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Wuhan Virus Watch: Data Used to Suspend WHO Hydroxychloroquine Trials Now Under Intense Scrutiny

Wuhan Virus Watch: Data Used to Suspend WHO Hydroxychloroquine Trials Now Under Intense Scrutiny

Professor whose grim warnings prompted global lockdowns now admits Sweden suppressed Covid-19 to the same level but without shutdowns. Infectious disease specialists promote petition calling for an end to tear gas during COVID-19 pandemic.

Today’s daily update will feature a great deal of back-tracking and narrative changing from our pandemic “experts.”

To start with, some readers will recall that in late May, the World Health Organization (WHO) temporarily suspended the hydroxychloroquine arm of its trial. I chose to ignore this drama and continued to focus on reports stressing its success in addressing the early stages of COVID-19.

The Guardian has done some deep digging into data from a little-known US healthcare analytics company, which was the basis for that decision. An investigation by the British publication reveals the US-based company Surgisphere, whose handful of employees appear to include a science fiction writer and an adult-content model, provided data for multiple studies on Covid-19. Its chief executive co-authored the study but has not adequately explained its data or methodology.

The Guardian’s investigation has found:

  • A search of publicly available material suggests several of Surgisphere’s employees have little or no data or scientific background. An employee listed as a science editor appears to be a science fiction author and fantasy artist. Another employee listed as a marketing executive is an adult model and events hostess.
  • The company’s LinkedIn page has fewer than 100 followers and last week listed just six employees. This was changed to three employees as of Wednesday.
  • While Surgisphere claims to run one of the largest and fastest hospital databases in the world, it has almost no online presence. Its Twitter handle has fewer than 170 followers, with no posts between October 2017 and March 2020.
  • Until Monday, the get in touch” link on Surgisphere’s homepage redirected to a WordPress template for a cryptocurrency website, raising questions about how hospitals could easily contact the company to join its database.
  • Desai has been named in three medical malpractice suits, unrelated to the Surgisphere database. In an interview with the Scientist, Desai previously described the allegations as “unfounded”.
  • In 2008, Desai launched a crowdfunding campaign on the website Indiegogo promoting a wearable “next generation human augmentation device that can help you achieve what you never thought was possible”. The device never came to fruition.
  • Desai’s Wikipedia page has been deleted following questions about Surgisphere and his history.

The New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet released an “expression of concern” about studies they published using the data. The WHO is resuming the hydroxychloroquine trial.

I would like to commend the Guardian’s reporters for their work, which is an example of real investigative journalism and not merely more Trump Derangement Syndrome inspired inanity. I am confident lives have been saved because they did the research that American reporters could not do.

Professor whose grim warnings prompted global lockdowns now admits Sweden suppressed Covid-19 to the same level but without shutdowns

True shutdown believers took a big hit when Dr. Neil Ferguson, whose flawed Imperial College models were the basis of the global lockdown policies nearly everywhere but Sweden, indicated the Nordic country’s infection rate was about the same as elsewhere…without the shutdowns.

The professor whose grim warning that 500,000 Brits may die from Covid-19 without action triggered lockdown has admitted Sweden may have suppressed its outbreak as well as Britain – without imposing the draconian measures.

Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, revealed he had the ‘greatest respect’ for the Scandinavian nation, which has managed to suffer fewer deaths per capita than the UK.

He made the comments at a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee today during his first public appearance since flouting stay at home rules to have secret trysts with his married mistress last month.

The epidemiologist – dubbed Professor Lockdown – has come under fire for his modelling which predicted half a million Britons could die from Covid-19 and heavily influenced the UK’s decision to rush into a nationwide quarantine.

Professor Ferguson appeared to praise Sweden for keeping infections low without the economically crippling curbs and said ‘they have gone quite a long way to [achieving] the same effect’.

Infectious disease specialists promote petition calling for an end to tear gas during COVID-19 pandemic

After promoting policies that have been based on flawed data and models, infectious disease specialists are now calling for the removal of a critical tool used for police as part of riot control tactics….based on questionable theories and social justice.

Infectious disease specialists are circulating an online petition calling for police to stop using tear gas to disperse crowds during the coronavirus pandemic who are coming out in droves to mourn the death of George Floyd and decry police brutality.

While the doctors say they support the peaceful protesters, they are calling on police to use “public health best practices” during demonstrations.

