I don’t think that this Big Lie needs to be commented on.
The question is what are they softening us up for?
Covid infections are putting people at higher risk of diabetes, strokes, heart disease and other long-term illnesses – but experts warn it may be decades before the full impact is known.
Meanwhile, could Covid-19 also be blamed for the increased frequency and severity of colds and flu? Has it damaged our ability to fight off infections?
Northland emergency doctor Gary Payinda said some viruses, which used to cause barely a sniffle in healthy adults, were now putting people in hospital.
“We’re now seeing your typical regular healthy middle-aged person presenting to ED with bad cases of RSV. And that’s pretty novel for us,” Payinda said.
He suspected Covid may have damaged people’s immunity in subtle ways that fell below the threshold to qualify as long Covid.
Several international studies – involving millions of people, mainly from before vaccines became widely available – found a Covid infection doubled the risk of developing heart disease and increased the chance of stroke 1.6 fold.
It was also associated with higher rates of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
“There are a lot of long-term sequelae to Covid that we don’t really know yet and we may not know for years,” Payinda said.
“Post polio syndromes were not identified for literally decades after polio infections. The same with the 1918 flu epidemic – people born during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic had a two- to three-fold increased risk of later developing Parkinson’s Disease.”
The latest research showed vaccination halved the risk of cardiac problems post-infection, he said.
Auckland University immunologist Anna Brooks said our immune systems had been exposed to a novel virus, which caused inflammation of the blood vessels.
“And we still don’t know the broad spectrum impacts of that … including on healthy, recovered people.
“We don’t say that to be alarmist, we say it from the point of view that we need to better understand the impacts. We may have different responses to viruses we’ve seen before, we may respond differently to vaccines.”
A survey by Business New Zealand and Southern Cross Health found sick days hit a record high in 2022: people were sick an average of 5.5 days during the year, compared with a range of 4.2 and 4.7 days between 2012 and 2020.
That cost the economy $2.86 billion, compared to the $1.85 billion indicated by the survey in 2020.
Employers and Manufacturers Association head of advocacy Alan McDonald said it was difficult to tell whether people were getting sick more often, or if they were just staying home when sick.
“That’s probably on the back of going to 10 days sick leave as well,” McDonald said.
Minimum sick leave entitlements were increased by a law change from five to 10 days a year, in 2021.
“So [people are taking that] precautionary approach, so more and more people are aware that if you have a sniffle or a bit of a cough to just stay home – not just for your own good, but the good of those around you,” McDonald said.
However, Payinda said employers – including schools and hospitals – should be doing more to ensure clean air by providing CO2 monitors and adequate ventilation.
“Employers are talking about the inordinate numbers of employees that they have out sick due to repeated respiratory infection. Yet they’re doing almost nothing to protect their employees from repeated respiratory infection.
“I guess the message from people like me would be: it’s not a good idea to subject yourself to unnecessary repeat infections from something that could do short and long-term damage to your body.
“So I think we need to be doing a much better job of ensuring we have clean air in workplaces, schools and hospitals as well.”
Dr Brooks said re-infections could also trigger long Covid, as her colleagues overseas were reporting.
“People are turning up at long Covid clinics and saying: ‘No one told me that my fourth or fifth infection could cause this’.
“Covid is not done with us. We might be done with it, and our pandemic emergency response may be over, but the pandemic nature of this virus is certainly not over.
“And immunologically is where we are still sinking our teeth in and saying there’s so much more we need to know.”
Dr Brooks hoped people would adopt “a new normal” and continue to use masks in crowded situations and “avoid breathing in each other’s viruses”.
“Yes we’re bored of Covid and everyone is over it, but it’s still there,” Dr Brooks said.
I came across this the other day. Rumour, yes, but rumurs don’t come from nowhere.
Just in case you missed this scienfic paper, published by PubMed….
Results: Among 1704 HCWs enrolled, 595 (34.9%) HCWs were on sick leave following at least one COVID-19 vaccination, leading to a total number of 1550 sick days. Both the absolute sick days and the rate of HCWs on sick leave significantly increased with each subsequent vaccination. Comparing BNT162b2mRNA and mRNA-1273, the difference in sick leave was not significant after the second dose, but mRNA-1273 induced a significantly longer and more frequent sick leave after the third.
Conclusion: In the light of further COVID-19 infection waves and booster vaccinations, there is a risk of additional staff shortages due to post-vaccination inability to work, which could negatively impact the already strained healthcare system and jeopardise patient care. These findings will aid further vaccination campaigns to minimise the impact of staff absences on the healthcare system.
The fact checkers will try and tell you this does not say what it does.
“Recognizing the broad potential of mRNA science, we set out to create an mRNA technology platform that functions very much like an operating system on a computer. It is designed so that it can plug and play interchangeably with different programs. In our case, the ‘program’ or ‘app’ is our mRNA drug – the unique mRNA sequence that codes for a protein … … When we have a concept for a new mRNA medicine and begin research, fundamental components are already in place. Generally, the only thing that changes from one potential mRNA medicine to another is the coding region – the actual genetic code that instructs ribosomes to make protein. Utilizing these instruction sets gives our investigational mRNA medicines a software-like quality. We also have the ability to combine different mRNA sequences encoding for different proteins in a single mRNA investigational medicine.”