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Will The Real COVID Science Please Stand Up?

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With all the headlines of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 being isolated and sequenced by South African scientists and medical professionals, it is worth doing an autopsy (of sorts) on the COVID-19 pandemic, and where we went wrong. To get started, here is footage of Dr. Angelique Coetzee, the doctor who initially encountered the Omicron variant, ultimately leading to its sequencing and identification, explaining the symptoms and severity of this new variant.   

To be clear, Omicron is not a “South African” variant. COVID-19 is global, and has been since the beginning. Blaming the country of South Africa for Omicron is asinine. Why would you blame the people who took the time to identify, sequence, and evaluate the variant when they first encountered it for somehow causing it? That’s like blaming the first responders who tried to save lives at the twin towers on September 11th, 2001 for the actual plane wrecks that brought those towers down. In other words, the international response to ban travel from South Africa and otherwise punish the citizens of that country for their country having a medical system with the capacity to identify and sequence a new variant, while unsurprising, is cruel and farcical.  A very similar thing happened when the Spanish Flu was wrecking the world. Spain was effectively neutral in WWI, leaving them free to sound the warning bell about the flu, whereas the rest of the major nations were covering-up their data regarding the “Spanish” flu, more accurately the flu pandemic of 1918-1919, in order to project strength among other things due to the war. 

It should be painfully obvious that COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere. After all, deer are now viral reservoirs. This clear observation should prompt some introspection as to what works and what doesn’t. 

The People’s Republic of China, a country on the path to socialism, overwhelmingly did the right things. Unfortunately, the United States of America, the country single-handedly responsible for enforcing global capitalism, did the wrong things, and continues to do so. The numbers alone make this clear.  

To contextualize this raw data, keep in mind that the USA has roughly 1.1 billion less people. In other words, China has 501x  fewer cases and 168x fewer deaths over the entirety of the pandemic (thus far) with over 3.35x times as many people as the United States.  

(Retrieved 11/28/2021 ~3:00pm mountain time) 

The reason for this stark difference is ideology. While China has applied Marxism-Leninism-Maoism combined with modern market forces for their material conditions, known as “socialism with Chinese characteristics”, the USA is the bulwark of capitalism and imperialism, responsible for the survival and flourishing of private profit at the cost of everything else.  

Beyond the raw data, of course, are the stories forever altered by this pandemic. Ask around and you’ll get all sorts of descriptions of the ravages of COVID-19 on the world. More relevant, however, is the science that determines our response to the human costs, and whether that science is accurate.  

Let’s start with the basics of infectious disease testing. Traditionally, your “gold standard” for testing is an antigen test. Once an infectious microbe, like a virus, is identified and sequenced, an artificial antibody is used to cause a chemical reaction if it is present in a given sample. The reason this works is based on our understanding of the human body’s natural immune response. 

Everything that can infect the human body both has and is an antigen. An antigen is a set of proteins the infectious microbe or foreign matter uses to attach itself to your body’s cells. From allergens to hormones to viruses, everything organic that is foreign to the body (and some things natural to the body) has an antigen. When your white blood cells encounter these antigens, they absorb and learn the antigen of the foreign matter/infectious microbe, which eventually allows the body to develop and mass produce antibodies specific to the antigen specific to the foreign material. This is a 1:1 pairing. One antigen requires an exact antibody to be produced, or it will continue to affect the body. There is no such thing as a “similar” or “close enough” antigen / antibody pairing. When the correct antibody attaches to the antigen of a virus or other infection, as only the correct antibody can attach, the virus or other microbe becomes unable to attach to your cells, stopping the infection process.  

Infectious disease testing based on antigens is an artificial replication of this natural immune response with some extra chemical reaction mixed in. There is a reaction made to happen if the antibody sites in the test react with and attach to the antigen of the disease being tested. A similar process governs your traditional pregnancy test, for example. Understanding this basic science is necessary in order to understand testing and tracing efforts rather than blindly trusting or distrusting the establishment narratives.  

As a direct consequence of how antigens work, each new variant of COVID-19 will likely have a subtly different antigen, automatically undermining the efficacy of the vaccines, because vaccines are designed to promote the immune response in defense against the main, or alpha, variant. If all the proteins were identical in each new variant as compared to the alpha variant, they wouldn’t be a new variant, they’d just be regular COVID-19.  

COVID-19 RT-PCR tests use the polymerase chain reaction to attempt to indemnify the presence of the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 disease. PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, is a remarkable process to efficiently replicate small strands of DNA. It was developed decades ago and first widely used to track the evolution of AIDS disease and HIV. It wasn’t exactly designed to be used as a rapid test for a novel virus. COVID-19 PCR tests can give false positives based on other exposures to completely different coronaviruses, like one of the coronaviruses sometimes believed to be a cause of the “common cold”, coronavirus OKC3.

As another piece of context, there has been an uptick on cases of myocarditis as more and more people get their COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. Of course correlation is not causation, so to know for sure, an investigation must take place. Lucky for us, a group of scientists did investigate this and published their results in the American Heart Association’s medical journal. 

