These doctors in California whose facilities have administered more than 5,000 coronavirus tests say the virus is not more deadly than the seasonal flu, and stay-at-home orders across the country should be lifted.
Drs. Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, co-owners of Accelerated Urgent Care facilities in Kern County, said, “The death rate of the coronavirus is similar in prevalence to the flu,” according to a video shared on YouTube (Video at end of the article).
“If you study the numbers in 2017 and 2018, we had 50 to 60 million with the flu,” Erickson said. “And we had a similar death rate in the deaths the United States were 43,545 — similar to the flu of 2017-2018. We always have between 37,000 and 60,000 deaths in the United States, every single year. No pandemic talk. No shelter-in-place. No shutting down businesses.”
“Do we need to still shelter in place? Our answer is emphatically no,” Erickson said during a press conference last week. “Do we need businesses to be shut down? Emphatically no. Do we need to test them and get them back to work? Absolutely.”
Erickson added, “If you’re going to dance on someone’s constitutional rights you better have a good reason, you better have a really good reason, not just a theory. The data is showing us it’s time to lift (the stay-at-home orders) so if we don’t lift, what is the reason?
It has been observed since the beginning of this KunFlu crisis that some have been using inflated numbers. Whether unwittingly, or intentionally, we may never know, the numbers just don’t seem to add up. NTNP reported in January that the the initial reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) were highly exaggerated. Additionally, early on, The WHO was broadcasting that the Chinese CoronaVirus was not transmittable between humans. Considering this shoddy source of information, it isn’t surprising that most of the civilized world had such a slow start at mitigation to “slow the spread.”
Even now, the numbers numbers associated with COVID-19 don’t add up. It seems like every aspect of the KungFlu is being investigated, from its infectivity, hospital admissions, deaths — are all being studied like tea leaves for any pattern or trend. And the numbers vary quite a bit. Those variations are often ascribed to the veracity of the source or some underlying agenda of hope or fear mongering, and occasionally to the possibility of a mathematical error.
But in most instances, the problem is that, at least in the USA, the numbers are being conflated by deaths that are not truly caused by the Chinese Virus. Those numbers and ratios are not being being reported accurately.
According to Dr. Ngozi Wzike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, “all it takes is a COVID positive diagnosis at the time of death.” What that means is that “if you’re in hospice and given a few weeks to live, and then were also found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death.”
It was noted weeks ago that the numbers of heart attack, stroke, and even cancer deaths are way down during this crisis. Is this a coincidence or simply skewed reporting — conflating the numbers so that COVID looks worse than it is? Are they purposefully conflating numbers of deaths caused by other disease states with numbers of deaths associated with the Chinese Corona Virus. Is this intentional? It is certain that the fear generated by the initial fake estimates by the WHO, and the currently inflated numbers are not helping to “slow the spread” of COVID-related fears.
Dr. Erickson and Massihi been running their numbers, comparing and contrasting with other states and even countries. Their numbers echo our own concerns, and that is, that though this is indeed a problematic disease, it is closer in impact to of the seasonal flu, as far as death rate percentages are concerned.
The fact is that nearly every death in certain areas is being attributed to Covid even if that wasn’t the actual cause. Even the New York Times reported recently that they’ve add 3,700 deaths to their COVID stats who never tested positive to the virus. Simply testing positive for the virus and subsequently dying is enough — COVID symptoms don’t matter. In some institutions, doctors are being pressured to list COVID-19 as the cause of death. Why is this? According to reports (verified by USA Today fact checkers), Hospitals are being paid more for COVID patients and COVID patients on ventilators. You don’t need to be a Rhodes Scholar to see how these incentivized practices can artificially inflate the COVID-related numbers.
As testing numbers increase it is becoming clear that the virus has become wide-spread. Dr. Ericksen says that the virus has become so commonplace that he termed it to be “ubiquitous in California.” The numbers of people who have been tested — showing positive, but non-symptomatic is significant. This is actually a good thing, because it is showing that we are developing a “herd-immunity.” It’s also a good thing because as the numbers of positive cases increase, it lowers the death-rate ratio. This is how Dr Ericksen can say that things may not be as dire as the fear mongers persist in telling us.
Ericksen also astutely points out that continuing our social distancing may be doing more harm than good. His opinions are primarily based upon concern for positive health outcomes. He points out that the numbers of folks who are not able or are afraid to seek medical treatment is having harmful impact on public health.