The Omikron variant “burns” its way through the global community, which leads to the reintroduction of “lockdowns” and the strict enforcement of mask and vaccine regulations. However, there is ample data to show that the Covid pandemic as the world has known it is actually “over”.
Natural immunity from previous infections appears to have exceeded 200 million people – a threshold once touted as “herd immunity” by the Mayo Clinic. The latest research on natural immunity clearly shows that it is more robust and longer lasting than “vaccinated immunity”. (The fact that the Covid experts now recommend up to four vaccinations is a tacit admission that their vaccination schedule has not kept what it promised).
New research also suggests that the rapidly spreading but “generally mild” variant of the omicron may confer natural immunity to other variants. A team of more than thirty academic researchers in Africa shows that infection with Omikron leads to a “4.4-fold” increase in neutralization of the Delta virus.
No wonder that while the number of “cases” has increased – a flood of tests continues to create the impression that the pandemic is still an imminent threat – the number of deaths and actual hospital stays (i.e. intensive care units and emergency rooms, no routine tests) have however has declined sharply.
A state-of-the-art analysis based on multiple data sets shows that the “Covid pandemic” continues to overshadow the response to the Omikron variant in several states.
The Washington Post dataset compares the daily new death rates per 100,000 population between the last week and the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. (For a closer look, open the picture in a new tab).
As can be seen from the blue lines (which reflect the death rate from the Omicron shock) and red lines (the predominant Covid wild variant on Jan. 20), death rates in America are no longer as high as they were at the beginning of the year. The January 20 date is significant not only in terms of policy changes, but also because of the introduction of the vaccination regimen, which appears to be correlated with lower mortality rates in the states.
Becker’s Hospital Review also lists the current top daily death rates per 100,000 in the United States.
- Alaska: 1.7
- New Mexico: 1.09
- Michigan: 1.06
- Arizona: 0.92
- Ohio: 0.85
- Pennsylvania: 0.73
- Tennessee: 0.72
- Kentucky: 0.71
- New Hampshire: 0.67
- Wisconsin: 0.65
The BHR responsibly declares that these numbers reflect those who “died after being infected with COVID-19” in the United States. Since, according to the CDC, 95% of deaths can be traced back to people with serious underlying diseases, it is not a matter of “undercounts”, as several media incorrectly report. These are deaths that show a correlation but no causality: It is a matter of “Covid-related mortality”. If anything, it exaggerates the picture of mortality by portraying deaths from multiple causes as if they were all due to a single cause: Covid-19.
There are a number of states that have seen massive increases in “cases” (including people who are asymptomatic but only tested positive), but where death rates have continued to decline since the end of the rise in the delta.
Florida is a good example of this. It’s a great test case because it’s a large state with no lockdown, masking, and vaccination requirements (although vaccination rates are relatively high, especially for the elderly).
Let’s compare New York. There is also an increase in omicron cases there, vaccination is mandatory for civil servants, masks are mandatory for vaccinated people, and “vaccination records” are in place in New York City.
As you can see, these strict measures to combat Covid in New York do not bring any political advantages, at least not at this stage of the rise in the Omikron variant. This has been the case for New York throughout the Covid pandemic: it has always been one of the worst states in terms of the number of deaths per 100,000.
In nearby New Jersey, another state that has consistently taken tough measures to combat the Covid pandemic, the number of deaths per 100,000 has increased slightly. The seven-day average is still 21 reported deaths in a state of nearly 9 million people.
The shell game with the highly contagious omicron variant, which is generally described as a kind of cold, continues. If someone dies in a state and tests positive for the variant (or even if health authorities suspect Covid), it is counted as a “Covid-related” death.
But the experience of tens of millions of people who are infected with the Omicron variant of Covid – despite “vaccinations” and booster vaccinations – will make it increasingly difficult to disguise the reality: America is currently not experiencing a “Covid pandemic”, but an endemic one Virus that resembles the common cold in many ways.
This new Covid reality will make it difficult for elected leaders and unelected public health officials to continue to issue authoritarian mandates based on the notion that it is an “emergency” that requires the suspension of democratic norms and constitutional processes .