Coronavirus Insights – Feb. 10, 2021
Dear Nutmeg Aspirin Community,
In our last newsletter, we highlighted the good news about Ivermectin, and this week, we're scratching our heads, wondering why Dr. Kory's Senate testimony about Ivermectin* was taken off of YouTube after 6 million+ views. Given the evidence and testimonials, we are curious why this information is being censored (as is Sen. Johnson in this Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal). When health and wellness information is censored, it begs the question, why? What is so dangerous about a remedy that is generally used for treating lice in children?
As for vaccine news, you'll see below that a host of countries are now changing recommendations or flat-out saying no to Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. Merck has halted their vaccine trials to focus on treatment for the virus, and the CDC is being scrutinized for its mixed recommendations on whether those who have had Covid should take the vaccine. As always, we encourage you to do your research and provide the below links to help facilitate varying points of view. We're here to help, so please reach out if you have questions or thoughts.
*Just in case you need it again, here's a link to Dr. Kory and the Frontline Alliance's recommended protocol for treating Covid.
Via Medical Xpress
Italy agency cautious on AstraZeneca jab for over 55s
Italy's medicines agency on Saturday approved the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for all adults but recommended alternatives be given to people aged over 55. AIFA's decision comes a day after the European Union gave the green light for the jab, but Germany's vaccine commission recommended against using it on older people amid questions over its effectiveness that have been rejected by the company.
Via Yahoo! News
Pfizer drops India vaccine application after regulator seeks local trial
Pfizer Inc said on Friday it had withdrawn an application for emergency-use authorisation of its COVID-19 vaccine in India, after failing to meet the drug regulator's demand for a local safety and immunogenicity study. The decision means the vaccine will not be available for sale in the world's two most populous countries, India and China, in the near future. Both countries are running their immunisation campaigns using other products. The drug regulator said on its website its experts did not recommend the vaccine because of side effects reported abroad were still being investigated. It also said Pfizer had not proposed any plan to generate safety and immunogenicity data in India.
Via Daily Mail
Switzerland refuses to approve AstraZeneca jab and says 'new studies' are needed after France, Germany and Sweden rejected it for over-65s
"Switzerland joins Sweden, France and Germany in objections to the Oxford AstraZeneca jab. Swissmedic regulatory said there was insufficient data to authorise the vaccine. Berlin said lack of evidence for over-65s, Macron said it was 'almost ineffective'. Boris Johnson has backed 'very good and efficacious' jab despite rancorous EU."
Norway May Refine Vaccine Strategy After Elderly Deaths, PM Says
"'We don’t believe there’s any problem with the safety of the vaccines,' Solberg said in an interview with Bloomberg Live that aired on Tuesday. 'But we will maybe not give them to the most vulnerable of the elderly, because that might speed up a process where they were what we would say at the end of life phase anyway,' so, 'that probably is not what we will continue to do.'”
Via Bakersfield Now
CDC misinformation on Covid-19 vaccines
"The question is whether they should go ahead and get vaccinated at a time when there are vaccine shortages and others need the vaccine more.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been telling people who have previously been infected that they can go ahead and get the shot. But they have been falsely quoting scientific studies to support that position. CDC says the studies proved the vaccines are effective for those who had coronavirus. But that’s not what the studies say. A Full Measure investigation found that an outside scientist, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), discovered the error and contacted top scientists at CDC to try to get them to fix it."
Via UK Government
Coronavirus vaccine - summary of Yellow Card reporting
Yellow Card is the British reporting system for vaccine reactions. "As of 24 January 2021, for the UK:
16,756 Yellow Cards have been reported for the Pfizer/BioNTech
6,014 have been reported for the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine
50 have been reported where the brand of the vaccine was not specified
For both vaccines the overall reporting rate is around 3 Yellow Cards per 1,000 doses administered."
Via The Sun
143 Brits died shortly after their Covid jabs but 'vaccines didn't play a role', say regulators
Officials say the majority of reported fatalities were in elderly people or people with underlying illness. Investigators said there is no suggestion the jab played a role in the deaths. The MHRA found around one in ten people will experience side effects after having the jab.
Via Daily Press
Gloucester woman's death after coronavirus vaccine is being investigated
Drene Keyes, 58, died after getting a first dose of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine Saturday in the town of Warsaw. Keyes waited 15 minutes after the shot to be observed by health care providers on site, but soon after experienced vomiting and trouble breathing. She was taken to VCU Tappahannock Hospital, where she died.
