LILLEY: Conspiracy theory lies won't help you through this pandemic

To put it in online parlance, people would know if they “did their own research.”

Brian Lilley 4 minute read November 29, 2021

Saying something often enough and loud enough so that people believe you isn’t just a tactic of politicians, it’s a tactic used by COVID deniers and anti-vaxxers online.

I’m not sure if the conspiracy theory types were extra active over the past few days due to the rise of the Omicron variant last week or just that I noticed them more, but the tales they were telling were as outlandish as they were false.

An email on Sunday informed me that just prior to COVID becoming a going concern in early 2020, the Canadian government had reclassified hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a dangerous drug. This, said my correspondent, was proof that the “scamdemic” was planned for years and that “people were killed for money by the medical industrial psychopathic oligarchs.”

The truth is, the drug was studied extensively, including with funding from the Government of Canada. Despite claims that the government has been trying to cover up this wonder drug, there were studies carried out by the University Health Network in Toronto, St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, McGill University, University of Calgary and the University of Manitoba.

In addition to studying HCQ, Canadian researchers have also been involved with studies on the much-mentioned Remdesivir and Ivermectin and a host of studies on existing drugs as well as studies for vitamin C, D and other therapeutics.

To say these potential remedies have not been examined is false — they have been.

It’s beyond strange to have people email you that “Big Pharma” got this pandemic going so they could make a ton of money developing new drugs when the cure, of course, is a drug developed by “Big Pharma” that would cost next to nothing to ramp up production of while still being profitable.

Another correspondent sent a video to let me know that “the entire scam …” could be explained in one minute. The video attached was filled with nothing but lies — but plenty of people believe it.

According to this video, the Wuhan Institute of Virology where COVID-19 was originally detected is owned by Glaxo-Smith-Kline, a pharmaceutical company. GSK is, in turn, according to this video, owned by Pfizer, one of the main vaccine producers. From those lies, the video goes on to make links to BlackRock the investment firm, Bill Gates, mentions of controlling the banks – cue Zionist conspiracy theories – and on it goes.

To state the obvious, GSK does not own the Wuhan Institute of Virology. GSK is also not owned in any way by Pfizer. As for BlackRock running both companies in some nefarious way for Bill Gates or otherwise, that’s simply not true.

These reports are as valid as all the claims that vaccines are more dangerous than the disease itself. A total of 29,618 deaths have been reported nationwide for COVID-19 as of Sunday compared to 227 people who have died after the vaccine. That’s out of a total of 59.6 million doses administered.

Of the 227 deaths reported, 83 are labelled unlikely to be connected to the vaccine, 98 could not be assessed due to a lack of information, while 46 were still under study. So no, more people are not dying of the vaccine than the virus.

All of this is very easily checked using public sources, or to put it in online parlance, people would know if they “did their own research.”

Lies and conspiracy theories aren’t going to end this pandemic that we’re all so sick of dealing with. Yes, governments have had their own problem putting out accurate information and the media has too often been a fear factory.

None of that excuses spreading the outright lies that too often end up in my email inbox or on social media feeds. Facts matter, especially while dealing with a deadly pandemic.

blilley@postmedia.com

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