Why Does the Media Refuse To Report Meaningful Data on Covid?

Corona Panic

Even with Donald Trump’s vindication of getting big Pharma to produce a viable vaccine to immunize people against the COVID, the media misinformation and hysteria continues. The media meme wants you to believe that this is a real pandemic and that people are dying in the thousands every week. They are not. It is a lie.

There is a calculated propaganda campaign going on, with most of the media and politicians playing along. The messaging is designed to sow fear and convince you that you must surrender your Constitutional rights. You are told repeatedly that you cannot (or should not) attend the church, synagogue or mosque of your choosing. You are told that you cannot go to your favorite restaurant or bar. And these edicts have the horrific effect of destroying the jobs and livelihoods of many small business owners.

Yet, if you are keen on looting and attacking conservative institutions, you can go out. No sanctions for Antifa or BLM. And you are commanded to wear masks by the likes of the Governors of New York and New Jersey, while they ignore their own edicts anddo the opposite. The stench of hypocrisy covers America like a blanket of rotting garbage. Most of you have noticed that a vast majority of Americans, like willing sheep, obeyed the mask mandate across much of this country. Yet, the number of people testing positive for Covid keeps going up. Guess what? Masks really do not make a difference. If the wearing of the mask kept infections from happening, the number of cases should have dropped.

I will reiterate what I have written before–Covid is a real disease and, in some cases, kills the infected soul. But the number dying, at least here in my neck of the woods in Florida, the vast majority of people are not sick and not infected. But that is not the message that the media is putting out.

Here’s what the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported today (Wednesday, November 18):

Sarasota County reported 92 new cases of COVID-19, while the average daily new cases for the past seven days is at 115 – a daily average that is reminiscent of the height of the pandemic in July. There were six new deaths reported in Sarasota, bringing the total deaths in the county due to COVID-19 to 364.

Manatee County reported 107 new cases, with a daily average of 107 over the past seven days, and three new deaths. 362 people have died from COVID-19 in Manatee County.

Florida added 7,925 news cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, for a total of 905,248 since the pandemic began. There were 87 new deaths reported statewide, bringing the total to 17,731 since the pandemic began. The positivity of new tests in Florida was over 8% for the second day in a row.

I do not ask you to trust my opinion. I believe in facts. I have monitored the Sarasota Memorial Hospital (aka SMH) The SMH daily Covid report (the hospital does not do reports on Saturday and Sunday) is an example of what all hospitals should be doing in order to ensure people in surrounding communities know what is happening. However, the SMH data still has some glaring omissions. The biggest one is the failure to report on the age and the physical health of the patient (prior to contracting Covid). We do not know if they are old or young. If they are obese or skinny. Or if they had co-mordibities.

This is only one data point, but the Sarasota/Bradenton area is a bell weather. We have more than the average number of senior citizens tottering around. We are getting a major influx of “snowbirds” (a snowbird is someone from the northern United States or Canada who comes to Florida in November and heads back north in April). And we have tourists. The beaches along the west coast of Florida are a major draw for folks seeking to escape snowdrifts

So, here are the key facts courtesy of SMH:

  • Only 9.7% of the patients in SMH over an eleven day period were hospitalized because of Covid.
  • On average only 25% of the patients in ICU were there because of Covid.
  • Out of the total patient population tested for Covid, only 5.3% tested positive.
  • Eighty four people were hospitalized because of Covid in this 11 day period.
  • One hundred two (102) patients were treated and discharged in this same period.
  • Nine people died from Covid at SMH between 17 November and 27 November.

This hospital is not being overwhelmed by Covid patients. They are not stacking bodies outside the morgue. The treatment for Covid, such as hydroxychloroquine and remdesivir, is proving effective. Other therapeutics such as taking vitamin D3, vitamin C and Zinc also appear to be playing a key role in helping people maintain good health. Doctors have a much better understanding of how to fight this awful disease.

