Masks don't work

Washington ExaminerA study published in late October by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology linking a decrease in coronavirus hospitalizations to a face-mask mandate has been withdrawn following an increase in cases in the areas studied.

“The authors have withdrawn this manuscript because there are increased rates of SARS-CoV-2 cases in the areas that we originally analyzed in this study,” the updated abstract of the study titled "Decrease in Hospitalizations for COVID-19 after Mask Mandates in 1083 U.S. Counties” now reads. “New analyses in the context of the third surge in the United States are therefore needed and will be undertaken directly in conjunction with the creators of the publicly-available databases on cases, hospitalizations, testing rates. Etc.”

Seriously, they just don't. At least not against COVID, and applied to the whole population.

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Mon Nov 23 17:36:07 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Medical Theater

Front PageA week before issuing a statewide mask mandate and a few weeks after trying to ban Thanksgiving, Governor Newsom attended a dinner party, maskless, for a lobbyist.

The size of the party, a dozen people, contravened, Newsom’s own Thanksgiving crackdown limiting gathering sizes and urging members of different households not to mingle. The photos also contravened Newsom’s guidelines to wear a mask at dinner between bites.

The people insisting you stay at home and wear a mask are not following their own rules. The masks are just a system of control and a symbol of submission. They don't actually work (against this specific disease, anyway), and the "elites" believe they are not subject to their own rules.

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Sun Nov 22 18:45:40 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Study: Masks don't work against COVID

SpectatorWednesday marked the publication of a long-delayed trial in Denmark which hopes to answer that very question. The ‘Danmask-19 trial’ was conducted in the spring with over 3,000 participants, when the public were not being told to wear masks but other public health measures were in place. Unlike other studies looking at masks, the Danmask study was a randomized controlled trial — making it the highest quality scientific evidence.

Around half of those in the trial received 50 disposable surgical face masks, which they were told to change after eight hours of use. After one month, the trial participants were tested using both PCR, antibody and lateral flow tests and compared with the trial participants who did not wear a mask.

In the end, there was no statistically significant difference between those who wore masks and those who did not when it came to being infected by COVID-19. Of those wearing masks, 1.8 percent caught COVID, compared to 2.1 percent of the control group. As a result, it seems that any effect masks have on preventing the spread of the disease in the community is small.

To be clear: Masks work for some diseases and in some circumstances, when worn properly they can protect against large particles being spread from an infected person to other people. When trying to use them in widespread fashion, against the coronavirus, they do not work. Why not? The particles are too small and pass through the masks easily, even when properly worn, and they are not properly worn by the general public.

They are basically meaningless unless you experiencing symptoms (coughing, sneezing) which produce large particles the mask can catch before spreading. But if you're not showing those symptoms but are still contagious, the particles you are shedding are too small for the mask to stop.

It's just medical theater.

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Sun Nov 22 15:45:40 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was COVID-19 weaponized against Trump?

Argument here. I won't endorse it or reject it because I simply do not have the expertise to evaluate the evidence. I will say that this exact sequence of events has occurred to me repeatedly and with growing emphasis throughout 2020. Initially I was skeptical, but that skepticism has been steadily worn away as the irrational hysteria and media panic continues and the Democrats take political advantage of the chaos.

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Wed Nov 18 09:42:55 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden advisors already pushing a 4-6 week lockdown

Legal Insurrection“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages, for individual workers,” he told the outlet, noting low interest rates. He added that federal borrowing could bail out small- and medium-sized companies, cities, states and county governments.

“If we did that, then we could lock down for four to six weeks, and if we did that, we could drive the numbers down,” he said. “Like they’ve done in Asia. Like they did in New Zealand and Australia.”

They already want to go back to total lockdowns. Why? WHY? To spend more trillions in printed money? To punish us for refusing to accept Biden as president?

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Tue Nov 17 10:58:13 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How scared should we be of the Kung Flu at this point?

