Tony’s Virus: Chapter 5: What was the real risk of the Wuhan virus?

September 23, 2020- Chapter 5 of Steven E. Greer, MD’s book “Tony’s Virus

To be clear, the Wuhan virus outbreak was very deadly to many thousands of people around the world. The virus selectively attacks cells that have the ACE-2 receptor (likely a feature designed in by the “gain-of-function” wizards in Tony Fauci’s labs, as detailed in Chapter 1), which is found on the endothelial lining of blood vessels,  lung pneumocytes, and other cells.

When those blood vessels become damaged by cell necrosis, that triggers the blood clotting cascade.[1] As the blood stops flowing, delicate organs, such as the lungs, brain, kidneys, etc. stop working. The lung cells are also directly targeted by the virus leading to an inflammatory cascade that results in cell death.[2] That is why, for patients who recover, they often have lingering breathing problems, etc.

However, most people under the age of 60 seem to not have a high enough concentration of ACE-2 receptors to make them vulnerable to serious illness from the Wuhan virus, as will be explained. Kids are particularly resistant to infection due to low receptor gene expression, about half that of adults, in their nasal passages where the virus likes to enter the host.[3]

Even for those who are susceptible to the virus, such as the elderly or those otherwise sick from chronic diseases, we have several therapies that should prevent the virus from replicating and the blood from clotting. Therefore, those vulnerable groups should not have died from the Wuhan virus the way they did. The high death rates in certain parts of New York City, for example, were mostly caused by human error, as will be explained later.

OK, some people seem to die quickly from the Wuhan virus and some just get the sniffles. What is the real risk of death from contracting the Wuhan virus, looking at the big picture?

Well, that is a very difficult question to answer because one needs to know how many people were infected and never showed any symptoms at all. Then, one needs to know how many people died as a result of the virus, and even that number is highly dubious due to malfeasance.

The best estimate of the risk of death from the Wuhan virus to the white human population is 0.3%.

That is based on a thorough study conducted in Iceland of 30,000 people.[4] To date, it is the only study to have properly screened patients with the right panel of antibody assays in order to get a reliable “test-positive” rate. If a study were to fail to detect people who were actually infected but asymptomatic (as most studies have done), then it would greatly inflate the death rate.

What does 0.3% death rate mean? Is that scary bad or insignificant? It has to be compared to other diseases.

The CDC estimates that the influenza pandemic of 2018-2019 killed 34,000 people of the 35.5 million symptomatic illnesses, for a 0.1% death rate.[5] However, rarely is a test performed to verify the regular flu. So, more people certainly have died who had the flu than is being reflected in those CDC numbers.

Regardless, the Wuhan virus seems to be about as deadly as the flu. But the Wuhan virus numbers are highly skewed toward small subpopulations of the elderly or chronically ill, whereas the regular flu is much less so. This means that the Wuhan virus could very well be LESS deadly than the flu for the typical healthy person under age 60 or so.

Common sense also is an important clue. Are people dropping dead in the streets from the Wuhan virus? No. Are morgues and funeral homes backlogged across the nation? Only in New York City, at the peak of the outbreak in the Spring, did we see that. Are hospitals overflowing? No.

In contrast, past pandemics from genuinely deadly viruses did literally cause people to drop dead and pile up in the streets. The Spanish Flu of 1918 (an H1N1 virus like the 2009 swine flu outbreak) is this nation’s best example.[6]

The Spanish Flu killed at least 10% of the people it infected, as opposed to only 0.3% for the Wuhan virus (or 3,333 percent more deadly). “An estimated 500 million people, or one-third of the world’s population, became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.”[7]

It seemed to target the youngest and healthiest of people, in stark contrast to the Wuhan virus. Healthy male soldiers in their teens and twenties coming back from World War 1 were the first to die. A perfectly healthy person could turn blue in the face, start bleeding from the nose, and die within 24-hours.

Of note, they tried mask thing back then too. It was concluded that cloth masks (just like most people wear today) were of no use in preventing the spread of the epidemic. People still died despite wearing masks back in 1918.[8]

With the Spanish Flu, young children under the age of five were vulnerable and often died. In stark contrast again, virtually no child has died from the Wuhan outbreak.

