Friday, March 27, 2020

GOOP's Holistic Psychiatrist and COVID-19

I've come across Kelly Brogan before through the Science Based Medicine blog.   She is a known anti-vaxxer and purveyor of quackery including pushing the idea that depression symptoms are caused by diet.  She is a very good example of how someone with a medical degree can spout complete nonsense.

Now during the COVID-19 pandemic, Brogan gives some of her outrageous views
 https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/goop-coronavirus-kelly-brogan-expert-contributor-md-deaths-covid-19-a9421476.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2f975EgDuYMDps0fudkQMxuTjL7LPQp6dJxO1p7GmPDqdciBMZ1Fta7dU#Echobox=1585082245

"to single one out and villanize it, to me is just silly"   She doesn't believe in germ-based contagion.  She believes that fear is the cause of the deaths of people.

It is ideas like hers that are putting people at risk.  The spread of the virus spreads quickly when people don't follow the advice that we've been given by the real expert medical advice from WHO, CDC, Health Canada, etc.   Beliefs are not enough to go on.   You should base your decisions on facts, science, and rationality.  How people can support quackery pushers like Brogan is beyond me.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

COVID-19 vs Flu

Many people keep trying to compare the coronavirus to the flu.   Here's a quick post to show why you shouldn't do that.

While many of the symptoms are similar for both, that does not make them comparable.  Especially when comparing death rates.

COVID-19 is the name of the coronavirus strain.
The flu is many different strains including H1N1, H3N2, H3N2v, Victoria Lineage, Yamagata Lineage just to list some major ones for this past season.

Thus you can't just lump all the flu deaths as one and then compare it to just one strain of coronavirus.  It just doesn't make sense to do so.  Here is a graph showing positive specimens collected from US Public Health Laboratories:


The other that makes COVID-19 different from those the flu is that we have vaccines for various strains of the flu.  We don't have a vaccine for COVID-19 yet.  This is what is concerning about the current pandemic.  Without any herd immunity at all, the spread of COVID-19 will cause deaths that we can't prevent yet.   Many deaths from the flu are people who are not vaccinated.  For example 80%  of children deaths in the 2017-18 season were not vaccinated.  Many of those could've been preventable. (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm ).   Again, without a vaccine, COVID-19 is a growing concern as it becomes more widespread.  This is why we are practicing social distancing and diligent hand washing.  As you can see in the USA, the number of confirmed cases has sharply risen in just 10 days.



As always, make sure to get your info from verified sources (WHO, CDC, Health Canada, etc) as these will give you the most accurate information you will need to make decisions.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus and 5G Debunked


Don't be like this person who posted a conspiracy video about COVID-19.  We don't need fear and misinformation in the world at this time (or any time for that matter). 

The lady in this video goes all out conspiracy nut.  Not only does she have poor ideas about 5G and EMF, but she also is a vaccine denialist (blaming Bill Gates for using vaccines to kill off the population.  See this for more info on that being debunked 10 years ago:  http://scambusting101.blogspot.com/2010/10/bill-gates-says-vaccines-can-help.html ), and a HIV/AIDS denialist.

Electromagnetic sensitivity has been debunked.  https://www.who.int/peh-emf/publications/facts/fs296/en/  "The majority of studies indicate that EHS individuals cannot detect EMF exposure any more accurately than non-EHS individuals. Well controlled and conducted double-blind studies have shown that symptoms were not correlated with EMF exposure."
https://www.bmj.com/content/332/7546/886.full
https://web.archive.org/web/20071010073038/http://www.ehponline.org/members/2006/8934/8934.html
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/bem.20690

Also see my piece on 5G https://scambusting101.blogspot.com/2019/07/5g-hype-and-concern.html?spref=fb&fbclid=IwAR2zzI5yrVerRmptoPbUKYtXV67jHp5O1gEAvISvuK5oiK6wJyrvFP0HlBs

From CNET https://www.cnet.com/news/no-5g-didnt-cause-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
"What can be definitively stated is that 5G doesn't cause or spread a virus.
"It's a ridiculous concept," said John Bucher, a senior scientist with the National Toxicology Program, a US Health and Human Services interagency program dedicated to testing and evaluating substances in our environment."

Only seek qualified medical advice about the coronavirus.  Follow the WHO, CDC, Health Canada etc. 

Walmart $55 Hoax


These types of scams will pop up a lot during the COVID-19 quarantines and shutdowns.   People will be scrambling for money as their income becomes very limited to non-existent.  These scams will be enticing because of that.
If you see a post like this saying a company will give free product, money, etc to everyone that shares, it is most likely a scam. Do not click on the link or share it. These links often will ask for information (they may use it for identity theft or hacking), or the link may lead to a virus download of some sort.

Also see  http://scambusting101.blogspot.com/2020/03/little-caesars-free-pizza.html