by Michael Bryant
The official Covid-19 narrative depicted a strange suddenly-super-spreading, deadlier-than-flu virus hailing from China that landed in Northern Italy.
Dramatic media reports emerging from Northern Italy were hammered into and onto the Western psyche giving the impression there was a mysterious "super spreading" and "super lethal" novel virus galloping across the region infecting and killing scores of people.
Harrowing reports out of Bergamo, a city in the alpine Lombardy region of Northern Italy, spoke of coffins stacked high, "Covid-related deaths growing relentlessly" and the alarming need for military assistance to remove the grim volume of dead bodies piling up.
In early March 2020 hospitals in Northern Italy were reporting a "tsunami of deaths" due to the Covid crisis and overcrowded conditions due to "fighting the coronavirus outbreak", which were pushing hospitals and staff to the breaking point as doctors were "taking the dead from morning until night."
Using the entire machinery of the state, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte began issuing a rolling set of government decrees culminating in,
Three years later a comprehensive evaluation of the story about the alleged Italian medical emergency in Spring 2020, reveals a,
A multitude of questions and inconsistencies surrounding the Italian story soon surfaced.
Ascribing this strange set of convergent circumstances to a viral event strained credulity.
A brief timeline of the series of events as they unfolded in Northern Italy in Spring 2020:
While such a chronology can serve to refresh our memory and provide a coherent understanding of the sequence of events, it is not a substitute for real history.
As they say... the devil is in the details...
The details in Northern Italy start with massive pollution problems and the accompanying long-standing chronic health conditions which have afflicted the region for years.
Pollution and Chronic Illness
Everyday life in the Lombardy region is bedeviled with dangerous living conditions and health challenges - numerous acute health problems facing an aging population have been documented for a long period of time.
The Lancet Planetary Health report from January 2021 estimated death rates associated with fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide pollution in 1000 European cities.
These locations correspond precisely with the highest incidents of upper respiratory infections occurring in Northern Italy as reported in the official 'pandemic' narrative.
Ongoing and accelerating "epidemics" of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, (a severe and progressive lung disease), interstitial lung disease and high rates of bronchial and lung cancer were signature epidemiological features of Northern Italy long before an alleged virus ventured onto the scene.
In the Lombardy region there is also an ongoing asbestos problem from occupational asbestos exposure in the 1960s and 1970s.
A further study,
This study described a nearly fourfold increase in flu mortality during the covered time period.
By the 2016/17 season the totals skyrocketed to 24,981 excess deaths attributable to flu epidemics.
Adding to the ongoing problems of air pollution, residents in the Po River Valley are plagued by high levels of industrial livestock runoff in rivers and tributaries.
Throughout Italy issues with poisoned soil caused by past and present industrial activities and accidents have beset the land and its people.
In 1976 Seveso, Italy experienced "one of the worst industrial accidents in the past century.
The Seveso disaster occurred in a chemical manufacturing plant 12 miles north of Milan in the Lombardy region of Italy.
in the highest known exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-
Dioxin is a known cancer-causing agent and many people who were living in and around Seveso at the time would be at increased risk of cancers later in life. Someone who turned 20 years of age in 1976 would now be in their 60's during the Covid Era.
Austerity Measures and Health Infrastructure
Compounding the abysmal environmental conditions facing the people of Northern Italy are austerity measures of the past two decades which have decimated Italian public services, severely decreasing health care resources.
Examining the state of the hospitals in northern Italy, long before the "'pandemic'", a pattern starts to emerge.
A 2019 review on the current state of Italian hospitals, "Health & Hospitals in Italy. 17th Annual Report", noted a,
The charged atmosphere and resulting firestorm created by a trumpeted "viral invasion" brutally exposed the effects of 20 years of cuts to the national health care system.
A 2013 Oxfam report on the impacts of austerity measures, "THE TRUE COST OF AUSTERITY AND INEQUALITY Italy Case Study" highlighted the decline in Italian health services.
