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Thorner: Have Children’s Immune Systems Been Weakened by Preventive Measures?

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By Nancy Thorner - 

Although the following article appeared in the EU Times on August 2, 2021, Portugal's Children Are Suddenly Becoming Ill All At Once, its ramifications seem applicable to children in this nation, especially when the Delta virus fear has increased talk among elected leaders and school officials to once again institute so-called "preventive measures."  

Pediatrician Joana Martins, one of the child-health experts reports about how confinement and sanitation measures of COVID virus prevention have weakened the immune system, making us (all) more vulnerable to infections. Children need to come into contact with dirt (or put more scientifically: bacteria, microorganisms, viruses in general) in order to build immune systems that will carry them through the rest of their lives.

 
As pediatrician Mario Cordeiro cited in the article:
 
“All the sanitary measures used during the Covid pandemic have meant that necessary contact has been massively reduced, leading to babies and toddlers particularly becoming dangerously vulnerable. The effects are most obvious in children whose immune systems are in the making."
 
Also noted in the E.U. article: "While SARS-CoV-2 infection rarely develop in children to any serious form of Covid-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can precipitate acute bronchial infections that can see them having to be admitted into hospital. And this is what has already started happening."
 
Pediatric Doctor Alberto Caldas Afonso reported in the same article that he’s “never seen anything like it in the Centro Materno-Infantil do Norte: many children with respiratory infections, in some cases very serious, being admitted to hospital every day during high summer; which is very unusual."
 
As the paper further notes: “The unusual affluence over the last few weeks has taken pediatricians all over the country by surprise, and this is happening throughout Europe and in te United States.”   “The phenomenon is what various specialists have already dubbed weakened immunity, a state of greater fragility in bodily defenses indirectly caused by the pandemic". 
 
Joana Martins of Lisbon’s pediatric Hospital Dona Estefânia has this to say: “If we hold children back, we’re delaying their contact with viruses that are unavoidable in the construction of their ‘immune library"
 
Already quoted pediatrician Mário Cordeiro likens the children’s situations as being like ‘greenhouse plants’ (not as robust as plants that have grown naturally). It might be fine if exposure to VSR [RSV] and other microbes now could toughen the country’s youngest citizens up instantly, but doctors are concerned . “If they are getting sick now, at a time when there are less viruses in circulation, specialists fear the size of the wave of infections that could arrive in the autumn/ winter when many more viruses are around and people spend more time in enclosed spaces facilitating contagion."
 
“Countries in the southern hemisphere (where it is winter now) are being watched carefully.  New Zealand, for example, has seen "several hospitals convert surgical blocs into pediatric wards to respond to the number of admissions".
 
As specialist in clinical immunology Mário Morais de Almeida puts the situation succinctly: “The first two, three years of life are defining for the construction of the immune system. Right now there are children of two years old who have lived practically their entire lives in a pandemic. They have had very little contact with pathogenic agents than would have happened before, thus, as normality returns, they are going to catch anything and everything – at least until they can recover the delay in creating their own defenses."
 
"For children who have missed so much in this masked and sanitized world, pediatricians simply hope winter 2021/ 22 will be enough to bring their backward immune systems up to speed."
 
Only time will tell.  Parents must get involved to fight against the masking of their children and other mandates which do more harm than good.
 

