Another Covid Myth Dies the Death

"Contact with a contaminated surface has less than a 1 in 10,000 chance of causing an infection." Whoops

Going to the grocery store in Massachusetts in 2020 guaranteed you would breathe heaps of sanitizer. A full-time employee scrubbed down shopping carts between customers. Conveyor belts at the checkout counter were blasted and wiped between every sale. Glass surfaces were sprayed as often as possible. The plastic keypads on credit machines were not only covered in plastic – why putting plastic on plastic stopped Covid was never clear – but also sprayed between uses.

Employees would carefully watch your hands to see what you touched, and as you exited the space would cover the area with cleaning spray.

It was the same at offices and schools. If a single person turned in a positive PCR test, the entire place had to be evacuated for a 48-hour fumigation. Everything had to be wiped, sprayed, and scrubbed, to get rid of the Covid that surely must be present in the bad place. The ritualistic cleaning took on a religious element, as if the temple must be purified of the devil before God could or would come back.

All of this stemmed from the belief that the germ lived on surfaces and in spaces, which in turn stemmed from a primitive intuition. You can’t see the virus so it really could be anywhere. The human imagination took over the rest.

I was in Hudson, New York, at a fancy breakfast house that had imposed random Covid protocols. It was cold outside but they wouldn’t let me sit inside, even though there were no government restrictions on doing so. I asked that masked-up twenty-something why. She said “Covid.”

“Do you really believe that there’s Covid inside that room?”


Subway cars were cleaned daily. Facebook routinely shut its offices for a full scrub. Mail was left to disinfect for days before being opened. Things went crazy: playgrounds removed nets from basketball hoops for fear that they carried Covid.

During the whole pathetic episode of last year, people turned wildly against physical things. No sharing of pencils at the schools that would open. No salt and pepper shakers at tables because surely that’s where Covid lives. No more physical menus. They were replaced by QR codes. Your phone probably has Covid too but at least only you touched it.

“Touchless”’ became the new goal. All physical things became the untouchables, again reminiscent of ancient religions that considered the physical world to be a force of darkness while the spiritual/digital world points to the light. The followers of the Prophet Mani would be pleased.

Already back in February, AIER reported that something was very wrong about all of this. Studies were already appearing calling the physical-phobic frenzy baseless.

The demonization of surfaces and rooms stemmed not just from active imaginations; it was also recommended and even mandated by the CDC. It offered a huge page of instructions on the need constantly to fear, scrub, and fumigate.

On April 5, however, the CDC page was replaced by a much-simplified set of instructions, which includes now this discreet note: “In most situations, the risk of infection from touching a surface is low.” Oh is that so?

The link goes to the following:

Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) studies have been conducted to understand and characterize the relative risk of SARS-CoV-2 fomite transmission and evaluate the need for and effectiveness of prevention measures to reduce risk. Findings of these studies suggest that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection via the fomite transmission route is low, and generally less than 1 in 10,000, which means that each contact with a contaminated surface has less than a 1 in 10,000 chance of causing an infection.


So much for the many billions spent on cleaning products, the employees and the time, and hysteria and frenzy, the rise of touchlessness, and gloves, the dousing of the whole world. The science apparently changed. Still it will be years before people get the news and act on it. Once the myths of surface transmission of a respiratory virus are unleashed, it will be hard to go back to normal.

Fortunately the New York Times did some accurate reporting on the CDC update, quoting all kinds of experts who claim to have known this all along.

“Finally,” said Linsey Marr, an expert on airborne viruses at Virginia Tech. “We’ve known this for a long time and yet people are still focusing so much on surface cleaning.” She added, “There’s really no evidence that anyone has ever gotten Covid-19 by touching a contaminated surface.”

Still, I’m willing to bet that if right now I headed to a WalMart or some other large chain store, there will be several employees dedicated to disinfecting everything they can, and there will be customers there who demand it to be so.

How many years will it take before people can come to terms with the embarrassing and scandalous reality that much of what posed as Science last year was made up on the fly and turns out to be wholly false?

