September 30th, 2020 3-5PM ET
Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Preparing for the COVID-19 Vaccine and Considerations for Mass Distribution The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented public health challenges and spurred a global race to develop and distribute one or more viable vaccines. The challenge of vaccine development is matched by the challenge of vaccine distribution; once discovered and produced, it must be delivered and dispensed to the population writ large. Although a vaccine is not yet available, lessons learned from the acquisition and distribution of COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics suggest that governors may want to begin addressing the challenges of mass distribution before its arrival. Immunizing the U.S. population against COVID-19 will likely require the single largest vaccination campaign ever undertaken and governors will play a key role in bringing together leaders from their state public health, immunization, and emergency management systems to design and execute the operation. As with many COVID-19 activities, a “whole of government” response, with broad participation by health and human services, economic development, education, and public safety agencies, as well as private sector partners and the public, will be critical to its success.
FDA authorizes Hologic’s high-throughput COVID-19 test for wider screening of people showing no symptoms The FDA has expanded the emergency authorization it granted to Hologic for its COVID-19 test, allowing it to be used to screen people showing no symptoms of the disease. The agency also gave the company’s diagnostic, run on the high-throughput Panther Fusion laboratory platform, a green light for pooled testing—where multiple samples are combined and analyzed at once, and only retested individually if the entire batch returns a positive result. Previously, many of the FDA’s authorizations limited testing to people who showed respiratory symptoms or had a confirmed exposure to the novel coronavirus in an effort to prioritize scarce resources to where tests might be most accurate and effective. The agency has since OK’d four tests for wider screening, including Hologic’s centralized lab test, as well as kits from LabCorp, Kaiser Permanente and DxTerity Diagnostics—with the latter three also being authorized for the self-collection of samples at home. Hologic said the new permissions for its fully automated molecular diagnostic test, capable of processing over 1,000 samples per day, will help it play a key role in reopening schools, workplaces and the economy. The Panther Fusion test was first authorized by the FDA in March.
‘Mask patrols’ will fine people refusing to wear face coverings in NYC In announcing a testing blitz to take place in emerging coronavirus hotspots in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio also warned that there is going to be an enforcement blitz. Nine ZIP codes in the city are seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases. The mayor announced during a Tuesday morning briefing that there will be a lot more community outreach in those areas including hundreds of so-called Trace Corps members and hundreds of additional city agency workers in the neighborhoods. Patrols will start issuing fines to people who refuse to wear masks even after being offered a free mask and a warning that not wearing it will result in a fine. “That will happen aggressively. Clearly, our goal, of course, is to give everyone a free face mask and get them to wear it,” de Blasio said. The mayor also announced that the city’s health department has ordered non-public schools and child care centers to close if they do not follow the commission’s order on health safeguards.
GlaxoSmithKline CEO Walmsley: COVID-19 is pharma’s chance for redemption The pharmaceutical industry has constantly come under fire over such issues as high drug prices and patent evergreening. But as COVID-19 rages across the globe, accentuating the need for therapeutics and vaccines, drugmakers should embrace the chance to change the public’s perception. That’s the message GlaxoSmithKline CEO Emma Walmsley conveyed at the third annual Helen Alexander Memorial Lecture. But the rare opportunity at redemption also comes with a challenge, she warned. “The world has never seen our industry as more important,” Walmsley said, as quoted by Bloomberg. “We have a chance to improve our reputation if we deliver on our purpose to find solutions responsibly. But we also need to explain better why it’s in everyone’s interests that we continue to do it profitably.” The pharma industry has tried to explain how drug prices help cover their investments in R&D and that they set prices responsibly, but in the past those efforts did little to sway public opinion. In fact, an annual Gallup poll found last year that the pharma industry sunk to the bottom among 25 industries rated by Americans.
Coronavirus Cases Plummet When PCR Tests Are Adjusted Health experts now say that PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus associated with the illness COVID-19, is too sensitive and needs to be adjusted to rule out people who have insignificant amounts of the virus in their system. The test’s threshold is so high that it detects people with the live virus as well as those with a few genetic fragments left over from a past infection that no longer poses a risk. It’s like finding a hair in a room after a person left it, says Michael Mina, MD, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The New York Times found. The reverse transcriptase quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) test used to identify those people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus uses a nasal swab to collect RNA from deep within the nasal cavity of the individual being tested. The RNA is reverse transcribed into DNA and amplified through 40 or more cycles, or until virus is detected.4 The result is reported as a simple “yes” or “no” answer to the question of whether someone is infected.
