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Chicago Teachers Union votes to defy school reopening plan, potentially voiding union contract

The Chicago Teachers Union voted Sunday to defy the Chicago Public Schools reopening plan, meaning the hundreds of thousands of students who rely on public education in Chicago will continue to be denied the in-person learning services they desperately need.

What are the details?

Chicago Public Schools announced last month that pre-K and special needs students would return to school after the Christmas holiday and that in-person learning would resume for students kindergarten through eighth grade by Feb. 1.

With elementary and middle school teachers set to return to their school buildings on Monday, Jan. 25, the Chicago Teachers Union overwhelmingly voted to not return to work — and demonized CPS in the process.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

About 86% of the 25,000 rank-and-file CTU members voted on the resolution to stay home from schools, and 71% of those members approved the collective action, the union wrote in an email to teachers and staff. That means 61% of membership approved the labor action.

“So what does this mean? It means the overwhelming majority of you have chosen safety,” the union wrote. “CPS did everything possible to divide us by instilling fear through threats of retaliation, but you still chose unity, solidarity and to collectively act as one.”

The CTU claimed teachers want to return to in-person instruction, but alleged CPS has thus far been unprepared for students and staff to return in person.

“There’s no doubt we all want to return to in-person instruction. The issue is CPS’ current unpreparedness for a return to in-person instruction, and the clear and present danger that poses to the health of our families and school communities,” the CTU said, WLS-TV reported.

But that’s not necessarily true. As TheBlaze previously reported, Chicago Public Schools has spent $100 million to safely prepare its school buildings for in-person instruction.

How did CPS respond?

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said Friday that if teachers refuse to return to work, the city will view that as a strike.

“I think my point was clear that if the union refuses to work on Monday, that constitutes a strike,” Jackson said, the Sun-Times reported.

The implications of a strike would be significant. That’s because the union’s latest collective bargaining agreement, reached after a strike in 2019, prohibits the union from going on strike. Doing so would void the agreement.

Anything else?

Although the union claims teachers should not be required to return to in-person learning because the pandemic has created an unsafe environment for students and staff, research data, like one Duke-led study in North Carolina, has revealed that COVID-19 transmission between students and staff is extremely low, even nonexistent in many cases.

Meanwhile, remote learning has proved to be an extreme burden on students.

Not only are students failing at record levels, but depression rates are reaching critical levels. In Las Vegas, with the fifth-largest school district in the U.S., an extremely high number of suicides persuaded officials to partially reopen schools “as quickly as possible.”

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Europe Remains On Lockdown

As the first month of 2021 approaches its end, COVID-19 restrictions remain in place across Europe. Yet, as Statista’s Katharina Buchholz notes, reluctance to go into a full-fledged lockdown has some countries applying a hodgepodge of restrictions just short of the real deal.

According to reports by ZeroHedge, Spain and France led the way by imposing lockdowns as early as October. Both countries continue to push the official narrative onto the public and claim the second wave of infections spread from mid-July. France has since come out of lockdown and switched to an early national curfew supplemented by restaurant closures – a tactic that is currently also applied in Belgium and Luxembourg.

The one year of lockdown mark is coming up, for those in the United States, and it’s gone on longer for those in Europe.  The ruling class is not giving up on the destruction of all small businesses no matter where you live on Earth.

Spain has stuck to its national curfew and localized lockdown system stubbornly despite case numbers rising swiftly again in what has been called a third wave of infections. Italy, where cases started rising quickly in October, is under the same regiment, while adding early restaurant closures at 6 p.m. into the mix. –ZeroHedge

It seems that most of the rulers somehow believe this virus only spreads at night, so they institute curfews telling people when they are allowed to do business or be out in public.  This is getting out of hand, and unfortunately, a lot of people are still falling for their own oppressive enslavement.

This will not end until we say it ends. The rullin classes of the lobe only have power if we let them and allow them to dictate our every move.

More national curfews have been implemented in less-affected parts of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, for example in Hungary, Romania, Turkey, and Albania.

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Covid “Mutation” Stories Show That The Lockdowns Are Designed To Last Forever

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom will lift strict stay-at-home order as recall effort gains steam

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is reportedly planning to lift his stay-at-home lockdown order in California on Monday.

The decision to rescind the coronavirus-related restrictions, which have been in place since December, coincides with a campaign to recall the Democratic governor that has gained significant steam in recent weeks.

What are the details?

A person inside Newsom’s office told the San Francisco Chronicle the restrictions are being lifted because ICU bed availability has risen to acceptable metrics set by California health officials.

California regions under the lockdown order will now return to the state’s reopening framework of colored tiers. Most significantly, the source revealed that California’s reopening plan will no longer “be tied strictly to the number of beds that are available in intensive care units,” the Chronicle reported.

Now, restaurants, gyms, salons, and many other businesses designated as “nonessential” by the government will be permitted to resume modified services.

News of the development broke when the California Restaurant Association sent members a letter revealing what Newsom’s administration told them.

“Late this evening, senior officials in the Newsom administration informed us that the Governor will announce tomorrow that the stay-at-home order will be lifted in all regions of the state,” the letter stated.

What about the recall effort?

Organizers of Rescue California — the latest campaign to recall Newsom — revealed on Saturday they are rapidly gathering the number of signatures required to trigger a recall vote.


Rescue CA has a goal of getting in enough signatures to help the effort get to 2 million signatures. 1.5 million validated signatures are required to qualify a recall for a special election, according to Anne Dunsmore, Campaign manager and finance director, Rescue California.

Currently the Secretary of State has confirmed that the signatures have been 84% valid.Rescue CA has raised $1.7 million dollars towards its goal of $2.5 million with over 9000 contributors, Dunsmore said on Good Morning San Diego. If the recall qualifies, Newsom would be forced to fend off rivals in the midst of a pandemic that has cost the state millions of jobs, cored government budgets and upended life for nearly 40 million residents.

Although a recall effort likely wouldn’t result in Newsom’s removal from office because Democratic voters significantly outnumber Republican voters in California, forcing Newsom to fight for his political life would put him on notice that many Californians do not approve of his handing of the COVID pandemic.

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Biden attacked Trump’s handling of COVID. But data show Trump nearly accomplished Biden’s vaccine goal.

President Joe Biden touted his coronavirus vaccination plan, which aims to inoculate 100 million Americans within the first 100 days of his administration, as a “wartime undertaking.”

But, in fact, Biden’s plan “underwhelms,” according to Bloomberg News. That’s because America was averaging nearly 1 million vaccinations per day under now-former President Donald Trump.