The report noted that in 2000, Italy was 2nd in the world for health coverage.
The reports cited that by 2011, due to yearly declines in health spending,
Further cuts magnified an already volatile situation.
Over the period 2010-19, the Italian National Healthcare Service suffered financial cuts of more than €37 billion as it experienced a progressive privatization of health-care services.
Government spending on healthcare, decreasing for years, spiraled down to a rate below what the WHO considered capable of offering basic health care.
These comprehensive cuts also had severe effects on the healthcare workforce and available hospital beds and equipment, effectively hampering the ability of care facilities to effectively treat patients.
The period from 2009 to 2017 saw 5.2 percent of healthcare staff cut. In the last 10 years, 70,000 beds were lost. In acute medical units bed availability dropped from 922 per 100,000 inhabitants in 1980 to 262 per 100,000.
Data from 2020 show a total of 5,179 beds in intensive care units (approx. 8.9 beds per 100,000) for all of Italy, a population of just over 60 million in 2020.
At regular operational level in 2020 the 74 Lombardy hospitals, servicing a population of 10 million, had approximately 720 ICU beds, with up to 90% of them usually occupied in the winter.
By March 10, 2020 there were 877 people hospitalized in ICUs, units in Lombardy were saturated and requests to transfer patients to other regions were prevalent.
The net effect of these radical cuts to hospital infrastructure and services in the context of the Covid hysteria were predictable:
The roaring silence from the media on these inconvenient facts kept the public in the dark on the realities of the crumbling Italian health care system.
Only "the virus"...
In light of this data, it is no surprise that individuals with routine and mostly reversible seasonal respiratory infections once admitted to hospitals might not be treated appropriately or successfully.
Iatrogenic deaths/hospital protocols
In Spring 2020 Italian health officials introduced unprecedented health protocols specifically for Covid.
These new protocols, including early intubation and accompanying sedation, were deemed necessary to protect doctors and nurses at a time when the viral load of the alleged lethal pathogen was purportedly lower.
Were these new protocols appropriate for treating upper respiratory problems?
Mechanical ventilators, that push oxygen into patients whose lungs are failing, quickly became the accepted go-to practice throughout the Italian hospital system.
Employing ventilators involves sedating the patient and placing a tube into the throat.
Drugs such as midazolam, morphine sulfate and propofol are used in accompaniment with this procedure; drugs that come with contra-indications and warnings of side effects including respiratory depression and respiratory arrest.
During the initial wave of hysteria in March 2020 the Italian government requested and received an emergency procurement of midazolam from Germany as their hospitals,
The Italian Civil Protection undertook a fast-track public procurement to secure 3800 additional respiratory ventilators.
As early as April 2020 the reliance on mechanical ventilation came under fire from Italian experts.
Luciano Gattinoni, a world-renowned Italian intensive care specialist suggested that,
Marco Garrone, an emergency doctor at the Mauriziano Hospital in Turin, Italy remarked,
Even as some health officials pushed to get more ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, some doctors were moving away from using them.
Questions surrounding actual causes of "Covid deaths" of the frail and elderly placed on ventilators began to surface for the simple reason that doctors were noticing unusually high death rates for coronavirus patients on ventilators.
Emergency Measures and Lockdown Impacts on population
The Italian government, public health officials and regional doctors proclaiming a "novel virus" had landed in Northern Italy, insisted that emergency preparations be activated to prepare for this "massive" increase in Covid-19 patients.
That these forecasts were speculations, using linear model forecasts, coming from doctors with conflicts of interest was of little interest to reporters.
A progressive set of restrictive decrees, including lockdowns of villages and cities, were swiftly implemented. These directives served to further terrify and disorient an already panicked populace.
Citizens were told to stay home and were banned from entering certain areas; fines were levied for those who transgressed. Most shops and businesses were ordered to shut down.
