.8 percent survival rate. What kind of math is that? How many may be harmed more by the vaccine than helped?”

It made sense at first, but now? (Aug 6)

August 6 Isolation works very well when it is a virus like the bubonic plague or Ebola which can kill quickly.  There is no time to develop immunity to it.  These are highly lethal viruses. But with flu and the common cold, we develop a herd type of immunity.  Not everyone exposed to the flu virus actually develops the flu. ...What we did not know even six weeks ago, was how many people already had exposure to the virus and were therefore immune to COVID-19. The numbers have now come in, and we were well contaminated with the virus before the lockdown began.  Therefore, the spread was slowing even before the lockdown started. ...And because we didn’t know the number of people who were exposed, we didn’t know how dangerous the virus was. Initially, we only tested people when they were really sick and on a ventilator.  That made it look like the virus was killing people at a rate of 5%. A virus that could kill 5% of America was a scary thought.  But as more data came in, it became clear that it killed less than .01%, and most of those were people with deadly health conditions.

Fauci's flip flops and hypocrisy: Documentary (Sep 1)

The Fauci Files Ron Paul Liberty Report, summary and comments by Dr. Mercola.

Fauci has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984. In April he praised the NIAID-sponsored drug Remdesivir, which has an improvement rate of 31%. But Fauci still claims there’s only anecdotal evidence supporting the use of hydroxychloroquine, and that the drug doesn’t work for COVID-19, even though research now shows hydroxychloroquine reduced mortality by 50% when given early, and many doctors anecdotally claim survival rates close to 100%.

Mercola quotes Robert F. Kennedy Jr: "Fauci insists he will not approve HCQ for COVID until its efficacy is proven in ‘randomized, double blind placebo studies.’ To date, Dr. Fauci has never advocated such studies for any of the 72 vaccine doses added to the mandatory childhood schedule since he took over NIAID in 1984. Nor is he requiring them for the COVID vaccines currently racing for approval. Why should chloroquine be the only remedy required to cross this high hurdle? HCQ is less in need of randomized placebo studies than any of these vaccines since its safety is well established after 60 years of use and decades on WHO’s listed of ‘essential medicines.’"

The article accompanying the documentary lists vaccine safety violations under Fauci's 36-year administration, the failure of NIAID to develop a single vaccine of its own though while adding 72 vaccines to requirements for children, his habit of using foster children under state care for guinea pigs, a research paper recounting past failures to develop a coronavirus vaccine without serious lung complications, and speculations about Fauci's desperate drive to leave behind a legacy of at least one single successful vaccine.

The Skepticism Bred by Hypocrisy (Aug 12)

Mask Wars and Pandemic Theater August 12, Patriot Post email, by Louis DeBroux

This article builds upon examples of lockdown rules that are arbitrary on their face. For example, "In many restaurants across the country, you must wear a mask from the entrance to your seat, but you may remove it when seated. Apparently, the virus-drenched vaporous exhalations stay perfectly situated around the table and don't drift toward other patrons." The article also notes hypocrisy, such as Dr. Fauci at a ball game, no mask, goggles, or social distances as he had just urged upon the rest of us.

It lists examples of violence over mask-wearing.

It gives a measure of public ignorance: "A recent survey found that, on average, Americans believe that 20% of the U.S. population has contracted COVID-19 and that 9% (equal to three million people) had died from it. In reality, just 1% have been infected, and just 0.04% have died from it."

"And when Democrat governors and mayors shut down churches and gyms but leave open liquor stores and casinos, and when they vilify business owners for reopening against shutdown orders yet praise violent rioters and looters, can anyone really blame the skeptical?"

All this angst, when the WHO itself has said "At the present time, the widespread use of masks everywhere is not supported by high-quality scientific evidence, and there are potential benefits and harms to consider."

(That WHO statement was posted June 7. It is found under the FAQ, "Does WHO recommend the use of fabric masks for the general public?" It is followed by statements which very nearly contradict it, but in reading what follows one must not ignore the quote here. The quote leaves us curious: WHAT harms? Why are mask harms not explained?)

Covid is an Aerosol, not blocked by masks (Aug 11)

New York Times August 11, Health: ‘A Smoking Gun’: Infectious Coronavirus Retrieved From Hospital Air By Apoorva Mandavilli

Airborne virus plays a significant role in community transmission, many experts believe. A new study fills in the missing piece: Floating virus can infect cells.

Doctors in Johannesburg demonstrated how to place a device called an intubox over a patient, to help curb the spread of viral droplets during intubation.

Skeptics of the notion that the coronavirus spreads through the air — including many expert advisers to the World Health Organization — have held out for one missing piece of evidence: proof that floating respiratory droplets called aerosols contain live virus, and not just fragments of genetic material. Now a team of virologists and aerosol scientists has produced exactly that: confirmation of infectious virus in the air.

“This is what people have been clamoring for,” said Linsey Marr, an expert in airborne spread of viruses who was not involved in the work. “It’s unambiguous evidence that there is infectious virus in aerosols.”

A research team at the University of Florida succeeded in isolating live virus from aerosols collected at a distance of seven to 16 feet from patients hospitalized with Covid-19 — farther than the six feet recommended in social distancing guidelines.

The findings, posted online last week, have not yet been vetted by peer review, but have already caused something of a stir among scientists. “If this isn’t a smoking gun, then I don’t know what is,” Dr. Marr tweeted last week. But some experts said it still was not clear that the amount of virus recovered was sufficient to cause infection.

The research was exacting. Aerosols are minute by definition, measuring only up to five micrometers across; evaporation can make them even smaller. Attempts to capture these delicate droplets usually damage the virus they contain. “It’s very hard to sample biological material from the air and have it be viable,” said Shelly Miller, an environmental engineer at the University of Colorado Boulder who studies air quality and airborne diseases. “We have to be clever about sampling biological material so that it is more similar to how you might inhale it.”

Previous attempts were stymied at one step or another in the process. For example, one team tried using a rotating drum to suspend aerosols, and showed that the virus remained infectious for up to three hours. But critics argued that those conditions were experimental and unrealistic.

Other scientists used gelatin filters or plastic or glass tubes to collect aerosols over time. But the force of the air shrank the aerosols and sheared the virus. Another group succeeded in isolating live virus, but did not show that the isolated virus could infect cells.

In the new study, researchers devised a sampler that uses pure water vapor to enlarge the aerosols enough that they can be collected easily from the air. Rather than leave these aerosols sitting, the equipment immediately transfers them into a liquid rich with salts, sugar and protein, which preserves the pathogen.

“I’m impressed,” said Robyn Schofield, an atmospheric chemist at Melbourne University in Australia, who measures aerosols over the ocean. “It’s a very clever measurement technique.” As editor of the journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Dr. Schofield is familiar with the options available, but said she had not seen any that could match the new one.

The researchers had previously used this method to sample air from hospital rooms. But in those attempts, other floating respiratory viruses grew faster, making it difficult to isolate the coronavirus.

Scientists found airborne virus at a distance much farther than the recommended six feet. This time, the team collected air samples from a room in a ward dedicated to Covid-19 patients at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital. Neither patient in the room was subject to medical procedures known to generate aerosols, which the W.H.O. and others have contended are the primary source of airborne virus in a hospital setting.

The team used two samplers, one about seven feet from the patients and the other about 16 feet from them. The scientists were able to collect virus at both distances and then to show that the virus they had plucked from the air could infect cells in a lab dish. The genome sequence of the isolated virus was identical to that from a swab of a newly admitted symptomatic patient in the room.

The room had six air changes per hour and was fitted with efficient filters, ultraviolet irradiation and other safety measures to inactivate the virus before the air was reintroduced into the room. That may explain why the researchers found only 74 virus particles per liter of air, said John Lednicky, the team’s lead virologist at the University of Florida. Indoor spaces without good ventilation — such as schools — might accumulate much more airborne virus, he said.

But other experts said it was difficult to extrapolate from the findings to estimate an individual’s infection risk. “I’m just not sure that these numbers are high enough to cause an infection in somebody,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University in New York. “The only conclusion I can take from this paper is you can culture viable virus out of the air,” she said. “But that’s not a small thing.”

Several experts noted that the distance at which the team found virus is much farther than the six feet recommended for physical distancing. “We know that indoors, those distance rules don’t matter anymore,” Dr. Schofield said. It takes about five minutes for small aerosols to traverse the room even in still air, she added. The six-foot minimum is “misleading, because people think they are protected indoors and they’re really not,” she said.

That recommendation was based on the notion that “large ballistic cannonball-type droplets” were the only vehicles for the virus, Dr. Marr said. The more distance people can maintain, the better, she added. The findings should also push people to heed precautions for airborne transmission like improved ventilation, said Seema Lakdawala, a respiratory virus expert at the University of Pittsburgh. “We all know that this virus can transmit by all these modes, but we’re only focusing on a small subset,” Dr. Lakdawala said.

She and other experts noted one strange aspect of the new study. The team reported finding just as much viral RNA as they did infectious virus, but other methods generally found about 100-fold more genetic matter. “When you do nasal swabs or clinical samples, there is a lot more RNA than infectious virus,” Dr. Lakdawala said.

Dr. Lednicky has received emails and phone calls from researchers worldwide asking about that finding. He said he would check his numbers again to be sure. But ultimately, he added, the exact figures may not matter. “We can grow the virus from air — I think that should be the important take-home lesson,” he said.

Caveat: This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed [what does this mean?]. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.

Abstract (Doctor Jargon): Background - There currently is substantial controversy about the role played by SARS-CoV-2 in aerosols in disease transmission, due in part to detections of viral RNA but failures to isolate viable virus from clinically generated aerosols. Methods - Air samples were collected in the room of two COVID-19 patients, one of whom had an active respiratory infection with a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab positive for SARS-CoV-2 by RT-qPCR. By using VIVAS air samplers that operate on a gentle water-vapor condensation principle, material was collected from room air and subjected to RT-qPCR and virus culture. The genomes of the SARS-CoV-2 collected from the air and of virus isolated in cell culture from air sampling and from a NP swab from a newly admitted patient in the room were sequenced. Findings - Viable virus was isolated from air samples collected 2 to 4.8m away from the patients. The genome sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 strain isolated from the material collected by the air samplers was identical to that isolated from the NP swab from the patient with an active infection. Estimates of viable viral concentrations ranged from 6 to 74 TCID50 units/L of air. Interpretation - Patients with respiratory manifestations of COVID-19 produce aerosols in the absence of aerosol-generating procedures that contain viable SARS-CoV-2, and these aerosols may serve as a source of transmission of the virus.

Hydroxychloroquine Saved NYC Councilman (Aug 9)

New York City councilman thanks Trump for raising awareness about hydroxychloroquine after drug ‘saved’ him By Pamela Geller - on August 9, 2020

Councilman Paul Vallone, a Democrat, told the New York Post that he took hydroxychloroquine, a drug known for treating malaria, while he fell ill with COVID-19 in March. He claimed that the drug saved his life and thanked President Trump for raising awareness about the medication.

“At that time, there was only fear and panic, he offered hope in a possible treatment when there was none. With my sarcoidosis and then my COVID symptoms, It basically saved me. For that, my family will always be thankful,” Vallone said.

Vallone said he struggled with severe symptoms after contracting the virus. “I couldn’t breathe, very weak, couldn’t get out of bed. My doctor prescribed it. My pharmacy had it. Took it that day and within two to three days, I was able to breathe,” Vallone said. “Within a week, I was back on my feet.”

Plandemic Pt 2 (Aug 25)

Plandemic Part 2 This video says the United States CDC, Centers for Disease Prevention, patented the Coronovirus in 2007. How is that possible? It is illegal to patent some natural life form that is not man-made. So either the patent is illegal, or Coronavirus is man-made. What the video did not address, that I could tell, was that what existed then was a slightly different strain than from what has emerged this year. Still - . The video alleges that at some point the CDC decided its involvement in the project was unethical. Solution? Continue research in the Chinese lab. Of course if all this is true, then it really is partly true, as the Chinese said, that it was produced by the U.S. Army. The video alleges involvement all along this shady work by Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci.

Late in May 2020, media producer Mikki Willis released the first part of his documentary “Plandemic,” featuring Judy Mikovits, Ph.D., a cellular and molecular biologist1 whose research revealed many vaccines are contaminated with gammaretroviruses, due to the viruses being grown in contaminated animal cell lines. The 26-minute film was banned on every social media platform after going viral.2 August 18, 2020, Part 2, titled “Plandemic — Indoctornation,” was released.

Why doctors and researchers need access to hydroxychloroquine (Aug 7)

August 7 The Hill The reasoning of Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH, is vice chairman of medicine at Baylor University Medical Center and a professor of medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine in Dallas. An internist, cardiologist and epidemiologist, he is the editor in chief of “Cardiorenal Medicine” and “Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine.” He has authored over 500 cited works in the National Library of Medicine.

...it has become apparent to physicians that the medicine works best when — as with any anti-infective agent — it is given early in the course of the infection. Moreover, hospitalization can be avoided if treatment starts within the first day of symptoms.

...Of these drugs, only HCQ was singled out as a political football early in spring — right after President Trump urged the medical community to consider HCQ.

...The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has more than 60 million HCQ tablets sitting in its warehouses. [But] Absent a new Emergency Use Authorization, FEMA cannot ship this valuable medicine for appropriate “off-label” treatment of COVID-19 patients. Nor can hospitals or clinics easily recruit patients for the kind of randomized clinical trials needed to ultimately settle the question of how HCQ might best be used in the fight against COVID-19.

... The few randomized trials of HCQ reported to date have been a debacle because of the failure to distinguish clearly between early treatment (one to seven days after the onset of symptoms), when the medicine should work, versus later treatment, when it is unlikely to help.

...Many doctors who understand the science and the threats to validity in the HCQ literature continue to prescribe HCQ appropriately “off-label” to COVID-19 victims at home, in senior centers, and early in the hospital. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is suing the FDA for access to HCQ.

Netherlands, Sweden call masks "pointless" (Jul 31)

July 31

“From a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there will be no national obligation for wearing non-medical masks” announced Netherlands Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark.

In Sweden, meanwhile, senior epidemiologist Anders Tegnell declared that there is “no point” in wearing masks in public.

“We see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport,” Tegnell said.

3 ways Covid death rates are inflated (Jul 31)

July 31

Factor 1. Anyone who dies and is diagnosed with COVID-19 gets put on the fatality list regardless of how mild their symptoms were or any proof that something else was the real culprit.

According to Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, Dr. Birx herself: "If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death." The unofficial mascot of our response to COVID-19, Dr. Fauci said: "I can’t imagine if someone comes in with coronavirus, goes to an ICU, and they have an underlying heart condition and they die—they’re going to say, ‘Cause of death: heart attack.’ I cannot see that happening."

Thus the official Covid death rate has included motor-cycle fatalities and gunshot victims.

Factor 2. The CDC directs doctors to put Covid on the death certificate if Covid might have been a factor - not requiring a test. The CDC March 24 memo says "Q: Should “COVID-19” be reported on the death certificate only with a confirmed test? A: COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death." No reason for such an assumption is asked.

