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Update on Covid Deaths:
(Illogical Reasoning by the Right About Covid and the Vaccines)
By Gary F. Zeolla
This multi-part article is continued from Update on Covid Deaths: Part Two (Continuing Covid and Vaccine Lies by the Right)
Human Beings Perfectly Healthy Until Covid Vaccines
I learned something truly astounding in recent weeks. Prior to 2021, no human being ever developed a health problem, and no human being ever died prematurely. I’m serious! All human beings lived perfectly healthy lives, living to a ripe old age, and then only died when they were “expected” to die. But then the evil US government invented the deadly Covid vaccines, and only then did people begin to develop health problems and to die prematurely.
Of course, the preceding paragraph is absolute nonsense. But it is the apparent worldview of Covid antivaxxers. That is, at least based on comments I have read after news articles talking about people, famous and non-famous, who have died unexpectedly or have developed unique health problems.
The commentators will immediately jump to the conclusion that the person was vaccinated and that the Covid vaccine caused his or her health problem or caused the person to die. That is the case, even if the article nowhere mentions the person was vaccinated and even gives a reason for the person’s death or illness that is not related to being vaccinated.
Examples of Jumping to False Conclusions
For instance, there was an article on Breitbart titled, “Rod Stewart Reveals 11-Year-Old Son Collapsed, Rushed to Hospital with Suspected Heart Attack.” Covid antivaxxers immediately jumped and declared the boy had a heart attack due to having been vaxxed.
However, nowhere in the article itself does it mention he was vaxxed. But most of all, the antivaxxers seemed to miss the word “Suspected” in the title. The article goes on to say, “it turned out to be a panic attack.” But when that was pointed out to the antivaxxers in the comments section, that did not stop their antivax diatribes. They then claimed the doctors lied and made that statement in order to hide the “truth” of the vaccines having caused a heart attack in a 11-year-old boy.
Then another Breitbart article was titled, “28-Year-Old Woman Suddenly Drops Dead While Working Out at Gym.” Once again, Covid antivaxxers immediately assumed she died of a heart attack, which was caused by her being vaxxed.
But once again, the article does not say that was the case. Moreover, it ends, “No official cause of death has been given. Though, it is believed Ramírez died due to a heart attack.” But despite that uncertainty, Covid antivaxxers just “know” it was a heart attack and that it was caused by the vaccines. However, people have been having heart attacks and dying in the gym long before 2021:
Although regular exercise helps strengthen the heart and lowers the risk of cardiovascular problems long-term, strenuous exertion does increase immediate risk for heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. That's especially true for people who are already at higher-than-normal risk, either because of lifestyle or genetic factors.
Young and healthy people are less likely to have heart problems while exercising, but it can still happen. In February , celebrity trainer Bob Harper—a famously fit CrossFitter—suffered a “widowmaker” heart attack and went into cardiac arrest at his gym. (Harper, 51, says his mother died from a heart attack and that genetics likely played a role in his, as well. And like Stenta, Harper says he was having dizzy spells leading up to his collapse.) (Health. Here’s Why).
This Health article was “Published on April 4, 2017.” That is long before the Covid vaccines were developed. But even back then, people dying suddenly in gyms was already so common that Health website felt a need to write this article titled, “Here’s Why People Die Each Year in Gyms (and How to Prevent It From Happening to You).”
For those who don’t remember, Bob Harper was a trainer on the reality TV series Biggest Loser. His heart attack was a real shocker, as he was the epitome of good health. You would think his incredibly healthy habits would override having a genetic disputation. But they did not. Otherwise, the exact cause of his heart attack was never determined. However, if it had happened today, Covid antivaxxers would be attributing his heart attack to the vaccines. But, of course, they would be wrong. Sometimes adverse health events just happen, for no apparent reason.
The next incidence of a sudden death was that of sportswriter Grant Wahl, 48, at the World Cup on December 9, 2022. Once again, Covid antivaxxers jumped to the conclusion he died of a heart attack due to being vaxxed. But again, the actual details of the story show otherwise.
