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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Gas masks or EH20 escape hoods as an alternative to economic disruption due to coronavirus covid-19

UPDATE: see "Rational use of face masks in the COVID-19 pandemic", The Lancet, Britain's premier medical journal, https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S2213-2600%2820%2930134-X: "It would be reasonable to suggest vulnerable individuals avoid crowded areas and use surgical face masks rationally when exposed to high-risk areas. ... In addition, vulnerable populations, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions, should wear face masks if available. Universal use of face masks could be considered if supplies permit. In parallel, urgent research on the duration of protection of face masks, the measures to prolong life of disposable masks, and the invention on reusable masks should be encouraged. Taiwan had the foresight to create a large stockpile of face masks; other countries or regions might now consider this as part of future pandemic plans."

The immense success of Taiwan's mask policy, just 379 cases of covid-19, should make Taiwan the world's model for ending the covid-19 pandemic, please see https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/09/taiwan-is-exporting-its-coronavirus-successes-to-the-world: "Despite being shut out of WHO [WHO refuses to recommend masks to end the pandemic], Taiwan has largely succeeded in containing the coronavirus. ... On April 1, Taiwan announced it would donate 10 million masks to the United States, 11 European countries, and its diplomatic allies. Taiwan’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that a second batch of six million masks would be donated to countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas."


"This study focussed on the effectiveness of surgical masks against a range of airborne particles. Using separate tests to measure levels of inert particles and live aerosolised influenza virus, our findings show that surgical masks provide around a 6-fold reduction in exposure. Live viruses could be detected in the air behind all surgical masks tested. By contrast, properly fitted respirators could provide at least a 100-fold reduction. "

- UK Government Health and Safety Executive, Research Report RR619, Evaluating the protection afforded by surgical masks against influenza bioaerosols - Gross protection of surgical masks compared to filtering facepiece respirators, https://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr619.pdf

Weird that the UK Government and BBC ignores this report, claiming falsely to maximise deaths that there is "no evidence" to prove that virus inhalation is reduced by respirators by a factor of 100, a complete lie! Note that the mass of viruses in typical sneeze water droplets is insignificant, so the physical action of the mask in both influenza and covid-19 is the same mechanism regardless of the chemical structure of the different viruses: filtering out typical sub-millimetre diameter water droplets. The viruses contained in those small water droplets are an insignificant percentage of the mass in either case, so although the different respiratory disease viruses do have a different biological infectivity (i.e. probability of locking on to receptors on the surface of cells), the physical filtering efficiency of a gas mask will be the same in each case, for the similar sized water carrier droplets being considered.

(The tiny mass of viruses in the contaminating water droplets is analogous to the tiny mass of actual radioactive nuclides in fallout particles of soil or water; the physical macroscopic characteristics of the contaminant and the ability to filter it using masks is determined by the carrier material which forms the greater mass by far, not by the tiny mass of the virus or radioactive nuclide in it.)

Therefore, experiments on filtering influenza water droplets are applicable to covid-19 virus droplets of similar size; the droplet size distribution is determined by whether the person is talking, coughing or sneezing, not by the type of respiratory disease virus. This is straightforward physics, not speculation.

The flu viruses have an effective diameter less than one micron (i.e. one millionth of a metre). Therefore, the flu virus has a diameter less than 1/1000th of 1 mm diameter water droplet emitted in a sneeze. The respirator works by filtering the water droplets, and the size or shape of the tiny viruses in the water droplets is irrelevant. As the water droplet trapped in the filter of a respirator dries, the virus does not evaporate with the water, but adheres to micro-relief pores in the fibres of the filter.

Covid viruses are the largest known RNA viruses, 30 kilobase-long single stranded RNA, i.e. they are about 10 microns long (since 1 kbase is about 0.33 microns), so they are LARGER than flu and where the physical size of the virus plays a part (for very small exhaled droplets) they will therefore be EASIER to filter than flu viruses. The larger the particle, the easier it is to filter it out:

Typical viruses range from 30nm to 300nm in diameter: filters in respirators capture the considerably larger sized water / mucus droplets which contain the virus.  Therefore, filtering is effective against a range of respiratory viruses, irrespective of the specific structure of the particular virus.  So data from influenza virus filtering is also in general applicable to coronavirus / covid-19.
Probability of deposition of particles of different sizes in different parts of the lung as a function of particle size, a graph and diagram from the 22-26 June 1959 US Congressional Hearings on Biological effects of war (testimony by Dr Stanton Cohn of Brookhaven National Laboratory, based upon studies of inhalation of radioactive tracer particles), which we uploaded to Internet Archive years ago (linked here). For 5 micron diameter inhaled particles, 50% go straight into the lung (the alveolar sacs are 300 microns / 0.3 mm in diameter). For particles of larger size than 5 microns diameter, most adhere in the upper respiratory tract, not the lungs. For very small particles 0.5 micron diameter, some particles inhaled can be exhaled without being retained (this happens with cigarette smoke, for example, where very small particles inhaled are then exhaled without being retained). Extensive research of this type was done at places like Porton in the Cold War for nuclear, chemical particles (some chemical war agents are actually small droplets or particles of smoke, not gas) and biological war agents like viruses sprayed in liquid aerosols from aircraft (Peter Hammond and Gradon Carter, "From Biological Warfare to Healthcare: Porton Down, 1940-2000", Palgrave). Effective CBRN war respirators are therefore needed for small particles, which will not always be filtered out by the smaller filtering layer in simple surgical masks. This is particularly true for those with weak immune systems (the old and those with underlying health issues, such as people undergoing cancer treatments which affect immune response), for whom the infectious dose of virus is smaller than it is in people with stronger immune systems (that can respond must faster).

British Medical Journal, https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1435 "Face masks for the public during the covid-19 crisis" - https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/369/bmj.m1435.full.pdf point out that the precautionary principle argues that when thousands of lives are at stake it is better to be safe than sorry, so we need masks for the same reason that we have lifeboats, seat belts, smoke detectors, etc:

"In conclusion, in the face of a pandemic the search for perfect evidence may be the enemy of good policy. As with parachutes for jumping out of aeroplanes, it is time to act without waiting for randomised controlled trial evidence. A recently posted preprint of a systematic review came to the same conclusion. Masks are simple, cheap, and potentially effective. We believe that, worn both in the home (particularly by the person showing symptoms) and also outside the home in situations where meeting others is likely (for example, shopping, public transport), they could have a substantial impact on transmission with a relatively small impact on social and economic life."


Wow!  They never took that approach to civil defence in the cold war, when they believed USSR propaganda to make the UK vulnerable!  The convoluted argument of WHO is that car seat belts make people have more accidents by lulling them into a false sense of security, the same as the anti-gas mask argument.  A soldier given a gas mask is not more likely to start a gas war; the other side is less likely to! The idea that the public, properly protected, will spread disease is purely lying Marxist propaganda with no evidence to support it.  WHO are rejecting the evidence using a debunked argument based on lies.

Propaganda, anti-mask "fake news" spread to mislead the public by The Guardian and the BBC endlessly parrots WHO deceptions, since they are backed by pro-Marxist political propaganda lobbies which falsely claim that people should be misinformed about masks because all available masks should be reserved for medics (treatment, not prevention of the vulnerable from getting infected and needing treatment in the first place):



Fake news spreading Marxist paper The Guardian hypes up the WHO deception that there is "no evidence" that masks protect healthy people against covid-19.  What they should say is that there is no evidence that washing hands and staying 2 metres apart is actually proved to stops all transmission (even the UK government only claims that this is just a measure to reduce the reproduction number to stagger the number of deaths over a longer period of time by "flattening the curve" to avoid an overload of ventilator capacity at any given time, NOT to stop infections and deaths altogether), but proper filtering has been proved to reduce airborne viral transmission by more than a factor of 100, which could quickly stop the pandemic:


Above: why washing hands and keeping 2 metres social distancing will NOT stop deaths from covid-19: droplets and covid-19 respiratory aerosols indoors build up in concentration (the finer aerosols get deeper into the lungs than the larger droplets, so are not safer), and spread far further than 2 metres through the air, not just by hands.  But propagandarist BBC's David Shukman circulates deceptive propaganda in the form of "strawman" arguments against masks in which he shows the video of covid-19 droplets spreading (above pic) and then some NHS "expert" or other states that "on balance, people don't need masks outdoors", even though it is about indoor contamination of air in hospital corridors, waiting rooms at surgeries, diagnosis and rooms for cancer or heart disease, supermarkets, shops, offices, buses, trains, tubes, care homes, etc.  This sadly is deliberate Dr Goebbels style lying, because we could END the pandemic by the massive reduction of the reproduction number of the virus if we all wore efficient droplet filtering gas masks for a week (because, outside the body, the virus only survives a few days on most surfaces except in a refrigerator):









Daily Mail's 17 April 2020 "Why don't we MASK out virus?" cover story for covid-19 end of lockdown scheme. Old news! I blogged this over a month ago: "Gas masks or EH20 escape hoods as an alternative to economic disruption due to coronavirus covid-19" - https://glasstone.blogspot.com/2020/03/gas-masks-or-eh20-escape-hoods-as.html Glad they have eventually got the basic idea! ;-)



Daily Mail, 22 April 2020: Because the UK Government is not recommending that vulnerable people wear effective covid-19 protective masks when travelling for cancer diagnosis or treatment or heart treatment, 2700 cancers may be missed a week, and hospital admissions have fallen in the UK, indicating that vulnerable people are avoiding the risk of covid-19 contagion by not going to hospital for other diagnoses and treatments (Daily Mail, 22 April 2020).  Therefore, the total death rate due to side effects of the virus and deaths outside hospitals may be higher, due to people dying from diseases sidelined by covid-19.

This may also imply that the recent fall in hospital admissions in London is not an indication that the pandemic is over, but that fall is instead at least partly due to people avoiding covid-19 infected hospitals like the plague (no pun intended).  Even people with symptoms that could be flu/covid-19, who are currently not allowed to be tested outside of hospital, may choose to stay from hospital, in the hope that they just have normal flu and would not prefer to risk getting covid-19 as well, if they went to hospital.  Therefore, vulnerable people will need to be protected to make it safe enough for them to attend hospital for diagnosis or treatment, or they will end up suffering and dying due to the WHO/BBC/Guardian "no masks" delusional propaganda.



Above: UK hospital covid-19 cases is falling because people without masks are now avoiding infected hospitals like the plague. The government however is viewing this data differently, claiming that because people are avoiding hospitals to try to reduce their risk of picking up infection, the pandemic is "under control".  Likewise, they claimed that the fall in tested cases due to their reduced testing policy (testing only hospital patients, not everyone with symptoms as in February) was "green shoots", and that the falling death rate in hospitals (due to people avoiding hospitals if at all possible and dying in homes, care centres, etc.) was good news that the pandemic was over without masks being needed to save lives.

Even the EU's European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in its 8 April 2020 technical report, "Using face masks in the community - Reducing COVID-19 transmission from potentially asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people through the use of face masks", recommended in its Executive Summary: "The use of face masks in public may serve as a means of source control to reduce the spread of the infection in the community by minimising the excretion of respiratory droplets from infected individuals who have not yet developed symptoms or who remain asymptomatic. ... The use of face masks in the community could be considered, especially when visiting busy, closed spaces, such as grocery stores, shopping centres, or when using public transport, etc. ... Appropriate use of face masks is key for the effectiveness of the measure and can be improved through education campaigns."  (WHO by contrast considers the lay public incapable of using masks correctly, a belief not shared by the UK government in WW2 when 100% of the UK public were issued gas masks and informed how to use them safely.)


Above: UK death rate is very high.  America's death rate is higher due to a much larger population; America has 328 million whereas the UK only has 67 million, which is only 20% of America's population so despite superficial propaganda appearances of the Prime Minister's tweeted curves on this graph, the USA death rate per person is really way lower than in the UK.  Countries with high populations but mask wearing policies for people entering buildings, e.g. Germany, South Korea and China, have low death rates.


On 23 April 2020, The Sun newspaper also ignored WHO, BBC and Guardian anti-masks propaganda to run a front page article "WEAR A MASK"https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11458821/coronavirus-mask-work-shops-transport-lockdown-2021/











How to modify an Avon UK EH20 CBN (chemical, biological and nuclear hazard) Escape Hood - stocked in large numbers by UK emergency services - into an easier to wear, practical eye shield and respirator for covid-19 coronavirus droplet filtering use. (Click on photo for larger view.)

Avon EH20 cheap surplus Chemical Biological Nuclear War Escape Hood respirator and eye shields modified into low-cost, comfortable and efficient covid-19 protective mask.
Avon Chemical, Nuclear, Biological and Radiological filter containers are relatively cheap - this one was £9.04 (see price label on this sealed container), when compared to the immense lock-down price per person for months of economic shut-down, and they are vacuum foil sealed which preserves the activated charcoal and filters inside indefinitely - they can easily be tested against smoke or chlorine gas (generated from household bleach + acid) to confirm when gas mask filters need replacing!  (The "best before" dates on sealed gas mask filters is just a rule for the date when they next need testing, not a date when they cease being serviceable!)  The actual gas mask has a soft rubber face seal which is comfortable to wear, can be wiped clean and fresh with antiseptic after each shift and re-used, saving waste, unlike less comfortable, less effective disposable paper masks!  They can also be kept by civilians ready for nuclear disasters or a repeat of the recent Salisbury Novichok nerve agent chemical warfare attacks, which was the policy for the UK Government during the entire Second World War (Germany had mustard gas and stockpiled 12K tons of tabun, a volatile nerve gas intended for London if the UK abandoned the legal demand on civilians to always carry their personal gas masks):






ORIGINAL BLOG POST:


UK cumulative covid-19 cases doubling time has now fallen to about 2 days, going from 590 total cases on 12th to 1100 on 14th March: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-track-coronavirus-cases (graph below; please click on illustrations on this blog for a full-size view to load)


If this exponential rate continues, in 30 days there will be 1100 x 2^(30/2) = 36,000,000 cases (half the population). If the W.H.O. mortality rate figure of 3.4% applies, that is 0.034x36,000,000 = 1,200,000 dead, which will be hard to "cover-up" by simply preventing people from being tested for coronavirus. Flu in the UK killed 1,692 in 2018/19 according to Public Health England (see https://fullfact.org/health/coronavirus-compare-influenza/ ), so there is a difference: the mortality risk is about 17-34 times higher than flu, and it is far more infectious than flu (no flu strain in the UK has ever doubled the cases in just 2 days!), and China only stopped its epidemic by draconian measures to stop people from coming near one another. Clearly the exponential curve will have to flatten out (due to increasing doubling time) at some point eventually, but we could do that sooner rather than later - and without economic disruption - by simply issuing effective masks:




UK policy is to allow the virus to spread in the hope of causing "herd immunity" without waiting for a vaccine, and to stop testing most infected people due to only 2,000 lab tests being available daily. I saw people wearing surgical masks at the supermarket today (canned food shelves were empty, not just hand wash as a week ago). As in WWII when everyone was issued a protective mask against gas, we would be able to continue doing almost everything as normal without self-isolation (thus no massive economic world recession effect on people avoiding public transport, airports, aircraft, schools, colleges, etc.), if everyone doing so had such simple cheap masks when near other people who could transmit infections. This was not regarded as a waste of money then, even though Hitler never dropped his 12,000 tons of nerve gas tabun on the UK thanks to UK gas precautions, and at least one mainstream media commentator (Richard Madeley) realised this:




The recent use of nerve gas Novichok in the UK by Russia and the use of gas in other recent wars such as in Syria has led to some new interest in civil defence as an alternative to shutting down the economy if such a pandemic virus or a gas threatens people. When dad was a Civil Defence Corps Instructor in the 1950s, Britain was building up enough brand new (post-war, NOT WW2) C7 gas masks for the entire population, which were abandoned after the Corps was closed in 1968 (leaving the UK population vulnerable to a whole range of civil emergencies and disasters, not "just war")!  It's about time that tried and tested solutions are used to deal with disasters to SAVE LIVES efficiently.

Instead, the media will oppose/ignore/ridicule/dismiss this, misled to the kind of abusive stupid "experts" who don't like tried and tested solutions.  (Extremists on both the right and left wing politically, who hate straightforward solutions that WORK, and simply pretend such solutions don't really exist, using a long list of fake news "no-go theorems" against them.)  They will lie that it is too expensive or not applicable to school kids who spread disease to older folk (not true in WWII, see photos of kids in WWII gas masks playing above), etc., etc.  They won't be challenged effectively by any of the fake news spreaders and trolls who are employed by most of the UK TV media, whose sole purpose in "reporting news" is to make a hate attack on Prime Minister Johnson or President Trump, and not to give airtime to WORKABLE solutions that can enable the world to avoid both (a) economic shutdown/recession and (b) massive casualties.


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Frequently asked questions on gas masks against viruses

1. Hands spread infection so washing hands will prevent covid-19 /coronavirus, won't it?

ANSWER: no it doesn't work because infection takes place through the FACE (eyes, nose, mouth).  If you are on a London tube train you have to touch handles to remain standing when the train starts/stops.  People are coughing.  There is no sunlight UV "open air factor" to render ineffective the viruses on exhaled water droplets.  There are NO WASHBASINS on tube trains and even where there are washbasins, in many cases you wash your hands clean and then re-infect yourself immediately afterwards in opening the door handle to go out of the toilet!

So the amount of time that "washing your hands" protects you is a few seconds only.  Trivial protection!  Pathetic protection!  The rest of the time - most of the time - washing hands is useless because you have to touch things.

Money changes hands, or you type your credit card pin number on a contaminated number pad if not using cash - either way you risk contamination!  Even Novichok and for that matter sarin and VX nerve agents, and even old mustard gas liquid, were primarily skin contaminants but people in Novichok contaminated locations in Salisbury UK still had to wear gas masks, because the only guaranteed way to stop people reflectively touching their mouth, eyes, or nose (without even realising it!) is to be wearing a gas mask!

In fact, the data we have on the airborne transmission of flu and other aerosol spread viruses comes from simple experiments on control groups of people wearing masks and other groups not wearing them, in places like the old Common Cold Research Station.  By unscrewing the gas mask filters from one group, exposed in identical conditions to others with filtered masks and without them, you determine precisely the infection risk from putting your fingers on your face accidentally (brushing your nose, lips or eye lashes), as compared to actual inhalation risk.

In any case, the government has been advising hand-washing for a long time, UK supermarket shelves were emptied of handwash long ago, but cases are now soaring regardless.  This proves that simple advice to wash hands is not enough to prevent the risk.

2. We don't have enough gas masks for everyone at risk and there is not a world war to justify making any more gas masks as in 1939-45, so this whole idea is unreasonable and too expensive, isn't it?

LIE - we have stockpiles of EH20 escape hoods and a large stockpile of military gas masks in case of gas attacks, and the filters on those are absolutely fine for viruses as for nerve gas. The UK government has been repeatedly saying that the people MOST AT RISK are a SMALL PERCENTAGE with pre-existing conditions.  Therefore, give gas masks or EH20 escape hoods to the most vulnerable groups first, while making more (the UK has its own gas mask factories such as Avon).

The remainder of this kind of "question" is a complete lie - the UK made most of the gas masks BEFORE WWII actually started, and it was the VERY existence of such civil defence that enabled the threat to be addressed.

Before that, there was a real risk of mass casualties from gas (way beyond the 60K deaths from civilian bombing that actually occurred in the UK during the war) which closed down all realistic discussions of the threat.  You had to have the gas masks to negate the threat before realistic solutions were finally taken seriously.  As explained in previous blog posts here, opponents of gas masks in 1936-8 were either ignorant (liars proclaiming there is "no protection" in the face of evidence to the contrary from WWI) or had a sympathy with extremist right or left wing organisations, who had a vested interest in making the UK vulnerable, to profit from this either financially or politically.

Regarding the "expense" argument, just look at the economic costs of shutting down Italy.  Gas masks were manufactured cheaply and quickly in large numbers in the UK in 1938-9.  It would have been MORE expensive to have Hitler drop his 12,000 tons of nerve gas tabun on London, or mustard gas, than to issue gas masks!  Likewise for the coronavirus causing businesses to close for an extended period and for huge numbers of people to suffer and die!  This is about human lives primarily, but the argument ALSO applies to economic considerations!

3. But surely the data will soon show that the exponential surge in UK covid-19 cases will end, so we don't need gas masks?

YES IT WILL!  But NOT because anything is improving while in fact infection conditions remain the same: the data will soon show a FAKE NEWS type "fall" or at least "level out" because the UK is no longer offering tests to people with symptoms who call 111, because the UK Government has stated it it can only test a maximum of 2,000 people a day.  Tests in the "Contain Phase" have now ended, and in the current "Delay Phase" people with symptoms are advised NOT to be tested but just to self-isolate for 7 days, so data will falsely level off from this.  This is a bit like "sorting out" radiation problems by not taking measurements with geiger counters - a fake approach to reduce panic by controlling the data available!  It is precisely this decision to end routinely testing people with symptoms that motivated this blog post.

The problem is media self-interest - either in fear mongering or ignoring the threat, or a mixture of both of these equally deplorable extremist lunacies - backing incompetent or fashionable "expert" liars who begin by ignoring the simple proved solutions, and then propose ineffective, costly schemes that don't work for political self-aggrandisement.  And no, I'm not the inventor of the gas mask and I don't get paid to hype them, I only have as much self-interest in delaying this virus until a vaccine is developed to safely give immunity, as everyone else has.  Of course, mass media TV and Left Wing Magazine/Paper promoted trolls will ignore this idea and will try to maximise the disaster to sell scare stories on TV or to allow the problem to get worse by trying to stop sensible suggestions from being sensibly discussed.  Hype doesn't mean they are correct.