Factor 3. Medicare pays doctors for checking the "patient has Covid" box. Dr. Scott Jensen, told Laura Ingraham way back on April 9: "If that COVID-19 patient goes on a ventilator, you get $39,000; three times as much. Nobody can tell me, after 35 years in the world of medicine, that sometimes those kinds of things [don’t have an] impact on what we do."

Press Conference by a Dozen Doctors (Jul 29)

Press Conference by a Dozen Doctors: Transcript July 29, 2020 The censorship is getting out of hand! When a press conference on the U.S. Capitol Steps, hosted by a Congressman, of over a dozen very qualified doctors, is censored in turn by Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, and Bitchute - not refuted, not addressed, just censored without a sensible explanation - the enemies of wisdom, evidence, information, and intelligence have taken a few more steps out of their "closet".

Watch video.

Snopes checkup on Press Conference by Several Doctors July 30, 2020 Snopes apparently made the censored video permanently available at archive.org! (You have to open an account there, apparently free.) Snopes discovered as I did that the website address given by the doctors has "expired". Snopes read at Breitbart News that their server, Squarespace, took it down. Snopes begins by saying the doctors' "claimed credentials and affiliations could not be confirmed, and [they made] questionable and outright dangerous claims regarding an unproven “cure” and preventative treatment for COVID-19."

But not one word of Snopes' report even tried to address and disprove the doctors' "claims" or to back up Snopes' claim that the hydroxycloroquine cure is "unproven". The report focused on efforts to document the doctors' medical credentials. Snopes' treatment of the video host, Dr. Simone Gold, was to notice that another video of her was filmed in front of a California hospital, which Snopes contacted in order to learn that Gold was not on their staff. Snopes' implication was that Gold lied, leading the world to think that standing outside a hospital proves you work there, but it doesn't. Interesting logic. The video conference of a dozen doctors was filmed on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Why didn't Snope whine that Gold was filmed there even though she is not a Supreme Court judge? Snopes said nothing more about any search for credentials of her. Snopes cites the home page of the archived website that was taken down; Snopes could therefore have clicked on the [Speakers: https://web.archive.org/web/20200727215021/https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/speakers speakers] tab and learned that she is also a lawyer, has worked for the Surgeon General, serves Native Americans as well as many others, and does legal work, yet nowhere does she claim to be on the staff of the California hospital.

President Trump was blindsided by these personal attacks. He was asked about the doctors, and especially about the black doctor. Knowing only about her testimony, he said "I thought she was very impressive". The followup question was about claims of "alien DNA". That was enough dialog for him. He walked out, creating the headline, Trump defends doctor who claimed medicine is made from alien DNA and walks out of briefing mid question.

(No curiosity about whether the doctor might have the answer for a lot of suffering. No, never mind something so uninteresting compared with this wonderful opportunity to poke around her personal theology for something much easier to mock.)

Mayor Gulliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, was similarly blindsided - for the "crime" of being so focused on getting Americans well was willing to consider a solution even from someone whose religious ideas were different.

Wait - isn't there a civil rights law against discrimination on the basis of religion?

Snopes confirmed that Dr. Hamilton is a real pediatrician. As for Dr. James Todaro, he "includes a 'not medical advice' caveat on his Twitter profile" (implying that somehow undermines his medical credentials, yet any doctor or lawyer must put that caveat on published articles to avoid liability; Snopes adds, "and who has no known experience treating COVID-19." Huh? Snopes does not refute, but chooses not to bring up this statement on the doctors' archived website: "He continues to lead investigative research in COVID-19 on a global scale. He wrote the first widely read paper on chloroquine in treatment of COVID-19 in An Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19), and most recently the first detailed exposé on Surgisphere in A Study Out of Thin Air. His early discovery of the fraudulent data investigation led to what is now referred to as #LancetGate - the stunning once-in-a-generation retraction of the now infamous The Lancet study that had led to the European Union and the WHO halting studies of HCQ."

What does Snopes find wrong with Dr. Lapado? Well, maybe he is a real doctor, but he "said that he was speaking for himself." Huh? Is that supposed to somehow undermine his medical credentials, or imply that he does not agree with the rest of the doctors present? The rest of his sentence: "I’m a physician at UCLA and I’m a clinical researcher also. And I’m speaking for myself and not on behalf of UCLA." All he was saying was that he does not have UCLA's endorsement of his testimony that day.

As for Dr. Erickson, Snopes found that he is part owner of "Accelerated Urgent Care", but Snopes is skeptical: "We have yet to confirm the background, license or specialty of Erickson." Which is another way of saying "We have yet to disprove that Erickson is any less qualified than he says, but we won't give up trying!"

As for the most dramatic witness, Dr. Stella Immanuel, Snopes confirmed her medical credentials but wants everyone to know she is also a preacher, believes in demons and witches, and believes them the cause of some conditions. Snopes says "We found no evidence to suggest Immanuel has treated “hundreds” of COVID-19 patients — including herself, staff, and “many doctors” — nor that her alleged treatments were successful." But Snopes mentions no evidence that she didn't treat that many Covid patients successfully.

Snopes ignores the dramatic claim of the doctors that a published study alleging hydroxycloroquine doesn't work was retracted after one of the doctors who spoke exposed its gross errors, including administering the drug at toxic dosages.

Other archived copies of AmericasFrontlineDoctors.com: their Home page, their Media page (a couple of videos), and their References page.

More personal attacks:

MSN.com Business Insider.

Censorship by Twitter, Facebook

Hydroxychloroquine Works but does that matter? (May 27)

My summary/translation of the italicized excerpt, below, of the abstract of the paper of Yale epidemiology professor Harvey Risch: Remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) are the two treatments that have been used for covid. Remdesivir has proven mildly effective in hospitalized patients. No "trials" for outpatients have been reported. HCQ + AZ, for hospitalized patients, has been widely misrepresented in both clinical reports and public media. Clinical trials for outpatient use are not expected before September.

However, Five studies, including 2 controlled clinical trials, have shown very good results. It has been the standard of care for 300,000 older covid patients suffering from other serious medical problems in addition. The treatment may have caused cardiac arrhythmia in 47 of 100,000 patients, 9 of whom died. But that is within the boundaries of chance, and of what designates a drug as "safe". These medications need to be made widely available and promoted immediately for physicians to prescribe.

OilPrice has an article about this with responses to criticisms and links to related articles.

Yale epidemiology professor Harvey Risch May 27, 2020 says “In the future, I believe this misbegotten episode regarding hydroxychloroquine will be studied by sociologists of medicine as a classic example of how extra-scientific factors overrode clear-cut medical evidence. But for now, reality demands a clear, scientific eye on the evidence and where it points.” -- “When this inexpensive oral medication is given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control, it has shown to be highly effective,

Among the successful treatment experiments, he writes, are “an additional 400 high-risk patients treated by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, with zero deaths; four studies totaling almost 500 high-risk patients treated in nursing homes and clinics across the U.S., with no deaths; a controlled trial of more than 700 high-risk patients in Brazil, with significantly reduced risk of hospitalization and two deaths among 334 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine; and another study of 398 matched patients in France, also with significantly reduced hospitalization risk.” Risch says the drug is most effective “when given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control.”

Two candidate medications have been widely discussed: remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) + azithromycin (AZ). Remdesivir has shown mild effectiveness in hospitalized inpatients, but no trials in outpatients have been registered. HCQ + AZ has been widely misrepresented in both clinical reports and public media, and results of outpatient trials are not expected until September. Early outpatient illness is very different from later florid disease requiring hospitalization, and the treatments differ. Evidence about use of HCQ alone, or of HCQ + AZ in inpatients, is irrelevant with regard to the efficacy of HCQ + AZ in early high-risk outpatient disease. Five studies, including 2 controlled clinical trials, have demonstrated significant major outpatient treatment efficacy. HCQ + AZ has been used as the standard of care in more than 300,000 older adults with multiple comorbid conditions; the estimated proportion of such patients diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia attributable to the medications is 47 per 100,000 users, among whom estimated mortality is less than 20% (9/100,000 users), as compared with the 10,000 Americans now dying each week. These medications need to be made widely available and promoted immediately for physicians to prescribe.

The Political Response to a Cure:

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy outlawed the use of HCQ by doctors in Ohio July 29.

Federal Exceptions to Masks (Jul 26)

A Batesville, Arkansas Gun Shop Sign July 26, 2020 reads: "THOSE IN OUR LOVELY GOVERNMENT HAVE RESOLVED THAT ALL PERSONS ENTERING INDOOR FACILITIES SHOULD WEAR A MASK. IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION THAT PREVENTS YOU FROM WEARING A MASK, YOU ARE EXEMPT FROM THIS. DUE TO HIPAA AND THE 4TH AMENDMENT, WE CANNOT LEGALLY ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION. THEREFORE, IF WE SEE YOU WITHOUT A MASK, WE WILL ASSUME YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION AND WE WILL WELCOME YOU INSIDE TO SUPPORT OUR BUSINESS." There are also federal exceptions for very young children. Children under 6, and in some areas under 10, are exempt.

Correspondence with Dr. Robert Leach, a famous chiropractor, website admins brother
Dr. Leach: Mercola's studies questioning masks are old; relying on them is dangerous (Jul 19)

July 19, 2020, 11:14 pm - I am VERY concerned about Dr Mercola’s information that you forwarded to me, primarily because it may affect your (and my brother’s) decision to wear a mask when around others during the present pandemic. While as you know I’m not a medical doctor, I do have a graduate degree in health education (which means one of the things I study is how to differentiate strong science from poor science, and how to translate complicated research into easy to understand knowledge for health care consumers and patients), am a certified health education specialist, have written 4 books on chiropractic theory, teach health education at Mississippi State University, and am currently involved in COVID-19 survey research with another scientist at MSU re steps taken by bodywork specialists (chiropractors and licensed massage therapists) to limit exposure to covid in their practices. Because of the research we are involved in I happen to have been keeping up on the current debate on masking and thought I might share a few comments with you. While this is not detailed I am happy to refer you to specific studies for further reading if you are interested.

ARGUMENTS AGAINST MASKING: First, several points made by Dr Mercola and those he cited that are supported by current science: a) masks will not TOTALLY protect you or others from Covid transmission, and for example that air coming in and out of our masks could not possibly stop all droplet transmission, b) main viral spread is probably airborne, as the virus (500,000 RNA strands from a typical cough ejected from a few to 15-20 feet), hangs in droplets/aerosolized so that they may be around for upwards of 50 seconds after a cough, and c) we suspect that like other viruses humidity affects so that with increasing humidity droplets do not stay airborne as long, making it safer to be outdoors, and transmission through air conditioning systems may be possible, and d) a few small and older randomized control group trials (considered gold standard for establishing causation regarding any medical issue) on prior viruses did not verify that masking was effective, other than surgical masking and face shields.

Some of the above information, in fact, is why the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was so slow to endorse masking, and to my recollection did not actively support masking until early March of this year, (although the World Health Organization may have been advocating for masking prior to the CDC). Here’s why. In contrast with Dr Mercola’s arguments, there is now very strong epidemiological research (areas that mask and socially distance versus those that don’t) coming from around the world, lab research showing dose of RNA strands released collecting on face masks (both inside and out) on mannequins placed at various distances from release of the COVID while being blown by a fan, and even research suggesting the importance of dose regarding the severity of the disease.

HOW MASKING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING HELPS: Let me try to explain a few of these points in plain English. While masking and socially distancing cannot possibly stop all transmission of this virus, here’s how they help. When known amounts of virus material (RNA strands) are ejected in a lab setting onto mannequins wearing various types of masks, some virus strands in droplet form collect on the outside of even the simple cloth mask you can make at home. The further away the mannequins from the material ejected, the less RNA penetrates the mask. Another study showed that even cloth masks limited droplet transmission of the virus as effectively as social distancing to about 1.8 meters (~6 feet). Hence, when wearing a cloth or simple mask sig droplet transmission decreases to a distance of about 30 cm (a little over a foot). So in plain English, if you are within a few feet of someone and wearing a mask, odds of transmission goes down, it goes down further when the other person wears a mask, and it REALLY goes down when both are wearing a mask at a distance of 6 feet. FURTHER, scientists now believe that the DOSE of the Covid you are exposed to matters. DOSE MAY MATTER A LOT. So for example, if you are 6 feet from your friend talking while both are wearing masks, and one has asymptomatic COVID and you are exposed to a very small dose, you may come down with only very mild or no symptoms at all; indeed, your immune system might even be primed for months to years so that subsequent exposure does not make you (as) sick. On the other hand, in the same scenario had neither of you worn masks and the conversation occurred at a two foot distance, especially if you are older and especially if immunocompromised or with other comorbidities like hypertension, COPD or diabetes, you might instead have serious, even life threatening infection. Hence, even though not all masks are created equal, and none save the PPE used by high exposure physicians/nurses and first responders can totally protect you (and even then mistakes in use can prove fatal), you are better off using some mask and distancing than none.

IS COVID A LEGITIMATE PANDEMIC? Finally, Dr Mercola points out that there was a spike in COVID-19 transmission everywhere in the world right after a Pandemic was declared in that particular area, as if WHO and government advice to mask and socially distance could somehow be spreading the virus instead of stopping it. This argument is so preposterous as to be outrageous. Here he wants his cake and to eat it as well. In the first place he argues overall all cause mortality has not increased in the world, so the pandemic isn’t affecting overall death rates. Then he argues there’s a spike in COVID deaths everywhere governments ask people to wear masks after declaring a pandemic. REALLY? And if Dr Mercola were right, shouldn’t countries where masking is mandatory have HIGH Covid rates? A few simple searches expose his fallacies. First, all-cause mortality is most certainly elevated around the world and it has been devastating here in the U.S. since the onset of this Pandemic. Indeed, in just 3 months this spring (March-April-May), we had over 105,000 deaths in the U.S. from Covid-19, that’s more than all the boys that died in the Vietnam War (68,000 from 1961-1975) in addition to all the opioid deaths in America last year, combined! In those three months more than 10 times as many Americans died from Covid-19, as normally would die in a whole year from the flu! Second, epidemiologists are finding the opposite is true, and that where masking is mandatory Covid rates are low to non-existent. For example, Taiwan (and many other countries epidemiologists are looking at) immediately and continuously called for masking and had excellent compliance with it (a lot of Asians already mask because of pollution, so they aren’t as against it generally as are middle Americans); out of a population of 23.78 million, even after a half year of the pandemic, Taiwan has had only 455 cases and 7 deaths. That’s less than 1 death per million people, and only 15 deaths per 1,000 infected persons! That last point goes to the heart of the masking question, and for Covid-19 after 3 million infections around the world the death rate stands at 44 per 1,000 infected persons, and in the US the death rate is 42 per 1,000 infected persons (by contrast, the rate of death for the flu is typically 2 per 1,000). It supports the idea that in Taiwan and other countries that mask, fewer people die per 1,000 infected, perhaps because they get a lower dose when they are exposed.

