August 26th, 2020 3-5PM ET
Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
CDC reverses COVID-19 guidance, says testing may not be needed after exposure The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly tweaked its guidance on COVID-19 testing Monday, making a change that could result in fewer people being tested and hinder contact tracing efforts. The guidance now states that healthy people who have been exposed to COVID-19 “do not necessarily need a test,” as long as they don’t have symptoms. That’s a reversal from previous advice that clearly recommended testing for all close contacts of infected individuals, regardless of whether they had symptoms. “It seems as though this new guidance is actively discouraging people from seeking testing, even if they have a known exposure,” Angela Rasmussen, a research scientist at Columbia Public Health in New York City, said. “We need more testing, not less.” President Donald Trump has been outspoken about his belief that the United States has the most COVID-19 cases in the world because of the number of tests it carries out. But “testing, even for asymptomatic people, is critical to keeping community transmission low since we know that presymptomatic transmission drives much of the spread of SARS-CoV-2,” Rasmussen said, referring to the virus that causes COVID-19.
CDC drops 14-day quarantine recommendation for travelers The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday dropped its recommendation for travelers to quarantine for 14 days upon returning from trips overseas or out of state during the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC updated its guidelines on its website. Though the two-week recommendation was changed, the federal agency did caution travelers that they can still contract the novel coronavirus while traveling. “You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others,” the agency warns. “You and your travel companions (including children) may spread COVID-19 to other people including your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.” The CDC recommends travelers wear masks indoors, wash hands, maintain social distancing guidelines, and monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.
CDC warns employees not to argue with anti-mask customers Retail and service industry workers should not argue with anti-maskers, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As part of new guidance for workplace safety, the agency said employees should not attempt to force customers to follow COVID-19 prevention policies if the customers appear to be upset or violent. “Don’t argue with a customer if they make threats or become violent,” the CDC said. The CDC recommended that businesses institute policies such as mask-wearing, social distancing and customer limits but warned that workers could be threatened or assaulted for enforcing them. According to the CDC, workplace violence can include threats, verbal assaults such as swearing and insulting, and physical assaults such as slapping and choking the employees. The CDC outlined a variety of steps businesses can take, ranging from conflict resolution training to installing security systems or panic buttons and identifying designated safe areas employees can go to if they feel they are in danger. Some of the country’s largest retailers have mandated customers wear masks, but there have been several high-profile violent confrontations between employees and customers who refuse.
Study finds hydroxychloroquine reduces in-hospital COVID-19 mortality An Italian observational study contributes to the ongoing debate regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine in the current pandemic. The research, conducted on 3,451 patients treated in 33 hospitals throughout the Italian territory (list of participating centers attached), shows that the use of this drug reduces by 30% the risk of death in hospitalized patients affected by COVID-19. Published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, the study was coordinated by the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, Pozzilli, in collaboration with Mediterranea Cardiocentro, Naples, and the University of Pisa, with the participation of 33 hospitals forming the CORIST collaboration (COVID-19 RISk and Treatments). Researchers analysed data regarding current and previous diseases, therapies followed before the infection and drugs administered in the hospital specifically for the treatment of COVID-19. All this information was compared with the evolution and the final in-hospital outcome of the infection. “We observed—explains Augusto Di Castelnuovo, epidemiologist at the Neuromed Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, currently at Mediterranea Cardiocentro in Naples—that patients treated with hydroxychloroquine had a 30% lower in-hospital mortality rate compared to those not receiving this treatment. Our data were subjected to extremely rigorous statistical analysis, taking into account all the variables and possible confounding factors that could come into play. The drug efficacy was evaluated in various subgroups of patients. The positive results of hydroxychloroquine treatment remained unchanged, especially in those patients showing a more evident inflammatory state at the moment of admission to the hospital.”