4. If you are on crowded bus/train/airplane, with people coughing nearby, do you need goggles as well as a mask for protection, or an actual full face gas mask / EH20 escape hood?

Surgical masks are specifically designed to protect the patient's wounds from contamination from the surgeon when he speaks during surgery to assistants, not to protect the surgeon from the patient! They are therefore only designed to catch YOUR exhaled or coughed droplets. They don't provide an airtight seal at the edges to filter air you inhale, so they offer only partial protection against small airborne infectious droplets when people nearby cough or sneeze, which is one reason why some "experts" are against them as a ready solution.

(Other objections are political and fashion based and thus are similar to the fake news claims made by "experts" in the 1930s against gas masks, which were fortunately ignored by the government, which issued gas masks to remove gas threats regardless of the howling of "expert" objectors who thought that effective countermeasures would degrade or taint the pristine morality of humanity, by allowing people to survive using unfashionable facewear, or that we should morally take the highroad by simply asking the virus to sign a "peace agreement" and promise faithfully to stop infecting people.)

However the filters in gas masks and EH20 escape hoods are designed specifically to remove CBN (chemical, biological and nuclear) hazards, fine particles, droplets and gases, and they are better seals.  They prevent eye infection, nose infection, inhalation and the accidental touching of the face with the hands.  Some have drinking straws built in.  Gas masks can be wiped clean and anti-septic and re-used, unlike paper masks that become contaminated.


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Update (21 March 2020):

The over 80s and other susceptible groups (those with lung conditions like cystic fibrosis or lung cancer, or with weakened immune systems due to chemotherapy) should get the available masks of whatever sorts are available (medical, civilian, military, industrial, etc.) immediately to help to prevent them getting coronavirus until a vaccine is available, because there is a shortage of ventilators and they are not saving enough lives in Italy where there have been 47,021 confirmed cases with 4,032 deaths, which is 8.6%, exactly double the W.H.O. forecast of 4.3%. China successfully gave out masks as well as isolating infected areas, and the masks worked. Instead the policy is reserving masks for the medical professional to treat people, when infected, even though the Italian evidence shows this is failing, and that PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN EFFORTS TO TREAT THE PNEUMONIA SYMPTOMS IN THE VULNERABLE. The UK is instead reserving masks for use in the treatment stage which is LESS EFFECTIVE than PREVENTION, the opposite of what it did in 1938 when it made 40 million masks to protect people.

(The analogy to gas war would be to issue only masks to medics treating civilians who have inhaled usually fatal gas doses due to not having masks.  I'm trying to "dumb down" the facts so that the media's fake news spreaders, fear mongerers, and self-aggrandising Marxists can't get away with claiming to be "confused" or "ignorant" about the point being made.  That's their usual excuse for suppressing the key facts and circulating "official expert" lies instead of challenging Marxist dogma that aims to maximise disasters for political advantages and profit.)

Wouldn't it be better to keep everything open and issue people protective masks and gloves INSTEAD of a general shut down - which has failed to halt deaths in Italy - until a vaccine is developed? Ultimately masks and gloves will have to be issued to people working in crowded places like supermarkets, transport systems, etc, not just hospitals. Why not go the whole hog now and issue them to people at particular risk of dying from coronavirus, to minimise their risk of getting it in the first place. I think they will be the last ones to get personal protective equipment, and pseudo "experts" will instead prefer to allow them to get covid-19 pneumonia, and overload hospitals!


The UK coronavirus test ban problem in creating fake news of curve flattening, when vital data are simply NOT being collected or included anymore.  Without any idea of the true numbers, the government can avoid issuing protective life saving masks to vulnerable groups.  The media reports political propaganda of one sort or another, and avoids the basic facts.


Coronavirus cover up in UK data statistics.  It underestimates current cases, due to now only testing people in hospital, but even this still shows a doubling in the cumulative total cases in the past 3 days, from about 2000 to about 4000 today: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-track-coronavirus-cases
Another aspect of this "fake news" propaganda from the UK Government, the TV media, and many newspapers is the inaccuracy on the actual mortality risk.  Bubonic plague in the infamous pandemics of 1348, 1665, etc had a higher mortality than covid-19 in Italy ONLY if you compare unlike situations (untreated bubonic plague cases compared with treated covid-19 cases).  If you are not issuing propaganda, and compare like-with-like, you find that bubonic plague from infected fleas carried by rats will kill 10-15% of treated cases.

So far in Italy, the 4,032 deaths in 47,021 confirmed cases is 8.6% mortality (those who have died have an average age of 80), but if we just focus on those 47,021 cases (ignoring any future cases), many of them are too recent to have resulted in mortality, so the number of deaths within the 47,021 will increase beyond the 4,032 figure, and this means (ignoring future cases) that the true total death rate in Italy is higher than the 8.6% figure, and is probably 10-15%.

So it is likely to have a similar mortality risk to bubonic plague in an elderly population, given a like-for-like comparison basis (treated cases of covid-19 and treated cases of bubonic plague).  Seasonal flu by comparison usually has a death rate of 0.1-0.2% with treatment, so covid-19 can be up to 100 times more deadly than flu and in terms of mortality risks observed in the elderly population of Italy, it is similar to bubonic plague.

Perhaps explaining this will help to ensure it is considered more as biological warfare type threat requiring that kind of response (e.g. gas masks for people queuing up for their rations in supermarkets), than a flu strain.

Update: 22 March 2020

BBC Fake News for mass murder is debunked


Evidence that the TV media hyped washing hands countermeasure without masks has FAILED to prevent exponental surge in cases.  This "government data" is partly FAKE news itself because routine data collection and testing of people with symptoms for coronavirus stopped over a week ago in the UK, when people were instructed not to even call 111 to report cases, let alone to get tested.  So many cases are probably now being unreported.  The media in general fails to acknowledge this fact, and reports the fake news as the truth.  It also lies about gas masks that could save lives, all in the interest of expert hubris.


BBC news is hyping "expert fake news" lies that washing hands and not wearing masks is adequate, that wearing masks makes the virus spread faster, etc. Just to remind people, don't believe liars. If medical professionals believe this they wouldn't wear masks. They do wear masks, and they don't therefore believe their own lies. The sooner the BBC and other fake news outlets have the compulsory licence fee abolished and stop issuing "expert" lies, the more lives can be saved.

Protecting people, rather than institutions like the BBC, media, NHS etc, is the key problem. The NHS only has limited resources for epidemics and the safest option is to PREVENT covid-19 transmission until a vaccine is available, not the rant against masks and then rely on the NHS to cope with the massive numbers of cases. There is evidence from Italy that isolation and hospitalisation DON'T WORK and prevention is better than cure. Washing hands is not sufficient to stop a disease spread by infectious airborne droplets. I saw the NHS bullshit when my glue-ear problem went undiagnosed and untreated for over five years, causing severe hearing and speech problems. (My mother was a State Registered Nurse in the NHS from 1951 onwards, so please don't imagine that the Marxist infiltration of NHS medical professionals trade unions, the BMA and organisations that issue lying "peace propaganda" against civil defence preventative measures is a topic we're unaware of. As far as the Marxist dogma driven liars in the NHS have always been concerned, it must be saved in order to produce back-door Marxism in the UK by being as cost-inefficient as possible - as in my hellish childhood caused by the NHS and now in abandoning effective preventative medicine in favour of ineffective costly treatment - in order deliberately to use the inefficiency as a political lever to demand more and more money, until capitalism collapses under the debt burden when it can't repay the interest by taxation. The fact it is inefficient is what the professionals so love about it. I ended up with a ruined childhood, unable to hear properly due to distortion or speak properly due to frequency distorted hearing, despite numerous God-type patronising and fake news type "expert" propaganda lectures from "NHS professionals" that were lies.) "Save our NHS" government slogans therefore should be replaced by "save people's lives". Less propaganda, less lies, and more facts are needed.

In fact what they are doing is the OPPOSITE of what they claim to do. They spread fake news to cause panic by suppressing evidence of EFFECTIVE countermeasures, and then claim that anyone pointing out their lies must be censored out because it disagrees with big shot liars. This is getting very dirty, hubris and dictatorship versus the truth, and people are needlessly dying as a result. If you look at China, you see that the masks have helped to stop the spread of the disease very quickly when people have to get food from shops, etc. You need them to reduce the spread of the transmission, to save lives.

The problem with James Delingpole's criticism of officialdom on coronavirus / covid-19

James Delingpole has been chasing the wrong horse as usual, in this case the 2005 Virology Journal paper ‘Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread,’ based on chloroquine to enable people to absorb more zinc, which allegedly prevents viral RNA transcription of coronavirus:

"Why isn’t the solution being shouted from the rooftops? One possibility, as I suggested yesterday, is that there is no money in it for Big Pharma. Chloroquine is a generic drug. That’s why Big Pharma’s lobbyists have worked hard to persuade governments that there can be no acceptable solution till a patented vaccine is brought on to the market. Even if this happens it won’t be till long after the pandemic is over – probably not till at least next year."https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/19/chloroquine-known-as-effective-against-coronavirus-since-2005/

In fact, coronavirus covid-19 isn't the same as SARS coronavirus and there is no proof it will work against variants. Viruses often evolve to get over problems like this.  In any case, tens of millions of people taking a new drug will always result in unintended side-effects in the doses needed to be effective as a zinc uptake facilitator.  Chloroquine is currently only licensed as an anti-malarial drug, and it can cause stomach upsets, hair loss and a list of other side-effects.  The only guaranteed way to halt the pandemic is masks to filter out the droplets containing viruses when people go to supermarket queues, etc.

Update: 28 March 2020


Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-track-coronavirus-cases


Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-track-coronavirus-cases
Sad to see that the media is ignoring the fact that the very steep cumulative mortality curve in UK for covid-19 coronavirus and the infection of the UK Prime Minister, UK Health Secretary and UK Chief Medical Advisor should indicate: (1) hand washing advice (which most people do anyway) for airborne fine droplets has PROVABLY FAILED, (2) the 2-metres separation rule is not sufficient protection, because biological transmission experiments have shown that many airborne viruses (eg Venezuelan equine encephalitis, bovine brucellosis, tularemia, and Q fever) can survive for up to 2 hours in sunlight or 8-18 hours in cloudy/night/indoor conditions (source: US Army Field Manual FM3-10, Chemical and Biological Weapons, 1962, page 82). Infected people coughing/talking will leave behind small airborne 5 micron (invisible sized) contaminated droplets in the air which, like very fine dust can provably take hours to fall to the ground. (This is not opinion, it is physics.) This is probably why gas masks or at least some kind of full face protection is safer than relying on the 2-metre separation advice, which has failed for the very "top" people who promoted it on TV.

There was a time, back in the 1950s when Britain was stockpiling 50 million anti-virus civil defence C7 full face masks for the entire UK population, when the scientific evidence was based on actual experiments and proof testing, not the opinions of ill-informed ranting "official experts" who have not even bothered to check whether their advice works.  Politicians of course have the motto: "When in a hole, keep digging."

As the physicist who discovered the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, Feynman, stated in his report when he found that public relations cover-up over the space shuttle's rubber O-ring seals (which froze solid and brittle in freezing launch weather, causing the explosion of the shuttle in 1986):

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled."

Nobody in PR listens to this, instead continually deferring to "experts" who put inflammable cladding on buildings, and now issue fake news to stop people wearing protective masks, to throw abuse at those who prove them wrong instead of apologising and correcting their advice, etc.  The media is so politically bigoted that it buys into this "expert opinion" or "consensus science", just to create disasters to sell "news stories" that are unnecessary.

Second update of 28 March 2020:




The UK government has just released the latest data which shows that UK covid-19 deaths have doubled in past 3 days, from 463 on 25 March to 1000 announced this afternoon 28 March. If this 3-day doubling continued for 30 days (10 doubling times) from now you'd have 1000 x (2^10) = 1 million killed. This will happen if infection conditions remain the same as they were when the recent death cases resulted, because the only way you get out of the exponential (or geometric) curve is if the infection conditions change, and with people having to regularly go to get food, this is not necessarily going to change much.

All the "sophisticated models" which predict a rapid flattening of the curve have loads of assumptions using guesswork, a bit like NASA's massive calculation book resulting in a 1/100,000 risk prediction of failure for the space shuttle (Feynman later estimated it was closer to a 1/2 risk for launching on a cold morning as in the 1986 disaster, when the booster O-rings would be brittle and leak fuel, a factor simply ignored in the sophisticated computer models).

This reminds me too of the global warming scare mongering scandal, where all 21 IPCC computer models in 2007 assumed solely positive feedback from water in the atmosphere, despite the fact that this is debunked by the fact we don't have a runaway greenhouse effect like Venus! (They still haven't corrected this error properly.) Today's Daily Telegraph (28 March 2020 p13, below) article on bad UK government "expert" scientific modelling misses the point entirely because gas masks for everyone as in WW2 would avoid relying on the shortage of hospital ventilators and the ineffective lock-down until a vaccine is developed.




Daily Mail 28 March 2020 pages 1 and 2 on the infection of the UK Prime Minister UK Health Secretary and UK Chief Medical Adviser proving that their flawed advice is a failure.
Daily Mail editorial 28 March 2020 page 20 debunking Marxist covid-19 profiteering racket: both right and left wing extremists are corruptly lying about the crisis to profit from mass murder.

Daily Mail 28 March 2020 pages 16 exposes Marxist exploitation of virus for political propaganda and financial gain.
Daily Express 28 March 2020 page 15 Carole Malone exposes the eugenics like corruption of former UK Chief Scientific Adviser who wants to deny treatment to the most vulnerable people, a political policy so extreme, inhumane, immoral and unethical that it was not even used by Stalin.

Covid 19 deaths data 23 March 2020: exposing the fact that the UK covid-19 death rate acceleration is relatively bad, due in no small part to UK government, BBC, and NHS tireless fake news propaganda telling people not to bother to wear face masks when exposed to concentrated airborne contaminants in supermarket queues, on crowded public transport, in hospitals etc, unlike several other far more humane, honest and rational countries which tell the truth to reduce the spread of disease.
Update: 29 March 2020

Just a bit more about my background that is relevant to this blog post (from a facebook comment to Carl Brannen), since this expands on some of the key technical arguments that underpin respirators:

I've always washed my hands regularly and kept away from other people as far as possible, due to having recurrent nasal and chest infections after having my tonsils and adenoids removed, but this hasn't stopped me from regularly getting flu, colds, etc. I went into this years ago, and viruses attached to small (5 micron diameter, say) droplets in exhaled air can hang around long after the person exhaling them has gone, especially indoors (hospitals, supermarket queue areas, nursing homes, houses, corridors, lifts, doctor's waiting rooms, etc) where there is no strong UV light to deactivate them. Viruses aren't living, so they can't be killed, so only a physical or chemical process, such as removing their outer coating of grease, will deactivate them. In the air, the droplets are too small to fall quickly to the floor, so they can remain airborne for hours until they stick to surfaces, contaminating them. Without effective CBN gas mask filters (paper masks are of little use for such tiny droplets), the only protection from staying 2 metres apart from other people is dilution. As for cigarette smoke that smokers exhale, in a strong breeze you get rapid dilution, but in still air or indoors you can get a build up of airborne contamination. Biological warfare studies on this sort of virus dispersion in the open air showed that in cloudy or nighttime conditions it can take 8-18 hours for viruses in the air to become inactive. In the sun, 2 hours. This seems to me to discredit claims that staying 2 metres apart provides enough protection. I'd like to see if they have any hard evidence for that. I know the UK Common Cold Research Centre long ago proved that a person sneezing can infect another person over 10 metres away, for the less infectious cold virus. Covid-19 seems more infectious!


"NHS Staff infecting patients with coronavirus as they show no symptoms and aren't being tested, admits health official" -  Evidence that NHS staff are actually driving the pandemic by spreading infection due to not testing enough people for covid-19 and not using effective protective masks, since they seem to assume that all untested people are uninfected (The Sun, 27 March 2020).  The WHO, the NHS and others are simply ignoring gas mask stockpiles as a solution for those who need to travel on crowded public transport (the London Labour Mayor has cut tube train services to ensure that essential workers are crowded together, which spreads viruses by increasing the risk of cross-infection) to work in medicine, food distribution, etc., and are pointing out that ineffective paper masks are ineffective!  Duh.  This is lethal fake news propaganda, that costs lives. It is akin the "Nukemap" and other forms of mass deception, that are disseminated by fear-mongering terrorist minded journalists who refuse to take effective live saving straightforward countermeasures seriously and make hate attacks on anyone debunking their ill-informed abusive rants.



UPDATE: 31 March 2020

On the day of the largest rise in UK deaths from covid-19, 400 in the past 24 hours, there are two positive news stories about the fight against lying propaganda on masks from the hubris covid-19 money exploiting anti-civil defence W.H.O., the fear-mongering pandemic exploiting The Guardian newspaper, BBC, NHS, UK Government / "healthcare experts" and general Marxist anti-civil defence propaganda folk like Corbyn's "opposition" in Parliament: 


(1) Austria makes masks compulsory as protection debate shifts - Financial Times.




"Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering altering the official guidance to encourage people to take measures to cover their faces amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing matter of internal discussion and nothing has been finalized." - Washington Post, 31 March 2020.

They should recommend full gas masks if possible, for the vulnerable who have to visit hospitals for heart conditions etc.  Please, please, please distribute military stockpiles and escape hoods for chemical, biological and radiological warfare.  They WILL save lives until a vaccine is developed.  Washing hands and 2 metre distancing is NOT enough!  Lying COSTS LIVES.


Avon Protection NH15 Gas Mask and Respiratory System CBRN Escape Hood. Even cheaper masks have a massive effect in reducing deaths from covid-19 as the inset graphics at the bottom of this picture illustrate - countries where masks are routinely worn like Japan have a relatively small death rate from the virus.  Please see Sui Huang's report, COVID-19: WHY WE SHOULD ALL WEAR MASKS — THERE IS NEW SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE, and the graphs at the report Universal mask-wearing is the most overlooked COVID-19 lifesaver

The UK Financial Times reports: "Austria is to join a small but growing number of European countries making the wearing of face masks outside the home compulsory amid shifting debate over the medical gear’s protective utility.

"Authorities would start distributing millions of free face masks at the entrances to all supermarkets from midweek onwards, chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Monday. Shoppers will only be permitted inside supermarkets and other open stores,such as pharmacies, if they are wearing masks.

"While masks are a familiar sight throughout Asia, the only other countries in Europe to require the wearing of masks in public space are Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bosnia-Herzegovina. ... The WHO and many governments say healthy people do not need to wear a mask unless they are taking care of a person with suspected Covid-19 infection. ...   French trade unions representing shop assistants, factory workers and police officers have demanded safety equipment for all staff or else they would exercise their right to refuse to work in dangerous conditions.

"In Italy, where the outbreak has been the deadliest in the world, the wearing has with in a month gone from attracting disapproving looks to being socially obligatory."

This news and the evidence for gas masks, however, is STILL being deliberately suppressed by the W.H.O., BBC, etc., while people die needlessly and gas masks remain un-used in stockpiles at military quartermasters stores.  The BBC today is also reporting more fake news on the number of "confirmed covid-19 cases" in the UK showing "green shoots", when that is just due to the limit on the small number of tests being done daily.  In plain unvarnished language, the truth is this: if you only do 5000 tests a day, then you are going to find the number of "confirmed cases" limited by that testing rate.  You can never discover 5001 confirmed cases a day if you only do 5000 per day.  Official lying in the UK for BBC fake news, and the unquestioning acceptance of falsehoods on masks to ensure all funding goes into Marxist state organisations instead of actually protecting the vulnerable from needing to go into covid-19 infected hospitals, is a national tragedy.

Update: 2 April 2020

The Mirror reports:

"The coronavirus lockdown is 'nowhere near' its end with cases expected to rise for weeks, a senior health official has warned. ... The number of deaths soared by 563 in one day yesterday - to a total of 2,352 as of 4pm on March 31."

The Sun reports:

"... NHS staff may be forced to stop using life-saving treatment, such as ventilators, on dying patients if others with the virus are more likely to survive. ... Staff at the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London have been told to brace themselves for death ahead of the opening of the new field hospital.  Volunteers at the 4,000-bed field hospital set up in the ExCel Centre in the east of the capital have reportedly been warned up to 80 per cent of coronavirus patients who are on ventilators will probably die."



This estimate, that "up to 80% of coronavirus patients who are on ventilators will probably die" (based on Italian experience), should be a warning to rely on PROTECTION FOR PREVENTION e.g. gas masks, instead of putting all the eggs into one basket and merely relying on buying ventilators for treatment.  Protection should always be the number 1 priority.  It is proved to work!

From a Facebook discussion with Carl Brannen on whether lengthy clinical trials are needed before gas masks are used to save the lives of the most vulnerable people:

Masks were proof tested successfully against the common cold virus back in the 1960s by the UK Common Cold Research Station in Wales (since closed down). It's curious that some experts claim that superstring theory can be accepted as valid science without objective tests and experimental back up, while demanding evidence that filters work as filters.  Put it like this, the UK government and BBC currently claims that standing 2 metres apart will stop infections.  Where is the real scientific double blind experiment to verify that claim which is currently in use?  It's pretty obvious that if someone is exhaling virus contaminated droplets for a period of time in an enclosed space like a bus, tube train, lift/elevator, ambulance, hospital corridor, etc., you will get airborne contamination building up just as if they were a smoker and the exhaled smoke was building up.  This requires protection.

