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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Omicron coverage reveals how establishment, media scare us

In March 2020, a profile of a specific COVID victim emerged from Italy. The average deceased was 80 years old, with about three concomitant diseases, such as heart disease, obesity or diabetes. The young man had nothing to worry about; The survival rate was over 99 percent for the vast majority of the population.

That picture never changed significantly. The initial assessments of COVID outside Italy have been valid to date. And so it will prove to be with the Omicron variant.

Figures out of South Africa five weeks after Omicron’s outbreak suggest Omicron should be a cause for celebration, not fear. Symptoms range from mild to non-existent in most infected, especially those vaccinated; The hospitalization rate is nine times lower than in previous COVID strains; Deaths are negligible. That assessment will be confirmed only when the United States and other Western countries gather their data on Omicron.

Yet the public health establishment and the media are working overtime to fuel Omicron hysteria. The official response to the Omicron edition provides a case study into the deliberate creation of fear. The following are the main strategies:

1. Create a Group Criterion of Fear

The media wants you to believe that everyone around you is scared of your own mind, and so should you. Man-on-the-street interviews quote Nervous Nellis exclusively. On December 17, a New York Times article titled “As Virus Case Surge, New Yorkers Feel a Familiar Concern” brought out a parade of paralyzed city residents:

“Monday I wasn’t even thinking [Omicron], and on Thursday I’m terrified,” said a 59-year-old woman on the Upper West Side. A teacher at the New School in Manhattan confessed: “That’s really all I was thinking. I’m really heartbroken and worried.” A 36-year-old woman in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, said: “It’s scary — it’s like we’ve been here before.” A 62-year-old woman in Queens reported that her travel and outing days are over: “I’m going home, I’m going to stay home and just keep to myself.”

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The official response to the Omicron edition provides a case study into the deliberate creation of fear.
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Are there any New Yorkers who aren’t nervous? Perhaps, but you wouldn’t know it from the coverage of the Times and other outlets. Needless to say, the rest of the country is taking notice of the Omicron scare dissenters. The purpose of these one-sided quotes is to spread and generalize panic, as only the variant has an appropriate response.

2. Buttress Group Fear With Expert Opinion

The only public-health experts cited by the media are those determined to put the most serious spin on Omicron. They emphasize hypothetical worst-case scenarios and reject evidence of the actual good case. At best, they may reluctantly admit that Omicron’s symptoms are disproportionately mild, but are quick to claim that there are still plenty of unrealistic grounds for concern.

“Even if Omicron causes less severe cases, the sheer number of cases could once again overwhelm health systems,” the director-general of the World Health Organization said. “I’m not counting [Omicron’s lack of severity] There is good news so far,” said a disease ecologist at Georgetown University. “Even if the infection is mild in many people, it will not be mild in everyone.”

But that 100 percent gentleness standard is unrealistic. Any disease and any treatment have external factors; The question is, what is the dominant reality? The zero-risk, zero-harm standard for public policy adopted for the first time with COVID has proven to be a social, economic and public-health disaster.

An 11-Year-Old Girl Receives A Second Dose Of The Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine.
An 11-year-old girl receives a second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
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The worst part is that favored experts do not even turn their backs on the evidence that fights against panic. An epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told The New York Times: “I think we need to be prepared for the possibility that this could be at least as bad as any previous wave that we’ve seen. have seen.”

There is apparently no circumstance that would guarantee less than a totalitarian response before a real disaster. The desire for a more stringent lockdown and greater control over the private sector is evident.

3. Build epistemological uncertainty and assert that uncertainty for as long as possible

The media repeatedly emphasizes that much remains uncertain about Omicron, including how likely it is to cause serious illness. But we already have a good picture of that possibility from the South African experience: very unlikely. Still, Christopher Murray, director of the influential Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, is determined to emphasize that we know nothing yet: “The most challenging question is severity,” he told the Times. .

4. Keep both the good news and those who oppose it from the bad news

South African data should lead any coverage of Omicron, yet it is barely reported. Although only 27 percent of that country is fully vaccinated, less than 2 percent of new cases require hospitalization. And that number is undoubtedly much higher, as many of the reported COVID patients were hospitalized for reasons other than COVID.

In countries such as the United States, with high rates of vaccination, successful infection with Omicron will be even milder. Omicron would be an ideal vehicle for achieving herd immunity, providing protection without tears to the vast majority of those infected.

The South African doctor who first reported the Omicron edition declared himself “astonished” by the world’s response to the new strain, which is “out of all proportion to its risks.”

