COVID-19 By Gerd Altmann

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus- 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was first identified in patients who either traveled to Wuhan, or the Wuhan seafood market. The pandemic caused great grief in Wuhan when Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia that could be deadly in Hubei Province. Not long after that, the virus quickly spread into 218 countries and territories. In January of 2020, the United States became number one in leading the total number of confirmed cases and continues to do so 11 months later. The Chinese government initially said the virus appeared to originate in the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan but later changed its official version to unknown factors. In the Lancet research article, it was found that the market did not sell bats and that neither the first known person to be infected nor many in the first cluster of patients had any connection to the market. Another Chinese Foreign Ministry official, Zhao Lijian, suggested that the U.S. Army brought the virus to China. President Trump and other top officials angrily denied that accusation. This statement made the public and private researchers, virologists, immunologists, and doctors around the world dig deeper into the story and investigate the history of the novel virus. This was the beginning of the lies and the truths that the media has not covered. The evidence is undeniable, but it does leave more room for further investigations. 

Investigation reports present that there are two virology labs in Wuhan, China and both have either collected bat coronaviruses or researched them in the recent past. Lab of Zheng-li Shi at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) founded in the 1950s, specifically focuses on studying the properties, mechanisms, and transfusions of coronaviruses in bats including research on some of the most dangerous viruses such as the Ebola, Nipah and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever viruses. In 2017, WIV scientists have also published experiments in which live bat coronaviruses were introduced into human cells. In 2018, US Embassy officials visited the Chinese research facility and spoke to Shi Zhengli, a Chinese virologist who researches SARS-like coronaviruses of bat origin. Shi directs the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a biosafety level 4, (the highest level of laboratory located) in Jiangxia District, Wuhan. U.S officials discussed with Shi Zhengli several times about the lab’s important work researching bat-borne viruses. Instead, what they found out was very alarming. During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, the U.S officials noted the lab had a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory. This immediate alarming news was communicated on multiple occasions to Washington D.C. by the U.S. diplomats and officials but unfortunately were not considered to be that serious.

Interestingly the first SARS-CoV- 1 emerged in China in 2002 but was only reported as a definite case in February 2003. Some key facts that were found on the first SARS outbreak were: 

  • SARS was caused by a new coronavirus that had never been found in people before
  • In 2003, a total of 8,096 people in 29 countries got SARS and 774 of them died
  • Only eight people in the United States got SARS. None of them died
  • Health professionals around the world worked together to successfully contain the outbreak in 2003
  • In six months, the global SARS outbreak cost the world an estimated $40 billion
  • Symptoms of SARS-CoV-1 are more severe than SARS-CoV-2, but the later virus transmits human-to-human much faster 

However, after the first SARS outbreak in China in 2002-2003, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) emerged in Jordan and in countries near the Arabian Peninsula in 2012. 

  •  Most MERS patients developed severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath
  • About 3 or 4 out of every 10 patients reported with MERS have died
  • The largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Arabian Peninsula occurred in the Republic of Korea in 2015
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Regardless of evidence, the Chinese government and lab scientists continue to deny the possibility of SARS-CoV-2 leak from their lab. The U.S. intelligence agencies said they agree with a wide scientific consensus that the virus was not man-made or genetically modified, according to an April 30 statement by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Public and private researchers have said it is impossible to dismiss the possibility of an accidental leak from the Wuhan laboratory of what became the COVID-19 strain. Wuhan lab also received multiple grants for these bat-virus studies and for collecting these bats from the wild in the past. One of the grants was given to Wuhan lab from the U.S National Institute of Health (NIH), a government agency who awarded the Chinese facility with $ 3.7 million in 2014 and then with another $ 3.7 million in 2019, a total of $7.4 million was granted on the study of bat coronaviruses. The experiment lasted for 5 years and ended in 2019. In 2015, the director and the head supervisor of this study was Dr. Anthony Fauci (niaid.nih.gov). He became the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 1984 and continues to hold this position in 2020.

