10 Myths Told by COVID Experts Debunked:

3 March 2023

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For three years, writers at the Daily Declaration and our editorial team have been endlessly demonised for questioning the mainstream narrative on all things COVID-19 — whether lockdowns, natural immunity, vaccines, mandates or the origins of the virus. Our critics have accused us of spreading misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and worse.

As it turns out, our critics were wrong — about everything.

The mainstream narrative is currently in free-fall, as we have been documenting over recent weeks. In only the latest example of said unravelling, has published a piece entitled 10 myths told by Covid experts — now debunked by Marty Makary MD, MPH, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The article was first published by the New York Post.

That article appears below. Buckle up.

10 myths told by COVID experts – now debunked

In the past few weeks, a series of analyses published by highly respected researchers have exposed a truth about public health officials during Covid:

Much of the time, they were wrong — the New York Post reports.

To be clear, public health officials were not wrong for making recommendations based on what was known at the time. That’s understandable. You go with the data you have.

No, they were wrong because they refused to change their directives in the face of new evidence. When a study did not support their policies, they dismissed them and censored opposing opinions.

At the same time, the Centre for Disease Control weaponised research itself but putting out their own flawed studies in their own non-peer reviewed medical journal, MMWR.

In the final analysis, public health officials actively propagated misinformation that ruined lives and forever damaged public trust in the medical profession. Here are 10 ways they misled us:

Misinformation #1: Natural immunity offers little protection compared to vaccinated immunity

A Lancet study looked at 65 major studies in 19 countries on natural immunity. The researchers concluded that natural immunity was at least as effective as the primary Covid vaccine series.

In fact, the scientific data was there all along — from 160 studies, despite the findings of these studies violating Facebook’s “misinformation” policy.

Since the Athenian plague of 430 B.C., it has been observed that those who recovered after infection were protected against severe disease if reinfected. That was also the observation of nearly every practising physician during the first 18 months of the Covid pandemic.

Most Americans were fired for not having the Covid vaccine already had antibodies that effectively neutralised the virus, but they were antibodies that the government did not recognise.

Misinformation #2: Masks prevent Covid transmission

Cochran Reviews are considered the most authoritative and independent assessment of evidence in medicine. And one published last month by a highly-respected Oxford research team found that masks had no significant impact on Covid transmission.

When asked about this definitive review, CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky downplayed it, arguing that it was flawed because it focused on randomised controlled studies.

But that was the greatest strength of the review! Randomised studies are considered the gold standard of medical evidence. If all the energy used by public health officials to mask toddlers could have been channelled to reduce child obesity by encouraging outdoor activities, we would be better off.

Misinformation #3: School closures reduce Covid transmission

The CDC ignored the European experience of keeping schools open, most without mask mandates. Transmission rates were no different, evidenced by studies conducted Spain and Sweden.

Misinformation #4: Myocarditis from the vaccine is less common than from the infection

Public health officials downplayed concerns about vaccine-induced myocarditis — or inflammation of the heart muscle. They cited poorly designed studies that under-captured complication rates. A flurry of well-designed studies said the opposite. We now know that myocarditis is six to 28-times more common after the Covid vaccine than after the infection among 16- to 24-year-old males. Tens of thousands of children likely got myocarditis, mostly subclinical, from a Covid vaccine they did not need because they were entirely healthy or because they already had Covid.

Misinformation #5: Young people benefit from a vaccine booster

Boosters reduced hospitalisation in older, high-risk Americans. But the evidence was never there that they lower Covid mortality in young healthy people. That’s probably why the CDC chose not to publish their data on hospitalisation rates among boosted Americans under 50, when they published the same rates for those over 50.

Ultimately, White House pressure to recommend boosters for all was so intense, that the FDA’s two top vaccine experts left the agency in protest, writing scathing articles on how the data did not support boosters for young people.

Misinformation #6: Vaccine mandates increased vaccination rates

President Biden and other officials demanded unvaccinated workers, regardless of their risk or natural immunity, be fired. They demanded that soldiers be dishonourably discharged and nurses be laid off in the middle of a staffing crisis. The mandate was based on the theory that vaccination reduced transmission rates — a notion later proven to be false. But after the broad recognition that vaccination does not reduce transmission, the mandates persisted, and still do to this day. A recent study from George Mason University details how vaccine mandates in nine major U.S. cities had no impact on vaccination rates. They also had no impact on Covid transmission rates.

