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  1. CraigD

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    Thanks @Samer.

    Interesting read.

    I don't mean to pick semantics, but I believe that paper is actually a discussion paper produced by some analysts at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

    ie: not necessarily 'doing' ;)
     
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  2. Sutruk

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    It seems that vaccines containing Adenovirus like AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have extremely rare side effects, mostly in young women. 6 people out of nearly 7 million is pretty rare and low. But it looks like the FDA will make the same decision that some countries in Europe did a few days ago and stop it for a while.
    Anyway it is quite clear that the benefits of the vaccine clearly outweigh the extremely rare side effects at a rate of less than one person in one million people.

    Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be paused in U.S. after 'extremely rare' blood clots, FDA and CDC say


    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-new...should-be-paused-u-s-after-extremely-n1263898

    "Some 6.8 million have received the vaccine in the United States. Of these six have experienced the clot, the FDA and CDC said."

    "Federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a small number of people experienced "a rare and severe type of blood clot" after receiving the shot.

    The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement saying they were "recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution."

    Some 6.8 million people have received the single-shot vaccine in the United States. Of these, six have experienced the clot, the agencies said, adding: "Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare."

    In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said it was aware that blood clots had been reported with some Covid-19 vaccines, but that "no clear causal relationship has been established between these rare events" and its shot.

    "We continue to work closely with experts and regulators to assess the data and support the open communication of this information to healthcare professionals and the public," it said.
     
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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 2,961,771
    United States: 576,339
    Brazil: 355,031
    India: 171,089
    Russia: 103,601
    United Kingdom: 127,100
    France: 99,135
    Italy: 114,612
    Spain: 76,525
    Mexico: 209,702
    Poland: 59,126
    South Africa: 53,356
    Indonesia: 42,782
    Netherlands: 16,791
    Canada: 23,356
    Chile: 24,483
    Belgium: 23,503
    Philippines: 15,286
    Japan : 9,400
    Bolivia: 12,469
    Papua New Guinea: 69
     
  4. Mister Funsky

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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 2,975,026
    United States: 577,191
    Brazil: 358,718
    India: 172,115
    Russia: 104,000
    United Kingdom: 127,123
    France: 99,480
    Italy: 115,088
    Spain: 76,625
    Mexico: 210,294
    Poland: 59,930
    South Africa: 53,423
    Indonesia: 42,906
    Netherlands: 16,822
    Canada: 23,392
    Chile: 24,518
    Belgium: 23,566
    Philippines: 15,447
    Japan : 15,447
    Bolivia: 12,496
    Papua New Guinea: 71
     
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    Why Americans should "be very worried" about the COVID variant tearing through Brazil

    The COVID-19 surge in Brazil is being driven both by the highly-infectious P-1 strain that was first detected in that country, and a highly-criticized government response to the pandemic. The variant has already been found in more than half of U.S. states.

    He said he spoke out about the worsening in threat in Brazil months ago, but few listened — most notably President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been criticized for downplaying the pandemic and fighting restrictions put in place by some governors, including Sao Paulo's.

    "We are fighting against two viruses at this moment, the coronavirus and 'Bolsonorovirus,'" Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria told Bojorquez.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brazil-covid-variant-cases-deaths-united-states-coronavirus/


    COVID kills Brazilians waiting for full ICU beds as President Bolsonaro stubbornly rejects lockdowns

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brazil...resident-bolsonaro-rejects-lockdown-measures/

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-variants-infectious-strains-60-minutes-2021-03-14/
     
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    Asthma drug budesonide shortens recovery time in non-hospitalised patients with COVID-19

    Early treatment with inhaled budesonide shortens recovery time by a median of three days in patients with COVID-19 who are at higher risk of more severe illness and are treated in the community, finds Oxford University’s Platform Randomised Trial of Interventions against COVID-19 in Older People (PRINCIPLE) trial.

    PRINCIPLE is the world’s largest Phase 3 platform randomised controlled trial to find clear evidence of an effective COVID-19 treatment for use in the community that can significantly shorten recovery time. As one of the UK Government’s national priority platform trials, findings from PRINCIPLE have potential to change how COVID-19 is treated in its early stages in non-hospital, community settings in the UK and internationally.

