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Vitamin D Deficiency May Explain Why Black People Have Higher COVID Mortality Rates

An MIT study has found that race plays a major role, as much as age and one’s preexisting conditions, in a COVID-19 patient’s chance of survival. Apparently, black people have a higher death rate.

CBS Boston quotes the study author thus: “We controlled for that share of the population that has health insurance, diabetes, smoking, obesity. So, it’s got to be something that’s not that. It could be something like the quality of the insurance or the quality of the health care system.” In other words, they aren’t saying it overtly, but I think it is implied that the insurance and health care systems might be “racist,”  as a reference to “systemic racism” that we’ve been hearing about in the news these days.

But there is a good explanation in terms of certain dietary factors. Like lack of vitamin D is a good explanation, in my opinion. Northwestern University researchers have found that those COVID-19 patients with severe vitamin D deficiency have much higher COVID mortality rates.

Now, some people have criticized that study citing that mainly age is the relevant factor for COVID-19 fatality rates. A high percentage of the COVID-19 deaths are taking place in nursing homes. But the vitamin D deficiency theory makes sense to me given that COVID-19 involves the respiratory tract and fluid buildup in the lungs. According to this article published at NIH, “Vitamin D appears capable of inhibiting pulmonary inflammatory responses while enhancing innate defence mechanisms against respiratory pathogens.”

This article on The Lancet backs up those findings regarding vitamin D deficiency and COVID, citing additional studies, and it mentions that “black and minority ethnic people—who are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency because they have darker skin—seem to be worse affected than white people by COVID-19.”

This study on NIH states: “Blacks and Hispanics consistently manifest lower serum concentrations of 25(OH)D than non-Hispanic whites [8–12], primarily because increased skin pigmentation inhibits cutaneous synthesis of cholecalciferol, the metabolic precursor to 25(OH)D [13]. This has led many investigators to conclude that blacks and Hispanics are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency than whites [8–12], and as a result, may also have increased risk of developing associated chronic disease conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer [14, 15].” (And COVID-19?)

For some reason it really seems to be difficult to get mainstream medical practitioners, researchers and journalists to take the importance of nutrition (and malnutrition) seriously. It has been my own personal experience that mainstream doctors are either overly (and irrationally) faithful in the pharmaceutical industry or they are just dishonestly connected to those companies, or both.

Note how the government “public health experts” such as Dr. Fauci and our state officials rarely if ever even mention the importance of being nutritionally fit to defend against COVID-19 or any other type of disease including the flu.

But I think that the initial MIT researchers I mentioned at the top in their not even considering nutritional deficiencies and instead wanting to look at the insurance or health care systems, tells us something.

Important Study: Asymptomatic COVID Carriers Infectivity of Contacts is Weak

I had written previously that I don’t want to write about “COVID” any more. But, if something comes up I feel compelled to write about it.

So now I hear that a study was done, published on May 13th, 2020, “A study on infectivity of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers,” by Ming Gao, Lihui Yang, Xuefu Chen, Yiyu Deng, Shifang Yang, Hanyi Xu, Zixing Chen, and Xinglin Gao, of Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital and Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences of Guangdong, China. That link is at the U.S. National Institutes of Health website.

The researchers’ conclusions: “Infectivity of some asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers might be weak. Effective prevention and control measures are helpful to prevent COVID-19 spread of asymptomatic carriers. The result of this study may alleviate parts of the public concern about asymptomatic infected people.”

Now, there seem to be typos and misspellings (as well as possible minor Chinese-to-English translation issues), and so I’m not really sure about this study. There don’t seem to be many references to it online (maybe because of the Trump-Pompeo China-hate going on, I don’t know).

But, if there are any other researchers who want to do a study like this, maybe using a larger group of study subjects, that would be helpful. Perhaps a further study with a larger group can confirm the researchers’ conclusions. (However, given that such conclusions here go against the “official narrative,” then we might not see such a follow-up study!)

If it really is true that asymptomatic “carriers” have a low chance or rate of infecting contacts or infecting the public in general, then there is NO need for the goddamn masks or “social distancing,” and all the business closures, job losses, financial collapse and this totalitarian “contact tracing” crap.

The bureaucrats who are inflicting all this on us are literally destroying society as we know it. Especially the longer this goes on. I’ve been around for 55+ years now, and I’ve never seen any of this Alfred Hitchcock movie kind of stuff. It’s totally unnecessary too, given that the infection fatality rate is a tenth of one percent.

