In the past week, our media desk inbox has been littered with emails like the screenshot above stating something to the effect of “Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of festival required for entry”.
While mainly for concerts right now, I have a hunch that this will trickle down into more events, such as sports, theaters, and possibly other businesses and organizations.
As these come in, I just shake my head in bewilderment. I know we’ve been dealing with this for a long time now. And that the government and media are making people unsure where the truth lies. But are people really that out of touch with reality to just accept this blindly?
Real Indiana COVID-19 Stats
Logic lesson time.
Unvaccinated people are indeed getting COVID-19 and spreading it. And some are going to the hospital. And some are admitted to the ICU. And some are dying.
Vaccinated people (aka “breakthrough cases“) are also getting COVID-19 and spreading it. And some are going to the hospital. And some are admitted to the ICU. And some are dying.
The current Indiana COVID-19 breakthrough numbers show what the CDC has been attempting to hide. The actual breakthrough COIVD-19 case numbers. It does happen and more frequently than the CDC and mainstream media have been trying to let on.
Looking at the Indiana breakthrough COIVD-19 data, you do appear to have less likelihood of dying from COVID-19 if you’re vaccinated than if you’re not vaccinated. But this does not take into account a number of variables, including people who’ve had COVID-19 but did not bother to get tested for it. In both cases, that number is still relatively small compared to the overall population. And the overall population and deaths are what we need to be looking at.
Indiana’s listed population is 6,732,219 and as of August 18, 2021. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 or with a COVID-19 co-morbidity (the majority fall into the latter category, with very few being solely COVID-19) is listed at 13,783 (03/16/2020 through 08/17/2021). That equates to .0020473 of Indiana’s total population having died from COVID-19 to date.
If we’re concerned with confirmed “positive” cases, we’re looking at roughly 12% (813,046) of the Indiana population having tested positive for COVID-19. But again, that number leaves A LOT of questions as well and does not include those who had it but weren’t tested.
Yes, almost 14,000 deaths are a lot of deaths, but it is not anywhere near what the mainstream media is trying to sell you. COVID-19 is not a death sentence in the majority of cases.
COVID-19 Vaccination Passports Are Useless
So now back to the “COVID-19 vaccination passport” vs. negative COVID-19 test tomfoolery that has engulfed many concert venues.
To reiterate what I said earlier, let me say it in a simpler way.
EVERYONE CAN STILL GET COVID-19, AND SPREAD COVID-19, AND DIE FROM COVID-19.
But you probably won’t die if you do catch COVID-19.
VACCINATION STATUS DOES NOT MATTER.
Regardless if you’ve had your vaccination shot(s), or if you’re one of those refusing to get a shot at all, you are not actually immune from COVID-19 in either circumstance. Regardless of what you do, the fact of the matter is that you can still be affected by COVID-19.
OLD NEGATIVE COVID-19 TESTS DO NOT MATTER.
Just because you did not have COVID-19 three days ago, it does not mean that you didn’t catch COIVD-19, say on your way home from your COVID-19 test.
So why are we checking COVID-19 vaccination passports or requiring old testing results?
And let’s say that we start rapid testing right before an event (good luck with that). By now we should all know how the COVID-19 tests work. And how they don’t work. Read up about Elon Musk’s COVID-19 testing experience if you’re unfamiliar with it. These tests can be wrong too, but I suppose rapid COVID-19 testing at the gate would be your best option if you could pull off the logistics of that one.
The Real Solution: CANCEL YOUR EVENTS
While I do not really like this option, if the promoters, venues, and/or artists are really that concerned about their events becoming COVID-19 “super spreader events”, they need to double down and just cancel their remaining show calendar. Yesterday, Garth Brooks canceled his 5 remaining 2021 stadium shows out of his own COVID-19 concerns. It can be done.
Sure, there are numerous consequences of doing so, but they need to put their money where their mouths are. Are you worried about it or are you not?
Now, do you think that’s going to happen for say, something like professional football, where we have FULL CAPACITY crowds waiting for the gates to open? Sure, it could. But at this point, I find that highly unlikely. Why? Because local governments need the money.
Since full capacity sporting events are going to happen, which I fully support, it should trickle down to where nothing is getting canceled by the local government again. If events are to be canceled, it needs to be a business decision, not a government one. And attendance should be a personal decision with personal responsibility.
Time will tell.
The Elephant in the Room
Without trying to sound like a conspiracy theorist, the requirement of showing a COVID-19 vaccination passport baffles me.
Maybe I’m missing something here, but I have a hard time fathoming that I’m the only one who understands the absurdity, and waste of time, of checking COVID-19 vaccination passports or three-day-old COVID-19 test results.
Look, I left the country last year and did have to show a negative test result to clear their Customs upon arrival. While that didn’t make a lot of sense to me then, with our limited experience I understood where they were coming from. In 2020 that’s really about all you could do. Fast forward to August 2021 and we do have vaccines and clearer data on how those work and don’t work.
So this begs the question of why are “they” unilaterally asking to see your papers (or a photo on your phone)? What is the true motive behind this? And why is nobody in mainstream media even questioning this? I thought they were supposed to be journalists, not the government’s P.R. and propaganda wing? But here we are and I feel like I’m on a desert island talking to myself.
I honestly have no answer to that and my mind veers off into the world of The X-Files. The world seems to have gone mad, but surely we’ve not gone that far out to sea, have we?
Deep Throat: And a lie, Mr. Mulder, is most convincingly hidden between two truths.