Covid killed off the flu?
Experts plant the intriguing suggestion as influenza cases nosedive by 98% across the globe
- Many feared ‘twin-demic’ of flu, which kills thousands, and Covid-19 this winter
- Thirty million people – 20 per cent more than normal – now eligible for the flu jab
- ‘Surveillance’ data collected by WHO shows how flu cases plummeted globally
PUBLISHED: 22:24 GMT, 24 October 2020 | UPDATED: 10:57 GMT, 25 October 2020
Go to Reality:
When I came across this amateurish propaganda piece with the cheesy ‘stock’ photos, I had a good laugh, then wondered how they thought anyone would buy a single word of it.
Read the above headline again. Did you sense any alarms going off in your mind? Is there any possibility that the COVID killed off the INFLUENZA? Explaining the reason we see no influenza this year, but oddly, we do see an exactly equal amount of COVID with the exact symptoms of influenza? Maybe this is not adding up for you either?
I certainly hope not. Obvious to any fruit fly, this is utter and total nonsense. What is being witnessed is the same old influenza we have seen every past year. What is missing here is any COVID, the non-existent fabricated unseen deadly viral threat, as hyped by the media, government medical morons and totally biased talking heads like Gates, Fauci, Birx, etc. This is pure unmitigated propaganda for the unthinking public.
Back to Propaganda Jo McFarlane:
It was feared by many to be the perfect winter storm, a nightmare situation that would push our health service over the edge: the ‘twin-demic’ of flu, which kills about 10,000 Britons every year, and a second deadly wave of Covid-19.
Such was the concern that the Government rolled out the biggest flu vaccination program in British history.
Back to reality:
No flu vaccines have ever worked, no flu vaccines can ever work. That is just a scientific fact. There is absolutely no efficacy in flu vaccinations. That is why we all have colds and flus from time to time. They start with irritants that turn up the sinus fluid production, which makes for a good culture environment for breeding bacteria. There simply is no such thing as a vaccine for a cold or flu, so get this fact clear in your mind, and start opening your mind as to what these lying assholes are really up to. It’s really very simple.
Back to Propaganda:
Thirty million people – 20 per cent more than normal, and now including all over-50s – are eligible for this year’s jab.
Take up of the vaccine is already the highest it has ever been in the over-65s and young children, according to the latest reports.
There’s just one curious problem: flu, it seems, has all but vanished.
It was feared by many to be the perfect winter storm, a nightmare situation that would push our health service over the edge: the ‘twin-demic’ of flu, which kills about 10,000 Britons every year, and a second deadly wave of Covid-19. Pictured: Stock image
The disappearing act began as Covid-19 rolled in towards the end of our flu season in March. And just how swiftly rates have plummeted can be observed in ‘surveillance’ data collected by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Patients aren’t routinely tested for flu, even if it’s suspected, but a number of ‘sentinel’ GP surgeries and hospitals do carry out diagnostic screening on those who have symptoms, and this data gives us the most accurate picture of how much flu is in circulation.
And the figures provide a startling insight into what has become a creeping trend across the world.
In the Southern Hemisphere, where the flu season happens during our summer months, the WHO data suggests it never took off at all.
In Australia, just 14 positive flu cases were recorded in April, compared with 367 during the same month in 2019 – a 96 per cent drop.
By June, usually the peak of its flu season, there were none. In fact, Australia has not reported a positive case to the WHO since July.
In Chile, just 12 cases of flu were detected between April and October. There were nearly 7,000 during the same period in 2019.
Has this puzzling mystery got you shaking your head in profound amazement? The flu just evaporated before our eyes, only to be replaced by COVID, in the exact same prevalence rate and the exact same symptoms.
It couldn’t be that the governments are pulling off magic tricks on us? That they want us to believe that something new has appeared in infectious medicine that is exactly like the same thing with a different name. It couldn’t be that you are being played out like a fish on a hook, for some totally different agenda that is being foisted on you under false illusions? The governments wouldn’t do such a thing, would they?
Thirty million people – 20 per cent more than normal, and now including all over-50s – are eligible for this year’s flu jab. Pictured: Stock image
In the UK, our flu season is only just beginning. But since Covid-19 began spreading in March, just 767 cases have been reported to the WHO compared with nearly 7,000 from March to October last year. Pictured: Stock image
And in South Africa, surveillance tests picked up just two cases at the beginning of the season, which quickly dropped to zero over the following month – overall, a 99 per cent drop compared with the previous year.