The University of Washington created the petition, while University of California at San Francisco infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, helped craft the science behind it.

Tear gas, first used during WWI, causes people to cough, Chin-Hong said in an interview. And coughing during a pandemic is not a good thing.

“When you bring together a lot of people, like at a stadium or a protest, the virus goes from people’s noses to mouths in droplets,” he said.

When people are in these crowded and emotional settings, they tend to shout and “project the virus more than three feet,” he said.


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Being right doesn’t always mean being right ..
A company to make a “next generation human augmentation device that can help you achieve what you never thought was possible” that ultimately isn’t possible.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Neo. | June 4, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Is that like….

    “Love means never having to say you’re sorry?”

    President Trump addresses many of these issuas.

    President Trump sat down for an extensive interview with former White House Spokesperson Sean Spicer.

I thought when you have a lefty rag like the Guardian coming after you, you must be in deep do do.

    Tom Servo in reply to Neo. | June 4, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Another outlet has revealed that two of the “authors” of the “Study” were a science fiction writer and a “Contributor to Adult Forums.”

    It’s pretty obvious that the entire “study” was cooked up in an overnight session, for the sole purpose of keeping the lockdowns going and killing any hope for the populations. The REAL criminality here belongs to the Lancet the supposedly “Prestigious” Medical Journal. Fraudsters are always around, but this Journal bought there story hook, line, and sinker, and didn’t even do the tiniest bit of due diligence of background research before publishing it and stamping the whole dirty thing with their Medical Authority.

    Why would they do that? Because it agreed with their political inclinations, of course. The Lancet is the worst criminal in this whole story, because THEY are the ones who everyone trusted to do better.

      MarkSmith in reply to Tom Servo. | June 4, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      “The Lancet is the worst criminal in this whole story, because THEY are the ones who everyone trusted to do better.”

      Isn’t that what we have learn about government, newspapers, etc….. The paper tiger is being exposed.

      Matter of time before the DNC, Antifa, BLM…etc.

      The virus is looking more and more staged. It is a matter of time before they try to trigger a military conflict before Nov. I hope Trump is ready.

      tom_swift in reply to Tom Servo. | June 5, 2020 at 8:24 am

      Really a shame. For about two centuries, both Lancet and the NEJM have been the go-to journals for serious medical news. Physicians themselves don’t follow People or <Newsweek, even though that’s all you’ll see in the waiting rooms; they keep up with their fields through Lancet and the NEJM.

      Like all organizations not explicitly organized to prevent it, both have been drifting leftward in recent years, publishing rubbish like ridiculous studies of civilian casualty rates in Iraq, and similar sloppy work regarding both political policy and medical research.

      Unfortunately, doctrine-driven agendas, such as leftism, are incompatible with anything concerning the physical universe (medicine, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, etc)—a destructive trend for all purveyors of “news” and outright lethal for technical publications. We can’t learn much about the workings of the universe from Pravda.

healthguyfsu | June 4, 2020 at 11:10 am

I recommend bullets over tear gas. Can’t get the virus if you are dead.

The Guardian has done some deep digging
And that right there is the biggest shock of the whole thing.

Turns out that the cure for the Wuhan virus is massive global rioting. I am now refusing to wear my mask anytime, anywhere. Arrest me.

Infectious disease specialists promote petition calling for an end to tear gas during COVID-19 pandemic
Any word on how lead poisoning would affect susceptibility?

    DaveGinOly in reply to GWB. | June 4, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    From a study I saw (since suppressed by the W.H.O.), lead is effective at both curing COVID-19 and reducing its transmission.

Dear Infectious disease experts,

As a matter of policy certain conditions must be met prior to the use of tear gas. This use is not authorized for everyday policing. I would suggest that you direct your concerns about the use of tear gas in relation to covid spread to the various organizations promoting mass demonstrations in violation of your recommended social distancing guidelines.

If you are unable to contact the organisers I suggest contacting the various MSM outlets and the sympathetic celebrities who are supporting the mass demonstrations.
If you are unwilling to make the attempt we will be able to confirm, once again, that the public health experts are willing to sacrifice our nation’s economy and the overall health of our citizens upon the alter of your ego.

J. Q. Public

    rightway in reply to CommoChief. | June 4, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Arson introduces unknown quantities of toxic smoke in the air, and worst of all carbon dioxide. Since the rioters, and their arson are killing the planet the use of deadly force should be authorized. For the children’s sake.

