By Ty & Charlene Bollinger
The Era of Fear
Over the past few months, life as we know it has been turned upside down. Businesses have been closed, tens of millions are out of work, and Easter was marked by the revocation of our religious freedom to worship. Since March, we have seen a swift and unprecedented shift in the way we live our lives.
If you take one thing away from this report, let it be this: the coronavirus pandemic has been greatly exaggerated, and the draconian counter measures currently in place are not supported by the data. In fact, virtually every model used to predict the spread and devastation of the virus has been wrong.
Let’s start with the raw data.
2.2 million confirmed cases in a population of 7.8 billion people is a 0.02% infection rate, or about 1 person out of every 5,000. 166,000 deaths in a population gives us a global death toll of 0.002%, or 1 person in every 50,000. Let’s put that into perspective.
Last year, 1,663 people died from cancer every day – and that’s just in the United States. More people have died from cancer in the U.S. in the last 100 days than have died from COVID-19 since November worldwide.
Cardiovascular disease kills roughly 17 million people globally each year, or about 46,575 people each day. Heart disease has killed more people in the last 4 days than COVID-19 has killed in the last 4 months. And heart disease is largely preventable with healthy diet and exercise – yet we’ve seen no government mandates to force exercise or major initiatives to ban unhealthy foods.
And these numbers are not accurate. While the actual case count is likely much higher, the actual mortality rate for COVID-19 is significantly lower than what’s being reported. In most of the world, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and dies is reported as a coronavirus death. We have even heard from hospital workers that everyone who has any type of respiratory issues is presumed to have coronavirus and reported as a confirmed case and that everyone who dies with some sort of respiratory ailment is presumed to be a coronavirus death!
Respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death worldwide. Adding those numbers to the coronavirus death toll crosses the boundary of bad math – it’s a flat out lie. And there have been other reports of misrepresented mortality. Elderly people with existing conditions who test positive for COVID-19 are presumed to have died from the disease. Even those who are decades beyond the average life expectancy and who have serious diseases are considered coronavirus victims.
There are also reports of people who have been diagnosed posthumously and added to the COVID-19 death count, regardless of the cause of death. A child born 18 weeks premature, a toddler who drowned, and an adult who perished in a car accident have all been counted as coronavirus deaths because they happened to test positive.
Research recently published in the scientific literature has discovered that the tests for this virus is likely resulting in an enormous number of false positives. And this is a problem for 3 main reasons:
1. False positives make it appear as if a larger portion of the population is asymptomatic (meaning that they have been infected but are not displaying symptoms). That could mean that the virus is more potent than we originally thought or that the number of asymptomatic carriers (people spreading the disease unknowingly) is much lower than we thought.
2. With so many oppressive and dictatorial measures already in place, people falsely identified as carrying the virus could be forced into quarantine or even subjected to risky, untested medical intervention against their will.
3. Corrupted, inaccurate, or incomplete data is dramatically inhibiting our ability to respond rationally to this virus. Incomplete data can lead to inflated numbers, more oppressive “emergency” legislation, and increased fear (which leads to panic).
The Death of Freedom
Nevertheless, our freedoms have been stripped like never before all in the name of public safety. Small businesses are devastated. Tens of millions are out of work and waiting desperately for unemployment checks and stimulus payments that are a pittance of what they pay in taxes (and a joke compared to the billions of dollars used to bail out corrupt industries and line executive pockets).
For many of those in authority, there has been a “do as I say, not as I do” attitude. Many of our leaders have publicly failed to practice the very rules that they’ve implemented. But all of this is fueled by one thing: fear. People around the world are scared. They’re constantly bombarded with news reports and emergency alerts showing the death toll like some kind of fundraising counter. With so many out of work and life seemingly at a standstill, they’re ready to do anything to get back to normal.
And soon, the government is going to give them that option.