This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream.
For weeks, the mainstream media has insisted that the coronavirus numbers coming out of China are entirely accurate and that anyone that dares to question them is putting out “fake news”. Even as we have gotten to the point where it has become mind-numbingly obvious that the Chinese are not being straight with us, the mainstream media has not wavered.
Well, now even the White House is questioning the accuracy of the numbers. President Trump has tried to be publicly supportive of Chinese President Xi Jinping during this outbreak, and he probably would have overlooked a little fudging of the numbers. But at this point, things have gotten so absurd that a White House official has told CNBC that the administration does not “have high confidence in the information coming out of China”…
The White House said this week it does “not have high confidence in the information coming out of China” regarding the count of coronavirus cases, a senior administration official told CNBC. Meanwhile, China has reportedly been reluctant to accept help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has reportedly suppressed information about the outbreak from scientists that it deems alarming.
That is basically a nice way of saying that Trump considers the numbers coming out of China to be a load of garbage.
Needless to say, “the White House” does not see things differently from President Trump.
In fact, anyone in the White House that does not line up with Trump’s views is not likely to last there for very long.
And we should applaud Trump for calling it like it is in this case. Obviously the official numbers that China has been giving us are fraudulent. In a recent article, Zero Hedge summarized some of the reasons why we know this is true…
As we’ve been highlighting for weeks, China’s official coronavirus numbers aren’t adding up. The evidence is overwhelming; overloaded crematoriums in Hubei province, to the official death rate maintaining an improbable 2.1% (within + / – 0.1%) for weeks, to coronavirus deaths counted as pneumonia before they were able to test positive – and finally, all the bodies currently decomposing in apartments (government-sealed or not).
If the numbers that China was giving us were real, we would expect to see at least some slight fluctuations in the death rate.
But instead, they keep giving us numbers that are mathematically absurd. The following comes from Barron’s…
China’s economic data have always been fraught. Now, all eyes are on the coronavirus numbers, which economists and investors are using to estimate the outbreak’s toll—and they are too perfect to mean much.
A statistical analysis of China’s coronavirus casualty data shows a near-perfect prediction model that data analysts say isn’t likely to naturally occur, casting doubt over the reliability of the numbers being reported to the World Health Organization.
In addition, the anecdotal evidence that keeps coming out of China suggests a far higher death toll than the Chinese are reporting.
People have literally been dropping dead in the streets over and over again, body bags filled with corpses have been piling up at the hospitals, and crematoriums in Wuhan have been running 24 hours a day for weeks.
In fact, one crematorium recently “processed” 127 bodies on a single day…
As of Feb. 14, the Chinese central government announced that more than one thousand patients have died in Wuhan in the past 45 days. But staff at local crematoriums told The Epoch Times in recent interviews that their intake has skyrocketed in recent weeks, forcing them to work round the clock in order to process the bodies daily. One crematorium official said the facility recently peaked at processing 127 bodies in one day.
Keep in mind, that is just one crematorium, and it is being reported that every crematorium in Wuhan is burning bodies around the clock.
Thanks to social media, we also know that funeral homes in the epicenter of this outbreak are so desperate for workers that they are actually offering 143 dollars an hour to collect dead bodies…
According to the recruitment issued on Feb. 12, the funeral home needs 20 workers to pick up bodies from midnight to 4 a.m. Listed among the requirements for the job candidates are “16 to 50 years old…being physically strong and brave.”
The salary is 1,000 yuan ($143) per hour—a high sum compared with the average Chinese salary.
So you can believe the official death toll if you want, but the evidence suggests a death toll of thousands upon thousands in Wuhan alone.
Of course, China has a long history of reporting questionable numbers in a variety of fields, and so we shouldn’t exactly be surprised at what they are doing.
And in the days ahead, Chinese “management” of this crisis is only going to get stricter. In fact, President Xi Jinping is calling for even tighter control “over online discussion”…
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for tightened control over online discussion and increased policing to ensure “positive energy” and social stability, state media said Saturday, as the country struggles to contain the deadly new coronavirus.