Intriguingly, Dr. Fauci as a director of NIAID/NIH published an official article “Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread” in the Virology Journal in 2005. The researchers that Dr. Fauci supervised in 2005, experimented with hydroxychloroquine and its effects on SARS-CoV- 1. The article confirms that the hydroxychloroquine was successful in treating all the strains of coronaviruses. According to Dr. Judy Mikovitz, a virology researcher who professionally worked with Dr. Fauci in the 1980s, believes he knew in 2015 what was to come. Dr. Fauci declined to comment on this statement and National Institute of Health denies these allegations. 

An inside doctor and a whistleblower Dr. Li- Meng Yan, a Chinese ophthalmologist and a virologist who worked for the Chinese government laboratory, became aware of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in December of 2019 and tried to warn her supervisors of a possible threat to humanity. More recently Dr. Yan and her team of scientists made their “SARS-CoV-2 Is an Unrestricted Bioweapon: A Truth Revealed through Uncovering a Large-Scale, Organized Scientific Fraud” manuscript public, providing a medical evidence that the virus was in fact enhanced in a lab. According to Dr. Yan, “SARS-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus. If one looks under a microscope it becomes obvious that it has been enhanced, not the virus itself but its mechanisms.” In a London Real interview, Dr. Yan was asked to explain how the virus could be manipulated in non-medical terms. She explained that “instead of seeing a natural, fully grown cow with all its physical features being identified as natural features of a cow, instead you would see a cow with attached hands of a monkey and glued ears of a rabbit.”  Based on the doctor’s scientific and medical knowledge, looking under a microscope, it was evident that the nucleoids were unnaturally attached to each other and mixed with different bat-coronaviruses. When she had courage to speak out for the first time, Dr. Yan was forced to flee China and moved to the U.S.A. due to her fear of being jailed or blackmailed by the Chinese government.

Confirming Dr. Yan’s account, other studies using sequence analysis of different species of coronaviruses have revealed that SARS-CoV-2 is a recombination of sources between the bat-coronavirus and an unknown source.  An Australian researcher and a professor Nicolai Petrovsky for example concluded that the SARS-CoV-2 has unique properties: “the strength of the virus,” Petrovsky claimed, far exceeds similar properties for infecting other animals, as well as that  no corresponding virus has been found to exist in nature: “What we are saying,” he  wrote, “is that this virus looks for all the world like a virus designed specifically  for humans—the only question is did this happen by chance, or intent?” Jonathan J.Couey, Research Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at University of Pittsburgh, agreed with this research and supported the findings presented by the Australian researchers.  

Whether the virus was leaked intentionally or escaped by accident is still inconclusive, but it is evident that this kind of outbreak had occurred in China previously. In 2002 and 2003 when SARS-CoV-1 emerged in China, hydroxychloroquine, an FDA approved medication which also treated malaria, was used for its symptoms. As mentioned earlier, Dr. Fauci himself witnessed the effects of this drug on SARS-CoV-1 symptoms in his 2005 study. When SARS-CoV-2 emerged and spread in the U.S.A, many physicians and doctors also began to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to patients nationally, to immediately discontinue the symptoms. The American Medical Association (AMA), the World Health Organization and Dr. Fauci, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) however, issued an immediate stop of prescriptions of this drug to patients. Some states and pharmacy boards forbid the prescribing of this medication to Covid-19 patients and threatened doctors with the loss of their licenses. 

