Saturday, April 4, 2020

Things About COVID-19 That Make You Go, "Hmmm."

By Victor J. Ward

I have so many questions. I was planning on preparing my first video or audio commentary, but, for a variety of reasons, I have settled on the tried-and-true written word.

Up front, let me say that I do not have a medical degree. In fact, in high school, I got a D- on my Chemistry final and a C- for the course.

During the following year in my Advanced Biology course, I was doing better, but, I ultimately got expelled from the private high school I was attending because I got caught cheating. Well, to be honest, I was cheating and stealing, as I was taking tests and giving them to my friends. My problem was that I gave out too many.

It was the Quantitative Easing of Advanced Biology tests, and my teacher caught on and I was busted.

Even though I am a scientific dufus, I live by this statement:

“A person cannot use Statistics without logic, but they can use logic without Statistics.”

That statement can be applied in every area of life, and I am trying to apply it to the situation of Covid-19. When I do apply it to this Synthetic Pandemic, I have several questions that I would like answered.

I really mean that: If anyone reading this can provide me with answers, that would be fantastic.

Before I get to my questions, I want to address a major problem that I have encountered when trying to talk to friends, acquaintances -- almost everyone -- about Covid-19. This problem is addressed by Henry Hazlitt in his book, “Thinking As A Science:”

“I, too, have a pet little evil, to which in more passionate moments I am apt to attribute all the others. This evil is the neglect of thinking. And when I say thinking I mean real thinking, independent thinking, hard thinking.

“You protest. You say men are thinking more now than they ever were. You bring out the almanac to prove by statistics that illiteracy is declining. You point to our magnificent libraries. You point to the multiplication of books. You show beyond a doubt that people are reading more now than ever before in all history. . .

“Very well, exactly. That is just the trouble. Most people, when confronted with a problem, immediately acquire an inordinate desire to “read-up” on it. When they get stuck mentally, the first thing such people do is to run to a book. Confess it, have you not often been in a waiting room or Pullman, noticed people all about you reading, and finding yourself without any reading matter, have you not wished that you had some? – something to “occupy your mind?” And did it ever occur to you that you had within you the power to occupy your mind, and do it more profitably than all those assiduous readers? Briefly, did it ever occur to you to think?”

The problem is, for most people, they do not think. They would rather rely on a so-called expert than think. They would rather rely on someone else’s advanced degree than think. They would rather rely on the government than think.

This is sad, and this is a major problem.

Here are some of my questions about COVID-19:

1.  Is it possible for a person to have more than one virus? If a person has Covid-19 (19), the seasonal flu, and viral pneumonia (VP), and that person dies, is that person said to die from one, two, or all three? Is it possible to determine which virus has had the more significant and deadly impact?

2.   Is it possible for a person to have the flu or VP, and then to contract 19 when they go to the hospital? In other words, can a person have respiratory problems before ever contracting 19; get 19; and have 19 when they are tested, making it seem as if 19 caused the respiratory problems when in fact 19 just tagged along?

3.  I did not know this next thing, but, remember, I am a failing, expelled student when it comes to Biology and Chemistry. Did you know that there is such a thing called Hospital Acquired Pneumonia? There is also Ventilator Associated Pneumonia, which is different and in a separate category from Hospital Acquired Pneumonia.

 4.  The following is from the Mount Sinai website. Have you ever heard anyone talk about this:

“Pneumonia is a common illness. It is caused by many different germs. Pneumonia that starts in the hospital tends to be more serious than other lung infections because:

a.    People in the hospital are often very sick and cannot fight off germs.

b.    The types of germs present in a hospital are often more dangerous and more resistant to treatment than those outside in the community. . .

Hospital-acquired pneumonia can also be spread by health care workers, who can pass germs from their hands, clothes, or instruments from one person to another.” (Emphasis added.)

5.     If people are going to the hospital because they feel as if they have 19, and if the hospital is full of people who are suffering from pneumonia, doesn’t it make sense that the person who is coming because of 19 is also going to get pneumonia and get a serious case of hospital-acquired pneumonia?

6.     Before we had drive-thru tests, why did people want to get tested? Let’s say Person A did not have 19. Why would Person A want to go into a situation – a hospital or a clinic – and run the risk that someone in the lobby had 19?

Or, if Person A had 19, why would Person A want to go into the clinic and risk spreading it?

It seems to me that the only reason people wanted to get tested was because they were constantly being encouraged to do so.

But, wouldn’t that put a person in harm’s way, to either get 19 or Hospital Acquired Pneumonia?

 Am I crazy? Isn’t this obvious? What’s going on?

 7.     Did you know that there was a vaccination for pneumonia?

 I am not suggesting that a person get the vaccination. I am not getting it. But, since pneumonia-related respiratory problems are striking fear in the hearts of people, why don’t our so-called experts recommend that terrified people get the vaccination?

Or why aren’t they trying to develop another vaccination for viral pneumonia?

Maybe they are, but they are keeping it quiet, waiting for the right time to yell, “Surprise!”

8.     Let’s forget about 19 for a second. Did you know that pneumonia kills over 2000 children every day? Talk about your global pandemics.

9.     Did you know that the American Lung Association recommends treating pneumonia at home by doing these things:

a.     Taking aspirin or acetaminophen (no aspirin for children);

b.     Drinking plenty of fluids;

c.      No cold medicines because coughing is one way the body works to get rid of an infection;

d.     Drink warm beverages; take steamy baths; use a humidifier; and

e.     Get lots of rest.

In other words, do what all doctors have said for all time in order to get well.

10.  Since coronaviruses, as a class, are one of the viruses that cause the common cold, aren’t we actually tracking the common cold? Would it be a surprise if there were 1% of the world that had the cold at some point in time during the year? 1% of the world is almost 80 million people. In fact, 80 million people would be an extremely  low number of people with an annual cold since it is estimated that over 60 million Americans get the common cold.

11.  How is my mailman considered essential?

12.  Am I going to get a refund on my property taxes since I am now required to teach my son at home?

Actually, #12 is a tremendous blessing and will be the subject of my next post. Maybe I will record some audio for that one.

Victor J. Ward  first came across libertarianism by reading Murray Rothbard's Ronald Reagan: An Autopsy and Walter Block's Defending the Undefendable. He holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He can be reached at


  1. I agree with you. I most likely had it. My doctor, over the phone, gave me the diagnosis. He also told me to stay as far as I could away from the testing places so that in case I didn't have it I wouldn't it catch it, and add that to whatever was causing me breathing troubles. He also said don't seek additional care unless you absolutely need it, considering the same chances of picking up another virus. My doctor also believes he saw numerous cases, starting in late fall.

  2. Great questions and great observations by Mr. Ward. I love his rule: “A person cannot use Statistics without logic, but they can use logic without Statistics.”

    1. Yes! And also we can use logic without . . . math.

  3. Dr. Kaufman answers question #1 in this video:

    Watch it from the beginning for more info that will lead to more questions.

  4. How many state, federal,county, city employees have been laid off as non-essential ??