2. Consequences of measures

So the next question that arises is the following: is the absence of a pandemic due to the measures, given the difference with 2015 is only slight? In other words, did the measures prevent more deaths?

The answer is likely to be negative given the measures are described in the 1973 Amnesty Internation Report on Torture as being coercive ones used by repressive regimes on war prisoners and political opponents.[1] Here we only consider consequences on health, not economic ones, though those too will impact health as they begin to unfold.

1) Hand disinfectants are anti-bacterial and hence were there pathological viruses, disinfectants would have no effect on them. Popularizing their use will result in far greater bacteria being killed. However bacteria are essential for human life. Hence if this habit becomes too widespread and entrenched it could turn them into our enemies, i.e. it could significantly damage the unalterable conditions required for human life to be possible, in other words increase morbidity and mortality. The WHO has long warned against the overuse of antibiotics in this regard.

2) Face masks are no protection, nor do they protect others[2] against tiny particles which viruses are taken to be: the texture of the surgical ones has too many large holes,  as follows from its examination by bio-physicist, Dr Gatti,[3] member of the European Scientific Commission on Medicinal Products and Medical devices at Bruxelles 2000 and pioneer in the field of nanopathology, with the help of a scanning electron microscope, which can reveal inorganic but not organic nanoparticle. Their protection against any eventual harmful bacteria and harmful air particles are not sufficiently assessed. In effect, the more impermeable they are, the more damaging they can be as they are more likely to retain exhaled dejections, and prevent the inhalation of oxygen. Besides the fibers the masks are made of in order to be impermeable are artificial. They easily detach. The masks also contain many debris from their industrial fabrication not in always altogether clean conditions: zirconium aluminium, titanium, notably due to the dye used. These are being inhaled and possibly accumulating in our lungs. This may translate in increased numbers in known diseases as well as trigger new ones. Besides masks have a coating of carbon, making it impossible to breathe normally. This is especially worrying for those with pulmonary problems. In short, wearing masks has “substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression.” In the long term, it can result in “chronic diseases and premature death”, notably from cardiovascular problems and cancer.[4]

3) Social distancing evidently makes no sense in the case of environmental causes, and is of little merit for eventual contagious microbial ones. Without notably incessant readjustment according to wind speed and direction, they cannot be effective.

4) As for lockdowns, were they 24 hrs/day in a sealed container, impervious to harmful particles, they might be useful, except that this would kill us through lack of oxygen. Hence given supposed microbes or toxic particles are everywhere, staying at home would only have a marginal effect. And if going outside the home is allowed for essential activities, however limited, the effect be nil, given the inefficacy of the above measures.

The effects of these measures would depend on weather conditions, humidity levels, and other local environmental ones, and certainly would not just be meaningless, but detrimental were there harmful environmental conditions acting on mortality and morbidity. Lockdowns and other isolating measures, including putting a stop to most human activities, all induce illnesses, both psychological, since humans are social animals, and physical through unhealthy lifestyles.

Already, psychological effects are being seen and suicides[5] are on the rise.[6] Mortality attributed to Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has soared, confirming that inhuman isolation is already having an impact.[7] The inhumanity with which the elderly, or more generally the vulnerable, including hospital patients, have been treated is unbelievable: no visits, no human touch even from personnel too afraid to approach them without dehumanizing masks or even without hazmat suits, making impossible unspoken communication – which most of our human communication consists of –, care home and hospitals even more understaffed than usual, many having resigned out of fear, all too many absent because of the quarantines following PCR tests, while many foreign staff, often a large part of the contingent, have returned to their respective countries. Patients are being left untreated by the medical profession[8] [9] too afraid to approach them; hospitals have been ordered to reconvert almost exclusively to attend to patients diagnosed as afflicted from a disease, undistinguishable from a plethora of other diseases and undetectable in mortality figures at least in Europe, and thus all sufferers from serious diseases, those with high visibility in mortality figures each single year, are not being cared for properly; do not resuscitate orders are or at least have been for part of 2020 systematic in some places.[10] [11] Alongside, religious organization, also out of fear, are refusing to provide solace when people most need it. Indeed the fear generated is in itself having an effect, both because of the physical and psychological damage it creates, and because it is inducing a fear where there is no danger, while resulting in an underestimation of risks, where there is danger.[12]

