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Some Covid Links

Phil Magness reports on how government officials were duped by a psychic healer into funding research on so-called “Long Covid.” A slice: So what is Long Covid, and why is it drawing so much attention and funding out of the federal government? As with any respiratory illness, Covid-19 does appear to have long-term sufferers who do not follow the normal recovery pattern and continue to demonstrate symptoms for weeks or months after an infection. At the same time however, the push to make...

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Some Covid Links

The opening paragraph of James Morrow’s essay in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reads: “It’s hard to know exactly when Australia’s pandemic response crossed the line from tragedy into farce. But future historians could do worse than pinpoint the moment when Sydney’s chief health supremo told the city’s residents to stop being friendly to one another when they ventured out to buy essentials, lest they get themselves and others killed.” Here are two more slices: Given this level of...

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From Emory University: “COVID-19 survivors may possess wide-ranging resistance to the disease.” (HT Martin Kulldorff) Daniel Hannan continues to write insightfully, wisely, and humanely about Covid-19 restrictions. A slice: A nightclub should have the right to insist on vaccine certificates; but it should be under no legal obligation to do so. The default assumption for an open society should be that each club (and each cruise ship and each church and so on) can decide what, if any,...

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I offer heartfelt applause for, and support to, my long-time friend, occasional co-author, and George Mason University colleague over in the law school, Todd Zywicki, for resisting the Covidocrats in GMU’s higher administration. Here’s part of a statement released by the New Civil Liberties Alliance: George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia, is doubling down on its flawed reopening policy for the Fall 2021 semester, which tramples on the civil liberties of students, faculty,...

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Some Covid Links

Karen Harradine explains that lockdowns are the reverse of disease control. A slice: As a direct consequence, malaria mortality in Africa will exceed that of Covid-19. Children are at far greater risk of dying from malaria than Covid-19, and an additional 100,000 people are expected to die from this disease. In 2019, 450,000 died of TB in Africa, far more than the 160,112 who have died from Covid-19 there. Why did the WHO withdraw treatment for this curable disease, especially from...

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Jay Bhattacharya’s conversation with Jonathan Sumption is filled with insight and wisdom. Writing in the New York Post, John Tierney reiterates the truth that “lockdown hysteria did more harm than Covid-19.” A slice: Why did so many go so wrong for so long? The elite panic was due to two preexisting pathologies. The first is what I have called the Crisis Crisis, the incessant state of alarm fomented by journalists and politicians. To keep audiences frightened around the clock,...

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Some Covid Links

Barry Brownstein explores the reasons why good people enable totalitarians. A slice: When a totalitarian State demands “worship,” we understand why totalitarians must control the narrative. We know the Covidocracy demands allegiance to their one best way, first lockdowns and now vaccines. Dissenters must be silenced. Government claims it must maintain lists of spreaders of “misinformation” and then partner with Facebook to ensure only correct “narratives” are available. Health...

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Matt Ridley reminds us that “virulent” does not mean “infectious.” A slice: In other words, lockdowns (whether necessary or not) probably delayed the evolution of the virus into a milder form. That is now happening, and is our least worst option given that eradication is impossible and the virus may become more transmissible in response to vaccination. In general, there is not nearly enough thinking along the lines of “Darwinian medicine” within the medical establishment, as Randy Nesse...

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Beware of Any Government-Engineered “Easy Choice”

In my latest column for AIER, I warn against heeding the authoritarian advice of the innumerate Washington Post columnist Leana Wen. A slice: The most iconic line from The Godfather is, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Don Corleone wasn’t horsing around. The Hollywood producer to whom this ‘offer’ was made was threatened with terrible consequences if he refused to accept it. The Don’s ‘offer’ was not refused. This famous line came to mind as I heard Washington Post...

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