Covid-19 News

  • No decline in COVID infections in first days of latest lockdown, major study shows


    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news…ws/ar-BB1cWwsD?li=BBoPWjQ


    Coronavirus infections did not slow down and may have increased instead in the first days of the latest national lockdown, a major ongoing study has found.


    Researchers also said it will be weeks before the vaccine rollout has a substantial effect.


    The study from REACT-1 at Imperial College in London said: "During the initial 10 days of the third COVID-19 lockdown… prevalence of COVID-19 was very high with no evidence of decline."

  • Lockdown in England doesn't seem to be working, expert says


    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/…seem-working-19669185.amp


    An expert has warned that research suggests the current national lockdown in England is not working.


    Steven Riley, professor of infectious disease dynamics at Imperial College London, said the interim findings of the college’s React study show that the prevalence of infection increased between January 6 and 15.



    Speaking to Times Radio, he said: “It’s long enough that, were the lockdown working effectively, we would certainly have hoped to have seen a decline.”


    He said data from previous lockdowns did show a decline, adding that current research “certainly doesn’t support the conclusion that lockdown is working”.

  • An expert has warned that research suggests the current national lockdown in England is not working.

    That is obvious. The European lockdown is the absolute guarantee to maximize damage (death) from CoV-19. People should look how China did it. & weeks total isolation.

    I would prefer to give people Ivermectin instead of a vaccine or a ticket to death (hospital). This would need 6 weeks to end the pandemic. Swallowing a pill needs no extra knowledge and can be done at home.


    Our politicians are corrupt mafiosi and killers.

  • Effect of tocilizumab on clinical outcomes at 15 days in patients with severe or critical coronavirus disease 2019: randomised controlled trial


    https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n84


    Results A total of 129 patients were enrolled (mean age 57 (SD 14) years; 68% men) and all completed follow-up. All patients in the tocilizumab group and two in the standard care group received tocilizumab. 18 of 65 (28%) patients in the tocilizumab group and 13 of 64 (20%) in the standard care group were receiving mechanical ventilation or died at day 15 (odds ratio 1.54, 95% confidence interval 0.66 to 3.66; P=0.32). Death at 15 days occurred in 11 (17%) patients in the tocilizumab group compared with 2 (3%) in the standard care group (odds ratio 6.42, 95% confidence interval 1.59 to 43.2). Adverse events were reported in 29 of 67 (43%) patients who received tocilizumab and 21 of 62 (34%) who did not receive tocilizumab.


    Conclusions In patients with severe or critical covid-19, tocilizumab plus standard care was not superior to standard care alone in improving clinical outcomes at 15 days, and it might increase mortality.


    One step closer to approving ivermectin!

  • UK scientists to update COVID-19 vaccine to resist new variants


    https://news.google.com/articl…=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen


    LONDON: The team behind the UK’s main COVID-19 vaccine, developed at Oxford University, is preparing to update the inoculation to be resistant to new strains of the virus.


    British newspaper The Independent reported that the team is mobilizing this new effort in response to the variants seen in the UK, South Africa and elsewhere.


    The efficacy of the current vaccine against the most common strains of COVID-19 is being assessed by scientists from the university, with preliminary results expected toward mid-February.


    Prof. Sarah Gilbert, the team’s lead, said the researchers would not wait to discover the test’s results before acting, and instead are already synthesizing the new variants into the jab that is currently being rolled out nationwide.

  • The Current, Deadly U.S. Coronavirus Surge Has Peaked, Researchers Say


    https://www.npr.org/sections/h…as-peaked-researchers-say


    The devastating fall and winter wave of coronavirus infections that is causing so much misery across the U.S. appears to have finally peaked, according to several researchers who are closely tracking the virus.


    While another surge remains possible, especially with new, more infectious variants on the horizon, the number of new daily infections in the current wave appears to have hit a high in the past week or two and has been steadily declining in most states since, the researchers say.


    There will be another wave beginning in mid March through April just like last year.

  • EXCLUSIVE: "A new COVID-19 variant has been discovered outside South Africa"


    https://www.ecr.co.za/east-coa…a-prof-tulio-de-oliveira/


    A month or two ago, we found out that a new variant of coronavirus circulating in South Africa was now being seen in other countries, including the UK. This variant was named, 501.V2.


    Epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist Professor Salim Abdool Karim stated that scientists have new evidence that the new COVID-19 variant, 501.V2, found in South Africa is stronger and spreads faster. Now, however, Prof Tulio de Oliveir joined Darren, Keri, and Sky on Wednesday morning to reveal that there is another variant and the discovery was made early this morning.

    What we found in KwaZulu-Natal in the random temple of 50 genomes that we do every week together with the NHLS is a variant. This new variant is called the B1.177. It is not the main variant that circulates in the UK, but another big variant of the UK that seems to have been introduced in KZN and this variant also has one important mutation," he says.


    He further stated that this news will be shared with the public soon and urged South Africans not to panic.