And I wanted to give those thoughts on this first, and now I will quote from the study’s Discussion (that was also misspelled) that was on the NIH website (I didn’t copy the footnote numbers here, you’ll have to go to the page for those and other information.):

In this study, we recorded in detail the hospitalized situation, diagnostic procedure, inspection results, treatment plans and clinical outcome of an asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carrier who was laboratory confirmation by RT-PCR assay, but without related symptoms and imaging changes in concert with previous reports…Also, we analyzed epidemiological and clinical data from 455 contacts who had been exposed to the asymptomatic patient. All the 455 contacts were excluded from SARS-CoV-2 infection. Of the 231 quarantined people (196 family members and 35 patients), 229 were removed from medical observation successfully and two died for severe heart failure. New or existing respiratory symptoms were almost appeared in patients, which were considered to be associated with their original disease or complications. A family member complaining of fever was diagnosed as acute tonsillitis ultimately. Unlike COVID-19, normal blood count was found in most contacts…

All CT images showed no sign of COVID-19 infection. Unquestionably, all cases tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid. This fact illustrated that there had been no cases of infection in a relatively dense space.

Since the outbreak, our hospital has taken a series of effective prevention and control measures, which made a considerable effect on preventing the spread in this case. Above all, medical staffs abide by the principle of graded protection strictly. For patients and attendants, each patient can only be accompanied by one attendant, and both need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE). Nevertheless, there is still a risk of transmission of COVID-19 under stringent measures. Primarily, shortages of PPE were common in the early stages. Medical resources were supplied to healthcare workers priorly. Due to these factors, patients and attendants can only wear one mask for a long time, resulting in its ineffective. Besides, we noticed that some patients and relatives wore PPE incorrectly due to the lack of adequate training, which was also possible for hospital staffs. Last but not least, it is unavoidable to take off mask while eating or drinking, which provides an opportunity to spread the virus.

Considering all the mentioned factors, we suggest that there are more important reasons for achieving “Zero infection”. As is well-known, person-to-person transmission through respiratory droplets is the main route of COVID-19 transmission…Earlier research revealed that the viral load of respiratory tract samples in an asymptomatic patient was similar to that in the symptomatic patients…

However, a single sample is difficult to be representative. In the light of “Zero infection” for this case, we venture to guess that the viral load of respiratory tract samples in the asymptomatic patient might not be high. Moreover, although pathogenic nucleic acids can be detected in respiratory tract samples from asymptomatic carriers, the opportunity of transmission is less than that in symptomatic patient owing to the absence of the way expelling pathogen via cough and sneezing.

Based on the foregoing discussion, we conclude that the infectivity of some asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers might be weak. This finding implicates that there is not needful to worry unduly for asymptomatic or mild patients during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, excessive virus nucleic acid detection is unnecessary, which can relieve the pressure on public health resources. Under the development of epidemic circumstance, more and more public concerns on the increasing number of asymptomatic or mild patients hid in the community. However, combined with our results and the defense measures currently completed, we hope such worries are misplaced and we also believe the world will win this battle certainly.

The limitation of our study is that there is only one case and lack of detailed information on family members quarantined locally. Large-scale multicenter studies are needed to verify our conclusion. However, both asymptomatic carrier and 455 contacts were admitted to and treated in designated places. Hence, the study results are representative to some extent.

Recent Kawasaki Disease-Like Inflammatory Condition in the News

You may have heard about the children recently who have been suffering from some sort of inflammatory issues, in which the condition has been compared to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. The children have also suffered from multisystem organ failure. Well, it appears that some of the same suspects who have been exaggerating the seriousness of COVID-19 and participating in falsely inflating the COVID death numbers, and engaging in panic and fear-mongering, have been trying to tie those children’s inflammatory conditions to COVID-19.

There is a terrific article on the Children’s Health Defense website which goes into all the aspects of this so-far unexplained children’s inflammatory phenomenon. The article discusses Kawasaki disease and the possibility of vaccines being associated with that, and asks some important questions, including these that particularly interested me:

3. Did the children have any recent exposure to environmental toxins, including but not limited to mercury? A study of KD just published in northern Italy—the same highly air-polluted region heavily affected by COVID-19—reported a strong correlation between “the frequency of KD onsets and environmental factors,” including air pollutants; the study’s methodology did not permit the investigators to pinpoint which particulates might be responsible. U.S.-based studies have likewise linked KD to airborne environmental triggers. Could the same hold true for the “Kawasaki-like” illness being attributed to COVID-19?

