UPDATE: Within hours of the article discussed in this post beginning to pick up traction on social media, it was taken down from the Johns Hopkins Student News-Letter website with no explanation. It has now been made made available again on the website via a PDF, along with an Editor’s Note.
Please read the full Editorial HERE.
We applaud the newsletter editors for making the original article available and for publicly voicing their concerns, although it is unfair to imply it is leading to “misinformation.” It is one researcher’s analysis and attempt to interpret the findings and it deserves a close look and discussion that can inspire more analysis. This is a how good science should be carried out, with open discussion, criticism, dialogue, and re-examination. The dialogue and debate is part of the scientific process. The article has sparked an interest in the data and we look forward to seeing what others find.
The editors said that the article “has been used to support dangerous inaccuracies that minimize the impact of the pandemic.”
We disagree. The analysis has taken a step toward showing that the greatest impact of the pandemic has not been from the virus, but from the government response to the virus.
The editor said that Briand’s assertion that her analysis points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths did not take into account the “spike in raw death count from all causes compared to previous years,” and that the CDC says there have been 300,000 excess deaths due to COVID-19.
But that 300,000 number begs many questions. First, that’s 37,000 more than are being reported as COVID-19 deaths. CDC acknowledges the lockdowns and fear have prevented people from getting proper healthcare, have harmed the health of many due to loss of jobs, loss of homes, loneliness, isolation, fear. It is also known that in the first weeks, doctors were learning about COVID-19 symptoms and issues and how to properly address them. Tragically, it was thought that critically ill patients should be put on ventilators, but this turned out to be the wrong treatment. The fatality rate of those put on ventilators was around 90% (and HBOT has been showing about a 90% recovery rate in critically ill patients). There is still a major problem in the US regarding early treatment with the known effective treatments and protocols, leading to deaths that could have been avoided.
And there is still the major problem of diagnosis bias. PCR tests cannot be used for diagnosis, and yet patients show up at the ER, are tested for COVID-19, and if the test comes back positive, the patient is presumed to have COVID-19. There are generally no steps taken to see ensure an active SARS-COV-2 infection is causing the symptoms. If any other infection or illness or health issue is the cause of the patient’s symptoms, proper treatment may not be given, at times with tragic outcomes.
It is still not clear how many of those 300,000 excess deaths claimed by the CDC are a direct result of COVID-19 or the direct result of the public health response that placed avoiding the virus ahead of every other aspect of life.
The archived version is also available via the Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20201126163323/https://www.jhunewslette....
Below is our original post:
An article in the Johns Hopkins News-Letter announced that Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins, performed a critical analysis on the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths, using CDC data. She presented this data in a webinar, now available on Youtube. (If this is taken down, we have preserved a copy and will upload elsewhere).
Her findings are stunning, and yet they reflect what many have been saying ever since the CDC changed their guidance on death certificates for COVID-19 only, along with the misdiagnosis concerns stemming from how and when PCR testing is being used.
The article explains:
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Interestingly, as depicted in the table below, the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19.
The Johns Hopkins article explained that throughout Briand’s webinar, she “emphasized that although COVID-19 is a serious national and global problem, she also stressed that society should never lose focus of the bigger picture — death in general. The death of a loved one, from COVID-19 or from other causes, is always tragic.”
This analysis adds to the very strong evidence that the severe restrictive measures being justified by high “case” rates and high death counts must end. CDC’s unlawful changes to their guidance on death certificates must revert back to pre-Covid language, so that Covid is reported in the same manner as all other infections. And the use of PCR tests must be changed to reflect what is known about their utility in various situations so that false-positives, or “cold-positives”, as some are calling them because the tests may be detecting the presence of SARS-COV-2 but of the quantity or quality that cannot be cultured, meaning the person is not sick or contagious. For an excellent overview of the PCR tests and why they must be used very carefully, please see Dr. Lee’s petition to the FDA.
The censorship of every article, every group, every individual critical of the official narrative of the global response to SARS-COV-2/COVID-19 shows that a minor public health situation, which could have been handled calmly and with existing treatments, has been made into a weapon of fear to force an economic and social RESET upon the entire global population without our consent. As the time draws near for the experimental vaccines to be launched, the fear is being escalated and all critical voices silenced. But this is only waking up the masses.
Now is the time.
Stand for freedom.