Elon Musk Had the Pandemic Right From the Very Beginning

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n May 2020, Elon Musk appeared on Joe Rogan’s show to discuss his new baby, Warren Buffett, and coronavirus lockdowns.

Musk, an early opponent of lockdowns, said the way COVID cases, hospitalization, and deaths were being tracked was highly problematic. He began by pointing out governments were counting some people who never were diagnosed with COVID as COVID cases, before making a claim that even Joe Rogan found too hard to believe.

MUSK: If somebody dies, was COVID a primary cause of the death or not? I mean, if somebody has COVID, gets eaten by a shark, we find their arm, their arm has Covid, it’s going to get recorded as a Covid death.

ROGAN: Is that real?

MUSK: Basically.

ROGAN: Not that bad, but heart attacks, strokes (cross talk) … Cancer.

MUSK: If you get hit by a bus, go to the hospital and die, and they find that you have COVID, you will be recorded as a COVID death.

Rogan: Why would they do that though?

Why is an important question, but first it must be asked—Was what Musk said actually true?

As difficult as it may be to believe, the answer is yes. From the beginning of the pandemic, there has been no real effort to distinguish between dying from COVID and dying with COVID.

Sometimes public health officials made this crystal clear.

“If you died of a clear alternate cause, but you had Covid at the same time, it’s still listed as a Covid death,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of Illinois’s Department of Public Health, explained to reporters in an April 2020 press conference.

In a May 2021 CNN interview, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gave a similar definition while discussing 223 fatal vaccine breakthrough cases, noting that “many hospitals are screening people for COVID when they come in,” and not all of these victims “actually died of COVID.”

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