4. What kinds of toxins might children be overexposed to while cooped up at home without “fresh air or sunlight”? Given that KD and toxic shock syndrome have both been linked to toxins, this is a question that warrants answers.

5. Is anyone assessing affected children’s recent vaccination history? As the large body of research linking KD and vaccines suggests, a child’s vaccination experiences—such as the timing of prior vaccination, the specific vaccines administered, whether the child received multiple vaccines all at once, and whether they received thimerosal-containing vaccines such as influenza vaccines—can provide important clues. Examining children’s prior (and possibly recent) influenza vaccine history is particularly pertinent because a 2018 CDC-supported study found an increased risk of acute respiratory illness (non-influenza) in influenza-vaccinated children compared to children who had not received a flu vaccine. In adults, a study published by the U.S. military in early 2020 also highlighted this issue, showing that soldiers who had received an influenza vaccine had a 36% increased risk of subsequent coronavirus infection. As studies are also proving that unvaccinated children are healthier, perhaps we should also be asking whether any KD or “PIMS” even occurs in unvaccinated children.

6. Could components of vaccines be functioning as superantigens, triggering “an unusual degree of immune activation”? Scientists who have studied the “distinctive immune system characteristics” of children with KD acknowledge that the “antigenic stimulation” set in motion by vaccines and other biologics has the capacity to create “immunologic interference.”

Has Alan Dershowitz Abandoned Support for Constitutional Rights?

Harvard lawyer Alan Dershowitz said that if you refuse a vaccine, “the state has the power to literally take you to a doctor’s office and plunge a needle into your arm.” Yes, he said that.

Dershowitz said in a recent interview that “You have no right not to be vaccinated.” Without regard to the question of safety of the vaccines, Dershowitz said that the State has a right to forcibly inject medicines and chemicals into you against your will.

He cited many court cases to reinforce his assertions, and asserts that the U.S. Constitution grants the State the power to force vaccines on you, a power which supersedes your rights.

Simple-mindedly, he said that “you have no constitutional right to endanger the public and spread disease…”

Well, of course no one has a “right to spread disease.” But we all have a right to our bodily integrity, and the right to refuse any kind of medicines or chemicals forcibly injected into our bodies, especially medicines or chemicals that have known risks and dangers!

So basically Dershowitz says that we have no right to “endanger the public,” yet the State has a right to endanger us with harmful substances!

Regarding the court cases, rarely does a government court come to the side of the individual when the State wants to do something intrusive. Government courts and judges are tax-funded government employees, so the State is where their ultimate loyalty lies.

And I don’t know whether or not Dershowitz has addressed the importance of due process here. If the government is going to force you to submit to a forcible vaccine intrusion, shouldn’t the government first prove that you actually are a danger? Regarding the COVID flu/cold, we do know that most people who have the virus have either no symptoms or merely mild symptoms, and that the most recent studies concluded that only about a tenth of one percent of those who have the virus actually die from it.

And mustn’t the government also prove that the vaccine it wants to force into your body is safe, as well as effective? Look, if it’s not really effective then there’s no justification for forcing it on someone.

To this day, the government does not have evidence that vaccines are as safe and effective as Western culture has made many people believe. The flu vaccine has been as low as only 10% effective. And see this article on the ineffectiveness of the whooping cough vaccine.

On the vaccines specifically, manufacturers have a spotty record on the safety of vaccines, as many readers already know. (Or maybe they don’t know, given the censorship going on now of those who challenge the vaccine narrative.)

Given the pro-vaccine propaganda in the media, most people probably don’t know about all the lawsuits and government pay-outs to victims of vaccine injuries and deaths. But stab away anyway, says The Dersh.

One problem with vaccines is that they contain adjuvants including mercury and aluminum, which studies have shown those elements can accumulate in the arteries and the brain and cause neurological problems.

