The Pandemic Isn’t Over
The rich know it. You should, too.
What would the world look like if the pandemic never ended, if Covid was causing widespread, long-term illness, and if all this was being covered up by the government?
You might expect to see record levels of sickness and disability. You might expect to see hard evidence that the ‘herd immunity’ plan failed, with children continuing to die at staggering rates. You might expect record numbers of absences in schools and workplaces, tons of canceled concerts and airline flights, more sudden/unexplained deaths in all age groups, and a rise in opportunistic infections (caused by damaged immune systems), like fungal infections or strep A. There would be a coordinated effort to hide data from the public to obscure the truth of the threat. Hospitalizations, cases, and transmission numbers would all be hidden or manipulated. The government probably wouldn’t try to hide the data all at once, because it would be easier to dismantle reporting over the course of several months or years.
Thanks for reading Normalcy Fugitive ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.
Eventually, updates might cease altogether (despite rising cases). The CDC would likely have to hide death data as well. Powerful people with vested interests in keeping the economy running would probably engage in astroturfing online, spreading misinformation to convince the public the threat has passed (to get people back to work and boost corporate profits). The rich and powerful would continue to take precautions, while telling you everything’s fine. This would take a lot of effort, and there would have to be a pretty carefully-coordinated campaign to confuse (and wear down) the public. They might tell you repeatedly how much you shouldn’t be panicking. Hospitals might prioritize a sense of “normalcy” over infection control, so as not to be held (legally and financially) responsible for their role in the unfolding disaster.
The ruling class (who would have access to the truth of the situation) would use their knowledge of what’s coming to invest in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, disability services, and hospices. Some people would obviously figure out what’s going on (like scientists, for example) and start shouting about it from the rooftops. So you’d probably see extreme censorship measures happening on social media sites. As conditions worsen, government officials might start preparing the public to accept mass death, reassuring us that it will only happen to the ‘vulnerable.' Life insurance companies would take note and move accordingly, denying coverage to people suffering from Long Covid. Meanwhile, the scientific evidence would keep mounting.
We are still in a pandemic.
The pandemic is not over. Basically everything you have been led to believe about the virus is a lie. Covid is more dangerous, more transmissible, and more out of control than everyone in power is telling you. We are not back to normal. We are in freefall.
We were lied to at every step of the way. First we were told not to panic and to stay six feet apart. We were told not to panic, ordered by the surgeon general not to buy up face masks, which we were assured we wouldn’t need. Then, we were told to only wear masks if sick or caring for someone with symptoms. When we were all finally told to wear masks in April 2020, we were given bad information about which masks could keep us safe. Cloth and surgical masks do not protect against aerosols (respirators do). And we were told by the people in power these flimsy masks would keep us safe. This was a lie.
The lies that killed us
Documents show that the World Health Organization knew from the start that SARS-Cov-2 was airborne. They knew that “[a]irflow and ventilation were identified as important factors influencing efficient spread in hospitals,” but did not provide ventilation guidance to the public for years. Instead, this information was withheld from the public; they told the world that Covid spread through droplet transmission and repeatedly insisted Covid was not airborne. Because WHO withheld this crucial information, people around the world did not take necessary airborne precautions, like wearing respirators instead of baggy surgical masks.
When the vaccines were first made available in late 2020, many leaders and prominent experts told people that the shots would prevent transmission entirely. This was never true; vaccines provide some protection, but don’t stop transmission (and only slightly reduce your risk of Long Covid). Americans were told by the president that they had a choice: “vaxxed or masked,” leading many vaccinated people to stop masking.
Throughout 2021, Americans were told repeatedly that Covid was only a threat to the unvaccinated. The CDC confidently asserted through December 2021 that “Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported, but remain rare.” While they were pushing this claim, the CDC was conveniently no longer reporting vaccination status alongside information on Covid deaths. (That information would remain hidden until April of 2022).
Once vaccinated people were getting sick with Covid in large numbers and the data could no longer be fully suppressed, the government told everyone that a vaccine plus a breakthrough infection would give you hybrid immunity. Experts declared that this form of ‘immunity’ would be the ticket to ending the pandemic. Then Omicron happened and cases skyrocketed.
The lies continued from there. We were told Omicron was somehow ‘milder,’ we were told that because nearly everyone got it, that we would finally reach population-level ‘immunity.’
