Can you endanger public health with microbes from the depth of your body orifices?
I am healthy. How can I endanger public health with any microbes that can only be found by digging deep into my body orifices? Before the corona crisis, nobody had this absurd suspicion – today, it is used to spread hygiene terror to the entire population.
“Nobody is safe until everyone is safe,” explains a mastermind of the Corona plan, the aged Klaus Schwab. “Safe”: the head of the World Economic Forum naturally equates this with “vaccinated.”
Before 2020, no doubt you could have felt safe from me as long as I was healthy. But Newspeak is part of the new normal: health has become a fundamentally deceptive condition that always needs to be checked, which leads to the reckless fallacy of freedom from symptoms and harmlessness. As a potentially “symptom-free carrier,” even the fittest person poses a two-legged safety risk as soon as he dares to become social, which requires invasive tests before the all-clear can be given.
And so, for better or worse, we let cotton swabs stick deep inside us to prove our virological harmlessness.
Only a few self-thinkers disparaged as “lateral thinkers” are still wondering what this is about. After all, nobody crawls into my nostrils to sniff around four inches. Nobody sticks their head in my oral cavity to sniff the roof of my mouth and the back wall of my throat. Not even the most passionate French kiss is that invasive.
And that is why so much is certain: Whatever a dabbing tool uncovered from the depths of my body orifices – it is entirely irrelevant to the question of whether I am perfectly healthy, without the slightest sign of illness, endangering my fellow human beings.
It depends on what comes out in front.
Instead, what matters is what comes out at the front. What romps on the mucous membranes deep inside my body does not have to drive the sweat of fear onto anyone’s forehead, as long as it stays there.
How does my “viral load” get outside – so much of it that it not only reaches fellow human beings spatially but infects them despite an intact immune system? By sneezing. By coughing. After blowing my nose, I smear some pathogens that get from the handkerchief on my hand on door handles, shopping trolleys, coins, and other surfaces that people touch. So precisely when I am no longer healthy but show signs of illness.
We release viruses even when we breathe and talk, sing and laugh. But as far as this occurs: Is this emission enough to trigger an infection in bystanders? Before 2020, nobody would have seriously considered using this option to justify an “epidemic of national importance”. Anyone who would have walked around in broad daylight with a surgical or even FFP2 mask would have been more likely to have triggered an emergency doctor’s call; he would have taken him to the nearest psychiatric hospital.
The social gap is usually seldom zero; it wasn’t even before 2020. Apart from cuddling lovers, we typically keep at least half an arm’s length away when we walk past each other in the pedestrian zone, stand in line at the checkout or crouch next to each other in the stadium. Even when we face each other face-to-face during a conversation, we don’t do it nose to mouth, but generally from a distance of at least half a meter.
Shouldn’t the hygiene state look first and foremost for the risk of infection in aerosols that have already escaped our interior and are several dozen centimeters away from us? Why doesn’t it measure the number of suspected killer germs we exhale? What if he did?
The Hong Kong Study: Recommended by the RKI – but read?
A study pursued this question that even the most ruthless fact-checker has to wave through for better or worse because it is recommended by an undoubtedly “reliable” source: the Robert Koch Institute. A 14-person research team from the University of Hong Kong published it in Nature’s renowned science magazine in April 2020. 246 patients in a Hong Kong clinic with respiratory diseases caused by rhino, influenza, or coronaviruses took part. The researchers wanted to find out how virus-contaminated the air was that the sick breathed out – not just when sneezing or coughing, but when breathing and talking. They verified this mainly utilizing PCR, partly also by growing in cell cultures.
A G-II bioaerosol collector was used to collect particles from the air we breathe (1) – for 30 minutes per test person. In this device, an “impactor”, a particle measuring device, automatically caught coarser particles with a size of over 5 micrometers – thousandths of a millimeter – so-called “respiratory droplets.” Remaining finer particles, “aerosols,” condensed in it and collected in a solution.
The viral infection of the upper respiratory tract was “florid,” i.e., fully developed, in all subjects; the nasal secretions had concentrations of ten to one hundred million virus copies per sample, the throat secretions around 10,000 virus copies per sample. Nevertheless, the exhaled air contained hardly any pathogens: virus-containing droplets were only detectable in 18 out of 65 samples taken, virus-containing aerosols in only 31 out of 67 samples.
That means? Even those who are acutely infected with the respiratory tract do not have to be highly contagious “virus spreaders.”