I discovered that the cure for tear gas side effects is to not go where there is tear gas.

Also, I have seen another pattern — no riots then no tear gas.

These people cannot be that stupid. “By any means necessary.”

    Neo in reply to TX-rifraph. | June 4, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Now, you’re blaming the victom

      If the ‘victim’ just got done hucking a rock at some police, I got news for you. They’re not a victim, they’re a perp.

      If you are in a protest and people are throwing objects at the police, you’re not in a protest any more. You can either stop the people from throwing things at the police, or leave. Either option keeps you from learning what tear gas tastes like.

Fact check the UW creating the petition… I doubt this was a formal outlet of the UW.

Although the UW is infiltrated with flaming leftists throughout the ranks, the admins are not Oberlin… I have insider knowledge of how stuff runs and this would be inconsistent with how they operate. There are adults in charge there.

So it looks like somebody really wanted to kill the HCQ trials.

    Neo in reply to Exiliado. | June 4, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    From the Guardian story:
    Another study using the Surgisphere database, again co-authored by Desai, found the anti-parasite drug ivermectin reduced death rates in severely ill Covid-19 patients. It was published online in the Social Science Research Network e-library, before peer-review or publication in a medical journal, and prompted the Peruvian government to add ivermectin to its national Covid-19 therapeutic guidelines.

The reaction to the COVID virus has done the world an immense favor. It has taught everyone that “experts” are not to be either trusted or believed.

We have medical experts who stated, categorically, that certain actions and treatments would not work against the virus. Now, they are stating the total reverse. When this is pointed out, they either blame it on the Chinese for failing to be transparent on the disease or they use the “novel virus” excuse. In other words, they are proving to be, at best, incompetent boobs. The same can be said for out political class. And finally, we attorneys. Rod Rosenstein, a traiuned and experienced lawyer, responsible for one of the biggest and most important investigations in US history, tells Congress that he had no idea what the particulars were on which the Carter Page FISA warrant was based and did not take the time to even read the affidavit. I’m sorry, but the very first day of Contracts 101, attorneys are told, repeatedly, READ THE ENTIRE LEGAL DOCUMENT BEFORE TAKING ANY ACTION WITH REGARD TO IT. But, Rosenstein, when faced with admitting that he knew what was in the FISA request and approved it for political purposes chose to use the incompetent boob defense. How many more “incompetent boobs” are there serving as highly trained experts in our government.

What we now know is that we can not trust anyone and have to do our own research before we come to any conclusions. Having read the autopsy report, issued by the Minnesota ME, there does not appear to be ANY indication that George Floyd was killed through any illegal or improper action of Chauvin. NONE. Besides being a massive coronary, waiting to happen, and being a walking pharmacy of illicit drugs, there were no physical conditions or trauma which would be associated with either mechanical asphyxiation or strangulation, including compression of the carotid artery. In contrast, we have Dr. Baden’s “autopsy”, which is strong on conclusion by totally devoid of any supporting data. So, who to believe? At this point, that is a no-brainer.

Believe nothing and no one, until you investigate things for yourself.

    TX-rifraph in reply to Mac45. | June 4, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    “Believe nothing and no one…”

    Not even Greta?

    bhwms in reply to Mac45. | June 9, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Dr Baden disappoints me. He used to be the go-to for an independent forensic opinion of the cause and manner of death. His last few public cases are very confusing. I suppose it just shows that people who have dedicated decades of their lives to science and factual analysis can be swayed by external factors, whatever they may be.

New insights on the antiviral effects of chloroquine against coronavirus: what to expect for COVID-19?

The multiple molecular mechanisms by which chloroquine can achieve such results remain to be further explored. … preliminary data indicate that chloroquine interferes with SARS-CoV-2 attempts to acidify the lysosomes and presumably inhibits cathepsins, which require a low pH for optimal cleavage of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

Zn2+ Inhibits Coronavirus and Arterivirus RNA Polymerase Activity In Vitro and Zinc Ionophores Block the Replication of These Viruses in Cell Culture

With the usual caveat: drugs, vaccines, etc. are not magical elixirs. A Planned Pathogen (PP) protocol will reduce viability of the virus, while reducing excess deaths in an eligible population.

