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We Must Stop Democrats' False Narrative on COVID 19!

: Laura Hollis on

The myriad apparati of the left -- blue state governments, broadcast, print and social media and academia -- have exercised suffocating control over America and Americans for the past two years. Their unprecedented power grabs have been facilitated by massive propaganda campaigns and deliberate deceit, the reckless promotion of fear and deprivation of fundamental rights.

But their stranglehold on the country is finally loosening,

You can certainly feel it. You can practically see it. It's like watching cracks form in a massive sea of ice, or tugging on the thread of a knitted piece of fabric to make the whole thing unravel. It's not quite describable as a house of cards collapsing -- yet -- but it's oh, so close.

So many metaphors, so little time.

The most recent examples are related to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the template we've seen play out with the virus and vaccines has been employed more times, and in other circumstances, with a brazen frequency that's frankly astonishing.

As I wrote last week, the national narrative on the COVID-19 virus -- as well as the "vaccines" purportedly developed to ameliorate the virus' impact on the population -- has changed dramatically within the past three weeks. We've gone from panicking about the raw number of cases to acknowledging that what really matters is how many cases result in hospitalizations -- and fatality rates. This new approach attempts to soothe the nation's raw nerves with assurances that omicron, while serious, is apparently a much milder variant. Similarly, lockdowns, once the go-to response to exploding infection numbers, are now calmly dismissed as largely unnecessary.

 

In the week since my last column was published, even more of the "official" COVID story has dissolved. Government and public health officials tell us that we now need to distinguish between people hospitalized with COVID and those hospitalized because of COVID -- a significantly smaller number, given the prevalence of testing and weakening of the virus' variants.

Some of us were calling for this kind of clarity in 2020. I wrote a column in October of that year citing Centers of Disease Control and Prevention data that showed that the single biggest comorbidity predicting serious illness, hospitalization and/or death from COVID-19 was obesity -- and that obesity rates by race tracked illness severity and fatality rates from COVID.

This week, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced that 75% of those who died from COVID-19 had four or more comorbidities. When headlines exploded, some tried to walk back the implications, reminding us that Dr. Walensky was referring to the deaths of vaccinated individuals.

True. But in early fall 2020 -- well before vaccines were available -- the CDC published data showing that 94% of those who died with COVID-19 had at least one comorbidity; many had more than one. In other words, both pre- and post-vaccine availability, those most at risk from COVID were already in poor health.

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