Justin Hart - Gone Viral: How COVID Drove the World Insane

Like most Americans, Justin Hart was minding his own business – a successful data visualization business – when the pandemic snuck up on us in early 2020. Seeing that something was amiss in the reported figures, he felt compelled to start the Rational Ground organization as an “answer to the flood of chaotic COVID-19 misinformation.”

Nearly three years after lockdowns first went into effect, the early days of COVID hysteria are starting to recede into the collective memory for many of us. Some of us have stopped highlighting the government’s insanity and deprivations of our essential liberties (I haven’t done a show on COVID in almost a year). Justin, however, has continued the fight – leveraging his skills as a data guy to continue to expose the bureaucrats and COVID “Karens” for their hysterical overreactions.

Sadly, a kind of mass psychosis still persists in many pockets of the country like academia. College students are still mandated to get vaccinated despite their minimal risk, and many schools are even bringing back mask mandates for any classroom where the teacher wishes to impose them.

Gone Viral takes us through a series of depressing facts, including:

  • The ineffectiveness of lockdowns, which tanked the world economy and caused massive waves of disease in the Third World.
  • The violation of the Hippocratic Oath caused by overly aggressive intubation, often killing the patients for the sake of protecting staff and other patients.
  • The dangers of cloth masks and plexiglass barriers, which provided a false sense of security while actually trapping viral particles and impeding air flow.
  • The devastating effects of school closures on learning outcomes, rates of child abuse, and youth suicides.

The pandemic will not be truly over until we confront these uncomfortable truths and recover our collective sanity. Instead, the response from social media to people like Justin who point out these facts has been to repeatedly ban them.

California is going a step further and attempting to establish a “Health-information police,” which would “empower the Medical Board of California to go after the licenses of physicians who disseminate ‘misinformation’ or ‘disinformation’ regarding Covid-19.”

And how is misinformation defined in AB 2098?

“…[F]alse information that is contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.”

The same scientific consensus that first told us that masks were useless against an aerosolized virus?

And that put patients on ventilators against the Hippocratic Oath?

And that locked down the economy and then later denied ever doing such a thing?

Forgive me if I view the scientific consensus as less than “airtight.”

We can hope that Hart’s book will result in a clarion call – like Reagan’s message to Gorbachev that ended the Cold War, only this time addressed to the CDC to end the insanity once and for all.

We’ve seen how people like Justin, armed with visual data and easily-digestible memes, have moved the needle, but clearly there’s still more work to be done.

Learn the data by reading Justin’s book or tuning into the show of ideas this Sunday, or subscribe to the podcast.