Residents described the abandoned streets as surreal and "fearful."
Farm owner Rosanna Ferrari said,
Angelo Caperdoni, the mayor of Somaglia, described the alarming situation,
Franco Stefanoni, the mayor of Fombio, also under lockdown, described the harried scene in military terms as he noted the town's two mini-markets had been "besieged", as,
Former president of Italy's higher health council, Roberta Siliquini, provided a more reasonable explanation for the excitement:
Cooler heads advising calm were systematically buried beneath a barrage of draconian government edicts, manufactured hype from vested interests and the sustained onslaught of media agitation and deceptive reporting.
Mainstream news outlets and social media channels kicked into high gear warning of "waves of death" cutting across Northern Italy from a rampaging virus which was creating overcrowded emergency rooms and requiring convoys of army vehicles to transport corpses.
Television images of stacked coffins in Bergamo were catapulted across the airwaves and reported in lockstep, terrifying the Italian populace and much of the world.
A detailed inspection of these reports revealed that the media fear mongering fastidiously avoided all reasonable explanations when not outright lying.
The media kept silent on the fact that as recently as 2018 hospitals in Milan were overrun with viral lung infections.
Due to the aforementioned pollution problems, decimated health infrastructure and aging population, overrun hospitals have become a seasonal feature of the national profile of Italy over the last few decades.
Mainstream news also refrained from mentioning the reality of hospital worker shortages and the reasons for this.
Due to panic-mongering and the government edict of border closures the Eastern European workforce of nurses, who comprise a large portion of the labor force in Italian health care, quickly fled the country leaving the hospitals and care centers with skeleton crews.
This resulted in sudden abandonment of the fragile elderly and the disabled by those who normally attend to them leading to an avalanche of deleterious consequences as many of the abandoned elderly from care homes were shipped to already overstretched hospitals.
This vicious cycle of worker shortages in care homes leading to runs on short-staffed hospitals led to complete collapse of care for the elderly and the disabled adding to the chaos in hospital systems in regions where harsh government policies were enacted.
Covid Case Creation
If deemed a "positive case" this activated the deployment of deadly hospital protocols - yet another vicious cycle of medical malfeasance which ensured the proper dosage of fear would continue.
Though it was noted as early as March 2020 that there were major problems with PCR as a diagnostic tool, the media, and general public, accepted at face value the validity of this technique as a diagnostic method.
High cycle thresholds were one of the problems cited. This created absurd numbers, as high as 97%, of "false positives",
Even earlier, in February of 2020, test reads from PCR results in Italy were called into question, as they were using a single SARS-CoV-2 target gene as clinical proof of a "positive" test.
Italian Nobel Prize Candidate Dr Stefan Scoglio, in noting this scientific fraud stated:
The misuse of PCR led to the confounding issue of whether people in the Italian hospitals were actually dying from "Covid" or from the effects of mass social breakdown and then being mislabeled as a "Covid death" as determined by this fraudulent process...
Manufacturing Covid Deaths
The answer to that question is found in later reports which made clear that nearly all of the "Covid deaths" were not in fact caused by a viral pathogen:
A March 17, 2020 report from the Italian Institute of Health (ISS) noted that,
One week later, as reported in a March 23,2020 article in the UK Telegraph, professor Walter Ricciardi, scientific adviser to Italy's minister of health remarked:
Ricciardi was citing a March 20, 2020 follow-up report from the ISS (in English here) and either misread the actual figures in the report or was misquoted.
While 12% having zero comorbidities indicated a gross exaggeration of the impacts of "Covid", the accurate figure in the report was 1.2% meaning 98.8% of the listed "Covid deaths" had pre-existing chronic conditions.
By the early summer of 2020 even the mainstream press admitted that virtually all Covid fatalities from Italy suffered from previous chronic conditions.
It is a well established fact that Italy labeled anyone who died with a "confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection", confirmed via a dubious PCR result regardless of the real causes of death, as a victim of "Covid-19."
