Nick Hudson, an actuary and personal fairness investor, co-founded Pandemics ~ Knowledge & Analytics (PANDA) in response to the numerous threats to civil rights and freedoms which have occurred throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response. Whereas media and public well being establishments have engaged in a marketing campaign of smoke and mirrors — one that’s perpetuating paralyzing concern, needlessly, to today — knowledge and info don’t lie.
Hudson and his crew at PANDA, which embrace a knowledge analyst, economist, medical docs, huge knowledge analyst and public well being consultants, are utilizing stay knowledge1 and open science to empower the general public to train freedom of alternative and protect free societies.2
Hudson spoke on the inaugural BizNews Funding Convention in March 2021, and his keynote tackle is above. He explains the ugly reality about COVID-19, which is that the world is being crippled by concern because of a false narrative. Anybody who challenges that narrative is being labeled as a lunatic, a menace or a hazard to society, which is furthering the repression and unjustified concern.
Bringing COVID-19 Reality to Mild
George Washington famously mentioned, “Reality will in the end prevail the place there are plans taken to deliver it to gentle.”3 With that in thoughts, Hudson noticed the “seeds of an important tragedy” being planted with the false COVID-19 narrative, and has made it a mission to get the reality out. So, what’s the actuality concerning the pandemic? In response to Hudson:4
A virus that presents excessive threat to few and negligible threat to most hit some areas
Few are prone to extreme illness
There are a number of obtainable remedies
Asymptomatic individuals are not main drivers of illness
Lockdowns and masks mandates haven’t labored and as an alternative induced nice hurt
The susceptible have been damage as an alternative of helped
The misinformation has been spewed from the start, together with by World Well being Group director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. In a March 3, 2020, media briefing, he said, “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 instances have died. By comparability, seasonal flu typically kills far fewer than 1% of these contaminated.”5
However in keeping with Hudson, the three.4% represents case fatality charge (CFR), which is the variety of deaths from COVID-19 divided by the variety of instances of COVID-19, whereas the 1% is an infection fatality charge (IFR), or the variety of deaths divided by all contaminated people.
“By conflating these two separate factors (CFR and IFR),” Hudson mentioned, “Tedros was successfully mendacity.” Quantitative scientist John Ioannidis, professor of medication on the Stanford Prevention Analysis Heart, calculated the IFR for COVID-19 in a assessment of 61 seroprevalence research, which was a median of 0.23%, and 0.05% in folks youthful than 70.6
Primarily based on this, the IFR for COVID-19 is decrease than that of the flu. And wouldn’t you already know it, in a New England Journal of Medication editorial revealed March 26, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments (NIAID), and colleagues wrote that “the general scientific penalties of Covid-19 might in the end be extra akin to these of a extreme seasonal influenza.”7
The media have suppressed this reality, Hudson famous, together with the truth that there’s a 1,000 occasions distinction in mortality amongst these youthful than 19 and people older than 70 — one thing that ought to have been taken into consideration within the pandemic response.
Is COVID-19 Actually a ‘Novel Virus’?
Additional inflaming widespread fear is the concept COVID-19 is a “novel virus,” which makes it sound prefer it’s one thing people have by no means encountered earlier than. However is it actually? In response to Hudson:
“The truth is that the coronavirus is a really shut relative, not even a separate subspecies, a really shut relative of the 2003 SARS virus. There are seven associated coronaviruses identified to trigger illness in people, most likely many others, and 4 of them are basically circulation.
Annual, international circulation. So the naming of this illness is extremely inconsistent. That is actually a rose by any identify, SARS. A variant of SARS. It’s not novel.”
One research even discovered that 81% of individuals not uncovered to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, have been nonetheless in a position to mount an immune response in opposition to it, which “suggests at the very least some built-in immune safety from SARS-CoV-2 …”8
Nonetheless, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for the COVID-19 pandemic, said that “a majority of the world’s inhabitants is prone to an infection from this virus.”9 That is the primary of two key components that, Hudson mentioned, result in “homosapienophobia” — the concept everyone seems to be harmful till confirmed wholesome.