But viruses do not automatically evolve to become milder. And Covid did not become milder; it became more insidious, more contagious, and more immune evasive. We now know it is neuroinvasive (even in cases with ‘mild’ acute symptoms), vascular, mass disabling, and far deadlier than what official totals have led us to believe. We know now that most transmission happens asymptomatically, and that reinfections are even more dangerous than initial infections. We know that at least one in ten infections leads to Long Covid, a debilitating neurological disease with no cure. We know this virus dysregulates immune systems, destroys T cells, and directly infects arteries in the heart. And as a result of all of this, we’re seeing unprecedented levels of sickness on a global scale.
We are living through an ongoing democide, being covered up in real time.
Hiding the bodies
The people in power have used every tool at their disposal to downplay, lie about, and cover up the truth of this pandemic. As the cases continued to rise (despite their assurances that things were under control), the US government took even greater steps to keep the public calm and unaware. They changed the way they calculated and shared information about community transmission, changing the scary-looking red map from a comforting green one overnight. The number of cases didn’t go down. But the green map gave people a false sense of belief that things were improving. The CDC called the new map system the Community Levels map. Most people mistakenly thought low Community Levels meant low community transmission, but this confusing system relied on hospitalizations, a lagging indicator.
In addition to changing the map, the CDC also made major changes to the ways that Covid cases, hospitalizations, and deaths were tracked. The changes always served to ensure that totals were undercounted. The CDC was manipulating the data, sweeping bodies under the rug. But these changes were made gradually and largely without the public’s awareness. In January 2022, they moved to end daily Covid death reporting by hospitals; by February, they had officially done so. By March 2022, some US states started shutting down daily Covid death reporting altogether.
What the public did eventually hear via the news was that the numbers were trending down. ‘Hospitalizations are down,’ the news told everyone—neglecting to inform all of us of the changes the CDC made to its reporting that artificially deflated these totals in multiple ways.
Hiding the data was not enough to get everyone to accept continued, repeated infections. The government wanted all of us to believe that catching Covid repeatedly was unavoidable and the acceptable cost of keeping everything running. If people were able to avoid becoming repeatedly infected, this lie wouldn’t hold. So they changed the guidance for schools, saying that there was no longer a need for masks, testing, or quarantines. They changed the isolation guidelines so that infectious people were sent back to work after just five days (down from ten)—at the request of the CEO of Delta Airlines. They ended the mask mandates in healthcare and transportation. Allowing people longer absences from work would set a precedent for workers demanding regular sick leave; it was crucial to not let ten-day absences become the norm or the expectation.
Testing moved to the private market, and fewer and fewer people retained the ability to test themselves regularly. And the people who are testing are largely relying on at-home rapid tests—whose results are not being reported anywhere.
On top of all of this, the CDC director called masks the “scarlet letter” of the pandemic. Over and over, the messaging from leadership stated that masks were a burden, masks marked you as an outsider, masks were outdated. They created immense social pressure for people to stop masking. As long as people continued to wear masks in public spaces, the threat remained visible and on others’ minds. Pushing everyone to drop their masks was big business’s way of ensuring people believed the pandemic was over so that they would resume traveling, spending money, and stimulating the economy without reservations.
In August of this year, just three months after ending the global public health emergency, the World Health Organization went as far as to stop sharing Covid-19 Epidemiological Updates. When announcing this change, they stated that “reported cases do not accurately represent infection rates due to the reduction in testing and reporting globally.”
Now, wastewater data is the only accurate data we have left. This data shows the concentration of Covid in sewage wastewater samples from across the country (the virus is shed in our poop when we get sick). And this crucial data is also under threat. Biobot Analytics, the company that provided much of the US wastewater data, lost its contract with CDC NWSS this month. The new contract went to Verily, a company owned by Alphabet (Google’s parent company). The switch is leading to data gaps, as well as changes in sample processing and analysis that will make data from some sites no longer directly comparable with the sites covered by Biobot. Others have noted that, unlike Biobot, Verily offers “little in terms of comprehensible data in regional or national terms.”
Without accurate data on current cases, transmission rates, hospitalizations, and deaths, we have no way of knowing the full scope of the current crisis. Our house is on fire; alarms removed, the public sleeps.
The government knows that the pandemic is not over. The US Department of Defense is investing in state-of-the-art wearables that can predict if wearers are getting sick. The devices use biometrics and predictive algorithms (trained on hospital-acquired data) to detect infectious diseases up to 48 hours before any symptoms appear. The wearables are part of the Rapid Assessment of Threat Exposure (RATE) project, which recently got $10 million worth of additional funds.
