Self Reliance: Who you gonna trust?

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“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to prevailing superstition or taboo.” ~ H. L. Mencken

“I’m part of your government but I’m here today to say that government can’t save you.” ~ Sen. Rand Paul

This week the World Health organization was forced to clarify itself.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist and the WHO’s technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic, had said at a regular press briefing that data the WHO has received suggests it is “very rare” to have an asymptomatic person transmit the disease.

Following an onslaught of confusion expressed from social media, including from doctors, journalists, and epidemiologists, the WHO hosted a livestream on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, to clarify questions surrounding transmission of the CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

The highly esteemed New York Times pubished this: “Even as the World Health Organization leads the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is failing to take stock of rapidly evolving research findings and to communicate clearly about them, several scientists warned.”

Do you need to stay home, or can you get up close and personal if you believe something?

You must stay home to save lives. You must socially distance and lock down. Unless you’re protesting racism and police brutality.

This appears to be the message from some government and health officials, who for months enforced a rigorous and unprecedented economic shutdown in the name of stemming the spread of the coronavirus pandemic — resulting in millions losing their jobs and students being sent home from schools across the country.

Maybe you trust our beloved CDC. Oops.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests, distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic.

Well, give them a second chance. Oh dear.

Earlier this month, the federal health agency appears to have quietly reformatted its page on how COVID-19 spreads. Previously, under a subheading titled “spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,” the agency simply said it “may be possible” to contract the virus from contaminated surfaces.

For those of you still wiping down groceries and other packages amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, breathe a sigh of relief: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says the novel virus “does not spread easily” from “touching surfaces or objects”.

Remember Dr. Deborah “Scarf Lady” Birx? During a coronavirus meeting with Robert Redfield, the director of CDC, Birx, said, “There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust.”

Whoa, Deb.

So just strap on your mask and go about your business. Wait …

Two of the world’s major health organisations disagree on mask wearing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) currently discourages mask use:”There is currently no evidence that wearing a mask (whether medical or other types) by healthy persons in the wider community setting, including universal community masking, can prevent them from infection with respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.

By contrast, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has recently recommended everyone wear a (cloth) mask. However, this is to prevent infected people passing on the infection, not to prevent the wearer getting infected.

Got that? You do know we’re all gonna die, right. Maybe not.

~ Hygge

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