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CapeBuffalo | June 4, 2020 at 2:18 pm

Notice how the “protest” is spreading to Europe . “Don’t let a crisis go to waste” isn’t verbatim from the erudite writings of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Alinsky or other Founding Fathers of revolución but Comrade Rahm has shown the way to our Utopia.

BierceAmbrose | June 4, 2020 at 3:33 pm

Now do Mann’s HotColdWetDry “study.”

BierceAmbrose | June 4, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Now, I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but…

Anybody else notice that

1 — There’s been hard evidence since early on that the Kung-Flu takes several courses. Start with the quarantined cruise ship.

2 — Nobody “in charge” talks about how to get individuals from one course to another; even less about what individuals can do to get themselves (likely) from one course to another?

3 — The “course” *and all the weirdness they can’t explain* goes strongly with *how far the active infection got, physically, into the patient’s body.
—- Kung-flu in the nose is like one thing.
—- In the bronchia another.
—- In the deep lungs n you start drowning in your own immune response products. (Kinda like pneumonia — suggests known pneumonia mitigations would be worth trying.)
—- Past the lungs, and *every weird thing they’ve seen tracks with some nasty vector going after a set of epithelial cells, like weird heart attack, vascular, n stroke effects track with some ACE2-attacking virus going after circulatory system epithelial cells.

4 — Nobody’s applying to this here Andromeda Strain what we know of human respiratory viruses, human immune response, corona viruses (*), disease resistance n recovery, n etc.


— You are constantly under threat from airborn viruses, in permanent, vicious battle with respiratory clearing systems.

— As contagious as it is, you will be exposed to the Kung-Flu virus; and you will most likely get it, in some form. EVEN IF NOT, THAT’S THE WAY TO PLAN.

— How bad it is tracks with how far it gets, physically, into your system.

— Immune antibody responses build up EVEN FROM MILD COURSES OF KUNG-FLU. That’s how we discovered 80-kabillion people had it and didn’t know, once we got broad antibody testing happening.

— Kids don’t get it. Big words about “stronger intrinsic immune systems” aren’t a dismissal, they suggest a strategy: GET YOURSELF A STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM AT LEAST SITUATIONALLY, IN CONTEXT OF YOUR KUNG-FLU EXPOSURE. (This is one way to look at vaccines, drugs, n supportive therapies anyway.)

— Antibodies, plus no reportable disease: that’s the ticket. Effectively Kung-Flu is self-immunizing if you do it right. WE HAVE A VACCINE, WE ALWAYS HAD A VACCINE. ITS CALLED, “GET THE NOSE-ONLY COURSE OF THE DISEASE AND GET OVER IT.” We’ve had the CowPox version of Kung Flu since day 1.

How to do that? How to do that? When 20-30% of the population had it, has an immune response, and didn’t even know it HOW ABOUT WE TRY TO GET EVERYBODY ON THAT TRACK?

— Your personal strategy is to manipulate your encounter with the Kung-Flu so you get the innoculation without drowning in your own lungs or worse. Kung-sniffles would be ideal, but “doesn’t kill you ugly” is good enough. Now you’re inocculated.

So, what to do… oh, I’ve listed them a bunch of times. All mitigations. All directional; less than large-scale controlled double-blind followed by a generation or two of monitored use in the population.

Meanwhile, while people are dying despite being on respirators, n policy is sending Kung-Flu-Grannies to their group homes to infect everybody else there who can’t throw it off, NONE OF THE PERSONAL, INDIVIDUAL MITIGATIONS OR RESPONSES ARE TALKED ABOUT OR INVESTIGATED BY “EXPERTS”, “OFFICIALS”, OR “RESEARCHERS.”

    BierceAmbrose in reply to BierceAmbrose. | June 4, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Please pardon my rant=y ness on this one.

    “One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.” — That’s supposed to be a cautionary tale, not a how to guide.


BierceAmbrose | June 4, 2020 at 4:16 pm

Shockingly, epidemiologists act like epidemiologists.

They’re happy to talk about the odds n course of categories of people: old / young, fat / slim, green blue or purple.

They’re indifferent to how to get actual people from one category into another that has better odds n course of the disease.

Epidemiologists n statisticians are useful — used right — for telling you if something is working, not what to do about it, or how.

BierceAmbrose | June 4, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Suspect reports are suspect.