The Silicon GreybeardAllow me to illustrate a simple example of "most people don't think like this." I've been reading William M. Briggs - Statistician to the Stars! as he talks about the pandemic. He presents this plot of "excess deaths" by year, data from the US CDC. I've marked up the plot to point out some features.

Not very, unless you happen to be in the high risk category.

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Mon Nov 16 10:04:24 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cuomo wants Biden to get credit for COVID vaccine

Fox NewsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that while it is "good news" that Pfizer has had a recent breakthrough in its coronavirus vaccine clinical trial, he believes it is "bad news" that the Trump administration will get to plan the distribution.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday, Cuomo said he has spoken to other governors about how they can alter or even block Trump's plan so that President-elect Joe Biden could do it instead.

This is the governor who sent COVID patients into nursing homes to kill as many old people as possible, and now he wants to delay a vaccine just so Biden can take political credit for something Trump did?

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Sat Nov 14 14:10:01 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

COVID-19 vaccine announced... immediately after the election

Conservative TreehouseAs the political media and democrats simultaneously drop their COVID-19 social distancing concerns to celebrate Joe Biden in the streets and DNC venues, as anticipated an effective vaccine is announced. Within the announcement Pfizer admits they stalled announcing the results of the study in October, preferring to wait until after the election.

Predictably disgusting.

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Sat Nov 14 13:10:01 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Almost $2M per patient to treat the flu

Well, no, to treat COVID-19... which is only slightly more dangerous than the flu. The facility that money built was dismantled less than a month after it was completed. That's Chicago for you.

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Sun Nov 08 17:32:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

CDC estimates of COVID-19 survival rates

CDC0-19 years: 99.997%
20-49 years: 99.98%
50-69 years: 99.5%
70+ years: 94.6%

Unless you are over 70, COVID-19 is nothing to worry about. Even if you are over 70, it's about as dangerous as the flu.

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Sat Oct 24 17:34:19 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Playing games with the virus numbers

City officials are using cooked numbers to keep Austin closed until December. Why? Well, if they open up in December, the economy will start to recover in January when Biden has just (they hope) taken office.

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Fri Oct 23 18:25:03 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Educational institutions are tracking students

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Wed Oct 21 02:52:17 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI claims it foiled "militia plot" to kidnap governor

They arrested 6 people for the plot, which involved them discussing actions to take in response to Whitmer's unconstitutional shutdown of the state. No actual violence was involved, though the FBi alleges they agreed to try to recruit more members and possibly surveilled the governor's vacation home (that means "they looked at" the building).

Given the well-known proclivities of the federal government, I predict these charges will eventually be dropped after all the involved agencies finish coordinating and realize that all six individuals are informants, agent provocateurs, or previous recipients of pardons from Democrats. Also, at least some of them appear to be "anarchists" rather than "militia".

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Tue Oct 13 00:21:13 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats suppressing low COVID-19 numbers to justify continued shutdown

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Sat Sep 19 02:59:07 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comparing COVID-19 with the flu

Now that we are starting to understand that COVID-19 is basically no more dangerous than the common flu, politicians are insisting we panic about the flu too.

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Tue Sep 08 02:37:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those positive test results...

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Sat Sep 05 01:28:39 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Up to 90% of COVID-19 tests are false positives

The most common test detects tiny fragments of the virus, even if those fragments are "dead" or trapped and do not represent an active infection. Couple that with a recent finding that only 9210 Americans died from COVID-19 alone. The rest were already struggling from serious other diseases.

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Thu Sep 03 02:20:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another study demonstrating hydroxychloroquin works

This study shows that the COVID-19 death rate is cut in half when treated with hydroxychloroquin. So, why are medical authorities playing games with COVID treatments?

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Fri Aug 28 01:27:25 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

COVID was built in a Chinese bioweapons lab

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Wed Aug 26 02:56:06 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

At least 600K COVID-19 diagnoses are fake

Mistakes like this feed panic, which is why I think they are not mistakes. If they were mistakes, sometimes they would happen in the other direction.