The very long title of a Daily Mail article brings out some of this, though in a somewhat misleading way, “Sport writer Grant Wahl was ‘laughing and joking’ just moments before he fell back in his seat and died at World Cup quarter-final game, colleagues reveal - as his brother says he was murdered after infuriating Qataris with gay protest.”
The article then goes on to say about the brother, “Eric, who is gay, said he believes his brother - who was detained before the USA-Wales match for wearing a rainbow flag shirt - may have been killed” and quotes him as saying, “'I am the reason he wore the rainbow shirt to the world cup. I do not believe my brother just died, I believe he was killed.”
Whether he was murdered or not is for the authorities to determine. But the misleading nature of the Daily Mail’s title can be seen in its article:
Grant Wahl had spoken about feeling under the weather in an episode of his podcast - Futbol with Grant Wahl - recorded Thursday [12/8/22].
He said on the podcast: ‘My body finally broke down on me. Three weeks of little sleep, high stress and lots of work can do that to you. What had been a cold over the last 10 days turned into something more severe on the night of the USA-Netherlands game, and I could feel my upper chest take on a new level of pressure and discomfort.’
Wahl wrote that he tested negative for COVID-19 and sought treatment for his symptoms. ‘I went into the medical clinic at the main media center today, and they said I probably have bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and some heavy-duty cough syrup, and I’m already feeling a bit better just a few hours later. But still: No bueno,’ he wrote.
The title makes it sound like he was perfectly fine, then died suddenly. But in fact, he had been sick for weeks, and with nothing related to a heart attack. If you do not take care of yourself, bad stuff can happen.
Grant Wahl’s wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, told CBS News on Wednesday [12/14/22] the renowned soccer journalist died due to an aortic aneurysm that ruptured.
“He had an autopsy done here in New York by the New York City medical examiner's office, and it showed that he had an aortic aneurysm that ruptured,” said Gounder, an infectious disease specialist and CBS News contributor.
“It’s just one of these things that had been likely brewing for years, and for whatever reason it happened at this point in time,” she told “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King in her first interview since her husband’s passing. (CBS News. Grant).
Note the “brewing for years.” And no, that “whatever reason” was not his vaccination. That is the phrase doctors use when there is no known cause for someone. Aneurysms always eventually rupture, but there is now way of explaining why they do at a particular moment.
The final incidence of someone developing an unexpected health problem hits home, as it is the same condition I was diagnosed with 20 years ago. It is the story of Celine Dion. Given her celebrity, her story was reported on many news and celebrity news sites. The following is from CBS News and begins with Celine’s announcement.
“Recently, I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called stiff-person syndrome [SPS], which affects something like one in a million people,” she continued. “While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this has been what’s causing all of the spasms I've been having.”
Stiff-person syndrome is a rare neurological disorder “with features of an autoimmune disease,” according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The disorder causes the body to become rigid and also increases sensitivity to noise, touch and emotional distress, leading to muscle spasms, the institute said.
The again very long title of this story on the Daily Mail gives further details, “Celine Dion, 54, is diagnosed with incurable neurological disease: Tearful singer reveals she has rare one-in-a-million ‘Stiff Person Syndrome’ that turns sufferers into ‘human statues’.”
Again, there was no mention in these nor any other article I read that Celine was vaccinated. Also, putting the timeline together, her symptoms began before the vaccines were developed. In fact, her last concert was in March of 2020. And Celine herself said, “I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time, and it has been really difficult for me to face my challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.”
The only thing new was the diagnosis. I was “fortunate” to have rather quickly gotten a diagnosis of SPS, because I was already seeing a neurologist for a different condition. But given the rarity of this condition, many suffers take years to get the correct diagnosis.
But despite those facts, the following discussion was seen in the comments section after the Daily Mail article:
Commentator #1: Very sad - for the ones still sleeping this started straight after her jabs and resulted in her cancelling all concerts for last year and this.....she was performing absolutely fine before them - make of that what you will. Bruce Willis, Justin Beiber and so many more in the last year or so and all with one thing in common.
Commentator #2: Please stop. Each person you name has a different diagnosis of a condition they have had for years, long before the jab you blame for everything. You could as easily blame it on them all eating turnips and you’d be just as wrong.