FDA chief apologizes for overstating plasma effect on virus Responding to an outcry from medical experts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn on Tuesday apologized for overstating the life-saving benefits of treating COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma. Scientists and medical experts have been pushing back against the claims about the treatment since President Donald Trump’s announcement on Sunday that the FDA had decided to issue emergency authorization for convalescent plasma, taken from patients who have recovered from the coronavirus and rich in disease-fighting antibodies. Trump hailed the decision as a historic breakthrough even though the treatment’s value has not been established. The announcement on the eve of Trump’s Republican National Convention raised suspicions that it was politically motivated to offset critics of the president’s handling of the pandemic. Hahn had echoed Trump in saying that 35 more people out of 100 would survive the coronavirus if they were treated with the plasma. That claim vastly overstated preliminary findings of Mayo Clinic observations. Hahn’s mea culpa comes at a critical moment for the FDA which, under intense pressure from the White House, is responsible for deciding whether upcoming vaccines are safe and effective in preventing COVID-19.
Survivors’ plasma still a solid option for treating COVID-19, experts Despite the wave of criticism that has followed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s emergency approval of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients, infectious disease experts say the therapy remains promising. Some scientists have questioned both the timing of the approval and the veracity of a key survival statistic cited by FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn. And the clinical trials needed to make sure that convalescent plasma really works are not yet complete. Still, survivors’ plasma has been on the list of potential COVID-19 treatments since the pandemic began and an emergency approval for its widespread use was not unexpected, said Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski, chair of biomedical research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City. Data coming in from around the world shows that antibody-loaded plasma taken from COVID-19 survivors can help people fighting off an infection, Pirofski said. For example, reports from China have shown that desperately ill patients treated late in their disease with convalescent plasma experienced a very rapid decrease in their viral load, Pirofski noted. There’s also no evidence that convalescent plasma can hurt a person, she added.
Questions of the Day!
Where can I find your speech from Saturday athe the Medical Freedom event?
Even though wish that this COVIDiotism would peacefully resolve by itself, at this point I so much agree with you that it is finally time for people to stand up for their freedom and rights. Things are not looking good only in America but in Europe too. Seems like the so called 2nd wave has started and travels are being banned again. Governments keep borrowing the money, companies keep loosing money and people will be loosing their jobs. But why nobody is protesting??? Where is the logic in all travel bans and lockdowns – the new cases are going up a bit but the mortality really seems to be staying very low. Why are we afraid of this virus???
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RSB and his audience , Please Pray for (if so inclined ) all those in the path of Hurricane Laura which is now predicted to be a Class 4 Major Hurricane at landfall early Thur. morning , if you have never been through sustained winds of 130-145 mph and gust to 160 mph then Thank God now, it’s far worse than you can imagine and afterwards if you evacuate you come back to complete and utter deviation that can take years to try and recover from and that’s in “Good Times ” ! So, keep all those on the Texas /Louisiana Coast in your prayers they will need them !! God Bless , James
My dad used to do Tom Scholtz’s plumbing. Used to see him driving an old bondo covered Z28 in town with a huge rust hole in the door. In stark contrast to the BMWs and other highbrow vehicles in town.
Hour 2 – Outside The Box With Ty Bollinger!
It’s time to go Outside The Box again with Ty Bollinger! What will we be talking about today?
Ramblings, Musings & Concerns about COVID-19 This article is just a collection of our scattered thoughts and musings on various topics relating to the COVID-19 “crisis.” Please remember that ALL government tyranny begins with doing something in the name of “public safety” and then slowly (or quickly) lowering the hammer of oppression. Would you get a COVID-19 vaccine, knowing that they are “rushing” the vaccine to market and not adequately testing for safety or side effects? We certainly would not! It’s encouraging to see that over the past few months, the percentage of Americans who would get a COVID vaccine continues to plummet. In early May, Yahoo News conducted a poll and only 55% of Americans said they would get a COVID vaccine. By the end of May, that number had shrunk to 50%, falling to 46% by early July. By the end of July, the number had fallen to a mere 42% and it continues to nose dive. Guess people are waking up to the FACT that vaccines have NOT been proven safe. That’s not good news for Big Pharma and everyone who stands to make a fortune by vaccinating the entire population. And it may be one of the reasons that turncoats like Dr. Norman Oliver, the current Virginia Health Commissioner, says that he’s going to “mandate” a COVID-19 vaccine for EVERY RESIDENT OF VIRGINIA when the vaccine is available.
