August 16th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Kirk Cousins Temporarily Loses Sponsorship Deal With Michigan Hospital Over COVID Vaccine Stance Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has temporarily lost a sponsorship with a hospital in Michigan, as a result of what the hospital calls his stance on COVID-19 vaccines. Holland Hospital has discontinued its partnership with Cousins as their spokesperson for now, after a dramatic week for Cousins regarding his vaccination status as the virus’s Delta variant continues to grow more prominent throughout the country. “As the trusted health care leader along the lakeshore, we are committed to providing accurate, timely health information and guidance based on guidance from the CDC and medical experts,” said the hospital in a statement. “While we acknowledge that each person is entitled to their own viewpoints, those who speak on our behalf must support messages that align with the hospital’s position on matters of vital importance to individual and community health.” Cousins says his recent stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list — which forced him to miss a string of practices — was prompted by the small size of the team’s quarterback meeting room. The Vikings activated quarterback Cousins on Thursday, removing him from the COVID-19 list.
Misinformation at public forums vexes local boards, big tech There are plenty of places to turn for accurate information about COVID-19. Your physician. Local health departments. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But not, perhaps, your local government’s public comment session. During a meeting of the St. Louis County Council earlier this month, opponents of a possible mask mandate made so many misleading comments about masks, vaccines and COVID-19 that YouTube removed the video for violating its policies against false claims about the virus. “I hope no one is making any medical decisions based on what they hear at our public forums,” said County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, who supports mask wearing and said she believes most of her constituents do too. The video was restored, but Clancy’s worries about the impact of that misinformation remain. Videos of local government meetings have emerged as the latest vector of COVID-19 misinformation, broadcasting misleading claims about masks and vaccines to millions and creating new challenges for internet platforms trying to balance the potential harm against the need for government openness.
Children born during pandemic have lower IQs, US study finds Children born during the coronavirus pandemic have significantly reduced verbal, motor and overall cognitive performance compared with children born before, a US study suggests. The first few years of a child’s life are critical to their cognitive development. But with Covid-19 triggering the closure of businesses, nurseries, schools and playgrounds, life for infants changed considerably, with parents stressed and stretched as they tried to balance work and childcare. With limited stimulation at home and less interaction with the world outside, pandemic-era children appear to have scored shockingly low on tests designed to assess cognitive development, said lead study author Sean Deoni, associate professor of paediatrics (research) at Brown University. In the decade preceding the pandemic, the mean IQ score on standardised tests for children aged between three months and three years of age hovered around 100, but for children born during the pandemic that number tumbled to 78, according to the analysis, which is yet to be peer-reviewed. “It’s not subtle by any stretch,” said Deoni. “You don’t typically see things like that, outside of major cognitive disorders.” The study included 672 children from the state of Rhode Island. Of these, 188 were born after July 2020 and 308 were born prior to January 2019, while 176 were born between January 2019 and March 2020. The children included in the study were born full-term, had no developmental disabilities and were mostly white.
Questions of The Day!
I have question, back aways I purchased the Cardio Miracle and also following what Angelica was helping me with. I asked her what she thought about it and she said Chris didn’t like it he thought it had junk in it and not a whole food form they also weren’t fond of the guy that created it. Anyway it has just been sitting because I truly trusted what they were saying but I also like what I hear from Robert and you guys take it just wondering what you think about this is it have junkie ingredients? As you know it is expensive and I hate it to go unused but didn’t want to use it if it were not the best ingredients. Ideas would be appreciated.
G’day RSB & SuperD
It’s Frank from the prison colony of Australia. Wondering if y’all could give me your thoughts on a health matter.
My 13 y.o son has had (for at least the past 6 months) a chronic case of phlegm spitting LOL. It seems that every few minutes he’s agitating his throat in order to force phlegm to the “surface” for launching. Sometimes he gets a “lump in the throat sensation” & very infrequently he gets heartburn.
He has no nasal congestion. No stomach pain. No headaches. No facial pain. No known allergies. He’s not on any medication. He’s as skinny as a twig with a big appetite. Most days he passes stools at least once (sometimes twice) a day. Overall he’s doing ok, except for the constant spitting.
Whatever this health issue is it’s annoying not just for him but for the rest of us who have to listen to him trying to force the phlegm up from his throat to his mouth.
Pfizer CEO to Public: Just Trust Us on the COVID Booster Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was confident in June about the ability of his company’s vaccine to protect against the highly contagious delta variant, as it marched across the globe and filled U.S. hospitals with patients. “I feel quite comfortable that we cover it,” Bourla said. Just weeks later, Pfizer said it would seek authorization for a booster shot, after early trial results showed a third dose potentially increased protection. At the end of July, Pfizer and BioNTech announced findings that four to six months after a second dose, their vaccine’s efficacy dropped to about 84%. Bourla was quick to promote a third dose after the discouraging news, saying he was “very, very confident” that a booster would increase immunity levels in the vaccinated. There’s one hitch: Pfizer has not yet delivered conclusive proof to back up that confidence. The company lacks late-stage clinical trial results to confirm a booster will work against covid variants including delta, which now accounts for 93% of new infections across the U.S. Pfizer announced its global phase 3 trial on a third dose in mid-July. That trial’s completion date is in 2022. Phase 3 results generally are required before regulatory approval.
Fauci: Everyone will need COVID vaccine booster shots ‘sooner or later’ Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci warned during a press briefing on Thursday that a booster shot will be required for everyone “sooner or later” to ensure that the durability of protection from COVID-19 vaccines continues. “As we mentioned, we are evaluating this on a day by day, week by week, month by month basis, looking at any of a number of studies, both international and domestic studies,” Fauci continued. “If the data shows us that, in fact, we do need to do that, we’ll be very ready to do it and do it expeditiously.” Apart from the immunocompromised, who represent about 2.7% of the U.S. adult population but make up about 44% of hospitalized COVID-19 breakthrough cases, according to the CDC, Fauci said that most people will not need a booster shot immediately. However, he noted it is a “dynamic process” that could change during the ongoing evaluation of data. While there is no definitive evidence that the delta variant is more severe in children, Fauci emphasized that since it has been determined to be a more infectious strain, it is “likely” that more children may end up in the hospital with severe disease.
