“Do away with Covid theater.”
I suspect The New York Times Editorial Board might secretly read Legal Insurrection.
It recently published a piece entitled, “We Can Live Better Lives While Being Smart About Covid.” It started this way:
Nearly two years into the pandemic, it is clear that the coronavirus is not going to disappear anytime soon. Surges will happen, variants of concern will pop up and mitigation strategies will need to evolve.
This is similar to an analysis I did on the coronavirus pandemic of 1889 termed “the Russian Flu” that published this summer, which concluded:
If we scramble to stop every variant, it appears we will be in lockdown for at least the next 130 years. In fact, there were several cycles of infection worldwide (beginning in late 1889, with recurrences in March to June 1891, November 1891 to June 1892, winter of 1893–1894, and early 1895). Do we want to really go through this drama for the next 6 years?
It is time to rethink the COVID-response strategy.
I find it interesting that one of the most progressive publications is now beginning to question the “experts”, and perhaps are delving into other options that heretofore had been branded as “misinformation”. There are many possible explanations for this hot new take from The New York Times, but whatever the reason, I am grateful that there is movement in a truly scientific direction.
Additionally, the opinion piece highlighted an aspect of the virus response I myself offered….on March 1, 2021: Ventilation. Here is what The New York Times suggested:
Do away with Covid theater. The coronavirus is airborne, and any money spent on deep cleaning would be better put toward improved building ventilation. But instead of upgrading their HVAC systems, too many schools and businesses are still relying on things that won’t work nearly as well.
Nearly two years ago, I prepared this response plan:
Third Point: Protect your respiratory system now.It is clear that the virus targets the respiratory system, and those with medical conditions impacting the lungs are hit hardest. …
Other risk factors also include pre-existing heart conditions, diabetes, and obesity. Therefore, if you wish to enhance your preparation for the…Coronavirus, protect your immune and respiratory systems:
- Stop smoking.
- Take vitamins, drink plenty of water, and start a sensible exercise regimen.
- Consider your home and office environment: Are there ways to improve the air quality that are easy to implement that makes it easier for you to breathe (e.g., air filter, humidifiers).
- If you suffer from a respiratory ailment (e.g., asthma), confer with your doctor for additional guidance.
The New York Times Editorial Board places too much emphasis on vaccines. This is especially true when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 80% of the coronavirus cases are found in the fully vaccinated...many of them also boosted.
Most of the 43 COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant identified in the United States so far were in people who were fully vaccinated, and a third of them had received a booster dose, according to a U.S. report published on Friday.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that of the 43 cases attributed to Omicron variant, 34 people had been fully vaccinated. Fourteen of them had also received a booster, although five of those cases occurred less than 14 days after the additional shot before full protection kicks in.
The piece would have been substantially enhanced with a more robust emphasis on self-care and treatment options. However, it is heartening to see some of the tenets promoted by “experts” questioned and an official call to end “Covid Theater” from a leading liberal publication.DONATE
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