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    no idea..

  • More importantly, if they got the first two shots, but refuse the 3rd, does that make them anti-vaxxers according to THH? Or suppose they get the 3rd jab, but still want Ivermectin, does that make them Republicans?

    I'll predict that in the UK virtually nobody who had the first 2 shots will refuse the third. Also virtually nobody will request Ivermectin....and there is a good chance that they *would* be Republicans living here. ;)

  • Human exposure to respiratory aerosols in a ventilated room: Effects of ventilation condition, emission mode, and social distancing


    Human exposure to respiratory aerosols in a ventilated room: Effects of ventilation condition, emission mode, and social distancing
    Airborne transmission of virus via respiratory aerosols plays an important role in the spread of infectious diseases in indoor environments. Ventilati…
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    Highlights

    We evaluate effects of ventilation and social distancing on aerosol exposure.


    We study transport dynamics of exhaled aerosols in human breathing zone.


    Ventilation strategy notably affects the airborne infection risk.


    Buoyancy-driven airflow can cause elevated human exposure to viral aerosols.


    A 2 m social distance may not effectively reduce the risk of infectious aerosols.



    Abstract

    Airborne transmission of virus via respiratory aerosols plays an important role in the spread of infectious diseases in indoor environments. Ventilation and social distancing are two major control strategies to reduce the indoor airborne infection risk. However, there is a present lack of science-based information on how the human exposure to viral aerosols vary with ventilation condition and social distance. The objective of this study is to explore the transport patterns of respiratory aerosols in occupied spaces and assess the occupant exposure risk under different ventilation strategies, social distances and aerosol emission modes. The study results show that buoyancy-driven flow regime (can be found in many residential settings) can lead to a longer transmission distance and elevated exposure to viral aerosols than the mixing airflow, thereby causing higher cross-infection risk in indoor environments. The results also suggest that a 2 m (6 ft) social distance alone may not ensure control of indoor airborne infections.

  • Risks of Vaccines for Those Recovered from COVID-19


    Risks of Vaccines for Those Recovered from COVID-19
    Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite. There is recent research on the
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    Risks of Vaccines for Those Recovered from COVID-19


    Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.


    There is recent research on the fact that the COVID-19 vaccine is dangerous for those who have already had COVID-19 and have recovered with inferred robust, complete, and durable immunity. These patients were excluded from the FDA-approved clinical trials performed by Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J. From these trials, the safety profile was unknown when the products for approved for Emergency Use Authorization in 2020.


    There has been no study demonstrating clinical benefit with COVID-19 vaccination in those who have well documented or even suspected prior COVID-19 illness.


    A medical study of United Kingdom healthcare workers who had already had COVID-19 and then received the vaccine found that they suffered higher rates of side effects than the average population. Rachel K. Raw, et al., Previous COVID-19 infection but not Long-COVID-19 is associated with increased adverse events following BNT162b2/Pfizer vaccination, medRxiv (preprint), (last visited June 21, 2021).


    > Previous COVID-19 infection but not Long-COVID is associated with increased adverse events following BNT162b2/Pfizer vaccination


    The test group experienced more moderate to severe symptoms than the study group that did not previously have COVID-19. The symptoms included fever, fatigue, myalgia-arthralgia, and lymphadenopathy. Id. Raw found that in 974 individuals who received the BNT162b2/Pfizer vaccine, those with a prior history of SARS-CoV-2 or those who had positive antibodies at baseline had a higher rate of vaccine reactions than those who were COVID-19 naive.


    For a full review of the study, follow the link. Dr. Peter McCullough’s frequently contributes to American OutLoud Podcast Network.


    Previous COVID-19 infection, but not Long-COVID, is associated with increased adverse events following BNT162b2/Pfizer vaccination

  • Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number Is Losing Meaning

    A new study suggests that almost half of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have mild or asymptomatic cases.


    Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number Is Losing Meaning
    A new study suggests that almost half of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have mild or asymptomatic cases.
    amp.theatlantic.com


    At least 12,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19 this month, as the country inches through its latest surge in cases. But another worrying statistic is often cited to depict the dangers of this moment: The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States right now is as high as it has been since the beginning of February. It’s even worse in certain places: Some states, including Arkansas and Oregon, recently saw their COVID hospitalizations rise to higher levels than at any prior stage of the pandemic. But how much do those latter figures really tell us?


