The media has done a great job of whipping up fear and hysteria around the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.
The government is throwing billions of dollars into developing a vaccine and there is much discussion among drug companies and doctors about ways to vaccinate everyone on the planet.
An article in Smithsonian Magazine tells what happens when fear mongering greases the path for a hastily developed vaccine. Swine flu was not as deadly as the vaccine they invented to prevent it.
This all happened in the spring, with emergency legislation for the “National Swine Flu Immunization Program,” being signed into effect in mid-April. By the time immunizations began on Oct. 1, though, the proposed epidemic had failed to emerge (although Legionnaires' Disease had, confusing matters further.)
“With President Ford’s reelection campaign looming on the horizon, the campaign increasingly appeared politically motivated,” Kreston writes. In the end, one journalist at The New York Times went so far as to call the whole thing a “fiasco.” Epidemiology takes time, politics is often about looking like you’re doing something and logistics between branches of government are extremely complicated. These factors all contributed to the pandemic that never was.
The real victims of this pandemic were likely the 450-odd people who came down with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, after getting the 1976 flu shot. On its website, the CDC notes that people who got the vaccination did have an increased risk of “approximately one additional case of GBS for every 100,000 people who got the swine flu vaccine.”
Pandemic not as bad as originally predicted. Election on the horizon. Rush to force vaccinations on as many people as possible. Does this all sound a little familiar?
Pay attention. I have the feeling we're about to see history repeat itself.
As of today, almost 2 million people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19 without a vaccine. They have their natural immunity to thank for their recovery, a natural immunity that most other human being possess as well.
Here's today COVID-19 map from Johns Hopkins.