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Outbreak Not What News Sources Reported


Robyn Openshaw, Utah business owner - Mar 27, 2020


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Dear Summit County Decision Makers, 

You’ve shut down most of our 7,014 businesses.1

You closed all 200 businesses in beautiful, historic Park City, and most of 7,014 companies registered in the county. 

My friends who own a yoga studio, a medical clinic, a car wash, a ski shop, a mechanic shop, and a restaurant, are all sitting at home, terrified, wondering how they’ll buy food and pay the bills, in the next 5 weeks and beyond.

You, Summit County’s Health Officer Richard Bullough, PhD and council members, will always have the dubious distinction as the people accountable for making Park City a Depression-devastated ghost town.  

Of course, you’re in good company. In fact, hundreds of other counties made foolish decisions that will affect the long-term legacy of their leaders, and the future of business in those counties, as well.

Governors Cuomo of New York2 and Newsom of California3 shut down most commerce and sentenced tens of millions to long-term unemployment and uncertainty, around the same time you did. 

Cuomo is now admitting his 2-month shut down of New York was an overreaction, and a bad idea.4

On Tuesday, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent 1.4 billion of the world’s most vulnerable people home for 21 days — their meager sources of income gone — telling them, “Forget what it feels like to leave your homes.”5

And that’s not all: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wins the prize on March 26 for sentencing 18.79 million people in the Los Angeles area for the longest quarantine of anyone, worldwide. Two full months of ordered isolation — all due to 650 cases of COVID19 (and no recorded deaths) on that date.6

A great deal of information has come out in the past week that shows that those leaders who destroyed our economy will find themselves on the wrong side of history.7

Your decision will not only be devastating to your political legacy; it is already devastating to thousands of Summit County businesses who have had to close their doors, and thousands of people jobless.

You were an “early adopter” of the quarantine approach to combating this virus; an early adopter in creating mass layoffs and now-defunct businesses.

Let me review some data points, each of which would have been easy to learn before your knee-jerk reaction destroyed many lives for the indefinite future.

1. I was in the Park City Hospital on March 25, the very hour that KSL reported our county had an outbreak the proportions of New York City (per capita)  — and 20 times more infected, per capita, than Salt Lake City.8

Did you contact our two hospitals in the county, to learn that not only were they not full of COVID19 patients–they didn’t actually have any?

Despite the sensational headline, there wasn’t a single patient in the ER. Not in the ER waiting room, and not in the general hospital waiting room, either. Where was the pandemonium, the overcrowded E.R., the huge outbreak? We are a small county, and besides the tiny Heber hospital, there is no other hospital besides Park City.

The eight hospital employees I interacted with during the hour I spent trying to get my simple procedure done (all of them wearing elaborate helmets and face shields) passed me from the lab, to the E.R., to the lab again. With the Red Cross shut down nationwide, I just medically needed to remove some of my iron-rich blood.

I finally left the hospital without the simple treatment I needed (this was actually my second trip there in a week, with the same results, and the same completely empty waiting rooms). I headed to Heber, only to find the ER in Heber — Summit County’s other hospital — also completely empty.

The KSL story about the “outbreak” in Park City being the same, per capita, as New York City, released by KSL, was published, strangely, the same day that KSL also published a story that only 348 cases total have been diagnosed in the entire state of Utah, and that new diagnoses were now decreasing.9

If Summit County, with its completely empty ICU’s and ER’s, had the same per-capita infection rate as New York City — I have to wonder if media reporting in New York City is also inflated.

While it is clear that intensive medicine is not built and staffed for the high point of an outbreak in densely populated cities with a high number of elderly, the media COVID19 media blitz is unprecedented in history, and has taken on epidemic hysteria worse than the virus itself (which seems to be on the decline now, worldwide, with a kill rate of not even 1% of 1% of the estimated 2.2 million dead).10,11 

For this, you destroyed our county’s economy, and likely put thousands of businesses into bankruptcy. You’ve put thousands of people out of work indefinitely.

Two Stories Run On KSL The Same Day

2. China has released its statistics, dramatically downgrading the death rate from its COVID19 outbreak. This study (pending peer review) estimates the death rate of those contracting the virus — in a country where most people smoke, and the air quality is terrible — to be between 0.04 to 0.12.12 This is 33 times lower than the media headlines of up 4 percent that dominated panic-spreading headlines for weeks.

That means the highest death rate the COVID19 virus could have achieved (touted in over 1.5 billion media stories to be extremely deadly) is .12% — and most of that small number of fatalities were people who had already outlived China’s average age.

Here in the U.S., it is simple math that any epidemiologist should know, that the only people being tracked as the outbreak happens are the ones who were tested.13 But as with every pandemic since pandemics have been studied, there are 10 to 20 times more infected people who were never tested. And, every one of them is a survivor. They must be factored into the mortality statistics. 

While China’s outbreak was contained, and data was readily available that the death rate was orders of magnitude lower than the media reported, you, Summit County, sentenced thousands of the businesses you ordered to close into extinction.14 (When you extended the existing 10-day order to May 1 — adding another 5 weeks of unemployment and shutdown.)

When those numbers are estimated and factored in, it is becoming clear that U.S. statistics will be likely two-tenths of one percent, at most. (No more deadly than this year’s flu, which is also 0.02%.)

