What Policies Would Be Best Now

By January 21, 2021Commentary

Coronamonomania is alive and well.  After over a year of dealing with this serious epidemic, you might imagine that we had learned how to minimize the overall toll from the epidemic itself and our response to it.  From the start the response has been marked by hysteria, panic, herd mentality and lack of rational consideration of the effect of actions.  While we could be presented with an opportunity for a reset, instead we are have the same bozos in charge, and some with even worse approaches, with two charter members of the Axis of Evil advising the new administration.

Here is my advice about the appropriate course of action.  Number one is get the kids back in real school, every day, no masks or other pointless nonsense, and fully participating in extracurricular activities.  The damage done is irreparable for many children, and it has to stop now.  School boards, teachers, teachers unions, administrators and others who in any manner impede this return should be fined and imprisoned.  For a country that supposedly cares about children, what we have done is disgraceful and inexcusable.

Focus vaccinations solely on the elderly, particularly in congregate living settings.  This is where serious illness and deaths are almost exclusively occurring.  Limiting those supposed CV-19 deaths will undermine the ongoing panic purveyors and enable a return to a more balanced and sane policy.  Do not vaccinate children unless and until there is a long-term, very large study of the vaccines in children that shows complete safety.  Given the effects in some adults and the extremely limited risks to children from CV-19, there is no basis for vaccinating children until we know it is completely safe.

Reopen businesses and workplaces.  We have done enough economic and social damage.

Stop the testing madness.  How completely fitting is it that on the same day we get a new administration, suddenly the World Health Organization discovers that there may be serious issues with PCR testing.  (WHO Notice)  Here is what the notice says: “careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed. The cycle threshold (Ct) needed to detect virus is inversely proportional to the patient’s viral load. Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology.”   In other words, stop using high cycle numbers as an indication of positivity and if a person is asymptomatic, they probably aren’t really positive.

The notices goes on to state: “WHO reminds IVD users that disease prevalence alters the predictive value of test results; as disease prevalence decreases, the risk of false positive increases. This means that the probability that a person who has a positive result (SARS-CoV-2 detected) is truly infected with SARS-CoV-2 decreases as prevalence decreases, irrespective of the claimed specificity.”

Sound familiar?  These warnings have been sounded since the beginning of the epidemic by multiple sources.  They were ignored, leading to grossly inflated case and death counts.  If they suddenly begin to be followed,  we will see a dramatic drop in cases, which will also help remove the basis for media and politician hysteria, but should also alert the public to just how badly it has been misled.

So how about instead of spending billions more on pointless testing of asymptomatic persons, we return to the rational policy followed by the countries which have low case counts–only test people with symptoms or who have clearly had contact with a symptomatic person that could result in transmission.  That might allow actual useful contact tracing as well.

Tell the public the truth about the damage done by lockdowns and other responses to the epidemic.  Do the research and report results on missed health care, mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, child and domestic abuse, suicides, business closures and on and on.  Report those results as prominently as cases and deaths.

Do a full chart review of a large sample of cases and tell the truth about how many hospitalizations and deaths were actually caused by CV-19 as opposed to being associated with those unreliable PCR test results.

Stop the mask nonsense.  It should be apparent to everyone that community masking makes zero difference, in fact maybe they are virus collection devices that exacerbate spread.

That would be my approach.  The only reason any of these will be implemented is because the new administration will want to pretend that it has gotten everything under control and claim victory.  Whatever the reason, a more sensible set of responses should be welcomed.

Join the discussion 11 Comments

  • Christopher B says:

    The only reason any of these will be implemented is because the new administration will want to pretend that it has gotten everything under control and claim victory.

    In many ways I hope you are right, as the return to normal will be worth the temporary benefits to the new regime. I am a bit worried, however, that they will be relaxing controls and mitigation efforts at exactly right time for a real surge of a new or mutated coronavirus.