The data and daily reports from SMH are produced below for your own personal inspection. Question everything the media reports. Demand evidence and facts. Push back against the fear mongers who hope you will meekly cave and not raise your voice.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital 17-Nov 18-Nov 19-Nov 20-Nov 22-Nov 23-Nov 24-Nov 25-Nov 26-Nov 27-Nov 9 Day su
Today’s patient census: 678 702 733 726 662 662 693 683 619 619  
COVID-positive patients total 57 53 52 55 60 55 51 58 51 61 61.44
ICU census: 51 52 52 58 48 44 44 48 48 51 55.11
CoVID-positive patients in ICU 12 11 13 14 15 14 12 11 11 11 13.78
% of Covid Patients in ICU 23.53% 21.15% 25.00% 24.14% 31.25% 31.82% 27.27% 22.92% 22.92% 21.57% 25.00%
Total Hospital Beds 839 839 839 839 839 839 839 839 839 839  
Total ICU Beds 62 62 62 62 62 62 62 62 62 62  
7-Day SMH positivity rate 5.40% 5.00% 4.50% 5.00% 4.30% 4.00% 4.40% 5.10% 4.30% 5.10% 5.23%
Patients who tested positive 1348 1355 1363 1381 1395 1402 1419 1436 1449 1445 97.00
Patients who tested negative 32011 32301 32517 32768 33100 33351 33585 33787 33845 33968 1957.00
% of Patient who tested positive 4.21% 4.19% 4.19% 4.21% 4.21% 4.20% 4.23% 4.25% 4.28% 4.25% 4.96%
Patients hospitalized since outbreak began (Mar 2, 2020) 1134 1134 1140 1150 1170 1171 1181 1194 1204 1218 84
Patients treated/discharged 1233 1243 1250 1266 1284 1290 1308 1315 1332 1335 102
Patient Deaths 112 112 113 113 114 114 117 119 120 121 9

Coronavirus Daily News Update

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Sarasota Memorial continues to monitor COVID-19 indicators and issues in our community and region. We are working closely with public health officials to identify and report important data trends in our health system. Please note that the information on this page is updated daily, Monday – Friday (except holidays). Here is today’s summary:

Hospital / ICU Capacity

Today’s patient census: 678

Today’s COVID-positive patients total: 57 (58 yesterday)

Today’s ICU census: 51 (48 yesterday)

COVID-positive patients in ICU today: 12 (14 yesterday)

Total hospital beds: 839 / Total ICU beds: 62 

COVID-19 Test Results

7-Day SMH positivity rate: 5.4% (4.6% for week ending Nov. 13)

Patients who have tested positive (excludes repeat positives): 1,348 *

Patients who have tested negative: 32,011 *

* Reflects patients tested through SMH systems since March 2.

Cumulative COVID-19 Patient Update **

Patients hospitalized since outbreak began: 1,134 (1,124 yesterday)

Patients treated/discharged: 1,233 (1,220 yesterday) {outpatients treated in the ER but not hospitalized and inpatients who have been treated and discharged or cleared by infection control but not yet discharged}

Patient deaths: 112 (111 yesterday) 

** Reflects total number of patients treated at SMH since outbreak began in March 2020.

For more information, please click here to visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Hospital / ICU Capacity

Today’s patient census: 702

Today’s COVID-positive patients total: 53 (57 yesterday)

Today’s ICU census: 52 (51 yesterday)

COVID-positive patients in ICU today: 11 (12 yesterday)

Total hospital beds: 839 / Total ICU beds: 62 

COVID-19 Test Results

7-Day SMH positivity rate: 5% (4.6% for week ending Nov. 13)

Patients who have tested positive (excludes repeat positives): 1,355 *

Patients who have tested negative: 32,301 *

* Reflects patients tested through SMH systems since March 2.

Cumulative COVID-19 Patient Update **

Patients hospitalized since outbreak began: 1,134 (no change from yesterday)

Patients treated/discharged: 1,243 (1,233 yesterday) {outpatients treated in the ER but not hospitalized and inpatients who have been treated and discharged or cleared by infection control but not yet discharged}

Patient deaths: 112 (no change from yesterday) 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Hospital / ICU Capacity

Today’s patient census: 733

Today’s COVID-positive patients total: 52 (53 yesterday)

Today’s ICU census: 52 (no change from yesterday)

COVID-positive patients in ICU today: 13 (11 yesterday)

Total hospital beds: 839 / Total ICU beds: 62 

COVID-19 Test Results

7-Day SMH positivity rate: 4.5% (4.6% for week ending Nov. 13)

Patients who have tested positive (excludes repeat positives): 1,363 *

Patients who have tested negative: 32,517 *

* Reflects patients tested through SMH systems since March 2.

