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On 1/24/2021 at 12:41 PM, Littlesister said:

Here in N. Suffolk where I am, We can't seem to get a true quote on how things are going with this virus.


Here in Cali, Gov Newsome has been reluctant to let anybody know HOW they have been determining which "tier" a region is in - because it is too "confusing."


January 22, 2021 04:01 PM

It's a secret: California keeps key virus data from public

Associated Press


California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the start said his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency.

But with the state starting to emerge from its worst surge, his administration won’t disclose key information that will help determine when his latest stay-at-home order is lifted.

State health officials said they rely on a very complex set of measurements that would confuse and potentially mislead the public if they were made public.






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James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution, said that “a popular Government, without popular information, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.” That about sums up the reign of Gavin Newsom: A Tragic Farce.


Today, Newsom suddenly decided to lift the stay-at-home order statewide, “liberating” us to the purple tier. Of course, it’s a classic authoritarian move to deprive citizens of liberty and then award small doses at random to make them seem like gifts.


Just yesterday, Newsom was indicating he’d do the opposite. What’s actually going on is anyone’s guess: In a story headlined “It’s a secret: California keeps key virus data from public,” the AP reported Newsom isn’t giving the public access because we’d just be “confused.”

In other words, after nearly two and a half centuries of American history, Gavin Christopher Newsom has discerned that the Founders got it wrong. We are incapable of self-government. It’s just too complicated.


Newsom even refused to comply with a public records request for data to justify his lockdowns. The Center for American Liberty responded: “That is the peak of hubris. The idea that just because one works for a state agency makes one more qualified or more intelligent to understand data or scientific research, it’s just delusional.”


This disrespect for the people of California is a throughline in Newsom’s worst-in-the-nation COVID response. He’s essentially abolished representative government. He’s overridden the choices of local communities. He even just spent $80 million on what he called “smashmouth” public-education billboards with messages like, “Keep 6 pugs apart.”


Newsom has also consistently blamed the public for his own failures, saying “Don’t be selfish,” “It is our behaviors that are leading to these numbers,” and “some have developed a little amnesia.”


He’s now taking the same misanthropic approach to the Recall, with the infamous “California Coup” press conference claiming it’s somehow illegitimate for 1.2 million Californians to give the state new leadership through a 110-year-old constitutional process.


In truth, the Recall is bringing democracy to life in the most profound way. Whenever a corrupt political class has tried to tear our Constitution apart, the people have found a way to hold it together and make it stronger than before. Everywhere I go I see enthusiastic signature gatherers who are heirs to this American tradition.


It’s a movement not just to reject Gavin Newsom but to repudiate the arrogance and corruption he represents. It’s a movement driven not just by anger but aspiration – the belief that we can do so, so much better. Above all, it’s a movement to restore what is every American’s birthright: the right to govern ourselves.



Today he said that ALL regions are out from under the "stay at home" orders.




I guess the recall petition is starting to worry him!


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It took about an hour to get through to a live person, but everything went smoothly after that.  The lady said there were only 2 of them answering the phones for scheduling!


Test came back negative, so just my usual respiratory crud.  Popping massive amounts of supplements to try to avoid antibiotics.

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Our curfew was extended by an hour starting today. We go from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Woo-hoo. There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight. :rolleyes:


The reason for the extension is because we are under 3,500 hospitalization per day now. Who ever thought 3,500 hospitalizations a day would be a low number! 

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Where deaths increased the most in the last week (a week ago)