Facial recognition designed to detect around face masks is failing, study finds Many facial recognition companies have claimed they can identify people with pinpoint accuracy even while they’re wearing face masks, but the latest results from a study show that the coverings are dramatically increasing error rates. In an update Tuesday, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology looked at 41 facial recognition algorithms submitted after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in mid-March. Many of these algorithms were designed with face masks in mind, and claimed that they were still able to accurately identify people, even when half of their face was covered. In July, NIST released a report noting that face masks were thwarting regular facial recognition algorithms, with error rates ranging from 5% to 50%. NIST is widely considered the leading authority on facial recognition accuracy testing, and expected algorithms to improve on identifying people in face masks. That day has yet to come, as every algorithm experienced marginal increases in error rates once masks came into the picture. While some algorithms still had accuracy overall, like Chinese facial recognition company Dahua’s algorithm error rate going from 0.3% without masks to 6% with masks, others had error rates increasing up to 99%.
Using an unsleeved elbow to cover your mouth when you cough is LESS effective at stopping the spread of coronavirus than using your hand, study shows Coughing into your elbow only helps to stop coronavirus-infected droplets spreading if it is covered with a sleeve, and is less effective than covering your mouth with your hand, scientists claim. Researchers from the Indian Space Research Organisation created a model of the flow fields of coughs under different types of mouth covering scenarios. They found that ‘any mask is better than no mask’ when it comes to keeping a cough contained, and that if you are going to cough into your elbow you should keep it covered. Wearing a mask while out in public has become the recommended practice months into the Covid-19 pandemic and is a legal requirement in many indoor places. For many, using an elbow is considered a polite alternative to spluttering into your hand – but unless the elbow is covered, the hand keeps more of the droplets from spreading. Padmanabha Prasanna Simha, of the Indian Space Research Organisation, said finding ways to reduce how much you contaminate the environment by mitigating the spread of a cough can slow the spread of a virus.
The pandemic threatens how we naturally grow and benefit from relationships In an era of hypervigilance during a pandemic, whether some of our friendships will survive is up in the air. Our brains have established methods for recognizing people as close friends or acquaintances, and “the closest ties are built on a substantial investment of time and trust — both of which may be challenged by the current pandemic,” said Andrea Courtney, a postdoctoral research fellow in psychology at Stanford University in California, who wasn’t involved in a newly released review on social bonds. How humans develop and maintain relationships with friends and family is similar to the behaviors of societies in our evolutionary history and those of other primates, according to the review published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Although many of us live in cities along with millions of other people, our personal social worlds contain anywhere from 78 to 250 people, with an average of about 154 individuals. That means that most people interact with a small number of other people — and those people remain relatively stable over time, according to review author Robin Dunbar, a professor emeritus of evolutionary psychology in the department of experimental psychology at the University of Oxford in England.
Sweden uncovers 3,700 false positives from COVID-19 test kit Sweden’s Public Health Agency said Tuesday a faulty test kit had returned some 3,700 false positive results, an error discovered by two laboratories during routine quality controls. The agency said the PCR kits, which test for an ongoing COVID-19 infection, were made in China by the company BGI Genomics and had been distributed worldwide. In Sweden, the kits were used by people conducting at-home tests between period March and August, the agency said. Mostly, “people who had mild symptoms or who didn’t feel any symptoms at the time of the test received false positive results,” the agency said in a statement. It added that it would contact those affected this week, as well as adjusting Sweden’s official number of cases. “The faulty test kit has been reported to the Swedish Medical Products Agency. It has been exported by China to many other countries,” the agency said, adding that it has “informed relevant authorities in Europe and the WHO”. Sweden on Tuesday said it had 86,891 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 5,814 deaths.