    Inhaled budesonide is a safe, relatively inexpensive and readily available corticosteroid commonly used around the world in inhalers to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It was added to the PRINCIPLE trial on 28th November 2020.

    Recruitment for the inhaled budesonide arm of the trial stopped on 31st March 2021 since, in the view of the Trial Steering Committee, enough patients had been enrolled to establish whether or not the drug had any meaningful benefit on time to recovery. Obtaining further data on hospital admissions or death was unlikely due to the reducing number of cases in the UK.

    For the interim report, a total of 961 patients were randomly assigned to receive inhaled budesonide at home and were compared with 1819 patients randomly assigned to the usual standard of NHS care alone. Of these, 751 people in the budesonide group and 1028 in the usual care group were SARS-CoV-2 positive and included in the primary interim analysis.
     
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    Charlie Chester a high level CNN Technical Director admits they are propagandists and more!

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/J_-0PfwC6zA/
     
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  8. Mister Funsky

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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 2,988,809
    United States: 578,092
    Brazil: 362,180
    India: 173,152
    Russia: 104,398
    United Kingdom: 127,161
    France: 99,777
    Italy: 115,088
    Spain: 76,756
    Mexico: 210,812
    Poland: 60,612
    South Africa: 53,498
    Indonesia: 43,073
    Netherlands: 16,848
    Canada: 23,445
    Chile: 24,548
    Belgium: 23,603
    Philippines: 15,594
    Japan : 9,469
    Bolivia: 12,519
    Papua New Guinea: 71
     
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    99.992% of fully vaccinated people have dodged COVID, CDC data shows

    No vaccine is 100% effective. But the COVID vaccines seem pretty darn good.


    Cases of COVID-19 are extremely rare among people who are fully vaccinated, according to a new data analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Among more than 75 million fully vaccinated people in the US, just around 5,800 people reported a “breakthrough” infection, in which they became infected with the pandemic coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated.

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    The numbers suggest that breakthroughs occur at the teeny rate of less than 0.008 percent of fully vaccinated people—and that over 99.992 percent of those vaccinated have not contracted a SARS-CoV-2 infection.

    The figures come from a nationwide database that the CDC set up to keep track of breakthrough infections and monitor for any concerning signs that the breakthroughs may be clustering by patient demographics, geographic location, time since vaccination, vaccine type, or vaccine lot number. The agency will also be keeping a close eye on any breakthrough infections that are caused by SARS-CoV-2 variants, some of which have been shown to knock back vaccine efficacy.

    So far, the vaccines appear to be highly effective and working as expected, according to the CDC’s analysis—which the agency provided to Ars via email.

    The vast majority of people in the US have been vaccinated with one of the mRNA vaccines, made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, which both had around 95 percent efficacy in Phase III clinical trials. Less than five percent of vaccinated people in the US have received the Johnson & Johnson adenovirus-based vaccine, which had a slightly lower efficacy of 72 percent in the US.

    The extraordinary calculation that 99.992 percent of vaccinated people have not contracted the virus may reflect that they all simply have not been exposed to the virus since being vaccinated. Also, there are likely cases missed in reporting. Still, the data is a heartening sign.
     
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    "Strong Evidence" Covid Predominantly Spreads Through Air: Lancet

    By contrast, the team found little to no evidence that the virus spreads easily via large droplets, which fall quickly through the air and contaminate surfaces.


    A new assessment in the medical journal Lancet has found "consistent, strong evidence" that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, is predominantly transmitted through the air.

    Therefore, public health measures that fail to treat the virus as predominantly airborne leave people unprotected and allow the virus to spread, according to six experts from the UK, USA and Canada, including Jose-Luis Jimenez, a chemist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the University of Colorado Boulder.

    "The evidence supporting airborne transmission is overwhelming, and evidence supporting large droplet transmission is almost non-existent,
    " Jimenez said. "It is urgent that the World Health Organization and other public health agencies adapt their description of transmission to the scientific evidence so that the focus of mitigation is put on reducing airborne transmission."