Cumulative COVID-19 Patient Update **

Patients hospitalized since outbreak began: 1,140 (1,134 yesterday)

Patients treated/discharged: 1,250 (1,243 yesterday) {outpatients treated in the ER but not hospitalized and inpatients who have been treated and discharged or cleared by infection control but not yet discharged}

Patient deaths: 113 (112 yesterday) 

Friday, 20 November 2020

Hospital / ICU Capacity

Today’s patient census: 726

Today’s COVID-positive patients total: 55 (52 yesterday)

Today’s ICU census: 58 (52 yesterday)

COVID-positive patients in ICU today: 14 (13 yesterday)

Total hospital beds: 839 / Total ICU beds: 62 

COVID-19 Test Results

7-Day SMH positivity rate: 5% (4.6% for week ending Nov. 13)

Patients who have tested positive (excludes repeat positives): 1,381 *

Patients who have tested negative: 32,768 *

* Reflects patients tested through SMH systems since March 2.

Cumulative COVID-19 Patient Update **

Patients hospitalized since outbreak began: 1,150 (1,140 yesterday)

Patients treated/discharged: 1,266 (1,250 yesterday) {outpatients treated in the ER but not hospitalized and inpatients who have been treated and discharged or cleared by infection control but not yet discharged}

Patient deaths: 113 (no change from yesterday) 

MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2020

Hospital / ICU Capacity

Today’s patient census: 662

Today’s COVID-positive patients total: 55 (60 yesterday)

Today’s ICU census: 44 (48 yesterday)

COVID-positive patients in ICU today: 14 (15 yesterday)

Total hospital beds: 839 / Total ICU beds: 62 

COVID-19 Test Results

7-Day SMH positivity rate: 4% (4.3% for week ending Nov. 20)

Patients who have tested positive (excludes repeat positives): 1,402 *

Patients who have tested negative: 33,351 *

* Reflects patients tested through SMH systems since March 2.

Cumulative COVID-19 Patient Update **

Patients hospitalized since outbreak began: 1,171 (1,170 yesterday)

Patients treated/discharged: 1,290 (1,284 yesterday) {outpatients treated in the ER but not hospitalized and inpatients who have been treated and discharged or cleared by infection control but not yet discharged}

Patient deaths: 114 (no change from yesterday) 

** Reflects total number of patients treated at SMH since outbreak began in March 2020.

TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2020

Hospital / ICU Capacity

Today’s patient census: 693

Today’s COVID-positive patients total: 51 (55 yesterday)

Today’s ICU census: 44 (no change from yesterday)

COVID-positive patients in ICU today: 12 (14 yesterday)

Total hospital beds: 839 / Total ICU beds: 62 

COVID-19 Test Results

7-Day SMH positivity rate: 4.4% (4.3% for week ending Nov. 20)

Patients who have tested positive (excludes repeat positives): 1,419 *

Patients who have tested negative: 33,585 *

* Reflects patients tested through SMH systems since March 2.

Cumulative COVID-19 Patient Update **

Patients hospitalized since outbreak began: 1,181 (1,171 yesterday)

Patients treated/discharged: 1,308 (1,290 yesterday) {outpatients treated in the ER but not hospitalized and inpatients who have been treated and discharged or cleared by infection control but not yet discharged}

Patient deaths: 117 (114 yesterday) 

** Reflects total number of patients treated at SMH since outbreak began in March 2020.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Hospital / ICU Capacity

Today’s patient census: 683

Today’s COVID-positive patients total: 58 (51 yesterday)

Today’s ICU census: 48 (44 yesterday)

COVID-positive patients in ICU today: 11 (12 yesterday)

Total hospital beds: 839 / Total ICU beds: 62 

COVID-19 Test Results

7-Day SMH positivity rate: 5.1% (4.3% for week ending Nov. 20)

Patients who have tested positive (excludes repeat positives): 1,436 *

Patients who have tested negative: 33,787 *

* Reflects patients tested through SMH systems since March 2.

Cumulative COVID-19 Patient Update **

Patients hospitalized since outbreak began: 1,194 (1,181 yesterday)

Patients treated/discharged: 1,315 (1,308 yesterday) {outpatients treated in the ER but not hospitalized and inpatients who have been treated and discharged or cleared by infection control but not yet discharged}

Patient deaths: 119 (117 yesterday) 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Hospital / ICU Capacity

Today’s patient census: 619

Today’s COVID-positive patients total: 61 (51 yesterday)

Today’s ICU census: 51 (48 yesterday)

COVID-positive patients in ICU today: 11 (same as yesterday)

Total hospital beds: 839 / Total ICU beds: 62 

COVID-19 Test Results

7-Day SMH positivity rate: 5.1% (4.3% for week ending Nov. 20)

Patients who have tested positive (excludes repeat positives): 1,445 *

Patients who have tested negative: 33,968 *

* Reflects patients tested through SMH systems since March 2.