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In July of 2020, Dr. Stella Immanuel, a Nigerian doctor, and other doctors in the U.S.A gave a conference speech outside of the Supreme Court, in Washington D.C. about the benefits of hydroxychloroquine medication for COVID-19 patients and that nobody had to die. Before the occurrence of the Supreme Court conference, Dr. Steven Crawford, a medical doctor at Festus Manor nursing home in Missouri, was also taking hydroxychloroquine to make sure it worked. When he witnessed success at beating the COVID-19 symptoms, he started to prescribe them to his patients with permission of their family members. He noted, 63 of his patients who got the virus, 52 of them started on hydroxychloroquine medication and when started early, they had 100% survival rate. He too was threatened with repercussions of his medical licenses from FDA, CDC, AMA and his supervisors. In a survey, 2,300 doctors in 30 countries reported that hydroxychloroquine was the most effective medication to treat COVID-19. In return, all these doctors were laughed at and ridiculed professionally, on social media and globally. Only on November 20, 2020, American Medical Association (AMA) quietly reversed its position and admitted that hydroxychloroquine in fact was effective for COVID-19 symptoms and doctors were permitted to prescribe this medication agreeing with all the doctors in the world that they were correct initially. AMA also agreed that hydroxychloroquine increases the oxygen saturation.  When the virus first emerged, many patients were put in hospitals and under ventilators. According to a registered nurse from New York City, “the ventilators have high pressure, which then causes barotrauma, it causes trauma to the lungs.” An ICU nurse Nicole Sirotek spoke of one patient who choked to death on his own blood when the anesthesiologist ruptured his esophagus trying to intubate him and another whose lungs were ‘blown out’ by a wrongly set ventilator.” Another New York emergency room doctor, Cameron Kyle-Sidell said: “I’ve talked to doctors all around the country and it is becoming increasingly clear that the pressure we’re providing may be hurting their lungs. It is highly likely that the high pressures we are using are damaging the lungs of the patients we are putting the breathing tubes in. COVID positive patients need oxygen, they do not need pressure. They will need ventilators, but they must be programmed differently.” 

Marie Olszewski, a registered nurse and U.S. Army veteran said: “So, in New York, the doctors were not able to prescribe the hydroxychloroquine. And the main treatment in New York City in Elmhurst Hospital was to essentially put these patients on a vent. And they really refused to try any alternative treatments even though they were successful in other states.” She later continued: “For example, I’m from Florida. My hospital was successfully treating patients with the hydroxychloroquine and the zinc with a completely different number of deaths.” A recent survey found that around 25 % of New York patients put on ventilators died with some doctors claiming they do little good to most patients and actual harm to many. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed and has said that around 80 % of people who go on the vent machines die. Senator Dr. Scott Jensen, a physician who also serves as a Republican state senator in Minnesota took to his Facebook page, commenting: 

“Hospital administrators might as well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it is a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for – if they are Medicare – typically, the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000. But if it’s COVID-19 pneumonia, then it’s $13,000, and if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000.” 

Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka also agreed with Senator Jensen and stated that his comments about this issue have been proven correct regardless of the complaints that the Senator Jensen received about his statement. 

In spring of 2020, federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines and aimed at improving the accuracy of what doctors identify as the cause of death. The guidelines also stated that doctors would record a death as “probable COVID-19” if the patient had NOT tested positive for the virus but the doctor believed with a “reasonable degree of certainty” that the virus had killed them. A similar guideline has been included in autopsy reports for decades which suggest doctors may use words such as “probable” or “presumed” if they are not certain of the cause of death. In Oregon, state public health officials said they include anyone who had tested positive with COVID-19 within 60 days of death, including those who died from accidents such as automobile wrecks. This is exactly when Republican state Senator Jim Abeler tweeted:

“I don’t think the death certificate is a ‘maybe’ document. There should not be assumptions on there. It should be the best available information. It should be with the highest degree of certainty. The minute we put assumptions and maybes on the death certificate, we now have a certificate that is meaningless and it’s an opinion document.” 

To investigate whether the hospital administrators were in fact getting paid for each COVID-19 patient more, the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy looked at Medicare data analysis. During their data analysis, they stated: 

“To project how much hospitals would get paid by the federal government for treating uninsured patients, we look at payments for admissions for similar conditions. For less severe hospitalizations, we use the average Medicare payment for respiratory infections and inflammations with major comorbidities or complications in 2017, which was $13,297. For more severe hospitalizations, we use the average Medicare payment for a respiratory system diagnosis with ventilator support for greater than 96 hours, which was $40,218. Each of these average payments was then increased by 20% to account for the add-on to Medicare inpatient reimbursement for patients with COVID-19 that was included in the CARES Act.1.”

Although the Kaiser report does not make it clear whether there are other factors potentially driving up the cost for COVID-19 patients compared to their non-COVID peers, it does thereby suggest that while according to the official numbers 1.7 million people worldwide have died of the deadly virus since January of this year. This many numbers of cases may be overstated by multiple unknown and known factors.