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Dr. Cameron Kyle Sidell says COVID-19 is not the cause of the deaths on ventilators

Dr. Sidell, M. D., is an Emergency-Reponse & Critical Care doctor who has treated COVID-19 infected patients in an intensive care unit at New York City for 9 days and says, what they are dying of is not what we think.

COVID-19, Italy: The worse case in the world? Yes, of Corona Hype!

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

From someone who believed all the initial reports about Coronavirus, without examining the claims, to one, who has examined numerous statistical reports about the so-called epidemic or pandemic, I have come to doubt completely that Coronavirus is killing anyone. I think it is a complete stunt. This is because all the evidence being presented in numbers shows that either no one is dying from Coronavirus or that the authorities really do not care who is dying from it, so long as they can be claimed to have died with it. And that is the most perverse national and international mendacity possible!

So let us take a closer look at the statistics for Coronavirus cases in Italy, published yesterday by the Italian Government (Source of graphic):

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Click the image to enlarge.  Yellow is active cases. Green is total cured. Red is total deaths, Orange is total persons with Coronavirus infections. Grey is total persons who were tested as to whether they had Coronavirus or not.

Now, let us examine the numbers in the bottom row of the table, which are the totals for all of Italy.

Let’s start with the grey

657,224 persons were tested, and of them only 124,632 were found to have Coronavirus. Numerous reports, however, claim that the test is only 50% effective. Yet, if we assumed the test were 50% effective, then we would assume the total cases known would be twice as much as 124,632, and if the Coronavirus is real, that means that all the other numbers in Yellow, Green and Read would need to be doubled. But where are all those patients? They are not in the hospitals. They are not reported sick. They are not reported dead.

The conclusion is, then, that either there are 15,000 dead people living alone whose bodies are rotting in closed houses, of which no one in all of Italy knows about, or that the test which is only 50% effective, and is known to give false positives is a lot less than 50% effective, and that many of those 124,632 never had Coronavirus.

So now let us look at the Yellow

29,010 recovered who had symptoms.  That is no kind of scientific way of knowing if you have the virus. I know this from experience. Because after visiting some benefactors from my days as a hermit in Sicily (2009-2011) over the holidays, I returned to Rome on January 3. The next day I wen to the photocopy shop to make more copies of literature demonstrating Pope Benedict XVI was the pope, and one of the workers sneezed nearly in my face. On the bus, a woman from China, with a face mask on, also sneezed near me.

Sure enough, the next day I felt a soar throat coming, in the afternoon. The day after, a fever came on. A strong fever with a dry cough. The next day I had to remain in bed, and I was in bed 10 days. First there was a dry cough, then diarrhea, and then loads of mucus in the lungs, so much that I felt I was choking to death. So I went to the pharmacy and got some over the counter medicines which prevent mucus formation in the lungs and assist in helping it be coughed up. I also omitted all dairy products from my diet, since it is those proteins which the body uses to make mucus.

Whatever I had it floored me, It wiped me out. I had nearly no strength even to go to the bathroom to cough up the mucus which was as thick as comerical mash-potatoes or at think polenta or flour gruel, if you can imagine that. I never had seen such mucus in my life. And I am sure that if I had not gone to the pharmacy when I could still walk, I would have been in a serious situation.

After the fever broke on about the 10th day, I had to spend about another 10 days inside to regain my strength. I barely had the strength to walk to the nearest market and get some food. I ate a lot of panetone and that helped me regain my strength.

Now if you read what symptoms I just described, they are nearly identical to Coronavirus, COVID-19. But I had them from January 5 to about the 26, long before anyone in Europe was known to have Coronavirus, which, according to the Ministry of Health, here in Italy, came to Italy through a worker at Codogno, in Northern Italy, who had visited Munich from January 21-22, 2020.

So if you had to judge on the basis of symptoms, then, if I had the common winter flu, then you would think that most persons with a bad case of it, as I apparently had, had Coronavirus. Or else, you have to conclude that this year’s Coronavirus was already in Italy at the beginning of the winter and did not come from China at all.