Please allow me to make perhaps the most important argument for being skeptical of Dr Mercola. He is selling products, and proposes that we NOT listen to the CDC and WHO and all the tens of thousands of doctors/nurses and scientists on the front lines literally risking their lives to help us, who with one accord are telling us to take this pandemic seriously by masking and social distancing, but instead that we should listen to him, and purchase his vitamins and herbs. Don’t ask me as a Christian what I feel about that. Christ taught what would happen to those who hurt his children, and scripture teaches that we should have mercy on the poor, not take advantage of them for our own financial interests.

I’m sorry if I’ve stepped on any toes, and purposely am sending this unsolicited information to you only and not the group you sent your email to. I’ve shared my knowledge only because I care for you and Dave, and am praying for your safety. Whether you share any or all of this with your friends is your business. You guys are family and my brother and sister so you are mine.

Love, Rob

Dave Leach answers Dr. Rob Leach, raising other questions

July 20, 2020 - 4 am I couldn't sleep, after Dorothy and I woke at the same time briefly and she summarized your letter. I was especially alarmed at the idea of you stepping on my toes, since my foot isn't completely healed from slicing it with a chain saw. If we visit again this side of glory, maybe I better be sure to wear my new steel toed boots.

As for the spikes Mercola alleged correlating with government mask requirements, I thought it seemed weird when I read it, although I didn't go back over it and read it more carefully to see if it really was as weird as the first impression indicated. He seemed to say there were sharp peaks coinciding with exactly when governments took action. Hmmm. Without clarifying whether the peaks occurred AFTER governments took action or AS they took action, it would seem that if the peak was the moment they took action, then it was the action which caused cases to drop - which is what happens on the other side of a "peak". Maybe the hour and 20 minute video which the article summarizes, which I don't feel like watching this early in the morning, clarifies that detail. Thank you for going over it again for me.

The article also alleges "We're talking many really [high-]quality trials." But not one is named. Studies you have summarized are not mentioned in anything I have read, so thank you very much for your summary. Maybe someday I will need a list of them.

I see that the link Dorothy sent you is to Mercola's article posted July 19, that's the day of your response. Are you really that much on top of his stuff to have read the same post, or has Mercola said similar stuff earlier to which you are responding?

Yesterday's Mercola post was of an interview with Dennis Rancourt, a Canadian researcher with the Ontario Civil Liberties Union. His focus was whether to challenge the Canadian government for reliance on bad science.

The article touched very lightly on a great concern that Dorothy and I share: "We’ve already mentioned that certain masks can increase your likelihood of headaches. Others believe masks can cause lower partial pressure of oxygen, which could cause serious health problems. In the video above, Peggy Hall with TheHealthyAmerican.org claims certain masks can result in low oxygen levels, thus violating OSHA rules on oxygen requirements." That was as much as the article said, although the linked video is 13 minutes. Maybe tomorrow. (uh, technically, after I get back to sleep and then wake up, that will be "today".)

Another article by perhaps an equally favorite doctor of yours, Dr. Blaylock, goes into much more frightening detail about this. He lists several studies by name, even. I wonder if you have reviewed it? It was posted May 16.

He says even surgeons, wearing masks, find their own oxygen levels reduced over time, and CO2 levels increased. With people suffering precarious oxygen levels already, that can be dangerous. Although I am healthy enough to not feel effects from things like heat, humidity, mold, stuff like that, and when I wear a mask it feels like breathing into a paper sack at first but if I have my computer to distract me pretty soon I forget it's on, Dorothy very quickly feels difficulty breathing; she relates palpably to the description of oxygen suppression from mask wearing, and it seriously concerns her.

Blaylock makes the same claims Mercola does about the lack of studies showing mask effectiveness; he certainly does not address the studies you summarize. But can you address Blaylock's claims about the dangers of oxygen reduction? I've been posting relevant articles at http://savetheworld.saltshaker.us/wiki/God's_Coronavirus_Cure_in_3_Verses. I've added your post to me, and this answer of mine to you. It would be real swell if you would come on my site and interact directly. At the very least you can see my cool coronavirus animation. My article started out, as the title indicates, as a Bible study. Three verses are especially encouraging about God's protection from pandemics, but the whole article addresses numerous other passages, along with interesting research showing Christians in general have better health than others, as if God's promises aren't TOTALLY ridiculous. It also acknowledges God's warnings to be responsible, not leave your safety all up to angels scrambling to keep you alive; for example, the preacher who died of Covid shortly after assuring his congregation that God would protect them.

The Blaylock article is posted there; the website is a wiki so that you are able to add your analysis of it right where you spot an offending claim.

Blaylock also claims that oxygen suppression encourages cancer growth; Dorothy just yesterday got back a report on a test with indications that need checking, although the day before her doctor, who must have had the report, said nothing about it; we need to get clarification Monday. Anyway, we don't want anything that will encourage cancer. Oxygen suppression also depresses immunity in general, Blaylock claims. Another thing about masks he claims is that if you have covid, and wear a mask, droplets are caught in the inside of the mask causing you to suffer that high concentration of covid which you point out can be fatal. We sure look forward to your reply! Last week I think it was about 300 people drove around the Governor's Mansion to underline their demand that Reynolds require everyone in the state to wear a mask whenever they leave home.

You must have heard of the letter to President Trump signed by thousands of doctors, not opposing masks or social distancing but opposing business shutdowns and delays of "elective" checkups and surgeries, and dental work, because of the thousands of lives they have already cost. I wonder what you think of those concerns? That letter is also posted with my "updates" section.

One great frustration of mine is that when Trump and Governor Reynolds had their daily press conferences, and had their anointed physicians there backing up their orders, there was virtually no acknowledgment of alternative evidence. No discussion. No interaction. Here were doctors making dramatic claims on Youtube, raising other concerns deserving to be balanced against the anointed consensus, and were they refuted? Did anyone bother to point out any errors in their posts? Not that I could find. After millions of views in some cases, Youtube censored them, end of discussion!

This of course is why we have some people like me leery of the dangers of masks, wearing only when required, while mask wearers look at me like I am a murderer and they are in my line of fire. Way too little experience in our society of people looking at each other's information and interacting about it. Which is what makes your letter very, very special.

Out of concern for that, I have made proposed changes in Emergency Powers laws that would require the governor to create a public record where the governor's own facts could be part of a forum where other experts could submit their evidence, and where experts could hopefully interact.

Dave, senior sibling

Dr. Rob Leach response

Just a quick follow up,

You’re so right no citations are provided, although the problem is not so much what studies and information he cited, for the most part it’s the studies he left out that are problematic, since they reach polar opposite conclusions from his own.

In contrast with his lack of citations, I don’t make many promises but will promise to provide you with several several references within the coming few months in the form of rough drafts of the introduction to our research which we will begin writing soon.

As far as the date, I went ahead and read his stuff before responding to Dorothy.

As for lack of oxygen and carbon dioxide build up triggering headaches—or even worse affecting renal and liver function as some suspect….I find this to be another great “cake and eat it too” argument. If masks do nothing at all and viruses and air flow go right through them unaffected, as Mercola seemingly argues, then why worry about oxygen? However, if indeed SOME air flow (and possibly droplet transmission with it) is restricted by masks, then they may be effective to some degree and now we can move on to the next argument about oxygen to our lungs, having been satisfied that Mercola was WRONG about air flow. Here I have sympathy for anti-maskers because I do agree it’s harder to breath—especially in Mississippi when the humidity is high—while wearing a mask. In fact, I hate them. I do however, wear them even outdoors at my grandson’s ballgame when people start getting close to me to talk. The rest of the time when I’m outdoors and away from people I can promise you the mask is hanging off one ear it it’s on at all. Bottom line, if your circulation is compromised in any way, you have COPD or liver/renal or diabetes, you should limit mask wear to when you have to wear one, and basically just try to stay away from people unless you can be 6’ or more away from them. And PLEASE try to avoid exercise while wearing a mask for those same reasons. Again, in my own office, when I am away from patients at my desk, my mask comes off.

While I haven’t seen studies about oxygen deprivation and cancer it wouldn’t surprise me. Again however, does that mean if we briefly wear a mask when we go to Wal Mart to lessen the likelihood of getting Covid, that we’re going to immediately get cancer? Not sure I follow that and pretty sure there are no data to support that argument to make it worth proceeding.

Anyway, I’ve got a number of other fires burning now or would chat longer, but at least I’ve said (most) of my peace😊

Love you guys, be safe, and I would tell you above all else continue you prayers for our Christian brothers and sisters to show the love of Christ every day, but then I’m sure you guys already do that,

Dave Leach response

No one, of course, says a little exposure to ANYTHING will certainly give you cancer, short of an atomic bomb going off over your head. When people talk about cancer risk, and write warning labels about it on products, or make you sign waivers when you take an x-ray, it's like maybe you slightly more likely to get cancer from minimal exposure and maybe 50% more likely with max exposure but even with max exposure it's still a small fraction per 1,000 people.

And yet the low risk still concerns most people.

Neither Blaylock's article nor my summary of it said masks give you cancer; only that "oxygen suppression encourages cancer growth". Nothing was said about how much suppression, or how much encouragement. However, since Dorothy has had cancer, she is peculiarly particular about avoiding anything with scary warnings. Also she has just gone over her past blood work reports and noticed that CO2 levels are a bit high, and she puts that together with the fact that even mask wearing a short time makes her feel like she is struggling to breathe. The mother of one of my students is a nurse with 12 hour shifts, during which she must wear a mask without an office to go into where she can take it off, and she suffers headaches and a nose rash.

I agree with you that the articles in question talk about the inability of masks to stop "aerosol" forms of covid, without addressing the value of stopping the droplets. I remain curious about the point that if you have it, and wear a mask, wouldn't that indeed cause a buildup of droplets inside the mask, causing you to acquire a much more serious case of it? Of course it would be better for others.

I suppose this is a great time to have a business into which half a dozen customers wander in on a good day.

That will be exciting, to get to see drafts of your research conclusions!

I don't know if you got to Blaylock's article, which focuses on the dangers of masks. He states at one point, "As for the scientific support for the use of face mask, a recent careful examination of the literature, in which 17 of the best studies were analyzed, concluded that, 'None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.'”1 Curious how recent "recent" was, I looked down at his footnote which was to a study from 2012! However, the rest of his footnotes, documenting the harms of masks, are appropriately recent.

As for Mercola's cake which you want to eat too, looking again I see his reasoning for discounting all but the aerosol virus is “The large droplets drop to the floor immediately and are not breathed in. So, they're not part of the transmission mechanism." Apparently the studies you are talking about indicate that "immediately" is just shy of 6 feet. Anyway, I don't see that you disagree that masks don't stop the aerosol form - although I am not certain there is a definite boundary between the two forms - but he also makes the point that most of the air passes around the masks, not through them. So of course oxygen comes around the masks too; and if you take a big deep breath, then of course the CO2 held close to your nose by the mask would be negligible compared to the incoming volume of air, but when not breathing heavily surely the proportion of CO2, of the air coming in, would increase and add up after time.

I'm tired. Does it show?

Thousands of Doctor Warn that Shutdowns Kill (July 13)

Thousands of doctors Oppose Deadly Lockdowns A letter signed by over 500 doctors in May, see below, has now been signed by thousands of doctors:

President Donald J. Trump

The White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500May 19, 2020Dear Mr. President:Thousands of physicians in all specialties and from all States would like to expressour gratitude for your leadership.

We write to you today to express our alarm over theexponentially growing negative health consequences of the national shutdown.In medical terms, the shutdown was a mass casualty incident.

During a mass casualty incident, victims are immediately triaged to black, red,yellow, or green. The first group, triage level black, includes those who require too manyresources to save during a mass crisis. The red group has severe injuries that aresurvivable with treatment, the yellow group has serious injuries that are not immediately life threatening, and the green group has minor injuries.

The red group receives highest priority. The next priority is to ensure that the other two groups do not deteriorate a level. Decades of research have shown that by strictly following this algorithm, we save the maximum number of lives.

Millions of Americans are already at triage level red. These include 150,000 Americans per month who would have had a new cancer detected through routine screening that hasn’t happened, millions who have missed routine dental care to fix problems strongly linked to heart disease/death, and preventable cases of stroke, heart attack, and child abuse.

Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%.

Tens of millions are at triage level yellow. Liquor sales have increased 300-600%, cigarettes sales have increased, rent has gone unpaid, family relationships have become frayed, and millions of well-child check-ups have been missed.

Hundreds of millions are at triage level green. These are people who currently are solvent, but at risk should economic conditions worsen. Poverty and financial uncertainty is closely linked to poor health.

A continued shutdown means hundreds of millions of Americans will downgrade a level. The following are real examples from our practices.

Patient E.S. is a mother with two children whose office job was reduced to part-time and whose husband was furloughed. The father is drinking more, the mother isdepressed and not managing her diabetes well, and the children are barely doing anyschoolwork.

Patient A.F. has chronic but previously stable health conditions. Her elective hip replacement was delayed, which caused her to become nearly sedentary, resulting in a pulmonary embolism in April.

Patient R.T. is an elderly nursing home patient, who had a small stroke in early March but was expected to make a nearly complete recovery. Since the shutdown, he has had no physical or speech therapy, and no visitors. He has lost weight, and is deteriorating rather than making progress.

Patient S.O. is a college freshman who cannot return to normal life, school, and friendships. He risks depression, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, trauma, and future financial uncertainty.

We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients. The downstream health effects of deteriorating a level are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error.

It is impossible to overstate the short, medium, and long-term harm to people’s health with a continued shutdown. Losing a job is one of life’s most stressful events, and the effect on a person’s health is not lessened because it also has happened to 30 million other people. Keeping schools and universities closed is incalculably detrimental for children, teenagers, and young adults for decades to come.

The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.

Because the harm is diffuse, there are those who hold that it does not exist. We,the undersigned, know otherwise.

Please let us know if we may be of assistance.

Respectfully,Simone Gold, M.D., J.D. & >500 physicians (attached)

Covid-19 losing official epidemic status (July)

CDC: COVID-19 is close to losing its epidemic status in the U.S. Coronavirus deaths in the country have nearly reached a level where the virus will cease to qualify as an epidemic under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules, the federal agency reported on Friday. The CDC qualifies a disease outbreak as an “epidemic” if the number of deaths attributable to the disease exceeds a certain percentage of total deaths per week. 5.9% is the current threshold. Covid deaths have been dropping for the past 10 weeks.

Understanding "Herd Immunity" (June 25)

COVID-19 ‘herd immunity’ without vaccination? Teaching modern vaccine dogma old tricks Dr: Andrew Bostom · June 25, 2020 Vaccine enthusiast Fauci and the more sober Bell each conveniently ignore unsuccessful vaccine experiences with other coronaviruses over the past two decades:...experimental non-human (animal model) evaluations of four SARS-Cov1 candidate vaccine types, revealed that despite conferring some protection against infection with SARS-Cov1, each also caused serious lung injury, caused by an overreaction of the immune system, upon viral challenge....Although the term “herd immunity” was first coined in 1923, it only became broadly used, stimulated by increased vaccine use over the past five decades, when discussing disease eradication. Contrary to the vaccination paradigm of “eradicating” disease, herd immunity, including its mathematical underpinnings (a 1927 theorem still applied by vaccine modelers),...The epidemic continues to increase so long as the density of the unaffected population is greater than the threshold density [the threshold of “herd immunity” or “herd immunity threshold”], but when this critical point is approximately reached the epidemic begins to wane, and ultimately to die out. ...Naturally acquired herd immunity to COVID-19 combined with earnest protection of the vulnerable elderly — especially nursing home and assisted living facility residents — is an eminently reasonable and practical alternative to the dubious panacea of mass compulsory vaccination against the virus. This strategy was successfully implemented in Malmo, Sweden, which had few COVID-19 deaths by assiduously protecting its elder care homes, while “schools remained open, residents carried on drinking in bars and cafes, and the doors of hairdressers and gyms were open throughout.” (This is a very technical article with several mathematical formulas.)