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  1. Great article.
    There is utterly unfounded public hysteria, driven by the media and politicians… this is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.”
    – Dr. Roger Hodkinson, Pres., Alberta Society of Laboratory Physicians, studies completed at Cambridge Univ.
    Remember the world-wide calls to stop plastic straw usage? According to Strawless Ocean, there will be more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish in 2050. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering cites research that estimates that three million face masks are throw in the trash every minute across the globe – that’s equivalent to about 129 billion face masks per month (or 3 million a minute). An article in Natural Health 365 concludes “In their paper, the team of researchers, who hail from both Princeton and the University of Southern Denmark, note that disposable face masks are not biodegradable and contain minuscule plastic fibers, microplastics, and nanoplastics. Once these masks are thrown away and end up in the environment, masks are exposed to solar radiation and heat and start to break down to some degree. However, the degradation of plastics within the masks is slow to virtually non-existent – causing them to accumulate in our soil and water. And while there’s not enough data about the true impact of these masks on the environment yet, the researchers strongly suspect that the rampant use of disposable face masks are causing harmful biological and chemical substances to spread and pose health hazards to animals, humans, and the ecosystem. Where do all these face masks go? Among other places, straight into our oceans.”
    GreenMedInfo adds: “Not only are masks not being recycled, but their materials make them likely to persist and accumulate in the environment. Because masks may be directly made from micro-sized plastic fibers with a thickness of 1 mm to 10 mm, they may release micro-sized particles into the environment more readily — and faster — than larger plastic items, like plastic bags. Of course, all this is ingested by sea life, impacting their health (save the whales!) as well as the health of all that consume them (birds, sea mammals, humans). Microbes from your mouth, known as oral commensals, frequently enter your lungs, where they have been linked to advanced stage lung cancer; wearing a mask could potentially accelerate this process. The “new normal” of widespread masking is affecting not only the environment but also the mental and physical health of humans.” Specifically, GreenMed tells us “Most disposable face masks contain three layers — a polyester outer layer, a polypropylene or polystyrene middle layer and an inner layer made of absorbent material such as cotton. Polypropylene is already one of the most problematic plastics, as it is widely produced and responsible for large waste accumulation in the environment, as well as being a known asthma trigger. Further, the researchers noted: “Once in the environment, the mask is subjected to solar radiation and heat, but the degradation of polypropylene is retarded due to its high hydrophobicity, high molecular weight, lacking an active functional group, and continuous chain of repetitive methylene units. These recalcitrant properties lead to the persistence and accumulation in the environment.” Of course, once these masks get weathered, they create micro-sized polypropylene particles in a matter of weeks, then break down further into nanoplastics that are less than 1 mm in size.
    But then new masks go one worse says GreenMed: “Made from microsized plastic fibers with a thickness of 1 mm to 10 mm, they may release microsized particles into the environment more readily — and faster — than larger plastic items, like plastic bags. Further, “Such impacts can be worsened by a new-generation mask, nanomasks, which directly use nanosized plastic fibers (e.g., diameter <1 mm) and add a new source of nanoplastic pollution." A report by OceansAsia further estimated that 1.56 billion face masks may have entered the world's oceans in 2020, based on a global production estimate of 52 billion masks manufactured that year, and a loss rate of 3%, which is conservative…. Based on this data, and an average weight of 3 to 4 grams for a single-use polypropylene surgical mask, the masks would add 4,680 to 6,240 additional metric tons of plastic pollution to the marine environment, which, they note, "will take as long as 450 years to break down.”
    Going further down the rabbit hole Greenmed opened up in the link above, “Such plastics also contain contaminants, such as polycyclic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which may be genotoxic (i.e., causing DNA damage that could lead to cancer), along with dyes, plasticizers and other additives linked to additional toxic effects, including reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity and mutagenicity. Aside from the chemical toxicity, ingestion of microplastics from degraded masks and other plastic waste is also toxic due to the particles themselves as well as the potential that they could carry pathogenic microorganisms. Another issue that's rarely talked about is the fact that when you wear a mask, tiny microfibers are released, which can cause health problems when inhaled. The risk is increased when masks are reused. This hazard was highlighted in a performance study to be published in the June 2021 issue of Journal of Hazardous Materials, where researchers from Xi'an Jiaotong University said scientists, manufacturers and regulators need to assess the inhalation of microplastic and nanoplastic debris shed from masks -- both disposable and cloth.”
    Then there is the issue of commensals from the mask furthering lung cancer and impacting fetuses. Again, from GreenMed: “Not only that, but researchers from New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine revealed that when these oral commensals are "enriched" in the lungs, it's associated with cancer. Specifically, in a study of 83 adults with lung cancer, those with advanced-stage cancer had more oral commensals in their lungs than those with early-stage cancer. Those with an enrichment of oral commensals in their lungs also had decreased survival and worsened tumor progression”; then re. the unborn “t's also known that microplastics exist in human placentas, and animal studies show that inhaled plastic particles pass through the placenta and into the heart and brains of fetuses. The fetuses exposed to the microplastics also gained less weight in the later part of the pregnancy. "We found the plastic nanoparticles everywhere we looked -- in the maternal tissues, in the placenta and in the fetal tissues. We found them in the fetal heart, brain, lungs, liver and kidney," lead researcher and Assistant Professor Phoebe Stapleton of Rutgers University told The Guardian.” You can read the study directly yourself at Rutgers.edu

