February 1st, 2021 3-5PM ET
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CDC—No Longer Constrained By Trump—Issues Order That Makes Not Wearing A Mask On Public Transportation A Federal Crime The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no longer restricted by the Trump administration, issued an extensive federal public health order late Friday requiring all individuals to wear masks over their mouth and nose on nearly all forms of public transportation and private ride-sharing services—and makes refusal to wear a face-covering a violation of federal law. Last September, the CDC drafted a similar order requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation, but it was blocked by the Trump administration. As a result, the CDC was limited to only issuing strong recommendations for mask use. Trump, who often questioned the effectiveness of face coverings in preventing the spread of Covid-19 and frequently mocked Biden for wearing a mask, also reportedly rejected efforts by Congress to mandate mask use. President Biden issued an executive order on his second day in office directing federal agencies to “immediately take action” on the issue. While airline companies and most other modes of public transportation already require masks, the CDC order is significant because it will make not wearing a mask a violation of federal law. This distinction will likely make enforcing mask-wearing far easier for flight attendants and other transportation employees.
CDC’s mask mandate starts Monday at 11:59 p.m. Throughout the pandemic, Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis held steadfast about his position on mask wearing. In November, he extended his executive order that banned local governments from enforcing mask mandate violations. Now, at least as far as public transportation goes, there is no more fine line about wearing a mask. Starting Monday at 11:59 p.m., if you are inside an airport, on a bus, train, ferry or ship, or taking a ride-share such as Uber, Lyft, or a taxi, it is a federal directive to wear a face covering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an 11-page order on Saturday that requires the wearing of masks by travelers to prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. A scarf, ski mask, or bandana is not classified as a proper face covering, nor is a shirt or sweater collar pulled up over your mouth and nose. And for wearers who like the covering just below their nose, that’s a no-no now, too. Masks must be worn in a way that covers both the mouth and nose, the CDC says.
Stranded drivers get COVID-19 vaccine while stuck on highway during snowstorm When a group of health workers in Oregon was stuck on a highway during a snowstorm, they had to think fast to ensure the remaining COVID-19 vaccine doses they had on hand were administered before they expired — leading them to vaccinate the other stranded drivers around them. On Wednesday, health workers with the Josephine County Public Health Department in Grants Pass, Ore., were attempting to return from a mass vaccination clinic they held at the Illinois Valley High School, about 45 minutes away, when a massive snowstorm stranded them on Highway 199 near Hayes Hill. The team had six doses of the Moderna vaccine left, with patients in Grants Pass eagerly awaiting the health workers’ return so they could receive the jab. But with the snowstorm stranding them, the staff had to think fast, as the doses only had hours before they expired, according to a social media post from the public health department. Unsure how long they would be stuck for, the team thought better than to let the shots go to waste. Staff members walked car to car, offering the jab to other drivers stranded around them.
Questions of The Day!
Dr. Bell please share your wisdom on bone healing. A 16 yo granddaughter loves softball. Bethany made it safe to a stolen base yet she broke a bone in her hand in sliding hands first.
If this was our home game, meaning when we play around the house the cow-patty would have suffered the attack. ha
Due to constant A-Fib (no symptoms), I was recently put on Eloquis blood thinner (expectation to come off within the year when other health challenges get resolved). I have been told I cannot ingest colloidal silver products . I have both the Sovereign Silver and the Argentyn 23. I really would like to start one or both of these products. Is there really some type of reaction to the newer blood thinners, and if yes, what is the reaction?
I am grateful for you and your website!
Hi Robert! I listen to you and Super Don everyday, your podcast keeps me informed without feeling totally hopeless. I love the balance of relevant political issues, health topics, and everything that seems to go along with liberty and being in charge of your health and the “power to heal”. Thank you for what you do!
I have been eyeing both the Qi Home and the Echo Water machine. I’m planning to invest in one of them this year – I realize they are both important, but if you had to prioritize one over the other, which would you choose? While I’m at it, I have one question regarding the Limbic Arc. I own a Zyto Machine, are you familiar with that technology? I’ve always used it in connection with Young Living Essential Oils, and showing what is “out of sync” and what essential oils you could use to bring those things back into balance. The limbic arc technology seems similar, yet obviously more advanced. I would love your thoughts on that comparison if you are familiar with the zyto technology.
