Hospital at capacity, in part due to deferred procedures during the pandemic

The full capacity in the ICU is due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, but also an increase in patients who put off medical treatment during the pandemic and are now showing up to the emergency room with neglected illnesses. In addition, the hospital is seeing heart attacks and major injuries that will likely increase through the summer.

Source: Bend hospital at capacity with trauma, COVID-19 patients | kgw.com

On a personal level, public health denied access to health care last spring, which for me turned out – ten weeks later when health care was available again – to be a broken foot and torn tendon. Left untreated, that caused caused other problems – I am now unable to walk more than a few hundred feet max due to a knee problem. I am scheduled for an MRI of the knee next week Monday (expect out of pocket costs of about $1,500).

Public health lost all sense of the public’s health. To the “experts”, public health meant one disease: Covid-19. All other ailments and diseases were ignored. And so here we are today – many now have on going health problems caused by the actions of public health, and overwhelmed hospitals. Public health must include a lot more than a single disease.

Non-pharmaceutical interventions for anxiety

I am so old, I remember when face masks were to prevent droplet (but not aerosol) spread to others on board the aircraft.

Now the purpose of masks is “matter of respect”. Masks have become a non-pharmaceutical intervention to treat some people’s anxiety (it’s an adult blankie) and a political symbol.

It’s about politics and T-shirt sales at this point.

Or this:

Or this

Sadly, everything about political health is politicized – and it started with public experts who proclaimed in June of 2020 that protesting was more important than fighting a virus (this is fact).

From there, the political activists ran with it – and turned the pandemic into a political theater summarized as:

  • Republicans are anti-science and do not support authoritarianism
  • Democrats are pro-science and support authoritarianism

Thus, most everything about the pandemic turned into political footballs for each side to throw back and forth. Public health fell in line to the politics, destroying its own credibility.

7-day average daily new cases falls to lowest level since March 31st, 2020

The pandemic is over, but there is not a consistent, non-contradictory explanation for why.

We are told that cases have fallen because of vaccines (masks have vanished as an explanation for anything), but that did not cause the sharp drop from early January downwards.

Cases have fallen sharply globally – but 90% of the global population does not yet have access to a vaccination. Vaccines do not explain that.

In the U.S., hospitalization have also collapsed – this is great news:

Reminder – I am a brain injured idiot with no relevant experience. I make stupid observations and ask stupid questions when things do not make logical sense.

I have said from the beginning that Covid-19 is a real disease that has affected far too many people. Covid is not a hoax. Indeed, a younger friend was discharged from ICU after being on a ventilator for days last week (will be in the hospital several more days).

Public health and epidemiology – through their inconsistent, contradictory and incoherent explanations – have come across like they are a hoax.

Surge in good news: “Had COVID? You’ll probably make antibodies for a lifetime”

I’m so old, I remember a few months ago when they told us that having Covid-19 might not give you any immunity at all, because, somehow, it was different this time:

People who recover from mild COVID-19 have bone-marrow cells that can churn out antibodies for decades, although viral variants could dampen some of the protection they offer.

Source: Nature.com: Had COVID? You’ll probably make antibodies for a lifetime

Covid-19 cases drop sharply, globally

Since most of the world is not yet vaccinated – at all – vaccines do not explain this drop. Yet we say that vaccines are the reasons cases have fallen in the U.S. How then do we explain the rest of the world?

Reminder – I am a brain injured idiot with no relevant experience. I make observations (especially seeing contradictions) and ask stupid idiot questions.

Surge in good news: “Study identifies antibody from common cold infection that reacts to COVID”

Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute have found that B-cells after having a common cold coronavirus react with SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2.

The study found that the antibody in question reacts not only to SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, but also SARS-CoV-1, which causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Source: Study identifies antibody from common cold infection that reacts to COVID – The Jerusalem Post

Those who previously had a common cold coronavirus may have useful response against SARS-CoV-2. (I prefer to read the original journal article, not the press report or press release, however, Nature Communication was inaccessible this morning.)

Interesting question: If the above is correct, it seems a way of controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2 would have been to give people a common cold coronavirus in order to develop effective antibodies?

Are vaccines the reason for the rapid drop in new cases?

I am a brain injured idiot with no relevant experience. I make observations and ask stupid questions.

This Tweet prompts a question I have wondered about:

The pandemic’s epicurve trajectory followed a similar path of past pandemics, when we did not have vaccines. The Spanish Flu of 1918, for example, was thought to have infected about 1/3d of the world’s population before it faded out.

We were told by “experts” that we need 70-85% vaccinated before we would get control. From my observing the trends and data, however, the reproduction rate began dropping, state by state, when estimated prevalence of those who had Covid-19 had reached about 30%. As immunity rose with vaccinations, cases plummeted. Above 50% (LA’s estimated prevalence of Covid-19 was 55%), cases plummeted.

While vaccines will close out the pandemic, it does seem the pandemic may have been starting to close out on its own – just as most past pandemics have done. Vaccines are always preferable – and safer – than having the actual disease.

Vaccines though do not explain what we have just seen in India – in a country of 1.4 billion people, vaccines played little role in this sudden drop off in cases.

Cases throughout the world are now plummeting – but 90% of the world is not yet vaccinated. If vaccines explain the drop in the U.S., what explains the drop in India and the entire world?

Similarly, all the way up until about 1-2 weeks ago, the “experts” told us “masks work” even as cases exploded in the US from late summer to early January.

Now that cases have gone down, we are told it is because of vaccines.

Really? Correlation is not causation. And when we look at all of the data there are many contradictions that go unexplained. Until a theory accounts for the contradictions, it is just a hypothesis and one that may not be true.

Related: Among all the hyperventilating over India the past few weeks, the media never, ever mentioned that the cases and deaths per population where just 1/4th that of the United States – when adjusted for population differences. India’s population is 4.26x larger than the U.S.

Google forces you to reveal age

I logged into Google today and they forced me to provide a date of birth. They then prompted to confirm my age.

They claim they need this to comply with the law.

They also say it is used for their dossier for “ad purposes”. Supposedly the use of this for ad purposes can be turned off.

Presumably one can also lie and give a fake date – although I assume that at some future date they will prompt you to enter your age again to confirm account access. Thus, you’d need to keep a log of what date you provide to Google.

Unfortunately, we cannot trust Google with any personal information.