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Tue Aug 18 02:14:04 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why are nations going mad over COVID?

Just to take a couple examples.

In the US, the Deep State (represented by Fauci on the medical side, the Democratic party, and the media) want to oust Trump. I've mentioned previous how the virus helps that effort, along with delaying and distracting from SpyGate.

In the UK... well, you haven't heard about how Brexit is or isn't going to happen in a while, have you?

In many other nations, it matters less because their media doesn't necessarily operate in English, making the internal posture less visible. Are China or Russia panicking too? Who knows? I would guess not, at this point. Tracking, yes. Panicking, no.

So, again, why are we panicking? Because it is politically useful to those who would be our masters.

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Mon Aug 17 02:47:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The vote by mail fiasco continues

Nevada sends 200K ballots to the wrong addresses (1/6th of the total, more than enough to throw an election into chaos), and Virginia sent 500K incorrect ballots (some even to dead people).

I am going to laugh for months if only blue states go to vote by mail, and the resulting chaos only in blue states costs them the election.

Unfortunately, it's only funny if Trump gets a clear majority from states with functional election systems.

Sun Aug 16 02:07:28 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Common cold immunity may carry over to COVID

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Sat Aug 15 01:27:26 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A promising treatment for COVID-19 even after ventilation?

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Thu Aug 13 01:42:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lying with charts

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Tue Aug 11 02:55:42 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


I don't care what the excuse is. People should be free to say what they think. Even if what they think goes against what the rest of society thinks.

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Wed Aug 05 02:51:02 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

9th Circus makes it official: suspends 1st Amd during pandemic

Two judges in the 9th Circus have purported to suspend the 1st Amendment until there is a cure for the Kung Flu.

This doesn't actually surprise me much; there's historically a lot of latitude for this sort of thing during public emergencies. Courts will let the executive handle the emergency and focus on reviewing it all well after the fact.

The aspect this court is missing -- probably deliberately -- is whether there is actually an emergency that justifies that treatment. There's certainly a panic, but I'm not convinced the data shows an actual emergency. So can the government exaggerate an unusual, but not disastrous, new disease and get a pass from the bill of rights? I suspect not, but I doubt the courts will say so until more time makes the evidence very clear. Particularly courts with a liberal bias.

There's also the question of duration; temporary restrictions can pass muster where permanent ones would not. So, for how long are we supposed to hide from the Kung Flu? What happens if there is never a cure, never a vaccine, and (just like the normal flu or the common cold) we just have to learn to live with it? Does the bill of rights stay suspended then?

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Wed May 27 01:42:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sources say Chinese virus likely escaped from Chinese lab

Fox NewsThere is increasing confidence that the COVID-19 outbreak likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory, though not as a bioweapon but as part of China's attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States, multiple sources who have been briefed on the details of early actions by China's government and seen relevant materials tell Fox News.

This may be the "costliest government cover-up of all time," one of the sources said.

The sources believe the initial transmission of the virus – a naturally occurring strain that was being studied there – was bat-to-human and that "patient zero" worked at the laboratory, then went into the population in Wuhan.

Just a few weeks ago, the idea that this originated in a Chinese lab was classed as a conspiracy theory. Now it's the known and accepted government theory.

In another few weeks, will the idea that the virus was deliberately modified in that lab become accepted as well? I expect it will, because I think that's exactly what happened.

And as for the bioweapon question, it's not just about whether and why the virus was developed. If China knew enough to close internal borders to Wuhan, but left Wuhan open to international travel, that's a damning measure of intent regardless of origin.

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Mon May 25 02:47:19 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

CDC confirms Kung Flu is no worse than a bad flu season

The death rate appears to be 0.26%, a little more than double that of the average flu (0.1%). Stanford researchers pegged that number over a month ago.