Some NYC Restaurants Pushing Back Against Vaccine Mandate: ‘I Just Don’t Think That We’re Gonna Be The Vaccination Police’ Starting next week, proof of vaccination will be required in New York City for some indoor activities, including going out to eat, but not all restaurants are on board. “Whether you’re vaccinated or not, you are welcome,” said Mary Josephine Generoso, manager at Pasticceria Rocco’s of Bay Ridge. There’s a sign of protest in the window of the restaurant, defiant against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s upcoming vaccine mandate. It reads, “We do not discriminate against ANY customer based on sex, gender, race, creed, age, vaccinate or unvaccinated. All customers who wish to patronize are welcome in our establishment.” “I just do not feel that we’re gonna be able to sit there and ask customers to show if they’ve been vaccinated or not,” Generoso told CBS2’s Ali Bauman. Starting next week, proof of vaccination will be required citywide for indoor activities such as dining, gyms and concerts. After a grace period, enforcement will then begin on Sept. 13. “I just don’t think that we’re gonna be the vaccination police. That’s up to the mayor’s office. It’s up to the health department to figure out, but it certainly shouldn’t be the burden of store owners, bars and gyms to be regulating that,” Generoso said.
Job Seekers May Need To Show Proof Of Vaccination To Apply For Positions New York City called for a “Key to NYC Pass,” which is like the Covid-19 passport talked about a few months ago. It’s a carrot-and-stick approach, as people will be required to show that they are vaccinated. If not, they would be denied entrance to an array of establishments. This week, San Francisco required both customers and employees to show proof of full vaccination to enter bars, gyms, restaurants, sporting events and concerts. Now, it looks like companies are requiring job seekers to show proof of vaccination when applying for a new position. According to Indeed, the large job aggregation site, “As of August 7, the share of job postings per million that require vaccinations were up 90% compared to a month earlier.” The job board noticed that “vaccination requirements in job postings are increasing across a wide range of sectors, including software development, marketing, education and sales—many of which had not previously mandated vaccines.” In one particular sector, software development “postings requiring vaccinations increased by more than 10,000% in July from February 2021.” For now, job postings that demand vaccination requirements represent only a small percentage of the total listings. However, the trend, according to data from the job site, demonstrates a substantial increase in listings that call for proof of getting your shots. It’s not relegated to only one or two sectors and the postings stretch across a wide array of industries.
VAXXED II: The People’s Truth Watch the film at your leisure here. And, sign-up now for a Q&A to discuss the film on Thursday, August 19 at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST. This page will link to the livestream on that date and time. Panelists will be: Polly Tommey, film producer and moderator; Brian Hooker, Ph.D.; Kari Bundy, Paul Thomas, MD and Nico LaHood. Vaxxed II: In 2016, a media firestorm erupted when Tribeca Film Festival abruptly censored its documentary selection, VAXXED: From Coverup to Catastrophe, amid pressure from pro-pharmaceutical interests. In response to media silence on CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, who admitted to fraud on a pivotal vaccine safety study, VAXXED catapulted to notoriety and became a worldwide trending topic, opening to sold out theater audiences nationwide. Stunned by the immense volume of parents lining up outside the theaters with vaccine injury stories to share, VAXXED producer Polly Tommey began to livestream worldwide reaching millions, and a community that had once been silenced were empowered to rise up. In VAXXED II: The People’s Truth, Polly and the team travel over 50,000 miles in the USA and around the world. Interviews of parents and doctors with nothing to gain and everything to lose exposed the vaccine injury epidemic and asked the question on every parent’s mind, “Are vaccines really as safe and effective as we’ve been told?”
Canada to require air travelers to be vaccinated The Canadian government will soon require all air travelers and passengers on interprovincial trains to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Friday that includes all commercial air travelers, passengers on trains between provinces and cruise ship passengers. “As soon as possible in the Fall and no later than the end of October, the Government of Canada will require employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated. The vaccination requirement will also extend to certain travelers. This includes all commercial air travelers,” his office said in a statement. France announced this week that it will require people have a special virus pass before they can travel by plane, train or bus across the country. The Canadian government is also requiring vaccinations for all federal public servants in the country. The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic Leblanc noted the federal government is the largest employer in the country. Leblanc said it is the government’s duty to guarantee the safety of their employees and those who they serve. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to call an election on Sunday for Sept. 20. Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
Largest U.S. teachers’ union supports mandatory COVID vaccination Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for teachers now has the support of the United States’ largest teachers’ union. “It is clear that the vaccination of those eligible is one of the most effective ways to keep schools safe,” Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, said Thursday in a statement, The New York Times reported. She suggested that teachers who are not vaccinated could undergo regular testing instead, and also said that local “employee input, including collective bargaining where applicable, is critical.” The union— which represents about 3 million members nationwide—said nearly 90% of its members report being fully vaccinated. Randi Weingarten, the leader of the American Federation of Teachers, expressed her strongest support yet for vaccine mandates this week. On Thursday, she told the Times that, “Things have changed with Delta raging, and with the proximity of the full approval of the vaccines. Because of those two facts, we are considering all alternatives, including looking at vaccine mandates.” Still, any decision to require teachers to get vaccinated is likely to be made at the local or state level, and teachers’ unions have said that their local chapters should negotiate details, according to the Times.