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Refusal By Health Officials & Politicians To Emphasize Link

Refusal By Health Officials & Politicians To Emphasize Link

Between Obesity & COVID-19 Outcomes Is Inexcusable

NORTHERN, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  April 5, 2021  (LSN)  Political correctness and misguided ‘compassion’ has so thoroughly come to dominate all aspects of our society that those in power no longer admit the truth even when it’s staring every right in the face.

Here’s a Tweet from Kulvinder Kaur, an Ontario physician who has been speaking out against the prevailing (and ever-changing) narrative pushed by much of the media & political establishment:

“Based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence, what are 2 significant modifiable risk factors of Covid mortality?

Obesity & Vitamin D deficiency

382 days of “14 days to flatten curve”

Why are govts still not making basic health promotion recommendations to reduce mortality risk?”

An essential point is being raised here.

In a year in which we were constantly told by health officials and politicians that they were constantly ‘following the science,’ they have ignored the science in a way that is absolutely inexcusable.

In fact, for all the areas in which science is still being discussed and disputed (it was always meant to be a constant learning process rather than religious style edicts), there is clear evidence of the fact that COVID-19 outcomes are directly related to obesity.

Here’s what the US CDC says:

Adults with excess weight are at even greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Having obesity increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19. People who are overweight may also be at increased risk.

  • Having obesity may triple the risk of hospitalization due to a COVID-19 infection.

  • Obesity is linked to impaired immune function.

  • Obesity decreases lung capacity and reserve and can make ventilation more difficult.

  • A study of COVID-19 cases suggests that risks of hospitalization, intensive care unit admission, invasive mechanical ventilation, and death are higher with increasing BMI.

  • The increased risk for hospitalization or death was particularly pronounced in those under age 65.

  • More than 900,000 adult COVID-19 hospitalizations occurred in the United States between the beginning of the pandemic and November 18, 2020. Models estimate that 271,800 (30.2%) of these hospitalizations were attributed to obesity.

This chart from Obesity Canada also outlines the risks (ignore the part where they claim ‘treating obesity is about improving health, not weight loss’ as this is obviously absurd):

Where is the reaction to this?

Consider how officials and politicians have reacted to the ‘new strains’ of COVID-19 that they say are more deadly and more transmissible.

In some cases, they claimed a 50% more transmissible variant was the ‘justification’ for more lockdowns.

Yet, as you can see in the chart above, being obese “may triple the risk of hospitalization, increase the risk of death, and make the effects of COVID-19 far worse.”

Shouldn’t that have led to emergency warnings from the government?

Shouldn’t they have done huge public awareness campaigns all over TV, radio, newsprint, and social media warning about the risk of being obese?

Shouldn’t they have used their daily press conferences to bring in fitness and diet experts (who actually look healthy), to give advice on how people can lose weight?

Shouldn’t they have kept the gyms open and encouraged outdoor exercise?

Given all their spending, shouldn’t they have used some of that to offer vouchers that could be used for the purchase of gym and exercise equipment so people could exercise in their homes/apartments?

And, given that obesity is the second highest risk factor after age, shouldn’t it have gotten the second most amount of attention?

Of course, as we know, that didn’t happen.

They did none of that.

Now, at this point some people reading this may be thinking “it would be wrong for politicians to push people to lose weight, that would be asking too much of people.”

Yet, in this past year politicians told people to accept that their businesses would be wiped out, their freedoms massively curtailed, their supposedly ‘ironclad rights’ turned into mere ‘privileges,’ and told people to stay isolated and away from their friends and loved-ones.

That was all in the name of ‘following the science’ and ‘saving lives.’

So how would it be ‘asking too much’ to explain how big a threat obesity was and push people to lose weight?

That seems entirely reasonable given what we’ve seen in the past year.

And, a focus on improving health and reducing obesity while protecting seniors could have ensured targeted measures that protected the most vulnerable, rather than locking down our entire society, decimating the economy, and making the mental health crisis even worse.

The fact that didn’t happen is perhaps the biggest indictment of our health officials and ‘leaders’ that we’ve seen.

For all their claims to ‘follow the science,’ they were clearly led by concerns of political correctness, putting that ideology of misguided compassion and an abandonment of reality above actual logic and truth.