Our group has been using the PLUS Cardiac Test (GD Biosciences, Inc, Irvine, CA) a clinically validated measurement of multiple protein biomarkers which generates a score predicting the 5 yr risk (percentage chance) of a new Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). The score is based on changes from the norm of multiple protein biomarkers including IL-16, a proinflammatory cytokine, soluble Fas, an inducer of apoptosis, and Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF)which serves as a marker for chemotaxis of T-cells into epithelium and cardiac tissue, among other markers. Elevation above the norm increases the PULS score, while decreases below the norm lowers the PULS score.The score has been measured every 3-6 months in our patient population for 8 years. Recently, with the advent of the mRNA COVID 19 vaccines (vac) by Moderna and Pfizer, dramatic changes in the PULS score became apparent in most patients.This report summarizes those results. A total of 566 pts, aged 28 to 97, M:F ratio 1:1 seen in a preventive cardiology practice had a new PULS test drawn from 2 to 10 weeks following the 2nd COVID shot and was compared to the previous PULS score drawn 3 to 5 months previously pre- shot. Baseline IL-16 increased from 35=/-20 above the norm to 82 =/- 75 above the norm post-vac; sFas increased from 22+/- 15 above the norm to 46=/-24 above the norm post-vac; HGF increased from 42+/-12 above the norm to 86+/-31 above the norm post-vac. These changes resulted in an increase of the PULS score from 11% 5 yr ACS risk to 25% 5 yr ACS risk. At the time of this report, these changes persist for at least 2.5 months post second dose of vac. We conclude that the mRNA vacs dramatically increase inflammation on the endothelium and T cell infiltration of cardiac muscle and may account for the observations of increased thrombosis, cardiomyopathy, and other vascular events following vaccination.” 

In other words, the real science says that the mRNA vaccines are leading to heart issues, and not minor heart issues, in all ages. The risk factors for myocarditis, cardiomyopathy, and other cardiovascular issues more than double from 11% over 5 years to at least 25% over 5 years with the introduction of the mRNA vaccines into the human body.  

In addition, vaccine hesitancy is nothing new. Big-name liberals were screeching form the rooftops how taking a rushed to market vaccine was a terrible idea, until Trump was no longer in charge.  

Beyond the intellectually devoid ramblings of liberals, there are far more grounded reasons to be vaccine hesitant, especially for Black Americans. Of course, it would be racist, flat wrong, and nonsensical to blame Black America for the continuation of the pandemic. However, Black Americans have been subjected to historical and present policy treatment that gives them a far greater right and standing to be vaccine hesitant than liberals and the establishment want to admit.  

From the infamous Tuskegee experiment, to the backbone of racial terror this country was built on, there is no real reason to trust the system has, or has ever had, the health and safety of black people as a priority. Of course, the data shows that Black Americans are getting vaccinated. All the fearmongering, racist articles alluding to black vaccine hesitancy as the reason for the pandemic or the variants are just bare-faced capitalist propaganda at this point.  

 

Medical abuses are baked into the U.S. healthcare system. Combine that with the operating system of racism, also known as the U.S. Constitution, and medical abuses affect Black people in America  more frequently, violently, and pervasively. Of course black Americans have a right to be hesitant about taking a rushed-to-market experimental preparation, if, in fact, a majority of Black Americans were being hesitant. 

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Furthermore, everyone has, or should have the right to be “vaccine hesitant”, especially with these experimental mRNA products. Consult with your doctors, with experts, with family and friends, and by engaging with the data that’s publicly available, and then, finally, make an informed decision regarding whether to take these vaccines or have your children take them. At least, that’s what we all should be doing, rather than blindly trusting establishment guidance and a fully-politicized CDC that has changed the definition of necessary COVID-19 social distancing from 10 feet, down to 6 feet, and now 3 feet in schools, the last of which was done under political pressures from the Biden/Harris administration to reopen schools. 

It would be amazing if the capitalist response got it right for once, if the “jabs in every arm” strategy would truly be enough to stop this pandemic, and if the mRNA vaccines were developed in the pursuit of human health rather than profit. However, that is not the reality we’re faced with. In fact, a massive study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology found that increases in COVID-19 across the world are wholly unrelated to vaccination levels among the population. They sampled data from 68 countries and 2,947 U.S. counties, and these were their findings- 

…there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days (Fig. 1). In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people. Notably, Israel with over 60% of their population fully vaccinated had the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people in the last 7 days. The lack of a meaningful association between percentage population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases is further exemplified, for instance, by comparison of Iceland and Portugal. Both countries have over 75% of their population fully vaccinated and have more COVID-19 cases per 1 million people than countries such as Vietnam and South Africa that have around 10% of their population fully vaccinated.”  

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In layman’s terms, the evidence, the science shows that vaccination rates aren’t affecting the spread of the pandemic, including the alpha virus and its variants. Worse still, highly vaccinated populations are associated with an increase in COVID-19 cases. Whether that’s due to the relatively fringe anti-vaccination theory that the mRNA vaccines are giving people the actual virus and associated disease, or more because vaccinated people are being told by governments and media pundits that, once vaccinated, they are safe to live without masks and precautions, was not determined .  