The thought of common susceptibility to COVID-19 is nonsense, Hudson famous, as was demonstrated early on with the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Among the many 3,711 passengers and crew onboard the Diamond Princess, 712 (19.2%) examined constructive for SARS-CoV-2, and of those 46.5% have been asymptomatic on the time of testing. Of these exhibiting signs, solely 9.7% required intensive care and 1.3% (9) died.10
PANDA knowledge additionally confirmed that, beginning in February 2021, there was not common susceptibility to the virus. Their knowledge confirmed cumulative COVID-19 deaths per million folks. In Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania, the inhabitants fatality charge was 112 per million in comparison with 710 per million in Europe and the Americas.
As for Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania, Hudson mentioned, “the inhabitants fatality charge there nearly isn’t an epidemic. In a typical 12 months, they’d have 10,000 deaths per million from all causes.”
Concern Mongering Over Asymptomatic Unfold
The second component that allows the doctrine of “everybody being a hazard” to proceed is the concept of asymptomatic unfold driving illness. “I used to be completely aghast to seek out out the poor high quality of the science” behind it, Hudson mentioned.
One of many seminal papers concerned one girl who reportedly contaminated 16 colleagues whereas she was asymptomatic.11 The research was extensively used to recommend that asymptomatic unfold was occurring, however controversy later ensued over whether or not the lady was truly asymptomatic when the others have been contaminated or if she was symptomatic and being handled for flu-like signs on the time.12
In June 2020, Kerkhove additionally made it very clear that individuals who have COVID-19 with none signs “rarely” transmit the disease to others. However in a dramatic about-face, WHO then backtracked on the assertion simply in the future later. June 9, 2020, Dr. Mike Ryan, govt director of WHO’s emergencies program, shortly backpedaled Van Kerkhove’s assertion, saying the remarks have been “misinterpreted or perhaps we didn’t use essentially the most elegant phrases to clarify that.”13
“It’s utter, utter nonsense,” Hudson mentioned, including that Fauci additionally said in January 2020, “asymptomatic transmission has by no means been the driving force of outbreaks. The motive force of outbreaks is all the time a symptomatic individual.”14
A JAMA Community Open research later discovered, in December 2020, that asymptomatic transmission isn’t a major driver of an infection inside households.15 A research in Nature Communications additionally discovered “there was no proof of transmission from asymptomatic constructive individuals to traced shut contacts.”16
The parable of widespread asymptomatic unfold is what was used to justify worldwide lockdowns of wholesome folks. “Bruce Aylward will go down in historical past as a felony of immense stature,” Hudson mentioned, referring to Aylward’s position as the top of a WHO crew that visited Wuhan, China, and concluded lockdowns have been working to cease COVID-19 unfold.17
“He takes a delegation to China, spends a number of days, then comes again and says everybody ought to comply with China’s response, the doctrine of common susceptibility,” Hudson mentioned. But, previous to the COVID-19 pandemic official tips for pandemic response plans suggest in opposition to large-scale quarantine of the wholesome.
Actually, WHO wrote that in an influenza pandemic, quarantine of uncovered people, entry and exit screening and border closure are “not beneficial in any circumstance.”18
Likewise, in 2021 a research revealed within the European Journal of Scientific Investigation discovered no vital advantages on COVID-19 case development in areas utilizing extra restrictive nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) comparable to necessary keep‐at‐dwelling and enterprise closure orders (i.e., lockdowns).19
Knowledge compiled by PANDA additionally discovered no relationship between lockdowns and COVID-19 deaths per million folks. The illness adopted a trajectory of linear decline no matter whether or not or not lockdowns have been imposed.
What isn’t a lie, nonetheless, is that lockdowns trigger an excessive amount of hurt. Toddler mortality, poverty, hunger and joblessness are on the rise, as are delays in medical remedy and analysis, psychological issues amongst youth, suicide and deaths of despair.
Training has been disrupted for an estimated 1.6 billion kids, Hudson mentioned, and a survey of two,000 U.S. adults revealed that 1 in 6 People began remedy for the primary time throughout 2020. Practically half (45%) of the survey respondents confirmed that the COVID-19 pandemic was the driving cause that triggered them to hunt a therapist’s assist.20 In response to Hudson:
“Maybe the toughest factor for me to swallow about all of that is in undergraduate epidemiology, it’s a well-known discovering that when you find yourself confronted with a illness with sharp edge commencement, as you’re with coronavirus, measures to typically suppress the unfold of the illness have the impact, reliably, of shifting the illness burden onto the susceptible, who we needs to be defending. They worsen coronavirus mortality.”