    From the start, COVID hospitalizations have served as a vital metric for tracking the risks posed by the disease. Last winter, this magazine described it as “the most reliable pandemic number,” while Vox quoted the cardiologist Eric Topol as saying that it’s “the best indicator of where we are.” On the one hand, death counts offer finality, but they’re a lagging signal and don’t account for people who suffered from significant illness but survived. Case counts, on the other hand, depend on which and how many people happen to get tested. Presumably, hospitalization numbers provide a more stable and reliable gauge of the pandemic’s true toll, in terms of severe disease. But a new, nationwide study of hospitalization records, released as a preprint today (and not yet formally peer reviewed), suggests that the meaning of this gauge can easily be misinterpreted—and that it has been shifting over time.

    If you want to make sense of the number of COVID hospitalizations at any given time, you need to know how sick each patient actually is. Until now, that’s been almost impossible to suss out. The federal government requires hospitals to report every patient who tests positive for COVID, yet the overall tallies of COVID hospitalizations, made available on various state and federal dashboards and widely reported on by the media, do not differentiate based on severity of illness. Some patients need extensive medical intervention, such as getting intubated. Others require supplemental oxygen or administration of the steroid dexamethasone. But there are many COVID patients in the hospital with fairly mild symptoms, too, who have been admitted for further observation on account of their comorbidities, or because they reported feeling short of breath. Another portion of the patients in this tally are in the hospital for something unrelated to COVID, and discovered that they were infected only because they were tested upon admission. How many patients fall into each category has been a topic of much speculation. In August, researchers from Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System decided to find out.

    Researchers have tried to get at similar questions before. For two separate studies published in May, doctors in California read through several hundred charts of pediatric patients, one by one, to figure out why, exactly, each COVID-positive child had been admitted to the hospital. Did they need treatment for COVID, or was there some other reason for admission, like cancer treatment or a psychiatric episode, and the COVID diagnosis was merely incidental? According to the researchers, 40 to 45 percent of the hospitalizations that they examined were for patients in the latter group.

  • Interesting study, could this link explain long covid and adverse reactions to vaccine?


    Evidence of a possible link between herpes simplex and neurodegenerative diseases


    Evidence of a possible link between herpes simplex and neurodegenerative diseases
    A new study by researchers at University of Illinois Chicago suggests that when the protein optineurin, or OPTN, is present in cells it restricts the spread of…
    medicalxpress.com


    A new study by researchers at University of Illinois Chicago suggests that when the protein optineurin, or OPTN, is present in cells it restricts the spread of HSV-1, the herpes simplex virus type 1.

    In a "first of its kind" study, researchers also found a potential direct connection between neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), glaucoma, and the herpesvirus, said Dr. Deepak Shukla, the Marion H. Schenk Esq. Professor in Ophthalmology for Research of the Aging Eye, and vice chair for research at UIC.


    The research paper, "OPTN is a host intrinsic restriction factor against neuroinvasive HSV-1 infection," led by Shukla, was published recently in the journal Nature Communications.


    Researchers sought to discover why HSV-1 can become fatal for individuals who are immunocompromised but not for healthy individuals. Herpesviruses naturally infect the central nervous system and can result in degenerative brain and eye disorders, as well as encephalitis. However, in most individuals, the virus is suppressed during a primary infection before it can significantly damage the central nervous system.


    The new research suggests why HSV-1 is suppressed: OPTN, a conserved autophagy receptor, selectively targets HSV-1 proteins to degradation by autophagy, explained Tejabhiram Yadavalli, a co-author of the study and visiting scholar at UIC's department of ophthalmology and visual science.


    "OPTN stops the virus from growing and it stops it by autophagy—engulfing the virus particles inside tiny vesicles called autophagosomes. The autophagy that happens is very selective. That has meaning for other viruses as well," Shukla said.


    The researchers believe the results from this study will apply to all eight different human herpesviruses.


    For the study, mice with removed OPTN genes were infected with ocular HSV-1. The virus growth was much higher in the brains of animals without OPTN, killing local neurons and eventually leading to animal death. This shows there is a faster degeneration of neurons when OPTN is not there. Additional studies are being planned to examine naturally occurring mutations in OPTN, such as the ones reported in glaucoma and ALS patients, and how they may affect neuronal health and HSV-1 infection, Shukla explained.

