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Facebook’s “Fact Checker” and Coronavirus Censorship

Last updated on July 15th, 2020

In this post, I expose Facebook censorship and explain why it is unfortunately in their best interests to censor opposing views. Also, why Science Feedback’s fact-checker doesn’t appear to be all it’s cracked up to be.

Scroll to the bottom to see the post I shared on Facebook July 4, 2020. The actual post included screenshots showing Facebook laid a “False Information” overlay on my link to a Deep Roots at Home article, Do Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To Children & to the Healthy?

When I tried to edit the post, a popup appeared with this ominous warning:

Before you share this content, you might want to know there’s additional reporting from Science Feedback.
Pages and websites that repeatedly publish or share false news will see their overall distribution reduced and be restricted in other ways.

According to Science Feedback (Facebook’s “fact checker”), “There is no evidence showing that wearing a face mask increases the risk of SARS-CoV-2 entering the brain or of neurological symptoms from COVID-19” nor that masks can cause “accumulation of carbon dioxide.” Hmm.

COVID-19 and the Brain

Well of course that’s technically true since there are no studies yet to prove how face masks affect those wearing them.

We know masks slow the spread of Coronavirus by catching droplets in which the virus travels.

But we don’t know the effect of wearing a portable petri dish on our faces via a cloth mask through which the virus travels freely with or without droplets to carry it.

In other words, what is the effect of inhaling the virus while in the presence of asymptomatic carriers, then trapping it in my own droplets inside my mask for further incubation?

Nobody knows. And apparently nobody cares. (See my post about the Chinese study that found 40% aerosol contamination despite masks for both patients and medical personnel.)

The reference to Dr. Blaylock in the post at Deep Roots at Home included links to three medical articles:

Evidence of the COVID-19 Virus Targeting the CNS: Tissue Distribution, Host–Virus Interaction, and Proposed Neurotropic Mechanisms Abdul Mannan Baig, Areeba Khaleeq, Usman Ali, and Hira Syeda. ACS Chemical Neuroscience 202011 (7), 995-998DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.0c00122

Nervous system involvement after infection with COVID-19 and other coronaviruses Yeshun Wu,Xiaolin Xu,Zijun Chen,Jiahao Duan,Kenji Hashimoto,Ling Yang,Cunming Liu,Chun Yang. Elsevier: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity July 2020, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889159120303573

Spread of a Neurotropic Murine Coronavirus Into the CNS via the Trigeminal and Olfactory Nerves S Perlman, G Jacobsen, A Afifi. Virology 1989 Jun;170(2):556-60. doi: 10.1016/0042-6822(89)90446-7.

Here are salient quotes from the abstracts of these studies:

From Study #1

In a short time following the outbreak, it has been shown that, similar to SARS-CoV, COVID-19 virus exploits the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor to gain entry inside the cells. This finding raises the curiosity of investigating the expression of ACE2 in neurological tissue and determining the possible contribution of neurological tissue damage to the morbidity and mortality caused by COIVD-19. Here, we investigate the density of the expression levels of ACE2 in the CNS, the host–virus interaction and relate it to the pathogenesis and complications seen in the recent cases resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. Also, we debate the need for a model for staging COVID-19 based on neurological tissue involvement.

Evidence of the COVID-19 Virus Targeting the CNS: Tissue Distribution, Host–Virus Interaction, and Proposed Neurotropic Mechanisms

From Study #2

Highlights

Coronoviruses not only affect the respiratory system, but also have deleterious effects on the central nervous system.

Most neurological diseases could be caused by coronoviruses invasion.

• Coronoviruses cause nerve damage via diverse pathways.