Andrew Bostom, M.D., M.S., is an associate professor of family medicine (research) at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Bostom is a trained clinician, epidemiologist, and clinical trialist.

Wearing Masks Endangers Healthy People: Dr. Blaylock (May 11)

Wearing masks endangers healthy people May 11, 2020 Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD reports that wearing masks may actually harm you.

"As for the scientific support for the use of face mask, a recent careful examination of the literature, in which 17 of the best studies were analyzed, concluded that, “ None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.”1 Keep in mind, no studies have been done to demonstrate that either a cloth mask or the N95 mask has any effect on transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Any recommendations, therefore, have to be based on studies of influenza virus transmission. And, as you have seen, there is no conclusive evidence of their efficiency in controlling flu virus transmission.

"It is also instructive to know that until recently, the CDC did not recommend wearing a face mask or covering of any kind, unless a person was known to be infected, that is, until recently. Non-infected people need not wear a mask. When a person has TB we have them wear a mask, not the entire community of non-infected. The recommendations by the CDC and the WHO are not based on any studies of this virus and have never been used to contain any other virus pandemic or epidemic in history.

"Now that we have established that there is no scientific evidence necessitating the wearing of a face mask for prevention, are there dangers to wearing a face mask, especially for long periods? Several studies have indeed found significant problems with wearing such a mask. This can vary from headaches, to increased airway resistance, carbon dioxide accumulation, to hypoxia, all the way to serious life-threatening complications.

There is a difference between the N95 respirator mask and the surgical mask (cloth or paper mask) in terms of side effects. The N95 mask, which filters out 95% of particles with a median diameter >0.3 µm2 , because it impairs respiratory exchange (breathing) to a greater degree than a soft mask, and is more often associated with headaches. In one such study, researchers surveyed 212 healthcare workers (47 males and 165 females) asking about presence of headaches with N95 mask use, duration of the headaches, type of headaches and if the person had preexisting headaches.2

They found that about a third of the workers developed headaches with use of the mask, most had preexisting headaches that were worsened by the mask wearing, and 60% required pain medications for relief. As to the cause of the headaches, while straps and pressure from the mask could be causative, the bulk of the evidence points toward hypoxia and/or hypercapnia as the cause. That is, a reduction in blood oxygenation (hypoxia) or an elevation in blood C02 (hypercapnia). It is known that the N95 mask, if worn for hours, can reduce blood oxygenation as much as 20%, which can lead to a loss of consciousness, as happened to the hapless fellow driving around alone in his car wearing an N95 mask, causing him to pass out, and to crash his car and sustain injuries. I am sure that we have several cases of elderly individuals or any person with poor lung function passing out, hitting their head. This, of course, can lead to death.

A more recent study involving 159 healthcare workers aged 21 to 35 years of age found that 81% developed headaches from wearing a face mask.3 Some had pre-existing headaches that were precipitated by the masks. All felt like the headaches affected their work performance.

Unfortunately, no one is telling the frail elderly and those with lung diseases, such as COPD, emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis, of these dangers when wearing a facial mask of any kind—which can cause a severe worsening of lung function. This also includes lung cancer patients and people having had lung surgery, especially with partial resection or even the removal of a whole lung.

While most agree that the N95 mask can cause significant hypoxia and hypercapnia, another study of surgical masks found significant reductions in blood oxygen as well. In this study, researchers examined the blood oxygen levels in 53 surgeons using an oximeter. They measured blood oxygenation before surgery as well as at the end of surgeries.4 The researchers found that the mask reduced the blood oxygen levels (pa02) significantly. The longer the duration of wearing the mask, the greater the fall in blood oxygen levels.

The importance of these findings is that a drop in oxygen levels (hypoxia) is associated with an impairment in immunity. Studies have shown that hypoxia can inhibit the type of main immune cells used to fight viral infections called the CD4+ T-lymphocyte. This occurs because the hypoxia increases the level of a compound called hypoxia inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), which inhibits T-lymphocytes and stimulates a powerful immune inhibitor cell called the Tregs. . This sets the stage for contracting any infection, including COVID-19 and making the consequences of that infection much graver. In essence, your mask may very well put you at an increased risk of infections and if so, having a much worse outcome.5,6,7

People with cancer, especially if the cancer has spread, will be at a further risk from prolonged hypoxia as the cancer grows best in a microenvironment that is low in oxygen. Low oxygen also promotes inflammation which can promote the growth, invasion and spread of cancers.8,9 Repeated episodes of hypoxia has been proposed as a significant factor in atherosclerosis and hence increases all cardiovascular (heart attacks) and cerebrovascular (strokes) diseases.10

There is another danger to wearing these masks on a daily basis, especially if worn for several hours. When a person is infected with a respiratory virus, they will expel some of the virus with each breath. If they are wearing a mask, especially an N95 mask or other tightly fitting mask, they will be constantly rebreathing the viruses, raising the concentration of the virus in the lungs and the nasal passages. We know that people who have the worst reactions to the coronavirus have the highest concentrations of the virus early on. And this leads to the deadly cytokine storm in a selected number.

It gets even more frightening. Newer evidence suggests that in some cases the virus can enter the brain.11,12 In most instances it enters the brain by way of the olfactory nerves (smell nerves), which connect directly with the area of the brain dealing with recent memory and memory consolidation. By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain.13

It is evident from this review that there is insufficient evidence that wearing a mask of any kind can have a significant impact in preventing the spread of this virus. The fact that this virus is a relatively benign infection for the vast majority of the population and that most of the at-risk group also survive, from an infectious disease and epidemiological standpoint, by letting the virus spread through the healthier population we will reach a herd immunity level rather quickly that will end this pandemic quickly and prevent a return next winter. During this time, we need to protect the at-risk population by avoiding close contact, boosting their immunity with compounds that boost cellular immunity and in general, care for them.

One should not attack and insult those who have chosen not to wear a mask, as these studies suggest that is the wise choice to make.

References

1. bin-Reza F et al. The use of mask and respirators to prevent transmission of influenza: A systematic review of the scientific evidence. Resp Viruses 2012;6(4):257-67.

2. Zhu JH et al. Effects of long-duration wearing of N95 respirator and surgical facemask: a pilot study. J Lung Pulm Resp Res 2014:4:97-100.

3. Ong JJY et al. Headaches associated with personal protective equipment- A cross-sectional study among frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19. Headache 2020;60(5):864-877.

4. Bader A et al. Preliminary report on surgical mask induced deoxygenation during major surgery. Neurocirugia 2008;19:12-126.

5. Shehade H et al. Cutting edge: Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 negatively regulates Th1 function. J Immunol 2015;195:1372-1376.

6. Westendorf AM et al. Hypoxia enhances immunosuppression by inhibiting CD4+ effector T cell function and promoting Treg activity. Cell Physiol Biochem 2017;41:1271-84.

7. Sceneay J et al. Hypoxia-driven immunosuppression contributes to the pre-metastatic niche. Oncoimmunology 2013;2:1 e22355.

8. Blaylock RL. Immunoexcitatory mechanisms in glioma proliferation, invasion and occasional metastasis. Surg Neurol Inter 2013;4:15.

9. Aggarwal BB. Nucler factor-kappaB: The enemy within. Cancer Cell 2004;6:203-208.

10. Savransky V et al. Chronic intermittent hypoxia induces atherosclerosis. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2007;175:1290-1297.

11. Baig AM et al. Evidence of the COVID-19 virus targeting the CNS: Tissue distribution, host-virus interaction, and proposed neurotropic mechanisms. ACS Chem Neurosci 2020;11:7:995-998.

12. Wu Y et al. Nervous system involvement after infection with COVID-19 and other coronaviruses. Brain Behavior, and Immunity, In press.

13. Perlman S et al. Spread of a neurotropic murine coronavirus into the CNS via the trigeminal and olfactory nerves. Virology 1989;170:556-560.

Hospitals created, then closed without serving a patient (May 23)

Another hospital closes that never served a patient May 23, Western Journal: A $20.8 million emergency field hospital built to serve coronavirus patients has closed without ever serving a single person. Ditto for a Seattle emergency hospital and a $17 million Houston hospital. However, the $19.8 million facility at New York City's tennis center did serve 79 patients before it closed. The $40 million bill will be passed to American taxpayers through FEMA.

CDC Downgrades Fatality Rate (May 25)

CDC revises covid fatality rate to 0.25% May 25 That's still twice the rate for colds, but a tenth of what was originally reported, which was the basis for government action. Republicans are more aware of updated mortality data than Democrats. May 26 The Just the News poll found that only half the nation (48%) knows that the fatality rate from the coronavirus is lower than originally thought. Twenty-five percent (25%) believe it’s not true while 27% are not sure. Among Democrats, awareness was evenly divided between those who thought, correctly, it was true (34%) that the fatality rate was lower than originally thought and those who thought it was false (35%). Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans are aware of the good news about survivability. That falls to 43% among Independents (of who 26% believe it is false). That is why Republicans are more alarmed by the economic harm of shutdowns, while Democrats are more alarmed at the termination of shutdowns. Why the two groups have different understanding of the facts is not clear.

Mob drives out customer not wearing mask (May 26)

Mob Chases Person Out of Grocery Store in New York for Not Wearing a Mask May 26. A video, links to the debate whether masks even help, or whether rather they expose wearers, & the lack of clear scientific evidence that they help. If you are coughing or sneezing, then of course if you wear a mask that will protect others.

Doctors from 30 countries support hydroxychloroquine (May 26)

Doctors from 30 countries agree hydroxychloroquine works May 26 Red Right Daily, from the New York Post: Of 2,171 physicians surveyed, 37% of them said that hydroxychloroquine is the “most effective therapy” for combating the virus. 32% of doctors, however, said "nothing" is effective. 6,227 physicians were questioned about at least 15 treatments used for COVID-19. Only 2,171 of them were asked which drug is most effective. But in the U.S., only 23% of doctors have prescribed the drug - only in severe cases - far less than in other countries, where it is often prescribed in all cases.

38% of Americans are delaying medical treatment (May 24)

38% of Americans are delaying medical treatment May 24, Breitbart The Census Bureau is tabulating how many Americans are delaying medical treatment - 38%, and how many are jobless - 47%.

Travel restrictions did NOT stop covid spread (May 7)

Travel restrictions did NOT delay virus spread May 7, Cato Institute: an analysis of data showing that cutting off travel from China did NOT delay virus spread; or if it did, it did by, at most, 15 days.

Shutdowns spread cancer (May 24)

How shutdowns etc. to reduce Covid have increased cancer May 24, Breitbart: "Potential ‘Massive Wave’ of Cancer from Avoiding Routine Medical Care" Even though hospitals are now permitted to resume normal care, many people are afraid to come in for regular checkups. “Many patients are concerned about coming to visit us, to be screened for cancer, to be surveilled for their previous cancers we’ve taken out,” DiPerna explained.

Judge overturns governor's lockdown (May 21)

Judge overturns another governor's lockdown May 21 The judge followed Oregon's emergency powers law which requires the legislature's approval before the governor can exercise those powers beyond 4 weeks. (Iowa's emergency powers law has the same limit.) The reporter adds, presumably, to the judge's reasoning: "For months, everyone has been told that staying home is designed to flatten the curve of coronavirus. ...The curve has flattened. ...The original goals of flattening the COVID-19 infection curve and not overwhelming hospitals have been met; as a matter of fact, the coronavirus curve is so flat that hospitals are laying off healthcare people because there isn’t enough work for them."

Covid Lies (May 18)

6 Lies about Covid that make all the difference May 18 Lie #1: deliberate inflation of death toll by counting everyone who died WITH Covid (but dying FROM something more serious) as if they died FROM Covid. So far only Colorado has been ordered by courts to be more honest. #2: Lockdowns save lives? States with lockdowns suffer MORE Covid deaths, plus CAUSING many other deaths, especially dying at home for fear of going to a hospital for other problems. #3: There is danger outside nursing homes? Not! Chance of death of those testing positive, age 0-30, 0.003%. Age 60-64, 0.99%. #4: It's worse than the flu? Outside lockdown New York which sends Covid patients to stay in nursing homes and has nurses on Youtube crying over atrocious medical care, its the same as flu, and much lower than influenza. #6: Social distancing was invented by scientists? No: by a high school kid for a term paper. Doctors ridiculed it when President Bush talked about it.

Covid does NOT spread easily from touching surfaces (May 21)

Little need for wiping down things May 21 The CDC revised its web page to say there is no evidence the virus will transmit easily from hard surfaces. Theoretically MAYBE you can get it from touching a hard surface with the virus on it, and then sucking your thumb. The CDC still thinks "social distancing" and masks are needed, though.

Social Distancing Prolongs Threat (May 18)

We could open up again (and forget we ever closed) May 18 Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, who holds two doctorates in computer science and medical biometry, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, is a ferocious critic of the nation’s current steps to fight the coronavirus. He has derided social distancing, saying it only prolongs the virus’ existence. He has attacked the current lockdown as mostly unnecessary. He believes the coronavirus should be allowed to achieve “herd immunity,” and that short of a vaccine the pandemic will only end after it has sufficiently spread through the population. “With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is herd immunity. About 80% of the people need to have had contact with the virus, and the majority of them won’t even have recognized that they were infected,” he says in the now-deleted Youtube video which had racked up more than 1.3 million views.. He says he has no idea why Youtube deleted it. “They don’t tell you. They just say it violates our community standards. There’s no explanation for what those standards are or what standards it violated.” The footage was produced by the British film company Journeyman Pictures.

Reopening causes no spike (May 17)

NO SPIKE in coronavirus in places reopening, U.S. health secretary says May 17 Reuters: U.S. health secretary Alex Azar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday: “We are seeing that in places that are opening, we’re not seeing this spike in cases. We still see spikes in some areas that are in fact close to very localized situations [still closed].”

Open states: no more cases than closed states (May 14)

States That Reopened Do Not Have More COVID-19 Infections Than Ones That Stayed Closed By: Kim Coulter, The National File, May 14, 2020 - Many governors, including Governor Brian Kemp (R,GA) who started reopening their states have not seen dramatic increases in coronavirus deaths as critics suggested. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation report from May 12, the rates of infection would dramatically spike from hundreds of new cases a day up into the thousands by June and well into August of this year. Now that Georgia has had shelter-in-place lifted for 14 days and they are a month into the reopening of the state, new IHME predictions fall dramatically short of prior predictions. Media outlets that criticized Governor Kemp as well as the other governors who reopened their states earlier have not retracted or corrected their original stories suggesting massive death tolls and overwhelmed hospitals.

