The COVID Diaries

 

The day Dr. Fauci joined the Biden administration, he came out with a brave, albeit predictable, revelation.

“The idea that you can get up here and you can talk about what you know, what evidence, what the science is, and know that’s it – let the science speak. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”

Finally, Dr. Fauci is allowed to let the science speak! We were about to find the truth about Covid that the evil Trump murderer was hiding from us for almost a year. The grieving nation waited with bated breath, glued to their TV sets. However, right after that oh-so-promising speech, Dr. Fauci went strangely silent.

In a few days, however, Dr. Fauci revealed: “the sobering news”: despite “strict following of the science” by the Biden administration, Covid is not ending any time soon. Nope. But not to worry – Dr. Fauci had a brilliant idea. Double masking! The dangerous truth about Covid that President Trump was hiding from us all this time was “wearing double masks just makes common sense.”

This was the most scientifically sound statement I’ve ever heard coming from a world-renowned epidemiologist. They don’t give out million-dollar prizes for just anything, folks. Yes, basing public policy on something that “just makes common sense” – a statement that your average 5th grader could make – should indeed make you the highest-paid public employee ever. The same 5th grader could also tell you that wearing two pieces of cloth on your face works better than one only if you have definitive proof that wearing one is effective in the first place. But that involves research that is way above Dr. Fauci’s pay grade.

After days of lengthy scientific discussions on how many masks it takes to save hundreds of thousands of lives, Dr. Fauci went silent again. Until now, “Doctor Evil” finally revealed the best-kept secret of the Trump presidency. It was Dr. Fauci himself – single-handedly – who was responsible for Covid vaccine development.

“When I saw what happened in New York City, almost overrunning of our health care systems, and that’s when it became very clear that the decision we made on January 10th to go all-out and develop a vaccine, may have been the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to intervention as the director of the institute.”

The idea of using vaccines to fight viruses has never existed in human history before Dr. Fauci blessed the Earth with his genius.  Just like a belief that Thomas Edison had anything to do with the light bulb invention makes you a passive racist,  the idea that Dr. Edward Jenner had anything to do with developing vaccines is a sure sign that you are a science denier.

Before Dr. Fauci takes credit for the development of Penicillin, here are some of the myths and outright lies disseminated by the media last year, that Dr. Fauci could have helped to dispel, but chose not to.

1.“Trump knew millions of people will die” lie.

That was the narrative that came from Bob Woodward’s book. Early in the pandemic, President Trump told Woodward that “he knew it was going to be bad“. The conclusion was that the President misled the nation by saying he had it under control. Bob Woodward points to some officials who told the President that the pandemic was going to be “bad”.

However, maybe Dr. Fauci can tell us if other officials contradicted that narrative. If all “officials” universally believed that the pandemic was a major threat, why did Dr. Fauci say to the nation that “we have nothing to worry about” on February 29th? Was Dr. Fauci complicit in President Trump’s “lie”?

What did the officials that believed the pandemic was a major threat base their opinion on? China was certainly not releasing any information, and they would’ve been the only credible source. So unless the officials were basing their opinion on some unreleased data, their opinion was not “following any science.” For a review of Woodward’s hit piece and what other Democrat politicians were saying about COVID, read here. Could it be that President Trump chose to disregard this particular opinion when he briefed the nation in the beginning? Possibly. But so did Dr. Fauci and others.

There was no way to know how bad the pandemic was going to be. Nobody could know for sure, because the virus was completely new. So the assertion that President Trump knew and concealed it from the nation could not have been true unless there was some data that he – with Dr. Fauci’s blessing – was not releasing to the public. Maybe now that Dr. Fauci is finally allowed to speak freely, he will reveal that elusive data.

2.“The USA handled Covid worse than most countries” lie.

Just a few months into the pandemic, every media outlet came out with numbers showing how bad the USA was handling Covid compared to other countries. And that was Donald Trump’s fault, of course. There was no possible way to interpret these numbers correctly, especially that Covid was still in the early stages. It was like releasing a game score during the first quarter. These numbers now completely disappeared from the media, and the reason is that the USA is actually doing really well in handling Covid, and we can never be allowed to know that.

