Doctors should be hanging their heads in shame. Once an bold profession that stood up for their patients, followed science and who were true to their calling have become cowardly, complicit fear mongers abandoning those in need. Clap for the NHS, nurses and doctors was just sick and slick PR.
The medical profession along with dentists have abandoned rational thought, their medical principles, their hippocratic oath and their patients. If you feel that’s strong I suggest that you speak to one of the families of those patients who are now dying because they can’t get the necessary routine medical tests or treatments. Speak to the cancer patients who are now not getting treatment or indeed the cardiac patients, like myself, whose aneurysm could rupture at any moment because it is no longer being routinely monitored.
Far more will die, because doctors did not stand up for science and their patients, than will be killed by the fairly normal virus (with around a 99.86% chance of surviving for the average person).
The new breed of doctor following their algorithms and pathways devised by others have had their critical thinking and their ability, gleaned over years of experience to spot the unusual and know when something ‘isn’t right’, removed. The profession is lost; they are now just trained monkeys dancing to the circus owner’s tune. As a profession they should be ashamed. Evidence based medicine? It’s now no different to voodoo and superstition.
My local doctors’ surgery now have one way systems, face masks, social distancing and all sorts of other non science based nonsense. They will not, however, see you, in most circumstances, face to face. Try seeing a dentist, that is virtually impossible. This becomes even more bizarre when I hear that some ‘plastic gun wielding official’ at some surgeries are taking patients’ temperatures at the door with an infrared thermometer. A device which according to the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine is “not reliable enough to detect or exclude fever” and that “temperature, therefore, cannot be regarded as a reliable proxy for infectivity risk.”.
“All this adds up to an unreliable device, being used to measure an unreliable proxy, where there is no previous evidence to support its use. The current vogue for use of these machines lends more to marketing than medical evidence”
But some doctor or dentist somewhere is stupid enough to disengage his brain and to engage with this rubbish and without doubt increase the fear, on an already fearful patient whose mental health is already being manipulated into a downward spiral, by pointing a useless plastic gun at their head.
Likewise the face mask nonsense. There is just no strong evidence that face masks are effective.
The overwhelming mass of medical and scientific opinion is not only that masks do nothing to stop the spread of SARs-COV-2, but that non-medical masks of the type we are being advised to wear on public transport by the Government — a supposedly life-saving device it recommends fashioning from an old T-shirt — can endanger the wearer by increasing the chance of infection: either through a build-up of the exhaled virus on the inside of the damp cloth covering; or by increasing the incidence of hand-to-face contact while fitting, adjusting and removing the covering.
In fact there is no strong evidence that surgeon’s masks are effective in some operating theatre settings either (although they may have a role to play in certain types of surgery). “However, overall there is a lack of substantial evidence to support claims that facemasks protect either patient or surgeon from infectious contamination”
Don’t believe me? Well here is a letter to the Telegraph (1st August 2020) from a former President and a former Council member of the Royal College of Surgeons. They should have an idea what they are talking about.
As an example of the political pressures on the medical profession to give scientific credence to politically-motivated decisions, on 1 June, The Lancet published ‘Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis’. A review of 172 studies, this concluded that medical masks ‘might result in’, and N95 respirators ‘might be associated with’, a reduction in virus; yet concludes that this is evidence for advocating Government regulations for home-made masks, about which its review says nothing. Then on 5 June the World Health Organisation promptly revised its ‘Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19’. However, this revision relates primarily to all health workers now being advised to wear medical masks, which put an even greater burden on production of PPE in the UK. With regard to the rest of us wearing hand-made masks, their advice has changed little. The WHO clearly states that there is still no evidence for the effectiveness of non-medical masks. The list of reasons they give for wearing one are social rather than medical, including ‘making people feel they can play a role in contributing to stopping spread of the virus’ and, more significantly, ‘reminding people to be compliant with other measures’ and ‘encouraging public acceptance of protection measures in general’. Against which, the WHO has a long list of potential harms and dangers from such masks, which you can read about in the appendix, and which are primarily concerns about the increased risk of infection from hand-made masks. But their conclusion is very clear: ‘A non-medical mask is neither a medical device nor personal protective equipment.’
The most interesting point to note is that the WHO were almost certainly ‘nobbled ‘ and the BBC Medical Correspondent Deborah Cohen’s tweet (12th July 2020) should tell you all you need to know. “We had been told by various sources WHO committee reviewing the evidence had not backed masks but they recommended them due to political lobbying. This point was put to WHO who did not deny”
There is of course another awkward question that no one is asking. If all these masks are doing such a good job of trapping a lethal virus why are they not being treated as hazardous waste to prevent the transmission by handling and disposal? After all surface contact is considered one of the primary transmission routes of Covid-19 but used masks litter our bins, streets, transport, rivers and beaches. It is just nonsense and the medical profession (including dentists) are complicit in this theatre: for that is all it is.
How many times to I have to repeat that masks, social distancing and all the other ‘non science’ can do nothing to stop the spread of a pathogen amongst the host species? All it does is alter the rate of spread. Zero covid is impossible unless you live in complete isolation (such as on an island). The best you can get is herd immunity or when/if an effective vaccine comes along (artificial herd immunity). Not sure when ‘herd immunity’ became a bad thing but it remains a scientific fact. Nor indeed when a vaccine became necessary for a disease that about 99.97% of the population survive.
Now if you think it’s just a crackpot down a valley in Wales saying this it seems a few others of some standing have now come late to the party such as professor Woolhouse from Edinburgh University.
Not to mention 90 Doctors and scientists in Israel including a Nobel Prize winner who have written:
“Given the large amount of information piling up about the low danger of mortality among the healthy population, and given the lack of certainty about the the efficacy and safety of a vaccine being developed soon, and in light of the research done until now, it’s clear that the best way to get out of the crisis quickly with a minimum of death (and also damage to health and the economy) needs to center on developing deep immunity by preventing the elderly population at risk from being infected,” the letter reads.
A closure is thus a strategic mistake, based on a lack of basic understanding of the mechanisms of a pandemic.”
A letter signed by 394 medical doctors and 1343 health professionals in Belgium has just been sent to the Belgium Government where they argue that there is no medical justification for any further Covid restrictions – the medical evidence just doesn’t support them.
To all the other doctors why are you not screaming from the rooftops? The facts are there for you to see such as in this excellent video:
Meanwhile thousands of patients are dying because of the collateral damage, with restricted access to doctors and hospitals and the lack of testing and treatments for routine conditions. You abandoned your promise of ‘First do no harm’, you failed to stand up and open the hospital doors to the sick, you ran away and hid on the flimsiest of evidence. You are, with few exceptions, a disgrace to your profession.