The current W.H.O. recommendation for front line medical workers of a paper nose/mouth mask and an open sided face shield will NOT prevent small airborne droplets getting into the eyes through the gaps around the perspex face shield (which is designed to stop blood squirting into the eyes during surgery, not to prevent small airborne droplets).  Where is the proof that the existing protective W.H.O. advice is any use for medical workers?  It is just as void as the W.H.O. claim that civil defence gas masks should not be used by the vulnerable.  A gas mask would provide full eye protection as well as mouth and nose protection.  This doesn't need any clinical trials, for the following reason.  If someone tells me that hitting my thumb hard with a hammer will hurt, I don't need to "do the experiment" to decide whether this is true.  Theoretical calculations will indicate what the likely result is with sufficient accuracy for my purpose.  Gas masks have been tested successfully since 1915 and they will provide protection now if used.  There is no need for yet more trials to delay life-saving protection.

Update: 4 April 2020

Unfortunately, the latest data indicates a 3 day doubling time in the death rate in the UK from Covid-19, i.e. 1.8k deaths on 31 March to double that, 3.6k deaths on 3 April, and the BBC is now reporting that masks are recommended in Los Angeles and New York, but NOT in London, yet is still trying to hypocritically "ridicule" President Trump's decision not to wear a mask when alone in the Oval Office, based on BBC/WHO advice NOT to wear masks, while still stating that people in the UK should not wear any protection! Get your facts straight, BBC! At what point does the police arrest the BBC fake news "journalists" for causing deaths by spreading deceptive propaganda?



Update (6 April 2020):



There were a wide range of gas masks issued to civilians prior to WWII (illustrations of some WWII gas mask civil defence posters are shown above), which were all updated and improved with an added blue/green coloured contex filter unit to increase their effectiveness against smaller particles, which were taped on by civil defence workers during gas mask inspections during the war.  Filters could be replaced/updated if necessary.

As the 1960 UK Civil Instructors Notes: Warden Section shows, an updated general civilian gas mask, the C7 (developed at Porton biological warfare centre in 1951) was stockpiled together with special masks for those with breathing difficulties, for small babies, kids, and also for unconscious hospital patients, ready for distribution by the UK Civil Defence Corps long after WWII and well into the 1960s (Marxist-controlled PM Harold Wilson finally abolished the CD Corps in 1968 under military anti-civil defence lying propaganda from the USSR's union/political/media fronts in the UK, which wanted to make the UK more vulnerable so that only disarmament would seem to be "only option" for protection against dictatorships), and the Restricted 1965 UK government Scientific intelligence officers' operational notes, section ON 23:1 (Notes on Biological and Chemical Warfare) states:

"The new Civilian Respirator (C7), with pneumatic tube face fitting which is comfortable for long periods of wearing, affords excellent protection against Biological Warfare and Chemical Warfare attacks."  (A key concern in the cold war was aircraft-sprayed airborne viruses.)


UK Government 6 April 2020 hospital admissions Covid-19 data for England shows continued increases despite two weeks of supposed lock down: proof of failure of the current policy.

UK Government 6 April 2020 FAKE NEWS on covid-19 IGNORES additional over-crowding of tube trains due to restriction of services and IGNORE food supermarket queuing which is now a major main infection route.  The infection reproduction number (R number) suggested by these misleading data has fallen, but in reality the tube, bus and railway had ALREADY spread infection across communities by the time of the fall in the statistics above, and the main route thereafter is local supermarket food ration queues: people can now only buy 3 items of one sort in supermarkets due to UK ration restrictions to "keep food on supermarket shelves", so many people are being forced to shop MORE FREQUENTLY THAN PREVIOUSLY, and can have to queue for an hour, which increases exposure.  They might as well have added a curve to the graph of air travel statistics as a fake "proof" that the "lock-down" is useful.  It would similarly prove nothing, because by the time air travel was locked down (by passengers choosing not to fly, not by any sensible government order), the virus had already been transmitted to all regions of the country so it was a case of "shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted."  No sense in interpreting this fake news is being included in the "sophisticated" computer models of the pandemic, used to "justify" the lock-down dogma.  It is a self-fulfilling prophecy because no amount of failure can ever "disprove" the government policy: its proponents ignore criticisms, hypocritically do the opposite of the advice they dish out to other people (e.g., Scotland's chief medical officer - who fronted the "stay at home" government adverts - broke her own advice by travelling to spend her weekends at a second holiday home during the "lock-down"), and blame other folk for their failure instead of correcting their errors!

UK Government 6 April 2020 covid-19 global deaths showing that even very simple paper face masks in China and South Korea have drastically cut death rates in those countries unlike the lock down in Italy UK and Spain.  Despite this, the W.HO., BBC, media generally (pretending that science is an authoritarian religion of bigoted geniuses who must never be investigated, questioned, or debunked) and the UK Government continue to advise DO NOT WEAR MASKS, a policy of maximising the spread of infection causing maximum deaths.  This particular graph, from the UK Prime Minister's Twitter feed, is also bigoted by normalization for curves to begin - day 0 - on the first day 50 deaths or more were reported.  This "trick" helps to cover up the fact that the UK death rate acceleration (gradient of slope of the line) is: (1) particularly high, and (2) not flattening out like the graphs of other countries.  With the logarithmic death scale, a straight line represents an exponential (geometric) rise, and the UK seems to be only country with no curving towards a plateau.  The Prime Minister himself is now in hospital with a temperature, so may lack control.
UK covid-19 deaths increasing by factor of 10 every 10 days.


Update: 7 April 2020

The UK has just reported its highest ever covid-19 daily deaths statistic of 854, while it is reported that the UK Government bought 17,500,000 defective covid-19 antibody tests which are useless and misleading, instead of tested gas masks to prevent infection, according to the UK newpaper, Financial Times (which as usual FAILS to even bother to mention the gas mask option as an alternative that WILL WORK to get out of the lock-down):

"The UK government has admitted that none of the 17.5m antibody tests it ordered in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic work well enough to be used. ... The government is working with nine companies that have developed coronavirus antibody tests, which screen for whether someone has recovered from the disease and is likely to be immune. The tests are being assessed by researchers at Oxford university — but each one has so far proven unreliable. ... “We see many false negatives (tests where no antibody is detected despite the fact we know it is there) and we also see false positives. None of the tests we have validated would meet the criteria for a good test as agreed with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. This is not a good result for test suppliers or for us,” ... The government issued guidance about its testing plans at the weekend, saying that if the antibody tests “do not work, no further tests will be purchased and, where possible, orders will be cancelled”."


The "UK Prime Minister" (whoever that is; Mr Johnson is currently on oxygen in intensive care as a result of the "(in)effectiveness" of his 2 metre/hand-wash "lockdown" rules) has now published on Twitter more graphs with extra data, proving the ineffectiveness of the lock-down for another couple of days:

UK Prime Minister's 7 April 2020 data release showing increased hospital admissions data to 5 April, despite 2 weeks of lock down policy. SOURCE: "UK PRIME MINISTER" (currently in intensive care using up NHS oxygen while proving that his own 2-meter + handwash rules of lockdown are ineffective even for the top people, never mind those who don't have soap because the supermarkets have sold out a month ago)https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1247491180880957440/photo/3
UK increased deaths data from the Prime Minister as of 7 April 2020: still no significant evidence that the UK's exponential acceleration in deaths (a straight line on a log-linear graph) is reaching its asymptotic limit, unlike other countries. (Source: https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1247491180880957440/photo/4 ).

Google is now spreading UK Sky TV fake news on the number of covid-19 deaths, 7 April 2020:

Google is now promoting UK Sky TV fake news that "Coronavirus deaths rise by 786 in UK" when in fact the figure is 758 for England, 74 Scotland, 19 Wales and 3 Northern Ireland = 854.

UK TV Sky fake news claims that 786 = 758 + 74 + 19 + 3.  Google is still relying on UK TV Sky fake news. If it can't even add up, why trust it?  It has been repeating fake news claims that masks don't protect people against respiratory disease, like W.H.O. quacks.
World Health Organisation lies that masks to prevent airborne infections have no evidence, just as "bigoted experts" claimed that before the Grenfell Fire there was "no evidence" that inflammable cladding would result in fire and massacre.  Other W.H.O. arguments are identical to those against civil defence gas masks made by lying hubris big shot quacks like Professor Joad and the "Cambridge Scientists Antiwar Group" before WWII (ignored by the UK government in 1938, thankfully).  By analogy, as Herman Kahn used to point out, the specious argument could have been made that sufficient lifeboats on the Titanic would add weight and make the ship sink faster, before anyone could get into them (a lie, but the kind of crap used by deniers of truth).  In 1986, when a low down engineer tried to object to the launching of the Space Shuttle in the freezing conditions that made the booster rubber O-rings brittle, leaking fuel and causing the explosion of the Shuttle, his manager simply retorted with the exasperated question: did he want to delay the launch until the warm summer?  The reality is that in we are NOT getting any "debate" on masks.  Even Google is opting to go against mavericks and rank quack W.H.O. mass murdering anti-masks propaganda ahead of sites giving the plain facts that debunk W.H.O. liars.  This is precisely the same situation that will exist for civil defence in any nuclear or chemical war emergency: the Marxist "professionals" (money-makers) will "protect their own interests (funding)" by attacking civil defence protective measures as if they are dangerous.  They have no humanity or decency.  They never did have.




Updates: 8 April 2020


Above: Mauro Ferrari resigns as EU top scientist after his lifesaving covid-19 pandemic work is blocked by EU bureaucracy (from Financial Times, 8 April 2020): "Please forgive me, but I believe that the priority now is to stop the pandemic. The priority is to save possibly millions of lives. It takes precedence over careers, politics, even the beauty of certain science. ... Those idealistic motivations were crushed by a very different reality, in the brief three months since I took office. Disquieting early warning, signs gave way to the painfully icy, cold recognitions of a world entirely different from what I had envisioned. The Covid-19 pandemic shone a merciless light on how mistaken I had been: In time of emergencies people, and institutions, revert to their deepest nature and reveal their true character. As it became evident that the pandemic would be a tragedy of possibly unprecedented proportions, I moved that the European Research Council should establish a special program directed at combating Covid-19. I believed this was justified by the expected burden of death, suffering, societal transformation, and economic devastation, especially striking the less fortunate, the weakest in the societies of the world. I thought that at a time like this, the very best scientists in the world should be provided with resources and opportunities to fight the pandemic, with new drugs, new vaccines, new diagnostic tools, new behavioral dynamic approaches based on science, to replace the oft-improvised intuitions of political leaders. The proposal was rejected unanimously by the governing body of the ERC, without even considering what shape or form it may take, and to such an extent that my presidency became fully opposed by them, in every respect."

The European Union's top scientist Mauro Ferrari thus is forced into resigning over covid-19 EU Brussels bureaucracy and red-tape that prevents life saving countermeasures
:

"He had argued for the ERC to create a new, more hands-on initiative to provide scientists and health care workers with more help and resources - but his proposals were apparently rejected.

"Prof Ferrari bemoaned the 'complete absence of coordination of healthcare policies among member states' and the opposition to what he described as a 'cohesive financial support' package.

"Mr Bahrke said he hoped the commission would 'be able to share more information very soon' on the circumstances of the resignation but did not elaborate further.

"As the coronavirus spread from China to Italy, Austria, Spain and other EU nations, the bloc was heavily criticised for not acting forcefully enough to set up a coordinated response." - Daily Mail.

Here's more on the underlying Marxist ultra left World Health Organization - W.H.O. (the anti mask bigots who use facetious arguments against masks which would stop the pandemic until a vaccine is available) - whose specious political bigotry is exposed and debunked by Michael Collins, Council on Foreign Relations (any attempt by Trump to nail Marxist China's handling of the spread of covid-19 across the world via the W.H.O. propaganda machine has so far been dismissed as "racist" by mainstream USA media - criticise USSR Marxism in the cold war and you're a "racist", criticise Chinese Marxist plots now and again the same tired old lying tactic, all these big bully organizations put a "minority race" head figure in as President to allow that tactic, which prevents any type of proper criticism of mass murder, just as critics of Mugabe and Pol Pot were simply dismissed as "racists" by the REAL racists, the nasty Marxists!):



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WHO political lying myth based propaganda on covid 19 is debunked and exposed for the Marxism it is:

The WHO and China: Dereliction of Duty

The WHO’s weak response to China’s mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak has laundered China’s image at the expense of the WHO’s credibility. The time is ripe for clear leadership from the WHO based on science not politics.
Michael Collins is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded in 1948 with the lofty goal of ensuring the attainment of the highest possible level of health by all people. ... However, the WHO is now facing rising international criticism over outsized Chinese influence in the organization’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.  ... The WHO Director-General (DG) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been an outspoken advocate for the Chinese government’s COVID-19 response. On January 28, Tedros met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Following the meeting, Tedros commended China for “setting a new standard for outbreak control” and praised the country’s top leadership for its “openness to sharing information” with the WHO and other countries. Yet in Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, Chinese officials were busy arresting and punishing citizens for “spreading rumors” about the disease, while online censors controlled the flow of information. Despite growing evidence of China’s mishandling of the outbreak and rising domestic Chinese outrage over the government’s censorship, Tedros remains unmoved. On February 20 at the Munich Security Conference, Tedros doubled down on his praise for China stating that “China has bought the world time.” In contrast to his effusive praise for China, Tedros has been quick to criticize other countries for their responses to the outbreak. ... More concerning is Tedros’ delay in declaring COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). On January 23, the WHO’s emergency committee was split on whether to declare a PHEIC. With final authority resting with the DG, Tedros decided to wait despite admitting that “this is an emergency in China.” A week later, he declared a PHEIC. By that point, confirmed cases of COVID-19 had increased tenfold with 7,781 cases across 18 countries. ... What has changed in the nearly two decades since the SARS epidemic? As always, it is important to follow the money. Since its founding, the WHO has required voluntary budgetary contributions to meet its broad mandate. In recent years, the WHO has grown more reliant upon these funds to address budget deficits. ...  China’s WHO contributions have grown by 52% since 2014 to approximately $86 million. The WHO’s weak response to China’s mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak has laundered China’s image at the expense of the WHO’s credibility. The rate of infection in China appears to be declining, but the risk of a global pandemic is increasing. The time is ripe for clear leadership from the WHO based on science not politics.

Update: 8 April 2020

UK Prime Minister's twitter data release of 8 April 2020, graph of covid-19 deaths showing relatively steep UK curve with no indication that the 2.5 weeks of lock-down is working to halt the pandemic. Source: https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1247950781480873986/photo/1
UK 8 April 2020 graph of covid-19 deaths showing relatively steep UK curve.
Above: we have compared the UK deaths to 8 April 2020 on linear and logarithmic-linear graphs to show that the alleged "green shoots" of recovery now appear to be only a temporary fluctuation in the data.  When you look at the data on the log-linear graph (above right) you see that a straight line is a good fit, and this suggests that the deaths are continuing instead of tailing off as the media hyped a few days ago.  Sadly, releasing the lock-down without issuing masks to people may result in even larger rises to the death rate, because people will spread large doses of the virus to one another on buses, trains, in offices, pubs, restaurants, etc.  The theory that no-body can become re-infected once they have some antibodies is also questionable, because it depends on dose.  For example, people who have had chickenpox can later get shingles (a return of the disease) if their immune systems are weak, while people can get repeated bouts of malaria, colds, etc.  There is no proof that, having been allowed to spread so widely throughout the world, the covid-19 coronavirus will not undergo further mutations and develop more than one strain, in which case antibodies (and indeed vaccines) will not work to provide guaranteed protection.  The whole basis for antibodies to work is that the immune system is able to produce antibodies at a rate which is faster than the multiplication rate of the virus when it infects the person: so if you produce antibodies slower than the virus multiplies, due to having a weak immune system (due to old age, chemotherapy for cancer, etc.) you will still be at risk.  There is no basis yet for assuming that having some antibodies is a long-term magic bullet providing protection against infection.  If you end up with the terrible number of infected people producing just 100 different mutant strains from covid-19, then it will be very difficult to produce an effective vaccine.  Therefore, the sooner the pandemic is halted mechanically by widespread use of masks to deny it the opportunity to mutate, the better.
UK covid 19 deaths data to 8 April 2020: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-track-coronavirus-cases.  Unfortunately, the UK government has now stated that even the deaths data is unreliable due to excluding deaths outside hospitals, e.g. untested deaths in care homes (the confirmed cases data had long been underestimates due to the low testing rate in the UK).  As a result, we will discontinue this series of updates because even key data in deaths per day is becoming UK Government "fake news" propaganda.
8 April 2020 global covid-19 deaths data graphs. Data source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
UK Covid-19 deaths catching up with Italian curve. SOURCE: UK Prime Minister twitter 9 April 2020, https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1248293575827357696/photo/1

Covid-19 death rate world wide to 8 April 2020 in closed cases is approximately 21 %, a very high number for such an infectious disease, and not massively different from bubonic plague (10-15% for treated cases, higher for untreated cases).  Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/worldwide-graphs/#case-outcome.  Note that the ratio of cumulative deaths to date to cumulative confirmed cases to date is a much lower number, about 8%, because at any given time during the rapidly rising part of a pandemic, only a fraction of the total deaths that will occur in the infected cases have actually occurred.  For example, if you study a fixed group of 1000 infected cases, the number dead in that sample is not a fixed constant, but will rise with time until a maximum number (equal to the death rate for closed cases) has been reached.  In other words, the effect of the time-lag needs to be included to correct the ratio of deaths-so-far per infected case into final-deaths per infected case.

UPDATE: 10 APRIL 2020

Professor Ville Vuorinen of Aalto University, Finland, has proved that one sneeze can contaminate a large area of a supermarket for several minutes, suggesting strongly that the 2-metre social distancing rule is DECEPTIVE AND DANGEROUSLY MISLEADING, CAUSING UNNECESSARY DEATHS, and people really do need to wear gas masks:

Professor Ville Vuorinen of Aalto University, Finland, has proved that one sneeze can contaminate a large area of a supermarket for several minutes, suggesting strongly that the 2-metre social distancing rule is crackpot and people really do need to wear gas masks.
Here is the 2 hour queue doubling back outside my local supermarket in Colchester, at 9.45am 10 April 2020 (photo by yours truly):

People as you can see are not wearing gas masks, and are social distancing.  However, large areas are contaminated by coughs and sneezes, and without the wind or sun, inside the supermarket the air becomes contaminated by sneezes as Professor Ville Vuorinen proved, and people can get covid-19 and then the disease spreads.
A sneeze in a supermarket can infect people far beyond the 2 metre social distance covid-19 rule


Professor Ville Vuorinen of Aalto University, Finland, has an YouTube video of his computer simulation which proves that one sneeze can contaminate a large area of a supermarket for several minutes, suggesting strongly that the W.H.O./BBC/UK Gov "2-metre social distancing rule" is DECEPTIVE AND DANGEROUSLY MISLEADING PROPAGANDA, CAUSING UNNECESSARY DEATHS, and people really do need to wear masks:




"Rational use of face masks in the COVID-19 pandemic", in Britain's premier medical journal, The Lancet, https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S2213-2600%2820%2930134-X: "It would be reasonable to suggest vulnerable individuals avoid crowded areas and use surgical face masks rationally when exposed to high-risk areas. ... In addition, vulnerable populations, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions, should wear face masks if available. Universal use of face masks could be considered if supplies permit. In parallel, urgent research on the duration of protection of face masks, the measures to prolong life of disposable masks, and the invention on reusable masks should be encouraged. Taiwan had the foresight to create a large stockpile of face masks; other countries or regions might now consider this as part of future pandemic plans."

The immense success of Taiwan's mask policy, just 379 cases of covid-19, should make Taiwan the world's model for ending the covid-19 pandemic, please see https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/09/taiwan-is-exporting-its-coronavirus-successes-to-the-world: "Despite being shut out of WHO [WHO refuses to recommend masks to end the pandemic], Taiwan has largely succeeded in containing the coronavirus. ... On April 1, Taiwan announced it would donate 10 million masks to the United States, 11 European countries, and its diplomatic allies. Taiwan’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that a second batch of six million masks would be donated to countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas."

Please note the political conflict here: Taiwan and the pro-masks lobby which want to end the pandemic without mass casualties, are against Marxist medical organizations like W.H.O. which is in China's pocket financially as we have already shown, and also the Marxist infiltrated media such as the BBC, which is naturally pro-China and the NHS which wants as ever to end civil defence entirely and to be given a nearly infinite budget to treat victims, instead of allowing a smaller budged for civil defence to prevent victims (the Marxist BMA did the same in the 1980s over Britain's civil defence, preferring to call for millions of burns unit beds rather than telling people to duck and cover if Russia drops a H-bomb "by accident" near our coast).  Same old news.
9 April 2020 confirmed covid-19 deaths: unlike UK government propaganda curves that start at 50 deaths, these start at 100 deaths and show that the UK death rate is rising very steeply, likely to soon overtake Italy's at the same stage in the pandemic.

