Pre-Existing Conditions

Some Pre-Existing Conditions are missing from the mainstream narrative.

The Italian Experience
In Italy Pre-Existing Conditions are making COVID-19 especially lethal.

More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.

99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says
Tommaso Ebhardt, Chiara Remondini, and Marco Bertacche
Bloomberg – 18 March 2020

Lombardy and Piedmont contain “important clusters” of silicosis.


The Iranian Experience
In Iran Pre-Existing Conditions are also making COVID-19 especially lethal.

During the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections on 19 February 2020 in Qom.

As of 21 March 2020, according to Iranian health authorities, there had been 1,556 COVID-19 deaths in Iran with more than 20,610 confirmed infections.

As of 23 March 2020, Iran has the fourth highest number of COVID-19 deaths after China, Italy and Spain, the highest in Western Asia and the sixth-highest number of SARS-CoV-2 cases in the world.

In Iran many Pre-Existing Conditions are associated with the use of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War between 1980 and 1988.

However, the Iranian population is the world’s most lung-weakest.

Almost all men over the age of sixty suffer from the after-effects of the US combat gases used by the Iraqi army during the First Gulf War (1980-88), as did the Germans and the French after the First World War.

Any traveller to Iran has been struck by the number of serious lung ailments.

When air pollution in Tehran increased beyond what they could bear, schools and government offices were closed and half of the families moved to the countryside with their grandparents.

This has been happening several times a year for thirty-five years and seems normal.

The government and parliament are almost exclusively composed of veterans of the Iraq-Iran war, that is, people who are extremely fragile in relation to Covid-19.

So when these groups were infected, many personalities developed the disease.

Covid-19: Propaganda and Manipulation
Thierry Meyssan – Translation: Pete Kimberley
Voltaire Network – 21 March 2020

Iranian Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi [born 1966], who has been briefing journalists on the country’s battle with the coronavirus, has tested positive for the disease, according to a health ministry adviser.

Middle East Eye – MEE and agencies – 25 February 2020

The Iran–Iraq War began on 22 September 1980, when Iraq invaded Iran, and it ended on 20 August 1988, when Iran accepted the UN-brokered ceasefire.

The conflict has been compared to World War I in terms of the tactics used, including large-scale trench warfare with barbed wire stretched across fortified defensive lines, manned machine gun posts, bayonet charges, Iranian human wave attacks, extensive use of chemical weapons by Iraq, and, later, deliberate attacks on civilian targets.

In a declassified 1991 report, the CIA estimated that Iran had suffered more than 50,000 casualties from Iraq’s use of several chemical weapons, though current estimates are more than 100,000 as the long-term effects continue to cause casualties.

The official CIA estimate did not include the civilian population contaminated in bordering towns or the children and relatives of veterans, many of whom have developed blood, lung and skin complications, according to the Organization for Veterans of Iran.’s_use_of_chemical_weapons

Iraq chemical attacks against Iran refers to chemical attacks used by the Iraqi armed forces against Iranian combatants and non-combatants.

The Iraqi armed forces employed chemical weapons against combatants and non-combatants in border cities and villages and more than 30 attacks against Iranian civilians were reported.

There were chemical attacks against some medical centers and hospitals by the Iraqi army.

According to a 2002 article in the Star-Ledger, 20,000 Iranian combatants and combat medics were killed on the spot by nerve gas.

As of 2002, 5,000 of the 80,000 survivors continue to seek regular medical treatment, while 1,000 are hospital inpatients.

According to the Geneva Protocol, chemical attacks were banned, but in practice, to prevent an Iranian victory, the United States supported the Iraqi army in their use of chemical weapons.

The Kurdish peshmerga guerrillas, supported by Iran, captured Halabja in the final phase of the Iran–Iraq War.

At 11:00 AM, On March 16, 1988, after two days of conventional artillery attacks, Iraqi planes dropped gas canisters on the town.

The town and surrounding district were attacked with bombs, artillery fire and chemical weapons, the last of which proved most devastating.

At least 5,000 people died as an immediate result of the chemical attack and it is estimated that a further 7,000 people were injured or suffered long term illness.

Most of the victims of the attack on the town of Halabja were Kurdish civilians.