Xi’s remarks were made public as the authorities have faced rare bouts of public anger over the handling of an epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people and infected some 66,000 across the country.
In other words, he is quite determined to keep the truth from getting out.
The Chinese always want to project a facade of success, and that may explain why the number of confirmed cases that they are reporting is starting to level off.
Meanwhile, the number of cases outside of China has roughly doubled over the past week, and the fact that a case has now been confirmed in Africa has Bill Gates particularly concerned…
Bill Gates has warned that coronavirus in Africa could overwhelm health services and trigger a pandemic which could cause 10 million deaths.
The Microsoft founder and global health pioneer was speaking at the AAAS meeting in Seattle just hours before the first case was confirmed in Cairo, Egypt.
There are now fears that the disease could spread to sub-Saharan Africa where it could spark an uncontrollable outbreak, with health services unable to monitor or control the virus.
We shall see what happens. I am still hoping that President Trump is right and that this outbreak will start to fizzle when warmer weather arrives. But even if this outbreak begins to fade, it is still going to be a really crazy year. These are truly unprecedented times, and global events are really starting to spiral out of control.
As things get crazier, national governments are going to be greatly tempted to try to control the flow of information, and that is just one of the reasons why a free and open Internet is so extremely important.
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So Orange man doesn’t believe the Yellow man. Is Trump going to close the southern border just in case? I read somewhere there were a million Chicom soldiers just over the Mexican border waiting for the word to invade.
Wait…No, come to think of it, it was mebbe HCKS scientist friend that said that.
the next time your kid gives you any lip….
There are some who knows what is the truth with this coronavirus, but it’s not the people. I have read several articles, few agree with any of the “facts”. Some say it originated in Canada, some say Amer. agents planted it in China, some say it is a leap from animal to human, some say its just a naturally existing flu, others say the Chinese themselves created it and it got loose from a lab, and there are many others several scenarios being thrown out there too. The sad bottom line is innocent people are dying. TPTB insist on muddying the waters though there is no better way to stop contagion than to quarantine and educate. Yet, the real facts will not come out, only official lies disseminated through their MSM operatives.
However, one may draw at least one honest conclusion. Since officialdom (in several countries) is purposely hiding the full truth from their people you can safely assume there are nefarious elements thoroughly involved with this possible pandemic, with their motives remaining to be understood.
We should stick with the well documented facts:
1) The viruses were smuggled out of a lab in Winnipeg, Canada by Chinese scientists. This the RCMP has been investigating for many months. The RCMP have quietly rounded up and deported Chinese scientists from Canada because of their intellectual property theft and spying.
2) The head of the Canadian lab died of a heart attack in Nairobi, Kenya the other week. The head of the WHO’s emergencies response also died of a heart attack.
3) Wuhan is not only a biohazard lab centre but also a centre for military information warfare, ie cyber attacks, psy ops and disinformation.
4) China’s wealthy elite and their pampered children fled the country on all the flights over the past two weeks. The only people stuck in the epidemic are the dumb country people and the poor urbanites. Major cities in the West are now full of Chinese people wandering around with masks on.
5) Next to nothing is going on in China (satellite data shows this) APART from crematoriums burning 24/7. Because of the virus or for other reasons, a lot of people are being burned off.
From these facts we can conclude the elite and educated (particularly beautiful Chinese women) got the heads up and got out. The virus has some sort of bioengineered component and is associated with the Wuhan lab. The lock down has caught the dumb, the poor, the criminal, Muslims etc. Basically everyone that the CCP does not like. There are many videos showing the violent snatch and grab round ups of people against their will. The make-shift hospitals look like prisons and have bars all over the Windows. The virus has mostly taken out men.
The information gaps are frustrating. It is difficult to evaluate the risks of the spread of the disease without any type of accurate numbers. A few points for discussion:
1. China dumped more numbers the other day, saying they had re-evaluated how they are assessing the disease/ counting the infected. If that was true why would the number of dead go up so much too?
