– by Ted Kuntz –
Our federal and provincial governments and the corporate media persist in describing COVID-19 as a “deadly” condition. For the vast majority of the population, this is simply not true. The coronavirus is far less deadly than most people understand. The risk is restricted mostly to the elderly who have fragile health. According to a report published by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, “Only 3.3 per cent of Canada’s deaths attributed to COVID-19 have been of people under the age of 60, which is 374 people in a population of 37,5000,000.” This is comparable to an annual influenza season.
The CDC found that the presence of pre-existing medical conditions markedly affects the severity of a CV-19 infection. CDC data reveals only 6% of people who purportedly died from CV-19 were without preexisting medical conditions. The average person had 2.6 pre-existing conditions and was 82 years of age. We also know that the number of deaths attributed to CV-19 is unreliable. The medical system has chosen not to distinguish between deaths caused by a CV-19 infection and deaths caused by other medical conditions unrelated to CV-19 but where the person tested positive. This is unprecedented in mortality reporting. This unusual practice undermines the accuracy and integrity of COVID mortality numbers. According to the WHO, more than 80% of people who develop the infection have mild or no symptoms and recover fully without treatment. It is the elderly with preexisting health conditions and living in extended care facilities who are most at risk of serious complications. During the initial phase 82% of deaths attributed to COVID in Canada occurred in extended care facilities. This means only 18% of deaths occurred in the entire rest of the country. For the vast majority of Canadians, COVID-19 is not a deadly condition.
PCR Tests Not Reliable
Governments use “positive cases” to mandate masks, physical distancing, lockdowns and other restrictive measures. What is implied is that a “positive” test result means someone is “infected”. This is fraudulent. Never before in the history of medicine has the term ‘cases’ been applied so recklessly. The PCR test used to diagnose COVID-19 is not designed to be a diagnostic tool. This is because the PCR test does not distinguish between a live, active infection and remnants of a previous infection. Secondly, the PCR test can be easily manipulated to produce a positive result simply by increasing the number of ‘amplification cycles’.
A study published by Oxford Academic in September showed that when testing at a cycle threshold of 35 or higher, the accuracy of the test drops to 3%. Despite this information, the number of cycles commonly used in PCR testing in Canada and globally is 35 cycles or more. Some governments use more than 47 cycles.
An appeals court in Portugal recently ruled that the PCR test is “not a reliable test for SARS-CoV-2” (COVID-19) and “a single positive PCR test cannot be used as an effective diagnosis of infection.” Therefore, “any enforced quarantine measures based on the results is unlawful.”
Government measures ineffective.
No evidence face coverings work
Canadians are subject to face coverings even though the scientific evidence does not support universal mask wearing. A policy review paper published in Emerging Infectious Diseases found no evidence to support universal mask wearing as a protective measure in reducing respiratory illness. They state: “Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of face masks, evidence from fourteen randomized controlled trials did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.”
Specifically with regard to the use of face coverings, they conclude “There is limited evidence for their effectiveness in preventing influenza virus transmission either when worn by the infected person for source control or when worn by uninfected persons to reduce exposure.” A recent meta-analysis and scientific review found that mask wearing in the general population did not reduce influenza or influenza-like illness.
Ontario Civil Liberties researcher Dr. Denis Rancourt, Ph.D. conducted a thorough review of the scientific literature related to the use of face coverings. Dr Rancourt concluded: “No RCT (randomized clinical trial) study with verified outcome shows a benefit for… community members… to wearing a mask. There is no such study. There are no exceptions.”
No country has reported a positive change in the trajectory of COVID-19 diagnosis as a result of countrywide mask mandates. The evidence shows that cases all rise and fall around the same time, no matter how strictly face covering laws are enforced, or the level of compliance of the population.
The ineffectiveness of cloth face coverings becomes self-evident when the size of a coronavirus (0.12 microns) is compared to the filtration capacity of a surgical mask (2-10 microns). The holes in a cloth mask are significantly larger still. Using a cloth fabric to prevent viral transmission has been compared to erecting a chain link fence to keep out sand. There is no scientific evidence with verified outcomes that support the commonly held idea that people wearing a face covering reduces infection rates and save lives.
Masking increases infection
There are known risks with prolonged use of face coverings. A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found the risk of infection with influenza-like illness was 13X higher in hospital workers using cloth masks compared to medical/surgical masks and over 3X higher when compared to not wearing a face covering at all.
The World Health Organization declared that maskscarry increased risk of self-contamination due to the inappropriate use of the mask by the general public. A cursory observation of masked individuals shows repeated touching, adjusting and removing of masks, all of which contributes to increased risk of contagion. A CDC analysis revealed that 85% of patients testing positive for COVID-19 wore masks “often” or “always” in the two weeks preceding a positive test.
