Thanks to a massive gaslighting operation on the part of the media and vested interests, the public and politicians in New Zealand and elsewhere have been conned into believing that COVID-19 is something that it isn’t.
It is now time to acknowledge the further information that has come to hand, and that, with hindsight, the response of governments has been a disastrous mistake. The only responsible course is to walk back from the lockdown.
COVID-19 is no more serious than any other seasonal virus
COVID-19 is a corona virus, one of a set of seasonal viruses which includes some manifestations of the common cold.
‘There is no evidence to show that the 2019 coronavirus is more lethal than respiratory adenoviruses, influenza viruses, coronaviruses from previous years, or rhinoviruses responsible for the common cold.’ (Dr Pablo Goldschmidt , virologist specializing in tropical diseases and Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. )
The vast majority of people testing positive for COVID-19 show few or no symptoms.
Oxford University researchers found that fewer than one in a thousand people infected with COVID-19 becomes sick enough to need hospitalisation, while the vast majority have only mild symptoms or none at all. Their assessment of the fatality rate for the virus in the UK is around 0.002 percent, far lower than the seasonal flu. Extensive testing in Iceland has had similar results.
It is indisputable that ‘those who die from COVID-19 are already vulnerable’ (Dr Sucharit Bhakdi)
According to the latest data of the Italian National Health Institute, the average age of the positively-tested deceased in Italy is currently about 78 years. Only 3.3% had suffered from no underlying condition at all; 82% of the deceased had suffered from two or more chronic diseases; 61% o f the deceased had suffered from three or more chronic diseases. Amongst those chronic diseases predominated cardiovascular problems, diabetes, respiratory problems and cancer. It has always been the case that the last trigger for people with advanced age and deteriorating health is frequently a flu related condition. The chances of a healthy person, even of advanced years, dying of COVID-19 is probably non-existent.
Protect the vulnerable – allow healthy people to develop herd immunity
‘If we close the schools, we will prevent the children from quickly becoming immune’, (Dr Pietro Vernazza, Swiss specialist in infectious diseases and professor of health policy).
There is no reason why time-honoured procedures for dealing with seasonal flu should not be applied now, ie protect and quarantine those most as risk, encourage others to stay warm and eat healthily, and otherwise allow the virus to take its course. Care homes have always locked down when there is an epidemic scare, people with cold symptoms have kept away from new-born babies. This year should be no different, according to specialists without vested interests.
The unprecedented policy of mass quarantine to ‘flatten the curve’ is only prolonging the coronavirus pandemic, according to Knut Wittkowski, former head of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design at the Rockefeller University in New York.
‘As with every respiratory disease we should protect the elderly and fragile, because when they get pneumonia, they have a high risk of dying of pneumonia. This is one of the key issues to keep in mind. On the other hand, children do very well with these diseases: they are evolutionarily designed to be exposed to all kinds of viruses in their lifetime, and they should keep going to school and infecting each other. That contributes to herd immunity, which means after about four weeks at the most, the elderly people could start joining their families because then the virus would have been extinguished.
‘People are trying to flatten the curve, but I don’t really know why. What happens when you flatten the curve is you also widen it, and it takes more time. I don’t see a good reason for a respiratory disease staying in the population for longer than necessary. (video , transcript)
The WHO and corporate-funded research institutions have exaggerated the danger from COVID-19. An analysis of a study by Imperial College London finds that the College, which influenced decision-making both in the UK and in NZ, exaggerated the risk by 131 times. In the United States, health official Antonio Fauci has claimed that the risk from COVID-19 is at least 10 times that of ordinary flu, with no apparent basis.
Authorities from countries such as Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States have all admitted that they are including deaths from other causes in their COVID-19 mortality figures.
The media beat-up
The media is playing the major part in creating panic, filling their pages with sensational but easily discredited stories (newspapers are supposed to sell more copies in time of war, and perhaps this ‘war on coronavirus’ is no different). The BBC reported on a 21 year old woman ‘who died of Covid19 without any previous illnesses’ – it subsequently became known that the woman did not test positive for Covid19 and died of a heart failure.
Governments have ignored new evidence
Corona is ‘an epidemic of mass panic […]. Logic was one of the first victims.’ (Danish researcher Peter Gøtzsche, founder of the Cochrane Medical Collaboration.
The dismissive response of virologists and other specialists as well as published official reports from mid-March, both well-documented here by Facts About COVID-19, provided ample warning that the virus is not the creature it is claimed to be. Governments have chosen to bow to the media-engendered hysteria, and to ignore available information contrary to the media narrative.