What are the details?

One of Biden’s central campaign messages was to attack Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden promised his administration would enact more effective policies to combat the virus, and its devastating impact on the economy and American life.

Part of Biden’s plan, then, is mobilization of vaccine distribution to achieve an innoculation rate of 1 million Americans per day, thereby reaching 100 million vaccinations within the first 100 days of his presidency.

But Trump already accomplished that. In fact, not only did vaccinations average nearly 1 million per day under Trump, but many days significantly topped that average.

From the New York Post:

Biden’s first full day in office on Thursday saw 1.3 million Americans inoculated against the deadly coronavirus, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. But the same figures show that 1.3 million shots were administered on Jan. 11 and that 1.1 million were given both Jan. 14 and 16. Vaccinations also hit a record-high, 1.6 million on Wednesday, when Biden was sworn into office, according to the data.

Biden was actually confronted about this fact on Thursday. In response, the new president lashed out at the reporter who pointed out that Trump had already essentially accomplished his vaccination goal.

“Mr. president, you set the goal at 100 million vaccines at a hundred days, is that high enough?” Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller asked. “Shouldn’t you set the bar higher, that’s basically where we are now.”

Biden responded, “When I announced it, you all said it was not possible. C’mon, give me a break man!”

Anything else?

The Biden administration already has been spinning its COVID-19 response with help from the mainstream media.

On Thursday, CNN reported, citing Biden administration officials, that Trump’s administration did not have a usable COVID vaccination plan in place, forcing the Biden administration to build one from scratch.

“There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” CNN reported the anonymous official as saying.

The claim was quickly shot down by others in the media and eventually Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to Biden.

Sam Stein of Politico and MSNBC said, “Biden folks are spinning here or trying to lower the bar strategically. There was, indeed, a plan from Trump. I listened in on govs calls on vaccine distribution. The plan had obvious shortcomings. but to say there’s nothing to rework is not true.”

Meanwhile, Fauci explained, “We’re certainly not starting from scratch, because there is activity going on in the distribution. … I mean we’re coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas with … the previous administration. You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) pointed out, “Biden wants you to believe ‘100 million vaccines in 100 days’ is his plan. But it’s not. It was Trump’s. America is already on track for 100 million in 100 days. Biden could do 200 million in 100 days. Republicans would support it. Thanks to Trump, he’s already halfway there.”

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Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19 just days after cozy, maskless backstage photos with Joe Rogan, Elon Musk, and others

Comedian Dave Chappelle has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a
representative for the legendary comic.

Chappelle’s diagnosis comes just days after appearing in a cozy, maskless photo with Elon Musk, Joe Rogan, and others.

What are the details?

A Friday TMZ report revealed that Chappelle is quarantined at the time of this reporting due to the positive test result.

He has also canceled a string of tour dates in Austin, Texas, in response to the news.

Chappelle’s diagnosis comes just days after appearing with podcaster Joe Rogan, billionaire Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Musk’s partner Grimes, and other comedians such as Ron White.

White, who did three shows alongside Chappelle and Rogan last week, said that he will go into quarantine out of an abundance of caution and will be tested for coronavirus on Friday. At the time of this reporting, White does not have any symptoms of the deadly virus.

A spokesperson for White said that “every precaution was made for it to be a safe environment and it was ridiculously fun to be back on stage after 10 months.”

According to the outlet, Rogan said that “he’s in the clear.”

On Instagram, Rogan wrote, “Sorry my friends, the Friday and Saturday shows at @stubbsaustin have been cancelled. We’ll reschedule them as soon as we can. Much love to you all.”

“Edit: Because people are asking, I was not exposed to the person who had covid and I have tested negative every day this week,” he added. “Also, the person that gave covid to Dave was NOT Elon’s partner, @Grimes.”

Just days before, he shared a photo captioned, “Fun times with some really f***ing cool people at @stubbsaustin! @michelleisawolf @realmoamer @donnellrawlings @davechappelle @ronwhiteofficial @candytman.”

Image source: screenshot/TheBlaze composite

In addition to Rogan, Musk, Grimes, White, and Chappelle, those people tagged in photo included comedian Michelle Wolf, podcast host Donnell Rawlings, comedian Mohammed Amer, and others.

What else?

Musk’s partner, musician Grimes — real name Claire Elise Boucher, who is the mother of the couple’s only child — revealed that she tested positive for coronavirus less than two weeks ago and experienced fever symptoms during her infection.

She took to Instagram Stories, where she said, “Finally got COVID but weirdly enjoying the DayQuil fever dream … 2021.”

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Justice Dept. drops insider trading investigation into GOP Sen. Richard Burr

The Department of Justice has dropped its investigation of North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr over allegations of insider trading, which was launched after it was discovered early on in the pandemic that he had sold off “significant” stock holdings ahead of the market taking a reactive dive.

What are the details?

The New York Times first reported Tuesday that that DOJ had dropped the case, noting:

The decision by the department and the Securities and Exchange Commission effectively cleared a cloud of legal jeopardy that has loomed over Mr. Burr since the sales were first disclosed in March. At the crux of the case was whether Mr. Burr, then the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had acted based on nonpublic information about the contagion that he received at senators-only briefings.

Sen. Burr issued a statement to Axios in reaction to the news, saying, “The case is now closed. I’m glad to hear it. My focus has been and will continue to be working for the people of North Carolina during this difficult time for our nation.”

The outlet reported that the DOJ “has now closed all four of its Senate insider trading probes it launched early on in the pandemic,” pointing out that Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) were also investigated for the same reasons but no charges were brought against any of the lawmakers.

What’s the background?

Burr came under fire in March after public financial disclosures revealed that the North Carolina senator sold off as much as $1.72 million in dozens of transactions on Feb. 13, after receiving briefings on the threat of the coronavirus that was spreading from China and prompting lockdowns in several other countries. ProPublic reported at the time that “a week after Burr’s sales, the stock market began a sharp decline and has lost about 30% since.”

The revelations drew fury across the political spectrum, including from high-profile conservatives calling for Burr to resign. Among those who criticized Burr publicly were Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Calif.), who said at the time that Burr “should be immediately dismissed from the Senate Intel Committee while he is under investigation.”

Burr eventually stepped down as the head of the intel committee, Axios reported.

In May, the FBI served a warrant against Burr, seizing his cellphone as part of the investigation into the allegations.

Burr, 65, has maintained his innocence throughout. Before the allegations, Burr had already announced he would be retiring and would not seek re-election for his term that ends in 2023.