This was a political panic job designed to sabotage the economy. Not that the virus isn't real; that seems undeniable. Not that it wasn't manufactured in a lab -- case not proven yet, but it seems likely. But it certainly wasn't the deadly disease it was sold as when the CDC's Dr Fauci shut down the country.

Unanswered questions: So why did China shut down like they did? Maybe deliberately, because they hate Trump and were read in on the plot. Maybe they just panicked in the presence of an unknown disease. Maybe the disease really was as bad as advertised, but mutated to a less deadly strain. Maybe air pollution in China is bad enough to increase vulnerability. I don't know.

But I think the panic is over.

UPDATE: The panic is still over, but there is reason for skepticism about these numbers.

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Mon May 25 01:47:19 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More evidence the Kung Flu was created in a lab

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Sun May 24 01:51:55 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Price of Fauci's Folly

It looks like the famous, or perhaps infamous, Dr Fauci is even more intimately involvewd in the Kung Fly debacle than he's admitting. Turns out that in his role at the Center for Disease Control, he funded the Chinese lab where the disease may have originated. Why? He was outsourcing viral gain-of-function research the US had banned after safety issues at CDC labs. What's gain of function research? Exactly what you might expect: adding new function to existing viruses. Like what happened to create the Kung Flu.

It's worth also pointing on when that funding happened. 2015, under Obama.

Jerusalem Post"The best experts so far seem to think it was man-made. I have no reason to disbelieve that at this point," Pompeo said. When the interviewer pointed out that was not the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, Pompeo backtracked, saying, "I've seen what the intelligence community has said. I have no reason to believe that they've got it wrong."

I'll trust Pompeo's description of what the intel community's best experts think over what a random interviewer thinks they said, given that Pompeo's the one with the official clearances. I don't read Pompeo as backtracking at all.

We're a long ways from understanding everything going on behind the scenes with this virus. But Fauci appears to be central to it, and I don't think he's been asked the right questions yet.

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Thu May 21 01:59:33 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Burr resigns from leadership of Senate Intel

In other somewhat unrelated news, Senator Burr is stepping down from the committee over an FBI investigation into insider stock trading around the Kung Flu.

I can't help but think this is merely convenient timing, and he's actually leaving for reasons related to SpyGate. Although the FBI investigation into his trading habits certainly justifies his removal by itself.

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Wed May 20 02:30:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The cause of the coming meat shortage

Washington ExaminerThere is no actual shortage in livestock. (Remember, farmers are about to kill their produce needlessly.) Rather, the breakdown is coming on the plant side of the equation where cramped quarters are hazardous. Why can’t farmers sell directly to consumers and circumvent this problem? You guessed it — government regulations.

In 1967, the federal government blocked states from making their own decisions on how meat was processed and promptly handed the power to the Department of Agriculture, or USDA.

What followed was essentially a takeover of control of the industry. Farmers had to travel long distances and sell their livestock to a small number of USDA slaughterhouses instead of to local butchers, small processors, or directly to consumers. This relationship began to severely impact their profit margins as the government was able to force farmers to sell their product for pennies on the dollar. When you limit the number of places the producers can sell, you control the prices.

Wait, what? Why? Why was this done, why was it considered good policy? Even if you want the FDA to have regulatory control of food safety, why would you require in those regulations that food be processed in a large central facility instead of in a distributed (and thus resilient) system?

Let's let the free market and competition solve this problem.

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Tue May 19 01:35:52 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Researcher close to Covid-19 breakthrough killed in murder-suicide?

The murder part is pretty solid. The suicide part is based on assuming a dead man they found was responsible for the murder. Who knows whether he was actually close to a breakthrough. But the whole situation is weird

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Sat May 16 02:56:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fauci's opinion on the virus origin is suspect

Since Fauci funded the Chinese lab from which the virus escaped in order to evade a ban on gain-of-function research in the US, I'm not especially convinced by his insistence that the virus is natural. He's a snake and he's trying to hide his own culpability.

