The Wuhan Flu Freak-out By Brian Simpson

     What was it all for? Oh, I forgot, the New World Order on steroids. Still wasn’t it a wee bit mean to collapse the economies, put people in cages, and let them develop all sorts of mental problems? Well, I guess it will keep whole armies of psychologists in business, and we all like them, don’t we, as much as we like doctors and Big Pharma?

“Last week, Nuffield Health reported that around 80% of British people working from home now feel lockdown has had a negative impact on their mental health, while a quarter of those (25%) said they were finding it difficult to cope with the emotional challenges of isolation.

This is the wicked nature of a pandemic
Professor Simon Wessely, King's College London

In addition, the Office of National Statistics last week published a study which showed that 39% of people who are married or in a civil partnership now report high levels of anxiety, compared with 19% pre-pandemic. This doubling of anxiety levels is probably due to the stress of caring for others while also working and carrying out home-schooling duties. “This is the wicked nature of a pandemic,” said Professor Simon Wessely, of King’s College London. “It creates intense anxiety, but the measures that we need to control the pandemic, which centre on suppressing our ability to interact socially, make it more difficult to manage that anxiety.” Nor will these problems disappear as restrictions are lifted, psychologists warn. “This crisis is going to cause considerable, lasting anxiety for many people,” said Professor Til Wykes, of King’s College London. According to Wykes, one out of four individuals is likely to have a mental health problem at some point in their life. “That was the situation before Covid arrived. Now, we are going to have extra new waves of people suffering from anxiety or depression or possibly more serious illnesses such as schizophrenia.” Social and healthcare workers are likely to be some of the worst affected, she added. “They are experiencing disturbing events all the time and will experience post-traumatic symptoms, if not post-traumatic stress disorder itself. We know from the Sars and Mers outbreaks that frontline workers did go through such experiences.””

     The wicked nature of the pandemic, or our leaders?

“Could stress from the COVID-19 pandemic be making cases more severe for some patients? New research suggests that high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, are associated with a greater risk of death in coronavirus patients. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Best known for its role in regulating our body’s fight-or-flight response in stressful situations, it’s also important for controlling other bodily functions. Those include metabolism, blood pressure, salt and water balance, and the body’s immune system response. Too little and too much cortisol are both dangerous. High levels are particularly dangerous because they can alter immune system function and increase the risk of infection and serious illness. In the study, scientists collected blood samples from 535 hospital patients and examined the amount of cortisol in their blood. Of the sample, 403 of them had COVID-19. When scientists compared cortisol levels between patients with and without COVID-19, they found that patients with the virus have significantly higher cortisol levels.”

     So, maybe it was the moral panic and freak-out that was the main killing mechanism? But, looking at the US, the Covid-19 infection rate is now thought to be 80 times more than previously believed, indicating that Covid-19 is much less severe than advertised, since many people, otherwise healthy, may have had it, and not even known that they did:

“It’s already widely speculated by medical professionals and pundits alike that the initial U.S. coronavirus infection rate was grossly undercounted. Now, a new study concludes that the country’s infection rate early on may have been over 80 times greater than originally reported. Moreover, infections across the U.S. likely doubled almost twice as fast as initially estimated. How did this happen? In all likelihood there isn’t one main culprit, researchers believe. Instead, a combination of a lack of tests, asymptomatic carriers, and people not recognizing their own symptoms may be to blame. Mystery flu-like illnesses suggest nearly 9 million COVID-19 cases? The study, led by scientists at Penn State University, uses data provided by the CDC’s influenza-like illnesses (ILI) surveillance accounting for three weeks in March 2020. “We analyzed each state’s ILI cases to estimate the number that could not be attributed to influenza and were in excess of seasonal baseline levels,” says Justin Silverman, assistant professor in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology and Department of Medicine, in a release. “When you subtract these out, you’re left with what we’re calling excess ILI – cases that can’t be explained by either influenza or the typical seasonal variation of respiratory pathogens.”

It’s was quickly noted that all of that extra ILI correlated almost precisely with the spread of COVID-19 all over the United States. “This suggests that ILI data is capturing COVID cases, and there appears to be a much greater undiagnosed population than originally thought,” Silverman explains. Officially, during the last three weeks of March around 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases were documented. That falls in line with 8.7 million new ILI cases during that period, which researchers say may very well signal undiagnosed COVID cases.  “At first I couldn’t believe our estimates were correct,” Silverman comments. “But we realized that deaths across the U.S. had been doubling every three days and that our estimate of the infection rate was consistent with three-day doubling since the first observed case was reported in Washington state on January 15.” The team at Penn State also used their approach to analyze infections rates among individual states. They say that states with a higher per-person rate of infection also show a higher per person rate of ILI. This just further validates that the ILI data is linked to COVID-19 infections. While the per-state infections estimated by researchers are higher than initial official stats, those estimations are fairly close to what states started reporting once extensive antibody testing started. For example, the research team estimates that 9% of the state of New York’s entire population was infected with COVID-19 by the end of March. When New York State tested 3,000 locals, they noted a 13.9% (2.7 million people) infection rate. For what’s worth, excess ILI appears to have peaked back in March. Since then, states and communities put containment measures in place, and far fewer people with mild symptoms are visiting hospitals or seeking treatment. “Our results suggest that the overwhelming effects of COVID-19 may have less to do with the virus’ lethality and more to do with how quickly it was able to spread through communities initially,” Silverman concludes. “A lower fatality rate coupled with a higher prevalence of disease and rapid growth of regional epidemics provides an alternative explanation of the large number of deaths and overcrowding of hospitals we have seen in certain areas of the world.”

     The really big question is whether if there is round two of this, which seems to be now gripping Victoria leading to more supermarket freak-out buying, will the economies be further wrecked, thus joining the antifa destruction of all the West’s culture?



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