Via Financial Times
India: has the Covid pandemic started to burn itself out?
"'What we seem to have done is let the virus run its course,' says virologist T Jacob John, a retired professor at Christian Medical College in Vellore in southern Tamil Nadu state. 'By not flattening the curve in the beginning, India went through the herd immunity threshold and the epidemic seems to be naturally coming down.'”
Found 11,249 cases where the vaccine was for Covid-19
Via Stat News
Kids don't need Covid-19 vaccines to return to school
"The notion is out there that public school students should not return to in-person learning until they’ve been vaccinated. That proposition worries me. Here are five reasons why schools can and should open at 100% capacity before a vaccine for those under age 16 is available."
Via The Atlantic
The Second Covid-19 Shot is a Rude Reawakening for Immune Cells
"At about 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, I woke to find my husband shivering beside me. For hours, he had been tossing in bed, exhausted but unable to sleep, nursing chills, a fever, and an agonizingly sore left arm. His teeth chattered. His forehead was freckled with sweat. And as I lay next to him, cinching blanket after blanket around his arms, I felt an immense sense of relief. All this misery was a sign that the immune cells in his body had been riled up by the second shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and were well on their way to guarding him from future disease. The provocative nature of mRNA might help explain why Moderna’s shot, which contains three times as much of the genetic material as Pfizer’s, was linked to more side effects in clinical trials."
Via Science Alert
Multiple COVID-19 Variants are Developing Vaccine-Evading Mutations, Scientists Fear
"The mutation is also found in the variants identified in South Africa and Brazil. Scientists believe it enables the virus to escape antibodies produced by the body, after either immunization or a previous coronavirus infection. Vaccines and certain antibody drugs might therefore not work so well."
Via Stat News
Lavishly funded Moderna hits safety problems in bold bid to revolutionze medicine
An article on Moderna from 2017:
"Founded in 2012, Moderna reached unicorn status — a $1 billion valuation — in just two years, faster than Uber, Dropbox, and Lyft, according to CB Insights. The company’s premise: Using custom-built strands of messenger RNA, known as mRNA, it aims to turn the body’s cells into ad hoc drug factories, compelling them to produce the proteins needed to treat a wide variety of diseases. But mRNA is a tricky technology. Several major pharmaceutical companies have tried and abandoned the idea, struggling to get mRNA into cells without triggering nasty side effects. Bancel has repeatedly promised that Moderna’s new therapies will change the world, but the company has refused to publish any data on its mRNA vehicles, sparking skepticism from some scientists and a chiding from the editors of Nature."
Via the Jerusalem Post
19-year-old hospitalized in ICU after second Covid vaccine
"From when he had received the second dose, he had experienced an accelerated heartbeat, along with shortness of breath and sharp pains that were radiating down his left arm, according to Terem’s Dr. Badarnih Bahaa. 'The fact that the symptoms started immediately after the vaccination raises the suspicion that an immunological reaction may have caused the inflammation,' said Dr. Abdulhadi Farojeh, a Terem medical director."
Via Fox News
Congressman who had second COVID-19 vaccine dose tests positive for virus
"A Massachusetts congressman tested positive coronavirus just a few weeks after receiving the second of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine."
Via Daily Echo
Coronavirus outbreak: 22 deaths at Pemberley House Care Home
"The deaths occurred at Pemberley House Care Home in Basingstoke, operated by private firm Avery Healthcare. The outbreak was first declared on Tuesday, January 5, with 60 percent of its residents testing positive for the disease, according to sources. Within three weeks, 22 people had died - over one-third of the home's residents. It is understood the outbreak started as residents began to have their first coronavirus vaccines. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulation Agency (MHRA) said there was no suggestion the vaccine was responsible for the deaths."
Via Wall Street Journal
WHO Recommends against Moderna, Pfizer Vaccine for Most Pregnant Women
"The World Health Organization released new guidance about Moderna Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine this week, recommending generally against the use of the vaccine during pregnancy except in those at high risk of exposure or having a severe case."
Via Life Site News
39-year-old nurse aide dies 'within 48 hours' of receiving mandated COVID-19 shot
"'She was coming home from work and as soon as she drove into her parking lot she passed away,' he said. 'According to her neighbors she wasn’t feeling good directly after the vaccine, and then ever since the vaccine she was actually feeling nauseated, she’d have like migraines and stuff like that. And then, within 48 hours, she ended up passing away.' Gregory mentioned that his deceased sister, a mother of two sons, was required to receive this vaccine due to her nursing home employment."