Misinformation #7: Covid originating from the Wuhan Lab is a conspiracy theory

Google admitted to suppressing searches of “lab leak” during the pandemic. Dr Francis Collins, head of the NIH, claimed (and still does) he didn’t believe the virus came from a lab. Ultimately, overwhelming circumstantial evidence points to a lab leak origin — the same origin suggested to Dr Anthony Fauci by two very prominent virologists in a January 2020 meeting he assembled at the beginning of the pandemic. According to documents obtained by Bret Baier of Fox News, they told Drs Fauci and Collins that the virus may have been manipulated and originated in the lab, but then suddenly changed their tune in public comments days after meeting with the NIH officials. The virologists were later awarded nearly $9 million from Fauci’s agency.

Misinformation #8: It was important to get the 2nd vaccine dose 3 or 4 weeks after the 1st dose

Data was clear in the Spring of 2021, just months after the vaccine rollout, that spacing the vaccine out by three months reduces complications rates and increase immunity. Spacing out vaccines would have also saved more lives when Americans were rationing a limited vaccine supply at the height of the epidemic.

Misinformation #9: Data on the bivalent vaccine is “crystal clear”

Dr. Ashish Jha famously said this, despite the bivalent vaccine being approved using data from eight mice. To date, there has never been a randomised controlled trial of the bivalent vaccine. In my opinion, the data are crystal clear that young people should not get the bivalent vaccine. It would have also spared many children myocarditis

Misinformation #10: One in five people get long Covid

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that 20% of Covid infections can result in long Covid. But a U.K. study found that only 3% of Covid patients had residual symptoms lasting 12 weeks. What explains the disparity?

It’s often normal to experience mild fatigue or weakness for weeks after being sick and inactive and not eating well. Calling these cases long Covid is the medicalisation of ordinary life.

What’s most amazing about all the misinformation conveyed by CDC and public health officials, is that there has been no apologies for holding on to their recommendations for so long after the data became apparent that they were dead wrong. Public health officials said “you must” when the correct answer should have been “we’re not sure.”

Early on, in the absence of good data, public health officials chose a path of stern paternalism. Today, they are in denial of a mountain of strong studies showing that they were wrong.

At minimum, CDC should come clean and the FDA should add a warning label to Covid vaccines, clearly stating what is now known. A mea culpa by those who led us astray would be a first step to rebuilding trust.

Read the full article at News.Com.Au here or the New York Post here.


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  1. Kim Beazley 3 March 2023 at 9:26 am - Reply

    There’s a sad irony in the fact that there’s an excellent article today by Dr Jim Twelves on the dangers of media bias, and then this article which falls right into the trap. And it’s the height of irony that people who on one hand regularly write about the inherent bias of mainstream media will, when it confirms their own biases, sing its praises.

    And it’s sad because the writers are two men for whom I have so often (both here and in person) expressed my deep respect.

    But one thing I learned a long time ago was to look up actual studies and articles from reputable expert sources, and not even be persuaded by someone writing an article who is an expert in the field. There are just too many of those whose claims have been proven conclusively to be false.

    This is why Dr Jim Twelve’s article today is so valuable.

    When the first two points were raised in articles here last week, and which I presented refutations to both in the comments (which are first examined by the authors here before they’re approved), and which are attached to those articles, those corrections at least should have provoked caution.

    But here we are.

    As for the rest:

    Misinformation #3: School closures reduce COVID transmission

    I don’t have a firm opinion on this, but as my wife (in her mid 60’s) was teaching through the pandemic, and when so many teachers are in an older age group, and therefore more susceptible to serious infection, the issue of transmission from children to their teachers is of major significance.

    These studies in my opinion warrant caution at least:

    “Misinformation #4: Myocarditis from the vaccine is less common than from the infection.

    “We now know that myocarditis is six to 28 times more common after the COVID vaccine than after the infection among 16- to 24-year-old males.”

    To support this assertion there is nothing. That’s a terrible flaw.

    This, along with #10, is the worst, because there’s been so much research done that such claims should curl up and die from shame!

