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Panicdemic

By Patrick Van Roy On December 4th, 2020

The case fatality rate from the virus has dropped sharply since March. The infection survival rate is 99.95 percent for people under 70 and 95 percent for people over 70. Hospitals are much better equipped to handle patients, with improved ventilator protocols, improved management of outpatients and new therapeutic strategies to provide relief and recoveries. Moreover, thanks to multiple ongoing clinical trials around the world, there may soon be a safe and effective vaccine.

By contrast with their focus on COVID deaths, the media have paid scant attention to the enormous medical and psychological harms from the lockdowns in use to slow the pandemic. Despite the enormous collateral damage lockdowns have caused, EnglandFrance, Germany, Spain and other European countries are all intensifying their lockdowns once again.

By lockdowns, we mean the all-too-familiar shuttered schools and universities, closed playgrounds and parks, silent churches and bankrupt stores and businesses that have become emblematic of American civic life these past months. The relative dearth of reporting on the harms caused by lockdowns is odd, since lives lost from lockdown are no less important than lives lost from COVID infection. But they’ve received much less media attention.

The harms from lockdown have been catastrophic. Consider the psychological harm. Reader, since you’re reading this in lockdown, you can undoubtedly relate to the isolation and loneliness that these policies can cause by shutting down typical channels for social interaction. In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that one in four young adults had seriously considered suicide. Opioid and other drug related deaths are on a sharp and unsurprising upswing.   

The burden of these policies falls disproportionately on some of the most vulnerable. For example, isolation led to a 20 percent increase in dementia-related deaths among our elderly population. Moreover, retrospective analysis of the lockdown in the United States shows that patients skipped cancer screenings, childhood immunizationsdiabetes management visits and even treatment for heart attacks.

Internationally, the lockdowns have placed 130 million people on the brink of starvation, 80 million children at risk for diphtheria, measles and polio, and 1.8 million patients at risk of death from tuberculosis. The lockdowns in developed countries have devastated the poor in poor countries. The World Economic Forum estimates that the lockdowns will cause an additional 150 million people to fall into extreme poverty, 125 times as many people as have died from COVID.

23 Responses to “Panicdemic”

  1. Your anti science anti government fanatic Truther movement is the cause of the lockdowns

    So why are you complaining about your lockdowns. Makes no sense at all.

    These endless complaints from the three amigos make no sense at all.

    Your triumvirate are like careless people who fall asleep smoking in bed who then complain that the firemen flood the living room when they put the fire out

    Perpetual critics, perpetual complainers.

  2. No the lockdowns are power grabs by tinpot politicians nothing more.

  3. This doctor in Oregon is totally in denial about how deadly Coronavirus is:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oregon-doctor-staff-refuse-wear-masks-during-pandemic-calling-covid-n1249737

    LaTulippe, who owns South View Medical Arts in Dallas, southwest of Portland, said he has treated nearly 80 Covid-19 patients. Before he took the microphone, he was introduced as a doctor who was going to talk about the “myths of Covid.”

    “We have been utterly duped, and I want you to know that this is insanity and the purpose was only to shut down the American people. This is a threat to your freedom, a threat to our Constitution. I petition all of you, take off the mask of shame,” LaTulippe said.

    As for huge numbers of people dying from CoronaV, only 6% of ‘Covid victims’ die of Covid alone – the other 94% predominantly over-80, have comorbidities such as heart disease, cancer etc

    https://www.treatmentactiongroup.org/covid-19/covid-19-myth-busters/is-it-true-only-6-percent-of-those-listed-as-coronavirus-deaths-in-the-u-s-actually-died-from-the-virus/

    The CDC did not in fact update its COVID-19 data to reflect that only 6% of then recorded COVID-19 deaths were due to COVID. The section of the CDC report relied upon for this claim states “Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.”

    This statement does not mean that only 6% of reported COVID-19 deaths “actually died” from COVID-19. It means that in most cases people who died had other health complications, like heart disease, obesity, or contributing causes such as old age, that exacerbated the effects of COVID-19 to cause these deaths. Having an underlying health condition when a person dies from COVID-19 does not mean that COVID-19 is not a cause of death. This is very similar to what we see with deaths caused by seasonal flu.

