The Definition of a Pandemic & Misuse of Emergency Powers to call Healthy People a 'case' of disease

On 11th March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a global public health emergency based on a definition of a ‘pandemic’ that had been changed in May 2009. This new definition removed the necessity to show the severity of the disease to the population in all countries.

The original definition that had been used for many decades included the need for a new virus to be causing “enormous numbers of deaths and illnesses worldwide” before a pandemic could be declared. However, in 2009 this phrase was removed and replaced with “an increase in ‘cases’ of a disease” [1].

This is significant because ‘cases’ of infectious diseases after 1950 did not indicate the risk of a disease to the population [2].

The improvements in public health infrastructure and nutrition by 1950 resulted in 99% of cases of infectious diseases being mild or asymptomatic (sub-clinical infections). These cases are not serious, and the infection results in long-term immunity for the individual. This resulted in the herd immunity that controlled these diseases by 1950 in all developed countries. If the WHO had not changed the definition in 2009 to be based solely on cases of disease, they could never have declared a global public health emergency for a flu-like illness in March 2020.

Here are the two definitions:

For Decades Prior to May 2009:

“An influenza pandemic may occur when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity resulting in epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of deaths and illness”.

After May 2009:

“An epidemic occurs when there are more cases of that disease than normal. A pandemic is a worldwide epidemic of a disease….”

Whilst the definition also stipulates that this should be “a virus to which the human population has no immunity”, the important point is that there must be real data (not predictive modeling) showing that the virus is a serious risk to human health in all countries. There was no real data from Australia or many other countries to support this claim of a global pandemic in March 2020.

This change to the definition allowed governments to obtain extra cases of ‘disease’ by funding hospitals to screen the healthy population. This was done with a PCR test that cannot diagnose disease or risk, and people are being classified as a ‘case’ of disease if they test positive to this PCR test – even if they do not have any symptoms.

The WHO stated in January 2021 that this PCR test is known to produce 100% false positives if it is used at a cycle threshold (CT) above 35 cycles. There is also a high rate of false positives under 35 cycles. Further, even if the PCR test could accurately identify the Coronavirus 2019 strain, its presence would not indicate that you are a risk for COVID19 disease. There are many outcomes from exposure to a virus – no disease, mild disease or serious disease.

In 2020-21 the Australian government is using this test at a CT of 40-45 cycles. So, the number of cases of this new disease called COVID19, can be reduced simply by:

  1. Stopping the screening of healthy people with a PCR test that does not diagnose COVID19 disease and

  2. Using the PCR test at a CT below 25 cycles for people who do have flu-like symptoms.

  3. Stop diagnosing COVID19 disease on death certificates using ‘Suspected COVID19’ as a criterium. Diagnosis of COVID19 disease should only occur after a systematic analysis of the cause of the ‘flu-like illness’. For example, identify any other of the hundred viruses/bacteria/medications that cause flu-like illness (H1N1, rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, flu vaccine or pneumonia bacteria etc) to see if they are also present.

It is now documented that the deaths to this new Coronavirus 2019 strain were within the range of a normal flu year in every country, and as coronaviruses cause the common cold, it would be expected that we would have some immunity to this new mutation in 2020.

There has been no global pandemic based on the scientific definition of a 'pandemic' that indicates the severity of a virus in the human population and there has been no real data to suggest that Australians would be at serious risk from this new Coronavirus 2019 under our conditions and healthcare system.

Question: Why is the Australian government continuing to claim that there is a national public health emergency when this claim was based on a change in the definition of a pandemic and the ‘cases’ of this flu-like illness are healthy people who do not have any symptoms and who do not get hospitalised?

For further information about how the medical profession can create the appearance of an increase in a disease through increased surveillance of the population here is my article titled ‘A New Strain of Influenza or a Change in Surveillance?’ written in 2009 to describe the false swine-flu pandemic.

Further information regarding how the WHO has created the appearance of a ‘global pandemic’ in 2020 can be found in the full article - The Flawed Definition of a Pandemic and how an Appearance of a Global Pandemic has been Created in the Media


  1. Flynn P. 2010. The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency needed. Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe. Social Health and Family affairs committee. United Kingdom.

  2. Burnet FM. 1952. The Pattern of Disease in Childhood. Australasian Annals of Medicine. 1: 2: pp93-107

  3. Wilyman J. 2009. A new strain of influenza or a change in surveillance?Australasian College of Environmental and Nutritional Medicine (ACNEM). Vol 28, No 4, Dec 2009.

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