    In fact (and to save space), I wrote about it at length here last July ( citing a number of clinical trials and studies. And there are literally dozens freely available online and over the whole time the vaccines have been in use, and from around the globe, which correlate the facts which refute this claim to an extraordinary level.

    “Misinformation #5: Young people benefit from a vaccine booster.”

    As this is a US paper, this isn’t relevant here, as boosters have never been pushed that hard for young people, and are not recommended for children.

    “Misinformation #6: Vaccine mandates increased vaccination rates.”

    This would come under the writer’s own description:

    “To be clear, public health officials were not wrong for making recommendations based on what was known at the time. That’s understandable. You go with the data you have.”

    “Misinformation #7: COVID originating from the Wuhan lab is a conspiracy theory.”

    I think we’re way past that, as I believe there’s pretty solid agreement within “Canberra Declaration”, as well as in the wider population.

    “Misinformation #8: It was important to get the second vaccine dose three or four weeks after the first dose.”

    As the recommendations in Australia were 12 weeks then this is only pertinent to the US.

    “Misinformation #9: Data on the bivalent vaccine is ‘crystal clear’

    Dr. Ashish Jha famously said this, despite the bivalent vaccine being approved using data from eight mice.
    To date, there has never been a randomized controlled trial of the bivalent vaccine.”

    It’s hard to fathom why someone in that doctor’s position, as well as the writer of the NY Post article, would say such a thing when I found this report of the Phase 2-3 clinical trial in 10 seconds flat. And it was published almost 5 months before the op-ed!

    Their summary is worth noting:

    “In this study, the 50-μg bivalent omicron-containing mRNA-1273.214 vaccine, when administered as a booster dose, had a safety and reactogenicity profile that was similar to that of 50-μg mRNA-1273 [the original vaccine] and elicited superior neutralizing antibody responses against omicron at 28 days after immunization. Neutralizing antibody responses were also higher against omicron subvariants BA.4/5 and ancestral SARS-CoV-2 (D614G). The mRNA-1273.214 booster also elicited higher spike-binding antibody responses against omicron, alpha, beta, gamma, and delta variants than mRNA-1273. These results are consistent with the evaluation of our bivalent beta-containing vaccine, which induced enhanced and durable antibody responses. Together, these findings indicate that bivalent vaccines may be a new tool in the response to emerging variants.”

    “Misinformation #10: One in five people get long Covid

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that 20% of Covid infections can result in long Covid. But a U.K. study found that only 3% of Covid patients had residual symptoms lasting 12 weeks. What explains the disparity?”

    Again, where are the citations for these?

    And again, there was a study published in “Nature Reviews Microbiology” five weeks before the NY Post article, which reveals the gravity of the situation:

    When you consider what this paper reveals, the myth that “Long COVID” is a myth could be the most damaging of all. Consider these findings:

    “Long COVID is an often debilitating illness that occurs in at least 10% of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections. More than 200 symptoms have been identified with impacts on multiple organ systems…At least 65 million individuals around the world have long COVID, based on a conservative estimated incidence of 10% of infected people and more than 651 million documented COVID-19 cases worldwide; the number is likely much higher due to many undocumented cases… Long COVID is associated with all ages and acute phase disease severities, with the highest percentage of diagnoses between the ages of 36 and 50 years, and most long COVID cases are in non-hospitalized patients with a mild acute illness, as this population represents the majority of overall COVID-19 cases.”

    In summary, it should be clear to anyone with an open mind that this article from the Post is far from the bombshell revelation this article is claiming.

  2. Mrs Jane Blakey 3 March 2023 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Dear Warwick and Kurt, thank you for exposing the truth. So much harm has been done to us all by our own governments that have placed the financial interests of the pharmaceutical companies and the agenda of the Club of Rome and globalists way above the well being of the ordinary citizen they were elected to defend. By aligning with government in this matter of Covid, church leaders were complicit with and only compounded the tragedies of job losses and consequently, the family home, alienation from family and community, loss of years of school education, increased suicides and of life devastating vaccine injuries. Immediately after the wrongly mandated push for nation wide ‘vaccinations’, there was an increase of 16% in deaths of Australians in 2022. Over the past 66 years, the highest excess death rate was only 4.4% (1964) well up from the 1.6% decrease in deaths during the period 1955 – 2021. My questions are these: Why are they trying to kill us? Who are ‘they’? What are we going to do about it?