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ANOTHER Mutant Strain of COVID Detected In Los Angeles Is Likely “Vaccine Resistant”

Another mutant strain of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in Los Angeles. Known as L452R, the newly announced mutation is likely vaccine-resistant.

But is this really a big deal considering the vaccine isn’t protecting people from COVID-19, the non-mutant strain? This new strain was first identified in Denmark in March.

According to a report by Deadline, two days after the Los Angeles Public Health Department announced that the much-talked-about United Kingdom variant of COVID-19, known as B.1.1.7, had been identified in the region, the California Department of Public Health revealed that another lesser-known strain had been circulating in the county as well.

“This variant carries three mutations, including L452R, in the spike protein, which the virus uses to attach to and enter cells, and is the target of the two vaccines that are currently available in the United States,” said Dr. Charles Chiu. A spike protein mutation could, then, interfere with the vaccine’s efficacy.

As a virologist and professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF, Dr. Chiu in concert with state authorities has been genetically sequencing test samples to identify new variants said early indications are the L452R might be less susceptible to the currently approved vaccines.

“This variant was identified in several large outbreaks in our county,” said Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. She called that correlation “a red flag and must be investigated further.”

None of the mutations of this coronavirus (that has been used as an excuse to exact tyranny upon the public) appear to be more deadly, in fact, quite the opposite.  The rulers are having trouble with their propaganda right now as they attempt to persuade people to take a vaccine that has already proven to be far more severe in side effects than contracting the virus itself.

The most concerning issue is what the ruling class could do in order to convince the public this vaccine is necessary.  Stay alert. There are several things going on all over the country right now that could really impact the masses in a disturbing way.  Stay prepared, and keep your eyes and ears open, but use discernment.

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It Starts: Seattle Fire Will Go Door To Door To “Adult Family” Homes Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

The government is about to bring the vaccine to your door. Seattle Fire Department paramedics will be going door to door starting Thursday to vaccinate “residents of adult family homes throughout the city.” They will start by going to “adult family homes.”

The city of Seattle was approved late last week as a distributor of COVID-19 vaccines, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced. “The City” refers to anyone employed and currently accepting a paycheck from the city government of Seattle.  Durkan framed the new push as the first in what will eventually be a major city effort to distribute the vaccine from sites spread throughout the city.

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And just what, exactly, do you think will happen if you refuse the vaccine from a paramedic? An armed police officer will likely be there next to “follow the orders” of the mayor.  It’s begun.  “We have to get these shots out of refrigerators and into people’s arms,” the mayor said. “We hope that if we get steady supplies, we will stand up mass vaccination sites side by side with our testing sites.”

The city has, for months, operated four free drive-up coronavirus testing sites that, city officials said, have conducted more than 556,000 tests.

They are rolling out this vaccine almost as fast as troops piled up in Washington D.C. Wake up, folks.  It’s about to real and ugly. The Seattle mayor has also discussed setting up vaccine sites at schools.

“It will really have to be an all-hands-on-deck approach,” she said according to a report by EMS1. The mayor stressed that to reach the 70% vaccination rate of its adult population, King County will have to vaccinate 1.3 million people, giving out 2.6 million shots. “It is an undertaking that our country has never done before, not on this scale.”

Seattle Fire plans to complete the first round of vaccinations by Jan. 24 and the second dose by Feb. 21.

Since receiving vaccines in mid-December, the state has struggled to quickly vaccinate the most vulnerable people: long-term care residents and health care workers. CVS and Walgreens, which have been contracted to set up vaccine clinics at long-term care facilities, have fumbled scheduling vaccine clinics, after waiting weeks for state approval.

The Washington State Department of Health on Saturday approved Seattle Fire as a vaccine distributor. –EMS1

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Joe Biden says he’ll use Defense Production Act to boost supplies needed for administering vaccines

President-elect Joe Biden said Friday that he will use the Defense Production Act to boost supplies needed to administer vaccines to speed up the nation’s effort to inoculate citizens against COVID-19.

What are the details?

“We’ll use the Defense Production Act to work with private industry to accelerate the making of materials needed to supply and administer the vaccine — from the tube and syringes, to protective equipment,” Biden said

The president-elect did not name which companies would be tapped, but explained that his transition team has already been working on the effort, saying, “Even though we don’t have the authority yet, go out and identify those companies that are prepared and will be able to do what we’re going to ask.”

“We need more vaccination sites,” Biden declared in a speech. “That’s where we’re going to harness the full resources of the federal government to establish thousands of community vaccination centers. On my first day in office I’ll instruct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to begin setting up the first of these centers.

“By the end of my first month in office, we will have 100 federally supported centers across the nation that will ultimately vaccinate millions of people,” he said, noting that his administration would prioritize black and Latino communities.

Biden went on to say that pharmacies across the nation will also be empowered to administered the vaccine, much as they do flu shots.

“You have my word: We will manage the hell out of this operation,” he promised.

During the speech, Biden was critical of the Trump administration’s distribution efforts of the two coronavirus vaccines developed through President Donald Trump’s initiative, “Operation Warp Speed.” The Associated Press reported that Biden has called Trump’s vaccine rollout “a dismal failure so far.”

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Biden’s discussion of his plans to combat COVID-19 came the day after he unveiled a $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” that includes $1,400 stimulus checks, an extension of moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures, and a federal minimum wage increase to $15 per hour.

The AP reported:

About $400 billion of the plan is focused on measures aimed at controlling the virus. Those range from mass vaccination centers to more sophisticated scientific analysis of new strains and squads of local health workers to trace the contacts of infected people.

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Kroger Won’t Require Employees to Be Vaccinated for COVID Even Though They Can

This article was originally published by B.N. Frank at Activist Post. 

Despite increasing COVID concerns and media coverage, not everybody wants to get a COVID vaccination, including health care workers who work in nursing homes.  It is reasonable to be skeptical of vaccine safety – especially ones that are still considered to be “experimental.”

CBS 60 Minutes segment, “The Swine Flu Fraud of ‘76” provides one very scary example of a vaccine having life-altering effects on thousands of Americans.  A documentary released last summer provides more details about a 30+-year-old congressional ruling regarding vaccine safety.  So maybe Kroger has the right idea about NOT forcing employees to be vaccinated.

From Consumer Affairs:

By Gary Guthrie

Kroger faces hard questions on whether it will force employees to vaccinate against COVID-19

The EOC says employers can mandate vaccinations, but there are a few exceptions

With vaccine availability starting to grow and new vaccines entering the market, hope for an exit from the funk COVID-19 has put us all in is starting to grow. But will the places we shop do their part and make sure all their employees are vaccinated and virus-free?

