The misleading narrative that the business media tells about COVID-19 – the need for increased testing and the ongoing references to “asymptomatic infections” – becomes ridiculous. The political motivations are clear, as left-leaning journalists are beating the drums for continuous lockdowns and include only doctors who parrot their story.
At some point, Americans will wake up and find that the narrative secured on them is at least misleading and deliberate manipulation at the very least. Let’s start with Sweden. The country has been a constant source of media speculation, as the Swedish government chose to pursue immunity. While making recommendations to their citizens, they never close and never close elementary schools.
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Despite the criticism Sweden took for its approach, the results have been no less than many of its neighbors. In fact, in some cases, they are better. As of Sunday, the death toll from Sweden per 100,000 people was 56.4. This rate is lower than that in the United Kingdom (69.9), Spain (60.8), and Italy (58.16). Italy had some of the worst openings outside of China.
Sweden’s death toll was also the lowest in Europe. This metric means that for people with confirmed cases, the percentage who died was the lowest. According to Worldometer, new daily cases appear to reach June 29. They are steadily declining to a steady state of between 200 and 300 per day on a rolling basis. Daily deaths have also decreased, with one reported on August 8 and none since.
In March, Stockholm stopped testing symptomatic patients unless they were in the hospital or in a high-risk group. Today’s News:
On Wednesday, the Stockholm Region changed the way it handles new suspected cases of the new corona virus. Sampling for new suspected cases will be concentrated on those already in the hospital. Others, who are not in a risk group, will not be tested.
These are instead encouraged to stay at home and not hang out with anyone other than the person or people you live with, says Erik Berglund.
– When you are 20 years old and strong, you have to wait for the disease.
“You who have coronavirus-like symptoms will not be tested. This is true even if you have been in areas that were previously exposed to infection or had close contact with someone you know is sick with covid-19, ”the region wrote in a press release.
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You would think that Sweden’s experience, given the low death toll from cases and approaches to testing in its largest city, would interest or inform public policy in other countries. Fortunately, it has interested some researchers who believe they have found the answer. Several studies have shown that non-exposed individuals have responsive T-cell immunity.
This immunity is different from the antibodies that current tests seek. These are the short-term immunity that develops with a new infection.
In July, a study was published in Nature sought to determine whether people exposed to SARS were immune to COVID-19. The T cells of these subjects were reactive with COVID-19. The researchers were surprised to find that subjects without a history of exposure to SARS or COVID-19 also showed T cell reactivity. These subjects responded to protein fragments similar to those in coronaviruses that cause fever. (COVID-19 is part of a family of viruses that cause the common cold. Characterizing it as a “novel” has always been too much of a big bang.)
This study confirmed the findings of additional research in April and June that found subjects who were not exposed to COVID-19 demonstrated active T cell immunity to the virus. These studies show that somewhere between 40% and 60% of the subjects prove this T cell response. This crossover immunity probably explains a few things that the media and their talking head Health Experts ™ do not tell you.
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First, part of the population is already immune. This means that the number of new infections needed to achieve herd immunity is much lower than originally thought. Using the study estimates, somewhere between 10% and 30% should be infected with COVID-19 to reach the 60-70% rate that epidemiologists originally projected for herd immunity.
Given this assumption, the Southeast goes through a typical disease curve that corresponds to what was seen in Sweden and other countries. Georgia, Florida and Texas are all moving through that curve. If the CDC estimate of confirmed cases by ten needs to be multiplied to get the actual degree of infection, then Georgia and Florida hover at about 20% and 24%, respectively. Texas, which reintroduced some restrictions, was down slightly to about 17%.
Here, this explains why the virus affects the elderly and not children and those who were younger. Immunity of T-cell degrades with advanced age:
T cells play an important role in the body’s immune response to viral infections and tumors, but T cell immunity decreases as we age, thus increasing our susceptibility to these diseases.
This type of immunity could also mean that vaccinations for COVID-19 are more similar to those for the flu. Prioritizing parents and risks would be necessary. Re-immunity does not stop a virus from spreading, but it does prevent it from spreading rapidly. It is likely that cases will be part of the flu-like illnesses that the CDC monitors annually.
Despite this research, you still see commentators who say such things:
Take part @NewDay @CNN: we’re going in the wrong direction if tests in the US do not go up. There needs to be a new strategy: widespread rapid testing for everyone to use for screening. That can pick up much more asymptomatically #covid infections https://t.co/xQFRMwDevg
– Leana Wen, MD (@DrLeanaWen) 11 August 2020
The constant demand for new tests is simply to bring up case numbers to keep you scared and compliant. We know this from the CDC website. Whether a person has immunity to T-cell or successfully recovers from an infection, they can have up to 90 days of virus particles in their nasal passages. Get tested in the absence of symptoms is of very little value:
Available data indicate that individuals with mild to moderate COVID-19 infection stay no longer than 10 days after onset of symptom. Individuals with more severe to critical illness than a severe immunocompromise are likely to remain infected no longer than 20 days after the onset of symptoms. Recovered individuals can continue to detect detective SARS-CoV-2 RNA in upper respiratory specimens up to 3 months after onset of disease, although at concentrations significantly lower than during illness, in areas where replication-competent virus is unreliable and infected. unlikely.
There are no data in the recommendations that indicate that a person without symptoms has a viral concentration high enough to pass the virus on to others. Yet the idea of the asymptomatic superspreader remains.
However, an asymptomatic person may test positive. This false positive can occur because the PCR test is so sensitive. It can pick up pieces of RNA in a virus particle that has been neutralized by the immunity of the T cell, just as it can in a patient who has symptoms and has developed antibodies to neutralize the virus.
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The CDC guidelines also state that re-testing an asymptomatic individual within 90 days after symptomatic infection is unlikely to yield useful results:
If such a person remains asymptomatic during this 90-day period, then, re-testing is not likely to provide useful information, even if the person had close contact with an infected person.
However, employers, schools and other institutions are still required to return to symptomatic disease or exposure without symptoms.
This information should ask us why people should be tested in the absence of symptoms. Especially since COVID-19 has a fairly reliable sign that is noticeable in the six identified courses of the disease: the loss of odor. If you have flu-like symptoms and can not smell anything, get a test. If you are exposed, quarantine as recommended. The CDC currently says that onset of symptoms can occur 2-14 days after exposure, so two full weeks is probably what a school as an employer should require.
Testing just to test can lead to false positions. The CDC’s advice states that the tests that can be used pick up virus particles that cannot replicate or cause an infection. At this point, retests are not counted separately from initial tests in every dashboard I can find. The persistent RNA particles detected in a recovered patient also increase positive testing.
It is unlikely that the CDC’s page, updated mid-July, does not mention the studies related to T-cell immunity. However, this information should include any U.S. question restrictions for limiting any type, masking mandates for asymptomatic people, and unnecessary testing. Our Health Experts ™ have some new questions to answer if we can find a courageous reporter to ask.
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