“Jumping between strangers who brush past each other in shops.” No, Grant McArthur, News Corp journalist and Health Editor for the Herald Sun, is not describing headlice, but “the new coronavirus super strain” also known as B.1.617 or the Indian variant1. McArthur’s article is one of many parroting the Victorian Government messaging to justify an extended lockdown. That’s what journalists do now; they echo key phrases like ‘stranger-to-stranger transmission’ and ‘fleeting contact’ rather than asking questions. Questions that beg to be asked.
What MSM isn’t asking
If masks work, if social distancing works, if hotel quarantine works, if QR code tracking works, how do we have an outbreak between strangers? Is the Government really suggesting that if I’m buying a carton of milk from my local Woollies, wearing a mask across my face, staying 1.5 metres away from others, I can still become infected with COVID-19 if someone accidentally, gently, fleetingly, wistfully brushes passed me, even if we’re both fully clothed? Is that even possible? Or are these directives not working?
Let’s start with ‘fleeting contact’
A quick Goggle search of ‘fleeting contact’ before 2019 turns up little to no information. Unless of course you’re looking for a documentary titled Intraterrestrial: A Fleeting Contact, about contact between dolphins and humans, but I doubt Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton is getting his information from there, although I could be wrong. Jokes aside, wouldn’t you expect virologists to have mentioned ‘fleeting contact’ before 2020? After all, while SARS-Cov-2 is novel, SARS is not. Nor are these other highly contagious diseases: Influenza, Norovirus, Ebola, Meningitis, Pertussis, and Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. Surely, if fleeting contact was a real phenomenon some researcher or another would’ve used the phrase before 2020? If you’re feeling like the Victorian Government and experts advising them are not ‘following the science’, you might be right.
Unscientific Government directives
Regarding social distancing, former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said two months ago that the “costly” social distancing mandate “wasn’t based on clear science.” A new MIT study echoes the sentiment, finding that social distancing and limited occupancy guidelines have done little to slow the spread of COVID-192.
It’s the same story for mask-wearing. A University of Louisville study published last week found that “mask mandates are not associated with lower SARS-CoV-2 spread among US States.”3
None of that should come as a surprise. Let’s not forget, prior to April 2020, the advice was very different. On March 8, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci told us “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.” Vaccine advocate Dr. Peter Hotez made the case against travel bans. And on home soil, Brett Sutton tweeted on Feb 4, 2020, that he felt “entirely safe in Victoria, without a mask, in any and every part of Melbourne, including Chinatown” (emphasis is his own).
How do you trust expert advice that changes so quickly and so drastically? Expert advice that has proven not to work? What is the answer to ‘slowing the spread?’ The experimental jabs?
Possibly not. Whether vaccination against COVID-19 prevents transmission is still unclear. In fact, there is evidence for increased breakthrough rates of SARS-CoV-2 variants in vaccinated individuals. In Israel, a study found that fully vaccinated citizens are disproportionally infected with B.1.351 (South African variant) and B.1.1.7 (UK variant), as compared with unvaccinated citizens (8:1, 26:10 respectively) at particular time windows following vaccination4.
This raises concern for Victorians who have had the jab, or intend to get jabbed, given the supposed rise of the Indian variant. Could these jabs turn Victorians into magnets for “the new coronavirus super strain” ? No one knows, and MSM is not asking the question.
One thing is for certain. The Australian Government’s directives are not working, and rather than questioning them, MSM is parroting their messaging. Presenting fiction as fact. Obvious bias as truth. The days of journalistic integrity are over. Now is the time to support grassroots investigators. And maybe even do some of your own.
contact/news-story (NB: Copy using original version of article with time stamp approximately 7:30am. Article
was updated 3 hours later).