3A. Emerging evidence shows that COVID19 may not be significantly more communicable than other infectious illnesses, either.15 Data is emerging that up to 80 percent false positives result in some test groups.16

Deborah Birx, MD, global health official, admitted 16 hours ago that the outbreak was orders of magnitude lower than predicted, and that the vast majority of ER’s and ventilators sit unused, all over the world.17

3B. A study from Iceland shows that about 50 percent of positive COVID19 cases have no symptoms, and 50 percent show moderate cold symptoms.18

3C. Washington State, in the week Summit County expanded our quarantine and extended it by 5 weeks, showed that of over 30,000 COVID19 tests, only 7% were positive!19 In fact, Washington State intel shows that the death rate, based on real data, is about 0.3. Again, orders of magnitude lower than news media reports.

4. Both South Korea and China have completed the typical “bell curve” of the outbreak.20 Most days in the last week, both countries have reported 0 new cases. (I work with a manufacturing company in the Wuhan, and they worked straight through the outbreak–so people saying that China shut its economy down, and that’s how they contained their outbreak, are wrong.) This is what the bell curve of the epidemic looks like for China and South Korea, neither of whom shut down their economies, but rather, employed reasonable and rational containment strategies:

Unlike Bullough and council members, who inflicted great harm on my business and many others, South Korea achieved total containment of this virus without destroying the livelihood of millions of people.21 Containment strategies are important, but decisions based on bad data are going to destroy Summit County.

5. In the same week you ordered a death sentence for thousands of Summit County small businesses, the epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, whose projection of 2.2 million dead worldwide from the virus, revised his estimate to less than one-tenth of the original estimate.22

Currently only slightly more than 1 percent of his newly revised 200,000 fatality prediction has taken place worldwide–with most, if not all, countries, on the downside of the bell curve that every virus outbreak follows. It appears that, again, the chaos in terms of human life created by the pandemic may be multiple orders of magnitude smaller than Ferguson predicted and the media and social media spread.

But the actions of short-sighted leaders have put many nations of the world into what looks to be a depression not seen since the 1930’s (again, with the help of the news media). 

6. In Italy, over 99 percent of the fatalities were already ill with other pre-existing conditions. This virus has shown that it has serious consequences for very few people who are even reasonably healthy and below the age of 60. A more rational containment strategy, for this and any future outbreaks of other viruses, would be to quarantine those who are vulnerable and elderly, allowing the vast majority (the healthy) to continue to work, to avoid the economic catastrophe we now find ourselves in. 

South Korea (and even China, mostly) did not see it as a viable option to send their people home, without work and a means to provide food, shelter, medications, and other necessities–like the officials in my county have. Neil Ferguson and others who made foolish false predictions, and created economic chaos with knee-jerk reactions, will inevitably give the economic shutdown credit for the small numbers in the death toll. The evidence, however, suggests otherwise.

There are dozens of excellent containment strategies that have been employed, or could have been employed, that did not destroy our livelihoods.

The information that the virus affects 99% or more elderly and immune-compromised was available in the very early stages of the outbreak.23

7. The Wall Street Journal, one day before Summit County shut down all “non-essential” businesses till May 1, explained the epidemiological evidence that our own Summit County Health Officer Richard C. Bullough, PhD seems to have missed.13 Again, the evidence is deeply flawed, because the fatality statistics are based on only those who have been tested–not the vastly higher number (of 100% survivors) who were not tested. 

Stanford’s Dr. John Ioannidis, MD (professor of medicine, biomedical data science, statistics, epidemiology and population health) said in the Daily Wire that “we are making seismic decisions” based on “utterly unreliable data.”24 The consequences will be profound. They already are, Summit County (and hundreds of others nationwide)–and the highly credentialed Dr. Ioannidis says it’s clear municipal, state, and country leaders are “severely overreacting.”

Unlike Bullough and council members in Summit County, who inflicted great harm on thousands of businesses, South Korea achieved total containment of this virus without destroying the livelihood of millions of people. Containment strategies are important, but knee-jerk reactions based on bad data are going to destroy Summit County.

Summit County Officials (and others all over North America): Please reverse your position and allow the people and businesses to return to work immediately. For every day that our businesses remain closed, many more will be unable to reopen. Many politicians and bureaucrats have made mistakes. But your mistakes have cost families and everyone who lives in Park City dearly, and every day your orders based on false information stand, the worse this gets for all of us in this community.

Utah’s Governor Herbert: Please get involved, be courageous, and please do not allow municipal economic shut-downs in our state based on deeply flawed data and unwarranted media and community hysteria.

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Robyn Openshaw is a 16-time author; Park City, Utah resident; and owner of two companies. 

Special thanks to Caroline Lowman and Dr. Jerry Bailey II in data gathering, fact checking, and editing.