  • How Long Will We Ignore the Truth About Vitamin D?


    https://articles.mercola.com/s…ory-tract-infections.aspx


    STORY AT-A-GLANCE

    A scientific review published in 2006 concluded that epidemic seasonal influenza is most likely related to the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency during winter months. Since then, other studies have confirmed this theory

    A 2010 study found there’s an inverse relationship between UVB sun exposure — which is how your body synthesizes vitamin D naturally — and influenza deaths

    Vitamin D protects against tuberculosis, a fatal lung disease that kills an estimated 1.8 million people around the world each year

    According to recent research, 82.2% of COVID-19 patients tested were found to be deficient in vitamin D, and vitamin D status has been shown to influence your risk of testing positive for COVID-19, hospitalization rates and need for intensive care, as well as your risk of dying from the infection

    Vitamin D can reduce your risk of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by reducing the survival and replication of viruses, reducing inflammatory cytokine production, maintaining endothelial integrity and increasing ACE2 concentrations, which helps lower COVID-19 severity


    In 1981, R. Edgar Hope-Simpson proposed that a 'seasonal stimulus' intimately associated with solar radiation explained the remarkable seasonality of epidemic influenza.


    Solar radiation triggers robust seasonal vitamin D production in the skin; vitamin D deficiency is common in the winter, and activated vitamin D, 1,25(OH)2D, a steroid hormone, has profound effects on human immunity.


    1,25(OH)2D acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive expression of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the 'oxidative burst' potential of macrophages.


    Perhaps most importantly, it dramatically stimulates the expression of potent anti-microbial peptides, which exist in neutrophils, monocytes, natural killer cells, and in epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract where they play a major role in protecting the lung from infection.”

  • Coronavirus infections did not slow down and may have increased instead in the first days of the latest national lockdown, a major ongoing study has found.

    This is in the UK. I have three comments:

    1. You would not expect a slow down in the first days. It takes a week or two.
    2. The new strain of COVID-19 is spreading, so you would expect a sharp increase. This increase may have been decreased (to put it in a confusing way). The increase might have been sharper if they had not locked down more.
    3. The number of infections in the UK has declined significantly in recent weeks, from ~60,000 down to ~42,000. See: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/ Deaths have not declined, but they should follow.
  • As I expected, the Trump administration had essentially no plans to roll out the vaccine. They had no other plans to deal with COVID-19, so this is not surprising. They ditched all earlier plans last April, leaving it up to the states to deal with the pandemic. See:


    How Jared Kushner’s Secret Testing Plan “Went Poof Into Thin Air”


    https://www.vanityfair.com/new…n-went-poof-into-thin-air


    It was not that they had insufficient plans for the roll-out. They had no plans at all. They did not even know how many doses were available. See:


    Biden inheriting nonexistent coronavirus vaccine distribution plan and must start 'from scratch,' sources say


    https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/21…cination-trump/index.html


    [There was] . . . a complete lack of a vaccine distribution strategy under former President Donald Trump, even weeks after multiple vaccines were approved for use in the United States.

    "There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch," one source said.

    White House Covid coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters on Wednesday that he was still confident that the administration can meet its 100 million vaccine shots in 100 days target.

    "For almost a year now, Americans could not look to the federal government for any strategy, let alone a comprehensive approach to respond to Covid," Zients said. "And we've seen the tragic costs of that failure. As President Biden steps into office today ... that'll change tomorrow."



    Other details:


    ‘Worse Than We Imagined’: Team Trump Left Biden a COVID Nightmare


    https://www.thedailybeast.com/…iden-a-covid-19-nightmare

  • Ok president wants to kill us all is gone now all you have to deal with is your governor nitwit. Quietly please it's a time of healing

  • Quietly please it's a time of healing

    Ha, ha! Very funny.


    Wait . . . are you serious? The worst public health failure in U.S. history? 400,000 people dead, most of them needlessly? Are you saying no one should be held accountable and no lessons should be learned? On Dec. 8, 1941, FDR did not say: "We were attacked at Pearl Harbor, but let's put it behind us. This is a time for healing. Quiet please; no one should talk about this or do anything about it."

  • Ha, ha! Very funny.


    Wait . . . are you serious? The worst public health failure in U.S. history? 400,000 people dead, most of them needlessly? Are you saying no one should be held accountable and no lessons should be learned? On Dec. 8, 1941, FDR did not say: "We were attacked at Pearl Harbor, but let's put it behind us. This is a time for healing. Quiet please; no one should talk about this or do anything about it."

    No I agree accountability is what we all want, just not in your bombastic style, you leave no room for discussion. Haven't you noticed that your postings cause a political storm on the thread. Usually followed by a day of wasted political bullshit posts. Presentation sets the tone of the discussion

  • The Covid -19 epidemic is 100% the fault of Donald Trump and “Group Think Red”?


    This is what you want to say and what you desperately want to believe Jed, so just come out and say it.

  • How many Covid cases are real?

    Given that hospitals are incentivized to admit "cases" and attribute cause of death to Covid,

    can they be skewing the numbers?

    From RFK, Jr's "The Defender" ---


    WHO Finally Admits COVID-19 PCR Test Has a ‘Problem’

    The WHO’s new guidance, which includes lower PCR thresholds, almost guarantees COVID “case” numbers will automatically drop dramatically around the world.


    https://childrenshealthdefense…d-pcr-test-has-a-problem/