Headlining this puzzle are grocery chains where employees mingle with customers more than most other retail environments. Kroger, the country’s largest grocery company with 11 million customers a day roaming its aisles, stepped up to the mic on Wednesday to offer its position — kind of. While Kroger says it’s encouraging its workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, it’s waffling on whether it will require the shots once they are widely available.

“At this time, we’re strongly encouraging our shoppers and associates to get vaccinated,” Tim Massa, Kroger’s senior vice president of human resources and labor relations, told The Enquirer.

When The Enquirer pushed for a more definitive answer about mandating employee vaccination in the future, Massa didn’t give a direct yes or no and simply repeated his previous answer. Kroger executives were also mum on how they might reassure worried customers who might be unhappy that store associates weren’t required to be vaccinated.

Can retailers force employees to get vaccinated?

Read full article

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American Academy of Pediatrics says in-school transmission of COVID-19 is ‘extremely rare’

A brand-new peer-reviewed
study from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that in-school transmission of the coronavirus is “extremely rare.”

As such, the study — titled, “Incidence and Secondary Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Schools” — determined that data indicates “schools can reopen safely if they develop and adhere to specific SARS-CoV-2 prevention policies.”

What are the details?

In a study conducted by Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, researchers determined that among 11 North Carolina school districts — comprised of more than 90,000 staff and students — there were no instances of children passing COVID-19 to adults during the period of in-person instruction.

Instead, researchers determined that there were just 32 confirmed cases of child-to-child or adult-to-adult COVID-19 transmissions over the nine-week period.

North Carolina currently mandates the wearing of masks in public schools for children age 5 years and older, as well as the implementation of social distancing mandates, hand-washing, and regular sanitization.

AAP News & Journals, the American Academy of Pediatric’s news outlet,
reported, “There were three clusters of at least five cases each in the same facility. One involved pre-kindergarten students who were exempt from face covering requirements and two others were among special needs classes.”

The study concluded, “In the first 9 weeks of in-person instruction in NC schools, we found extremely limited within-school secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2, as determined by contact tracing.” It also concluded that schools are safe to stay open even in communities with widespread transmission.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the study blasted “counterproductive” school policies that “ask individuals to self-quarantine if they come within 6 feet of a person infected with coronavirus for more than 15 minutes, even if both individuals wore masks.”

AAP News & Journals added, “More than 3,000 children and staff were quarantined during the nine-week study period, which was especially burdensome for small districts, according to the study. Authors said some quarantine policies had little benefit such as requiring 14-day quarantine for people in close contact with an infected person even if all were wearing face coverings.”

What else?

In a news release, Dr. Lee Beers, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said that it is imperative that schools follow public health officials suggested guidance.

“New information tells us that opening schools does not significantly increase community transmission of the virus. However, it is critical for schools to closely follow guidance provided by public health officials,” Beers said in a Jan. 5 news release.

“Children absolutely need to return to in-school learning for their healthy development and well-being, and so safety in schools and in the community must be a priority,” the statement added. “We need governments at the state and federal levels to prioritize funding the needed safety accommodations, such as improving ventilation systems and providing personal protective equipment for teachers and staff.”

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New international study says coronavirus lockdowns not more effective than voluntary measures, not needed to slow the spread

A new international study examining the effectiveness of state-mandated coronavirus lockdowns compared to other voluntary pandemic safety measures found that the lockdowns were no better at stopping the spread of coronavirus than less restrictive measures, like social distancing or reducing travel.

The peer-reviewed study, which Newsweek reported was published on Jan. 5 in the Wiley Online Library, examined how the virus spread in 10 countries in early 2020.

The study examined virus cases in countries that used “non-pharmaceutical interventions” — the academic term for lockdown policies — to those that did not. Researchers examined cases from England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States, which all imposed lockdowns in early 2020, to two countries that decided to use less intrusive, voluntary social-distancing measures — South Korea and Sweden. The aim of the study was to examine whether policies that closed businesses and forced people to stay in their homes were as effective as less restrictive policies to contain the spread of the virus.

To calculate this, the authors of the study used a mathematical model that subtracted “the sum of non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) effects and epidemic dynamics in countries that did not enact more restrictive non-pharmaceutical interventions (mrNPIs) from the sum of NPI effects and epidemic dynamics in countries that did.”

According to their analysis, “there is no evidence that more restrictive non-pharmaceutical interventions (‘lockdowns’) contributed substantially to bending the curve of new cases” in countries that imposed lockdowns.

While lockdown policies may provide some benefits that voluntary measures do not, the study found that these benefits are not significantly better, and the harms imposed by lockdowns, “including hunger, opioid-related overdoses, missed vaccinations, increase in non-COVID diseases from missed health services, domestic abuse, mental health and suicidality, as well as a host of economic consequences with health implications.”

While the study found “no evidence of large anti-contagion effects from mandatory stay-at-home and business closure policies,” the researchers did note some important limitations to the underlying data and methods used in their research. The authors acknowledged that cross-country comparisons are difficult because nations have different rules, cultures, and relationships between the government and the citizenry. Additionally, some countries are better at providing coronavirus data than others. The study also relied on confirmed case counts for its analysis, which can be “a noisy measure of disease transmission.”

Given these limitations, the researchers could not conclusively declare that lock down policies had no benefits whatsoever. “However, even if they exist, these benefits may not match the numerous harms of these aggressive measures. More targeted public health interventions that more effectively reduce transmission may be important for future epidemic control without the harms of highly restrictive measures,” the study concluded.

Lockdown policies in the United States are highly controversial, with advocates pointing to studies that claim they have saved millions of lives and detractors arguing experience shows places with less restrictive policies fared no worse than areas that were locked down.

Last June, Reuters reported a study published by researchers at Imperial College London that compared estimated coronavirus deaths in several European countries to the actual number of deaths recorded, claiming that some 3.1 million deaths were averted because of the imposition of lockdowns.

However, critics have accused early coronavirus models of overestimating the projected casualties of the virus. They point to states like Florida, which did not impose draconian lockdown policies and yet has fewer coronavirus deaths than states like New York that did lock down. In states with severe coronavirus restrictions like California, local business leaders have begun speaking out about the need to end lockdown policies, questioning their effectiveness.

Nationally, the Center Square reports that state-mandated lockdown policies have closed 19% of businesses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics based on private-sector data collected from July 20 to Sept. 30, 2020. Businesses in the state of Michigan have suffered most, with the BLS reporting 32% of the businesses there had to close at least temporarily because of government restrictions. Michigan was followed in business closures by Pennsylvania (30%); Washington (27%); Vermont, Hawaii, and New York (26%).

