Last week, Dr Charles Chapin was introduced as the founder of the myth that all infectious disease spread occurs through close contact. His role did not end there. He went on to invent the idea of asymptomatic spread.
The origins of a critical covid myth
The routes of covid beliefs stretch back far earlier than 2020. A key founding father of one covid myth — that transmission of infections only occurs during close contact — was not one of the usual High Priests. It all began in 1910. The man in question was Dr Charles Chapin, Health Officer of Providence, Rhode Island from 1884 and, in 1926-7, president of the American Public Health Association. He was described by CDC director Alexander Langmuir as “the greatest American epidemiologist.”
Attack of the killer croissants
SARS-CoV-2 is airborne and spreads through aerosols but are there other routes of transmission too? A recent report from the Food Standards Agency suggested that the virus could survive on food and packaging for up to a week.
The Way out
Governments need a way out of the mess they have created and an overhaul of drug regulation would achieve this. The UK drug regulator, the MHRA, did not carry out the toxicity, biodistribution and pharmacokinetics studies that are required of new drugs because of the political pressure to approve.
Covid-19: The Evidence Now Part 6
This week’s instalment revisits the dire mental health implications of the Government’s covid response.
ront and centre (which is where children should have been in 2020) we have Covid policies and harms to children by Clinical Psychologist Dr Zenobia Storah and Retired Consultant Paediatrician Dr Ros.
New theories of covid pathology
When investigating the cause of pathology from acute covid, long covid and from vaccination, the emphasis has been on the effects of spike protein. Here we explore the role of pro-inflammatory molecules including interferons and high-mobility group box 1 proteins (HMGB1) produced in response to severe infection, and/or spike protein injection.
Covid-19: The Evidence Now Part 5
This week’s instalment looks at two issues which have fed the fear narrative. Firstly the much vexed topic of asymptomatic spread. Secondly the question of effective treatments.
What has changed regarding asymptomatic spread?
In 2021, HART published a review of the evidence for asymptomatic transmission. The concept of asymptomatic transmission formed the foundation for the belief that lockdown was necessary and might work and for mask wearing and amplified the atmosphere of fear with the idea that anyone could be a threat.
Covid-19 : The Evidence Now PART 3
Last week we published Part 2 of our evidence updates, focusing on ethics, masks and elderly care. This week, we take another detailed look at the collateral damage caused by lockdowns and rather topically have reworked the piece on covid vaccines for children.
Covid-19 : The Evidence Now PART 2
Last week we published our first 3 evidence updates, focusing on aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself, its variants and natural immunity, with implications for border closures and futile attempts at achieving ‘zero covid’.
Terms of Reference for the Covid-19 Public Inquiry
The deadline to respond to the proposed terms of reference for the English Public Inquiry into covid ends on 7th April. There are number of major omissions from the current proposed terms of reference
Lest We Forget
Not being a daily publication, we did not have the ‘pleasure’ of writing on the two year anniversary of that now most inauspicious of dates, 23 March 2020. If only the Prime Minister had stood up that Monday evening, ripped up his pre-prepared speech and stood firm – what an alternative reality that might have been!
Breaking the Silence – Dr David Cartland
Doctor documents his observations from the covid era HART has previously referenced The Covid Physician, a blog from an anonymous GP on the Covid front line, and Dr Malcolm Kendrick, GP and author of books on topics such as cholesterol and the use of statins. For almost two years now, these doctors have provided harrowing commentary […]
Where has logic gone?
Amidst the continuing hysteria around covid, many people seem to have lost the ability to think rationally and logically and somewhere along the way they lost their humanity too.
Covid above all else
The Government’s enthusiasm for Plan B had been noted back in September, but the successful relaxation of restrictions in the summer had left it woefully short of triggers for its authoritarian tendencies.
The Six Miracles of Covid
There are three fundamental characteristics of the covid pandemic, which if they had panned out differently, could have caused very negative effects. There are reasons to be very grateful that things have turned out the way they have. Was it just luck? Were these covid miracles?
The HART Christmas Quiz
Here we are at the end of another year… what have we learned?
What are the symptoms of covid?
A diagnosis is a compilation of clinical symptoms and testing adds further information to help doctors decide on the likelihood of a particular diagnosis. Because a covid case has been defined not by symptoms but by a positive test result this logic has been reversed.