Among physical illnesses, after “years of decline”, pulmonary embolism, as already noted, is on the rise.[13] This could also be due to wrong diagnosis given there is no virus identified, followed by inappropriate treatments. For instance, “accumulating evidence suggests” that all too many diagnosed as severe covid patients “might have a cytokine storm syndrome (CSS).”[14] [15] “Cytokines are small secreted proteins released by cells have a specific effect on the interactions and communications between cells.”[16] In CSS, “the immune system is producing too many inflammatory signals, sometimes leading to organ failure and death.”[17] CSS can in particular be caused by hypoxia (“reduced level of tissue oxygenation”[18]) and hypoxemia (“decrease in the partial pressure of oxygen in the blood”[19]) in such patients.[20] [21] These can be due to many reasons, notably prolonged mask wearing as it reduces oxygen intake, interstitial lung disease, which, as mentioned earlier, are among the issues revealed by the CT Scans, asthma, or COPD. The latter are prevalent where there is air pollution. This, as also mentioned earlier, was in particular the case in China in the winter of 2019-2020.[22] As will be later discussed, oxygen depletion can also be caused by 5G radiation, a new phenomenon introduced in our environment. This too was the case in Wuhan in the autumn of 2019.[23] Hence prudence is called for regarding treatment. Intubated mechanical ventilation, used systematically for patients considered to be suffering from the unidentified virus Sars-Cov-2, is not indicated and could worsen issues: seemingly 9 in 10 patients on ventilation die.[24] [25]

In fact a vicious circle is being created whose sole result is higher deaths: non-identification of a viral disease and inappropriate criteria are resulting in quarantines and lockdowns, impacting mental and physical health; all too many who would usually recover from pneumonia or other respiratory diseases are given inappropriate treatments, including antiviral drugs. If taken to crowded hospitals, the risk of other infections increases. The dire hygienic conditions in Wuhan’s makeshift hospitals may have contributed in raising mortality and mobidity rates – no washrooms, no toilets, innumerable patients all piled in the same enclosure, some sleeping on the floor, no medication or doctors available.[26] Conditions in European ones, though incomparably better, can also be worrisome, at least regarding toilets, as experienced by the author, especially now with understaffing.

If anything, the measures should therefore be increasing both morbidity and mortality. So let us see if the mortality rate varied significantly around the lockdown periods[27] in the countries that enforced them. We again consider the weekly rcASMRs of 2020 with respect to 2015-2019, as well as the weekly ASMRs (age-standardised mortality rates) and compare the latter with those of 2015.[28] Table 2 gives the weeks when both the rcASMRs and the difference between the 2020 and 2015 ASMRs indicate excess mortality rate compared to 2015-2019 and 2015 respectively. The countries are listed according to the highest average rcASMRs and length of the corresponding period (column 1); when it is difficult to decide, we consider the highest average value of the rate difference between 2020 and 2015 (column 2). Note that this in no way entails that the age standardised mortality rate for the whole of 2020 was therefore higher than in 2015 since the weekly excesses may not be sufficient for that. The latter only gives a better indication of mortality variation within 2020 than rcASMRs.

Certainly, local factors have contributed to these variations in some places, in particular air pollution: “Epidemiological studies have repeatedly found a positive correlation between the level of particulate air pollution and increased morbidity and mortality rates in both adults and children.” The “ultrafine particles” can notably induce “oxidative stress leading to inflammation”, a symptom associated to covid-19.[29] And indeed, like Wuhan, two locations considered to be clusters, Northern Italy and Iran, suffer from high levels of air pollution. In 2018, “in 55 provincial capitals” in Italy, especially in the north, “the daily limits set for fine particles or ozone were exceeded.”[30] In January 2020, the level of fine particles in Milano was more than 125 for 20 days, of which for 14 days it was more than 150 and even reached 202 for one day.[31] As for Tehran, its air quality is as bad as in Wuhan, but while it is improving in China, it is declining in Iran, due in particular to diesel vehicles, resulting in soaring pollution levels during winters.  In India, at least 2.5 million die from air pollution every year.[32] Nonetheless, some general conclusions follow from the tables:

1. Most countries with mandatory lockdowns did see their mortality rise during these periods.

2. Higher excess mortality on the whole happened in the countries with the most severe lockdowns (severity is not just a question of length). In contrast, countries that did not impose stay home orders had the lowest excess mortality throughout the year; for those that only began to enforce lockdowns towards the end of 2020, this would not evidently be visible in mortality figures for that year.

