I prefer to get my information from real actual, practicing doctors, rather than political hacks, who have ties to Bill Gates. Ever hear of the organization America’s Front Line Doctors? Listen to what Dr. Simone Gold has to say on the subject of Covid 19, existing protocols for dealing with Covid-19, and the vaccine and see if this modifies your view at all.https://youtu.be/z72zIfdnjC4
Dr. Simone Goldwww.aflds.com
I watched the first 6 minutes of it (thus far). She says many deaths would not have happened -- but it's not clear why they would not have happened -- she drops the subject instead of completing it. Obviously she means "because of lies" but she doesn't identify a particular lie that makes sense in the context. Or at least I didn't get it. Close to that, she talks about how there _are_ treatments for Covid beyond what we are told -- and that's believable, but maybe not as significant as she indicates. It may be that _hospitals_ can't offer all the treatments because they don't have enough trained staff to handle all the cases. (I mean, I can see how "treatments" relates to "deaths would not have happened" but she doesn't make the connection really clear and the amount of significance or the context seem a little fuzzy to me.)
(But here's a treatment that anybody can do at home: "proning". I saw a video about it circulating around and I think it looks plausible. I think the public should have been told about that. But all I know about that is the one little video which appears to be common sense.)
She (Dr. Simone Gold) talks a little while about how the name changed from Wuhan virus to Covid-19 and she calls that a Big Lie but I am unimpressed. It's not _that_ important to me what the disease is called. But I can understand why a phrase like "Chinese virus" used by a person like Trump in a country like the U.S. could be inflammatory in a wrong way -- and have been hearing how that is playing out from an Asian-American I know -- and _that_ is significant.
Then she talks about hydroxychloroquine. I looked it up. My understanding (and I'm not a doctor, I'm just a person who reads sporadically) is that in places where malaria is a big problem, taking hydroxychloroquine is a lot better than not taking it, because malaria is so much worse than hydroxychloroquine. However, hydroxychloroquine has numerous side-effects, some of which could be serious ( https://www.drugs.com/sfx/hydroxychloroquine-side-effects.html
), so, taking hydroxychloroquine in a place where there's very low risk of contracting malaria might be worse than not taking it.
An additional factor in the significance of hydroxychloroquine during this pandemic might be a false assurance that it's effective against Covid-19 -- but I only listened for 6 minutes, so if she addressed that point then I haven't heard it yet.
In your own post you say "real actual, practicing doctors, rather than political hacks, who have ties to Bill Gates". I don't know a lot of doctors really well up close. I have my own doctor in Kaiser. Would you think he is a "political hack" with "ties to Bill Gates"? I think he's a real "front-line doctor" whether he joins an organization by that name or not. He told me a few weeks ago that every other person he sees (meaning: 1 of every 2) (or: 50% of his patients) is a Covid case. He's just a medical doctor, the kind where I get my annual physical checkup; he's not a Covid specialist. He didn't tell me any of these things you or that Dr. Simone Gold says.
There's another doctor acquaintance I have and what he says about Covid is to take lots of Vitamin D. He has to take Covid seriously because his hospital's running low on capacity because of so many cases of it. I don't have any reason to think he's a "political hack" with "ties to Bill Gates". He weighs in sometimes on informal discussions about Covid and he doesn't say anything like what you or that Dr. Simone Gold are saying. He mentioned that he has a meter (that would be a CO2 meter, most likely) by which he can estimate the amount of risk of Covid transmission in a room.
Regarding "ties to Bill Gates": Are we supposed to be suspicious of Bill Gates -- why? You didn't spell that out. Are we supposed to think a lot of people have "ties to Bill Gates" -- why? Is it because he's a billionaire -- and unlike the one in the White House, this time it's supposedly an _untrustworthy_ billionaire? (there's some sarcasm in that).
One could think Dr. Fauci might be a "political hack" only because he has a position in government (and anything "government" might have a "political" element). However, I think the opposite. In my opinion, Donald Trump is the political hack and Dr. Fauci has been a moderating influence and a real expert in infectious diseases (whereas Donald Trump's expertise is in manipulating gullible crowds). And _somebody_ should have such a position (as Fauci's) in government -- that doesn't automatically make them a "political hack".
Dr. Fauci has been an okay communicator but maybe not a really good communicator. If so, it might be because a lot of people at his level of government get fired by Trump from merely speaking the truth openly; so, he had to be careful how much he said and how he said it. Also sometimes scientists aren't good public communicators -- the skills needed for doing research aren't the same as the skills for public speaking, and some people don't have both. Also, I believe Dr. Fauci was (wrongfully) _prevented_ (by the Trump Administration) from speaking more often to the public.
The Trump Administration's been bad for scientific communication. " 'LIKE A HAND GRASPING': TRUMP APPOINTEES DESCRIBE THE CRUSHING OF THE C.D.C.
BY THE NEW YORK TIMES | DECEMBER 16, 2020
Kyle McGowan, a former chief of staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and his deputy, Amanda Campbell, go public on the Trump administration’s manipulation of the agency. " https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/strategy/hand-grasping-trump-appointees-describe-crushing-cdc
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I've seen a few nurses and doctors on video and I've seen some of what they're saying in the news. One thing they've been saying a lot since the pandemic started is that they don't have enough medical equipment such as masks. I had some extra N95 masks left over from fire season, and donated them to nurses, because they need such equipment more than I do, and there hasn't been enough of it to go around.
I don't know how anyone can look at the news regularly and not think that doctors and nurses -- a great many of them working on the front lines -- are very concerned about the spread of Covid-19 and do take it seriously and want us to "stay home" and -- when we do go out -- "wear masks" if we have to go out in public among people.
I'm retired and don't have to work now. Since the pandemic started, I stay away from people almost all the time, wear a mask when I'm out in public, and support my trusted favorite cafe which now has only take-out, no dining in.
I think my "mask" ideas are realistic; the mask isn't going to stop _me_ from catching Covid; what's going to stop me from catching Covid (knock on wood) is not being around people in rooms more than just short times or rarely. What's going to stop me from transmitting Covid to _others_ (if I do catch it -- then I could be contagious even when I don't know I've got it) is (1) my mask and (2) hardly ever being near anyone, especially not in small rooms.
I hope I don't break a bone or get any other medical condition requiring a doctor, because there might not be a doctor available because the hospitals and medical staff are being stressed to the breaking point, and also if I do have to go in then I might catch Covid there.
I've already lost one friend to Covid (death), expect to lose one more during the next several months (death by Covid -- that's what I think will happen), and have been hearing second-hand about several deaths due to Covid (people my acquaintances care about). I hope that my family stays safe -- we're spread out, living in different places.