    The team of experts, led by the University of Oxford''s Trish Greenhalgh, reviewed published research and identified 10 lines of evidence to support the predominance of the airborne route.

    At the top of their list: Super-spreader events such as the Skagit Choir outbreak, in which 53 people became infected from a single infected case. Studies have confirmed these events cannot be adequately explained by close contact or touching shared surfaces or objects.

    Moreover, transmission rates of SARS-CoV-2 are much higher indoors than outdoors, and transmission is greatly reduced by indoor ventilation.
     
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    In a proof-of-concept study led by the School of Veterinary Medicine, dogs identified positive samples with 96% accuracy.

    A proof-of-concept investigation published today in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that specially trained detection dogs can sniff out COVID-19-positive samples with 96% accuracy.

    “This is not a simple thing we’re asking the dogs to do,” says Cynthia Otto, senior author on the work and director of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Working Dog Center. “Dogs have to be specific about detecting the odor of the infection, but they also have to generalize across the background odors of different people: men and women, adults and children, people of different ethnicities and geographies.”

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    In this initial study, researchers found the dogs could do that, but training must proceed with great care and, ideally, with many samples. The findings are feeding into another investigation that Otto and colleagues have dubbed “the T-shirt study,” in which dogs are being trained to discriminate between the odors of COVID-positive, -negative, and -vaccinated individuals based on the volatile organic compounds they leave on a T-shirt worn overnight.

    “We are collecting many more samples in that study—hundreds or more—than we did in this first one, and are hopeful that will get the dogs closer to what they might encounter in a community setting,” Otto says.



    http://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/impressive-accuracy-dogs-can-sniff-out-coronavirus


     
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  13. Mister Funsky

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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 3,002,452
    United States: 578,996
    Brazil: 365,954
    India: 172,115
    Russia: 104,795
    United Kingdom: 127,191
    France: 100,073
    Italy: 115,937
    Spain: 76,882
    Mexico: 211,213
    Poland: 61,208
    South Africa: 53,571
    Indonesia: 43,196
    Netherlands: 16,861
    Canada: 23,500
    Chile: 24,766
    Belgium: 23,636
    Philippines: 15,738
    Japan : 9,500
    Bolivia: 12,603
    Papua New Guinea: 82
     
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    Blood Clot Risk from COVID-19 Higher than After Vaccines: Study

    The chance of developing cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was nearly 10 times higher in the two weeks following a diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection than after receiving an mRNA vaccine, a data analysis finds.


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    A COVID-19 diagnosis is associated with a 39-in-1-million chance of developing a rare blood clot condition, compared with about a 4-in-1-million chance after receiving the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines against the disease, according to a data analysis led by researchers at the University of Oxford. The study, posted Wednesday (April 14), has not yet been peer reviewed. The findings add weight to concerns that suspending the use of other vaccines, namely, AstraZeneca’s and Johnson & Johnson’s adenovirus vector–based shots, might not be worth the tradeoff of leaving people without protection against SARS-CoV-2.

    Last month, some European countries halted use of the AstraZeneca jab due to blood clot concerns. The European Medicines Agency later determined cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST, also known as cerebral venous thrombosis or CVT) is an extremely rare side effect of the shot. Then, this week, US health authorities recommended a pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccinations after a handful of blood clots were diagnosed in recipients. Federal health agencies are investigating whether they are related to the vaccine.

    For the new study, researchers used a database of electronic medical records of patients based primarily in the US to determine the risk of blood clots after vaccination versus infection. Of the 513,284 COVID-19 patients identified in the database, 20 developed CVST within two weeks after their diagnosis. Two out of 489,871 patients who received an mRNA vaccine developed CVST. As a control, the researchers also analyzed the risk of developing CVST within two weeks of a flu diagnosis, which was zero in 1 million
     
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    This article was from July 4th 2020. And the WHO still does not state clearly that Covid-19 is mainly airborne transmitted. This organization is not serious at all. How can a World Health Organization, after one year of World pandemic and after clearly having been demonstrated that Covid-19 is primarily transmitted airborne, still does not agree with this!?