Cumulative COVID-19 Patient Update **

Patients hospitalized since outbreak began: 1,218 (1,204 yesterday)

Patients treated/discharged: 1,335 (1,332 yesterday) {outpatients treated in the ER but not hospitalized and inpatients who have been treated and discharged or cleared by infection control but not yet discharged}

Patient deaths: 121 (120 yesterday) 

** Reflects total number of patients treated at SMH since outbreak began in March 2020

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30 Responses to Why Does the Media Refuse To Report Meaningful Data on Covid?

  1. Avatar BillWade says:

    Well, there is a bright side in South West Florida, real estate prices are jumping up, keep those lock downs going folks! Also here, I’m noticing more and more people are foregoing mask wearing while shopping. One restaurant owner I know lets his employees going mask less, he’s not hurting, his business is good.
    Free State of Florida!

  2. Avatar Ken Roberts says:

    Larry, thanks for posting that detail re Covid stats. I appreciate your posts in general and in particular am fond of data-based discussion of Covid. I will not question what you are seeing locally. In my own situation, in Ontario Canada, I am close enough to the public pulse to have some idea what is going on with data collection and publication. As a result I am generally confident with the epidemiological data which is published (daily and weekly epi-reports) by Public Health Ontario, an aggregation of the 34-ish regional public health units in the province. The details are at the following URL, via the links to the daily report, and to the archive of past weekly summaries:
    https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/data-and-analysis/infectious-disease/covid-19-data-surveillance
    I will not discuss that data here. Rather I will share a little analysis I did this morning that produced what was for me a surprising insight. Here is the punch line: For Ontario, the risk of dying from Covid is about 10x the risk of dying from a traffic accident.
    Summary of the analysis: Assume 5-year horizon, as Covid moves through the population, with about 80 percent of the pop being infected at some point, perhaps multiple times as Covid becomes “common” (as in “common cold”). The early mortality will diminish as the disease weakens and the most susceptible will die off. About half of deaths it will be reasonable to attribute to some other cause, about half will be earlier than in a hypothetical non-Covid environment. The attribution is at the propensities of the recording people — so be it. Not a productive argument in my view.
    Bottom line: For Ontario, I expect about 50 deaths per year per 100k population, averaged over the five years 2020-2024. Less if/when we have an effective vaccination, treatment methods continue to improve, etc.
    For comparison, death rate for traffic related fatalities in Ontario is about 5 per year per 100k population. So Covid is a serious public health concern — about 10x as much risk to the public as the automobile.
    Best wishes, and thanks again for your numerous articles,
    kr.

  3. Avatar rick says:

    So, since it didn’t disappear after election day, is it going to disappear after the inauguration?

  4. Avatar Bill H says:

    Teh there’s the, “We don’t know how long immunity lasts,” after having been infected by coronavirus and recovering.
    That’s because some idiot said on NPR that Covid-19 antibodies were seen to diminish in the bloodstream of survivors after a few months.
    Well, yes, that would come as no surprise. Antibodies do not prevent illness, they kill a virus that is in your system. Once the virus is killed the antibodies wash out of your body, because the body never keeps anything it no longer needs. What’s important is that the immune system still knows how to make them and there is no reason to think that it forgets how to make Covid-19 antibodies any more than it forgets how to make Polio antibodies or Samllpox antibodies.
    Immunity does not consist of having antibodies in you blood. It consists of your immune system knowing how to make antibodies so that it recognizes the virus and kills it rapidly before it can make you sick. I learned that in high school, and I am neither a doctor or a science editor.
    The “following science” of not knowing how long immunity lasts (and that you must wear a mask even if you have had Covid and recovered) is one more of the media lies. There is no reason to suspect that immunity from Covid lasts any shorter time than does immunity from Polio or Smallpox.