References

  1. Roberts, Alyssa. “Summit County Orders Residents to Stay at Home until May 1.” KJZZ, KJZZ News, 25 Mar. 2020, kjzz.com/news/local/summit-county-orders-residents-to-stay-at-home.
  2. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sentences New Yorkers to Mass Unemployment 
    1. Stracqualursi, Veronica. “Cuomo Orders All Nonessential New York Workers to Stay Home.” CNN, Cable News Network, 20 Mar. 2020, www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/politics/new-york-workforce-stay-home/index.html.
  3. California Gov. Newsom Sentences Californians To Mass Unemployment
    1. Karimi, Faith. “California Orders Its Nearly 40 Million Residents to Stay Home to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus.” CNN, Cable News Network, 20 Mar. 2020, www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/us/california-coronavirus-stay-home-order/index.html.
  4. Phillips, Morgan. “Cuomo: Not Sure If Closing All Businesses, Keeping Everyone Home Was ‘the Best Public Health Strategy’.” Fox News, FOX News Network, 26 Mar. 2020, www.foxnews.com/us/cuomo-closing-all-businesses-keeping-everyone-home-not-best-public-health-strategy.
  5. Independent UK reports Indian Prime Minister Sentences 1.4 Billion to 21 Day House Arrest
    1. Withnall, Adam. “India to Go into Nationwide Lockdown.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 24 Mar. 2020, www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-coronavirus-lockdown-modi-speech-cases-update-news-a9421491.html.
  6. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warns of mass death, condemns ‘false hope,’ and tells us his city will be on lockdown for another 2 months — and to ‘be prepared for longer’
    1. Davis, Charles. “Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Warns of Mass Death, Condemns ‘False Hope,’ and Tells Us His City Will Be on Lockdown for Another 2 Months – and to ‘Be Prepared for Longer’.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 25 Mar. 2020, www.businessinsider.com/covid-19-los-angeles-to-shelter-in-place-for-months-2020-3?fbclid=IwAR28DyMr-QixCziEYu-DOV8D24LsXnx9lpFVGmUrW9nE-5tmxLsbfx2noYI.
  7. Editorial Board. “Opinion | The Coronavirus Pandemic May Mark a Decline in U.S. Leadership.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 23 Mar. 2020, www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/the-coronavirus-pandemic-may-mark-a-decline-in-us-leadership/2020/03/23/76d1fe8c-6d28-11ea-b148-e4ce3fbd85b5_story.html.
  8. Mar. 25 KSL Story Reporting 348 
    1. Bennett, Lauren. “Summit County Issues Stay-at-Home Order amid COVID-19 Outbreak.” KSL.com, KSL News, 25 Mar. 2020, www.ksl.com/article/46734723/summit-county-issues-stay-at-home-order-amid-covid-19-outbreak.
  9. Summit County Closes Virtually All Businesses On The Same Day KSL Reports Only 348 Cases Statewide:
    1. Williams, Carter. “COVID-19 Cases Climb to 348 in Utah, but There’s a Slowdown in Percentage Growth.” KSL.com, KSL News, 25 Mar. 2020, www.ksl.com/article/46734584/covid-19-cases-climb-to-348-in-utah-but-theres-a-slowdown-in-percentage-growth.
  10. United Nations. “China Shows COVID-19 Coronavirus Can Be ‘Stopped in Its Tracks’ | UN News.” UN News, United Nations, 16 Mar. 2020, news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059502.
  11. Ellyatt, Holly. “Italy’s Death Toll Rises above 7,000 – but the Number of New Cases Declines for the 4th Day in a Row.” CNBC, CNBC, 26 Mar. 2020, www.cnbc.com/2020/03/26/italys-new-coronavirus-cases-declines-for-4th-day-in-a-row.html.
  12. Not Yet Peer Reviewed Review of Wuhan COVID19 Outbreak Death Statistics
    1. Mizumoto, Kenji, et al. “Early Epidemiological Assessment of the Transmission Potential and Virulence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan City: China, January-February, 2020.” MedRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1 Jan. 2020, www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.12.20022434v2?fbclid=IwAR0wlqXD1b4-DXJ1w_FFolMPWUx4o3A_fBFpSfr5tqBTUbM80TJ9xqxtqXY.
  13. Wall Street Journal Explains Basic Pandemic Math — Don’t Count The Fatalities Until You Estimate The Infected Who Weren’t Tested!
    1. Bendavid, Eran, and Jay Bhattacharya. “Opinion | Is the Coronavirus as Deadly as They Say?” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 24 Mar. 2020, www.wsj.com/articles/is-the-coronavirus-as-deadly-as-they-say-11585088464?fbclid=IwAR2VNKLzL0sXqFJ3he3Y3h6GHQNHJgWDk-r3bHqbPUDMHVG-J0g2xrZKjgM.
  14. Not Yet Peer Reviewed Review of Wuhan COVID19 Outbreak Death Statistics
    1. Mizumoto, Kenji, et al. “Early Epidemiological Assessment of the Transmission Potential and Virulence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan City: China, January-February, 2020.” MedRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1 Jan. 2020, www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.12.20022434v2?fbclid=IwAR0wlqXD1b4-DXJ1w_FFolMPWUx4o3A_fBFpSfr5tqBTUbM80TJ9xqxtqXY.
  15. COVID19 is also not significantly more communicable than other infectious illnesses
    1. Mizumoto, Kenji, et al. “Early Epidemiological Assessment of the Transmission Potential and Virulence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan City: China, January-February, 2020.” MedRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1 Jan. 2020, www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.12.20022434v2?fbclid=IwAR0wlqXD1b4-DXJ1w_FFolMPWUx4o3A_fBFpSfr5tqBTUbM80TJ9xqxtqXY.
  16. 80% False Positive COVID19 Test Results for Test Subjects Living With COVID19 Patients
    1. Mizumoto, Kenji, et al. “Early Epidemiological Assessment of the Transmission Potential and Virulence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan City: China, January-February, 2020.” MedRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1 Jan. 2020, www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.12.20022434v2?fbclid=IwAR0wlqXD1b4-DXJ1w_FFolMPWUx4o3A_fBFpSfr5tqBTUbM80TJ9xqxtqXY.
  17. BlazeTv. “Dr. Birx Admits Initial COVID Predictions Were Extreme.” YouTube, YouTube, 26 Mar. 2020, www.youtube.com/.
  18. Iceland Finds 50% of COVID19 Positive Cases Have No Symptoms; 50% Have Only Moderate Cold Symptoms
    1. Shahan, Zachary. “Iceland Is Doing Science – ~50% of People with COVID-19 Not Showing Symptoms, ~50% Have Very Moderate Cold Symptoms [UPDATED].” CleanTechnica, 25 Mar. 2020, cleantechnica.com/2020/03/21/iceland-is-doing-science-50-of-people-with-covid-19-not-showing-symptoms-50-have-very-moderate-cold-symptoms/amp/.
  19. Washington State’s 30,000 COVID19 Tests Are Only 7% Positive (and 0.03% Fatalities)
    1. “2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19).” Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Department of Health, 26 Mar. 2020, www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus.
  20. Bell Curve for South Korea and China
    1. Durden, Tyler. “COVID-19 – Evidence Over Hysteria.” Zero Hedge, Zero Hedge, 21 Mar. 2020, www.zerohedge.com/health/covid-19-evidence-over-hysteria?fbclid=IwAR0lJ_YY5OYKWmAgX26oTwkQd0jZo1aZvApzBlfDShXfVScR-3ruQMoeQgQ.
  21. NormileMar, Dennis, et al. “Coronavirus Cases Have Dropped Sharply in South Korea. What’s the Secret to Its Success?” Science, AAAS, 18 Mar. 2020, www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/coronavirus-cases-have-dropped-sharply-south-korea-whats-secret-its-success?fbclid=IwAR14bSyKZbDpidroRMrBqiE1NU6aAM60gx6BUhdjDiM7TuqplyI8NFgBff4.
  22. Neil Ferguson revised his estimate to less than one-tenth of the original estimate
    1. Prestigiacomo, Amanda. “Epidemiologist Behind Highly-Cited Coronavirus Model Drastically Downgrades Projection.” The Daily Wire, The Daily Wire, 26 Mar. 2020, www.dailywire.com/news/epidemiologist-behind-highly-cited-coronavirus-model-admits-he-was-wrong-drastically-revises-model/.
  23. Ebhardt, Tommaso, et al. “99% Of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says.” Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg, 18 Mar. 2020, www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/99-of-those-who-died-from-virus-had-other-illness-italy-says?fbclid=IwAR0n22A8q162hR5xN09DT0aZHSc5yF6e_4W3K2iaJ-BV3AYwzY23R1DHs2Y.
  24. Barrett, James. “Stanford Professor: Data Indicates We’re Severely Overreacting To Coronavirus.” The Daily Wire, The Daily Wire, 18 Mar. 2020, www.dailywire.com/news/stanford-professor-data-indicates-were-overreacting-to-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR2lhQXmw_Z-XJKFO8S0sFDyI4SevnA0E7qinVykCUX83chzgH1ROPor-Rg.