Source: AIER

  1. ken says

    Ya don’t say…

    Now if we could just wipe out the myth of the first lie,,, the covid virus. You get your life back, they lose their control and maybe GO TO JAIL or better, a necktie party!

    1. Mark says

      Never happen. The way The Loop works where I live is like this; the Public Health folks get together with the media. The media writes stories that terrify the shit out of the old people. The old people write to the Letters To The Editor page and beg the Public Health Authorities to impose tighter restrictions. The Public Health Authorities reluctantly comply, citing ‘public pressure’.

      Here’s our own Doctor Bonnie – revered as a saint by the old people – admitting candidly that there is no science at all behind the number of people allowed to get together in ‘a gathering’.

      And here she is claiming that there is no reason for children to wear masks in schools.

      British Columbia has been under a masks-in-all-indoor-public-spaces mandate since mid-November last year.

      Note the first paragraph. Saint Bonnie ‘reluctantly’ endorsed a mask mandate due to public pressure, ‘following months of calls for such a mandate.’

      We have been lied to non-stop by public health since whatever this is took off. There was never any science behind wearing non-medical cloth masks to prevent infection by an airborne virus, and all that my-mask-protects-you-your-mask-protects-me guff was just reassuring blather to get everyone to wear a virtue-signaler, and as a visual cue for who was a non-compliant troublemaker. Supposedly medical researchers went over the Diamond Princess a month or so after everyone left, and found virus on surfaces after all that time – this fed the terror that contaminated surfaces give you COVID. Face it – most people today are so dumbed-down and ignorant that they will believe anything; there are frequent occasions when I have to abandon conversations with people I like and respect because I can see they are getting emotional about my dismissal of what they assess to be a great danger, and change the subject because we can’t talk about it any longer.

      Once and for all: medical operating teams wear face masks – N-95’s or higher – to guard against bacterial contamination of open wounds or surgery – not to guard against giving the patient a virus or catching one from the patient. Bacterial particles are 3 to 5 times bigger than viral aerosols. No study has ever concluded that face masks – not even the high-end surgical ones – make any difference at all against airborne viral aerosols. All that stuff about ‘droplets’ is provably incorrect, and randomized trials have found no significant difference between groups that are masked and groups that are not in a viral environment; any differences are within the statistical margin of error.

      It occurs to me that the media has seized on ‘the jab’ to describe administration of the vaccines for reasons other than it is trendy and cool because the British say it. It’s because it is manifestly incorrect to call it a ‘vaccine’ or ‘immunization’ or ‘inoculation’. All those are meant to instill immunity, and the wonder-vaccines do not. The company literature is clear on that. You can still catch COVID, still transmit it after ‘vaccination’, and all it does is mitigate your symptoms. It is neither a vaccine nor immunization.

  2. ian says

    When all this sanitizing BS started I asked people why they were dong it. The most common response, looking at me like I was crazy for asking, was “To kill the virus”. They looked at me as if I was even more crazy when I told them to look at any basic biology textbook, or even Google it – a virus is a dead bit of genetic material and can’t be killed! Just another aspect of the Scamdemic supported by general ignorance—.

  3. Ron says

    Hand sanitizer, which is meant to kill bacteria, cannot kill a virus because the two are different.

    These cov-idiots don’t realize our bodies are made up of bacteria and are essential to life. These cleaning products DO NOT pick and choose what bacteria it kills…all (good/bad) are targeted. The cleaning frenzy is killing ALL slowly….

    The morons out there are many and “really” need to be culled otherwise the rational human being will die and become extinct.

  4. qu0vad1s says

    This is the religion of “scientism” at work with its chief priests like Fauci. Anyone remember years ago when Hilary Clinton proposed that teachers should have at least a high school diploma and the uproar that followed? The inability to think independently or question has been carefully cultivated over decades to ensure that this nice little game they’ve got going doesn’t get disturbed and they can continue to bleed their tax slaves while throwing them some bread crumbs of what purports to be democracy. 

  5. XSFRGR says

    Regarding the last paragraph of the article: Considering that the attention span of the average American is proven to be less that 2 months this will all be forgotten by the end of the summer.

  6. Jenna_H says

    Who want sex?

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