My vent about the political shenanigans surrounding Coronavirus

Our state governor has just joined the list of several other states and issued an “emergency order” requiring face masks in all public gatherings, including churches. These kinds of measures are absurd for two reasons. First, it’s based on bad science; second, we may have a cure available right now. Either way, we should be able to open up the country, not close it down even more.

Bad science. Reality check. Face masks do little or nothing to stop the virus; and they offer zero protection for you from other people. They do create an illusion of safety, but to quote a doctor recently, trying to stop the COVID virus with a face mask is like trying to stop a mosquito by erecting a chain-link face. They do, however, stop us from spitting on each other. So, I guess that’s a good thing.

There is viable treatment! [ The video claims a “cure” but this is not technically correct. See ADDENDUM below]. There seems to be a viable treatment for COVID-19. It’s been tested and in use for over 65 years. But it seems to be currently censored and suppressed by mainstream and social media. Why? Because President Trump is for it!

Yes, it’s politically motivated. And I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or Republican, that should upset you. We’re being lied to because a group of influential people hate Trump and they will stop at nothing in order to keep him from being reelected. And this is hurting all of us, regardless of our party affiliation.

What we’re not hearing from is a whole host of experts and experienced doctors who are currently treating COVID-19 patients, who have a very different opinion about the safe use of the drug, “Hydroxychloroquine” [See ADDENDUM below on this treatment]. Here’s a video from them (that will probably be pulled down soon, so make sure you watch it right away!)

What they point out in this video is that because we can “cure” COVID-19 with this treatment (and others), there’s no reason why the country should be closed. Yes, protect the elderly and those who are at high risk, but everyone else? But regardless of whether this is a cure or not, when in human history have we ever done anything so draconian? And the documented negative effects of the lock-down have been shown to be far worse than the virus itself.

Just to cite one point these doctors made on the video. There has not been one single documented case of any student transmitting the COVID virus to a teacher or a parent in the world! Not one! So, why are we closing down our schools? And why are some teacher’s unions demanding that we de-fund the police before they’ll return to school? What does that have to do with teaching our children?

This is why I hate politics. What we’re getting is a steady diet of fear-mongers feeding us misinformation and destroying our economy and way of life for political gain. We need to wake up to what’s happening here.

Anyway, that’s my vent for today! I’ll return to my normal subject matter next time. I promise! 🙂

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ADDENDUM: Since posting this I’ve had feedback from readers on the use of Hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19. To be fair, I want to make sure I note that this particular treatment is controversial for other reasons than political. Here are two reputable medical sites that have differing views on the use of Hydroxychloroquine:

Mayo Clinic has decided not to use this treatment because they saw it as an ineffective treatment and that it could cause heart problems. Article here.

Henry Ford Health Systems has been testing Hydroxycloroquine and have found positive results with limited use while closely monitoring the possible heart issues. Article here.

Also, here’s a much more in-depth interview with the doctors on the censored video where they speak about the misinformation, fabricated data, and other reasons behind why the CDC and WHO had removed Hydroxychloroquine from clinical trials (that has very little to do with health concerns cited). They talk about the negative effects of the shutdown on children and other harmful psychological effects in general. They also compare our current pandemic to other previous ones where we did not shut down the country (which is my main pet peeve about this whole thing).

Here is an article by Factcheck.org, a non-partisan consumer advocate, which claims that a lot of the doctor’s claims are false. I would watch the above video before reading this article to get both sides of this story.

So, there you have all the information in a nutshell. You should investigate this yourself and make up your own mind about it. The main thing is, don’t live in fear over this!

More importantly for all of us, I would also like to say that other treatments are proving effective and in use. As I said in the comments below, my son’s father-in-law was admitted into the hospital on Monday with the virus in his lungs and was given immune-based therapy. Within hours he started feeling better and will be able to quarantine at home today (5 days later). So, the good news is, there are viable treatment options!