At the same time according to Istat (National Institute of Statistics) there was a general increase in mortality from all causes from March 1 to April 4, 2020 compared with the average for the same period in 2015-2019.
Bergamo sat at the top in the growth of mortality among municipalities with a staggering 382.8% increase in deaths.
This mortality increase resulted not from a host of causes associated with alleged SARS-CoV-2 infection but from multiple other factors.
Canceled cancer screenings, delayed treatments, reluctance to call ambulance services in the event of an accident or emergency became commonplace in the midst of the Corona hysteria allowing conditions to worsen beyond possible treatment.
Delayed medical care is known to increase morbidity and mortality associated with both chronic and acute health conditions.
A mere two day delay in seeking treatment of a myocardial infarction can turn a simple and treatable condition into a dangerous and life threatening defect.
Research by the Italian Society of Cardiology established that heart attack mortality more than tripled during the Covid emergency as patients fearing infection stayed away from the hospital.
Ciro Indolfi, Professor of Cardiology at the Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro, noted that,
Reports of exaggerated and manipulated "deaths from Covid" were kept far from public view and certainly no match for stories of military trucks hauling away human carcasses and images of piled up coffins in Bergamo that were burned into people's brains.
Always and only "the virus"...!
The Lies of Bergamo
The now infamous Bergamo image of three long rows of lined up coffins spread like wildfire and shocked the world without any investigation of the veracity of the photos by the duplicitous media hyenas who instead fanatically fanned the Covid flames at every turn.
Responsible reporting would have authenticated that the photo in question was taken in a hangar at Lampedusa Airport back on October 5, 2013...
The coffins in that photo were filled with corpses of African migrants who perished in a shipwreck, the body count was an estimated 360 deaths, off the coast of Lampedusa, an Italian island off the coast of Tunisia.
The need for trucks to haul away corpses, which the media repeated elsewhere, was readily explained by a combination of congruent factors. The dead were being removed by the military as funeral directors fearing "the killer virus" refused to pick up the bodies as they would during normal times.
This unprecedented move, for an overwhelmingly Catholic country that normally relied on ritual burial, was put into effect in early March.
The danger of a "highly transmissible and deadly new disease" now firmly etched into the psyche of Italian citizens added to the frenzied situation.
Families who would normally follow the Catholic practice of burial were opting for cremation of the deceased in unprecedented numbers for fear of catching the disease from the dead.
In the north of Italy there was a 50% increase in requests for cremation which quickly overwhelmed the few small crematoria that did exist in Italy.
A Regional Curiosity
Interestingly not all of Italy was hit by the purportedly "super-spreading" virus.
The epicenter of the Covid virus was reportedly located in the Lombardy region.
The localized Lombardy crisis, portrayed to the world as the "Italian" zombie apocalypse, appeared not in the streets, shops or homes in Lombardy, but solely in hospitals and care homes situated in urban centers.
How did the alleged deadly pathogen bypass Central and Southern Italy which have similar demographics?
Data from March 26, 2020 confirms "the virus" did not migrate South honoring jurisdictional boundaries. Four regions in Northern Italy accounted for 89 percent of all Covid "cases."
This pattern would remain the same even as an onslaught of testing was rolled out across the country.
One theory that surfaced suggested that since Lombardy has a high number of Chinese workers in the garment industry the "virus" was brought to Italy by Chinese migrant workers and spread through the region.
This hypothesis fell apart when it was noted that,
A significant difference in the social structures between North and South Italy entails most elderly in the South living with or very near to their children.
This tradition of extended familial support is known to create conditions conducive to well-being and security.
Per capita there are more long term care facilities (LTCF's) in the north of Italy with many more residents living in these precarious conditions.
With what we now know it is reasonable to conclude that for a large number of individuals in the north residing in LTCF's, where conditions are often unhygienic, the nutrition is poor and the care is often negligent, a perfect storm for wholesale death was created.
