Correct from the start despite government censorship,
and written by many of the same doctors of the Norfolk Group
Bring a gun to a knife fight: Eight high-ranking doctors, many who were censored and blacklisted by the government and big social media outlets for daring to disagree with the government’s lockdown, masking,, and COVID jab mandates, have now issued a detailed report, dubbed the Norfolk Group report, outlining the many errors of those policies, as well as offering what the scientists call “a blueprint” for moving forward. From their introduction:
In separate chapters we summarize key background information and propose specific questions about failures to protect older high-risk Americans, about school closures, collateral lockdown harms, lack of robust public health data collected and/or made available, misleading risk communication, downplaying infection-acquired immunity, masks, testing, vaccine efficacy and safety, therapeutics, and epidemiological modeling.
We chose not to discuss economic issues, although we recognize that negative effects on the economy have long-term negative effects on public health. We have also chosen not to engage in issues regarding media handling of the pandemic, nor questions of how, when and why the SARS-CoV-2 virus originated. Public health responses to a pandemic are devised and implemented independently of viral origin.
The report is written by some of the most respected researchers in the fields of medicine and infectious diseases, many of whom became pariahs when they simply tried to express their deeply held knowledge about COVID and the misguided policies of government health officials. For example, Martin Kulldorff, a Harvard medical professor and one of the world’s foremost experts on vaccines, was the subject of several of my past blacklist columns, first for being blacklisted himself by social media companies and the CDC, and then when others were blacklisted for daring to associate themselves with him.
Their report is written in plain language and, after reviewing the consequences of the government’s bad policies, lists a number of key questions that future investigations must ask, not merely to find out what went wrong, but to make sure the right things are done when the next epidemic hits. For example, these doctors ask this:
Why was there an almost exclusive focus on COVID-19 to the detriment of recognizing and mitigating collateral damage on other aspects of public health, including but not limited to, cancer screening and treatment, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, childhood vaccinations, and mental health?
This mindless focus on COVID meant that many tens of thousands of people died from other illnesses, simply because they could no longer get treatment. The Wuhan panic — based on a fear of a virus that was only slightly more dangerous than the common flu — denied them access to medical care, so that they died unnecessarily.
Similarly, the doctors ask these questions about masking:
Why was there an emphasis on community masking and mask mandates, which had weak or no data to support them, at the expense of efficient and critical COVID-19 mitigation efforts? Why did the CDC or NIH not fund large randomized trials to evaluate the efficacy and potential harms of mask wearing? Why didn’t policy recommendations change after the publication of randomized trial data from Denmark and Bangladesh which showed no or minimal efficacy of mask wearing by the public?
As I noted in July 2020, all the mask mandates made no sense, both on a practical and scientific basis. Not only did no one use masks properly, even when properly used there was no evidence the masks did any good at all. The doctors issuing the Norfolk Group report simply outline these facts again, in great detail, and then ask why none of those facts mattered to the powers-that-be.
There is a lot more in the report. Read it all. It will educate you.
The answers to most of its questions however is obvious: the government and its policy makers were not interested in facts or real data. They were driven by either mindless fear or a lust for power. The Wuhan flu acted as a catalyst for both.
Of course, this plain answer is insufficient. The report lays out the many questions that remain unanswered about those failed policies. It then requests a wide-ranging investigation into the government’s failures so that the causes can be pinned down in great detail, thus allowing future health policies to be revised to avoid such mistakes in the future.
From my perspective, the causes are not misguided policies however, as implied by the Norfolk Group’s report. Instead the causes are actual specific individuals, who used bad judgment or evil motives to instill fear into the general public in order to push their bad policies. These individuals must be removed from their government positions, and never again be allowed to set policy. They either don’t know what they are doing or don’t care, and thus caused great harm to many innocent people.