A virus doesn’t care if it’s ‘mean’ to point out that someone is obese, and certainly doesn’t care that people have read all the ‘healthy at any weight’ BS that passes for health advice these days.

A mirror of when the pandemic began

If you’re thinking that health officials and politicians putting political correctness ahead of science sounds familiar, it should.

When the virus was first emerging from China, there were people – myself included – who called for flight restrictions from China.

The political establishment, media establishment, and many health officials called those calls ‘bigoted’ and said ‘racism and stigma’ was a ‘bigger threat’ than the virus.

The airports and borders were left open, until it was far too late.

So, when the chips were down, and when acknowledging reality was essential, the politicians and health officials put political correctness first.

And we saw it again during the pandemic with the issue of obesity. Rather than address, rather than acknowledge a difficult truth that many Canadians were vulnerable because they weighed too much, they ignored the second biggest risk factor for negative outcomes.

That’s why, when those same health officials and politicians demand that we trust them now, they simply don’t have the credibility to ask for that trust.

They blew it over and over and over again, putting political correctness first when it should have entirely abandoned.

Until our country can overcome this broken ideology, until we can actually confront reality and deal with it, we will fall further and further into the depths of fantastical thinking – something history shows always ends in disaster.

Spencer Fernando

Northern Ontario 
Kenora, Rainy River, Dryden, Thunder Bay, Terrace Bay Marathon, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Ontario

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Follow the numbers for TBDHU Easter Month Long Lockdown

Population of Thunder Bay District (2016)  146,048
April 8th 1st stay of stay at home order for 28 days

Date New
Cases
Active
Cases 
Resolved 
Cases
Deceased Hospitalized ICU
Apr 3 26 183 2673 53 12 3
Apr 5   9 163 2701 54 14 4
Apr 6  1 149 2716 54 14 5
Apr 7 15 148 2732 54 10 4
Apr 8  3 104 2779 54 10 4
Apr 9 12 101 2793 55 12 5
Apr 10 13   98 2809 55 13 5
Apr 11 Not  Reported        
Apr 12 13 91 2829 55 14 5
Apr 13 9 87 2841 56 13 4
Apr 14 4 72 2860 56 11 4
Apr 15 4 61 2875 56 10 5
Apri16 8 57 2885 58 12 4
Apr 17 4 56 2890 58 9 3
    Not  reported  Today    
             
Apr 20 11 54 2909 60 7 2
             

 

Follow the Ontario numbers for Easter Month Long Lockdown

Ontario's 3rd lockdown start April 3 at 12.01 am. 
April 8th 1st stay of stay at home order for 28 days

Date Test Cases Date  Test  Cases  Date  Test  Cases 
April 1  62,300 2,557 Apr 16 64,300 4,812      
Apr 2 121,400 3,089 Apr 17  56,900 4,362      
Apr 3   3,009 Apr 18 53,800 4,250      
Apr 4   3,041 apr 19 42,900 4,447      
Apr 5    2,938 Apr 20 40,600 3,469      
Apr 6 37,500 3,065            
Apr 7 49,900 3,215            
Apr 8 63,800 3,295            
Apr 9 61,400 4,227            
Apr 10 61,400 3,813            
Apr 11 56,400 4,456            
apr 12 47,900 4,401            
Apr 13 42,200 3,670            
Apr 14  54,200 4,156            
Apr 15 65,600 4,736            

 

TBDHU goes into Grey Lockdown March 1st 12.01 am.