Covid is ravaging Europe. Many European countries are locked down for the next 5 years. You can’t even tell what’s going on in Russia, China, Iran, North Korea – half of those countries’ populations could die and you’ll never know because they do not report accurate information. No other developed country did any better than the USA, as the French President Macron, who is no Trump fan, has now acknowledged. With the exception of New Zealand – and the reason why they did so well is that they are a small island located at the edge of the map and not a highly populated nation in the middle of the continent – the USA handled the pandemic better than other countries. In terms of vaccines, over 15% of the US population have been fully vaccinated as of today. Europe is lagging way behind. I wish the media was giving that as much coverage as to how badly the US did in May of last year.

The PPE shortage lie.

Back in the first month of COVID, the media told you the country wasn’t ready. We had no testing capacity. We had a PPE shortage. We had a ventilator shortage. Yes, for a few weeks in the grip of an emerging pandemic there were issues. However, The Obama administration had allowed the stockpiles to remain at a diminished capacity. Countries do not stockpile pandemic level supplies generally speaking – they plan for adequate PPE, or ventilators in minimal crisis unless they are preparing for a major war. Our government did not just store maximum PPE and ventilators in giant storage containers, just in case China releases a deadly pandemic on the world. So nobody was prepared, and there is no way we could’ve been. It took a few weeks to ramp up the production of PPE, ventilators, and tests. That was to be expected, and President Trump’s promptly invoked the Defense Production Act to mitigate that. No American died related to having no ventilator. It was the CDC, not President Trump that botched the initial testing.

The Hydroxychloroquine lie.

Early on, President Trump started advocating for the FDA to examine Hydroxychloroquine, which was already approved for use in Malaria /Lupus treatment, as a therapeutic a physician could opt for in treating Covid. When talking about this drug the President always instructed Americans to seek and follow medical advice when trying to obtain a prescription, period. The Right Wire Report wrote in the past about Dr. Fauci’s poor memory about this drug and past studies, read here. Dr. Fauci and the media were obsessed with mocking Trump’s highlighting the medicine as a possible therapeutic. Most recent studies have shown the effectiveness of using the drug in certain patients, see here, and here. Of course, Dr. Fauci could have shifted his focus to correcting the media’s absurd narrative that the President ever told anybody to drink bleach which was an outright lie promoted by the media. For a deeper dive on what the president said ,read here.

The mask lie.

Millions of people believe that President Trump botched Covid by simply not embracing mask-wearing. First off, it was Dr. Fauci himself who was not a fan of the masks in the beginning. So the mask resistance policy came initially from Dr. Fauci – not from the President.

Secondly, the media spin that President Trump discouraged the use of wearing masks is a false one. After the CDC and Dr. Fauci did a 180 in April and issued mask guidelines, President Trump strongly advocated that Americans wear masks when they could not socially distance or had specific medical issues. He has worn one himself many times and when in the White House Trump was tested regularly, those who come in close contact with him also routinely tested, and there was a strict protocol in place around the president. When asked he repeatedly stated, “when you cannot social distance or around vulnerable it is good to wear the mask.” I like masks, see here, and here

Third, the science behind the masks has never been conclusive. We have no idea if the masks do anything to prevent the virus spread. The states that have mask mandates, like California, have no better outcomes than the states like Florida, which have no mask mandates. Since dropping mask mandates two weeks ago, Texas has shown no spike in Covid cases.

Joe Biden’s whole “I am going to beat Covid” plan was nothing but to institute a mask mandate on Federal Land or in Federal workplaces. And so he has, and the results have shown it to be completely ineffective – according to Biden himself. 

Finally, after Dr. Fauci is done claiming that he is the bravest American alive, he could point out some of the things President Trump has done to fight Covid that were extremely effective, and caused tens of thousands of lives to be saved – not lost.

