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Coronamonomania Lives Forever, Part 227

By October 22, 2023Commentary

I have explained repeatedly that the best evidence on vaccine safety comes from studies using large claims and EHR databases.  Here is another one from the group which FDA uses to do drug and vaccine safety surveillance, in this case for children and adolescents.  Over 4 million vaxed children were included in the databases and 15 potential adverse events were tested.  It finds the usual heart inflammation signal in regard to the Pfizer vaccine in 12 to 17 year-olds and a previously unreported one for seizures in children 2 to 5.  But the signal for seizures is extremely weak, and disappeared when the year used for background rates was changed. (Medrxiv Study)

It is not an exaggeration to say that the epidemic policies of scaring the shit out of people kept them from seeking health care when they needed it, including not calling an ambulance or going to the ER when they had heart attack symptoms.  This study looked at the known increase in at-home heart attacks to see how many might have been related to an acute CV-19 infection.  The answer was only a small percent, which pretty conclusively suggests that the increase was almost completely driven by the terror campaign leading to avoiding of needed health care.  (JAMA Article)

This study examines the role of a CV-19 infection prior to vaccination.  Such an infection leads to a lasting response to the particular variant you were infected with, even after multiple vaccine doses and tends to improve the response to the vaccine.  This calls into question the need for vaccination in persons with a prior infection.  (SSRN Study)

This is a vax safety study based on VAERS so reader beware.  VAERS has been worthless during the epidemic because of multiple made-up and exaggerated reports.  An incredibly small percentage of reports have been verified on followup as having anything to do with the vaccine.  The study looked at any issues for pregnant women.  There was an extremely low percentage of reports compared to doses of vaccine and most were not serious, even in VAERS.  (SSRN Study)

China had the worst lockdown ever and was the model other nations bizarrely followed.  It may have had some success early, at the cost of destroying its economy so it finally had to relent and when it did there was a massive case wave, which the country’s rules did their best to hide.  There were also a large number of deaths, which this study based on a survey of families estimated to be as many 1.35 million excess ones, almost all among those over 60.  (Medrxiv Study)

The epidemic spurred a lot of dumb policies that were destined to futility.  One was mass testing.  If you just test everyone all the time you could stop transmission right.  No, not unless you really understand how resilient this virus apparently is.  This study examines Slovakia’s attempt to use a lot of testing to reduce cases.  They did–for a really short time, followed by a massive surge, which the authors attribute to people letting their guard down when they got a negative test result, but that is just bullshit.  The virus was and is everywhere, all the time.  (Medrxiv Study)

At some point in the epidemic people realized you could detect virus in wastewater and that levels of virus might correlate to number of cases in the community.  There are lots of issues with this, but it is interesting.  This paper was based on data from Minnesota and the authors identify some benefits and challenges with the methods used.  They found that the correlation behind wastewater virus levels and cases may be treatment plant specific and that storage temperature and other factors likely affected measurements.   (Medrxiv Paper)

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