Is SARS-CoV-2 Everywhere?
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Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked December 22, 2020
- A Chinese investigation has revealed SARS-CoV-2 is present on many imported food products and packaging
- SARS-CoV-2 has been detected on shrimp from Saudi Arabia, fish from India, beef and chicken from Brazil, pork from Germany, salmon from Norway and shrimp from Ecuador
- According to the International Commission for Microbiological Specifications of Foods, SARS-CoV-2-contaminated food is unlikely to pose a health risk
- SARS-CoV-2 has also been found on particles of air pollution. Scientists are investigating to determine whether the virus might be able to spread over long distances this way
- Considering we cannot hide from the virus, the least destructive path forward would be to implement the advice given by the authors of the Great Barrington Declaration, which calls for “focused protection” to encourage the development of herd immunity
According to a November 16, 2020, report by Food Safety News,1 a Chinese investigation has revealed SARS-CoV-2 is present on many imported food products and packaging, and it’s far from a solitary incidence.
“Recent reports include detection of coronavirus on packages of shrimp from Saudi Arabia, fish from India, beef from Brazil and Argentina, and pork from Germany,” Food Safety News writes, adding:2
“The National Service of Agri-Food Health and Quality (SENASA) in Argentina said it was the first time there had been such an incident in products from the country since the pandemic began and it was investigating.
The shipment had entered through the port of Shanghai. On Nov. 9, part of it was transferred to a cold store in Nanjing City, the capital of Jiangsu. On Nov. 10, prior to release to the market, Nanjing authorities tested the product and detected nucleic acid on the outer packaging.”
Norwegian salmon, Brazilian chicken and Ecuadorian shrimp — either the food or its packaging — have also tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. At least nine Chinese provinces have reported finding SARS-CoV-2 RNA in frozen imported food since July 2020.
While the contamination has raised concerns, the International Commission for Microbiological Specifications of Foods (ICMSF) has stated the virus is unlikely to pose a food safety risk, noting that “the mere presence of an infectious agent in a food does not necessarily translate into human infection.”3
SARS-CoV-2 May Hitch Ride on Air Pollution
SARS-CoV-2 has also been found on particles of air pollution. According to The Guardian,4 scientists are investigating to determine whether the virus might be able to spread over long distances this way. It’s still unknown whether the virus can remain viable if hitching a ride on particles of pollution, or whether this route would distribute sufficient quantities to actually make someone sick if they inhaled it. According to The Guardian:5
“Italian scientists used standard techniques to collect outdoor air pollution samples at one urban and one industrial site in Bergamo province and identified a gene highly specific to COVID-19 in multiple samples. The detection was confirmed by blind testing at an independent laboratory …
A statistical analysis6,7 by Setti’s team suggests higher levels of particle pollution could explain higher rates of infection in parts of northern Italy before a lockdown was imposed, an idea supported by another preliminary analysis.8 The region is one of the most polluted in Europe.
The potential role of air pollution particles is linked to the broader question of how the coronavirus is transmitted. Large virus-laden droplets from infected people’s coughs and sneezes fall to the ground within a meter or two. But much smaller droplets, less than 5 microns in diameter, can remain in the air for minutes to hours and travel further …
Researchers say the importance of potential airborne transmission, and the possible boosting role of pollution particles, mean it must not be ruled out without evidence.”
SARS-CoV-2 Can Spread Far Outdoors
Indeed, bacteria, which are much larger than viruses, have no problem traveling through the air, so there’s little reason to doubt that viruses would do so as well.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s October 5, 2020, scientific brief9,10 on SARS-CoV-2 points out the virus can spread either through large respiratory droplets (which is the only potential benefit of wearing a mask) or through small airborne particles that “can remain suspended for many minutes to hours and travel far from the source on air currents.”
In 2019, researchers discovered bacteria can be carried thousands of miles through the air,11 which complicates the containment of bacterial outbreaks. Other studies have demonstrated that antibiotic-resistant bacteria can scatter long distances by piggybacking on feedlot dust.12
The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. ~ The Great Barrington Declaration
An article13 by BGR, published in April 2020, found walkers, runners and cyclists may need to maintain a distance of up to 66 feet in order to avoid exposure when exercising outdoors. BGR writes:14
“The research,15 which was conducted by an international team including scientists in Belgium and the Netherlands, studied the impacts of current social distancing mandates when applied to outdoor exercise …
Outdoor trails present a unique challenge, as individuals are breathing heavily and potentially even coughing or sneezing along the way. If a second person is following behind, even at what would be considered a ‘safe’ distance for indoor interaction, they would quickly come into contact with particles in the air that could contain the virus …
Based on the simulations and data, the team suggests that individuals who are walking outdoors should maintain a minimum of four meters (13 feet) of separation.
Runners and casual bikers should try to stay at least 10 meters apart (33 feet), and fast cyclists should attempt to remain at least 20 meters (66 feet) from others using the same trails. The researchers also note that avoiding the direct path of the person in front of you is vital, even when maintaining these distances.”
Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide
The irony here is that the authors make it sound as though you can somehow avoid the virus provided you follow certain rules, like staying a certain distance away and avoiding having another person directly in front of you. Logic would tell you that once the virus is in the air, it’s going to move with the air in whatever direction the air is moving.
