January 4th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Misinterpreted New York Times report leads to false claim that the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is inflated by up to 90% The claim that the U.S. has an inflated COVID-19 case count due to the sensitivity of the diagnostic PCR test for the virus that causes COVID-19 has been published in several media outlets including One America News Network, The Blaze, Red State, and Townhall Media. The claim is a misinterpretation of a New York Times news report published on 29 August 2020, yet versions of the claim have received more than a million interactions on social media platforms like Facebook, according to the social media analytics tool CrowdTangle. What the New York Times report said In the New York Times article, several experts expressed concerns regarding whether PCR test results for the virus that causes COVID-19 are a practical way of informing an infected person what steps they should take after their diagnosis, specifically whether they are contagious and should self-isolate. This is also relevant to helping public health authorities determine whether contact tracing for that individual is needed. The PCR test detects the presence of the virus by amplifying a small part of the virus’ genetic material. The number of amplification cycles needed to arrive at a threshold considered to be “positive” is also called the cycle threshold (Ct) value. The Ct value is dependent on the quantity of virus in a sample. The more virus present, the fewer amplification cycles are needed to reach the positive threshold, while a low viral load needs more amplification cycles to reach that threshold. As explained in the report, whether one has a high or low Ct determines whether contact tracing and self-isolation measures would be useful. Low viral load (high Ct value) very likely indicates low transmissibility. The video below, produced by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, provides a simple explanation of how the test works.
Covid camps? Put disease ‘carriers’ in DETENTION CENTERS, proposed New York law suggests A New York state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow the government to detain people deemed a potential public health risk, amid concerns that the Covid-19 crisis is being allegedly used to usher in authoritarianism. Authored by a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly N. Nick Perry, Bill A416 calls for the “removal and/or detention” of individuals who are identified as a “case, contact or carrier” of a contagious disease. The sweeping powers would be employed in the event of the state government declaring a health emergency due to an epidemic of any communicable disease, the bill proposes. The legislation states that the government must provide “clear and convincing evidence” that the health of others is in danger before ordering a person or group to be detained. People being “removed” will have the right to legal representation and are allowed to supply the telephone numbers of friends or family to receive notification of the individual’s detention. The law apparently allows the governor or health official to unilaterally approve such detentions but a court order is required within 60 days of confinement, and judicial review is also required if the individual is still in detention after 90 days.
Fauci says he’s ‘sure’ coronavirus vaccinations will be mandatory in institutions like hospitals and schools Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said he expects the coronavirus vaccination to be mandatory in some institutions in the future. In an interview with Newsweek published Friday, Fauci said he’s “sure” institutions like hospitals will mandate the vaccine. “I’m not sure [the vaccine is] going to be mandatory from a central government standpoint, like federal government mandates,” he said. “But there are going to be individual institutions that I’m sure are going to mandate it.” Fauci pointed to his own experience with the National Institutes of Health, which mandates all employees and contractors receive yearly influenza and Hepatitis B vaccines. “I have to get certified every year,” he told Newsweek. “If I didn’t, I couldn’t see patients. So in that regard, I would not be surprised, as we get into the full scope of [COVID-19] vaccination, that some companies, some hospitals, some organizations might require [COVID-19] vaccination.”
Vaccine passport could soon be required at movies, airports and concerts Before hopping aboard a plane, you soon may be required to flash your medical records in the form of a vaccine passport. And it doesn’t stop there. The newly proposed vaccine passport could also act as a pass to get into movie theaters, music concerts, restaurants, bars and shopping malls. “A lot of things have changed in 2020,” said Glen Poole of Port St. Lucie. “It sounds bizarre, but it makes sense.” Governments, airlines, employers, universities, and many other businesses are intensely debating how best to review verified health records during the pandemic to monitor the spread and promote vaccinations. With the vaccine passport, your COVID-19 records may soon function as an actual passport. Think of arriving at the airport, pulling out your smartphone and scanning a digital record of your vaccination or negative test. “The whole world snowballed, that’s when I thought travel was in trouble and we’re all in trouble,” said Ron Russo, owner of Vacation Superstore Network, Best Price Cruises, and Vogue Vacations in Port St. Lucie.
Question of The Day!
Good Day, Robert!
I searched your website in an attempt to purchase your book, Unlock the Power to Heal, but was unable to find it either on your or Ty’s sites. I was able to order it (but not from Amazon!) for my cousin who has recently been diagnosed with a “less-aggressive” type of pancreatic cancer (a grapefruit-sized tumor on the end of the pancreas, unsure if it’s internal or external to the pancreas). I’ve also recently introduced her to your show. She strongly desires options other than the allopathic route (she’s worked with a naturopath in the past and is looking for ways to address cancer without chemo/radiation), so I’m sending her your book as well as Ty’s book, Cancer Step Outside the Box.
