28 October, 2021

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Visiting Kannatta: No Covid-19 Emergency But A National Policy Disaster

By Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake

Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake

Yesterday, we went to Kannatta. The Borella Cemetery, Sri Lanka’s largest, where most of us residents of the Capital city and population hub, Colombo, would end up sooner or later was deserted and so we had time for a leisurely chat with some of the helpful staff there, albeit after admiring some of the grave sites and remaining beautiful trees.

As good social scientists and a medical anthropologist we were on a mission to do some qualitative research and cross-check Covid-19 quantitative data, to see if there was an increase in deaths (cremations and burials), in the biggest city and population hub of the country.

Colombo’s cemetery was quiet, calm, green and monsoonal. It was a far cry from the overflowing cemeteries, floating bodies and weeping masses we have encountered on our television screens in narratives from New York, Sao Paulo or New Delhi where the global Covid-19 media show has gone to town.

We were shown the red log books with the names of the diseased on the table at the Colombo Cemetery Office. We learned that over the last two weeks (since May 1), there was less business, fewer funerals than in January and February this year as there had been fewer bodies coming to Kannatta for burial and/or cremation during the current month of May 2021, although the country is currently in lockdown. This was also corroborated by interviews at A.F Raymond Funeral Parlour, which also had less business and fewer funerals in the past couple of weeks – since May 1, 2021.

There had been a total of 35 Covid-19 positive bodies that came to Kannatta in the past 2 weeks from May 1 to May 13 (yesterday) for cremation. But overall there were fewer deaths and bodies in the current month of May than in January and February on an average day.

Yet the whole of Sri Lanka is in full blown Covid-19 PCR test lockdown at this time and livelihoods of daily wage workers and the poor affected and income inequality widening. Strange arbitrary regulations are in play until the end of the month: People may go out of their homes based on their Identity Card numbers starting Monday next week. A rather strange game of surveillance for the authorities to keep busy and distracted? WHO is pulling the strings?

PCR Test Induced Pandemic? Interviews with Senior Doctors

Mysteriously, although Colombo has the largest population in the country and urban areas get affected first in epidemics due to population density, a Senior surgeon at The biggest hospital in the country – Colombo General Hospital – which has over thousand beds in an interview said that they did not have a Covid-19 ward until relatively recently as PCR tested Covid-19 patients were sent to the IDH – Infectious Diseases Hospital.

Since in recent times PCR testing has been increased and there are more people being tested for Covid-19 with PCR tests in Sri Lanka there are more patients testing positive. However, PCR tests recommended by WHO to identify Covid-19 patients deliver a high number of false positives and hence any ascription of positive results to a COVID-19 diagnosis requires the occurrence of clinical symptoms and further evaluation and confirmation by physicians, including the appraisal of distinct laboratory parameters.

In diagnostic SARS-CoV-2 assays, RT-PCR is based on the detection of the amount of distinct genetic fragments of the virus in an individual. The amount of gene fragments is routinely determined semi-quantitatively through the cycle threshold (Ct) value, which corresponds to the number of PCR amplification cycles in the diagnostic assays required to yield positive results. The Ct value increases with a decreasing viral load, and a low Ct value indicates a high viral load (Velavan and Meyer, 2020).

About 45-50 % percent of those who test PCR positive and are kept in hospitals in Sri Lanka at this time are asymptomatic. That is, they may be hospitalized based on false positives and filling up the wards and hospitals — so what we have is a PCR pandemic?

Indeed, PCR tests for Covid-19 are now the subject of court action by a team of international lawyers challenging the test’s validity and the WHO ‘s Covid-19 ‘pandemic’ narrative, in courts in Germany and the USA.

The current much hyped “third wave” of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka at this time appears to be due to a couple of factors: 1increased testing for Covid-19 with PCR tests that deliver a high number of false positives. 2 ) the arrival of seasonal flu caused by monsoon and inter-monsoon rains which bring “flu season” in the Tropics.

PCR test positive folks who are asymptomatic are filling up hospital beds. At this time there are about 100 PCR positive patients with what are often termed co-morbidity factors or tertiary cases such as diabetes, heart disease, Kidney disease at the General Hospital of Colombo. There are also many empty beds at the General hospital of Colombo because many people with serious illnesses do not want to go to hospital because of Covid-19 hype and fear psychosis.

