MRSA is shorthand for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a medicine-resistant staph infection that swept America beginning in 1990 —gaining massive popularity in 2017 when it killed more than 10,000 people and hospitalized more than 300,000 in the United States alone. Worse, of those hospitalized, many had to have large sections of their anatomy excised, limbs removed, and other surgical procedures done to cut away the infected flesh.
As for COVID’s death toll, your guess is as good as mine. We all know the scandal of the emphasized numbers to obtain greater Federal Money and media attention. We have all been exposed to the hype and hysteria from infection rates that do not equate to those with frank symptoms, and neither of those numbers equating to those needing hospitalization. Worse, we all have been front-seat with the PCR testing scandal where a tampon, motor oil, and a host of other non-human samples all tested positive (falsely) for COVID.
When the intentional housing of infected patients with healthy residents in long-term care facilities is added to this COVID-drama, they shouldn’t be, for these are victims of murder, and the governors need to be held accountable for their deaths; nothing but confusion in statistics reigns. Unfortunately, all this and more is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the statistics in the highly politicized COIVD-debacle we are living through.
One point of significant contention is the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic. An epidemic is when a disease (bacterial or viral) spreads over a large geographical area, and many different people simultaneously take ill. A pandemic takes an epidemic one step further and is a political decision, as the illness spreads across national borders infecting larger numbers of people. MRSA for all the people killed, in all the different countries, and health systems, has only ever achieved epidemic status. The Spanish Flu (1918) for all the people killed, in all the different countries infected, only achieved epidemic status. As a point of reference, the Spanish Flu (1918) is a confusion of terms between pandemic and epidemic, and depending upon the source; you can see the media hype of the flu. MRSA, like the annual Flu, Chicken Pox, Mumps, Measles, and Rubella, are still just as effective at killing people, and we do not shut down the globe for these viral infections. Yet, nobody in the world’s governments wants to discuss why COVID has been given this treatment. But, I digress; let’s get back to MRSA.
Please note, while hospitals are on track to meet a 50% reduction in MRSA and bloodstream infection reductions, this does not mean that other places MRSA pops up will meet these same reductions. MRSA causes outbreaks under specific conditions, typically in crowded areas with inadequate hygiene, skin-to-skin contact, and shared equipment. Hence, MRSA is prevalent in gyms, dressing rooms, daycare facilities, and any place where human body fluids can sit on a surface shared by other humans. Hence, before going further, I urge informed caution where MRSA is concerned. Ask about decontamination of hard surfaces, cleaning habits, and customs, and when in doubt, ask for more information before participating.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in partnership with Janssen Research and Development, found some interesting results in protecting the body from MRSA by boosting the body’s immune system. These results are interesting because until COVID came along, medicine generally wanted to stimulate the body’s immune system first, then look at vaccines and drugs. But, since COVID came along, doctors want to revert to what created MRSA, an overabundance and reliance upon vaccines and medicines instead of boosting the body’s immune system.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to the 1990s. MRSA is breaking onto the scene and scaring the living daylights out of medical professionals. This new staph infection is resistant to every drug known to man and kills rapidly once the skin infection gets into the blood. Sepsis deaths which had been trending down for a decade, were spiking. People went to the hospital for a routine checkup and died of skin infections horribly a few days later. Research quickly discovers this is a staph infection, quickly realizes it is drug-resistant, and new practices are needed in cleaning and disinfecting to prevent this from spreading. But, the first step was to boost the body’s natural immunity. Vitamin C, D, E, and Fish Oils, were discussed as options to be added to some diets. Exercise, diet, and weight loss became much more important topics, and the reason why was witnessed on the evening news. We saw patients lose limbs; a patient lost their nose; a patient went swimming in a pond and died horribly shortly thereafter.
I mention MRSA because common sense, research, and boosting the body’s immune system work, as historical data supports, to protect communities from large health problems and viral outbreaks. Masks, isolation, expensive government mandates and vaccines, do not protect communities from health problems. Many media pundits have cited the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic as comparative to COVID. What’s the difference, the most significant difference between 1918s Spanish Flu and 2020 COVID, government interference, and media hyperventilation!
What’s the difference between the ongoing MRSA battle, which claims hundreds of thousands of lives annually in the United States and millions of lives globally, and COVID? Government intrusion and media hyperventilation. Back in the 1990s, Dr. Fauci was still relatively unknown in the pantheons of NIH and was still misinforming about AIDS/HIV. By 2018, Dr. Fauci has reached the pinnacle of his lackluster career, and he needs a pandemic to come along to help his career into the spotlight of historical immortality. In the 1990s, the president was a Clinton, and the media adored his every breath. In 2016 the president was detested by the media, and a solution to his popularity needed to be generated.
MRSA has killed and maimed more people globally than COVID ever will; yet, MRSA, while being more deadly and dangerous, is relatively unknown outside medical centers, and the media hypes about COVID non-stop. Ever stop to ask yourself why? Common sense medicine is still the best method for preventing and healing after an MRSA infection. It would be the same for COVID except for the political environment that shut down inexpensive and effective drugs. Ever stop to ask yourself why?
The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) has a graph of MRSA infection rates by country reporting. Romania is on top with the worst rates of hospitalized MRSA, Iceland has the best rates of non-infection, and the numbers appear to be current as of 2004. Yes, that data is 17 years or so old and can be taken with a grain of salt. However, it does provide an interesting view on MRSA infections. Not all MRSA infections are reported equally.
The main MRSA reported and tracked are those where the infection can be reliably proved to have originated in a hospital—leaving infections from gyms, locker rooms, sports equipment, daycare centers, schools, etc., all open for speculation and wonder. Not good policy on something this dangerous and easily spread from person to person. I worked in a call center that was threatened with being shut down if infectious pink eye (a staph infection) was not brought under control. Pink-eye was spread around that call center so often, and so prevalently, the health department threatened drastic and dire measures if the business did not take action. Yet, MRSA, another staph infection, isn’t even tracked and reported. Ever ask yourself why? Ever wonder why some infections and communicable diseases are reported to death and others never even get mentioned?
Please let me repeat myself, and I repeat myself only for emphasis; we live in a world of risk. The government, any government, cannot control the risk of living. We, the citizenry, should never expect the government to attempt to control the risks of living, for that is the road of tyranny and oppression. The government is only a tool; the tool should be used sparingly and only in times of greatest need for the greatest good of all citizens. When the tool of government is overused, tyranny and oppression are the only results, and the citizens will weep in frustration and anger at the governments’ largesse! MRSA is a risk we undertake to enjoy a social activity, exercising in a gym. MRSA is an activity we expose our children to when we send them to school, for the benefits outweigh the potential risks. The risks of runaway government are being felt right now; what are we willing to do to fix that problem?
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