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Poll: Majority of Germans Don’t Trust Pandemic Statistics

Believe Omicron cases higher, patients in hospital as a result of COVID lower.

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A poll in Germany commissioned by national newspaper Bild found that more than half of the population no longer trust official COVID-19 statistics.

The survey underscores a concerning collapse of trust in the country’s disease control and prevention authority, the Robert Koch Institute.

The poll found that 57 per cent of respondents don’t trust the data, while 32 per cent still think the government has credibility when it comes to releasing COVID figures.

One of the reasons cited by Bild for the lack of trust is the fact that large numbers of people hospitalised for other reasons are being falsely counted as COVID patients.

However, the lack of trust also extends in the opposite direction, with many Germans believing the government isn’t accurately reporting the true scale of Omicron infections.

Germany’s health minister, Karl Lauterbach, acknowledged last week that the full scope of Omicron’s spread was “not being depicted accurately in the official figures because of false negatives by testing as well as delays in reporting new cases.”

The Robert Koch Institute responded to the poll by blaming local health authorities for not filing health data on time.

The survey also found that a majority of Germans were not satisfied with Berlin’s response to the pandemic.

The recent scandal involving the Mayor of Hamburg will have done little to increase trust in authorities when it comes to official figures.

Peter Tschentscher claimed the unvaccinated represented 95% of COVID cases. After a Senate investigation, the actual figure was revealed to be 14.3%.

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9-Year-Old Disabled Boy Forced to Take Exam Outside in Freezing Weather Because He Didn’t Wear a Mask

Austrian student punished despite having an exemption.

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A 9-year-old disabled boy in Austria was forced to take an exam outside in freezing cold weather as punishment for not wearing a mask.

An investigation is now underway as to ascertain why the student in Voitsberg was treated in such a manner despite having a valid mask exemption.

A photo shows the boy, Jason, sat outside up against the window of the classroom in temperatures of -1 Celsius.

The boy’s parents have hired a lawyer and are now considering moving their son to a different school.

Markus Leinfellner of the Freedom Party of Austria described the incident as an “odd class scandal” after he brought the case to the attention of the Austrian Ministry of Education.

Children are routinely forced to sit outside in freezing cold weather as a result of inhumane COVID-19 rules.

We previously highlighted a case at Waynewood Elementary School close to Alexandria where kids were photographed sitting outside in snow in what officials called a “mask and snack break.”

Last month, kindergarten students in Portland, Oregon were forced to sit outside eating lunch on buckets in the near-freezing cold while socially distanced from their classmates.

Last year, Forbes deleted an article written by an education expert who asserted that forcing schoolchildren to wear face masks was causing psychological trauma.

“Children in masks are also likely to miss out on critical language development, another fundamental area of growth in early years where children from low-income backgrounds already have disproportionate disadvantages,” wrote Zak Ringelstein, who has a a PhD in education from Columbia University.

A study by researchers at Brown University found that mean IQ scores of young children born during the pandemic have tumbled by as much as 22 points while verbal, motor and cognitive performance have all suffered as a result of lockdown and mask rules.

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Celebrity Chef Puts Sign Above Pub: “Unvaccinated Welcome”

Antony Worrall Thompson called “anti-vaxxer” for refusing to discriminate.

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British celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson has put a sign above his pub the Greyhound in Oxfordshire making clear that “unvaccinated” people are welcome.

After he put the sign up, which says, “We do not discriminate. Race, gender, age, disability, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Everyone equal here. Everyone welcome,” the TV chef received negative press coverage because the sign was reportedly “made by an anti-vaccination group.”

“I’m doing it [having the sign up] because I don’t want to discriminate against anyone,” Worrall Thompson told the BBC.

“At the end of the day we’ve done our time, we’ve done two years of this, lockdowns and various things and precautions, and I think it’s time to move on,” he added.

The famous chef noted that he was not an “anti-vaxxer,” but merely believed in medical freedom.

“If you don’t want to put chemicals into your body, it has to be your choice,” said the TV presenter.

Dr Rachel Ward of Woodlands Medical Centre in Didcot suggested the sign should be removed because it encourages people not to get vaccinated, despite the message simply expressing that everyone is welcome regardless of vaccination status.

Indeed, the mere fact that the sign would be mildly controversial and prompt national news coverage is incredibly pedantic.

Although England briefly introduced vaccine passports to enter nightclubs and other venues over the Christmas period, the rules are expected to be scrapped within the next week.

However, according to reports, some mask mandates might remain despite the government providing absolutely no evidence that they work in reducing the spread of the virus.

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Rand Paul Wonders If YouTube Will “Kiss My… And Apologise” After CDC Admits Cloth Masks Aren’t Effective

Senator asks if “snot-nosed censors” will apologise to him

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The CDC has revised its guidelines on masks, admitting that cloth masks do virtually nothing to stop the spread of COVID. The move prompted Senator Rand Paul to comment, reminding social media users that YouTube previously suspended him for saying the same thing.

The CDC announced that “loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection.”

Who would have known?

That’s only been common knowledge since the vey beginning of the pandemic.

“Does this mean snot-nosed censors at YouTube will come to my office and kiss my … and admit I was right?” Paul tweeted.

A video Paul posted last year in which he dismissed cloth masks as an effective method of preventing the spread of COIVID landed him a YouTube suspension, with the company claiming the content violated its policy on COVID-19 misinformation.

YouTube said that it was misinformation to suggest “that wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects’ or that masks don’t play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19.”

While the CDC is finally admitting cloth masks are useless, it’s not part of a move away from masks. Instead, it’s intended to promote the use of stronger K95 masks that many find even more inhibiting.

The CDC notes that “well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s” provide more protection against the virus, and is now urging Americans to “wear the most protective mask that you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.”

Two months ago, The New York Times published an article citing “experts” who say mask wearing is now “normalized” and could remain in place permanently even when the pandemic ends.

Governments have been accused of obsessively pushing face masks as both a constant visual reminder for the pandemic, and as a “punishment” for those who continue to oppose restrictions and vaccine mandates.

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