UPDATE: 28 April 2020

The UK Government has finally published a graph of all deaths, not just tested hospital deaths (they refused to test people outside of hospitals), showing the UK no-masks policy to have the highest deaths in Europe and also higher per head of population than the USA (which has 5 times the population of the UK, explaining its higher death curve):

Above: UK Government ANTI MASK PROPAGANDA LIES debunked by their own total death statistics on 28 April 2020.  Note that the USA has 5 times the UK population so the USA has a MUCH LOWER death rate risk than the UK, per person of population.  South Korea, which has the lowest death rate in the graph above, has a policy of wearing masks in buildings to cut the covid-19 transmission rate! Source: https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1247950781480873986

Update 29 April 2020:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/live-coronavirus-pandemic-updates-latest-21931279:

"Coronavirus 'just as deadly as Ebola' for patients hospitalised with the killer bug

"Covid-19 is just as deadly as Ebola for people admitted to hospital in the UK, a leading expert has said as his team published a major British study of almost 17,000 patients.
"The research found almost half of people admitted to hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales with coronavirus have no underlying health conditions ... those admitted to intensive care were typically 61.  Most people had symptoms for around four days before admission and stayed in hospital for an average of seven days. Almost half (47%) had no underlying conditions ... Only one in five of those who required a mechanical ventilator in intensive care were discharged alive and a further 27% remained in hospital. Just over half who needed mechanical ventilation died.
"Professor Calum Semple, from the University of Liverpool and a consultant respiratory paediatrician at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and chief investigator on the study, said: “Some people persist in believing that Covid-19 is no worse than a bad dose of flu [thus the false belief by "some TV experts" that no masks are needed, or improvised masks are OK, when in fact any sensible safety-first "better safe than sorry" precautionary principle approach would suggest the requirement for proper, high-level hazmat protection]. They are gravely mistaken. Despite the best supportive care that we can provide, the crude case fatality rate for people who are admitted to hospital - that is, the proportion of people ill enough to need hospital treatment who then die - with severe Covid-19 is 35 to 40% which is similar to that for people admitted to hospital with Ebola.  People need to hear this, and get it into their heads ... that this is an incredibly dangerous disease....It’s a really nasty disease."

UPDATE 30 APRIL 2020:

Good news - if it isn't fake news. Mirror reports evidence to finally nail WHO anti-masks lies:

Meanwhile, alternative over-hyped countermeasures such as antibody tests and vaccines are suffering delays as predictable, delays that have been glossed over by profit seeking quacks:


85 Comments:

At 7:14 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to have you back!

 
At 11:58 am, Anonymous Michael Jones said...

How can people tell if a gas mask filter needs changing and if it fits properly to prevent air leaking in at the sides?

 
At 12:29 pm, Blogger nige said...

If you cover the air intake hole on the outside of the filter/absorber with paper or plastic, you will not be able to inhale if the straps are correctly adjusted to prevent leakage at the edges.

If you want to test filtering of fine particulates, simply use smoke from burning a very small amount of plastic or damp leaves with a match, or if it is easier, use a cigarette, or a small amount of chlorine gas generated from household bleach (used to clean toilets). If the mask has an operational CBNR (chemical, biological, nuclear, radiological) filter/absorber cartridge, then the smoke or chlorine gas will be absorbed by the "filter" (usually a particle absorber filter plus activated charcoal granules to absorb reactive chemicals), so it is easy to do a basic test that it is still working.

These CBNR "filters" have a MUCH longer operational life than hospital surgical paper masks, which only last a few hours. Gas masks were used for months before requiring new filter canisters in WWI, e.g. the Small Box Respirator, when they had to be used daily for weeks after persistent (slowly evaporating) mustard gas attacks in 1917. Typically they are rated to be used for 200 hours in typical conditions, so for civilian usage of 1 hour a day that means 200 days before a filter change.

This is why the UK civil defence corps from 1951-68 stockpiled post-war new C7 chemical, biological and nuclear gas masks for the entire population of the UK, a development of the original WWII civilian gas masks with improvements to allow even better protection against nerve gas and particles of radiological and biological agents.

This vital safeguard against pandemics, war and terrorism was ended in 1968 due to endless Marxist propaganda in favour of "saving" £100 million a year on civil defence to move to a political policy of "peace", in which the money would be spend on health services (treatment, not prevention of casualties).

This has led to step back to the situation in 1927 when BBC Radio broadcast an infamous lying propaganda speech on "disarmament" by Lord Philip Noel-Baker which falsely claimed that gas masks provide no protection against gas and so the only safeguard is disarmament.

The W.H.O. endlessly published similar lies about nuclear duck and cover in the cold war. The aim of such Marxist mentality infiltrated organisations as the BBC and W.H.O. is hubris: they want to allow a disaster by preventing either protection or deterrence (against terrorism), to ensure they get more propaganda power, more financial power, etc.

Pointing this out falls on deaf ears, because many people are deluded by such propaganda into preferring ineffective treatments (ventilators etc) over effective protective measures, which are easy to "ridicule" using "straw man arguments".

We have already seen Marxist "globalization" propaganda allow many thousands to die in agony, with Trump's decision to halt transatlantic air travel to reduce infection on aircraft and at airports being decried by the media.

These fake news people are hate filled, ignorance and myth promoting trolls who should be somehow held to account for the many needless painful deaths which their selfish lies have caused.

 
At 9:10 am, Anonymous Mike Jones said...

Nigel, I think that most governments led by narrow minded experts who receive brown paper packets from hospital contractors and drugs companies will wait until it is too late and then shut the stable door after the horse has bolted. Masks would save most people. They will not be issued. Governments and their supposed critics are united in hating solutions that would avert a disaster. They have far more money and power to gain from tragedy than from success.

 
At 11:19 am, Blogger nige said...

The "experts" are all paid to conform without getting into allegations of corruption by back handed payments for "advice" which leads to the awarding of lucrative contracts for ventilators (which are less effective in saving lives than gas masks to keep people safe) to particular firms.

For example, aside from the official anti-gas mask, anti-respirator farce, there is also the issue of the "predictive models" of the virus and the related advice on closing aircraft/airport infection hubs.

We could have avoided infection from China by either closing air travel or making gas masks for air passengers compulsory (their choice: travel in a gas mask to avoid infection, or don't travel) back in January. The "experts" didn't recommend this. Even in March when Trump closed flights from the USA to infected countries to reduce infection of passengers on aircraft and at airports, big industry complained. Airlines complained, their unions complained. Yet if the "pristine" mathematical models of the UK gov were so wonderfully predictive, why didn't they make the case to close contamination routes even earlier, while it was still feasible to isolate infected individuals?

The rationale behind "closing the stable door after the horse has bolted" is that if you close the door before the horse bolts, the extreme right wing capitalists as well as the Marxist loony left who control the news media always scream:

"LOOK! There is NO PANDEMIC HERE! We didn't NEED to shut the airports or end globalization! It was a crime against humanity to shut down the spread of the virus, and the fact that the virus has not spread here proves that we didn't need such extreme countermeasures!"

This is a fake news argument, but it works time and again. Unless a disaster occurs to the fullest extent, the government and its "expert" advisers finds their hands tied in respect of protective measures.

It was the same in the 1930s with appeasement. People warned against it but Professor Cyril Joad and other nasty liars could not be disproved until a world war broke out, when it was too late.

We can expect that the "next" pandemic, after covid-19, will be met with more rapid airport closures and even with the media forced into taking protective masks seriously again as in 1938 when the Munich agreement took the country to the brink of war and wiped away some of the complacent propaganda and fascist fake news on there being: "no protection against poison gas, so we must either accept Nazism peacefully, or be gassed."

However, the media won't accept the need to do something to avert the impending disaster now, because they want to be forced into changing their tune by a full scale disaster, not by facts about protective measures that can prevent a disaster.

The Titanic had to sink before ships were legally forced to carry enough lifeboats. Grenfell Tower has to burn down and kill people before regulations on fireproof cladding were ironed out. A Space shuttle had to explode killing all aboard before the decision not to launch in freezing conditions that made rubber sealant rings brittle was taken. These are all example of situations where some people tried to quietly get regulations changed to PREVENT disaster, but failed because no big shots, least of all the supposedly wonderful "investigative journalists", gave a damn until it was in their financial interests to do so. There is only a "story" that will sell after the disaster, not if a disaster is prevented. For years the CND used to lie that gas masks were useless in WWII because they meant that Hitler couldn't drop his 12,000 tons of tabun nerve gas on London. Mad big shot journalists and authors still sell this myth: by analogy safety valves that prevent explosions are useless because no explosions actually occur! Bonkers, but by only printing lies about civil defence, they get a kind of "brainwashing effect" like UFO cults.

 
At 7:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russian oil revenue falling drastically. The Saudis have flooded the oil market. The price of crude is hitting a record low. Russian economy will be hit hard, like the Germany economy after the 1929 crash. This caused the economic and political chaos which led to WWII.

 
At 10:10 am, Blogger nige said...

I think we should ignore the long-term problems until we have dealt with the immediate crisis.

[In any case, the proposed gas mask civil defence solution for getting out of the lock-down (if an effective vaccine isn't available soon), will also have uses in the event of the use of future regional conflicts or escalating wars sparked off by a possible global recession.]

The key now, though, is sorting out the "expert" created lunacy. There is an interesting criticism of the inflexible NHS UK covid-19 strategy in the UK Daily Telegraph by Moore:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/03/inflexibility-lumbering-nhs-country-has-had-shut/

The inflexibility of our lumbering NHS is why the country has had to shut down

CHARLES MOORE

Daily Telegraph UK newspaper (online edition) 3 APRIL 2020 • 9:30PM

Why are we clapping the NHS? It is right and just to clap NHS workers, but that is not the same thing. Virtually everyone has reason to thank good nurses, doctors and paramedics. But if we are to praise large organisations for how effectively they have dealt with the coronavirus crisis, we should be clapping vigorously for Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and Morrisons, who have responded nimbly to sudden extra demand for one of life’s basics – food. We should give only rather tepid applause for the efforts of the NHS to look after another of life’s basics – health.

As its name suggests, the National Health Service is there to serve the health of the nation. In this crisis, the roles have reversed – it is seen as the duty of the nation to serve the NHS. “Protect the NHS. Save lives,” says the slogan, in that rather surprising order. Children are made to recite it like a prayer. How are we to do this? We must help the NHS by avoiding hospitals and surgeries, we are told. The Government’s policy of lockdown is in significant part dictated by the demands not of patients, but of the NHS, and by its lack of adaptability and readiness. ...


It is a shame however that Moore criticises the ineffective existing NHS ventilator propaganda effort without bothering to mention the WWII solution of gas masks to get us out of the slaughter, the lock-down and the economic damage! Even the "best" of these "journalists" are unbelievably naive and close-minded bigots.

 
At 7:11 pm, Anonymous Dr Q. U. Ack, W.H.O. said...

Nigel,

Please realise that if the World Health Organization recommends that people are not worth protecting with masks, it is for some beautiful hidden agenda.

Maybe they want to decrease the overpopulation?

Maybe they want to go down in history as mass murders on a par to the Third Reich?

Maybe they want to get rich by ensuring all the covid-19 funds goes to W.H.O., not protection by masks which is out of their control?

Maybe they just want theg randiose feeling of patronising the world's population with a load of bogus propaganda like the Nukemap guy?

See, they're dear fellow humans. Be sure that whatever they say, they'll get the next Medical Nobel Prize and billions of dollars.

Try not be get impatient, and they may even reward you with some patronising lies!

Cheers,
Dr Q. U. Ack,
W.H.O.

 
At 7:43 pm, Blogger nige said...

Please, no more sarcasm. (If anybody in the media reads sarcasm here they won't know what the point is, they're too dumb.)

I will just add this comment on the basic problem: from discussions on facebook, no effort to get a discussion on gas masks as an exit strategy for the covid-19 lockdown gets any serious interest:

(1) Facebook discussion efforts show that there is very little interest in the topic,
(2) The few comments made are totally non-serious: jokes, pleading not to discuss the subject on Facebook because it is frightening - although clearly not being protected is what should be frightening, and spurious efforts by Marxism or mass murder defenders to try to defend the W.H.O. no-masks advice (e.g. "why not herd immunity" - answer: "because getting there causes many needless deaths of the vulnerable which can be prevented by a clear strategy of masks and then vaccination).

Imagine you are on a ship which is sinking. You suggest (quietly) putting people on to the iceberg so that all can be saved. A list of "refutations" is eventually compiled by a committee of experts, who are all agreed that passengers will be less cold if they instead await rescue ships and use the lifeboats to ferry all the passengers to them. If the rescue ships don't come, the experts have their "excuse" for dismissing a plan that would have worked - they blame the rescue ships for not coming.

Now suppose you were a space shuttle engineer warning about the risk of explosion due to launching in cold weather. If you make a big fuss after your boss tells you to shut up, you get fired, or given a patronising lecture on how "nothing monumental and magnificent is ever done without taking some element of risk". There is no guarantee that the shuttle will actually explode, the probability is 1/2 rather than 1/100,000 but it still might survive. Furthermore, if they do fire you, there is not even any guarantee that the media will be interested in your story (until after the shuttle actually explodes, who the "I told you so" article will be met by sneers that he didn't make a clear cut case so he was really responsible by not letting the people know - so either way you're in a bad place).

This is how they get away with it. Bureaucracy can get away with mass murder. All the disarmament liars who exaggerated massively the effects of gas bombing in the 1920s and 1930s and dismissed simple low cost civil defence countermeasures like gas masks (just as the W.H.O. is again doing) were awarded Nobel Peace Prizes for contributing to the start of WWII: Lord Philip Noel Baker got one, as did Sir Norman Angell who claimed to have debunked war in 1980 in his book The Great Illusion. I've discussed all this in previous blog posts.

Until weapons effects lying and civil defence dismissals for disarmament failure (war) leads to reprimands and not rewards, the CND, WHO and other pseudo-Marxist dictatorships which pretend they want equal respect for all people (Marxist sentiments) but actually deliver the exact opposite, a dictatorship of hying hubris for the profit of the few, will continue to dominate the media, which itself is a dictatorship of hubris. The problem with "democracy" is that it is just dictatorship dressed up as something else. Elections of pretty similar parties is not democracy. "Freedom of the press" is akin to "freedom of the dictators". Yes, they are free up to the point that what they say sells enough to cover overheads (or in the case of the Guardian/BBC, they are free because they are funded by Marxist charity or a form of compulsory tax). But what about the freedom of speech of people more widely? Again, it's a popularity contest in which fairy tales outsell facts.

 
At 12:35 pm, Anonymous Mike Jones said...

Nigel,

An economic crisis after the pandemic could well be far worse than that following the 1929 Wall Street crash which set off ww2, and this whole covid-19 pandemic may either be a plot by Communist China or at least manipulated by China, into an attempt to sink global capitalism or engineer a third world war, just as ww2 came from conflicts sparked by global depression.

This could be far worse than the actual covid-19 fatalities. So please bear it in mind.

 
At 12:47 pm, Blogger nige said...

Mike: there is an interesting article in the South China Morning Post, relevant to China's racketeering from covid-19 via its power in the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) here:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3078448/taiwan-looks-play-leading-international-role-battle-against

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (newspaper)

China / Diplomacy

Taiwan offers masks and medical aid to foreign countries, angering Beijing

Self-ruled island has been frozen out of the World Health Organisation but its strong response to Covid-19 has helped raise its profile

Taipei has offered to donate 10 million face masks to countries that are battling the outbreak

Taiwan has intensified its efforts to raise its global profile by offering to donate urgently needed face masks and medical aids to other countries – a move that has angered Beijing.

Observers said Taiwan’s efforts to control the Covid-19 outbreak had highlighted the strengths of its medical system and increased its visibility on the world stage.

It has also been praised by world leaders, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen saying the EU is thankful for Taiwan’s efforts and gestures of solidarity, while the US state department described Taiwan as a true friend.

But Beijing’s response was less complimentary. Foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said Taiwan prohibited the export of masks when the outbreak was at its height on the Chinese mainland, and said the island should not play any “political tricks” to gain accession to the World Health Organisation.


My take is that we must get through the covid-19 emergency with as few casualties and as little economic damage as possible, and then we will be in the best position to tackle the possibly dire challenges ahead.

Gas masks are needed, regardless what W.H.O. aka Marxist China dictates to the lunatic hypocritical "health officials" in all Western governments!

The West should tell the Marxist China front W.H.O. to go take a hike, asap, with or without a mask!

 
At 12:26 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The World Health Organization advice is to stay at home, do without food, and simply hold your breathe for the next year to avoid infection while attempts are made to produce a workable safe vaccine. This advice has been proved by the consensus of Chinese Marxists who fund W.H.O., so it is beyond argument.

:)

 
At 3:00 pm, Anonymous Tommy said...

Thanks Nige. The people claiming that masks don't work should be prosecuted and banned from circulating fake news. This includes the TV journalists and the left wing anti-civil defense bigoted fools.

 
At 3:06 pm, Blogger nige said...

It will take millions of deaths before anybody in "authority" orders the police to arrest fake news spreaders in W.H.O. As I wrote in the post, the racism card will be used to protect mass murderers again, just as it was with Robert Mugabe, Pol Pot, etc. Sad but true. Joe Public doesn't care about civil defense and saving lives, which is why the British government got away with appeasing Hitler: crowds cheered Prime Minister Chamberlain when he landed at Heston Airport after his third hand-shaking meeting with Hitler to announce a Nazi-British "peace in our time" collaboration, while the Nazis were murdering Jews. Therefore, please don't trust the "moral majority", who are easily duped by propaganda of "free press" lying journalists.

 
At 4:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/09/another-887-dead-uk-coronavirus-toll-nears-8000-12532192/

Another 891 dead as UK’s coronavirus death toll nears 8,000 View 12 comments Joe Roberts

Thursday 9 Apr 2020 2:17 pm

Another 891 people have died after contracting coronavirus, taking the UK death toll to at least 7,988. Today’s jump in deaths is one of the biggest daily increases since the outbreak began, following a massive rise of 938 yesterday and 854 on Tuesday. ...

The combined figure from the three nations comes to 891, which could be different to the figure later released by the government this afternoon. This is because each devolved authority often makes amendments to their own data after reporting deaths to the Department of Health (DoH) each day. ...

The latest figures emerged as Downing Street said Boris Johnson’s condition ‘continues to improve’ in intensive care where he has spent three nights being treated for coronavirus. ...

He was said to be continuing with ‘standard oxygen treatment’, while it was indicated he has not taken part in any drug trials for Covid-19. ...

There has been some confusion around the reporting of death tolls. This is because there are various public bodies all reporting figures according to different criteria each day. On Tuesday, April 7, the Department of Health (DoH) said the UK coronavirus death toll had reached 6,159 after another 786 patients in hospitals died. But this was 68 lower than the combined figure of 854 from England (758), Scotland (74), Wales (19), and Northern Ireland (3). If you added together the self-reported total deaths from England (5,655), Scotland (296), Wales (212), and Northern Ireland (73) on Tuesday, you get a higher figure of 6,236. The government has said this difference is because each devolved authority often makes amendments to their data after releasing death figures to the DoH each day. It is important to note that all of these deaths occurred in hospitals across the UK. They do not take into account the people dying at home, in care facilities, hospices, or other locations outside of hospitals. ...

 
At 4:32 pm, Blogger nige said...

This news that the UK deaths statistics are are muddled up as the "fake news" from under-testing on "confirmed cases" should lead to fake news spreaders being fired and replaced with honest folk. Bureaucratic chaos needing strong leadership, not a clown.

The sooner someone competent takes charge, the more lives can be saved.

 
At 6:27 pm, Anonymous Mike said...

President Trump is nobody's fool, as usual (despite his left wing critics who love W.H.O.):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/world/coronavirus-updates-news-live.html

Trump Attacks W.H.O. and Ousts Watchdog for Pandemic Fund

Here’s what you need to know:
Trump attacked the W.H.O. for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak and its criticisms of his policy. ...

Trump attacked the W.H.O. for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak and its criticisms of his policy.
President Trump lashed out on Tuesday at the World Health Organization, choosing a new political enemy to attack and threatening to withhold funding from a premier health institution even as a deadly virus ravages nations around the globe.

“We’re going to put a hold on money spent to the W.H.O., we’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see,” Mr. Trump said during the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House, accusing the organization of having not been aggressive enough in confronting the virus. “They called it wrong. They call it wrong. They really, they missed the call.” ...

That newspaper is still ignoring the fact that W.H.O.s corruption over political bigotry and attacking masks cause the pandemic in the first place to spread over the world:

https://www.cfr.org/blog/who-and-china-dereliction-duty

Michael Collins is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded in 1948 with the lofty goal of ensuring the attainment of the highest possible level of health by all people. In the years since, the organization has been instrumental in controlling or eradicating communicable diseases and investing in healthcare capacity across the globe. However, the WHO is now facing rising international criticism over outsized Chinese influence in the organization’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. ...

In contrast to his effusive praise for China, Tedros has been quick to criticize other countries for their responses to the outbreak. He called upon nations not to limit travel with China and warned against the “recrimination or politicization” of the outbreak. Domestic Chinese news coverage prominently features Tedros’ praise of Xi Jinping and criticism of foreign governments. More concerning is Tedros’ delay in declaring COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). ... The WHO’s weak response to China’s mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak has laundered China’s image at the expense of the WHO’s credibility. The rate of infection in China appears to be declining, but the risk of a global pandemic is increasing. The time is ripe for clear leadership from the WHO based on science not politics.

 
At 2:07 pm, Blogger nige said...