    239 Experts With One Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/04/...ne-big-claim-the-coronavirus-is-airborne.html

    "The W.H.O. has resisted mounting evidence that viral particles floating indoors are infectious, some scientists say. The agency maintains the research is still inconclusive."

    The coronavirus is finding new victims worldwide, in bars and restaurants, offices, markets and casinos, giving rise to frightening clusters of infection that increasingly confirm what many scientists have been saying for months: The virus lingers in the air indoors, infecting those nearby.

    If airborne transmission is a significant factor in the pandemic, especially in crowded spaces with poor ventilation.

    Ventilation systems in schools, nursing homes, residences and businesses may need to minimize recirculating air and add powerful new filters.

    The World Health Organization has long held that the coronavirus is spread primarily by large respiratory droplets that, once expelled by infected people in coughs and sneezes, fall quickly to the floor."
     
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    Good question -- this is alarming considering billions of lives are at stake.
     
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    and Oscar for the best movie of 2088 go to
    No Escape:COVID-19
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    for those who think this "pandemic" will end soon or maybe never..

    P.S. Just read above "Evidence of covid spreads through air"..bla bla bla . Only now?!?! they find this ?? How stupid are scinetist today :xf.grin: . Of course is spread trough the air, i say & anyway was strange for me ..how in the name of Earth some marines get covid in a middle ocean Pacific or Atlantic on a aircraft carrier ( last year ) ..so one year they say trough surface , need to wash on hands bla bla..how stupid became this planet

    All the best to all
     
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    REGULATOR FAINTS AND DENMARK PERMANENTLY HALTS ASTRAZENECA
     
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    For what it's worth, an Oct/20 Forbes article:

    4 Reasons Why WHO Won’t Admit Coronavirus Is Airborne

    "Why is WHO reluctant to acknowledge that Coronavirus is airborne? There are many potential explanations — and some have nothing to do with scientific evidence."

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jvcham...ization-coronavirus-airborne/?sh=1c5ac45f3f1c


     
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    Study suggests those who had COVID-19 may only need one vaccine dose

    People who have recovered from COVID-19 had a robust antibody response after the first mRNA vaccine dose, but little immune benefit after the second dose, according to new research from the Penn Institute of Immunology. The findings, published in Science Immunology, suggest only a single vaccine dose may be needed to produce a sufficient antibody response. The team found that those who did not have COVID-19—called COVID naïve—did not have a full immune response until after receiving their second vaccine dose, reinforcing the importance of completing the two recommended doses for achieving strong levels of immunity.

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    The study provides more insight on the underlying immunobiology of mRNA vaccines, which could help shape future vaccine strategies.


    “These results are encouraging for both short- and long-term vaccine efficacy, and this adds to our understanding of the mRNA vaccine immune response through the analysis of memory B cells,” says senior author E. John Wherry, chair of the department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics and director of the Penn Institute of Immunology in the Perelman School of Medicine.

    The human immune response to vaccines and infections result in two major outcomes—the production of antibodies that provide rapid immunity and the creation of memory B cells, which assist in long-term immunity. This study represents one of the first to uncover how memory B cell responses differ after vaccination in people who previously experienced infection, compared to those who have not had COVID-19.

    “Previous COVID-19 mRNA vaccine studies on vaccinated individuals have focused on antibodies more than memory B cells. Memory B cells are a strong predictor of future antibody responses, which is why it’s vital to measure B cell responses to these vaccines,” Wherry says. “This effort to examine memory B cells is important for understanding long-term protection and the ability to respond to variants.”


     
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    As the world approaches 3 million deaths, India approaches 200,000 cases per day, and this...

    India's Kumbh festival attracts big crowds amid devastating second Covid wave

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    This past week, as India grapples with a devastating second wave of the coronavirus, millions of devotees have descended on the banks of the Ganges river in the northern city of Haridwar to take a dip in the water.

    Hindus believe the river is holy and taking a dip in it will cleanse them of their sins and bring salvation.

    But the government of Uttarakhand state, where Haridwar is located, is facing heavy criticism for allowing the Kumbh Mela festival to go ahead amid a sharply worsening Covid picture. On Thursday, India reported more than 200,000 Covid cases for the first time since the pandemic began.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-56770460
     

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