In the UK, our flu season is only just beginning. But since Covid-19 began spreading in March, just 767 cases have been reported to the WHO compared with nearly 7,000 from March to October last year.
And while lab-confirmed flu cases last year jumped by ten per cent between September and October, as a new season gets under way this year, they’ve risen by just 0.7 per cent so far.
Of course, this isn’t the total number of flu cases.
We know from Office for National Statistics data that hundreds of people have been dying from suspected flu-related pneumonia every week throughout the year – that, and the predicted tough winter ahead, is why experts agree that vaccination is still vital to those eligible. Some flu seasons begin earlier than others.
But our low flu surveillance figure does indicate the spread of flu in the UK, right now, has yet to pick up pace.
Other research by Public Health England has confirmed this. Globally, it is estimated that rates of flu may have plunged by 98 per cent compared with the same time last year.
‘This is real,’ says Dr David Strain, senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School. ‘There’s no doubt that we’re seeing far fewer incidences of flu.’
So where has flu gone? And what does it mean for our winter?
There are intriguing theories – some more outlandish than others.
There are those who claim flu cases haven’t vanished at all, but are instead being recorded as Covid-19. Sceptics say Covid tests are unable to distinguish between coronavirus and flu, but this is simply untrue. Scientists overwhelmingly agree the decline in flu cases is likely to be linked to interventions – social distancing, hand-washing, lockdowns and school and shop closures. Pictured: Stock image
“Oh yes, this is simply untrue”. Says scientism. They obviously think we are so ignorant that we could never deduce the obvious from this misinformation.
Dr Elisabetta Groppelli, virologist and lecturer in global health at St George’s, University of London, explains: ‘Flu and Covid-19 are caused by very distinct viruses, and this is clear to see under a microscope.
There’s no chance of mistaking one for the other – the fragment of viral genetic material from the coronavirus looks like a bit of spaghetti, while the flu genetic material we test for looks like eight pieces of penne pasta.’
Another compelling explanation suggests the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 and has run rampant throughout the world, has somehow ‘crowded out’ the flu virus.
The theory has gained traction on Twitter, and there is some scientific backing for the phenomenon.
When an individual is infected with one virus, they are less likely to be infected by another during that time due to something called ‘viral interference’.
Covid Q&A: Will Christmas be normal, and are NHS intensive care beds full?
Q: Is it possible to reduce coronavirus infection rates before Christmas?
A: We’re all hoping for a proper Christmas, when we can spend time with family and friends.
It’s an aim shared by Ministers, it seems.
Stephen Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, implied that stricter rules in the Greater Manchester region were necessary for the ‘common purpose’ of getting the virus under control by the festive period.
Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething used Christmas as justification for a 17-day national lockdown, or so-called ‘fire-break’, in Wales.
But will it work? Nearly all areas in the UK under the strictest Tier 3 lockdown measures recorded a drop in the infection rate last week.
Rates in Manchester, for instance, have been steadily falling for the past two weeks – even before it entered the Tier 3 restrictions.
However, many scientists say the worst is yet to come, with the Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, admitting that we may be forced to endure a ‘digital Christmas’.
Q: Are NHS hospitals running out of intensive care beds?
A: Government statistics released last week showed 82 per cent of intensive care beds in Manchester were occupied, mostly with Covid-19 patients.
The Department of Health warned that NHS services would soon become ‘overwhelmed’ by cases.
In Liverpool, councillors have warned that NHS intensive care units had reached 95 per cent of their bed capacity.
It’s difficult to clarify these statements, as the Government does not release this data.
The 82 per cent figure in Manchester may sound alarming, but at the same point in 2019, 83 per cent of intensive care beds in the area were occupied.
Nationally, there are currently less than half the number of people in UK hospitals with Covid-19, than there were at the peak of the pandemic in April, and hospitals were not overwhelmed then.
Q: Are people obeying the current restrictions?
A: Mostly, yes. Young people were previously thought to be most likely to flout the rules.
But over the past few weeks, infection rates in teenagers and twentysomethings have dropped dramatically, according to Public Health England.
Officials believe this is a sign that youngsters are finally adhering to the rules.
But clearly, this does not account for the behaviour of older adults. And when it comes to whether people are self-isolating when told to by NHS tracers, it’s almost impossible to know if Britons are complying.
The Government does not publish data on how many ‘traced’ contacts of someone who has tested positive actually isolate for ten days.