  5. Avatar Fred says:

    Larry,
    “The stench of hypocrisy covers America like a blanket of rotting garbage. ”
    According to Fake News Central, the NYT, and their favorite fake Repubican, David Brooks (epistemic multi-millionaire NYC knowledge expert, see Iraq has WMD and They’ll great us as liberators as examples of epistemic expertise of the elites), the problem is rotting of the Republican mind.
    You see, quoting David the Great: “Over the past decades the information age has created a lot more people who make their living working with ideas, who are professional members of this epistemic process. The information economy has increasingly rewarded them with money and status. It has increasingly concentrated them in ever more prosperous metro areas.”
    And boy do those elite status knowledge workers (not to be confused with the tens of thousands of knowledge workers replaced by H1B visa holders or those whose jobs were off-shored) know what is best for us. Starting with obedience and submission. Or to quote the expert:
    “The only solution is to reduce the distrust and anxiety that is the seedbed of this thinking. That can only be done first by contact, reducing the social chasm between the members of the epistemic regime and those who feel so alienated from it. And second, it can be done by policy, by making life more secure for those without a college degree.”
    Ain’t that grand, the multi-millionaire experts are going to leave their bastions of elite superiority for ‘contact’ with the deplorables! Oh, and they will issue more policy decrees, and life will be ‘more secure’. I for one am looking forward to the policies that epistemic elites wish to impose, without having to follow. Like all the ones from the beginning of the propagandemic.

  6. Avatar akaPatience says:

    I’m sure I won’t be the only person to comment about the Johns Hopkins University scientist’s study that was taken down from its newsletter’s website because the data showed that COVID deaths have been greatly overstated. The study revealed that usual causes of death have been understated since the outbreak of COVID while the amount of difference from the past just happens to roughly add up to the number of deaths being attributed to COVID:
    “These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.”
    Here’s an article that provides a link to the archived JHU study:
    https://www.aier.org/article/new-study-highlights-serious-accounting-error-regarding-covid-deaths/

  7. Avatar Eric Newhill says:

    Larry,
    This John Hopkins article gets at the truth of the “pandemic” as I know it to be. Shortly after it was published, it was taken down; something about it possibly leading people to come to dangerous conclusions about covid. It can be found here on the way back web.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20201126163323/https://www.jhunewsletter.com/article/2020/11/a-closer-look-at-u-s-deaths-due-to-covid-19
    You don’t see hospitals overwhelmed because the “covid” admissions are really, for the most part, the same admissions you’d see anyhow. They are just slapping the covid diagnosis on patients with other conditions. Also, many normal admissions are down because people are scared to get the care they need and/or have not been diagnosed and referred because their physician’s office is closed.
    There is some validity to the excessively high utilization of beds and vents back in the Spring in places like NYC. However, bad flu years have produced similar admission levels. However, in bad flu years vents get used less aggressively. This is from Governors Cuomo, Murphy and Whitmer deliberately infecting the poor souls in nursing homes.
    The CDC site speaks to excessive deaths on one page dedicated to that specific info. On that page they state there an excess deaths that correlate closely with covid deaths as reported by the media. There is some funny manipulation of the data that can be read in the notes section below their graph. One weirdness is that they removed from their calculation weeks in 2020 that had the same or less deaths than previous years. Elsewhere on the CDC site you can get unmanipulated data and the excess death count does not emerge. From where I’m sitting, 2020 is on track to have a total death count that is in line with 2010 in terms of deaths per 100K and within statistical bounds for more recent years.

  8. Avatar Deap says:

    Sample letter to the editor from the Left Coast, just this week:
    • • •………Now that our long national nightmare is almost over, YYYY should re-examine its support for President Donald Trump and other right-wing, “Christian” causes.
    Case in point is the decision to publish XXXX Nov. 20 letter to the editor making fun of mask wearing.
    More than 255,000 people are dead because of Trump and other science-deniers like XXXX, but YYYY continues to provide them with a platform to spread their lies. Stop it! We will remember what you’ve done.
    Now Gov. Gavin Newsom has been forced to put California back into a modified stay-at-home status. Thanks, YYYY
    (Signed)

  9. Avatar Rick Merlotti says:

    Small sample size, admittedly. I’m in SE Florida and I know of only 2 people who have had COVID. A doctor in his 30’s and his wife. They are fine now. Nobody in my family, friends or neighborhood has gotten it. Nobody in my wife’s circle of friends, which is much larger than mine. BTW, she is totally paranoid over it. She wipes down the groceries for god’s sake. Freaks out about non-mask wearers. She drinks deep the propaganda, which is pervasive. There is no reasoning with her, so I just nod my head and say “Yes Dear”.