In short, symptoms this year might not  be at all an accurate determination of who has or does not have Coronavirus, if the winter flu gave you the same symptoms. Or else, Coronavirus is being claimed to be something it is not.

The 55,270 of those who are on home quarantine, represents 44.34% of all claimed to have the Coronavirus. Evidently, medical experts in emergency rooms do not think that Coronavirus is life threatening, or else they would not simply say go home and get over it as they do with the common cold. So either these patients have the common cold, or they have corona. And that means either the tests are totally unreliable, or the Coronavirus is the common cold! In fact, 44% is close to 50%, which is the known accuracy of the test. So it seems that all of these may have never had corona to begin with.

Of the numbers in Yellow, perhaps we can be more certain of the 3994, the total cases in intensive care, IF we assume they have Coronavirus. Because a lot of medical reasons can cause you to end up in intensive care. And there are a lot of kinds of bacteria and viruses which can all you to be on a respirator.

So from the examination of the numbers in yellow, I think we can have a healthy doubt that anyone is really seriously infected with corona virus, except a few thousand in all of Italy, who are in intensive care.

Now let’s look at the Green

The green represents the total cases claimed to have Coronavirus who were determined to be cured. I will suppose the number is true and that the cure means they no longer have the coronavirus or that they have now the antibodies against Coronavirus, and that coronavirus is now in the body like very other bacteria or virus which is under control.

But the 20,996 represents 16.84% of those claimed to have Coronavirus, which, on account of the test not being accurate and as we have seen from the numbers in Yellow, is probably already 44% too high, at least.  But, think about it for a moment. If a test is 50% right and 50% wrong all the time, and you use it to determine if someone is infected and you use it to determine if someone is cured, what would the results be?

They would be that of all the people tested you have a 50% chance of finding those really infected and a 50% change of saying someone is infected who is not infected. That means the test will say about 50% of the population is infected, and perhaps slightly more, if there are really large quantities of really infected.

And of those who are claimed by the test to be infected are tested again, what will be the results? That 50% are infected and 50% are not infected, or about 25% of the total. But 25% is very near the total number of cured, the 20,996 or 16.84%.  This means that there is good reason to believe that no one ever had Coronavirus, and that these numbers are merely the results of an inaccurate test. Those tested inaccurately as being infected are admitted to hospital or surveillance, and when tested again, have of those are rightly or wrongly identified as being cured and are dismissed as cured!

Finally, let’s take a look at the red

If we assume that the total deaths are true — and at this point that is getting difficult to believe, because of all the lies which are patent in the numbers already presented — that would be 12.32% of all diagnosed as infected, which would be 4 times greater than the mortality of Coronavirus in any other place of the world, even though the strain here in Italy is not particularly more lethal.

And that means either they did not die because of Coronavirus, or that the Italian socialized medical system is very efficient in helping you die with Coronavirus.

Now there are three possibilities, other than that the death numbers are faked. The first is that these deaths are not caused by Coronavirus. And in fact the Ministry of Health has admitted that only 12% of those claimed to have died from Coronavirus, have a death certificate where the doctors who cared for the patient list the death as caused by Coronavirus. The other 88% died from something else, but were diagnosed as being infected by Coronavirus.

The second possibility is that these patients were euthanized in great numbers, such that roughly 75% were put to death intentionally or allowed to die out of neglect in a failed medical system.

The third possibility is that they had a bad winter influenza like I did and died from that, not Coronavirus, though they may also have had a Coronavirus infection.

Conclusion

Sixty-five Million Italians have been effectively put under house arrest to prevent the plague of Coronavirus. But after more than 9 weeks of the virus being in Italy, as the authorities claim, the numbers show that we can have little confidence that more than 1,843 persons (12% of 15,362) have died from it, when the normal winter flu in Italy kills 17,000 to 25,000 annually.

