Original title: German doctors call on Merkel to put an end to “COVID – The machine for producing fear”!

A letter from a group of German doctors allegedly called for non-compliance with the measures to combat COVID-19 and advocating for views that contradict all other scientific discoveries and the common consensus on corona virus characteristics. Therefore, all actors, both globally and locally, are united in what actions will be taken to prevent the virus from spreading. The views expressed in the alleged letter can only be damaging at a time when the pandemic is taking a great toll.

The Kologue portal published an article titled German Doctors Call on Merkel to Put an End to the “COVID-Machine for Producing Fear”!. The text is allegedly a letter from a group of German doctors addressed to Chancellor Merkel. Their demands are for the abolition of government measures and the return to normal life, which they say are more harmful and cause more deaths than other diseases due to the created panic. They demand the immediate abolition of ineffective and harmful measures. According to them, the corona virus is a common flu, which has even weaker effects than the seasonal flu in 2017/2018. They also claim that there was almost no major wave of infection, and that infected patients had mostly mild progression to the common flu. Hospitals were emptier than ever. Their position is that the weapon against the virus is natural immunity, while the covering of the mouth and nose do not have a solid scientific basis, which is why in the future the usual hygienic measures that are not currently imposed and mandatory were sufficient.


This is another article in a series of activities by groups of doctors, associations, individuals and other activists who express their unsubstantiated views and conspiracy theories against the corona virus protection measures implemented by the world authorities. Their views, that the virus is a common flu, and that protection measures are harmful and ineffective, are not confirmed by anything.

But what is especially important in this “story” is that the content or the letter from the German doctors comes from the Global Research website. This is a Canadian professor’s website that helps Russia spread misinformation.

The State Department has identified this site as the Kremlin’s largest proxy. The site is based in Montreal and operated by a retired Professor at the University of Ottawa.

The Global Research Platform has a Canadian domain name and offers an ever-expanding collection of conspiracy theories, such as the myth that the 9/11 attacks and the COVID-19 pandemic were designed to control the population. This is part of a larger effort to sow discord and mistrust in Western democracies, said James Andrew Lewis, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank for strategic and international studies.

Chosudovski, a frequent guest on the Russian state television network RT, is the site’s editor and one of its main contributors. He regularly doubts the seriousness of COVID-19, recently calling it a “produced pandemic”.

This year, a US State Department report found that Global Research is part of a network of proxy sites that, while having no visible links to Moscow, “serve no purpose other than to impose pro-Kremlin content.”

Based on an analysis of web traffic on seven such sites from February to April this year, the report identifies the Canadian platform as a Kremlin-aligned disinformation website with the largest potential audience. “With more than 350,000 potential readers per article, none of them had half the reach of Global Research,” it said.

As for the content of the alleged letter of the German doctors and their demands, we will give a brief overview of the current situation in the world with the pandemic, in order to make it clearer that these are unfounded demands and claims.

Namely, according to the World Health Organization, the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, with an increasing number of cases and hospitalizations burdening the health systems. Some European governments have imposed more restrictions to combat the ongoing new wave.

As for the virus that causes COVID-19, there is a universal scientific consensus that it is a new corona virus, SARS-CoV-2, and not the virus that causes the common flu. Both influenza and COVID-19 can be mild or severe, and even fatal in rare cases. Doctors and scientists are working to estimate the mortality rate of COVID-19, but it is currently thought to be significantly higher (perhaps 10 times or more) than that of most types of influenza. The World Health Organization estimates that between 290,000 and 650,000 people worldwide die each year from influenza-related causes, and so far, in less than a year, more than 1,270,000 people have died from COVID-19. A study by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published on October 20th, found that hospitalized patients with COVID-19 were five times more likely to die in a hospital and at an increased risk of 17 respiratory and non-respiratory complications than hospitalized patients with influenza.

As for the masks and protective covers of the mouth and nose, in the absence of a vaccine, they are still the most important and powerful protection we currently have to prevent the spread of the corona virus.

Such texts, which encourage non-compliance with protection measures, at a time when the pandemic is in full swing, are more than harmful to everyone’s health and the joint fight in dealing with the virus. The source of the content is sufficient information about the purpose of these texts, to cause disorder and mistrust in Western democracies. The corona virus is not a machine of fear, as the text conveys, but from the real situation we are in, a justified fear arises that we need to overcome as soon as possible. But it is possible if we all follow the safeguards to prevent the spread of the virus.




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