Public health officials say one thing is for certain: the majority of transmissions are still occurring within people’s homes.
Virus expert Professor James Stewart, at the University of Liverpool, says: ‘Immune system cells come in and help destroy the first infection, and if another virus comes along that same response will fight it off.’
Dr Groppelli adds: ‘Viruses are parasites. Once they enter a cell, they don’t want other viruses to compete with. So the virus already in the body will effectively kick the other parasite out.’
On a population level, it means if enough people have one virus, others will have nowhere to go and cannot spread.
A study by researchers at the US Centre for Disease Control concludes it is at least possible that this has happened in some regions, and that coronavirus could effectively ‘muscle out’ influenza in the body’s respiratory system.
Viral interference may well have been the reason 2009’s swine flu pandemic never took hold in the way many feared it would.
Yale University academics recently suggested the high presence of rhinovirus – the common cold – in the autumn of that year may have ‘blocked infection’ of the deadly H1N1 virus. At the time, the UK Government planned for a worst-case scenario of 65,000 deaths. In the end, 392 died.
The Yale study found human cells already infected with the cold virus were significantly less likely to become infected with H1N1. So could that happen again this year?
Public Health England studied samples taken from about 20,000 people during the first four months of this year, as coronavirus took hold, and found those who had flu were 58 per cent less likely to also have coronavirus.
This may be more to do with behaviour when you have a virus – staying in bed, or not going out – which means you’re less likely to come into contact with another virus, Prof James Stewart explains.
Yet the study also theorised ‘possible pathogenic competition’ between the two, because co-infection – people with flu and Covid-19 at the same time – was strikingly rare.
A Chinese study on two previous coronavirus outbreaks, SARS and MERS, has also shown the same effect. Infection with another virus, such as flu, protects to some degree against a coronavirus infection.
But what isn’t clear, and hasn’t been tested, is what happens the other way around. Can a coronavirus infection, with or without symptoms, elbow-out flu? Dr Groppelli says: ‘The only thing we can say is that, right now, before winter hits, is it’s a bit too early to tell.’
Most scientists agree there was not enough Covid-19 in circulation in March to explain the dramatic drop in flu cases. And the same holds true as we approach winter.
Random testing suggests that, in May, between five and six per cent of people in the UK had corona antibodies, rising to 17.5 per cent in worst-hit London, according to Public Health England.
Now cases are rising again, by 90,000 a day, according to the Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.
But Dr Ellen Foxman, who authored the Yale viral interference study, says: ‘One virus can only disrupt the spread of another if enough people have them.
‘When we’re talking about common colds, the rates are astronomically high, and many people are asymptomatic.
‘But for Covid, at present we think only 15 to 20 per cent of people in hard-hit places like New York have been exposed. Most places will be a lot lower than that.
‘That’s not enough for Covid to prevent flu by interference and certainly not enough to account for the huge drops in flu we’ve seen in the statistics.’
Viral interference, typically, would also not have caused such a sudden drop in flu cases, adds Dr Strain.
Instead, scientists overwhelmingly agree the decline is far more likely to be linked to interventions – social distancing, hand-washing, lockdowns and school and shop closures.
‘If coronavirus interfered with anything, it was our behaviour,’ says Dr Foxman.
Both viruses spread in the same way: through infected droplets. But people with Covid are thought to be more contagious, and for longer, that those with flu.
One measure of this is the much talked about reproduction, or R number – the number of people that one infected person will pass on a virus to, on average.
Covid-19 has a reproduction number of about three, if no action is taken to stop it spreading. It means one person would be expected to give it to three others.
Some viruses are more contagious, for instance measles, which has an R number of roughly 15. Flu, on the other hand, has an R number of just over one.
The incubation period for flu is also lower. After being infected with flu, it typically causes illness within two days, compared with five days on average for Covid-19.
That means it’s far more likely that individuals will be going about their business while unknowingly infecting others with Covid-19 than they will if they come down with flu.
It means, Dr Strain says, that even small mitigation measures will have a far greater, and speedier, effect on flu transmission.
‘All of the studies on face masks and social distancing are based on preventing flu transmission and have shown huge reductions,’ he adds. ‘So it’s no surprise it worked.’
Australian officials claim their low flu numbers can be partly attributed to their vaccination programme, which the Government boosted by 50 per cent, ordering 18 million vaccines rather than its usual 12 million.