  2. So here is what we get from masks, per Dr. Jim Meehan:
    – Medical masks adversely affect respiratory physiology and function
    – Medical masks lower oxygen levels in the blood
    – Medical masks raise carbon dioxide levels in the blood
    – SAR-CoV-2 has a “furin cleavage” site that makes it more pathogenic, and the virus enters cells more easily when arterial oxygen levels decline, which means wearing a mask could increase COVID-19 severity
    – Medical masks trap exhaled virus in the mouth/mask, increasing viral/infectious load and increasing disease severity
    – SARS-CoV-2 becomes more dangerous when blood oxygen levels decline
    – The furin cleavage site of SARS-CoV-2 increases cellular invasion, especially during low blood oxygen levels
    – Cloth masks may increase the risk of contracting COVID-19 and other respiratory infections
    – Wearing a face mask may give a false sense of security
    – Masks compromise communications and reduce social distancing
    – Untrained and inappropriate management of face masks is common
    – Masks worn imperfectly are dangerous
    – Masks collect and colonize viruses, bacteria and mold
    – Wearing a face mask makes the exhaled air go into the eyes
    – Contact tracing studies show that asymptomatic carrier transmission is very rare
    – Face masks and stay at home orders prevent the development of herd immunity
    – Face masks are dangerous and contraindicated for a large number of people with pre-existing medical conditions and disabilities
    Oh yes. According to the past president of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Lee Merritt, MD, typical ear loop “masks will not provide any protection against COVID-19 (coronavirus) or other viruses or contaminants” in that the viruses are too small for a typical mask. Just like we don’t use a chain link fence to keep out mosquitos, so too masks don’t keep out viruses. Worse, a review of scientific reports, up to February 2021, suggests that universal masking seriously harms people and society without any notable benefit. The author of the review, Denis G. Rancourt, points out multiple ways masks inflict damage and undermine our health. Some of the mask-related adverse health effects reported in a systematic review and meta-analysis were discomfort, irritation, psychological impact, and mask contamination. Pathogens can rapidly accumulate in improperly used masks, and can actually increase the risk of spreading viruses – including SARS-CoV-2 – to others. And what masks are doing to children – who now have more suicide deaths than Covid deaths – is disgusting: Says NaturalHealth 365 “The psychological and developmental implications of mask-wearing are particularly detrimental to children. Numerous studies show that face masks impair face recognition, verbal and non-verbal communication, block emotional signaling and diminish children’s ability to bond and emotionally connect with others.” As of this report in April, 2021 (numbers change monthly, but the reality will not) CDC stats tell us a total of 134 children under the age of 15 died in the USA from COVID. In contrast for the 2019–2020 flu season, 188 children died from the annual flu.). 134 out of around 28,171 kids that age who have died altogether in the past year. I slept through junior high math class, but if you divide 134 by 28,171, that’s 0.45%. And no doubt of those 134 kids, there is no doubt most, if not all, had serious co-morbidities.
    Literally dozens of studies show lockdowns and masks are ineffective, per this American Inst. For Economic Research article; but thankfully, while lockdowns did nada for Covid, there is a correlation – with unemployment. Per MIT article, May, 2021 by Youyang Gu, an engineer an data scientist “In the US, there is no correlation between Covid deaths & changes in unemployment rates. However, blue states are much more likely to have higher increases in unemployment,” wrote Gu, the creator of covid19-projections.com, a pandemic modeling site. “More restrictions in a state is NOT correlated with fewer COVID-19 deaths. However, more restrictions IS correlated with higher unemployment.”