Nine health workers have died in vaccine rollout. India must disclose status of probe into each case
"The deaths of nine health workers following administration of the Covid-19 vaccine in the 12 days since the start of the immunisation programme on January 16 is cause for concern. The government must immediately disclose all details of the investigations into these serious Adverse Events Following Immunisation and any action taken."
Via ABC News
Avoid preventive pain relievers before getting a COVID vaccine: Experts
"The side effects from the vaccines are caused by activation of the immune system, meaning that the immune system is working and starting to build immunity to COVID-19 -- this is what we want. These pain relievers may prevent parts of the immune system from working and slow down the immune response. There is a theory that taking these medications before immunization may reduce their effectiveness."
The Moderna COVID-19 (mRNA-1273) vaccine: what you need to know
"Who should not take the vaccine?
While pregnancy puts women at a higher risk of severe COVID-19, the use of this vaccine in pregnant women is currently not recommended, unless they are at risk of high exposure (e.g. health workers).
Individuals with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine should not take this or any other mRNA vaccine.
While vaccination is recommended for older persons due to the high risk of severe COVID-19 and death, very frail older persons with an anticipated life expectancy of less than 3 months should be individually assessed.
The vaccine should not be administered to persons younger than 18 years of age pending the results of further studies."
Via Noor Chasm on Medium
A Letter of Warning To FDA And Pfizer: On The Immunological Danger Of COVID-19 Vaccination In The Recently Convalescent And Asymptomatic Carriers.
"On January 26, 2021, Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO, along with his colleague Dr. William Gruber, Pfizer’s SVP of Vaccine Clinical Research and Development, received this letter warning regarding the immunological danger of vaccinating the recently convalescent or asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2 — especially in elderly and frail with cardiovascular disease."
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Via The Daily Beast
White House Asks CDC to Study How Many Have Died After COVID Vaccine Shots
"The White House COVID-19 task force has asked the Centers for Disease Control to conduct a comprehensive study on how many Americans have died since receiving the vaccine and the circumstances that led to their death, according to two officials familiar with the matter.
Officials aren’t concerned that the vaccine is having adverse effects on a large number of recipients. Instead, they are pushing for the study in order to ensure the federal government has a more complete picture of mortality in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to gather more data about the vaccine, its efficacy, and what happened to the recipients after they got the jab.”
Via New York Post
Elderly man collapses, dies shortly after getting COVID-19 vaccine at Javits Center
"An elderly man collapsed and died in Manhattan on Sunday morning shortly after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination at the Javits Center, a health official said. The man, in his 70s, fell as he was leaving the building about 25 minutes after his vaccination, according to a statement from New York state health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.”
Via Al Jazeera
WHO ‘concerned’ COVID vaccines will not work on new variants
"The European head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said he is “concerned” over whether COVID-19 vaccines will prove effective against new virus variants. “The virus still has the upper hand on the human being,” WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge told the AFP news agency on Friday.”
Via Yahoo! News
New Israeli Covid drug which cured 30 cases of disease hailed by scientists as 'huge breakthrough'
"The EXO-CD24 substance was developed at the Ichilov Medical Centre in Tel Aviv and successfully completed its first phase of clinical trials on Friday. The treatment was given to 30 patients with coronavirus, whose conditions ranged from moderate to severe. Twenty-nine of the patients were then discharged from the hospital in the following three to five days, while one patient took slightly longer to recover."
Via National Institute of Health
Use of Ivermectin Is Associated With Lower Mortality in Hospitalized Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019: The Ivermectin in COVID Nineteen Study
"Ivermectin treatment was associated with lower mortality during treatment of COVID-19, especially in patients with severe pulmonary involvement. Randomized controlled trials are needed to confirm these findings."
Via Globe Newswire
Enlivex Reports Positive Top-Line Results from Phase II Clinical Trial Evaluating Allocetra in Severe and Critical COVID-19 Patients and Provides a Program Update
"Enlivex Therapeutics Ltd. (Nasdaq: ENLV, the “Company”), a clinical-stage macrophage reprogramming immunotherapy company targeting diseased macrophages in patients with sepsis, COVID-19 and solid tumors, today reported positive top-line results from a multi-center, investigator-initiated Phase II clinical trial evaluating AllocetraTM in severe and critical COVID-19 patients. Based on the positive results and in consultation with the trial’s principal investigator, the Company has completed the trial early and plans to submit a summary of the data for review by the relevant regulatory bodies. Submission of the data summary to regulators is expected later this month and will serve as the basis for a discussion with regulators on the next steps in Allocetra’s regulatory pathway in COVID-19 patients with severe or critical illness."