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  1. Jess says:

    Robyn I see what you are saying, but please be open minded and watch this video! You may change your mind.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=gAk7aX5hksU

    Professor Kim from Korea University Guro Hospital is one of the most prominent experts on infectious diseases and the caronavirus. He’s dealt with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS, measles, SARS outbreak, Swine Flu outbreak, Ebola outbreak, and MERS. From his 30 years of experience he says that COVID-19 is the most challenging.

    Watch this video to understand what Korea is doing to contain the virus. Because of things they already went though with SARS and MERS, the government was completely prepared. Everyone wears masks (which they say ARE effecting to prevent spread), they were prepared with test kits and testing is widely available. The fact is, the United States lacks masks for citizens, we don’t have enough tests, and we are running low on protective equipment for medical professionals. Businesses in Korea and China are able to stay running because they are more prepared and have ways to contain and reduce spread other than social distancing.

    Our economy vs making the right choices during a pandemic must be a very weighted decision for our politicians at this time. Since we are very underprepared compared to other countries, it makes sense that the quickest option is to social distance and shut high risk quickly spreading areas down right now. They also passed 2 Trillion bill to help people and businesses.

    Because South Korea is able to test so much, they have a lot more data. From their research, 20% of infected people are asymptomatic, but they are able to still spread the disease. Also, the death rate of those infected / tested is 2-3%. 90% of those deaths are occurring in people older than 60. Seasonal flu has a death rate of .1%. And not all people with the seasonal flu are even tested for it. The other unique problem Dr Kim says with COVID-19, is they are finding people who have had it, can be reinfected.

    This virus has only been around for 2-3 months with a lot of information and research still to be done to understand it. And the end of the video he gives advice to stay humble, we cannot become arrogant about it. He says the doctors are even exhausted in Korea where they have the best case scenario as far as preparedness. He says it is an outright war for the medical community. I think this video is worth the watch.

