Covid-1984 Controversies By Brian Simpson

     Here are today’s Coviddy madness summaries, like the lockdown killing many more people than died, even given shonky epidemiology.

“Thousands of Britons who suffer heart attacks and strokes are dying at home instead of seeking medical treatment, a new study has found, as new government figures show 75,000 are projected to die as a result of lockdown measures. Stay-at-home orders prompted countless people suffering from serious medical conditions to avoid hospitals, according to the study’s findings, which were published in the Heart medical journal and first reported by the Daily Mail. The paper noted that deaths from heart disease in private homes surged by 35 percent from March to July, resulting in 2,279 more fatalities on average over the past six years. However, heart and stroke deaths in hospitals dropped by around 1,400 during the same period, suggesting that some who chose to stay home would have died anyway even if they had been hospitalized. The researchers calculated that in total, there were 2,085 excess deaths in England and Wales that could be linked to heart attack and stroke sufferers who refused to seek out medical treatment. This means that between March 2 and June 30, every day 17 people died needlessly from heart attacks. The findings support government figures which underline the disastrous side-effects of the UK’s anti-coronavirus policies. A recently released report by the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) found that nearly 75,000 people could die over the next five years from non-Covid causes as a result of the lockdown. More than 30,000 of these projected deaths will be the result of undetected cancers, cancelled operations and health problems associated with economic recession. 26,000 are expected to die if people continue to avoid seeking out critical medical care. The grim predictions appear to already be playing out. According to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 830 excess deaths at home in one week at the start of September compared to the five-year average of deaths. The UK has registered 5,556 excess deaths at home in the past eight weeks, but only 1,117 deaths were attributed to Covid-19 in the same period, the Telegraph reported. A study published in May by the British Medical Journal found that only one-third of excess deaths seen in England and Wales can be linked to coronavirus. Since the start of the pandemic, the UK has recorded 423,000 coronavirus cases, resulting in 41,936 deaths. The country has seen a recent spike in new infections, but daily deaths have remained relatively stable.”

     Australia, God bless what remains of it, is still holding its ground, and wanting to know the origins of Covid-1984. Good stuff, but it has been left too late, lots of time for China, or whoever, maybe the Eskimos, to cover up all trails now.

“The world’s nations must do all they can to understand the origins of COVID-19, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday, comments that could worsen tensions with China. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Morrison said an inquiry into the roots of the virus would minimise the threat of another global pandemic. “This virus has inflicted a calamity on our world and its peoples. We must do all we can to understand what happened for no other purpose than to prevent it from happening again,” Morrison said via a teleconference video link. “There is a clear mandate to identify the zoonotic source of the COVID-19 virus and how it was transmitted to humans.” 

     This was said before the UN, so do not expect any action from that front. Still, people are waking up a bit, which is promising:

“A fifth of people are likely to refuse a Covid vaccine when one becomes available, according to the largest survey of UK attitudes and behaviour during the pandemic. The survey by University College London of 70,000 people, which was launched before lockdown, found that only half (49%) considered themselves “very likely” to get vaccinated once there is a Covid vaccine and 10% said they were “very unlikely”. Since a Covid vaccine does not yet exist, the researchers probed attitudes towards vaccines in general to find out some of the underlying reasons. Their results “suggest substantial levels of misinformation amongst the general public about vaccines”, they say in their report. There were considerable anxieties about the side-effects of the vaccines we already have. More than half (53%) believed to varying degrees that vaccines can cause unforeseen effects. Nearly a third (30%) believed there could be future problems for adults or children that were as yet unknown. More than a third (38%) thought natural immunity – from having the infection and recovering – was better than immunity from vaccines. A small minority (4%) said they did not believe vaccines offered protection. A quarter were deeply suspicious of pharmaceutical companies, believing that vaccines are used in “commercial profiteering”, while 4% strongly believed that vaccination programmes were a con by pharmaceutical companies and authorities who are promoting vaccination for financial gain. “I think what this perhaps suggests is the general belief among some people that vaccines aren’t necessarily safe,” said Dr Daisy Fancourt, lead author of the Covid-19 Social Study, which is mainly funded by the Nuffield Foundation. They were not convinced that the safety and regulatory procedures involved in developing a vaccine would ensure its safety. “People have spoken about regulation, approval and things like that over the course of this pandemic but not everyone necessarily understands what that means. “The reason we’ve asked about this now is because it takes a while to break down misinformation or to build up trust. But this sort of gives us a pointer in the next few months, perhaps, to the importance of explaining to people the processes vaccines go through to make sure they are safe, so that people understand just how well checked a vaccine actually is at the point it makes it to market.”



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