The experts don’t like these two Pre-Existing Conditions because it’s far more rewarding to blame the individual and their “past smoking behaviour”.

The “carcinogenic” effects of mustard gas slowly became apparent after the end of the First World War as the average number of male deaths per year from lung cancer rose from 146 to 3,090 during the period 1919 to 1945 – a total of 35,312 male deaths from lung cancer during this period.


The higher rates of lung cancer observed in “men born around the turn of the century” has been attributed to their “past smoking behaviour” by the experts.


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7 Responses to Pre-Existing Conditions

  1. Sheila Hendry says:

    Today’s headlines: ” Coronavirus deaths in Gwent (South Wales) ‘mirror those in Italy’ as huge spike in numbers make Welsh region UK’s worst hotspot after London “.

    So you were correct about Silicosis being a pre-existing condition.

    Have a look at Lancet/scientific papers on ” silicosis in south wales ” and you find the following subjects.

    “Industrial pulmonary fibrosis with special reference to silicosis …”

    “The incidence of silicosis continues to be serious, and in Wales occurs chiefly in the coalfields of South Wales ….”

    ” Chronic pulmonary disease in South Wales coal mines: ”

    ” the medical side silicosis in South Wales miners presented certain’ common features, namely gross lesions of the lungs….”


  2. malagabay says:

    Thank you very much for the update.

  3. Sheila Hendry says:

    Covid-19 is very high in Australia…again in seems to be the mining areas that are worst affected….

    ” Mine dust lung diseases in New South Wales ”

    ” Queensland: silicosis. The lung disease is caused by high levels of exposure to silica dust, which the union says could pose a greater workplace hazard than coal dust”

    ” Australia: Silicosis may pose a threat bigger than black lung disease …”


  4. Sheila Hendry says:

    Meanwhile in Hubei Province….
    “Pneumoconiosis is the most prevalent category of diagnosed occupational disease in Hubei Province, it is not only a public health issue, but also a social and economic issue “.

    Pneumoconiosis – China, India, and Australia
    with maps and graphs etc.

    Click to access Coal-Mine-Dust-Disease-An-International-Perspective.pdf

  5. malagabay says:

    Excellent research. Thank you.
    It’ll be very interesting to see whether this news gains any traction.

    Pneumoconiosis is the general term for a class of interstitial lung diseases where inhalation of dust has caused interstitial fibrosis.

    Pneumoconiosis often causes restrictive impairment, although diagnosable pneumoconiosis can occur without measurable impairment of lung function.

    Depending on extent and severity, it may cause death within months or years, or it may never produce symptoms.

    It is usually an occupational lung disease, typically from years of dust exposure during work in mining; textile milling; shipbuilding, ship repairing, and/or shipbreaking; sandblasting; industrial tasks; rock drilling (subways or building pilings); or agriculture.

    In 2013, it resulted in 260,000 deaths globally, up from 251,000 deaths in 1990.

    Of these deaths, 46,000 were due to silicosis, 24,000 due to asbestosis and 25,000 due to coal workers pneumoconiosis.

    Depending upon the type of dust, the disease is given different names:

    ◦ Coalworker’s pneumoconiosis, miner’s lung, black lung or anthracosis
    ◦ Aluminosis
    ◦ Asbestosis
    ◦ Silicosis, “grinder’s disease”, Potter’s rot
    ◦ Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
    ◦ Bauxite fibrosis
    ◦ Berylliosis – beryllium
    ◦ Siderosis – iron
    ◦ Byssinosis – cotton
    ◦ Silicosiderosis – mixed dust containing silica and iron
    ◦ Labrador lung – mixed dust containing iron, silica and anthophyllite
    ◦ Stannosis – tin oxide
    ◦ Talcosis — talc

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  7. malagabay says:

    Iran is set to hold Friday prayers this week and has re-opened mosques in a handful of towns believed to pose a low risk to public health after about two months of closure.

    Though the reopenings come with rules: Worshippers can spend a maximum of half an hour in mosques and have to wear face masks and gloves.

    Iran’s death toll reached 6,277 on Monday, up from 6,203 a day before.

    Zero Hedge – Tyler Durden 4 May 2020

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