Everyone who meets with President Joe Biden is PCR tested beforehand.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently confirmed that strict COVID-19 testing protocols remain in place, saying, "Anybody who meets with the president does indeed get tested." White House interns still have to agree to wear masks when asked.
When Biden gave a maskless speech last year at Richard Montgomery High School during a period of high Covid transmission, gym windows were removed to rig a temporary high-end ventilation setup. Parents at the school were outraged, and teachers took to Twitter to share photos of the air handling units. NALTIC Industrials called the setup “unprecedented.” Meanwhile, the US government continued to insist on the safety of America’s schools, telling parents to send their kids maskless to poorly-ventilated classrooms.
Safety for the rich
Ordinary people have zero clue just how many tools the rich are using to avoid this virus. The rich are photographed without masks during public appearances, giving the public the impression that it’s safe to ditch masks. But what we don’t see are all of the precautions being taken behind the scenes.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a gas that naturally occurs in the air. Measuring CO2 levels is a way to assess indoor air quality. We exhale CO2, and if indoor spaces aren’t adequately ventilated, the concentrations of indoor CO2 will go up—and higher amounts of the air we breathe in will consist of other people’s exhalations. Well-ventilated buildings that bring in plenty of fresh outdoor air (reducing the concentrations of other people’s exhaled breath indoors) lessen the amount of exhaled virus in the air, making the space much safer—which is why monitoring CO2 matters.
CO2 sensors (like the Aranet4) are being installed in certain schools, workplaces, and public buildings. Belgian law requires public spaces to display CO2 levels. Some parents (who have hundreds of dollars to drop on these sensors) are even sending their children to school with them to ensure their classrooms are safe.
Celebrities are using hospital-grade technology to photodisinfect their nostrils. KISS’s manager, Don McGhee, talked about the band’s use of nasal photodisinfection in an interview, saying, “Without this, we wouldn’t be on the road.” The technology, called Steriwave, has been used by hospitals to reduce infections in surgery patients for more than a decade and is now available commercially—for a very high cost. Not only has it been scientifically proven to reduce the number of Covid infections in workplace settings, but it also lessens the progression of symptoms.
There’s no way to know how many other celebrities and wealthy individuals are using this tool to stay safe, but it’s doubtful that KISS is the only touring act taking advantage of this tech.
Event Scan & Covid prevention companies
Corporations and the US government are blatantly, openly admitting to using a fancy Covid prevention services company for their parties and meetings. Event Scan promises “the best available in COVID-19 prevention services for event hosts, guests, vendors and venues” and they provide testing services for “corporate conferences, privately confidential meetings, federal courthouses, government offices, sporting events, commercial/TV/film shoots.”
Their website lists several major corporations and governmental agencies as current clients, including the US Department of Homeland Security, The White House, the US DOJ, SpaceX, Chevron, MasterCard, UPS, and more.
The Covid tests sold at drugstores are rapid antigen tests (RATs). They’re diagnostically unreliable, and the chances of getting false negatives are very high1. Molecular testing (like PCR testing) is the only way to get accurate results. The end of the public health emergency has meant the end of most Americans’ access to PCR testing (since a single PCR test can cost upwards of $150 without insurance). Knowing whether or not you and your guests have Covid has become a luxury that only the rich can afford to pay for.
And they are paying for it. The rich CEOs of these major companies and rich government officials are getting everyone PCR (or LAMP) tested before their big corporate parties, screening all their guests beforehand, and taking Covid very seriously—while telling their low-level employees to return to the office.
EVENT SCAN SERVICES
The schools, workplaces, and homes of the rich are being outfitted with special UV lights that kill viruses in the air—including Covid-19. Far UV can continuously and autonomously eliminate over 90% of pathogens in the air (and on the exposed surfaces) of an enclosed room. These high-tech lights cost thousands of dollars. Portable versions can be yours, for hundreds of dollars. Fortunately for government employees, many government buildings and military facilities have already been outfitted with these lights. Unsurprisingly, it’s the “preferred disinfection solution for many Department of Defense organizations.”
Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) testing may be the “better sibling of PCR testing” and is being used by the rich to rapidly diagnose Covid-19. As of 2021, these fast, accurate tests were primarily being used by “tourism and sports companies and corporations.” The only Lucira test that uses this technology requires a prescription.
