Seen this graphic being shared prolifically. Don’t think it yet proves what many want it to. Only 11% of South Africans have been vaccinated, so to draw inferences of the impact that is having on current admissions is statistically unsound. However there’s a broader point. 🧵 Image
The graphic shows admissions for COVID at Groote Schuur hospital. According to available data the facility has just short of 900 beds. It’s also the main referral centre for the Western Cape and surrounding provinces. Thus you’d expect it to be reflective of healthcare resources.
If that is the case then in a province of more than 7 million people a total of 156 people are hospitalised for COVID with 66 of them in high care/ICU and 32 being ventilated. Therefore only 17.5% of the beds at the Western Cape’s premier hospital are occupied by COVID patients.
Obviously there are other hospitals, including the State & private sector, so many hundreds of other patients are also admitted, but it’s significant in a good way that only 0.002% of the entire population in that province is requiring care at their flagship healthcare facility.
Given the severe economic (read health) impact the lockdown is having on communities, most especially the poor, one has to question why we are still under such restrictions let alone an alleged state of disaster. What must the number of admissions be before people can exist?
This is over and above the fact that we were sold lockdown as a measure to ‘prepare the healthcare system’. Based on these numbers released by Groote Schuur it seems clear that the system is well prepared and coping even though our vaccination rate is pretty dismal (11%).
At this point everyone knows what COVID is. They know the measures Government claim help ‘slow the spread’, and they know that they can get vaccinated. It appears as if SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes the COVI disease) is endemic and here to stay. Why do restrictions remain?

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31 Dec 21
Here’s a thread of cliff notes for the @joerogan podcast with Dr Robert Malone. Would still recommend listening to the full episode but if you don’t have time right now this is how it went down. 🧵
Malone talks about becoming a MD and his early career working at the Salk Institute, specifically on RNA. Mentions his mRNA patents and his evolution from academic medicine into medical product development (clinical trials, drug development).
Over the years he says he’s coordinated trials which have received billions in Government funding. Claims he has worked with and knows many people at the CDC, knew Anthony Fauci well, and has many friends in the US intelligence community. Now “a pariah”.
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I almost never get personal on this website so please excuse the self indulgence as I reflect on 2021.
The last year has been difficult and challenging although punctuated by some lifelong achievements. As always I find you learn more from failure than you do from success, which has been no less true for this particular journey around the sun.
For certain individuals disagreeing with me wasn’t enough, as they attempted to prevent me from earning a living as a doctor. I’ve been advised to say no more for now but suffice to say you wouldn’t wish this on your worst enemy. They did.
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29 Dec 21
Ambitious people are always looking for the next avenue to further themselves. In the case of the wealthy this becomes exponentially harder with increasing success. This is both a function of the rarity of unicorns (think Google, Facebook etc.) & the metrics at that level. 🧵
If you’re worth $10 then making a deal which will increase your wealth to $100k is a massive increase and success, but when you’re worth $100 million or $10 billion it’s not even worth looking at the things which won’t make a percentage change to your net wealth.
Besides for the obvious attraction of power, this is why the wealthy elite are involved in every global issue - there’s money to be made. Take climate change for example. The renewable energy industry is worth $900 billion, but by 2030 it’s estimated to be valued at $2 trillion.
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19 Dec 21
Here is a thread on an advisory issued by the Medical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 (MAC) co-chaired by Professor Koleka Mlisana (NHLS) and Professor Marian Jacobs (UCT). 🧵

For transparency this is the full advisory sent to the Minister of Health on December 16 2021.
Unfortunately there are malicious people who are still trying to destroy my life & career for having opinions on a pandemic. As such a disclaimer that these are my own views as a citizen of a country with free speech rights. This thread is fair comment & not advice in any way.
In my view this is arguably the most significant advisory from the MAC, and as such those with power to influence Government COVID policy, since close to the start of the lockdown in late March 2020. All of us on both sides of the argument have learnt a lot since then.
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This doctor placement issue is a great example of the law of unintended consequences. Several years ago the Department of Health pushed for an increase in the number of graduates from medical schools, in part due to significant public pressure from advocacy groups. 🧵
The advocacy groups don’t generally have a good understanding of the system, and the politicians who control things are more inclined to make decisions which reflect well on them in the short term as opposed to whether these are good ideas in the long term.
As a result all medical schools were instructed to increase their output. Several cited concerns, including a potential drop in training standards given increased demand on the same resources. Government largely dismissed these claims, promising increases in funding.
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It’s said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, however there is little evidence that humans as a species are capable of learning from history. Over thousands of years of recorded existence we’ve fallen into the same traps with miserable outcomes.
Each society has ample justifications for its evil at the time of its chosen mass persecution. Inevitably “modern” generations look back on the ignorance of their forebearers with contempt, before repeating those same mistakes with different costumes and implements of torture.
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