Australia’s huge geography – 32 times the size of the UK with people more dispersed – combined with strict Covid lockdown measures also played a role.
Random testing suggests that, in May, between five and six per cent of people in the UK had corona antibodies, rising to 17.5 per cent in worst-hit London, according to Public Health England. Pictured: Stock image
‘The total number of coronavirus cases in Australia was around 27,500 in a population of nearly 25 million,’ says Dr Strain. ‘So the idea Covid is crowding out flu – when rates are low and there’s a high degree of compliance to lockdown measures – becomes nonsensical.’
However, there are potentially unintended consequences. As other, milder viruses, such as the flu or common cold, stop circulating as freely, some believe we could have less protection against the more dangerous coronavirus
Dr Foxman says: ‘Common colds probably shore up our defences against other viruses. If we completely shut down transmission of these with lockdown measures, and then open things up again, will we see bigger peaks of coronavirus and other viruses?
‘I’m strongly in favour of mitigation measures, but it’s a big experiment. I’ll be watching closely.’
The other question is whether we can actually trust the flu data at all – most officials say global figures are not robust this year as coronavirus surveillance took priority in laboratories.
Fewer people have also been having appointments for flu-like symptoms during the pandemic, so fewer suspected cases are recorded.
Public Health England confirmed that flu testing has been lower this year. However the body also say that available data does show that overall flu activity is ‘low’.
There is also the danger that, in the absence of testing flu cases in this country and elsewhere, flu cases could be mistaken for Covid-19.
The picture for flu is therefore ‘muddied’, Prof Stewart says.
What happens as we move into flu season is still unknown. Some point out flu deaths might be reduced because many of the vulnerable and elderly have already succumbed to coronavirus. But flu remains a very real risk.
Prof Stewart says: ‘We need to maintain or increase flu vaccination as there will be flu circulating, and if the vulnerable are co-infected then the consequences could be much worse.’
Back to Reality:
Ever since the alleged pandemic erupted this past March the mainstream media has spewed a non-stop stream of misinformation that appears to be laser focused on generating maximum fear among the citizenry.
But the facts and the science simply don’t support the grave picture painted of a deadly virus sweeping the land.
Yes, we do have a pandemic, but it’s a pandemic of ginned up pseudo-science masquerading as unbiased fact. Yes, there are almost infinite quantities of viruses in this world. Every plant and animal is shedding trillions of viruses as a normal metabolic function.
Here are nine facts backed up with data, in many cases from the CDC itself that paints a very different picture from the fear and dread being relentlessly drummed into the brains of unsuspecting unthinking citizens.
According to an article in the New York Times August 29th 2020 testing for the Covid-19 virus using the popular PCR method results in up to 100% of those tested showing positive results that are grossly misleading. Everyone carries trillions of viruses, all the time, because your body produces them. They are not infectious nor are they harmful.
All persons tested are asymptomatic and pose no threat to others. It is possible that a person can manifest symptoms of cold or flu, and officials will jump all over this opportunity to log another false COVID case.
So the positive Covid-19 tests are virtually meaningless.
For some reason every positive Covid-19 test is immediately designated a CASE. As we saw in #1 above up to 100% of positive Covid-19 tests result in miniscule amounts of virus that do not sicken the subject or anyone else.
Historically only patients who demonstrated actual symptoms of an illness were considered a case. Mere ‘presence’ of something that everyone has is not an ‘infection’ of any kind. ‘Infection’ means causing illness of some kind. The officials are contriving in every dishonest way they can conceive of to come up with some statistics for their cause. It’s just that none exist, so fabricate in every way possible.
Publishing positive test results as “CASES” is obviously grossly misleading and falsely alarming.
3) The Centers For Disease Control is unable to support ‘The Covid-19 Death Count that they fabricated.
On August 30th the CDC released new data that showed only 6% of the deaths previously attributed to Covid-19 were due exclusively to the virus. This is their concession. In my view, even the 6% is overstated. It is really 0%. Nothing is much more clear than something. They are clinging to every drop of evidence that they can fabricate to try to avoid total evaporation.
The entire population has had exposure to Covid-19. But this is unrelated to preexisting illnesses like heart disease, obesity, hypertension, cancer and various respiratory illnesses.
While every death was accompanied by Covid-19 they did none died from Covid-19.
The CDC updated their “Current Best Estimate” for Covid-19 survival on September 10th showing that over 99.6% of people exposed to the virus survived. The fact is, every death was from some other condition than COVID.