A July report listed a single pediatric death in Canada.[9] Another July report listed zero pediatric deaths in Finland and Sweden despite Sweden having no lockdowns like the rest of the world.[10] In the U.S., a September report by the American Academy of Pediatrics listed essentially zero deaths as well (i.e. “0” – 0.13%”).[11] This could be the most important point to make given that schools have been arbitrarily shut down for a year.

Let’s assume for the sake argument that children were indeed dying from the Wuhan virus, which they are not. What other infectious disease kill children? Every year, thousands of kids still die from preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, meningitis, and the flu (Kids are walking germ factories and commonly sicken teachers and adults, yet schools are never shut down. So, why are schools closed now?).

But none of those infectious diseases are among the leading causes of death. What parents should worry about are accidents, cancers, and homicides as the leading causes of death.[12]

Having established that the Wuhan virus is, at worst, as deadly as the regular flu, how does that compare to other causes of death? A CDC report[13] lists the causes of death as:

  • Heart disease: 647,457
  • Cancer: 599,108
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
  • Diabetes: 83,564
  • Influenza and pneumonia: 55,672
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,633
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173

As one can see, the “invisible enemy” of respiratory viruses is way down on the list of things one has to fret over before they go to bed each night wondering if they will wake up ever again. A bedtime prayer might be, “Dear God, please don’t kill me by heart disease, cancer, blah blah, and also that Wuhan thingy.”

With all of the irrefutable and calming facts above, what then is the Marxist propaganda media using as evidence to claim that the Wuhan virus is a massive pandemic affecting millions of people, warranting the stripping of our civil liberties? Is it all just a “casedemic” based on highly erroneous PCR testing?

In most cases, the onslaught of propaganda has been in the form of misleading headlines followed by an article with no meat to it. For example, this is a Washington Post headline as seen by the Apple iPhone news app on September 22, 2020.[14]

However, when one read the actual story, it was just another casedemic propaganda story designed for fearmongering. There is no credible clinical data to support their narrative that the Wuhan virus is an out-of-control deadly disaster.

As another example, The Atlantic magazine, owned by the billionaire ex-wife of Steve Jobs, published the casedemic article with the title What Young, Healthy People Have to Fear From COVID-19.[15]

But the article simply lied. First, it inflated the risk of death by twenty-fold. They had to quietly post a correction, “This article originally misstated the fatality rate for COVID-19 patients under 35.

Aside from that discrediting mistake, the crux of the article was a new and creative way to fearmonger. The author conceded that the death rates from the Wuhan virus were very low. However, he then argued that the Wuhan virus leads to long-term disability in young people who did not quite have a serious acute illness from the virus.

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The Atlantic stated, “The reality is that, so far, COVID-19 has killed fewer children and teenagers than seasonal flu in a normal year, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 25-year-old who contracts this disease is approximately 250 times less likely to die than an infected 85-year-old, according to the most sophisticated estimates of infection-fatality rates. For every 1,000 people infected with COVID-19 under the age of 35, the average expected death count is less than one. These facts might give you the impression that, as Atlas said, “it doesn’t matter if younger, healthier people get infected.” But it does. It really does. Here’s why.

You might be used to thinking of 30-somethings as safe and seniors as at risk in this pandemic. But if a man in his 30s and a man in his 60s both contract COVID-19, it is more likely that the 30-something will develop a months-long illness than that the 60-something will die, according to this research.

More frightening than what we’re learning now is what we cannot yet know: the truly long-term—as in, decades-long—implications of this disease for the body. “We know that hepatitis C leads to liver cancer, we know that human papillomavirus leads to cervical cancer, we know that HIV leads to certain cancers,” Howard Forman, a health-policy professor at Yale, told James Hamblin and Katherine Wells of The Atlantic. “We have no idea whether having had this infection means that, 10 years from now, you have an elevated risk of lymphoma.”‪”

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So, the StopTrump propaganda is now stooping to making up stuff out of thin air. They are citing fraudulent statistics that have to be retracted. Also, they are quoting irresponsible so-called experts, a non-scientist “health policy expert” in this case, to hand-wring about the unknown and present it as a real risk.

By the way, the Howard Forman analogies of the Wuhan virus possibly leading to cancers like HIV and HPV are biologically implausible. Both of those viruses have mechanism that allow the virus to stay in the human host for the life of the host, thereby triggering cancers. There is no indication that a coronavirus of any kind does that.[16]

Those are just two examples of misleading reports that have created the casedemic withing the scamdemic. A subsequent chapter will delve into this further.

