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A Breath of Fresh Air: Spike in COVID-19 ‘Cases’ Doesn’t Warrant Another Shutdown

California physician uses real data and stats to justify keeping California open

By Katy Grimes, June 27, 2020 11:53 am

Those over the age of 65, particularly those in institutional settings, accounting for 80 percent of California Covid-19 fatalities


The idiom, “a breath of fresh air,” literally means an influx of air that is not stale or smelly… which brings to mind the dangers of wearing a mask over your nose and mouth all day.

It also means something that is pleasantly new, different, and refreshing.

While most of the media continues to scare Californians into compliantly wearing masks indoors, outdoors, and everywhere they go, there are many resisters who defy the mask order because they believe in the necessity of “a breath of fresh air” for their health.

Another breath of fresh air is Dr. Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD, a board-certified anesthesiologist, member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and a partner of the Job Creators Network Foundation. She wrote an op ed for the Press-Telegram and sorted through the noise and disinformation to find data and facts to call for keeping California open while making sure the elderly remain careful and cautious.

“Despite the rise in cases, Covid-19 patients fill only 8 percent of the available hospital beds,” Singleton said. “The trend in testing data show that early on, 14 percent of those tested for the virus were positive, but as more people (including the asymptomatic) are tested, this percentage has hovered between eight and nine percent since early June.”

“The virus is also a lot less deadly than previously thought. According to revised CDC estimates, the coronavirus mortality rate is 0.4 percent—which is considerably less than the 3.4 percent death rate that was initially reported by the World Health Organization. Again, as testing increases, the mortality rate decreases,” Dr. Singleton said.

California Globe also reported last week, “The number of coronavirus deaths per day has continued to fall in June even as the number of cases has increased due to ramped up testing. ‘Cases’ only mean those who test positive for the virus. It does not necessarily translate into hospitalizations or deaths. Most people are asymptomatic.”

We know that Covid-19 impacts those over the age of 65, and even higher percentages over 85, particularly those in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. Singleton says this age group accounts for 80 percent of California Covid-19 fatalities.

The economic effects of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s lockdown have been devastating. The state unemployment rate has hit 15.5%, with more than 5 million Californians filing for unemployment benefits.

Demographer Joel Kotkin reports, “In the pandemic, as everywhere, California’s low-end restaurant and retail workers have been hard hit, but California is particularly ex­posed to threats to the hospitality, food service, performing arts, sports, and casino sectors.”

Restaurants in California were already hurting before the governor’s statewide shutdown; more than 10% of full service restaurants in California closed down due to the higher minimum wage. And higher prices turned people away.

Kotkin notes that while “California has outperformed the rest of the country in overall employment growth over the past decade, most of the new jobs pay poorly. Overall, the state has created five times as many low-wage as high-wage jobs.”

California Globe has reported that most of the job growth in the state has been service jobs, and not high-paying manufacturing jobs. California is also estimated to lose up 400,000 jobs by 2022 due to an ever increasing minimum wage.

“Kaiser Family Foundation survey in late May found that 39 percent of adults “feel that worry and stress related to” COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health and about half have deferred seeking medical care,” Dr. Singleton said. “Some 80,000 diagnoses of five common cancers may be missed or delayed by early June because of disruptions to health care caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC also attributes to COVID-19 up to 39 percent excess deaths from delayed treatment for renal failure, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer disease and dementia, to name a few.”

Dr. Singleton says “It’s clear that older Americans and those with pre-existing medical conditions are the most susceptible to the virus. These groups can continue to be more cautious and protected, while the vast majority of Californians get on with their lives.”

“We have become accustomed to shifting information from our leaders,” Singleton added. “We must urge Gov. Newsom to continue the reopening process. An increase in known coronavirus cases is no reason to reverse course.”

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13 thoughts on “A Breath of Fresh Air: Spike in COVID-19 ‘Cases’ Doesn’t Warrant Another Shutdown

  1. Thank you Katie. I have suffered so much during this time I can’t thank you enough for putting in the effort and energy to construct an unarguable truthful article. It’s killing me that our “national media” won’t report these truths. It’s deviststing to witness. I’ll never forget being chased off the beach by 4wheeler police in swat gear. My heart is broken. RECALL GRUSOM

    1. My heart is broken too.

      I cannot count how many times I have cried myself to sleep…how many times I have woken up sobbing…how many times I thrashed all night with disturbing dreams.

      Every day I wake up, and I just can’t get out of bed. I don’t see any reason to get out of bed. For what? To stare at the walls and watch the minutes drag by?

      Everything that I love in life, everything that gives my life richness and meaning has been stolen from me by these greedy, egotistical politicians…these petty dictators who have invaded every single aspect of every single person’s life…these godzilla monsters who have completely upended every single aspect of our society as they intone the magical, mystical words “science and data.” My God! If only they would be guided by science and data!

      They claim they are doing it to keep us safe. Safe from what? Save from life?

      I’d far rather die of Covid than be forced to continue in this oppressive Gulag.

      Somebody needs to save us from these monsters called politicians. Quick! Before it’s too late.

  2. There is good news around if you look for it, not just the oppressive stuff, and on the good news list is this article. Yes! Thank you! I’m breathing so much better today after reading it. 🙂

  3. Plus I just found out I don’t have to wear a mask at my gym to work out. Happy Day!
    Think I’m going to write here what gym that is so one of Daddy Gruesome’s 20,000 contact tracers can shadow me? And put the gym in a time out?
    I don’t THINK so!

  4. Yes, this is positive news. We can protect those who are vulnerable to the Wuhan Virus and let the healthy get back to work and practice their right to earn a living.

    We should also consider that the virus just might be weakening as we see an uptick in cases. More asymptomatic people are being tested. Some young people are in a panic and go to to the emergency room and are counted as the hospitalized. They are sent home with mild symptoms.

    Yes, Dr. Singleton along with Dr. Atlas and Dr. Kelly Victory bring us good news.😀
    It is all not all fear and loathing as Newsom would like you to believe.

    1. Glad to see you CG. Great point about the latest being an indication of the virus possibly weakening.
      At any rate we are still descending the downside of the bell-shaped curve and have been for some time. If the CV19 extinguishes itself it’s good to know that there are people out there who will tell us the truth about it no matter what the politicians and bureaucrats insist on doing in order to spread the Fear and Loathing Virus.

      1. Ha,ha,
        Yes another name for the Wuhan Bat virus: The Fear and Loathing Virus!
        14 deaths per 100,000 in California. Average age group 85+
        Yes, quite the crisis! Recall Gavin 2020.

    1. More good information for us. It makes all this nonsense we’ve been subjected to and ordered to do even more absurd. Thank you, Sam Axe.

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