September 21st, 2020 3-5PM ET
Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
The alarming rise of the anti-vaxxers If you passed Trafalgar Square on Saturday, you probably heard it: a 2,000-strong army of former medics, army veterans and breastfeeding mothers chanting “we don’t need no vaccinations” to the tune of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall. The lyrics talk of needing no education and for the 30 or so protesters eventually arrested by riot police, that’s exactly how they saw it. “It’s not a protest, it’s an educational event,” was the message from speaker Kate Shemirani, an ex-NHS nurse recently suspended for spreading false theories about the virus, vaccines and the 5G network. Wearing a St George’s flag face-covering, she addressed a sea of mostly unmasked protesters, some with bloodied heads, others carrying placards calling coronavirus a “scam” and vaccines “poison in a syringe”. Discredited anti-vax doctor Andrew Wakefield (now going out with model Elle Macpherson) made a virtual speech from the US.
UK to fine quarantine-breakers up to $13,000 Britain’s government will fine people who refuse an order to self-isolate up to 10,000 pounds ($13,000) as the country sees a sharp surge in coronavirus infections. The new rule obliges people to self-isolate if they test positive for the coronavirus or are traced as a close contact. The rule comes into effect on Sept. 28. The government will help those on lower incomes who face a loss of earnings as a result of self-isolating with a one-time support payment of $633. The latest figures show that new daily coronavirus cases for Britain have risen to 4,422, the highest since early May. An official estimate also shows that new infections and hospital admissions are doubling every seven to eight days in the U.K. The Conservative government is widely expected to impose further restrictions after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that Britain is seeing a second wave of infections, following the trend elsewhere in Europe. London’s mayor has also said tighter restrictions could be needed soon in the British capital.
Not trusting the FDA, Black doctors’ group creates panel to vet Covid-19 vaccines As trust in federal health agencies has withered over the last few months, a group of Black physicians has been working on an antidote: creating their own expert task force to independently vet regulators’ decisions about Covid-19 drugs and vaccines as well as government recommendations for curbing the pandemic. Organized by the National Medical Association — founded in 1895 as an answer to racist professional societies excluding Black doctors — the committee is meant to safeguard against any unscientific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. “It’s necessary to provide a trusted messenger of vetted information to the African American community,” said Leon McDougle, a family physician and president of the NMA. “There is a concern that some of the recent decisions by the Food and Drug Administration have been unduly influenced by politicians.” Just one of the examples he gave was the agency’s go-ahead to use hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19 even though there was no reliable evidence that it worked, and some indication that it could cause heart damage. The FDA later back-tracked and revoked the authorization.
CDC Quietly Revises Coronavirus Guidance Again—This Time For Aerosol Transmission The Centers for Disease Control quietly updated its guidance on Friday for coronavirus transmission—now saying that the virus can be transmitted via aerosols as well as larger droplets—and is the agency’s latest update for managing the virus, among earlier controversial reversals on the wearing of masks, who can get tested and the reopening of businesses. The Washington Post reported that although the CDC updated its guidance to mention aerosols on Friday, it was not widely noticed until CNN reported on it Sunday. Before Friday’s update, the CDC said large respiratory droplets (like from coughing or sneezing) at close range transmitted the virus, but now adds that “small particles, such as those in aerosols” can infect people. “There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet,” the CDC now advises. Poorly ventilated indoor spaces, like choir practices or fitness classes, can be particularly risky for virus transmission, the CDC’s guidance adds.
A DARPA-Funded Implantable Biochip To Detect COVID-19 Could Hit Markets By 2021 The most significant scientific discovery since gravity has been hiding in plain sight for nearly a decade and its destructive potential to humanity is so enormous that the biggest war machine on the planet immediately deployed its vast resources to possess and control it, financing its research and development through agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and HHS’ BARDA. The revolutionary breakthrough came to a Canadian scientist named Derek Rossi in 2010 purely by accident. The now-retired Harvard professor claimed in an interview with the National Post that he found a way to “reprogram” the molecules that carry the genetic instructions for cell development in the human body, not to mention all biological lifeforms. These molecules are called ‘messenger ribonucleic acid’ or mRNA and the newfound ability to rewrite those instructions to produce any kind of cell within a biological organism has radically changed the course of Western medicine and science, even if no one has really noticed yet. As Rossi, himself, puts it: “The real important discovery here was you could now use mRNA, and if you got it into the cells, then you could get the mRNA to express any protein in the cells, and this was the big thing.”
