Psychiatrist urges people not to live in fear of COVID: ‘If you are afraid you will be very easy to control’

In a TEDx Talk, David Eberhard, psychiatrist and head of staff at Prima Maria Addiction Care Clinic in Stockholm, has urged people around the world not to live in fear of a virus with a negligible mortality rate. 

Despite the fact that the virus is not particularly dangerous for the majority of people, according to Eberhard the media’s daily reporting of COVID-19 deaths for over a year has led ordinary people to believe that if anyone contracts the virus “they will most certainly die.” 

According to Eberhard, being mortal, death is part of the natural cycle of life. However, the risk of dying is not usually broadcast over television on a daily basis. This emphasis on death is causing the population to believe that “everything is out of control,” which will lead them to overestimating the risks of the virus. 

“If you provide numbers of deaths each day,” Eberhard said, “it will create panic, and this is exactly what has happened.” This has caused governments to implement stringent lockdowns and curfews, with Eberhard noting that “the longer the pandemic has lasted, the more draconic measures governments have been taking.”

Some attribute the actions of governments around the world to the Dunning-Kruger effect, which is when ignorant people overestimate their competence and therefore make mistakes. However, since many highly educated people are “contributing to the panic,” Eberhard argues that the current situation cannot be completely attributed to this effect. 

Instead, he says that the situation reminds him of the essay, “The Basic Laws of Stupid People,” written by an Italian economic historian, Carlo Chipola. Chipola explained that the amount of stupid people is not relational to their education level nor their intelligence as defined by IQ. 

Instead, the defining factor is when “their actions lead to bad outcomes” for both themselves and for others.

“Overestimating the dangers of an infection with a mortality rate of around 0.2 % and at the same time, ignoring massive negative effects of their actions cannot be described in a better way,” Eberhard added. 

For a year, children have not been going to school, businesses have been suffering, and the mental side effects are only just beginning to be known. 

Eberhard explained that many countries are suffering from “National Panic Syndrome.” This “leads to people being too scared to die. At the same time, it makes the population less ready and capable of handling real danger.”

Citizens living in countries suffering from National Panic Syndrome, Eberhard said, will often develop “security junkie syndrome.” This is when a person seeks more safety, but then feels more insecure despite living in the “safest circumstances in history.” 

“The safer you get,” he explains, “the more things seem frightening since the real dangers are well taken care of. For every real danger you get rid of, there will be at least 10 nearly dangerous things that will be upgraded to become real dangers. So, the effect is that there will be more and more things to be afraid of.”

This leads to perpetually living in fear and then becoming lazier. “If you are afraid, you will be very easy to control, which is what we have seen during the pandemic.”

However, Eberhard explains that this is completely psychological. “We all need to stop acting risk-averse and instead, in a rational way, start to challenge our fears,” he said. “The probability that you die of an infection that has a mortality rate of around 0.2 percent is negligible.”

“Whatever you do, remember that life is not about living the longest, but the best. If you live in fear and isolation, there is no point in living,” Eberhard continued. 

“Don’t lock yourself in and don’t let others do it to you. Try to live a good life in the relatively short time you have.”

By Clare Marie Merkowsky

Latest CDC data show reports of adverse events after COVID vaccines surpass 200,000

VAERS is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed.

Every Friday, VAERS makes public all vaccine injury reports received as of a specified date, usually about a week prior to the release date. Friday’s data show that between Dec. 14, 2020 and May 14, a total of 227,805 total adverse events were reported to VAERS, including 4,201 deaths — an increase of 144 over the previous week — and 18,528 serious injuries, up 1,338.

This week’s data showed 943 total adverse events, including 23 rated as serious, among 12- to -17-year-olds.

In the U.S., 268.4 million COVID vaccine doses had been administered as of May 14. This includes 115 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine, 144 million doses of Pfizer and 9 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID vaccine.

Of the 4,201 deaths reported as of May 14, 23% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination, 16% occurred within 24 hours and 38% occurred in people who became ill within 48 hours of being vaccinated.

This week’s VAERS data show:

  • 20% of deaths were related to cardiac disorders.
  • 54% of those who died were male, 44% were female and the remaining death reports did not include gender of the deceased.
  • The average age of death was 74.7 and the youngest deaths reported include two 15-year-olds (VAERS I.D. 1187918 and 1242573 ) and a 16-year-old (VAERS I.D. 1225942). There were other reported deaths in children under 16 that could not be confirmed or contained obvious errors.
  • As of May 14, 1,140 pregnant women reported adverse events related to COVID vaccines, including 351 reports of miscarriage or premature birth.
  • Of the 2,275 cases of Bell’s Palsy reported, 51% were reported after Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations, 42% following vaccination with the Moderna vaccine and 192 cases, or 10%, of Bell’s Palsy cases were reported in conjunction with J&J.
  • There were 195 reports of Guillain-Barré Syndrome with 40% of cases attributed to Pfizer, 38% to Moderna and 26% to J&J.
  • There were 65,854 reports of anaphylaxis with 38% of cases attributed to Pfizer’s vaccine, 51% to Moderna and 11% to J&J.
  • There were 3,758 reports of clotting disorders and other related conditions. Of those, 1,468 reports were attributed to Pfizer, 1,093 reports to Moderna and 1,093 reports to J&J.

COVID vaccines may not work for millions with underlying conditions. As The Defender reported May 19, some experts are questioning the CDC’s recommendation that immunocompromised people get vaccinated after new research showed 15% to 80% of people with underlying health disorders and those on immunosuppressive medications mount few, if any, antibodies to COVID vaccines.

Yet, current CDC guidelines indicate those with compromised immune systems should be vaccinated for COVID even though “no data are available to establish COVID vaccine safety and efficacy in these groups” as people with compromised immune systems or those who take immunosuppressants for a medical condition were largely excluded from vaccine clinical trials.

By Megan Redshaw, J.D.

Fourth-grader rips school mask mandate and school board later votes to stop enforcing masks

Another study, aimed more specifically toward children, discovered that masks were causing children health problems on physical, psychological, and behavioral fronts. The researchers found that, among the almost 26,000 children included in the study, 60 percent reported feeling irritable, 53 percent had headaches, 50 percent were less happy, and 37 percent suffered fatigue and other ailments, including shortness of breath and dizziness.