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Lawless commissioners deal with politics, not COVID-19

OPINION

BY LEN CABRERA

The Alachua County Commission voted unanimously to impose a mask mandate again, one day after the Alachua County School Board also voted unanimously to extend their mandate for eight weeks with no parental opt-out (which is against Florida law). This is a cynical (and tyrannical) move that allows the commission to kill two birds with one stone. First, they want to damage Governor DeSantis, who said there will be no school mask mandates in Florida. Second, they need to save face for their failed lockdown and masking policies from last year.

Their advisors aren’t stupid. They know the data. The Rt (a model parameter for the average number of people who will become infected by a person currently infected) dropped below 1.0 in Alachua County on August 10 (August 15 for Florida). That means cases have likely already hit the peak for this wave. The commissioners want to impose masks now to take credit for the upcoming drop in cases.

If you look at CDC data, Florida cases appear to have already peaked. The highest daily cases occurred on August 12, and the seven-day average peaked on August 16. The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) weekly report confirms that the weekly case count for both Florida (150,118 this week vs. 151,468 last week) and Alachua County (1,494 this week vs. 1,644 last week) are down from the previous week. Although Alachua County Administrator for FDOH Paul Myers told the Alachua County Commission on Wednesday that he expected the county’s case positivity to be up this week compared to last week, it was actually down from 16.4% last week to 14.7% this week.

The same data set demonstrates that all the non-pharmaceutical interventions have nothing to do with COVD-19 case rates. The graph below compares the 7-day average of daily cases per 100-thousand population in Hawaii and Texas. One state has a very strict mask mandate and the other does not, but their graphs are nearly identical. Hawaii has 61% of its population age 12 and older fully vaccinated; the number is 55% in Texas.

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Real-world data repeatedly show that masks do not work to stop the spread of COVID-19. We said they wouldn’t in July 2020, based on pre-COVID (i.e., non-politicized) studies, and followed that up by showing the data in January 2021. Here’s an article looking at six countries where masks didn’t work. Here’s another one that looked at 12 countries

To justify their decision, the commissioners invited “local experts” who simply echoed the talking points from the national public health officials at CDC and NIH—officials who are scrambling to cover up their own incompetence in handling COVID-19, their crony-like support of Big Pharma, and/or their potential liability for causing the pandemic through gain-of-function research.

The commissioners ignored concerns from their own citizens and ignored information from other experts with the same credentials who disagree with mask mandates, such as Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and Dr. Mark McDonald. They used the cloistered “experts” who hide in hospitals or behind closed doors, fueled by government grants, specifically because they knew the advice would support their desired policies.

When your funding comes from NIH or CDC, you tend to say what you’re expected to say. Those in the hospitals have a skewed view of COVID-19 because they never see the asymptomatic or less severe cases. They give advice based on worst-case scenarios and do not consider other factors like psychological development, personal liberty, or constitutionality. If it were up to emergency room physicians, motorcycles, trampolines, and many power tools would be outlawed, and the national speed limit would be 20 mph.

If you doubt my cynical interpretation of our political overlords, read on to see what REAL doctors who are actually treating COVID-19 have said and consider how much of this information has been shared by government officials or the mainstream media.

Note that the most basic preventative information is never mentioned by national public health officials. In fact, buried in all the thousands of pages of “emergency” legislation is the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act, which is basically used to prosecute doctors who dare to actually treat patients or even recommend preventative measures like boosting Vitamin D levels. In fact, the FDA is now threatening to pull licenses and place $50,000 fines on compounding pharmacies who make 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D (see 55:26 in this interview with Dr. Dan Stocks).

There are dozens of studies that show the importance of Vitamin D in preventing adverse effects from COVID-19. A meta-analysis of 23 studies found that people who are Vitamin D deficient are over three times more likely to get infected and about five times as likely to get severe cases. There are now over 100 studies that demonstrate the importance of Vitamin D levels in preventing infection and mitigating outcomes of COVID-19.

There is also near-complete silence from public health officials on outpatient treatments for COVID-19. As early as April 2020, doctors found that Ivermectin helps reduce the serious cases of COVID-19, especially for patients treated early. However, the FDA was quick to step in and prevent the off-label use of the anti-parasitic drug, just like they did with the anti-viral hydroxychloroquine. Since then, 31 randomized, controlled trials have shown the effectiveness of Ivermectin. There are other similar treatments, but why use cheap, repurposed drugs when you can bill the taxpayer for $3,100 treatments of Remdesivir, which a University of Iowa study found does not decrease deaths and actually increases the length of hospital stays?