Plitidepsin has potent preclinical efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 by targeting the host protein eEF1A
"SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins interact with the eukaryotic translation machinery and inhibitors of translation have potent antiviral effects. Here we report that the drug plitidepsin (aplidin), which has limited clinical approval, possesses antiviral activity (IC90 = 0.88 nM) 27.5-fold more potent than remdesivir against SARS-CoV-2 in vitro, with limited toxicity in cell culture. Through the use of a drug resistant mutant, we show that the antiviral activity of plitidepsin against SARS-CoV-2 is mediated through inhibition of the known target eEF1A. We demonstrate the in vivo efficacy of plitidepsin treatment in two mouse models of SARS-CoV-2 infection with a reduction of viral replication in the lungs by two orders of magnitude using prophylactic treatment. Our results indicate that plitidepsin is a promising therapeutic candidate for COVID-19."
Ground-breaking COVID-19 Treatment Found in Unexpected Cancer Drug
"An unexpected COVID-19 drug derived from a rare sea animal and historically used to treat cancer is found to be 27.5 times more effective than the Gilead Sciences’ popular coronavirus drug remdesivir, a study published in the journal Science on Monday revealed."
Via Science Direct
Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection
"Approximately 9 months of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavius-2 (SARS-CoV-2 [COVID-19]) spreading across the globe has led to widespread COVID-19 acute hospitalizations and death. The rapidity and highly communicable nature of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has hampered the design and execution of definitive randomized, controlled trials of therapy outside of the clinic or hospital. In the absence of clinical trial results, physicians must use what has been learned about the pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2 infection in determining early outpatient treatment of the illness with the aim of preventing hospitalization or death. This article outlines key pathophysiological principles that relate to the patient with early infection treated at home. Therapeutic approaches based on these principles include 1) reduction of reinoculation, 2) combination antiviral therapy, 3) immunomodulation, 4) antiplatelet/antithrombotic therapy, and 5) administration of oxygen, monitoring, and telemedicine. Future randomized trials testing the principles and agents discussed will undoubtedly refine and clarify their individual roles; however, we emphasize the immediate need for management guidance in the setting of widespread hospital resource consumption, morbidity, and mortality."
Via Eureka Alert
Melatonin produced in the lungs prevents infection by novel coronavirus
"The hormone acts as a barrier against SARS-CoV-2, blocking the expression of genes that encode proteins in cells serving as viral entry points, according to a study by researchers at the University of São Paulo."
'Can COVID-19 Revolutionize the Treatment of Viral Diseases?' Asks the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
"Instead of pursuing research on treatment, the pharmaceutical industry has focused solely on vaccination to respond to viral diseases, she observes. But vaccines have drawbacks. Dr. Merritt lists incomplete immunity and 'immune enhancement,' which can worsen disease outcomes. 'Vaccination is not a panacea. It was once the last resort to the treatment of disease. In the age of huge vaccine profit it has become the first choice for every disease,' she states."
Via National Institute of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine
Bromelain Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Infection in VeroE6 Cells
"Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). The initial interaction between Transmembrane Serine Protease 2 (TMPRSS2) primed SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein and host cell receptor angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE-2) is a pre-requisite step for this novel coronavirus pathogenesis. Here, we expressed a GFP-tagged SARS-CoV-2 S-Ectodomain in Tni insect cells. That contained sialic acid-enriched N- and O-glycans. Surface resonance plasmon (SPR) and Luminex assay showed that the purified S-Ectodomain binding to human ACE-2 and immunoreactivity with COVID-19 positive samples. We demonstrate that bromelain (isolated from pineapple stem and used as a dietary supplement) treatment diminishes the expression of ACE-2 and TMPRSS2 in VeroE6 cells and dramatically lowers the expression of S-Ectodomain. Importantly, bromelain treatment reduced the interaction between S-Ectodomain and VeroE6 cells. Most importantly, bromelain treatment significantly diminished the SARS-CoV-2 infection in VeroE6 cells. Altogether, our results suggest that bromelain or bromelain rich pineapple stem may be used as an antiviral against COVID-19."
