Italy is still withering away after almost 3 weeks of a complete shut down of their entire country. As of this writing, they have 11,591 deaths and a deaths/million people of 192. Now, I know what you’re thinking. How is it that after three weeks of a total shut down of their entire country and massive social distancing restrictions, they still have thousands of new cases a day (4,050 today) and almost a thousand deaths a day (812 today)?
Right? Because total shut downs and massive social distancing restrictions is supposed to save us. Those are the key to our salvation, and no other possible actions are open to us beyond locking everyone in their homes for 6 weeks to 18 months. Right?
I have been following the story in Italy from the beginning, noting carefully that the first reported case of COVID in the United States occurred 10 days before the first reported case in Italy. And yet, somehow, Italy was supposed to be our destiny. Meanwhile, Germany and South Korea, with compatible starting points, and so on, were on an entirely different trajectory. I have documented this all on this blog. As of this writing, we are still tracking closely with Germany (deaths/million of 7) and South Korea still has the lid on things there (dpm 3). SK never did a full lock down, and Germany only did a few days ago.
Notwithstanding the overblown comparisons to Italy, the question remains: what the heck is going on with Italy?
That question remains today.
But now we have another question: what the heck is going on with New York? (and NYC in particular.)
From 1/3 to 1/2 of all the US deaths are occurring in one small section of the country. The Seattle area, which does not have the population of NYC, still is no slouch when it comes to size. In our country, the COVID’s first confirmed case was actually in Seattle, and the first outbreak of note occurred there. As a consequence, I have been watching Seattle closely, as well. The number of cases and deaths have tapered off in Seattle, even as they sky rocket in NYC. What is going on in NYC?
Now, I know that I’m supposed to be a good little boy and mindlessly repeat the mantra that if we did nothing (as if we would ever do nothing lol) we would see all 400,000,000 Americans die from COVID. Or some kind of nonsense like that. One can believe we ought to do something without thinking the worst case scenarios are plausible. And one can believe we ought to do something, even lock down the country and enact all the social distancing laws in the world, and still observe that something is VERY OFF in NYC.
If you chop NYC out of the picture, the overall view of the rest of the country looks entirely different if not even–gasp–manageable. See [3/30/2020] It sounds like we are expecting other hot spots to emerge, but I still contend that if we were going to see an ‘Italy’ in the US, it would have already happened. However, we may be seeing it happen in NYC.
There are a variety of theories out there regarding both Italy and NYC. I heard one today for Italy that has me wondering.
Italy, apparently, went with a new flu vaccine recently, called VIQCC. More information is available here. Is it possible that the reason why Italy is having such a problem is because their newish flu vaccine protected against the flu, but made them vulnerable for the unthinkable–a novel coronavirus?
There are already murmurs out there that those who took the flu vaccine appear to have been more vulnerable to COVID-19. Whispers, really. Rumors, you see. These are the sorts of things one does not say loudly. With our entire establishment invested whole-hog in the ‘vaccinate-for-everything-or-you-are-a-bad-person’ mentality, at every level, it would have to be the bravest of souls to follow up that lead, let alone admit it in public. There is already an established pattern of offering only the most muted discussion about dangers or over-estimates on efficacy when it comes to vaccines for fear that people may begin to doubt the official line, so I can’t even imagine the level of institutional resistance there would be if it became apparent that a flu vaccine vastly exacerbated a pandemic. The fire and brimstone would be biblical.
To be absolutely clear (having had plenty of experience with establishment drones piling on me for merely asking questions) I am not at all saying that I believe this is the case. What I am saying is that at present, what is going on in Italy is inexplicable. How do you quarantine the entire country for three weeks and still have an out of control outbreak? It demands an explanation.
If we have reason to believe that NYC invested heavily in vaccinating using one of these ‘cell based’ vaccines whereas other regions did not, this might be something that the powers that be need to follow up on ASAP. The coincidence would just be too much. Lives, as they say, hang in the balance.
If you reply to this as an establishment drone, save your breath. But if anyone has actual data or information that can confirm or disconfirm this line of inquiry, I’d appreciate it.