See Dr. Mercola: How Aluminum Damages Your Brain, Arjun Walia: Scientist Discovers Cells That ‘Ingest’ Vaccine Aluminum Are The Same Cells Found In Autistic Brains, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease: Human Exposure to Aluminum Linked to Familial Alzheimer’s Disease, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: MMR Vaccine’s Poison Pill: Mumps After Puberty, Reduced Testosterone and Sperm Counts, Tracey Watson: The Real Reason Aluminum Is Added to Vaccines, Barbara Loe Fisher: The Historical Facts on Measles and the Measles Vaccine Censored by Mainstream Media, Geier DA, Kern JK, Sykes LK, Geier MR: Mercury-associated diagnoses are common among children diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorders, and Collective Evolution: What Big Pharma Doesn’t Tell Parents: The Truth About Aluminum & Mercury In Children’s Vaccines.

And here is an article by Dr. Meryl Nass on how vaccine mandates enrich the pharmaceutical industry. Those greedy sons-of-bitches. (Sorry for my foul language here.)

Dershowitz also stated that “you have no right not to wear a mask, you have no right to open up your business.” And that despite the risks involved in wearing the mask for longer periods of time. Those risks include oxygen deprivation and compromising one’s immune system, according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, as I mentioned here previously.

Dershowitz is obviously not thinking clearly there. And what do you mean, “no right to open up your business”? As Judge Napolitano pointed out, everyone has a right to due process, especially with this issue. If the government wants to accuse a business owner of being a threat to public health, the government must have evidence against the accused, and in fact there needs to be a trial. The business owner has a right to refute the government’s evidence, or “evidence,” and present one’s own defense.

As we have been hearing all around the country, business owners have a right to make a living and provide for themselves and their families.

You can’t just say that IF people go into that business they might get some virus from other people going into the business, and therefore based on such a prediction then order the business shut down (or ALL businesses for that matter, as the fascist governors have been doing). Not in a free society.

So of course people have a right to refuse a vaccine, people have a right to not wear a mask and people have a right to keep their businesses open. I have no idea what has made Professor Dershowitz become more authoritarian, but I find it disappointing.

Fascist Face Mask Mandates

It appears that governors and mayors have been imposing orders to wear face masks or face coverings of some kind. Well, those governors and mayors are either ignorant morons and/or they intentionally want to harm the people and their health. (Have I mentioned here that politicians are not exactly my favorite breed of human being?)

My first response is, we haven’t been requiring face masks for the seasonal flu each season, so why this now? Oh, people are “carriers,” and “others need to be protected from the ‘carriers’,” some say.

But the flu is deadly, it’s contagious, and shouldn’t we be protecting Grandma from the flu as well? No, we haven’t been hysterical and panicking every flu season.

And there is a question regarding the health and safety of wearing a mask, especially for long periods.

One problem is that wearing the masks can cause people to have to adjust them, or lower them and put them back up which causes them to possibly touch the inside of the mask or touch their faces, which has obvious risks.

But this article by retired neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD does give some more important information on the masks. It notes that the masks can cause someone to breathe in more carbon dioxide and not enough oxygen.

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.

And then there is this:

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

So in my opinion, it’s one thing when government health bureaucrats or governors advise that we wear a mask, and let us determine for ourselves whether or not to do that based on making an informed decision. But it’s another thing when those bureaucrats ORDER us to do that with the threat of a fine, especially if doing so may itself pose a health risk!

In my state, the governor has ordered us to wear the face mask. So I’m wearing it and leaving it down like on my chin but putting it up when someone is walking by or when I go into the store, etc. If the governor doesn’t like my having it down such as when I’m walking along the sidewalk where no one else is around, then he knows what he can do.

And one more thing here. This thing with having to get your temperature taken. I saw a news video that included someone taking people’s temperatures, and it looked like the person was touching someone’s forehead with the thermometer and then going right to the next person. So, what if someone touched a doorknob, for example, and then touched his forehead, and the thermometer touches that forehead and then touches someone else’s forehead — could that possibly be spreading the virus? Hmm.

And, police using drones to check people’s temperatures? Ack.

Governors Confused on What Is “Essential” During their Illegal Lockdowns

Among the many problems this whole societal shutdown has been causing me personally is the closing down of my local GNC, where I get a particular non-GNC brand name supplement that I haven’t been able to get anywhere else. And I don’t want to order things like supplements online and have them delivered! This store among many others were closed down because of being called “non-essential.” Maybe “non-essential” to you, fascist governor, but essential to ME!

You see, these ignorant moron politicians see liquor stores as “essential” so that is why those stores get to stay open.

So, nutrition=”non-essential,” while non-nutrition=”essential”! Only in what is becoming a third-world America, sadly.