Commentator #1: It seems possible that the jab is triggering whatever weak link our immune systems may have. A weak link that most likely would have stayed dormant, possibly forever. Think about that...
Commentator #2: But her illness began before Covid.
Commentator #3: Her illness started before Covid
Commentator #4: Please stay positive, there are treatments available, I was diagnosed with stiff person syndrome just over 2 years ago,
I included that final comment as it adds to my experience of having been diagnosed 20 years ago. Whether two or twenty years ago, that is before the vaccines became available. But again, the Covid antivaxxers’ attitude is all such problems began with the introduction of the vaccines.
Increase in Strange Illnesses and Premature Deaths?
Covid antivaxxers claim that instances of strange illness and premature deaths have increased since the introduction of the vaccines, and the vaccines are the only thing that has changed over the previous two years that could possibly cause this increase in seemingly healthy people dying or developing unique health problems.
I have two responses to those claims First, I doubt it is true that such instances of sudden unexpected death or development of strange illnesses have increased. It is just that the reporting of such has increased. That can be seen in the Breitbart articles.
The interesting point about these two Breitbart articles is that Breitbart even published them. The son of a celebrity having a panic attack is something you might expect to find on a celebrity gossip website, but not on a standard news website. And having chosen to publish it, why did Breitbart feel a need to put the misleading line about a heart attack in its title? Meanwhile, the woman in the second article lived in Ecuador, yet Breitbart is a USA based news outlet. How then is a non-famous woman dying in Ecuador a story worth reporting in the USA?
I think the answer to both of these questions is Breitbart was trying to generate the very thing that occurred—a debate about the Covid vaccines in its comments section, even though neither article had anything to do with Covid nor the vaccines. But they wanted that debate, just to generate more interest in its comments sections, in order to drive more traffic to its website. It had nothing to do with news reporting per se.
I found this particularly disturbing as I previously mentioned I no longer trust most conservative commentators due to the vast amount of Covid and Covid vaccine misinformation they propagate. Since I caught them pushing misinformation on those subjects, I don’t trust what they say on others. The same goes for most conservative news outlets. They are awash with Covid and vaccine misinformation.
The only two conservative websites I still trust are Breitbart and Newsmax, as they are the only two sites on which I have not seen misleading articles about Covid and the vaccines. I cite them more often than other news sites in my newer politics articles and books, and even in the References for this four-part article. Meanwhile, Epoch Times is at the top of my list of conservative news sites I do not trust, as I've seen way too much Covid misinformation on it to trust anything it has to say on that or any other topic.
That lack of trust is confirmed by the following, “The Epoch Times is a conservative outlet affiliated with a Chinese spiritual movement and is known for spreading COVID-19 misinformation” (FactCheck.org. Posts). You would think conservatives misgivings about all things China would lead them to not trust the Epoch Times.
In any case, apparently, even Breitbart cannot resist the temptation to generate clicks with misleading titles and articles that have nothing to do with Covid and the vaccines but which they know will generate such discussions on its comments board.
Second, even if there is an increase in sudden unexpected illnesses and deaths, there have been something else besides the Covid vaccines that has occurred over the past three years that could be to blame. It is Covid itself. You know, the pandemic.
But then Covid antivaxxers are also usually Covid-deniers, the ones who call the pandemic the “scamdemic” or the “alleged Covid-19 pandemic.” They deny people have actually suffered and died from Covid. Such nonsense is barely worth refuting, and any article with such language is not worthy of serious consideration. I will just say here, talk to the doctors and nurses who have been overwhelmed treating Covid patients for the past three years.
That said, as I documented previously, Covid increases the risk of blood clots and resultant heart attacks and stokes, and that increased risk can continue for up to a year post-infection and occurs even for those who had only a mild case of Covid. Covid can also lead to long Covid. That in turn can cause a variety of strange health problems, mimicking another unique health problem I also have, that of fibromyalgia.
A review from Veterans Affairs authors, published earlier this year, found major organ damage ranges between 2% and 22% in studies of COVID-19 patients after leaving the hospital. Some were at greater risk of new issues like stroke after being discharged.