Thank you so much for your insight and help!
Congressman Stephen Lynch Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Receiving Both Vaccine Doses Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), who received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month, tested positive for the virus on Friday. Another Democrat from Massachusetts, Rep. Lori Trahan, announced Thursday she had also tested positive. Both lawmakers are reportedly asymptomatic. Lynch received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine prior to the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, Molly Rose Tarpey, Lynch’s communications director, said in a statement. “While Mr. Lynch remains asymptomatic and feels fine, he will self-quarantine and will vote by proxy in Congress during the coming week,” she said. Tarpey did not specify the exact date Lynch received the second dose of the vaccine. Trahan said in a statement that she would also vote by proxy while she self-quarantined. She received her first shot of one of the vaccines last week, her spokesperson Francis Grubar told The Washington Post. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is possible for people to test positive after receiving one or both doses of the vaccine.
Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine now recommended for pregnant women, WHO says in guidance reversal The World Health Organization on Friday reversed its guidance on pregnant women receiving the coronavirus vaccine created by Moderna, now saying it recommends the jab for expectant persons. “While pregnancy puts women at higher risk of severe COVID-19, very little data are available to assess vaccine safety in pregnancy. Nevertheless, based on what we know about this kind of vaccine, we don’t have any specific reason to believe there will be specific risks that would outweigh the benefits of vaccination for pregnant women,” the WHO said in the updated guidance. The change comes just days after the WHO initially said it did not recommend the Moderna jab for pregnant women “unless they are at a high risk of exposure to the novel disease, such as health care workers.” The WHO’s updated stance is in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which notes on its website that “people who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to be vaccinated.” Neither the Moderna vaccine nor the one created by Pfizer-BioNTech has been tested on pregnant women. But “no safety concerns were demonstrated in rats that received [the] Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before or during pregnancy,” the CDC says, noting that “studies of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are ongoing.”
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Don’t take over-the-counter pain relievers beforehand, experts say Getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Avoid taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen beforehand, say experts who have expressed concerns that these over-the-counter pain relievers could possibly dull the vaccine’s effectiveness. The two coronavirus vaccines that have seen emergency approval in the U.S. — one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and the other by Moderna — may cause side effects after they’re administered, such as pain and swelling at the injection site and/or fever, chills and headache, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In an attempt to prevent some of these unwanted reactions, some receiving the jab may choose to take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen). But doing so could impact the vaccines’ effectiveness, warn experts. “I don’t recommend to people that they take anything before the vaccine to prevent any side effects. We are still learning about the potential impact of ibuprofen or acetaminophen — we need more data,” Dr. John Whyte, the chief medical officer of the health care website WebMD, told Fox News in an email.
Almost three quarters of healthy older Australians use complementary medicines Almost 75% of healthy Australians aged over 70 years report using complementary medicines either daily or occasionally, according to research published today in the Medical Journal of Australia. Researchers from Monash University, led by Dr. Alice Owen, a Senior Research Fellow, analyzed data from the ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) Longitudinal Study of Older Persons (ALSOP) to assess self-reported use (every day, occasionally, never) of complementary medicines by healthy people over 70 years of age residing in metropolitan or regional Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory or southern New South Wales, recruited through their usual GPs. Specifically, they asked about use of fish oil, glucosamine, ginkgo, coenzyme Q10, calcium, zinc, vitamins B, C, D and E, multivitamins, and Chinese or herbal medicines. “A total of 10 961 respondents (74.3%) reported using them either daily or occasionally; fish oil (6563 of 14 757 respondents, 44.5%), vitamin D (4995, 33.8%), glucosamine (3940, 26.7%), and calcium supplements (3652, 24.7%) were the most frequently reported items,” Owen and colleagues found. “The proportions of complementary medicine users who reported a history of depression (987 of 4053, 24.4%) or osteoarthritis (3060 of 5240, 58.4%) were larger than for non-users (depression, 264 of 1347, 19.6%; osteoarthritis, 705 of 1598, 44.1%; self-reported diabetes was more common among non-users (363 of 3790, 9.6%) than among complementary medicine users (815 of 10 944, 7.4%).”