    Where you have mutated OPTN plus herpes, you have the recipe to create a disaster in terms of neurodegeneration," Shukla said.


    "The study also shows there is an impairment of immune response when there is a deficiency in OPTN. OPTN is needed to signal an influx of proper immune cells at the site of infection. When you don't have it, you have issues," said Chandrashekhar Patil, also a co-author of the study and a visiting scholar at UIC's department of ophthalmology and visual science.


    Some of those issues could include neurodegenerative disorders, which researchers believe further research may show.


    "We think we will have data to show other viruses, such as Epstein-Barr, Kaposi's sarcoma, varicella-zoster, are all going to share this mechanism because they share homologous proteins," Shukla said.


    Because the herpesvirus sits in neurons forever, there is speculation it is connected to neurodegenerative diseases. The immune system requires inflammation to constantly fight off the virus, and neurons have some degree of damage because of this continuous immune response, according to Dr. Tibor Valyi-Nagy, professor of pathology, director of neuropathology at UIC and research collaborator on the study.


    The study also showed that animals without OPTN and infected with HSV-1 after 30 days lost the ability to recognize objects. Shukla said this could be an indication that having HSV-1 along with a mutation of OPTN could accelerate neuronal damage, which would translate into cognitive impairment.


    "Part of our translational research can be how can we correct the problems with OPTN so that we don't have issues with neurodegeneration," Shukla said.


    Additional authors are Joshua Ames, Rahul Suryawanshi, James Hopkins, Alexander Agelidis, Chandrashekhar Patil and Brian Fredericks, all of UIC, and Henry Tseng of Duke University Medical Center.


    This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health and National Eye Institute grants (K08-EY021520-02, RO1 EY029426, P30 EY001792 and RO1 EY024710) as well as the Butner Pioneer Award, Duke Health Scholars and Research to Prevent Blindness unrestricted funds.

    More information: Joshua Ames et al, OPTN is a host intrinsic restriction factor against neuroinvasive HSV-1 infection, Nature Communications (2021). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-25642-z


    Journal information: Nature Communications

  • For two separate studies published in May, doctors in California read through several hundred charts of pediatric patients, one by one, to figure out why, exactly, each COVID-positive child had been admitted to the hospital. Did they need treatment for COVID, or was there some other reason for admission, like cancer treatment or a psychiatric episode, and the COVID diagnosis was merely incidental? According to the researchers, 40 to 45 percent of the hospitalizations that they examined were for patients in the latter group.

    UUUps!!! I thought it was 20%! 45% is very high and sounds like systematic faking of Cov-19 data.

    Risks of Vaccines for Those Recovered from COVID-19

    A good overview with paper references from Canada!


    https://www.nccmt.ca/uploads/media/media/0001/02/1794ec78f97780a9099cd1aea208a113149936e2.pdf

  • Americans seem to have bad memories! This jab in every American policy is a continuation of Biden H1N1 debacle in 2010. Vaccine sites opening on every corner, Biden running around like chicken little, the administration following mopping up his mess. We are all going to die crap he's using now. Sooner than the sites went up they disappeared. That's who is setting policy! Wake up america!!!


    Time for American Health Agencies to Factor in Natural Immunity for Precision Vaccination


    Time for American Health Agencies to Factor in Natural Immunity for Precision Vaccination
    Why does the entire American society need a COVID-19 vaccine if evidence increasingly indicates natural immunity is just as if not superior in boosting
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    Why does the entire American society need a COVID-19 vaccine if evidence increasingly indicates natural immunity is just as if not superior in boosting immunity? After all, by May 2021, a third of the U.S. population, estimated at 44% of adults aged 18-50, had already been infected, suggests Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. With the confluence of massive numbers of already infected persons on the one hand and mounting evidence as to superiority of natural immunity, why haven’t health agency decision-makers factored natural immunity into decision making associated with the prioritization of vaccination? Why can’t the CDC at least establish a protocol that those that have been infected wait at least eight months? Or why not follow the recommendation of Florian Krammer, Icahn School of Medicine, who suggested to the New York Times that it would be prudent to administer only one dose to individuals who have already recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Or there is the well-known Marty Makary, the outspoken Johns Hopkins University professor and MedPage Today editor who recently declared why vaccinate everyone—even those with immunity—when the focus should be on using them where they can save lives? The reality is that America’s health authorities are increasingly under the microscope for the decisions they are making. The CDC, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and of course POTUS, and not surprisingly, the industry appears most certainly eager to just round up and vaccinate everyone, regardless if they have been previously infected and their subsequent natural immunity levels. Something is terribly off in America, and thankfully a talented journalist delved into the matter with the results published in the prominent The BMJ.