Masks Rhetoric Is Deceptive
It’s been touted that face masks are important to stopping the unfold of COVID-19 and will save 130,000 lives within the U.S. alone.21 However in 2019, the World Well being Group analyzed 10 randomized managed trials and concluded, “there was no proof that facemasks are efficient in lowering transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.”22
Just one randomized managed trial has been performed on mask usage and COVID-19 transmission, and it discovered masks didn’t statistically considerably cut back the incidence of an infection.23
Chances are you’ll keep in mind that within the early days of the pandemic, face masks weren’t beneficial for most of the people. In February 2020, Christine Francis, a advisor for an infection prevention and management at WHO headquarters, was featured in a video, holding up a disposable face masks.
She mentioned, “Medical masks like this one can not shield in opposition to the brand new coronavirus when used alone … WHO solely recommends the usage of masks in particular instances.”24 As of March 31, 2020, WHO was nonetheless advising in opposition to the usage of face masks for folks with out signs, stating that there’s “no proof” that such masks utilization prevents COVID-19 transmission.25
However by June 2020, the rhetoric had modified. Citing “evolving proof,” WHO reversed their advice and started advising governments to encourage most of the people to put on masks the place there’s widespread transmission and bodily distancing is troublesome.26 But that very same day, June 5, 2020, WHO revealed an announcement stating:27
“At current, there isn’t any direct proof (from research on COVID-19 and in wholesome folks locally) on the effectiveness of common masking of wholesome folks locally to stop an infection with respiratory viruses, together with COVID-19.”
The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention did the same about-face on masks utilization, citing a research of two hair dressers in Missouri, who have been reportedly symptomatic with COVID-19 and styled 139 purchasers’ hair.
Not one of the purchasers examined constructive for COVID-19, which the CDC recommended was as a result of they and the stylists wore masks.28 Hudson believes, nonetheless, that the purchasers have been most likely younger and never prone to the virus within the first place.
One other research revealed within the CDC’s journal Rising Infectious Ailments said, “We didn’t discover proof that surgical-type face masks are efficient in lowering laboratory-confirmed influenza transmission, both when worn by contaminated individuals (supply management) or by individuals within the common group to scale back their susceptibility.”29
PANDA knowledge additionally confirmed no variations in transmission in states with masks mandates and people with out. Nonetheless, well being officers at the moment are advising it is best to double or triple up on masks to make them work higher.
Vaccines Being Bought as a Ticket to Freedom
Individuals who stand to make numerous billions out of COVID-19 vaccines at the moment are promoting them as a ticket to freedom, Hudson states:
“How handy that we now have a logic that tells us that we have to vaccinate 7.8 billion folks for a illness that has a imply survival charge of 99.95% for folks below the age of 70. The profiteering right here is bare. It’s clear.”
It’s a tragic state of affairs when youngsters, who aren’t at excessive threat, are lining up for vaccines simply to get their freedoms again, he provides. While you add in all the opposite inconsistencies and lies — PCR tests that aren’t able to diagnosing infectiousness, inflated demise numbers, restrictions on journey, media propaganda and arbitrary guidelines, just like the CDC’s latest change in bodily distancing in lecture rooms from 6 ft to three ft30 — it’s as if we’re dwelling in an Orwellian actuality.
With looming vaccine passports, the lack of private liberties is at an unprecedented stage, whereas individuals are typically “enslaved by concern” — concern of an infection or reinfection, “lengthy COVID,” resurgence and mutant variants. “The underpinnings of our civilization are below menace,” Hudson famous, and we have now a alternative. “We’ve been pushed up in opposition to a precipice, will we be pushed off or will we push again?”
He urges folks to help the Nice Barrington Declaration, which requires “centered safety” and discovering a center floor between locking down a whole economic system and simply “letting it rip.” As of April 4, 2021, the declaration has collected 41,890 signatures from medical practitioners and over 13,796 signatures from medical and public well being scientists.31
As well as, the declaration is open for public signatures and has collected 764,089 from involved residents world wide. The web site permits you to learn and signal the declaration, solutions many incessantly requested questions, shares the science behind the suggestions and explains how the declaration was written.
PANDA additionally revealed a protocol for reopening society “to offer a highway map out of the damaging cycle of lockdowns.”32 Hudson quoted Nelson Mandela, who said braveness isn’t the absence of concern, however the overcome it. All of us have to try for braveness and help consciousness campaigns geared toward stopping the dangerous narrative, relieving concern and defending future freedom.