Population of Thunder Bay District (2016)  146,048

Date  New
Cases
Active
Cases 
Resolved
Cases 
Deceased  Hospitalized 
ICU
Feb 27   335 1218 30 23 7
Feb 28   343 1239 30 26 9
March 1 56 376 1262 30 29 9
March 2  40 374 1304 30 26 9
March 3  26 389 1314 31 29 10
March 4 61 397 1366 32 29 10
March 5 48 389 1422 32 27 8
March 6 40 386 1465 32 35 11
March 7 111 470 1492 32 37 11
March 8 30 462 1529 33 36 10
March 9  58 458 1589 35 29 9
March 10 46 414 1677 37 31 10
March 11 46 423 1714 37 35 9
March 12 82 435 1784 37 35 8
March 13 43 446 1816 37 36 9
March 14 40 437 1865 37 37 9
March 15 51 446 1906 38 44 7
March 16 35 403 1984 38 39 8
March 17 68 424 2030 39 38 8
March 18 40 406 2088 39 39 12
March 19 38 399 2133 39 44 15
March 20 32 379 2185 39 45 16
March 21 20 362 2222 39 35 12
March 22  9 325 2267 40 35 12
March 23 29 305 2316 40 31 7
March 24 25 286 2355 45 26 5
March 25 33 283 2390 46 28 5
March 26 20 259 2434 46 28 4
March 27 29 233 2488 47 20 3
March 28  21 216 2526 47 19 4
March 29 12 207 2547 47 19 4
March 30 25 199 2576 51 17 3
March 31 34 216 2592 52 18 3
April 1 23 210 2621 52 18 3
             
             
             
             

This is the total number of deaths among cases in which COVID-19 was determined to be a contributing or underlying cause of death

 

Number of Test and Number of Cases of COVID Ontario

Date Tests Cases Date Tests  Cases  Date Tests Cases
Feb 11 68,800 945 Mar 1 35,000 1,023 Mar 19 56,100 1,745
Feb 12 62,000 1,076 Mar 2  30,800 966 Mar 20 52,100 1,829
Feb 13 58,800 1,300 Mar 3 52,600 958 Mar 21 49,200 1,791
Feb 14 48,700 981 Mar 4 65,600 994 Mar 22 31,100 1,699
Feb 15 27,000 964 Mar 5  64,700 1,250 Mar 23 32,600 1,546

Feb 16

30,400 904 Mar 6 57,800 990 Mar 24 52,000 1,571
Feb 17 34,000 847 Mar 7 46,600 329 Mar 25 60,100 2,380
Feb 18 56,200 1,038 Mar 8 38,100 568 Mar 26 53,400 2,169
Feb 19 65,400 1,150 Mar 9  33,300 1,185 Mar 27 61,000 2,453
Feb 20 57,200 1,228 Mar 10 54,100 1,316 Mar 28  50,200 2,448
Feb 21 Not report Not Report Mar 11 60,600 1,092 Mar 29  39,500 2,094
Feb 22 31,200 1,058 Mar 12 64,600 1,371 Mar 30  36,100 2,336
Feb 23 26,000 975 Mar 13  58,400 1,468 Mar 31 52,500 2,333
Feb 24  54,900 1,054 Mar 14 47,600 1,747 April 1  62,300 2,557
Feb 25 66,400 1,138 Mar 15 34,000 1,268      
Feb 26 64,000 1,258 Mar 16 28,500 1,074       
Feb 27 59,400 1,185 Mar 17 49,100 1,508      
Feb 28 49,200 1,062 Mar 18 58,600 1,553      
                 

 

Covid and test During Ontario Lockdown

December 26th is day one of lockdown in Ontario 

Date Tests #Cases  Date Test Cases Date  Tests Cases
Dec 26   2,142 Jan 11     Jan 26 30,700 1,740
Dec 27   2,005 Jan 12     Jan 27 55,200 1,670
Dec 28   1,939 Jan 13     Jan 28 64,700 2,093
Dec 29   2,553 Jan 14     Jan 29 69,000 1,837
Dec 30 39,200 2,923 Jan 15     Jan 30 59,600 2,063
Dec 31   3,328 Jan16  73,900 3,056 Jan 31 49,400 1,848
Jan 1   2,476       Feb 1 30,400 1,969
Jan 2   3,363 Jan 17     Feb 2 28,600 745
Jan 3 49,800 2,964 Jan 18     Feb 3 52,400 1,172
Jan
4
    Jan 19     Feb 4 64,500 1,563
Jan 5 35,200 3,128 Jan 20     Feb 5  62,700 1,670
Jan 6     Jan 21 70,300 2,632 Feb 6 62,300 1,388
Jan 7     Jan 22 71,800 2,662 Feb 7 51,700 1,489
Jan 8     Jan 23 63,500 2,359 Feb 8  28,300 1,265

Jan 9

72,900 3,443 Jan 24  48,900 2,417 Feb 9 30,800 1,022
Jan 10     Jan 25 36,000 1,958 Feb 10 52,500 1,072

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