The theory espoused by the Tyee writer is disconnected from immunological science.
Public health officials’ COVID complacency has opened the door to new illnesses and devastating long-term damage.
He claims Covid is mutating faster than vaccines can be made, is getting worse, we are losing our immunity, we can and will get Covid every 2 to 3 weeks, and each time we get it we do cumulative damage to our bodies and destroying our ability to mount T-cell immune responses, and that because we did not adopt a zero covid strategy, all of humanity will be wiped out (basically what he is saying). He implies Covid will only get worse.
The only solution is free N95s for all, worn 24 x 7, and a return to lock down like lifestyle where people like writer Andrew Nikiforuk outsource their risk to low paid workers – as food and essential services magically appear at his doorstep.
Nikiforuk writes exclusively about how awful everything is (focused mostly on environmental fear), and mostly how corporations are out to kill us. There is nothing good in the world. His bio (as it appears in many locations, including his own web site, online) makes no mention of his educational background (why is that omitted?) In this lecture, he implies he may be a Luddite who believes the “technosphere” is destroying our life and we would, apparently, be better living in caves. I can’t make much sense out of what he is trying to accomplish.
But his long-time self-promotion has been successful and his nonsensical claims about Covid in July of 2022 has spread wildly on social media.
Below is what some qualified scientists have to say.
Read this entire thread. Chise is a senior scientist on the Moderna vaccine program.
As Chise says,
The data we DO have has been largely misrepresented to fit the desired narrative and most sections of the article are just pure speculation. It drips with scientific language to appear accurate but is largely WRONG.
Professor Francois Balloux is director at UCL Genetics Institute at University College London and had this to say about BA.2/4/5 and variants – he wrote this about the same time as the above scarier headline “news” report. Read the whole thread. Not so scary at all.
Professor Michael Fuhrer is a physicist and materials scientist at Monash University and director “ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) and co-directs the Monash Centre for Atromically Thin Materials.” who notes that Nikiforuk’s writing is a “belief in search of a science”.
Dr. Angela Rasmussen is a virologist, Principal Investigator at the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization, and a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, and had this to say about Nikiforuk’s fiction:
Finally, a new paper pre-print:
Effectiveness of primary infection against severe, critical, or fatal COVID-19 reinfection was 97.3% (95% CI: 94.9-98.6%), irrespective of the variant of primary infection or reinfection, and with no evidence for waning. Similar results were found in sub-group analyses for those ≥50 years of age.
CONCLUSIONS: Protection of natural infection against reinfection wanes and may diminish within a few years. Viral immune evasion accelerates this waning. Protection against severe reinfection remains very strong, with no evidence for waning, irrespective of variant, for over 14 months after primary infection.
The agenda-driven narrative in the Tyee article is how professional journalism operates today, as a propaganda campaign using fear and lies as primary methods. Wrapped in jargon and written by an “Award winning” (fiction?) writer, we are supposed to believe him.
I’ve tagged this post for future follow up as we can see how things look in a few months.
Never taken anything by Andrew Nikiforuk seriously, nor anything published by The Tyee.