A Senior Doctor interviewed at Kandy General Hospital said that 45 percent of those in hospital in Kandy are asymptomatic, i.e. do NOT have symptoms of illness. They have apparently tested positive – likely with flawed PCR tests?! This is why and how they say that the hospitals are full!!!

No Doctors, nurses, PHIs, have died of the so called deadly Covid-19 in Sri Lanka en mass, unlike in India and some other countries. Yet Sri Lanka is in lockdown and economy, livelihoods, and poor people’s access to wages and food and nutrition has been compromised due to inaccurate PCR test.

What Sri Lanka has at this time appears to be a WHO recommended PCR test induced crisis and pandemic, as in other parts of the world even though PCR tests are known to be flawed and a team of international lawyers have challenged in court in Germany and the US, the WHO’s the leader Tederos Adhanom and the use of the PCR test to diagnose Covid-19. (See The Corona Scandal – Reiner Fuellmich is suing the promoters of the “corona panic” (the leader of WHO Adhanom, Drosten,& Wieler) for “Crimes Against Humanity[1].

Flu and Covid-19 Mortality and Morbidity Comparison: BCG Vaccine Protecting Lankans but poverty, malnutrition and disease vulnerability increasing

At this time a comparison of Sri Lanka country data, both qualitative and quantitative. show that Covid-19 is milder than seasonal flue. Over the past year in Sri Lanka there have been 850 Covid-19 deaths, ever since the World Health Organization (WHO), declared a so-called ‘pandemic’ in March 2020, after changing the definition of the word.

However, in an average year between 4,500- and 7000 die of seasonal flu in Sri Lanka according to National Data and WHO data.   

On an average year the highest number of deaths in the island are caused by heart attacks and the second highest number of deaths are due to Cancer in Sri Lanka. Upper respiratory tract infection due to influenza are the third highest cause of deaths in the island

A recent Study by members of the University of Colombo Medical Faculty, led by Dr. Dakshitha Wickramasinghe has established that the hundred year old Bacillus Calmette-Guerin or BCG vaccine provides broad protection against respiratory tract infections such as Covid 19  and other flus: In  Sri Lanka, where BCG vaccination is universally used with good monitoring unlike in India where the health system and BCG vaccine monitoring is weak, as have numerous other international studies[2].

This study also observes that the Sri Lanka Covid-19 Infection fatality rates (IFR), is far lower than Seasonal Flu deaths[3]. “This Multivariate analysis also identified the higher income level of a country and not having a universal BCG vaccination policy to affect the COVID-19 cases.

All the data, national qualitative and quantitative show that Covid-19 is milder than seasonal flu In Sri Lanka as in other Tropical Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam or Thailand, due to several intersecting factors including hot and humid weather over 28 C that degrades virus transmission and severity, and universal BCG with good health infrastructure and monitoring.

The metric that matters vs. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Washington

Although it is important that country-specific National Data (qualitative and quantitative DATA), be analyzed for EVIDENCE-BASED National policy-making, at this time it appears that the Sri Lankan national policy has been captured by external actors.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, (IHME), at the University of Washington in Washington DC has made projections designed to trigger a fear psychosis in Sri Lanka and predicted a daily death count over 200 by June and a total death toll of 20,000 by September 1 in Sri Lanka, without any data to show how it came to such conclusions about Sri Lanka.

Please see this link regarding IHME epidemiology model: (Article by Kalani Kumarasinghe)

The US Government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has meanwhile issued a travel warning on Sri Lanka.

However, the metric that matters in determining the severity of an epidemic is the Infections Fatality Rate (IFR), rather than the number of positive cases logged in with a dubious PCR test or even the Case Fatality Rate (CFR). The numbers of dead is what counts not the number of cases based on dubious PCR test which the WHO recommended that are now the subject of court action by a team of international lawyers challenging the WHO ‘s Covid-19 narrative in Germany and the USA.

At this time Sri Lanka has been shut down and citizens deprived of their COLLECTIVE right to assembly and education, while religious communities, Muslims and Buddhists are deprived their right to worship and celebrate Ramazan and Vesak in the month of May, based on epidemiology models devised in Washington DC at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

It bears repeating that a country’s policy should be made on analysis of national Data, both quantitative and QUALITATIVE, rather than based on images and narratives and epidemiology models of another country, – where the US or India.