  2. Ylean says:

    Thank you for the information. My belief from the start is that the media and politicians are hyping the situation because their agenda is that, to destroy the economy, with no concern for the lives of the American people. Also, from what I have seen and heard, this not worse than the swine flu or even the regular flu but again, the media and certain politicians have taken it to another level for their own agendas. Just as bad are the governors of some states that refuse to allow doctors to give patients that new medicine that has proven to be effective. I think its time we start protesting and start asking questions and putting politicians on the spotlight to put their political agendas to the side and allow people to get their lives back. It’s not right for people like your neighbors to lose their livelihood for a man that no only lied but doesn’t have your best interest in mind. Thank you for your post.

  3. Regina says:

    Agree. There is more behind this than meets the eye. Check out Dr. Shiva, MIT researcher who studies immunology daily. Understand that Bill Gates owns the lab in Wuhan and the patent to the vaccine for this virus. Thanks for being bold enough to share thi.

    1. Anita says:

      *There is no vaccine and he doesn’t own the lab*, although I doubt anything that contradicts the nonsense she’s passing off as facts here will have any impact on what you choose to believe.

      1. Tony says:

        He may not own the lab, but I saw an article the other day that Gates wants it so that everyone needs to carry a certificate showing they have received the vaccine. That is a pompous tyrannical thug. That will be the day anyone sticks a vaccine in my or my families bodies without our consent. This is America still I believe, and we still have the freedom to choose. Just another elitist thug who thinks he has moral authority over another human.

        1. Connie says:

          So agree. To think all this pandemic chaos has possibly been orchestrated to have people in this country in so much panic to be at their mercy. Is sickening. If the truth ever came out, don’t think we could handle it!

      2. Joe says:

        Good one ~ smoothie girl is crazy. And all of this finally proves it.

    2. Jim Hallett says:

      Thanks for pointing out that Bill Gates owns the patent for the virus in Wuhan. This is the thrust of the globalist scheme – to impose a vaccine on everyone, and perhaps use that to reduce world population, something Gates has pushed for. People are in fear, and refuse to put things in perspective and the media just spurs them on. I hope the truth comes out sooner than later.

      1. suz says:

        How can you spread such falsehoods! Do your research instead of $5M to help them find a vaccine. Have you any idea how many labs across the world are trying to develop a vaccine? Did you know that President Trump was trying to by a vaccine from Germany for the exclusive use in the USA? Did you know that the lab turned down the offer because they want to serve everyone? How selfish everyone seems to be! Have you all been so jaded in your lives that you can’t see good in anyone anymore?

      2. susan says:

        First, the virus is a natural creature, like you and me. No one owns a patent to it.
        Second, assuming you meant to write "vaccine", well, there is not an accepted vaccine, yet.
        Third, if there was an accepted vaccine being produced in China, a patent would be irrelevant and worthless, as China does not reliably honor or protect them.
        Fourth, no, i’m not defending Gates. I have little to no respect for his presumptions.

        1. Donna says:

          A virus is not a "natural creature." It is not alive; the only way it obtains life is by binding with our own cellular DNA, and yes, it is patented because it is man-made.

          Yes, there are many labs trying to come up with a vaccine, however vaccines are filled with so many harmful substances, that they will be more dangerous than the disease. I, for one, won’t be in that lineup.

          What China does or does not do is none of our business. We need to take care of our own, not by locking them up, but by respecting their liberty and their agency.

          Gates is evil and has a wicked agenda that needs to be stopped.

          God is in charge, and although this time is turbulent and sometimes frightening, the end is glorious for those who serve Him, and not so much for those who don’t.

        2. Connie says:

          Wait a minute? Didn’t Trump say this will go away just like other flu outbreaks? He sat back even with advice from health advisors and seeing China, Italy were giving example of what was coming our way..
          to have Trump laugh off these gruesome possibilities, laugh off implementing the National defense program to get medical products produced, to state hospitals wronged calculations for ventilators, medical supplies, to complain of governors not being more appreciative of him, to deny certain state governors medical supplies because of his dislike(democratic states)…even Trump’s refusal to wear a mask as finally that idea is being promoted….he is the worst role model and disappointing president…leader. Disappointing that his ego, arrogance and run of the mouth without thinking first….is what people in this country find so appealing. Too many lies and his character flaws are disturbing. He likes to hear himself talk and wants all to endlessly praise him… for what…telling us this flu bug will pass like the others….will be back to norm by Easter???? He is clueless! He also cannot handle the truth…and was not elected by popular vote…only by an outdated, not needed electoral college system.

          Of course the desire for a vaccine will be the only course taken. But where did this virus originate from? Sad to read the gruesome possibility of a leak from a lab right in Wahun, China.
          "The evidence points to SARS-CoV-2 research being carried out at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The virus may have been carried out of the lab by an infected worker or crossed over into humans when they unknowingly dined on a lab animal. Whatever the vector, Beijing authorities are now clearly scrambling to correct the serious problems with the way their labs handle deadly pathogens." Please read this, and this is not the only article of this information…https://nypost.com/2020/02/22/dont-buy-chinas-story-the-coronavirus-may-have-leaked-from-a-lab/

