Remdesivir, Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19
By Aynsley Kellow
Has there ever been a worse public policy disaster than the response of almost all governments to COVID-19?
It is now clear that COVID-19, while very infectious, is no more lethal that various influenza epidemics, with an Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) of around 0.1 per cent. As I pointed out in Quadrant in March (“Logic, the First Casualty”), Stanford Professor of Epidemiology John Ioannidis correctly estimated the IFR for Covid as 0.125 per cent, this being the rate at which those infected perish. He also estimated the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) as about 1 per cent, this being the fatality rate of the cases being treated.
These estimates have proven to be accurate and comparable to those for seasonal influenza—and less than the 2 to 3 per cent CFR of the H1N1 influenza virus that caused the 2009 swine flu pandemic and less than the rate initially estimated by the WHO, which has not accepted the lower figure. While swine flu was not as infectious as Covid, governments did not close down societies and economies and trample civil liberties in response to the swine flu pandemic. Why have they with Covid? (See link for article)
One of the best articles I’ve read that travels through the entire painful COVID debacle, including the unbelievable way COVID treatments, particularly Remdesivir and HCQ have been mishandled. Well worth the time to read.
Policy-makers are therefore more likely to double down. Cognitive dissonance will help them ignore contrary evidence and the consequences of their actions, and a generally poor media is unlikely to disabuse them of their confidence that they have not made mistakes. Meantime, we all suffer.
Our long experience with Lyme/MSIDS demonstrates this point: it is very unlikely our ‘authorities’ will ever admit they made a mistake and change their ways. Too much is at stake – most of it related to big, lucrative deals that have been struck.
Hopefully it is clear our public ‘authorities’ do not care one iota about our health. If they did they would be educating and promoting healthier lifestyle choices and safe and effective treatments which according to doctors worldwide are working. Notice they push the expensive drug they all have financial ties to while denigrating a cheap, safe drug that has a long, long history of efficacy and safety. Yet, due to a complicit media, even doctors are fearful now of HCQ.
They’ve done this exact same thing with treatment for Lyme/MSIDS and have effectively scared the bejesus out of doctors who now either refuse to treat us entirely or only will treat us with a few weeks of oral antibiotics:
For more on the mishandling of HCQ: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/08/26/hydroxychloroquine-a-morality-tale/