That does not make sense. No rational person could justify such a shut down of the national economy for such a small number of persons. But people are rational by nature. Therefore, we must assume that the leaders of Italy are acting for some other reason, some other goal and some other purpose, and that the Coronavirus is a complete political stunt.

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International Council of Jurists accuses China of planning Bio-Warfare attack on whole world

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Dr. Adish C. Aggarwala, President of the International Council of Jurists (London) and Chairman of the All India Bar Association has filed a human rights complaint with the Human Rights Council, of the United Nations, at Geneva, Switzerland, against the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Military and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, for their responsibility in creating, deploying, dispersing and failure to stop the spread of the Wuhan Virus, aka, COVID-19 in China and throughout the world.

This legal filing follows the action by Freedom Watch in filing a Federal lawsuit in the United States of America against China over civil damages resulting from the Wuhan virus, and which seeks 20 Trillion Dollars USD in damages.

The International Council of Jurists is an international professional association headquartered at 134, Buckingham Palace Road, London (UK), and whose Secretary General is Ahmed Faiz. Their website, of which the Featured Image used in this article is as screen shot, is found at http://internationaljurists.org/(the link at Wikipedia is incorrect).

The All India Bar Association (website: https://allindiabarassociation.com/) is an Association of Lawyers, headquartered in Dampier Nagar, Mathura, India.

Dr. Aggarwala, the President of the former and Chairman of the latter, has filed a 27 page legal brief which details every failure of responsibility and complicity in the violation of numerous international accords and agreements.

I will quote here, only one section, that which regards the fifth allegation, which begins on p. 24, that COVID-19 is an Act of Biological warfare against humanity. What follows is a direct quotation from the legal brief:

5. COVID-19 is a Bio-Weapon created in Wuhan

The Chinese government has meticulously planned the execution and spread of the Novel Coronavirus and the same can be inferred in the way China has taken regard of the situation as also of the curious case of the spread of the virus all over the world. As pointed earlier, it remains a mystery as to how the virus has not spread in all provinces of China but at the same time, has spread to all countries in the world.

According to an ET Prime Report, a group of Chinese scientists in Canada were accused of spying and were stripped of their access to Canada‟s National Microbiology Lab, sometime in August 2019 and the said lab is known to contain some of the world‟s deadliest pathogens. These scientists then were sent to a High security biochemical Wuhan Lab, which is one of the world‟s most heavily guarded labs. That these scientists later developed the COVID-19 virus and released it to the outside world somewhere in the early days of December 2019 in Wuhan, from where the virus spread. (as reported in the Economic Times article (dated February 11, 2020):

The purpose of developing such a potent and deadly virus remains a secret. However, there are solid evidences to show that the Chinese government intends to utilize the same to take control of the world‟s economy.The hypothesis of biological warfare behind the global pandemic had already been raised by Russian experts some weeks ago.

Like any opinion that is slightly different from the official version of Western governments and their media agencies, the thesis was ridiculed and accused of being a “conspiracy theory”. However, as soon as the official spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the second largest economic power on the planet publishes a note attesting to this possibility, it leaves the sphere of “conspiracy theories” to enter the scene
of public opinion and official government versions.

In addition to making the explanation of biological warfare official, Zhao Lijian raised important questions about the pandemic data in the USA: “When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!”

The supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, ordered on the same day of the declaration of the Chinese Ministry the creation of a unified center of scientific research specialized in the fight against the Coronavirus. The motivation, according to the Iranian spiritual and political leader, was motivated by evidence that the pandemic is a biological attack. These are his words:

“The establishment of a headquarters to fight the outbreak [of COVID-19] occurs due to the presence of evidence that indicates the possibility of a biological attack, signaling that it is necessary that all coping services [to the coronavirus] be under the command of a unified headquarters”.

These speculations only increase the likelihood of the COIVD-19 being a carefully assembled biological weapon, aimed at crippling major countries in the world leaving only China as the beneficiary.

