22 August, 2021
Censored and condemned
By George Christensen POLITICIANS condemned me. The media said I was a danger. Big Tech censored me. Why?
Because I defied the prevailing orthodoxy in Australia on how to handle the pandemic. I asked parliament how many freedoms we would lose due to fear of a virus that has a survivability rate of 997 out of 1000. That figure came from a paper by epidemiology expert Dr John Ioannidis titled “Infection fatality rate of COVID-19 inferred from seroprevalence data” which found 0.27 per cent Infection Fatality Rate for Covid-19 across 51 countries.
I also told parliament we should acknowledge some facts, including the ineffectiveness of masks and lockdowns in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Australia’s Infection Control Expert Group says evidence around the efficacy of cloth masks is “limited, indirect, experimental” which is probably why one of their recommendations is that “when there is absent or localised COVID-19 transmission, the general use of masks in the community is not recommended”.
There have been many randomised control trial studies over the years that have looked at the effectiveness of masks in controlling viruses. These studies have produced such conclusions as “we did not identify any trend in the results suggesting effectiveness of facemasks” and “transmission was not reduced by interventions to promote hand washing and face mask use.”
Challenging another bit of pandemic orthodoxy are two studies that show lockdowns don’t work. In the paper “Assessing Mandatory Stay at-Home and Business Closure Effects on the Spread of COVID-19”, a survey on the effectiveness of lockdowns – which were labelled non-pharmaceutical interventions or NPIs – across 10 countries, concluded that “we do not find significant benefits on case growth of more restrictive NPIs. Similar reductions in case growth may be achievable with less restrictive interventions.”
Another paper, “COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink” concluded that “lockdowns cause severe adverse effects for many millions of people, disproportionately for those already disadvantaged among us”. I told parliament that COVID-19 is going to be with us forever and that we will have to live with it, not in constant fear of it.
AstraZeneca vaccine developer Dr Andrew Pollard pretty much said the same thing a day later when he pointed out that “herd immunity (from the Delta variant of COVID-19) is not a possibility because it still infects vaccinated people” and that the approach to COVID-19 needed to “shift from the epidemic to the endemic” or “living with COVID.”
I reiterate what I told parliament: we need to open society back up, restore freedom and end the madness.