World Health Organisation W.H.O. boss who doesn't care about people, only declared a pandemic on 11 MARCH, far too late, and he STILL recommends that healthy people don't need masks despite the fact ANYBODY can get and spread the disease to others:

https://nypost.com/2020/04/08/who-head-doesnt-care-about-attacks-following-trump-criticism/

WHO chief ‘doesn’t care’ about attacks following Trump criticism
By Jackie SaloApril 8, 2020 | 2:32pm

The head of the World Health Organization said he “doesn’t care” about attacks against him, following criticism from President Trump that the organization “really blew” its coronavirus response.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday ... Trump previously accused the organization of pro-China bias and said he was placing a “very powerful hold” on funding to them.

In response to the criticism, Tedros said they’re “doing everything” to fight the virus but conceded that “in the process, we may make mistakes.”

“We aren’t angels. We are human beings, we make mistakes like other human beings,” Tedros said.

He then called on the US and China to prioritize “honest leadership,” saying that “unity is the only option to defeat this virus.”

“The US and China should come together and fight this dangerous enemy,” he said. “They should come together to fight it.” ...

THIS IS JUST MORE DECEITFUL PROPAGANDA FROM W.H.O. BOSS, WHOSE "NO MASKS" LYING PROPAGANDA IS KILLING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT HUMAN BEINGS IN THE UK AND ELSEWHERE! :-(

 
At 4:55 pm, Anonymous Senatorial Solicitor with Deep Voice said...

Suppose I send out press releases to all the world's media warning of a tip off I have overheard with my usually excellent big ears in a smoke filled cafe, concerning an assassination attempt to be made on some famous celebrity.

If they do not publish it and the assassination goes ahead, should I then try writing a book blaming the world's media for effectively causing the death of the celebrity?

It is no use blaming the Western media for their part in appeasing the Nazis while Hitler rearmed for the Second World War, nor in blaming them for not launching crusades to have the vulnerable provided with protective masks to save their lives in the covid-19 pandemic.

If they will not publish a warning, they will certainly not publish news that their toadism towards the no-masks demands of the W.H.O. is costing thousands of vulnerable lives.

 
At 5:08 pm, Blogger nige said...

This is a catch-22 situation. Sure, the media wants to sell fashionable stories. But new fashions have to emerge, or there is no "news". Yep, to the Marxists, repeating the same tired old lies endlessly is their Orwellian doublethink interpretation of the word "news".

But ultimately some new ideas and new info has to seep out. The media is more concerned with screening and censorship than the free marketplace of ideas, because - despite Marxist propaganda - the majority of people (especially Marxists) are conservative (e.g. try telling a Marxist that he/she needs to "move on" from Marxism, and you'll see they they are conservative in resisting change from their mindset, resisting progressive ideas, and trying hopelessly to redefine the word "progressive" to mean "backward" to the time of Marx). However, the media has to follow fashion and innovation, albeit as slowly as possible. It will do so belatedly following its Latin motto: "Quoque paulo nimium sero".

But eventually the laggard media will report fragments of the facts, usually distorted out of context into a lie woven out of whole cloth, after covering up the news that is so vital.

So I disagree with you, and give all due credit, "jota unum", to the media. Eventually they will get around to printing a garbled, watered down, news "story", far too late.

 
At 5:19 pm, Blogger nige said...

It seems that I was right also about the side-effects of chloroquine that James Delingpole was promoting (while he ignored my requests that he at least consider writing about masks as a way out of the lock-down), see:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8199477/Swedish-hospitals-stop-prescribing-chloroquine-coronavirus-patients-adverse-effects.html

"Hospitals in Sweden have stopped using the malaria drug chloroquine on coronavirus patients after reports it was causing blinding headaches and vision loss. ... For one in 100 people, chloroquine can also cause the heart to beat too fast or slow, which can lead to a fatal heart attack."

Delingpole is an example of the "maverick journalist" who promotes lies and crap and claims that he is offering the "best alternative" to mainstream fashion. The real problem is editors and publishers who go along with populist alternatives, instead of looking at the factual evidence critically. Gas masks are available and have plenty of evidence. Vaccines and drugs have plenty of problems and delays.

 
At 7:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The failure of the media to campaign for the Taiwan solution to coronavirus, masks, proves the failure of so-called investigative journalism and do-good editing when needed.

What are all so-called socialist journalists scribbling now when masks are needed by the vulnerable to save their lives in a pandemic? They are writing how horrible democratically elected leaders are. Are those journalists democratically elected? No. Hypocrites.

They could not care less about doing the right thing, just pandering to fashion. I hope covid-19 puts their horrible presses out of action, and saves the world from their poison pens. They could do a lot of good, but they choose to be negative instead of promoting the only proven solution to the pandemic.

 
At 8:16 pm, Blogger nige said...

I've been into the failure of the media re: civil defence in many previous blog posts. This current pandemic crisis is a repeat of the BBC/Cambridge Scientists Antiwar Group/CND anti-civil defence tripe, 1927-1988.

Please see https://archive.org/details/PopularFlying/mode/2up for the story of how William Earle Johns, editor of Popular Flying (monthly) and Flying (weekly) was fired in 1939 for his repeated 1933-1939 editorial warnings about Hitler's rearmament and the dangers of appeasement. This was due to his publisher, George Newnes, being wined and dined by Cabinet Ministers who wanted to shut up critics of their fascist/racist sympathetic policies.

By contrast, Churchill profited politically in the end (he was made PM) from his occasional, ignored warnings (dismissed by the more fashionable media bosses as "warmongering"), made while his main attention was devoted not to warning of appeasement, but to writing a money-spinning long-winded, biased biography of his ancestor, Marlborough.

My point as always is that democracy and the so-called "free press" are corrupt dictatorships bestowed with an all-too-thin veneer of respectability, which rubs off fast in a crisis! What's best, a dictatorship that is beyond criticism because it is wallpapered as democracy and protected by corrupt "free press" barons, or a openly clear dictatorship that you can sabotage, plot against and fight against? The answer is sad!

 
At 8:17 pm, Blogger nige said...

Link: https://archive.org/details/PopularFlying/mode/2up

On 14 March 1933, Lt Col Moore Brabazon complained of Britain’s disarmament policy to the House of Commons: “The enemy of the Air Force is not across the Channel, it is in Whitehall.”

Captain W. E. Johns, editor of 1930s weekly Flying and monthly Popular Flying, was fired on U.K. Government orders to his publisher, for criticising U.K. Government appeasement and slow rearmament policies. This debunks the notion that there is "freedom of the press". The fact is, anyone stating anything factual is censored out using "peer-pressure" and smear attacks about "warmongering" when in fact the "pacifists" caused WWII by enforcing appeasement policies.


“Feeling in this country runs the way the party in power at Westminster wants it to run, its wishes being conveyed to the public by means of carefully prepared propaganda in the newspapers. ... [Hitler] has not kept strictly to the letter of the disarmament clause ... The cost of a thousand aeroplanes today would be nothing to what failure to safeguard ourselves might cost.”

– W. E. Johns, Popular Flying editorial, January 1934.

 
At 12:28 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a communist takeover:
1. Marxist China pays off WHO to recommend that gas masks are no use, thereby ensuring the pandemic.
2. Marxist BBC and other media repeat WHOs call to not allow any masks for the vulnerable.
3. In the absence of protection and the delays in getting a vaccine (which may never be successful), capitalism goes bankrupt.
4. Marxist is firmly instilled in place of capitalism by covid-19.
5. Marxist Jeremy Corbyn, defeated in December 2019 at the polls in the UK, announces Marxist triumph thanks to covid-19.

 
At 12:36 am, Blogger nige said...

Keep to hard facts, not speculations that Marxist China collaborated with Marxist Corbyn to unleash covid-19 to defeat capitalism and turn the world Marxist for a year or whatever:

FACT: Marxist Corbyn has exploited covid-19 for Marxist propaganda, while ignoring gas mask civil defence (he spent his political career attacking civil defence gas masks etc, in between shaking hands with Hamas racists who love Hitler's extermination of 6 million Jews).

Leave it at that, exploitation of mass murder.

Cheers!

 
At 12:51 am, Blogger nige said...

PS. I saw some crackpot discussions on TV about military biological warfare application of covid-19 coronavirus, which dismissed it with the specious remark that "covid-19 has no military biological warfare use because the country unleashing it would have no protection."

This is nonsense because if a country did release a virus like this, particularly a communist/Marxist country which believes in civil defense - while hypocritically telling its enemies not to have civil defence themselves, as the USSR did in the cold war - you would get a situation just like that which is occurring now with covid-19 - just look at the graphs in this blog post of the relatively few Chinese casualties compared to the rest of the world!

Similarly, in gas warfare during WWI, the side releasing gas would do so when its own side was protected.

 
At 9:56 am, Blogger nige said...

Sadly, not all scientists want to save lives. Those who want like Hitler to "reduce the surplus population" like Marxist hypocritical "medical experts" in BMA, WHO, BBC etc dismiss live saving protective masks for the vulnerable in order to hype up their political agenda based on lies, hatred and extermination. This following article is supposed to be a "joke", but summarises the situation plainly for fanatics against masks in the media, in politics, religion and "hubris science":

https://www.theonion.com/scientists-look-one-third-of-the-human-race-has-to-di-1819573235

WASHINGTON—Saying there's no way around it at this point, a coalition of scientists announced Thursday that one-third of the world population must die to prevent wide-scale depletion of the planet's resources—and that humankind needs to figure out immediately how it wants to go about killing off more than 2 billion members of its species.

Representing multiple fields of study, including ecology, agriculture, biology, and economics, the researchers told reporters that facts are facts: Humanity has far exceeded its sustainable population size, so either one in three humans can choose how they want to die themselves, or there can be some sort of government-mandated liquidation program—but either way, people have to start dying.

And soon, the scientists confirmed.

 
At 10:11 am, Blogger nige said...

Why vaccines might not do the job, and why instead Taiwan's policy of masks to end the lock-down is so important (despite W.H.O. anti mask propaganda):

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-southkorea-idUSKCN21S15X

WORLD NEWSAPRIL 10, 2020 / 12:25 PM / 2 DAYS AGO
South Korea reports recovered coronavirus patients testing positive again
Josh Smith, Sangmi Cha
3 MIN READ

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean officials on Friday reported 91 patients thought cleared of the new coronavirus had tested positive again.

Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), told a briefing that the virus may have been “reactivated” rather than the patients being re-infected.

South Korean health officials said it remains unclear what is behind the trend, with epidemiological investigations still under way.

The prospect of people being re-infected with the virus is of international concern, as many countries are hoping that infected populations will develop sufficient immunity to prevent a resurgence of the pandemic.

 
At 10:14 am, Blogger nige said...

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/united-kingdom-coronavirus-covid19-fatalities-data-models/

Will the UK really have the highest coronavirus death toll in
Europe, as a US study suggests? ...

+ The forecast predicts that the UK will have the highest number of fatalities out of any European country.
+ But different models offer different predictions, mainly due to the data they use ...

 
At 4:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The situation of contaminated from infected corpses due to a lack of body bags in the UK (not just a lack of masks and covid-19 testing):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1268269/uk-coronavirus-body-bags-news-boris-johnson-covid-19-death-rates-NHS-matt-hancock


Horrifying number of COVID-19 deaths leaves body bag suppliers unable to meet demand

MORTUARY suppliers have warned that they have run out of body bags, as the death toll in the UK fast approaches 1,000 per day.

By JOHN VARGA
PUBLISHED: 03:04, Mon, Apr 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 06:40, Mon, Apr 13, 2020


The shortage has led to some hospitals resorting to using sheets to move corpses. On Sunday, latest figures from Public Health England revealed that another 737 people had died in hospitals from COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities to 10,612. The UK is fast turning into a major epicentre for the disease within Europe, with some experts predicting that deaths in the UK will outstrip those in Italy and Spain.

The rising number of fatalities is placing a huge strain on mortuary suppliers and funeral parlours.

Barber Medical, who holds the NHS contract for mortuary supplies, told the BBC that zipped mortuary bag availability was a "real problem and they could not be sourced anywhere".
...

 
At 2:02 pm, Anonymous Foxy lady said...

https://www.foxnews.com/world/taiwan-releases-december-email-showing-unheeded-warning-to-who-about-coronavirus

WORLDPublished 11 hours ago
Taiwan releases December email to WHO showing unheeded warning about coronavirus

By Vandana Rambaran | Fox News

The World Health Organization is under fire after Taiwan released the contents of a December email inquiring about the person-to-person spread of COVID-19, which it says was ignored by the organization and further denied to provide adequate information about how to fight the virus.

Taiwan is accusing the WHO of downplaying the severity and spread of the coronavirus in an attempt to pander to China, even after Taiwan sounded the alarm about at least seven cases of atypical pneumonia that they were aware of in Wuhan, where the virus originated.

CHINA WAS 'NOT TRUTHFUL' ABOUT INITIAL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, EX-FDA BOSS GOTTLIEB SAYS

When asked about the cases by the media, Taiwan said China's health authorities said, "The cases were believed not SARS; however samples are still under examination, and cases have been isolated for treatment," according to the contents of an email sent by Taiwan's Center for Disease Control and Prevention to the WHO on Dec. 31.

"I would greatly appreciate it if you have relevant information to share with us," the email said.

Taiwan is located about 80 miles off China's coast but has declared itself an independent nation for over 70 years. China, however, has refused to acknowledge Taiwan's sovereignty and consistently fights to bring it back under Beijing's control.

As a result, China has successfully persuaded the WHO to exclude Taiwan from the organization.

The WHO denied that Taiwan ever alerted them to the potential person-to-person spread of the virus, but Taiwan's CDC said that because they specifically mentioned "atypical pneumonia" – reminiscent of SARS, which is transmitted via human contact – "public health professionals could discern from this wording that there was a real possibility of human-to-human transmission of the disease," they said in a press release.

"However, because at the time there were as yet no cases of the disease in Taiwan, we could not state directly and conclusively that there had been human-to-human transmission," Taiwan's CDC said.

Taiwan said that the WHO and the Chinese CDC both refused to provide adequate information that could have potentially prepared the government for the impact of the virus sooner.

The WHO ignored warnings from Taiwan and continued to reiterate China's false talking points — that "there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission" of the novel pathogen even as late as Jan 14.

In addition, the WHO failed to mandate that Chinese officials share the viral strains that would have allowed diagnostic tests to have been produced significantly earlier worldwide.

Tensions between Taiwan and the WHO have caused President Trump to consider pulling funding from the U.N. agency, which receives the bulk of its money from U.S taxpayers' dollars.

Trump said Monday during the White House's coronavirus task force briefing that he expects to reach a decision by the end of the week -- days after he vowed that his administration would be "looking into" WHO's operations.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has accused the U.S. of "politicizing" its handling of the virus and said that doing so would result in "more body bags."

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Currently, the coronavirus pandemic has killed 118,854 people in the world and infected over 2 million others.

Fox News' Rich Edson contributed to this report.

Vandana Rambaran is a reporter covering news and politics at foxnews.com. She can be found on Twitter @vandanarambaran

 
At 5:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), told a briefing that the virus may have been “reactivated” rather than the patients being re-infected."

- https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-southkorea-idUSKCN21S15X

This suggests covid-19 antibodies may not prevent re-infections, so a vaccine may not work.

 
At 9:08 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/china-small-nuclear-tests-secret-state-department?fbclid=IwAR0uyktK7o6t5zfTJQJgQNrq1woznM2sdKvFAkTtenN86u6G_lpMCcTRPHc

CHINA Published 7 hours ago Last Update 5 hours ago
China may be conducting secret nuclear tests, State Department warns

By Nick Givas, Rich Edson | Fox News

The State Department is concerned China may be conducting small nuclear tests in secret, possibly violating an international agreement banning such tests, Fox News confirmed Wednesday.

A new State Department report on compliance with arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament, first obtained by the Wall Street Journal earlier Wednesday, found that China may be flouting international law by conducting the tests within the northwest region of the country, using low explosive power.

The report didn't prove any wrongdoing on the part of the Chinese, but still raised red flags.

"Some compliance concerns are raised and some findings of violations are made," it read.

CORONAVIRUS HAS 'NO IMPACT' ON ABILITY TO LAUNCH NUCLEAR WEAPONS: TOP US NUKE COMMANDER



Officials wrote that China had maintained a "high level of activity" at its Lop Nur site in 2019, and could be seeking to operate it year-round going forward.

It also mentioned China’s use of explosive containment chambers, extensive evacuations at the site and lack of transparency on nuclear testing as reasons for raising suspicions.

The report went on to cite further concerns about China's possible violation of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) by engaging "in biological activities with potential dual-use application."

The U.S. government also could not determine if China had shut down its biological warfare program, nor could it confirm if Beijing still had access to such weapons, due to its lack of openness and transparency.

China has been under growing scrutiny over its handling of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. There is increasing confidence that COVID-19 likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China's effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses were equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States, multiple sources who have been briefed on government actions and seen relevant materials revealed to Fox News.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out the Chinese government for not sharing the full story with the rest of the world.

"We know that this virus originated in Wuhan, China," Pompeo told "The Story". "We know there is the Wuhan Institute of Virology just a handful of miles away from where the wet market was. There is still lots to learn. The United States government is working diligently to figure it out."

Fox News' Bret Baier, Gregg Re, Charles Creitz and Martha MacCallum contributed to this report.

 
At 9:10 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://kafkadesk.org/2020/04/05/czech-nudists-reprimanded-by-police-for-not-wearing-face-masks/

ULTRA-LOCAL NEWS FROM CENTRAL EUROPE

Czech nudists reprimanded by police for not wearing face-masks

BY KAFKADESK
5 APRIL 2020

5 APRIL 2020
COMMENTS 9
Czech police apprehend nudists without face-masks
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – A group of Czech nudists were scolded by police officers for violating the obligation to wear protective face-masks in public spaces, local media reported.

Clothes or no clothes, face-masks mandatory in the Czech Republic
The message is clear: Protective face-masks have to be worn at all times in public, and no exception will be tolerated.

 
At 9:57 am, Blogger nige said...

What worries me about this is that the "hot beds" system - used on all the West's nuclear deterrent submarines - makes them highly vulnerable to covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, potentially weakening nuclear deterrence and risking WWIII breaking out:

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/04/covid-19-slams-wests-nuke-carriers-while-china-signals-taiwan-japan/

NAVAL WARFARE, THREATS
COVID-19 Slams West’s Nuke Carriers While China Signals Taiwan, Japan
Monday may have marked a turning point for how the Navy, and perhaps the Pentagon, is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, raising questions over how deeply it might cut into military operations and what toll it will take on military readiness and operations.
By PAUL MCLEARY
on April 14, 2020 at 2:33 PM

WASHINGTON: China is operating the only aircraft carrier in the Western Pacific as the COVID crisis continues to ravage the USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam, and the USS Ronald Reagan remains pierside in Japan.

The Liaoning carrier and its five-ship strike group skirted the territorial waters of Japan and Taiwan over the weekend, passing between the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako on Saturday, before moving east of Taiwan on Sunday, according to reports. The move marks Beijing’s latest show of force in the region as its naval strength continues to grow and many US carriers sit moribund.

While the PLA Navy flexed its muscles, American and French nuclear-powered aircraft carriers struggled to contend with the global pandemic. The stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt continues to offload sailors to hotels on shore in Guam as it treats and about 600 infected sailors are quarantined. The ship has been in port for two weeks, and it’s not clear when it will return to sea.

On Monday, the Navy announced the first TR sailor died from COVID-related complications. Four sailors are hospitalized, and one has been moved into the intensive care unit due to shortness of breath, the Navy said today.

And France’s Charles de Gaulle carrier is now land-bound after 50 sailors tested positive for the novel cornaivurs, leading the French government to evacuate and isolate the entire 1,700-person crew in Toulon while a deep cleaning of the ship takes place. The de Gaulle — the only non-US nuclear powered carrier in the world — was coming to the end of a three-month deployment, but returned to port early.

...

Navy officials say it’s still unclear how COVID-19 made it aboard the TR. Many observers have pointed to its March 4 port call in Da Nang, Vietnam, blaming Capt. Brett Crozier for the visit. However, the port call had been signed off on by his boss’ bosses, Indo-Pacom commander Adm. Philip Davidson and Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the Pacific Fleet.

The visit was a major diplomatic milestone, marking just the second US carrier visit to the country since the US pulled out in 1975, and comes as Washington continues to make overtures to the country’s leadership as a bulwark against Chinese influence in the region."


If I were able to influence events, I'd recommend that all ships and subs with covid-19 outbreaks enforce biological warfare measures (respirators, anti-contamination disinfectant cleaning, and protective clothing) to try to stamp out the outbreaks vigorously, which should work (you can't self-isolate effectively in the cramped confines of a sub or ship).

But the whole nature of this pandemic and the China/W.H.O. anti-public masks advice suggests that regardless of whether the pandemic was started accidentally due to bat soup in Wuhan or a "leak" from a Chinese biological warfare field test, the Marxists are likely to gain power from the global collapse of capitalism and Western recession that will follow.

 
At 10:01 am, Blogger nige said...

So regardless of whether it was an "accident" or not, it has been used in a way that maximises the spread and human/financial costs to the West. Now add the nuclear testing revelation to that:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8224419/State-Department-warns-China-conducting-secret-nuclear-bomb-tests.html

State Department warns that China may be conducting small nuclear bomb tests and hiding the evidence from the rest of the world
State Department report on Wednesday says there is evidence of banned tests
Activity at the Lop Nur test site indicates 'extensive excavations' through 2019
China also blocks transmission of international monitoring data, report claims
China has denied the accusations, saying the criticism was 'without foundation'
Lop Nur is China's main nuclear test site and is located in remote Xinjang
Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and REUTERS

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China may have secretly set off low-level underground nuclear test explosions despite claiming to observe an international pact banning such blasts, the U.S. State Department said in a report on Wednesday that could further fray U.S.-Chinese relations.