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COVID-19 & the Poverty and Neglect of the Elderly

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

One of the saddest realities of the Coronavirus is that it afflicts the elderly most of all.

In modern times, the elderly have pretty much been seen as a group to attack and exploit: attack, inasmuch as their ability to be a collective memory of an age before modern errors were as viciously predatory as they are, and exploited for their votes to propose a slower down spiral to the brave new world of socialist tyranny.

But for the most part the elderly are neglected. Part of the reason is the continual Marxist propaganda though mass media (TV and Movies) which focuses on a youth culture and ignores the elderly as if they do not exist or as persons who are only worthy of interest when they are ridiculously portrayed. Part of the reason is the excessive hands off policies of modern nations which have allowed work to be divorced from family live, and thus have deprived elderly parents of the company and care of their children, who are forced to work, increasingly, far from home.

But no sooner as the Corona Stunt began, all of a sudden the whole world should stop for the elderly to prevent their death by coronavirus. As soon as I began to hear this propaganda, I realized it was totally dishonest, because no one in the State nor Church nor Media has given one bit of concern to the elderly for 70 years.

The real reasons why so many elderly die of the influenza is because they live in poverty and neglect. This is especially true in Italy, where the majority of elderly live alone in their ancestral villages, without any support or assistance of children and grand children, who had to seek work and careers abroad or in distant cities.

This is further exacerbated by the abysmal discrimination of the Italian welfare system against the aged. In Italy only those receive pensions who have worked at a salaried job for all their lives. But most of today’s elderly never had that kind of economic opportunity. For the last two decades, in fact, there have been complaints from the elderly across Italy, that they have to forgo eating to afford their medicine or to pay their rent. They are even made to pay income taxes on the little income they have if it is less than 10 thousand euros!

Indeed, there are some entire cities, such as Caltabellota, in Sicily, which are more than 65% populated by the elderly and where the average citizen lives on less than 12,000 dollars a year!

It is not surprising then, that the elderly are the predominate victims of Coronavirus, because they lack proper nutrition and have no one to look out for them. Many of them are obviously turning to medical care much too late to be helped through the infectious stages of Coronavirus.

When I look at the long lines outside in the winter cold, in front of each supermarket on a daily basis — because the Decrees for Health Safety for the Corona Pandemic require no more than so many persons in a supermarket at any one time — I cringe at heart, knowing that such exposure to the elderly is the worse thing they need during an epidemic. They are given, moreover, no priority in line.

The ultimate cruelty, is that when they do fall sick to Coronavirus, and go to a hospital, that in the hospital they are denied all human consolation and solace by their loved ones and are forced to die without their family around them, without the Sacraments, and even without a public funeral.

Worse still is that in many western countries, now, there is a move to euthanize corona patients who are very old. It is called Pallative Care, and in the USA they hare setting up such teams at each hospital to ensure death without any oversight or intervention by relatives.

The Corona Control caused many caregivers for the elderly in Italy to abandon their patrons and return to their home countries in Eastern Europe. This resulted in thousands of elderly being left alone, falling into very poor conditions and being rushed to hospital, where they were infected with coronavirus and neglected unto death. Read the stunning report here, under the update for April 1, Italy. If this is true, a large percentage of the 12,000 victims of Coronavirus in Italy will fall squarely on the shoulders of Giuseppe Conte and the ruling government.

So the next time you hear your daily Main Stream Median shout that the elderly will be massacred by this virus, understand it as pure bluster. The Corona Control being imposed is the worse thing for the elderly and will enable them to be killed off in silence.

The deaths of the elderly are a political necessity for Globalists and Marxists, because both want to remove the foundations of morality and destroy the collective knowledge of the past, so that they can establish their dictatorship of the globalist elite.

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CREDITS: The Featured Image is a screenshot of the Google.com image search page under the rubric, Poverty of the Elderly, to show how many images Google.com image search engine can access, and used here in accord with fair use standards for editorial commentary.