The subsequent mass departure of overburdened and terrified staff and creation of mass anxiety within a disabled, fragile and abandoned populace virtually guaranteed a mass death event in this sector of the Northern Italian populace.
Critical thinking 101 informs us that with 50 percent of the "Covid deaths" in Italy occurring among nursing home residents and the average age of "Covid death" being at or above normal life expectancy, this was decidedly not an issue of "Covid deaths" per se but an issue of social conditions.
Terrorizing and isolating elderly people living in care homes, denying them visits from relatives and reducing or eliminating in-person visits from health and social carers combined with any respiratory illness could, and does, sweep through any unsanitary nursing home and wipe out a significant number of the frail.
There was no need to invent a new contagion to explain why people were dying.
The social contagion of government mandates and the media hysteria from social networks became a disease more dangerous than any alleged biological contagion.
But the machinery of the state can conveniently sweep these factors under the rug by curating the swirling madness of "The Virus"...
To suggest that there was no aberrant viral event in N Italy in Spring 2020 and theorize that Italy was chosen as the launching pad for the Covid Operation, as the evidence indicates, we have to ask,
In order to launch the shock-and-awe phase of the Covid Operation into the Western world it was necessary to create the illusion of a viral invasion.
To conjure a post-modern Potemkin plague and the perceived need for shutting down a country's social and economic order, Italy possessed all the ready-made ingredients.
With its already soaring rates of interstitial pneumonia, panoply of pollution induced upper respiratory problems and high cancer rates, Northern Italy needed only a tiny flame to ignite a wildfire of fatalities.
That spark came in the form of media generated hysteria, lockdown orders and deadly hospital protocols.
Italy also had the motivation which becomes apparent once you understand the Covid story through the lens of money, power, control, and wealth transfer.
A financially bankrupt country with a financial sector desperate for bailouts and a command structure run by central bankers made for a willing and compliant government.
For reasons unrelated to the poor health of its citizens Italy has been dubbed "the sick man in Europe" for the past decade by the EU financial sector.
Like much of Europe the Italian government was facing extreme economic pressures in 2019.
By May 2019 Italy's financial crisis was said to be,
The predicted tsunami of financial collapse" staring European Central Bankers in the face came to a head in 2019.
European commissioner for economy, Paolo Gentiloni, warned,
All chatter about the financial industry bankrupting the nation by looting public funds, politicians destroying public services at the behest of large investors and the depredations of the casino economy were washed away with the fresh telling of a crisis sparked by the 'outbreak of Covid-19.'
Predators who saw their financial empires coming apart at the seams resolved to shut down society and loot the world in an attempt to salvage their crumbling financial empires.
In order not to solve the problems they created these financial predators needed a cover story.
A cover story big enough to disguise the countless financial crimes they committed and suppress the social problems they created.
Ultimately the European Central Bank (ECB) agreed to a €1.31 trillion ($1.46 trillion) bailout of European banks followed up by the EU agreeing to a €750 billion recovery fund for European states and corporations.
This fat package of "long-term, ultra-cheap credit to hundreds of banks" was sold to the public as a necessary and benevolent program to cushion the impact of the coronavirus 'pandemic' on businesses and workers.
As part of the EU recovery plan the €750 billion was divided in two parts.
Europe's 'sick man' received a much needed infusion... strings attached...
Three years later the indispensable truth of the Italian story is once you scratch beneath the surface of the official narrative of the Covid 'pandemic' it turns out to be,
Any excess deaths in Spring 2020 in Northern Italy were an artifact of,
These iatrogenic deaths of fragile people were the result of the social order and public health despotism and then used to give the impression that there was "a deadly virus" circulating.
The only 'pandemic' was one of violent government and biomedical assault against people.
The evidence from Italy in 2020 exposes the official "Covid" narrative for what it is:
There was no 'pandemic'...!