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Making Sense of the Current "2nd Wave" Covid numbers using Gov Stats. No Need to Panic or Lockdown

category national | politics / elections | feature author Sunday October 18, 2020 00:28author by T Report this post to the editors

A brief analysis using HSPC's own stats to show there is no need for panic

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Cases / detections are rising but death barely.
No need for Level 5

The country is in the grip of Covid-19 fear. The public have been frightened using manipulative figures and by emphasis on case numbers which are meaningless. Many are very concerned and know we face economic ruin and worry about the future. Mental health issues are widespread and critical. People are only reluctantly agreeing to any of this out of fear and want the whole thing to end. The media, politicians, and the medical bureaucrats with conflicts of interest have been criminal in their actions and the Left has attempted to hijack the fear to shamelessly pretend they are protecting workers when they are simply acting as shrills for multi-national Pharmaceutical & vaccine industry and thereby pushing the agenda of the Great Reset promoted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) who are the voice of the global capitalist oligarchy. Not only that anyone with a different opinion is accused as being right-wing and racist and while indeed elements on the right are have taken an position against the official narrative, it is disingenuous and arrogant of the Left to label and shame people who are against the (ineffective) masks and restrictions as being somehow misled and anti-science when they side with Orwellian Big Tech who censor and silence real doctors and scientists trying to get their voice out to counter the official narrative. With that backdrop in mind, at the same time, we have been hearing for the last two or three weeks that cases are rising exponentially and it all seems out of control. It appears the number of deaths is rising and the media seem to be reporting the country's hospital ICU capacity is about to be over run and we are in some sort of deadly "2nd wave" which they long hoped for. The government's own figures show this is not actually the case at all and it is all smoke and mirrors.

As we speak the government is due to meet to decide whether to put the whole country in lockdown for a massive 6 weeks at Level 5 which is basically a full lockdown. NPHET have been strongly advising for this to happen for the last two or three weeks and when the government refused to put the country in lockdown a week or two ago, NPHET were furious that their minions in the government did not follow their orders. It remains to be seen whether government ministers will like bold children repent and obey NPHET orders.

In this brief report we take the government's or rather the Health Preventive Surveillance Centre, HPSC, figures to show that the impression of out of control Covid and soaring death rate is not actually happening and there is no need for heightened fear or lockdown.

The daily reports going from the HPSC since the start have been misleading. You can find any of their daily reports online at https://www.gov.ie and in all of these reports they promote the number of cases and most of their tables and graphs are of cases. You have to look hard to find anything about deaths. Yet surely the whole point and fear is death. That is the thing that counts. Not cases. Attached is one of their reports from Oct 16th as a PDF.

We are regularly told that 80% of those who get Covid have basically no symptoms. This does not mean the other 20% die or end up in hospital. It means they have symptoms such a cold, fever, aches and so forth. A much smaller percent end up in hospital and an even smaller percent end up death.

A lot of testing is triggered because people are using the Covid-App and whenever an alert is generated all those tracked and who were briefly in contact with the person are generally asked to take a test. It follows that if 80% have no symptoms, then more or less the same number who test positive also have no symptoms. This should calm people down to know then that even if 1,000 test positive, 800 of these people probably have NO symptoms.

Separately there is the issue of the test itself which is based on the PCR method which was invented by Nobel Prize winner Kary Mullis (who died last year) and had strongly advised that this method of DNA testing should NOT be used in a medical setting for a variety of reasons due to extreme sensitivity to contamination and risk of false positives and negatives. Thus the test is not very reliable.

The second point is that this test is probably picking up fragments of the shattered virus from people who had infections anything from weeks to months ago. It is also known to trigger positives against other corona-viruses. The common cold is a corona-virus and potentially could lead to a false positve So in order words all this constant presentation of case numbers is meaningless and the associated scare mongering completely unjustified. And at the moment, there is a common cold doing the rounds and many have caught it despite all the social distancing in place. Are we to expect that somehow the social distancing is working for Covid? The true facts are that the vast majority of people were probably long ago exposed to Covid and since the scale of testing has now been ramped up to a massive 10,000 test per day, all that those cases are measuring are previous exposures..

