Facts Matter ... esp. CoViD Facts




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Once again a discussion about CoViD. My discussion partner brought up a handful of examples of people who had CoViD, had been triple vaxxed and even had had it before; or a whole bunch of people they know who had CoViD, but nobody got it severely. The insinuation was: the vaccines don't work and anyway, CoViD was not all that bad ... it's just another flu.


I wish to make a point:



I have a definitive statement about CoViD, vaccinations and mis- as well as dis-information, as I understand it. To begin with: I do not rely on hearsay; I do not subscribe to ‘alternative facts’ from YouTube, inform myself on social media or consume social media memes … all to avoid that ever-present mis-information. Furthermore, I do not do my own research, because I haven't got the foggiest about the science; I simply would not know what I’m looking at. And frankly, there are a lot of 'dr.' scientists out there - scientists with a doctorate - who are not medical doctors, but specialists in the wrong fields ... I just rely on experts in the fields of immunology and epidemiology:


CoViD Facts and their Sources

Three people to listen to about CoViD

and vaccinations



Where then do I get my information from when I comment on the issues?

I refer to what conspiracy theorists call "The Mainstream Media", above all:



Academic rigour, journalistic flair

Who we are:

The Conversation Australia and New Zealand is a unique collaboration between academics and journalists that in just 10 years has become the world’s leading publisher of research-based news and analysis.


So where has "not doing my own research" led me? As far as CoViD vaccinations is concerned, this is my stance:


Over the past 100 years our life expectancy has doubled. This is mainly for two reasons:


1) life-style changes like better working conditions, better nutrition, hygiene and access to clean water


2) better education about medical interventions ... above all vaccinations


Vaccines have been called the most successful medical intervention in human history. More than a dozen and a half vaccines have been invented since the Second World War, which have eradicated or mitigated many diseases.


So, do medicines - including vaccines - save lives? Of course they do ... in fact just this century more than a hundred million lives were saved by vaccinations ...


... and vaccines are recognised to be extremely safe, including the various CoViD vaccines. And yes, some people will experience side effects, but they're small in comparison to the good the vaccines do.


As an aside: It is often said the CoViD vaccines are unsafe because they were developed too fast or brought to the public prematurely.

This is incorrect; while their development was fast-tracked, they had inordinate amounts of dev.-money and man power spent on them.


Are vaccines poison? Of course they are (just like any meds). One very popular point is: "I don't want that poison in my body!"


However, you have your children inoculated against measles, mumps, rubella and diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) as well as polio, hepatitis, chickenpox etc before they go to kindy or school … and you do get shots against cholera, tuberculosis, typhoid etc if you wish to travel to some third world countries, don't you?!


But you do not want that poison injected into your body?


Tell me about it ... I'm a diabetic, I have injected ‘poison’ into me twice a day for twenty five years. Hadn’t I done so I would have died last century. Tell a cancer sufferer about it. And when you’re injured in a car crash, all sorts of stuff is injected to save your life; do you ask the paramedic, “ ’xcuse me, what’s that stuff you’re administering?”


Anyway, are meds - are vaccines - poison? Of course they are; I’d die with too much insulin. But are they good for us? Used correctly, yes.


However, if you want to commit suicide, just take a handful of any of the meds in your meds-cupboard ... success is assured.


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For the record:


Vox: The extraordinary success of Covid-19 vaccines


Vox explains the news. We live in a world of too much information and too little context. Too much noise and too little insight. And so Vox's journalists candidly shepherd audiences through politics and policy, business and pop culture, food, science, and everything else that matters.


History of Vaccines : Since WWII many viral diseases had vaccines invented for their prevention, like Polio, Measels, Influenza, Chickenpocks, Mumps, Wooping Cough, Cholera, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Tuberculosis, Smallpox, Yellow Fever, Meningococcal, Hepatitis A, Pertussis etc …

Our World in Data : Reasonable estimates of lives saved due to vaccinations are in the range of around 5 million lives per year, which implies that between 1980 and 2018 around 150 to 200 million lives have been saved.

Our World in Data : Home

THECONVERSATION : Millions are rejecting one of humanity’s best weapons for saving lives: Vaccine

Vaccination has been the most successful medical procedure ever introduced. It has saved more lives than any other intervention. “The risk of serious adverse reactions has remained extraordinarily low for all modern vaccines;” again: ... COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, “under the most intense safety monitoring in United States history”.

CNN : Covid-19 vaccines saved nearly 280,000 lives in the US

Google search: " How many Deaths from CoViD ? " 6,583,711 people have died so far from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak as of October 25, 2022; it is reasonable to suggest that millions of deaths have been prevented by the CoViD vaccines administered.

