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 Posted: Sat May 16th, 2020 12:27 am
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NYS quietly changed the way they recorded the deaths of nursing home residents in late April.  In short, if a person contracted the virus in a nursing home but died in the hospital, they no longer counted it as a nursing home death, thus the total number of such deaths actually dropped over the last two weeks as they reassigned those death totals.  Why?  Because in March, Governor Cuomo mandated that long-term care facilities in New York State could not refuse to admit anyone who had tested positive for the Chinese flu.  Thus, the most vulnerable population was forced to mingle with those who could spread the illness.  It was insanity then and it looks pretty close to murder now.  Once it became clear, 6 weeks later, that this had had disastrous results, the state began cooking the books to make it appear that the death count in nursing homes wasn't nearly as bad as it appeared.  Cuomo finally rescinded the order on Monday of this week; cows, barn door, and all that. 

What else did the state do?  Oh yeah, they wrote it into law that no one could sue a nursing home in the wake of a corona virus death.  Why would they do that?  Well, what's the first thing the nursing home is going to say in its defense?  "How could we have possibly prevented this death when we were forced, under penalty of King Andrew's law, to admit these infected people into the midst of your elderly, sickly parent?"

We'll see how many times CNN runs this story or how many "pundits" bring it up on the Sunday shows this weekend.

https://dailycaller.com/2020/05/15/new-york-coronavirus-reporting-nursing-home-deaths-undercounting/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/13/nyregion/nursing-homes-coronavirus-new-york.html




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In an impressive act of transparency, Colorado revised its count of virus-dead downward by nearly 25% in an effort to weed out cases where it was fairly obvious that just because a person had a positive test, their death was not caused by the virus.  One newsworthy case involved a Colorado man who died of alcohol poisoning -- .55 -- but was positive for General Tso's Sicken and so was added to the tally. 
 
Interesting that this comes a couple weeks after Dr. Birx allegedly had a meltdown with CDC officials, telling them that she wasn't able to trust their data and that it might by off by as much as 25%.  Of course it was Birx herself that pushed the whole "dying with = dying of" narrative back in early April. 



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And some good news.  Yesterday, a company out of the Boston area called moderna announced it had successfully carried out a stage one test for an Wuhan flu vaccine.  Eight people were given the vaccine in March and all 8 developed antibodies for the virus.  In trials on mice their vaccine "provided full protection against viral replication in the lungs."  Also, no adverse effects were observed, other than occasional redness around the injection site; no side effects were observed that didn't resolve themselves quickly.  The next step is a current test involving 600 people, and then a third stage scheduled for July with thousands of volunteers. 
 
I'll admit that I'm skeptical about a Corona vaccine, and news of medical "breakthroughs" are often not worth the paper they're printed on, but this does seem promising.  A true vaccine would go a long way to restoring sanity to our world. 
 
https://investors.modernatx.com/static-files/2adbe91d-8eb4-4600-ae1d-020f129ab21c



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And some bad news, looking at the total number of all deaths in April compared to the average for the same period from previous years, we are seeing that there are more "excess" deaths than the number of COVID-19 deaths. The number of deaths is double that of the April average in the UK. You can move deaths into whatever column you want, but you can't change the number of all deaths. It's more than average, and also more than the average + the official COVID-19 figure.

Articles from various countries with the same conclusion:

https://fullfact.org/health/covid-deaths/
https://nationalpost.com/health/covid-19-appears-to-have-increased-total-number-of-quebec-deaths-recorded-in-april-by-35-statistics
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/05/us/coronavirus-death-toll-us.html
https://www.destatis.de/EN/Press/2020/05/PE20_162_12621.html;jsessionid=34348E7232E4A4356006748CE0790F0C.internet8711
https://www.ft.com/content/6bd88b7d-3386-4543-b2e9-0d5c6fac846c



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It appears that a great number of the excess deaths are directly or indirectly a result of the mitigation steps put in place, as people were unable or unwilling to get medical attention they would have normally availed themselves of. 
 
https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1931



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KGB wrote: It appears that a great number of the excess deaths are directly or indirectly a result of the mitigation steps put in place, as people were unable or unwilling to get medical attention they would have normally availed themselves of. 
 
https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1931

The UK has an incompetent government running a failing health care system. That's why I included examples from many countries. There are not so many "excess" deaths elsewhere, but everywhere has them.



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Trump refuses to wear a mask. He finally revealed the reason. He said he does not want to give the press the satisfaction of seeing him wear it. He is the worst. Only cares about himself.

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Spatulapup wrote: Trump refuses to wear a mask. He finally revealed the reason. He said he does not want to give the press the satisfaction of seeing him wear it. He is the worst. Only cares about himself.
Lighten up, Karen.



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I love old stories like this. This is about the flamboyant mayor of Oakland being arrested for refusing to wear a mask in 1919.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-mayor-oakland-was-arrested-failing-wear-mask-180974950/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia



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KGB wrote: NYS quietly changed the way they recorded the deaths of nursing home residents in late April.  In short, if a person contracted the virus in a nursing home but died in the hospital, they no longer counted it as a nursing home death, thus the total number of such deaths actually dropped over the last two weeks as they reassigned those death totals.  Why?  Because in March, Governor Cuomo mandated that long-term care facilities in New York State could not refuse to admit anyone who had tested positive for the Chinese flu.  Thus, the most vulnerable population was forced to mingle with those who could spread the illness.  It was insanity then and it looks pretty close to murder now.  Once it became clear, 6 weeks later, that this had had disastrous results, the state began cooking the books to make it appear that the death count in nursing homes wasn't nearly as bad as it appeared.  Cuomo finally rescinded the order on Monday of this week; cows, barn door, and all that. 