Travel bans.

Early in February, President Trump banned travel from China, and later from Europe, to slow the spread of Covid. Alleged President Biden called him “xenophobic” for doing this. Travel bans were very effective in slowing the virus spread.

Prompt invocation of Defense Production Act.

This ramped up rapid production of PPE and ventilators, leading eventually to an abundance of ventilators that the US didn’t even need, so we ended up supplying them to other countries.

Building temporary hospitals in New York.

President Trump opened temporary hospitals in New York – a state most affected by the pandemic in the beginning. This was an effort Governor Cuomo rendered useless by sending thousands of people to their deaths in nursing homes. If those hospitals were used effectively, the New York death count would have been a lot smaller. He also sent two Navy medical floating hospitals fully staffed to sit in NY Harbor and off the coast of California for overflow.

NOT instituting “a national strategy” to fight Covid.

President Trump’s opponents strongly pushed for “the national strategy”, and the media blamed President Trump for hundreds of thousands of deaths by not instituting it. The truth is Covid outcomes were very different among the states. Idaho had much better outcomes than California, for obvious reasons. Instituting “a national strategy” would’ve led to harsh and unnecessary lockdowns across the country and it would’ve killed the economy. By letting each state handle the pandemic according to their own situation, President Trump kept the economy functioning. The Covid Task Force. HHS, and the Trump administration while respecting states’ rights did create a template for the Bend the curve for 15 days then extended it to 30 days. Additionally, Trump held conference calls with all governors routinely throughout the height of the pandemic. Then there was Operation Warp Speed and the specific guidelines to re-open economies across states. Trump’s administration through the CDC issued strict guidelines for states to follow including what steps should happen if cases spike. The media refused to cover any of this. Read more specific actions here and here.

The vaccine development.

Under President Trump’s leadership, the Covid vaccine was developed in record time. Never before has a vaccine been developed in such a short time. President Trump removed multiple regulations and made large investments to speed up vaccine development, which will end up saving hundreds of thousands of lives in the US and all over the world. He will never get credit for this from the media, but it is absolutely his major achievement that will lead to defeating Covid in a much shorter time than it would have been otherwise.

Dr. Fauci’s direct quotes:

  • When he was asked in March whether the Trump Administration was “doing everything possible,” Dr. Fauci replied, “I believe so… I think in the context of what we’re being challenged with, I think everybody’s doing really well.” (03/10/2020)
  • Dr. Fauci: “We acted very, very early.” (03/31/2020)
  • Dr. Fauci: “The coordinated response has been – there are a number of adjectives to describe it – impressive, I think, is one of them. I mean, we’re talking about all hands on deck… I’m down at the White House virtually every day with the Task Force… So I can’t imagine that, under any circumstances, that anybody could be doing more.” (03/22/2020)
  • Dr. Fauci: “The first and only time that Dr. Birx and I went in and formally made a recommendation to the president, to actually have a, quote, shutdown in the sense of, not really shutdown, but to really have strong mitigation …. the president listened to the recommendation and went to the mitigation. The next, second time that I went with Dr. Birx into the president and said 15 days are not enough, we need to go 30 days, obviously there were people who had a problem with that because of the potential secondary effects. Nonetheless, at that time, the president went with the health recommendations, and we extended it another 30 days… I can just tell you the first and only time that I went in and said we should do mitigation strongly, the response was yes, we’ll do it.” (04/13/2020)
  • Dr. Fauci: “I don’t recall anything different than in our discussions that we had with the president that he said things quite similar publicly… In my discussions, and in the discussions of other Task Force members with the president, we’re talking about the reality of what was going on and then when we would get up in front of the press conferences, which were very, very common after our discussions with the president, he really didn’t say anything different than we discussed when we were with him… I didn’t really see any discrepancies between what he told us and what we told him and what he ultimately came out publicly and said.” (09/09/2020)
  • When he was asked if he agrees that “the Task Force and the President took the outbreak very seriously from the beginning,” Dr. Fauci responded, “Yes.” (09/23/2020)