In the United States there have been 22,965,957 total cases and 383,351 total deaths reported to the CDC.

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Aaron Rodgers blasts politicians for violating own COVID-19 mandates, says government is not doing much to help small businesses

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has spoken out against lawmakers who break their own COVID-19 mandates.

What are the details?

During a Tuesday appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers, 37, explained that he donated $500,000 to the Barstool Fund in order to help out small businesses and their employees.

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy launched the fundraiser in December to help save small businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s just an amazing deal what they’re doing,” Rodgers said of the fund. “I mean, to be able to not only change people’s lives and livelihoods, but to do it in such a timely fashion. … I mean, the money is going out 24 to 72 hours, and I think there was just such a need if you look around our environment today, it’s not like the government is really helping anybody out in a timely fashion.”

Rodgers explained that he believed the government simply sat around twiddling their thumbs while they could have, instead, been doing more to help out small business owners from foundering.

“I mean, they took forever to figure out how to give $600 checks away, and then you know may or may not get to $2,000 at this point,” he said. “That’s not life-changing money. What Dave and his folks are doing with the Barstool Fund is life-changing money. It’s sustainability for these people, and I think that’s the thing you gravitate toward the most is just not having a reliance on the government to help you out, because it’s obviously shown that’s not going to be the way they’re going to do it.”

Of COVID-19 rules and regulations, Rodgers added, “I mean, [politicians] put these rules in place … they’re not even following their own rules. How many people have gotten caught? Don’t travel, don’t leave the state. Oh, here’s so-and-so on a vacation. Oh, here’s so-and-so at a salon. Don’t eat out at a restaurant unless you’re wearing a mask and separate. Oh, here’s a picture of the governor of California violating those rules. Oh, public schools are closed, but I can send my kids to a private school in person. It’s like, I mean, for us to count on the government to help us out is becoming a joke at this point.”

Rodgers and the Packers play host to the Los Angeles Rams in an NFL Divisional Playoff game at 2:30 EST Saturday.

As of Jan. 11, the Barstool Fund has raised more than $22 million as donations continue to come in. The fund has also been able to assist more than 109 small businesses across the country since its inception.

You can read more about the Barstool Fund’s incredible works here.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants bars, restaurants to reopen for indoor service ‘as quickly as possible’

Far-left Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants bars and restaurants to reopen for indoor service “as quickly as possible,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

“I am very, very focused on getting our restaurants reopened. If we look at the various criteria that the state has set, we are meeting most if not all of those,” Lightfoot said Thursday, the paper reported, adding that she said she would discuss the matter with Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “But I want to get our restaurants and our bars reopened as quickly as possible.”

What are the details?

The Tribune said it’s Pritzker call regarding when bars and restaurants can reopen for indoor service — and while the city can set stricter rules, it can’t enact less-stringent rules.

Lightfoot added that restaurants are highly regulated, get inspections, and have gone “above and beyond” to use indoor “mitigation controls,” the paper noted.

“They are going to be one of the safer places,” she said, according the Tribune.

The mayor also explained reopening bars and restaurants can help turn back the trend of underground parties that spread COVID-19, the paper noted.

“Let’s bring it out of the shadows, let’s allow them to have some recreation in restaurants, in bars, where we can actually work with responsible owners and managers to regulate and protect people from COVID-19, so I feel very strongly that we are very close to a point where we should be talking about opening our bars and restaurants,” Lightfoot declared, according to the Tribune.

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Lightfoot criticized Pritzker in October when he announced that he would be closing indoor service at bars and restaurants due to a spike in coronavirus cases but she later dropped her objection.

In recent months, Lightfoot has attempted to position herself as a friend to bars and restaurants though she has also faced criticism for the city’s anti-coronavirus measures, including stricter rules on liquor sales, which she’s since rescinded.

The mayor has also been criticized for how she’s handled the reopening of Chicago Public Schools amid COVID-19.

Earlier this month, Lightfoot reiterated a stay-at-home advisory telling people not to go out unless it’s necessary. Schools are exempt from the advisory, but the Chicago Teachers Union has said the order and reopening schools are contradictory.

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HSBC threatens to close bank accounts of customers who refuse to wear face masks

London-based HSBC has threatened to shut down customers’ bank accounts if they refuse to mask up during visits to the bank’s U.K. branches.

What are the details?

According to a Thursday report from the
Daily Mail, the bank announced this week that it reserves the right to cancel the accounts of any customer who will not wear a face mask in its branch offices.

In a statement, Jackie Uhi, HSBC U.K.’s head of branch network, said, “Sadly, some people are failing to protect themselves, our branch colleagues, and other customers by refusing to wear a face covering inside our branches or observe social distancing. Our colleagues deserve respect and should not have to face violent or abusive behavior. Consider whether you need to visit the branch or could manage your banking form the safety of your own home via our digital channels.”

Uhi added that the bank reserves the right to “withdraw [the] account” of any customer who violates the government guidelines.

Uhi’s statement added, “If you do visit us, please wear a face covering and maintain a safe distance from others. If individuals put themselves or our colleagues at risk, without a medical exemption, we reserve the right to withdraw their account.”

According to the U.K’s Sun, banks, at the time of this reporting, are permitted to stay open during the country’s third lockdown as they “provide essential financial services.”

“But as part of government guidelines, banks and building societies are included in the list of public places where you must wear a face mask,” the outlet notes. “There are scenarios where you may be allowed to take off your covering, for example, if bank staff need to see your face for identification purposes.”

A spokesperson for HSBC told the outlet that it hasn’t yet been forced to close down any accounts due to a violation of face mask regulations.

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Chicago Public Schools stops paying some teachers who were required, but refused, to return to work

More than 100 Chicago teachers face discipline after they refused to show up for the first day of in-person learning this school year.

What is the background?

The Chicago Teachers Union has aggressively campaigned against reopening plans, arguing the coronavirus pandemic creates unsafe working and learning environments. That means the nearly 400,000 students who receive instruction in the Chicago Public Schools system have been relegated to online learning since the pandemic began 10 months ago.

But CPS finally rolled out a plan last month to resume, albeit slowly, in-person learning.

Phase One of the plan began Monday, when students enrolled in pre-K and “moderate and intensive cluster programs” — the district’s program for special needs students — were scheduled to return to in-person learning. Parents nationwide have voiced frustrations with remote learning. In fact, remote learning has proved, in many cases, to be a massive failure, as student failure rates were at record highs nationwide for the fall semester.