Corporate doctors (including those from UF Health Shands and North Florida Regional Medical Center) are actively prevented from going outside official government recommendations, but there have been some brave, independent doctors on the front lines of treating COVID-19. Their stories are ignored by most media outlets, and they face government hurdles at every turn.

Dr. Brian Tyson’s practice has treated over 6,000 COVID patients, and 100% of those who were treated by day 7 survived. In an August 11 interview, he railed against the CDC and NIH for effectively having no outpatient recommendations: “Since when, in the history of medicine, have we ever said we’re not going to treat somebody until they get so bad they need to be put in the hospital? This makes absolutely no sense.” He has an 8-part series at The Desert Review documenting his experience with treating COVID-19.

Here’s a list of other doctors who have done similar interviews:

Here’s a list of places where you can try to get COVID-19 treatments if your doctor refuses to provide any treatment except “wait until you need to be hospitalized.”

If you know anyone who suffered greatly from COVID-19 but wasn’t hospitalized, their pain and suffering was caused by NIH guidance that says not to do anything until breathing difficulties require hospitalization. If they had been given early treatment to prevent viral replication, they’d likely have been much better off. But rather than recommending Vitamin D or pointing to these simple treatments, our petty tyrants turn to “experts” whose only advice is “Wear a mask and get vaccinated.” At least Governor DeSantis is making monoclonal antibodies more available, but nearly every question at press conferences is about the false narrative that he has failed to push vaccines.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky finally admitted on CNN that fully-vaccinated people can transmit SARS-CoV-2. That’s quite a change from December 2020, when the CDC stated that the vaccine was 95% effective in preventing symptomatic spread. As late as March, Walensky told MSNBC that “vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick, and that it’s not just in the clinical trials, but also in real-world data.”

Why the change? She’ll likely call it “The ScienceTM“, but it’s actually called political spin. Public health officials are finding it more difficult to lie in the wake of real-world data. Walensky’s admission was forced by studies like this one posted last month from the University of Wisconsin-Madison that found “no difference in viral loads when comparing unvaccinated individuals to those who have vaccine ‘breakthrough’ infections.’”

None of this information was shared or considered by the county commissioners or the school board members. Worse, these same officials will probably insist on rigid enforcement of their rules and complete compliance from their subjects, while they ignore the governor, the law, and the courts. Clearly, their actions are more about politics and control than they are about our health.

Updated number of RCTs for Ivermectin in response to a comment

  • Len- Quite obviously you did not review your link to the 63 randomized clinical trials! Some are meta analyses, at least one is notice of a meeting, one even notes clearly that it’s a poorly designed study, No reputable bench scientists would use any of these to prove ANY point! The size and composition (N) of all is laughable as well as the length of applied research. None offer a serious contribution to COVID treatment knowledge. Any first year biostatistics student could easily dissect their poor design (or lack of “statistical relevance) ”. Your article is full of sound and fury signifying absolutely nothing. REALLY check your sources next time!

    • For Sharon…

      And yet…NO influenza in almost 2 years. You’re such a genius. That’s laughable!

      You just keep on believing…

      • No genius, just a Masters in Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology.

        • Kudos to you for having completed some course level work. Even more kudos to you if you are one that is paying off any debt you may have incurred, (or not have any), by obtaining said education. I would like to think you are not one of many who are screaming for free education or the forgiveness of loans while attending college.

          Unfortunately, it appears even with those credentials you have also been taken by your own political bias. Another great example of the power of social and mainstream media and how it has the power to influence so many people.

          If the political messages were reversed, I have no doubt that everyone would be taking a different stance. That’s what the current federal leadership did last year if you recall.

          If it makes you feel better, keep on believing…

          • Thank you, but I long ago paid off my student loans as I am 69 years old and retired from Shands where my fellow health care workers are putting their lives on the line every day trying to save the overwhelming COVID caseload of mostly unvaccinated patients. Politics has nothing to do with my evaluation of Len’s column. It is based on observing scientific theory, knowing how research is reviewed and published and a through knowledge of biostatistics and epidemiology. Like many of my generation, we believe in science and the intelligent discussion of facts. Not the slinging of insults and mockery, more routinely the behavior of a fifth grader.

          • Sharon…Fantastic! You’re not one of the burdens on society that are in constant search of that elusive free stuff.