 

Perhaps, a mandate for every American household to have a portrait of Dr. Fauci displayed on their night stands might have defeated Covid in a much shorter time.  I am sure the Biden administration is currently working on that, and will also be presenting Dr. Fauci with yet another  Medal of Freedom for helping the country in no way whatsoever to fight the pandemic.   While they are working on that, I am thankful ever day for how lucky we were to have had President Trump in office when the Covid pandemic hit US.  Considering that the main qualification for Biden cabinet position is which diversity category checkbox you can mark, we’d have no vaccine in sight.  It is safe to assume that if Joe Biden was in office at that time, Covid would have killed millions of Americans by now, all of them wearing double masks – a fact that could have been easily mitigated by calling Covid “a challenge” – not “a crisis”.

The only mistake that President Trump made in handling Covid pandemic was keeping Dr. Fauci as his chief medical advisor, and not replacing him with a real specialist, like Dr. Scott Atlas or Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.  That alone, indeed, could have saved the nation thousands of lives, not to mention the torture of watching a narcissistic overpaid opportunist getting paid millions of dollars bloviate on TV for hours on end.

 RWR original article syndication source.

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  1. This is an objective and comprehensive coverage showing the facts vs the spin, misinformation and disinformation.
    In short – the truth vs the lies.
    This vindicates Mr. Trump and condemns the Marxist mainstream Media.
    Make Science great Again.
    Make Journalism Great Again.

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Tatyana Larina comes from my favorite work of poetry.  And that's the only time you'll see me quoting Wikipedia as a source.

I came to the US in 1991, lived in Bay Area for 30 years, and I have a Computer Science degree.  I worked in software industry for several years, later switching to a career of a full time mom, and I never looked back.  I am currently a resident of Florida.

In my younger days, I wasn’t a conservative. That is not to say that I was ever a liberal – I was not anything at all. I had no idea that there were such concepts as “conservative” and “liberal”. I did not pay attention to politics at all, and the most political knowledge you would get out of me would be who the US President was, and even for that you had to catch me on the right day.

My first introduction to politics was during the second Israeli intifada in 2002. Unspeakable violence erupted in Israel. Every day dozens of people were killed. Even though I didn’t follow politics, that deeply affected me. I felt sad, frustrated, and powerless. And one night, I happened to stumble on an MSNBC program called “Alan Keyes is making sense.” He was talking passionately about Israel and the violence, and he addressed my feelings very well.  Since that evening, I turned on Alan Keyes every night, and by his commentary he was able to take away some of the frustration and anger that I had. It was like a nightly therapy session.

Feeling intrigued after watching Alan Keyes, I wondered what else MSNBC had in store. I switched through the channels, and low and behold, I found Scarborough Country. Right off, Joe Scarborough wasn’t what he is today at all. He was a solid conservative (as I now understand), making common sense conservative points. I found him interesting and engaging. Opposing liberalism had not entered my mind at that time. I still didn’t know anything about liberalism. It was just the things he said sounded very common sense and worthwhile to me. Imagine that at some point, MSNBC had a conservative host on the air. Crazy times, ha?

Exploring my new political universe, I switched through more channels, and one night I found FOX. O’Reilly Factor was on. From the very first night, I was hooked. I abandoned Scarborough. O’Reilly was not just common sense – he was aggressive, and he was a fighter. He was Scarborough on steroids. He wasn’t just talking – he was taking on what he thought to be wrong and unjust. Ever since the first time, and until untimely end of Bill’s FOX career, I don’t think I ever missed one Factor.

For forming my political views, and my ability to formulate them, I have to give special credit to three people: Charles Krauthammer, Bill O’Reilly, and Greg Guttfeld.  To Charles - philosophy.  To Bill - realistic and pragmatic approach to politics.  To Greg - realization that a good joke will change more minds than a long lecture.

And for everything else, thanks to my family.

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