Skip to comments.Now, About That 'Mysterious' Pneumonia Outbreak in China...
Posted on 11/28/2023 6:20:50 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Are you panicked yet?
You should be. I have reliable evidence that we are all going to die!
Of course, this has always been true and will remain so for the foreseeable future. But despite the media attempts to get people worked up about a “mysterious” outbreak of pneumonia in Chinese children, there is no indication that anything mysterious is happening in China or elsewhere in the world.
It appears to be true that children in some regions of China are getting pneumonia and winding up in hospitals, as far as I can tell in a news environment where trust has been broken, especially regarding anything related to politics or disease. But Dr. Robert Malone has written a Substack essay that explains why there is little to no cause for concern.
Or you could go with some reality based facts… as in this is the usual suspects of infectious disease that hit about this time of year. We all need to be exposed to viruses. It is how we build healthy immune systems. https://t.co/KYRPl0fnhm
— Robert W Malone, MD (@RWMaloneMD) November 28, 2023
First things first: bumps in respiratory infections are common in winter months. You don’t need an epidemiology degree to know this, because we all tend to get colds in the winter. The pathogens involved are well known, although there is a bit of dispute regarding why this happens in winter. Some say it is due to closer contact during the winter months; others attribute it to less exposure to sunshine. Whatever the case, it is normal and a pattern that has been known forever.
According to reports from China and the WHO, one of the main factors that makes this outbreak of respiratory illnesses unusual is the prevalence of mycoplasma pneumoniae, a bug that usually responds to antibiotics, to which there is considerable drug resistance in China for some reason.
Cynics such as myself, and at this point perhaps you also, will note that this is a pretty standard seasonal infectious disease pattern. Vaccination against influenza, SARS-CoV-2, and RSV will do nothing to suppress mycoplasma. In contrast, Vitamin D3 supplementation probably would, the deficit of which seems to strongly correlate or explain (depending on who you talk to) much of the seasonal variation in respiratory infections.
Sensing another infectious disease clickbait opportunity, the usual hack pharma-sponsored corporate media outlets and “journalists” posing as infectious disease specialists jumped on this story without bothering to really comprehend before banging out their pieces, spreading and amplifying fear for profit. This nicely fed the meme that China is a huge, mysterious source of threatening respiratory pathogens which will sweep the world and kill children. Which then lead multiple social media followers and activists to ask me to bring clarity to this situation, which in turn resulted in this substack essay.
Malone refers to a more responsible article from Time which avoids the scaremongering that has become common these days.
Local media have reported a steady rise in infections from a pathogen called mycoplasma among kindergarten and primary school children. While the germ tends to cause only mild colds in older kids and adults with robust immune systems, younger children are prone to develop pneumonia — with symptoms lasting for weeks.
Data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention also showed the influenza positivity rate climbing steadily in October, even as Covid rates continue to trend down following a small peak over the summer.
Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, China’s top medical center for respiratory diseases, has seen the mycoplasma positivity rate among children rising to 40% — compared to just 6% among adults — the hospital’s vice dean Tong Zhaohui said at a briefing in the city last week. Mycoplasma tends to cause major outbreaks every three to seven years, he warned.
Up to 60% to 70% of adult cases and up to 80% of cases in kids don’t respond to the drug, azithromycin, and others in the same class of antibiotics, Yin Yudong, an infectious disease doctor at Chaoyang, told Beijing News earlier this month.
That’s sparked a rush by anxious parents to top children’s hospitals in some Chinese mega-cities. Local media reports have showed several prestigious pediatric medical centers in Beijing teeming with parents and sick kids, while the time it takes for families to see an emergency room doctor has in some cases stretched to more than seven hours.
Is it possible that there is some mysterious disease that will leap out of China and kill us all? Of course there is, as has been true since the beginning of time. The Black Plague did so, traveling along trade routes and wiping out half of Europe. And in modern times, China has gifted us some nasty diseases, and the Chinese biological research lab likely gave us COVID.
But not all bad things are caused by nefarious actors, and this particular panic is likely the result of clickbaiting media, not a lab release or anything sinister. It likely isn’t even anything particularly unusual. Malone himself has gotten the bug a number of times over the years, and while any bug can metastasize into something nastier than usual, for most people, the results will be some period of time feeling really crappy.
In other words, winter is here.
Time to block all flights from China into the US.
Could the major floods that have been occurring in China, causing extensive proliferation of mold have anything to do with a steep rise in pneumonia?
I don’t see how a mold outbreak in a damp region could become a vector of mold, or the diseases it might cause, in outside regions that don’t have conditions supportive of mold growth.
Apparently there has also been a significant increase in the Netherlands in the past two years.
Well there’s a country that is damp and cold naturally so I have to wonder what their weather conditions have been in these last two years.
Hopefully there is not despite the fact this guy says it. But the fact he does is real reason for concern.
I'm sure he has a product to sell that would save us all.
Oh, of course - there’s the culprit. Climate change!
I think you have stretched my intent a leetle bit.
Could it be the AVERAGE STANDARD OF LIVING in the Chinese DICTATORIAL shithole?
The particular region where it started up...is ‘bunched-up’ against North Korea. I looked at the map...mostly a rural region...a few major cities. I don’t think floods were affecting the area much. One would think that North Korea has the problem already.
I’m sure that’s a big factor.
More than a million people displaced from their homes sounds like a big affect to me.
But that would be racist
Right. They sneak in by going to a different city with a shuttle flight to get to NYC or somewhere if they get banned.
But at least try to keep them out.
Nearly every big epidemic for hundreds of years started in China, even with phony names for them later.
Dr. Malone was a pioneer of mRNA vaccines and you, you know nothing.
I am not aware of any products that Dr Robert Malone sells. Please let us all know exactly what products you are accusing him of selling. This brave Doctor risked his career and medical license to get the truth out about the real dangers of using mRNA as vaccines. Have you no shame?
Yes, make them fly to Mexico and walk across the open border like several million other people have done.
The only part of the article that I believe; seeing how China has socialized medicine:
“the time it takes for families to see an emergency room doctor has in some cases stretched to more than seven hours.”
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