An ongoing survey published by the CDC, in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau, estimated in November that around 5.4% of adults say they are experiencing limits to what they can do as a result of long COVID.
However, simply tallying long COVID's true prevalence remains elusive for scientists.
Many people may not even know that they had a COVID infection before developing symptoms, officials say, or they can struggle to figure out whether they have recovered from their long COVID symptoms (CBS News. Long).
In addition, also having increased in the past three years is the use of marijuana, opioids, and fentanyl. The first is due to the legalization of marijuana in many states (NYP. Marijuana use), and the latter two are related to the opioid crisis that was worsened by the destructive Covid lockdowns, as I have detailed previously. Use of such drugs has also increased due to our open southern border since Joe Biden took office, allowing the flow of illicit drugs into the USA to increase, as I detail in my books on Biden’s failing presidency.
The use of today’s high-potency marijuana and of such illicit drugs can increase the risk of heart disease and of other health problems (Eat This; Not That. Today's Marijuana; Addiction Hope. Fentanyl; Heart.org. Opioid-induced).
Going back to that 28-year-old Ecuadorian, maybe she took a stimulant prior to her workout that was laced with fentanyl. Or maybe she was high on grass or an opioid or even an addict. Or maybe she just overtook pre-workout stimulants. Only a toxicology test could address such possibilities. But no such report was included in the Breitbart article. And there was not even a coroner’s report verifying she died of a heart attack.
In addition, I documented previously and will be again in Part Four that Americans became less healthy due to the lockdowns, and that could cause an increase in heart attacks and other health problems. Also due to the lockdowns, but moving beyond just heart attacks, there was an increase in murders and suicides, as I documented previously.
All of these points together would account for an increase in excess deaths of all causes and other “strange” health problems, without needing to appeal to supposed deaths and problems caused by the vaccines. Yet, Covid antivaxxers ignore all of these other very real possibilities when they claim the vaccines are the only possible reason for an increase in deaths and other health problems over the past two years. There is also something else to consider.
Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome
Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, also known as SADS, has been studied for years. The syndrome is caused by an undetected genetic heart condition and often occurs in young adulthood. But ever since COVID-19 vaccines were released in late 2020, people have continually suggested that the shots are making SADS more common. Articles and social media posts have highlighted instances of young athletes collapsing during games, with claims that the rate of these occurrences are way up since the vaccines came to market….
But PolitiFact — and others — have repeatedly investigated the incidents cited in these claims. The details of these episodes show that vaccines are neither causing athletes to collapse, nor are they connected to other sudden death episodes.
A review of the articles Sharp sent over also showed that the reports aren’t consistent. Some cite medical professionals who ruled out vaccination as a cause. Others don’t include any information on the athlete’s vaccination status. And some were about athletes that neither collapsed nor experienced a cardiac event….
“To date, I am not aware of a single COVID vaccine-related cardiac complication in professional sports,” Matthew Martinez, a sports cardiologist who works with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer and who is the director of sports cardiology at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey told us in December . Martinez reaffirmed that observation when we reached out to him again in June ….
Studies and scientific reviews have found no association between vaccination and sudden deaths, and officials with the SADS foundation, as well as sports cardiologists, say there is no evidence that suggests any of the COVID-19 vaccines cause people to experience sudden death (PolitiFact. Claims).
The rest of this article documents that all of the claims of vaccine caused SADS are completely bogus. Either the person who died did not die from SADS, or the person was not vaccinated, or the person is still alive and well. Again, Covid antivaxxers are not averse to making things up. They are also not averse at citing bogus studies and misinterpreting data, as will be seen next.
Vaccine vs. Covid Deaths
An article published on the Daily Sceptic blog reports that a poll has found there have been “twice as many vaccine deaths as Covid deaths in US households.”
The survey in question consisted of three polls asking around 1,500 people a series of questions about Covid-19 and the vaccines. It found that 3.6% of respondents said that someone in their household had died “from having a Covid infection”, and that 7.9% said that someone in their household had died “from the Covid vaccine”….