Again, my main vent was on how this pandemic is being politicized with fear-mongering, which may be causing more damage than the virus itself. But it’s certainly not about the great work our medical researchers and facilities are doing to combat this virus. I applaud their work and pray for them. Be safe, use common sense, but don’t live in fear. Do the research for yourself and live your life! 🙂

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 39 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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24 Responses to My vent about the political shenanigans surrounding Coronavirus

  1. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    We need to spread this before it is squelched.

    Is hydroxychloroquine a cure? Well, it most certainly is not dangerous, and that is what the panic artists claim.

    Do your own research, and start checking sources beyond the Liberal Democrat legacy media.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks for the re-blog, Tom. I agree. Regardless of whether hydroxychloroquine works or not, we should do our own research and not live in fear. There has never been a virus that has shut down this country, even the world, like this in history, yet others were just as dangerous, if not more. We’ve been made to be way too afraid of this. And a lot, if not all, is political.

  2. jeffw5382 says:

    I don’t believe it’s just Trump derangement syndrome- it was removed from over the counter in France in January it’s a global coordination

  3. Karen Snitker says:

    Thank you!!!! Your venting was a refreshing response to what’s going on. Much appreciated.
    Blessings, Karen

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. Tricia says:

    Couldn’t agree more. And it’s dangerous because people are getting sicker than they need to and possibly dying because of the media black out on positive studies prevents them from thinking it could be a good treatment.

    Here’s another good one
    https://www.henryford.com/news/2020/07/hydro-treatment-study

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks for the link, Tricia. That’s great news. This study seems to be legitimate. I especially appreciated that they dealt directly with the objection commonly cited against using this treatment.

      From the article:
      “None of the patients had documented serious heart abnormalities; however, patients were monitored for a heart condition routinely pointed to as a reason to avoid the drug as a treatment for COVID-19.”

  5. You made me smile. I wondered if a political thought ever ran through your head. Fun!!
    I’m all in with you on this matter for sure!!!

    • Mel Wild says:

      LOL! I’m iconoclastic with politics, too. I’m sure I can make both Democrats and Republicans upset with me eventually. I faithfully question everything. 🙂 That’s why I usually stay away from it altogether. I just reached a tipping point on this because we have way overreacted to this pandemic. It’s made our whole country hide and separate from each other in fear of “catching it.” Think about it. We’ve had H1N1 and SARS before. I got H1N1 in 1977 (Russian flu). I got sick and got better. Many people died, but we didn’t shut down the country. Maureen got an H1N1 (Swine flu) in 2009. She stayed home for a week and got better. We didn’t shut down the economy and churches for any of these pandemics. Yes, we should always keep people who are most vulnerable safe, which account for most of the deaths, and let it run its course.

      My son’s father-in-law got COVID-19 in his lungs and was admitted into the hospital on Monday and will be released to quarantine at home tomorrow. They treated him with blood plasma from COVID survivors and he felt better within hours. The point is, it’s totally treatable. There’s no need for such panic.

      I’m also find the politically-motivated hypocrisy mind-numbing. We can riot, loot and burn other people’s buildings and beat people up, even kill them, and march shoulder to shoulder, but we shouldn’t sing six feet apart without a mask.

      Yes, this is a dangerous virus and I don’t want to minimize it. But I wonder how many people have died because of this shut-down? It would be interesting to see which killed more. Regardless, I’ll be glad when November 4 comes and all the political drama attached to it will go away.

  6. Nick says:

    You know the way that we look back on people from the 50’s doing “Duck and Cover”, as if that would save them from a nuclear blast? Well wearing masks is our version of that. It doesn’t help. All it does is make people feel better.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Good analogy. The “duck and cover” would mitigate the risk if it was a very small detonation many miles away, your cover is dirt (or lead), and the wind was blowing in the other direction. Otherwise, you would literally be toast. It was a psychological protection. Similarly, it appears that masks DO stop water droplets (spit) and may provide minimal protection in a crowd by stopping the water particles, but it’s not going to stop the actual virus from penetrating the mask. Like “duck and cover,” it provides a psychological benefit for society. Wearing one makes us feel safer. I wear mine for other’s people’s well-being, not because I think I’m safe wearing one.

