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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.

Boris Johnson’s Quarantine of Innocents vs. Due Process

I wrote here recently that I didn’t want to write about this COVID stuff any more. However, I do have a few more important points that I wanted to make. For instance, I mentioned the importance of due process here and that needs to get more attention.

It appears that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson now wants to order travelers entering England to be placed in quarantine for 14 days. So, did something happen to Johnson’s judgment during the time he was in the hospital with COVID-19?

And this policy of involuntary house arrest applies to travelers (with a few exceptions) regardless of whether they are sick, whether they have symptoms or whether the government has evidence to believe that any one individual has the coronavirus and could be contagious.

According to the Independent,

travellers will be required to provide the address where they will spend the ensuing two weeks. Fines of £1,000 for those who breach self-isolation have been proposed.

Ms Patel will also set out arrangements for arriving travellers with no home to go to. They will be required to remain in accommodation arranged by the government.

So this policy that Boris Johnson the Brexiter has signed on to violates due process rights as well as innocent individuals’ right to privacy.

And we are talking about presumably innocent, non-threatening people here.

According to Wikipedia’s article on Due Process,

In clause 39 of Magna Carta, issued in 1215, John of England promised: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.”

In the current conflict between fascism and freedom, if the government has a reason to suspect a specific individual of carrying some contagious disease, and has the evidence to prove it, there needs to be a trial in a legitimate court of law, in which the government presents the evidence or witness testimony against the accused, and the accused has a right to refute such evidence and present one’s own evidence or testimony in one’s defense.

But rather than doing things the morally and legally right way, it seems that Johnson wants to imprison travelers entering the country regardless of the government’s having any reason to suspect any specific individuals of carrying contagious diseases.

And let’s face it. Just how serious is COVID-19, really? The most recent studies including Stanford University and University of Miami have shown that the infection fatality rate is .1%, a tenth of one percent. That means that 99.9% of those who have the virus will not die from it.

The fascist lockdown, house arrest of the masses and other totalitarian policies inflicted by governments onto innocent people all over the world have all been based on panic, hysteria and ignorance, not reason and not science. It is shameful. I live in the U.S. and don’t really travel anyway, but I surely wouldn’t go to England or any place that would “welcome” me with a house arrest.

Don’t you know that you just don’t quarantine healthy people?

This whole situation these past few months has been a reminder of how enlightened our rulers are on the importance of due process.

Obesity and COVID-19

Speaking of Boris Johnson the Brexiter who had previously been opposed to the “nanny state” but is now apparently for the “nanny state,” one reason why he’s gone fascist in his travelers house arrest policy might be his own person experience in the hospital for several days fighting the COVID-19, in which only a tiny fraction of patients need to be hospitalized.

Now Johnson has changed his mind and believes the government should control or prohibit people from having sugary drinks, etc. But really he needs to focus on his own problems, and leave the rest of the people alone, in my opinion. He has admitted that the main reason for his having to be hospitalized was probably his obesity, being 5 feet and 9 inches tall and weighing what the British call “17 stone” (that I have not heard of before) that converts to about 238 pounds in the U.S.

Obesity is an underlying condition in nearly half of the COVID patients, according to the CDC. From what I’ve read, obese people have a lot of extra body fat which obstructs the lungs capacity to expand toward one’s normal breathing process. A respiratory disease like COVID-19 will further complicate matters for obese people.

There’s another good reason to lose the wight, eat more healthy foods and cut out the awful fast foods, processed foods and snacks and pastries, and exercise more. Not just Boris Johnson but all overweight people.

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.”

COVID Corruption

This COVID stuff is being exploited by very bad people for ends not having anything to do with protecting the health and safety of the people.

As many people are already noticing, the hysterical 24/7 COVID propaganda is very similar to the post-9/11 24/7 propaganda, which contributed much to the advancing police state, and the surveillance state. And now we have hysterical propaganda and the advance of the medical and vaccine police state.

And it’s all a fraud. Try not to be influenced by the hysteria and fear-mongering.

What is the reality of the situation? Well, we know from recent studies, Stanford and University of Miami, that the COVID-19 coronavirus is much more widespread than previously thought, and the studies have shown that the actual infection fatality rate is just about .1%. That’s a tenth of one percent, which means it’s as serious as the seasonal flu.

Even the infectious bureaucrat Dr. Death, a.k.a. Dr. Fauci, wrote way back on February 28th that the fatality rate will probably turn out to be well less than 1%.