    Seasonal flu – correct.

    Even the ‘fact-checkers’ give the hoax away

  4. Phantom – should the lockdowns continue until all diseases and deaths are eliminated? This is an opportunity 🙂

  5. No you should be locked up, now there’s an idea

  6. Phantom, on December 4th, 2020 at 1:23 PM Said:
    Your anti science anti government fanatic Truther movement

    Phantom – do you agree with the inventor of the PCR test that it absolutely should not be used for diagnosis?

  7. A Pennsylvania man’s desperate appeal to find an ICU to take his severely ill, COVID-19-stricken mother has gone viral.

    Shawn Rider’s mom Karen contracted the coronavirus in mid-November. She was admitted to Hanover Hospital, about two hours west of Philadelphia, and had been on a ventilator since Nov. 23, her son wrote on social media.

    But as her condition worsened, Karen needed an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine — a device Hanover Hospital didn’t have.

    “We can’t make any promises that a hospital is available to take her to try ECMO,” a doctor told Rider.

    Since the recent tide of COVID-19 rates spiking, ICU beds in Pennsylvania have been at capacity.

    NY Post

    It’s just the flu!

  8. It is just the Flu….. the Flu has overwhelmed hospitals every year, but oh my it isn’t a headline because they don’t have an election to steel.

    The hospital in Lancaster is at less than 15% capacity, Delaware, Bucks, and Chester counties are being hit the hardest right now. Call your sister Phantom. Her area is being hit very hard. Ask her if the death Wagons are roaming her streets…… and how overwhelmed her hospitals are….

    The machine your talking about is a Heart bypass machine… is this a new form of treatment? Instead of a respirator that we have an over abundance of because of the panic we forced the car companies to make what their putting you in a coma to shutdown and bypass your heart and lungs because that’s what that machine does?

  9. In Pennsylvania, the secretary of health says there are just under 5,000 people currently hospitalized with the virus and more than 1,000 patients in ICUs.

    “We have to remember that there are not an unlimited number of hospital beds, but even more importantly, there are not an unlimited number of staff, doctors, nurses, support staff, EMTs,” Levine said.

    You are helping the healthcare system to eke out enough capacity to take care of you or someone you love if the worst happens. Pennsylvania has at least 42,800 beds in almost 250 hospitals, a Department of Health database shows.

    5000 overwhelms 42,800…… what is this global warming Math?

  10. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) ECMO stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The ECMO machine is similar to the heart-lung by-pass machine used in open-heart surgery. It pumps and oxygenates a patient’s blood outside the body, allowing the heart and lungs to rest.

  11. Well said Phantom.

    My brother’s had loads of colds, and the flu three times. But none of those times put him in hospital for four days, struggling to breathe, like coronavirus did.
    I also know nearly a dozen people now who have died of coronavirus. I’ve never known that many who died of flu. And I don’t know anyone who’s died of a cold.

    I’m not claiming that this virus is deadly, but it’s certainly worse than the flu.

  12. As I said all News must be taken with a grain of salt no matter the publication. You have to research FACTS and take NOTHING at face value, and absolutely nothing from Levine should be believed period…. she/he is Wolfs puppet.

  13. https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-second-wave-threatens-to-overwhelm-hospitals-pennsylvania-20201120.html

    Hospitals in Pennsylvania are close to being overwhelmed. Doctors and nurses are suffering from burn out

    This is not a normal situation; and conditions are getting much worse

    This problem of burnout and overload exists in many states, As the virus continues out of control. In the absence. Of any semblance of proper national leadership

  14. Dave

    A friend of a friend, 60 years of age, seemingly in the fullness of health, Developed symptoms And was diagnosed with it; he died suddenly three days later

    Note in the above Philadelphia news article, that 1/3 of Pennsylvania residents say that they’re not complying with the mask mandate

    Masks have never been consistently used in the US and UK. There have been too many imbeciles who have refused to wear them all along

    Anyone who dares to say that masks have been tried, and that they have failed deserves a very hard slap

  15. 5000 beds out of 43,000 beds is far from overwhelmed…… it’s no worse than a Flu.

  16. “5000 beds out of 43,000 beds is far from overwhelmed”

    Neither the total nor the proportion matter, fool.