In addition, the few samples in which the Hong Kong study found viruses at all showed an extremely low virus concentration. And this is all the more remarkable as an impactor collects particles much more efficiently than the human olfactory organ.
On top of that, the time factor has to be taken into account. Doesn’t it matter how long we are exposed to someone else’s oral fumes? The Hong Kong study extended virus capture to half an hour per subject. When we meet in public spaces, however, we rarely stay face to face for that long. When the wind direction is unfavorable, we usually only immerse ourselves for a short while in a highly diluted residual cloud of breathable air that dissolves outside in a matter of seconds. It evaporates hardly less quickly in well-ventilated interiors. Air filters would do the rest.
Corona regulations prove to be ridiculous, especially in the outdoor area. “The risk of getting infected outside is practically zero,” explains aerosol expert Gerhard Scheuch, head of a research institute for bio-inhalation in Gemünden am Main. For the coronavirus to be infected outside at all, it would take “at least five to 15 minutes of close standing,” explains the expert. In doing so, someone would have to ingest at least 400 to 4000 viruses that an infected person emits through aerosol clouds while speaking and breathing. According to Scheuch, the mutation does nothing to change that.
For the medical professor Ines Kappstein, head of the hygiene department at the Passau Clinic, the results of the Hong Kong study allow only one conclusion: “The risk of coming into contact with excreted viruses from other people (..) is probably negligible if you don’t cough directly becomes, a situation that most people have hardly ever really experienced in shops or local public transport. “
So if the risk of infection is close to zero, even for those who are acutely ill – how low is it for those who are symptom-free?
Whatever the AHA hygiene terrorists are about, by whom the population continues to be ruled surprisingly without resistance: it has to do with health protection at the end of the day.
And what about the third hole?
Incidentally, the satirist in me is entirely a mystery how the orally-nasally fixed epidemic protectors proceed. Doesn’t Helmut Kohl’s dictum really have to apply in Corona times: “What matters is what comes out”? As if out of its senses, a coronoid society suspects the aerosols that we secrete from our mouths and noses – but does not give a damn about the intestinal winds that we all release into the open. Could this disregard for the third hole ultimately be to blame for the fact that even the most conscientious mummery has not prevented a single “wave” in a year and a half of the pandemic, especially not the infamous delta tsunami?
Only those who do not have the faintest idea of fartology can ignore it. After all, ten to twenty times a day, Otto normal secreter, lets a fart escape. The statistical mean is 14; up to 24 are considered perfectly normal from a medical point of view. The large intestine transports half a liter of gas towards the bottom every day.
At least the People’s Republic of China has now recognized the danger – and is responding to it consistently as usual: with an anal smear. And this is based “entirely on scientific knowledge,” the Reuters news agency quoted the Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying. Residues of the virus can be detected in the anus for much longer than in the nose and throat. According to China’s Disease Control Center, a cotton swab should be “inserted three to five centimeters into the anus.”
Li Tongzeng, a senior doctor at You’an Hospital in Beijing, told the state television broadcaster CCTV that this procedure could “increase the detection rate in infected people” because the virus can be detected longer in the anus than in the respiratory tract. According to CCTV, this test method is used primarily for people who are “at high risk” of coronavirus infection. In the third week of January 2021, this was the case for residents of several quarters of Beijing.
Citizens in quarantine have also been tested in this way in a row, as have teachers and students. Even foreign passengers had to lower their trousers during entry controls. Not even US diplomats were spared the humiliation.
Chinese Internet users have plenty of black humor left for the new test practice. “I took two anal swabs, each time I had to do a throat swab – I was so scared that the nurse forgets to use a new swab,” joked a user on the Weibo platform.
Do not the Infection Protection Act and the Corona ordinances of the federal states urgently need an extension? Nobody leaves the house without an anal PCR test! Wearing diapers must become a matter of course in public spaces!
Neglecting the anus is also foolish from a regulatory point of view. While I cannot avoid squeezing virologically hazardous air out of myself whenever I breathe out or give the slightest peep, I have considerable control competence – at least when I am fully awake, as for the release of certain gases from my buttocks. And this results in further identifying features of the non-solidarity “Covidiot”, both acoustic and olfactory. While his responsible fellow human beings pinch their buttocks together from morning to night in solidarity in order not to let go of a virus-laden breeze, the unscrupulous lateral thinker demonstratively farts what the stuff holds. To increase the frequency of release, he deliberately consumed many legumes, whole grain bread, nuts, cabbage, and onions. Should he continue to get away with it as long as he refuses the Covid vaccination?
Translated with permission Klartext
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