Scientists At The Africa Health Research Institute In Durban, South Africa Are Working On An Omicron Version Of The Covid-19 Virus.
Scientists at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa are working on an Omicron version of the COVID-19 virus.
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“Patients usually have muscle aches, body aches, headache and slight fatigue,” Angelique Coetzee wrote in the Daily Mail on December 13. “After about five days [those symptoms] Clean up, and that’s it.”

The only patient with severe symptoms she has seen in the past month had HIV, pneumonia and other concomitant illnesses.

Coetzee has no existence in the non-Orthodox press. Just as we believe that everyone around us is universally terrified, so we must recognize that there is an unwavering expert consensus about the potential disaster that is Omicron. European health officials are warning of an omicron spike, we’re told. State and local health officials are urging that holiday gatherings be held outdoors and that all participants be vaccinated, scaled and tested; Party goers should wear masks.

Are there no experts who think Omicron is not an emerging threat? Apparently not, if you read the mainstream media. If any protestors break in, they will be as monstrous and silenced by Big Tech as the lockdown skeptics in the scientific community were at the start of the COVID era.

5. Omit the relevant context

We constantly hear that 1,300 people are dying in a day from COVID. By comparison, about 2,000 people die each day from cancer and 1,600 from heart disease. His death does not get any coverage. COVID was the leading cause of death in the United States only in January 2021, even among those 85 and older. Since then, it has ranked as the third most frequent cause of death in both the overall population and the elderly.

To read the press coverage, however, you would think that nothing comes close to COVID in horrific lethality and that all public resources should be directed to preventing its spread, whether children’s education and socialization, physical and psychological health no matter what the cost for it, and for the economic opportunity. Restrictive COVID policies exacerbated the disease in the highest rated categories of mortality, a toll that will only increase. Patients put off life-saving cancer screenings because of their distance from medical facilities. Obesity got worse, as gyms closed and people locked themselves at home, packing on the pounds. They will be the ever bigger fatal coronary casualties and COVID victims of tomorrow.

Respiratory Therapist Frans Audenaar Replaces An Oxygen Tube For Linda Calderon In A Covid-19 Unit At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center In Los Angeles.
Respiratory therapist Frans Audenaar replaces an oxygen tube for Linda Calderon in a COVID-19 unit at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles.
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Even those 1,300 daily COVID deaths are higher because public-health reporting counts COVID deaths as COVID deaths. Someone who was already dying of cancer would be considered a COVID death if he contracts that more new disease at the end of his life. Any person who dies of old age will also be counted as a COVID fatality if infected at the time of death.

The average life expectancy in 2019 was less than 79 years. But the Maudlin COVID obituary in The New York Times describes the deaths of non-politicians as COVID fatalities, as if they would have lived old otherwise indefinitely. A 91-year-old jazz pianist was cast in the series “Who’s We Have Lost” last week even though he suffered a stroke with several long-standing health problems, which were only exacerbated by the COVID virus.

6. Fog Case Count

If the media is obsessed with the number of cases, it means that the deaths from COVID have been a terrible disappointment. COVID mortality rates have declined over the past year and are barely rising in the post-Omicron era. But the case count is a particularly misleading measure of the severity of the pandemic, when so many new cases are mildly asymptomatic. And despite a concerted effort to generate hospital horror stories, the hospitalization rate in New York City, Omicron’s leading spike, is comparatively low. The number of COVID hospitalizations is misleading for the same reason as the COVID death count: Hospitalization with COVID is treated as being admitted for COVID.

Still, intimidation is paying big dividends. Like clockwork, events and businesses are closing in New York City, increasing demand and reliance on government handouts.

Radio City has canceled its entire Christmas run of the Rockets; Mayor de Blasio is expected to hold off on New Year’s celebrations in Times Square.

Find Hub Rapid Covid-19 Tests.
Biden announces plans to distribute 500 million free at-home rapid tests via mail.
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Return to work schedules are being postponed and entire offices put back on remote work, another serious blow to the revival of Midtown Manhattan.

Outdoor mask wear is back to about 90 percent in Manhattan based on informal observations. Masked residents of buildings where nearly everyone has been vaccinated are refusing to let their fellow residents (also masked) enter elevators, such that a three-second ride into the lobby would provide enough viral doses to be contagious. Adult males are using their knuckles to press the elevator buttons.

Perhaps the rest of the country, especially the red states, will act more rationally towards Omicron. But here at the heart of the Blue State’s domination, we have turned the equivalent of the common cold into a powerful weapon against the restoration of civil society.

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