Fauci Flipflops (May 17)

Fauci flipflops as needed to keep us shut down May 17 Dr. Fauci claims to want to reopen the economy and move to get life back to normal as quickly as possible. But at every turn Dr. Fauci moves the goal posts – even it means contradicting positions he took just two weeks ago – to extend the disastrous lockdown until a vaccine is available even if it means the end of the American economy. (Examples are given.)

Florida welcomes pro football games from closed states (May)

FLA GOV Ron DeSantis Encourages Football Teams To Play In Florida If Their Home States Won’t Allow Games 😉 When an NFL team is not allowed by its own state to play in its own stadium, there are a couple of Florida stadiums which the Florida governor will happily make available. College football teams would also be welcome, but would have more bureaucrats in the way of permission to come.

The purpose for mitigation, not overwhelming hospitals, was served (May 15)

Mainstream acknowledgment that "mitigation" has served its purpose and should end: Iowa State Senator Zach Whiting writes, May 15, in "Whiting's Writings": "While the closures may have been necessary at the beginning, the point of them was not to overwhelm the health care system. They cannot be a long-term solution to the virus. If the state were to continue prohibiting these places from opening, many more businesses may be forced to close forever. Unemployment across the country has skyrocketed, with hundreds of thousands in Iowa filing for unemployment in the last several weeks. Extending closures would drive more Iowans into poverty, making it difficult to afford food, a place to live, and pay bills that continue to show up, whether the state is closed or not. Besides those consequences, the impact to mental health and the emotional hardships people experience when facing all these difficulties cannot be ignored." The Patriot Post May 15 remembers the original reason for mitigation similarly: "The original stated goal of the coronavirus lockdown was to "flatten the curve" of infections so as to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed. The goal was not to reduce COVID-19 deaths to zero. (Last we checked, preventing death entirely was above humans' pay grade.) The corollary is something we've been among the few clearly stating: Reopening will likely yield more infections and deaths, but it's something we must do to prevent worse consequences." [Comment: The original rationale didn't envision reducing deaths AT ALL, did it? And even now, there are voices saying if we stay shut down a year, by then we will have a vaccine and shutting down until the vaccine will save lots of lives, but is the expectation of a vaccine anything we can bank on? Because the shutdown is closing a lot of personal banks!]

The "curve" was "flattened"; time now to open (May 14)

Portnoy's Points May 14 Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports: "Originally, the nation instituted lockdowns to “flatten the curve” to keep hospitals from being overrun with coronavirus cases. But, suddenly, the sports blog operator said, the policies have morphed into becoming some sort of permanent lockdown until a “cure” for coronavirus is found. ...when the crisis first started the medical advisers said that we needed to make sure there were hospital beds for a possible influx of patients. But “we are there” and that goal has been met...We’re doing what you asked...but now you’re changing the rules." “Dr. Fauci… gets in front of the Senate, he’s like ‘we re-open the country too quick, everybody’s dead.’ Where did that come from? And the L.A. Mayor, ‘we’re not opening the city until we find a cure’? What? Find a cure? Who says we’re going to find a cure?”

Fauci Conspiracy video (May 8)

Fauci's former employee threatened, jailed, never charged May 8: Dr. Judy Mikovits tells what Fauci did to keep HIV cures from HIV victims for a whole generation, what he did to her to keep her mouth shut including court gag order, how he is suppressing Covid cures today. Judy Mikovits, PhD, spent twenty years at the National Cancer Institute, working with Dr. Frank Ruscetti, one of the founding fathers of human retrovirology, and has coauthored more than forty scientific papers. For five years she was the research director of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease. BUT maybe the whole video is a fraud. See NPR

No science for closing schools (May 6)

No science for closing schools May 6, Dr. Scott Aglas: “We know it’s factually true and proven all over the world that people under 18 have very little, if any, risk of a serious illness and essentially no risk of dying. We understand they [children] interact with elderly people. We understand, though, how to protect the elderly relatives that they interact with.” - Former Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University: “There’s ‘no scientific evidence’ to keep schools closed”"

The "Curve" is "Flat" (May 6)

Doctor Mandrola points out a few facts May 6, John Mandrola, MD. The legitimate purpose of "distancing", lockdowns, masks etc was NOT to save lives or reduce the total number of infections but to spread them out - to "flatten the curve" - so the fast-spreading virus would not overwhelm hospitals. That has been achieved. Fact #1: It is way too late to "contain" the virus. #2: hospitals will NOT be overwhelmed; in fact closing "nonessential" medical services has placed many hospitals near ruin. #3: Covid tests are not accurate, but other public health surveillance has improved. Various apps, for example. #4: No really effective treatments, tests, or vaccines are on the horizon. Not hydroxychloroquine, not Remdesivir. ("Even if you believe its ≈ 3% reduction of death was not due to chance (p = 0.06), the death rate in the remdesivir arm in that trial was 8%. Remdesivir is no game-changer.") (Since fewer than 1% of those infected die - in other words, fewer than 100 in 10,000, a 3% reduction of the death rate would reduce the 100 deaths per 10,000 infections to 97 deaths per 10,000 infections. But even a drop to 94 deaths per 10,000 could be accounted for by chance.) #5: Mortality was at first feared to be 3%. Now most estimates place it at 0.1% to 0.5%, which, it is said, is about the mortality of flu. Actually flu is probably much lower than 0.1%, and a 0.1% rate is still serious. #6: There is a strong association of lower income and lower survival. The rich get to still work from home. #7: We make this virus worse by avoiding hard discussions on tradeoffs, the limits of modern medicine and risk.

Patients dying in NY hospitals (May 4)

Another Nurse Speaks May 4: A Nevada nurse who travelled to New York to help treat COVID-19 patients has posted a tearful Facebook Live video claiming that patients are not dying from the virus, but are being “murdered” by “gross negligence and complete medical mismanagement.”

Masking the Economy kills too

Professor Says What We All Fear About The Coronavirus And It’s Impact On The Economy; This Is Why We Must Reopen Sweden, which imposed no lockdown, has about the same rate of infection as UK, which did impose a lockdown. "Deaths from COVID-19 will be far less than the deaths caused by societal lockdown when the economy is ruined,” said Nilsson. “Sweden could reach heard immunity earlier than other countries which means that the spread of the virus and the number of deaths will decrease since a majority of the population will be immune,” said Rostila. “Other countries that start to reopen now may experience a second wave of the virus. So it might be that they have just postponed a severe outbreak.” A consortium of data analysts from South Africa has found that the economic consequences of these lockdowns will result in 29 times more folks dying than from the coronavirus itself. [Comment: is this the ONLY estimate of deaths expected from a collapsed economy? Is anyone else even acknowledging the need for that perspective?]

Shutting down hospitals won't help (May 3)

Unless Health Care Workers Return to Work ASAP, More Hospitals Could Close May 3, Daily Signal: Coronavirus policy has closed down hospitals! How is that helping us stay alive?!

Social Distancing doesn't help (April 24)

The Illusion of Social Distancing April 24, Freedom Health News. Isolating a virus is good for Bubonic Plague or Ebola, which kill quickly and often, leaving no time to develop immunity. At first we tested only serious cases, and worried the coronavirus death rate was 5%. Now we know it is about 0.1%. We know that countries without any lockdowns or "social distancing" had the same rate as countries with both. With what we know now, we know the best defense against the virus is to let our immune systems do their job, which they do magnificently.

Sweden's Experience (April 17)

Is Sweden’s COVID-19 Approach the Right One? What 1 Expert Thinks Excerpt: "The spread of COVID-19 has created a serious public health challenge for governments throughout the world, but several countries have responded differently....It will certainly take some time for the international data to definitively say which approach is best, but it seems that very few people want to have a healthy debate over the costs and benefits of those approaches. In the U.S., criticism of social distancing and shutdowns is often misconstrued as advocating for tens or even hundreds of thousands of deaths....one of the world’s leading epidemiologists, Johan Giesecke, gave a very blunt assessment of why he thinks Sweden’s approach is the right way to attack the COVID-19 problem." (April 17 the interview was given; May 2 it was posted at DailySignal.)

Social Distancing: the problem, not the answer (April 30)

‘Social distancing’ is not the answer; it’s the problem overview of the political power grab facilitated by masks, "social distancing", lockdowns, the threat of future lockdowns when there is a "new wave" of covid, etc.

Analyzing the Statistics (April)

Did mitigation save two million lives? Evidence that the initial projection of coronavirus deaths if nothing were done was a wild overestimate and should no longer be repeated.

Let's not copy dictators (April 17)

When It Comes to Fighting COVID-19, Let’s Not Emulate China’s Totalitarianism by John Stossel, April 17. Excerpt: "Chinese police have even welded people into their homes to keep them inside. They’ve tied people to posts for not wearing face masks. China spies on every citizen, using more than 200 million cameras and social media tracking. Electronic eavesdropping lets them analyze every person’s political leanings and social interactions. They use that to give everyone a “trust” score. Your “trust” score drops if you criticize the government—or the “trust” score system. You lose points if you do things like play “too many” video games, watch porn, or have friends with low scores."

Conspiracy video: Bill Gates (April 17)

Robert F Kennedy Jr. Reveals the Extent of Vaccine Carnage and Corruption Caused by Bill Gates April 17, published by Big League Politics: accusations of human experiments conducted in Africa by Bill Gates' vaccine empire. (here is an article attacking Kennedy's allegations. here an attorney explains why vaccine manufacturers are exempt from liability.)

Another doctor: Reopen! (April)

ANOTHER PROMINENT NYC ER DOCTOR on frontline of Corona battle: America should REOPEN IMMEDIATELY Medical and statistical evidence that although we didn't know much about covid before, now we know it's no more deadly than flu, which makes the measures we have created the cause of more deaths from reduction of medical care in other areas.

Shutdowns making us sick: Emergency Room doctors (April)

WATCH: Whistleblowing ER Docs Urge “Open Up Society Now” Because “Lockdowns Are Weakening Our Immune Systems” Actually, we NEED to be exposed to each other to keep our immune systems on high alert. Isolation weakens us. PLUS people are dying from not going to hospitals for other maladies, for fear of catching coronavirus. (here we read that the video of these two doctors was scrubbed by Youtube.)

God Understands Coronovirus

Back a number of years ago, they did a survey. And they went around the different college campuses asking students if they thought God understood radar. You cannot imagine how many of them said, "Well, of course not. We invented radar". No. The principal came from watching a bat. He's blind. But he don't miss. Huh? Does God understand radar? Come on, man. Does God understand faith? -Kenneth Copeland

I found that statement by googling "does God understand radar" because I remember from the late '50's a newsletter from the Billy Graham Crusade describing that survey. As I recall, the survey was in England, either during World War II during which radar was first put to use, or shortly afterward. I couldn't find a link to a more detailed record of that survey.

Were that survey taken today, most people would probably answer that radar has been around long enough that God probably understands it by now. Today the comparable survey question would be "Do you think God understands coronavirus?"

My guess is that most people, asked that question out of the blue, would dismiss that as a stupid question. Of course God understands. But if a surveyor first read the three verses above and then asked the question, I would expect less confidence in God's intelligence. And if you ask people if they are willing to live as if those three verses are true, I would expect still less. After all,

Why would God promise protection from disease for those who deliberately expose themselves to disease by helping the diseased? Does God simply not understand disease?


     Scriptures addressed below indicate that when our choice is between (1) exposing ourselves to disease by helping the diseased, (as carefully as we can), and (2) staying safe by staying away from the diseased, serving those in need is actually safer.
     The discussion below is about whether such advice has any conceivable support from modern medical science, or can only be true to the extent God miraculously overturns medical facts.
     This discussion is also about whether faith itself actually does have physical power to heal, as Jesus stated a few times, and how important it is what our faith is in: is trust in our own safety measures as safe as trust in Jesus? Also: can we trust too much - will our trust in Jesus save us even if we recklessly disregard hygiene basics in our service to others?

Should we trust the promises of protection in the three verses above, and in many similar verses? Is that actually what God thinks? Does God really not understand how dangerous coronavirus is?

America tested by God

Coronavirus tests our national faith in God. This article is a call to trust God.

Children must be careful to grow up safely into a successful adult, but it would be pretty stupid for a child to think just being very careful will keep him so safe and make him so smart that he has no further need of the guidance and support of his parents!

God's help denied by New York governor

As coronavirus infections started back down, New York governor Cuomo said "we" did it - certainly not God!

“The number is down because we brought the number down,” he told reporters Monday. “God did not do that. Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that. A lot of pain and suffering did that. That’s how it works. It’s math. And if you don’t continue to do that, you’re going to see that number go back up. And that will be a tragedy if that number goes back up.”

It is equally stupid for adults to think they can get through this or any other crisis by their own efforts - even if they are very, very careful, without the guidance and support of God!

("Stupid" is the condition of being in a "stupor", in which one's intelligence has been temporarily shoved out of the way.)

It is particularly stupid for a whole nation, whose elected leaders are mostly Christians, to limit mention of God to a single day during which only three verses are consulted, and for even that scant acknowledgment to be blasted as a "distraction" from handling this crisis by ourselves, and as "unconstitutional", and moreover, "obscene"!

God's power denied by Mother Jones magazine

Those charges are part of a "Mother Jones" article: "A National Day of Prayer During a Mishandled Pandemic Is a National Day of Distraction - It’s unconstitutional, too." By Daniel King, editor. March 16, 2020, the day after the National Day of Prayer called by President Trump.

King says prayer literally kills: "This president recites prayerful words as if spraying perfume on preventably dead bodies." Even though trusting God includes trusting His advice to be careful, King can't imagine how people can be careful, and trust God, both, so trusting God, in his mind, can only exist at the expense of being careful: therefore, trusting God literally kills!

King writes, "The cost of this unconstitutional practice is amplified right now, when there’s lethal harm—not just in terms of being ill-prepared for a pandemic, but in the erosion of confidence in our institutions. Some of this harm is exacerbated because we continue to collapse church and state and (unconstitutionally) substitute federal faith for the full deployment and funding of scientific research."

What I take for the faintest traces of acknowledgment of God, King takes for being not "just unconstitutional" but "obscene...at a time when millions of lives are on the line". He reminds me of how little virtue it takes to enrage an atheist, and encourages me with reminders that there are at least traces of Christianity in our nation's capitol:

"{Trump's administration is) an administration that bows before evangelical voters who are proving to be the president’s most loyal supporters. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has linked his religious beliefs to foreign policy, and delivered a state-sponsored speech on “Being a Christian Leader” in his official capacity. Vice President Mike Pence is a walking billboard for government’s religious claims. Attorney General William Barr invokes God as the legal, moral, and political precept for government whenever he can. The good doctor Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, named God as the groundwork for government action in addressing the coronavirus. ... this administration has been blatant about it. Consider Barr’s boast to the law school at Notre Dame: 'Judeo-Christian moral standards reflect the rules that are best for man,' he told students in October. 'They are like God’s instruction manual for the best running of man and human society.'"