Via Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Role of vitamin D in regulating COVID‐19 severity—An immunological perspective
"Vitamin D, a key nutrient/prohormone classically associated with skeletal health, is also an important immunomodulator, with pleotropic effects on innate and adaptive immune cells. Outcomes of several chronic, autoimmune, and infectious diseases are linked to vitamin D. Emergent correlations of vitamin D insufficiency with coronavirus‐induced disease 2019 (COVID‐19) severity, alongside empirical and clinical evidence of immunoregulation by vitamin D in other pulmonary diseases, have prompted proposals of vitamin D supplementation to curb the COVID‐19 public health toll. In this review paper, we engage an immunological lens to discuss potential mechanisms by which vitamin D signals might regulate respiratory disease severity in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV2) infections, vis a vis other pulmonary infections. It is proposed that vitamin D signals temper lung inflammatory cascades during SARS‐CoV2 infection, and insufficiency of vitamin D causes increased inflammatory cytokine storm, thus leading to exacerbated respiratory disease. Additionally, analogous to studies of reduced cancer incidence, the dosage of vitamin D compounds administered to patients near the upper limit of safety may serve to maximize immune health benefits and mitigate inflammation and disease severity in SARS‐CoV2 infections. We further deliberate on the importance of statistically powered clinical correlative and interventional studies, and the need for in‐depth basic research into vitamin D‐dependent host determinants of respiratory disease severity."
Via The Conversation
A healthy microbiome builds a strong immune system that could help defeat COVID-19
"Bacteria in our guts can elicit an effective immune response against viruses that not only infect the gut, such as norovirus and rotavirus, but also those infecting the lungs, such as the flu virus. The beneficial gut microbes do this by ordering specialized immune cells to produce potent antiviral proteins that ultimately eliminate viral infections. And the body of a person lacking these beneficial gut bacteria won’t have as strong an immune response to invading viruses. As a result, infections might go unchecked, taking a toll on health."
Testing and Masks
COVID Anal Swabs for Beijing Residents More Accurate, Says Chinese Expert
“More than a million Beijing residents undergoing coronavirus testing amid a fresh outbreak have been administered anal swabs, which are considered more accurate and raise the chances of detecting COVID-19, said a Chinese disease specialist."
A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers
"This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection. Further research is needed to inform the widespread use of cloth masks globally. However, as a precautionary measure, cloth masks should not be recommended for HCWs, particularly in high-risk situations, and guidelines need to be updated."
Via European Center for Disease Prevention and Control
COVID-19 in children and the role of school settings in transmission - first update
"There is a general consensus that the decision to close schools to control the COVID-19 pandemic should be used as a last resort. The negative physical, mental health and educational impact of proactive school closures on children, as well as the economic impact on society more broadly, would likely outweigh the benefits."
Via Wall Street Journal
YouTube Cancels the U.S. Senate
"Google’s YouTube has ratcheted up censorship to a new level by removing two videos from a U.S. Senate committee. They were from a Dec. 8 Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on early treatment of Covid-19. One was a 30-minute summary; the other was the opening statement of critical-care specialist Pierre Kory."
Via Science, Public Health Policy, and The Law
COVID-19 Data Collection, Comorbidity & Federal Law: A Historical Retrospective
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 23, 2020, “For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19 , on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.” For a nation tormented by restrictive public health policies mandated for healthy individuals and small businesses, this is the most important statistical revelation of this crisis. This revelation significantly impacts the published fatalities count due to COVID-19. More importantly, it exposes major problems with the process by which the CDC was able to generate inaccurate data during a crisis. The CDC has advocated for social isolation, social distancing, and personal protective equipment use as primary mitigation strategies in response to the COVID-19 crisis, while simultaneously refusing to acknowledge the promise of inexpensive pharmaceutical and natural treatments. These mitigation strategies were promoted largely in response to projection model fatality forecasts that have proven to be substantially inaccurate. Further investigation into the legality of the methods used to create these strategies raised additional concerns and questions. Why would the CDC decide against using a system of data collection & reporting they authored, and which has been in use nationwide for 17 years without incident, in favor of an untested & unproven system exclusively for COVID-19 without discussion and peer-review? Did the CDC’s decision to abandon a known and proven effective system also breach several federal laws that ensure data accuracy and integrity? Did the CDC knowingly alter rules for reporting cause of death in the presence of comorbidity exclusively for COVID-19? If so, why?"