    A freelance journalist has taken up this topic up in a comprehensive piece published again in The BMJ. Jennifer Block digs deep into this matter, penning a comprehensive and compelling argument that the powers-that-be start investigating the infected population in more detail. It’s time for health agencies to do their job, not only studying natural immunity response strength but also durability. Ms. Block implies in her article that the current public health apparatus may be making an irrevocable mistake, leading up to what could be large-scale unnecessary safety risks combined with a perpetuation of health inequity issues as the current paradigm doesn’t leave much assistance to the world’s poorest countries.


    Block provides significant evidence that natural immunity must be taken seriously. She demonstrates while other countries at least attempt to factor in natural immunity into their analyses, it’s as if the concept didn’t exist in America.


    Of course, a counterargument is that America just isn’t good at tailored, data-driven approaches and that rather only a universal vaccination offers “a more quantifiable, predictable, reliable and feasible way to protect the population.”


    Hogwash! The entire movement of medicine moves to data-driven, precision, and personalized medicine, as we enter the age of data and directed value rather than the mass-produced generic treatments of yesteryear? Is convenience and a streamlined economy a reason to run roughshod over real data, true science, and possibly large numbers of people’s health?


    TrialSite recently reported that a number of prominent medical boards are now colluding to severely punish any licensed physician that dares utter negative work about the current vaccines or the vaccination program. TrialSite let it be known that these medical licensing bodies were essentially putting doctors on notice: forewarned—be quiet about the vaccine or risk one’s license and, therefore, their economic livelihood. Yet the very groups pushing the mass vaccination agenda don’t effectively use science themselves, while they accuse any critics of scientific blasphemy.


    Call to Action: Follow the link to read Ms. Block’s piece in The BMJ.


    Vaccinating people who have had covid-19: why doesn’t natural immunity count in the US?
    The US CDC estimates that SARS-CoV-2 has infected more than 100 million Americans, and evidence is mounting that natural immunity is at least as protective as…
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  • May 2021, a third of the U.S. population, estimated at 44% of adults aged 18-50, had already been infected, suggests Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.

    This is a part of the systematic vaccine cheat. Selling natural immunity as vaccine success. So I can only urge people: Do not at all believe any figures that show 70-90% protection from vaccines. In reality it is 30..60% only. So be cautious not like the German 2G party with > 60 double vaxxer infected.


    Zahl der Corona-Infizierten nach „2G“-Party in Münster steigt auf 63


    Vielleicht können wir später darauf drehen: Nach einer Clubparty unter „2G“-Bedingungen in Münster ist die Zahl der bekannten Corona-Infektionen auf 63 gestiegen. Das teilte die Stadt am Montag auf Anfrage mit. Die Krankheitsverläufe seien nach Kenntnis des Gesundheitsamtes aber bislang weiterhin mild oder liefen symptomfrei ab. 46 Infizierte kämen aus Münster. Die Gäste hatten sich bei einer Partynacht mit rund 380 Gästen angesteckt. Teilnehmen durften ausschließlich Geimpfte oder Genesene.


    How do you calculate the protection severe disease factor of the vaccine from following message:

    90% of all intense care patients are not vaccinated:

    So we have a patient set

    Germany: 40% not vaccinated in total > 50% had an infection so far.

    So 40% of the people produce 90% of the cases

    and 30% (vaccinated only) produce 10% of the cases -->22.5 /3.3 (10% each) or a protection factor of 6.75.

    This is just an approximation with figures that strongly vary. In reality at least 70% already had an infection. (India close to 80%, Geneva Switzerland > 70 already in Mai)

    So with 80% natural infections the protection factor would go down to about 22.5/8.3 = 2.7...

  • USA:: The corona killing goes on.