As you have already heard, most people who have the virus don’t even know it and have no symptoms, or if they do have symptoms they are mild symptoms.

The worry over people being “carriers” without knowing it is unfounded, given that there has been no worry that carriers of the flu virus each season can pass it on to others and cause deaths. Seasonal influenza kills tens of thousands of people each season in the U.S.

And now that some states have been reopening, we are seeing that the infection rate really is more widespread, but the death rate continues to fall, as is the case in Georgia.

So all the hysteria and panic over the past two months has been over nothing! There has never been any legitimate reason to order businesses closed in violation of the Constitution, and cancel events, concerts, ball games, make people stay “6 feet away,” wear masks, and all the other fascist mandates and restrictions.

What the governors and mayors have been doing to us has been criminal, as this is turning out to be a deliberate scheme, for corrupt reasons, for power grabs and for grabbing tax-funded “stimulus” money and much higher Medicare reimbursements.

Especially given that the scammers’ modeling has been wrong, modeling on which the national fascist lockdown has been based.

Therefore, there’s no point to doing all the testing, invasive “contact tracing” and tracking of people like in dystopian China.

So to summarize in some way what I have mentioned here previously, first we have the CDC changing its guidelines, in which “laboratory confirmation” of COVID-19 is not necessary, the feds encouraging doctors, hospitals and medical examiners to count non-COVID-19 deaths as “COVID-19” deaths, in order to artificially raise the COVID death count.

That is, if someone died from a heart attack or heart disease or kidney disease, or from a fall, that’s still counted as a “COVID” death, whether or not the person actually happened to test positive for coronavirus or was never even tested!

The states are following those new guidelines to publish significantly incorrect and fraudulent COVID death numbers as well. In Massachusetts, according to the Boston Globe, “Officials are now classifying as infected those who were likely stricken by the virus but did not have the diagnosis confirmed through a laboratory test,” as encouraged by the corrupt and dishonest CDC.

The Glob article also mentions that inflating the infection numbers is also toward “allocation of resources,” i.e. the states getting those huge federal stimulus checks.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and his fellow bureaucrats are extremely greedy, given that they are looking for federal handouts while Massachusetts already has a $3.5 billion “rainy day fund”!

The controversial Project Veritas interviewed New York funeral home directors who claimed that hospitals or medical examiners are putting “COVID” on death certificates as the cause of death, regardless of whether the person actually had the disease. “They’re writing COVID on all the death certificates…”

So this whole thing is just a corrupt scam. Those governors are real psychopaths, given what they are willing to inflict on millions of innocent people!

Also in New York, Gov. Cuomo has been ordering nursing homes to admit people known to have COVID-19 or tested positive for the virus, which obviously would be a threat to the other nursing home residents. The murderous Cuomo is either very stupid and incompetent or he’s intentionally wanting to contribute to higher COVID death counts, or both.

Besides the corruption and criminality, there is also incompetence, such as doctors who do not understand the dangerous impact that ventilators could have. Investigative researcher Jon Rappoport wrote a recent post on these issues, including:

A close and trusted researcher has told me the following: many older people live with chronically low oxygen levels. This may not be ideal, but they survive.

However, when such people arrive at hospitals, doctors can misinterpret the oxygen levels, believing these are dire emergency situations—and therefore, they put the patients on ventilators. With too much pressure, the result can be lung damage and death.

So, as I mentioned in an earlier post regarding the NIH’s warning about possible ventilator problems, one issue is too much oxygen being forced into the lungs.

And there could also be the problem of oxygen deprivation, as Rappoport notes.

And of course there is the financial issue, as noted above. Rappoprt continues:

Insurance money. In a phone interview, physician and Minnesota state senator, Scott Jensen, told me that hospitals, who are suffering very deep financial losses, are incentivized by Medicare to label as many patients as possible “COVID-19,” and to put them on ventilators.

Jensen stated that a patient on Medicare, diagnosed with straight pneumonia, would bring a $4600 payment to the hospital. The same patient, labeled “COVID-19 pneumonia,” would bring $13,000. And if that patient is put on a ventilator: $39,000.

Result? Patients unnecessarily put on ventilators. With the wrong protocol, harm and death could result.

Hospitals are paid more in Medicare funds for each confirmed or “presumed” coronavirus patient, as noted above with the CDC’s changed guidelines!

So, based on the actual truth, facts and empirical data, this virus has been at the same level of seriousness as a cold or the seasonal flu as I mentioned at the top. But COVID has been intentionally exaggerated by those government bureaucrats and the “news journalists” in the media, and not just for government handouts and social control but for other ulterior purposes.