  10. Avatar AK says:

    My wife is there visiting family in Ocala. She says it’s a completely different world than out here in Communist-run, drug-addled, utopian Oregon. The fear is pervasive here everywhere one goes. To these people, there is virtue in being afraid.

  11. Avatar Kassandra says:

    This is a push back to dark Middle Ages – the PLAGUE is raging, OBEY, OBEY!
    The KING will come and save his followers, the HERETICS will be damned, the INQUISITION will mark them for their fate.
    Await the BLESSING of your savior, the allmighty SYRINGE!

  12. Avatar TV says:

    The media are Democrat operatives with press badges.
    Most of the lockdown “wear a mask and shut up” tyranny is in Democrat and a few RINO-run places.
    The media’s sole purpose in life is to advance a Democrat agenda, whatever that is, and the more anti-American, the better.
    Right now that agenda is heavily in the direction of disabling the Constitution and destroying as much of the economy as they can.
    Give them credit.
    They knew that they could con the electorate with the usual fact-free “feelings” BS and they did.
    “Facts?
    “We don’t need no stinking facts.”

  13. Avatar Laura Wilson says:

    You can “believe” whatever you want…I guess you “believe” that all the doctors, nurses and hospital administrators are lying. Such a grand conspiracy…and to what end??? To keep you alive!
    Horrible, horrible people who hate America!

  14. Avatar j. casey says:

    So, were is the “war room” for the media fear campaign housed? Who runs it? One of the top WHO types said in no uncertain terms that Lockdowns should not be used for anything but temporary relief on ICU overcrowding. And yet we still have them. Mask are worse than useless at virus containment and they spread bacterial upper respiratory infection. CDC recommendations say masks should only be worn by people who are infected. And yet the Little Red Guards are out there pushing more masks. Where is this op being run from?

  15. Avatar Deap says:

    Remember back when the first we heard about “covid” was when people started mindlessly hoarding toilet paper in January 2020?
    They didn’t even know why they were doing it. They just saw other people do it and it quickly became a free-for all. That was our very first introduction to “covid” porn.
    The importance of this initial and unfounded hysteria chapter should not be overlooked. America was ripe for the picking. I also remember President Trump trying to cool these anxieties about supply chains in the US.
    Forget learning more about the “disease”. We need to learn more about the early propaganda – who most benefited from this “public health” scare.

  16. Avatar wtofd says:

    Larry, thanks for this. I have been impressed with many commentators on this site who have urged the economy to re-open and schools to stay open. Clearly there are long-term mental health issues that were underestimated at the beginning when the country and the states were developing their lock-down responses.
    I also agree the leftist media has been too quick to sound an alarm of terror. My friends and I joke that we wouldn’t know the world was ending unless we read the NYT.
    Still, I take issue with your blanket statement that masks are ineffective. No. Lax max wearing is ineffective. But proper mask wearing protects people from inhaling the droplets that transmit the virus. And masks are helpful along with the swiss cheese approach of social distancing, limited time of personal contact, ventilation/outdoor activity, etc.
    What’s troubled me most about the country and this site in the last year is the knee jerk lurch to polarization and false dilemmas. Either/or nonsense that fails to include multiple sources of information or slanders the other side for not conforming. The truth often lies somewhere in the middle. Here in rural Idaho, in Blaine County, we are masked and open for business, while the cases spike in surrounding counties and they have to divert their patients to Boise because their local hospitals are stuffed. We laugh when people in Twin or across the conservative nation belittle us for masking, just as we roll our eyes when the liberal nation shrieks that our business and schools are open. We are not sheep; we are proud capitalists who are taking the easiest of precautions to keep the economy rolling.