When something makes me want to go all Church Lady, “How con-veeeeeeen-ient.” maybe it’s just too convenient.

Show your work.

BierceAmbrose | June 4, 2020 at 4:31 pm

Last of Hydroxy-cut rant (These people have really pissed me off.)

I don’t care about the results from some made-up study using hydroxy-cut some random way. Follow around the people who claim they have success with a protocol and see if that’s true.

Here’s how that works:

“I think I have a thing that works.”

“Show me.”

“Wow that works. How?”

“I don’t know, exactly. How about you go figure that out; I have patients to help.”


    rightway in reply to BierceAmbrose. | June 4, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    As a lay person the best I can tell is Covid kills and damages the human body by triggering a over reaction of the immune system, primarily inflammation, this is apparently labeled the cytokine storm.

    So, yes, prednisone used with Hydroxy will help with the destructive inflamation in the lungs. Hydroxy is popular with rheumatologists, because it suppresses the immune system and has anti inflamatory qualities. Of course, the treatment works best if you can pre-empt the cytokine storm, that is the problem with all these studies that wait for hospitalization. Besides can you tell me any disease where the treatment protocal is to wait until it gets really bad before you administer antibiotics or antiretrovirals?

      markm in reply to rightway. | June 5, 2020 at 11:19 am

      There’s a problem with the cytokine storm theory for COVID. An immune system overreaction should be strongest in young, healthy adults with a strong immune system. E.g., it’s now generally agreed that the 1918 flu pandemic was nearly as likely to kill a healthy young adult as children and the elderly because of cytokine storms. But COVID-19 kills the sickly old and immuno-compromised, while being so mild in healthy young adults that most weren’t aware they had it.

      It’s possible that the small proportion (probably 0.1 to 0.5%) of healthy young adults that get seriously sick from COVID-19 are suffering from cytokine storms, but most people don’t react to it this way.

      That’s one of the issues with hydroxychloroquine: it’s often helpful with inflammation due to a runaway immune system, but it has severe side effects often enough that taking it to prevent a 0.5% chance of a cytokine storm doesn’t make sense – unless it also acts as an antiviral, and that’s not yet proven or disproven. There is a huge problem with “evidence” from doctors who say, “we gave this to sick patients and they got better”. MOST patients get better on their own, so you haven’t proven anything until you have controls who don’t get the treatment – and doing such a controlled experiment in the middle of an epidemic is difficult for most doctors who aren’t named Mengele…

      OTOH, the one reported experiment that showed no positive effect of hydroxy was also flawed, with poor controls, too small a sample size, but mainly IT DIDN’T FOLLOW THE RECIPE. This gave hydroxy to recovering patients, that is, past the time when an anti-inflammatory might have helped, so it only tested the antiviral effect. And it gave only hydroxy, but the recommendations were to give it with zinc, and the hypothesis was that hydroxy increases zinc uptake, which inhibits RNA virus reproduction somewhat. (It is also possible that the antiviral effect occurs only in the early stages of the disease when the virus is running wild, not later after the infection has peaked.)

One thing I don’t get about all this. Why is it relevant that the bogus company’s science editor is a science fiction author? If you had a real company doing real work, whom better could you hire for a science editor? Science fiction writers, at least good ones, know both science and writing. And plenty of them still need day jobs.

Nor do I understand why a pr0n model would not make a good marketing person. Isn’t marketing the first skill one needs to make it in that business?

    The two primary people involved are a writer who writes fantasies and porn actress/event organizer who stages fantasies. Think.

      Milhouse in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 4, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      They were two of nine alleged employees at the time. I know many SF writers, and many of them would make excellent science editors at a genuine version of such a business. I don’t think I know any pr0n stars, but surely if they can’t sell you something who can?

        Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | June 4, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        Correction: I just remembered that I actually do know a pr0n actor, and I wouldn’t buy a used car from him.

    markm in reply to Milhouse. | June 5, 2020 at 11:34 am

    It depends on the science fiction writer. Most of the old guard had a pretty good knowledge of science, and some were exceptional: Asimov was a professor of Chemistry with a PHD, E.E. “Doc” Smith was a multi-talented engineer, and Arthur C. Clarke was an electrical engineer who worked on instrument landing systems. But these days, there’s more magic (fantasy) than even made-up “science” in so-called science fiction, and the conventions and awards committees seem to be dominated by SJW’s.