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So now lets look at the figures. The first of the two graphs here is from the HPSC daily report for Oct 16th show the daily and cumulative number of cases. As you can see the number of cases is higher than it was at the height of the situation back in April. The next graph shows the daily and cumulative deaths. It is very evident there is no increase like there was in March / April, happening now.

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The third graph has superimposed these two graphs together to help put them together. One should note the vertical axis for the cases ranges from 0 to 1,000 for the cases but from 0 to 60 for deaths. So you should be looking at the shape of the curves and not their size relative to each other.

The key point and the one which should calm everyone down is that there is virtually no rise in deaths even though the so called "cases" which are really probably detections of all kinds of things are rising massively. But they are rising because they are doing a massive level of testing. It stands to reason the more tests you carry out, the more detections you will find. But the most important item of concern is whether the number of deaths has gone up. It hasn't in any meaningful way. So people need to get a grip and stop panic. What they media fail to inform you is that on average every month in Ireland, 700 people are dying from cancer. Yet we have been terrorized and brought to a standstill over a couple of Covid deaths. What is going on ?.

Media Coverage

On the 6pm RTE news this evening (Sat 17th Oct) RTE reported the following:
30 admissions to ICU and 8 deaths.

You would think then that there are 30 ICU admissions a day surely and 8 deaths but no. In fact the 8 deaths seem to be corrections made for previous months which were added to today and the 30 ICU admissions are strange but when the HPSC's own figures were analysed it shows there were 35 ICU admissions between Oct 1st and Oct 16th or just 2.2 per day ! NOT 30 per day as they imply by their underhand sly reporting

They do not tell either whether some of the people who entered ICU a week or two ago have since left. They are trying to imply we are running out of ICU beds.

Another trick they use is to say the mean age for "cases" is 34 which is probably correct. But they immediately follow that statement with death figures. The idea is once again to imply that those dying are now a mean age of 34. This is not the case. They mean for death remains the same at 80+. The fact that the mean age for "cases" is irrelevant. Practically all of these people will barely even know they have it and as stated already the test is simply recording previous exposure.

See how they used a cumulative figure to give the impression it was a daily figure. It is not.

They did the same for deaths. Again using HPSC's own figures, the author took all the reports for Oct so far which only report cumulative figures. They don't bother give daily ones which they could easily provide but they do their utmost to make it difficult to figure out. You have to work the daily rates by simply subtracting the cumulative from a given day's figures from the previous day. These are all presented in the charts below. When the analysis is done, we see 37 deaths so far in October. This implies approximately 2.3 deaths per day and NOT higher values such as this evenings 6pm news figure of 8 deaths would suggest if you weren't paying attention to what they said.. If you look at the second table below you can see the death rate per day is pretty constant and not rising to some catastrophic doom laden amount that will decimate the population.

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As stated above, the main 6pm RTE news this evening (Sat 17th Oct) said 8 deaths. But many would have missed it, but they oddly said that of these deaths 1 was from June, 2 from Sept and 5 were from Oct. Very confusing. It appears these may be a correction. The last image shows a screenshot from the government website their explanation. All very odd.

It seems there was perhaps zero deaths today so they decided to apply the correction so that it sounded like more and it sounded like things were getting out of control. But as you can see from the graph above and the figures below the deaths are up slightly and are NOT rising sharply.

At this point when you look at the graphs, tables and figures, you would have to agree that maybe focusing on the case numbers is rather futile and misleading. In addition the whole point of any lockdown is to reduce deaths and ICU admissions but the figures show neither of these are increasing in any meaningful way.

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What does happen every year is that as the winter arrives the number of people who are admitted to hospital / ICU and or who die, goes up anyhow and the slight increase we see is simply part of this normal annual occurence.

The question we are left with then is why are locking down and why can't the mainstream media present the analysis here?