The truth is, the “liberal” bureaucrats’ fascist agenda is rearing its ugly head now.

Besides the corruption, power trips and greed with bureaucrats and their crony cohorts, now we have the developing dystopian “contact tracing” stasi, in which bureaucrats are creating new agencies with people who love being invasive into other people private lives.

The “contact tracing” stasi want to know whom you have been with, your associations, all those aspects of your life that are none of their damn business!

Gov. Charlie Baker wants “contact tracing,” to slow the spread or even stop COVID-19. He wants these draconian policies until a vaccine is ready.

But what about the flu that kills tens of thousands in the U.S. each season? Right.

Therefore, this scheme has no legitimate or practical purpose other than to seize away whatever privacy and security people have in their lives.

Fascist California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants an “army” of contact tracers. Ack. The Clinton Foundation wants to create a national contact tracing force, using AmeriCorps. Ack!

What is this, an Alfred Hitchcock movie?

So, there is something more devious going on. Otherwise, why can’t the “officials” just protect the most vulnerable, the elderly, obese, diabetics and others with underlying serious health conditions, and leave the rest of us the hell alone?!

One thing I have noticed is that this COVID fiasco seems to have been preceded by Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms censoring alternative nutrition and health information.

That is relevant, given the obsession with not letting us have our freedom back “until we have a COVID vaccine” (which can be hazardous!) that some people including Bill Gates want to mandate on ALL people all over the world.

Yes, much of this crap is in devout service to the … pharmaceutical companies! (What a shock, I know.) And their damn vaccines.

Previous to this possibly planned COVID coronavirus situation, Google and Facebook had already been censoring health and nutrition websites and links from Facebook or Twitter pages or feeds.

For instance, Selfhack.com had a lengthy article on Google’s horrific censorship of health websites. It notes that Google’s recent policy updates have Google “penalizing every single site that they decided is not ‘mainstream’ enough, no matter how good their science is.”

You can check it out for yourself: type any health topic in Google, and look at what comes up in the first 10 results. WebMD, Healthline, and some hospitals usually. Then type it in Bing: you’ll see that Bing gives better and more relevant results every time.

Literally every health website has been penalized that is not affiliated with mainstream hospitals or institutions (such as the Mayo or Cleveland clinic), or that is not WebMD or Healthline (the 2 largest sites).

Selfhacked’s November, 2019 article says that mainstream health websites such as Healthline and WebMD mainly use sources from each other’s content and hospitals and government institutions, but not from peer-reviewed scientific articles.

I’ve actually interviewed several people who used to write for Healthline. They would frequently write about extremely serious and complex medical topics, such as cancer. I asked these people if they would be interested in writing a SelfHacked article. They all replied similarly, to the effect of: “oh, I don’t have the necessary background for that. Healthline articles are easy to write — I wouldn’t be qualified to write SelfHacked articles.”

With Google, says Selfhacked, it apparently doesn’t want to give you results of what you’re looking for, but what it wants you to see, based more on ideology.

And Dr. Joseph Mercola, who has had perhaps the most popular and most visited health-related website, also got his search results smashed by Google’s June, 2019 update, as he wrote in this November, 2019 article. Mercola refers to Healthline and WebMD as “Google-trusted” health websites, “both of which promote health-harming drugs and junk food with their articles.”

Mercola refers to the crony wheeling and dealing going on with Healthline and WebMD and the makers of junk food and pharmaceutical companies.

Another popular health website that also got whacked by Google, GreenMedInfo.com, also wrote about Google’s censorship of non-“mainstream” health websites. Its founder, Sayer Ji, seemed to touch on something that’s relevant to the current situation in his June, 2019 article writing,

Mercola.com has been a source of whistle-blowing information about Big Pharma and Big Tech collusion for decades, so it is no surprise why Google would take this action against his platform, and similar ones. In fact, signs of the coming purge came back in 2016, when GlaxoSmithKline signed a $715 million contract to partner with Google, and with increasing partnerships with pharmaceutical companies in 2019 like Sanofi.  Google’s parent company Alphabet is heavily invested in a vaccine company,Vaccitech, founded by scientists at Oxford University. Google, it appears, has become a pay-to-play operation, and contains a specific sociopolitical and economic agenda that is built directly into its search algorithms.

Besides Google’s shenanigans, Facebook announced in early 2019 in response to Rep. Adam Schiff that it may remove “anti-vaccine conspiracy theory” content from its platform. And then it announced that it would make alternative vaccine information harder to find, calling it “misinformation.”