Sweating Can Help Spread Covid-19, But Not By ‘Infectious Sweat’ Coronavirus disease is spread by direct and indirect routes. Direct transmission occurs after virus particles in microscopic respiratory droplets are expelled into the air, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes, talks or breathes. Indirect routes include touching contaminated surfaces followed by your face, which is why hand washing is so vital. Some people worry about indirect transmission by another potential route: via sweat, which would make the fluid ‘infectious sweat’. If such a thing existed, it would create risk at gyms and other sports centres as exercise should lead to sweating, and infectious sweat could contaminate shared equipment. Can sweat spread Covid-19? That question is also a concern for people with ‘hyperhidrosis’ — a condition that causes extreme, uncontrollable sweating. And according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, sweat “could actually help prevent the transmission of Covid-19.” The organisation supports that claim with quotes from experts like dermatologist Adam Friedman of the George Washington University, who notes that “Sweat has some inherent antimicrobial activity.”
Exercise Affects Breathing, So Does It Help Spread Coronavirus? Coronavirus particles escape the human body in microscopic droplets generated from fluids lining the respiratory tract. Droplets are expelled into the air when infected people sneeze or cough, shout or sing, talk or breathe. While most of those actions can be controlled to some extent, you can’t really stop a person from breathing, especially during exercise. Regular physical activity has numerous beneficial effects on health, helping to treat chronic diseases and improve mental wellbeing, so it’s vital to keep exercising during the pandemic. But at the same time, it’s also important to consider how breathing during exercise might aid the spread of Covid-19. Aerobic exercise causes you to breathe in and out more often, and more deeply when you get your breath back during recovery periods. If you’re infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus — and aren’t aware because you’re an ‘asymptomatic carrier’ with no symptoms of disease — then exercising near other people could increase their risk of infection, particularly in an enclosed space. Conversely, you may be more likely to catch the virus from someone else.
Hour 2 – Outside The Box With Ty Bollinger!
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Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says Second Wave Was Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, and that the “Pandemic Is Over” Dr. Mike Yeadon, a former Chief Science Officer of infectious disease for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, says “there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen.” He further stated that false positive results from unreliable COVID tests are being used to manufacture a “second wave” based on “new cases.” He said that, based on death rates and hospitalization, “the pandemic is fundamentally over.” He wrote a paper with two colleagues and stated that lockdowns have made no difference in infection rate outcomes, but the lockdowns are the cause of economic devastation. In Germany, an organization of 500 German doctors and scientists has formed, who say that government response to the COVID virus has been vastly out of proportion to the actual severity of the disease. Charts based on European CDC data show the disparity between the number of claimed COVID cases compared COVID death rates make it obvious that politicians, health officials and the media are lying about COVID being an emergency that requires lockdowns and other tyrannical policies.
Will New COVID Vaccine Make You Transhuman? Two years ago, in October 2018, Forbes contributor Neil Sahota, a United Nations artificial intelligence adviser and UC Irvine professor, warned that transhumanism is fast approaching—likely faster than you think.1 “In the past few years, there has been considerable discussion around the idea we are slowly merging with our technology, that we are becoming transhuman, with updated abilities, including enhanced intelligence, strength, and awareness,” Sahota writes. The goal of the transhumanist movement, or “Human 2.0,” is to transcend biology into technology. Or, as Dr. Carrie Madej explains in the video above, to meld human biology with technology and artificial intelligence. Two visible proponents of transhumanism are Ray Kurzweil (director of engineering at Google since 2012) and Elon Musk (founder of SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink). According to Madej, right now, today, we may be standing at the literal crossroads of transhumanism, thanks to the fast approaching release of one or more mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Many of the COVID-19 vaccines currently being fast-tracked are not conventional vaccines. Their design is aimed at manipulating your very biology, and therefore have the potential to alter the biology of the entire human race.