The finding may worsen ties already strained after President Donald Trump said the U.S. is investigating the possibility that coronavirus escaped from a Chinese lab and was covered up by Beijing. ...

The State Department report does not prove that China violated nuclear test ban treaties, but says there is disturbing evidence of secret activity at the remote Lop Nur test site in the western province of Xinjang.

Lop Nur was China's sole nuclear testing site until 1996, when both China and the U.S. signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and vowed to adhere to its terms. ...

'China's possible preparation to operate its Lop Nur test site year-round, its use of explosive containment chambers, extensive excavation activities at Lop Nur and a lack of transparency on its nuclear testing activities ... raise concerns regarding its adherence to the zero yield standard,' the report said, without providing evidence of a low-yield test.

Beijing's lack of transparency included blocking data transmissions from sensors linked to a monitoring center operated by the international agency that verifies compliance with a treaty banning nuclear test explosions. ...

A senior U.S. official said the concerns about China's testing activities buttressed President Donald Trump's case for getting China to join the United States and Russia in talks on an arms control accord to replace the 2010 New START treaty between Washington and Moscow that expires in February. ...

'The pace and manner by which the Chinese government is modernizing its stockpile is worrying, destabilizing, and illustrates why China should be brought into the global arms control framework,' said the senior U.S. official on condition of anonymity. ...

China, estimated to have about 300 nuclear weapons, has repeatedly rejected Trump's proposal, arguing its nuclear force is defensive and poses no threat. ...

It comes after President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. is trying to determine whether the coronavirus first crossed to humans accidentally during experiments with bats at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab.

After word of the outbreak finally became public, Chinese leaders were quick to blame Wuhan's 'wet market' where wild animals -- though not bats -- are sold for consumption, leading one source to tell Fox News the debacle is the 'costliest government coverup of all time.'

'Patient zero' worked at the Wuhan lab, and spread the virus into the local population after leaving work, sources who had been briefed on intelligence told the outlet.

 
At 8:26 pm, Blogger nige said...

British Medical Journal: https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1435 "Face masks for the public during the covid-19 crisis" - https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/369/bmj.m1435.full.pdf :

"In conclusion, in the face of a pandemic the search for perfect evidence may be the enemy of good policy. As with parachutes for jumping out of aeroplanes, it is time to act without waiting for randomised controlled trial evidence. A recently posted preprint of a systematic review came to the same conclusion. Masks are simple, cheap, and potentially effective. We believe that, worn both in the home (particularly by the person showing symptoms) and also outside the home in situations where meeting others is likely (for example, shopping, public transport), they could have a substantial impact on transmission with a relatively small impact on social and economic life."

Wow! They never took that approach to civil defence in the cold war, when they believed USSR propaganda to make the UK vulnerable!

 
At 8:34 am, Blogger nige said...

"Coronavirus: London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for 'compulsory' face masks" - better late than never ! - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-52312906

 
At 8:36 am, Blogger nige said...

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-mayor-sadiq-khan-calls-on-government-to-make-face-masks-on-london-transport-compulsory-11974436

London's mayor is lobbying ministers for a change in policy on face coverings in the fight against COVID-19.
Alan McGuinness, political reporter
Alan McGuinness
Political reporter @Alan_McGuinness

Friday 17 April 2020 08:25, UK

"Wearing masks to avoid catching COVID-19 might have some advantages, the transport secretary has said. ... He has been urged by the mayor of London to make wearing masks on public transport in the capital compulsory to stop the spread of coronavirus. Sadiq Khan wrote that: "The latest scientific evidence shows that they can reduce the chances of an individual unknowingly infecting other people with COVID-19 and can therefore help to slow the spread of the virus."

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! :-)

 
At 8:41 am, Anonymous Mike said...

The London Mayor is not suggesting that vulnerable people are protected properly, only that they receive inferior masks, with the best protection reserved to protect the NHS.

FFP2 (N95-equivalent) surgical face masks are reserved for the NHS, so why not give the elderly better protection for long periods of comfortable wearing, stockpiled military chemical/biological/nuclear particulate filter gas or respirator masks or nuclear industry masks?

"Face masks have become the new normal on streets and cities across the world as the coronavirus pandemic continues. A growing majority are deciding to cover their mouth and nose with bought or even homemade masks, in spite of World Health Organization (WHO) advice." - https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1269472/coronavirus-uk-face-mask-effective-covid-19-protection

The key issue is that 100% of the media and W.H.O. lies against "masks" is directed against poor quality masks, not the high quality, efficient type of respirator that is needed!

Paper lifeboats might well have suffered the same propaganda fate prior to the sinking of the Titanic: "There is NO EVIDENCE that paper lifeboats will save any lives!!! Blah blah blah."

Straw-man propaganda tactics by the socialist mentality of W.H.O. that just wants to maximise the pandemic disaster in order to secure more and more funds.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-52326075 "Coronavirus: Home Office staff give face masks to migrants", 17 April 2020:

"Home Office staff have been seen fitting face masks to suspected migrants at Dover.
Pictures showed Immigration Enforcement officers, themselves wearing masks and gloves, processing them at the port. A total of 25 men and four women in three vessels arrived off the Kent coast between 04:30 and 12:00 BST. The Home Office said it was "standard practice" for migrants who arrive on small boats to be given face masks, fitted by individuals themselves."

So in the UK, the elderly most at risk need to get to France, burn their passports, then sail to England in leaky boats, in order to finally be deemed "economic migrants" worthy of protection and given masks. This seems to be the quack W.H.O. "guidelines" result!

 
At 10:19 pm, Blogger nige said...

Marxist New Statesman's media Stasi try to turn genuine tragedies into poetic comedy. Well, let's not hold our breath waiting for TV screenwriters, producers and New Statesman writers to mask up, stop infecting and killing people with their ill-informed bigotry. The result of doing so will be similar to a high dose of covid-19.

THIS IS NOT A JOKE. UNLESS THE MEDIA TAKES EFFECTIVE CIVIL DEFENCE BIOLOGICAL AGENT GAS MASKS / RESPIRATORS SERIOUSLY, THE CONSEQUENCES WILL GET WORSE IN MANY WAYS. :-(

https://www.newstatesman.com/2020/04/eleven-days-may-have-tragically-cost-uk-fight-against-coronavirus

17 APRIL 2020
The eleven days that may have tragically cost the UK in the fight against coronavirus

In a personal account, Dominic Minghella recalls the pre-lockdown period in which he and others were spreading Covid-19 across the UK. ...

The days in question are 12-23 March, days in which the government decided to all but give up contact tracing and do, well, nothing. Mass gatherings were still allowed; concerts and racing and Champions League football; pubs and public transport. The over-70s, it must be conceded, were advised to avoid cruises.

Medics in Italy screamed: “Do something!” “Don’t make our mistakes!” “Look at what happens if you leave it too late!” In those 11 days, our government decided there was nothing to be done. We wrestled open-mouthed with the ideas of “taking it on the chin”, “letting it pass through the community” and “herd immunity”. Then the government realised that this “strategy” might produce upwards of 250,000 deaths in the UK. ...

The 11 days during which our government decided there was nothing it could do included the days during which I was asymptomatic with Covid-19. I’m confident I picked up my infection on a packed train from Northallerton to London on 8 March. In the following few days, at maximum infectiousness, ... I went to shops and cafés and took my kids to school. On 12 March, with the government saying there was nothing to be done and abandoning us to the virus, I tried to buy hand sanitiser, but it was all gone. I went to the Post Office ... I passed my credit card to the post office worker to show my ID. At the pharmacy I signed the back of my prescription using a communal pen tied to the till with string. I went to our tiny, closely aisled Tesco. All the time, ... I had no idea that my selfish fears were pointless; I had already caught it.

... I probably spread my infection to others at the Post Office; through the pen at the pharmacy, the keypad at the Tesco. I made them ill. I had no idea, of course – no symptoms at all – but I may have killed people. I almost certainly infected people, who infected others, who infected still more ... “My” viral spreading will have cost some people their lives, some families their loved ones.

... On the day the government finally put the UK into lockdown (23 March), it was already too late for me. I was gasping for breath and (foolishly) resisting advice to go to hospital. ...

Dominic Minghella is a television screenwriter and producer....

 
At 11:34 am, Anonymous Mike said...

Just to remind everyone of some key safety aspects of general purpose CBRN respirators (gas masks): don't use them against ammonia, carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide, or in oxygen deficient environments (where there is less than 17% oxygen you need to replace the filter canister with a fire brigade or scuba diving type compressed air cylinder and appropriate regulator/adapter), because they do NOT absorb oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide which irreversibly binds up haemoglobin in red blood cells, causing oxygen insufficiency. This was a major problem in the first world war, when soldiers wore gas masks in fume filled recent bomb craters, and succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Ideally, civil defence CBRN gas masks should contain clear warning labels on the filter canisters, stating:

"WARNING: TEST REGULARLY AND REPLACE WHEN SMOKE OR CHLORINE GAS BEGINS TO LEAK THROUGH FILTER. CBRN FILTER IS NOT PROOF AGAINST CO, CO2, NH3, OR IN OXYGEN-DEFICIENT ENVIRONMENTS WHERE COMPRESSED AIR IS NEEDED."

 
At 4:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is curious that the BBC endlessly repeats three false reasons why vulnerable people should NOT wear masks:

a. Only sick people and medical professionals really need masks. THIS IS THE KEY FAKE W.H.O. CLAIM! On the contrary, in fact anyone can contract covid-19 and even asymptomatic people can spread the disease, and all need masks, debunking W.H.O.

b. There is a shortage of disposable paper masks, which must be reserved for medics. IGNORANT W.H.O. PROPAGANDA THAT IGNORES BETTER QUALITY MILITARY AN CIVIL DEFENSE/EMERGENCY GAS MASKS ENTIRELY. This claim also contradicts fake claim (a). If you claim people don't need masks, and then make the contradictory claim that the vulnerable people should denied protection because is a shortage caused by medics getting all the masks, you are confused!

c. Masks make people touch their faces, spreading contamination. IGNORANT W.H.O. PROPAGANDA BECAUSE FULL FACE GAS MASKS PREVENT PEOPLE FROM TOUCHING THEIR FACES AND THEREFORE PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CONTAMINATION BY HAND-TO-FACE CONTACT.

The BBC and other media are guilty of endlessly repeating this ignorant W.H.O. fake news mythology. The result so far is over 16,000 dead in hospitals and far more dead in nursing homes and houses, due to both covid-19 directly and to indirect deaths from fear of visiting contaminated hospitals for other medical problems that need live saving treatment. BBC tireless pro-lying anti-masks propaganda has a very heavy death toll. At some point, people apart from die-hard fascists will tire of applauding the lies. Truth needs airing.

 
At 4:31 pm, Blogger nige said...

The UK government seems to be following the lockdown strategy promoted by the Kate Winslet movie Contagion, instead of following what its own treatment of the airborne gas threat in 1938 when it issued everyone in the country with PPE and training it its use (ARP Handbook 1 on gas masks had sold 477,000 copies in its first edition in 1937, before civilian gas masks were even manufactured starting 1938).

The two useful aspects of the film Contagion are Winslet saying that the average person touches their face normally around 4 times every minute (thus the need for gas masks to prevent face-touching, which is a major contamination route due to hand to face contagion), and the depiction of various types of protective masks.

If everyone wore good PPE, the hospital overload and the testing problems would be ended soon. As the 2008 UK Health and Safety Executive research report RR619 explained in 2008, for airborne viruses paper masks reduce the inhalation hazard by about a factor of 6 but gas masks / respirators can reduce it by more than a factor of 100. This would stamp it out. Wearing gloves, we could then decontaminate door handles, cash point buttons, etc., and wipe out the virus, ending lock-down speedily. The fewer people then showing symptoms would stand out better and could be tested, isolated and contact-traced more easily, eliminating the crisis.

W.H.O. falsehoods against masks are killing thousands of people!

 
At 8:10 pm, Blogger nige said...

New paper in Britain's premier medical journal, The Lancet, finds: "Dismissing a low-cost intervention such as mass masking as ineffective because there is no evidence of effectiveness in clinical trials is in our view potentially harmful." - Kar Keung Cheng, Tai Hing Lam, and Chi Chiu Leung, "Wearing face masks in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic", The Lancet, April 16, 2020, https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30918-1/fulltext

 
At 8:28 pm, Blogger nige said...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8234927/100-leading-doctors-call-public-wear-home-masks.html

Everyone in Britain 'should wear a mask': One hundred leading doctors say public should cover their face whenever they go out to limit spread of coronavirus

Top doctors have recommended that the public wear masks outdoors
They say Britain is out of step in its guidance, with other European countries including Germany, Italy and Spain now recommending their use

The coverings are already common in China, Japan and South Korea

Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

By ELEANOR HAYWARD FOR THE DAILY MAIL

PUBLISHED: 21:58, 19 April 2020 | UPDATED: 08:52, 20 April 2020

More than 100 top doctors have backed calls for the public to wear homemade face masks to protect themselves and others from contracting coronavirus when they leave their homes.

They signed a letter saying they were 'increasingly alarmed at official inaction over the need for the public to wear face masks'.

Ministers could make a decision this week on whether to order the use of protective equipment for millions of Britons in the workplace and on public transport.

The doctors spoke out ahead of a meeting of the Government's scientific advisers tomorrow to review evidence on whether masks should be made compulsory.

Britain is out of step in its guidance, with other European countries including Germany, Italy and Spain now recommending their use.

The doctors are backing the Masks4All campaign which is calling for 'ordinary homemade masks' to be worn by the public to help stop those with the disease spreading it to others.

Signatories of the letter include John Ashton, a former president of the Faculty of Public Health, and Martin McKee, a professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Their missive to The Times said: 'Official UK policy is illogical… The latest guidance on PPE [personal protective equipment] says that people should wear masks in hospital waiting rooms 'to reduce both direct transmission and environmental contamination'. Why not elsewhere?

'The thousands of coronavirus mutual aid groups could make enough homemade masks for everyone, so it would cost next to nothing. Instructions are easily available, for example, at masks4all.org.uk.'

A petition has also been started by Masks4All urging the Government to make masks mandatory in the UK.

 
At 8:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8237489/Medics-say-general-public-make-facemasks-stop-spread-coronavirus.html

Medics say general public should make their own face masks from bandanas, scarves and towels to stop spread of coronavirus

Campaigners Masks4All suggest home-made masks can slow spread of Covid-19
But World Health Organisation says there is no evidence to support public use

Scientific advisers for the Government are carrying out a review on face masks

Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

By WILLIAM COLE FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 17:33, 20 April 2020 | UPDATED: 21:45, 20 April 2020

Britons should make their own face masks to stop the spread of coronavirus as supplies of the protective gear run short, medics have said.

Campaigners Masks4All has suggested that home-made masks can slow the spread of Covid-19. They group use the slogan 'my mask protects you and your mask protects me' on their website.

But the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that there is no evidence to support the use of masks in the general population.

In the wider community outside of health and care facilities, people should wear masks if they are sick or caring for those who are ill, the organisation added.

The Masks4All campaign group was started in the Czech Republic, but now has a global following. More than 100 UK medics have lent the group their support.

Dr Helen Davison told The Telegraph that the group was 'advocating the use of cloth masks as a precautionary principle' and that it had been inspired by action taken in other countries 'that have introduced face masks at population level'.

Scientific advisers for the Government are carrying out a review on face masks. ...

Two types of mask meet high-grade medical standards - FFP3 and FFP2/N95. So what's the difference?

The two main types of medical-grade face mask on sale in Britain are the FFP3 and FFP2, also known as N95, masks.

These are the types that doctors and nurses must use when treating patients with the coronavirus, and offer the most protection against viruses in the air.

They are particularly vital during 'aerosolising' procedures such as putting in a ventilator, which is when medical workers are most at risk of breathing in viruses.

FFP stands for Filtering Face Piece, with FFP3 giving the highest level of protection against virus and bacterial infections, while FFP2 is the level below.

NHS guidance is for medics to use the FFP3 masks, while FFP2 is recommended by the World Health Organization and is the equivalent to the US's N95 mask.

The N in N95 stands for Not resistant to oil - because the mask is a particle respirator only and doesn't protect against fluids - while the 95 means it filters out 95 per cent of airborne particles.

Health officials say that when FFP3s are not available, FFP2s can be used. The WHO recommends FFP2 and N95 respirators, which are widely used in other countries.

The N95 does not have the CE mark to show compliance with European safety standards, but has been tested against standards similar to these requirements.

This pack of two FFP3 masks is the best selling product for the type of respirator on Amazon

 
At 8:48 pm, Blogger nige said...

There's a petition https://www.change.org/p/sign-the-petition-to-demand-masks4all but it's not hitting the nail on the head. What is needed is proper protection for the most vulnerable people, which should be effective, preferably reusable gas masks that have a protection factor well over 100 for airborne respiratory aerosols, which will protect them reliably when visiting hospitals that are heavily contaminated, for chemotherapy, heart treatment, etc. Homemade masks only reduce airborne contamination risks by a factor of 6 (according to the tests reported in the UK Health and Safety Executive report RR619). The petition for homemade masks for all is NOT well thought out. High quality masks for vulnerable people are needed. At present all good masks are diverted from them. There are unused stockpiles of Avon biowar emergency/civil defence escape hoods and military gas masks that could be used to protect the vulnerable reliably!

 
At 8:35 am, Blogger nige said...

Reparations claims against China could risk sparking another war, just as reparations against Germany after WWI led to conflict:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1271028/Angela-Merkel-Germany-China-coronavirus-blame-Wuhan-Xi-Jinping-Trump-latest?fbclid=IwAR3kBbrW3iSQU4N4fp2o0--Mxo8Ckle2FxTRfidugUPr2U1Cb0rSMWDDvys

China furious as leading German newspaper writes out £130BN bill for 'coronavirus damages'
GERMANY has rattled China by joining the UK, France and the US in a rare attack, after Berlin called out Beijing's responsibility for the global pandemic and a leading newspaper issued a £130bn invoice.
By OLI SMITH
PUBLISHED: 00:01, Tue, Apr 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:36, Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Germany has sparked outrage in China after a Bild, the tabloid newspaper in the country, put together a £130bn invoice that Beijing "owes" Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has followed France, the UK and the US in directing its coronavirus anger at China, where the virus originated. Recent attacks come amid findings that Beijing appeared to cover up the true scale of the crisis, as the source of the outbreak remains a mystery.

On Saturday, Donald Trump warned that China should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump told reporters: "It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and the whole world is suffering because of it.

“If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, then there should be consequences.

He said the Chinese were “embarrassed” and the question was whether what happened with the coronavirus was “a mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?”

President Trump and his senior aides have repeatedly accused China of lacking transparency.

And German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said: “I believe the more transparent China is about the origin story of the virus, the better it is for everyone in the world in order to learn from it.”

This week the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak started, revised its number of fatalities by with a sudden 50% jump in the figure.

The UK has joined US intelligence officials in investigating claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan virus lab and not a wet market.

A bombshell op-ed this week in Germany's largest tabloid newspaper, Bild, joined this outrage by drawing up an itemised invoice for €149bn (£130b).

The list includes a €27 billion charge for lost tourism revenue, up to €7.2 billion for the German film industry, a million euros an hour for German airline Lufthansa and €50 billion for German small businesses.

Bild calculated that this amounts to €1,784 (£1,550) per person if Germany's GDP falls by 4.2 percent, under the title "What China owes us."

China responded by claiming the invoice "stirs up xenophobia and nationalism".

 
At 12:33 pm, Blogger nige said...

38 second clip of BBC David Shukman anti masks propaganda BBC1 News 1816 hours on 23 April 2020. The BBC's propagandarist David Shukman circulates deceptive propaganda in the form of "strawman" arguments against masks in which he shows the video of covid-19 droplets spreading and then some NHS "expert" or other states that "on balance, people don't need masks outdoors", even though it is about indoor contamination (hospital corridors, waiting rooms at surgeries, diagnosis and rooms for cancer or heart disease, supermarkets, shops, offices, buses, trains, tubes, care homes, etc.). This is deliberate Dr Goebbels style lying, because we could END the pandemic by the massive reduction of the reproduction number of the virus if we all wore efficient droplet filtering gas masks for a week (because, outside the body, the virus only survives a few days on most surfaces except in a refrigerator). The BBC anti-masks propaganda tricks used to cause over 20,000 deaths:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2254952801480370


 
At 1:00 pm, Anonymous Mike said...

Disposable paper masks should really be banned by the NHS and everyone else.

Reusable respirators should be used by everyone.

They have a protective factor of over 100 contrasted by just 6 for paper masks, and they are cheaper in the long run, because they can be disinfected and reused. They are better designed, more comfortable, and can be used for longer.

The media's obsession with ineffective paper masks is based on ignorance.