But, as Sharyl Attkisson has documented, and Dr. Mercola as well,  there are many studies now which show the harm of vaccines.

It seems to me that the censorship of nutrition and alternative, non-mainstream (i.e. more honest, factual and science-based) health information has preceded this ongoing COVID-19 “crisis” for some reason.

So, I don’t know whether the bureaucrats in charge are imposing business closures and job losses, cancelling events and ball games, imposing house arrest of the masses, might be to do with an attempt to influence the 2020 Presidential election, an attempt to impose socialism, or crony relations with Big Pharma, or just a lust for power. Perhaps all of the above?

Whatever the case, the bureaucrats are sick, sick deranged psychopaths, that’s for sure. Not only are they not protecting us, they are destroying our civil liberties, our livelihoods, our health, our privacy, and our society.

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.

COVID-19 Fatality Rate Even Lower Than Previously Thought

A recent Stanford University study concludes that there are probably many more people infected with the COVID-19 virus than we have been previously told (and propagandized with, and bamboozled, and fooled, and duped, etc., etc. etc.). And the researchers suggest that the “infection fatality rate” is much closer to “0.12-0.2%” than the 2 to 3% previously believed. That refers to the number of people who are infected with COVID-19 that actually die from it. That means that among those who are infected, over 99% don’t die. We have already heard that “most” people who get it may have “mild, flu-like symptoms” and recover, or have no symptoms whatsoever.

So why, again, are governors keeping their citizens under house arrest, keeping businesses closed down and continuing this horrific fiasco?

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.

With COVID Hysteria, “Something Is Rotten in the State of Denmark.”

How long is this COVID situation going to last? And the government-ordered shutdown of businesses and job-losses?

Those “public servants,” ordering the people to close down and stay at home, are causing an economic collapse and devastation all over the country. All the increased impoverishment, despair, and now hunger with long lines at the food banks, will cause many more illnesses and deaths than whatever number of COVID-19 deaths that may have been prevented!

And the media are shameful in their fear-mongering right along with the “public servants” causing such panic and destruction. I was talking to my 86-year-old mother on the phone yesterday and she’s definitely affected by what I consider to be non-stop propaganda on the television. I think she watches too much TV but don’t tell I said that.

The undue panic that government bureaucrats and media have been causing will cause a mental health crisis as well as an economic crisis, if this goes on any longer.

I saw some good recent articles that people should read with more clear information on the COVID panic, including The 5 dubious pillars of the Covid-19 panic narrative on Medium, and Things about COVID-19 that make you go, “Hmmm” on Target Liberty.

So first I have some questions about the manufacturers such as the fashion and apparel companies now making face masks, and Ford, GM and Airbus now making ventilators, which those companies are not used to making.

Will the makers of the face masks be putting the masks through some kind of final inspections to guarantee they are free of contaminants or viruses? And as I saw mentioned on another blog, what exactly are the masks treated with, some kind of chemical decontamination process? That people might be directly breathing in?

And by the way, this article on GreenMedInfo tells us that wearing those face masks might not actually protect you from viruses, and may even be counterproductive. And that’s according to the World Health Organization! So government “public servants” really shouldn’t be making them mandatory!

And the ventilators? Will they be inspected before being sent to the hospitals? (I assume the ones in use now are already inspected!) Will these new ones be checked for possible bacteria?

According to the National Institutes for Health (that Jon Rappoport quotes from in this informative post),

One of the most serious and common risks of being on a ventilator is pneumonia. The breathing tube that’s put in your airway can allow bacteria to enter your lungs. As a result, you may develop ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

The breathing tube also makes it hard for you to cough. Coughing helps clear your airways of lung irritants that can cause infections.

VAP is a major concern for people using ventilators because they’re often already very sick. Pneumonia may make it harder to treat their other disease or condition.

VAP is treated with antibiotics. You may need special antibiotics if the VAP is caused by bacteria that are resistant to standard treatment.

Another risk of being on a ventilator is a sinus infection.

Using a ventilator also can put you at risk for other problems, such as:

*Pneumothorax (noo-mo-THOR-aks). This is a condition in which air leaks out of the lungs and into the space between the lungs and the chest wall. This can cause pain and shortness of breath, and it may cause one or both lungs to collapse.
*Lung damage. Pushing air into the lungs with too much pressure can harm the lungs.
*Oxygen toxicity. High levels of oxygen can damage the lungs.These problems may occur because of the forced airflow or high levels of oxygen from the ventilator.