            Unfortunately, “generations” has nothing to do with it. Political leanings carries 99% more weight as you, an educated person, are well aware of.
            Please, try not to dispute that very simple fact.

            While I admire and greatly appreciate the work and dedication of the healthcare workers across the world for their efforts, I also recognize that even vaccinated people are getting ill. Hell, healthcare workers who live in masks are even getting infected – with SOMETHING. If they are vaccinated, and they wear masks…how are they putting their lives on the line?

            There are things going on of which the intent is to have a certain degree of control over our lives. What happened to my body, my choice?

            People should stop believing…

          • Sharon.1. Do you believe in Jesus Christ & God? 2. Do you believe in natural immunity?
            3. A hypothetical question…Do you think that it would be best if their was a one world government? 4. Can I make my own medical
            Decision like to abort my fetus, or do you agree with population control like limiting people to 2 children, like 1 boy & 1 girl only
            And you can’t have any other children because
            Of climate change or whatever reason…thanks.

        • Interesting that you dropped the MPH from your name in your responses. This is a divisive issue and much of the minutia being spewed by healthcare professionals and little men and women building fiefdoms is borne of an irrational fear, not reality. Somehow, you all think that people that are not vaccinated are stupid or ignorant. Nothing could be further from the truth. How about focusing on all the fast food crap and sodas that people partake of that most certainly helps to compromise their ability to deal with moderate maladies like this one. Wake up. It is here for good. Use your knowledge to find ways to mitigate its effects rather than dictate irrational mandates on people.

          • Keen observation about her dropping the MPH… I didn’t notice that. Great comments.
            Thanks.

        • Sharon, why didn’t you answer Sherman’s questions? I think you didn’t answer because
          You are questioning your belief system…I get it…
          What if you’re wrong and now worlds are colliding…

      • I’m troubled, Mr, Cabrera, by the removal of your name from the above response to my comment and the replacement of a faceless moniker. One can only infer the reasons you decided to make this edit, but I’m crystal clear about why you also edited out the reference to “the 63 clinical trials”. And yes, I’ll “keep on believing” in science, ethical journalism and the power of intellectual, respectful debate. May I suggest you try the same?

        • You’re troubled Sharon? You’ll “keep on believing in science”? I believe in science, but I also believe in Jesus & God…I also believe in miracles. This was a great and informative article. Do you pray
          Sharon? I pray Sharon. I thank god & Jesus everyday for everything in the universe and for getting me up to this point in time. You didn’t answer any of my questions Sharon…if you’re troubled, pray to god and ask for forgiveness.
          I can make my own medical decisions and our
          Human rights come from god, not a tyrannical government. Answer my questions please…My questions are scientific method …”one can only
          Infer the reasons why you decide” not to answer…
          You were mistaken about Len commenting…you’re mistaken about a lot of things…I asked 4 questions, I’m all ears…

    • My word lady, get over yourself!!! Those letters don’t make you God, nor does it mean that you have damned clue about what you’re talking about!! How many of your “COVID” cases were flu? By what means did you CONFIRM a patient had COVID? Did you isolate and purify a complete virus sample from a patient? How about the spike protein that the vaxxed are shedding, did you look for this spike protein in your filthy “unvaxxed” patients??? I mean GD, where the heck did the Scientific Method go? Do we just listen to Fauci, the CDC and blindly accept PCR test results from labs that were caught reporting 100% positives as far back as the beginning of this medical goldmine??? Let’s hear it, tell us how this virus is being diagnosed via faulty testing that has seen fruit and wildlife testing positive for COVID!!

      • Where’s Sharon now? Maybe she’s on a ventilator
        At the hospital because she took the clot shot. Hey
        Sharon, we have questions that need to be answered
        By the master in public health…oh, what’s that? You’re not a medical doctor but you act like a PhD with the
        Piling it higher and deeper. C’mon, it’s ok, take the
        Mask off and get out from under the bed…yeah,
        You’re a fraud! Just pushing the “big lie”zzz

        • A little touchy are you Bullwinkle? It’s easy to hurl insults, threats and negativity when you can hide behind a silly moniker. Respected print media require those commenting on editorial pieces to provide their full names and while I may not agree with those who do here, I respect their self-knowledge and courage to speak publicly on Mr. Cabrera’s Opinion piece. Those who find pleasure using this forum to bully and insult need to get a therapist instead. There’s much to discuss civilly, which is the only way I’ll engage. Now who’s the fraud?

