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.
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.
’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.