Vaccines Not Necessary
Dr. Paul Offit is one of the world’s leading experts on vaccination. Offit warns, “Right now you could probably get everyone in this country to get this (CV) vaccine because they are so scared of this virus. I think we should keep remembering that most people who would be getting this vaccine are very unlikely to be killed by this virus.”
Dr. Michael Yeadon, former Vice President and Chief Scientist for Pfizer rejected the need for any vaccines to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end. Dr. Yeadon wrote: “There is absolutely no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic. You do not vaccinate people who aren’t at risk from a disease. You also don’t set about planning to vaccinate millions of fit and healthy people with a vaccine that hasn’t been extensively tested on human subjects.”
What does all this add up to?
An over-hyped COVID pandemic, unsubstantiated by independent scientific evidence, is creating unnecessary panic. This panic is being used by governments and corporations to justify violations of our civil rights. Their actions threaten our financial security, sovereignty and democracy.
These measures are unrealistic, unsustainable and have increased overall morbidity and mortality.
There is abundant valid criticism from recognized experts in Canada and internationally who dispute the government’s response to SARS-2 (COVID-19). These experts concur that the decisions of government state actors are based on assumptions rather than robust clinical evidence.
The imposed interventions and government overstep is far more damaging than the virus itself. Decisions are made based on political and marketing agendas rather than on scientific, evidence-based health practices. Mass deception and fear are the real epidemics we face. It is critical that we start to Question Authority and think for our self in these times of medical disaster marketing.
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Can you provide the source of the Offit quote?
I used to enjoy reading Common Ground for your alternative views and challenging of the mainstream. But I’m so disappointed at this kind of article that plays into the hands of the conspiracy crowd and the science/reality deniers.
Where are the verifiable sources? The “Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms” is hardly a research source. There’s simply no credibility.
And then to say vaccines aren’t necessary and haven’t been properly tested – which beggars belief. I’d say “do a little reading” but the sustaining paradox that underpins all conspiracy theories is that anything that supports your position is right, and anything that contradicts it must be wrong or a lie. That way, there’s no danger of being shaken from your conspiracy cocoon.
These claims would be laughable if they weren’t so dangerous. Like claims that masks cut off your oxygen and are harmful despite legions of medical staff wearing them for hours every day and somehow NOT dropping like flies.
Would you maybe believe the opinion of a medical doctor? Please consider speaking to one directly – like your own family physician- one you trust – and asking them about these things.
I understand some people have a natural distrust of authority. That’s not a bad thing. But there’s a time when we all have to look out for each other and work together. That time is now.
And really, what is so oppressive about wearing a mask?
Masks suppress humanity, in addition to suppressing proper breathing. They are a disruption to communication and connection, basic human needs.
I am OSHA certified in respirator and mask wearing. I’ve been an auto aircraft painter for 45 years and these masks ppl wear are about useless. Mask mandates are ruining kids in school. I am immune snd not wearing a mask ever again
Fear produces control and totalitarianism
Your a loser
Your totally a clueless with no idea
Masks do nothing you loser
Your brainwashed and cannot think for yourself
Wearing a mask is dehumanizing. It allows for people to treat other people with lack of empathy and indifference. There is a reason why women in certain parts of the world are forced/required to wear a face covering; it makes it easier remove their basic human rights and treat them as a sub-class.
Adam Abrams claims there are no legitimate sources to this article yet offers no refuting resources or statistics. He only offers the standard hyperbole to scare/control people.
It’s a shame so many ungrateful people cast doubt on the thousands of hardworking people risking their lives to help others.
I’m one of those who was qualified to show up at an immunization clinic and am hugely thankful I had two vaccinations.
I Thank God every day for keeping me safe and healthy and suggest you do too.
God has nothing to do with your Vaccinations, that’s a political statement. If you live through it, it would be the grace of God, because your faith was not based on HIM, but Fauci and his Jesuit conspirators. Sounds like you went to Disney Land and saw Mickey Mouse and Got all excited, like all the other blind sheep.
Thank-you for presenting a counter narrative to the fear based government sponsored one.
My problem is like other divisive issues such as abortion and self-assisted dying the people arguing that this is a hoax are the nutbar right wing uneducated boors.
Not a hoax. The virus, although real enough, has never been isolated in the general public. Tests can confirm that you may have a Corona Virus but not identify the Corona Virus COVID 19 – there are several “Corona Viruses.” You complain about “nutbar right wing uneducated boors” (poorly punctuated, I might add) perpetuating something that is not true (“that this is a hoax”). What is the hoax in all this is the emotional, left-wing overreaction that this “Plandemic” involves the deadliest disease humankind has ever faced. The corporate media plays along to try frightening people into submission by reporting an inflated death rate. It’s unfortunate that people succumb to these types of antigens, but what is really sad is the lying that goes on to support a certain political view. This virus is highly contagious and virulent in its nature, but it is not particularly deadly with a survival rate above 99%. Even if you believe the 700,000 death toll number for the US (which I do not), that represents only 0.2% of the population. Half a million people die from smoking related disease and nearly 700,000 deaths from heart disease every year and there is no uproar or widespread horror over those deaths. Get real, this is a bad cold for most people. Co-morbidity is the culprit in most COVID-19 related deaths. I guess I’d rather be an uneducated boor than an elite intellectual who spreads fear.
but isn’t the point that matters here the number of ICUs being needed overwhelming the normal ability of our medical system to be able to treat people?