By now, any reader who keeps up with the news should be asking, “If the Wuhan virus is not deadly, then why did 200,000 people die?” The answer is that the death toll stats are completely bogus and driven by financial incentives, politics, and bad testing methods.

As mentioned previously in Chapter 2, CMS created the perverse incentive for hospital administrators to pressure doctors to list all deaths as “COVID-19” because they received $39,000 in bundled payments as opposed to the usual $5,000. As local governments begin to audit these death certificates, they are finding that the deaths attributed to the virus have been inflated 100-fold.

The CDC also made it confusing as to how to classify deaths in the scamdemic era. In a guidelines report, the CDC stated, “In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID cannot be made but is suspected or likely (e.g. the circumstances are compelling with a reasonable degree of certainty) it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as ‘probable’ or ‘presumed.”[17] (In the final chapter, we will discuss reforms needed at the CDC).

In addition, the arbitrary mass-testing policy was probably the biggest cause of the inflated death stats. Swabbing millions of people and then running highly sensitive PCR tests accomplished nothing other than create a casedemic.

First, what is PCR testing? PCR is the acronym for Polymerase Chain Reaction. It can take a small fragment molecule of DNA or RNA and amplify it until it is detectable. If a non-functioning remnant of the Wuhan virus RNA is found on a patient and detected by PCR, it would be a false-positive test and mislead the patient into thinking they need to be quarantined. That is what is happening often.

Then, even if the real virus is detected by PCR, it does not mean that the person is infectious. Asymptomatic people do not spread respiratory viruses effectively enough to drive a pandemic. Asymptomatic people can rarely pass it on, but pandemics are driven by sick people coughing on other people, as will be explained below in the “Maskquerade” chapter.

This is how PCR testing has caused a casedemic of “COVID deaths” Currently, in almost all hospitals, every patient is tested for the Wuhan virus whether they are sick or not. We have established how the vast majority of people never become ill from the virus. Therefore, many people in the hospital for care unrelated to a viral illness will be labeled as “COVID patients”. When they die from an unrelated illness, they are categorized as a death caused by the Wuhan virus.

In conclusion, this Wuhan virus pandemic was not anything more deadly than the regular flu season, for the population at large. People of school age are immune and have an infinitesimally small risk of even a minor illness. The vast majority of healthy adults are also at very low risk of suffering a serious illness.

Certain vulnerable groups that did see deaths could have been saved if they had received proper treatment. Those vulnerable groups were also not protected properly by quarantine. We will discuss that in more detail next.

[1] Ackermann M., et al. “Pulmonary Vascular Endothelialitis,

Thrombosis, and Angiogenesis in Covid-19” NEJM website. July 9, 2020

[2] Vaduganathan M., et al. “Renin–Angiotensin–Aldosterone System Inhibitors in Patients with Covid-19” NEJM website. April 23, 2020

[3] Bunyavanich, S. “Nasal Gene Expression of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 in Children and Adults” JAMA website. June 16, 2020

[4] Gudbjartsson D.F., et al. “Humoral Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2 in Iceland” NEJM website. September 1, 2020

[5] “Disease Burden of Influenza” CDC website

[6] “Influenza 1918” American Experience TV series on PBS.

[7] “1918 Pandemic (H1N1 virus)” CDC website. No date or author listed.

[8] Kellogg W. of the California State Board of Health. “Influenza, a Study of Measures Adopted for the Control of the Epidemic” California State Printing Office, 1919

[9] Flanagan R. “How deadly is COVID-19 for children? Here’s what we know” CTV News website. July 14, 2020

[10] Soderpalm H. “Sweden’s health agency says open schools did not spur pandemic spread among children” Reuters website. July 15, 2020

[11] “Children and COVID-19: State Data Report” AAP website. September 17, 2020

[12] “Child Health” CDC website. No date or author listed.

[13] “Leading Causes of Death” CDC website. 2017

[14] Achenbach J, et al. “Rising coronavirus case numbers in many states spur warning of autumn surge” Wash Post website. September 22, 2020

[15] Thompson d. “What Young, Healthy People Have to Fear From COVID-19” the Atlantic website. September 8, 2020

[16] Blackburn K. “7 viruses that cause cancer” MD Anderson Cancer Center website. 2018

[17] “Vital Statistics Reporting Guidance: Guidance for Certifying Deaths Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19)” Report No. 3. CDC website. April, 2020

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