 
At 2:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BBC Panorama and News desks have never had any vested interest in debunking group-think propaganda from fireproof cladding "experts" or any others. They are solely interested in promoting Marxist Momentum style propaganda to bankrupt capitalism. Similarly, the Conservative Party went along, and indeed led, the attempt in this country to start the Second World War by the ill-informed appeasement policy towards fascism, which was warmly supported by a long list of Labour Party "opponents" from George Lansbury through Baldwin, Henderson and Chamberlain. The BBC promoted the appeasement strategy which led Hitler to believe Britain was too feeble to oppose fascism, thus leading to the Second World War. The BBC also led paedophilia through its 1980s "stars" like Sir Jimmy Saville, while hypocritically claiming to speak truth to power. It's nothing but a front for bigotry and officialdom, supporting hatred and opposing those who want corruption called to account by exposing the truth.

 
At 2:28 pm, Blogger nige said...

A respirator wearing policy would also be easier to police than the current vaguer "lockdown", because people can currently flout the rules and argue over their interpretation (how long can they spend out exercising each day?, how far can they go on their daily run or cycle ride?, etc.). With compulsory use of respirators, as in WWII, anyone not wearing a respiratory when entering a hospital or supermarket etc could be arrested by police and put into safe quarantine in a police cell until the pandemic is over (which would be very quickly if everyone could be encouraged in this way to wear effective masks to end the pandemic fast).

 
At 9:18 am, Anonymous Mike said...

The David Shukman's BBC interview with a British government adviser who says that the risk to the general public is too low, without giving any numbers to back up her claim that 20,000 deaths signifies an insignificant risk, to wear masks reminds me of similar claims.

1. Various buildings with cladding had burned down before Grenfell without fatalities, and some people had warned that people could be killed unless something was done. Official response: the risk is too low to worry about. No objective analysis backed up that claim.

2. After people pointed out in the 1960s that road deaths would be reduced if everyone was forced by law to wear a seat belt in vehicles, objectors claimed the risk was too low to bother about, despite thousands of deaths a year on the roads.

It will take a big campaign against the BBC and government to get them to change course on covid-19 and to save lives and stamp out the pandemic.

Don't expect any help from those with a vested interest in keeping the ship set on course for the ice berg, i.e. the people who stand to win acclaim for vaccine or antibody test development (even if these are way less effective than masks). Obviously, the BBC just wants hubris and party politics from it, not a solution. I hear they are trying to edit out people wearing masks in other countries from VT footage, to make it seem as if masks are not a sensible solution, in the same way Stalin airbrushed Trotsky out of old photos.

 
At 9:57 am, Blogger nige said...

"Don't expect any help from those with a vested interest in ... vaccine or antibody test development ..."

It's worse than this. Professional quacks try to pretend there is "no alternative" and make hate attacks on gas masks, jokes against them, or quick "no evidence" lying dismissals, in order to divert all funding to their own preferred quack scheme. Thus, in the 1930s, disarmament fanatics "had to dismiss civil defence and gas masks" because they were a "danger", being a credible alternative to surrendering to fascism or risking extermination. The same continued into the 1980s, and CND were still attacking civil defence even after their USSR had collapsed. The government put up a token support for civil defence but never really made an all-out assault on the lying propaganda methods used against it. Hence, the BBC's David Shukman, who incidentally has also in the past gone into the disarmament-is-the-only-way-to-save-us mythology, is using propaganda tricks against effective defence.

It's the same in superstring theory and genuine criticisms of positive water feedback delusions in climate propaganda "science": the lying use of "no evidence" when what the really mean is that they have corrupted peer-review to stop the evidence being examined! The BBC is doing this with the masks "debate": their propaganda technique is to just interview critics of instead of having a debate. If they did have a "debate" it would presumably be arranged with a load of anti-mask fanatics (funded for vaccine, antibody test, etc.) on one side, and a selection of ignorant morons representing the pro-masks side! Don't let anyone say that the BBC is not competent at enforcing mass deception, hypocrisy, misinformation and making hate attacks on the freedom of access of unbiased information. ;-)

 
At 3:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The results of the BBC and UK Government reliance on WHO anti masks propaganda:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/28/uks-death-toll-will-soon-worst-europe-charts/

UK has recorded Europe's highest average daily deaths for four days in a row - pushing it towards becoming Europe's worst affected country

By
Ashley Kirk,
SENIOR DATA JOURNALIST
28 April 2020 • 12:09pm

The UK’s five-day average for coronavirus deaths is now the highest of any major European economy at this point in the pandemic’s curve, new analysis has revealed.

At this point in the pandemic, some 42 days since the tenth death, the five-day average for deaths in the UK stands at 598, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. This is far higher than Italy (559), France (509) and Spain (423).

UK coronavirus deaths have been the highest among all major European countries for four days in a row, overtaking France at this stage of the pandemic.

 
At 7:17 pm, Blogger nige said...

Scotland leads the UK as always:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-scotland/scotlands-sturgeon-recommends-wearing-face-masks-in-enclosed-public-spaces-idUSKCN22A1Y8

WORLD NEWS

APRIL 28, 2020 / 1:34 PM / UPDATED 6 HOURS AGO

Scotland's Sturgeon recommends wearing face masks in enclosed public spaces

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged people to start wearing a face mask if they are in enclosed places such as public transport and shops, diverging for now from the official advice from London.

 
At 11:27 pm, Anonymous Mike said...

So gas masks it is, because antibody tests have proved pretty worthless in clinical trials.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/04/antibody-tests-herd-immunity/610762/

"COVID-19: The false hope of antibody tests
"Sarah Zhang - The Atlantic - 28 April 2020

"For months, ... immunity, which requires testing for proteins called antibodies in the blood that are evidence of past infection ... have been seen as key to reopening the country; other countries have even proposed using them for “immunity certificates” that would allow the immune to return to work.

"But if the first results from antibody surveys, also known as “serosurveys,” in the U.S. are anything to judge by, simply not enough people are immune. Too many Americans are still vulnerable to COVID-19 infection for these tests to be the “game changer” that many were hoping for.

"A pair of controversial surveys in the Bay Area and Los Angeles County found antibodies in 2.5 to 4 percent of the population—and even those numbers may be overestimates due to methodological flaws. In New York City, the country’s COVID-19 epicenter, 24.7 percent of people tested positive for antibodies. (The statewide number is 14.9 percent.) These rates do translate to many times more cases than officially documented, to be clear, but they are still a far cry from the 70 percent scientists believe is necessary to reach herd immunity and stop disease transmission. ...

"One study in the hard-hit municipality of Gangelt, considered “Germany’s Wuhan,” found 14 percent of people testing positive for antibodies. “It was clear from that point, for me, that we weren’t going to see big numbers,” Dean said. ...

"Scientists don’t know exactly how long immunity to COVID-19 will last and what level of antibodies confers immunity. “There are just unknowns for an individual,” Gigi Gronvall, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a co-author of a recent report on antibody testing, told me. ...

" In the U.K., for example, Prime Minister Boris Johnson touted finger-prick antibody tests as a “game changer,” only for the government to realize that the 3.5 million tests it bought from China were not reliable enough to use. Of particular concern here is the false-positive rate: If the prevalence of COVID-19 is quite low in the population—say, 5 percent—and a test can identify people who are truly negative with 95 percent reliability, half of the “positives” it returns will be false positives. In other words, half of the people the test says have antibodies wouldn’t actually have them."

As for the problem that vaccines are of least effectiveness for people with weak immune systems - the very people most in need of protection - both antibody tests and vaccines are are the real "no evidence" quackery, unlike masks. But don't expect governments to care.

 
At 11:58 pm, Blogger nige said...

What they do is to pretend that there is "no evidence" (because they won't read it, check it, publish it) for solutions that work but are not posh enough to ring the "right" bells.

John Harrison did the exact opposite of what the British Government's Longitude prize was intended for. He made clocks to solve the longitude problem, and kept his blueprints secret. You can imagine the wrath of the Newtonian scientists at this, wanting a totally new way of thinking, and instead being given an improvement on the old clock technology they wanted to replace with something entirely different (what they had in mind was some new scientific discovery, not a reinvention of the wheel).

Today, they'd say Harrison was autistic for going in the "wrong" direction. Likewise for Dyson's vortex vacuum cleaner. It was rejected by the leading UK brand, Hoover, so he had to set up his own factory to make it independently. You often hear people claiming that governments and businesses have the motto "if the boots fit, wear them". But it's simply not the case. They are fussy and want not just boots that fit and are functional, but have the right branding, promotion, are designed by the "right" people, with the "right" endorsements, etc.

It is corrupted, time-wasting, brown-paper-packet bribery style bureaucracy. It exists in professional science as in professional politics. If there is some good in everybody (which I doubt), then the one good thing you could (doubtfully) say about Stalin was that he knew how to deal with traitorous, self-serving, corrupt bureaucrats. He gave them a taste of their own medicine, trials with cart-loads of fabricated evidence, before sending them to Siberian salt mines, mass graves, etc. The covid-19 crisis and the UK death rate using WHO no-masks propaganda is very serious, and debunks group-think UK "science advice".

 
At 8:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

UK Government still lying to news media about the vital RR619 report findings on proper respirators having better than 100 fold protection factor (far better than distancing / hand washing "advice" crap) over a decade ago:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/05/01/masks-have-weak-positive-effect-coronavirus-downing-street-says-12641783/

Masks have ‘weak but positive effect’ against coronavirus, Downing Street says

Jimmy Nsubuga

Friday 1 May 2020 5:31 pm

Number 10 has admitted face coverings will have a ‘weak but positive effect’ in reducing coronavirus transmission. Boris Johnson revealed in a daily press conference yesterday Britons would get new guidance over face masks next week. The Prime Minister hinted usage could be made mandatory when out in public. An official spokesman from the PM said today: ‘Ministers are still considering how we move forward with face coverings in terms of the precise advice which we give to the public and once that’s ready we will announce it.

The spokesman added: ‘The advice we have received based on the science shows a weak but positive effect in reducing transmission of coronavirus from asymptomatic members of the public where social distancing isn’t possible. ‘What ministers need to consider is how best to produce advice for the public on the next steps and that work is still ongoing.’ Ministers are not thought to be considering recommending the use of medical-quality masks, advice which may divert supplies away from the front line. ...



UMMMM. So people would call the unprotected vulnerable people those in "the front line". Wonder when some "investigative" journalist will bother about pointing this out?

Dark allegory style comedy sketch of Monty Python format:

Screaming NHS fanatical supporters mob (of BBC journalists and other weirdo thugs) snatch mask off face of vulnerable person, who then catches covid-19 in hospital, dying in agony (with twenty-seven thousand others), saying "we are the FRONT LINE mate, we need the masks to protect us. Save the NHS!

Before he dies he says in gasps, between blasts of air being pumped into his lungs by a ventilator, "I only put that f...cking mask on so I wouldn't need to catch covid-19 and expose you bast....rds to any risk, motherf....ers! You guys use a dozen masks per patient, whereas I wanted only one, which would have saved your stockpile 12-1 = 11 masks! Learn to subject, motherf...ers! I only wanted a mask to help keep you safe!!"

The BBC promoted handclap for NHS workers begins, celebrating tens of thousands of needless deaths that could have been prevented if only a relatively small number of decent masks were available to prevent people getting the disease in the first place - which would also have prevented any need for overloaded hospitals or massive NHS usage of masks. The dying patient starts to clap, but too slowly, and an offended worker turns off the ventilator.

Camera cuts to the mob outside the window, clapping enthusiastically.

 
At 8:09 pm, Blogger nige said...

No more, please. Hypocritical "socialists" find comedy "offensive" when it attacks their cherished liars, and I'm really not interested in this Monty Python allegory stuff. Life is too short for contrived comedy. I think this story, the real story, is tragedy, not comedy.

 
At 8:41 am, Blogger nige said...

Interesting news in the Daily Mail, 2 May 2020:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8279859/Bombshell-intelligence-lays-bare-China-lied-coronavirus-outbreak.html

REVEALED: US intelligence that Donald Trump relied on to blame Wuhan lab for letting coronavirus escape claims China lied about human-to-human transmission, disappeared whistle-blowers and refused to help with vaccine

A leaked 15-page dossier from the 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance claims China's secrecy over the pandemic is an 'assault on international transparency'

The US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand intelligence agencies have exposed a series of cover-ups, according to the dossier

It claims Five Eyes found a 'deadly denial of human-to-human transmission'

Researchers who tried to raise the alarm have been silenced or disappeared and evidence of the outbreak was destroyed, it adds

Report claims China refused to hand over virus samples to develop vaccines

China also allegedly censored virus news on search engines from December

The leaked files show the nations were probing the possibility the virus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology

Dr. Shi Zhengli's research into deadly bat-derived coronaviruses was said to be a concern, with at least one virus a 96% genetic match for COVID-19

By RACHEL SHARP FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 07:34, 2 May 2020

Bombshell US intelligence has claimed that China lied about the human-to-human transmission of coronavirus, made whistle-blowers disappear and refused to help nations develop a vaccine as the outbreak spread across the world.

The leaked 15-page research dossier from the so-called 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance reveals the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand have branded China's secrecy over the pandemic an 'assault on international transparency.'

The file shows that intelligence agencies are investigating the theory that the virus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, close to the wet market China says it came from. ...

According to the documents, obtained by Australia's Daily Telegraph, intelligence officials found a series of cover-ups by the Chinese government including the 'deadly denial of human-to-human transmission', the silencing or 'disappearing' of researchers who tried to raise the alarm, the hiding or destruction of evidence of the outbreak and a refusal to hand over live virus samples to other countries to enable them to develop vaccines. ...

China's alleged cover-up of the seriousness of the outbreak can be traced back to early December, the dossier claims.

China reportedly had 'evidence of human-human transmission from early December,' the intelligence found, but continued to deny it could spread this way until January 20.

'Despite evidence of human-human transmission from early December, PRC authorities deny it until January 20,' it claims.

'The World Health Organisation does the same. Yet officials in Taiwan raised concerns as early as December 31, as did experts in Hong Kong on January 4.'

According to the intelligence agencies, China then started censoring news of the virus on search engines from December 31, deleting terms such as 'SARS variation, 'Wuhan Seafood market' and 'Wuhan Unknown Pneumonia.'

On January 3, China's National Health Commission then reportedly ordered virus samples be destroyed and issued a 'no-publication order' about the virus.

The papers go on to claim that China imposed travel bans on people traveling throughout the nation but continued to tell the rest of the world travel bans were unnecessary.

'Millions of people leave Wuhan after the outbreak and before Beijing locks down the city on January 23,' it reads ...

Huang Yan Ling, a researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and thought to be patient zero for the global pandemic, mysteriously disappeared and her biography was deleted from the lab's website.

 
At 8:54 am, Blogger nige said...

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11462934/coronavirus-wuhan-lab-russia-microbiologist-claims/

CORONA BLAME Wuhan lab ‘did absolutely crazy things’ to manipulate coronavirus into infecting humans, Russian microbiologist claims
Will Stewart
23 Apr 2020, 13:15Updated: 23 Apr 2020, 14:06

World renowned expert Professor Petr Chumakov claimed their aim was to study the pathogenicity of the virus and not “with malicious intent” to deliberately create a man-made killer.

Professor Chumakov, chief researcher at the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology in Moscow, said: “In China, scientists at the Wuhan Laboratory have been actively involved in the development of various coronavirus variants for over ten years.

“Moreover, they did this, supposedly not with the aim of creating pathogenic variants, but to study their pathogenicity.

“They did absolutely crazy things, in my opinion.

“For example, inserts in the genome, which gave the virus the ability to infect human cells.

“Now all this has been analysed.

“The picture of the possible creation of the current coronavirus is slowly emerging.”

He told the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper: “There are several inserts, that is, substitutions of the natural sequence of the genome, which gave it special properties.

“It is interesting that the Chinese and Americans who worked with them published all their works in the open (scientific) press.” ...

Professor Chumakov is also connected to Russia’s Federal Research Centre for Research and Development of Immunobiological Preparations.

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman warned this week against allegations that coronavirus was man-made.

Earlier, Veronika Skvortsova, head of Russia’s Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA) and Putin’s ex-health minister ... said: “We can see that a fairly large number of fragments distinguishes this virus from its very close relative, SARS.

“They are approximately 94 per cent similar, the rest is different…

“I think that we must conduct a very serious research.” ...

In his latest attack, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China of destroying coronavirus samples as part of a cover-up during the early days of the outbreak. ...

However, [Chinese funded] World Health Organisation (WHO) officials have praised China for its transparency and swiftness in dealing with the outbreak. ...

 
At 9:02 am, Blogger nige said...

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11511043/wuhan-lab-blamed-for-coronavirus-lied-about-safety-precautions-it-took-during-controversial-bat-tests/

LAB SCANDAL Wuhan lab blamed for coronavirus LIED about safety precautions it took during controversial bat tests
EXCLUSIVE
Stephen Moyes
29 Apr 2020, 17:32Updated: 29 Apr 2020, 18:47

THE laboratory at the heart of the world’s coronavirus pandemic lied about taking safety precautions when collecting bat samples, The Sun can exclusively reveal.

Shocking leaked photos - which reveal a scandalous lack of safety - were deleted from the website of under-fire China science hub the Wuhan Institute of Virology. ...

The Sun can reveal a page of the Wuhan institute’s website - deleted suddenly last month - shows no safety precautions were employed.

One worker admitted being sprayed with bat blood or urine as images showed staff brazenly collecting samples with no face masks or protective suits.

Incredibly some scientists didn’t even wear gloves as they entered caves to collect fecal bat swab samples ... in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

Earlier this month photos from the same Wuhan lab showed a broken seal on a store containing 1,500 virus strains - including the bat coronavirus linked to the devastating pandemic.

The images were published by the state-owned China Daily before they too were swiftly deleted.

A picture of the fridge-freezer revealed a flimsy loose seal on the door, as a lab worker pulled out a chilled box containing deadly samples while wearing gloves and a mask. ...

Blaming the Wuhan meat market - where bats are not sold - was reportedly an effort to deflect blame from the communist government when the lab's containment efforts failed.

US officials warned two years ago that safety lapses during the study of bats could lead to a coronavirus outbreak.

Secret cables from American embassy officials were obtained following their 2018 visits to the Wuhan lab now at the centre of a global focus.

The missives revealed fears of inadequate safety precautions by those conducting the bat studies could result in a deadly new strain of coronavirus. ...

In 2017 the institute published research showing that horseshoe bats they collected from a cave in Yunnan province were very likely from the same population that spawned the 2003 SARS virus. ...

The genetic data cannot yet indicate exactly where and how the virus first crossed to humans.

 
At 4:41 pm, Blogger nige said...

https://news.yahoo.com/sunlight-destroys-coronavirus-quickly-says-us-agency-231844605.html
Sunlight destroys coronavirus quickly, say US scientists
AFP
Issam AHMED
AFP•April 24, 2020

"William Bryan, science and technology advisor to the Department of Homeland Security secretary, told reporters at the White House that government scientists had found ultraviolet rays had a potent impact on the pathogen ... Bryan shared a slide summarizing major findings of the experiment that was carried out at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center in Maryland. ... It showed that the virus's half-life -- the time taken for it to reduce to half its amount -- was 18 hours when the temperature was 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 24 degrees Celsius) with 20 percent humidity on a non-porous surface. ... But the half-life dropped to six hours when humidity rose to 80 percent -- and to just two minutes when sunlight was added to the equation. When the virus was aerosolized -- meaning suspended in the air -- the half-life was one hour when the temperature was 70 to 75 degrees with 20 percent humidity.

"In the presence of sunlight, this dropped to just one and a half minutes." Wow!! ;-)


The World Health Organisation, besides promoting the dangerous myth - debunked by evidence in HSE report RR619 - that there is "no evidence" that mask filtering is possible for covid-19 in respiratory droplets from sneezes and coughs (or speech in the case of Roy Hattersley as depicted in TV show Spitting Image), has also been claiming there's "no evidence" sunlight UV disrupts viruses. In fact, it's a myth, and the single strand RNA in covid-19 viruses isn't able to repair itself after breaks caused by UV in sunlight. Viruses don't have any of the P53 repair enzymes for DNA and RNA that living cells do, so outside cells they are VERY easy to break down with sunlight - see the data in https://news.yahoo.com/sunlight-destroys-coronavirus-quickly-says-us-agency-231844605.html This was confirmed with biological warfare agents in the Cold War (e.g. see the 1962 edition of US Army Field Manual FM 3-10, on virus war). The 16 April New England Journal of Medicine research paper by Neeltje van Doremalen and others, "Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 [covid-19] https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMc2004973 ", applies to a warm temperature of about 22C and 40% humidity and found covid-19 has an exponential decay (i.e. like radionuclides) with a half-live of 1.1 hour in air, 5.6 hours on stainless steel and 6.8 hours on plastic, but it didn't study the effect of sunlight UV on these figures! The point is that the virus will disappear in a few days from all warm surfaces if everyone wears efficient filtering respirators to prevent the virus replicating in living tissue (unlike bacteria, viruses can only replicate inside living cells!). The myth spreading WHO is deliberately holding back on this, using a whole range of facetious propaganda deceptions. :-(

 
At 8:57 am, Blogger nige said...

Russia and China are now again proceeding with new weapons deployments and nuclear testing preparations, respectively, while the West can't even issue gas masks to stop the pandemic, let alone deter a crisis:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/russia-designs-worlds-biggest-doomsday-21955137

Russia designs world's biggest 'doomsday bomb' that can be activated remotely

Chris Hughes
Defence and Security Editor
21:25, 30 APR 2020

... While dormant, the 25-metre, 100-ton mon­­ster can wait for years, lying on the sea-bed as deep as 3,000 feet.