      And this is all why it’s become a controversial subject. It’s also why people object to being forced to wear one under penalty of law.

      Interestingly, Netherlands and Denmark have done extensive research on the effectiveness of wearing face masks (non-medical kind). The Netherlands has already said they won’t require them and Denmark may follow suit because the results are inconclusive and the requirement may actually cause other health issues for the mask wearer. They also said that improper wearing of the mask negates the benefit. 90% of the people I see wearing one around here aren’t wearing them properly.

  7. Good vent, Mel! I am sorry you are dealing with this stuff, too. My heart really goes out to pastors trying to walk this fine line between keeping people safe and speaking out when necessary. That’s really tough.

    I was blessed recently to hear this Christian woman coming back from Africa where they have ebola which really is a scary and dangerous disease, and her surprise coming back to the US to see our response to corona. She was like, Wut the heck is wrong with you people?? She gave a really validating speech on the spiritual implications of masks, about how the power of life and death is in our tongues, about how we carry the breath of God within us, which we have all just agreed to muzzle and hide away. Worse, we have hidden it away as if it were something shameful, toxic, dangerous. Can you actually love your neighbor when you take one look at them and think they’re trying to kill you? We aren’t just being asked to wear a mask, we’re being asked to change how we perceive one another, not as beings made in the image of God, but as a potential threat, unclean. Now, I would never shame anyone for wearing a mask, but she made some valid points about the spiritual implications of what we are covering up and why. We may well all choose to wear masks anyway, but we should do it with some awareness, not simply blind compliance stoked by fear.

    A bit funny, she can hardly wait to go back to ebola land where people are actually sane, well, except for all the guns and warlords of course.

    Nearly all doctors and nurses wear surgical masks to prevent biological goo from splattering them in the face. It is literally a face napkin. It is absolutely laughable to believe a surgical mask has anything at all to do with virus protection.

    Hydroxychloroquine is probably much safer than ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is available over the counter and it actually does kill people. There is quite a bit of research about some of the potential problems and yet we’ve decided the benefits of this pain med outweigh the potential harm. To not see how the attacks on Hydroxychloroquine are totally political is cray-cray.

    As long as I am outing myself as a total troublemaker, vitamin c, vitamin D, and zinc are all lovely things to pay attention to during flu season. One reason why hydroxychloroquine may prove useful is because it helps to get the zinc where it needs to go.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yeah, what the African woman said is probably at the bottom of a lot of frustration about this whole thing. As I’ve said in other comments, when have we ever reacted to a virus this way in our history? Never. Are we going to totally shut down the country the next time a new Sars virus breaks loose? Because we might as well call it quits as a viable economy and even sane society if we do. We can be safe grownups without such draconian measures forced on us that cause so much fear and distrust.

      I actually like the immune-treatment therapies. Also, as you said, a healthy immune system, bolstered by vitamins C, D, and Zinc, are good for minimizing the effects of viruses. Echinacea supports a healthy immune system, too.

    • Mel Wild says:

      “She gave a really validating speech on the spiritual implications of masks, about how the power of life and death is in our tongues, about how we carry the breath of God within us, which we have all just agreed to muzzle and hide away. Worse, we have hidden it away as if it were something shameful, toxic, dangerous. Can you actually love your neighbor when you take one look at them and think they’re trying to kill you?”

      That’s another valid point that people who don’t see the value of spiritual health or the benefit of churches don’t understand at all. Especially, when our state governments have shown us that violence, rioting, and destroying property, and creating anarchy and chaos in the streets of our cities is more important than people being able to freely worship God (which is a constitutional right, btw).

    • Mel Wild says:

      Here’s another side-effect of shutting down our country that you have talked about several times on your blog, IB. This is from a May 2020 article from the Washington Post (a liberal newspaper, btw):

      Nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. A federal emergency hotline for people in emotional distress registered a more than 1,000 percent increase in April compared with the same time last year. Last month, roughly 20,000 people texted that hotline, run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.”
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/05/04/mental-health-coronavirus/

      Again, I would like to see the death toll totals from the effects of the lockdown as well as from the virus itself.

