“Full Measure” host Cheryl Atkison traveled to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to see how the Amish community operates the Covid-1 hand without electricity or television.
Atkinson reports that “there is no evidence of more deaths in the Amish than in places that have been tightly closed. Some claim that there were fewer. It was without a mask, at home or without a vaccine.”
“Oh, we’re glad all the English got their covid vaccine. That’s great,” said one man. “Because now we don’t have to wear masks, we can do whatever we want. It’s good for you. Thank you. We appreciate it. We? No, we’re not getting vaccinated. Of course not Kovid, so why would you get a vaccine?”
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Thousands of families live apart from modern America.
The Amish are a group of Christians who emphasize virtue on earth. They usually do not drive, use electricity or turn on the TV. And during the outbreak of the Covid-1 outbreak, they became the subject of a huge social and medical examination.
Sheryl: So, is it safe to say that there was a completely different approach here in this community when the coronavirus spread than in many other places?
Calvin Lap: Absolutely.
Calvin Lap Amish Menonite.
Lap: Three things the Amish don’t like. And it’s the government – they won’t get involved in government, they don’t like the public education system – they won’t send their children to education, and they don’t like the health system either. They tore us apart. These are the three things we think we are fighting against all the time. Well, these three things are part of Kovid.
After a brief shutdown last year, the Amish chose a unique path that caused the Covid-1 war to explode at a rapid pace. It started with an important religious holiday in May.
Lap: When they socialize, they throw their wine into a cup and they take turns drinking from that cup. So, you go down the whole path, and everyone drinks from that cup, if one person has coronavirus, the rest of the church is going to get coronavirus. The first time they went back to church, everyone got coronavirus.
Lap says they weren’t denying the coronavirus, they were facing it.
Lap: Quitting work is worse than dying. Working is more important than death. But to stop and say that we can’t go to church, we can’t get together with family, we can’t see our elderly in the hospital, we have to quit our jobs? This is contrary to everything we believe. You’re completely changing our culture as if they’re trying to behave the way they wanted us to last year, and we’re not going to do that.
Steve Knolt is a scholar of Amish and Mennonite culture and Mennonite himself. He is studying Amish news publications to analyze community-based trends.
Sheryl: So, are you saying that by May 2020, some things in the Amish community have returned to normal?
Steve Nolt: In most cases, yes, in mid-May, it’s like a normal behavior again.
This means avoiding the hospital.
Nolt: I know of some cases where the Amish people refused to go to the hospital, even when they were very sick, because if they went there they would not be able to take visitors. And having the ability to have some people around you was more important than getting sick, even being very sick at home and going to the hospital and being isolated.
Then, last March, great news. Lancaster County Amish has been reported as the first community to achieve “group immunity”, meaning that a large portion of the population became infected with Covid-1 and became resistant to the disease.
Some are externally skeptical, and hard to come by hard evidence.
Nolt: Even those who believed they had covid showed a tendency not to experiment. Their attitude was, “I’m sick. I know I’m sick. No one else will tell me I’m sick.” So, we don’t have that test number.
Lap: We didn’t want the numbers to increase, because then they would shut things down even more. What are the benefits of testing?
One thing is clear: there is no evidence of more deaths in the Amish than in the places that have been closed – some people claim less here. This is without masking, staying at home or other important steps.
Sheryl: Did most of the community, at least adults, get the Covid-1 vaccine?
Nolt: Again, we don’t have data on that, but I think it’s fairly clear that in terms of percentages, it’s relatively small.
Lap: Oh, we’re glad all the English got their covid vaccine. Great. Because now we don’t have to wear masks, we can do whatever we want. Very good for you Thanks. We applaud it. Us? No, we are not getting the vaccine. Of course not. We all got covid, so why would you get a vaccine?
By staying open, the Amish here have a real 2020 achievement that a few others can claim.
Lap: We have this trick: When everyone else starts walking, we start running. Last year we made more money than ever before. It was our best year ever.
Did the Amish really find a magic formula? They say yes. And they don’t care who doubts.
Lap: Yes, all Amish know we have immunity to sail. Of course we got immunity to sail! The whole church is infected with the coronavirus. We know we are infected with coronavirus. We think we are smarter than everyone else. We should not brag, but we think we did the right thing.
Sheryl (on-camera): Knolt, Scholar, is publishing a research paper on Amish social response to government orders and Covid-1 to.