In late March Neil Ferguson, the scientist and lead author of a study by the Imperial College of London which was cited by the White House, Downing Street and other governments in their decisions to impose lockdowns, drastically lowered the death estimate. The initial study, which was published on the 16th March, estimated that 2.2 million Americans and 500 000 Britons could die. But later in March Ferguson testified to a parliamentary committee that the UK death toll was unlikely to exceed 20 000, and could even be much lower. Furthermore, over half of that number would have died anyway by the end of the year, because of their age and underlying illnesses, he said.
For comparison, an average of 29000 people in the UK die every year of the flu and related complications.
But Ferguson’s testimony received very little attention.
Knut Wittkowski, Ph.D., former head of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design at the Rockefeller University in New York City, stated that mass quarantine is only prolonging the virus, and that it could be exterminated within weeks if people were allowed to lead normal lives and the vulnerable were sheltered until the virus passes. He explained that the only thing which stops respiratory diseases is herd immunity. And herd immunity occurs when a large percentage of a population becomes immune to the infectious disease, which stops its spread. “About 80% of the people need to have had contact with the virus,” he said, “and the majority of them won’t even have recognized that they were infected, or they had very, very mild symptoms, especially if they are children. So, it’s very important to keep the schools open and kids mingling to spread the virus to get herd immunity as fast as possible.” He added that the standard cycle of respiratory diseases is two weeks, after which “it’s gone.”
Even with “social distancing”, he said, the virus finds ways to spread. “You cannot stop the spread of a respiratory disease within a family, and you cannot stop it from spreading with neighbors, with people who are delivering, who are physicians – anybody. People are social, and even in times of social distancing, they have contacts; and any of those contacts could spread the disease,” he said.
Wittkowski added: “it will go on forever unless we let it go.”
It remains to be seen whether the sensible advice of scientists like this man will be heeded. So far, men like him are drowned out by radical ideologues and the panic-stricken cries of the mob.
The coronavirus is nowhere near as deadly as all kinds of other things we take for granted in our lives every day. We don’t shut down the world because of these things. Yes, people are dying from the virus – just as people die from innumerable other causes every day. Truly, death is a part of life! And the numbers of those dying from the virus are very, very small compared with other causes of death.
Worldwide, from 1st January 1 through to 25th March of this year:
Deaths from seasonal flu: 113 000;
Deaths from malaria: 228 000;
Deaths in traffic accidents: almost 314 000;
Alcohol-related deaths: 581 000;
Deaths from cancer: 1 909 000;
Deaths attributed to starvation: 2 382 000;
Deaths by abortion: 9 900 000.
But deaths caused by the coronavirus during this same period? 21 000.
Roman Catholicism’s Response
For some light relief, a few amusing facts relating to the Roman Catholic system. In South Africa, some Romish dioceses issued directives for their followers during the period of Lent (this was before the government shut down religious gatherings completely). Including in their guidelines were the following:
* Remove “holy water” from fonts. The archdiocese of Durban advised to drain and refresh the water more frequently. But wait a moment: this is not ordinary water, according to Rome, it’s “holy” water! How could holy water harm someone? Surely if the god of Romanism has supposedly made it “holy”, there’s nothing to fear from it? Clearly their faith only goes so far.
* Suspend the distribution of what Rome calls “the Precious Blood”. This refers to the wine in the mass which, so Romanists are led to believe by the official teaching of their religion, has been miraculously changed from wine into the actual blood of Christ by the consecration of the priest. Well then, if it’s no longer wine but the blood of the Son of God, where’s the danger to their physical health in drinking it? If the priest can perform such an almighty miracle as changing wine into blood – and not just any blood, but the blood of the Son of God as they believe – surely no virus will be passed on to anyone partaking of it!
* Hand sanitisers to be available before and after the Romish “Communion” for priests and all those who assist with the distribution. Again we ask: why? Why are they so afraid? They have just distributed what they believe to be the actual body of Christ, not bread anymore. Surely then, they are safe? Would Christ’s body (if it was His body) be contaminated?
The Implications for the World After This is Over
This “may be the greatest financial/economic crisis/panic since the 1929 crash and Great Depression that followed. The biggest, most massively over-leveraged financial bubble in all of world history was just waiting for something to burst the bubble (the pin prick or puncture) – and the CV19 pandemic was that Black Swan (random) event. The financial avalanche has begun, and it appears that this is just the beginning of what could be the greatest financial pain most of us have ever seen – pain that could last for years (or even decades)….