As the Associated Press noted, “English language learners and disabled and disadvantaged students suffering the most.” Indeed, remote learning has only pushed already disadvantaged students further into the margins.

What’s happening in Chicago?

CPS reported that one-quarter of teachers and staff who were required to return to school this week refused, amounting to 915 teachers and staff. Of those, 678 teachers and staff “didn’t have an excuse,” according to WBEZ-FM.

Of those employees, 145 have been declared to be “absent without leave,” which means they have been locked out of their virtual classrooms, barred from accessing their work email, and are having their pay withheld, the Chicago Tribute reported.

The teachers refused to show despite the city spending $100 million to make city schools COVID-19 safe.

CEO Janice Jackson had warned last week that teachers who refused to show up would face discipline, WLS-TV reported.

“Individuals who are refusing to report to work and who will be considered absent without leave will face progressive discipline per CPS policy,” Jackson said.

How did the Chicago Teachers Union respond?

According to WBEZ, the union was “incensed” that teachers who were required to teach from their classrooms were punished for refusing to carry out their in-classroom job duties.

The union reportedly said locking teachers out of their virtual classroom and withholding pay is “cruel and illegal.”

Pushback from the union, though, was no surprise. CTU president Jesse Sharkey said just last week that the start of in-person learning needed to be further delayed, and that district officials should instead plan for a “robust summer program.”

“Delay the start of school, and let the vaccination proceed, and then figure out a way to extend school with a robust summer program,” he said, WLS reported.

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House Democrat blames maskless Republicans after contracting COVID-19: ‘They endanger everyone around them’

After announcing this week that she had tested positive for the coronavirus, Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) lashed out at her Republican colleagues, blaming them for contracting the virus.

Questions were later raised about Jayapal’s criticisms after video surfaced showing her without a mask. However, Jayapal quickly explained why she briefly went without her face mask.

What did Jayapal say?

According to Jayapal, she contracted COVID-19 during the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol last week because she was locked in a secure room where “numerous Republican lawmakers recklessly refused to wear masks.”

The result, Jayapal said in a statement, was that Republicans had created “a superspreader event on top of a domestic terrorist attack.”

“Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus seriously, and in doing so, they endanger everyone around them. Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic,” Jayapal said.

The Washington Democrat explained that she will seek repercussions for those lawmakers who continue to refuse to wear a face covering, including fines and removal from the House floor.

I am also calling for serious fines to be immediately levied on every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol. Additionally, any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be immediately removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms. This is not a joke. Our lives and our livelihoods are at risk, and anyone who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy.

What did the video show?

The video showed Jayapal without a face covering on Jan. 6 as she hunkered down with other lawmakers in the House gallery as violent protesters attempted to breach the House chamber.

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Jayapal told the Cut last Friday that she had removed her face covering only because she was instructed to put on a gas mask.

“They told us to take off our masks to put on the gas masks that were under our seats,” Jayapal explained.

Indeed, the video was clearly taken before Jayapal had relocated to the secure area where security officials kept lawmakers during the riot. And it was that at location where she believes she contracted COVID-19 from Republican lawmakers who refused to wear a face covering.

“I’m quarantining now because I am convinced that where we ended up, in the secured room — where there were over 100 people and many were Republicans not wearing masks — was a superspreader event,” Jayapal told The Cut.

Anything else?

Jayapal was not the only Democratic lawmaker to contract COVID-19 while locked down during the riots.

Reps. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and Bonnie Coleman (D-N.J.) have also tested positive for the virus, and both lawmakers are blaming maskless Republicans.

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Los Angeles pharmacy tells actor Bruce Willis to leave store after he refuses to mask up. Now he says it was an ‘error in judgment.’

A Los Angeles-area Rite Aid asked actor Bruce Willis to leave the store on Sunday after he refused to wear a mask, according to Page Six and his own admission.

Following the controversy, the longtime actor issued an apology and said the move was an “error in judgment.”

At the time of this reporting, mask-wearing is mandatory in all public indoor spaces in California.

What are the details?

According to the report, Willis entered a Los Angeles Rite Aid on Monday and was asked to leave after he refused to wear a mask.

Page Six reported that store employees asked the 65-year-old action star to put on his mask after several other customers complained.

A photo obtained by the outlet showed the actor wearing a jacket and baseball-style cap and a bandana around his neck. Despite having the bandana around his neck, Willis refused to put it over his face and opted to leave without completing his purchase.

On Tuesday night, Willis told People that the move was a mistake.

“It was an error in judgment,” Willis admitted. “Be safe out there everyone and let’s continue to mask up.”

What else?

At the time of this reporting, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that there have been at least 2,804,663 confirmed COVID-19 cases in California, with at least 31,157 deaths related to the virus.

In December, Los Angeles County alone reached a milestone of 10,000 deaths because of the virus.

Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s public health director, said that the development was “terrible.” She has also consistently called for Los Angeles County residents to adhere to mandated social distancing and mask-wearing.

“Most heartbreaking is that if we had done a better job of reducing transmission of the virus, many of these deaths would not have happened,” she said at the time.

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CDC investigating death of Florida doctor after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

A Florida doctor died about two weeks after he received a COVID-19 vaccine, and investigations have been launched to determine whether the shot had any role in the man’s death.

Dr. Gregory Michael, a 56-year-old obstetrician-gynecologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, passed away on Jan. 3. Michael received the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Dec. 18, but then experienced a “strong reaction” only days later, according to his wife, Heidi Neckelmann.

“In a Facebook post, Michael’s wife, Heidi Neckelmann, said he sought emergency care three days after the shot because he had dots on his skin that indicated internal bleeding,” USA Today reported.

Michael reportedly suffered from a severe lack of platelets, and doctors from around the country allegedly attempted to raise his platelet count to “no avail.” Because of his medical condition, Michael purportedly suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke and died in a “matter of minutes,” according to his wife.

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Tuesday, and has not ruled out a possible connection to the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The cause of death is pending the completion of studies being done by the medical examiner and the Centers for Disease Control,” Darren Caprara, director of operations at the county office, told the Miami Herald. “The case is still under investigation, so nothing has been finalized.”

Caprara said the doctor’s cause of death would be released after the medical examiner completes its investigation in partnership with other agencies.

A spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the agency is “aware of a reported death in Florida of an individual who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine about two weeks before passing away.”

