Readers, who I greatly appreciate, every one of you, sometimes tell me that they try to pass my posts and information on to people who have been terrorized successfully and those people just don’t want to read it or accept the data and information presented. I bring this up not because I am so certain I am right in how I interpret the data or what I believe the appropriate response is; I bring it up because of what I have learned about humans.
We are not rational. People believe what they want to believe and they have no interest in having that belief undermined or challenged. It is like an electron in the lowest energy state. It has immense inertia and it takes tremendous energy to boost it to a different state. This characteristic of humans is worse among “intelligent” people, because they believe they are smart, and that is the hardest belief of all to challenge. And if they are so smart, how could they possibly be wrong in their belief, in fact, it cannot be a belief, it must be truth. So I no longer spend much time trying to convince the dead that they are alive. I think and I write, people will do with it what they will. Time demonstrates a belief to be truth or not truth. And even then, the believers will not accept reality.
And at a macro national level, it takes a huge jolt to the system to change the level that the electron is at. This is painful, but can result in a mental reset. The only thing good about the completely insane and incompetent and corrupt Biden administration is that it is administering that jolt of truth–which ultimately cannot be avoided–abour so-called progressive and woke policies. They destroy everything, most importantly the quality of people’s lives. The biggest concern has to be that a foreign power decides to take advantage of the nitwits in charge of our country and our defense before we can get this group of morons out of office. And once they are gone, hopefully it is for at least a generation.
On to the research. It is going to be hard to capture this chart from Twitter in a way that makes it easy to read, so I am just giving you the link. Phil Kerpen has done great work throughout the epidemic and this chart is an example. And I must say, Minnesota doesn’t look too bad on age-adjusted deaths. Now we have had one less wave than the Southern states, so we may yet catch up, depending on just how well vaccines actually work, but so far, just adjusting for age, not bad. Of course Wisconsin is identical and didn’t have nearly the lockdown nonsense that we did. (Kerpen Tweet)
This study from the UK on cases in children finds that there is no difference in severity between Alpha and Delta infections, none whatsoever. With either variant, duration of illness was very short and there were few symptoms. (Medrxiv Paper)
Another study on vaccine effectiveness, this one in adults 50 and over. It found the mRNA vaccines to be about 90% effective against hospitalization, ICU use or ER visits. Pretty impressive in a somewhat older group. Effectiveness was somewhat lower in the very elderly. The study only had less than 4 months of followup post vaccination, so it did not detect the lessening of effectiveness that some other studies noted, although that lessening is typically not as significant in regard to hospitalizations. So if 90% of this population is vaccinated, what will the proportionate use of hospitalization be? Not hard math–it will be 50-50 between the vaxed and unvaxed. (Formula is a little more complicated but that is the basic result.) (NEJM Study)
I want to note too in regard to the trend of studies just focussing on effectiveness against hospitalization that the “experts” and politicians need to be consistent. If all we care about is serious illness, then why are we still measuring the epidemic by case levels. And if the hospitalizations truly have to be for CV-19, then why don’t we only report those, not all the ones with incidental positive tests.
This study examined whether childhood vaccination rates dropped during the epidemic. We already know that they did, but this study found that those rates remained suppressed into late 2020. More good public health work by the experts guiding our response to CV-19. More children will die because of this than will ever be threatened by CV-19. And of course the minorities that these experts supposedly care so much about were the worst affected. (JAMA Article)
All vaccinations have the effect of a general priming of the immune system. This paper describes a study testing whether the polio vaccine would have the effect of boosting a response against attempted CV-19 infection. It found that certain antibody and other responses did appear elevated following the vaccination. (Medrxiv Paper)
This study from Indonesia found that while Delta viral loads appeared slightly higher, the severity of diseases in patients infected with that variant versus other strains was no different. (Medrxiv Paper)
Myocarditis in younger persons appears to be a side effect of the mRNA vaccines. This paper compares the clinical course among young people with serious CV-19 disease, CV-19 vaccination and non-CV myocarditis. In the case of both the vaccine and CV-19 disease related myocarditis, the disease course was milder and the outcomes less threatening to long-term health. (Medrxiv Paper)