Meanwhile, certain local and national medical associations, such as the GMOA and Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) and an outfit called the Institute for Health Policy, have echoed the IHEM’s fear psychosis inducing narrative by calling for island wide shut downs., although national data and the Covid-19 IFR and CFR reveals a different story – that over the last year since WHO declared a global panicdemic – Covid 19 is milder than flu in Sri Lanka.

An unnamed outfit, is also issuing unoffical statements and numbers of Covid-19 death, seemingly designed to whip up fear psychosis that 23 Covid-19 deaths happened yesterday. 

It is remarkable that in this list there was only one Covid-19 death in Colombo yesterday although cities and urban areas are the ones most affected. So why is Colombo in lockdown??

Need for National Data and Evidence- Based Policies:Covid-19 Policy failure across the Political Party Spectrum

It is increasingly apparent that that there is NO Covid-19 Health Emergency in Sri Lanka at this time, but there is a livelihood, poverty and inequality emergency as a result of unscientific and wrongful policies based on Covid-19 hype and misinformation  by Health Authorities influenced by the WHO and Center for Disease control (CDC),  and IHME in Washington which has effectively locked down large parts of the country, resulting in many poor people losing lives and livelihoods and hence access to food and nutrition important to good health and immune systems. Poverty has compromised immune systems, health and well-being of populations.

Sri Lanka’s economy shrank 3.5 last year due to Covid-19 lock downs.

At this time the question arises: Why is the GoSL following mysterious epidemiology models generated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington?  Why is the GoSL, MOH and Covid-19 Task Force, headed by a US citizen, Basil Rajapaksa, and another US citizen making policy that is NOT based on national and local DATA and EVIDENCE, but epidemiology models developed in the US?

These so called Covid-19 policies and WHO recommended PCR testing policies and lockdowns that are also causing a plastic pandemic, medical garbage and environmental crisis are gravely detrimental to the livelihoods, economy, society and well-being of Sri Lankans, particularly poor and vulnerable communities and increasing economic inequality.

Social scientists and economist know that there is “no tradeoff between lives and livelihoods” in poor countries, where daily wage earners and poor families will suffer from poverty, malnutrition and illness due to lockdowns and die as a result of the on-going attack on their livelihoods.

Increasingly, international agencies like WHO, big Pharmaceutical and Data mining corporations, super powers and related global networks of influence have captured local and national institutions in the post/colonies of the global south. Using the Covid-19 disaster/ emergency narrative these powerful and well-funded global networks increasingly capture local and national institutions including professional organization and political party networks, and thus by-pass national sovereignty and tell small countries how to run their affairs and govern in order to advance their (great power) economic and strategic interests – all under the guise of humanitarian aid and disaster preparedness. This is what Naomi Klein also termed “disaster Capitalism”, and we may speak of Covid-19 disaster capitalism at this time.

There is also the related phenomenon of LAWFARE – where law and justice systems and institutions are weaponized against core principles of justice and equality and democratic rights to assembly and free speech curtailed in the name of emergency.

Opposition Political parties incapable of National Data and Evidence-Based Policies

Finally, questions arise as to why are the so-called opposition political parties – the United National Party, Samagi Janabla and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (UNP, SJB and JVP), which love to attack the Government policy so incapable of national data analysis and evidence -based Covid-19 policy recommendations? Are they also reading from Washington’s playbook?

Even the GMOA, SLMA which usually parrots WHO and CDC advice has asked for the DATA that the Institute for Health Metrics in Washington is using to get Sri Lanka locked down!

EPILOGUE: Covid-19 a crime against Humanity?

A group of international lawyers and doctors led by Reiner Fuellmich, who sued and won cases against Deutche Bank and Volkswagon, German Behemoths, are suing the promoters of the “corona panic” (the leader of WHO Adhanom, Drosten,& Wieler) for “Crimes Against Humanity”[4].

“This is of highest importance, for everyone in the world, this is possibly the biggest scandal in modern history. The danger and spread of corona are being exaggerated. What most people don’t understand is that the flu also kills people each year, and the argument of lawyer Fuellmich is that corona is not more dangerous than a normal flu. Also note that there is a difference of”dying with the corona virus” and “dying of corona virus”, just as there is a difference between “dying in car accident with the flu” and dying of the flu” conclusively, sadly this differentiation does not seem to be made by politicians and media. And if you look at detailedcorona death reports in your country, it should name other possible causes of death and diseases the person had – you will find that mostof the people who died with corona, had other serious health problems, and that most deaths are in the ages of 70 and up. This iscomparable to what normal flu does each year. The pictures of Bergamo (Italy) and New York (USA) are misleading, these pictureswere deliberately used to cause panic.