For the week ending Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021

State Total deaths Per 100K New deaths Per 100K 1-wk chg.
Alaska 259
35 30 4.1
Montana 1,151
108 59 5.5
Hawaii 342
24 20 1.4
Wyoming 571
99 49 8.5
Kentucky 3,421
77 294 6.6
Oklahoma 3,279
83 292 7.4
Indiana 9,716
144 406 6.0
North Carolina 8,695
83 612 5.8
New Mexico 3,145
150 213 10.2
Georgia 13,250
125 954 9.0
Arkansas 4,606
153 295 9.8
Louisiana 8,565
184 362 7.8
Texas 35,144
121 2,354 8.1
Washington 4,114
54 211 2.8
Utah 1,595
50 102 3.2
Maryland 6,865
114 298 4.9
Virginia 6,078
71 349 4.1
Vermont 170
27 7 1.1
California 36,745
93 3,479 8.8
Michigan 15,181
152 512 5.1
New York 42,059
216 1,325 6.8
Missouri 6,548
107 294 4.8
Massachusetts 14,133
205 481 7.0
Puerto Rico 1,773
56 70 2.2
Florida 25,693
120 1,178 5.5
United States 418,967
128 21,644 6.6
New Jersey 20,951
236 512 5.8
Ohio 10,711
92 511 4.4
Iowa 4,488
142 165 5.2
Rhode Island 2,083
197 78 7.4
Arizona 12,238
168 972 13.4
Pennsylvania 20,609
161 1,299 10.1
Idaho 1,669
93 62 3.5
Wisconsin 6,190
106 284 4.9
North Dakota 1,411
185 27 3.5
New Hampshire 987
73 54 4.0
Connecticut 6,819
191 225 6.3
Illinois 20,680
163 630 5.0
Nevada 4,026
131 247 8.0
Tennessee 8,859
130 468 6.9
Minnesota 6,095
108 168 3.0
Colorado 5,505
96 126 2.2
South Carolina 6,547
127 310 6.0
Mississippi 5,772
194 251 8.4
South Dakota 1,705
193 49 5.5
Alabama 6,660
136 540 11.0
Washington, D.C. 872
124 22 3.1
West Virginia 1,895
106 119 6.6
Delaware 1,041
107 25 2.6
Nebraska 1,879
97 42 2.2
Maine 544
41 33 2.5
Oregon 1,880
45 80 1.9
Kansas 3,598
124 96 3.3
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Where the positive test rate is highest

For the week ending Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021

State Total tests Per 100K New tests Per 100K Positive rate
Iowa 1,235,059
39,145 18,366 582.1
Alabama 2,086,555
42,555 57,067 1,163.9
Pennsylvania 4,362,597
34,078 123,791 967.0
Idaho 589,629
32,994 13,621 762.2
Kansas 1,137,411
39,042 37,046 1,271.6
South Dakota 397,239
44,903 5,817 657.5
Mississippi 1,520,334
51,084 44,933 1,509.8
Kentucky 3,503,064
78,409 102,323 2,290.3
Georgia 6,208,860
58,478 283,419 2,669.4
Utah 2,529,796
78,909 71,063 2,216.6
Arkansas 2,347,388
77,785 74,690 2,475.0
Oklahoma 3,063,804
77,428 107,825 2,724.9
Virginia 5,007,050
58,661 199,654 2,339.1
Texas 16,561,140
57,116 843,119 2,907.7
Tennessee 6,289,451
92,097 161,393 2,363.3
Arizona 6,385,219
87,725 355,699 4,886.8
Ohio 8,777,871
75,095 299,834 2,565.1
South Carolina 3,985,112
77,400 271,204 5,267.4
Florida 18,397,824
85,660 743,740 3,462.8
Nevada 2,419,035
78,536 89,359 2,901.1
Missouri 4,051,388
66,011 117,932 1,921.5
North Carolina 8,524,547
81,278 437,118 4,167.8
New Jersey 9,058,487
101,985 370,554 4,171.9
New Hampshire 1,205,021
88,623 58,444 4,298.3
California 40,285,715
101,958 2,057,100 5,206.2
Louisiana 4,815,570
103,588 177,224 3,812.3
Montana 911,686
85,302 31,958 2,990.1
Delaware 1,176,841
120,855 60,679 6,231.4
West Virginia 1,860,337
103,805 92,837 5,180.2
Wisconsin 5,990,470
102,886 192,398 3,304.4
Indiana 6,738,341
100,091 307,156 4,562.5
Wyoming 573,868
99,155 24,063 4,157.7
New Mexico 2,245,108
107,072 87,590 4,177.3
New York 30,543,012
157,005 1,563,514 8,037.2
Maryland 6,723,502
111,212 268,454 4,440.4
Michigan 9,086,109
90,981 278,495 2,788.6
Washington 4,373,646
57,435 193,813 2,545.2
Illinois 15,409,832
121,607 645,839 5,096.7
Massachusetts 12,967,924
188,145 619,261 8,984.6
Colorado 5,246,911
91,112 239,785 4,163.8
North Dakota 1,325,891
173,987 20,603 2,703.6
Minnesota 6,052,223
107,316 189,005 3,351.4
Nebraska 2,021,416
104,498 112,724 5,827.3
Maine 1,309,014
97,382 69,689 5,184.4
Rhode Island 2,410,025
227,498 130,239 12,294.1
Oregon 3,043,792
72,167 124,226 2,945.3
Washington, D.C. 1,048,951
148,630 39,559 5,605.3
Alaska 1,453,470
198,685 48,714 6,659.1
Hawaii 942,303
66,553 31,524 2,226.5
Connecticut 5,453,614
152,964 572,678 16,062.6
Vermont 847,983
135,897 42,964 6,885.4
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Where cases increased the most in the last week

