January 19th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Norway says no link between COVID-19 vaccine and several elderly recipients’ deaths Norway said Monday no link had been established between Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine and any post-vaccination deaths in the country, but recommended doctors consider the overall health of the most frail before giving them the shot. Since the start of Norway’s vaccination campaign at the end of December, the country has registered 33 deaths among elderly people who have received their first dose, according to public health authorities. “The reports suggest that common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to worsening of their underlying diseases and a fatal outcome in some frail patients,” the Norwegian Medicines Agency told CBS News’ Steve Berriman. “The patients died from their underlying disease.” Of the 13 cases analyzed in detail so far, “they are people of advanced age, are frail and have serious illnesses, all of them,” the director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Camilla Stoltenberg, told reporters. “When it comes to causes there hasn’t been any analysis done yet,” she said.
Beware the experts who want lockdowns to go on forever Now that the COVID-19 vaccines are here, it’s time to celebrate the beginning of the end of this plague, right? Not so fast. The media and expert classes seem determined to make permanent the pandemic’s abnormal way of life. In December, a New York Times piece, “Here’s Why Vaccinated People Still Need to Wear a Mask,” kicked off the perma-gloom. Vaccinated people will still need to wear masks, because those with high viral loads could be “even worse spreaders,” the paper quoted Dr. Yvonne Maldonado of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Even worse spreaders!” That’s horrible. It’s also horribly misleading. I know this, because I read the rest of the article. The fear arises from studies on monkeys, which found that some vaccinated monkeys didn’t get sick but still carried the novel coronavirus in their noses. But wait: “Those monkeys were intentionally exposed to massive amounts of virus and still had less virus than unvaccinated animals,” Weill Cornell virologist John Moore told the Times. Ah. Well, maybe don’t intentionally expose yourself to “massive amounts” of the virus, then.
13,000 NY Nursing Home Residents And Nearly Half Of Staff Decline COVID-19 Vaccine New York will be reallocating unused COVID-19 vaccines after more than ten thousand nursing home residents and nearly half of staffers declined the jab, according to Gareth Rhodes, a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 Response Task Force. Rhodes said that out of 70,000 nursing home residents, 57,000 have been vaccinated, while 13,000 have declined. Meanwhile, out of 89,000 nursing home staff, 41,000 have declined. Overall, 105,000 first-doses of the vaccine have been used so far in nursing homes, while 120,000 doses remain. “We’re gonna reallocate those that are used in the long-term facility program to the state program, but we’ll make sure that the residents who want to take it and the staff who want to take it, we will reserve their doses,” said Cuomo, who in July came under fire for ordering nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients from hospitals. The reallocation comes more than a week after New York came under scrutiny over discarded vaccines – with officials changing regulations which required that extra doses to be tossed. In a Monday letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Cuomo called on the federal government to beef up vaccine supply, claiming that Azar falsely claimed that doses would be held in reserve, when they were in fact distributed to states.
Question of The Day!
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Doubling Up Masks Creates ‘Obstacle Course’ For COVID, Colorado Doctor Encourages You To Consider Health experts saying wearing a mask provides protection against COVID-19 both for the person wearing the mask and those around them. Now we’re hearing wearing two masks may offer even more protection. “Specifically what we’re saying is that two masks may actually equal the protection you would get from N-95 masks, which is considered the best mask there is short of a complete respirator-type unit,” Hnida said. He said wearing a surgical mask with a cloth mask over it does give an extra layer of protection. “The reason for that is you do wind up getting more filtration of viral particles, it becomes more of an obstacle course for the viral particle to make its way from the air into your nose and throat and then into your lungs.” But three masks may be going too far, since that could interfere with the ability to breathe. He pointed out President-Elect Joe Biden has been “double-masking” for many months, as have coaches at football games in the NFL.
Chinese city reports coronavirus found on ice cream The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government. The Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd. in Tianjin, adjacent to Beijing, was sealed and its employees were being tested for the coronavirus, a city government statement said. There was no indication anyone had contracted the virus from the ice cream. Most of the 29,000 cartons in the batch had yet to be sold, the government said. It said 390 sold in Tianjin were being tracked down and authorities elsewhere were notified of sales to their areas. The ingredients included New Zealand milk powder and whey powder from Ukraine, the government said. The Chinese government has suggested the disease, first detected in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019, came from abroad and has highlighted what it says are discoveries of the coronavirus on imported fish and other food, though foreign scientists are skeptical.