Reiner Fuellmich is suing the leader of WHO for fraud in regards to exaggerating the danger and contagion of corona (covid 19). To be exact he is suing the three main promoters of the “Corona Panic”. These are the three main promoters of the “corona panic” that are being sued, and these are the same people that our governments arebasing their lockdown on: Dr Christian Drosten, virologist and Director of the Institute at Charité Hospital in Berlin — Drosten is the inventor of the PCR test,which even Drosten himself declared in an interview in 2014, that these PCR tests are so highly sensitive that even very healthy and non-infectious people may test positive. Dr Yeadon in his piece: ‘Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics – the Deadly Danger of False Positives’ explains the complete unsuitability of the test for the detection of infectious diseases … covid 19 has tested positive in goats, sheep, papayas and even chicken wings. Note that previously, during the swine flu in 2009 Drosten was one of those who stirred up panic in the population; repeating over and over again that the swine flu would claim many hundreds of thousands, even millions of deaths, all over the world. This panic-inducing prognosis proved to be catastrophically false. Mr Tedros Adhanom, head of the World Health Organisation or WHO – Drosten used the PCR test, to test i Wuhan China, it camepositive, this was enough for WHO to sound the pandemic alarm and to recommend the worldwide use of the Drosten PCR test forthe detection of infections. Note also that previously, 12 years earlier the WHO changed the definition of “pandemic” (to “just aworldwide disease”, which not necessarily led to many serious illnesses and deaths) and that due to this change was able to declarethe swine flu pandemic in 2009, with the result that vaccines were produced and sold worldwide. The panic prognosis of WHOproved to be catastrophically false.Mr Lothar Wieler, veterinarian and head of the German equivalent of the CDC, the RKI – Mr Wieler wrote”the “panic paper”, thatwas leaked which was written by the German Department of the Interior. Its classified content shows beyond a shadow of a doubtthat in fact the population was deliberately driven to panic by politicians and mainstream media. The accompanying irresponsiblestatements of the head of the RKI, remember the CDC, Mr Wieler who repeatedly and excitedly announced that the coronameasures must be followed unconditionally by the population, without them asking any question shows that he followed the scriptverbatim. In his public statements he kept announcing that the situation was very grave and threatening although the figurescompiled by his own institute proved the exact opposite. These are the three main promoters of the “corona panic”. Just as the general population is panic-stricken, so is the media, they are notable to think clearly. Even the judiciary system, has been so panic-stricken that it is no longer able to administer justice properly. We are currently experiencing the most serious encroachment on their constitutional rights since the end of Second World War. Government shave intervened massively and in part threatening the very existence of our countries, as it is guaranteed by the constitutional rights of the people.”

Please see below the fuller deposition:

https://usercontent.one/wp/www.ooc.one/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/The-Corona-Scandal-Crimes-Against-Humanity-v3.pdf

*The author is a social and medical anthropologist


[1] Reiner Fuellmich is suing the promoters of the “corona panic” https://usercontent.one/wp/www.ooc.one/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/The-Corona-Scandal-Crimes-Against-Humanity-v3.pdf

[2] ‘Correlation between immunity from BCG and the morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 ‘https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32868985/

Dakshitha Wickramasinghe  1 Nilanka Wickramasinghe  2 Sohan Anjana Kamburugamuwa  1 Carukshi Arambepola  3 Dharmabandhu N Samarasekera  1   https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32868985/

[3] This study and observation is corroborated by a study by Stanford University’s, John Ioannides for the WHO. However, the WHO uses the Case Fatality Rates (CFR), rather than the far more accurate, tried and tested Infection Fatality Rate (IFR), to exaggerate and justify the narrative that there is a Covid-19 emergency.

[4] Reiner Fuellmich is suing the promoters of the “corona panic” https://usercontent.one/wp/www.ooc.one/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/The-Corona-Scandal-Crimes-Against-Humanity-v3.pdf

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    I read your articles as they are generally very amusing full of various conspiracy theories. but this time you indeed have done your research.

    Going to Borella Kannatta and talking to FR Raymond bros is indeed commendable. It really shows initiative. The kind of initiative most authors lack. as you can see from the 600 characters.

    As for the rest of the article, I did not read it. But I am sure during the next few years I will bring myself to reading it. Conspiracy theories are always very very interesting.