Even the First Lady of The United States, Jill Biden, has gone so far as to encourage “freedom from masks” for the vaccinated in press appearances. 

As has her husband, Joe Biden, the President of the United States. He’s lied both ways about whether he would or would not mandate vaccines and pushed dangerous propaganda that the vaccinated no longer need to take precautions such as masking.  

 

Worse, the vaccine mandates being implemented across the globe are, like the virus responsible for COVID-19, novel. The idea and implementation of a vaccine mandate and automatic vaccine paperwork is not new -but countries haven’t reduced people to second-class citizens or taken away their right to participate in basic commerce, like grocery shopping, based on vaccine status before, nor should we. Popular narrative is that consistently getting new boosters will stop the variants. Available data shows this is not true. 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-28/getting-vaccinated-doesn-t-stop-people-from-spreading-delta

The powers that be have changed the formal definitions of what a vaccine is to manufacture consent for these experimental vaccines. 

Yes, they are experimental. Half of humanity may be involved in this experiment of mRNA preparations, but we still have no long-term data on the efficacy and effects of these vaccines.  Prior vaccines would be studied in-depth for at least 8 to 16 or more years before becoming mandated for things like public school attendance.  

Without long term data on safety and efficacy, there is no logical public health reason to mandate these vaccinations. Instead, the motivation has always been preserving profit for corporations who are the real rulers of the world. The short-term data we do have shows that the vaccinated can and do spread COVID-19 and that, once infected, have the same or similar amounts of viral load as an unvaccinated infected person.  

When they analyzed the data, the researchers found wide variations in viral load within both vaccinated and unvaccinated groups, but not between them. There was no significant difference in viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated, or between asymptomatic and symptomatic groups.” 

After all, Biden took more money in 2020 than Trump from key healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, among other big business categories, so why wouldn’t he support mandates that lead to militarized enforcement via local police departments? Especially as Biden is responsible, in large part, for the level of militarization of U.S. police.  

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Infection boils down to behaviors and exposures as well as vaccine status, so it is entirely possible that a large portion, or even all of the difference in delta cases between the vaccinated and unvaccinated is due to ability to fully social distance, more stringent mask wearing, and other behavioral factors. Additionally people with more control over their workplaces such as unionized workers have the ability to better control their working environments to avoid workplace spread. Middle-class earners that have  relative financial stability have far more ability to social distance when it comes to staying home, through ordering basic supplies and groceries, among having a greater likelihood of the privileges of remote work.  

In terms of treatment, even the U.S.  department of homeland security has known since nearly the beginning of the pandemic that ivermectin, a noble prize winning drug, has efficacy as part of a treatment regimen.  

Despite public liberal opinion, ivermectin has never been merely a “horse paste”. Yes, in large quantities, a certain formulation is used agriculturally as a horse dewormer. That doesn’t mean the drug is only good for horses with parasites. Many drugs have cross over between human medicine and veterinary medicine.  

The point here is the “coerce everyone to get jabbed” strategy is failing and will continue to fail. A robust pandemic-containing response would’ve have meant shutting everything down, including travel, for 6-8 weeks and paying everyone to stay home while subsidizing businesses and nationalizing payroll, even if only temporarily, to stop the spread before this pandemic became endemic, which is arguably where we are now. This minimum acceptable compromise would have required stopping the purchase and shipping of everything other than food, medicine, fuel and related supplies. Rather than a semi-lackadaisical and far too broad and ever-changing designation of “essential” businesses, created to preserve the stock markets and private profit, which is what happened, the response should have been policy designed to actually contain the virus, stop the spread, and save lives. The global response to COVID-19,  with the exception of the few socialist countries like Laos, China, the DPRK, Vietnam, and Cuba, has always been about preserving profits, not health, and certainly not human life. 

In the pursuit of profits, vaccine manufacturers are legally exempt from being held accountable for making a bad product. If  a given vaccine was faulty there is no recourse for those who have debilitations and/or die due to these side effects. On top of what is essentially a blanket immunity, corporations like Pfizer and many others create shells or subsidiaries that only exist to absorb legal action against them. These subsidiaries are literally incorporated as shields against any real collective action or damages being paid. 

Remember, these mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to cause greatly increased risk of heart issues that can be debilitating or even fatal. Pfizer, along with every other vaccine manufacturer, has no motive to fix that as long as their profits are unscathed and they have no legal exposure to lawsuits or charges due to these significant side effects.  

For a real containment of COVID-19 , a real stop to the ravages and death, the real COVID-19 science must be allowed to stand up and speak, and that will never happen as long as profit reigns supreme.  

1 thought on “Will The Real COVID Science Please Stand Up?”

  1. I literally couldn’t cover everything, it’d be way too much to fit in a single article. I appreciate your recognition of the differences between capitalist countries and countries on the road to socialism. However, stating that editorial choices to hone in on certain aspects are “cherry picking and sins of omission” is, quite frankly, uncalled for and implies either an unrealistic set of standards or a disingenuous grading metric.

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