Mother Jones's was hardly the only attack on trusting God that week. Which reminds me of a favorite Psalm:

Psalm 2:1  Why are the nations so angry? Why are the people making such foolish plans? 2 Their kings and leaders join together to fight against the LORD and his chosen king. 3 They say, "Let's rebel against them. Let's break free from them!" 4  But the one who rules in heaven laughs at them. The Lord makes fun of them.  Psa 2:5  He speaks to them in anger, and it fills them with fear. 6 He says, "I have chosen this man to be king, and he will rule on Zion, my holy mountain." 7 Let me tell you about the LORD'S agreement: He said to me, "Today I have become your father, and you are my son. 8 If you ask, I will give you the nations. Everyone on earth will be yours. 9 You will rule over them with great power. You will scatter your enemies like broken pieces of pottery!" 10 So, kings and rulers, be smart and learn this lesson. 11 Serve the LORD with fear and trembling. 12 Show that you are loyal to his son, or the Lord will be angry and destroy you. He is almost angry enough to do that now, but those who go to him for protection will be blessed. (ERV translation)

Church attacked by Kentucky mayor, defended by federal judge

This_Judge_ruled_like_a_Christian_Historian reprints the entire ruling of Federal District Judge Justin R. Walker, ruling against the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky who had ordered $500 fines for everyone attending a drive-in Easter service where cars would park 6 feet from each other and keep the windows rolled at least half way up. In addition to fines, the mayor ordered police to write down license numbers and ordered the health department to go to members' homes afterwards and impose a 14-day quarantine. Here are excerpts:

Four days ago, defendant Mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer said it was “with a heavy heart” that he was banning religious services, even if congregants remain in their cars during the service.(36) He asserted, “It’s not really practical or safe to accommodate drive-up services taking place in our community.”(37) Drive-through restaurants and liquor stores are still open.(38) Two days ago, on Holy Thursday, the Mayor threatened church members and pastors if they hold a drive-in Easter service....
There is no doubt that society has the strongest of interests in curbing the growth of a deadly disease, which is the interest Mayor Fischer and Metro Louisville (together, “Louisville”) has asserted when ordering churches and churchgoers to stay home on Easter. “When faced with a society-threatening epidemic, a state may implement emergency measures that curtail constitutional rights so long as the measures have at least some ‘real or substantial relation’ to the public health crisis and are not ‘beyond all question, a plain, palpable invasion of rights secured by the fundamental law.’”
The Court does not mean to impugn the perfectly legal business of selling alcohol, nor the legal and widely enjoyed activity of drinking it. But if beer is “essential,” so is Easter.
Religion is not “some purely personal avocation that can be indulged entirely in secret, like pornography, in the privacy of one’s room. For most believers, it is not that, and has never been.”(67) Instead, just as many religions reinforce their faith and their bonds with the faithful through religious assemblies, many Christians take comfort and draw strength from Christ’s promise that “where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.”(68) Indeed, as On Fire points out, “the Greek word translated ‘church’ in our English versions of the Christian scriptures is the word ‘ekklesia,’ which literally means ‘assembly.’”(69)
It is true that On Fire’s church members could believe in everything Easter teaches them from their homes on Sunday. So too could the Pilgrims before they left Europe. But the Pilgrims demanded more than that. And so too does the Free Exercise Clause. It “guarantees the free exercise of religion, not just the right to inward belief.”(70) That promise is as important for the minister as for those ministered to, as vital to the shepherd as to the sheep. And it is as necessary now as when the Mayflower met Plymouth Rock. Nor is there any evidence that churches are less essential than every other business that is currently allowed to be open – liquor stores among them.
You do not have to share On Fire’s faith to believe that celebrating that faith – while gathered together in praise of the One they believe healed the sick and conquered death – will bring hope to many in need of hope this Holy Week.

God praised by President Trump

On Friday the 13th, the President had declared a national emergency; it is in that connection that, the following day, he called for a Day of Prayer on the 15th, on Sunday. Although limiting national prayer and repentance to a single day is tragically dangerous, especially in a nation that lets its aborticide dungeons remain open for their bloody business even in violation of voluntary shutdowns, still, a presidential acknowledgment of God even on one day, in a nation so far from God, is a refreshing move of the Holy Spirit.

Here is the text of President Trump's proclamation:

Proclamation on the National Day of Prayer for all Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts Issued on: March 14, 2020
In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty. As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship. But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones. I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.
As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle. We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7: “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.” Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time. With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.
On Friday, I declared a national emergency and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. I now encourage all Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the response, especially our Nation’s outstanding medical professionals and public health officials who are working tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals who are working to ensure the health and safety of our communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders. We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country. As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91: “He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help. Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been. As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before. May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts. I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth. DONALD J. TRUMP

God not only UNDERSTANDS coronavirus, and knows how to HEAL it, but USES it

Acknowledgement of God as robust as the President's is rare in America, and acknowledgment of our national sins whose national consequences include many serious physical threats, which God refrains from miraculously mitigating as needed to get us to be more spiritually careful. I must personally confess that I also, when I originally posted this article, forgot about this spiritual dimension of plagues, and did not include it until I was reminded of it by Bill Whatcott.

Canadian anti-sodomite and antiabortion activist Bill Whatcott lays out a few Scriptures about that. After reviewing some of the wild conspiracy theories he has heard, and showing a picture of police not practicing the "social distancing" they impose on others - police who arrested leaders of an outdoor church meeting with people standing 10' apart, he writes:

Ultimately, I believe God has allowed this pandemic to come upon us and chastise us for our sin and rebellion against His Law and the rejection of His redeeming Gospel.....
"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil." John 3:19
Here is a Biblical account of Elijah the prophet bringing a warning of a plague to a wicked King in Israel who reminds me of Justin Trudeau, who happens to "admire China's basic communist dictatorship:"
" The Lord will strike your people with a serious affliction—your children, your wives, and all your possessions; and you will become very sick with a disease of your intestines, until your intestines come out by reason of the sickness, day by day." 2 Chronicles 21:14, 15
Here is a Biblical account of Moses warning the Pharoah of great plagues that were about to befall Egypt:
"At this time I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth." Exodus 9:24
While Scripture is clear that God can send plagues, pestilence, and poverty onto a land that rebels and rejects His Holy standard, it is also clear when a people repents and turns to Him, He will relent and forgive their sin and heal their land.
"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:13-15
From where I sit, as I refect on how Canada has embraced sexual perversion (homosexuality, polyamory, pornography, etc...), the murder of the unborn (abortion), the murder of the elderly and disabled (euthanasia), and is now persecuting truth tellers such as, David Lynn, Mary Wagner, Linda Gibbons, Stefan Jetchick, etc..... I believe we are a nation that has become hardened and arrogant and we are ripe for judgment.
As much as I hate to see Canadians confined to their homes, people sick and dying in our hospitals and long term care homes, out of control deficit spending and our economy deteriorating rapidly to the point that the threat of food insecurity (unheard of in Canada for nearly a century) is looming; I think God has had to send us this wake up call.
So far I am not sure Canadians are getting the message. Our politicians and media have decided we need our internet porn, and cannabis and liquor stores to remain open so we can cope with the government imposed unemployment and isolation. Interestingly, these same politicians and the talking heads in our media are unaminous that under no circumstance can religious services be held during this pandemic. Having taken three semesters of church history, I am not aware of any other point in history where so many churches have been closed in so many countries and more amazingly it seems the vast majority of clergy have chosen to close with no actual attempt to challenge these extreme, indefinate, orders or offer the authorities constructive alternatives.

Moses' Hygiene Rules Prove the Bible came from God

Another preacher who remembered the "Does God understand radar?" survey was Joe McKeever. His article is a great overview of Moses' hygiene laws, of what practical advice they were for a primitive culture that had never seen a germ, of the contrast those sensible laws were with the disease-breeding practices of all other nations of that time, and of resistance until recently of doctors to the most powerful evidence of the need for Moses-level hygiene. Here is part of his summary of Moses' hygiene laws:

–“And he placed the laver between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing. And from it Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet. When they entered the tent of meeting, and when they approached the altar, they washed, just as the Lord had commanded Moses” (Exodus 40:30-32).
–The bodies of sacrificial beasts were often burned “outside the camp.” See Leviticus 4:12,21, and 8:17 for starters. (Also, in reference to that, see Hebrews 13:10-14.)
–Leviticus 11 lists foods which were unclean (and thus forbidden) to God’s people. We know now that those animals were most susceptible to disease and thus food from them would pose the biggest threat to Israel.
–Leviticus 12 has laws for the purification of the mother after childbirth. Blood issues were a major concern, and for good reason.
–Leviticus 13 has tests for leprosy and provisions for quarantining those with communicable diseases. Some consisted of a mere seven days, but in the case of all-out leprosy, “all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp” (13:46). The book referenced below–“None of These Diseases” by S. I. McMillen–says it was the discovery of the quarantine from Scripture that stopped the Black Plague in its tracks.
–Leviticus 14-15 contain provisions for cleansing unhealthy places. It might involve tearing down a house altogether, burning one’s contaminated clothing, or simply waiting a period of time.
Other texts…
–“And the Lord will remove from you all sickness, and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known…” (Deuteronomy 7:15). This reminds us of Exodus 15:26, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.” (“None of These Diseases” is the title of the best-seller from missionary physician S. I. McMillen, which first introduced many of us to the amazing provisions of God to the Israelites for their health, far in advance of the discoveries of modern medical science.)
–And this most practical text: “You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there, and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn to cover up your excrement” (Deuteronomy 23:12-13). God even provided for the sanitary disposal of human sewage!

"Common Sense" might cause our first impression to be "of course staying away from sick people is safest", which is the opposite of what these Scriptures indicate, which in turn will lead Christians to question whether they should be interpreted the way they seem to mean.

And yet the practice of modern medicine is in harmony with God's promises: doctors and nurses serve the sickest all the time, yet we are used to them being among the healthiest Americans. How can this be?

Can God be right? Can it be that God actually understands coronavirus, and that the safest response to it for humans really is to serve others?

As for what God understands, consider a bit of the context McKeever points out in which God gave Moses such medically advanced knowledge:

Dr. McMillen, in None of These Diseases, pointed out that 1500 years B.C., God had told Israel that after touching a dead body, they were to be unclean for a period of time, were to burn their clothing, and to wash themselves, but not in a basin of stagnant water. Scripture called for running water!
Some might insist, said McMillen, that Moses had learned all these things from growing up living in Egypt. McMillen dismisses this. The current practice in Egypt at that time called for dung to be applied to wounds and holes to be drilled in skulls to cure headaches!
Moses said he got this wisdom from God on Sinai. It was such a remarkable advance in medical science, that we should believe him.

In other words, the fact that way before modern medical tools existed, modern medical wisdom was published in the Bible, distilled into succinct, practical, and effective rules able to be followed in a primitive technology. This intelligence, available nowhere else in that superstitious time, and impossible for humans who had never seen a germ to imagine, proves this intelligence was superhuman. It proves that the Bible contains the wisdom of God.

Modern scientific backing for God's promises of protection

What keeps doctors and nurses healthy?

Three natural explanations of how ministering to the sick keeps doctors and nurses healthy: (1) by ministering to the sick their whole lives, doctors and nurses learn much more about sickness than the rest of us; (2) by learning how to cure patients, they learn how to cure themselves; and (3) by exposing themselves to pathogens in carefully controlled conditions, they build up immunity.

Anxiety makes us dumb

A fourth natural explanation is that avoiding human needs, like the priest and the Levite in the Good Samaritan story, shows fear, and anxiety makes us dumb.

Anxiety about danger, as opposed to the courage and sense of purpose that inspires heroes to overcome danger, makes us dumb. "The cognitive deficit of being preoccupied with money problems was equivalent to a loss of 13 IQ points, losing an entire night's sleep or being a chronic alcoholic, according to the study....The state of worrying where your next meal is going to come from – you have uncertain income or you have more expenses than you can manage and you have to juggle all these things and constantly being pre-occupied about putting out these fires – takes up so much of your mental bandwidth, that you have less in terms of cognitive capacity to deal with things which may not be as urgent as your immediate emergency, but which are, nevertheless, important for your benefit in the medium or longer term." "We can lose 13–20 IQ points in a moment of anxiety." "As the coronavirus crisis gets worse, some people’s behavior seems to be getting more and more irrational. There is a scientific reason why. Science shows that under pressure and stress we lose the equivalent of 10-15 IQ points."

Luke 10:30  And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34  And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. 

Why did the priest and the Levite cross on the other side of the street to avoid the injured man? Well, partly because they didn't want the duty of helping him, which would have been personally costly. Also because they feared spending any longer on that robber-infested highway than necessary; they didn't want to become victims themselves. During the Spanish Flue pandemic of 1918, people were so fearful of coming close to flu victims, that many died of starvation just because no one would help them.

Anxiety makes us dumb, says the above research. The priest and the Levite, and the folks in 1918 who wouldn't help, made themselves dumb. Making yourself dumb is not a smart way to escape the danger of a pandemic.

(On the other hand, maybe we shouldn't take research too seriously, because "those with anxiety disorder tended to have higher IQ scores than healthy people"! while among healthy people, "those with high IQ scores tended to have low levels of worry, and those with low IQ scores tended to have high levels of worry". And people say we should trust science over the Bible because it is the Bible which contradicts itself!)

Anxiety makes us sick; Faith makes us well

Fear is a main reason people during the 1918 Spanish Flue pandemic wouldn't help those in desperate need, and it is a main reason many people would not think of helping today.