What else did the state do?  Oh yeah, they wrote it into law that no one could sue a nursing home in the wake of a corona virus death.  Why would they do that?  Well, what's the first thing the nursing home is going to say in its defense?  "How could we have possibly prevented this death when we were forced, under penalty of King Andrew's law, to admit these infected people into the midst of your elderly, sickly parent?"

We'll see how many times CNN runs this story or how many "pundits" bring it up on the Sunday shows this weekend.

https://dailycaller.com/2020/05/15/new-york-coronavirus-reporting-nursing-home-deaths-undercounting/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/13/nyregion/nursing-homes-coronavirus-new-york.html




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Dammit. I hate clicking on Tim Pool links because then they won't stop showing up in my recommends. I swear, the guy posts a dozen videos a day and you can't get away from them.



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Ha! It’s 5 usually if you don’t count the IRL show and nothing gets shadow banned.

I like Tim; he seems about as fair as a person can be and is generally on the front edge of the news. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says but that doesn’t bother me.



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For everyone who thought that Sweden had the right idea...

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52903717

Coronavirus: Sweden's Tegnell admits too many died

Sweden's controversial decision not to impose a strict lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic led to too many deaths, the man behind the policy, Anders Tegnell, has acknowledged. Sweden has seen a far higher mortality rate than its nearest neighbours and its nationals are being barred from crossing their borders. Mr Tegnell told Swedish radio more should have been done early on. "There is quite obviously a potential for improvement in what we have done." Sweden has counted 4,468 deaths and 38,589 infections in a population of 10 million, while Denmark, Norway and Finland have imposed lockdowns and seen far lower rates. Denmark has seen 580 deaths, Norway has had 237 deaths and Finland 320.

Mr Tegnell, who is Sweden's state epidemiologist and in charge of the country's response to Covid-19, told BBC News in April that the high death toll was mainly because homes for the elderly had been unable to keep the disease out, although he emphasised that "does not disqualify our strategy as a whole". Now he has told Swedish public radio: "If we were to encounter the same disease again, knowing exactly what we know about it today, I think we would settle on doing something in between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world has done." When asked if too many people had died too soon, Mr Tegnell said, "Yes, absolutely." However, he was unclear what Sweden should have done differently. As other countries had imposed immediate lockdowns, it was unknown which measures had the best effect in halting the spread, he explained. Sweden's approach had been to increase its response step by step, he said, so maybe they would find out what was best as measures were gradually lifted.

Although there was no lockdown, Sweden relied on voluntary social distancing, banning gatherings of more than 50 people and halting visits to elderly care homes. Non-essential travel is still not recommended under national guidelines, but journeys of up to two hours are allowed to see relatives or close friends as long as they do not involve visits to local shops and mixing with other residents. As Denmark and Norway have begun opening up again, there has been growing criticism of Sweden's response, both inside the country and among its neighbours. Norway's public health chief Frode Forland said Sweden had focused too much on historical models of viruses, while its neighbours preferred lockdown measures.

Sweden's former state epidemiologist Annika Linde believes Sweden got its response wrong and should have focused on three things:
- An early lockdown
- Greater protection of care homes
- Intensive testing and contact tracing in areas of
- outbreaks

According to Swedish media, Mr Tegnell and his family were subjected to threats by email last month.



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And yet, next door Norway concedes that in retrospect, lockdowns weren't the way to go. 
 
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/norway-health-chief-lockdown-was-not-needed-to-tame-covid
 
Norway is assembling a picture of what happened before lockdown and its latest discovery is pretty significant. It is using observed data – hospital figures, infection numbers and so on – to construct a picture of what was happening in March. At the time, no one really knew. It was feared that virus was rampant with each person infecting two or three others – and only lockdown could get this exponential growth rate (the so-called R number) down to a safe level of 1. This was the hypothesis advanced in various graphs by Imperial College London for Britain, Norway and several European countries.

But the Norwegian public health authority has published a 
report with a striking conclusion: the virus was never spreading as fast as had been feared and was already on the way out when lockdown was ordered. ‘It looks as if the effective reproduction rate had already dropped to around 1.1 when the most comprehensive measures were implemented on 12 March, and that there would not be much to push it down below 1… We have seen in retrospect that theinfection was on its way down.’
 

This raises an awkward question: was lockdown necessary? What did it achieve that could not have been achieved by voluntary social distancing? Camilla Stoltenberg, director of Norway’s public health agency, has 
given an interview where she is candid about the implications of this discovery. ‘Our assessment now, and I find that there is a broad consensus in relation to the reopening, was that one could probably achieve the same effect – and avoid part of the unfortunate repercussions – by not closing. But, instead, staying open with precautions to stop the spread.’ This is important to admit, she says, because if the infection levels rise again – or a second wave hits in the winter – you need to be brutally honest about whether lockdown proved effective.
 



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