by Lew Rockwell, Lew Rockwell:
The Covid-19 epidemic affects the whole world, yet its mortality varies from 0.0003% in China to 0.016% in the United States, i.e. more than 50 times higher. This difference can be explained by genetic differences, but above all by differences in medical approach. It shows that the West is no longer the centre of Reason and Science.
Ayear ago already, the Covid-19 epidemic arrived in the West, via Italy. Today, we know a little more about this virus, but despite what we know, Westerners continue to misunderstand it.
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1- What is a virus?
Science is by definition universal: it observes and develops hypotheses to explain phenomena. However, it is expressed in different languages and cultures, which are a source of misunderstanding when we do not know their specificities.
For example, viruses are living beings according to the European definition of life, but mere mechanisms according to the Anglo-Saxon definition of life. This cultural difference leads to different behaviours in each of us. For the Anglo-Saxons, viruses should be destroyed, whereas for Europeans it was – until last year – a matter of adapting to them.
I am not saying that one is superior or inferior to the other, nor that they are incapable of acting in a different way from that induced by their culture. I am simply saying that everyone understands the world in their own way. We have to make an effort to understand others and we can only really do that if we are open to that.
The West may be a more or less homogeneous political entity, but it is made up of at least two very different cultures. Even though the media constantly downplay these differences, we must always be aware of them.
If we think of viruses as living beings, we should compare them to parasites. They seek to live at the expense of their host and certainly not to kill it, because they would die themselves. They try to adapt to the host species by varying until they find a way to live in it without killing it. The Covid-19 variants are therefore not the “horsemen of the Apocalypse”, but very good news in line with the evolution of species.
The principle of the lockdown of healthy populations was enacted by US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, in 2004. It was not about fighting a disease, but about creating mass unemployment to militarise Western societies . It was disseminated in Europe by Dr. Richard Hatchett, then the Pentagon’s health adviser and now president of the CEPI. It was he who, in connection with Covid-19, coined the expression “We are at war!” which has been taken up by President Macron.
Similarly, if one believes that viruses are living beings, one cannot give credence to the epidemic models developed by Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London and his followers, such as Simon Cauchemez of the Conseil Scientifique de l’Élysée. By definition, the growth of any living thing is not exponential. Each species regulates itself according to its environment. To plot the start of an epidemic and then extrapolate it is intellectual nonsense. Professor Fergusson spent his life predicting catastrophes that never happened .
2- What to do in the face of an epidemic?
All epidemics have historically been successfully fought by a combination of isolating the sick and increasing hygiene.
In the case of a viral epidemic, hygiene is not used to combat the virus, but the bacterial diseases that develop in those infected by the virus. For example, the Spanish flu in 1918-20 was a viral disease. It was actually a benign virus, but in the context of the First World War, very poor hygiene conditions allowed the development of opportunistic bacterial diseases that killed en masse.
From a medical point of view, isolation applies only to the sick and only to them. Never in history has a healthy population been quarantined to control a disease. You will not find any work of medicine older than a year anywhere in the world that contemplates such a measure.
The current lockdowns are neither medical nor political measures, but administrative. They do not aim to reduce the number of patients, but to spread their contamination over time, so as not to congest certain hospital departments. The aim is to compensate for the poor management of health institutions. Most viral epidemics last three years. In the case of Covid-19, the natural duration of the epidemic will be extended by the administrative duration of the containment.
The confinements in China had no more medical reason. They were interventions by the central government against the errors of local governments, in the context of the Chinese theory of the “mandate from Heaven” .
The use of surgical masks by a healthy population to combat a respiratory virus has never been effective. Indeed, until Covid-19, none of the known respiratory viruses are transmitted by sputum, but by aerosol. Only gas masks are effective. It is of course possible that Covid-19 is the first germ of a new genus, but this rational hypothesis is highly unreasonable . It was considered for Covid-2 (“Sars”), but has already been abandoned.
It is important to note that Covid-2 did not just affect Asia in 2003-04, but also the West. It was an epidemic in the same way as Covid-19 in 2020-21. It is now treated with interferon-alpha and protease inhibitors. There is no vaccine.
3- Can we treat a disease that we do not know?
Even if you don’t know a virus, you can and should still treat the symptoms it causes. This is not only a way to relieve the sick, but also a condition for learning about this disease.