Was I infected?
ASTORIA, NYC- I got the test results back from the Covid-19 antibody test that I took a few days ago:
I was counting on that piece of paper coming back positive. It was to be my “health passport.” Recent research on Covid-19 — and conventional medical knowledge — say that recovering from viral infections leads to a certain degree of protection against getting it again. Herd immunity is essential for getting back to normal, and those who can demonstrate such immunity should be the first ones out of the gate … if such distinctions actually become relevant.
NYC is currently doing the most exhaustive antibody test yet, including 140,000 people across the city to get a clearer picture of how many people have already been infected and how deadly the virus actually is. A preliminary survey in NYC showed that nearly 25% of the city were already infected, hinting at an infection fatality rate (IFR) of roughly 0.5%. Stanford University and the University of Southern California have done similar surveys, albeit with smaller sample sizes, and came up with an IFR of 0.1-0.2%, which is in the ballpark of “flu-like” infections.
At any rate, Covid-19 is way, WAY less lethal than was previously touted. Under no circumstance is it looking as if we are going to have mass deaths, overloaded hospitals, or run out of room to bury the bodies. The burden on the medical system will probably come more from the fact that hospitals are severely backlogged with procedures that were postponed because of Covid-19 measures than from Covid-19 itself.
And that Imperial University study that predicted 2.2 million deaths in the USA from Covid-19 that reportedly changed the Trump administration’s mind on the issue … well, they ended up being monumentally wrong … about as monumentally wrong as the models that predicted mass deaths from mad cow disease or the ones that said that 200 million people would die from bird flu.
All three of these grossly erroneous predictions, it turns out, came from the same guy.
Neil Ferguson is perhaps the most wrong man on planet earth. Each time there’s a new health crisis he jumps into the limelight with doomsday scenarios that governments gobble up, following his recommendations to the detriment to their respective economies and populations — like the time he got the UK to needlessly cull six million heads of cattle because of mad cow. He has been wrong time and time again, but that didn’t stop him from being able to influence the UK and US governments to lockdown their countries, put millions out of work, and destroy their economies.
Ferguson’s Covid-19 models didn’t pass the eye test of even lay individuals — they were the reason why I wrote this post — and, no matter how hard they tried, other researchers couldn’t replicate his findings. Under mounting pressure in the UK Ferguson eventually revealed the code his models were based off of … and the world rollicked in a colossal belly laugh: we had been duped, the well-respected professor’s cutting edge mathematical systems turned out to be outdated, nonsensical garbage. The professor was a fraud:
Furthermore, when analysing the validity of the staggering death estimates, scientists have claimed that it is almost impossible to reproduce the same results from the same data, using the same code as Imperial, The Telegraph reported.
University of Edinburgh researchers reportedly found bugs when running the model, getting different results when they used different machines, or even the same machines in some cases.
“Professor Lockdown” is what Ferguson has now comically been dubbed in the UK media, and he recently stepped down from his post on Johnson’s coronavirus response team after being caught violating the lockdown that he played a fundamental role in creating.
As a side note, that erroneous Ferguson coronavirus report, entitled “Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality” was funded by, you guessed it, Bill Gates.
This take me to the main reason that I was hoping for a positive antibody result: it would be documented evidence that I could potentially have used to stave off the coming C19 va.c-c*ine should it become mandatory.
I’m reminded of the classic Chinese story Outlaws of the Marsh where the rebels had faith that the emperor was good while his advisers were the ones who were evil. Our elected government officials are generally not experts in epidemiology, so they rely on others with titles and distinction for direction. Unfortunately, those who are being relied on during the Covid-19 pandemic happen to be wicked little jerks with skin in the game. Where’s Wu Song when you need him?