For the week ending Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021

State Total cases Per 100K New cases Per 100K 1-wk chg.
New Hampshire 62,337
4,585 5,473 402.5
Puerto Rico 156,835
4,911 7,491 234.6
Iowa 313,140
9,925 7,989 253.2
Georgia 866,725
8,163 50,715 477.7
Alabama 441,170
8,998 18,572 378.8
Vermont 11,033
1,768 976 156.4
South Carolina 418,325
8,125 30,141 585.4
Arizona 722,574
9,927 48,692 669.0
Minnesota 454,989
8,068 8,609 152.7
Mississippi 264,219
8,878 11,744 394.6
New York 1,331,914
6,847 93,651 481.4
Nebraska 187,147
9,675 5,169 267.2
Kentucky 346,586
7,758 19,911 445.7
North Carolina 718,812
6,854 44,175 421.2
Delaware 74,575
7,658 4,281 439.6
West Virginia 115,307
6,434 6,486 361.9
Missouri 449,535
7,325 11,986 195.3
New Jersey 662,808
7,462 35,587 400.7
North Dakota 96,817
12,705 953 125.1
Florida 1,649,449
7,680 78,170 364.0
Connecticut 237,815
6,670 14,393 403.7
Illinois 1,103,749
8,710 33,078 261.0
Texas 2,248,689
7,755 126,351 435.8
Virginia 472,447
5,535 33,142 388.3
Colorado 386,285
6,708 11,304 196.3
Arkansas 284,066
9,413 12,912 427.9
Alaska 53,315
7,288 1,377 188.2
Massachusetts 500,037
7,255 29,897 433.8
Hawaii 25,154
1,777 801 56.6
United States 25,147,907
7,662 1,208,608 368.2
Indiana 611,415
9,082 20,830 309.4
Michigan 596,746
5,975 14,961 149.8
Rhode Island 109,735
10,359 5,292 499.5
Oklahoma 373,090
9,429 18,111 457.7
Pennsylvania 808,951
6,319 36,204 282.8
Kansas 266,653
9,153 10,519 361.1
Maryland 341,627
5,651 15,009 248.3
Ohio 864,322
7,394 37,568 321.4
Tennessee 708,717
10,378 23,396 342.6
New Mexico 169,205
8,070 5,568 265.5
Wisconsin 581,377
9,985 13,211 226.9
Montana 91,652
8,575 2,259 211.4
South Dakota 107,148
12,112 1,604 181.3
Nevada 270,907
8,795 9,334 303.0
Maine 36,598
2,723 3,039 226.1
Utah 336,405
10,493 12,568 392.0
Washington, D.C. 35,301
5,002 1,450 205.5
California 3,138,375
7,943 187,913 475.6
Louisiana 383,862
8,257 14,882 320.1
Idaho 159,506
8,926 3,952 221.1
Oregon 138,168
3,276 4,963 117.7
Wyoming 50,898
8,794 1,535 265.2
Washington 300,198
3,942 10,259 134.7
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I'm looking forward to seeing how these new charts (above) change in the next couple of days and how the changes match the data below:


