We teach our children how to identify different things in the world by breaking them into parts. We have all sat with babies pointing to our ears, eyes, nose, toes and celebrating when they correctly identify these body parts. So too, a dog can be identified
because it has 4 legs, a wagging tail, sharp teeth and barks. Over time we come to recognise a dog each time we see it. There is no need for the anatomy checklist. We know, a dog is dog because its a dog.
Its early August of the year the world turned
upside down. Much more is known about the Corona Virus. We have learnt that it is less deadly than the seasonal flu. We have learnt from the vast numbers of people tested, that those who have tested positive represent only about 15% of those who actually
carry the virus. We have learnt that most people who contract the virus remain symptom free and make a full recovery. We have learnt that children and adults up to the age of 40 are at very low risk of mortality. Most have no symptoms. Others have mild flu
like symptoms. Our son Alistair and his wife Jenny, who live in South Africa, have tested positive to this virus. They are both in their early 40's. They as a family are isolating at home. For the most part they are in good form. What else do we know
about Covid-19? We know that there is a group of high risk people, namely the elderly ( especially those congregated in aged care facilities ) and anyone, regardless of age, with a co-morbidity, like diabetes, heart disease and obesity. To these people, Covid-19,
if left untreated, is a death sentence. We also know that the drug hydroxychloroquie in conjunction with zinc and an antibiotic erythromycin is a very effective cocktail which cures this Covid-19 illness. We also know that hydroxychloroquie is effective as
a prophylactic against this virus.
Authorities, so called expeats, insist we all wear face masks. I can't find one reputable scientific article that supports this. The literature is full of research articles stating the opposite.
Majority of Scientific Studies Show Masks are Virtually Useless
Prior to mask mandates, surgical masks were infrequently worn in hospitals and other medical facilities. Facemasks
were mainly only used in operating rooms or for visiting seriously ill patients in order to prevent spit or droplets into open wounds and to partially protect against serious diseases which are much larger in size than coronavirus or influenza.
is a list of the gold-standard research which spans across decades, covering almost 100 different studies, all concluding the inefficacy of masks in preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses.
Jacobs, J. L. et al. (2009) “Use
of surgical face masks to reduce the incidence of the common cold among health care workers in Japan: A randomized controlled trial,” American Journal of Infection Control, Volume 37, Issue 5, 417–419.
workers (HCW) were significantly more likely to experience headaches. Face mask use in HCW was not demonstrated to provide benefit in terms of cold symptoms or getting colds.
Radonovich, L.J. et al. (2019) “N95
Respirators vs Medical Masks for Preventing Influenza Among Health Care Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” JAMA. 2019; 322(9): 824–833.
“Among 2862 randomized participants, 2371 completed the study and accounted
for 5180 HCW-seasons. … Among outpatient health care personnel, N95 respirators vs medical masks as worn by participants in this trial resulted in no significant difference in the incidence of laboratory-confirmed influenza.”
Long, Y. et al. (2020) “Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks against influenza: A systematic review and meta-analysis,”
J Evid Based Med. 2020; 1–9.
“A total of six RCTs involving 9,171 participants were included. There were no statistically significant differences in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza, laboratory-confirmed respiratory viral infections,
laboratory-confirmed respiratory infection, and influenza-like illness using N95 respirators and surgical masks. Meta-analysis indicated a protective effect of N95 respirators against laboratory-confirmed bacterial colonization (RR = 0.58, 95% CI 0.43-0.78). The
use of N95 respirators compared with surgical masks is not associated with a lower risk of laboratory-confirmed influenza.”
Cowling, B. et al. (2010) “Face
masks to prevent transmission of influenza virus: A systematic review,” Epidemiology and Infection, 138(4), 449-456.
None of the studies reviewed showed a benefit from wearing a mask, in either HCW or community members in households
(H). See summary Tables 1 and 2 therein.
Bin-Reza et al. (2012) “The use of masks and respirators to prevent transmission
of influenza: a systematic review of the scientific evidence,” Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 6(4), 257–267.
“There were 17 eligible studies. … None of the studies established a conclusive relationship
between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.”
Smith, J.D. et al. (2016) “Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical
masks in protecting health care workers from acute respiratory infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” CMAJ Mar 2016
“We identified six clinical studies … . In the meta-analysis of the clinical studies, we
found no significant difference between N95 respirators and surgical masks in associated risk of (a) laboratory-confirmed respiratory infection, (b) influenza-like illness, or (c) reported work-place absenteeism.”
Offeddu, V. et al. (2017) “Effectiveness of Masks and Respirators Against Respiratory Infections in Healthcare Workers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” Clinical
Infectious Diseases, Volume 65, Issue 11, 1 December 2017, pages 1934–1942,
“Self-reported assessment of clinical outcomes was prone to bias. Evidence of a protective effect of masks or respirators against verified respiratory
infection (VRI) was not statistically significant.”