In a fact sheet published March 23, the World Health Organization reported that COVID-19 was in fact spreading slower, not faster, than influenza by a factor of about 50%. Moreover, pre-symptomatic transmission appeared to be much lower with COVID-19 than with influenza.
On March 24 UK removed COVID-19 from the official list of High Consequence Infectious Diseases (HCID), stating that mortality rates were ‘low overall‘.
Despite the information that came available prior to declaring a state of emergency, the New Zealand government insisted on imposing a Level 4 Lockdown from 25 March.
The damage arising from the lockdowns is incalculable
Other years have seen more deadly flu outbreaks, without such drastic measures being imposed. Great harm is now being done to the global and national economy, the viability of small businesses, the functioning of health systems, people’s mental and physical health, people’s futures.
The progression towards a police state
Perhaps the most concerning aspect is the immediate suspension of our democracy and uncertainty about its future.
With neither a bang nor barely a whimper, barely one week ago New Zealand put being a long established and respected Parliamentary democracy on hold to become a virtual Police state in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. […]
We have settled into a life regime more restrictive than at any previous point in our history – including wartime.
We have no freedom of movement, limited access to essential goods and services, and our borders have been sealed […] (Peter Dunne, former NZ Cabinet Minister, ‘Democracy On Hold)
Victoria University’s associate law professor, Dean Knight, believes that, with so much discretionary power, there is a very real risk that the discretion could be used in an arbitrary and discriminatory manner. University of Otago law professor Andrew Geddis has warned that police can use ‘extreme and unprecedented’ powers to constrain basic freedoms of movement guaranteed by the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.
While lockdowns are a global event, worrying trends in New Zealand have already manifested themselves over the past year. After the shooting in Christchuch, the government imposed draconian censorship and fast tracked gun control while at the same time creating an armed police force. Measures to further reduce free speech are under way, via ‘Hate Speech’ legislation.
The bizarre threats to imprison anyone who watched the shooting video, the recorded incidents of armed police terrorising families, and now the increasingly common experience of law-abiding citizens of being harassed by police officers, are creating an atmosphere of fear and distrust in the law.
Despite all the talk of ‘being kind’, a culture of dobbing in one’s neighbours is being actively encouraged. The Police Commissioner Mike Bush proudly announced that the website set up for that purpose crashed within the hour due to the volume of reports about lockdown infringements – 4,200 were received in the first 24 hours.
There has been an increase in on-line censorship. Of great concern is the Danish Parliament’s adoption of a new law that prohibits the publication of information on COVID-19 that does not comply with the government’s guidelines and allows the deletion of websites and the punishment or imprisonment of authors.
Avenues for dissent and the dissemination of accurate information are severely restricted. Organised public protest is out of the question while the lockdown is in place, leafletting too presumably. Despite these restrictions on communication and dissent, the NZ government is continuing to push ahead with controversial legislation – oral submissions for the Urban Development Bill, which constitutes an assault on traditional property rights, were heard in the early days of the lockdown.
References to ‘bringing the country out of lockdown’ suggest that restrictions may continue. (Bill Gates is recommending the US stay in lockdown for another 10 weeks.)
The crisis is seen by players such as Bill Gates as an opportunity to further other initiatives, such as further plans for compulsory vaccination, firstly making vaccines a requirement to participate in public meetings or travel. Gates has just announced plans to launch human-implantable ‘quantum-dot tattoos’ to show vaccine status. Vaccines will be fast-tracked and without liability.
Eventually what we’ll have to have is certificates of who’s a recovered person, who’s a vaccinated person […]. Because you don’t want people moving around the world where you’ll have some countries that won’t have it under control, sadly. Bill Gates, How To Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic (video, from 34:14)
The COVID-19 scare has spawned calls for the abolition of the family, e.g ‘The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake’, and ‘The Coronavirus Crisis Shows It’s Time to Abolish the Family’, which also condemns ‘the fundamentally unsafe space that is private property’.
The executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, Michael Ryan, has suggested that as transmission is happening within families, those testing positively, according to the very questionable testing process, should be removed from their homes, the implication being that could be by force:
‘Now, we need to go and look in families to find those people who may be sick and remove them and isolate them in a safe and dignified manner.
COVID-19 tests are not reliable:- the manufacturer’s description for the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Multiplex RT-qPCR testing kit has the instruction, ‘For research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures.’
