The original YouTube video of Dr. Erickson’s press conference has been removed – according to YouTube, it “violated community standards” but there is an embedded copy of the video here and another copy here.
You can call this post “fake” news if you want, you can dispute what these doctors say but this video that has been circulating on line over the past few days from an American ER doctor is getting noticed and shared over many platforms like You Tube and on many blogs, but few who post it put any context behind where the video was shown and who these doctors actually are. Context for this video just as important – more than posting a video and expecting people to listen and understand.
Here’s the man behind this video.
Who is Dr. Daniel Erickson? He practices in Bakersfield, California, is a former emergency-room physician who co-owns, with his partner Dr. Artin Massih, Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield. They are experienced medical professionals who have 40 years of hands-on experience in dealing with viruses and respiratory infections.
Dr. Erickson and his colleague dare to be blunt, honest and realistic as to the costs of these lockdowns. The US CDC is equivalent to our federal Public Health and there is a whole lot of criticism of CDC head Dr. Anthony Fauci, just as there is a lot of criticism of Dr. Theresa Tam here in Canada, criticism of her NOT based on race or gender, but of timelines, flip flops, numbers, etc. A lot of what Dr. Erickson says about California does apply to Canada and our lockdowns, and should not be discounted. Of course, the doctors faced a hostile press but answered their questions professionally and rationally.
Excerpts from an article detail just how they came to the conclusions they did.
“Watching the news in China in January, they knew the virus was on its way. They ordered many COVID-19 tests because they knew they would need them. They tested many thousands of people, and discovered for themselves what epidemiologists around the world are saying: COVID-19 came here earlier than previously believed, is more ubiquitous, and ultimately for the general population less deadly than we thought.
While this realization is gradually dawning on people around the world, they went public with their findings, which are not generated out of a predictive model but rather the actual facts of the case. In the course of their press conference, they addressed the question of whether or not California should have shut down much of its economy. Their answer is no. They conclude with the need to open up immediately, on grounds of health and human rights. “
There are actually two videos, the first one is quite long (51 minutes), but well worth listening to.
- Erickson COVID-19 Briefing – YouTube (Immunity & Lockdowns US-California April 2020) (Link since removed)
- Erickson COVID-19 Briefing, Pt. 2 – YouTube
Since these videos have been released, the disinformation machine has been cranked up into overdrive. There’s no surprise there. That means that the message is getting through all of the official bafflegab as more and more people on both sides of the border start to question the need for such draconian measures to contain this virus.
Here are some highlights of what was discussed by Dr. Erickson in the briefing:
- “We do thousands of flu tests every year. We don’t report every one, because the flu is ubiquitous and to that note we have a flu vaccine. How many people even get the flu vaccine? The flu is dangerous, it kills people. Just because you have a vaccine doesn’t mean it’s gonna be everywhere and it doesn’t mean everyone’s going to take it… I would say probably 50% of the public doesn’t even want it. Just because you have a vaccine—unless you forced it on the public—doesn’t mean they’re going to take it.
- Norway has locked down; Sweden does not have lock down. What happened in those two countries? Are they vastly different? Did Sweden have a massive outbreak of cases? Did Norway have nothing?
- Let’s look at the numbers. Sweden has 15,322 cases of COVID—21% of all those tested came out positive for COVID. What’s the population of Sweden? About 10.4 million. So if we extrapolate out the data about 2 million cases of COVID in Sweden. They did a little bit of social distancing; they would wear masks and separate; they went to schools; stores were open. They were almost about their normal daily life with a little bit of social distancing. They had how many deaths? 1,765. California’s had 1,220 with isolation. No isolation: 1,765. We have more people.
- Norway: its next-door neighbor. These are two Scandinavian nations; we can compare them as they are similar. 4.9% of all COVID tests were positive in Norway. Population of Norway: 5.4 million. So if we extrapolate the data, as we’ve been doing, which is the best we can do at this point, they have about 1.3 million cases. Now their deaths as a total number, were 182. So you have a 0.003 chance of death as a citizen of Norway and a 97% recovery. Their numbers are a little bit better. Does it necessitate shutdown, loss of jobs, destruction of the oil company, furloughing doctors?
- I wanted to talk about the effects of COVID-19, the secondary effects. COVID-19 is one aspect of our health sector. What has it caused to have us be involved in social isolation? Alcoholism, anxiety, depression, suicide. Suicide is spiking; education is dropped off; economic collapse. Medical industry we’re all suffering because our staff isn’t here and we have no volume. We have clinics from Fresno to San Diego and these things are spiking in our community. These things will affect people for a lifetime, not for a season.