  • Dan says:

    Plus you have the crossdressing nutburger from Pennsylvania who yanked its mother out of an assisted living before it infected the assisted livings and murdered a bunch

  • Steve says:

    One day we will open eyes. We have let this virus destroy every aspect of life, increase political power and minimize the individual. Reaction to the virus is more deadly than the virus. I heard this morning that approximately 6% of all China virus deaths are directly related to the virus. Seems to me that number bolsters the point that this virus is a political weapon.

    I attended the Trump rally in DC. Almost no one wore a mask, social distanced or permit me to say, rioted.. Haven’t heard a word about major outbreaks or this event being a super spreader event. Recently, flew on Southwest to Florida to play baseball for a week. Sat side by side on the plane- had to wear a useless mask except when eating a snack, and played baseball all week without masks and in close proximity. NO PROBLEMS! My grandchildren have been in private school since September with ZERO incidents. You tell me this isn’t political.

  • Kevin Rademacher says:

    Right on Kevin! How do we get our elected and non-elected officials in MN to wake up and listen to actual science? It’s so frustrating Keep up the good work!

  • Christopher B says:

    I’m wondering if they’re going to relax the controls and restrictions just in time for a REAL surge of a mutated version of this virus. It’s hard to tell how much of the concern about more infectious mutations is hype or fact

  • Ganderson says:

    Seems unlikely that the Bidenreich, or any of the stooges running various states will promote any of what you suggest. One of Slow Joe’s first edicts was a mask mandate on federal property. I assume that means if I go to visit my parents’ graves at Fort Snelling I’ll have to mask up outside. Around here (Western Mass) masking is 90% plus- Baker’s showing no sign of loosening the restrictions. He is making sure the convicts are getting vaccinated, though.

    In my town the teachers’ union is dead set against reopening school full time- and are arguing that they should be first in line to get vaccinated. I’ve always felt that my fellow teachers lacked self awareness…

    Thanks for all you do, Kevin. Hit ‘em straight!

  • Kevin Rademacher says:

    Awesome!

  • H. Narcissus Petit says:

    Slightly off topic, but does this W.H.O guidance concede what you’ve been saying all along?

    https://www.who.int/news/item/14-12-2020-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users

    It says high amplification rates increases false positives. Is that the same as cycles – the more cycles in the test, the more likely to detect some scrap of the virus, giving a positive that isn’t really positive?

  • Minnesota Natural Medicine says:

    First, yes, cycles and amplification rates are synonymous. The greater the amplification, the greater the false positives. Minnesota continues to effectively conceal the rate of false positivity.

    Kevin, in terms of your recommendations, you left out several critical things. There should be a public health initiatives regarding the administration of vitamin D in all public and private healthcare distribution systems. 20-25 IU/pound/day should be recommended minimally and possibly subsidized. If people don’t want to take it, fine. It reduces the risk of mortality by 900%! Other critical micronutrients should also be posed at the same level with a particular focus on zinc and vitamin C. Finally, the virtual 100% prevention for people involved in healthcare institutions where vulnerable patients are subject to the spread of the virus should know about topical ivermectin. This eliminated acquisition of the virus 100% in healthcare workers with a simple carageenan (seaweed) nasal spray and a drop of ivermectin on the tongue. I am prescribing ivermectin for travelers to make sure that they don’t test positive at their destinations making them unable to get back into the country or even the state in some cases. Our public health leaders, once again, starting with the inimitable Dr. Osterholm, continue to fail the medical public with clear scientific-based benefits for a population that remains imprisoned. Some of these things would end the so-called epidemic within a matter of days even if it is pretty much over as we speak. It would certainly empty acute care facilities of Covid patients.

  • Al Chemy says:

    Predictably W.H.O. has pulled the CT/testing guidance notice:
    “This page cannot be found

    The page or file you are trying to access cannot be found. This is because the web address is incorrect or the file has been moved or deleted.
    In 2020, we migrated our web content to a new system so some older content may no longer be available online or at the same place.”

  • Debbie says:

    Al Chemy….I had encountered the same thing when trying to pull up the WHO notice. After screaming in my head ” Big brother!!”, I found another way in…here it is, the notice is thankfully still available. https://www.who.int/news/item/20-01-2021-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users-2020-05

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