Via Times of Israel
Health chief: Lockdown is reducing infections ‘but at slow, disappointing rate’
"According to Channel 12, Israel leads the entire world in the number of days locked down since the start of the pandemic. However the current lockdown has not produced the expected dramatic drop in infection numbers, despite Israel’s massive vaccine effort, with officials blaming the British variant of the virus."
Via Full Measure News
"Today we begin with an investigation regarding the Covid-19 vaccine shortages. There are serious questions about an incorrect claim made by top scientists at CDC: the nation’s premiere public health institute. Critics call it misinformation. CDC chalks it up to an “honest mistake." Whatever it is, it resulted in vaccines going to some who are said to need it the least depriving others who are said to need it the most."
Via Research Gate
A Critical Review of CDC USA Data on Covid-19: PCR/Antigen Tests & Cases Reveal Herd Immunity Only, & Do Not Warrant Public Hysteria or Lockdowns
"Basic annual all-cause deaths data, when reviewed in light of a claimed Covid-19 pandemic and decadal expectations from annual increases in population growth, revealed no overall surge in USA deaths for 2020. Age-specific analysis also failed to confirm any significant increase in Covid-19 deaths among populations of high-risk elderly 65+ years as compared to all-cause deaths within the same demographic. The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) "daily confirmed-case and confirmed-deaths" data on Covid-19 were also reviewed as plotted together on the same ordinate scale, along the vertical axis, revealing a less frightening perspective of daily confirmed death numbers from the claimed "pandemic" than is usually reported on "official science" and media websites with graphical and numerical exaggerations. Daily death/case ratios failed to affirm any significant growth or spread of an expected deadly viral pandemic, except for the initial period of March-April 2020, which quickly subsided. These direct reviews of the official CDC data, formulated within the existing paradigm of a claimed deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus and Covid-19 disease, expose multiple contradictions to basic causality and logic. Problems in PCR/Antigen tests and electron-microscopy for specific identification of SARS-CoV-2 are exposed, indicating cross-reactivity and confusions with other corona viruses and their DNA/RNA fragments, along with antibodies to them. The claimed Covid-19 tests thereby do not appear specific to the living SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is why lab-confirmed cases among asymptomatic people have soared to dramatically high numbers, while lab-confirmed deaths have not. Other contradictions in CDC data were identified, and can best be understood as deaths from ordinary seasonal respiratory disorders such as influenza or pneumonia being inappropriately reclassified as Covid-19. Soaring "case" numbers therefore would reflect herd immunity only, possibly as early as May of 2020. These conclusions are not confined to the USA data, but appear global."
Via Yale News
Scientists unravel mystery of sex disparities in COVID-19 outcomes
"Essentially, women have immune system reinforcements they can call upon early in infections that men, with their single X chromosomes, don’t possess. Sex hormones also play key roles in susceptibility to bad outcomes, research has shown. In a mouse model of SARS-CoV infection, higher mortality in male mice was observed and attributed to the protective roles of the female sex hormone estrogen. The presence of estrogen can help suppress ACE 2, a receptor on the surface of many cells that is used by SARS-CoV-2 to enter cells. Conversely, the male hormone androgen appears to enhance the ability of the virus to infect cells. A study found that men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer appear to be less susceptible to infection by the COVID-19 virus. In addition, age amplifies and sometimes sabotages a man’s immune response to COVID-19 infection."
Ancillary Effects of COVID
Via NY Times
Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen
"The spate of student suicides in and around Las Vegas has pushed the Clark County district, the nation’s fifth largest, toward bringing students back as quickly as possible. This month, the school board gave the green light to phase in the return of some elementary school grades and groups of struggling students even as greater Las Vegas continues to post huge numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. Superintendents across the nation are weighing the benefit of in-person education against the cost of public health, watching teachers and staff become sick and, in some cases, die, but also seeing the psychological and academic toll that school closings are having on children nearly a year in. The risk of student suicides has quietly stirred many district leaders, leading some, like the state superintendent in Arizona, to cite that fear in public pleas to help mitigate the virus’s spread.
Covid: the devastating impact of the pandemic on children
"They are not likely to get seriously ill with Covid and there have been very few deaths. But children are still the victims of the virus - and our response to it - in many other ways."
Via CBS News
Hundreds of Americans poisoned by hand sanitizer this month, including kids
"More than half of hand sanitizers imported from Mexico contain dangerous levels of toxic ingredients and should not be used by consumers, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In January alone, more than 900 accidental poisonings involving hand sanitizer were reported in the U.S., the overwhelming majority involving young children."