State/Territory Cases in Last 7 Days
California 150,543
Texas 126,449
Florida 73,667
New York* 50,783
Georgia 48,956
Arizona 48,017
North Carolina 42,098
New York City* 39,121
Ohio 35,851
New Jersey 35,397
Pennsylvania 35,199
Virginia 34,070
Illinois 30,827
South Carolina 27,388
Massachusetts 26,550
Tennessee 21,515
Alabama 19,431
Indiana 18,863
Kentucky 18,622
Oklahoma 17,937
Louisiana 17,834
Michigan 14,364
Maryland 14,230
Connecticut 13,205
Arkansas 12,850
Missouri 12,784
Wisconsin 12,481
Utah 12,376
Mississippi 11,359
Washington 11,272
Colorado 11,031
Kansas 9,105
Nevada 8,730
Minnesota 7,825
Iowa 7,504
West Virginia 6,098
New Mexico 5,212
Rhode Island 5,133
Oregon 4,921
Nebraska 4,302
New Hampshire 4,125
Delaware 4,057
Puerto Rico 3,813
Idaho 3,624
Maine 2,817
Montana 2,276
South Dakota 1,545
District of Columbia 1,462
Wyoming 1,244
Alaska 1,219
North Dakota 935
Vermont 908
Hawaii 777
Virgin Islands 68
Guam 51
Northern Mariana Islands 3


State/Territory Average Daily Cases per 100k in Last 7 Days
Arizona 94.2
South Carolina 76
Rhode Island 69.2
New York City* 66.5
Georgia 65.9
New York* 65.6
Oklahoma 64.8
Texas 62.3
Arkansas 60.8
Kentucky 59.6
Delaware 59.5
North Carolina 57.3
Virginia 57
New Jersey 56.9
Alabama 56.6
Utah 55.2
Massachusetts 55
Louisiana 54.8
Mississippi 54.5
California 54.4
Connecticut 52.9
Florida 49
West Virginia 48.6
Tennessee 45
Kansas 44.7
Ohio 43.8
New Hampshire 43.3
Nevada 40.5
Indiana 40
Pennsylvania 39.3
New Mexico 35.5
Illinois 34.8
Iowa 34
Maryland 33.6
Nebraska 31.8
Wyoming 30.7
Wisconsin 30.6
Montana 30.4
Maine 29.9
Missouri 29.8
District of Columbia 29.6
Idaho 29
Colorado 27.4
South Dakota 25
Alaska 23.8
Washington 21.2
Vermont 20.8
Michigan 20.6
Minnesota 19.8
North Dakota 17.5
Puerto Rico 17.1
Oregon 16.7
Virgin Islands 9.3
Hawaii 7.8
Guam 4.4
Northern Mariana Islands 0.8


State/Territory Deaths in Last 7 Days
California 3,791
Texas 2,324
Florida 1,255
Pennsylvania 1,237
Arizona 1,115
Alabama 889
Georgia 865
New York* 782
Tennessee 760
North Carolina 715
Illinois 664
New Jersey 556
Michigan 544
New York City* 524
Ohio 522
Massachusetts 466
Virginia 369
South Carolina 345
Indiana 316
Louisiana 305
Maryland 302
Arkansas 301
Kentucky 299
Oklahoma 284
Mississippi 277
Nevada 271
Washington 271
Wisconsin 267
Missouri 264
Connecticut 250
New Mexico 189
Minnesota 145
Kansas 143
Colorado 130
West Virginia 117
Montana 107
Iowa 106
Utah 103
Oregon 92
Hawaii 79
Idaho 79
Rhode Island 77
South Dakota 72
Puerto Rico 69
New Hampshire 56
Nebraska 55
Delaware 46
Wyoming 46
District of Columbia 32
Maine 32
North Dakota 17
Alaska 8
Vermont 7
Guam 1


State/Territory Average Daily Deaths per 100k in Last 7 Days
Alabama 2.6
Arizona 2.2
Tennessee 1.6
Arkansas 1.4
California 1.4
Montana 1.4
Pennsylvania 1.4
Mississippi 1.3
New Mexico 1.3
Nevada 1.3
Georgia 1.2
South Dakota 1.2
Texas 1.1
Wyoming 1.1
Connecticut 1
Kentucky 1
Massachusetts 1
North Carolina 1
New York* 1
Oklahoma 1
Rhode Island 1
South Carolina 1
Louisiana 0.9
New Jersey 0.9
New York City* 0.9
West Virginia 0.9
Florida 0.8
Hawaii 0.8
Illinois 0.8
Michigan 0.8
District of Columbia 0.7
Delaware 0.7
Indiana 0.7
Kansas 0.7
Maryland 0.7
Wisconsin 0.7
Idaho 0.6
Missouri 0.6
New Hampshire 0.6
Ohio 0.6
Virginia 0.6
Iowa 0.5
Utah 0.5
Washington 0.5
Minnesota 0.4
Nebraska 0.4
Colorado 0.3
Maine 0.3
North Dakota 0.3
Oregon 0.3
Puerto Rico 0.3
Alaska 0.2
Vermont 0.2
Guam 0.1