Fancy private schools, like this one (whose tuition fees are $17,664—$18,900 annually) are requiring all visitors to submit samples for LAMP testing—in addition to daily testing of students, teachers, and families, requiring high-quality masks, cleaning the air, serving outdoor lunches, and a lot more.
In some places, trained dogs are being used to detect Covid infections, with a stunningly high degree of accuracy (~90%). These dogs have been used to detect Covid infections in select schools, airports, and more. The Miami Heat has used Covid-sniffing dogs to stay safe. Multiple people have reached out to me and shared stories of these dogs being used on film sets and in their own workplace settings.
Avoiding the public
Billionaires are homeschooling their kids. They have private airport terminals (where their drivers wear masks) and private aviation companies with masked luggage handlers. They’re not working in the office—they’re ‘working’ remotely from their superyachts.
All of the above: #DavosSafe
Billionaires gathered at Davos took maximum precautions at the World Economic Forum in January 2023. High-filtration masks were made available, and many attendees were photographed wearing these respirators. Participants were required to have a negative PCR test result in order for their badges to be activated. HEPA air cleaners were set up in every room and UV lights were installed. Venues were cleaned multiple times daily, and “[a]dditional state-of-the-art ventilation systems [were] installed in areas with restricted air circulation.”
There’s that old saying, “Do as I say, not as I do.” So a big question is what are political and business leaders actually doing about Covid-19 precautions for themselves right now? Plenty of them have been publicly pushing for Covid-19 precautions to be dropped. In fact, some have even claimed that the pandemic is over, as I covered for Forbes back in September 2022. Yet, the pandemic doesn’t look too over at that annual gathering of political and business leaders at Davos, Switzerland, known as the World Economic Forum (WEF).
When you're seeing photos of maskless rich people gathering together, it may look like they aren’t taking any Covid precautions. But the reality is: they've all tested beforehand. They’ve hired private companies to screen their guests, using multiple layers of protection. They are not taking any chances with this virus, because they know it’s extremely serious and nothing like the flu.
All of the tools mentioned above are only the ones we know about; it is very likely that the US military has access to additional tools that we aren’t even aware of. Covid breathalyzer tests are already being developed, which can provide results in seconds. When these gadgets are made available, who will get access to them first?
Are your nostrils photodisinfected? Is your workplace outfitted with the best air purifiers and Far UV lights on the market? Have your friends and coworkers been PCR tested today? Do you have a driver who wears a mask around you, a watch on your wrist that knows you’re sick before you feel anything, a trained dog to sniff the crowd of people you’re about to join? Are your kids in private schools with upgraded ventilation systems? Do you have access to the best doctors and plenty of paid sick leave? No, of course not. So I have to ask: why have you ditched your mask?
Even if the pandemic were over for the rich (and it is not), none of the safety they’ve bought for themselves exists for you and I. We’ve been told over and over that we’re in a different place than we were in 2020. Which is true—things are much worse now. Cases are higher, the virus is more contagious, reinfections are more dangerous, and people have largely let down their guard.
We have the technology to prevent the spread of this virus. We know how to clean the air. But the rich don’t want to pay for anyone’s safety except their own. Everyone should be asking, ‘Why are we supposed to work, live, shop, and eat in unventilated buildings and pretend the pandemic is over while the rich get actual safety?’
The truth about this virus will eventually make itself known. Mask requirements are already reappearing in hospitals, workplaces, and schools. Widespread, constant sickness is wreaking havoc in every arena of our lives. The decision to infect the entire globe with a virus that wrecks immune systems, blood vessels, and brains will have increasingly disastrous consequences. We are headed toward the collapse of not only the healthcare system, but society as a whole.
No matter how much irreversible damage has already been done, no matter how much destruction has already been guaranteed, giving in to this virus is just not an option. We must preserve our remaining health. We must do what the state will not. It’s up to us to protect one another, to insist on the value of our time on this earth. We can educate our neighbors, put on masks, and demand more. The rich think they alone will make it. But this world belongs to us.
Rapid test negatives are only 69% reliable. With current variants, their reliability can drop to as low as 27%.
Clebak et. al. “Accuracy of Point-of-Care Rapid Antigen Tests for Diagnosis of COVID-19.” Am Fam Physician, (2023) 107(4): 354-355.
Venekamp et. Al. “Diagnostic accuracy of SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen self-tests in asymptomatic individuals in the omicron period: a cross-sectional study.” Clin Microbiol Infect. 2023 Mar;29(3):391.e1-391.e7. doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2022.11.004.