  17. Avatar Diana L Croissant says:

    I came back from church today. We have a Large sanctuary; but we also have a large congregation. And our membership is growing. We do NOT wear masks in church. I wonder if that might be a reason for our congregation’s growth while many of the long-time churches in our community have not held services for a long time. One prominent church has finally decided to close down.
    The lead story in our paper today is about a family whose matriarch died in an Arizona hospital of COVID since it was the closest hospital which could treat COVID plus her underlying lung problems. So, the question in my mind is whether the lung condition or the COVID infection is the primary cause of her death.
    Yet, the rant from her daughter, who was the only member who could be in the hospital with her and who had to be there alone when her mother died, seemed to blame us all in our town–especially since our county commissioners had refused to follow the mandate of our far-left Governor from Boulder that would have required us to go back basically to the very first restrictions that were set at the beginning of the pandemic.
    I do wear a mask in places where I just don’t want the annoyance of being considered selfish. I know I don’t have COVID; so, to me the mask is unnecessary. I just don’t like confrontations.
    Most of our restaurants have made seating adjustments and their servers are wearing masks (has to be a terrible annoyance to them); but our restaurants are thriving. As are most of our businesses.
    In my opinion, losing one’s livelihood and wondering how you could ever recover financially is as sad as coming down with the virus, maybe sadder.
    There ARE vaccines now available. I’ve called to be put on a schedule at my healthcare provider’s office. But, I am waiting first to have a talk first with my doctor before I take the vaccine. The last time I took a flu vaccine (since I had to as a public school teacher at the time) was the only time I called in sick for work, since I immediately came down with the flu after taking the vaccine.
    It’s all a matter of making personal choices, if you ask me. Each person should be aware enough of his/her own health and his/her own situations. Each person should have the right to make decisions of what risks he or she wants to take. I may chose finally not to take a vaccine because I have had too many experiences in which I got what I was trying to avoid by taking a vaccine to avoid the condition.
    I resented that young woman’s rant against all her fellow citizens of this town, though I understand how very hard it is to lose a mother.
    I don’t feel I need the vaccine really; but, I would like to be able to say I’ve had it so as not to incur the wrath of those who live in fear and with whom I must interact. But first, the conversation with my doctor….

  18. Avatar BillWade says:

    If any New Yorkers are reading the Colonel’s blog and are planning to relocate to Florida, will you please cart down the Statue of Liberty with you, it’s certainly not needed in NY. TIA
    The Free State of Florida

  19. Avatar Artemesia says:

    @ wtofd:

    “Here in rural Idaho, in Blaine County, we are masked and open for business, while the cases spike in surrounding counties and they have to divert their patients to Boise because their local hospitals are stuffed. We laugh when people in Twin or across the conservative nation belittle us for masking.”

    Am I correct that you are asserting that wearing masks is what preserved your locale from the “spike in cases” that afflicted non-maskers?
    I am not a scientist; it’s been awhile since I was taught ‘science’ (chemistry, for example) and, as stated earlier, at that time I was more interested in cars.
    Khan Academy teaches science to our young people, and I sit quietly in the back of the classroom and take notes.
    Here’s Khan’s teaching on the Scientific Method:
    https://tinyurl.com/y9ofxcfx
    Summary:
    1. Observe
    2. Ask questions
    3. Try to create an explanation that is testable
    ** this is core to scientific method; it is called a Hypothesis
    4. State the hypothesis (need not be true: point is, it will be tested for its coincidence with reality; but untestable hypotheses should be rejected)
    5. Make a prediction –> Design an experiment
    5a. Run the experiment
    5b. Isolate variables and control for any other possible explanations: for example, conduct exactly the same experiment at least two times, using different conditions to control for verification of the hypothesized condition
    6. Make a prediction about what will happen in each of the varied conditions, relative to each other
    etc.
    etc.
    etc.
    Did the people in your mask-wearing, gloating county control for variables? Did they identify variables? Does the non-mask-wearing hospitalized region have more old people? Are they less healthy overall, i.e. more likely to eat junk food, more obese,* [it would be interesting to correlate presence of Dollar Stores, Dunkin Donuts; prevalence of cigarette smoking & opiod use :: with incidences of obesity, diabetes & COPD :: with incidences of Covid DEATHS — not positive tests — they are notoriously inaccurate] more unemployed, live in predominantly urban or crowded circumstances, take less exercise, etc.?
    Were any of these questions asked about the **infected** non-mask-wearers, or did the sidewalk scientists go straight to confirmation bias + correlation=causation?
    If in doubt, ask a high school kid, preferably one who is being home-schooled.

  20. Avatar Deap says:

    The Democrat elite’s mind warp is starting with their embrace of the American flag, nos that it no longer means a flag-flyer is a white supremacist racist, bigot, homophobe and science denier. I am touched. https://redstate.com/jeffc/2020/11/29/democrats-have-a-change-of-heart-on-the-american-flag-you-already-know-why-n286606
    I suspect however, I will now need to display it upside down. Nation in distress. Or should I assume the neo-flag waver now supports what I have long believed the flag to mean.