Jefferson T, Del Mar CB, Dooley L, (2020) “A
meta-analysis included 44 new RCTs and cluster-RCTs in this update, bringing the total number of randomized trials to 67.
This analysis concluded that there is low certainty evidence from all trials reviewed that wearing a mask may make little or no
difference to the outcome of respiratory illness compared to not wearing a mask.
Lipp A, Edwards P (2005) “Disposable
surgical face masks: a systematic review.”
“Two randomized controlled trials were included involving a total of 1453 patients. In a small trial there was a trend towards masks being associated with fewer infections, whereas in a large trial
there was no difference in infection rates between the masked and unmasked group.”
Shakya KM, Noyes A, Kallin R, Peltier RE. (2017) “Evaluating
the efficacy of cloth facemasks in reducing particulate matter exposure.”
“Our results suggest that cloth masks are only marginally beneficial in protecting individuals from particles<2.5 μm”
Coronavirus is 0.125 microns.
A recent study out of MIT for example concluded that when indoors while wearing a mask, there is no difference if you are six feet away from somebody or sixty feet away. The MIT researchers
concluded that this is because the air you exhale is warm air, and warm air will rise. The researchers say this is especially true while wearing a mask, as masks force the exhaled air directly
Hydroxychloroquine, a drug used primarily for the prevention and treatment of malaria, a drug that has been used for 60 years, a drug that is both safe to use, is widely available and cheap. Why has this drug suddenly become
difficult to access. In some places doctors are banned from prescribing it For Covid-19. Studies conducted by reputable research institutions, have found this drug in combination with zinc and erythromycin has a 95%+ efficacy. Yet suddenly the WORLD
HEALTH ORGANISATION has stopped any further trials of this therapeutic regimen. The worlds leading medical journal, THE LANCET, recently printed a paper in support of hydroxychloroquine's lack of effectiveness for Covid-19. Medical practitioners rose up enmass
to challenge this claim. It turns out it was fabricated lies and was withdrawn immediately. Why is there no outcry from the mainstream media whose only task it is is to convey the truth to the people. Why is it that the only voice practicing front line medical
practitioners are given, is an occasional TV clip or some digital platform? Why does the mainstream media not want us to hear what they have to say?
What has this got to do with dogs? I'm not an epidemiologist. I'm not a specialist
virologist. I'm just someone who practiced medicine as a GP for the best part of 30 years. To me, there is something seriously wrong going on. I feel it in my bones. New graduates, like small children, when confronted with a diagnostic challenge, need to break
it into its many parts before coming to a conclusion. For them a dog is a dog because it has a wagging tail, four legs a fur coat and it barks. To an old timer, a dog is dog because it's a dog. The old timer knows to then check for sharp teeth, fur coat, wagging
tail and bark. The outcome is the same. Experience makes the process different.
As a primary care physician, with 30/something years of experience, I ask myself. " How is it that a virus, for which there is an effective treatment and is less deadly
than the seasonal flu, can result in a global shutdown of the economy. Can force a whole population to wear masks that dont work and keep them locked up indoors. We now know that children are at low risk of developing a full blwn life threatening Covid-19
illness and have a very low risk of spreading it. Why then are they not in school? Especially when we also know that lockdown increases risk of social, behavioural and emotional problems for these children. Since the "lockdown" there has been a spike is domestic
violence. Children forced to stay home in many cases prevent their parents from returning to work, thereby worsening the family financial position.These stressors have many untoward consequences for the parents, the economy and the local communities.Chidren
bear the brunt of this. Why then if children are not at risk from covid-19, do they not return to school. Doctors, nurses, police officers, supermarket sales assistants are considered " essential workers" but not teachers. Why?
I ponder these things, my conclusion is that there is something terribly wrong with this picture. I'm no expert but I am capable of applying simple logic and common sense. Nothing adds up. It seems to me that there is something much bigger than a so
called pandemic. Whatever it is, if allowed to continue it will certainly destroy our economy and strip us of our civil liberties. I am aware that for decades there have been those who wish to undo our democratic system and Co-opt us into a socialist
One World Government To do this the population must be compliant. Fear makes people compliant. As long as people believe that Corona Virus is a deadly pandemic and wearing masks and staying home is the only remedy, they will be compliant, while family businesses
are destroyed and the economy is ruined. I'm shocked that so few people take the time to fact check anything. Like sheep they blindly accept everything they are spoon fed. For anybody willing to do some research for themselves, and not rely
on the media, will soon confirm there is no basis for this fear. We are being lied to!.........WHY?!?
As I see it, it's time to take off the gloves. Most people need to peel the scales from their eyes and wake up to the fact that evil people are trying
to change our political system and take from us our God Given rights.