          • Ok Sharon, I get it. Let’s be civil. Sherman asked some questions that you wouldn’t answer and Mr. Pink asked something about VAERS data being reliable…I was looking forward to your answers. I think that you drew
            First blood. Putting that aside, I’m very interested in the answers from a master in public health. Can you have an honest discussion? We could have avoided the hurt
            Feelings if you weren’t being evasive. Yes,
            They are tough questions…then we’ll see where we can go from there. Thanks.

    • Sharon, is the VAERS data reliable? Is this something to
      Be concerned about from a public health perspective?
      Thanks for your reply in advance.

  • Fantastic work Len.

    As you well know, this disease overwhelmingly negatively impacts individuals who are not in the best physical condition. Yet, not only have we not heard any govt official recommend people get healthy and improve their eating habits, they went out of their way to shutdown gyms.

    The commissioners are cowards and unfit to wash my feet.

  • Bravo! It took real guts for Len to write this article. Do the people of Alachua County have the guts to oppose the nitwits on the City and County Commission? Mayor Lauren Poe stated that he is “terrified” when he and his wife and daughter leave his house every day. So here we have a clueless, gutless, bed-wetting, whimpering coward who probably pees his pants when he walks out the door and calls himself a leader! And he wishes to superimpose his baseless paranoia on the people of Gainesville. People who have a knowledge of prevention measures do not quiver at the thought of COVID like Poe and the rest of the weaklings on both commissions. As for the masks, read what British Dr. Colin Axon said about why they are useless in preventing viral transmission. https://summit.news/2021/07/19/government-advisor-admits-masks-are-purely-comfort-blankets-that-do-virtually-nothing/

  • The FDA is days away from giving “full” approval to the Pfizer vaccine & a month or so for Moderna.
    After September 20th a booster shot will be authorized for 8 months after completion of original final dose. The booster reportedly increases immune response 10-fold. There should be little justification for masking after that! (children under 12 are another matter)
    So as a compromise is it reasonable to accept a temporary mask mandate that only lasts until folks have the opportunity to get the booster? Maybe mid-October? Is there room for compromise or is this a non-negotiable line-in-the-sand?
    Anyway, the mandate has no enforcement mechanism so isn’t it just a strong recommendation?

  • All this sound and fury by the commissioners signifying nothing in connection with a virus that has a 99.99% survival rate for kids and 99.85% survival rate for most healthy adults. Imagine how these screeching hysterical communists would react to a real threat? Germophobia is a mental illness. I have heard that far left liberals are mentally ill. Could that be true? Maybe Lauren Poe and his gang along with the county commissioners should be consigned to some “safe space” like a fallout shelter. It would be a good solution for sniveling hypochondriacs.

  • Alachua County will never change with the Univ of Florida err “indoctrination center #3” as the major voting block. to many anti-western, anti-american communists. Support Springs County!!!!

  • Fantastic article. The Alachua chronicle is the only web site I can go to for getting unbiased information. The past few weeks I had been trying to get my hands on some invermectin or HCQ just in case I needed it. The AFLD website is overwhelmed and I decided just for the heck of it to ask my own PCP for it knowing that it was probably a wasted phone call. Of course I could not talk directly to her but the message relayed back to me was that ivermectin was experimental and had not been proven to prevent nor help with covid. There was no data to suggest it should be used. BUT that she strongly strongly suggested I get vaccinated. What the hell does she think the vaccines are!!!! I had already left in my message to her that I was not vaccinated and was not going to get vaccinated. So this was her reasoning that ivermectin was experimental!!!!
    Time to find a new doctor. BTW I did finally get an account established with AFLD and they have acknowledged they will be calling me soon.

    • The vaccine is approved today. No longer “experimental.” Now what is your excuse for not getting it?

      • Religious and I may have an adverse reaction to it.
        I am healthy and don’t get sick. I can make my own
        Medical decisions. Why do you want to force something On me I don’t want or need. You want the
        Shot, you get the shot. My body is my temple, it’s not
        Yours! And the VAERS data is enough for me to say
        NO. You have a problem with that?

  • Excellent article. It is sad that these people live their lives in fear and feel that forcing their irrational fears on the public in the name of safety is virtuous and bold. If they are incapable of following the law of the State, why would they expect us to follow the law of the county or city. Because they have become illogical and unhinged making them unqualified to make rational decisions on the citizens’ behalf. In the face of all of this silliness, it would be nice to convince those walking around outside all by themselves that the Left has lied to them and there is no such thing as ‘the ether’ as a medium.

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