‘This is why you’re hearing that most people with COVID-19 are showing nothing more than cold/flu like symptoms. That’s because most Coronavirus strains are nothing more than cold/flu like symptoms.’ (‘If You Want to Create a Totally False Panic About a Totally False Pandemic – Pick a Coronavirus’).
So children may be forcibly taken from their homes, on the basis of testing positive for what? the common cold?
Fear, not the fact, of deadly disease has led politicians to take draconian steps with huge implications for the global economy, the balance of wealth and power, and civil liberties. The public have been psyched into accepting that COVID-19 infection must be stopped at all costs, ignoring all evidence of its relative harmlessness. There is a real danger that the public will continue to accept hitherto undreamed-of restrictions on their rights.
This disastrous situation can only be rectified if the mistake is acknowledged and rectified, the measures repudiated and the state of emergency lifted. Any other course leaves the way for ongoing abuse of power by the police and the authorities.
If You Want to Create a Totally False Panic About a Totally False Pandemic – Pick a Coronavirus
’12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic’: OffGuardian has assembled a group of medical specialists – eminent virologists, microbiologists, pulmonologists, etc – who all questioning the Coronavirus panic and the desirability of extreme measures.
’10 MORE Experts Criticising the Coronavirus Panic’: another 10 specialists from OffGuardian.
‘Facts about Covid-19’: a completely referenced timeline of evidence relating to the COVID-91 scare.
‘New Zealand becoming police state: Covid-19 lockdown to be taken seriously, but reporting neighbors & abuse of power goes too far’. Another observer who believes the hype about COVID-19, but still believes there is an abuse of power.
143 thoughts on “Open Letter to NZ MPs – the Lockdown is a Disastrous Error”
The governments and powers of the world will not allow or ultimately and very rapidly quash any independent enquiries that might take place.
Ant, your evidence for that wild-eyed paranoid assertion?
Barbara, I cant tell you how much of a relief it is to hear someone else say out loud what I’ve been thinking (and wrote at https://lifeiswonderful.nz/in-search-of-perspective.html). Thank you, and people, please spread Barbara’s article widely.
Thank you Peter. The whole situation is frankly terrifying, but I draw some comfort from the fact that so many people have come out in support.
Hard, indefinite lock down is economically damaging with no vaccine in sight. Quick restart gives people false sense of security and confidence that the problem is “over” and allows successful personal and surface sanitation to be abandoned.
Soft restart maintains the protocols that worked while preparing the public for the very likely 2nd and 3rd waves. A soft shutdown allows inventory to be sold, shoppers to prepare so sick incubators can be flushed out. Followed by soft restart.
Many businesses CAN socially distance and should be kept open – the extra travel puts commuters at some risk, but it’s worth the price of economic activity that can save the nation from years of Economic Depression. Retail stores can have curbside pickup-only of online orders. Restaurants can remove 50% of tables or have them outside or some other formula to maintain adequate space and prevent mass unemployment of servers and bankruptcy of one of the largest employment types.
There is no need to copy and indefinitely maintain the policies of other nations with less isolation and willing participants than New Zealand is blessed with. There is an obligation however to take the best ideas from the entire world and leave the rest behind.
Protecting the most vulnerable will cost a little more, but it will allow the able bodied to work safely AND maintain strict personal and surface cleaning protocols in exchange for the right and duty to work.
Because of the volume of traffic, I missed your comment yesterday.
Yes, obviously that is something our government will do at the conclusion of this lock down. I suggest that we are on the right track, and that we need to carefully step forward. This paper is a load of cods. You may as well listen to Hosking.
Could you message me, Barbara, if that’s possible. I have something I need to show you about the virus but don’t want to post on here at the moment (there are so many people with your name on FB)
Hi Nora There’s a contact option which a lot of people have been using.
Here in Los Angeles, our hospitals have triage tents to handle the overflow of patients and our sports arenas are being prepped as field hospitals. Don’t recall flu season causing that in my lifetime.
I’ve seen a lot of pictures and videos of empty tent cities and hospitals. But no, there has never been any like this in my lifetime.
Barbara, conspiracy theorists have been sharing pictures of empty sites and doubtless they are the ones you’ve seen, but of course those sites will be empty before they are filled.
If you look for it, you can find info about hotels and other places being commandeered and filled up with COVID-19 patients.
Will you change your mind when you see these places being filled with sick or recovering people?
Most of those videos were made by “citizen journalists” who visited hospitals/testing stations after the mainstream media reported the premises were being “overwhelmed”. In other words, the journalists wanted to find out whether those reports of the hospitals, etc., being full were true. So the comment by Miriam English – “of course those sites will be empty before they are filled” – is misplaced.
Trying to ascertain the truth does not make one a “conspiracy theorist” – a CIA-coined term that is used only by those who collaborate with the architects of the New World Order.
You are living proof there is life on the far left of the bell curve – moronic cretin springs to mind -Don’t go too close to the edge of the earth, ,you may fall off
just got to love your “moderation ” are you scared of dissension and serious debate with a mensa member with an IQ of 160? – thought not -you are a fuckwit of the first order with truly pathetic debating skills – idiot, moron , cretin are not strong enough -please go and get coronavirus and report back if you are still around -social vermin spreading such crap my phone no is 027 305 6018 do you have the cajoles ?
Seriously, why would anyone enter into serious debate about anything with someone who calls them a fuckwit, get your own IQ checked out…And order Debate for Dummies… LOL
I am a ED Doctor in a public hospital in New Zealand.
I have had patients with all the symptoms of COVID-19 but declined doing the test from the MOH.
We have sent them home in full protective gear.
I am also questioning the official statistics as the COVID-19 was in a patient’s system but there cause of death was lung failure so it was not the COVID-19 which caused the death but they was a carrier with no symptoms of the infection which is frustrating.
Thanks eric. So are you saying dodgy diagnosis is a feature of the NZ medical system? Strange that people are refusing the MOH test.
I’m sorry Eric but I have to call BS on your post. You say that one of the 9 recorded deaths from COVID-19 in New Zealand occurred in a hospital where you work as an Emergency Department Doctor, and that this patient tested positive for COVID-19 yet presented no symptoms and then died of lung failure!?? What were they doing in hospital if they had no symptoms? Why were they tested for COVID-19? COVID-19 is a “lung eater” , so if it wasn’t the COVID-19 that caused their lung failure, then what caused it? Also, your spelling and grammar are at the level of an 11 year old, hardly what one would expect from Doctor. Please stop impersonating a Medical Doctor and spreading disinformation.
A quick check on the Medical Council of New Zealand’s Register of doctors confirms that ‘Eric Bell’ is not currently registered and is able to practise in New Zealand.
Eric Bell could easily be a pseudonym to protect his/her job. Lots of anonymous people here. And I realise it’s a matter of opinion but the post doesn’t read like a fake – trolls usually go for asserting fake data or “you are stupid” (see the comments here).
Seriously? Their grammar and spelling are far below what would be expected of a real doctor, and when he says that the novel coronavirus was in their system BUT they died of lung failure, this indicates they don’t understand that death from this disease comes from lung destruction. No genuine doctor would fail to understand that. Eric Bell is a liar pretending to be a doctor in order to lend credence to their false conspiracy theories.
Barbara, notwithstanding your desire to believe these outlandish things, surely even you can see this.
I do agree that there us a hidden agenda, making use of a man made virus, but how can we best explain the freezer trucks full of bodies in New York is that from the common cold? Could you explain how they justify these numbers of deceased – trying to convince my contacts! Thanks
Despite what this silly article tries to make out cornoavirus is not flu…. far from it…
The WHO estimates that between 290,000 and 650,000 respiratory deaths globally each year are associated with seasonal influenza. In just three months Covid-19 has killed over 253,000. This *despite* a worldwide lockdown. Unlike flu Covid-19 is not seasonal so without lockdown this figure would grow exponentially throughout the year and our health systems would soon be overwhelmed. The result: lots of death.
The full name of the virus is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2 which suggests it has more in common with the very-deadly Sars than it does with flu.
* COVID-19 causes more severe disease than seasonal influenza.
* While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.
* Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.
* THERE IS NO VACCINE FOR COVID-19
This article is muddled and dangerous. Generally lockdowns are working and, given no more people believing brain-dead articles like this, will continue to work until we have a vaccine…. which, without many, many, many more deaths is the only way we are going to get out of this.
The result of following the ‘advice’ in this article would be many deaths in New Zealand. That’s a given.
… and many of the links this article provides for authentication seem to go to sad, mad conspiracy sites…
Here’s a much better article about New Zealand and Coronavirus….
Have a nice day…..
Chances of you letting criticism like this through? Zilch.
Well, credence to the author for publishing my comment anyway.