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The hoax that is the virus

Let us take a look at the reporting of China Virus statistics that have been used to affect all of our lives, cripple the best economy of our lifetimes, and force us to surrender our Constitutional freedoms. As you will see, it is a shameful example of politically motivated propaganda that rivals the old Soviet Union state-owned Pravda.

August 7, 2020 — Headline: Ohio Gov. DeWine tests negative after testing positive. Let that sink in for a minute. No number that the media is reporting is accurate. We have no idea how many false positives are being reported by testing laboratories. If the governor can’t get it right, why should we the people rely on anything we are being told. The answer is obvious, we shouldn’t. Any media organization or politician, who is reporting any number related to this virus as fact, is lying to you.

May 21, 2020 — The number of cases reported is fiction: The CDC (Center for Disease Control) acknowledged it had mixed together results from viral and antibody coronavirus tests providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic. The agency confirmed mixing the results, even though the two tests reveal different information and are used for different reasons. This is not merely a technical error. States have set quantitative guidelines for reopening their economies based on these flawed data points.

May 23, 2020, CDC — On the CDC website detailing guidance on how the China Virus is spread, the CDC explained in the subsection “the virus does not spread easily.” That transmission was less likely through touching surfaces or objects, or by human-to-animal or animal-to-human transmission.

June 8, 2020 WHO (World Health Organization) — The spread of Covid-19 by someone who is not showing symptoms appears to be rare states Maria Van Kerkhove of the WHO, “From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual.”

July 15, 2020 based on a Johns Hopkins University data– A recent media headline “Virus Deaths Climb as Cases Hit New High” reported a surge in China Virus cases. But if you read past the headlines, the author reluctantly concedes, “soaring case counts are partly attributable to expanded testing that is detecting asymptomatic or less severe cases, often among younger people.” The word “partly” is a copout when “likely” or “exclusively” would be more accurate. How deceitful can they be to follow up that headline with a counterpoint that renders the headline mute? But knowing that most people will never read past the headline enables them to sway public opinion with a lie.

Some specific results include a Florida hospital handling COVID-19 tests confirmed to media that its near-100 percent positivity rate was overstated by a factor of 10. Misreported deaths falsely attributed to the coronavirus, forced West Virginia health officials to look for new protocols to prevent the spread of inaccurate information. Gov. Jim Justice noted on several occasions he was informed of deaths as a result of the coronavirus. He said the reports wound up being false. Or the woman who received a call being told she had tested positive. Positive for what she asked? The lady said for COVID. She said, that’s impossible, I never got tested. These are not isolated insignificant instances. These reports are surfacing all over the country. Something so important as to trample our Constitutional rights requires a more truthful accounting than we the people have been getting.

Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the National Center for Health Statistics, said between 20 and 30 percent of death certificates nationwide were wrong before COVID-19. Experts said the inaccuracies are part and parcel of a patchwork, state-by-state system of medical examiners, coroners and doctors who have disparate medical backgrounds, and in some cases none at all. Accurate death certificates are paramount for health officials trying to determine where to focus resources to fight the spread of the coronavirus yet inaccurate death reporting is a long-standing problem.

Also, there is the issue of the government paying more to hospitals caring for patients with COVID-19. This provides the hospitals with a financial incentive in misreporting China Virus cases. While no statistics exist as to the extent that this incentive has skewed the numbers, if you believe in “follow the money” it is not much of a stretch believe that it has had in impact.

Every year I personally know several people who contract the common flu. It is not a rare occurrence for any of us to know people sidelined for a couple days with flu symptoms. Yet since April, when the tyrannical government shut down our country, I do not know of one person who has displayed symptoms of the China Virus. If this virus is so contagious, so dangerous to all of us, wouldn’t each of us know countless people who have become sick?

It doesn’t take a common sense prodigy to realize that the China Virus is just another media created and overblown disaster that the lapdog politicians bought hook, line, and sinker. If half of the reporting was true, we would be seeing countless people stricken with the disease. Do you know anyone? Isn’t it amazing how it struck right after the impeachment attempt collapsed under the weight of the truth?

In other words, all this fear mongering is based on pure conjecture. Stay at home orders, shuttering of businesses and mask wearing are all unnecessary. Wouldn’t it be nice if for once the autocrats and the media waited for evidence or proof before imposing their dictatorial edicts? The State of Ohio, DeWine and Acton, who has now resigned because of this fiasco, are learning that lesson painfully as they lose court case after court case on the unconstitutionality of their orders.

Jack Loesch is an area resident and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Akron for the past 27 years whose columns appear periodically in The Review.

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