Multiple Logical Fallacies Elevate COVID Vaccines Over COVID Treatments
News host Alex Marlowe interviewed John Nolte , another Breitbart personality about COVID vaccination hesitancy. By the end of the interview , they’d wandered through several logical fallacies that need to be exposed so people can accurately balance vaccines versus treatments.
Marlowe and Nolte quoted data purporting to show that Washington state counties that Trump won have much higher COVID death rates than counties that Biden won. Vaccination rates are blamed for the difference. Marlowe went on to declare that it’s been proven that Ivermectin is a “dewormer” and should be removed from the conversation. These factoids are so illogical for a so-called conservative outlet that we must have a short refresher.
Figures Don’t Lie , but Liars Can Figure
The key offender here is something called “relative risk.” If there’s a one in a million chance of something happening, that’s a minuscule absolute risk. If it goes up to two in a million , it’s still a minuscule absolute risk that you really won’t get bothered about. But that same difference can be presented as a 100% increase in risk or a doubling, which sounds really awful.
When it comes to COVID, the overall rate of death is in the tenths of a percent in the most vulnerable population. Headlines about Republicans killing off their voter base are simply scaremongering in the decimal points using relative instead of absolute risk. The real rate of death under age 50 for COVID is “indistinguishable from zero” according to the weekly British monitoring service.
Here we’re seeing the Fallacy of the Excluded Middle. The loud voices refuse to accept that there’s an option beyond “vaxxed or not vaxxed.” In this case , Marlowe’s blithe “dewormer” comment shows that he’s committing a different logical fallacy , the Appeal to Authority. He has accepted the FDA’s false warning that “you are not a horse , etc.” so you should not take Ivermectin, an extremely safe drug with a wide range of antiviral effects.
Randomized controlled trials have proven that IVM reduces COVID deaths even better than the vaccine. The state of Uttar Pradesh in India used IVM to wipe out COVID for 241 million people. But those people in Washington’s red counties were ruled by Dark Lord Inslee, making IVM and HCQ unavailable. No medical discussion can be complete without these alternatives.
As I’ve noted , for you to exercise an option to seek alternative treatment , you must have a physician who is willing to prescribe such medication. But most of those doctors will refuse because , under the dictatorial rule of officials such as Governor Inslee , such prescribing is likely to get that doctor’s license to practice medicine revoked. With such a Sword of Damocles overhead , few prescribers will go near IVM or HCQ. That means they can talk vaxxed or not vaxxed as if those are the only possibilities.
COVID is a Mild Disease (if you treat it!)
COVID is one of those mild diseases that sends sick people over the edge because they don’t need much of a shove. But for healthy people to die of it, they must be kept away from effective drugs like IVM and HCQ. Having prevented treatment , the Quixotic Quislings of Quarantine can then claim that COVID is far worse than it actually is.
With any of the proven protocols for those drugs , COVID is no worse than the flu. But the billions available in the COVID lottery are so large that it’s hard for anyone to remember that the task of a doctor is to treat the sick, not to keep them away from treatment because they didn’t get a shot that is less effective than the $8 India spent.
I shall be passing more of this information to attempt to educate a number of my cohorts at the local watering hole about the ‘ goal oriented , deceptive rhetoric ‘ that some them are blinding accepting as fact …