Mandatory lockdowns may not be any better at controlling COVID-19 than less restrictive measures, study finds Mandatory stay-at-home orders and business closures may not be more effective at controlling the spread of the coronavirus than less restrictive, voluntary measures, a new study found. At the beginning of the pandemic, Sweden and South Korea did not implement mandatory lockdowns in the form of stay-at-home orders and business closures, though many people still isolated and followed measures to mitigate the spread of the virus voluntarily. Sweden relied on “social distancing guidelines, discouraging of international and domestic travel, and a ban on large gatherings,” while South Korea relied on “intensive investments in testing, contact tracing, and isolation of infected cases and close contacts.” The findings appeared in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. The Stanford University researchers compared the spread of COVID-19 in Sweden and South Korea to the spread in eight countries that did implement more restrictive mandatory lockdowns: Britain, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the United States. They found that nonpharmaceutical interventions were effective in nine out of 10 countries, but there was “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive non-pharmaceutical interventions] on case growth in any country.”
FENCED IN Germany to hold Covid rule breakers in REFUGEE CAMPS under new crackdown to stop Brit mutant virus explosion GERMANY’S worst Covid rule breakers will be held in detention centres under new proposals being drawn up by a number of state governments. The move forms part of the country’s efforts to stop the spread of the more contagious mutant strain of the virus detected in the UK last month. In the eastern state of Saxony, people who ignore lockdown measures will be held in a cordoned-off part of a refugee camp being built next week. State authorities have said the centre will only be used for those who repeatedly breach self-isolation requirements. A similar scheme will be used in neighbouring Brandenburg, while in northerly Schleswig-Holstein rule breakers will be held in a part of a juvenile detention centre. The southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg will reportedly use rooms in hospitals. The country’s regional governments have powers to hold people who flout lockdown requirements under the Disease Protection Act, first passed by the federal parliament in March, Die Welt repots.
Airline Adds Hundreds to No-Fly List Over Mask Violations The no-fly list at Delta Air Lines is growing as the airline strikes back at passengers who have either flouted the airline’s mask rules or otherwise not complied with flight crews. Delta’s list includes 880 people who have been banned from flying over violations of the airline’s mask requirements, a spokesman told Reuters on Thursday. The airline “has banned others from flying with the airline for harassing other passengers or unruly behavior related to the U.S. election results,” the outlet added, citing the spokesman. The list is nothing new. By mid-November, it included almost 550 people who flouted mask rules, The Hill reported. It grew to about 700 in December, according to Travel Pulse. Flying may require even more conformity to the rules. On Wednesday, Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson signed an order to step up enforcement against what the FAA called “unruly passengers.”
Stop global roll out of 5G networks until safety is confirmed, urges expert We should err on the side of caution and stop the global roll out of 5G (fifth generation) telecoms networks until we are certain this technology is completely safe, urges an expert in an opinion piece published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. There are no health concerns about 5G and COVID-19, despite what conspiracy theorists have suggested. But the transmitter density required for 5G means that more people will be exposed to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs), and at levels that emerging evidence suggests, are potentially harmful to health, argues Professor John William Frank, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh. The advent of 5G technology has been hailed by governments and certain vested interests as transformative, promising clear economic and lifestyle benefits, through massively boosting wireless and mobile connectivity at home, work, school and in the community, he says. But it has become the subject of fierce controversy, fuelled by four key areas of scientific uncertainty and concern.
Report on ‘Havana Syndrome’ Prompts Call for More Research Into Health Impact of 5G The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine last month published a report summarizing its investigation into the illnesses of 50 American diplomats in Cuba in 2016 and China in 2017. The illnesses are typically referred to as the Havana Syndrome. According to the report, “An Assessment of Illness in U.S. Government Employees and Their Families at Overseas Embassies,” the symptoms experienced by the subjects of the investigation manifested like concussions, but without force to the head: “For some of these patients, their case began with the sudden onset of a loud noise, perceived to have directional features, and accompanied by pain in one or both ears or across a broad region of the head, and in some cases, a sensation of head pressure or vibration, dizziness, followed in some cases by tinnitus, visual problems, vertigo, and cognitive difficulties.” The National Academies report concluded that there were “multiple hypotheses” as to what caused these symptoms, “but evidence has been lacking, no hypothesis has been proven and the circumstances remain unclear.” However some experts believe microwave weapon attacks to be the most plausible explanation for the illnesses reported by diplomats and family members.
In Historic First, Biden To Nominate Transgender Doctor As Assistant Health Secretary President-elect Joe Biden is nominating Pennsylvania health expert Dr. Rachel Levine to be assistant secretary for health in the department of Health and Human Services, in a move that could make Levine the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation. Levine is currently the secretary of health in Pennsylvania, where she leads the state’s fight against COVID-19. She is also professor at the Penn State College of Medicine. Levine began her medical career as a pediatrician at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. “Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden said in a statement about the nomination. Levine has previously won state Senate confirmation in Pennsylvania, including a unanimous vote in 2015 to endorse her as Pennsylvania’s physician general. She then rose to the role of secretary of health, also with the state Senate’s approval.