Libertarians Have the Right Solution for the Coronavirus Crisis

For many decades the two major political parties, Republicrat and Demopublican, have been stealing from the people (“taxes,” taken without any mutual contract), imposing property-violation and person-violation intrusions by making up “laws” and enforcing them at gunpoint. It’s not the “America” envisioned by the Founding Fathers.

And it’s just gotten much worse, with the coronavirus panic incited by corrupt government officials and promoted by their brain-dead media spokesmen and governors ordering businesses shut down, and the economic collapse which mainly began in February with Wall Street panic selling.

So the solution for the statists in power is to print more Monopoly money and helicopter money and give people an extra thousand or two to prevent or delay the inevitable protests in Washington and state capitols.

So all this is yet another reason why I don’t vote for Republicrats or Demopublicans, and instead have been voting for Libertarian Party candidates since the 1980s. Except for the terrible Gary Johnson and the neocon Bob Barr, two invaders of the Libertarian Party in recent presidential elections.

But a current Libertarian candidate for President, Jacob Hornberger, is someone that people who value liberty and prosperity can and should vote for. He is certainly much closer to past Libertarian presidential candidates, including Ron Paul in 1988 and Harry Browne in 1996 and 2000. I have mentioned Jacob Hornberger here before. He is the founder of the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF). Here is Jacob’s campaign website.

For instance, in a recent blog post Jacob points out that there is only one way out of the coronavirus crisis: separating healthcare and State. Like separation of church and State.  “In other words, no governmental involvement in healthcare at all. No regulations, no controls, and no central planning. No FDA. No Center for Disease Control. No Medicare. No Medicaid. No medical licensure.” (And no National Institutes for Health, no disease commissar Dr. Fauci!)

Jacob writes:

Americans don’t like to admit that they live under a socialist healthcare system. They like to think of themselves as capitalists, free-enterprisers, and ardent supporters of the Chamber of Commerce. But the fact is that while America doesn’t yet have a healthcare system that is fully owned and operated by the federal government, the core features of America’s healthcare system are based on socialist principles.

The U.S. healthcare system is also based on a core feature of socialism: central planning, control, regulation, and management. That’s what the FDA and the Center for Disease Control are all about.

Medicare and Medicaid are based on the federal government’s forcibly taking money (through the IRS) from those to whom it belongs and use it to provide healthcare to seniors and the poor. That is the essence of the socialist principle of coercive redistribution of wealth.

Prior to America’s socialist healthcare system, our nation had the finest healthcare system in the world. Prices were so low, stable, and predictable that no one needed major medical insurance. Doctors and hospitals provided free medical care to the poor, on a purely voluntary basis. Doctors loved what they did in life. Medical innovations, inventions, treatments, and cures were soaring.

That’s what a free society is all about. That’s also what a charitable society is all about.

And then came central planning, regulation, and control, along with Medicare and Medicaid, two socialist programs that launched America’s decades-long, ongoing, never-ending healthcare crisis. Owing to the enormous government-imposed demand on the healthcare system, healthcare costs began soaring. People began buying insurance for protection. Doctors began forming contorted associations to adapt to the crisis.

And no one can rationally doubt that America’s socialist healthcare system is a major cause of the high death toll from the coronavirus. Every day, one can read any number of articles in the mainstream press about the incompetence of the central planners — about the shortages of masks, supplies, ventilators, and other essential medical supplies — about the ludicrous restrictions imposed on healthcare providers from providing treatment — about the shortages of healthcare providers.

All that dysfunctionality is classic socialism. The economist Ludwig von Mises called a system of central planning “planned chaos.” Can you think of a better term for what is going on today?

In contrast, things wouldn’t be nearly as terrible with the coronavirus crisis today if the system in place right now were a freedom-based, free-market system in healthcare.

A free-market system produces the best of everything. In contrast to a socialist system based on central planning, which is limited to the “expertise” of government planners and planning agencies, the free market takes advantage of the knowledge and expertise of countless individuals, including entrepreneurs, each of whom is coordinating his efforts with others that always reaches fantastic results that no central planner, in all his wisdom, could ever conceive. In a free market, people are free to make rapid adjustments without governmental permission or interference. Essential supplies and equipment and innovations flood the market.