In February, experts spotted a large object which they first believed was an updated version of Moscow’s “tsunami-maker” Poseidon drone but is now believed to be the Skif.

The Poseidon emerged in 2015 as a nuclear drone, with the power to spark a coastal city-smashing tsunami.

But experts now believe this year’s sighting was actually of the Skif, aboard the classified Russian vessel Akademik Aleksandrov during sea trials.

The ship was transferred quietly to the Russian navy on April 12 at the Arctic port of Severomorsk, Murmansk.

It is assigned to the top-secret Unit No.40056 “the Main Directorate for Deep-Water Research” and is seen as the launch vessel for the device.

 
At 6:19 pm, Blogger nige said...

The consequences of the UK "scientific advisers" (or pseudo-scientific advisers if you want to be truthful) advising people NOT to wear masks (unlike other countries who ignored WHO quack thugs):

https://metro.co.uk/2020/05/06/uk-coronavirus-death-toll-rises-30076-649-people-die-12662901/

UK coronavirus deaths pass 30,000 in grim milestone
Lucy Middleton
Wednesday 6 May 2020 5:04 pm

The UK’s official coronavirus death toll now stands at 30,076 after a further 649 people died. Speaking at today’s daily press conference, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick stated that there had been 201,101 positive cases of the virus in the UK. He noted that there have been 1,448,010 coronavirus tests carried out in the country, with 69,463 carried out on Wednesday. ... As of Tuesday, the UK now has the highest death toll in Europe. ... In Italy, 29,315 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, while Spain’s death toll stands at 25,817.

 
At 7:42 pm, Blogger nige said...

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article242519976.html

New research shows that coronavirus mutations could complicate vaccine development
BY ZACHERY EANES
MAY 06, 2020

"A group of scientists, including a team from Duke University, has found that the novel coronavirus has mutated into a new strain that might be more contagious than the original one that emerged from Wuhan, China late last year — potentially complicating the search for a vaccine.

"The new study found that the dominant strain of the coronavirus in the U.S. is actually one that first appeared in Europe in February, but has since become more widespread than the original strain causing COVID-19. ...

"The mutation of the coronavirus appears to be happening on its spike protein, which is worrisome because that is what current vaccines are targeting, said David Montefiori, the director of the Laboratory for AIDS Vaccine Research at Duke University and a contributor to the new study."

 
At 7:52 pm, Blogger nige said...

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.29.069054v2 paper in pdf form: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.29.069054v2.full.pdf

Spike mutation pipeline reveals the emergence of a more
transmissible form of SARS-CoV-2
Korber B1, Fischer WM1, Gnanakaran S1, Yoon H1, Theiler J1, Abfalterer W1, Foley
B1, Giorgi EE1, Bhattacharya T1, Parker MD3, Partridge DG4, Evans CM4, Freeman
TM3, de Silva TI4,5, on behalf of the Sheffield COVID-19 Genomics Group#,
LaBranche CC2, and Montefiori DC2
This Version (2) corrects analysis that was based on the codon encoding Spike position 943;
the apparent mutation at 943 was the result of a sequence error. The main conclusions of the paper regarding the mutation in Spike at 614 and recombination still hold.

1
T6: Theoretical Biology and Biophysics, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
87545 USA
2
Duke Human Vaccine Institute & Department of Surgery, Durham, North Carolina, 27710
USA
3
Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre & Sheffield Bioinformatics Core, University of Sheffield,
Sheffield, UK.
4
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK.
5
Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease, Medical School, University of
Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
#
Members of Sheffield COVID-19 Genomics Group: Adrienne Angyal, Rebecca L. Brown, Laura
Carrilero, Luke R. Green, Danielle C. Groves, Katie J Johnson, Alexander J Keeley, Benjamin B
Lindsey, Paul J Parsons, Mohammad Raza, Sarah Rowland-Jones, Nikki Smith, Rachel M.
Tucker, Dennis Wang, Matthew D. Wyles
Corresponding Author and Lead Contact: Bette Korber, btk@lanl.gov
Declaration of Interests: The authors declare no competing interests.

Summary

We have developed an analysis pipeline to facilitate real-time mutation tracking in SARS-CoV-2, focusing initially on the Spike (S) protein because it mediates infection of human cells and is the target of most vaccine strategies and antibody-based therapeutics. To date we have identified thirteen mutations in Spike that are accumulating. Mutations are considered in a broader phylogenetic context, geographically, and over time, to provide an early warning system to reveal mutations that may confer selective advantages in transmission or resistance to interventions. Each one is evaluated for evidence of positive selection, and the implications of the mutation are explored through structural modeling. The mutation Spike D614G is of urgent concern; it began spreading in Europe in early February, and when introduced to new regions it rapidly becomes the dominant form. Also, we present evidence of recombination between locally circulating strains, indicative of multiple strain infections. These finding have important implications for SARS-CoV-2 transmission, pathogenesis and immune interventions.

 
At 9:52 am, Blogger nige said...

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/health/2020/05/04/cough-coronavirus-masks-kaye-pkg-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus/ : A lab at Florida Atlantic University is simulating a human cough to understand how far and fast cough droplets can spread: in lab tests, the droplets from a cough go 9 feet (2.74 metres) in just 10 seconds! Therefore, the 2-metre "social distancing rule" is hopeless. People need to wear efficient masks to stop this pandemic in its tracks! Within 50 seconds, the droplets of a cough go 12 feet, which is 3.66 metres, way beyond the 2 metre "safety" distance rule of quacks in WHO, BBC, and UK government (as proved when the UK Prime Minister was hospitalised with covid-19 after announcing his pathetic advice which has cost over 30,000 lives to date). WHO "advice" is a danger, which misinforms the public and is like giving people on the Titanic paper lifejackets! It misleads people and causes needless deaths!

 
At 9:54 am, Blogger nige said...

Link to the Florida Atlantic University cough droplet travel simulation video that debunks the 2-metre social distancing lie mentioned above: https://edition.cnn.com/videos/health/2020/05/04/cough-coronavirus-masks-kaye-pkg-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus/

 
At 4:21 pm, Anonymous Mike said...

The UK government on 11 May 2020 finally advises people to start wearing masks after 31,000 deaths without masks advice, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-uk-face-coverings-masks-lockdown-transport-a9508516.html

Face-coverings should be worn in enclosed public spaces, government advises
People told to avoid using surgical masks, which are needed by health workers

Jon Sharman

People in England should wear face-coverings when in enclosed public spaces, the government has said.

 
At 4:30 pm, Blogger nige said...

There is more detail at

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/parenting/children-face-masks-uk-government-18233149

Children over the age of two should wear face masks to prevent spread of coronavirus, says government
The government has issued guidelines about wearing face masks in public

By Emma Gill
14:24, 11 MAY 2020
UPDATED 14:52, 11 MAY 2020

Children over the age of two should wear a face mask in public when social distancing isn't possible, the government has said.

While it specifically stated that face coverings 'should not be used by children under the age of two or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly', everyone else is being advised to wear one when they can.

 
At 11:53 am, Anonymous Mike said...

Effect of anti-masks WHO policy now seems to be over 40,000 deaths, way above the official cover up for propaganda statistics from the UK government

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-uk-coronavirus-death-toll-22013038

UK coronavirus death toll passes 40,000 with more than 8,000 in care homes
Officially there have been 35,044 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales up until May 1 - but projecting that forward for all of UK puts death toll just over 40,000

By Tom Davidson
Senior Reporter
10:03, 12 MAY 2020
UPDATED 11:38, 12 MAY 2020

The number of deaths in the UK involving coronavirus has passed 40,000, analysis of officials statistics by the PA news agency suggests.

This includes 8,000 deaths in care homes across England and Wales.

The total includes new figures published this morning by the Office for National Statistics.

These figures show that 35,044 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in England and Wales up to May 1 (and had been registered up to May 9).

The latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, published last week, showed 2,795 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to May 3.

And the latest figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, also published last week, showed 516 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Northern Ireland up to May 6.

Together these figures mean that so far 38,355 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

A further 1,678 hospital patients in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between May 2 and May 10, according to figures published on Monday by NHS England - which, together with the total figure of 38,355 registered deaths, indicates the overall death toll for the UK is just over 40,000.

The data painted a grim picture in care homes, which have been especially hard hit by the virus.

This is simply because the UK government, WHO and BBC pseudo "investigative" journalists in "Panorama", Sky news, and so on, who have steadfastly refused to air the facts concerning the safety of effective masks for survival of elderly groups, a news story you revealed to the public here months ago, but which is banned by quacks. Until people start challenging lying journalists quackery, this will go on, with no-masks or ineffective masks for the VULNERABLE, using all manner of deception and cover up tactics that Dr Goebbels' fascists and also Stalin's USSR used to use to try to control the media and the public. They will lie that anyone exposing their obscene money-making corruption must be sent to lunatic asylums to protect the public from "doubtful information", while they hypocritically lie and publish obvious crap to cause as many deaths as possible, to faked news of public support.


 
At 12:06 pm, Blogger nige said...

Thanks. The WHO and the UK government has been running fake news Guardian/BBC adverts saying, effectively, "don't trust anyone on social media who disputes us as being fake news outlets, we are always right, the fact that we can afford to spend taxpayer's money on fake news means that we are right, this is not the time to criticize us, because people's lives are at stake."

Despite this, their lies against masks are causing the whole problem and needless deaths!

However, this is precisely what happened in the 1930s when anybody criticizing disarmament policies in the face of Hitler was condemned by the UK Government and its corrupt mass media backers (who enjoyed cosy chats with Government ministers about which journalists the editor should fire for exposing government lies, like W. E. Johns), as a "danger", a "war monger", a public menace, someone ill-informed about the truth of the millions who would be gassed in an all-out attack on the first day of any war if we dared to oppose racism, etc. Nothing really changes: investigative journalists are corrupt, so it's the same old news!

 
At 2:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/face-masks-asking-coronavirus/
Face masks: have we been asking the wrong question all along?
By
Paul Nuki,
GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY EDITOR, LONDON
15 April 2020 • 10:15am

"Might population-wide use of face masks have slowed the spread of the pandemic in the west? And were our public health officials asking the wrong question all along?

"I first thought about face masks at around 4pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, when a small but agitated civil servant flung open the door of my office shouting, “Take it down! Take it down!”. I was editing the NHS website and we had just published a story which suggested that face masks had helped bring the 2003/4 Sars epidemic under control in south east Asia.

"The official was part of the DHSC’s pandemic planning team. She was very angry and wanted the story taken down immediately. She had just been to see the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and had explained to him, “in terms he could understand”, that there was really no need for the UK to hold a stockpile of masks, she said. The story we had just published threatened to undo all of that by giving credence to an “minor academic paper” which said the opposite. ... It’s for these and other reasons UK doctors and nurses are so angry about not being provided with enough proper FFP3 respirators."

The article then goes on to give a highly misleading graphic stating that the coronavirus diameter of 0.12 microns is smaller than the filtering ability of masks, while the text above the graphic admits this graphic is a lie because the virus is spread via much larger droplets of water (or mucus) which CAN BE EASILY FILTERED, unlike dry viruses (which quickly break down and aren't a problem for long outside the body and when dried).

 
At 4:14 pm, Anonymous Mike said...

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/boy-14-no-underlying-conditions-22013505

Boy, 14, with no underlying conditions dies from new disease linked to coronavirus

The boy was treated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital where more than 40 children have now been treated for the “hyper inflammatory” disease

Alice Fuller & Jamie Bennett-Ness & Kelly-Ann Mills - Mirror - 12 May 2020

A 14-year-old boy, who had no underlying health conditions, has died from a new inflammatory disease linked to coronavirus.

The boy died at Evelina London Children’s Hospital where more than 40 children have now been treated for the “hyper inflammatory” disease after potentially contracting Covid-19.

Of the first eight children, aged four to 14, who were treated - seven required the use of a ventilator

The 14-year-old later tested positive for coronavirus.

 
At 9:03 pm, Blogger nige said...

And FINALLY .... in the UK wearing masks to stop covid-19 transmission becomes compulsory TOMORROW, Monday June 15. Just about 4 months too late to prevent 40,000 dead ... https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11848449/face-mask-uk-when-covering-mandatory-public-transport/

Further masks news (censored by BBC/UK government loons/WHO racist Race War, Class War, Religious War and Cultural Warfare "peace" "anti-racist" "butter won't melt in our big mouth" Marxists, fascists, slave traders, etc): https://www.facebook.com/covid19masks

 
At 7:18 am, Blogger nige said...

Alex Hunt has summarized the top 10 specious fake/lying/pathetic and patiently debunked (by other countries successful use of masks to stop the epidemic and resume otherwise normal business) "arguments" against life-saving, economy-saving masks used by UK "civil servants", NHS trolls, BBC trolls, and left wing newspaper/TV "news" trolls at:

https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2020-06-06/Timeline-The-UK-s-arguments-against-face-masks-for-all-R4ZUizpUfm/index.html

"Timeline: The UK's arguments against face masks for all
"Alex Hunt

"The science is pretty clear about one thing – COVID-19 is spread by droplets that come out of infected people's mouths while coughing, sneezing, singing, talking and possibly just breathing.

"It is also accepted by most people that wearing a face covering, or mask, cuts the chances of someone – including those who don't know they are infectious – of passing on the virus.

"Many countries in the world have told people to wear face masks during the pandemic, with laws making them compulsory in enclosed public spaces such as shops and on public transport. ...

"In Europe, Czechia, Slovakia and Austria acted early and have a low infection and death rate, while Italy, France and Spain have all since taken similar steps and seen their infection rates fall – but the UK has remained skeptical about face coverings. Indeed, in the early stages of the pandemic using face masks was actively discouraged, with the message that they should be reserved for health workers. ...

"Here is a list of 10 reasons given for not making general face masks/coverings compulsory:

1) They might add to people's fear and anxiety

2) The evidence for mask use by anyone who is not infected "is near nil"

3) The general public might use face masks for too long ie: even if they became "soggy"

4) It could threaten supplies for healthcare workers who need them more

5) It might lead to people abandoning social distancing and hand washing

6) It might lead to people who are self-isolating leaving their home if they wear a mask

7) Inequality concerns – some might not be able to afford or be physically able to buy face masks

8) People putting a mask on and off might touch their faces more

9) Policing implications if people are wearing face masks

10) Could lead to new crimes, such as thefts of face masks"


None of these arguments apply to the real world, to real people, who have been PROVED to have MORE fear and anxiety and to touch faces MORE, etc, etc, WITHOUT MASKS. All of the arguments are recycled versions of the fake arguments used by fascist/Marxists (USSR and Nazi Germany jointly invaded Poland from different sides in a secret pact in September 1939, as they were similar barbaric dictatorships despite CLAIMING to be at opposite ends of the political spectrum in terms of ideology) in the UK against gas masks in 1938 and in the cold war. They are also similar to specious arguments against seat belts in cars (e.g. fake claims that they are "always" useless because in a 150 miles/hour crash the forces are too great for seat belts, or because they will "create fear in drivers" or "lull them into a false sense of security in which they drive recklessly", etc., etc.). Pure propaganda.

 
At 7:44 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hunt's article also explains that the UK's anti-masks "government advisers" used the old, old, old "groupthink trick" (actually lie) of saying there is "no evidence for masks to stop covid-19" (because double-blinded clinical trials take a year or more and can't be done and aren't NEEDED for a new virus threat that has just emerged, since 99% water droplets containing viruses are filtered out by good respirators with a 100-fold filtering capability), when in fact there IS evidence in its own reports - like HSE RR619 from 2008 - that masks DO filter out pandemic virus droplet transmission (a 100-fold reduction as in respirators in taht report would reduce likely virus droplet inhalation doses to well below the infectious dose in anybody and thus prevent ANY deaths whatsoever in the entire population, regardless of distance from the infected person!), and by presenting ONLY anti-masks propaganda to UK government ministers, without even bothering to MENTION let alone ANALYSE and CHECK positive evidence that masks work (thus they presented instead advice with false choices: 1. lockdown and social distancing, 2. megadeaths, instead of: 1. masks, 2. lockdown/2metres, 3. megadeaths):

https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2020-06-06/Timeline-The-UK-s-arguments-against-face-masks-for-all-R4ZUizpUfm/index.html

"To find out why the UK has taken this view, we have looked through the published minutes of every meeting held about the COVID-19 pandemic by the UK's New & Emerging Respiratory Threats Advisory Group (called Nervtag in the timeline below) and the Scientific Advisory Group England (called SAGE in the timeline) committee on the advice of which the UK government says it has been basing its decisions.

"We found the discussion about face masks, when there has been any, has largely been focused on the possible negative impact of recommending the use of face masks and no apparent discussion in the minutes published so far (up to 7 May) on the possible correlation between countries where face masks are worn and low transmission rates. ...

"13 January, 2020: Nervtag holds its first COVID-19 meeting. No mention of face masks. ... Nervtag does support the current position that port of entry screening is not advised.

"21 January: Nervtag meets: No mention of face masks

"22 January: SAGE meets: No mention of face masks

"28 January: Nervtag meets: "The existing advice in the UK (for pandemic flu) is that face mask wearing by the general public is NOT recommended." The committee was asked if this should change.

"Despite China making it mandatory in some cities for the public to wear face masks... the committee reported that there is no evidence to support that the wearing of face masks by the general public reduces transmission. It was also noted that this may add to fear and anxiety."

"28 January: SAGE meets: No mention of face masks for general public

"30 January: Nervtag meets: No mention of face masks

[to be continued...]

 
At 7:44 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

[continued ...]

"3 February: Nervtag recommends washing hands, covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and the use of hand gel if there is no soap. It also says people should be asked to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.

"6 February: SAGE meets: No mention of face masks

"7 February: Nervtag: No mention of face masks

"11 February: SAGE meets: No mention of face masks

"13 February: SAGE meets: No mention of face masks.

"18 February: SAGE meets: No mention of face masks

"20 February: SAGE meets: No mention of face masks

"21 February: Nervtag: No mention of face masks for the general public

"25 February: SAGE meets: Says that evidence of social distancing and school closures in Hong Kong, Wuhan and Singapore can reduce the R number to 1. Does not mention face masks.

"27 February: SAGE meets: The reasonable worst case scenario was that 80 percent of UK people will be infected with 1 percent of them dying. (that's about 550,000)

"3 March: SAGE meets: No mention of face masks


"4 March: Nervtag: Discussion of merits of different types of personal protective equipment, but not face masks for the public

"5 March: SAGE meets: No mention of face masks

"6 March: Nervtag: Members raised concerns around explaining why face masks were acceptable for healthcare staff but not the general public.

"The minutes give this answer: "The difference is that healthcare staff are trained to use the masks ...

"10 March: SAGE meets: Discussion of social distancing rules and reports from Italy, France, Germany and Spain on how their measures have worked. No mention of face masks.

"13 March: SAGE meets: Unanimous that measures seeking to completely suppress spread of Covid19 will cause a second peak. [Hence no-masks policy for herd immunity crap argument]

"16 March: SAGE meets: Discussion over need to shut schools, get people to self isolate and to test and social distancing. No mention of face masks.

"18 March: SAGE meets: No mention of face masks. [Same "trick" of "ghosting" masks/ignoring mask options totally is used repeatedly at further SAGE meetings ...]
...

"9 April: SAGE meets: Notes that the World Health Organization has said there is currently no conclusive evidence that face masks are beneficial for community use.
...

"4 June: The transport secretary announces that face coverings will be mandatory on public transport in England, from 15 June. He said these face coverings should not be surgical masks but things like homemade masks or scarves. He says surgical masks must be reserved for healthcare workers and says that social distancing and hand washing remain the most important measures. There is no mention of making face masks compulsory inside shops or in any other part of daily life."

 
At 7:46 am, Blogger nige said...

Classic groupthink propaganda by a group of nasty lying, pseudo-scientific thugs masquerading as "scientific" advisers. :-(

 
At 7:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"NO EVIDENCE" arguments have no place in science for closing down research.

There was allegedly "no evidence" that inflammable cladding would kill people in Grenfell Tower before the fire because the disaster hadn't actually happened before it did happen! So what? It is just sophistry and propaganda! There WAS however plenty of evidence that plastic cladding can burn and that fires can kill, you just need to put it together, which plenty of viewers of previous cladding fires could do without any mathematical modelling, but which "experts" ignored.

If there is "no evidence", that is NOT necessarily "evidence" that debunks the claim in question.

A lack of evidence neither supports NOR DISPROVES a claim. This is obvious to everyone except "bigoted experts" who refuse to consider alternative courses of action to their own agenda, usually based on reading bigoted rants from the badly-named Guardian newspaper or tv "news" trolls.

Repeatedly saying "no evidence" is just a confession of IGNORANCE, not of knowledge and facts. In any case, as we quoted from the UK Health and Safety Executive report RR619 (published on pandemic preparations back in 2008, 12 years ago!), there WAS evidence of masks preventing any deaths, which SAGE in 2020 IGNORED. Bet SAGE will now get knighthoods etc for 40,000 deaths, while their victims get life time prison sentences having lost loved ones due to their repeated "no evidence" propaganda claims.

 
At 8:08 am, Blogger nige said...

I disagree. The problem is that the UK government decided to listen to one set of people (Sage, etc) and did not do its own homework in checking the basics, and debunking their "no evidence" anti-masks agenda as vacuous! Boris Johnson should have simply taken leadership, instead of being led by "no evidence 4 masks, no evidence 4 masks, no evidence 4 masks" propaganda tv folk! They get locked into a fake news policy and then refuse to get out of it!

 

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