Fear is bad for your health. That is common knowledge. It is intuitive. But the connection has also been measured. This is by no means a comprehensive report on the evidence, but is only what turned up after a few minutes of googling:

Placebos and Nocebos: the Physical Effects of Hope v. Fear

The Mayo Clinic: [Many of the "symptoms" of anxiety ARE health problems:] Common anxiety signs and symptoms include: Feeling nervous, restless or tense; Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom; Having an increased heart rate; Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation); Sweating; Trembling; Feeling weak or tired; Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry; Having trouble sleeping; Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems; Having difficulty controlling worry; Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
"The causes of anxiety disorders aren't fully understood." [My comment: Well duh, that's because the people trusted to understand it have developed a fantasy therapy from which the wisdom of God is excluded. To the extent we actually believe the promises of Jesus, how is anxiety even possible?!]
Examples of medical problems that can be linked to anxiety include: Heart disease; Diabetes; Thyroid problems, such as hyperthyroidism; Respiratory disorders, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma; Drug misuse or withdrawal; Withdrawal from alcohol, anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepines) or other medications; Chronic pain or irritable bowel syndrome; Rare tumors that produce certain fight-or-flight hormones.
Very Well Mind: What research has clearly shown is that those who have physical health problems complicated by anxiety tend to have worse symptoms, respond less well to treatment, and are more likely to have fatal illnesses.
"...students with social phobia scored lower on measures of general health and vitality...." "...those with chronic respiratory disease such as asthma or COPD have been shown to have higher rates of anxiety...." "Higher rates of anxiety have been linked to the development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in those diagnosed with gastroenteritis." "A connection has been shown between phobic anxiety and sudden cardiac death. People with hypertension, thyroid disease, and cancer have been shown to have higher rates of anxiety. A study of 4,181 individuals found that most people with both anxiety and physical health problems reported developing anxiety first."
Power of Positivity: Professor Ted Kaptchuk of Harvard Medical School tested 270 patients seeking relief from arm pain. Half were given acupuncture; the other half were given pain relief pills. Except that the pills were just corn starch, and the acupuncture needles retracted so they never pierced the skin. Most reported relief from their pain; but a few who had been told there might be side effects, reported those side effects! The study documented the effects on our health of what we believe.
Other studies have shown that the belief that one has been treated has produced measurable physical improvements, "including positive changes in blood pressure, a decrease in depression and fatigue. It proves successful in improving chemical activity in the brain and some symptoms of Parkinson’s....In general, when we think we are healthy, we tend to be healthier. And when we think we are sick, we tend to exhibit symptoms in line with our thoughts."
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences links positive thinking with improved health and brain activity from negative thoughts with a weakened immune system. Brain activity was studied in a group asked to remember a joyful event; others were asked to remember a fearful event. Then they were given the standard flu vaccine, and the levels of antibodies in each group was measured - for six months! Those who developed the strongest immunity to flu were those with the most brain activity in the part of their brain associated with happy thoughts!
Barbara Frederickson showed positive films to some and negative films to others, and then asked them to write down, for a variety of situations, how they would respond. Those who had just been uplifted by positive films proved the more creative problem solvers.
Fabrizio Benedetti "at the University of Turin Medical School took 100 students up into the Italian Alps. A few days before the trip he told one person in the group that the thin air in the Alpine altitude could cause migraines. On the day of the trip, the rumor spread to about ¼ of the group. Furthermore, those that heard the rumor experienced the worst headaches. And a saliva test showed symptoms of low oxygen conditions. (BBC adds, "a study of their saliva showed an exaggerated response to the low oxygen conditions, including a proliferation of the enzymes that are associated with altitude headache.") Benedetti's conclusion: “The brain biochemistry changed in the ‘socially infected’ individuals. Negative expectations can be communicated to your friends, neighbors, and the like, and they spread very quickly, producing social nocebo effects in a large population of subjects.”
BBC, 2015: Erich Menninger von Lerchenthal, an 18th century Viennese doctor, told of a deadly prank. Students jumped an unpopular assistant and told him he would be decapitated. They blindfolded him, put his head on a chopping block, and instead of a steel blade, dropped a wet cloth on his neck. Apparently because he thought the cloth was a steel blade and that his head was severed, he instantly died.
Every clinical trial of a new drug gives "placebos" (inert pills such as sugar or corn starch) to half the people in the trial. To pass the trial, the people receiving the actual drug being tested must improve at a significantly higher rate than those receiving the placebo, because many improve who receive the placebo just from thinking they are being helped. That is called the placebo effect. (Latin for "I will please".) But there are also negative "side effects" which are disclosed to both groups; and even the group receiving the placebo reports those side effects, again just from thinking the drug is making them sick. That is called the nocebo effect. (Latin for "I will harm".) “'It’s a consistent phenomenon, but medicine has never really dealt with it,' says Ted Kaptchuk at Harvard Medical School."
By reviewing medical research, Dimos Mitsikostas, from Athens Naval Hospital in Greece, has documented strong nocebo effects in treatments for headaches, depression, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson's. 65% of Parkinson's patients report negative effects from their placebo, and one in 10 drop out of those trials! “'It’s unbelievable – they are taking sugar pills and when you measure liver enzymes, they are elevated,' says Mitsikostas." Yet the pain is real, physical, and measurable. "measures of nerve activity following nocebo treatment have shown that the spinal cord begins responding to heightened pain before conscious deliberation would even be possible.
Roy Reeves, MD, reported in 2007 a patient suffering from depression who swallowed a whole bottle of pills, but quickly regretted it and rushed himself to ER where he collapsed. "his blood pressure had plummeted, and he was hyperventilating; he was immediately given intravenous fluids. Yet blood tests could find no trace of the drug in his system." Four hours later another doctor arrived and informed the man that the pills he "overdosed" on were sugar pills given him as part of a clinical trial. Relieved, the man quickly recovered!
In the late 1800's, many people thought their newfangled telephones were causing "giddiness and wracking pain". "Electro-sensitivity" is "an allergic reaction to mobile phone signals and wi-fi", but many experiments have produced the same symptoms when people are exposed to a "sham transmitter that doesn’t actually emit any electromagnetic waves." People in clinical trials get sick from an inert vaccine. " In 2013, Rubin found that simply showing a short video on electro-sensitivity was enough to trigger later symptoms – and the evidence seems to show that outbreaks of “wind turbine syndrome” follow local media reports." James Rubin at King’s College London."In 2013, found that simply showing a short video on electro-sensitivity was enough to trigger later symptoms – and the evidence seems to show that outbreaks of “wind turbine syndrome” follow local media reports."
Mitsikostas concludes, "For millennia, medicine was basically placebo – by using expectation, magicians used the will to heal. It is not enough to overcome disease – but it is indispensable."

Faith - "expectation" - "is not enough to overcome disease", meaning "real" disease, the doctor concludes. Which is a reasonable conclusion in light of the fact that in clinical trials, "real" drugs outperform placebos.

But placebos/nocebos are “a consistent phenomenon, but medicine has never really dealt with it", according to Ted Kaptchuk at Harvard Medical School. Because modern medicine "has never really dealt with" the healing power of faith, it is premature to conclude that Jesus was wrong in saying rather categorically that faith "is not enough to overcome disease".

Of course, it matters what your faith is in. Absolute faith in a lie will not make it true. We need a lot more truth. But we are limited in how much we will ever get, while we dismiss what Jesus told us about healing as not even worth talking about.

Evidence that Christian Faith Heals

The Huffington Post, a liberal news source not given to praising God, carried the report of Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D, author of "Healing Gods" and "Testing Prayer". Her article reports several reports of medically inexplicable cures coinciding with intercessory prayer with direct human contact - that is, someone nearby praying, talking, discussing, perhaps "laying hands", as opposed to studies where people are asked to pray for people remotely who do not know they are being prayed for.

Dr. Kathryn Butler, in 2018, was drawn closer to God by a patient's miraculous cure, but she warns that focusing on not dying only, when we all must die, "When we ignore God’s work in suffering, and cleave breathlessly only to our hope for a cure, we forsake opportunities for closure, fellowship, and spiritual preparation at the end of life....are more likely to pursue aggressive measures at the end of life, and more likely to die in an ICU....we need not fear death. Christ has overcome, and through his resurrection death has lost its sting (1 Corinthians 15:55–57)....we may chase after treatments that not only fail to save us, but which also rob us of our capacities to think, communicate, and pray in our final days....And if cure does not come, a single-minded focus on healing strands ourselves and those we love with unsettling doubts about the validity of our faith."

"Gill" writes about her recovery from cancer in 2013. She had surgery, but at several points describes the surprise of doctors that the tumor was smaller than expected, cancer had not spread, she recovered rapidly, and the peace she displayed from the moment she was diagnosed. Perhaps most helpful to the rest of us from her report are the Scriptures that gave her peace:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 TIMOTHY 1:7)

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (PSALM 27:1)

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 PETER 5:7)

“… let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (JOHN 14:27)

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.” (JEREMIAH 17:14)

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (ISAIAH 53:5)

A Century of Research

In 2012 an analysis was published of all the medical and psychiatric research done between 1872 and 2010! It was published by Harold G. Koenig of Duke University, in ISRN Psychiatry, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

The research technically did not distinguish between the effects of Biblical faith and of other faiths, but only the difference that "religion/spirituality" made. The link above is to a very long, detailed report, of which the following is a very brief summary. But the following quote from the analysis is a clue that most of the research was about the benefits of Judeo-Christian faith. This quote lists qualities which are not at all present in all religions, but are exclusive to Christianity, and to subcategories of other religions to the extent they are influenced by Christianity.

...most religions emphasize love of others, compassion, and altruistic acts as well as encourage meeting together during religious social events. These prosocial behaviors have many consequences that buffer stress and lead to human support when support is needed during difficult times. Because religion encourages the helping of others and emphasizes a focus outside of the self, engagement in other-helping activities may increase positive emotions and serve to distract from one's own problems. Religion also promotes human virtues such as honesty, forgiveness, gratefulness, patience, and dependability, which help to maintain and enhance social relationships.

Islam has no concept of love that reaches even to enemies. Hinduism finds honesty a challenging concept because Hinduism teaches that there is no truth, but only "illusion". Islam dehumanizes unbelievers as "apes and pigs"; Hinduism dehumanizes its large poor population as "untouchables". Islam violently suppresses any true statements which any imam thinks "insults Mohammed"; Hinduism not only has disinterest in true statements, but its goal, attempted through its meditation, is to empty one's mind of any thinking, or desires (goals) at all.

By confusing all religions for each other, the author blames all religions equally, too: "Religion may also be used to justify hatred, aggression, prejudice, and the exclusion of others; gain power and control over vulnerable individuals (as seen in cults); foster rigid thinking and obsessive practices; lead to anxiety, fear, and excessive guilt over minor infractions (and even self-mutilation in some cases); produce psychosocial strains due to failure to live up to high religious standards; lead to escape from dealing with family problems (through excessive involvement in religious or spiritual activities)...."

Of course all believers of all religions experience all these errors to varying degrees. They are "sins", and "there is none righteous". But cultures inspired primarily by Scriptures honoring service and love are very different than cultures that reverence greatness through murder and rage.

Because of the fact that the author links these uniquely Christian qualities to the health benefits of "religion/spirituality", we should presume that the "religions" dominating these studies was the one which exudes these qualities: namely, Christianity. With this caveat: some of the studies are about the effectiveness of yoga in reducing things like stress. Stress is a bit less defined, objective, and measurable than things like heart attacks; my summary of the study focuses on more objective things.

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is less among the religious, according to 9 of 13 studies; one reported more heart disease. 11 of 16 studies found better heart health in several other areas among the religious; none found worse health.

Stroke: four of nine studies found lower risk among the religious. (Cerebrovascular disease, hypertension and other risk factors.) One study found more carotid artery thickening, creating a higher risk, but 30% of that group was African American, a group known to be both highly religious and at high risk of stroke.

Alzheimer's, Dementia: 8 of 14 studies found stronger cognitive function among the religious; 3 studies found weaker function. Part of the incidence of weaker function is accounted for by the fact that the religions live longer, so they are more likely to reach older ages where cognition tends to decline.

Immune Function: 15 of 27 studies found that the religious have stronger immune systems. One found a negative effect. Of the 14 studies with the highest quality ratings, 10 reported stronger immunity; none reported less immunity.

Infections, HIV: 8 of 12 studies found stronger resistance among the religious. None found weaker resistance.

Cancer: 16 of 29 studies found lower cancer rates among the religious; 2 found a worse prognosis. Of the 20 most carefully done studies, 12 found lower cancer rates among the religious; none found otherwise. Better health among religious is accounted for partly by better health behaviors - less smoking, drinking, drugs, etc, less stress, and higher social support.

Long life: 82 of 121 studies reported significantly longer life for the religious; 5 reported shorter lifespans. Of the 63 most carefully done studies, 47 reported longer lives; 3 reported shorter. Frequency of church attendance is a strong predictor of longer life. The significance of the effect of religion is equivalent to the effects of cholesterol lowering drugs or exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation.

Psychological health: religion helps people cope. It imbues negative events with meaning and purpose. It lowers depression, stress, anxiety, and raises positive emotions. Several randomized clinical trials show that religion improves mental health, while poor mental health worsens physical health and shortens lives.

Social health: the religious have better social support, more stable marriages, less crime, more "social capital". Religion encourage honesty, courage, dependability, altruism, generosity, forgiveness, self-discipline, patience, humility, and other characteristics that promote social relationships. Religious involvement not only provides opportunities for altruism but increases the flow of health information. By enhancing social interactions, community trust, and involvement, religion increases mental health, which improves physical health.

Health Behaviors: religion discourages smoking, drinking, risky sex, and drugs; encourages exercise, better diet, completely safe sex. A CNN report January 3, 2009, described Gertrude Baines, born to former slaves in 1894, as “spry,” “cheerful,” and “talkative.” When she was 112 years old, Ms. Baines was asked by a CNN correspondent to explain why she thought she had lived so long. Her reply: “God. Ask Him. I took good care of myself, the way he wanted me to.” Brief and to the point. She was a year short of the 115 year record in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The analysis of a century of research concludes: "Religious beliefs provide satisfying answers to existential questions, such as 'where did we come from,' 'why are we here,' and 'where are we going,' and the answers apply to both this life and the next life, thus reducing existential angst. These beliefs also help to normalize loss and change and provide role models of persons suffering with the same or similar problems (often illustrated in religious scriptures). Thus, religious beliefs have the potential to influence the cognitive appraisal of negative life events in a way that makes them less distressing. For people with medical illness, these beliefs are particularly useful because they are not lost or impaired with physical disability—unlike many other coping resources that are dependent on health (hobbies, relationships, and jobs/finances).

Personal Testimony

When I was young, in school, I was an anxious, depressed mess. I wanted to be "worth" something, to be better than others, but my achievements couldn't keep up with my evolving standards. All of that leveled off as a young married adult. Life was comfortable. I was content. Until tragedy struck: I was divorced.

The Bible had profoundly engaged my mind before, but tragedy brought the Bible into my heart, my feelings, and my goals. I studied what made divorce courts such a magnet, and became political. But through the intense human interaction of lobbying, doorknocking, and running for office, I met people suffering different tragedies than my own. I wanted to help. I researched solutions, but then learned how much human resistance there is to solutions. Not only in the very people must devastated by tragedy, but in the organizations created to help them.

Thus my goals vastly outgrew my capacity, my resources, or any logical vision of how to reach them. Except that Jesus promised I actually could, if I don't give up. Except that for the first time in my life, the problems that most concerned me weren't my problems. They were other people's problems. My own problems became much less important to me, and to the extent they troubled me at all, I had learned to trust Jesus' promises in places like Luke 12 not to be anxious about them. I stopped even thinking very hard or long or often about them; I found that indeed, my personal needs were always met, very often just in time, just enough, and by means I never could have planned.

Yet my goals remained, and remain, far beyond the reach of my eyes or my logic. Ecclesiastes 1 says in much wisdom is much grief, and I must have a lot of wisdom, because I feel a lot of grief about so many people suffering so much while I am offer solutions which are stifled by a wall of human mental inertia.

But this grief is different than anxiety. My grief is not for myself; my personal needs are met to my satisfaction. It is not a grief which debilitates my body, but which energizes it, giving me purpose and meaning. In fact, any time the weight of sky high goals becomes heavy, all I have to do is think of Jesus' promises, and remember that I am not doing this for myself, and the weight goes away and I feel like I just plugged myself into a Holy Spirit wall outlet. And after a little more prayer and pleading, understanding of a next step before me comes, and I get busy taking it, during which despair has too little time to fester before hope kills it.

John 15:13 says "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." My personal experience is that love, focused on the needs of others to the exclusion of my own, to the extent of even being somewhat bored by my own, lifts the weights that used to be on my heart. It rejuvenates my body. It removes the anxiety that makes bodies sick and old. It removes the despair of not understanding one's purpose in life.

