In the past week the Democratic governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has demonstrated that in his quest to cement the dictatorial powers he gave to himself with the arrival of the Wuhan virus, he really has no interest in any facts or real scientific data.
First, he announced with great fanfare on October 5th that the country and his state were entering a new terrible outbreak of COVID-19. “This is the second wave,” he declared grimly, adding,
“We continue to have a lot to do on COVID-19 transmission,” he said. “You’re starting to see an increase in COVID cases across the country,” the governor observed. “You’re seeing this not just across the country, you’re seeing this across the world.” Newsom then reported that 21 states across the U.S. are seeing increases.
Newsom then made reference to the Spanish flu pandemic that hit America in 1918, noting that “the second wave in 1918 was the most deadly.”
The problem for Newsom however are the facts, as shown in the graph below.
While it is true that hospitalizations and deaths usually trail an increase in cases by about two or three weeks, the facts show no indication at all of a second wave in California. The graph to the right shows that if California ever experienced a second wave of cases, it occurred around August 15th, and resulted in no significant increases in deaths across the state.
To make the absurdity of Newsom’s fear-mongering even more clear, I have indicated on the graph the exact moment when Newsom made these claims. Those numbers sure look terrifying, don’t there?
NOT! Though it appears the drop in cases has slowed in the past month or so, the numbers are still falling. And since we know the federal government is rewarding hospitals big money for labeling as many deaths as possible as COVID-19, the lack of any significant increase in the number of deaths during the summer, when the number of cases skyrocketed, provides more proof that this disease is not much of a threat to almost everyone who gets it. You either never know you had it, or if you do get sick, you recover, like any similar respiratory disease.
Newsom’s ignorance and stupidity, in the name of power, did not end on October 5th. Two days later he declared in a news conference that the reopening of amusement parks, like Disneyland and Universal Studios, was going to be delayed for an indefinite time.
“We don’t anticipate in the immediate term any of these larger parks opening until we see more stability in terms of the data.” Those are the long-awaited words of California Gov. Gavin Newsom on the fate of the state’s still-closed amusement parks. “We feel there’s no hurry to put out guidelines, and we continue to work with the industry,” he continued.
Newsom’s decision not only contradicted what almost every other state in the nation is doing, it also had no relationship to any facts, as once again indicated by the above graph. Moreover, the lack of guidelines for any reopening apparently has the entire amusement industry in California in an uproar. It appears it was the reason that Disney Chairman Bob Iger resigned from Newsom’s state task force for economic recovery.
Meanwhile, numerous other local California governments have expressed their own outrage and frustration with Newsom’s blanket edicts.
Nor was this the end of Newsom’s idiocy in October. Earlier in the week, on October 3rd, his office posted a tweet that called for restaurant patrons “to keep your mask on in between bites.”
In other words, his office was advising people to lower the mask for food, then put it back in place immediately afterward. This means of course that his office was encouraging people to handle their masks repeatedly while eating, without disinfecting their hands, which is absolutely the worst thing you can do. The graphic to the right shows the WHO guidelines for mask use, which make it clear unambiguously that you must never touch your mask with your hands. As I wrote previously when posting this WHO graphic,
The most important take-away one gets from these instructions is that the mask should be treated as something that starts out sterile and antiseptic, but with use will become infected with pathogens. This is why one must never touch the front of the mask with your hands. Every time you do so without washing your hands thoroughly beforehand you risk placing the virus itself on the mask, at the very place you breath.
Even if you exercise proper care to not touch the mask, over time the mask will become filled with moisture from your breath, and will thus become what I like to call a pathogen bomb. It must either be discarded or washed properly. [emphasis in original]
WHO’s instructions are also consistent with the instructions from all other health agencies, including Newsom’s own California Department of Public Health:
If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.
And yet, his office is suggesting people put on and take off their mask repeatedly during every meal at a restaurant. Putting aside the fact that it remains very uncertain whether these masks do any good at all in stopping the disease, this advise by Newsom’s office is beyond stupid, and is guaranteed to increase the spread of all diseases, not just COVID-19.
The graph above actually suggests that this is exactly what has happened in California. Newsom imposed by edict the use of masks on June 4th. Up until then the number of new cases daily had been stable. Almost immediately afterward the numbers began to ramp up spectacularly. Though some of that increase is likely because the CDC loosened its definition for COVID-19 cases in mid-June, the imposition of mask use almost certainly contributed, since almost everyone uses them improperly.
In fact, the data worldwide so far does not confirm a second wave, as Newsom claims, but instead the overall failure of the tyrannical lock downs such as the one that Newsom imposed in California.
In a comparison of 50 countries, a team led by Rabail Chaudhry of the University of Toronto found that Covid was deadlier in places with older populations and higher rates of obesity, but the mortality rate was no lower in countries that closed their borders or enforced full lockdowns. After analyzing 23 countries and 25 U.S. states with widely varying policies, Andrew Atkeson of UCLA and fellow economists found that the mortality trend was similar everywhere once the disease took hold: the number of daily deaths rose rapidly for 20 to 30 days, and then fell rapidly.
Similar conclusions were reached in analyses of Covid deaths in Europe. By studying the time lag between infection and death, Simon Wood of the University of Edinburgh concluded that infections in Britain were already declining before the nation’s lockdown began in late March. In an analysis of Germany’s 412 counties, Thomas Wieland of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology found that infections were waning in most of the country before the national lockdown began and that the additional curfews imposed in Bavaria and other states had no effect.
Thus, when comparing the edicts of Democratic governor Gavin Newsom with the facts, we find that his edicts are completely divorced from those facts. Do you wonder why? The explanation is simple. Newsom isn’t interested in the facts or reducing the harm this epidemic is causing. No, all he is interested in is the wielding of power. Each edict, no matter how arbitrary, strengthens his political hold on every citizen in California, especially because he is succeeding in getting them enforced.
The worst part of this tale is that Newsom is quite typical of too many of today’s political leaders. They have all hungrily used the COVID-19 epidemic as a weapon to impose strict new rules on their citizens. They have also apparently been completely uninterested in the data that shows they have accomplished nothing to slow or stop the disease, while causing far greater economic and social harm.
No, paying attention to these facts, that their lock downs are not working and should be ended now, would mean they have to abandon their newfound powers.
And as we all know, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. They have become corrupted, and are becoming increasingly addicted to that corruption.
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