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      I wonder if this is the lady who previously wrote a number of 3000-word articles on topics that claimed Covid-19 would not affect Lanka because we were in a favoured geographical meridian; that we had been given the BCG vaccine so we were Covid-19 proofed; that the tropical sun kills the virus; that wearing face masks robs us of life-giving oxygen. Then a few months back she scoffed at warnings of a coming disaster by claiming that “only 19 deaths” had taken place.

      The word incorrigible describes people who can’t respond to reality and are incapable of being corrected. Such narcissistic persons struggle and suffer because they are frustrated and bitter at being proved wrong. They will continue to present “proof” that only they are correct and others are to blame: in this case all Sri Lanka’s medical professionals.

      We are told that psychopathic behaviour includes a display of intelligence, pathological egocentricity, lack of remorse or shame and an incapacity for compassion.

      Here then is an excellent illustration for the metaphor: Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

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        Why didn’t the medical anthropologist go check out all the cemeteries in Colombo? One swallow doesn’t make a summer.

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          “It is remarkable that in this list there was only one Covid-19 death in Colombo yesterday although cities and urban areas are the ones most affected. So why is Colombo in lockdown??”
          Yes, that is less than the number of traffic accidents. BUT traffic accidents don’t overload the hospital system and cause shortages of ICU beds and oxygen. One doesn’t have to be a Princeton-educated medical anthropologist to understand that. Even my pet pooch Gramsci understands, and he isn’t even an Uva graduate.

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            BCG Vaccination provides protection against severer Covid-19 and is far better than the untested Covid-19 vaccines that WHO and Bill Gates who funds Vaccine mafia and big Phama are promoting.
            University of Colombo Medical Faculty members have confirmed that BCG vaccine protects against Covid-19 as have many other international scientists. See this study onCorrelation between immunity from BCG and the morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32868985/
            WHO has lied that the BCG

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              D
              BCG is generally once in a lifetime anti-bacterial vaccine. If it can defend against Covid-19, it should defend against other coronaviruses as well. So our proneness to common cold should be minimal as nearly all of us have had a shot of BCG.
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              The UoC paper says:
              “Significant inverse correlations observed between cases and deaths of COVID-19 and BCG related parameters highlights immunity from BCG as a likely explanation for the variation in COVID-19 across countries.”
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              That there is cross immunization against various antibodies is known.
              How strong is the inverse correlation for one to conclude that BCG vaccine prevents COVID-19?
              Is it not possible that BCG vaccination correlates well with something else that correlates well with COVID-19 immunity?
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              Extrapolation can be dangerous, if not deadly.

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          OC
          Even with one cemetery one can draw scientific conclusions, if data are understood in context, namely restrictions on movement and choice of other nearby cemeteries where there is no sentiment about the Borella cemetery.
          I find fewer people in private hospitals. (I have been to three of them.)
          Does it mean that the virus has rendered the country healthy?

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            Prof

            There is some truth to what you are saying. Even my brother was saying that the number of respiratory illness have come down drastically. But that is due to people taking precautions. I find 2020 and this half of 2021 was the healthiest I have been. I would always get cold in the Spring and Fall in the US and this year I have not been sick at all. but that is not to say Covid is less dangerous. I think if one has comorbidities your time is up period. unfortunately no one really knows for sure.

            and statistically, the large number of detections are somewhat affected by the additional testing.

            Most in the US have been vaccinated and the number of infections have tanked. So we know vaccination is the solution. but we do not know which vaccine is better as they are comparing apples with oranges. but I suggest the prudent cause of action is

            1 Take precautions
            2 Get Vaccinated
            3 Do not shutdown.

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        BCG vaccine is given to prevent Tuberculosis. It is made of living but attenuated (devoid of property to cause disease, but able to invoke antibody response) bacteria of Bovine variety. It is effective against both human and bovine strains. It may offer some protection against leprosy as that bacteria also belongs to Mycobacterium group. It is not effective against any other bacteria or virus. In Africa where there is rampant HIV, it does not offer protection against Avian variety of TB, which does not usually infect humans. I had BCG vaccine twice, first at birth and then on entering Medical College. Despite that I used to get flu twice a year. Only for the last one year I did not get an attack, probably because of wearing mask, social distancing and hand washing done to prevent Covid. This lady is indeed incorrigible and obstinate to repeat the fallacy, despite told not to do so.