  21. Avatar akaPatience says:

    Imagine the pressure that likely comes to bear on authoritative voices to STFU about data-driven science like that revealed in the Johns Hopkins study. Think of all of the policy makers who may fear political and maybe even personal liability for imposing draconian measures that’ve destroyed billions of dollars in wealth and caused untold misery if information that challenges the COVID orthodoxy were widely disseminated. This is what I suspect happened to JHU when word of the findings of its study got around. The Ministry of Truthers simply cannot allow such heresy. Nein!!! Nie!!!

  22. Avatar Fred says:

    Laura Wilson,
    “I guess you “believe” that all the doctors, nurses and hospital administrators are lying.”
    Yet all doctors are not saying what the left is saying. Plenty of doctors are saying this is nothing more than a bad flu season. They don’t get air time.
    Remember, “stay home, stay safe”. Unless there’s a protest somewhere or you need something from a multi-national big-box store that is definitely not ‘non-essential’. Unlike socializing in a bar or getting a haircut.

  23. Avatar Deap says:

    No we know how Galileo felt 400 years ago, when he took on prevailing political/cultural/religious orthodoxy. With science.

  24. Avatar exiled off mainstreet says:

    I notice that mask mandates have not reduced the number of cases. It is documented that they impair breathing, and the Danish study which had a control and a masked group showed only very slight advantage, and these were surgical masks and those in the study following instructions on how to use them and cleanliness.
    Since many people are only wearing them because they are forced to,and only in instances where they go into places forcing them to wear them, people are touching them and moving them around and not following the protocols on changing them, since that is an additional hassle and expense.
    My guess is that if any study would base the outcome on how they are used by real people,then it will indicate that the masks are perhaps even a contributory factor to the spread of the illness. At any rate, up to the present time, no prior regime has ever sought to restrict the right to breathe unless it was executing part of the population. This right is so basic it isn’t mentioned in the constitution because even under feudalism, the lords and squires knew that the peasants needed to breathe to work.
    The opponents of masks should emphasize the right to breathe as a central issue. My guess is that when this blows over, damages caused by the masks, particularly if you have to wear them hour after hour to stay employed, will lead to a surfeit of litigation and, hopefully, some consequences for those who forced this abomination on the public.

  25. Avatar Seward says:

    FWLIW: I copied the Johns Hopkins University article while it was still available, and posted it on my Facebook page; adding the caveat to read it quickly, because some officious Facebook “friend” was likely to takeout down as soon as they saw it. Well they did: I received a Facebook notice it was censure for containing false information, and is no longer available in my Facebook page. (I’m fairly certain who did it: an about-to-retire FDA lawyer, with no scientific trading of her own, well known in the DC area because of a family tragedy, who once showed me how to remove items she found objectionable. A real Karen, who censures anything she disagrees with.)
    I’ve found, however, if a CDC publication with the same information is cited at the beginning of an article; e.g., “The CDC reports …” it survives; likely because of the official imprimatur.

  26. Avatar vig says:

    What’s troubled me most about the country and this site in the last year is the knee jerk lurch to polarization and false dilemmas. …
    Posted by: wtofd | 29 November 2020 at 03:16 PM

    Yes, from my perspective it started earlier slowly gaining speed to the extent trenches were dug deep enough …
    Americans vs Cultural Warriors
    Black vs white – no more gray
    We vs them
    Deplorables vs TDS propagandists

  27. Avatar Deap says:

    Johns Hopkins refuses to publish cold hard data and scientific analysis because they worry what fake news will do with it? Yes, I think I heard that right.
    All-cause mortality during the “covid pandemic” period was begging to be published, and reasonably had to wait until there was sufficient data accumulated over time.
    Now this critical data analysis is censored? We are in for world of hurt. More likely because this would undermine Biden’s claim he alone finally “cured” covid.

  28. Avatar Serge says:

    Bill H,
    Unlike smallpox and I think polio,COVID reinfections within months of recovery are a confirmed fact. Happens often enough that some US counties started keeping tracking of secondary reinfection rates since August. If you look at the areas of Italy or NY which were ravaged with astronomically high infection rates in February/March, their “second/third wave” infection rates aren’t that much lower than the areas spared a first. This and the total lack of vaccine compliance makes me very pessimistic for the euphoric easy fix attitude that the big pharma non-news released over the past two weeks has engendered. I believe as I did in March that COVID will remain an endemic human disease, and the sooner we recognize this the sooner we can stop the more dangerous effects of it-the lockdowns and elimination of civil liberties.

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