Update: Some People under 65 Die from Covid. They do too with Flu

While most of the people who die from Covid are in the "old age" bracket as emphaised here. When you get to old age, your immune system is failing and lots of things can get you. You can't change that fact. The media tries hard to give the impression that Covid-19 is a threat to people in all age brackets and when someone in say their 40s or 50s they make much mileage of it. All deaths are tragic. However all diseases, including cancer, heart conditions (e.g heart attacks) kill people in their 30s, 40s and 50s well before their time. You would think listening to the media Covid-19 is the first disease in the world to do this and it is because of this, it is special and we need to lockdown, commit economic suicide and somehow get to zero cases. You cannot wipe it out. It is here for good.

The figures below from the CSO are deaths from flu and pneumonia in Ireland by age for 2017. It will be seen clearly as circled in red, that quite a few people between the age of 35 and 75 die from either flu and a common complication of it, pneumonia each year. And same for a even smaller number under age 35. This happens every year. And it is now happening with Covid-19 too. You will never get this context in the mainstream media or from the shrills promoting the vaccines. We had vaccines for years from flu and people still die from it.

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PDF Document Epidemiology of COVID-19 in Ireland Report prepared by HPSC on 16/10/2020 for National Public Health Emergency Team 1.71 Mb

author by newspublication date Mon Oct 19, 2020 21:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Michéal Martin in his address tonight has basically said these restrictions will continue until a "safe" vaccine arrives. This is what the naysayers have been saying all along. He ruled out Swedish style herd immunity even though it works. So big pharma is calling the shots and has won the day. How long before they announce it is mandatory vaccine?

author by Tpublication date Tue Oct 20, 2020 19:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The government have published the letter that NPHET sent to Stephen Donnelly on Oct 16th to urge him to lockup all the citizens and have a second go at destroying the economy. It is attached here.

It is a sham. It mainly talks about cases which we know are meaningless then refers to modelling to make projections about hospitalizations which are not reliable. At the start of the first lockdown, the models told us tens of thousands would be dead but they were way out. Same in the UK with their models.

In the opening pages, there is a list of 8 bullet points and no mention of deaths. It is only on the next page and this is what it says:

To date, there have been 30 deaths notified with a date in October. This compares with 5 and 35 deaths notified (to date) with a date of death in August and September respectively.

That works out at exactly very slightly over 1 death per day in September and so far about (30/16) 1.8 deaths per day in October. This is not exactly a calamity or reason to destroy the economy. But NPHET prefer to give totals rather than daily rates because it sounds worse.

For comparison, in August and in fact most months there were 700 cancer deaths or 23 a day. Is there a national emergency to find the causes of cancer and address them? No.

Taking suicides, there were 421 suicides in 2019 and probably more this year, but even 419 works out at 1.15 per day

We see the same tricky in the opening bullet points on ICU admissions where they say:

There are currently 30 confirmed cases in critical care, compared with 27 on 8th October.

So at first sight we see two relatively bigger numbers, 30 and 27. Yet the letter is dated the 16th October or 8 days since the 8th. And between those dates (30-27) or only 3 people were admitted to ICU in a whole week and a day! Is this a reason to shred our freedoms, rights and our economy ? Once again rather than present it that way they give the bigger totals because it sounds worse

One can only conclude the minister must be naive and gullible to fall for this and bring in new lockdowns based on this not very earth shattering data. However it is clearly not about this and there is another agenda at play because they were always going to do this. The worst part is that the wool has been pulled over the public's eyes


PDF Document Letter from CMO to Minister for Health re COVID-19 15 October 2020 2.18 Mb

author by Tpublication date Thu Oct 22, 2020 00:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It seems Michael McDowell is also realizing that government has been given bad and wrong advice and has no confidence in NPHET as judged by his speech to the Dail a few weeks back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y95_RTJCAkg He also tweeted about it back in Sept too


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Closing restaurants is cruel and damaging

author by Tpublication date Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Could it be that there is a glint of light showing into the depths of RTE.