If we had had the free-market healthcare system that FFF has been advancing for 30 years, today we would be looking to the healthcare industry, not politicians, bureaucrats, and mini-dictators for guidance and direction. Test kits would be cheap and plentiful, even delivered overnight to people’s homes. Those testing positive would be urged to self-isolate while everyone else would be going to work, keeping the economy going. Testing kits, ventilators, masks, and other essential supplies would be in abundant supply. Entrepreneurs would be rushing into the market with new and innovative tests, treatments, and even cures. The death toll would have been minuscule compared to what we have today, especially among seniors.

Now, there are many people who think that such a change back to that freedom way of life would be too radical a change. But believe it or not, things really were better prior to the imposition of Medicare and Medicaid. He is right about medical care being much less expensive prior to the 1970s, many more doctors having more ability financially to provide for the poor for free, which many did, including Dr. Ron Paul in his ob-gyn practice.

The problem is government central planning. That is indeed the problem in our society in every single area of life in which government has seized control away from the people.

And Jacob also has addressed Donald Trump’s dictatorial response to the coronavirus crisis, including Trump’s ordering companies to make ventilators or other products they ordinarily don’t make. And this outright fascism has been exercised by governors as well, quite frankly, in their ordering private businesses to close down.

As Judge Andrew Napolitano commented, these are violations of people’s rights as protected by the U.S. Constitution. Napolitano reiterated those comments in his excoriation of governors and mayors’ police-state crackdowns. (All those “public servants,” by the way, swore an oath to obey, support and defend that Constitution, whether they agree with it or not!)

In this video, Jacob Hornberger and his FFF colleague Richard Ebeling discuss the police-state crackdowns and constitutional rights-violations imposed by dictator governors and mayors as well as Trump, and why all that is a bad thing.

So, if you believe in freedom and want to live in a free, prosperous and healthy society then you might want to consider ditching the two major political parties and supporting the Libertarian Party this time around.

Spread of Coronavirus in Italy and Italian Culture

Why are there so many deaths from coronavirus COVID-19 in Italy, even more than China? Some people are saying that it’s because there’s not enough testing in Italy. But, according to this March 18th Bloomberg article,

More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.

After deaths from the virus reached more than 2,500, with a 150% increase in the past week, health authorities have been combing through data to provide clues to help combat the spread of the disease.

The new study could provide insight into why Italy’s death rate, at about 8% of total infected people, is higher than in other countries.

The Rome-based institute has examined medical records of about 18% of the country’s coronavirus fatalities, finding that just three victims, or 0.8% of the total, had no previous pathology. Almost half of the victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or two previous conditions.

More than 75% had high blood pressure, about 35% had diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.

The average age of those who’ve died from the virus in Italy is 79.5. As of March 17, 17 people under 50 had died from the disease. All of Italy’s victims under 40 have been males with serious existing medical conditions.

While data released Tuesday point to a slowdown in the increase of cases, with a 12.6% rise, a separate study shows Italy could be underestimating the real number of cases by testing only patients presenting symptoms.

According to the GIMBE Foundation, about 100,000 Italians have contracted the virus, daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported. That would bring back the country’s death rate closer to the global average of about 2%.

Also, a higher percentage of Italy’s elderly are smokers. And there may be another reason why there is such a higher rate of infections in Italy, the fact that Italians are more affectionate than perhaps people in other countries, with the hugging and kissing in their greetings. And apparently it’s is hard to shake that habit.

It would be quite revealing, I think, if the news reporters here in the U.S. would give some statistics as far as what percentage of those confirmed cases that are in the hospital or in ICU are smokers or ex-smokers, and what are the specific preexisting conditions that many people have who are getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Mass Hysteria in the U.S. with COVID-19

With this COVID-19 coronavirus panic and hysteria, the real trouble is coming not from the virus itself but from the panic and hysteria, over-hyped by a very dishonest “news” media, in my opinion. It’s the first time in my 50+ years that I have seen this kind of panic and hysteria over what appears to be the same kind of illness as the flu.

But in the U.S., in which we’ve been through a Civil War and other major wars, Y2K, 9/11, not to mention the “Spanish Flu” of 1918, SARS and H1N1, with COVID-19 it is as though “We’re All Going to Die!” People are literally hysterical.

We’re talking about a mortality rate of up to 1%, people! The hysterical ones are treating something with a mortality rate of 1% as though it is Ebola that has a mortality rate of 90%!

And many of those who actually do get infected probably won’t notice it or have symptoms, and most of those who do come down with the symptoms will only experience “mild” symptoms. 99% of those who get it will NOT die.