Using a ventilator also can put you at risk for blood clots and serious skin infections. These problems tend to occur in people who have certain diseases and/or who are confined to bed or a wheelchair and must remain in one position for long periods.

Another possible problem is damage to the vocal cords from the breathing tube….

Now, all those possible risks of being on a ventilator. I wonder how many of the “COVID-19” patients, especially in New York, who have been on a ventilator and who died, really may have died of lung damage, oxygen toxicity, or pneumonia as caused by the ventilator itself, in which they wouldn’t have died just from COVID-19 alone. (One New York City ICU doctor has expressed a similar concern.)

In other words, in which the real cause of death was something other than COVID-19.

We now know that the health officials, CDC, etc. are counting as COVID deaths even those deaths that were caused by other illnesses.

Dr. Deborah Birx, one of Trump’s health advisors, has already admitted that they are falsely counting as “COVID deaths” those deaths whose actual cause was the patient’s other preexisting illness, such as heart failure or kidney disease.

Birx stated, according to the Daily Wire: “we are taking a very liberal approach to mortality…If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that.” In other words, the person really died of heart failure or kidney disease as the real cause of death, but she says that if the person died “with” COVID-19, they are still counting that as a COVID death. (To intentionally drive up the death count? But why, if so?)

Dr. Birx stated, “There are other countries, that if you have a pre-existing condition, and let’s say the virus called you to go to the ICU (intensive care unit) and then have a heart or kidney problem … Some countries are recording that as a kidney issue, or a heart issue, and not a COVID-19 death.”

The CDC guidelines, which that Daily Wire article also quotes from, states, “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 …”

In other words, the CDC is promoting fraud in the official U.S. COVID-19 death count!

And that obviously includes whatever extra deaths may have been caused by possibly bacteria-laden ventilators.

This whole thing is suspicious to me. The WHOLE thing. It “doesn’t pass the smell test.”

Craziness Over Coronavirus in the U.S. Should I Move to Sweden?

While there was a growing coronavirus epidemic by mid-February, at that time I don’t think that normal people could have predicted the utter craziness that’s going on now. But since that time, governments in the states and in Washington began to impose more and more draconian rules and diktats on the people.

Also in mid-February the stock market began to decline and crash, big time. So, this is a bad time now. And these terrible events were totally avoidable. Governors ordered stores and businesses to close. I mean, really? That’s nuts. And ordering people to stay in their homes? Government-mandated home imprisonment.

And for what? It’s because of coronavirus? Like it’s Ebola. No, it’s a flu, with a 1% death rate, or less than that! Most of the people who get it will have “mild” symptoms, like the flu. But mainly the elderly and those with serious illnesses are the ones who need to be protected.

So I was in the bank, and the teller is saying, “Put your check(s) on the counter and go stand back on the tape on the floor!” And she then stands back like she’s hysterically rushing over to hide, like I might give her the Plague, or the Black Death or something. She was literally hysterical. And so now the bank’s hours are reduced, and we have to make an appointment just to cash or deposit a check! And there’s no good reason for all this.

We’re allowed to go to the grocery store. At two stores there is a line outside, we must stand “6 feet apart,” and still there’s no toilet paper! People, there is no reason to hoard the toilet paper! Oh wait, at one store last week they were putting packages of toilet paper on shelves, but only the 24-packs. The guy said they had nothing smaller at that time. So, I didn’t have enough room to carry an entire 24-pack in addition to the things I needed to get, so I had to pass that up. Oh, well.

By the way, blogger Robert Wenzel mentioned that one idea is to find a restaurant that might be “open,” and ask if they have toilet paper in storage (because they don’t have customers actually going into the restaurant at this time who would be using the restrooms), and offer to pay a good price for a few rolls of toilet paper. I can’t remember if Wenzel mentioned that on his Economic Policy Journal blog or his Target Liberty blog.

But this whole thing is making people needlessly hysterical, like the above bank teller, and others, like neighborhood Nazis who are reporting on their neighbors for escaping from their homes, having gatherings of more than 10 people, or for coughing. Seriously? (Are you a Nazi neighbor? I hope not.)

And, speaking of Nazis, I think that governors who order businesses closed even if their owners had done nothing wrong, and in the absence of due process, are bad enough. But when such governors send their police after travelers coming in from other states and ordering them into quarantine i.e. home or hotel imprisonment, or police going door to door to harass visitors or following cars with NY license plates to terrorize innocent people, those really are Nazi governors, and I hope that each and every one of them loses his/her/its next election. They are horrible, terrible people.