If this data were to be representative of the US population, it would suggest that the true Covid-19 death toll is far higher than the official figure, and that millions of people have died as a result of the vaccine.
If the Covid-19 vaccines had been plausibly linked to this number of deaths, or even a fraction as many, they would not be approved for use. In reality, only a small number of deaths have been linked to the Covid-19 vaccines in the United States.
On top of this, asking respondents whether a household member has passed away from Covid-19 or the vaccine is not a reliable way to determine the true number of people who have died of these causes, as it is based on a respondent’s opinion, and not medical fact or data (Full Fact. Covid-19 vaccines).
As I was researching this four-part article, I came across articles making the claim that a “poll” found twice as many Americans had died from the Covid vaccines than from Covid itself. I knew just from reading that claim, it was bogus, for two reasons.
First, as this Full Fact article indicates, the claim is based on a poll. The poll asked if the respondent knew someone who died from Covid and from Covid vaccines. But the average person is not a doctor, not a coroner, not a researcher, not at all familiar with how causes of deaths are verified. As I have explained previously, just became someone gets vaccinated then a month later dies, that does not mean the vaccine caused the death.
Moreover, how far out should you go? I heard on a conservative talk show recently the story of a doctor who allegedly was pro-vaccine but became antivax when his father died after getting the vaccine. But that death was six months later. It is quite difficult to fathom how someone would link the two.
As cited previously, with 80% of the American population and 42% of the world’s population having received at least on dose of the Covid vaccines, some almost two years ago, of course among that massive number of people, some will die. However, the question is, are they dying from specific health problems at a greater rate than those who are unvaccinated? To put it another way, is there a verified causal link between their deaths and the vaccines? The answer, according to the preceding research, is an emphatic “No,” with just 55 exceptions at worst, as cited previously.
Second, as also indicated previously, 1.07 million Americans have died from Covid, as of October 2022. During each of the Covid “waves” we have experienced, our hospitals and morgues were overwhelmed. Hospitals ran out of beds and were putting patients in the hallways, in parking garages, and even setting up tents in parking lots, while morgues were bringing in refrigerator trucks to store the dead bodies, as they were piling up too quickly for the morticians to get to them.
If twice as many Americans have died from the Covid vaccines as from Covid itself, that means 2,014,000 Americans have died from the vaccines. I have one simple question, “Where are all of the bodies?”
Remember, those one million Covid deaths were spread out over the past 2-1/2 years, though with bunches during each wave. But the vaccines have only been widely available for 1-1/2 years, with more people being vaccinated each day. If the vaccines are killing people at such a high rate, hospitals and morgues should still be overrun, but they are not, at least at this time.
As I wrote the first draft of this part of this article in late October 2022, some pediatric wards and hospitals were beginning to be overrun with RSV cases, but that is of infants too young to even be immunized against Covid. Then as I finished this part of this article in early December 2022, hospitals were indeed being overrun, with RSV, flu, and Covid cases, the aforementioned tridemic. But that would be of their repository wards.
However, what is not being overrun are cardiac wards and cancer wards, yet Covid antivaxxers claim the vaccines are causing heart attacks and cancer cases at “alarming rates.” If so, where are all of the patients and bodies? They simply do not exist.
Moreover, the “excess death rate” in the USA for 2021 was about 400,000, as I cited previously. That is in line with the number of reported Covid deaths for that year. But if twice as many Americans died from the vaccines, then there should have been at least 800,000 more excess deaths, for a total of 1,200,000, but there was not.
The Full Fact article also notes the faulty nature of the poll itself, with the sample size being too small and of a biased population.
Bottom line, this claim is not only bogus on every level, but illogical, with no data whatsoever to back it up.
This multi-part article
is continued at
Update on Covid Deaths: Part Four (Both the Right and the Left Miss the Immense Disparate Covid Risk Factors)
See Update on Covid Deaths (Refuting Covid Lies by the Right and Fearmongering by the Left): References.
Update on Covid Deaths: Part Three (Illogical Reasoning by the Right About Covid and the Vaccines). Copyright © 2022 by Gary F. Zeolla (www.Zeolla.org).
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