      • Yeah. I know that in my dinky town, nobody has died from the virus, they’ve all recovered even some 90 yr olds, but a heck of a lot of people have now died of suicide and drug overdoses. It’s just heartbreaking, and it’s a problem really aggravated and made worse by isolation, stress, economic shutdowns. In my church a tiny few have dealt with the virus by working in hospitals or having it impact family members, but absolutely every last one has dealt with the grief and suffering of addiction and mental illness and it’s impact on our families, usually half a dozen times over just in recent memory.

  8. Kay says:

    Lies spread quicker than truth. There are consequences to not following the advice of experts. As a Registered Nurse, I have always been shocked (and amused) at the ignorance of lay people and what they want to believe.

  9. Michael Galante says:

    When someone I respect and admire makes statements that contradicts what I have read it makes me stand up and take notice. “You said Masks do little or nothing to stop the virus” Can you include some studies that make that case because I would really like to understand. I included some links to some studies that that say otherwise.

    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6928e2.htm
    https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsnano.0c03252
    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks for your question, Michael. I’m familiar with the studies, and I’m not an expert so do what you think is best for you.

      First, what I mean is that face masks do not actually stop the virus, they stop our spit droplets when we talk, so when we’re close to each other, these droplets may not land on someone else. Sort of like sneezing in your elbow. This is why studies say they think it will only help “slow” the virus spread. But, as one expert said, trying to stop the virus with a face mask is like trying to stop a mosquito from going through a chain link fence. So, they do offer other people a little protection from you, as long as you stay at least six feet away from them. This is why no mask manufacturer guarantees that it will stop this virus (unless you’re talking about a hazmat suit).

      The second thing is that masks are meant to protect other people from you, not you from other people. I mention this because I see people wearing masks while driving alone in their car. In other words, if everyone else is wearing a mask, you will have some protection from them.

      The third and most important reason is because of the way people actually wear them offers little or no protection that a mask actually could provide. The reason is, they make people think it’s okay to get closer to people when it’s still not, or they don’t cover their nose, they take them off and on, they don’t wash them often so they become a container of bacteria, and a whole host of other things that negate their value. This was one of the reasons why the Netherlands decided not to require them, as their Dutch “Dr. Fauci” was quoted as saying:

      “Jaap van Dissel, Director of the RIVM Centre for Infectious Disease Control, who serves on the Outbreak Management Team, says they are aware of studies that appear to show masks slow the spread of COVID-19, but that at this time, they do not think they will help limit new infections in the Netherlands. According to Reuters, van Dissel said masks could cause people not to adhere to social distancing as well as they have been. This, coupled with people potentially wearing masks incorrectly, could increase disease transmission, he said.”

      From a medical point of view, there is no evidence of a medical effect of wearing face masks, so we decided not to impose a national obligation.”

      https://www.newsweek.com/netherlands-mask-policy-1522917

      All studies show that the best protection against the virus is to wash your hands and stay at least six feet away from other people. A mask can possibly offer a little additional help if worn correctly and everyone is doing the first two things (which isn’t happening).

    • Mel Wild says:

      Here’s two Oxford epidemiologists discussing masks and benefit of lockdown.

      What was interesting was their comments on face masks:

      “Tom Jefferson: “Aside from people who are exposed on the frontlines, there is no evidence that masks make any difference, but what’s even more extraordinary is the uncertainty: we don’t know if these things make any difference…. We should have done randomised control trials in February, March and April but not anymore because viral circulation is low and we will need huge number of enrollees to show whether there was any difference”.
      • Carl Heneghan: “By all means people can wear masks but they can’t say it’s an evidence-based decision… there is a real separation between an evidence-based decision and the opaque term that ‘we are being led by the science’, which isn’t the evidence”.

      The whole article and video can be found here:
      https://unherd.com/thepost/oxford-epidemiologists-suppression-strategy-is-not-viable/

      Also, there’s other studies about lockdown that contradict the popular opinion.

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