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"The Virus" 11 Times More Dangerous than Pfizer Jab, The Atlantic Quotes New "Study"
Time to get down to the nitty-gritty, again!
The disinformation masters just won’t let go: no matter how many times we beat them into the dust, they will always come up with another phony “study”, with total amnesia to the days/studies prior. The case at hand - The Atlantic commenting on Damar Hamlin’s affair on Jan 4, 2023, “The Inflated Risk of Vaccine-Induced Cardiac Arrest - Damar Hamlin’s collapse on Monday Night Football calls attention to a medical myth that will not die”:
Anti-vaccine influencers [that’s us!] have been fomenting fear about a supposed rise in COVID-shot-induced athletic deaths for a while. Fact-checkers have repeatedly assessed these claims and found them to be without merit. Jonathan Drezner, a sports-medicine physician who studies sudden deaths in athletes, told media outlets last year that he was “not aware of any COVID-19 vaccine-related athletic death.”
 The mRNA shots by Pfizer and Moderna are associated with a very small risk of heart inflammation, called myocarditis, which can lead to cardiac arrest.  This risk is most pronounced in teenage boys receiving a second dose of the vaccine, but even in that scenario  only about one in 10,000 recipients is affected. (Most professional athletes are in their 20s, not teens, so the risk to them is lower.) Myocarditis is a potentially fatal condition, but  the version that occurs after vaccination is much less deadly than the heart inflammation induced by many viruses,  including SARS-CoV-2. A recent analysis identified  only a single death in 104 cases of vaccine-induced myocarditis. In comparison,  for every 100 people who get myocarditis from a virus, about 11 will die.
I have allowed myself to number and highlight the blatant lies and misrepresentations that this brief paragraph from The Atlantic is stuffed with. So, let’s go through them one by one.
Firstly, “the recent analysis” refers to this “retrospective study” from Hong Kong - “Prognosis of Myocarditis Developing After mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination Compared With Viral Myocarditis” (J Am Coll Cardiol., 2022 Dec 13):
The goal of this study was to compare the prognosis of this condition with viral infection–related myocarditis over 180 days.
A territory-wide electronic public health care database in Hong Kong linked with population-based vaccination records was used to conduct a retrospective cohort study. Since the roll-out of BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech), patients aged ≥12 years hospitalized with myocarditis within 28 days after BNT162b2 vaccination were compared against viral infection–related myocarditis recorded before the pandemic (2000-2019), over a 180-day follow-up period (starting from diagnosis of myocarditis).
Meaning, the study looked only at the patients with diagnosed myocarditis in 0 to 28 days post Pfizer jab, and compared those with the patients that were already hospitalized with a viral infection (“The adopted ICD-9-CM codes represent conditions most typically induced by a viral infection in the Hospital Authority setting”) and have been, on top, diagnosed with myocarditis while at it! Do you see the “subtle” difference? They compare the otherwise perfectly healthy recipients of the Pfizer jab in the arbitrary 0-28 days post-jab period with the morbidly sick and hospitalized viral infection patients that happen to be diagnosed with myocarditis to boot. Then they follow both categories for 6 months to see who dies and who doesn’t. See a confounder here? Because the “study” authors don’t.
What is a confounder in a study?
A Confounder is an extraneous variable whose presence affects the variables being studied so that the results do not reflect the actual relationship between the variables under study.
That takes care of the lies , , . By the way, the “study” indicates that there were 240 myocarditis cases post jab, except 121 of those were outside of the 0-28 days window…
The lie , that the “study” somehow proved myocarditis risks post SARS-CoV-2 infection, is exposed by the fact that the “study” specifically excluded Covid-diagnosed and compared the jabbed with the viral infection patients from the 2000-2019 pre-Covid era. “The Virus”, then, has nothing to do with Covid.
Next, as we know from clinical studies, 1 in 35 (or 1 in 40) gets at least mild myocarditis following a single Pfizer booster. See my post from Oct. 26, 2022, “"COVID-19 is SEVEN Times More Dangerous for Myocarditis Than Vaccine?" Follow-Up” for further references. That takes care of the lies , , and .
I rest my case.
As per The Atlantic advice, the next time you watch an athlete (or a commentator) collapse on the TV screen in front of you, do not believe your lying eyes and ears.
P.S. The reader Matt Bult came up with this alternative statement in lieu of The Atlantic’s one":
There I fixed it:
 The SPORTS are associated with a very small risk of Commotio cordis, which can lead to cardiac arrest.  This risk is most pronounced in teenage boys PLAYING SPORTS, but even in that scenario  only about one in 100,000,000 PLAYERS is affected. (Most professional athletes are in their 20s, not teens, so the risk to them is lower.) Commotio cordis is a potentially fatal condition, but  the version that occurs DURING SPORTS is much less deadly than the heart inflammation induced by MRNA VACCINES. A recent analysis identified  only a ZERO DEATHS in ALL OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL. In comparison,  for every 40 people who are vaccinated, 1 in 35 (or 1 in 40) gets at least mild heart inflammation following a single Pfizer booster.