  3. MASKS, MANIA AND MADNESS
    “You can drive nature out with a pitchfork… but still she will return.”
    – Roman satirist Juvenal
    As Naomi Wolf has pointed out, COVID-19 dashboards, such as that which Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracking project we incessantly are told about, cannot tell us anything about who’s actually getting infected, or who’s dying. We don’t even know if they are showing real or made-up data. (And of course, Wolf was immediately suspended from Twitter for having the temerity to try to escape the plantation). No need to even go into the PCR cycles gambit about what constitutes infection or not (if you want to delve into this fake science, see here; for the purposes of this paper, the author feels this is not even worth writing about). This is fake science, pushed by fake news and big tech who have a vested interest in a merger of big business and government – which the originator of fascism, Mussolini, defined as fascism. Truth is, scams like FactCheck.org is funded by a foundation that has 15% of its assets in Johnson and Johnson. Wolf explains it all:
    “Toward the end of the steps, which is Step 10 (referring to the 10 steps to complete tyranny), is emergency law, [which is a] subversion of the rule of law, also called martial law. We’re here. I’m [in] New York State. We’re under emergency law. Every 30 days, I get an email saying that tyrannical Governor Cuomo has extended emergency powers, even though in Columbia County where I live, there are only eight deaths a month with COVID, average age 85, which is older than the average American life span… We literally can’t know if there’s been a pandemic, there’s so much faulty attribution, inflation of numbers, and so on,” Wolf says. “Those numbers, I can’t stress enough, have never been audited … We have to do a freedom of information request in Britain to take a look at the raw data sets that are being fed into the Office for National Statistics, COVID dashboard. We looked at where the data were flowing from for the Johns Hopkins dashboard, which again, was used by every major university, every major news outlet. One of the data providers was a hedge fund! …I know something else about APIs. It is virtually impossible to, in real time, get hundreds of thousands of reports from hundreds of thousands of doctors, hospitals, CVS and Rite Aid, feeding into a live digital dashboard. I keep asking the developers to show me, ‘How did you do this? It’s virtually impossible.’ There’s no answer, there’s crickets. Literally, we don’t know if the dashboards are just dialing up and dialing down infection rates. Everyone’s taking for granted that these must be real numbers, but there’s no evidence that they are real numbers. I’m willing to stand corrected if there’s a FOIA and we see the raw data sets. But right now, it is a hypothetical pandemic… This is especially true of the National Socialists,” Wolf says. “They kept passing a set of laws called the Enabling Acts that are very much like the laws that are being passed now. They criminalized certain speech, created a surveillance apparatus for citizens … and they did this lawfully. They were elected, and they passed restrictive law after restrictive law. Then, once democracy was fragile enough, it really only took six months for thugs to beat up opposition leaders, union leaders, the outspoken and clergy. After that, everyone was too scared to speak. We’re seeing the same thing happen now, but faster. It’s very scary that China has created a white paper — the World Economic Forum has it on its website — that maps how biofascism, as I call it — vaccinations, the managing of people’s bodies, biometrics and health — is being launched as a way to control civic engagement, governance, private life, assembly and every other aspect of human life, to bring about super-fast totalitarianism.”
    Steve Hilton of Fox News discusses this same issue, along with the complete fraud of vaccine passports (another paper I have forthcoming if people ask for it) here with Wolf on Fox News. Wolf’s book dealing with this, The End of America can be found here. (Note that I strongly believe that it is Wolf and her fellow radical rhinestone Marxist feminists like Friedan, Steinem, ad nauseam, that are the original ones to set the stage for the stage for the dissolution of America, but that is another topic.)
    Other issues with masks: As noted above, there are an estimated 129 billion face masks used worldwide each month, or 3 million/minute (see here, here or here), with 65 billion plastic gloves; in fact one environmentalist says we may have “more masks than jellyfish in the sea.” Of course, masks are not recycled, and the materials they are made of persist in the environment. Masks may well end up being a worse source of pollution than plastic bags and bottles. Per Front. Environ. Sci. Eng. 2021, 15(6): 125 “Once in the environment, the mask is subjected to solar radiation and heat, but the degradation of polypropylene is retarded due to its high hydrophobicity, high molecular weight, lacking an active functional group, and continuous chain of repetitive methylene units. These recalcitrant properties lead to the persistence and accumulation in the environment.”
