After the COVID War was launched last February when the Silicon con artists declared a national emergency and set the stage for the work-at-home trend that would skyrocket their online/virtual businesses, the fear and hysteria sold by the media was the “soaring” virus death rates. Again, as we have continually reported, the media rarely mentions who is dying from the virus and why, nor the 99.8 percent recovery rate.
When the virus deaths declined, the Presstitutes kept the hype going by reporting on the spiking number of “cases.” Thus, it went from a COVID Pandemic to a COVID Casedemic. Again, the Presstitutes failed to mention the high recovery rate or the proven scientific failure of the common PCR tests being administered.
Despite the lack of any scientific evidence there is a new strain of COVID posing an increased health threat, in December, the Atlantic Monthly magazine published an article with the headline:
The Mutated Virus Is a Ticking Time Bomb
Staying on the path to fear, on 20 December, it was first being reported that a new strain of coronavirus had been detected. Science magazine published the headline:
Mutant coronavirus in the United Kingdom sets off alarms, but its importance remains unclear
“Sets off alarms,” indeed.
The article notes that just two weeks after the discovery of the new strain on 8 December, the new coronavirus variant is:
“Causing mayhem in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe. Yesterday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced stricter lockdown measures, saying the strain, which goes by the name B.1.1.7, appears to be better at spreading between people. The news led many Londoners to leave the city today, before the new rules take effect, causing overcrowded railway stations. The Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy announced they were temporarily halting passenger flights from the United Kingdom. The Eurostar train between Brussels and London will stop running tonight at midnight, for at least 24 hours.”
But, as the article in Science magazine points out, “Researchers have watched SARS-CoV-2 evolve in real-time more closely than any other virus in history. So far, as is normal with viruses, it has accumulated mutations at a rate of about one to two changes per month.”
Every virus mutates in natural cycles. It’s what makes a vaccine challenging: by the time any vaccine has been tested and distributed, the virus it is intended to defeat has changed into a new variation.
As has been its intention from the outset of COVID, mainstream media sources continue to use fear-driven words to amp up emotions. Thus, we get headlines in the U.S. such as:
Mutant strain of coronavirus reaches the U.S.
The U.S. has reported its first case of the highly contagious new strain of COVID spreading in the UK.
— the Guardian, 30 December
The UK’s mutant COVID-19 strain is ‘probably’ in the Bay Area, UCSF epidemiologist says
— Microsoft News Service, 8 January
Sounds like an alien invasion in a science fiction drama.
Here’s the opening paragraph of reporting in the Microsoft News Service:
“There are multiple confirmed cases in Southern California of the mutated COVID-19 strain from the United Kingdom, and UCSF epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford said it’s very likely the strain is in the Bay Area.”
Yet, while the headline and opening paragraph induce fear and anxiety about a mutant strain, buried further down in the article is the reality:
“‘It [the new mutation] doesn’t strike me as being very widespread,’ Dr. Rutherford said. ‘There will probably be a handful of cases, but there’s no reason to think they’re not up here by now. The only question is how many there are, and how best to go about finding them. People often forget we’ve already had one switch to a dominant strain last year, and I don’t think the changes here to spike protein will have any effect on vaccines.’”
Reality vs. Hype
On 1 January, Dr. Linda Nabha, an infectious disease expert at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, was asked to comment on the new coronavirus strain. Dr. Nabha said, “I think it was bound to happen, I am not surprised. It’s natural for viruses to mutate. What it means is the genetic code of the virus changes just a little bit… that is not uncommon to have a different strain of the virus.”
Dr. William John Moss, an expert in molecular biology and immunology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, agreed: “So all viruses mutate, and RNA viruses mutate particularly, so this virus has always been mutating, just slowly and kind of steadily.”
Despite the reality noted by these experts, the hype has been ongoing, as evidenced by these headlines:
Fauci: Mutant coronavirus strain must be taken “very seriously”
— The Hill, 28 December
Scientists rush to determine if the mutant strain of coronavirus will deepen pandemic
— San Diego Union, 7 December
France uncovers mutant, fast-moving COVID-19 Strains
— NY Post, 17 September
And, just last week:
Britain’s Mutant Coronavirus Strain Has Swamped the Nation, but a Worse Variant Has Already Arrived
— Daily Beast, 5 January
Even a quick look at available scientific data confirms that the coronavirus is doing what all viruses do. As C/net reported on 12 December after interviewing several leading epidemiologists,
“Viruses are always changing. They mutate… the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is no different. This is no cause for concern and isn’t unexpected – thousands of mutations have occurred since SARS-CoV-2’s genome was sequenced in January.”
This hasn’t stopped U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson from using the ramped-up fear of a new COVID variant to do what so many political leaders have down: Lockdown.
On 4 January, Johnson ordered most schools to close and citizens to isolate at home except to purchase necessities until at least mid-February.
U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated the government-enforced restrictions in place, since the lockdown last spring, are “no longer strong enough.” He added the new strain “was out of control” and that “it will be very difficult to keep it under control until the vaccine has rolled out.”
False Reporting Continues
Now we learn that just last Friday, a false report regarding a contagious mutation came from Dr. Deborah Birx, a leading member of the White House coronavirus task force. The faulty analysis, which warned of a surge in infections, was included in the recent weekly report received by all 50 state governors and appeared on CNN and many other news sources. It read:
“This fall/winter surge has been at nearly twice the rate of rising cases as the spring and summer surges. This acceleration suggests there may be a USA variant that has evolved here, in addition to the U.K. variant that is already spreading in our communities and may be 50% more transmissible… Aggressive mitigation must be used to match a more aggressive virus.”
CNN reported that White House officials were warning of a “fast-spreading ‘USA variant’ of coronavirus.”
According to The New York Times, a scientist with the CDC wanted to challenge Dr. Birx’s analysis but only “speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.”
The CDC did release a statement clarifying its position on the new viral variant:
“Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are monitoring all emerging variants of the coronavirus, including in 5,700 samples collected in November and December.
To date, neither researchers nor analysts at the CDC have seen the emergence of a particular variant in the United States.”
TREND FORECAST: Despite the lack of scientific evidence that a new, more deadly COVID strain exists, the media and politicians will continue to promote “More Fear Ahead.” In doing so, the media will continue to keep their ratings from tanking, and politicians will seize on the opportunity to further exert their control over their constituencies, i.e., the plantation workers of Slavelandia.