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Fri May 15 01:11:56 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News

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Mon May 11 02:21:37 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

California begins forcible quarantines

This virus certainly is revealing the totalitarian desires of the left.

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Sat May 09 01:22:20 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cuomo orders absentee ballots for all of New York

Fri May 08 01:35:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News: CBS used fake patients to make testing lines look longer

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Wed May 06 20:43:43 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A real trial of the TrumpCure?

This one seems to hit the right notes: early application and combination with azithromycin. It doesn't downplay the known risks of those drugs, and it attempts to control for other risk factors.

Most of the other studies on this topic have either not tried both of the drugs together or waited until patients were already hospitalized with a severe case.

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Wed May 06 01:24:09 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Michigan legislature to strip Gov Whitmer of emergency powers

More like this, please.

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Tue Apr 28 02:26:14 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

US warned of safety risks, potential pandemic from Wuhan research lab

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Sat Apr 25 02:32:30 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

if you release criminals, you get a crime wave...

Actions have consequences. But the Democrats are still eager to release illegal aliens.

UPDATE: They let out Avenatti, another high-profile release. He's going to be spending his house arrest in Venice, apparently. We'll see if he is still there when he is supposed to come back. Weinstein was also released.

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Fri Apr 24 02:22:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Official investigation into the origin of the Kung Flu

Fox NewsThe U.S. is conducting a full-scale investigation into whether the novel coronavirus, which went on to morph into a global pandemic that has brought the global economy to its knees, escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, Fox News has learned.

Intelligence operatives are said to be gathering information about the laboratory and the initial outbreak of the virus. Intelligence analysts are piecing together a timeline of what the government knew and “creating an accurate picture of what happened,” the sources said.

Once that investigation is complete -- something that is expected to happen in the near-term -- the findings will be presented to the Trump administration. At that point White House policymakers and President Trump will use the findings to determine how to hold the country accountable for the pandemic.

Holding China accountable is unlikely to be very successful. Yes, this situation will generate a lot of political support for policies to punish China. Which means what? Pulling our manufacturing out, applying more tariffs perhaps, things which we mostly wanted to do anyway (under Trump, at least). We're unlikely to get them to actually pay us trillions. They will ignore lawsuits or enforcement actions through international bodies. They already have enough intellectual property to be only mildly inconvenienced by losing access to more.

A military response is only really on the table if there is strong evidence they did this deliberately, and that's a hard case to make. (Accidentally, sure).

Our options for responding to this hostile act by China seem limited.

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Fri Apr 24 01:22:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The intelligence agencies are still rogue

CIA issued a warning against hydroxychloroquine, saying it has potentially dangerous side effects, despite Trump talking up the drugs' usefulness against COVID-19. To be clear, they are both right: the drug is unproven but appears useful against COVID-19 but also has well-known risks and side effects that mean some people probably can't or shouldn't take it.

But the fact that someone at that agency was going out of their way to contradict the President is noteworthy.

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Fri Apr 17 02:03:13 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Covid-19 virus may have orignated in Chinese lab after all

Daily MailSenior Government sources say that while 'the balance of scientific advice' is still that the deadly virus was first transmitted to humans from a live animal market in Wuhan, a leak from a laboratory in the Chinese city is 'no longer being discounted'.

One member of Cobra, the emergency committee led by Boris Johnson, said last night that while the latest intelligence did not dispute the virus was 'zoonotic' – originating in animals – it did not rule out that the virus first spread to humans after leaking from a Wuhan laboratory.

The member of Cobra, which receives detailed classified briefings from the security services, said: 'There is a credible alternative view [to the zoonotic theory] based on the nature of the virus. Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan. It is not discounted.'

I don't know where the virus originated, but there is quite a lot of credible evidence that it escaped from the virology lab in Wuhan. The lab was studying coronaviruses in bats, hiring people to study a new virus, and has had previously reported safety incidents related to their bats.

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Fri Apr 17 01:03:13 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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