    The usual mask has three layers — polyester outer layer, a polypropylene or polystyrene middle layer and an inner layer made of absorbent material such as cotton. Polypropylene is already one of the most problematic plastics, as it’s widely produced and responsible for large waste accumulation in the environment, as well as being a known asthma trigger per the Lung Association of Ontario.
    But not to worry, it gets worse: Mercola reports that “Because masks may be directly made from microsized plastic fibers with a thickness of 1 mm to 10 mm, they may release microsized particles into the environment more readily — and faster — than larger plastic items, like plastic bags.” Like your fish or shrimp dinner with a side of microparticles they have ingested? Step right up to Fauci’s masked snake oil. And more sources that I can cite note that oral commensals – mouth bacteria – are seriously impacting oral and dental health, and also can enter your lungs, where they’ve been linked to advanced stage lung cancer; wearing a mask could potentially accelerate this process. In fact, New York University Grossman School of Medicine revealed in an article entitled Lower Airway Dysbiosis Affects Lung Cancer Progression that when these oral commensals are “enriched” in the lungs, it’s associated with cancer. And who knows what the heck is growing on that mask you repeatedly use without washing! And wearing masks for long periods is associated with just a lovely list, including, in one study, irritability (60%), headache (53%), difficulty concentrating (50%), less happiness (49%), reluctance to go to school/kindergarten (44%), malaise (42%), impaired learning (38%) and drowsiness or fatigue (37%) as well as 29.7% reporting feeling short of breath, 26.4% being dizzy and 17.9% were unwilling to move or play.28 Hundreds more experienced “accelerated respiration, tightness in chest, weakness and short-term impairment of consciousness.” Regarding “mask mouth,” periodontal disease – which is linked to heart disease – is seriously impacted by mask wearing. ““We’re seeing inflammation in people’s gums that have been healthy forever, and cavities in people who have never had them before,” says Dr. Rob Ramondi, a dentist and co-founder of One Manhattan Dental. “About 50% of our patients are being impacted by this, [so] we decided to name it ‘mask mouth’ — after ‘meth mouth.’ The term “meth mouth” is widely used by dentists to describe the dental problems that arise among methamphetamine users.” The problem is that people tend to breathe through their mouth with masks, leading to a dry mouth and decreased saliva – which is what fights bacteria and keeps your teeth clean.
    American Thinker also warns the graphene, found in a large percentage of masks, may be seriously harmful to lungs. Can you say “asbestos” or “mesothelioma?” Even cloth, unless you wash it daily, can contain toxic mold and bacteria. Then there are they synthetic fibers in the masks that you end up breathing in, in addition to the graphene. Says Thinker: “Loose particulate was seen on each type of mask. Also, tight and loose fibers were seen on each type of mask. If every foreign particle and every fiber in every facemask is always secure and not detachable by airflow, then there should be no risk of inhalation of such particles and fibers. However, if even a small portion of mask fibers is detachable by inspiratory airflow, or if there is debris in mask manufacture or packaging or handling, then there is the possibility of not only entry of foreign material to the airways, but also entry to deep lung tissue, and potential pathological consequences of foreign bodies in the lungs.”
    In addition to simply not working, StandforHealthFreedom tells us “Studies show that wearing a face covering reduces blood and tissue oxygenation — which can be deadly — while increasing carbon dioxide levels. Mask-wearing can also increase the risk of infection and the spread of viral illness, hinder detoxification that occurs via exhalation, impair the immune system and cause many other ailments, both physical and emotional. Moreover, some masks have been found to contain known carcinogens, which put people at risk from inhaling toxic chemicals and having them come into contact with their skin,” and add “it is unethical and unconstitutional to force healthy citizens to abide by measures that can result in physical and emotional harm and that impinge on their ability to move freely throughout society without discrimination. For those with deeply held religious beliefs, mask mandates violate their ability to abide by natural law and follow their convictions to walk in faith, not fear.”

