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CDC to the Rescue, Who Was that Masked Man?

By November 20, 2020Commentary

The timing is so obvious as to be laughable.  CDC and the public health experts have obviously been sitting on two papers that they released today.  They knew weeks ago about the Danish mask study results so they had some ammunition ready to defend the mask religion.  The first is from Kansas, source of discredited fudging with data on a mask study before, and lo and behold, it is the same crap, warmed over again, purporting to show a very small difference in case rates in counties with and without mask mandates.  They must think it will be more appetizing the second time around.   (CDC Paper)   The study ends August 23, before the latest Midwest wave began.  Ooops, according to the Covid Tracking Project, Kansas is seeing a big jump in cases.  Oh well, good thing the CDC paper authors stopped that study when they did.  Gee, do I recall another large county mask mandate study being withdrawn lately because the authors at least had the intellectual honesty to recognize that the subsequent case surge rendered their analysis moot.  Again, why are you looking at presence of a mandate instead of actual mask wearing, which is readily available; how are you separating out the effect of other mitigation efforts; why don’t you adjust for population density and total cases in the counties, because it appears that the ones that had a mandate were the largest ones which likely had already experienced a more intense epidemic and on and on.  And in fact, buried in the paper is a statement acknowledging just that, the heavily populated mandate counties had already experienced higher cases than the non-mandate ones.  Be sure to read the limitations section, that is further enlightening, especially the one referring to “attenuation of results”.  And I like that the lone reference for the proposition that this is consistent with other research is the worthless Health Affairs modeling study.  Kansas is a lousy reporter of data, but it looks to me from the data I could find, that a lot of the case surge is in counties that retained the mask mandate.  I am sure we will get an updated report from the CDC extending its analysis.  There is a reason they didn’t publish this useless garbage until they felt they had to come up with some response to a randomized clinical trial.

Paper number two was just a rehash of research on cloth masks, I don’t know why they even bother to put this out, there is nothing new in the paper at all.  (CDC Brief)   No new evidence, an admission of how weak the existing evidence is, ignore the CDC’s own publications that indicate ineffectiveness of masks and for some reason, no discussion of the fact that we are seeing very large case surges in places with very high mask wearing rates, surges that lead to case curves that look like pretty classic, unmitigated epidemic curves.

Again, I am sure the timing is just coincidental, no way that Fauci or Birx or Redfield said give us whatever you got to counter the Danish mask study.  If those sorry efforts are the best you have, good luck with them.

And a final paper from the CDC on Minnesota DOH’s favorite topic in August, that naughty, naughty Sturgis motorcycle rally.  400,000 attendees, resulting among Minnesotans, although remember, this is Minnesota contact tracing we are talking about here, in 51 primary cases, only 21 secondary cases, which is a very low secondary attack rate, and 9 more potential secondary or tertiary cases, 4 hospitalizations and one unfortunate death, which we were told at the time by DOH was a person with serious underlying conditions.  Hardly a disaster and a grand total of 3 one-hundredths of a percent of Minnesota’s total cases.  You know, I wonder how many accidents Minnesota residents were involved in related to the rally and what the results of those accidents were.  (CDC Paper) 

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  • Matt Bjornn says:

    Wouldn’t it be fascinating to know how many attendees for Sturgess have died of any other cause in the last 3 months. Bet they outnumber the supposed true COVID-19 deaths.

  • Ellen says:

    My husband went to the tax collector office to pay our home owner taxes.
    They made everyone stand outside in the sunshine 6′ apart and wearing masks.
    Sunshine / UV light kills microbes including viruses.
    Breathing fresh air cleanses the respiratory tract.
    I’m more afraid of the people obeying than the ones commanding.

  • Ellen says:

    Someone just sent me this. You might have had the link before; if so I missed it. The guy sites BMJ Journals Volume 5, Issue 4. And theories as to why the masks make people sicker.

    Our County Commissioners use a couple doctor-shills to recommend the masks.

  • Greg Morneau says:

    It would be interesting to see studies similar to the Sturgis study of the protests and election celebration demonstrations.

  • Very well pointed out. These three studies from CDC are a perfect example of highly politicized junk science, made at the last minute as a counterargument to the plethora of evidence we have that masks barely do anything to protect the mask wearer in a community, let alone prevent the infected person from transmitting it. I believe Prof. John Ioannidis, a meta-research scientist put it very well when he said that most studies published nowadays especially are of poor quality.

    • Ellen says:

      People should naturally be wondering: Why do we need a vaccine that’s 90% effective for a cold with a 99.9% recovery rate? The statistics are readily available to all.
      And someone just sent me this: — Maker of COVID-Tests Says Pandemic is Biggest Hoax Ever Perpetrated

      Top pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson told Canadian government officials in Alberta during a phone conference that the coronavirus pandemic is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.” Hodkinson, who is the CEO of a biotech company that manufactures COVID tests, says “There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians.” We are seeing “politics playing medicine, and that’s a very dangerous game.”

      Positive test results do not mean a clinical infection, he says. All testing should stop because the false numbers they produce are “driving public hysteria.” Hodkinson says the risk of death for people under the age of 65 is “one in three-hundred thousand” and it is “outrageous” to shut down society for what is merely “just another bad flu.” 2020 November 18 – Source: Paul Joseph Watson

    • Kevin Roche says:

      okay, lets be clear, he wasn’t saying CV-19 is a hoax, he was saying the number of infections as detected by PCR was not that serious an issue and the seriousness of the epidemic was being greatly exaggerated to the public

    • Ellen says:

      And the PCR… especially since it is not uniformly applied… is a waste of time and money and of no use even if it were done uniformly, per Mullis.

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