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We need a Political Crusade against the Corona Madness

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

It is good to see that, in the last 2 weeks, more and more voices are speaking up against the Corona Stunt, the Corona Hype, the Corona Panic and the Corona Control.

Jim Hoft, writing for the GatewayPundit.com, lists the deaths and economic destruction resulting from these 4 horsemen of the apocalypse, and sums up the damage succinctly:

The China coronavirus is the worst April Fools joke ever – it is devastating and evil.

(For those unfamiliar, with USA culture: April Fools jokes are pranks or misleading statements given out in jest on the first day of April each year).

His essay is entitled, APRIL FOOLS: China Coronavirus Insanity by the Numbers – Data Makes No Sense as Entire Industries and Millions of Lives Are Destroyed.

He follows up his commentary, with a report, that estimates 831,000 suicides might result, in the U.S.A. alone, due to the economic destruction of shutting down the USA with Corona Control (stay at home measures).

John Hoft adds his voice to eminent doctors of medicine, such as: Dr. Shiva Ayyaduri, Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya, Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Dr. Claus Koehnlein, and Dr. John P.A. Ioannidis to statisticians like William M. Briggs,to philosophers such as Prof. Francesco Lamendola, commentators such as Aaron Ginn, and top world class researchers such as Kenji Mizumoto, Katsushi Kagaya, and Gerardo Chowell.

Numerous others, before and after March 15, when I did, have called out the lie that the Coronavirus will kill 3.4% of those infected.

Corona Stunt > Corona Hype > Corona Panic > Corona Control

For these reasons, there is more than sufficient evidence for sane persons to oppose the claim that Coronavirus is an existential threat to mankind. This false claim is the Corona Stunt.

And since that is a lie, there is no moral reason to pretend that Coronavirus is such and seek to constantly preach that lie. This pretense and concerted effort to lie, is the Corona Hype.

Thus, too, the fear and dread that has been instilled in the human race on account of the Corona Hype is completely without reason.  This fear and dread is the Corona Panic.

Finally, this panic is causing leaders in the Church and State to take actions which are depriving the masses of their natural and divine rights, and in many cases also their legal and constitutional rights. These measures to make us all stay at home or stop working is the Corona Control.

Humanity must counter with logic, facts and forcefulness

When men fall into a panic, they lose their reason and start harming themselves and others. We are currently in a diabolic world wide panic, and those of us who have kept our reason have to now take strong measures to call our leaders back to sanity.

This means, that we must call our Mayors, Governors, and political representatives in State, Provincial or National Assemblies to speak with them about what these voices of sanity, which I have cited above, and many others, are saying about the reality of what Coronavirus is NOT, how wrong it is for the Main Stream Media to be hyping it up, how evil it is to instill panic and how dangerous panic is to society and government. Finally, how the measures to control the population are the wrong response.

For only if we stop acting like sheep to be herded into a dark age of tyranny, will we be able to recover freedoms which we have just entirely lost, not to mention, prevent grave economic and demographic damage to the entire human race.

Now is the time for courageous action. We need to start a movement with the zeal of Pro-Lifers and the tenacity of the most zealous political organizations. And it must be directed against the the Corona Stunt, the Corona Hype, the Corona Panic and the Corona Control. It must target leaders with information, it must refute the lies, it must expose the perpetrators and it must insist against the control which is damaging all living, for the sake of hypothetical fraction of percentage of the whole.

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Report on COVID-19 from Italy

Br. Bugnolo reported from the Verano Cemetery, here at Rome, this morning, about the COVID-19 Crisis in Italy.

For more information about the Corona Stunt, the Corona Hype, the Corona Panic and the resulting Corona Control, see our articles here at FromRome.Info on the Coronavirus.

Hydroxychloroquine Treatment Effective on 699 COVID-19 Patients

The host of this program, Rudy Giuliani, is the former Mayor of New York City. In this video, Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a doctor of medicine in the USA, explains a $20 treatment which is saving 100% of his patients from death by coronavirus.