  4. Oh yes… pregnant, or planning to be? Phoebe Stapleton of Rutgers University noted, that “…animal studies show that inhaled plastic particles pass through the placenta and into the heart and brains of fetuses,” Fetuses exposed to the microplastics also gained less weight in the later part of the pregnancy. Stapleton concluded that “We found the plastic nanoparticles everywhere we looked – in the maternal tissues, in the placenta and in the foetal tissues. We found them in the foetal heart, brain, lungs, liver and kidney.” Just dandy.
    OceansAsia, Dec. 7, 2020, estimated that 1.56 billion face masks may have entered the world’s oceans in 2020, based on a global production estimate of 52 billion masks manufactured that year, and a loss rate of 3%, which is conservative. Based on this data, and an average weight of 3 to 4 grams for a single-use polypropylene surgical mask, the masks would add 4,680 to 6,240 additional metric tons of plastic pollution to the marine environment, which, they note, “will take as long as 450 years to break down, slowly turning into microplastics while negatively impacting marine wildlife and ecosystems. Plastic particles have been found at the top of the Pyrenees mountains in France to the northernmost parts of Greenland and down to what had been considered largely free of contamination, Antarctica. As well, Science Direct reports that mask plastic also contain contaminants, such as polycyclic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which may be genotoxic (i.e., causing DNA damage that could lead to cancer), along with dyes, plasticizers and other additives linked to additional toxic effects, including reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity and mutagenicity.
    And did I mention the microfibres that are often inhaled, or that the plastic particles could carry pathogenic microorganisms? There are no policies to regulate inhalation of micro- and nanoplastic particles shed from masks – who knows what we are inhaling, and to what effect!
    And for what? One of the largest, peer-reviewed studies, a randomized study done in Denmark, show masks do little to nothing., per a study in the academic journal Annals of Internal Medicine (see also here ).
    Dr. Jim Meehan and ophthalmologist/preventive medicine specialist who has done over 10,000 surgical procedures and is former editor of Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, conducted an evidence-based scientific analysis on masks, which shows that not only should healthy people not be wearing masks but could seriously be harmed as a result. Meehan study is here. And why? Meehan asks, given that most of the population is at very low or almost no risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19. Meehan lists the following issues: masks adversely affect respiratory physiology and function; lower oxygen levels in the blood; raise carbon dioxide levels in the blood; SAR-CoV-2 has a “furin cleavage” site that makes it more pathogenic, and the virus enters cells more easily when arterial oxygen levels decline, which means wearing a mask could increase COVID-19 severity; they trap exhaled virus in the mouth/mask, increasing viral/infectious load and increasing disease severity; SARS-CoV-2 becomes more dangerous when blood oxygen levels decline; furin cleavage site of SARS-CoV-2 increases cellular invasion, especially during low blood oxygen levels; cloth masks may increase the risk of contracting COVID-19 and other respiratory infections; wearing a face mask may give a false sense of security; masks compromise communications and reduce social distancing; untrained and inappropriate management of face masks is common; masks collect and colonize viruses, bacteria and mold; wearing a face mask makes the exhaled air go into the eyes; contact tracing studies show that asymptomatic carrier transmission is very rare; face masks and stay at home orders prevent the development of herd immunity; face masks are dangerous and contraindicated for a large number of people with pre-existing medical conditions and disabilities.
    Personally, I read quite a bit of Dr. Stephen Porges and airline Capt. Tom Bunn, the latter of whom does work with fearful flyers. Fearful flyers and Covid? In short, all humans read micro-expressions in the face of others to get a sense of safety, truth telling, and more. See Bunn’s recent work Panic Free Pandemic Workbook – Exercises to Calm Pandemic -Related Fear, Anxiety and Claustrophobia. In short, masks are destroying the ability to read micro-expressions, and thus gain a sense of security – particularly in children – in spades. Forgetting the ruination of children’s schooling, American Institute for Economic Research has stated there are now more Covid suicides among kids than Covid deaths. Read that again. This idiotic mask mandate, that does nothing, has now killed more kids than they have saved. Dr. Martin Makary, professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins Univ. and professor of health policy and management at their Bloomberg School of Public Health said March 3, 2021 that kids are 10 times more likely to die of suicide than coronavirus. What kind of “solution” is that??? And in June, 2021, the CDC was forced to admit that there has been a 51% increase in suicide attempts among teenage girls, and overall the number of psychiatric-related hospital visits among young people increased 31 percent. A recent Wall Street Journal article corroborates the CDC info, noting in California, teenage suicide increased 24 percent, to 134 deaths in 2020. In contrast, the number was “only” 23 California minor the year before. I thought the mantra was “if we can just save one life??
    The most recent study from the NBER analyzing data from 44 countries and all 50 states, found that not only have these restrictions not saved lives, and greatly exacerbated the destruction of the working class — but have in fact resulted in an increase of excess mortality – they have killed more people than saved.
    Among the findings for the NBER study (cited from Don Via) —
    • In every region the study observed, it found that the utilization of stay-at-home mandates resulted in either no change or increases in excess deaths.
    • In every U.S. state, the study found either “no change in excess deaths, or in many U.S. states, spikes in excess deaths following the implementation of shelter-in-place policies.”
    • Countries and states that had longer duration stay-at-home mandates were found to have had higher excess deaths.
    • Countries or states that implemented stay-at-home mandates earlier did not have lower excess deaths than countries and states that were slower to put restrictions in place.
    • States did not see decreases in excess deaths until 20 weeks after the lockdown policies were brought into effect.
    • An exception was found in the countries Australia, Malta, and New Zealand, and the island of Hawaii where the shelter-in-place orders that were issued showed a slight decrease in excess deaths.
    • Drug use and subsequent overdose deaths are increasing at an alarming rate.
    • Deaths by suicide are on the rise both nationally and internationally.
    • More heartbreaking still, what is now being referred to as an epidemic of child suicide as the self-inflicted deaths of children are now on the rise.
    • As well as causing a noticeable increase in both domestic violence and child abuse. Including sexual assault, the world over, as human rights groups have warned that human trafficking has surged during lockdowns.
    All the while, the world’s poor and working-class are decimated as wealthy elitists and political predators capitalize upon the largest transfer of wealth and power in human history.