Town Hall Meeting
Tonight I spoke at the Town Hall meeting to voice my concerns about the mask ordinance. The time stamp in the video for when I take the floor is 32:55, and below is the transcript.
I’d like to share some data relative to Covid-19, as well as state my concerns regarding the extension of the emergency mask ordinance for the Town of Lexington.
As I said in my email to the council, only 6% of total confirmed coronavirus deaths in the US were solely from Covid-19, while the remaining percentage had 2-3 other causes of death. That’s only .00002% mortality for the country. In South Carolina, as of September 5th, we’ve had 2,877 deaths. Our state’s population is 5,148,714. Therefore, the chance of death from Covid, NOT including comorbidities or age, is only .0005.
Is this virus real? Of course. Are the deaths related to this virus tragic? Obviously. But using guilt and manipulation in the form of spurious and inaccurate data is not a transparent means in which to govern.
Furthermore, if a government wishes to place restrictions on its citizens for the good of their health, they would do far better in banning alcohol, cigarettes, and sugar (the three of which are leading causes of the comorbidities linked to coronavirus deaths), rather than restricting our right to freely breathe.
Denmark and Sweden
The country of Denmark never enforced masks upon its people, and yet boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, as of August 4th the Danes have suffered 616 Covid deaths. That number is less than one-third of those who die from pneumonia or influenza in a given year.
Likewise, Sweden has never enforced lockdowns, social distancing, or masks during the entirety of this pandemic. One would assume their death toll would have skyrocketed this year. However, Sweden’s deaths per 100k in the first 33 weeks of each year ranges from 528-593 deaths between the years 2015-2019. The death toll in the first 33 weeks of 2020, including Covid cases? 588.
Who knew that Sweden and Denmark would provide greater health and freedom for its people over our very own town of Lexington, South Carolina.
An article from the New York Times revealed that most test cycles above 35 for viruses are too sensitive, and therefore inaccurate. The cycles implemented for coronavirus tests? 37-40.
According to Dr. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “Tests with thresholds so high may detect not just live virus, but also genetic fragments, and leftovers from infection that pose no particular risk – akin to finding a hair in a room long after a person has left.”
Juliet Morrison, a virologist from the University of California, confirms that thresholds above 35 test cycles are far too sensitive, stating, “I’m shocked that people would think that 40 could represent a positive.” Even the CDC’s own calculations suggests that it is extremely difficult to detect a live virus in a sample above a threshold of 33 cycles.
As you can see, Covid tests in and of themselves are HIGHLY inaccurate. Furthermore, testing has been proven to be dishonest, with patients from cancelled appointments being automatically documented as a positives. There was even a story in Memphis where a woman received a letter confirming her as a Covid positive case… even though she had never even taken a test, and had been dead for seven months.
Do Masks Work?
As far as masks are concerned, there have been zero studies which prove their efficacy. Over the years, medical literature and studies in several medical journals (such as the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine) has confirmed that in controlled case studies, environments with staff wearing masks were in most cases equally (and sometimes moreso) contaminated compared to those without masks.
As simply an extra precaution, surgeons wear masks to prevent droplets from contaminating the surgical field and exposed tissue of the patients, and to prevent splash back of bodily fluid from contacting the surgeon. However, doctors routinely change their masks, typically every 90 minutes, and only wear them in the climate controlled environment of the operating room, which helps prevent the negative side effects from wearing masks.
Studies confirm that masks do not prevent viral transmission. If this was the case, mask mandates would have been issued during the H1N1 and SARS outbreaks, and certainly every flu season.
The World Health Organization and CDC have confirmed that healthy, asymptomatic people cannot spread Covid-19. On the contrary, forcing healthy members of the population to wear masks for extended periods of time not only weakens their immune system, but also causes severe adverse effects.
Doctors are seeing a rise in cases due to skin sensitivity, acne, tooth decay, lung conditions, throat infections, and pulmonary disease. Extended mask wearing also causes an increase in anxiety, which in turn lowers the body’s store of vitamin A, which is one of the most crucial aides of defense for enhancing immune function.
In short, the physical and mental/emotional detriment associated with enforced mask mandates are FAR worse than any perceived benefit, and this is now medical fact. I humbly ask this council to rethink and rescind this mandatory mask ordinance, for the mental and physical health and well-being of the people of Lexington.
I ask you to support facts over fear.