[According to the CDC, Covid-19 poses no death risk for people under the age of 50].
Another way to say this is that less than 0.4% of the exposures are potentially life threatening. According to the CDC the vast majority of deaths attributed to Covid-19 were concentrated in the population over age 70, close to normal life expectancy. All of these would be from normal causes of attrition. None would be from covid.
In September of 2020 the CDC released the results of a study conducted in July where they discovered that 85% of the positive Covid test subjects reported wearing a cloth face mask always or often for two weeks prior to testing positive.
The only rational conclusion from this study is that cloth face masks offer little if any protection from Covid-19 infection. In fact, one could conclude that face masks are contributing to whatever is making people sick and is zero percent effective for anything to do with covid.
Harvey Risch, MD, PhD heads the Yale University School of Epidemiology. He authored “The Key to Defeating Covid-19 Already Exists. We Need to Start Using It” which was published in Newsweek Magazine July 23rd, 2020.
Dr. Risch documents the proven effectiveness of treating patients diagnosed with Covid-19 using a combination of Hydroxychloroquine, an antibiotic like azithromycin and the nutritional supplement zinc.
If Covid-19 was the lethal killer it’s made out to be, one would reasonably expect to see a significant spike in the number of deaths reported. But that hasn’t happened.
According to the CDC as of early May 2020 the total number of deaths in the US was 944,251 from January 1 – April 30th.
This is actually slightly lower than the number of deaths during the same period in 2017 when 946,067 total deaths were reported. No need for covid.
[Actually, the same thing is happening in Europe as well. Though the number of cases keeps rising due to an increase in testing, the mortality rate remained the same as last year and prior years. ‘Cases’ is a meaningless term when its use is perverted, as is being done by medicine land.
Even more proof that Covid-19 is not a real pandemic, but a lie propagated by unscientific testing and MSM scare tactics, according to data from the state authority of statistics in Sweden (SCB), September 2020 was the least deadly month per capita ever recorded in Swedish history.
This is extremely important because Sweden didn’t impose any kind of draconian coronavirus lockdowns and never mandated the use of face masks. As a matter of fact, life in Sweden continued pretty much unhindered, and now they have one of the lowest case fatality rates in Europe].
According to the CDC as of 2017 US males can expect a normal lifespan of 76.1 years and females 81.1 years.
A little over 80% of the suspected Covid-19 deaths have occurred in people over age 65.
According to a June 28th New York Post article almost half of all Covid suspected deaths have occurred in Nursing Homes which predominately house people with preexisting health conditions and close to or past their normal life expectancy.
The CDC reported in their September 10th update that it’s estimated Infection Mortality Rate (IFR) for children age 0-19 was so low that 99.97% of those infected with the virus survived.
For 20-49 year-olds the survival rate was almost as good at 99.98%.
Even those 70 years-old and older had a survival rate of 94.6%. In this category, all had other lethal conditions.
To put this in perspective the CDC data suggest that a child or young adult up to age 19 has a greater chance of death from some type of accident than they do from Covid-19.
Taken together it should be obvious that Covid-19 is pretty identical to typical flu pathogens [a fact that was accidentally confirmed by the WHO in a recent conference] that sicken some people annually.
Everyone is able to successfully fight off the virus with their body’s natural immune system.
Common sense precautions should be taken, particularly by those over age 65 that suffer from preexisting medical conditions.
The gross over reaction by government leaders to this illness is causing much more distress, physical, emotional and financial, than the virus ever could dream of on its own.
The bottom line is there is NO pandemic, just a typical flu season that has been wildly blown out of proportion by 24/7 media propaganda and enabled by the masses paralyzed by irrational fear from the government-mandated measures.
State and local governments in particular have ignored the rights of the people and have instituted outrageous attacks on freedom and liberty that was bought and paid for by the blood and sacrifice of our forefathers.
Slowly the people are recognizing the great fraud perpetrated on them by bureaucrats and elected officials alike, who have sworn to uphold rights and freedoms as spelled out in the US Constitution.
Now, the citizens must start putting 2 and 2 together to grasp the obvious alter-intentions being hidden by the covid hype. Whatever you do, do not take any vaccines associated with this fraud. The vaccines are likely the end game of all this nonsense. In any case, the end-game has nothing to do with epidemics, viruses, or public health. The end game is the Reset 2020, which means the implementation of UN Agenda 21 and massive depopulation in the ‘western’ empire.