Maryland man sentenced to year-long prison sentence for hosting parties during lockdown while rioters roam free Shawn Marshall Myers, a 42-year-old Maryland man, has been sentenced to one year in prison after being convicted on two counts of failure to comply with an emergency order related to the Wuhan coronavirus (covid-19) lockdown in his state. Myers reportedly hosted two parties at his home during Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s statewide lockdown order, which prohibited all gatherings – except for those deemed “protests” – of more than 10 people. District Court Judge W. Louis Hennessy presided over the trial, determining that Myers is, in fact, guilty of having had too many people at his house at one time. One of the parties supposedly had more than 50 guests present. Had Myers gathered with these 50 people to “protest” the death of Breonna Taylor, or whichever black person’s name was making the media rounds at that time, by burning down local businesses and torching people’s cars, he would have gotten off scot-free. But because he had people over to his house during the lockdown, Myers will now have to go to prison where, ironically, he could end up “catching” the Wuhan coronavirus (covid-19).
California Gov. Newsom receives flu shot during live news conference: ‘It’s a simple thing to do’ California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday received the flu shot during a live news conference, heeding advice health experts have stressed for months as flu season this year coincides with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “I’ve done this every single year, as long as I can remember,” Newsom said, according to a local news station. “It is a simple thing to do, and getting a flu shot is a safe thing to do.” “By getting a flu shot, you’re protecting yourself, and you mitigate the impact that what some have referred to as the ‘twindemic’ of a potential second wave of COVID-19 transmissions and the flu happening concurrently putting stress, putting pressure, on our hospital system, draining resources and impacting the quality care that all of you deserve and expect of our health care delivery system,” the governor said, per KERO-TV. Health officials are urging all Americans to receive the flu shot before the end of October. “Healthy adults, including pregnant women, should get the vaccine as early as possible (pregnant women are not only at particularly high risk of influenza complications, they can also transmit immunity to their fetuses),” Michelle Lin, an emergency room doctor, and professor of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, previously told Fox News.
Christopher Walken Crusades Against Global Corporate Behemoth, Monsanto, in New Film ‘Percy’ It’s not everyday Hollywood actors lend their celebrity to criticize corporate behemoths like Monsanto. Yet that’s exactly the case with the upcoming independent film ‘Percy,’ starring Christopher Walken and directed by Clark Johnson. The movie hits theaters Oct. 9 and is based on the true story of a legal battle between the agribusiness giant and an independent Canadian canola farmer, Percy Schmeiser. Schmeiser’s real life tale begins in 1996, a significant year for the history of genetically modified (GM) crops. It’s the year Canada became one of the first six countries to introduce GM seeds commercially, including seeds Monsanto engineered to tolerate its herbicide, Roundup. Monsanto called this brand of seeds “Roundup Ready,” and by 1997, two farms bordering Schmeiser’s property entered into agreements to plant “Roundup Ready Canola.” That year, Schmeiser found Monsanto’s GM canola seeds on his farm and saved some of them to plant the next year. Schmeiser had been saving seeds for decades, to plant the following season. Schmeiser was a self-proclaimed “seed-saver.” He had been developing his own disease-resistant seeds for nearly 50 years. His technique of saving seeds and his pride in his work were the things that defined him.
Physicians Misjudge a Terminal Patient’s Life Span: Is It Fraud? Can physicians always tell when a patient has less than 6 months to live? And if they misjudge, is that fraud? A registered nurse and three nonclinicians filed a federal False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit against Care Alternatives, a for-profit hospice in Cranford, New Jersey, claiming the hospice illegally admitted at least 16 patients who were not in their last 6 months of life and so did not qualify for Medicare hospice coverage. The whistleblowers’ medical expert, Robert Jayes, MD, testified that the patients’ medical records did not back up the hospice medical director’s prognosis of imminent death and thus did not support a certification of need for hospice care. The hospice’s medical expert disagreed, testifying that a physician could reasonably have determined that the life expectancy of each of those patients was 6 months or less. The whistleblowers were all former staffers. A federal district judge held that a “mere difference of opinion between physicians, without more, is not enough” to show that the hospice filed false claims to Medicare under the law. But in March, the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling, finding that “a difference of medical opinion is enough evidence to create a triable dispute of fact regarding FCA falsity.”
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