Identified cases of English Covid (B.1.1.7) Excuse my earlier post calling this California Covid.  This isn't it.

Alabama 0
Alaska 1
American Samoa 0
Arizona 0
Arkansas 0
California 92
Colorado 9
Connecticut 8
Delaware 0
Florida 92
Georgia 14
Guam 0
Hawaii 0
Idaho 0
Illinois 9
Indiana 4
Iowa 0
Kansas 0
Kentucky 2
Louisiana 1
Maine 0
Marshall Islands 0
Maryland 4
Massachusetts 3
Michigan 17
Micronesia 0
Minnesota 8
Mississippi 0
Missouri 0
Montana 0
Nebraska 0
Nevada 1
New Hampshire 0
New Jersey 2
New Mexico 2
New York 22
North Carolina 1
North Dakota 0
Northern Marianas 0
Ohio 0
Oklahoma 0
Oregon 1
Palau 0
Pennsylvania 5
Puerto Rico 0
Rhode Island 0
South Carolina 0
South Dakota 0
Tennessee 2
Texas 7
Utah 1
Vermont 0
Virgin Islands 0
Virginia 1
Washington 3
West Virginia 0
Wisconsin 1
Wyoming 2


Tonight's numbers, January 28, 2021.Download Data (CSV)

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Thanks so much, Ambergris.  It's much easier to follow the numbers when they are all together like this.  You have such a good grasp of them I wonder if you'd give us your idea of what they all mean.  I believe we all need to get a handle on the realities of this pandemic. :hug3:

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I'm waiting for Sunday's figures, Mother.  :)


Meanwhile, Florida's vaccine rollout has been compared to many things other than a well-oiled machine.  The governor decided that the vaccines would be made available only at the pharmacy of a certain major grocery store chain (one that provides major contributions to his political party) even though that grocery store chain is not present in every county.  After an uproar, he agreed to allow limited distribution outside of that grocery store in the unserved rural counties.  Before the grocery store plan, when hospitals were giving shots, some of them were giving a first dose and holding one back for the second dose; he said the fact they had these doses in reserve proved they did not need any more vaccine and refused to send them any more even after being advised that all the vaccine in house was earmarked for second doses for people who already had appointments.  When the feds offered use of FEMA sites to speed up vaccination, he said no, he had plenty of sites--the problem was he needed to be sent more vaccine.  The feds pointed out he had not used even half of what he had been sent.  He said he was holding back the rest of it for second doses, meaning either he had just learned that this was a good idea or he had been jerking the hospitals' chains for some unstated reason.

Some friends of mine had a first dose of Pfizer and a second of Moderna (or vice versa, I forget which), although they are DIFFERENT vaccines with different timelines etc. because the proper medication was not available and was not expected to be available anytime soon.

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On 1/30/2021 at 7:30 AM, Ambergris said:

Some friends of mine had a first dose of Pfizer and a second of Moderna (or vice versa, I forget which), although they are DIFFERENT vaccines with different timelines etc. because the proper medication was not available and was not expected to be available anytime soon.

That makes me twitch in so many different ways.  


1.  Neither vaccine has gone through the standard safety testing by itself.

2. They definitely haven't been studied for safety together.

3.  They definitely haven't been studied for efficacy together, even by the "reduction of symptoms" definition of efficacy.


What if they end up stimulating the immune system in an unexpected way?

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What if they end up stimulating the immune system in an unexpected way?

I remember when Covid was new. They were telling people to not take elderberry products because it would boost your immune system which is counterproductive concerning this virus. 


And what if it boosts your immune system to the point where It is replicating cells at a faster rate. Cancer is just cells gone wild. 