In fact, I believe that this virus has been around in the U.S. and other parts of the world outside of China for months now, and that many people have already had the damn virus and probably assumed that what they had was just a flu or a cold. That is my theory on that.

Most of the deaths from officially-confirmed COVID-19 in the U.S. have been in Washington state, and most of them were from a single nursing home. Most of the people who are dying from this disease are in their 70s and 80s. Even in China, not one child below the age of 10 has died from this disease.

If you’re young, try not to worry. If you think you may have contracted the virus, then to protect the more vulnerable among us, just don’t go into a nursing home or hospital, and so on. Tell Grandma you’ll visit her in another month, just in case.

But with our “snowflake” culture in America now, the major sports leagues are canceling their remaining games. Concerts are being canceled, and museums are closing down. And Wall Street is crashing, and not because of the COVID-19, but because of panic and hysteria. This really sucks now.

The “news” media especially suck, because they are also sensationalizing this virus situation, and over-hyping to the point of eliciting even more panic and hysteria, so that people are rushing to their stores to clear out the shelves to get toilet paper and foods and necessities.

The public schools are closing for a few weeks or a month, and in some cases they and businesses are being like Felix Unger, “scrubbing down” and “disinfecting,” “out of an abundance of caution.”

No, out of an abundance of hysteria and irrationality!

Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has been canceled, as it has been canceled in other cities such as New York, and the Boston Marathon has been postponed until September.

Am I the only one around here who thinks all that is overkill?

Instead, officials should warn elderly people or those who have serious illnesses to not participate in or attend those events. But canceling all these events for everybody?

And then we have Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declaring a “State of Emergency!” As of today there are 108 “cases” (not “confirmed,” just “cases” which means they could be cases of common flu or something else) and ZERO deaths in Massachusetts.

So other power-grabbing governors are ordering the schools including private schools closed! One thing’s for sure, these politicians love power, they love ordering others around and throwing their weight around.

And this is what we have now. Irrationality. Authoritarian declarations by governors, and all the cancellations of sporting events, concerts and public gatherings, colleges and schools ordering students to leave their dorms early, completely unnecessary.

John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute recently wrote an article on how the COVID-19 overkill could be the excuse of our overlords to impose a Total Surveillance State. (This is another reason why I am a libertarian.)

According to the health officials who are not hysterical or bought and paid for by Big Pharma or who are not on a power trip, most of the people who actually get the COVID-19 virus may experience more mild than severe symptoms. Some may need to be hospitalized. If people already have respiratory issues, or smoke or live in heavily polluted areas, they are more vulnerable.

I think this is like any flu virus or cold that goes around. Chances are that most people will get this virus. They just have to be self-protective if you are among the more vulnerable, the elderly and those with serious medical conditions.

But the country is hysterical now, and it’s affecting the stock markets. And that’s a BIG problem, in my opinion. This mass hysteria is what really frightens me, not the virus itself.

What else concerns me are those people out there who are always on the lookout for someone to report on. So, watch out for all the Gladys Kravitzes out there, everyone. If you go out with a slight runny nose or happen to sneeze out in public, the health stasi may report on you. (Out of concern? No, out of ignorance and hysteria, and self-importance!)

Some More Rational Articles on COVID-19

Here are some of the more rational articles I have seen recently regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus that I thought people would find enlightening.

COVID-19 Isn’t As Deadly As We Think by Dr. Jeremy Samuel Faust (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School)
The Misleading Arithmetic of COVID-19 Death Rates and COVID-19 deaths and incredible WHO estimates by Alan Reynolds (Cato Institute)

And here is a study that was linked from an article at libertarian website LewRockwell.com:

Study: (47%) Potential false-positive rate among the ‘asymptomatic infected individuals’ in close contacts of COVID-19 patients, from PubMed.

Wall Street Crashing Due to Irrational Coronavirus Panic and Hysteria

The totally unnecessary panic and hysteria over the coronavirus outbreak is now causing a week-long crash on Wall Street. And yes it is hysteria, because there’s no reason for it. It is irrational what’s going on now. As Bob Newhart would say, “Stop it!”

But I am somewhat suspicious of the motives of various government officials who are stirring up the unnecessary panic, as well as the “news” media. On the media’s part, many of the reporters and news anchors do not seem to have the same kind of investigative thinking skills they used to have. They seem to merely repeat whatever comes from CDC officials, without question.