  4. Robyn
    Thanks for sharing this information. I have followed your health education for many years and commend you on speaking out to shine light on the darkness that is closing in on US. As you well know the media always has a part to play in the hidden agendas of promoting bad news and doom and gloom. Many companies put profits over people. Very little helpful information about natural health is being promoted in the media. People seem to have a hard time understanding that people should focus more on being healthy and improving their immune system. Unfortunately too many people are brainwashed into looking for the drugs, pills, quick fix, silver bullet, and vaccine to fix things. Unfortunately many people are making detrimental decisions without understanding the real valid data and cycles of nature. It appears some politicians are willing to sink our ships in order to deal with some nuisance rats without realizing how many business and people will sink along with the few rats. Then they will look for the government (US) to bail them out with magic money that grows on magic trees. We spend more money on healthcare than any other country and rank 47th in the world with our results. More people die of cancer, malaria, heart disease and diabetes than flu or virus yet we do not try to stop the global or US economy to solve those problems. What makes them think this situation deserves them crushing our businesses and economy? If they do not start the economy back up soon we will soon see desperate people doing desparate things to survive. The virus will come and go as they always do but the economy may not recover in our lifetime. Imagine what happened in 2008 but only many many times worse. Something to think about.

    1. Jen says:

      Thanks Michael! Very well said! I hope people are getting a better understanding of what is really going on….

      Thank you Robyn for your courage to speak your truth and starting the conversation that is well needed. We all need to use critical thinking rather than herd mentality.

  5. Mats E says:

    Thanks for the insightful information Robyn.
    Totally agree this is far from a pandemic as caused by the virus. 25.000 victims so far on a world population of more than 6 billion. But what is following in the wake of this is horrendous. Seems like the entire world has come to an economic standstill.

    1. Anita says:

      The definition of a pandemic has to do with how and how far the contagion spreads, *not by current case and death statistics*. It’s going to get far worse before it gets better, and in places like India with very poor areas where thousands of people are all living on top of each other and have poor sanitation, the death rates are going to be staggering.

      1. bo jangles says:

        Based on…………. your opinion and superior knowledge of the future? Time will tell! as it always does.

  6. Linda says:

    Hi, Robyn! Love your site and all that you do. In the beginning of this article, it’s written to your county (I believe). Do you think it would still be ok to share with other states’ leaders?

    Thank you!

  7. Anita says:

    So many errors in this blog. Cuomo did not say that the quarantine was a mistake for any economic reasons, he said it was a mistake because he realized afterwards that it probably wasn’t a good idea to quarantine young people in with older people. You are seriously spouting a bunch of nonsense here.

  8. Tricia says:

    I love your blogs
    And i am all for you on this subject.

    Whats REALLY BEHIND THE CURTAINS..WIZARD OF OZ…LOL SMOKE N MIRRORS..

    I HAVE LEARNED MANY MANY YEARS AGO TO NEVER BELIEVE IN MEDIA NEWS NETWORKS..

    ITS ALWAYS A LIE..

    SO I AM FROM CALIFORNIA
    I SAY
    PEOPLE GET A GRIP.
    STOP THE MADNESS

    STOP FEAR
    BE COURAGEOUS. N FIGHT!

    THIS HAS GONE WAY TO FAR ..NONSENSE IS WHAT I SAY. ABOUT THE NEWS..

    ITS ALL SCARE TACTICS..
    YES A HIDDEN AGENDA..

    HAVE A PEACEFUL SATURDAY EVENING

    1. Geraldine Gentry says:

      And we kind of know what that agenda is, don’t we?

  9. Jenny says:

    Interesting how money is your main reason to risk the lives of so many of your fellow human beings. I hope your influenced followers stick to your green smoothies which surely enhance health, and don’t risk their lives and their loved ones lives following this distorted version of reality. Our lives are worth saving. I wish this was not happening, but pretending it isn’t is no help. You might as well put on your red shoes and click your heels together three times.

    Both state and federal governments are stepping up to help both individuals and small businesses, even though the Repubs fought hard against helping little people like us.

    But too much of this is about politics, and the corona virus is not political, it does not care. Not even the flu virus is political, and statistics show a higher flu death rate per capita in states, generally red states, where people don’t believe in flu shots. The corona virus is more contagious and far more lethal than the flu. Young and middle aged people also get serious cases, and many die or end up with damaged lungs for life.

    Please don’t influence people to disregard the seriousness of this pandemic. Since it seems that money is most important to you, you could be causing yourself the loss of customers due to untimely demise. Just think of that lost income! Not to mention your moral culpability.

    1. Kenneth says:

      this is what’s nice about America… you can criticize anyone you like and truth doesn’t even have to be in play for it to happen. Robyn, I believe you are right about the hysteria and over zealous behavior the media has created. Don’t be offended by the uninformed controlled left. Ecclesiastes 10:2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
      Thank you for being bold ( and I believe spot on) in this time of need. We all need hope right now and those who believe, truly believe will have it. It’s there for all! Philippians 4:19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. If you don’t believe this now, then maybe you should start?