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Thanks Ambergris.  I look forward to that today.  


Elderberry.  I can't take elderberry because it does boost my already overactive immune system. It can be used if you have a weak immune system, especially to help you ward off a virus but you have to know when and how to use it and other herbs.   A better modulator might be to find out if your Vitamin D is low.  Mine is but I even have trouble taking that.  I am just attempting to stay away from it by staying home and being cautious.  But I sure wish it would subside soon.  These walls are looking a bit close lately. 


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My vit. D-3 is extremely low. 


I heard a blurb on the radio yesterday. They were talking about travel restrictions. Mostly into this country. You must test negative three days before you travel. Then they said that people should stay home and not travel anywhere at all. Then they said that there is no restriction on state to state travel 'yet' but they will consider it if the virus doesn't stop spreading and mutating. Border patrol between Indiana and Ohio? Same three day negative test to cross the border. Guess I'd have to take route 30 and avoid the toll road. More time and more gas money. Good luck truckers. 


I don't know how they would enforce such a thing. Then again, I never thought a lot of things would happen. 


I'd better update my passport and get a Visa for Indiana.  :rolleyes:

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I tested low for Vit D last January.  Doc wanted to see that up.  Hey....it's winter :frozen:  ... hard to expose enough skin.   So we've been taking a couple different supplements.  Herbal - low dose and a usual gummy type.  All 2020 and continuing.  Also have made effort to expose some skin and eyes [not looking directly] to the sun since that report.  I assume I'll have a yearly appt. in mebbe Feb?  I'll see then what these measures have done.  :shrug:  


MtRider  B) 

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Top infectious diseases expert says double masking may actually increase COVID infection: 'May do more harm'

Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert, said Sunday that wearing two face masks as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus may actually increase the chances of becoming infected.


What's the background?

As public health experts fear the spread of potentially more contagious COVID-19 variants, Dr. Anthony Fauci endorsed last week the practice of "double masking" — wearing a cloth face covering over a surgical face mask.

Speaking on NBC's "Today" show last week, Fauci called double masking "common sense."

"If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective and that's the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N-95," Fauci said.


But what is Osterholm saying?

Osterholm, who served on President Joe Biden's COVID-19 Advisory Board during the presidential transition, explained on NBC's "Meet The Press" that double masking could enhance infection.


"When we talk about double masking, remember what we're really talking about is just trying to prevent the virus from being excreted by me into the air or me inhaling the virus from someone else in the air, and it's both a function of face fit and face filtration," Osterholm said.


Osterholm, who is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, used swimming goggles as an analogy to explain the downside to double masking.

"Think about your swim goggles. When's the last time anybody leaked at the lenses? They leak at the fit," Osterholm began.

"So, what we're concerned about is that many of these face cloth coverings do have already compromised fit or filtration capacity," he continued. "If you add on another mask, you may actually make it tougher for the air to move through the two cloth area, and then at that point, it causes more air to actually leak around the sides, which actually enhances your ability to get infected."

In fact, Osterholm claimed that double masking may do "more harm" than good.

I'm not saying that some couldn't be used in a better way. But at the same time, there are many that actually, you may do more harm. Let me just say right now one thing that's really, to me, very important is we see up to 25% of people who wear it under their nose. You know, that's like fixing three of the five screen doors in your submarine. You know, what's going on there? We've got to get people to start using these right. That would help right there tremendously.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet issued guidance about double masking.

Current CDC guidance says that cloth face masks (as opposed to the disposable paper kind) should "have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric" and should "fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps."

Meanwhile, Fauci, who is Biden's chief medical adviser, has since backtracked on double masking being "common sense."

"There's no data that indicates that that is going to make a difference," Fauci said of double masking.



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Maybe all of those "covid" hospital deaths weren't from the virus at all. There is a fungus afoot, too.



Next Epidemic Could Be a Potentially Deadly Fungus

January 31, 2021 Updated: January 31, 2021

The next pandemic could be a sometimes deadly fungal infection called Candida auris, according to experts with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The yeast-like fungus can be fatal if it enters the bloodstream, experts said, namely if it enters the body via healthcare and hospital settings.