And then there are some others out there who are not so ignorant, and are knowingly repeating panicky propaganda, on behalf of certain political agenda, in my opinion. We saw throughout the “Trump-Russia collusions” investigation and the Mueller report how media promoted that false narrative, which as Glenn Greenwald reported, was totally debunked by the Mueller report’s conclusions.

The latest as far as coronavirus is concerned is that a person in California has allegedly tested positive for the virus, but was not traveling to places such as China or had had any close contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus. (Although I am suspicious whether the person actually has the coronavirus.) But the “news” is reporting that this is the first known case in which the virus is beginning to spread (like in an uncontrolled way).

But, as one of my favorite blogs, Target Liberty, quotes the Washington Post, the person in question lives in an area near “Travis Air Force Base, where hundreds of Americans repatriated from China, and others brought home from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship have been kept in quarantine. Many of them have been released.” But I am not hearing ANY of the newscasters reporting this entirely relevant fact! So we DO have evidence as far as how the person in California may have gotten the virus! But the media are not reporting those aspects of the case.

Target Liberty also reports that the CDC’s director of National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the one who has been issuing very dire, hysterical warnings about the coronavirus, is the sister of Rod Rosenstein, one of the senior DOJ officials who signed fraudulent FISA applications to spy on the Trump campaign. So is Nancy as corrupt as her awful brother? Just asking.

Messonnier is also on the board of directors of “Vaccinate Your Family,” which, according to that Target Liberty post, gets some of its funding from Merck, GlaxoSmithKlein, Pfizer, and Sanofi. (So, something smells rotten in Denmark, if you ask me.)

Another issue with the hysteria is that deaths among those with the coronavirus remain at roughly 2%, which is not high. As I have already referred to here, Jon Rappoport pointed out that China has high pollution and the respiratory systems of the Chinese people are already compromised. Coronavirus affects the respiratory system in the same way that the flu does. (But there doesn’t seem to be the same kind of panic over the flu now, is there?)

By the way, Jon Rappoport’s most recent posts on coronavirus are extremely informative.

Also what’s not really being mentioned by “news” outlets are just who exactly is dying as a result of infection of coronavirus. It’s generally the same case as with the flu: elderly people and those with preexisting conditions such as diabetes or other diseases they have already been battling. Such situations weakens people’s immune systems. And also especially vulnerable are those who are smokers, boozers, drug addicts, and obese people.

But by not reiterating those important aspects of this situation, including the low rate of deaths among those testing positive for coronavirus at 2%, the “news” reporters are reinforcing the false narrative that the coronavirus is as deadly as Ebola and that everybody needs to worry, be hysterical, stay in and not go about their regular activities and PANIC!

And because of this not only is there a stock market “sell-off,” but it looks like Wall Street is continuing to tank similarly to 2008! And there’s no reason for this.

I heard a financial commentator on the radio saying that people should calm down, and don’t sell your stocks unless you need the money right now. People need to be patient.

So, are the media furthering this false narrative deliberately?

Target Liberty, by the way, also has a post on how some people who hate Donald Trump are using the coronavirus outbreak as a way to test Trump’s ability to deal with this crisis, pointing out how the “news” people of CNN in particular are either deliberately dispensing misinformation or just ignorantly getting facts wrong. (Just to be clear, I am not a Trump supporter, as I hove been supportive of the Libertarian Party, and have already mentioned here Jacob Hornberger.)

And given how much the Trump haters really do hate Trump, some of them have made it clear that they hope the economy gets bad by the election so that Trump is blamed for it and doesn’t get reelected. These are truly sick people. And some of them think that way, even though they have 401Ks and investments that are now going downhill this week because of the coronavirus hysterical sell-off.

What the media people really ought to do is continuously remind people how to better protect themselves from the coronavirus (as well as the flu or other contagious diseases), and how to defend themselves from the effects of coronavirus if they get it. Such advice would include washing your hands thoroughly and not touching your nose or face with your fingers after touching other common objects like doorknobs, and to take Vitamin D as well as Vitamin C and Zinc. And to not engage in self-destructive habits such as smoking or boozing, doing drugs, and eating badly and being obese. Also, generally keep oneself in good health to prevent diabetes and other diseases in the first place. Elderly people especially have reason to take good care of themselves, because their immune systems are weaker than younger people.