Our World in Data : How do death rates from COVID-19 differ between people who are vaccinated and those who are not?  In the US the death  rate off unvaccinated people is 15.28 per 100,000; the death rate of those fully vaccinated (no booster) is 2.23, with booster 0.73. On average the death rate of the unvaccinated is 5x to 20x that of the vaccinated.


THE CONVERSATION:   Your unvaccinated friend is roughly 20 times more likely to give you COVID


THE CONVERSATION : Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug - but not for COVID-19


SMH : How a false science 'cure' became Australia's contribution to the pandemic


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Some comparisons:


A note as regards lock-downs:


The CoViD death rate in Sweden was more than three times as many as in Australia (with half the case rate), which has 2.5 x Sweden's population.   Sweden had a 'no-lock-down' polic. yWashington Post:  "We saved our economy, but too many people died. Other countries should not emulate our strategy" ...  had Australia done so, the death toll could have been (2.5 x 3 x 6,383 =) 47,872. Another calculation could be [{25 : 10 =} 2.5 x 18,365 =] 45,912


Without lock-downs Australia could have had tens of thousands of CoViD deaths ... an indication that Australia's handling of the pandemic was very successful; however, without vaccines the death toll would've been about 10x more again.



Australia:

Population 25M

CoViD cases 4.72M

CoViD Deaths 6,383

Deaths per million 255


Sweden:

Population 10m

CoViD Cases 2.49M

CoViD Deaths 18,365

Deaths per million 1,836


In 2019 ca. 812 people died from the flu in Australia,  CoViD Deaths: 6,383 (over two years).  In the US the flu has resulted in 12,000 - 52,000 deaths annually between 2010 and 2020 ... against over a million deaths over two years from CoViD.


Some say CoViD is just another flu ... yeah, right.


Here's an interesting graph ... it speaks for itself:


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AAP FACTCHECK :


COVID vaccine deaths claim falls short on data coverage


A UK website that frequently publishes COVID-19 vaccine misinformation has turned its attention to Australia, claiming that the country has experienced significantly more deaths from the coronavirus vaccines than all others combined over a period of 50 years.


However, the claim is based on a distortion of data on adverse reactions published by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia’s medical regulatory agency, repeating similar falsehoods shared about COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in other countries.


Claim:

Australia has recorded 12 times more deaths due to COVID-19 vaccines than from all other vaccines combined over 50 years.


False.

The claim misrepresents vaccine adverse event reports, which do not show causality. 11 deaths have been linked to COVID-19 vaccines in Australia to date.


Facts matter.

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But, but, but ...


... "don't you know, they are lying to us". Who's 'they'?


Well, "the Government ... and the 'Mainstream Media'," of course.

But who exactly does the lying? A government official? Which one?

The Health Minister? The Premier? The Prime Minister?


A spokesperson - who briefs the spokesperson?


And who in the 'Mainstream Media' are the ones lying? Are 'they' the editors? Or the journalists? Is it Rupert Murdoch maybe, who tells his editors: "Go ahead, report that vaccinations are required to beat CoViD; but do not tell them the truth (as per YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok) that it would be better to just take a substance commonly used fo rinfections in horses, which are caused by parasites, such as mites and worms. You must suppress that info."


And then Rupert Murdoch - although he knows better, he knows it's a lie - successfully convinced all other media professionals to report that un-truth, that vaccinations are required to beat CoViD, and NOT to tell the REAL truth - as per social media - that there are actually better cures.


So the question is, do they know they're lying (promulgating dis-information) or do they simply pass on mis-information unknowingly? Do they lie by omission, where they just suppress information?


How does this work?


We need to get to the bottom of this.


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I have blogged a fair bit about CoViD:


We need a vaccine against confusion and stupidity

Alan Kohler says it like it is:
Not vaccinated? 
We need a vaccine against confusion and stupidity

CoViD deaths in the US 

CoViD is a leading cause of death in the US.
But guess who's dying the most?

"I did my own research." 

Doing your own research may have
consequences beyond your expectations

5G and CoViD conspiracies

Does 5G cause the Corona Virus Disease? 
If you inform yourself on social media ... yes.


The Trumpvirus

The Trumpvirus ... 
incompetence, ignorance and negligence in action


Trump: It's gonna be just fine

Trumps has it under control 
and it's gonna be just fine

The existential question regarding COVID 19

There are many questions about COVID 19 
but one is truly  existential 

More Corona Virus

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Coronavirus anyone?

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