2. It is likely impossible to get an accurate number out of China with hundreds of millions in quarantine. How can they know the number of sick or dead in their homes?
Medical masks in my U.S. city are already sold out. Some people are grabbing them, but how many people aren’t even paying attention and have no idea what will hit? I don’t see America escaping this since they have let so many people continue to travel after exposure. They can’t even nail down an incubation date. First 14 days and now up to 24 possibly?
Is there any reason to think that the medical masks actually prevent someone from catching the disease?
Or is it just a feel good sort of thing that makes people think they have control over their risk without actually doing anything about it?
I’ve read you can catch it through your eyes, and a medical mask by itself is of little if any value. Maybe we should look at full face respirators, along with other protective closing such as surgical gloves, if we actually want to reduce the danger.
Particles the size of the Corona virus would be filtered out using a N95 respirator. The mask needs to be well fitted so that air doesn’t leak around the edges. This would help if the virus is airborne.
If the virus travels on droplets, regular medical masks may reduce risk as well as safety goggles/ glasses. It keeps sneeze or cough droplets from getting in eyes, mouth and nose.
Judging from the infection rate on the cruise ship where people were quarantined to their rooms, I would guess it is airborne, not just droplet carried.
N95, 99, 100 masks are particulate masks. They only filter particles .30 microns or larger. The coronavirus is .12 microns…much smaller than .30 microns. You need a mask like the medical professionals use if you wish to filter out airborne coronavirus. It needs to say “anti viral” on the package. Particulate masks are good for maybe keeping you from touching your face, but not for viral protection. You need sealed goggles for your eyes.
Really, the best way to keep from getting this virus is to wear a full protective suit with a respirator, gloves, shoe covers, all seams taped, and then have someone disinfect you before you undress. It’s still not 100% as 30% of the front line doctors have gotten infected even with these precautions.
Better to self quarantine in your bunker, should it infect your area, until it passes.
(Chuckle) Or, don’t worry about it since it most likely won’t kill you unless you are already old and unhealthy.
yes, virii are too small to filter HOWEVER viruses don’t float around on their own, they are attached to particulate matter, fluid, etc. masks filter out the particle “vehicles’ and thereby the virus itself. a 1968 writeup in Applied Microbiology titled Evaluation of a Commercial Air Filter for Removal of Virus from the Air may be of interest to you.
sure, a MOPP suit would be ideal, but really, for now its overkill. Bugging out/in is also overkill, but that may change.
Several articles back ,I mentioned the worlds largest hydroelectric dam (three gorges dam)is just upstream from Wuhan but failed to mention that the world’s largest ship lift/ elevator resides there as well…
ASSUMING most were already aware.
Well let me just say …its a mess.
Trump is right. And he is going to get rid of every socialist program in the US. Think what we can do with the money we pay to social security and Medicare. We are going to be great again and socialist can kiss my assets.
Try up to 28 days. 9 days on a surface, Those that are infected a second time have a higher risk of heart attack.
Yes. We have to wait and see to see if/ when it takes a foothold here. We should know in the next 6-8 weeks. Since symptoms don’t occur until day 3 to 5 of being infected, you will probably see a bunch of cases popping up at once and then it will be in the general population and too late. In the meantime, I would avoid crowded places like malls, airports and public transportation.
The thing to be concerned about is the raging dishonesty and factual obfuscation by our own officialdom – and how entrenched/widespread the scourge becomes here in ‘Great Land’ before it can no longer be ignored or passed off as not worrisome. The Chinese don’t have a ‘corner on the market’ for dispensing lies, deceit, falsehoods, fraud, and treachery leveled against their citizenry. That honor may in fact go to some other group of perps and peons… If the citizenry want to play dumb and employ sloth and apathy and happy happy joy joy and ignore facts then that population deserve the butte hump..