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Amy Iverson: Why the ‘Plandemic’ viral video is dangerous

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Please stop spreading this video making controversial and unproven claims concerning COVID-19.

I couldn’t scroll more than a minute or two on social media this week without coming across a video post of “Plandemic.” With a handsome man’s face as the thumbnail, most posts included sentiments like, “wake up people,” or “stop being fooled.”

This 26-minute interview is basically a trailer for an upcoming documentary claiming to “expose the scientific and political elite who run the scam that is our global health system.” The handsome man is former model turned filmmaker Mikki Willis who interviews Judy Mikovits.

The video makes many conspiratorial (and unfounded) claims, including one about how wearing masks can make you sick. Tens of millions of people have viewed the video through every social media outlet, even though YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook continue to take it down. The “Plandemic” website encourages believers to download the video and post it directly to their social feeds, hopeful it will escape the eyes of those tasked with maintaining social network community guidelines.

In 2009, Mikovits published a paper in the journal “Science” on possible causes of chronic fatigue syndrome. Problem was, no other researchers could replicate her findings in the coming years. The Chicago Tribune detailed what happened afterwards; Mikovits’ study was discredited, “Science” retracted the paper and she lost her job.

She currently has two books on Amazon, as of today, they are both labeled “Best Seller.”

One of Mikovits’ most controversial claims in the video is that “wearing the mask literally activates your own virus. You’re getting sick from your own reactivated coronavirus expressions.”

Politifact checked this with Richard Peltier, an assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. “There is nothing about wearing a mask that would have any biologically relevant impact on viral activity,” Peltier wrote. “Wearing a mask simply catches the droplets before they reach our mouth or nose. It isn’t rocket science and Dr. Mikovits should know that.”

Facebook told The Washington Post that “suggesting that wearing a mask can make you sick could lead to imminent harm, so we’re removing the video.”

To highlight another claim that a coronavirus vaccine is all about the money, Willis asks Mikovits a leading question. “If we activate mandatory vaccines globally,” he queries, “I imagine these people stand to make hundreds of billions of dollars that own the vaccines.”

She answers, “And they’ll kill millions as they already have with their vaccines.”

Where is the proof and who are “they”? We don’t get any evidence, and she mentions “they” are everyone involved with the World Health Organization, the Federal Drug Administration, The Centers for Disease Control and specifically Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Although Mikovits says she is “absolutely not” anti-vaccine, she claims anything that can’t be patented is shut down because no one makes money off it. She adds her belief that natural remedies could cure COVID-19.

The video cuts in clips from health care professionals like a chiropractor who has said people can drink tonic water to prevent or treat COVID-19. Fact checking website Snopes found this chiropractor’s video to be a “case study in the abuse of anecdotal information.” Other clips appear from the Bakersfield, California, doctors who held a press conference to express their belief that the coronavirus outbreak wasn’t that bad. They have been widely discredited with the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine both “emphatically” condemning the Bakersfield doctors’ opinions.

In the video, Mikovits says, “It’s beyond comprehension how society can be so fooled.” As she says this, clips from television flash across the screen, featuring talk shows from the far left to the far right. Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Maher, Alex Jones and Sean Hannity are all shown in rapid succession.

Is she saying all of society is fooled, whether liberal or conservative? She must believe heads of religious organizations, hospitals and major research universities all have their heads buried in the sand.

I’m not saying our government is perfect, nor does it always tell us the truth. But I do trust legions of medical professionals and even many in government organizations who have spent years of their lives studying these diseases and how best to control their devastation on the world. I believe these doctors and scientists are looking for ways to keep us safe because most have spent lifetimes doing all they can to help others and keep them healthy.

I understand many of us are confused and feel helpless and hopeless at times these days. We want someone to blame.

But we cannot turn to outrageous, unchecked claims from a few loud voices to ease our concerns. And we definitely should not spread their unsubstantiated claims.

Here’s to hope and the belief that those tasked with saving the world from this disease are trying their best to do just that.