- Did we respond appropriately? Initially the response, fine shut it down, but as the data comes across—and we say now, wait a second, we’ve never, ever responded like this in the history of the country why are we doing this now? Any time you have something new in the community medical community it sparks fear—and I would have done what Dr. Fauci did—so we both would have initially. Because the first thing you do is, you want to make sure you limit liability—and deaths—and I think what they did was brilliant, initially.
- Nobody talks about the fact that coronavirus lives on plastics for three days and we’re all sheltering in place. Where’d you get your water bottles from? Costco. Where did you get that plastic shovel from? Home Depot. If I swab things in your home I would likely find COVID-19. And so you think you’re protected. Do you see the lack of consistency here?
- Do you think you’re protected from COVID when you wear gloves that transfer disease everywhere? Those gloves have bacteria all over them. We wear masks in an acute setting to protect us. We’re not wearing masks. Why is that? Because we understand microbiology; we understand immunology; and we want strong immune systems. I don’t want to hide in my home, develop a weak immune system, and then come out and get disease.
- When someone dies in this country right now, they’re not talking about the high blood pressure, the diabetes, the stroke. They say they died from COVID. We’ve been to hundreds of autopsies. You don’t talk about one thing, you talk about comorbidities. COVID was part of it, it is not the reason they died folks. When I’m writing up my death report I’m being pressured to add COVID. “
Meanwhile in Canada, the provinces are the ones who want to open things up – not just to bring some semblance of normalcy and to get the economy moving again, but to lift people’s spirits. The majority of Canadians realize that it’s not like flipping a switch where everything opens like it was before COVID, but a graduated common sense approach. The province of Saskatchewan has developed a plan which could be adopted by the rest of the provinces, depending on need. Today, Ontario released its plan which will happen in three stages, though the steps unveiled today contain few specifics or timelines.
While this is happening, our federal government is still waffling and spending our ever-dwindling money like drunken sailors. That’s the daily message from Justin Trudeau and his government when he pops out of his gopher hole to address his media minions, who are tasked to spread the propaganda news across the country.
Today’s message from the Trudeau gopher hole says this: “Life won’t return to normal even when we have a vaccine ‘two or three years from now” and “when asked about a potential health passport that would show personal health information in an exchange to return to work or school, Trudeau said that it was “premature to even speculate” about that as an option, as there still remains a lack of evidence that people cannot contract the virus twice.”
This is at the root or the anxiety of many Canadians. Ease the lockdown orders incrementally. Give them hope, give them a timeframe and give them common sense guidelines on moving forward when it comes to school, work and getting back to day to day activities.. It’s not too much to ask. Governing by fear and uncertainty is not the way to go. Nor is depending too much on these so-called “experts” who are reluctant to take those first steps.
Ontario Conservative provincial MPP Randy Hillier observed these inconsistencies and contradictions in a recent Facebook post and it’s no wonder Canadians are stressed, anxious, confused, fed up and just plain p***ed off at these inconsistencies which have caused inconvenience and stress to many people.
- “Banning long-distance travel doesn’t stop the spread, but banning short-distance travel to your cottage will; going to beer stores is fine but having a stroll in the park is a punishable offence; it’s too dangerous for well-paid public servants and elected members to be at work, but not too dangerous for PSW’s and grocery clerks; wearing masks are bad one day then necessary the next; closing the borders with the USA is needed, but planes can continue arriving from China? These actions and contradictions are indicative of governments not being rational or thoughtful in discharging their responsibilities.”
- “While this pandemic has created a great many contradictions, along with panic and fear, public policy must be developed without contradictions, without panic and fear, in order to serve the people in the most beneficial and practical way, and it should always be examined in this light.”
One last word from Randy Hillier’s post sums up another issue that has been an increasing problem – infringing on our civil liberties. They have been tested over the duration of this lockdown through provincial states of emergency acts. Along with that, the patience of Canadians is wearing thin as the nicer weather approaches and people want to get out, tend to their yards, go for a walk in a park or go for a Sunday drive. Sports events and concerts may be a long way off, but enjoying a walk through a park or along a creek are pleasures that are very much missed and needed right now.
- “Finally, this is surely the only time in the history of humanity that the best line of defense against a pandemic has been to expand governments’ arbitrary authority while diminishing oversight and accountability; to suspend civil liberties and constitutional guarantees while delegating the UN, WHO, and Public Health to set public policy; and to borrow money to such an extent that we will invariably lower our standards of living, diminish prosperity and become a debtor nation, while paying money to people not to work. It is only further evident that these are more reactions rather than solutions, as we’ve seen in the health care sector.”
When all is said and done, when life and routines get back to “normal” or, “the new normal,” there will be many questions that our leaders should and will have to answer as to their conduct during this unprecedented lockdown. Until then, it’s time to re-open Canada, one step at a time and let us do the right thing and get on with our lives.