And no, such policies will not “save lives,” or prevent people from getting coronavirus. In Sweden (of all places!) they have a much more relaxed attitude about all this, they aren’t imprisoning people in their homes or closing down businesses. Out of a population of 10 million, Sweden has 105 deaths allegedly from coronavirus as of two days ago. So they aren’t experiencing anything like the people in Italy or New York City, but they do have their FREEDOM!

So all this totalitarian crap is going to continue for the next month? Two months? Crash the economy? For a flu?

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.

Does Coronavirus Justify Governors Violating the Constitution?

The hysteria and panic continues with the COVID-19 coronavirus, a virus that is much like the flu, and which has a death rate of 1% or less. Probably much less than 1% of those who get it will actually die from it. According to the World Health Organization, over 80% of those who get COVID-19 will have “mild,” flu-like symptoms and recover. According to Forbes, recent studies showed that another 15-20% of those infected have no symptoms at all (and in Japan it was 30%).

I know, people who do not have symptoms but who may have the virus are also supposedly a problem, because they could have the virus and not know it and then give it to someone else. That is why at this time people have to be careful, and maybe just not be with (or be too physically close to) those who are more vulnerable, such as the elderly and those with preexisting conditions. Especially those with respiratory illnesses or conditions.

But the hysteria still is not justified, in my opinion, given that most of the people who do experience symptoms will have “mild” symptoms. And unlike Ebola with a 90% death rate, COVID-19 has a 1% (or less) death rate.

Not only are the hysteria and panic not justified, but the lockdowns, the orders to stay inside, restaurants and other businesses to be closed (and some will be closed permanently because of that), and causing more people to be unemployed, is not only not justified but actually criminal in the governments’ usurpation of the rights of the people, in my opinion.

Governors are ordering people to “shelter in place,” i.e. home imprisonment, in which you can’t go out unless you have to do something that’s “essential,” and ordering “non-essential” businesses closed. (But what about the laundromat? Is that “essential”? We need to have clean clothes! Being sanitary is important, especially at this time.)

How do our masters and overlords define “essential” and “non-essential”? Hmm?

The governors of California, New York, Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey imposed their irrational and draconian orders to shelter in place, stay at home, don’t go out, except going to the grocery store, etc.

All “liberal” governors.

At least the governor of Texas Greg Abbott issued more of a voluntary order, more or less voluntary anyway. “Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people,” “shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors,” but he’s not (so far) saying “may not go into,” or “must not,” or ordering those businesses to be shut down. Phew, that was close.

The Texas governor also stated, “This executive order does not mandate sheltering in place.” And that is what, so far as of today, the governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker has stated. He gave an “advisory” that people remain at home or “shelter in place,” but didn’t give a mandatory order. However, he did order all “non-essential” businesses be closed.

But why not let businesses be open if they want to be, and let the general population patronize the businesses if they want to, voluntarily, and decide for themselves whether or not to enter a business, voluntarily. Who are these bureaucrats to order that we stay in or that businesses be closed?

Some of the restaurants and similar businesses who have been ordered to be closed will end up closing permanently and workers will be out of a job now, because of these orders.

You can say what you want about Judge Napolitano on Fox News, but he had a good piece on how these orders violate the U.S. Constitution, which supposedly is the law of the land:

The Contracts Clause of the Constitution prohibits the states from interfering with lawful contracts, such as leases and employment agreements. And the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the states from interfering with life, liberty or property without a trial at which the state must prove fault. The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment requires just compensation when the state meaningfully interferes with an owner’s chosen lawful use of his property.

Add to all this, the protection in the First Amendment of the right to associate and the judicially recognized right to travel — both of which are natural rights — and it is clear that these nanny state rules are unconstitutional, unlawful and unworthy of respect or compliance.

With a 1% death rate or less, why are so many people acting like this virus is an Ebola-like disease? Why the irrationality? And again, I understand that some people are dying from it, mainly the elderly and people with serious medical illnesses. But we aren’t panicking or acting hysterically with the regular seasonal flu, which so far this season has killed 20,000 people in the U.S., according to the CDC.

Why is this different? Why are these politicians so willing to cause so many job losses now and not only a recession worse than in 2008, but possibly a depression? And Trump might want to make things even worse, with his considering putting a halt to Wall Street trading and possibly ordering a national “shelter-in-place” i.e. home imprisonment.

What’s going on?