    2. Tony says:

      Just wondering if you were so fearful and outraged that Obama didn’t shut down the country from the swine flu in 2009, that took about 17,000 American lives in one year and hospitalized nearly 300,000 but incredibly the media was downplaying it. could be because Obama was president? Is that not playing politics? Secondly, I would never ever get a flu shot. I’m 57 and I’ve never had the flu in my life because when you take care of your body and give it what it needs you don’t need a flu shot. Remember, humans are not vaccine deficient. So many people have been harmed including children by vaccines, yet so many like Yourself are like sheep just excepting anything the government tells you, without questioning the efficacy. My firstborn almost died after getting the MMR vaccine. My other 2 children never received a vaccine in their lives and are as healthy as can be and rarely sick. The media is definitely fear mongering and over hyping this far more than the other side is downplaying it. This is not the Spanish flu. This will not kill 100 million people, (not even remotely close) yet you would think the world is coming to an end with these propaganda, Partisan media outlets, who only care about one thing, and it’s not people’s lives, it’s getting rid of a president that they despise and have despised and have tried to destroy for the last four years. That’s what I call politics.

    3. Carol says:

      There is no pandemic.

    4. Joan says:

      "But too much of this is about politics, and the corona virus is not political, it does not care. Not even the flu virus is political, and statistics show a higher flu death rate per capita in states, generally red states, where people don’t believe in flu shots." Seriously???? The highest rates are in BLUE, liberal states! Look at California and NY. The BLUE states are the ones pushing for mandatory vaccines and typically PRO-VAXX! You are backwards, my dear. Please don’t post public comments as you prove yourself to be a fool.

    5. John Van der Sluijs, NL. says:

      VERY, VERY well said Jenny.

  10. Christine says:

    Thanks for your courage Robyn! It’s mind boggling how unquestioning a portion of the population is.

  11. James says:

    What a disservice you are doing for those who follow your blog. Would you have nothing done to protect the population from the coronavirus? Simply allow the infections and deaths of thousands to go on and increase in number, often because a few refuse to follow the guidelines?

    I fervently hope this virus does not end up affecting you, your loved ones, and friends, all for the lack of action that you would have our country undertake.

    1. Tony says:

      There is absolutely no need to shut down the whole country as Chris Martinson says, it is as simple as ABC, everyone wears a mask and this ends. you can’t give it to another person if you’re wearing a mask. you don’t need to shut down the whole damn country and destroy millions of lives. In South Korea and China they are all wearing masks.

    2. Tony says:

      There is absolutely no need to shut down the whole country as Chris Martinson says, it is as simple as ABC, everyone wears a mask and this ends. you can’t give it to another person if you’re wearing a mask. you don’t need to shut down the whole damn country and destroy millions of lives. In South Korea and China they are all wearing masks.

    3. Carol says:

      Please get a grip. There is no pandemic. Only the flu. Way more die from the flu than this virus.

    1. Tony says:

      The New York fake news times, all fear mongering. I can’t believe there is so many gullible people in this country who listen to these so-called experts who are wrong more than they are right. If everyone wore a mask there will be no need to shut down the country, I have millions of people’s lives destroyed, and this thing would be over rather quickly because you cannot spread a virus if everyone is wearing a mask. There you go, I just saved the country trillions of dollars and I’m not even a so-called expert!

  12. Lin says:

    Good on you girl, for talking about this openly

  13. KQ says:

    These are some pretty substantial stats proving that Sumit County has done the right thing, hopefully early enought to prevent doubters like you from getting the virus.

    https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/03/28/andy-larsen-so-just-how/

    1. Carol says:

      The only virus is one of fear. And, you have succumbed to it.
      Get a grip. Look around you. How many do you know who are sick? How many are dying?

  14. ann says:

    I totally agree with Robyn!!!!!! Remember ……. the government are the people that also say genetically modified seeds are okay ……. they allow big businesses to continue to pollute our air we breath with pesticides and chemicals……pollute our environment with plastics ….. allow all kinds of chemical products on the shelves of our stores…….and the food chain is continually being poisoned by allowing the farmers etc….. to use chemicals on the food we ingest, the products we use for every day living……. a peach doesn’t even taste like a peach anymore ….it tastes like a pesticide peach! It all boils down to money and greed we are all paying the price for being guinea pigs. Why didn’t we stick with paper bags…… glass bottles? I could go on and on ……why is it alway man made chemically made pharmaceuticals for every problem of the human anatomy…..vaccines for every problem the government has created!!!!!What’s and immune system???????…….why can’t they use medicine from the earth??????? MONEY!!!!!!!! It’s getting worse and worse…….I feel sorry for kids they are not going to know what a healthy happy life is. What is the world coming to?????

  15. Deb M says:

    Thanks, Robyn, for sharing this info.

    There are many who don’t buy in to the inflated and inaccurate data being reported though ‘fear-based journalism’.

    Best wishes to you!

  16. Connie says:

    Common all state governors….show some appreciation to our president!! He needs more appreciation…not sure what…kiss his &$#$ ! Was your state victorious for Trump? He is a revengeful being. Careful with your words to not speak against him…or you will have necessary life saving supplies held back!
    And why are we not better prepared…….which is inexcusable…
    "Trump disbanded NSC pandemic unit … They’ve been warning about the next pandemic for years and criticized the Trump administration’s decision in 2018 to dismantle a National Security Council directorate at the White House charged with preparing for when, not if, another pandemic would hit the nation."