Cancer survivors urgently need better nutritional support More than two-thirds (69 percent) of the colorectal cancer patients who took part in the national survey said they did not receive any nutritional advice or support from their healthcare team throughout diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment, including those with a stoma. A large proportion of those surveyed reported facing a number of nutritional difficulties including; being unsure about what to eat, diarrhea, appetite loss and changes to taste and smell. Many cancer survivors said they had sought nutritional advice online from a variety of sources—mainly charity websites such as Bowel Cancer UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. The research, published today (Monday 21st September 2020) in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics also highlighted cancer patients’ desire for individualized advice relating to their specific nutritional problems.Dr. Bernard Corfe, lead author of the study from the University of Sheffield, said: “Patients with bowel, colon and rectal cancer do not feel that they are getting the nutritional support and advice they need.
Hour 2 – Special Guest Maryam Henein
Maryam Henein is an investigative journalist, functional medicine consultant, and founder and editor-in-chief of HoneyColony. She is also the director of the award-winning documentary film Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page.
Atlanta Airport to Test Facial Recognition, Contactless Tech Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to test facial recognition at check-in counters in the domestic terminal, part of a broader push to introduce more touchless technology in response to the coronavirus. Beyond mask requirements, social distancing markers and Plexiglas barriers, the airport is seeking other ways to reduce contact between the tens of thousands of travelers passing through terminals and concourses on a daily basis. Given the pandemic, ”we all realize that we need to push for this touchless technology,” said Elliott Paige, Hartsfield-Jackson’s air service development director. “A lot of that is being fast-tracked as much as possible.” Facial recognition is already used in the Atlanta airport’s international terminal, where Delta Air Lines rolled out the technology in 2018 at its check-in counters, boarding gates and at the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. Customs uses facial recognition at its checkpoints. At those locations, facial recognition cameras are used to verify identities without travelers having to pull out passports or boarding passes, comparing facial images with a database of passport photos. For Delta, that’s aimed at making the path through the airport a more seamless process with less hassle.
Spirit Airlines flight attendant, passenger argue over neck gaiter as a face covering A Spirit Airlines flight attendant recently got into an argument with a passenger over whether or not a neck gaiter is an appropriate face covering aboard its aircrafts, and a video of the encounter created quite the online debate. The video, which was posted to Twitter on Friday, shows the flight attendant standing in the aisle near the passenger, who was holding the camera. At the time, the passenger was wearing a neck gaiter over his nose and mouth that featured the American flag instead of a mask provided to him by the airline. The video begins with the passenger informing a flight attendant standing before him that he is “wearing a mask.” “No,” the flight attendant responds. “What do you have underneath it?” Eventually, the flight attendant tells the passenger that his face covering “isn’t legal to wear.” The passenger responds, “legal by who?” before turning the camera around to show off the gaiter. The flight attendant informs the passenger that the mask isn’t “legal according to the CDC.”
Democrats face quandary on vaccine support as election nears President Donald Trump is escalating his promise for a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day. But across America, Democrats, independents and even some Republicans do not trust his administration to produce a safe and effective vaccine on such an aggressive timeline. Such hesitancy threatens to exacerbate the public health risk for millions of Americans whenever a vaccine is released. With the Nov. 3 election fast approaching, Democratic officials face a delicate political challenge. Should they attack Trump’s vaccine claims too aggressively, Democrats risk further undermining public confidence in a possible lifesaving medicine while looking as though they are rooting against a potential cure. But if they don’t push back, it makes it easier for Trump to use the real or imagined prospect of a vaccine to boost his reelection campaign. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee demonstrated the Democrats’ balancing act on Friday when asked whether he would be willing to take a vaccine released by the administration before the election. “If all the protocols had been followed and the evidence is in, of course, I’d follow science. It doesn’t matter when it happens,” Inslee told The Associated Press. “But I would have to look at the science, not Donald Trump. There isn’t one single thing I would ever trust from Donald Trump to be true.”
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