According to reports, the deadly infection has become the cause of hospitalizations in Florida in recent months and has spread in COVID-19 wards.

Candida auris can spread in healthcare settings through contact with contaminated environmental surfaces or equipment, or from person to person. More work is needed to further understand how it spreads,” said the CDC’s report.

Earlier this month, the CDC and Florida Department of Health carried out a joint investigation focused on infection prevention. They said that enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures killed off the Candida auris.

“Outbreaks such as that described in this report highlight the importance of adhering to recommended infection control and PPE practices and continuing surveillance for novel pathogens like Candida Auris,” the report concluded, reported WION.

“One of the things that makes Candida auris so scary is the fact it can linger on inanimate surfaces for long periods and withstand whatever you throw at it,” Johanna Rhodes, an epidemiologist with London’s Imperial College, told the New Scientist several weeks ago.

Dr. Tom Chiller, who runs the CDC’s anti-fungal division, said it’s unclear where the fungus originated.

“It is a creature from the black lagoon. It bubbled up and now it is everywhere,” he said, according to the New York Post over the weekend.

Experts said it’s time to invest and develop treatment methods against Candida auris.

“We need to invest more in research and development, and prepare our defenses—against all types of infectious pathogens,” said Mahmoud Ghannoum, a fungal disease specialist at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, as reported by the Post.

The fungus has now been documented in more than 30 countries, and more than 1,500 U.S. cases were reported to the CDC as of Oct. 31 of last year, WION reported.


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Good old Dr. Fauci, the highest paid federal employee that we have.   :buttercup:


I don't wear one mask. Why would I even consider wearing two masks?   :grinning-smiley-044:  It keeps getting more ridiculous by the month, and they're testing to see how high you will jump.  :gaah:

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Even in a year of horrendous suffering, what is unfolding in Brazil stands out. In the rainforest city of Manaus, home to 2 million people, bodies are reportedly being dropped into mass graves as quickly as they can be dug. Hospitals have run out of oxygen, and people with potentially treatable cases of COVID-19 are dying of asphyxia. This nature and scale of mortality have not been seen since the first months of the pandemic.

This is happening in a very unlikely place. Manaus saw a devastating outbreak last April that similarly overwhelmed systems, infecting the majority of the city. Because the morbidity was so ubiquitous, many scientists believed the population had since developed a high level of immunity that would preclude another devastating wave of infection. On the whole, Brazil has already reported the second-highest death toll in the world (though half that of the United States). As the country headed into summer, the worst was thought to be behind it.

Data seemed to support the idea that herd immunity in Manaus was near. In Science this month, researchers mapped the virus’s takeover last year: In April, blood tests found that 4.8 percent of the city’s population had antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. By June, the number was up to 52.5 percent. Since people who get infected do not always test positive for antibodies, the researchers estimated that by June about two-thirds of the city had been infected. By November, the estimate was about 76 percent. In The Lancet this week, a team of Brazilian researchers noted that even if these estimates were off by a large margin, infection on this scale “should confer important population immunity to avoid a larger outbreak.” Indeed, it seemed to. The city was able to largely reopen and remain open throughout its winter with low levels of COVID-19 cases.
Yet now, the nightmare scenario is happening a second time. The situation defies expert expectations about how immunity would help protect the hardest-hit populations. By estimates of leading infectious-disease specialists, such as Anthony Fauci, when roughly 70 to 75 percent of the population is immune, there can still be clusters of cases, but sustaining a large-scale outbreak becomes mathematically impossible. Still somehow, according to The Washington Post, hospitals in Manaus that had thought they were well prepared are now overwhelmed.

Though many questions remain, one plausible explanation is that people who have already been infected by the virus are getting sick—and not mildly so. That possibility has been long feared throughout the pandemic, yet not previously seen on any significant scale. It comes at a time when variants of SARS-CoV-2 are being identified around the world, including a report in Minnesota of a case of the variant that has become dominant in Brazil. Although no known variants have been found to pose an immediate threat to vaccinated people, the capacity for reinfection to any significant degree would reshape the pandemic’s trajectory.