“CDC will evaluate the situation as more information becomes available and provide timely updates on what is known and any necessary actions,” the CDC spokesperson said. “It’s been a difficult year as each of us grapple with a worldwide pandemic. Use of COVID-19 vaccines is the next step in our efforts to protect Americans and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Pfizer released a statement on the death, “Pfizer and BioNTech are aware of the death of a healthcare professional sixteen days after receiving a first dose” of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is a highly unusual clinical case of severe thrombocytopenia, a condition that decreases the body’s ability to clot blood and stop internal bleeding,” the pharmaceutical company noted. “We are actively investigating this case, but we don’t believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine.”

The Mayo Clinic defines Thrombocytopenia as a “condition in which you have a low blood platelet count,” where “the number of platelets can be so low that dangerous internal bleeding occurs.” Thrombocytopenia “might occur as a result of a bone marrow disorder such as leukemia or an immune system problem. Or it can be a side effect of taking certain medications.”

Pfizer stated, “There have been no related safety signals identified in our clinical trials, the post-marketing experience thus far or with the mRNA vaccine platform.”

“To date, millions of people have been vaccinated and we are closely monitoring all adverse events in individuals receiving our vaccine,” Pfizer continued. “It is important to note that serious adverse events, including deaths that are unrelated to the vaccine are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population.”

According to Bloomberg’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker, 6.25 million doses have been administered in the United States since vaccinations began on Dec. 14. There have been 17.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccines administered in 38 countries.

Mount Sinai Medical Center released a statement declaring that the “appropriate agencies are contacted immediately and have our full cooperation.” The hospital said it “cannot confirm or deny information about any patient” due to medical privacy laws.

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Florida Department of Health, the CDC, and Pfizer are all investigating Michael’s death.

“The CDC and FDA are responsible for reviewing COVID-19 vaccine safety data and presenting that information for federal recommendations on vaccine administration,” Jason Mahon, Communications Director at Florida Division of Emergency Management, told USA Today. “The state will continue to provide all available information to the CDC as they lead this investigation.”

The Facebook account reported to belong to the wife of the doctor said her “very healthy” husband was “a pro vaccine advocate that is why he got it himself.” The post added, “I believe that people should be aware that side effects can happened, that it is not good for everyone and in this case destroyed a beautiful life, a perfect family, and has affected so many people in the community. Do not let his death be in vain please save more lives by making this information news.”

Michael leaves behind his wife and a daughter.

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Reports emerge claiming that all patients in one Egypt COVID-19 ICU ward died after hospital ‘runs out of oxygen.’ Gov’t says that’s not what happened.

All patients in an Egypt intensive care ward died on Saturday after the hospital ran out of oxygen, according to various reports from the U.K.’s
Daily Star, the Middle East Eye, Egypt Today, and more.

The Egyptian government, however, tells a different story and says the reports are false.

What are the details of the accusations?

The deaths reportedly took place at the El Husseiniya Central Hospital in Egypt’s Ash Sharqia province, and footage purported to be taken from the scene has gone viral on social media.

The Daily Star reported that “every single patient on a coronavirus emergency ward died due to a lack of hospital oxygen.”

“Video clips uploaded to social media show hospital staff desperately trying to perform CPR on dying patients while the sounds of screaming and crying can be heard echoing through the ward,” the outlet said, pointing out that “up to seven patients died after the ICU’s oxygen levels almost dipped below two percent, meaning there was neither sufficient pressure nor air for them to survive.”

The outlet reported that government negligence and corruption are being blamed for the deaths.

Social media user Ahmed Shalaby shared video purported to be from the hospital, writing, “Another heartbreaking Scene, An Egyptian physician collapsed after all COVID-19 patients in the ICU had died due to lack of Oxygen that the PPE she’s wearing aren’t enough for the frontline health workers.”

In the video, hospital staff can also be seen rushing around, apparently attempting to revive patients.

What have officials said about the incident?

In response to the outcry, Egypt Health Minister Hala Zayed said that the patients did not die from a lack of oxygen, and instead said that the Muslim Brotherhood was simply spreading rumors.

Further, hospital director Dr. Muhammad Sami Al-Najjar reportedly told local media that the situation at the hospital is stable and “normal” and said that there is no oxygen shortage. Sami Al-Najjar also added that the ICU patients all died from natural causes, old age, or other chronic illnesses.

Dr. Mamdouh Ghorab, governor of Ash Sharqia, said that it was just four patients that died. He has reportedly called for hospital security guards to be punished for allowing visitors to film inside the intensive care ward.

“Oxygen is available in the Husseiniya Hospital,” Ghorab said according to Egypt Today. “Only four cases were on ventilators. The death was natural as a result of the deterioration of their condition because of the infection with the Coronavirus and their chronic diseases.”

Local MP Sayed Rahmo fired back at Ghorab’s claims and said, “The patients died as a result of negligence at the al-Husseiniya hospital and the mismanagement of the oxygen shortage crisis. According to my sources, the intensive care doctor informed the hospital director about the shortage of oxygen supply at least an hour [before the catastrophe].”

The Daily Star noted that there have been “unconfirmed reports that the man who recorded the footage has since been arrested,” and the Middle East Eye said that the person who filmed the scenes “was summoned by Egyptian police for questioning” on Monday.

The Times of Israel reported that Egypt has launched an investigation into the ICU deaths.

“The prosecutor’s office in Al-Husseiniya (in the northern Sharqiya province) summoned the director of Al-Husseiniya hospital to question him over the deaths of four people due to lack of oxygen,” a judicial source said according to the outlet.

According to a report from the New York Times, the government is adamant that neither shortages nor negligence caused the deaths in the ICU.

The Ministry of Health on Sunday released a statement confirming the deaths of four patients at the El Husseiniya Central Hospital.

“[The patients] died at different times; most of them were elderly people with chronic illnesses who suffered from complications as a result of their infection with the coronavirus, which led to the deterioration of their health and their death,” the statement explained.

Further, the statement from the Ministry of Health pointed out that there were at least “a dozen other patients in the hospital,” according to the Times, which included newborns in incubators who were reportedly set up with access to the same oxygen network and who were not affected. This, according to the ministry, confirms “the lack of a connection between the deaths and allegations made about a shortage of oxygen.”

A counterpoint

The Times report pointed out, however, that “medical experts and analysts say there is no way to know exactly what happened because people are too scared to risk criticizing the government.”

“In the early months of the crisis, doctors who complained about overstretched hospitals were thrown in jail,” the report added.