    • Kaylene Emery 3 March 2023 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      I love your questions Jane ! Not to mention the fact that you ask them….

    • Jim Twelves 4 March 2023 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Dear Jane, brilliantly put. I too loved the clarity of your question. My ‘answer’ would be something like this.
      Forgive them they know not what they do, its a pure distilled diabolical agenda they are enacting. If I could not call for their forgiveness I would not be worthy of the name Christian.
      Shalom, Jim

      • Kaylene Emery 4 March 2023 at 9:39 am - Reply

        I know you are right Jim and because the lie’s continue I struggle with my outrage. Not because I do not know how, to forgive because I do know and I continue to forgive, just as my Lord commands me. What maintains my outrage is the knowledge that if those who lie and abuse do not confess and….repent, they will, continue with the abusive behaviour.
        We become complicit when in the name of forgiveness and unity we tell ourselves to believe that because mandates and lockdowns have ended, such destruction will not be inflicted on the Australian people again.
        They may not know what they do ? But those of us who do – have a responsibility to protect the children and the vulnerable in this country.

        • Jim Twelves 4 March 2023 at 10:12 am - Reply

          Kaylene, right on, nailed it! My challenge and my prayer (and I am not putting this on others) is to have the Lord’s power to communicate with others to wake them up. I agree, I can’t bare the thought of being complicit. My challenge in particular is the church leadership…Shalom, Jim

      • Kim Beazley 5 March 2023 at 6:43 am - Reply

        I find it sad, Jim, that on the same day you write such an excellent article on media bias, which should encourage us all to investigate all sides of a story, that in this case you have failed to do so. As I have outlined above, most of these “myths” are themselves myths which are disproved by true research and data. It beggars imagination to understand what this “pure distilled diabolical agenda” you refer to could be, and who “they” are.

        • Jim Twelves 6 March 2023 at 5:44 pm - Reply

          Kim, I do believe that Warwick and Kurt have ‘demonstrated’ the wisdom in investigating all sides of a story, I commend them for their post.
          Let me share a parable, my pastor, more than 40 years ago shared this with me. He said that its good to hold our stance, our view points, when it comes to ‘matters of debate’ in ‘open hands’, and to reserve tight clenched hands for the fundamental, non-negotiables, such as the truth that we all need to be saved through Christ alone.
          I am seeking to keep an open mind about the Covid Myths, and trust that one day we will all know exactly what happened and why.
          Regarding my phrase the “pure distilled diabolical agenda”, we will have to agree to disagree for now. I can’t define it, I just see that, from my perspective, it ‘is’ being played out on the world stage before us.

          • Kim Beazley 7 March 2023 at 11:04 am

            The problem there is that there is no evidence of all sides of the story being investigated. If that were the case, this article, and so many others like it, would not have been written and published. In fact, there is a clear bias involved.

            And the reality of that lies in the fact that all of the links I provided are indisputable as refutations, unless you want to go down the rabbit hole that some have gone down of questioning the independence of the whole medical research community worldwide and suggest a “Big Pharma” controlled cabal.

            But that then begs the question: why is this suggestion made only in relation to the COVID vaccines?

            The truth is that there is such a huge consensus drawn from such a rich array of clinical trials, data analyses and other research showing the fact that most of these “myths” are the real myths. And at every turn, on every issue, they prove the kind of lie that we see repeated in this, and so many other articles.

            That’s why I do practice an open handed approach when I research each and every claim, looking at all the varied claims and weighing them up. Then when I find the true reflection of the facts I fold my fist around that as tightly as possible.

            So I would ask you why, after all this time, and when there is such a wealth of information and research, are you still claiming to be keeping an open mind? On most of the issues dealt with in this article, and others recently, that “one day” you refer to arrived a long time ago.

            As for agreeing to disagree, I have no doubt that there are individuals or groups holding such agendas against us as Christians, and even things like the “Great Reset”. But I could write a whole article on the reasons why I think it can never get off the ground, and why it has nothing to do with the End Times Tribulation or Satan’s Government. And some of my comments in a previous article ( allude to this and the damage such thinking can do.

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