    Those beds aren’t all lying empty. So if you’ve planned for 43,000 and 5,000 extra show up, that’s not going to work for you.

    And even if they can cope with 5,000 extra, just wait a few weeks. It won’t stay at just 5,000 for long. But nobody needs to wait until it happens (just so you can figure it out months later, if at all) when pretty much anyone with half a clue can see it coming in advance.

    “it’s no worse than a Flu”

    It’s 5-10x worse than the flu … and even if it was “just as bad as the flu” and merely 5,000 extra cases on top of normal seasonal flu, that wouldn’t help the hospitals cope better either.

    If you are one of the 5,000 people with something “worse than the flu”, and you then show up looking for a bed that is now occupied by one of the 5,000, no bed for you.

  17. Phantom

    A friend of a friend, 60 years of age, seemingly in the fullness of health, Developed symptoms And was diagnosed with it; he died suddenly three days later

    I’m sorry to hear that mate.
    I found out yesterday guy who lives just around the corner from me and used to drink in the local pub has died of Coronavirus. He was 68.
    I hate to say this, but I think were going to lose a few more locals before this winter is out.

    Masks have never been consistently used in the US and UK. There have been too many imbeciles who have refused to wear them all along

    I can’t understand the objections to masks. For fucks sake, how selfish does a person have to be to object to the minor inconvenience of wearing one.
    Johnathan Pie nails in in this video mate:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZQkBHysrig

    Anyone who dares to say that masks have been tried, and that they have failed deserves a very hard slap

    The evidence on masks and the coronavirus was lacking at the earlier in the year, but many studies have been done since then, (which I’ve posted on here, although the anti-mask morons chose to ignore them), which show masks DO reduce the transmission of this virus.

  18. Those who are mask deniers and who don’t adhere to the rules at this point are willfully ignorant. They will never read anything with an open mind.

    They put twisted politics above the health and rights of their families and neighbors.

    I could care less if these poor dumb bastards kill themselves, but they’re killing others and destroying the economy – and then they have the brass neck to say that it’s others who are at fault

  19. Phantom

    Plus, claiming that it’s no worse than flu is clearly wrong.
    In the UK on average 17,000 people die from flu every year. I believe our worst flu deaths in a year was 37,000.
    We’re now at 61,000 Coronavirus deaths.

  20. No the lockdowns are power grabs by tinpot politicians nothing more

    Remember when you stated that the lockdowns were a strategy used by the Dems to blame on Trump so he would lose the election?

    That was funny.

  21. Trump lost the election IMO largely due to his complete botch of the virus

    He did much worse than Republican congressmen or senators did at the polls ( a fact which largely demolishes the “ rigged election “ lie )

    This is a people’s rejection of a president who simply refused to lead, who refused to try to lead

  22. just the facts as they speak for themselves

    US confirms record number of cases for third day running
    The US has now seen a record number of coronavirus cases for the third day running.

    A tally by Johns Hopkins University showed the world’s worst-hit country – which has seen a dramatic virus resurgence in recent weeks – reached nearly 230,000 new infections and 2,527 Covid-related deaths on Saturday alone.

    For two weeks, the US has regularly topped 2,000 deaths per day, as it had in the spring at the height of the first wave of the country’s outbreak.

    US health officials warned of a surge after millions of Americans traveled to celebrate last week’s Thanksgiving holiday, despite pleas from authorities to stay home.

  23. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed America’s 911 system and emergency responders to a “breaking point,” with ambulance workers and their services financially strained.

    Ambulance providers from New York to Iowa to Georgia say the situation is increasingly dire. Desperate for a financial infusion to keep such operations afloat, the American Ambulance Association recently begged the Department of Health and Human Services for $2.6 billion in emergency funding.

    “The 911 emergency medical system throughout the United States is at a breaking point,” Aarron Reinert, the association’s president, wrote to federal health officials in a Nov. 25 letter obtained by The Washington Post. “Without additional relief, it seems likely to break, even as we enter the third surge.”

    https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/pandemic-pushing-americas-911-system-to-breaking-point-ambulance-operators-say/

    Heckuva job, Brownie Trump