Google.com intentionally spreading false information about COVID-19

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

If you want to assess who is behind the promotion of Corona Hype and the panic which results from it, you need go no further than Google.com and do a search. Here are the results I got. First the search string, and then the results:

COVID-19 is not more lethal than the flu

Under this rubric you get on the first page of 10 results, you get 9 which say that COVID-19 is more lethal than the flu. Evidently Google.com is employing AI to make their search engine break down totally and give you the opposite result of your search. This is clear evidence of bias and manipulation for the purpose of controlling the narrative on Covid-19, a narrative which is based on the Big Lie of the WHO health director who claimed that this coronavirus is 340 times more deadly than the winter fu.

On the second page of results you get 7 of 10 which present the same false or incorrect information about COVID-19.

On the third page of results you get 3 of 10 which present false information, 6 of 10 which present information about other topics, and only 1 out of 10 which actually corresponds to the search!

So, if you want the score, out of 30 results, Google.com gave me 1 or 2 which was correct, 9 which are off topic, and 19 which are give false information.

So that means that Google.com is 3-7% correct in its search results, and 93-97% of the time wrong.

By choosing to search for “COVID-19 is not more lethal than the flu” I gave Google.com every opportunity to give the correct results.

If I do the same search at FromRome.Info, I get 6 results and no false results.

This conjunction of being so wrong and being so right is inexplicable, because if you search for “COVID-19 is not more lethal than the flu, site:FromRome.Info”, Google.com gives you 667 results.  This proves that Google.com knows of those 6 articles at FromRome.Info, but they don’t want anyone to know of them. Also by claiming the 6 articles at FromRome.Info produce 667 results in their search engine, I think they are trying to tell me that FromRome.Info is not following the narrative. It’s off by one word, “not”!

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Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi: COVID-19 responses are ignoring basic principles of infectology

Here FromRome.Info republishes in full the letter of Dr. Bhakdi to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel on the Coronavirus crisis The Original is in German.
This English translation, slightly corrected by FromRome.Info, is that published by GlobalReserach.org

An Open Letter from Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, to the German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. Professor Bhakdi calls for an urgent reassessment of the response to Covid-19 and asks the Chancellor five crucial questions. The let­ter is dated March 26. This is an inofficial translation; see the original letter in German as a PDF.

Dear Chancellor,

As Emeritus of the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz and longtime director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology, I feel obliged to critically question the far-reaching restrictions on public life that we are currently taking on ourselves in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

It is expressly not my intention to play down the dangers of the virus or to spread a political message. However, I feel it is my duty to make a scientific contribution to putting the current data and facts into perspective – and, in addition, to ask questions that are in danger of being lost in the heated debate.

The reason for my concern lies above all in the truly unforeseeable socio-economic consequences of the drastic containment measures which are currently being applied in large parts of Europe and which are also already being practiced on a large scale in Germany.

My wish is to discuss critically – and with the necessary foresight – the advantages and disadvantages of restricting public life and the resulting long-term effects.

To this end, I am confronted with five questions which have not been answered sufficiently so far, but which are indispensable for a balanced analysis.

I would like to ask you to comment quickly and, at the same time, appeal to the Federal Government to develop strategies that effectively protect risk groups without restricting public life across the board and sow the seeds for an even more intensive polarization of society than is already taking place.

With the utmost respect,

Prof. em. Dr. med. Sucharit Bhakdi

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1. Statistics

In infectology – founded by Robert Koch himself – a traditional distinction is made between infection and disease. An illness requires a clinical manifestation. [1] Therefore, only patients with symptoms such as fever or cough should be included in the statistics as new cases.

In other words, a new infection – as measured by the COVID-19 test – does not necessarily mean that we are dealing with a newly ill patient who needs a hospital bed. However, it is currently assumed that five percent of all infected people become seriously ill and require ventilation. Projections based on this estimate suggest that the healthcare system could be overburdened.