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      Sarath: The point is that a fake Positive PCR Test Panicdemic is on:
      After all, “there is a difference in ”dying with the corona virus” and “dying of corona virus”, just as there is a difference between “dying in a car accident with the flu” and dying of the flu” conclusively.

      Sadly this logical and SCIENTIFIC differentiation in identifying causes of illness and death does not seem to be made by doctors, politicians and media, when it comes to Covid-19 and PCR testing

      Corona is not more dangerous than a normal flu. What there is a PRC test Panicdemic!

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      Time to file a case against US citiszen Basil Rajapaksa for mismanagement of Covid-19 policy and economic disaster he has caused in the country.
      Also time to take the Local WHO representative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Founded and Funded US Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IFHM) for fake data, epidemiology models and causing an economic and health policy crisis in Sri Lanka
      BCG vaccine provides immunity to Lankans but Basil who is did not even complete O Levels is totally ignorant.

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        Dinuk,
        .
        He’s flown off to the USA, for medical treatment, whilst we have no vaccines.
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        How do you know that he hasn’t completed his O. Levels?
        .
        What I do know for certain is that the S. Thomas’ Board of Governors had a gu who had no formal education beyond Grade 8. Shocking?

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    This article is BS. Reminds me of Trump’s statement, “more testing means more cases”.

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      They are building hospitals for asymptomatic patients?! But which Local biotech and Pharma companies are importing the PCR test kits and all the oxygen tanks and plastic PP kits and all the garbage for the PCR panicdemic? Who owns these companies and which politicians are linked to them?!
      No oxygen because we are wearing masks 24/7?!!
      The WHO has committed Crimes against Humanity. So too the Davos Group with Gates and big Pharma and of course the Gain of Function research labs in Wuhan and Ford Detrick, Virginia where Faucci runs his bioterrorism programs for Covid-19 with HIV spliced in where the Genertically modified Sena Catapillar (Fall Army Worm) that was destroying GM crops and was patented in the US for pesticides too was produced..
      The crimes of empire are unfolding as never before as the empire crashes.. while India wallowing in nationalism spends trillions on militarization rather than healthcare at the urging of Uncle Sam!

  • 9
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    As a general public, we don’t know whom to believe

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    I wonder if this is the lady who previously wrote a number of 3000-word articles on topics that claimed Covid-19 would not affect Lanka because we were in a favoured geographical meridian; that we had been given the BCG vaccine so we were Covid-19 proofed; that the tropical sun kills the virus; that wearing face masks robs us of life-giving oxygen. Then a few months back she scoffed at warnings of a coming disaster by claiming that “only 19 deaths” had taken place.

    The word incorrigible describes people who can’t respond to reality and are incapable of being corrected. Such narcissistic persons struggle and suffer because they are frustrated and bitter at being proved wrong. They will continue to present “proof” that only they are correct and others are to blame: in this case all Sri Lanka’s medical professionals.

    We are told that psychopathic behaviour includes a display of intelligence, pathological egocentricity, lack of remorse or shame and an incapacity for compassion.

    Here then is an excellent metaphor for the expression: Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

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    This article is being widely circulated on WhatsApp with the caption that the author is the former IGP Rudra Rajasingham’s daughter. This is false, the author is NOT Mr Rudra Rajasingham’s daughter.

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      The author is the niece of IGP Rudra Rajasingham (brother’s daughter) and the niece of Bala Tampoe of the CMU..
      Bala Tampor and Rudra were first cousins!
      She does not pretend otherwise!

      • 2
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        Rajini Rajasingham-Thiranagama
        Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake
        Sumathi Rajasingham-Sivamohan
        Sisters?

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          Agnos
          Two are.

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            The first and the third, as SJ observes.

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      F.M,
      “the author is NOT Mr Rudra Rajasingham’s daughter.”
      That must be a great relief to Mr. Rudra Rajasingham, wherever he is.

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      Is being anybody’s daughter a qualification?

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        S.J,
        May we assume “facts matter”, “Dinuk”, and Rudra’s niece are all somehow related?

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          OC
          Perhaps.
          But there are a few too many clusters of related persons here, so I give them the benefit of the doubt.

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      Her facial features and complexion are like Rajasingham sisters – Nirmala and Rajini.

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        Here he goes with his out of this world theories.