Nervous system involvement after infection with COVID-19 and other coronaviruses

From Study #3

The route of entry into the central nervous system (CNS) of most neurtropic viruses has not been established. The coronavirus, mouse hepatitis virus strain JHM (MHV-JHM), causes acute encephalomyelitis and acute and chronic demyelinating diseases and is an important model system for virus-induced neurological disease. Suckling C57BL/6 mice infected intranasally with MHV-JHM develop either the acute encephalomyelitis or a late onset, symptomatic demyelinating encephalomyelitis, depending on whether they are nursed by unimmunized or immunized dams. Analysis by in situ hybridization was used to determine the route of entry of MHV-JHM into the CNS in these mice. At early times, viral RNA was detected only in the trigeminal and olfactory nerves and in their immediate connections in all mice. A few days later, MHV-JHM RNA was found throughout the brain in mice dying of the acute encephalomyelitis, but remained confined to the entry sites in mice which did not develop acute disease. These results suggest that MHV-JHM enters the CNS via an interneuronal route in all mice, but that the presence of maternal antibody prevents the dissemination of virus via extracellular fluid. In addition, MHV-JHM may establish low-level persistence in the trigeminal or olfactory nerve or in one of its connections in mice that do not develop acute encephalomyelitis.

Spread of a Neurotropic Murine Coronavirus Into the CNS via the Trigeminal and Olfactory Nerves

Masks and Carbon Dioxide

Science Feedback also poo-poo’d Dr. Blaylock’s theory that masks can cause “accumulation of carbon dioxide.”

Granted, it depends on the medium used to make the mask. But I’m wondering if anyone from Science Feedback has ever hidden under a cheap sheet with a flashlight to read after “lights out”? It doesn’t take me more than fifteen minutes before I have to turn off the light, lower the sheet, and get fresh air.

What am I missing? Oxygen. Why? Because my face is covered.

Jacque at Deep Roots at Home has this to say:

Hypoxia inhibits the type of main immune cells used to fight viral infections called the CD4+ T-lymphocyte. Hypoxia sets off a whole chain reaction that stimulates a powerful immune inhibitor cell called the Tregs. This sets the stage for contracting any infection, including COVID-19 and making the consequences of that infection much graver. Simply put, your mask may very well put you at an increased risk of infections and an outcome like the formation of cancerous metastases.

Do Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To Children & to the Healthy?

Here are studies about the risks of carbon dioxide:

Shehade H, Acolty V, Moser M, Oldenhove G. Cutting Edge: Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1 Negatively Regulates Th1 FunctionJ Immunol. 2015;195(4):1372-1376. doi:10.4049/jimmunol.1402552

Westendorf AM, Skibbe K, Adamczyk A, et al. Hypoxia Enhances Immunosuppression by Inhibiting CD4+ Effector T Cell Function and Promoting Treg Activity. Cell Physiol Biochem. 2017;41(4):1271-1284. doi:10.1159/000464429

Sceneay, J., Parker, B. S., Smyth, M. J., & Möller, A. (2013). Hypoxia-driven immunosuppression contributes to the pre-metastatic nicheOncoimmunology2(1), e22355. https://doi.org/10.4161/onci.22355

My Facebook Post

[Update: I realized after posting this, all of this “censorship” is closely tied to what’s happening right now with the EARN IT Act. I made a post on my blog about it this morning. Bottom line: the EARN IT Act is *designed* to make it harder for sites that publish child porn to escape prosecution. But the downside is that it means the government can hold Facebook and other platforms accountable for what their users post. So Facebook opens itself up to infinite lawsuits if it lets “questionable“ posts go by without any action.]

I guess I will no longer be sharing direct links from my favorite site. And I’ve decided to hide all but the most important controversial posts at Smarter Joy.

For the record, I don’t agree with everything the third party linked in this post says. But because of one link within a much longer post, should the entire post be disregarded?

Here’s the introduction from the post I tried to share:

“Please don’t keep a face mask on your kids. My nephew went to get tubes in his ears. As mandated by the hospital, he wore a mask; 2 layers of woven fabric. They couldn’t get his 02 sats (saturation) over 87. They were bouncing from 80-87. Anything below 90 requires oxygen. They waited and waited until finally my sister had them remove his mask. After 2 breaths it jumped to 97.”

When I read those words, I wondered why a hospital would not be giving 02 with a mask? We never masked anyone for any procedure in the ORs I worked in until this ‘Rona came along!

A child’s O2 saturation should be above 95% at all times, and they let it get down to 80?

Parents: please advocate if this happens to your child.

The CDC does not recommend masking for children under the age of 2 due to risks of suffocation. This seems to be the ONLY recommendation not changed several times regarding face masks.[end of quote]

If you’d like to see the entire post, I’ll link it on my blog since freedom of speech still exists there. I trust you will accept responsibility for doing your own research and making your own decisions.