    Yes, he claims too many unnecessary people in this pandemic group and in 2018 dissolved some to claim to have enough able to handle this pandemic….with much reference to Obama’s failures..Trump stating in his numerous tweets… attacks against Obama…
    ""The United States must immediately institute strong travel restrictions or Ebola will be all over the United States-a plague like no other!” Trump wrote on Sept. 30, 2014." Did Trump for COVID19?
    "Obama just appointed an Ebola Czar with zero experience in the medical area and zero experience in infectious disease control. A TOTAL JOKE!” he wrote two weeks later. (Wednesday, Trump defended his choice of Pence, who is also not a doctor or scientist, because he had been a governor.)" Really?
    Wasted a whole month, disclaiming the seriousness of the virus…stating will go away when weather warms! Now all scrapping, Trump changing his not so serious tone to finally putting the National Defense program in place to, well, get "one" company to start making medical supplies. Trump lies repeatedly! Does not respect those of science, medical experience…just states whatever in on his mind!!! Creates confusion. "At times, he has seemed far more concerned about the virus’ effect on the stock market than on human beings." Campaign year is more his concern! Lie…lie…lie! Me…me…me, and why all the nasty reporters that ask him nasty questions? He’s caught in a lie…then a nasty question. Can he handle the truth…no he just can…..deny…deny…deny.
    It would be a miracle to get the truth about this COVID19 virus. Why did China not warn other countries back in Nov/Dec. about their knowledge of it? Where did this virus truly originate? Why were many warnings of the possibility of a pandemic put on the back burner? I do not know if Americans could handle the "truth" if ever that could ever happen!

  17. Carol says:

    Everyone on this forum, please watch Del Bigtree’s latest Highwire.
    He shows new statistics and has multiple testimonies from doctors and scientists that say that the current policies are not supported by the data.

    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_gMT4_PDJI

    Please look at this and pass it on.

    Carol

  18. Jon Herring says:

    Great article, Robyn! Thank you for being brave enough to swim against the current and for doing the research to prove your case!

  19. TLS says:

    THE VIRUS WAS PATENTED IN 2006
    PATENT # 2006257852

  20. Jen says:

    Event 201…a simulation done in the fall of 2019 about a coronavirus that becomes a pandemic and spreads around the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is in the credits. YouTube it and start to understand the agenda.

  21. glenn mallard says:

    You are I’ll informed and your attitude will cause deaths if there are more like you. You are being selfish, just look at what’s happening in Italy and Spain.

  22. Kathy says:

    Dear Robyn,

    Did you miss the part about Flattening the Curve?

    Regards, Kathy

    1. spencer says:

      F T C……..Just slowing down all this nonsense, look around people at the bigger picture we are screwed, the economy and the people who are loosing there jobs, the global health of this country, think about it, all these diseases created from who…..man made political crap (oh wow I can’t even go on) so many more lives are being affected from the steps the government has taken. THE GOVERNMENT is wrong on so many levels! Thank you Robyn, for having the courage to stand up and say what truly is going on!!!!! I wish I could.

  23. Ljenn says:

    Questionable sources not peer review and reading the syntax of how they were written indicating the authors’ ARE NOT scientists. More fake news. I’m a virologist and you and yours are a disservice to public health and education.

  24. glenn mallard says:

    If it’s just the same as common or garden flu why the navy hospital ship in NY ? Your attitude on this flies in the face of statistics and science. Your attitude on this issue spoils the good stuff you do regarding smoothies, etc. I can’t believe you are sticking your head in the sand and believing totally irresponsible sources.

  25. Janel says:

    Unsubscribe me.

    1. Jan says:

      I believe that’s done through email, not a blog post.

  26. Jim says:

    In Washington State, where you point out that only 7% of people tested for COVID-19 were positive, a choir group of 60 people got together to practice. They all used hand sanitizer at the door, stayed apart, and refrained from touching each other. A few weeks later 45 of them are presumed to have COVID-19 (28 tested positive so far) and 2 have died. (https://komonews.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-infiltrated-mt-vernon-choir-killing-2-members-and-infecting-others)

    Imagine if this were your church or your neighbors. Imagine that they decided it was ok to practice carefully and safely together after reading your blog. Your "only 7%" nostrum wouldn’t mean much, would it?

    P.S. You need to brush up on basic math. You said that the 0.3% death rate in Washington (you actually said "0.3," which is 30%, but presumably you didn’t mean that; also the actual current rate is 4% (219 deaths from 5,187 cases, per John Hopkins University data, but let’s give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that 10 people are infected but untested for every 1 person tested) was "orders of magnitude lower than news media reports." Two orders of magnitude (x 10 x 10) would mean the news media reported a 30% death rate, which is of course ridiculous. But that’s what you said. Please get your facts and your words straight.

  27. Jim says:

    Did you actually read the reference in your section 5 to Neil Ferguson’s update? Did you read the Imperial College reports? (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/mrc-global-infectious-disease-analysis/covid-19/)

    They did NOT revise the original projection of 2.2 million deaths, which was based on *no intervention*. They updated the projection to take into account the very interventions that you are complaining about. In fact, they say "with current interventions remaining in place to at least the end of March, we estimate that interventions across all 11 [European] countries will have averted 59,000 deaths up to 31 March" and "we estimate that in the absence of interventions, COVID-19 would have resulted in 7.0 billion infections and 40 million deaths globally this year."

    In other words, their prediction of potential deaths without interventions remains unchanged, but they believe the "stay at home" measures that you complain about so bitterly averted 59,000 deaths in less than two months and will avert millions of deaths before the end of the year.

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