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    PCR tests are not conclusive. True. What alternative does the writer offer?
    I also agree that COVID-19 is not the dangerous killer that we are made to imagine.
    But there are categories who are rather vulnerable if infected.
    Do we have policy in place to identify those who are vulnerable, like people with multiple morbidity besides, let us say, those over 70s?
    With strategy based on such policy, testing will focus on those who are at risk so that the number of asymptomatic persons seeking admission will dwindle.
    We need to learn from countries that have minimised infection rate and mortality about strategy to control a pandemic with public cooperation and minimal disruption of livelihood of people.
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    We had a whole 10 months before things spun out of control. What did we learn?
    Vaccinating the whole country in a few months is not a feasible proposition. By the time half the population is vaccinated, the pandemic may have passed.

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    Once again Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake stands out as a lone voice of reason in the midst of lemming-like people bent on falling over the cliff of whipped up frenzy and ignorance. Her message is simple … instead of blindly believing the purveyors of doom with their dubious agendas, why not dispassionately and soberly follow the science and the real numbers (AND the money trail). Isn’t this whole ‘official’ Covid narrative, cleverly spun by Big Pharma, Gates and the WHO, a twist on the ’emperor’s new clothes’ folktale? The simplest way of discerning whether Dr. Rajasingam-Senanayake is off with the conspiracy fairies or a lone prophet is to compare the annual death rate for the past five years of any country to determine if the overall numbers spiked in 2020 or indeed 2021. Remember that in India, with its poor statistic-keeping record, 80% of deaths are not medically verified so how can they scientifically determine if the masses are dying of corona? Isn’t this yet another case of those with power over numbers being able to attribute ‘meaning’ to suit their agenda? So, instead of following the official narrative like sheep let’s put Dr. Rajasingham-Senanayake’s proclamations to the test.

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      DRS,
      ” compare the annual death rate for the past five years of any country to determine if the overall numbers spiked in 2020 or indeed 2021.” I did just that.
      In 2019, there were 530,841 deaths registered in England and Wales,.
      Provisional figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show 608 002 registered deaths in England and Wales in 2020. 4 This was the second highest number of deaths in a year since 1838.
      To my quite unremarkable mind, that’s a spike, even if a Princeton mind doesn’t think so. Isn’t it better to do one’s research before throwing out groundless challenges? Or even prophetic proclamations.

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        OC
        “This was the second highest number of deaths in a year since 1838.”
        That is not very scientific.
        Comparisons need to be based on per thousand or million or whatever.
        *
        But you have made your point well with 2019 and 2020 data.

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    SJ, SJ, SJ, How can you make such statements?
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    ‘I also agree that COVID-19 is not the dangerous killer that we are made to imagine.’
    ‘By the time half the population is vaccinated, the pandemic may have passed.’
    .
    Haven’t you seen what is happening all over the world? https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
    The pandemic will not pass, it will be with us for a long time yet.

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      Dear S,
      Thanks. I should explain myself a little.
      I am alert to global developments, and fear that we are mostly presented the sensational side
      Kindly note that:
      *That COVID-19 in itself (i.e. without serious comorbidities) is not a threat to life is widely accepted.
      *Thus the issue before us is to identify the vulnerable and protect them. (It is particularly important if resources and infrastructure are poor.)
      When people panic, those who badly need hospitalization are denied it at the expense of those who can do with minimal treatment affordable at home.
      Thus panic leads to avoidable deaths.
      *
      Prioritizing treatment in any form, based on vulnerability is good practice.
      The virus has predominantly led to the death of people with comorbidities especially if old.
      Where a person is in good health the effect of the infection is reportedly mild.
      *
      There are some things that we need to think about.
      Sweden was slated severely by EU for its refusal to impose restrictions on its population. But it held fast to its stand.
      As may be expected, it has among the highest infection rates per million in Europe; but death rate per million is well behind many countries that adopted strict measures.

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        (Continued)
        I do not claim that Sweden has saved more lives, but what it has achieved is not putting its people through misery. (It advised the people about safety measures and left the rest to their wisdom.)
        Belarus acted like Sweden, but with even fewer infections and deaths.
        So there seems more to how health is managed than to the virus threat in itself.
        * Global regional variation too is there. Sub-Saharan Africa (except S. Africa) is least affected. East and even much of SE Asia are not too bad.
        Again, death rates are higher in Europe & N America with a large old population.
        How did India screw it up so badly after seemingly good control?
        More importantly, how are Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela remarkably the least hurt in death rate, in their respective regions by a huge factor?
        Even more importantly, why do the media not talk about these countries, whose bad news they publish with relish?
        *
        Do not take me for an anti-vax person.
        But I think that, like for the seasonal flu, there are sections of the population who will benefit and they should be vaccinated urgently.
        *
        If we vaccinate only the vulnerable hardly a quarter of the population will need vaccination.