3. In countries where staying at home was recommended, but not enforced, consequences would depend on the actual extent the recommendation was followed. However what also seems to be the case is that where risk groups were singled out and advised to stay at home, there is a slight mortality rise. This is not surprising since as stated above, isolating vulnerable groups, who are anyhow at greater risk of death, this risk increases multifold.

This corroborates the conclusions reached in other studies, that the measures are killing people. For instance in the United States, an October 2020 study estimated some 100 000 excess deaths due to the measures, and not primarily among the elderly, but among the 25-44 age-group.[33] Given the incomparably worse living conditions in countries like India, the toll taken by the measures put in place could be far worse than elsewhere.  Note that numerical data for Germany was not available.  However, among other measures it did recommend, though without enforcing, a lockdown in the spring.  It may well have been followed.

Anyhow all countries imposed some form of isolating measures, and hence none will be spared consequences. These will however take longer to unfold, and hence to some extent may explain that some countries experienced higher mortality in the period Oct-Dec., when there was not necessarily any lockdowns, a pattern confirmed by column 3 of Table 2.

In short, the measures are harmful.

  1. https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/204000/act400011973eng.pdf
  2. https://tamarkin.us/facemasks.php?fbclid=IwAR32tJfXSOsDnTHhGloIFv5Xc4Bno-FnmADhPLT8u2nMzDZ86YxW1E9DTow
  3. https://www.medicdebate.org/node/2016?language=en
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7680614/
  5. https://parentology.com/breaking-news-teen-suicide-rates-rising-in-2020/
  6. https://www.wave3.com/2020/12/03/study-reveals-increase-suicide-rates/
  7. https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transparencyandgovernance/freedomofinformationfoi/totaldeathsintheukin2020anddeathsfromheartattacksheartdiseasecancerandalzheimersanddementia2016to2020
  8. https://swprs.org/covid-19-a-report-from-italy/
  9. https://britishasianews.com/death-at-home-the-unseen-toll-of-italys-coronavirus-crisis-2/
  10. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/13/new-do-not-resuscitate-orders-imposed-on-covid-19-patients-with-learning-difficulties
  11. https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/new-york-cancels-unhippocratic-do-not-resuscitate-order/1815818
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1299209/
  13. https://www.heart.org/en/news/2020/08/17/after-years-of-decline-death-rate-from-lung-clots-on-the-rise
  14. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30628-0/fulltext
  15. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanmic/article/PIIS2666-5247(20)30223-8/fulltext
  16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2785020/
  17. https://www.verywellhealth.com/cytokine-storm-syndrome-4842383
  18. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5234199/
  19. Ibid.
  20. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12291-021-00967-0
  21. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347924387_The_Mystery_of_Hypoxia_in_COVID-19
  22. https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/hypoxemia/basics/causes/sym-20050930
  23. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/31/c_138517734.htm
  24. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2765184
  25. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-22/almost-9-in-10-covid-19-patients-on-ventilators-died-in-study
  26. https://www.bitchute.com/video/OrXKHYkdgkba/
  27. https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/download-data-response-measures-covid-19
  28. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/comparisonsofallcausemortalitybetweeneuropeancountriesandregions
  29. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18217626/
  30. https://www.legambiente.it/malaria-2019-il-rapporto-annuale-annuale-sullinquinamento-atmosferico-nelle-citta-italiane/
  31. https://aqicn.org/city/italy/lombardia/milano-senato/
  32. https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/air-pollution-from-fossil-fuels-causes-30-of-deaths-in-india-every-year/story/430759.html
  33. https://www.aier.org/article/death-by-lockdown/