In this point of view, excerpts from Senator Rand Paul’s forthcoming book, Deception: The Great Covid Cover-Up, set to be released on October 10, are highlighted.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
By the spring of 2020, when I returned from my COVID hiatus, it appeared that all prior understanding of immunity had been discarded. The widespread lack of knowledge concerning this matter was hard to ignore. Upon my return to the Capitol after recovering from COVID, a group of young reporters, positioned between the Capitol subway and the escalator to the Capitol, came up to me wearing multiple masks on their youthful faces. They demanded an explanation for why I wasn’t wearing a mask.
I calmly clarified to them that surviving COVID-19 had granted me immunity. They questioned my assertion, arguing that I didn’t know how long my immunity would last. I countered by noting that they too had no knowledge of the duration of my immunity.
A week prior to my emergence from quarantine, I donated blood to researchers at the University of Louisville for analysis. They discovered that I showed a strong antibody response to three different parts of the COVID-19 surface.
The reporters, none of whom had a scientific degree (nor had any of them likely even passed an advanced science course), angrily and self-righteously attacked me for my “ignorance” and “dangerous disobedience.” However, they failed to refute my position with any scientific studies based on randomized controlled trials demonstrating the effectiveness of masks against viral infection. The lack of knowledge exhibited by today’s “reporters” is truly astounding. They simply regurgitate the doctrine they have been fed.
I endeavored to reassure these individuals by stating, “Out of all the individuals you encounter today, I am probably the safest person in Washington. You cannot contract COVID-19 from me!” However, their eyes, visible above their “BLM” and “Trust Science” masks, only narrowed in angry disbelief. The media continuously and foolishly equated the use of masks in clinical and surgical settings, where concerns revolve around bodily fluid spatter and bacterial infection, with their effectiveness against viruses that are ten times smaller than the smallest bacteria found in public settings.
And Anthony Fauci played along. (Except, of course, in his private email, where he advised a personal friend not to bother masking since, of course, “The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material.”) Despite this private admission, he sanctimoniously lectured me during a Senate hearing while wearing a ridiculous Washington Nationals cloth mask. When I publicly called him out for engaging in public health theater, he responded with anger and indignation, denying that it was mere theater. I remain shocked by his immature ignorance and emotional responses, as well as the media’s unquestioning support of him.
I informed the press and anyone interested through Twitter statements and press releases about the randomized controlled studies conducted worldwide, including the significant DANMASK study. Even the New York Times acknowledged that “Researchers in Denmark reported on Wednesday that surgical masks did not protect the wearers against infection with the coronavirus in a large randomized clinical trial.”
As Anthony Lazzarino, M.D., remarked in the British Medical Journal, “The DANMASK-19 study demonstrated that surgical facemasks have limited air filtering capacity with respect to SARS-CoV-2.”
I presented them with a comprehensive, randomized controlled study on influenza from Vietnam, which revealed that the group wearing cloth masks had a higher infection rate compared to the control group wearing no masks. As Dr. A. A. Chughtai and his coauthors concluded, “Rates of infection were consistently higher among those in the cloth mask group than in the medical mask and control groups.”
I made sure to emphasize that the pores of a surgical mask were six hundred times larger than the virus itself. However, to these young individuals without a scientific background, I was portrayed as someone who did not “accept the science.” It didn’t matter that science relies on objective provability, not belief. In America, under the cult of personality surrounding Fauci, science was corrupted into something resembling a religion. Anyone who dared to challenge the doctrine was accused by the media of “politicizing” the virus.
Rand Paul, M.D. has been serving as a Senator representing Kentucky since 2011. He is also the author of Deception: The Great Covid Cover-Up.
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