My question: Did the projections make a distinction between symptom-free infected people and actual, sick patients – i.e. people who develop symptoms?

2. Threat

A number of coronaviruses have been circulating for a long time – largely unnoticed by the media. [2] If it should turn out that the COVID-19 virus should not be ascribed a significantly higher risk potential than the already circulating corona viruses, all countermeasures would obviously become unnecessary.

The internationally recognized International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents will soon publish a paper that addresses exactly this question. Preliminary results of the study can already be seen today and lead to the conclusion that the new virus is NOT different from traditional corona viruses in terms of threats. The authors express this in the title of their paper “SARS-CoV-2: Fear versus Data“. [3]

My question: How does the current workload of intensive care units with patients with diagnosed COVID-19 compare to other coronavirus infections, and to what extent will this data be taken into account in further decision-making by the federal government? In addition: Has the above study been taken into account in the planning so far?  Here too, of course, “diagnosed“ means that the virus plays a decisive role in the patient’s state of illness, and not that previous illnesses play a greater role.

3. Dissemination

According to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, not even the much-cited Robert Koch Institute knows exactly how much is tested for COVID-19. It is a fact, however, that a rapid increase in the number of cases has recently been observed in Germany as the volume of tests increases. [4]

It is therefore reasonable to suspect that the virus has already spread unnoticed in the healthy population. This would have two consequences: firstly, it would mean that the official death rate – on 26 March 2020, for example, there were 206 deaths from around 37,300 infections, or 0.55 percent [5] – is too high; and secondly, it would mean that it would hardly be possible to prevent the virus from spreading in the healthy population.

My question: Has there already been a random sample of the healthy general population to validate the real spread of the virus, or is this planned in the near future?

4. Mortality

The fear of a rise in the death rate in Germany (currently 0.55 percent) is currently the subject of particularly intense media attention. Many people are worried that it could shoot up like in Italy (10 percent) and Spain (7 percent) if action is not taken in time.

At the same time, the mistake is being made worldwide to report virus-related deaths as soon as it is established that the virus was present at the time of death – regardless of other factors. This violates axiomatic principles of  only when it is certain that an agent has played a significant role in the disease or death may a diagnosis be made. The Association of the Scientific Medical Societies of Germany expressly writes in its guidelines: “In addition to the cause of death, a causal chain must be stated, with the corresponding underlying disease in third place on the death certificate. Occasionally, four-linked causal chains must also be stated.“ [6]

At present there is no official information on whether, at least in retrospect, more critical analyses of medical records have been undertaken to determine how many deaths were actually caused by the virus.

My question: Has Germany simply followed this trend of a COVID-19 general suspicion? And: is it intended to continue this categorization uncritically as in other countries? How, then, is a distinction to be made between genuine corona-related deaths and accidental virus presence at the time of death?

5. Comparability

The appalling situation in Italy is repeatedly used as a reference scenario. However, the true role of the virus in that country is completely unclear for many reasons – not only because points 3 and 4 above also apply here, but also because exceptional external factors exist which make these regions particularly vulnerable.

One of these factors is the increased air pollution in the north of Italy. According to WHO estimates, this situation, even without the virus, led to over 8,000 additional deaths per year in 2006 in the 13 largest cities in Italy alone. [7] The situation has not changed significantly since then. [8] Finally, it has also been shown that air pollution greatly increases the risk of viral lung diseases in very young and elderly people. [9]

Moreover, 27.4 percent of the particularly vulnerable population in this country live with young people, and in Spain as many as 33.5 percent. In Germany, the figure is only seven percent [10]. In addition, according to Prof. Dr. Reinhard Busse, head of the Department of Management in Health Care at the TU Berlin, Germany is significantly better equipped than Italy in terms of intensive care units – by a factor of about 2.5 [11].

My question: What efforts are being made to make the population aware of these elementary differences and to make people understand that scenarios like those in Italy or Spain are not realistic here?