I find it hard to believe David Suzuki or the common ground editorial staff would support such dangerous and and anti-science ideology as is unconscionably espoused in this supposed “educational” supplement.
ISOLATING THE ELDERLY AND INFIRM GUARANTIES THEIR DEMISE, BECAUSE THEY ARE DEPRIVED OF NORMAL INTERACTION WITH THEIR KIN! I VALUE ALL LIFE AND LIFEFORMS, HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT, THAT NATURE HERSELF ELIMINATES CAUSES THAT ARE COUNTER TO LIFE ITSELF. INCREASING NUMBER OF CASES CAN BE TRACED DIRECTLY TO FLUCTUATIONS OF THE ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION CONTENT OF THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE PRIMARY CAUSE ARE SUNSPOT ACTIVITIES, AS PROVEN BY THE MAUNDER MINIMA OF THE PERIOD 1645 TO 1715 – MINIMAL SUNSPOT ACTIVITY! NO VIRUS!!!
Most realistic, coordinated world wide hoax we’ve seen in a long time. Such brilliant coordination world-wide, all those Italian Doctors bravely sacrificing themselves to keep the hoax going. And all those 1.8 million excess deaths, probably, well, actually, that is difficult to fake, but still.
Most of the images and footage you saw about and from Bergamo (not Italy, most of Italy was just fine) have indeed turned out fake. It has also been found out by now that there were other reasons for the increased number of deaths in that region in March, which had to do with catastrophic decisions, malpractice, mass flu vaccination in 2019 and transporting Covid patients to deserted (mostly Eastern European staff had fled home out of panic) care centres. You should inform yourself beyond the mainstream media. You would then also know that there is no excess mortality even in the U.S., where a great part of deaths had other reasons as well (malpractice, overdoses of hydroxychloriquine, incentives for putting “Covid-19” on death certificates, etc. etc.).
What Italian doctors who sacrificed themselves? Are you referring to the Italian doctors that were already dying of other causes of pre existing diseases, other than COVID, and who were all retired and ranged in age of 86 to 99 yrs old and living in senior homes. The doctors that the Italy government said died of COVID but failed to tell everyone the truth when they made the announcement? Are those the doctors that sacrificed themselves? Really?
Well articulated article summarizing what is happening, a COVID Plandemic brought to you by Big Pharm, Big Tech, Big Gov, Big Media, and wannnabe dictators like Justin Trudeau, Ford…and cast. It is startling how our PM and Premiers have so easily dismissed our rights, invoked executive powers and by-passed parliaments, censored discussion and debate, shut out a range of medical and scientific experts, destroyed small businesses en masse, promoted fear, done immense harm to the psychological well being of children who are being deprived of healthy interactions and made to fear others, and adults who may be isolated or vulnerable…Unfortunately, I think the restrictions and harm will get worse, until enough people begin to think things differently!
I agree. Up until a week ago I was one of the sheep who thought what was happening was justifiable. I no longer think that. In the past week I have watched a lot of videos, where educated people, doctors, scientists, and immunologists, all saying our government is trying to silence them, and all saying that what is happening right now is wrong. I watched a video from a scientist who conducted one of many studies that show there’s a medication that can actually cure covid 19, with a 75% to 90% success rate. However, instead of using this medication to save people, the government has decided to try their hardest to prevent it from being used, even to the point of threatening a doctors medical license if they try to give it to any patients. This medication used to be a safe, over the counter medication, that has been used to treat other things for a very long time. When people started using it to cure covid 19, the government restricted it, threatened doctors medical licenses for prescribing it, and, if you can find a doctor willing to take the chance and prescribe it, the government has told the pharmacies not to dispense it. The only reason I can see for the government to be doing this, is to keep the numbers of covid, and covid deaths high, so we continue to let them trample on our civil liberties, and so they can continue to push an untested vaccine. I personally have found that even doing searches on Google only brings up the sites that are continuing to spread the governments propaganda. Even this site that we are on right now, when I put the exact same question into Google, this article didn’t show up at all, only government sites, did, I had to open a fifteenth browser to find it, the DuckDuckGo browser. And for those of you who think only uneducated people,
anti maskers, anti vaccers, and conspiracy theorists are noticing these things, you are wrong. The government will continue to take our freedoms, and continue violating our rights until more people wake up and fight back. Hopefully this happens before we have no freedoms at all. However, their is little point in wasting your energy trying to wake up the sheep, we instead need to wake up the lions.