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        Sivasegaram, do not display your stupidity. Covid 19 can cause problem to otherwise healthy individual. Even if one has a good immune system, it can evoke a excessive response called Cytokine storm causing extensive organ damage. Virus has an affinity for cells rich in ACE inhibitors such as those of respiratory passage, heart and kidney and attaches on them to replicate. If it attacks conducting tissue of the heart, it could cause cardiac arrest, which is the cause of sudden deaths in Covid 19 patients. Thus you cannot predict outcome simply by symptoms or tests. Many older and unhealthy patients are surviving while few younger and healthy ones are dying. Leave it to medical experts, without charlatans like you misguiding the public with your half baked information.

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        Sivasegaram, do not display your stupidity. Covid 19 can cause problem to otherwise healthy individual. Even if one has a good immune system, it can evoke a excessive response called Cytokine storm causing extensive organ damage. Virus has an affinity for cells rich in ACE inhibitors such as those of respiratory passage, heart and kidney and attaches on them to replicate. If it attacks conducting tissue of the heart, it could cause cardiac arrest, which is the cause of sudden deaths in Covid 19 patients. Thus you cannot predict outcome simply by symptoms or tests. Many older and unhealthy patients are surviving while few younger and healthy ones are dying. Leave it to medical experts, without charlatans like you misguiding the public with your half baked knowledge.

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          Sankaralingam
          Do not display yours with your regular dose of arrogance.
          A medical degree does not stop one from being a quack at heart.
          *
          Even a flu can have serious adverse reactions. [https://www.newscientist.com/definition/cytokine-storm/]
          The question is in whom?
          [see for example https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140227142250.htm%5D
          *
          If every PCR positive case is susceptible to a “cytokine storm”, hospitals will need more space in the mortuary than in the wards.
          We cannot hospitalise every PCR positive case, and one looks for other symptoms and then further investigates as necessary.
          I am fully aware of it.
          *
          Sadly too much has been left to medical ‘experts’ of whom many have become disgraceful drug peddlers and middlemen for unnecessary expensive investigations.
          This is not to offend the several genuine medical practioners who I know truly care for patients and patiently explain both illness and treatment to the patient and family, but not the arrogant bunch that think that they are God’s gift to mankind.

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    Anthropologists should keep away from epidemiology, I say.

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      SAV,
      Especially slightly unhinged anthropologists.

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        OC
        I have read across a spectrum of views on virus and vaccination.
        The article has drawn heavily on sources questionable and unquestionable without citation.
        Had sources been cited, it would have helped to tell the good from the bad.
        In a world divided, rather unequally, between pro- and anti-vax camps, not many seek to scientifically analyse information.
        What we have are shouting matches with loads of cheer leaders (like the red and green thumb gangs on CT).
        Let the dust settle.

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          S.J,
          It would help if the author left Bill Gates out of it and adopted a less hysterical writing style.

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            Similarly mechanics should keep away from virology.

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              More seriously quacks who cannot analyse data.

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            OC
            I seriously doubt if she has researched it even a fraction as much I bothered in the light of the controversy.
            There are serious charges against Bill Gates and even the WHO. But making a salad of loosely connected information is self-defeating.
            The other lady who wrote some weeks earlier did a more respectable study and used some credible sources, but blew her cover with the second part.
            I thought initially that she was driven by seemingly misguided idealism, but soon realised that I was completely wrong.

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    Here goes the fake medical anthropologist with her delusional logic, sourced from questionable conspiracy websites ONCE AGAIN – and once too many. Dr. DRS, why don’t you do everyone on this website a favour and not waste cyber space (and electricity)? Can’t you see that there isn’t a single positive comment here, except the ones you have written yourelf under your altar egos of Dinuk and Question Everything? Being anybody’s niece is not a qualification to write rubbish.
    Old Codger, perhaps it’s time you threw out a challenge to the deluded and self-important Dr. DRS – produce one article she has published in a peer-reviewed journal on medical anthropology?
    Singar A. Velan, please don’t judge all anthropologists on the basis of one bad egg. There are credible medical anthropologists, with stellar research records, in the world.

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