Can you hide from wind? Can you hide from air? If these studies tell us anything, it’s that we cannot hide from this virus. We cannot separate ourselves from others far enough to where transmission risk is eliminated.
And, as detailed by Denis Rancourt in our July 2020 interview, the research clearly shows that masks cannot prevent the spread of airborne viruses, so you hiding behind a mask won’t do you much good either. If air can flow through the mask, the virus can flow through as well. All a mask can do is limit the spread of large contaminated respiratory droplets.
The failure of masks is also evident in recent CDC data16,17,18 showing that 71% of COVID-19 patients reported “always” wearing a cloth mask or face covering in the 14 days preceding their illness; 14% reported having worn a mask “often.” In all, 85% of COVID-19 patients had been diligent about mask use, yet this did not protect them from the virus.
Health Experts Call for Herd Immunity Approach
Considering we cannot hide from the virus, the least destructive path forward would be to implement the advice given by the authors of the Great Barrington Declaration, which calls for “focused protection”:19
“We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.
As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all — including the vulnerable — falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity — i.e. the point at which the rate of new infections is stable — and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.
The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.”
As of November 19, 2020, it had been signed by 35,236 medical practitioners (including yours truly), 12,115 medical and public health scientists, and 638,921 concerned citizens.20 If you would like life to return to some semblance of normal any time soon, you may consider signing the declaration. The greater the number of people pushing back against continued lockdowns, the more likely we are to influence our decision makers.
Consider Peaceful Civil Disobedience
Clearly, most people are being bombarded with mainstream media propaganda that seeks to convince you that masks are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. So, it is entirely understandable that you would want everyone to wear masks because you believe they will save lives.
However, if you carefully evaluate the evidence, independent of the mainstream narrative, it is likely you will conclude that this recommendation has nothing to do with decreasing the spread of the virus but more to indoctrinate you into submission.
In my interview with financial analyst Patrick Wood, he provides compelling evidence that this has been a carefully crafted technocratic strategy that has been in place for the last 50 years or so. By submitting to unconstitutional orders such as mask wearing, self-isolation and lockdowns, we are likely setting the stage for mandatory vaccinations, tracking and tracing. It’s all part of the Great Reset plan.
With COVID-19 fatality rates21,22,23 as low as they are, mandatory mask wearing, social distancing, lockdowns and business shut-downs are not only ineffective and unnecessary, but these measures are also causing a global economic collapse. It appears the only justification for this strategy is to increase fear, tyranny and transfer of wealth to the technocratic elite.
Remember back in March 2020 when they said we just need to “flatten the curve” and slow down the rate of infection to avoid overcrowding hospitals? How did we go from that to now having to wear masks everywhere until every trace of the virus has been eliminated, even though a vast majority remain asymptomatic and don’t even know they have the virus unless they get tested?
Now, so-called “health passports” are being rolled out, and it’s only a matter of time before COVID-19 vaccination will be required for travel. For months, many have been saying “It’s just a mask. What’s the big deal? Wear it so we can end this pandemic.” Soon, that will be replaced with “It’s just a vaccine. What’s the big deal? Take it so we can all go back to normal.”
Alas, there will be no going back to normal unless we make a fuss. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Great Reset is anything but the promise of utopia. What they’re trying to get us to accept is a dystopian nightmare of an existence where there is neither privacy nor freedom to speak of.
Getting us to don our masks is nothing more than a soft indoctrination. It’s teaching us to obey without question — a perfect example of which is when Dr. Anthony Fauci recently stated that it’s time for Americans to abandon their independent spirit and “do what you’re told.”24
Overall, it seems the best way to avoid a much more harrowing fight down the road is to engage in civil disobedience now, because once the Great Reset has been fully implemented, dissent will no longer be possible. For practical strategies on how you can respond in light of all the tyrannical interventions that have been imposed on us, check out James Corbett’s interview with Howard Lichtman below.
- 1, 2 Food Safety News November 16, 2020
- 3 ICMSF.org Opinion on SARS-CoV-2 and its relationship to food safety (PDF)
- 4, 5 The Guardian April 24, 2020
- 6 medRxiv April 17, 2020 DOI: 10.1101/2020.04.11.20061713
- 7 BMJ Open 2020;10:e039338
- 8 medRxiv April 11, 2020 DOI: 10.1101/2020.04.06.20055657
- 9 CDC Scientific Brief, Updated October 5, 2020
- 10 CDC Scientific Brief, Updated October 5, 2020 (Archived)
- 11 UPI.com March 25, 2019
- 12 Food Safety News January 23, 2015
- 13, 14 BGR April 9, 2020
- 15 Preprint, Toward aerodynamically equivalent COVID-19 1.5m social distancing for walking and running (PDF)
- 16 CDC.gov MMWR September 11, 2020; 69(36)
- 17 CDC MMWR Erratum September 25; 69(38): 1380
- 18 Breitbart October 14, 2020
- 19 Great Barrington Declaration
- 20 Great Barrington Declaration Signatures
- 21 Annals of Internal Medicine September 2, 2020 DOI: 10.7326/M20-5352
- 22 American Institute of Economic Research April 24, 2020
- 23 CDC.gov August 26, 2020
- 24 NY Post November 13, 2020