    13. September 1827 deaths (half of 9/11... ) among > 172'000 new cases....


    Why do we see always the same?? More vaccines/vaccinated more deaths instead give all the Ziverdoo kit and we can stop everything within 4 weeks? The kit is here since almost one year now around - November 2020. OK also India did wait 5 months....OR said in other words: India did listen to the fascist pig-pharma agents...as USA still does...

  • Are you sure that all 63 infected at this party were "double vaxxers"? Is there a detailed analysis on who exactly was diagnosed with Covid-19?

    Access to this party had "2G" people only, what is either being 2x vaccinated or (not vaccinated and) recovered from a covid-19 infection.

  • Risks of Vaccines for Those Recovered from COVID-19

    We have friends - a married couple in their early 60s - in France who contracted Covid in March of 2020. Each were hit hard, but differently, by the virus. In the Spring of 2021 they got vaccinated with Pfizer. The first shot really hit them hard, and reminded each of them of their initial infection. One might think that their second shot would have been worse still, but interestingly they breezed through their second shot. Third time the charm?

  • I was in for a checkup yesterday. I chatted with the staff.


    The nurse told me that several people have asked for a third COVID booster shot. She said the doctors refuse to give a third booster. It is not recommended yet. Except for immunocompromised patients.


    I have known the doctor for years. I asked him how things are going, and I set him off. He was very upset. The hospital is overflowing and there is no end in sight. He said "I spend 30 minutes a day trying to convince people to get a COVID vaccination!" And "one patient told me he has a heart condition so I should give him a wavier saying he doesn't need a COVID shot. I told him it is just the opposite!" "People spend 3 hours on YouTube and they think they have 'done the research.' They know nothing!"


    Doctors and nurses everywhere in the South are worn out. Exhausted. There is no room in the emergency departments for patients with heart attacks, and several have died. There are beds in the hallways, there are tents outside the hospitals, but not enough staff. I feel sorry for the doctor interviewed here. The reporter asked him what he will do when the 14 military doctors leave on Friday. After a long pause he says he can't answer and he doesn't want to think about it. "I don't know what we're going to do. I really don't feel like answering that question, because it is so disturbing." (minute 1:50). What a horror story.


    This is all the fault of the anti-vaccination Death Cult.


    Overwhelmed Kentucky hospitals fear the worst as federal Covid-19 assistance is scheduled to leave Friday
    St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead, Kentucky, had to open a second, temporary ICU to deal with Covid cases.
    www.cnn.com

  • One might think that their second shot would have been worse still, but interestingly they breezed through their second shot.

    It is somewhat unpredictable, as you describe. Some mass media reports say that people tend to react more to the second dose. There are reports that the Moderna vaccine tends to produce a stronger reaction and more discomfort. Nothing serious. They say it has a larger volume of active ingredients than Pfizer and that could be why it has more punch.


    Any vaccine will cause some side effects such as soreness. (He says, rubbing his arm.)

  • Time for American Health Agencies to Factor in Natural Immunity for Precision Vaccination

    This is bullshit. Everyone should be vaccinated, whether they have natural immunity or not. The vaccine will improve your immunity. It can only help. It will not harm you. There is virtually no chance it will cause a serious side effect.

  • The Lives Lost to Undervaccination, in Charts


    Authors:


    Jaline Gerardin is an epidemiologist and an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

    Emma Pierson is an assistant professor of computer science at Cornell Tech and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and an assistant professor of population health sciences at Weill Cornell Medical College.

    Nathaniel Lash is a graphics reporter for Times Opinion.

    This article says that conservatively, there have been 16,200 extra deaths since July 1, 2021 caused by undervaccination. More than that, I think.


    Opinion | The Lives Lost to Undervaccination, in Charts
    How many lives could have been saved if states vaccinated more quickly?
    www.nytimes.com

  • More importantly, if they got the first two shots, but refuse the 3rd, does that make them anti-vaxxers according to THH? Or suppose they get the 3rd jab, but still want Ivermectin, does that make them Republicans?

    It makes them vaccine-hesitant. But in UK we have few of those. I'd expect very few to refuse 3rd jab.


    If they want ivermectin it makes them either idiots, or people inclined to trust information from fringe web-sites over their own GPs and the careful and not particularly vaccine-friendly UK regulators. (I guess the second half is included in the 1st).