In short, just one natural consequence of Biblical love is a body prepared to resist disease, even before taking into account any miraculous, supernatural protection from God.

I conclude that God isn't the one that's stupid. It's the rest of us. God understands coronavirus. He understands what our bodies need to resist it. He provides a general outline of basic hygiene practices, and then tells us about Love, which our bodies need beyond basic hygiene.

Therefore, the safest thing for our bodies as well as for our souls, hearts, and minds, is to serve others at every opportunity; carefully, responsibly, but sacrificially. Putting the needs of others way behind "keeping ol' #1 safe" is like shooting your foot. It's like kicking roses barefoot. It's dumb. It's not safe.

Other relevant passages

Jesus' Hygiene

Luke 11:37  After Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee asked Jesus to eat with him. So he went and took a place at the table. 38  But the Pharisee was surprised when he saw that Jesus did not wash his hands first before the meal.  39  The Lord said to him, "The washing you Pharisees do is like cleaning only the outside of a cup or a dish. But what is inside you? You want only to cheat and hurt people. 40  You are foolish! The same one who made what is outside also made what is inside. 41  So pay attention to what is inside. Give to the people who need help. Then you will be fully clean. 

Does this say Jesus didn't believe in germs?

God gave hygiene laws through Moses. He told us what meats are safe to eat, told us how to clean ourselves after contact with dead animals, how to deal with mold in the walls of a house, and all God's rules make sense in light of today's knowledge of germs; they were practical rules that kept technologically primitive people safe.

But God never told anyone to wash their hands before meals. That was a law invented by the Pharisees, not one of whom owned a microscope so he could even see a germ. And indeed today, in our medically advanced culture, people do not have a handwashing station at the entrances to restaurants. So apparently Jesus' answer to the Pharisees is an answer that any doctor today might have given them, had he sufficient courage.

While Jesus' challenge was in harmony with today's medical best practices, it was a startling challenge to today's political status quo. Because were Christians today to follow His example, they would challenge today's health requirements that are supported neither by the Bible nor by sound science.

Be Careful, but Serve, and Trust

Matthew 4:6  He [Satan] said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, jump off, because the Scriptures say, 'God will command his angels to help you, and their hands will catch you, so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.'" 7  Jesus answered, "The Scriptures also say, 'You must not test the Lord your God.'" 

Yes, Psalm 91 really did say those who trust in God will be protected by God's angels from even tripping over a rock. Yet Jesus says jumping off a cliff deliberately just to feel angel hands is "testing God". God wants us to partner with Him in keeping ourselves safe; just as parents protect their children from all kinds of dangers they are too immature to understand, yet expect their children to partner with them in growing up wise and safe, God expects adults to grow wiser, ever more mature, and increasingly able to master all the challenges of reality, yet God remains ever ready to save us from utter disaster, yet while prodding us to maturity with enough painful natural consequences to snap us out of our apathy.

To the incredible list of dangers which Psalm 91 tells us God will deliver us, Jesus adds, in the closing verses of Mark, that those who believe will drink poisons and handle deadly snakes, without harm. But in the context of Matthew 4:7, we are to understand Mark doesn't mean we should go out and buy a jug of lye and chug it down in front of a TV camera to show how God will protect us, while sitting in a rattlesnake pit. Jesus' protection is for when we couldn't avoid the poisons. And Jesus didn't say there would be no harm in each and every case.

A current example of trust in God's protection from coronavirus that did not turn out well was Bishop Gerald Glenn of The New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Virginia who died of the disease after holding a full church service in defiance of Virginia's order to shut down meetings of over 10 people. The official church announcement video of his passing states that even on his way to the "operating room", he said "God is a healer". The New York Times reported, "At the time, the bishop was quoted by local media outlets as saying that 'I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus.' Local media reported that Bishop Glenn said that he would keep preaching 'unless I’m in jail or the hospital.'”

The virus is serious; it can kill, just like jumping off a cliff. But as dangerous as it is to assume that God will always protect us when duty seems to call us off the cliff, it is just as dangerous to dismiss God's general promises of protection and live as if God will never miraculously deliver us from the dangers in the places He calls us to serve. Let us not rush into danger carelessly, but with all the wisdom and care we can muster, let us not hold back from serving.

A memorable example from millions of such miraculous protection is when John the Evangelist was executed by being dipped in boiling oil. He came back up unharmed. Unable to kill the man, his enemies then exiled him to the Isle of Patmos, where he wrote Revelation. A similar modern example is when Nora Lam was executed by a Communist Chinese firing squad. She was not only unharmed, but was immediately able to flee. "China Cry" is the modern movie made about her life, including that event.

Not everyone agrees with me that these verses won't protect us if we chug a jug of lye while sitting in a snake pit. There are still a few churches which handle snakes as part of their test of their faith, even after ministers and children have died from bites. See Snake Handling in Religion.

They rely on these verses:

And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:17-18)
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)
And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. (Acts 28:1-6)

Unnoticed by the remaining snake handling Christians, apparently, is that Paul didn't actually reach into the fire in order to grab that viper, so he could hold it up and say "Watch this! This is really neat!"

So how should we apply these verses to our response to Coronavirus?

The 3 verses that open this article tell us God will protect those who help and protect others, so really, the very safest response to a pandemic is to serve those suffering from it. There was a terrible plague in Rome when the Christian church was young. It was so bad that people fled their homes, leaving cities empty - and leaving behind their sick family members. Christians stepped in, ministering to them. That demonstration of love caused considerable growth to the Church. Today, Samaritan's Purse, managed by Franklin Graham, has set up tent hospitals in Italy to help, as Coronavirus cases exceed Italian hospital capacity.

But as we help, we can be as careful as we can. Not only as partners with God in mastering all the challenges of reality, but to avoid hurting the very people we are trying to help, along with ourselves. There is another consideration: even when the particular measures advocated by media and government seem baseless, we can follow them to a reasonable extent, just for the sake of not terrifying people so much that they won't let us get close enough to help them.

Fragments from Emails

I respect the measures recommended, up until the point where they would restrict me from serving others; at that point, it is pulling back from opportunities to serve that would make me most fearful of losing God's protection. March 20

From a friend: We felt terrible that we could not ask you in, but the truth is, you are both our age and you are at risk to get the WuFlu as well as us. We don't want to spread it or get it. Last night X had chills overnight and I doubt it is anything, but the point is, we never know and from what I have read, this is not a nice way to die.

Also, they are telling us that the more that get infected, the more risk that the hospitals are overwhelmed and chaos ensues. So we feel it best to have no contact for a while. I have been writing the President and senators to ask them to simply sequester all older persons or those who have health issues which put them in a high-risk category and let the rest of America go back to work. I believe if he doesn't do this, society will break down soon and it will be bad. If he sunk just a tiny portion of the money he is throwing at this issue into separating out older people safely and voluntarily, we would be fine and the rest of the city would be able to go about their business, knowing that there is little risk to them, plus hospitals could handle it. Don't you think this makes more sense than destroying the economy and civil society?

We would have loved to sit with you both and talk for a while and had some dessert or something. But this is where we are and we believe it is long-overdue judgment and is mixed with extreme kindness, considering how it is actually rolling out. Please accept my apology that we could not have you in. Please take this seriously and don't get sick and stress the hospital system and risk infecting others. It is a temporary inconvenience and hits our pocketbooks, but we may be able to weather it with God's graceful help if he wills. We love you both. (Received March 22)

My response March 22: As for letting the young people go, they are getting infected at nearly the rate of oldsies; the difference being the mortality rate, which is 10 times higher after 70. Still only 2%. But obviously if all the youngsies mix as usual, their .1% mortality rate will still be horrible, besides the impossibility then of protecting the oldsies.

As for quarantining all the oldsies, a hit to the pocketbook is an optimistic view of driving old people out of their homes into the streets where they will be more vulnerable. That is, people who need to work to pay those sky high property taxes, which so far are not being delayed.

As for ourselves, our business has always been lucky to see half a dozen people a day, so it is about like staying home. Trump's guidelines are for oldsies to stay home, but there is no definition beyond that general principle; so oldsies still shop as needed. Work? Property taxes are due the end of this month. Something like $5,000 for us here in Polk County. We are still a few hundred dollars short. We have a reverse mortgage on the house and a contract on the store building; our contracts require property taxes to be promptly paid. At some point the calculation needs to be made: the deaths at risk from the virus vs the lives at risk from suspending the economy. I appreciate that federal tax deadlines are delayed 3 months, although we didn't make enough to owe any; but Polk County property taxes are collected by a Democrat-run board of supervisors, which has not announced any relief.

Not that my fear of the virus is simply overshadowed by my fear of financial ruin. My fear of either is simply overshadowed by my trust in God.

If you would like to visit safely, come interact with me at savetheworld.saltshaker.us. Or call. Or call with questions about how to interact at savetheworld.saltshaker.us.

X didn't SAY we couldn't come in and visit; but I assumed that was your wish. After we left there, we drove over to Steve and Kay Stroh's place and visited for an hour - not that I expected it. Their living room is too piled high with debris for us to be able to crawl through, but they came right out to our car. I asked Steve if he washes his hands every 5 minutes; he said, every 5 days. He said he had been working that day in the basement to get debris off the floor so it doesn't rot when it floods, which is only when it rains. He said he must have worked 35 minutes doing that, and cleared an area at least two feet square.

I read at Heritage.org that Iran may have 2 million infections; a dozen top leaders, plus many clerics, have died, and mass graves are being dug for commoners. China is their biggest trading partner, so many Chinese workers are in construction in Iran. They have millions of pilgrims visiting their "unholy sites", which they don't want to close and lose that money. Worshipers video themselves licking shrines to show their faith in the curative powers of the devil.

I don't take long life for granted. God has already been very generous with time for me and Dorothy. There remains much good for others I want to do, so I do lean on God's promises that these mountains will finally fall, and that I will see at least some of it. I understand that God wants our partnership in keeping ourselves safe by reasonable means; for example, Matthew 4, jumping off a cliff and expecting protection would be "tempting God". But where keeping myself safe conflicts with serving others, Scripture points to our greater safety being in the latter, and greater danger in the former.

Responses from others

Hey Dave, Thanks for emailing me this. We are praying constantly for the safety of our state and country. I appreciate you reaching out to me during these hectic times. Our verse for the day is Mathew 6:26 - 27. - State Representative Matthew Gurtler, Georgia


Thanks. Stay safe and focus on GOD. - State Representative Gerald Greene, Georgia


We are all in God's hands. - Jay Lawrence, Arizona legislature


Mr. Leach, Thank you very much for sending these vital verses and information. I appreciate it very much. I am sending this to some of my friends and former co-workers. Thank you again. - Dave Struck, Norwood, Pennsylvania


Thanks. - State Representative Lana J. Greenfield, South Dakota


Thanks Dave for your encouragement. I do trust. I trust fully in God! - State Representative Austen Schauer, North Dakota


Dave, I don't have any tildes so I can't follow your typing system. I have already had coronavirus in late Feb to early March, and it was like a minor cold with a touch of sore throat and a touch of fevers that came and went for a few days. Not enough to keep anybody in bed, and only minor symptoms that came and went. Big deal. It's probably all the genes I have from Neanderthal ancestors that kept me going. Hope you are all doing well. - Randy Crawford, near Iowa City, Iowa

Dave Leach response: It is very nice to hear from you! I miss our long conversations.

Thanks for alerting me to the fact that smartphones require an extra step to get a tilde. (On a qwerty keyboard, the tilde is the upper case character to the left of "1". )

On the "numbers" screen, there is a "symbol" symbol that is three characters squeezed into as much space as is elsewhere occupied by a single character . On my phone it is #\=. On other phones it is #+= Press this, and you get lots of weird symbols.

Actually I don't think my software stops working if you don't sign with four tildes. As I explain in "begin!" and FAQ's, the reason I want to stop anonymous posts is because anonymity invites hit-and-run personal attacks which do not contribute to the subject at all and which as often or not make no pretense of addressing the subject of the articles. Just as in a face to face conversation it helps you know how to respond to someone if you know who it is rather than talking to someone wearing a mask and a voice distorter, my dream is real conversations with real people online, who don't always agree but who are willing to reason with each other respectfully. Unfortunately, so far I have failed to interest people in the concept. Dave


Hi Dave, As one who is trying to recover from Covid-19 (because I was volunteering in ICU where the sickest of the sick go), I can empathize with your friends in wanting to isolate. It is a small sacrifice to ask others to stay away unless a visit is absolutely necessary. This is because C-19 is present before one realizes they have it. This is allergy season for many who dismiss initial symptoms and go about their routines until they suddenly become quite symptomatic.

Like everyone else on the planet, I've had the flu several times over the years. But this flu is particularly vicious. Most won't die from it, but for a while that seems to be a good option to escape the unceasing headache, cough and congestion that threatens to overtake one's respiratory system. I started being symptomatic on Sunday but thought it was a sinus infection. On Monday I knew it was more, but I thought it might be a bad cold. On Tuesday and Wednesday the respiratory issues became rather severe and the headache that was mild on Monday became a constant inescapable pain that did not subside in the least until Thursday when it became bearable again.

The coughing and congestion, which I managed aggressively to keep it from going into my lungs, began subsiding yesterday, but not before I coughed so hard I herniated a small area under my right rib cage. Now, though I do not cough as much, it is extra painful to cough as the spasms jerk through that sensitive area.

Today I do not feel any better than yesterday and my legs are so weak I hurried through a morning shower so as not to risk falling in the shower.

Is God judging me? Or is God giving me greater empathy toward others who might become sick later?

When the heavens turn to brass and God withholds rain from a land, Dave, the righteous and the unrighteous often suffer together. It is what we do with our suffering that matters more than the fact that we suffer.

My advice is to stay away from your friends who are fearful and recognize that God is able to give them a degree of wisdom as well.

If you can find it, I recommend reading the November 2017 issue of Smithsonian Magazine in which they describe the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 . The article highlight is about how they took scrapings of that virus and resurrected the DNA from lung tissue to study it. It began as a rather harsh but usual flu virus, but that particular virus, they found, was able to mutate so rapidly and came back as a particularly deadly, more aggressive and more lethal virus. Thus the pandemic spread itself out over a very long "season" of time.

I do not know if Covid-19 is that virus, or not. But I do know we can all set aside the usual social and even work-related routines of life in order to protect others. I do not plan on letting people into my house, nor will I travel about, until I am a week out from having any symptoms. I have Clorox wipes that I intend to use to wipe every surface in my house, once I feel strong enough to take on the task of sanitizing. I consider this to be my best way of protecting others.

God is good, whether we get sick, or not. And as with the man born blind, He can afflict in ways that enhance His glory, even if that means He makes use of any one of us in the process.

Warmly in Christ, Cathy from Oregon; Catherine Ramey "Justice and only justice shall you do."

Dave Leach response: ...At the risk of too simplistic a summary of God's advice, my conclusion as applied to you is that by volunteering, you were doing exactly the safest thing, even for yourself, and God will bless you for it. But we still need to be careful, as you are: even though God promises protection, Jesus tells us not to jump off cliffs....