In a shocking turn of events, they aired Professor John Lee (retired professor of pathology & former NHS consultant pathologist) was on RTE's PrimeTime who basically said lockdowns are pointless

Listen to him here:


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Primetime Assistant Prof Tomas Ryan Nonsense Fest

author by Michael McNamara TD Fanpublication date Sat Oct 24, 2020 23:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done to Michael McNamara TD for standing up and doing what he was elected to do -to challenge "our leaders" in his speech opposing the rolling over of restrictions.

In it,it can be seen Stephen Donnelly the coward cannot even look at him as he points out what a sham the whole political process is.


author by 1 of indypublication date Tue Oct 27, 2020 23:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Great video from Ausi Sky News about the situation in Australia.

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What Australia is facing

author by Tpublication date Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Finally they let the cat out of the bag today in the UK and reported suicides are up 70% since March. We can be sure the same is true here.

If we take a young person of say 20 committing suicide who should on average live to 80 or so that is a loss of 60 years. Compare that with the average age of death among Covid victims, which is 82, then the loss of the remaining part of their live is probably at most a few months. Lets be generous and say it is 3 months. Then that means on a purely quantative level 60 years is equivalent to 240 sets of 3 months.

If we take total death count from Covid in Ireland is approx 1800 but really it is 33% less according to HIQA who analysed the excess deaths and said there was over-reporting because of the way the deaths are defined, then the true figure of Covid deaths is really only about 1200.

There are about 430 suicides a year in Ireland. If they are up at a similar level as the UK -a 70% increase then that amounts to about 300 people. Let's say that 20% of them are in their 20s to 30s age bracket and again that is probably an underestimate then we have 300 x 0.2 = 60 young people

Therefore if each of the 60 people lost 60 years of future potential life that is 3600 years. And translating that into 3 months portions, that is 14,400

So we would need to have 14,400 people die of the current average age of Covid to make the calculus of the lockdowns and restrictions which are causing the suicides to be just equal in terms of raw numbers of years lived or saved.

This is a complete underestimate, because I only counted the lost years of 60 people of the calculated extra 300 suicides. So the above figure of 14k could each double if not triple.

We have also not counted all the extra people who will have died of heart attacks and strokes earlier than they should have because they were too afraid to go to hospital.

Nor have the thousands of extra people who did not get screened or checked for cancer and were not caught early and will now almost certainly go through a lot more suffering and will die.

Given 700 people die of cancer each month in Ireland, there are a minimum of 700 cases registered each month. Since most cancers when caught early, can be removed or cured then this suggests that the actual number of cancers detected each month is 700 x 2 or even 700 x 3 -so somewhere between 1400 to 2000+ each month. Since March the cancer screening services have been totally disrupted and overall admissions and detections of cancers are down significantly. This is not because people are healthier but because they are not getting to the hospital. So if at least half of the early cancers are now not detected until it is too late, then we can possibly expect 300 to 400 extra people to die each month once the lead time kicks in. The lead time could be anything from several months to several years.

author by Tpublication date Mon Nov 30, 2020 00:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The mainstream media are never going to ask any real questions to Professor Luke O'Neill from Trinity College who is regularly on NewsTalk pushing masks and vaccines. What they don't tell you is the huge conflict of interest he has because he has his own bio-tech company working with other big pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline. He just happened to get a €30 million investment from them back in March of this year.


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Questioning Prof. Luke O'Neill about concerns over vaccines

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He has been reading out these letters in his videos most days. He also announced that is previous books are now available for free download of the PDFs from his website https://brandnewtube.com/watch/2020-will-be-our-last-good-year-unless_zlyt5UJRsvUoevm.html International best-selling author, Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA, explains why he is exhausted, terrified and angry. He describes the deceits, the frauds and the awful future we face if we don't stand up to a cruel dictatorship. He also explains that there will be a third wave, a fourth wave and a fifth wave if we don't act. And he tells viewers exactly what simple action they can take to stop this now. For more unbiased information, please visit http://www.vernoncoleman.com

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