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Frank Visser, graduated as a psychologist of culture and religion, founded IntegralWorld.net in 1997. He worked as production manager for various publishing houses and as service manager for various internet companies and lives in Amsterdam. Author of “Ken Wilber: Thought as Passion” (SUNY Press, 2003), which has been translated into 7 languages, and of 175+ essays on this website.
To all those who claim SARS-CoV-2or any virusdoes not exist: the virosphere consists of 4 realms, 9 kingdoms, 16 phyla, 2 subphyla, 36 classes, 55 orders, 8 suborders, 168 families, 103 subfamilies, 1421 genera, 68 subgenera, 6590 species. Take that. https://talk.ictvonline.org/taxonomy/
THE CORONA CONSPIRACY
Combatting Disinformation About the Coronavirus
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Part 1: Corona, Oxygen, 5G: The Paranoid Worldview of David Icke
Part 2: Debunking Andrew Kaufman's Virus Equals Exosome Hypothesis
Part 3: We Need to Talk about Exosomes
Part 4: Why Viruses are Not Exosomes
Part 5: The Alternative Facts of Virus Denialism
Part 6: The Subtle Science of Whole Genome Sequencing
Part 7: Stefan Lanka's Vanishing Virus Act
Part 8: Coping with Corona: The Cautious vs. The Reckless
Part 9: Andrew Kaufman's Take on the Pandemic That Wasn't
Part 10: Between Alarmism and Denialism
Part 11: David Icke and the Method in the Madness
Part 12: How the Coronavirus Conquered the World
Part 13: To Test or Not to Test, That's the Question
Part 14: Pandemic, Infodemic, Scamdemic, Plandemic?
Part 15: The "Chromosome 8 Bombshell Evidence" Canard
Part 16: What's Up With These Koch's Postulates?
Part 17: Was the SARS-CoV-2 virus created in a lab?
Part 18: QAnon, When Conspirituality Meets Politics
A summary of early parts of this series has appeared in the Dutch magazine Skepter 33(3), Autumn 2020, as "Viruses don't exist" (covering Parts 1-5).
The Corona Conspiracy
Part 8: Coping with Corona:
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Common Sense: The Best of Both Worlds
I think some common sense might work wonders in this general atmosphere of hysteria on the one hand and paranoia on the other. Is the cure worse than the disease, as lockdown-skeptics claim? It all depends on how the risk of the pandemic is estimated. For that we need real science to guide us. And is it misguided to fight off the virus, as alternative health medics tell us? We are not really fighting the virus, but preventing it from multiplying itself through social distancing and other measures. Or should we rather simultaneously seek for a cure, and strive to increase the general health condition of the population, so people are less susceptible to viral diseases? And, let's not forget, look more closely at what we are doing to the natural habitats of bats and other animals that are known to be reservoirs to a host of viruses. Easier said than done with the current overpopulation.
Yes, viruses are everywhere around us, in the ground, the air and the sea and in our bodies, but not all of them are harmful to humans. Most viruses in the sea are bacteriophages, that attack bacteria, and play an important role in marine ecology. Some, however, are definitely harmful, and SARS-CoV-2 is one of these. Nature is not one big harmony, as alternative health celebrities want us to believe. And yes, having a good immune system is important, but why would we have an immune system in the first place if not to prevent viruses to make us sick? Furthermore, it is scientifically not at all established that we can "boost" our own immune systems, as we read here:
The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely thata system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don't know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. For now, there are no scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function.
As to the frequently heard claim (repeated by Andrew Kaufman) that coronavirus tests will almost always be positive, thus artificially increasing the number of "cases" in a country, this is a fablein fact, false negatives are much more common.
We could find no evidence that labs are deliberately manipulating COVID-19 test results to create false-positives. Similarly unproven claims have been circulating for weeks and echo months-old conspiracy theories. Jeffrey Sebelia, the source of the Facebook post, said it was a "word-of-mouth story" from his mom. He had no further proof to support the claim. While COVID-19 tests may sometimes produce false-positive results, they're rare. Experts are more concerned about false-negatives. Data currently shows more than 90% of coronavirus tests come back negative.
As to viruses being non-existent (see Part 7) or actually being exosomes (see Part 2), I was amused to find out that Judy Mikovits, a now discredited virologist turned conspiracist, who featured prominently in the Plandemic documentary, lectured Andrew Kaufman on the difference between viruses and exosomes. Now, if you get lectured by such a suspect scientist as Mikovits, you are really in deep trouble.
Now, by calling the science view "cautious" and the opposite view "reckless", many in the opposing camp will turn the tables. They see vaccines and mask wearing as reckless (or useless) technology and argue for the need to take responsibility for your own health. In their philosophy: if you are healthy you can't get sick. And if you get sick you were already sick... from toxins. Unfortunately, a virus can harm anyone. Ask Novak Djokovic, "a health and fitness freak if there ever was one", who is now called "Djocovid-19" since he contracted the disease, during a tennis tournament in several Balkan cities which he organized without the proper precautions.
Seeing this as one big drama of freedom and oppression is short-sighted, narcissistic and irresponsible, in my opinion. Instead of framing this as the cautious versus the reckless, anti-lockdown thinkers would rather choose the brave versus the fearful, or the rebellious versus the oppressed. Yes, the costs of the lockdown are high, but it's better to be safe than sorry. By far the sanest comment came from virologist James Hildrethwho got so misquoted by Andrew Kaufman as supporting his weird virus-equals-exosome theory, as we have documented in Part 2 and Part 3 of this series:
The virus is real. The pandemic is real and is caused by the virus. Period.
So let's be cautious, listen to science, stay healthy, and don't endanger others by infecting them unknowingly. Wear a mask when in public. Use common sense.
 Ann C. Gregory et.al., "Marine DNA Viral Macro- and Microdiversity from Pole to Pole", Cell, April 25, 2019.
 "How to boost your immune system", Harvard Health Publishing.
 Daniel Funke, Emily Venezky, "Fact-checking claims about nurses getting nothing but false-positive COVID-19 tests", politfact.com, July 2, 2020.
 Andy Kaufman, "Panel with Judy Mikovitz and Marcy Cravat", www.youtube.com, 16 Jun 2020. Mikovits states at the start of this interview:
I saw on the chats, or on the things at the side of YouTube... that viruses are exosomes, and that's not true. Viruses are by themselves infectious agents.[8:37]
Mikovitz is downplaying the fact that this was Kaufman's central thesis: viruses are actually exosomes. It was not just some random comment in a YouTube chat. It doesn't prevent Mikovitz from agreeing with Kaufman that this particular SARS-CoV-2 virus hasn't been "isolated" yet. Really? So some viruses exist, some don't?
 Amy McKeever, "Here's what coronavirus does to the body", National Geographic, Feb. 18, 2020.
 James Hildreth on Twitter, 9 May 2020.
Websites of David Icke & Andrew Kaufman
YouTube channels critiquing Icke / Kaufman / London Real
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