Yves here. As much as I strongly prefer video presentations with transcripts, this long talk on Covid with Greg Travis, organized by WSWS, is very much worth your time (and you can listen at 1.25x time). Readers may remember Greg Travis from the Boeing 737 Max debacle. Travis, a software developer/technologist with a strong interest in public policy, was an early and accurate critic of the Max, and his posts included helpful explainers about things like how AOA sensors work.
A major theme is how what passes for our public health care system has been “disappearing” Covid via persistent undercounts, made worse recently by changing definitions and out and out cessation or reduction of key types of data gathering and reporting. Scientist GM, who has been e-mailing frequently about data reductions and sleights of hand, said “Some of the subtleties I had missed myself and wasn’t aware of.”
This discussion focuses on how the officialdom has engaged in persistent misleading messaging about Covid, initially by misrepresenting its severity, selling the bogus notions of “natural” and “herd” immunity and of Covid becoming weaker over time. As Travis says at 32:55:
Diseases do not become milder with age. They do not become milder as they become less novel. Basically, flu has had the same severity for hundreds of years. It did not become milder. Polio, my favorite example, was endemic in the United States from 1890 to 1960, seventy years it was endemic. It never became milder.
To entice you to watch, here are some key slides: