November 26, 2020

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YouTube Censors A Renowned Immunologist

According to News Sources, YouTube has removed a video that had

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According to News Sources, YouTube has removed a video that had been posted by a renowned British immunologist.

In the video, removed by YouTube, Dr. Mike Yeadon was explaining why the British government’s response to the virus is “lethally incompetent.”

In particular, he has criticized the narrative that lockdowns are necessary. He said that the modeling adopted by Britain’s government months ago assumed that the entire population was suceptible to the virus.

Nonetheless, since the virus, which came from China, spread to various countries, the rate of infection has been low. Even lower has been the mortality rate.

In a number of countries, including the United States, which reportedly has the greatest number of virus cases, the mortality rate appears to be less than that of the seasonal flu.

As well, virologists make a distinction between the number of infections and the number of cases.

They say that only when one has symptoms is that person likely to spread the virus.

Almost all age groups have a recovery rate of 98%, reports show.

Dr. Yeadon argued that UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has got many things wrong, where its recommendations about the virus are concerned.

News Sources reports that Dr. Yeadon is an expert in allergy, immunology and respiratory diseases; Dr. Yeadon has over thirty years’ experience in his fields, reports maintain.

He has held the position of Vice President and Chief Scientifc Officer of Pfizer.

Despite his credentials, YouTube, which is owned by Google, decided that his video “violated the terms of service”.

Dr. Yeadon said that while the virus is a comparatively nasty respiratory disease, it is also ordinary. He said that much of the population already was immune to the virus, as many people had already developed immunity due to their exposure of similar coronaviruses.

He labeled the process as cross-immunity. Previously contracted viruses include: SARS-CoV-1, the pathogen behind the 2002–2004 SARS outbreak as well as human coronaviruses causing the common cold.

Concerning the PCR test, which has been used to test millions of people, he said that the test looks for RNA remnants of the coronavirus. However, even if the test shows RNA remnants, the latter do not themselves show whether there is a live virus or one from which the person had recovered some time before.

Another drawback of the test includes warnings by virologists: The greater the number of times the test sample is amplified, the greater is the chance that a false positive will result, calling into question the reliability of such tests.

Experts say that the test is appropriate for distinguishing the quality of different viruses but that it does not necessarily that someone has the virus.

Dr. Yeadon maintained that in a number of instances, less experienced people are administering the PCR tests. He said that they lack necessary experience and training.

He maintained that the percentage of people currently immune to the virus is greatly underestimated, because the PCR test looks for antibodies in blood samples.

The doctor said that people have and develop immune response memory, which is stored in T-cells. Even in the absense of herd immunity, which happens after a sufficient percentage of the people are exposed to a virus, T-cells help people to ward off viruses.

He said that even though a person tests negative antibodies, he or she might still be able to withstand exposure to the virus, as T-cells allow the person to beat the disease.

A number of people have criticized high-tech companies like Twitter, which has censored a number of President Trump’s comments, and Google of engaging in ongoing censorship.

During this week alone, the UK’s top counter-terrorism police officer, Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, advocated punishing those who spread “misinformation that could cost people’s lives,” like anti-vaccination conspiracy theories.

Dr Yeadon, incidentally, argues that mass vaccination against Covid-19 would be unnecessary, because the outbreak has almost run its natural course before an efficient vaccine was even available.

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In the past few months many media entities have emphasized that the number of cases of the virus has “surged” or “increased” substantially, compared to the period of the summer.

Often in news stories there is little or no mention of the mortality rate, which is someone like .0007 or .07% in a number of locations.

Articles often fail to mention that the recovery rate is about 98%, for most age groups, critics maintain.

In addition, observers say that the number of virus tests administered has increased markedly, since the early part of March, when first the virus was publicized by many media outlets.

For example, according to Our World in Data, whereas on June 24, 2020, in the UK, approximately 1,123 daily per million were tested for the covid virus, on November 11th of the same year, about 3,975 people were tested, merely to to name one example.

In the U.S., on June 24, 2020, daily, about 2,039 people per million were tested, on November 11, 2020 about 3,256 people per million were tested.

In addition, a number of virologists are saying that the PCR test, which tests for the virus, often is amplified too many times.

By this they mean that testing samples are amplified about 40 times.

The problems with this approach, they say, is that the greater the number of times a sample is amplified, the greater is the chance that false positives will result.

As well, they caution that when material is amplified that many times, there’s a greater chance that test results will include previously contracted viruses, like the common cold.

In the past so many months the CDC (Center for Disease Control) issued a report, which seemed to suggest that while the number of covid cases increased, the number of other types of viruses decreased.

Statista, a well-respected statistics service, which is used by various types of industries as well as by agencies of Germany’s government, seems to show what some might call are bell-shaped curves, with respect to mortality rates due to the current virus, for two different locations, New York and Swedent.

While Sweden has avoided restrictions and lockdowns, New York has done the opposite.

Yet, both locations seem to demonstrate the same shaped curve, with regard to mortality rates, as a function of time.

Returning to the CDC, the latter indicates that almost 94% of deaths associated with the virus were likely caused by other factors, like obesity, cancer and heart disease.

As to the modeling that was used to justify lockdowns and restrictions, a number of critics have said that the modeling was substantially inaccurate and based on flawed assumptions.

For its part, back in October the US government filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Google, which owns YouTube.

Data provided by the Justice Department showed Google controls 88 percent of US search queries, with the share in the mobile market at 94 percent, and argued that Google reinforces it monopoly with its “exclusionary” deals.

In general, critics say that in the past so many years, YouTube has engaged in censorship of views it finds objectionable.

Several months ago it censored another doctor, who had argued against restrictions and quarantines and who said that lockdowns are causing health problems like suicides, drug overdoses and heart attacks.

Dr. Dan Erickson had given a press conference in which he spoke about what he called effective therapeutics and in which he maintained that herd immunity can develop as a result to exposure.

Not long after Dr. Erickson had posted his video, YouTube removed the presentation, arguing that it had violated YouTube’s terms of service.