“The government perceives the idea of saying there’s a shortage of anything like oxygen or PPE or breathing machines as sensitive information and a matter of national security,” Ayman Sabae, a researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, said according to the outlet. “Maybe there is no oxygen shortage, but then again the body that has been conducting the investigation is the ministry, which is also managing the hospitals, which is a reason for skepticism. There is a problem of credibility.”

Anything else to know?

According to the Middle East Eye, this incident is reportedly the second of its kind.

The first reportedly took place at Zefta General Hospital just hours before the deaths at the Husseiniya hospital.

You can read more about that incident here.

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Horowitz: New studies shows robust immunity among health care workers from COVID reinfection six months after infection

Nearly a year into this virus, it has become clear that, after up to a third of the people in this country already contracted it, according to some estimates, there is nothing we can do to stop it through non-pharmaceutical interventions. Yet, while the government and media continue to push the vaccine (and masks, of course) with religious fervor, they act as if natural infection itself confers little or no immunity. In reality, as with any virus, it likely confers more immunity than a vaccine.

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by U.K. scientists tracked antibody levels of 12,541 health care workers in Oxford University hospitals for six months. A total of 1,265 tested positive for antibodies at some point during the study period, of which 68% recall having had symptoms associated with SARS-CoV-2. They specifically observed the period of the second wave of infection to see if health care workers, who are disproportionately exposed to the virus relative to other people, would be re-infected.

The result? Not a single symptomatic reinfection and just two people who had previously tested positive for antibodies wound up testing positive via PCR testing for a presumed asymptomatic reinfection.

The important fact to remember is that immunity does not necessarily mean one cannot have the presence of the virus detected in his body thereafter. What it usually means is that one who is infected, particularly if one had at least a moderate case of it, will not suffer meaningful or serious symptoms from a reinfection. This is likely true of most viruses – whether immunity was conveyed through infection or a vaccine – but we don’t test 1 million people per day for other viruses. Were we to do so, we would likely discover rare but measurable instances of asymptomatic “reinfection.”

Earlier this week, Texas Congresswoman Kay Granger tested positive for the virus despite having had the first round of the Pfizer vaccine. She experienced no symptoms. It’s true that she had not been given the second shot yet, however, the same way such findings shouldn’t be alarming with regard to a vaccine, they shouldn’t be alarming with regard to natural immunity. If anything, this study shows a higher rate of immunity conveyed upon people with natural infection than what has been proven so far from the vaccine. But the government refuses to even entertain the idea of natural immunity from what has anyway become a near-unavoidable transmission of the virus.

These results jive with another recent British study from Newcastle University researchers published last week in the Journal of Infection. They detected 1,038 confirmed infections (through a mix of antibody and PCR tests) among a pool of 11,103 health care workers during the first wave of the virus from March 10-July 6.

During the second wave in the fall, they retested 128 of the health care workers who had previous confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection and 2,115 who had not. While the sample size of this study is smaller, they found zero new infections among those previously infected. At the same time, they observed a 13.7% infection rate among the group of people who were not previously infected.

None of the 1,038 health care workers who had confirmed prior infections experienced symptoms during the second wave. In those previously infected, there was a median of 173 days from the date of first confirmed positive result to the end-point of the analysis period confirmed with a negative test, which would again show roughly six months of immunity and counting.

Obviously, it’s going to take more time to study the question of immunity in the long-term, especially for those who only got the virus asymptomatically or who get it again asymptomatically, but the notion that someone could get a serious case twice is unfounded at this point and is very unlikely.

Until now the assumption is that because antibodies seem to wane after three months and are non-existent for others who have been infected that there is no immunity. However, there is strong evidence that the body produces memory T-cells that convey long-term immunity long after the antibodies wane. Yes, it will take longer to definitively prove that fact, but why do our political leaders continue to make negative assumptions that always seem to defy known precedents of immunobiology while promoting draconian and devastating policies based on those unproven and increasingly unlikely assumptions?

“Oh, asymptomatic individuals are driving the spread, even though they never typically do, so we must assume everyone is sick and quarantine the world.”

“Oh, this virus doesn’t convey immunity, so we must do this forever.”

“Oh, masks stop the spread of respiratory viruses, despite universal belief they did not and despite 9 months of them failing to stop the spread.”

Why is it that the onus is upon us to conclude with certainty that these premises are wrong, instead of them having to prove that their premises are correct? Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? They are relying on the social conditioning ensuring that a lie repeated enough times becomes true regardless of the science.

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‘It doesn’t impact me’: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts after attacks from CNN

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) engaged in a heated exchange with a CNN reporter that went viral on Tuesday, leading to fellow CNN journalists criticizing the governor — with one even calling him a name live on air.

But the Republican dismissed the attacks when asked about it, saying, “It doesn’t impact me.”

What are the details?

On Monday, CNN’s Rosa Flores pressed DeSantis during a news conference, asking about the cause of wait lines experienced by seniors in the state seeking to receive the recently approved COVID-19 vaccines after the state prioritized citizens age 65 and over.

During a tense back-and-forth, the governor explained that hospitals were in charge of administering the vaccines rather than his office issuing directives, saying “these people are much more competent to be able to deliver health services than a state government could ever be.”

After video of DeSantis’ and Flores’ exchange gained attention, CNN reporter Jim Acosta rushed to his colleague’s defense, saying Flores “does a fantastic job here insisting that the governor answer the question. It’s too bad DeSantis frequently interrupts and insults Rosa. But we’ve seen that routine before.”

On-air Tuesday evening, a CNN anchor called DeSantis an “ass” for his treatment of Flores.

But Fox News’ Tucker Carlson hosted DeSantis on his show the same evening, and asked the governor for his reaction to CNN’s treatment of him in comparison to the kid gloves the network shows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — a Democrat whose brother is a CNN host.

Gov. Cuomo has faced heavy criticism for his executive order sending coronavirus patients into nursing homes early on in the pandemic, receiving blame from some loved ones of elderly residents who passed away from COVID-19. But CNN has highlighted the New York Democratic on the show of his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo.

Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo has written a book about his leadership during the ongoing pandemic and won an Emmy Award for his communication style.

What else?

The treatment of Gov. DeSantis has been quite different.

“Do you think you’d get fair treatment from CNN if your brother had a primetime show on that channel?” Carlson asked the Florida governor on Tuesday.

DeSantis laughed, saying, “You know, I think it’s pretty clear some of these networks, obviously, they have agendas. They’re doing narratives, they’re not trying to report facts anymore. It’s all about spinning whatever narrative they think can get ratings, and that’s just the reality of the situation.”

He added, “It doesn’t impact me. We’re gonna continue keeping our eye on the ball and working as hard as we can to deliver results.”