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Notes

[1] Fachwörterbuch Infektionsschutz und Infektionsepidemiologie. Fachwörter – Definitionen – Interpretationen. Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin 2015. (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[2] Killerby et al., Human Coronavirus Circulation in the United States 2014–2017. J Clin Virol. 2018, 101, 52-56

[3] Roussel et al. SARS-CoV-2: Fear Versus Data. Int. J. Antimicrob. Agents 2020, 105947

[4] Charisius, H. Covid-19: Wie gut testet Deutschland? Süddeutsche Zeitung. (abgerufen am 27.3.2020)

[5] Johns Hopkins University, Coronavirus Resource Center. 2020. (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[6] S1-Leitlinie 054-001, Regeln zur Durchführung der ärztlichen Leichenschau. AWMF Online (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[7] Martuzzi et al. Health Impact of PM10 and Ozone in 13 Italian Cities. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. WHOLIS number E88700 2006

[8] European Environment Agency, Air Pollution Country Fact Sheets 2019, (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[9] Croft et al. The Association between Respiratory Infection and Air Pollution in the Setting of Air Quality Policy and Economic Change. Ann. Am. Thorac. Soc. 2019, 16, 321–330.

[10] United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Living Arrange ments of Older Persons: A Report on an Expanded International Dataset (ST/ESA/SER.A/407). 2017

[11] Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Überlastung deutscher Krankenhäuser durch COVID-19 laut Experten unwahrscheinlich, (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

Coronavirus epidemic at the Vatican

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

It was reported by Vatican news, on Saturday, that the Coronavirus epidemic has come to the Vatican. Swab tests have been given to 170 individuals, including Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

These massive tests followed the diagnosis that at least two individuals with Coronavirus infection visited the Vatican in recent weeks: a Monsignor from Bergamo, Italy, the epicenter for infection in the Italian Peninsula, and arguably in all of Europe, and a French Bishop, who shook Bergoglio’s hand on an official visit.

Needless to say, Bergoglio himself submitted himself to swab test on a second occasion this last week.

And, in fact, there are now at least 6 confirmed cases of Coronavirus at the Vatican. I say, at least, because, that is what is being admitted. But the infections might even be more prevalent, if one judges by the bizzare Facebook post on the official FB page of the Swiss Guard, which ended by asking Catholics, to avoid infection, not to go to church!

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Marco Tosatti, the renowed Vaticanista, discusses in Italian this bizarre post on his website, and provides Spanish and German translations. The final phrase of the post, in English, would be:  During this period do not go to church, but invite God into your homes! — The FB page of the Swiss guard was subsequently shut down by someone. Evidently the post caused an uproar in the Vatican. The language of the final exhortation is clearly echoing Bergoglio.

But more importantly, the recent bizarre ceremony at the Vatican on Friday, which was presided over by Bergoglio, all alone, in an entirely vacant Piazza S. Pietro, is a sign of how great a fear of coronavirus is reigning over the Vatican right now. See photo:

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Ann Barnhardt wrote a very thought-provoking article about this on her blog (see here).

But more importantly, during the ceremony, Our Lady appeared in the clouds over Rome, in the only part of the sky where TV cameras were pointing that day, since journalists have entirely fled the public places as a result of the Health Decrees requiring everyone to work from home.

I had previously commented on how the Coronavirus might effect Vatican politics and the next conclave, in my editorial, entitled:  Trad inc. might soon wake up as Sedevacantists, which at the time I wrote it, was half-jest, but now might even seem prescient.

Oh, and by placing the miraculous Crucifix from the Church of San Marcellino in the rain, it was damaged and now needs restoration, according to Il Messagero, one of the leading daily newspapers of the Eternal City. So Bergoglio sealed his Friday evening ritual with profanation of one of the most sacred relics of Rome. Meanwhile, those burning pots with plants beneath each one, has Social Media abuzz as to the possible Pachamama significance of them.

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