I further spoke with her about utilizing selenium; she is looking forward to receiving more in-depth material on this. I think I recall information about using SE at 1,200 mcg/day as a supplement. Can you comment on this?
I know that Choose to Be Healthy has a whole-food SE, which my husband and take daily. Is there a discount available to her since she would be taking so much and for an extended period of time?
RSB, I appreciate your dedication to your mission and look forward to hearing you on air with this and any more information and resources that could help my beloved cousin. She has undergone a great deal of loss lately, but always has a good word for family and friends. Yeah, she’s one of those wonderful people that you just love to be around and are all the better for knowing.
Thank so much for all you do for those who are open to your life-saving message. And all the best to Super Don, too.
Even rich Americans don’t get world-class health care: study Even the most privileged people in the United States with the best access to health care are sicker and more likely to die than average folks in other developed nations, a new study finds. People living in the highest-income counties in the United States are, on average, more likely to die from a heart attack or cancer, during childbirth, or to lose an infant than people in 12 other industrialized countries, according to findings published online Dec. 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine. “We’re talking about whites, and we’re talking about whites living in the richest parts of the country,” said lead researcher Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, chairman of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, in Philadelphia. “We were looking at the best in the United States, and comparing to average in other places. We’re not better than other countries.” These results show that “our health care system has a lot of room for improvement,” said Laurie Martin, a senior health policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, a California-based global policy think tank.
Chemotherapy drug may be effective against COVID-19, researchers say The chemotherapy drug pralatrexate, originally developed to treat lymphoma, may be effective in patients with COVID-19, according to a study published Thursday by the journal PLOS Computational Biology. That’s based on the results generated by a new computational drug screening approach created by researchers in China and lab experiments conducted by their colleagues at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology in Shenzhen, China, the researchers said. “From our data, pralatrexate is able to potently inhibit [COVID-19] replication [better] … than remdesivir,” study co-author Yanjie Wei, executive director of the Center for High Performance Computing at the Shenzhen Institutes, told UPI. Since the start of the global pandemic earlier this year, researchers have sought to repurpose existing drugs for use in infected patients, in an effort to develop an effective treatment more quickly. Computational models can help identify potential drugs for repurposing by simulating how they would interact with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to Wei and his colleagues.
Why You Should Care About the Number of People Who Overdosed on Cannabis in 2020 Despite the state spending thousands of dollars a second – ticketing, kidnapping, caging, and killing evil drug users, the rate of lethal drug overdoses in the last 15 years has skyrocketed. According to the most recent data on overdose deaths, despite the state’s immoral war on drugs, 2020 is set to become the deadliest year in history for overdoses. In fact, according to a recent preliminary data from the federal government: More Americans died from drug overdose in a 12-month period than at any other point in history. Drug overdoses were linked to more than 81,000 people’s deaths between June 2019 and May 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, jumping 18 percent compared to the previous 12-month period. Such deaths rose 20 percent or more in 25 states and the District of Columbia, the report said. Though many of the overdoses can be attributed to the state’s tyrannical lockdown orders, the spike in deaths began before the lockdowns.
Privacy, schmivacy: 2 in 3 Americans don’t care if their smart devices are recording them Are the ads popping up in your smart device a little too spot on? Is it an eerie coincidence or are your smartphones and smart speakers listening in on everything you say in private? Privacy issues are a constant concern when it comes to digital technology, but a new survey finds many Americans are simply accepting they may not be alone in their own home. Researchers say two in three U.S. adults “don’t care” if their smart devices are always listening to what they say. The report by Safety.com finds 66.7 percent of U.S. residents over 18 wouldn’t have a problem finding out a home gadget is listening in on what’s going on inside their home. Researchers polled nearly 1,100 people between the ages of 18 and 64 during December of 2020. While tech companies repeatedly assure the public smart devices are not spying on their owners, not everyone is convinced of this. That feeling is particularly prevalent among older adults. The survey finds baby boomers are much more concerned about digital devices recording their conservations than Millennials or young adults in Generation Z. Adults in Generation X are split on the issue.
Grandparents Finally Get to Hug Grandkids After 9 Months Thanks to Inflatable Polar Bear Costumes Grandparents who hadn’t hugged their grandsons since March shared a loving embrace, thanks to a bright idea to use inflatable polar bear costumes. Barbara and Clive Walshaw said the heartwarming hug was the “best six minutes” they had all year. They got to hold their three grandkids Quinn, six, Morgan, eight, and Mackenzie, 14, for the first time since March 1, after surprising them with the costumes. he couple had been self-isolating and Barbara said it was heartbreaking for the children when they were told they couldn’t nip round to see them for Christmas. They had originally planned to spend Christmas “together” on a Zoom call with a laptop at the end of the dinner table. But the ingenious grandmother stumbled upon the inflatable polar bears while Christmas shopping online and realized she had found a way to hug her beloved grandchildren safely, on December 25.