Two important factors seem to be playing a role in Brazil’s resurgence. The first is that, after a COVID-19 infection, the natural immunity that our bodies develop seems to vary in strength and permanence. Protection wanes after infection with most respiratory viruses, including coronaviruses. A recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that health-care workers in the U.K. had very low rates of repeated infection in the first six months after getting COVID-19, but cases did occur. Other studies have found that antibodies in our blood decrease over time, so people who were infected last year may now be experiencing declines in immunity. The new wave of COVID-19 cases in Manaus occurred about eight months after the initial wave. People might have lost some degree of immunity during that window.

Read: Immunology is where intuition goes to die

But that’s likely only part of the picture. The second factor is the virus itself. Several newsworthy variants exist, including those in the U.K., South Africa, and California. (So it’s easy to lose track, as much alarm has been raised over their various mutations.) But the variant in Brazil, known as the P.1 (or B.1.1.248) lineage, has a potent combination of mutations. Not only does this variant seem to be more transmissible; its lineage carries mutations that help it escape the antibodies that we develop in response to older lineages of the coronavirus. That is, it at least has a capacity to infect people who have already recovered from COVID-19, even if their defenses protect them against other versions of the virus. One case of reinfection with this new lineage has already been documented, even though very little genomic sequencing is being done.

The mutations that help the virus spread and evade immune responses have arisen independently in multiple places. Combined with waning immunity, these factors underscore the challenge before the world: Populations may still be vulnerable to disaster scenarios just when things seem to be getting better. It’s not yet known how many of the people currently infected in Manaus have previously recovered from COVID-19. Early data suggest that the P.1 variant is now dominant in the city, but this does not mean the variant will take over everywhere. Each place and population is unique, and susceptibility will vary based on which variants have already spread. Still, the virus’s capacity to cause such a deadly second surge in Brazil suggests a dangerous evolutionary potential.

As the virus evolves, the threat is not encapsulated by any single variant. New, dangerous variants are all but inevitable when there are extremely high levels of transmission of the virus. As more people gain immunity, the selective pressure on the virus will favor the variants that can most effectively evade immune responses. Whether the Brazil variant manages to widely evade human immune responses, or whether some future variant does, the basic nature of evolutionary biology means that the virus should be expected to evolve in ways that circumvent defense mechanisms. Evidence that it is already doing so has been clear in the latest vaccine trial data.

The solution, then, depends on vaccination. The immune response that the vaccines create is generally more robust than the immune response we get after being infected by a virus, and should buy a population more protected time than would a surge in exposure to the virus. Wealthy countries have time to avoid a fate like Brazil’s through immediate, efficient vaccination. In most places, however, this is not close to happening. And as of last week, only one of the world’s 29 poorest countries had vaccinated anyone at all. A study in the journal BMJ estimated that vaccines will not be available to more than a fifth of the world’s population until 2022.

The coronavirus’s constantly evolving nature is a stark reminder that the entire world is in this crisis together. Vaccine distribution is more than just an issue of justice or morality. Ensuring that every human is vaccinated is in everyone’s interest, as global distribution of vaccines is the most effective way to drive down the virus’s capacity to replicate and evolve. The key will be bringing down the global rates of transmission as quickly as possible—not getting any single country to 100 percent vaccination while dozens of countries roil.

“It is truly confounding that wealthier nations think that hoarding vaccines is the way to protect their citizens from a global pandemic that doesn’t respect borders,” the global-health researcher Marine Buissonnière said in a Physicians for Human Rights meeting on Friday. As the virus currently surges across Africa, some 2.5 million health-care workers are unvaccinated. “Clearly, the failure to address vaccine allocation based on health and epidemiological needs, rather than national interest, is now promising to have a dire impact on the world’s ability to achieve rapid, global control of COVID,” Buissonnière said.

The coming year could be a story of two worlds undermining each other. Certain countries will approach herd immunity by vaccinating almost every citizen. Other countries could see mass casualties and catastrophic waves of reinfection—potentially with variants that evolved in response to the immunity conferred by the very vaccines to which these populations do not have access. In the process, these hot spots themselves will facilitate rapid evolution, giving rise to even more variants that could make the vaccinated populations susceptible to disease once again. In a recursive loop, the virus could come back to haunt the vaccinated, leading to new surges and lockdowns in coming years. The countries that hoard the vaccine without a plan to help others do so at their own peril.

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